Swim advisory to remain in effect for River Park Marina

first_imgHealth officials are reporting that the no swim advisory issued for River Park Marina-North Fork will remain in effect due to the continued high levels of bacteria found in the water.The Florida Department of Health says they have detected extremely high levels of enteric bacteria which is typically found in the intestinal tracts of both animals and humans in the water ways. Officials say the presence of enteric bacteria indicates that there is fecal pollution in the water.The advisory was initially put into effect on June 4th but health officials say the advisory will remain in effect until bacteria levels return to normal.The latest samples of water were collected on July 13th and another sample is set to be conducted on July 27th.Results from that sample will be available on July 3oth.last_img read more

Porteous ends long wait for major title

first_img Northumberland’s Garrick Porteous became the third Englishman in the last five years to claim the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship when he won the title by four strokes at Southerness. On the sunny Solway Firth, Porteous further boosted his Walker Cup hopes by following up his second place in the Welsh Stroke Play with his first major success after leading by one at the halfway stage. A final round 68 saw him finish on 277, one over par, four ahead of England team-mate Callum Shinkwin and the Irish pair of Dermot McElroy, who eagled the last for a best-of-the-day 67, and Richard O’Donovan. With first round leader Nathan Kimsey finishing a shot further back on 282, England had three players in the leading five. With the wind picking up on the final day after comparatively calm conditions, Porteous forged ahead when others were finding scoring difficult. “I’ve had a lot of top-five finishes, but this is my first win so it is special,” he said. “It was just a grind. The Lytham Trophy was tough last month but this was colder and windier. I was solid inside six feet, with some great up-and-downs. Of his Walker Cup chances, the man from Bamburgh Castle added: “This is a big win for me early in the season, so we’ll just have to wait and see. There are more big events to come, as it’s a hectic time.” After an opening 66, Kimsey struggled with a second round 77 but battled back with 70 and 69 for another high finish, while Shinkwin was steady throughout, his second round 68 proving the foundation for his equal second spot. Leading final scores: 277 G Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) 68 69 72 68 281 D McElroy (Ballymena) 69 70 75 67, R O’Donovan (Lucan) 68 70 72 71, C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 71 68 70 72 282 N Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 66 77 70 69 283 J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 72 72 68 3 Jun 2013 Porteous ends long wait for major title last_img read more

Dedicated Raise For Rowyn Supporters Always Bring Down the House!

first_imgFacebook422Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Maureen ScharberPassing through Tenino, it’s hard to miss the pink angel wings at the edge of town.  Local residents know it’s Raise For Rowyn, the home-grown non-profit established in memory of Rowyn Johnson with little more than a vision, a laptop, and a town full of volunteers.I had never seen the tiny office they acquired along the way, so last summer decided to stop by. It struck me how warm and welcoming the simple space was, with two small desks side-by-side, a meticulously organized storage area and of course, a beautiful angel photo of Rowyn.  I was also struck by the genuine sparkle in Brynn Johnson’s eyes that day as she worked elbow-to-elbow with the Executive Director, carrying on the legacy of her daughter.  She looked up only briefly to mention preparations for their annual dinner auction.  Knowing the event was always held in the spring to coincide with Rowyn’s birthday, the date seemed so far away to me, and I realized how much work and planning it must take throughout the year to organize their premiere fundraiser.It was also the first time I had seen that sparkle since I met Brynn after the tragedy in 2013 that took her baby’s life.  A few years ago, I wrote a story about the auction when the event was still young and shadowed in sorrow, but seeing their enthusiastic plans for an evening in Wonderland with glorious decorations, dancing and dueling pianos, it seemed just the right time for a new, happier story about Raise For Rowyn.The 2019 Dinner Auction held last weekend lived up to its promise.  It was magnificent in every detail and hugely successful, with more than 400 guests packing the house. As always, Rowyn took center stage alongside big screens projecting 243 stunning photos of her angel friends, who each have their own chapter in the story of Raise For Rowyn.  The night was as dazzling as Wonderland could be, splendidly decorated, with music, costumes, laughter and tons of cool auction items. Everything was perfect for a fun story about a really fun event.Almost as soon as I arrived, the “fun” story unraveled when I ran right into a young lady I once knew as the little girl next door.  I last saw her nearly a decade ago when she was in the process of adopting children. Now a beautiful mother, she told me she came to the dinner auction because of the support she received from Raise For Rowyn when her own child passed away. I had no idea, and it was heartbreaking to hear.  Yet it was also heartwarming to see her there to support others, now giving back as so many Raise for Rowyn families do.  So instead, it seemed just the right time to tell the amazing story of the supporters behind this organization, even though there are no words that can truly capture their spirit of giving.Each year, Raise For Rowyn families who have walked in the Johnson’s shoes return to the dinner auction to give back to their communities. Their strength and inspiration draw hundreds of volunteers to join in and lend a helping hand at this event and others throughout the year. Thousands more, even from around the world, have sent their support in donations of all kinds, large and small, each wanting to help in their own way.  Their gifts help ease the burden of funeral and mortuary expenses that families have to bear on top of losing their child. Together, in just a few years, these dedicated Raise For Rowyn supporters have helped hundreds of families across 20 states.This year, the support from community members and local businesses was astounding.  Behind every cheering bidder at the auction was the untold story of so many caring people who so generously donated that stay in Ecuador, the trips to Florida and Hood River, personal services from spa treatments to therapeutic massages, catered parties, coffee, a kayak, BBQ’s, beef and beer, wine tours, chain saws, fine jewelry, lunch with the Sheriff, homemade jams, golfing, estate planning, fishing trips, sporting events, a DIY sign workshop and so much more.   My family won the “spring cleanup” package and it alone included gift cards from local businesses for every spring project, from beauty bark to top soil, seeds to plant, garden tools and gloves, a wheelbarrow, hummingbird trellis, tractor work and a new trailer!The most touching scenes of the night were of the great many people among the lively bidders who chose to give without fanfare, quietly raising a number to make their donation in a silent transaction. Because you knew they were there to ensure that Raise For Rowyn would always be there to help more families.Even as I was leaving the event, which was supported again this year by the Little Creak Casino, I passed rows of pick-up trucks and trailers and another small army of volunteers who were pitching in to clean up and load, haul and deliver auction items.They all made me think of Brynn’s sparkle again.  As the seeds of healing took root, she could have taken a moment to catch hold of her own new destiny.  Instead, she stays by her Raise For Rowyn families and everyone who has joined her in keeping Rowyn’s memory and legacy alive. And now, the story of the enormous community support behind Raise For Rowyn is as remarkable and inspiring as her own.last_img read more

Melbourne Cup-winning horse Saintly dies

first_imgAnthony Cummings, whose late father Bart trained Saintly, paid tribute to the gelding when he announced his death on Friday morning.”Saintly, the horse from heaven, has gone home,” he tweeted.”He gave us so much.”Saintly, ridden by jockey Darren Beadman, was only the fourth horse at the time to have won the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate in the same year, joining the likes of Phar Lap (1930).He was named Australia’s champion racehorse in 1997 but was forced to retire the following year largely because of injury.Aside from his victories in the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate, Saintly was also triumphant in the Australian Cup at Flemington in 1996 and the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield in 1997.Bart Cummings, who trained a record 12 Melbourne Cup winners, had a soft spot for Saintly, even renaming his training base after his decorated charge.A ‘special bond’Joe Agresta was a long-time track rider for Bart Cummings, riding his horses every morning from 1980 until they parted ways in 2014.Agresta said although he felt racing never saw the best of Saintly, his famous trainer always knew he was special.”Bart always had a gleam in his eye every time he was around the horse … it was like he had a special bond with the horse,” he said.Agresta said Bart Cummings could already tell Saintly would be an outstanding racehorse just months after he was born.”About two months after he was born, he was watching him the paddock … he (Cummings) said ‘This horse is going to be a champion’ … and he was right,” he said.The death of Saintly comes only two months after the passing of his great rival, Octagonal.The pair famously went head to head in 1996 in the Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby at Randwick, with the John Hawkes-trained Octagonal, who was ridden by Beadman, relegating Saintly to second place on both occasions.Saintly also finished third to ‘The Big O’ in the Mercedes Classic as Rosehill the same year.last_img read more

GC Foster to open research centre

first_img The centre will be outfitted with medical testing equipment such as a body fat analyser, a skin fold calliper, a polar heart rate monitor and other devices, which are not yet in the island. The funding for these equipment was provided by a university in China with which the school had partnered. Principal Dr Joyce Graham-Royal said that the centre will allow the students to more easily go on to do more science based courses at university. “When our students graduate from here, having completed a degree in physical education and sport, and they are to go and do a Master’s (degree) in a science area, the universities complain that they don’t have any lab experience, so this new research centre is our answer to that challenge,” she said. Graham-Royal said that an upgrade of the institution is crucial, especially if Jamaica is to grow economically. Her aim is to have the school produce more than just coaches and athletes of good standard, but also persons who can contribute to sport in other areas such as business, law and science. She added that another idea being considered by the school is educating students in the field of sport manufacturing, with the goal of giving students the know-how to manufacture locally made sporting goods and equipment. Graham-Royal said that talks are also under way with a lecturer from Namibia to teach sport manufacturing. She said that this would allow G.C. Foster to produce items such as balls for various sports and jerseys for various teams. “What could bring money into the country’s economy like sports?” Graham-Royal asks. “Music is not as hot on the agenda right now. Sports is in.” For this reason, she said that not only is Jamaica in need for a sport university college, but also the entire Caribbean. She said the school is the best option for this, as it is the only one of its kind which exists in the entire region. There is the belief that G.C. Foster, which has a population of just under 400 students, is ideal for expansion and is looking to invite more students from not only across the Caribbean, but also North and Central America. TESTING EQUIPMENT The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has started work on a new research facility as the school aims to gain University College status. The work started on Wednesday in the school’s gymnasium and is expected to be completed in under two months. Vice-principal Alf Remekie told The Gleaner that the intention of the centre is to allow the college to put into place modern structures to improve how sport is administered in Jamaica. “This will concern fitness conditions, techniques, and anything to do with that,” he said. “In different areas of sport, we want to test to be able to advise coaches how to be able to treat their athletes. It was long in our development plan to do more research because very little research is done in Jamaica. We want to really capitalise on it now since this is the place where coaches (in Jamaica) come from.”last_img read more

SERENITY

first_imgThe cool of the mild breeze on your faceAs the world quietly spins by our dreamsTaking along the tiny pieces thoughtBuilt in our souls from the beginningColors of purpose some with a slight hazePaste our inimitable globe into our tingePoised as feathered flyers on brittle endsSuddenly pitched as an eagle towers wingsBeneath millions of feet in boots the wormsMakes mold hills out of not but shere gustoBade uneven fears a lazy wave to the binsLoose as a butterfly kite in free sea breezeLeads you toward the land lined with sandsGolden in the milleniims from a foamy bathWalk down the jagged way so reach to gloryRimmed by the times equal to the challengesWorship to satisfy your holiness oh awesomeClap warmth near the wet toes of some needySpread wide the cheeks to make a sunshine trueGlow as a candle lit on the hill top touch manyShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Witness: Spector terrorized me with gun

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Joan Rivers’ former manager testified Thursday in Phil Spector’s murder trial that while dating him in the 1990s the charming producer suddenly terrorized her with a gun, hit her on the head twice, ordered her to undress and accused her of stealing. Dorothy Melvin was the first of four expected to tell the jury about confrontations with Spector that the prosecution claims were similar to the scenario that led to the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson in the producer’s Alhambra mansion more than four years ago. Melvin said that after several years of occasional dating, she went to Spector’s then-Pasadena home in 1993 and spent a pleasant evening in which he played the piano and danced with her. But she said he drank heavily and at some point disappeared. She said she woke up early next morning and found Spector outside pointing a handgun at her car and then at her. Melvin described trying to flee in her car, Spector pumping a shotgun and finally being let out of the estate. She said she called police who ultimately helped retrieve her handbag. Kenney-Baden and Cutler both said that Clarkson’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that forensic evidence would show Spector was not standing close enough to shoot her, that his DNA was not on the gun and that his clothing bore no trace evidence to prove guilt. She said the defense will call renowned scientists including Henry Lee, Werner Spitz and Vincent DeMaio to testify. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She said she didn’t press charges because “I didn’t want it to become a National Enquirer cover.” The first witness was called after the defense told the jury it will rely on an invisible witness to Clarkson’s death. “We have one unimpeachable witness who has no motive to lie, no memory problems, no language problems and that witness is science,” said Linda Kenney-Baden, an attorney whose specialty is forensic evidence. Following co-counsel Bruce Cutler’s opening attack on Spector, Kenney-Baden gave jurors a course in gunshot wounds, bullet trajectories, blood spatter and what she called “the absence of evidence to prove guilt which is proof of innocence.” “The science will tell you who did what and what happened here,” she said. “The science will tell you Phil Spector did not shoot Lana Clarkson, did not hold the gun and did not pull the trigger.” last_img read more

SENATOR’S ANGER: FIVE EXPENSES ALLEGATIONS CAME FROM ANONYMOUS LETTER

first_imgSenator Brian O’Domhnaill faces five allegations of double claiming on his expenses when he was a county councillor, Donegaldaily.com has learned, but the Senator is insisting it’s all lies.And we can reveal the allegations have been made ANONYMOUSLY, fueling new anger from the Fianna fail man.The allegations are being investigated by Donegal County Council and its Ethics Registrar, but the source and real nature of the person behind them remains a mystery. We can reveal that the investigation was sparked after an anonymous letter was sent to a serving County Councillor who in turn contacted county manager Seamus Neely.The County Councillor told us that he felt morally obliged to pass on the information to the County Manager.“I am not passing judgement in any way on Senator O’Domhnaill. But I felt I had an obligation to pass this material on.“I read the material sent to me and it was very detailed. I cannot say if it is correct or not. It relates to five different claims, but as I said, I have no idea who sent them. “I went to see the County Manager and told him what had happened and that I was now passing it on to him,” he revealed.However Senator O’Domhnaill is furious with how the allegations surfaced and in particular how they are based on an anonymous letter.Speaking to donegaldaily.com he denied all the allegations and is seeking legal advice on the matter.He told us “I am on dry ground on this matter. I can account for all my expenses and I am extremely confident that this inquiry will clear my name of these false and malicious allegations.”Donegal County Council received an original query about the allegation from a member of the public in March last year. Fianna Fail also held their own internal investigation into the rumours but found no substance to them.“It was a pack of lies,” said a party source. “It was clearly a bid to damage Brian but it was made up as far as we were concerned.”The allegations, which relate to the years 2006/2007 are now being examined by the council’s Ethics Registrar.Senator O Domhnaill said he hoped his name would be cleared as soon as possible. He also confirmed he had met libel lawyers last night. The Council says the matter is being processed in accordance with the relevant provisions of Part 15 of the Local
 Government Act, 2001.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSENATOR’S ANGER: FIVE EXPENSES ALLEGATIONS CAME FROM ANONYMOUS LETTER was last modified: January 20th, 2012 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:County Manager Seamus NeelyexpensesSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Watch: McConalogue accuses Taoiseach of fudging answer on LUH short stay ward

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has accused the Taoiseach of fudging the issue of providing additional funding to Letterkenny University Hospital for a short stay ward. Deputy McConalogue raised the issue with Leo Varadkar in the Dáil this afternoon.“The Taoiseach’s answer to my question was incredulous at best. “I don’t have an answer in relation to Letterkenny” is simply not good enough, and what added insult to injury was the fact that he then went on to outline other hospitals which would see new beds and wards opening over the coming months.  Why are people in Donegal being ignored and treated as second class citizens when funding can be found to increase capacity at other hospitals?”, asked Deputy McConalogue. “The Taoiseach is failing to acknowledge the pressure that LUH is under.  The full capacity protocol has been in place at the hospital since the 27th December.  Outpatients appointments have been cancelled, procedures have been deferred and waiting lists are growing.  Despite this, the Taoiseach appears not to consider LUH a priority.“The funding request for the additional beds and staff has been with the Minister and the HSE since last summer.  Since then the situation has deteriorated steadily and yet the Taoiseach does feel it is necessary to approve the application.“This government needs to get real and acknowledge the problems facing staff and patients at LUH.  I am calling on Minister Joe McHugh to use his position at the Cabinet table to ensure that this issue is prioritised.  I hope that he can emphasise the seriousness of the situation to the Taoiseach, who appears to be oblivious to the reality on the ground.There is clear, hard evidence as to why this funding needs to be urgently approved.” Watch: McConalogue accuses Taoiseach of fudging answer on LUH short stay ward was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Charlie McConalogueletterkennyLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Cell Calcium Channel: Meet Me at the Gate

first_imgAll cells use calcium ions for signalling.  The ions flow through specialized gates in the plasma membrane.  Inside the cell, receptors line the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a kind of subway system where finishing work on proteins is done.  How do the two get together?  They arrange a meeting.    Richard Lewis, writing in Nature,1 describes how scientists found this out.  It appears that the ER and the calcium channels talk to each other.  When the ER is running low on calcium ions, a messenger molecule goes to the plasma membrane, and starts a process where the channels and a portion of the ER move independently toward a meeting point.  The channels cluster to a spot on the membrane where a fold in the ER joins to meet it, and the calcium ions are delivered right to where they are needed.  In Lewis’s words, “New findings reveal a unique mechanism for channel activation, in which the CRAC channel [calcium release-activated channel2] and its sensor migrate independently to closely apposed sites of interaction in the ER and the plasma membrane.”    What are these processes good for?  The short list includes: secretion, motility, gene expression, cell growth, and activation of the T cell response to antigens.  This emerging picture comes after “years of frustration” looking for the mechanism by which this interaction worked.  They finally found the secret using forward and reverse gene activation methods.    In the paper, Lewis included a cartoon diagram of the play-by-play process.  He called it a kind of “molecular choreography” in which the cell performs “assembly on demand”.  Using the word “Remarkably” twice in the paper, he commented on the significance of this apparatus: “This kind of choreographic activation mechanism, in which a channel and its sensor migrate within distinct membranes to reach a common interaction site, is unprecedented.”  But why don’t the receptor and channel just stay put in close proximity?  It’s likely, he explains, that the oscillations in calcium activity introduce delays that create local signaling domains, enhancing the specificity of calcium signaling for particular purposes.    The picture may be more complex than it looks already.  The signaling proteins he described may be part of multi-protein complexes.  Something, for instance, has to give the open sesame password to the channel.  Other activators may be required to call the components to the rendezvous site.    Lewis did not mention evolution in this paper, except to note twice that parts of the system are conserved (i.e., unevolved) from Drosophila (fruit flies) to humans.  Since such vastly diverse organisms are composed of cells, and all cells employ calcium signalling, this probably implies the system is conserved throughout the eukaryotic kingdom if not all life.1Richard S. Lewis, “The molecular choreography of a store-operated calcium channel,” Nature 446, 284-287 (15 March 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05637.2CRAC is unusual among the family of calcium channels.  Lewis describes it: “The unusual characteristics of this channel have long intrigued ion-channel biophysicists; it selects for Ca2+ just as well as CaV channels but conducts Ca2+ >100 times more slowly, is inactivated by intracellular Ca2+ on timescales separated by three orders of magnitude, and requires extracellular Ca2+ to be fully active.”  The reasons for these “unique channel properties” are still under investigation.  It will take time to obtain a “global view of the molecular workings of store-operated channels and their physiological roles.”  The overall effectiveness of the system in vital roles suggests there is a reason for its slow activation compared to other calcium channels.Since Lewis called this remarkable, let’s give it some remarks.  How could such a process evolve?  Multiple protein parts are needed, and they need to not only match one another’s conformation, but migrate to exact points where other proteins (or protein complexes) are independently migrating simultaneously.  He admitted that this process shows no evolutionary modification throughout biology.  How could such a precision ballet arise by chance?  Ballet needs a choreographer.  Lewis did not need evolutionary theory for this paper.  If evolutionists had a ready answer to how this evolved, they surely would not keep silent about it as they always do when investigating the details of biology (e.g., 08/28/2006, 04/05/2006, 03/12/2006).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more