Thurles advance to Challenge Shield decider

first_imgThey were beaten 20-5 by Douglas-Carrigaline in the opening phase of the competition. They booked their place in the decider by beating Waterpark 17-11 at Loughtagalla.Kinsale – who beat Charleville in the other semi-final – will be their opponents in the final.Meanwhile, Fethard are out of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup.last_img

Full Rigor Podcast: Frostproof Triple murder and Broward Sheriff Shuffle

first_imgThis week on Full Rigor, Florida True Crime Podcast the triple murder of three friendly fishermen who were gunned down in Frostproof, Florida over a stolen truck engine, according to Sheriff Grady Judd.Also, the sheriff shuffle in Broward County. Hear from both Sheriff Gregory Tony and former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel as they brace for the August 18th primary election.Listen to Full Rigor Podcast Episode 66 here.last_img

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonLuna Bosco is still waiting for her forever and loving family to come to Adopt-A-Pet, and take her home. Luna is a beautiful 2-year-old female Blue PitBull Terrier whose birthday is November 14, 2014. She weighs approximately 50 pounds, is spayed, and up to date with her vaccinations. Luna loves sitting for treats, fetch, walks, laying in the sun, chewing bones and car rides (she just falls asleep). This smart girl knows obedience commands, has good recall, and received 30 days training from Muck Creek Kennels in Roy, WA.Luna is doing very well with meeting other dogs, following commands, and learning all kinds of fun things. Luna prefers a stable and calm home, daily exercise and someone who will continue to challenge her mind. If you are interested in this beautiful girl, and would like to take advantage of a day of personal instruction at Muck Creek Kennels, contact an Adoption Coordinator at Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton.  Emails are preferred.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, visit [email protected]  or 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Webb traps Cubs in his playoff debut

first_imgWebb shut down the Chicago Cubs with his superb sinker, and the young Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from two of their kids in a 3-1 victory Wednesday night in their NL playoff opener. Stephen Drew homered in the fourth off Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano, pulled after six innings and only 85 pitches. Right after he left, Mark Reynolds homered on the fourth pitch from reliever Carlos Marmol to break a 1-all tie in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Conor Jackson added a sacrifice fly, and the Diamondbacks got two scoreless innings from their strong bullpen. Webb, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed four hits and struck out nine over seven outstanding innings in his postseason debut. He walked three and hit a batter. “The most exciting game so far,” Webb said. “I was able to keep them off-balance. I had pretty good stuff tonight, great off-speed. Had some great strikeouts in key situations.” The Cubs, in search of their first World Series championship in 99 years, twice got the leadoff batter to second with no outs early in the game but came away empty. Game 2 is tonight, with Ted Lilly on the mound for Chicago against Doug Davis. Zambrano gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one before he was lifted by Manager Lou Piniella in a questionable move. “He probably could have gone another inning. We’re bringing him back Sunday on three days’ rest,” Piniella said. “I took a shot with my bullpen. It didn’t work today. They’ve done it all year.” Not this time. Planning for Game 4 might have cost the Cubs in Game 1. The showdown between 18-game winners was as advertised, with Zambrano matching Webb pitch for pitch through six innings. With Zambrano gone, the Diamondbacks went ahead in the seventh. Reynolds hit Marmol’s 2-and-1 pitch just over the left-field fence for a 2-1 lead. Chris Snyder walked and went to third on Augie Ojeda’s single before Jackson came through while batting for Webb. Marmol had allowed only two runs in 25 innings after Aug. 10 for a 0.72 ERA. “His numbers are video-game numbers with the strikeouts and so forth,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “Zambrano the same way.” Arizona setup man Brandon Lyon threw a perfect eighth, and closer Jose Valverde earned the save. Valverde, the NL saves leader with 47 in 54 opportunities this year, walked pinch-hitter Daryle Ward with two outs in the ninth to bring up Alfonso Soriano. He bounced into a game-ending forceout that capped an 0-for-5 night. The surprising Diamondbacks, the first team since the 1906 White Sox to have the league’s best record and worst batting average, won in a fashion typical of their 90-win regular season. They got timely hits, good defense and terrific pitching. The youngsters certainly weren’t overwhelmed by the circumstances. Drew isn’t a rookie, but is in his first full major league season. Reynolds was brought up from double-A Mobile when third baseman Chad Tracy got hurt in May. While the Diamondbacks knocked a pair out, Chicago’s RBI came on a bases-loaded infield single by Ryan Theriot to make it 1-1 with two outs in the sixth. Only three of the Diamondbacks’ starters had faced Zambrano, and Drew was not among them. His first time up he struck out looking, but he put Arizona ahead with a 432-foot drive over the pool in right-center. Sandwiched around the big hit were two defensive gems by Drew at shortstop. He made a backhand of Geovany Soto’s grounder to end the third, then he robbed Zambrano of an RBI with a leaping grab of a line drive in the fifth. After threatening twice, Chicago finally got to Webb in the sixth. Derrek Lee led off with a single, then consecutive two-out walks to Mark DeRosa and Soto – the latter on four pitches – loaded the bases. Theriot bounced one high over the head of the third baseman Reynolds. Drew fielded the ball but had no play and it was tied at 1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NLDS: Diamondbacks ace shines. Chicago’s Zambrano is as good until he’s taken out. By Bob Baum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX – Brandon Webb won the duel in the desert. last_img read more

Bioprospecting to aid N Cape community

first_img30 July 2012The Komaggas community in South Africa’s Northern Cape province stands to benefit in both monetary and non-monetary terms from the bioprospecting permits that Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa awarded to seven community organisations last week.The permits will allow these organisations, who work with plants, to legally engage in bioprospecting activities.Bioprospecting involves searching for, collecting and deriving genetic material from samples of biodiversity that can be used in commercialised pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or chemical processing end products.South Africa’s competitive edgeAwarding the permits at a local community hall in Komaggas, Molewa said the South African benefits of biodiversity or ecosystems services were estimated at R73-billion, contributing 7% of the country’s gross domestic product per year.“The biodiversity economy, which is part of our green economy, is therefore our competitive edge in growing our economy and addressing climate change adaption,” she said.South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators was also launched at the ceremony.The legal framework provides a huge opportunity for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.Rich in biological and cultural diversityMolewa said South Africa had a rich natural and cultural resource base that ranked among the top three in the world.“We are home to approximately 24 000 plants species and have an entire floral kingdom within our borders. South Africa is not just rich in biological diversity but also blessed with a rich cultural diversity.”Molewa said many widely used cosmetics produced by industries were derived from medicinal plants, and many of these plants were indigenous and endemic to South Africa.“We must build a shared appreciation of the importance of medicinal plants resources to human health and well-being and a shared concern about the conservation and sustainable use of these resources,” she said.According to the department, researchers have successfully cultivated a selection of naturally occurring Sceletium as a new commercial crop on a large scale and developed a standardised extract known as Zembrin, which is manufactured to the European Union’s Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP).The plant is associated with the treatment of anxiety, stress, mood and cognition.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Celebrate with the South Centers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the last quarter-century, a small southern Ohio village has hosted a center with university scientists conducting world-class agricultural research, and area entrepreneurs have thrived thanks to guidance from the center’s expert marketing and development specialists.It was Oct. 1, 1991, when The Ohio State University South Centers first opened. Then known as the Piketon Research and Extension Center, the facility was designed to help Ohio State expand its land-grant mission of providing science-based outreach and engagement in the area.“Having the center here in southern Ohio brings ideas and opportunities to the local region,” said Tom Worley, who started at the center in 2000 and was named director in 2005. “And even though we focus on southern Ohio, many of our efforts have an impact across the state and the nation, as well as internationally.“That’s ultimately what the university does, bring new ideas and concepts and provide leadership to bring people together that can spawn even newer and different applications.”Take a wagon tourThe center will host an anniversary open house on Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m., with refreshments and in-depth walking and wagon tours to allow visitors to get a firsthand look at the operation, Worley said.Participants will be able to visit and talk with specialists working in:* Aquaculture. In addition to the fish ponds and hatchery, visitors to the aquaculture program will also be able to see the genetics lab. “We have worked to improve the genetics of yellow perch, bluegill and largemouth bass,” Worley said. “It’s state-of-the-art genetic work.”* Specialty crops. The center is home to research trials on small fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, as well as Chinese goji berries, elderberries and chokeberries. And, while adult beverages aren’t on the menu, visitors will be able to learn about the center’s research on wine grape varieties and hops and malting barley production. The center is also home to the university’s pumpkin research trials, and is home base for its study of high tunnels, or hoop houses, for extending Ohio’s growing season for specialty crops. For example, one project is currently examining high tunnels and other production methods to increase strawberry production from the traditional four-week harvest season in June to a four-month production system.* Soil, Water and Bioenergy. This team’s focus is on agricultural practices that sustain soil and water resources and are economical for growers.“We are conducting studies related to the movement of water through the soil profile and we’re testing for the presence of fertilizers and pesticides,” Worley said. “Visitors will be able to see the sump houses, which are like a small cellar, to see how we collect the samples from the groundwater.” The team is also working with a Japanese company on water- and nutrient-saving technology in growing corn and soybeans.“It’s like putting plants on life support,” Worley said. “We’re using a hoop house to create desert-like conditions for the study, and supplying all the water and nutrients the crops need through a tube. It’s cutting-edge research.”The team also studies ways to improve soil health and is wrapping up a study on perennial grasses such as miscanthus, big blue stem and switchgrass that could be grown on marginal land for bioenergy purposes.* Business. The center’s business programs include a Small Business Development Center and a business incubator, the 27,000-square-foot Endeavor Center, which currently houses 18 different businesses that have ongoing activities throughout southern Ohio, Worley said.Talking business“Visitors will be able to meet our business development specialists and talk with them about the assistance we provide in terms of business planning, market analysis and management issues for small business startups and expansion,” he said.Also on hand will be specialists with the center’s Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Ohio Direct Marketing program.Before the open house, the center will host a lunch for invited guests, primarily longtime supporters of the center, Worley said.During that program, Worley will recognized four employees who have been with the center since its opening: Marsha Amlin, assistant to the director and fiscal officer; Wayne Lewis, farm and research field operations manager; Dean Rapp, aquaculture research assistant; and Duane Rigsby, technology coordinator.For more information about the open house, contact Charissa Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or [email protected]last_img read more

DSME Names Four IceBreaking LNG Carriers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSME Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has simultaneously named four ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at its Okpo Shipyard.In a ceremony on March 28, the shipbuilder christened the new vessels Nikolay Yevgenov, Vladimir Voronin, Georgiy Ushakov and Yakov Gakkel, after Russian Arctic explorers and scholars.Data provided by Reuters shows that the ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November of 2019, and January and February of 2020, respectively.The ARC-7 units will operate on the Arctic route and transport clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions. Featuring a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters, the ships have a capacity to carry up to 172,600 cbm of LNG and break up to 2.1 meter thick ice.The units are being built for Teekay LNG Partners under a USD 4.8 billion contract for 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers, received in 2014. Each ship has a price of USD 320 million.So far, DSME has handed over 10 of these carriers to their owners, with five remaining under construction at the Okpo yard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Australia refers India to WTO over sugar cane subsidies

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — Australia is referring India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says creates a surplus that’s affecting its own farmers.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia made the WTO referral after previously raising concerns with India over what Canberra says are more than $725 million ($1 billion AUD) in subsidies paid to Indian farmers.Birmingham says while the case may take a long time to be resolved, he hopes it will prompt India to changes its mind on the subsidies.Initial discussions on Australia’s case would take place at the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture meeting later this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more