Former post office manager delivers remarkable history book

first_imgLetterkenny native, Seamus O’Doherty, will launch a new book this weekend depicting the remarkable history and heritage of the famous Abbey Friary in Donegal Town.Entitled ‘Abbey of Donegal – Headstones & Heritage’, the comprehensive publication also details 400 graves and burial grounds located at the historic site.Now resident in Dublin and a former Senior Manager with the General Post Office, the Ard O’Donnell man took early retirement in 2005 and for a brief spell lived in Donegal Town from where his wife, Mary (McGonigle) hails. “I was always into genealogy and had done a lot of research on my family’s graves and backgrounds. I would visit regularly the old graveyard at Leck and I also have two uncles buried at New Leck.”But it was while resident in his wife’s home town – they lived there for four years – that inspired him to research and ultimately produce a book that is as almost as remarkable as the structure and surrounds it depicts.The story of Donegal Abbey is the story of Ireland from the 15th to the 17th century, Seamus indicates.“It is also the story of the O’Donnell chieftains of Tir Chonaill, who founded the Abbey in 1474, and their epic struggle as one of the last strongholds against English rule in Ireland. From the Act of Suppression of 1535 by Henry VIII to long after the destruction of their abbey in 1600 the friars continued to administer to and received support from the people of Donegal.” The completion of the Annals of the Four Masters by four of their members in 1636 represented a further testament to the extraordinary friary.Seamus, who put four years of research into the publication, points out that his book brings together for the first time all the strands of history that had contributed to the establishment, flourishing and finally the destruction of the famous Abbey.“The multitude of characters, like Aodh Ruadh, Niall Garbh, Michael O Cleirigh, Ineed Dubh, Lord Mountjoy and many others are brought to life as their lives and actions intertwine and impact on the historical events that shaped this period of Irish history.”The book also details those buried in the Abbey from the O’Donnell chieftains and their sub-chieftains through the turbulent times of the Plantation, the Famine and the establishment of the Irish Free State to the present day.“It puts down a marker in time to record the graves and inscriptions still legible there which cries out for this remarkable monastic site to be given the due recognition if deserves and never received,” Seamus declares. Having resided in Donegal Town for those four years, he had ample opportunity to visit the landmark building and its surrounds. “It’s a very tranquil place and there are beautiful view of the bay.”Despite its history, there had been no record of the graves there but now thanks to the Letterkenny native’s relentless endeavours there is. In all he investigated 400 graves at the site incorporating 1,000 people. “There are also other graves that are unmarked.”Apart from the text and many of the images inside, Seamus was also responsible for designing the cover of the book and the photograph on the back.“Abbey of Donegal – Headstones & Heritage’ will be launched at Pier One in Donegal Town this Friday night at 7.p.m. while on Saturday afternoon, Seamus will be in Eason’s book shop at the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2.p.m. to 4.p.m. to sign copies of his impressive new publication. Former post office manager delivers remarkable history book was last modified: October 11th, 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:bookDonegal TownlaunchletterkennySeamus O’Dohertylast_img read more

How Molecular Trucks Build Your Sensors

first_imgIn the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life, biochemist Michael Behe, describing the intricacies of cells as we know them today, claimed that there are “little molecular trucks that carry supplies from one end of the cell to the other.”  If that seems an overstatement, you should look at the illustration in Cell June 11 in a Minireview called “Cilia and flagella revealed” by Snell, Pan and Wang.1  They not only describe trucks, they’ve found a train of boxcars and a whole crew of engineers, conductors and brakemen.    Cilia are appendages in the cell membrane that wiggle.  Everybody’s got them; they are ubiquitous in organisms, from bacteria to humans.  They line our respiratory tract, cleaning debris from our lungs.  They help our senses of smell and eyesight.  They are important for kidney function.  They may look simple, but only recently are scientists beginning to appreciate the complexity inside.  The authors begin:Our view of cilia has changed dramatically in the decade since Joel Rosenbaum and his colleagues discovered particles rapidly moving (2-4 micrometers/s) up and down within the flagella of the biflagellated green alga, Chlamydomonas (Kozminski et al., 1993).  Once cell biologists identified the cellular machinery responsible for this intraflagellar transport (IFT), it became clear that IFT is essential for the assembly and maintenance of cilia and flagella in all eukaryotes (Rosenbaum and Witman, 2002).  As we will outline in this brief review, the increased focus on these organelles has revealed that nearly all mammalian cells form a cilium, that the ciliary apparatus (a cilium plus its basal body) is somehow connected with cell proliferation, and that cilia play key (and as yet poorly understood) roles in development and homeostasis.Michael Behe in his book Darwin’s Black Box had a whole chapter on how cilia move (see these illustrations).  Recently, however, it has been appreciated that nonmotile cilia can also act as sensory probes.  The authors explain:Several properties of cilia recommend them for use as sensory transducers.  They project a cell type-specific distance from the cell body, making them exquisitely designed probes of the external milieu; both their overlying membrane and their cytoplasmic contents are relatively well isolated from the cell body, thereby offering all of the advantages of compartmentalization; the machinery for their assembly makes possible rapid, regulated transport of proteins between the organelles and the cell body; and, the assembly machinery seems exploitable for use directly in signaling pathways.Now that we know cilia are vital, it’s what goes on inside the narrow shafts during construction that is truly remarkable.  The authors mentioned IFT, or intraflagellar transport, a class of proteins that operate the transportation system.  During construction of a cilium or flagellum, parts need to be transported to the growing tip, or axoneme.  The IFT particles move up and down the inside walls of the shaft.  They describe how this works.  Watch for the word trucks:This flow of materials is driven by the IFT machinery.  Flagellar proteins synthesized in the cell body are carried to the tip of the flagellum (the site of assembly of the axoneme) by IFT particles, which are composed of at least 17 highly conserved proteins that form A and B complexes.  The plus end-directed microtubule motor protein kinesin II is essential for movement of particles and their cargo toward the tip (anterograde transport) of the flagellum, and a cytoplasmic dynein carries IFT particles back to the cell body (retrograde transport).  Thus, IFT particles function as constantly moving molecular trucks on a closed loop.  The tracks they travel on are the microtubule doublets of the ciliary/flagellar axoneme, microtubule motors power them, and the individual structural components (e.g., microtubule subunits, dynein arms, and radial spoke proteins) of the cilium/flagellum are their cargo.The construction system they describe next is reminiscent of a gondola at a ski resort, a series of ore carts in a mine shaft, or a conveyor at a rock quarry.  If you can picture architects building a tall structure like the Seattle Space Needle or the Eiffel Tower, imagine the engineers first devising a way to get the raw materials to the growing top.  Suppose they design a double trackway that can be extended in length as the structure grows.  Attached to this track are self-propelled dump trucks that can climb up the tracks, and another set of dump trucks that can climb down.  Each truck can carry a load of cargo.  New trucks are constantly added at the bottom, and old ones upon reaching the base are removed.  A pool of trucks and drivers is always available to traverse this vertical highway.  With this automated system running, workers at the top can take the cargo and build with it, and send waste products down the other side.  This two-way transportation system works not only to build the tower, but to dismantle it.Figure 2 presents a model for regulation of assembly, disassembly and for regulation of flagellar length.  In this model, the rate of particle entry and the number of particles per unit length are independent of length, and cargo loading is regulated.  Thus, in a rapidly growing flagellum (in the extreme case), every particle entering carries cargo, and every particle returning to the cell body is empty.  Once the proper length is attained, length control mechanisms engage.  At this steady-state length, the number of IFT particles entering and leaving per unit time is unchanged, but the proportion of cargo-loaded IFT particles that enters the flagella comes to equal the proportion of cargo-loaded IFT particles that leaves the flagellum.  In a disassembling flagellum, the situation is reversed from that of a growing flagellum, and (in the extreme case) every particle that enters the flagellum is empty and every particle that leaves the tip is full.  Thus, by regulating cargo binding to particles at both the base and the tip, and by controlling of assembly and disassembly of axonemal components at the tip (presumably driven by mass action and regulatory proteins), cells specify assembly/growth, steady-state length, or disassembly/resorption.The diagram in their figure shows what look like little ore-carts climbing up to the tip and back.  The authors describe next how these tall structures function not only as oars and outboard motors, but as chemical antennae.  Experiments have “called to the attention of cell biologists the under-appreciated but hardly insignificant role of cilia in sensory transduction.”  Here are some of your body parts that depend on these miniature probes that extend out from the cell into the surrounding environment, sensing what’s out there:Humans experience the environment through cilia in major sensory organs.  The outer segments of retinal rod cells are modified, nonmotile cilia, replete with photoreceptors for interacting with light; and the odorant receptors in the olfactory epithelium are peppered over the surface of the cilia of olfactory neurons.  Moreover, almost every mammalian cell contains a solitary cilium, called a primary cilium, whose most likely function is in signaling (Pazour and Witman, 2003).  For example, many of the neurons in brain contain primary cilia, some of which express receptors for somatostatin and serotonin (Pazour and Witman, 2003).  Perhaps the most striking example of the importance of primary cilia in homeostasis [i.e., dynamic equilibrium] comes from work on the epithelial cells of the collecting tubules in the kidney.  The primary cilium on each renal tubule cell functions as a flow sensor both in vivo and in MDCK cells in vitro.  Bending the cilium causes a large, transient increase in intracellular calcium concentration and a consequent alteration in potassium conductance (references in Boletta and Germino [2003]).Each of these cilia, and many more, are constructed by this molecular transportation system.  How many parts are involved in building a cilium?  If this system were magnified a hundred million times, children might find this the ultimate Lego toy:New proteomic and genomic studies may finally provide a platform for discovery of most of the as yet unidentified genes that encode ciliary/flagellar proteins.  A proteomic analysis of the axoneme of human cilia identified over 200 potentially axonemal proteins (Ostrowski et al., 2002).  Several of the proteins were previously identified as being in the axoneme, but many have no homologs or are of unknown function.(That would be over 200 different kinds of pieces, kids, and a lot of each.)  From genomic studies, they estimate it would require at least 362 genes to build a motionless cilium, and “more than 400-500 genes that are predicted to be needed for forming and regulating the ciliary apparatus”  One team measured the proteome (set of proteins) required to build the basal body (the bottom foundation of the structure) and flagellum to consist of 688 genes.  “There is no doubt,” they say, “that the FABB [flagellar and basal body] proteome represents an incredibly rich resource.”    Failure of cilia and flagella to develop properly are implicated in many diseases (see “Don’t mutate this gene, or else” in the 10/01/2003 headline).  Even some human obesity disorders might be traced to ciliary breakdown, as well as hypertension, diabetes and other “seemingly unrelated clinical problems”.    The authors do not speculate on how such a complex system with so many parts might have evolved, other than to assume that it did: for instance, “Paralogs of other mitotic proteins have also evolved to play roles in cilia.”  They also claim that plants unevolved them: they seem to have lost the 400-500 genes needed for building cilia or flagella, if they ever had them.  The authors examine studies in comparative genomics to determine how many of the cilia/flagella genes are ancestral, going back to the original machinery in the simplest alga or bacterium.  One study compared the IFT genes in several organisms with those in fruit flies:Using a large number of genomes provided stringent criteria and identified 187 candidate ancestral ciliary genes.  Sixteen are conserved in all ciliated organisms examined and absent in all nonciliated organisms; 18 are present only in organisms with motile cilia; 103 are common to organisms that utilize only conventional ciliogenesis; and 50 are shared only by organisms that form motile cilia in the ciliary compartment.Other studies are cited; 67% of the basal body genes in green algae and 90% of their flagellar and IFT genes were present in the full FABB proteome.  It appears, therefore, that this transportation system evolved early on, if it did, and has not changed much since.1William J. Snell, Junmin Pan, and Qian Wang, “Minireview: Cilia and Flagella Revealed: From Flagellar Assembly in Chlamydomonas to Human Obesity Disorders,” Cell, Vol 117, 693-697, 11 June 2004.Although this is a headlines service, sometimes we need to give enough detail to show just what the Darwinians are up against in the age of molecular biology.  As Michael Behe said in the film, scientists in Darwin’s day thought the cell was just a blob of protoplasm, not much different than a piece of jello.  Now, here is just one example of hundreds of complex systems in the cell that could drive the point home that a cell is a sophisticated factory of molecular machines running off self-correcting programmed instructions (and that is a simplistic understatement).  These authors admit that the intraflagellar transport system was already functional in green alga and bacteria, with no precursors.  The genes for the most part have changed little or none all the way to humans.  Even taking their most optimistic claim that 18 genes for motile cilia might be ancestral, when you consider that getting just one of them by chance is astronomically improbable in the best of all possible worlds (see online book), an honest evolutionist must surely throw up his hands in utter despair to believe that time and chance could produce such wonders.    Wouldn’t it be fun to take this knowledge in a time machine back to 1859 and show it to Charlie and his bulldog?  Actually, it would be cruel.  Chuck was already plagued by an upset stomach, and this would be like giving him a gallon of ipecac with free lifetime refills.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Outsourcing a África do Sul

first_imgAs empresas estrangeiras lutam cada vez mais contra o aumento dos custos e sentem cada vez mais a pressao das metas a atingir e a África do Sul esta a tornar-se um local favoravel para aqui encetarem contratos de outsourcing.O chamado BPO, do ingles Business Process Outsourcing, ou processo de terceirizaçao, e uma tendencia cada vez maior e esta industria, que representa aproximadamente 130 bilioes de rands ao ano, tem uma taxa de crescimento estimada em 50% nos proximos cinco anos.O BPO inclui redistribuir certos processos de negocio que sao geralmente desempenhados na propria empresa por uma empresa externa, como apoio directo ao cliente ou centrais de atendimento, para efectuarem as funçoes em nome dessa empresa.Identificado como um sector chave na estrategia do governo de lançar a economia e criar emprego, preve-se que com a ajuda do BPO se venham a criar 25.000 empregos directos e 75.000 indirectos na África do Sul e contribuir assim com 7,95 bilioes de rands para a economia nacional em 2009.O Outsourcing ou terceirizaçao de serviços de informatica (IT – Information Technology) esta igualmente a florescer na África do Sul, com a diversidade propria do mercado nacional, com um know-how de cariz mundial e um ambiente de desenvolvimento propicio, que a tornam no laboratorio de ensaios ideal para quaisquer inovaçoes.O outsourcing de serviços informaticos representa mais de um terço do mercado de serviços de 30 bilioes de rands, segundo um estudo feito em 2008 pela firma de investigaçao e consultoria IDC, tomando a maior fatia de todas as categorias de serviços informaticos.A Gartner, o grupo internacional de investigaçao, classifica a África do Sul como um entre os 30 destinos de outsourcing de criaçao de software mais procurados do mundo, com a investigaçao reportada a 2007 a par de Israel, Europa, Medio Oriente e África, e a seguir a Australia e a Índia, de modo global.Calling.ZADe acordo com o jornal economico Business Day, as centrais de atendimento nacionais cresceu 8% ao ano desde 2003. Emprega 54.000 pessoas e contribui com 0.92% do PIB sul africano.Um BPO com apoio do estado, lançado em 2007, procura aumentar a competitividade da África do Sul e engloba incentivos de investimento na ordem do 1,1 bilioes de rands. O plano centra-se em:Uma estrategia ampla de marketing.Um programa de apoio governamental que inclua concessao de investimento e subsidios para formaçao.Uma estrutura crescente de preços para as telecomunicaçoes.Vantagens competitivasPara as empresas estrangeiras, a África do Sul encaixa-se entre localizaçoes nearshore como o Canada, Mexico ou Europa de Leste, que oferecem proximidade ao mesmo tempo que afinidade cultural, e as localizaçoes offshore mais tradicionais, como a Índia ou as Filipinas, que tem mao-de-obra barata.A África do Sul tem diversos factores a seu favor, entre eles:Equipas de centrais de atendimento de alto nivel.Competencia na gestao e serviços em mais de um dominio, a par com vario tipo de serviços financeiros, sobretudo no ramo dos seguros, hipotecario e processamento e recolha de emprestimos.Compatibilidade horaria com a Europa.Fluencia optima de Ingles, juntamente com alguns acentos de lingua inglesa mas facilmente entendiveis nos mercados ocidentais.Uma taxa cambial favoravel.Forte apoio por parte do governo.Incentivos com apoio do estado, por exemplo concessao de arranque e expansao e preços de telecomunicaçoes mais reduzidos.Uma crescente e avançada industria de telecomunicaçoes.O governo esta a adoptar medidas no sentido de garantir capacidade de banda larga mais barata e mais acessivel, com chamadas internacionais tambem menos onerosas. Estao a ser envidados outros esforços para colocaçao de cabos de fibra optica submarinos tanto na costa leste como oeste de África para lançar as ligaçoes entre o continente e o resto do mundo.O mundo num so paisEntre as empresas estrangeiras que ja escolheram a África do Sul como destino de BPO conta-se a IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis e a Car Phone Warehouse.O empenho da África do Sul na industria de BPO esteve em evidencia em 2007 com a decisao de construir uma central de chamadas no valor de 125 milhoes de rands, com 1500 lugares, na Zona Industrial de Coega, em Port Elizabeth, Cabo Oriental.O Parque BPO cobre cinco hectares na area comercial de Coega e inclui instalaçoes para formaçao profissional e espaços de lazer. A empresa gestora afirmou que este espaço foi criado para acolher varios cenarios e podera alojar um sem numero de investidores estrangeiros.Outros investimentos recentes: Em Maio de 2008, a multinacional Royal Dutch Shell abriu uma central de atendimento na Cidade do Cabo. O centro atendera os clientes da Shell na Belgica, Luxemburgo e Holanda, com operadores que falam Afrikaans treinados para falarem em Holandes e Flamengo.  Em Novembro de 2007, o gigante Americano de outsourcing Tele Tech começou a construir novas instalaçoes fora da Cidade do Cabo – a sua primeira base no continente africano. Este artigo foi actualizado em: Setembro de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more

Ironic reunion former OSU quarterback Joe Germaine coaching in Arizona

Arizona State linebacker Paul Reynolds stepped onto the field for the final drive of the 1997 Rose Bowl against Ohio State as confident as could be. The Sun Devils had just scored a touchdown to go up 17-14 with less than two minutes to play, and the Buckeyes were sending out an unproven sophomore quarterback to lead them on their final drive. “Pat Tillman (Reynolds’ ASU teammate) and I saw this baby-faced guy with big ear pads come running onto the field,” Reynolds said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this in the bag.’ Unfortunately, we know how that turned out.” Joe Germaine led a 65-yard game-winning drive, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver David Boston, to beat the Sun Devils, 20-17. Thirteen years later, Reynolds, the athletic director at Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Ariz., hired the “baby-faced” quarterback with “big ear pads” to be his varsity football coach. “My first day in the weight room, we took a photo of the kids and me,” said Joe Germaine, 1997 Rose Bowl MVP. Reynolds “had it PhotoShopped and put me in a Sun Devils shirt. Naturally, I did the same to him, only putting him in a Buckeyes jersey.” Germaine played in the NFL for five seasons and has had multiple stints in the Arena Football League since graduating from OSU in 1998. In his first season as coach, Germaine is 5-1, with a triple-overtime victory over the defending Arizona Class 4A Division II state champions. “I’ve always had a passion for the game,” Germaine said. “I loved practicing. I loved going to meetings. I just loved learning the game.” Hired by Reynolds in March, Germaine was a quarterback coach at Basha High School in Arizona for three years and an assistant at Mesa Community College for two years before coming to Queen Creek. “I got into coaching once I started playing Arena Football,” Germaine said. “The schedule was different from the NFL, and I had the time to do it.” The Arena Football League plays its games from April to August instead of September through January, as the NFL does. “It’s a thrill, being a head coach,” he said. “I’m seeing the game from a different vantage point.” Germaine played for OSU from 1996–1998. Known for his prolific passing and unflappable composure, he threw for 6,370 yards, third-most in OSU history, and 56 touchdowns, second-most in OSU history. Reynolds said the unflappable composure is still there. “In the triple-overtime win, he didn’t look nervous for one second,” he said. “He has such a calm demeanor.” Queen Creek won the triple-overtime thriller 49-42, securing the game with a goal-line stand in the third extra period. “The kids definitely take after their coach,” Reynolds said. “They’re high school kids, you know. You expect them to make mistakes, but no one lost their composure and they held on for the win.” Germaine said he holds high expectations for his players. “We have very high standards on and off the field,” Germaine said. “We teach accountability, and the kids have just been great.” Against Illinois on Oct. 2, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor passed Germaine for seventh on the “all-time total offense” list at OSU. Germaine had 6,094 yards of total offense as a Buckeye. “I think Terrelle is a terrific talent,” Germaine said. “I expect him to be one of the all-time greats at Ohio State once it’s all said and done.” He said some of the criticism Pryor faced last season as a sophomore was unfair. Germaine said everyone has to mature and credited the OSU coaching staff for helping Pryor develop his game. “Great coaches make great players,” he said. Jim “Tressel and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano are great teachers of the game. It’s easy to see why Pryor is where he’s at with coaches like that.” Germaine said his coach at OSU, John Cooper, taught him a lot about the game. “He was fair and treated his players with respect,” he said. “I try to do those same things for my players.” Understandably, many of Queen Creek’s players are Arizona State fans. Queen Creek is only about 30 miles from the ASU campus. “It’s funny,” Germaine said. “We have an ASU-OSU thing going on. They razz me a little bit and I razz them a little bit, but they know that I’m a Buckeye, and there’s no changing that.” Reynolds said Germaine is a great coach and is only going to get better. “He’s been doing a great job,” he said. “I don’t think the kids realize what they’ve got, but I sure do. Hopefully, we can get him to stick around here a while.” It might be tough for Reynolds to keep the former OSU star at Queen Creek. Germaine said he would love to coach at the collegiate level. He even hinted at the possibility of coaching at his alma mater. “Who knows?” he said. “Maybe a few years down the road, Tressel will be hiring and I’ll come back to Ohio State. OSU has a special place in my heart and that’d be something.” Although he said he loves coaching, he still has a desire to play. “I wish more than anything to get an opportunity to play again,” he said. “I keep in shape, hoping that chance will come — you never know.” As for the rest of Queen Creek’s season, Germaine said they’ve got one of the tougher schedules in the state, but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t set high. “You can imagine how we want to finish,” he said. read more

TBDPITL Ep 19 Ohio State mens basketballs downward spiral

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s four-game losing streak and if it will become a five-game one after the Purdue game, and if there is a end to the losing ways in the near future. Wyatt and Colin also talk about Ohio State men’s hockey’s sweep against then-No. 13 Penn State and how the team looks ready for another deep tournament run, as well as women’s basketball’s recent defeat against Michigan.

Xherdan Shaqiri hints readiness for transfer

first_imgSwitzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that one day he would be open to a transfer out of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to move to Serie A.Shaqiri who came to Anfield after having from Stoke City in the summer transfer window is still settling to the breath of Liverpool.The 27-year-old Shaqiri netted two goals with two assists so far in nine Premier League games this season, however, he only played four times in the top flight.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by The Sports Review, Shaqiri said:“I had some good times there, and I couldn’t criticise Inter Milan ever.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as Podolski, Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.”Shaqiri has probably opened up door for a move as he claims that he never know what next for his future yet states he is happy at Liverpool FC.“Go back to Italy? I’m fine at Liverpool, but you never know,” he added.He could also feature in Liverpool against Everton on Sundaylast_img read more

Lyon president would love to sign Olivier Giroud

first_imgJean-Michel Aulas revealed he’s been dreaming of signing Olivier Giroud for a long time now and hopes to make it a reality at the end of the season.The French striker has found regular opportunities hard to come by in London for the past couple of seasons at Arsenal and Chelsea.Giroud has only made six starts in his 12 Premier League appearances this season and recently confessed in an interview that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival leaves his Chelsea future in doubt.Now Lyon president Aulas has come forward and revealed his great interest in bringing back Giroud to his native France after spending the last six and a half years in London.The 69-year-old added that he had initially attempted to sign Giroud at the end of France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup victory in Russia.“I had dreamed of having him come [last year] and I had even called Arsene Wenger for more information,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “Gerard Houllier knows him well, too.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had discussed it when I was in Moscow with the France team during the World Cup. Things could not be done, though.“Now we have a front line that is very well supplied. If someone leaves, [Giroud] could interest us, especially since he has a different profile to our other players.“[At the end of the season] Giroud will interest me. It seems a little bit soon now. We will not stack the attackers, especially since we have a real team.“We will have to see the coach who will be at the end of the season, but I like the boy. He’s a good person.”In total, Giroud has managed five goals and assists in 27 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.The 32-year-old’s fellow striker Alvaro Morata left Chelsea this week in favour of a return to Atletico Madrid on loan after falling of favour under coach Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR State Rep Candidate Dave Robertson Defends Himself Against Disinformation

first_img(Editor’s Note: The letter below is in direct response from a press statement recently released by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee.)Dear Editor,Desperate times call for desperate measures and outright lies it seems, at least in the eyes of some campaigns here in the 19th Middlesex District. Rather than report on the facts, they decided to spread disinformation in the dark in hopes that you, the people, would fall for it. So rather than take up more of your, the voter and residents, precious time let me set out my stance on immigration and Senator Warren.First, immigration. Here are the real facts, and not the “fake news.”I never have nor never will support sanctuary cities and the concepts of them.Unlike my opponents, who have not mentioned any other policy regarding illegal immigration but sanctuary cities, I have vocally and formally opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.Again, unlike my opponents, I have vocalized my staunch opposition to allowing for state ID’s or driver licenses to illegal aliens as well.I have the most recent and wide-reaching knowledge on what proposals are being put forward regarding illegal immigration and the best and deepest knowledge on which ones need to be stopped. No other candidate can claim this.Secondly, with respect to “endorsement” by Senator Warren.I do not support Senator Warren and she does not support me. In fact, I haven’t spoken to her directly in any capacity in over 2 years, and never in any campaign related capacity.My interactions with her office have been to assist veterans find lost paperwork, to help book tickets to the White House for constituents, or to make inquiries about IRS backtaxes. It was to help constituents, and nothing more. Problems were solved, and people’s lives put back together.I took a photo with Senator Warren to send to an ex-girlfriend who was starting law school at the time. Senator Warren and her attended the same institute, and Senator Warren was kind enough to wish her luck by taking a photo. I was only being a loving and supporting boyfriend, nothing else.Having lived here my whole life, I know Wilmington and Tewksbury residents are too smart to fall for these tricks once the facts come to light. Residents don’t want to hear mudslinging, they are too busy working hard and providing for their families. Residents want substantive plans going forward from proven, experienced, and local candidates who will accomplish things like working to stop the Transrail development in Wilmington, or help bring state-funding to build a new elementary school in Tewksbury and provide actual taxpayer relief. To those still with questions, I’m an open-book, and am happy to answer any question. Voters are always welcome to reach out to me on Facebook via Dave Robertson for State Representative or any other of the ways we’ve published, or to stop and ask me when I see them out and about town.Sincerely,Dave RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman & Dave Robertson Respond To Criticism From Tewksbury Republican Town CommitteeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of “Flip Flopping” On ICEIn “Government”last_img read more

NonMPO teachers staff end hunger strike

first_imgThe Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions had been observing the hunger strike since Sunday. Photo: Hasan RazaTeachers and employees of the non-MPO educational institutions on Friday called an end to their fast unto death programme after an assurance from prime minister Sheikh Hasina.MPO or monthly pay order is the financial benefit received by private educational institutions that are recognised by the government.Sazzadul Hassan, private secretary to the prime minister, confirmed the withdrawal of the hunger strike to Prothom Alo.The Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions had been observing the hunger strike since Sunday, demanding inclusion of all government-approved secondary schools, colleges, madrasas and vocational institutions under MPO facilities.Now classes will resume on Sunday, they said.The educational institutions under MPO avail monthly government allocation for teachers and employees while non-MPOs do not get this.last_img read more

Journalist Mahfuz Ullah dies

first_imgSenior journalist Mahfuz Ullah File photoNoted journalist Mahfuz Ullah passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Saturday morning.He was 69.The journalist, who was on life support at Bumrungrad International Hospital, breathed his last around 10:05am (Bangladesh time).“My father is no more. He breathed his last at 10:05 am today. We are taking preparations to take his body home as early as possible after completing necessary formalities,” his daughter Nusrat Humaira told UNB.Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various complications of the heart, kidney and lungs. He was flown to Thailand on 10 April for advanced treatment.He was politically active since his student life and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained MA degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University.He started his career in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with the then popular weekly “Bichitra” since its inception in 1972.He also worked at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a “China expert” and taught at Dhaka University’s journalism department.Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and been involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in the country.He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.Books edited by him include the biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and independent Bangladesh.last_img read more