More funding sought to promote historic sites in East Donegal

first_imgHistorical sites East Donegal are not getting their share of funding for tourism promotions, Donegal County Councillor Frank McBrearty has claimed.Additional funding has been sought this week to enhance landmarks in the region such as Beltany Stone Circle and St. Eunan’s Cathedral.Beltany Stone Circle, located on a hilltop in Raphoe, is an impressive Neolithic monument which is estimated to be 5,000 years old. However, local Cllr McBrearty says that tourists are struggling to find it due to a lack of signage. In his call for funding for tourism, culture and heritage, Cllr McBrearty said: “The historic nature of the area is unbelievable but we are not getting our share of the cake compared to the rest of the county.”He asked for the executive to step in an ensure the region receives the same level of support as other areas of Donegal.“Raphoe is the oldest settlement in this county, we have a heritage site in the country that is one of the oldest in Ireland and nothing is being done with it,” McBrearty told the monthly council meeting.As a result of the motion, the council has said it will work with the Heritage Office to identify funding sources to promote the specific sites. More funding sought to promote historic sites in East Donegal was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beltany stone circleCllr Frank McBreartyDonegal County Councileast Donegallast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Bulls, Monday at 5 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Monday at 5 p.m. when the streaking Warriors take on the Chicago Bulls as they finish their three-game road trip.The Warriors (6-1) will be looking for their fifth straight victory and will encounter a beat-up Bulls squad that’s still missing three key players, due to injury. Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen will all be out for at least the next 3-4 weeks.Still, the Bulls managed to knock off the Hawks in Atlanta Saturday night when Zach …last_img

Pumped-up Jerry Rice says 49ers have ‘a great chance of winning the Super Bowl’

first_imgThe proof was in Rice’s enthusiasm when he was asked what the 49ers need to improve on to make a postseason berth a reality.“Not … Oh, Jerry.Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. You didn’t really say that, did you?Apparently he did. The Jo, Lo and Dibs show has the audio to prove it.Rice recently dropped by 95.7 The Game to discuss the 49ers’ 2-0 start. In one sense, it’s a footnote, two road wins over patsies. In another sense, it’s intoxicating, the first time the team has been 2-0 since 2012.last_img

Sean Manaea solid, offense explodes again in Athletics win over Rangers

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s beat the Rangers, 12-3, on Saturday night. They remain two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the first wild card spot.Rangers starter Brock Burke lasted two outs into the first inning, trampled by a six-hit, two-walk, five-run start.Marcus Semien hit his 32nd home run of the year, and Mark Canha followed with his 26th to extend the A’s lead to 11-0 by the sixth inning. Semien reached base in all six of his plate appearances: three hits and three walks. Related Articles …last_img

Your Inner Postal Service

first_img51; Zip codes – those five- or nine-digit numbers on mail – have an analogue in every one of your cells.  Like a city,1 a cell has information to ship from place to place.2  To make sure that the manufacturing instructions for protein parts arrive at the appropriate assembly site, the shipper puts a molecular tag on a transport vehicle (the postman) that works just like a zip code.  At least that is the way an article in PLoS Biology described the process.    Richard Robinson is a freelance science writer who wrote in the peer-reviewed, open-access science journal PLoS Biology about “A Two-Step Process Gets mRNA Loaded and Ready to Go.”3  (mRNA refers to the messenger RNA, the edited transcript of DNA, that contains the coded instructions for a protein.)  He used the word “zipcode” five times in his description of recent findings about the process:Proteins are the workhorses of the cell, but to get the most work out of them, they need to be in the right place.  In neurons, for example, proteins needed at axons differ from those needed at dendrites, while in budding yeast cells, the daughter cell needs proteins the mother cell does not.  In each case, one strategy for making sure a protein gets where it belongs is to shuttle its messenger RNA to the right spot before translating it.    The destination for such an mRNA is encoded in a set of so-called “zipcode” elements, which loop out of the RNA string to link up with RNA-binding proteins.  In yeast, these proteins join up with a myosin motor that taxis the complex to the encoded location.The players in this process are the messenger RNA (mRNA) with the coded instructions (like blueprints) for a molecular machine, the zipcode elements attached to the mRNA that tell it where it needs to go, and the myosin “taxi” that takes the mRNA to the right factory (ribosome) where the protein parts will be assembled.  But other parts must be involved; who sorts the mail?  Who checks that the zip code is present?    The rest of Robinson’s synopsis discussed how recent findings show more complexity than previously known (see 06/26/2002, 09/06/2002, 01/01/2005, 01/13/2007).  It was known that proteins called She2p and She3p were involved, but not how they interacted with the zipcode elements on the mRNA.  There is a new level of quality control, he said, that has come to light:Based on their results, the authors propose a two-step model of transport complex formation.  Within the nucleus, She2p binds to the mRNA as it is transcribed, and then shuttles it to the cytoplasm.  She2p binds loosely and promiscuously, though, catching up mRNAs both with and without zipcodes.  Once in the cytoplasm, She3p joins on, tightening the grip on mRNAs that contain zipcodes while booting out those without them.  With the myosin motor attached to She3p, the complex motors off to its destination elsewhere in the cell.    The results in this study indicate that quality control in mRNA transport relies on a reciprocal action: the complex proteins together ensure that only those mRNAs with a destination tag are incorporated into the transport complex, and the mRNA, by binding to each of the proteins in the complex, ensures that all are on board before the journey starts.In other words, one protein (She2p) binds to the parcel inside the nucleus and takes it outside, where the other protein (She3p) recognizes its counterpart, checks the zipcode, and joins the transport complex to the myosin taxi.  Studies have shown that without this quality-control mechanism, like when She2p mutated to prevent it joining with the mRNA, “the ability of the RNA�protein complex to reach its destination was impaired.”    Robinson’s comments referred to a paper by Muller et al in PLoS Biology.4  The authors stated, “We propose that coupling of specific mRNA recognition and assembly of stable transport complexes constitutes a critical quality control step to ensure that only target mRNAs are transported.”  They also used the phrase “zip code” 68 times, but never mentioned evolution once, except obliquely in one figure, to show phylogenetic comparisons of She3p between different species of yeast.1.  Michael Denton compared the cell to a city in a memorable chapter of his 1985 book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, p. 328.  His description began, “To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometres in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York.  What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design…. a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity.”2.  Ibid., “A huge range of products and raw materials and raw materials would shuttle along all the manifold conduits in a highly ordered fashion to and from all the various assembly plants in the outer regions of the cell.”3.  Richard Robinson, “A Two-Step Process Gets mRNA Loaded and Ready to Go,” Public Library of Science: Biology, 9(4): e1001047. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001047.4.  M�ller M, Gerhard Heym R, Mayer A, Kramer K, Schmid M, et al. (2011), “A Cytoplasmic Complex Mediates Specific mRNA Recognition and Localization in Yeast,” doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000611.The guys who make up stories about life originating from primordial soup don’t think of any of these things.  They get all excited if they find a strand of RNA that can make one simple chemical reaction occur, as if that’s all that is needed.  But give them the best case scenario: a primitive cell filled with the essential molecules of life, but no process for getting the molecules where they are needed.  That includes no quality control, no inspections, no checks and balances, no feedback, no networks.  What will happen?  Entropy.    We remind our readers that evolutionary theory provided nothing to this scientific discovery.  We also remind them that these complex processes were described not for the most complicated eukaryotes, like giraffes, but ones much more humble: yeast.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Agricultural groups concerned about effects of import tariffs on steel and aluminum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early March, President Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, action that many agriculture and business organizations warned will have negative consequences.The restrictions are being imposed as a national security measure, according to the administration, which has raised concerns about U.S. reliance on imported steel for defense systems.In a letter to the president, the groups said remedies to curb steel and aluminum imports included in a report issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are “overly broad and will have a severe detrimental impact on downstream users of steel and aluminum.” The restrictions will lead to lost American jobs and could lead to retaliation, including on agriculture exports, from U.S. trading partners, the organizations cautioned.The National Pork Producers Council is also concerned about possible administration action — not sanctioned by the World Trade Organization — against China related to technology transfer and intellectual property. Liu He, a top trade adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, met in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn to discuss the so-called 301 case and the tariffs on steel and aluminum. China is a major exporter of the products to the United States.The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are extremely disappointed in the decision because of the risks of retaliation and the precedent set by such a policy have serious potential consequences for agriculture.“This announcement invites retaliation that we are deeply concerned will hurt American farmers. These tariffs are very likely to accelerate a tit-for-tat approach on trade, putting U.S. agricultural exports in the crosshairs. Already we have seen China discuss tariffs on sorghum. The EU and China have also indicated they will move forward with swift retaliation in the wake of these tariffs,” said Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade.“Everyone agrees we need to hold our trading partners accountable, but taking unilateral action to raise tariffs carries harmful unintended consequences. The agriculture sector knows from experience that our ag exports are the first to be hit by retaliation. Whether it’s our chickens in retaliation for tariffs on Chinese tires, or U.S. apples and wine exports as a result of a Mexican trucking dispute, historically, agriculture always has the biggest target on its back.”last_img read more

Cover crops following prevented planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers who opt not to plant corn or soybeans this year because of consistently wet fields would be best off not leaving those fields bare, according to an expert at The Ohio State University.A bare field is a vulnerable field, subject to losing its valuable, nutrient-rich layer of topsoil because wind can blow the topsoil away and rain can wash it away, said Sarah Noggle, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).And a field without a crop is an open invitation for weeds to take over, making it harder to prevent weeds the next time a crop is planted there, Noggle said.Planting a cover crop such as oats, buckwheat, or cereal rye to have something on the field is a wise choice, she said. In addition to helping slow soil erosion, cover crops can improve soil health.Nationwide, more farmers are planting cover crops. The national cover crop acreage increased by 50% over the past five years, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture.“Cover crops can be a good way to take advantage of an otherwise unfortunate situation,” Noggle said.This spring, many Ohio farmers are having to consider what to do with fields where they normally would have planted corn or soybeans. The wettest yearlong period in Ohio on record has left regions across the state consistently saturated, delaying or preventing growers from being able to plant in them.Farmers nationwide are facing obstacles to planting because nationwide rainfall totals have also topped records.Some Ohio farmers who typically plant corn, soybeans, or both could choose not to plant either and instead, file insurance claims so that they can gain some earnings rather than risk planting in mud.Up to one-third of Ohio’s acres that normally have soybeans or corn growing on them could be left unplanted, said Ben Brown, manager of CFAES’ Farm Management Program. Much of the unplanted acres will be in northwest Ohio, the region of the state that has been the hardest hit by rain this spring.Only 68% of Ohio’s corn crop and 46% of Ohio’s soybean crop had been planted as of June 17, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Typically by now, Ohio’s corn acres have been entirely planted and nearly all of the state’s soybean acres have been planted.“We want to plant. That’s what we do as farmers,” Brown said. “So it’s a ridiculously hard decision not to plant.”If a farmer decides not to plant corn or soybeans this season, he or she will be ineligible to receive federal aid through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The program is aimed at helping offset farmers’ losses as a result of the recent overseas tariffs on U.S. goods, including corn and soybeans.But farmers who plant a crop such as soybeans as a cover crop and don’t harvest it might still be able to collect a minimal MFP payment, Brown said. However, there’s a stipulation: The soybean cover crop has to be grown on land that had been intended to grow corn.While there’s still time in the growing season to plant soybeans, how many acres will be planted in Ohio and across the Midwest is uncertain. Much of that hinges on the weather. Above-average rainfall is predicted for the rest of the month, and national predictions call for July and August to be wetter than normal across much of the country.To help select a cover crop, visit go.osu.edu/covertheland.last_img read more

API of the Week: The InfoChimps API

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? trstrank gets the trstrank and trstquotient for a given Twitter userstronglinks finds all of the Strong Links of a given Twitter userinfluence finds the level of in?uence for a given Twitter usewordbag finds the words most associated with a given Twitter useword_stats gets basic statistics associated with a given word on Twitterconversations create data frame of recent conversations between two Twitter userdemographics gather demographic data for a given IP address from the U.S. Censusip_geo IP address geo-locationcensus gathers U.S. Census data for a given IP addressdomain returns domain information for a given domainIf you’re looking for a bit more information about how you can monkey with this data via the API, check out our article Infochimps Query API is Bananas. Tags:#APIs#hack Today InfoChimps released Infochimpy, a Python client library for the Infochimps API. It’s based on Tweepy, a Python library for the Twitter API.The Infochimps API, launched last year, gives developers access to the many data sets such as archived Twitter conversations and U.S. Census information.Here are the API calls available trough the Python library: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more