Baca Star seal Trelawny FA KO title on penalties

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Baca Star United prevailed in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to win the Trelawny FA Knockout title over Harmony FC on Saturday at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.The teams had to settle for the dreaded spot kicks to determine the outcome of a spirited final, which had plenty of twists along the way, but it was particularly a sweet win for Baca Star, which signalled their recent appetite for the big occasions with yet another victory.Harmony grabbed the lead in the 35th minute through Kevin Woollery, the midfielder firing home to complete a sweeping move.Baca Star responded in typical fashion in the second half. Hosawani Mendez’s free kick was too good for the Harmony FC goalkeeper in the 51st minute of play.With neither team able to break the 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time, they had to settle for the penalty route.Captain Ziddane France, Nichoy Campbell and Shane Brown scored for Baca Star, while Shaquelle Reid and Fitzroy Shirley converted for Harmony, giving the Cassman Williams-coached Baca Star the title.last_img read more

Popular pesticide linked to weight loss and delayed migration in songbird

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta In a new study, wild white-crowned sparrows that were exposed to seeds treated with imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, suffered considerable weight loss and delayed the timing of their migration.The delayed migration could in turn be affecting the birds’ survival and reproduction, the researchers say.The findings suggest that neonicotinoids could have partly contributed to the decline of several farmland-dependent bird species in North America as seen in the past few decades, the researchers add. A popular group of pesticides linked to huge declines in bees around the globe could be adversely affecting migratory birds making pit stops on farmlands, according to new research.In the study, wild white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) exposed to seeds treated with imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, suffered considerable weight loss and delayed the timing of their migration. The delayed migration could in turn be affecting the birds’ survival and reproduction, the researchers say.For a long time, the toxic effects of neonicotinoids, which are often applied to seeds as a coating, were thought to be limited to insects. But there is growing evidence the chemicals may be affecting birds as well.Margaret Eng, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, and colleagues had previously showed that exposing captive white-crowned sparrows to imidacloprid caused dramatic declines in their weight and fat stores and disoriented the birds. Now, for the first time, the researchers have demonstrated the effects of the pesticides in wild birds.In the spring of 2017, the team caught 36 white-crowned sparrows at a stopover site in Ontario, Canada, during the birds’ migration from the U.S. to Canada’s boreal region. The birds, temporarily held in cages before release, were randomly assigned to three treatment groups: one group of 12 birds was fed seeds with a low dose of imidacloprid, a second group of 12 birds was fed seeds with a slightly higher, but sub-lethal, dose of imidacloprid, and the third group of 12 birds was given untreated seeds with no pesticides at all. The researchers measured each bird’s weight and body composition before and after exposure, and attached a lightweight radio transmitter to the bird’s back to track them after releasing them into the wild.Margaret Eng in the field. Image by Amy Wilson.Birds that ate the insecticide-free seeds did not lose much weight when weighed six hours after they were fed. Those fed on seeds with lower dose of the pesticide, however, had lost around 3 percent of their body weight and 9 percent of body fat, while those that were exposed to the higher dosage lost 6 percent of their body weight and 17 percent of body fat on average.The effects of the pesticides seemed to linger after the birds were released. While the birds eventually recovered, those that had been exposed to higher doses of imidacloprid stayed about 3.5 days longer at the stopover site after release before continuing on their migratory path compared to birds that were given untreated seeds.“Both of these results seem to be associated with the appetite suppression effect of imidacloprid,” Eng, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “The dosed birds ate less food, and it’s likely that they delayed their flight because they needed more time to recover and regain their fuel stores. We saw these effects using doses well within the range of what a bird could realistically consume in the wild — equivalent to eating just a few treated seeds.”The researchers say that the findings suggest that neonicotinoids could have partly contributed to the decline of several bird species in North America that depend on agriculture fields. More than three-quarters of bird species that rely on farmlands have declined in North America since 1966.“Migration is a critical period for birds and timing matters,” study co-author Christy A. Morrissey, an ecotoxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan, said in the statement. “Any delays can seriously hinder their success in finding mates and nesting, so this may help explain, in part, why migrant and farmland bird species are declining so dramatically worldwide.”A white-crowned sparrow. Image by Wolfgang Wander via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Citation:Eng, M. L., Stutchbury, B. J. M., & Morrissey, C. A. (2019). A neonicotinoid insecticide reduces fueling and delays migration in songbirds. Science, 365(6458), 1177-1180. doi:10.1126/science.aaw9419 Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Environment, Green, Migration, Pesticides, Research, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

My Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte

first_imgGarrett Harte, is the founder of Harte Media, specialising in PR and Communications strategy. A native of Raphoe, he is the former Editor in Chief of Newstalk. His band The Lost play at Oakfest in Raphoe this evening. This is his ‘My Donegal.’Garrett HarteWhere is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Tough one as there are so many places to choose from!If I go back to my childhood then I have great memories of spending weekends with my Mum & Dad at the beach in Rathmullan. Diving off the pier with my brother Emmet and eating sand soaked sandwiches washed down with gallons of Football Special!Going to Rathmullen now still brings back those great times. Where in Donegal do you call home?Raphoe, the smallest city in the British Isles!It was a great town to grow up in. Football, music and devilment!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?There are two people to be honest. My late father, Paddy, and my mother, Rosaleen. They both dedicated their lives to public service, instilling the importance of social justice, community and fairness. My father was a source of great strength and I miss not being able to call on his advice. My mother is the boss in the house, always with wise words and a positive outlook. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Oakfield Park in Raphoe. Gerry & Heather Robinson have created an amazing, public space with beautiful gardens, walks and a steam train. They are always adding new designs and offerings including the Oakfest music festival. It’s a must visit.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I’d say summers but there was nothing like sleighing down Mongorry hill in Raphoe on a frosty winter’s night.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Catch up with a few old school friends in Letterkenny, bit of storytelling and slagging!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Shay Given – a gentleman who has never forgotten his roots or his Lifford accent!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Sir Gerry RobinsonWho is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Jim McGuiness. The masterplan he created to deliver All-Ireland success in 2012 was outstanding. I first met Jim almost 30 years ago when I played in a band called The Lost and we would go on tour to Glenties! The week before the 2012 All Ireland final I sent Jim a text to say if Donegal were to win the All Ireland then The Lost would reform. They did and so did The Lost!!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Friels of Raphoe. Home from home!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I dream about getting the train to Donegal!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Would you catch yourself on…”What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?In my business I never talk about challenges, I talk about opportunities. Beyond Brexit I think Donegal has the potential to be a tech hub for the country. Offering better work life balance and cost of living for companies.What is your favourite Donegal food?Dulse!Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?NoDo you have a favourite local band?Control The Dark & Frankie DolanIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?That train line!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? There are many things. If I was to pick one it would be the people. I think Donegal people have a great outlook on life, passionate about their county and don’t take themselves too seriously!Would you like to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Just send us an email on info@donegaldaily.comMy Donegal – with musician, journalist and PR specialist Garrett Harte was last modified: June 4th, 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:Garrett HarteMY DONEGALlast_img read more

49ers notes: How badly hurt are tackles Staley, McGlinchey?

first_imgCARSON — Left tackle Joe Staley walked out of the 49ers locker room with a brace on his injured right knee and a glum look on his face, casting concern over the 12th-year veteran’s status.Staley declined comment and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he did not yet know the severity of Staley’s injury following Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Chargers.Right tackle Mike McGlinchey also sustained a first-half knee injury, and when the 49ers opened the second half, they had backup tackles protecting …last_img read more

Vermont Legislators OK a Big Push for Renewables

first_imgLawmakers in Vermont are backing legislation that would require more than half of all utility sales to come from renewable sources by 2017.The Senate approved a bill that requires utilities to provide renewable electricity to customers and to come up with programs to help customers reduce their use of fossil fuels, The Burlington Free Press reported.Electric companies would be required to own renewable energy credits, or provide electricity from renewable sources, representing 55% of their sales by January 1, 2017. That fraction would rise to 75% by 2032. VT Digger reported that the bill, H.40, went on to Governor Peter Shumlin after clearing both the Senate and the House. The House had passed a similar bill back in March, according to an article posted at UtilityDive.The bill also cleared up some problems with the state’s program of renewable energy credits that had threatened to increase electric rates by 6% if left unresolved. Weaning customers off fossil fuelsIn addition to setting renewable energy goals, the bill would also require utilities to propose programs to help consumers reduce their use of fossil fuels and to present the proposals to the Public Service Board for review. Measures might include, for example, financing for energy-efficient heat pumps.The dozen or so utilities in the state with fewer than 6,000 customers would get a two-year reprieve from the provision on fossil fuels.“We see this as a truly innovative and forward-thinking aspect of the bill,” Dylan Zwicky of the Vermonth Public Interest Research Group told the Free Press. “We’ve done a lot of work to increase renewable electricity production in the state. The difficult nut to crack until this point has been carbon pollution from heating and transportation.”UtilityDive reported that the program, called the Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation, also would encourage distributed generation in order to increase the reliability of the state’s electric grid, to reduce line losses, and to avoid having to upgrade the grid because of distribution problems.last_img read more

Singer Aditya Narayan caught in a controversy

first_imgSinger Aditya Narayan allegedly got into an argument with IndiGo ground staff and abused them at the Raipur airport on Sunday morning, after he was asked to cough up ₹13,000 for excess baggage, the airline said in a statement. At the time of check-in, Mr. Narayan was asked to pay for extra baggage weighing 40 kg, which led to a heated argument between him and the IndiGo ground staff, the statement read.“(If) you are going to offload me, I will see you in Mumbai…phir dekh lenge (then we will see),” the singer can be heard threatening a duty manager, in a video being played by TV channels.The airline said, Mr. Narayan also used “unparliamentary” language while arguing with a female staff. However, he was later issued a boarding pass after he apologised to the ground staff. The airline did not say whether he paid the excess baggage fee or not.Narayan did not reply, despite repeated attempts to contact him.last_img read more

Arwind Santos climbs to 7th in all-time blocks list and he’s not yet done

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 6-foot-4 Santos came into Tuesday’s game tied with Manny Victorino with 817 career blocks.He broke the tie after rejecting Phoenix’s Jason Perkins at the 10:37 mark of the first quarter in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.Santos is far from done.“I can still catchup on the others. Why not? I can’t still do it. I hope I get to reach them. I would be satisfied and happy if I at least crack the top five.”With 819 blocks after the 114-91 win over the Fuel Masters that moved the Beermen on the cusp of another finals appearance, Santos next target is sixth-place Abet Guidaben, who has 922 swats.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Refusing to dwell on La Salle loss, Ateneo gets back on track Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid And the San Miguel Beer forward is showing no signs of slowing down.Santos is still going strong with each game, proving that he still has a lot to show at 37.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Arwind Santos squeezes in basketball before Good Friday procession“I’m very thankful for this. It feels really good. It’s something that you can share with your kids and be proud of,” Santos said in Filipino. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Arwind Santos reached another milestone after climbing to seventh place in the PBA’s all-time blocks ladder Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown coming to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Firefly’s Nathan Fillion has already been announced.Brown rose to stardom after starring in Stranger Things, opposite Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. She played psychokinetic teen Eleven, who befriends a gang of misfit kids after escaping a government facility. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Child actress Millie Bobby Brown, best known for her touching and effectively creepy turn as Eleven in the Netflix hit Stranger Things, is coming to Calgary this April.The 12-year-old actress was announced as a guest of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year, which runs from April 27 to 30 at Stampede Park.Also new to the lineup is Christopher Lambert, best known for 1986’s Highlander and 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and Danielle Panabaker, who plays Killer Frost in Arrow and The Flash.last_img read more