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first_imgIt was precisely against his previous team that he was injured for the penultimate time, on November 27 at the Camp Nou. The player left desolate of the field, covering the face with the shirt by an injury (muscular break in the right thigh) in a moment, one more, that seemed its consolidation and definitive takeoff.To his misfortune, and that of Barcelona, this mishap in the Champions League was not going to be the last of the course, since it began with one in the field of Athletic Club and concludes with that of Tuesday, a complete rupture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right leg that already definitely condemns ostracism this season.In addition to these three episodes, Dembélé’s physical condition set off alarms on September 28, when he fell from the starting team before the game in the field of Getafe (0-2), to be ruled out by some muscular discomfort in the left thigh, which did not go further.PAUL HANNA & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Dembélé started badly in Barcelona: in Getafe he suffered his first injury in his second game, first as a starter, with the Barça team at 29 minutes.PAUL HANNA (REUTERS) Dembélé lives in a continuous nightmare, the nightmare of a young player of 22 years who also suffers from Barcelona since the Catalan club made one of the most important disbursements in its history (145 million euros), when he was active in Borussia de Dortmund, and has not been able to enjoy it regularly.This Tuesday, Barcelona reported that, for the eighth time since two and a half years of Barça, Ousmane Dembélé was returning to the starting point, to a new long recovery period due to a new muscle injury, after yesterday Monday already pointed out that something was not going well in the recovery that was in its last phase. Regarding his care, before last summer he was the chef of the player, Mickael Naya, he explained in the newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ the poorly controlled life that an elite athlete like Dembélé had when he sentenced: “(Ousmane) He does not respect rest times at all, there is no high-level structure in his environment.”The reality for Barcelona is that The physical trajectory of the player is something that is unparalleled in his history as a professional, since neither in the Rennes nor in Borussia de Dortmund, his two previous teams, had any significant mishap, the days of casualty that happened in the German team due to a problem in the hip flexor. Four.2018-19Ankle injury1/21/2018185 No.SeasonAffected partDateDays offLow matches In the past winter market, Barcelona sought the signing of a ‘9’ to cover the loss of Luis Suarez, but despite not curdling, he did not despair at the imminent recovery of Dembélé, which led to the club even getting rid of two players of the subsidiary (Abel Ruiz and Carles Pérez) assuming that the Frenchman would be ready shortly, when the second of the subsidiary’s footballers had already proved his worth for the first team. Dembélé de azulgrana’s trajectory -he arrived in the 2017-18 season- is linked to a medical part explaining his nth injury, since Since you saw Barcelona, ​​two and a half years ago, the Frenchman has spent almost one whole (342 days) on leave, a figure that speaks for itself of the sports and economic impact of the investment made by Barça with the French international footballer. The medical history of the French Ousmane Dembélé does not seem to have an end and since since arriving in the summer of 2017 to Barcelona accumulates ten injuries, has been 342 days off and has lost 63 games. 10.2019-20Muscle injury2/2/2020?? Barcelona is currently in a state of shock because it no longer knows how to deal with the Dembélé case, as it has for the player all kinds of care (he put a cook to order the food that was thought messy) and in the last recovery it was decided that there would be a phase in Qatar.Dembéle’s injury history, according to Transfermarktcenter_img 9.2019-20Muscle injury11/28/20197717 6.2018-19Thigh injury5/5/2019424 7.2019-20Thigh injury8/19/20193. 45 5.2018-19Muscle strain2/14/2019264 8.2019-20Muscle discomfort9/27/20193one 3.2017-18Muscle strain1/15/2018267 one.2016-17Hip flexor1/9/201710– two.2017-18Thigh injury9/17/2017106twentylast_img read more

first_img“I felt rejected. I had the feeling that French football did not want me” Ladislao Lozano, former coach of Calais Ladislao Lozano (Valhermoso de la Fuente, 1952) answers the phone aware that his annual appointment with the past awaits him. The first thing he does is apologize for his Spanish, a language he has not practiced regularly since 1956, when his family emigrated to France fleeing the Franco dictatorship. He returned to Spain to try his luck as a footballer at Racing Santander, where he coincided with Santillana, but the fear of being called up for two years of military service in an army responsible for the shooting of several of his Republican relatives returned him to France. . There he began his career on the bench. A profession, that of coach, that would end up giving him a place in the history of French football. In 2000 he managed to lead the modest Calais RUFC, an amateur Fourth Division club, to the final of the Coupe de France. “It is and will be the greatest feat of amateur football in France”, boasts when two decades of that match against Nantes in Saint-Denis are celebrated. After working in Morocco, Qatar or Algeria, Lozano parked soccer without fulfilling the dream of training in the elite. “I think I would have done well,” he predicts.His relationship with France begins in 1957, when his family decides to flee the Franco dictatorship. How do you remember it?My family history is very complicated, but, at the same time, very simple. I am the son of a Spanish couple who had to flee to France to continue living. Life in Spain was already impossible for them, because my father, a Republican, could not lead a normal life. I arrived in France at the age of four and here I started a new life. At the beginning everything was very complicated, but little by little everything was sorted out. I married a French woman, I had French children and now I am one more French. We only go to Spain from time to time, on vacation.As a footballer he did try to make a career in Spain …People said that he had many qualities, but the French teams had limited places for foreign footballers. That made my sports career there complicated. My brother’s father-in-law lived in Santander and got me a test with Racing. I spent two weeks and ended up staying, but had administrative difficulties. The Federation did not approve my signing and I could not play, but I had the immense luck to train every day with Carlos Santillana and Ico Aguilar. Then there was talk of what I would have to do the military service and I returned to France. There I played in Second with Amiens and Abbeville, which was where I met my wife.As a coach, his greatest feat was reaching the French Cup final with Calais, who was then in the Fourth Division. Do you still remember?You might think that since 20 years have passed, the memories are blurred. But it’s not like that. I remember it like it was yesterday. It seems that everything is very close and I have everything very well arranged in my head. When I think of something specific from that time I can also remember it in detail. It also helped that the playoffs went to a single match.If the Cup were to be played in a double game we would not have passed the first phase. Some coaches said that Calais had been lucky to play many games at home, and that is false. As a small team, we played at home, but our field was not prepared to host a game of that level and we always had to play outside, even when we were local. The eighths we played in Boulogne, the quarters and the semifinals in Lens and the final in Paris. It is not fair that it is said that we played with the advantage of the locality.Despite falling they were considered moral winners and even the Cup was lifted by the two captains. Did you receive many congratulations?Many, not many. The President of the Republic said that there were two winners. That congratulation was very gratifying, but not the only one. A while ago, rummaging through my memories, I found two boxes in which I kept all the messages we received during that season. I no longer remembered that I had those boxes full of faxes, letters and postcards that people from France, Spain and all over the world sent us. For them it was an extraordinary achievement and they wanted to tell us. Many said that we had made them happy. I proposed to the mayor of Calais that he make an exhibition. Everything was prepared, but had to be paralyzed by the coronavirus. We will do it next year.Do you think that, after the feat of Calais, you had the opportunities you deserved?The truth is that my career did not go as I expected at the time. I do not know why. It is something that I cannot explain. I have the feeling that we gave French professional football a terrible blow. They did not like that a Fourth Division team managed to defeat First and Second teams. And instead of giving me opportunities to work I felt rejection. I had the feeling that French football did not like me. Nobody called me. Well, actually yes, the Reims. I took it in Third I raised it to Second. Then we had a good season, but they didn’t renew me. I had to go abroad out of necessity, to continue working. I was in Morocco, Qatar, Algeria, Kuwait … What I wanted was to work in France or in Spain, but the proposals that there were never came to fruition.Ladislao Lozano, on the balcony of the Calais town hall during the celebration of the runner-up in the French Cup. At what point did you realize that this team could achieve something great?It was in his thirties, against Lille. At that time he was playing in Second, but he was a leader with more than 10 points of advantage over the second. We prepare the game as if we were playing against a Primera and we managed to beat them on penalties. We had been removed the year before, so we took it as a rematch. After that game I knew that a great team had been born. I said it at the press conference: ‘Today a team was born’. I didn’t know that we would end up playing the final, but I did know that from that moment on it would be very difficult to win.But they did reach the final. Today it is still remembered as one of the great exploits of amateur football in Europe.It is and will be the greatest feat of amateur football in France. But it is true that in the final against Nantes we reached a physical and mental drop. With each passing day everything was much more difficult. We were fed up with the pressure of the journalists and the atmosphere that had been generated around the team. When we played the final we did not have as much strength as in the semifinals against Girondins de Bordeaux, which was the party in which the team was best. And still we lost 2-1 with a penalty goal in the last minute. A penalty that, 20 years later, I still think it was not. We lost, but we earned the respect of all French football. People believed that in the final they would put us four or five, but it was not. We finished with dignity and it was the maximum we could hope for, because we knew how difficult it was to win.Do you remember what you said to the footballers before the final?I didn’t give the talk before the final in the locker room. I gave it at the hotel the morning before the game. The players already knew the eleven from the previous day. I explained the meaning of the game we were going to play against Nantes. I told them it was a historic meeting and that they should be careful, because what they did they would remember the rest of their lives. I also told them that I would not remember the game, that I would remember them. And they did what was necessary so that we had a good memory of that day. Nothing else. To play a final it is not necessary to motivate the players. They already know where they are. It’s a final … They know what they have to do.They went to rest winning, remember what he said then?The break speech was particular, because we were winning 1-0 but I was not happy with what I was seeing. I was not liking it and I was very hard on the players. I tried to make them remember the basics of our game. Shortly after, in the 50 ‘, we conceded the 1-1, although the match was very balanced until the referee called a penalty in favor of Nantes in the 90’. I repeat: I think it was not a penalty. That decision of the referee killed us.PASCAL ROSSIGNOL & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The Calais fans gathered to congratulate the team the day after the final lost to Nantes.PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (REUTERS) Is it true that you prohibited footballers from giving interviews in the days leading up to the final?It wasn’t quite like that. I always believed that the press is part of the event. He does not participate, because the journalist does not take corners or shoot penalties, but he is part of everything that happens. We met with the board and agreed that no player would speak without consent. The goal was to take pressure off them. Almost a month passed between the semifinals and the final and the ball that was ridden was huge. It was too long. We wanted them to be focused and save their strength for the match against Nantes. We just wanted to protect them.center_img For a Fourth Division coach, playing in Saint-Denis in front of 80,000 people had to be impressive.That was impressive. Entering that field with almost 80,000 people in the stands and seeing how almost 70% of the stadium was cheering us on was incredible. It was all red and yellow, the team colors. Many fans came from Calais and the atmosphere was amazing, but when the ball started to roll, both the players and I forgot about the stands and focused on the game. I remember that we had to prepare footballers, not only to play before 80,000 people; also to listen to the Marseillaise or bear the pressure of playing against Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic. Those from Nantes were used to all that, we were not. So I asked the Federation to allow us three days before the final to visit the stadium. We went to Saint-Denis and the players were able to start connecting with the field.Would you change anything about that match against Nantes?No. What happened, happened, and there is no need to give it more thought. If I think about why I did not put this player or why I did not make such a change in such a minute I would not sleep. Everything I did I did because, at the time, I thought it was the right thing to do. Throughout the Cup it went well. On the day of the final we lost, but there is no need to look for a reason. It was like this.How did the 2000 Calais play?Sometimes I talk to people who hope that an amateur team like that one would reach the Cup final playing like the First. If I get to prepare Calais thinking that we could win in technique or tactics to Strasbourg or Bordeaux we don’t win a match. We wanted them not to be comfortable and we did it by pressing very hard from the front of our area to the center of the field. We physically prepared the team so that each player was able to press throughout the match, including in overtime. The idea was to reduce the actual playing time and the ability of each rival to think. It was difficult, but we did it and managed to recover balls and go out on the counterattack before the opponent could organize. This is how we managed to reach the Cup final with an amateur team. Ladislao Lozano, former coach of Calais “At halftime we were winning 1-0, but I was not happy with what I was seeing and I was pretty tough on the players” How would you define yourself as a coach?They say he had an iron fist and a silk glove. People saw me as a leader, a great group manager. He was tough, demanding, and always made the decisions he considered fair. And he was a hard worker, but I can’t speak more about myself because I don’t like him. If they had given me the opportunity to work in France or in Spain I would have achieved glory. I think I would have done well.What does Ladislao Lozano think about current football and the millions that are spent on transfers?Well, when I was training the money problem, I was already starting to have a leading role in soccer. And I say problem because, for my taste, these astronomical figures are. In France, PSG have millions and millions, and when they lack millions, they call Qatar and get more millions. It’s good for the club, but not for Ligue 1. The championship needs to have more balance, that other teams have a chance to win. The PSG, with the money it has, the only thing it can and should do is win, win, win and win. And that for French football is not a good thing.What team is Ladislao Lozano from?I don’t support any particular Ligue 1 team, but maybe it’s from the Stade de Reims. Because I trained them and because they were the first French team to reach a Champions League final. I have been separated from football for three or four years. Now, after a decade away from Calais, I have returned. Natacha Bouchart asked me to join his team of municipal councilors and I accepted.Have you met again with any of the heroes of 2000?I’ve only been in town for a short time and haven’t seen anyone yet. Only Réginald Becque, who was my left back. He was invited to two of the meetings we had to prepare the exposition of the letters written by the fans. I have not agreed with the others, but I hope to see them in the next few days, when we can finally leave home.Do you stop a lot on the street?Less than before, but they do stop me. There are still people who remember what we did. I hope that soon we can leave the house and more people stop me. Is very nice.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0MK6y4ih38 (/ embed)last_img read more

first_imgFlyers President Paul Van Nostrand says the decision on whether to play AA or AAA in part has to do with players possibly retiring from the team. If they do retire, it puts a strain on the team to compete at the AAA level as it is expensive to recruit high level players from elsewhere.The organization expects to make a decision on the team’s status in the next two or three weeks.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgPortugal boss Fernando Santos’s tongue-in-cheek response when asked why Cristiano Ronaldo is excelling at this World Cup.“These are our best boys. This matters to them. They love their country. They understand that this is the World Cup.”— Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko after Russia confounded their critics by producing the best ever start of a World Cup host nation with Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Egypt following their 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia.“I don’t know why everything is clicking for me at this tournament.”— Russia’s three-goal hero Denis Cheryshev is as bemused as most at the radical turnaround in the team’s fortunes.“You’ll see him tomorrow (Thursday). Olivier does not have the same style of play as the others. When he’s not here, we realise his usefulness even more.”— France coach Didier Deschamps on striker Olivier Giroud, who did not start their opening win over Australia.“If you could be a little bit more positive as well, that would be cool.”— Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane asking the media to lay off his France teammate Paul Pogba, who told French television at the weekend that he was “the most criticised player in the world”.“The Polish team will have to regenerate and recuperate.”— Coach Adam Nawalka’s blunt verdict after Poland’s 2-1 opening loss to Senegal.“He gets targeted a lot. He gets fouled a lot, lots of knocks.”— Philippe Coutino on his Brazil teammate Neymar, who was fouled 10 times in the five-time champions’ opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Santos joked that Cristiano Ronaldo is in such good form because of his own coaching skills © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes at the World Cup:“He has a great coach.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – Thierry Henry is in talks with Bordeaux over the vacant coach’s role, according to Sky sources.The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward. French broadcaster RMC reported on Wednesday morning that he had agreed to take the role, but Sky understands talks are still ongoing.Henry, who left Sky Sports in the summer to concentrate on his coaching career, has been working as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since 2016.He was part of the backroom staff that led Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.The Ligue 1 side recently suspended manager Gus Poyet after he was critical of a transfer that had been made without his knowledge.Bordeaux sold striker Gaetan Laborde to rivals Montpellier and Poyet reacted furiously after their Europa League win over FC Mariupol, labelling the transfer “a disgrace”.Poyet was suspended for a week with Eric Bedouet taking over for Sunday’s league clash with Toulouse, which saw Bordeaux fall to a 2-1 defeat.Henry’s interest in the role was brought to light on Monday by his long-time manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger.“Yes, he wants to do it,” Wenger told Corse Matin. “He is intelligent and he has the qualities.Henry made 254 appearances for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 and won 123 caps for France.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img He claimed the state law in question could only be enforced by California regulators, not by workers in a courtroom. He added that Wal-Mart did not believe the lunch law allowed for punitive damages. “We absolutely disagree with their findings,” Manne said of the jury’s verdict. He conceded that Wal-Mart made mistakes in not always allowing for lunch breaks when the 2001 law took affect, but said the company is “100 percent” in compliance now. The lawsuit was filed by several former Wal-Mart employees in the San Francisco Bay area in 2001, but it took four years of legal wrangling to get to trial. The verdict comes as the company is waging an intense public-relations campaign to counter critics aiming to stop the retailer’s expansion and make it boost workers’ salaries and benefits. Paul Blank, campaign director for WakeUpWalMart.com, an union-affiliated advocacy group that believes Wal-Mart’s policies over wages, health benefits and other issues harm families and communities, said he was delighted by the verdict. “It is a sad day when Wal-Mart provides these so-called low prices by exploiting their workers and even the law,” Blank said. The company added lower-cost health insurance this year after an internal memo surfaced that showed 46 percent of Wal-Mart employees’ children were on Medicaid or uninsured. A federal lawsuit pending in San Francisco accuses the company of paying men more than women.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND, Calif. – A California jury on Thursday awarded $172 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who claimed they were illegally denied lunch breaks. The world’s largest retailer was ordered to pay $57 million in general damages and $115 million in punitive damages to about 116,000 current and former California employees for violating a 2001 state law that requires employers to give 30-minute, unpaid lunch breaks to employees who work at least six hours. The damages were originally tallied as $207 million after a court clerk misread the punitive damages as $150 million. The amount of punitive damages was later clarified. The class-action lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court is one of about 40 nationwide alleging workplace violations by Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, which earned $10 billion last year, settled a similar lawsuit in Colorado for $50 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In the California lunch-break suit, Wal-Mart claimed that workers did not demand penalty wages on a timely basis. Under the law, the company must pay workers a full hour’s wages for every missed lunch. The company also said it paid some employees their penalty pay and, in 2003, most workers agreed to waive their meal periods as the law allows. The lawsuit covers former and current employees in California from 2001 to 2005. The workers claimed they were owed more than $66 million plus interest, and sought damages to punish the company for alleged wrongdoing. Attorney Fred Furth, who brought the case on behalf of the workers, said outside court that the jury “held Wal-Mart to account.” Wal-Mart attorney Neal Manne said the jury’s verdict, reached after nearly three days of deliberations and four months of testimony, would likely be appealed.last_img read more

first_imgDonegal TV were at the ramp to celebrate some terrific wins at the Joule Donegal International Rally.Charlie Collins gets reaction from winners Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy as well as very emotional National winners Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett. The extended pice also hears from family members of many of those who took part in the rally as well as the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ciaran Brogan.Simply click on the video to see a terrific round-up of a great weekend in Donegal motorsport.DDTV: SPECIAL FEATURE ON THE JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 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:Garry JenningsJoule Donegal International RallyManus Kellyrory kennedylast_img read more

first_imgA major cross border project worth almost €14million was launched this week at An Grianan Hotel in Burt, Co. Donegal aimed at improving the water quality in our waterways.‘CatchmentCARE’ is a five year project bringing together eight partners to restore the water quality in three important cross-border river catchments – River Blackwater, River Finn and the Arney River.The CatchmentCARE project will include studies on how best to tackle water quality and it will also provide a platform for cross border engagement and knowledge sharing between community, governance, policy and scientific shareholders. There will be actions to improve the quality of the rivers through restoration works to the land bordering the rivers, as well as to the rivers themselves. Further actions will enhance the capacity of shareholders to contribute to this programme of improving water quality.There are also plans to install 50 boreholes across the region to monitor water quality.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project launch are Back Row L-R, Dr. Donnacha Doody, Principal Scientific Officer, Agri-food & Biosciences Institute, Tim Irwin, Head of Water Management, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Taly Hunter Williams, Senior Hydro-geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland, Michael McGarvey, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Ciaran Hanna, Programme Officer, Special EU Programmes Body, Con McLaughlin, Senior Engineer Donegal County Council and Paddy Boylan, Senior Biologist, Loughs Agency. Front Row L-R Andy Fanning, Programme Manager, Environmental Protection Agency Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Marcus Malley, Conservation Officer, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough CouncilCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle welcomed project partners and invited guests to the launch event saying “Donegal County Council is delighted to be leading out on this initiative which has identified actions that go above and beyond those that agencies already have a statutory obligation to undertake and will address the core challenge of restoring water-bodies in border area catchments.“Everyone lives and works in a river catchment. Everything we do has the potential to affect waterways and ultimately the ocean and marine life. This initiative is about working collaboratively to increase the resilience of these important cross-border river catchments”. Lee McDaid, Wildlife Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service giving a talk a section of the group at Inch Wildlife Reserve.Led by Donegal County Council, the partner organisations are Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Agri Foods & Biosciences Institute, the Loughs Agency, Ulster University, the British Geological Survey and Geological Survey Ireland.A healthy water catchment can provide high-quality drinking water and support livelihoods such as agriculture, recreational angling and water sports. It can also support local ecosystems so plants, animals, fish and insects that depend on having healthy water can thrive and flourish.Managing our water so it can meet our current and future needs and support the ecosystems that depend on it is vital and CatchmentCARE will make a significant contribution to these aims.Welcoming the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body said: “This project represents a unique cross-border partnership that will provide a platform for knowledge exchange between universities, local councils and scientific organisations. It will also deliver upon a number of core outputs within the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme that have been designed to both protect and enhance our precious biodiversity on both sides of the border and contribute towards compliance with the EU’s Water Framework Directive.”Pictured at the launch of the Cathment CARE last Thursday are Cathairleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Taly Hunter William, Senior Hydro-geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland, Joe Mahon, Television Presenter, Con McLaughlin, Senior Engineer Donegal County Council, Michael McGarvey,Director of Service, Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely, Chief Executiv, Donegal County Council.Well known TV presenter and broadcaster Joe Mahon was also on hand as a guest speaker at the launch and provided some thought provoking insights from his own ‘Lesser Spotted Journeys’ and on our shared responsibility to improving water quality and ensuring healthy water catchments for all. Joe remarked on how well the project logo looked and captured the ‘CARE’ components from the project, the ‘Community Actions for Resilient Ecosystems’. In launching the Project, he concluded by wishing all of the Partners involved in ‘Catchment CARE’ best wishes for the remaining years on the successful implementation of this ambitious and very significant project.This ambitious project is being funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body. Match-funding has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland making a grand total of €13.8 million.€14 million project launched to improve Donegal water quality was last modified: June 19th, 2018 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:CatchmentCARE projectcross-BorderDonegal County Councilwater qualitylast_img read more

first_imgA squid whose scientific name means “vampire from hell” wears specs with excellent specs (that’s lenses with excellent specifications, for the pun-challenged).  Elisabeth Pennisi in Science reported on a talk given at an Arizona science conference about the vampire squid, whose “lenses are designed for seeing details, even in virtual darkness.”  Researchers studying cephalopod eyes found interesting optical features in the eyes of this species.  “Seeing clearly underwater requires a special spherical lens with a high refractive index in the center but a lower index toward the edge,” explained Pennisi.  In the vampire squid, “This gradation is achieved with progressively lower concentrations, from the lens’s center outward, of proteins called crystallins.”    How well does this design work?  Pennisi ends,After her study, [Alison] Sweeney [Duke U] is deeply impressed by cephalopod vision.  Indeed, she noted, the shipboard tests showed that the vampire squid’s lens, which appeared early in the evolutionary history of cephalopods, “has a visual acuity better than in a state-of-the-art Zeiss dissecting microscope.”Pennisi explained, “For a lens to be transparent, crystallins must stay folded and evenly dispersed to create a glassy state.”  A developmental biologist was quoted as remarking, “It’s amazing how finely tuned the squid lens is to do its job.”    For more on crystallins and how they achieve transparency, see the 08/28/2003 entry.  For another example of a finely-tuned visual system in the marine environment, read about the box jellyfish eye (05/13/2005).1Elisabeth Pennisi, “News Focus SOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY MEETING: Loopy Lens Proteins Provide Squid With Excellent Eyesight,” Science, 26 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5811, p. 456, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5811.456a.It’s sad that this article was suffused with evolutionary storytelling.  The biologists told a fable about how the crystallins became optimized after some ancient gene duplication event, and that the “old” crystallins were on the periphery, and the “new” ones in the center of the lens.  Moreover, this lucky accident that produced a lens superior to Carl Zeiss specifications happened multiple times in different lineages!  The fability (01/16/2007 commentary) of Darwinians is fabulous.    Pray for poor Elisabeth.  She comes up with some of the most amazing examples of design in her reports for Science (e.g., next entry) but always has to tow the Darwin Party line.  Such mandatory myopia must be causing a splitting headache.  Suggested therapy: take the blinders off.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img19 August 2005Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa says small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) need advisory support on financial and cash-flow management to make inroads into South Africa’s “first economy”.Speaking at the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) branch at Mafikeng in North West on Thursday, Mphahlwa said that even if small enterprises got financial support, most would collapse from financial mismanagement.“We are launching the Seda branch here to provide non-financial and technical support for SMME sustainability,” he said.The launch was attended by about 2 000 entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses.Mphahlwa said the government aimed to create a conducive environment for small businesses to thrive, with Seda branches being key delivery portals.“The fact that Seda provides non-financial support does not stop it exploring ways SMMEs can access funding from other institutions,” he said.Seda chief executive Wawa Damane said the agency had already held discussions with Khula Enterprise about use existing networks and channels such as Absa bank to help small businesses access funding.“If small entrepreneurs approach us for help, and we see they have good business ideas, we will refer them to Khula in Rustenburg as part of this agreement,” she said.Dawane said they had identified small-scale mining and agriculture as two key areas needing attention in the province.North West is the first province in the country to adopt the Seda model, with its first branch launched in Taung two months ago.Finance and economic development MEC Darkey Africa urged entrepreneurs to use the resources provided by the government to develop of their businesses.Africa said the province would work hard to set high standards in SMME development.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more