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Tributes paid following death of Derry born writer Seamus Deane

first_img WhatsApp Tributes paid following death of Derry born writer Seamus Deane Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – May 13, 2021 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Arts Council has expressed its sadness at the passing of writer and Aosdána member Seamus Deane.Arts Council Chair Prof. Kevin Rafter said: “A gifted writer and a profound intellect, Seamus Deane was a master of every writing form. As a critic, an editor, a poet and a novelist, Deane brought concentrated rigour and empathy to his work. An inspiring teacher and continual advocate for Irish writing, Seamus Deane leaves behind a powerful literary and cultural legacy. “Born in Derry in 1940, Seamus Deane was educated at Queen’s University and Cambridge University. He was professor of Modern English and American Literature in University College Dublin, and had lectured extensively across Europe and the United States.His collections of poetry included Gradual Wars (1972), which won the AE Memorial Prize, Rumours (1977), History Lessons (1983) and Selected Poems (1988). He had written numerous works of criticism on Irish literature, and a history of the French Enlightenment.His first novel, Reading in the Dark, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1996 and won the Irish Times Literary Award in 1997.He was a director of the Field Day theatre company, and was general editor of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.He is survived by his partner, Emer Nolan, their daughter Iseult, his first wife Marion and their children Conor, Ciarán, Cormac and Éimear. Twitter Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Previous articleIrate Horgan says he is entitled to question referee’s decisionNext articleLetterkenny one of five Maternity Units with restrictions News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Press release: New investment in European Bioinformatics Institute to tackle life threatening diseases

first_imgUK Biobank’s genomic and health data collected from 500,000 volunteers the Human Cell Atlas, a global endeavour to map every single cell type in the human body the Earth BioGenome, which aims to characterise the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity Notes to editorsBioinformatics – the science of analysing, storing and sharing large biological datasets – is essential to discovering how genes affect the health of humans, plants and animals.The UK is a founding member of EMBL, a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation established in 1974 and now funded by 26 member states, including much of Europe and Israel, and two associate members, Argentina and Australia. EMBL-EBI is one of the 6 sites of EMBL.EMBL-EBI, based on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, is a global leader in bioinformatics. Researchers today depend on access to large data sets of many different types, spanning genes, proteins and the behaviour of small molecules. Bioinformatics makes it possible to collect, store and add value to these data so that life science researchers can retrieve and analyse them efficiently. EMBL-EBI is one of very few places in the world that has the capacity and expertise to fulfil this important task. They develop databases, tools and software that make it possible to align, verify and visualise the diverse data produced in publicly funded research, and make that information freely available to all.EMBL-EBI supports large-scale science programmes, for example: Our ability to process, access and interrogate large volumes of data is absolutely crucial to scientific discovery in the 21st Century, none more so than in health and life sciences where the fields of genomics and molecular biology are fuelling major advances. This funding enables EMBL-EBI to continue to grow its global leadership in large biological datasets and bioinformatics, which are used by researchers all over the world, every day of the week. Making the announcement, Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: EMBL-EBI websites receive over 38 million requests for data or analysis every day. The demand for our data resources has risen dramatically in the last decade and we expect this trend to continue, so we need to be ready for when it happens. Building a robust and accessible data infrastructure is crucial for the life science discoveries of the next decades. The new funding is delivered through UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund which supports high quality research and development priorities. UK science and innovation is supported by the largest increase in public research and development investment on record by committing to raising R&D funding to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: the Human Cell Atlas which is the world’s first data platform that maps every single cell in the human body. By doing so, it allows scientists to identify which genes associated with disease are active in our bodies and where UK Biobank which is a collection of health data from over 500,000 volunteers in the country, set to offer new insights to disease prevention and treatmentcenter_img Drug discovery, research into cancer genetics, regenerative medicine and crop disease prevention will be strengthened following £45 million government investment to extend the largest biological open data facility hosted in the UK.Life scientists around the world use EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute’s (EMBL-EBI) infrastructure in Cambridge to store, share, access and analyse data to drive cutting-edge research in genomics and molecular biology. This £45 million investment from government will increase the centre’s computing, storage and building capacity as it works to improve the world’s understanding of genetics and molecular biology.Through collaborations, the Institute is integral to fighting human diseases, and has supported initiatives including: Life scientists around the world to access more genomics and molecular biology data that will improve diagnosis of disease and inform new life-saving treatments new funding to EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge will analyse large and complex data sets and turn into digestible knowledge for scientists investment illustrates the government’s Industrial Strategy in action to ensure the UK remains globally competitive in the life sciences, with UK science and innovation supported by the largest increase in public research and development investment on record In the last 5 years, approximately 20 petabytes of new biological data has been deposited to EMBL-EBI resources. This is equivalent to the capacity of 20,000 laptops with one terabyte of storage each. This data growth is likely to intensify due to the diverse use of genomic data in biotechnology, medicine and agriculture.But the amount of data produced is doubling twice as quickly as computer storage and processing power, and this rate is increasing. This is partly due to the rise of new technologies, such as single-cell sequencing, and cryo-electron microscopy.The Strategic Priorities Fund is being delivered by UKRI to drive an increase in high quality multi- and interdisciplinary research and innovation; ensure that UKRI’s investment links up effectively with government research priorities and opportunities; and ensure the system responds to strategic priorities and opportunities. This investment will expand EMBL-EBI’s technical IT and building infrastructure which will support the growing demand for scientists to access biological data sets more quickly and simply than has previously been the case. It will also support the emerging use of machine learning across the life sciences, which requires quality-controlled datasets that EMBL-EBI.Dr Ewan Birney, Director of EMBL-EBI, said: People around the world are affected by food security, diseases that could be prevented and access to effective medication. Through the vital datasets made available by EMBL-EBI many of these issues can – and are – being prevented. That is why the government has invested £45 million to boost the work being undertaken at the Institute, and why boosting the UK’s genomics sector is a key commitment in our Life Sciences Sector Deal, to avoid premature deaths and to ensure food security for years to come.last_img read more

Georgia Peanut Tour

first_imgThe top peanut-producing state in the country showcased its 2015 crop during the annual Georgia Peanut Tour, which was held Sept. 15-17.The University of Georgia, along with the Georgia Peanut Commission, coordinated the three-day tour, which allowed participants to visit southwest Georgia, home of some of the top peanut producers in the state. The tour, which included farmers, industry personnel and visitors from other countries, educated participants about all aspects of peanut production — from planting and harvesting to the manufacturing of the crop.Tour attendees learned why peanuts are a high-value crop for Georgia farmers.“The tour has been excellent. We got to visit a number of sites that showcased Georgia’s peanut production,” said Rajagopalbabu “Babu” Srinivasan, UGA entomologist and chairman of the peanut tour committee. “We got to see farming operations on a big scale, digging and picking. We had a good session at our research station in Attapulgus, Georgia, (Wednesday) that allowed us to highlight our research findings over the years.”Srinivasan and fellow UGA team members, including plant pathologists, agronomists, entomologists and economists, provided insight as to why peanut production is a complex — but rewarding — process.“Even though we have a number of people who participate in the peanut tour every year, we have several newcomers. What we wanted to do was show to them everything we could in a couple of days about peanut production. This being the time for harvest, we were able to show them how the peanuts are harvested and processed” Srinivasan said.The tour included visits to multiple farming operations in Decatur, Grady, Miller and Seminole counties, including John Harrell’s peanut field in Grady County on Thursday.“I’ve been on every Georgia Peanut Tour since 1999, and this is the first year I haven’t traveled all the way with the tour. This is a highlight of mine, to have the peanut tour on my farm north of Whigham, (Georgia),” Harrell said. “My irrigated peanuts look great. We went through tough times in August, so it’s going to affect these yields on my dryland peanuts.”Srinivasan said Georgia was expected to grow almost 800,000 acres of peanuts this year. Such an increase was attributed to the poor commodity prices for corn and cotton. While peanut prices are not ideal, they do present better opportunities for profit, which is why achieving high yields is so important for farmers in southwest Georgia.“Like I said the first day, we grow a lot of peanuts and we grow the world’s finest peanuts. This is the peanut capital of the world,” Srinivasan said. “There’s no other place that could top this, I would say.”last_img read more

Room for the whole family and more in this well loved home

first_imgThis spacious home at 15 Dooley St, Taigum, is for sale for offers over $675,000.IF it wasn’t for Daniel Huskins’ career ambitions, he’d never let go of his beloved home in Taigum.But Mr Huskins is studying to become a commercial pilot and needs the money to fund his dream.He bought the spacious, split-level family home at 15 Dooley Close in 2008 and shared it with other tenants. The open plan living area inside the home at 15 Dooley St, Taigum.Over the years, it’s been home to a number of people, but he assures buyers it has always been well looked after.“It’s had a lot of different stages but it’s always been well loved,” Mr Huskins said.“It’s a great home and I didn’t really want to sell it, but I’m being forced to.” The downstairs living area at 15 Dooley St, Taigum.“You’re a five-minute drive from Chermside and Toombul shopping centres.“You’re not too far away from the city, but far enough.”Mr Huskins said he would also miss sitting by the pool on a summer’s day.Taigum is 15km north of Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $530,000. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019One of the five bedrooms in the home at 15 Dooley St, Taigum.The versatile house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms and is suitable for a dual living arrangement.The master bedroom has ‘his’ and ‘her’ robes and an ensuite.The living, dining and kitchen areas are part of a large, open plan design, which includes plenty of storage space. The kitchen in the home at 15 Dooley St, Taigum.There’s also a huge separate rumpus room and two timber decks.The house is on a north facing, elevated 645 sqm block, which includes an inground saltwater pool.Mr Huskins said one of the best things about the home was it’s proximity to public transport and shopping centres. “I think it’s the best location in Brisbane,” he said.last_img read more

Cricket News Rishabh Pant’s childhood coach hits out at critics; says even MS missed stumping and catches early in his career

first_imgThe series stands level after four games. The final game of the series is scheduled to happen in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. Rishabh Pant will once again be seen behind the stumps; which will also be his last opportunity before the World Cup.  highlights “Such comparisons are cropping up because, like Dhoni, he (Pant) is also a wicketkeeper-batsman. But it’s unfair on him because it puts undue pressure for him to perform in a particular way, and be like Dhoni. He performs the best when his mind is free,” the coach was quoted as saying by Indian Express.Sinha also reminded the fans that Dhoni has become what he is today after years of international cricket, it isn’t like he was this good from the day he donned the Indian jersey.“There’s a difference between the Pant of today and Dhoni 14-years-ago when he was making his way into the Indian team. Back then, he did not come with the kind of baggage as Pant has. There wasn’t any legendary wicketkeeper whom he was replacing. The guys back then were either Dinesh Karthik or Parthiv Patel, players younger to him. So, he (Dhoni) was free from the pressure and expectations that Pant is facing today,” he continued.Further downplaying the criticism Pant has received after dropping those catches and missing stumping opportunities on Sunday, suggesting there’s no wicket-keeper in the world (even Dhoni) who hasn’t spilt chances behind the stumps.“Which keeper in the world hasn’t missed a catch or a stumping? Even Dhoni missed catches and stumpings at the start of his career. The good thing is that the selectors persisted with him and did not drop him after one season. He improved with time to become one of the greats of the game,” Sinha explained. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : India and Australia are all set to lock horns for one final time at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi in the five-match ODI series on March 13. The series stands 2-2 with first two going in India’s favour, and Australia coming back strongly in the third and fourth one-day International. However, many believe that the scoreline could easily be 3-1 and India could have taken an unassailable lead at PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali if Rishabh Pant would have shown better display behind the stumps. Pant had replaced MS Dhoni in the squad who has taken a two-match rest post-Ranchi ODI. Earlier to the game in Mohali, many believed that Pant can replicate Dhoni and replace him once Dhoni plans to retire.However, after the young sensation missed a stumping and catching chance, there were absolutely different thoughts. On this, Pant’s childhood coach went onto back Pant and said it’s better not to compare Pant with MS Dhoni as he performs best when he is free from any kind of expectation. last_img read more

Developmental league has support, no launch plan

first_imgIn this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, former NFL football player Troy Vincent speaks during a news conference in New Orleans. When Vincent, recently made the NFL’s head of football operations, mentioned in April the NFL’s interest in establishing a developmental league, he couldn’t have imagined the response it would get. (AP Photo/Doug Benc, File)NEW YORK (AP) — When Troy Vincent mentioned in April the NFL’s interest in establishing a developmental league, he couldn’t have imagined the response it would get.“I got more than 100 proposals,” he said with a laugh. “I think that shows it is worth a look.”And that is what it will get, although the NFL has no timetable for establishing such a league.Why is it likely to get off the ground? Vincent, who recently became the NFL’s head of football operations, cites a bunch of reasons, from training coaches and officials to finding players to testing rules.“It would be an opportunity to enhance our game on many levels, to develop the future, preserve and innovate the game,” he said.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches his players warm up before game against the Baltimore Ravens, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)Steelers coach Mike Tomlin would like to see it happen.“I’m in favor of anything that increases opportunities for guys to grow and develop,” Tomlin said, “and ultimately improve the product of our game for our fans, particularly at some positions.”Notably, quarterback. Tomlin is well aware of how former Super Bowl QBs Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme were helped by their time in the minors.“Quarterbacks often don’t come to you ready-made, particularly with the way college football is played now with so many spread offenses and half-field reads and so forth,” Tomlin said.Tomlin is right that the NFL relies on the college game for developing the skills of potential pro players. That won’t change but, as the number of undrafted free agents who populate NFL rosters shows — 31.4 percent in 2014 — there are hundreds of players who would benefit from having a place to showcase themselves if the NFL doesn’t come calling.Not since NFL Europe disappeared in 2007 has there been an NFL-affiliated place where players could go to prove themselves worthy of a look by one of the league’s 32 teams. Same thing for officials and coaches.“That’s what NFL Europe was intended to be, a developmental league,” said Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, a former head coach in the NFL. “I thought it was great for coaches, I thought it was great for players, I thought it was great for officials. It wasn’t my money they were spending on it, but I always thought the time was worth it. ”There are dozens of questions accompanying any project: When and where would the league play games? How many teams would be in a developmental league? Who would play and coach? Would television be interested?Marc Ganis, president of SportsCorp, a Chicago-based consulting firm, has a strong relationship with many team owners. He envisions a league being established for spring play, with all of the teams supplying players they want to see more from.“After the NFL season and before the training camps, say March to July,” Ganis said. “It’s an open time in the sports schedule. The colleges are done and the NBA and NHL playoffs wind down.“A league in the fall is really tough. It is not like baseball, where teams can be calling up players every day from the minors. There would be lots of restrictions on player movement then.”This won’t be an international venture, either. In fact, it probably would be done regionally, cutting down on travel costs.“I do envision some sort of developmental league, based maybe in Florida or Texas or Arizona,” said former NFL general manager Phil Savage, who now is the executive director of the Senior Bowl. “Anywhere from four to six teams; I don’t think more than eight.“I see it as tightly managed, with not a ton of travel. And I don’t think it would matter the size of the stadiums and crowds, because it’s a minor league, a place to look at players from the lower end of the roster or players trying to make it into the NFL.”Ganis says not to worry about TV interest.“The networks have open time in the spring, and it’s an NFL product. There would be room on the networks for games on the weekend, and on the cable outlets for weeknights,” he said. “There’s really a dearth of major sports on the weekends then.“I think you would see all the networks with cable channels — CBS, Fox, NBC, and of course NFL Network — to be interested. And ESPN would likely want in on the mix, although they need it the least.”Savage was most intrigued by Vincent’s suggestion that an academy for training players, coaches and officials could accompany a D-league. But he foresees such an academy being held during the NFL season.“It would be in one centralized location and these players go there and they keep their football life afloat for another few months or another season,” Savage said. “And maybe they show enough to play in the developmental league the next spring. Or maybe they get discovered for the NFL.”One major caveat would be the status of the players. Would they be NFL Players Association members? What sort of medical coverage would they have? What would their salaries be?Savage believes the league, the union and the American Football Coaches Association — the organization for college coaches — could work out a strategy that would lead to a developmental league by the end of the decade, perhaps much sooner.“I think it could be a really neat thing and can help a lot of players,” he said.Rams coach Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the NFL’s influential competition committee, agrees.“There’s been discussions over the last couple years. I don’t know what direction it’s going, but I think we have a need for it,” Fisher said. “I think it would be beneficial from a young players’ standpoint. … if you have to make an outside roster move to get somebody that’s in shape that you can evaluate on film.”Vincent, naturally, is in a position to help bring a league, and an academy, into existence.“If it is something sustainable and it is good for the sport, and we can make it work,” Vincent said, “it’s worth pursuing.”___AP Sports Writers Will Graves and R.B. Fallstrom and freelance writer George Henry contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more