first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN PERTH: CELTIC recorded their seventh straight SPL win in a row with a 2-0 victory at St Johnston today, with manager Neil Lennon singling out the performance of Georgios Samaras.The Greece international was in form in Perth again today after some fine performances recently.Gary Hooper stabbed home from close range following a 60th-minute corner and Ki Sung-Yeung fired in after a quick break four minutes later to reduce the gap with Rangers to four points. “Samaras was brilliant, as was Hooper and Forrest in the second half,” said Lennon.“I don’t like singling people out, but Samaras brings something different to the team. We need players like that.”A couple of months ago many Celtic fans – including many in Donegal – were asking why Lennon had bothered keeping the Greek. Now he’s showing why.“He’s proven his character this season,” said Lennon. “People were pointing the finger at him, saying he was lazy, but I’ve seen a different character.“I’m pleased he’s shown a level of consistency that’s doing him justice.“It was magnificent from start to finish. We dominated the first half and their keeper kept them in it to keep the score at 0-0.“In the second half, we just seemed to find another level.“The second goal was world class. It’s something we’ve been trying to do on the counter attack for a while.” The win puts Celtic back to within four points of Rangers.“I could go through the whole team and there’s not one failure,” said Lennon, who stuck with the same side who drew with Udinese in the Europa League in midweek.“Coming off the back of Thursday, they’re really in the groove.“We’ve now got seven wins in a row, which breeds a lot of confidence, but the belief is there as well. Advertisement “They’ve found the form of last season earlier than they did last year.“We’ve got players to come back into the fray, but St Johnstone are a difficult side to break down, they’ve had a good start to the season.“They’ve had some adverse results, but at home it’s always hard here.“To play as well and create the chances we did, it’s very pleasing.” Advertisement The bad news is that Celtic could be without Daniel Majstorovic for up to six weeks after the defender suffered a serious facial injury in the win.Said Lennon: “It looks like a fractured cheekbone. It could be a fractured eye-socket.“It’ll have to be scanned and assessed, but it’s a massive blow for us.“He could be out for four to six weeks, but we’ll see how he is before we give him a definitive time out.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTHE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC IN 7TH HEAVEN WITH ANOTHER WIN was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2-0CelticNeil LennonSamarasSt Johnstonthe hoops report on donegaldailylast_img read more

DD Medical Matters: What is Lupus?

first_imgThis week  Dr Ciarán  Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice takes a look at an interesting condition called Lupus  (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus).Lupus or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) to give the full title, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body and can cause a variety of symptoms depending on what part is affected. These range from tiredness (due to anaemia) depression, anxiety,  right through to joint pains, headaches, chest pain and even mouth ulcers. It tends to affect women more than men and about 1 in 1000 people are affected. The typical patient is female in her 20s, 30s or 40s.  It is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking the body’s own cells. It is not fully understood what causes it and while there seems to be some hereditary factor, there are other factors involved also. Sunlight, infections and even certain medicines may have a role. How does it affect the patient?Joint and muscle pain are very common in SLE, particularly in the small joints of the hands and feet. The pain can “hop” from one joint to another and stiffness is more common in the morning. Rashes may develop, particularly a very specific type of “butterfly” pattern rash on the face, but rashes elsewhere are common also. Mouth ulcers are common in people with SLE as well as hair thinning. Anaemia is common, though usually mild and lymph nodes may swell. Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lungs and inner chest wall) and chest pain may occur as well as problems with the kidneys. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon as well as headaches. Tiredness is also a common feature. Symptoms tend to flare up from time to time and then settle again. How will I know if I have it? If your doctor suspects Lupus they will send certain blood tests.  Once diagnosed, regular monitoring of blood tests are required. Other scans and x-rays may be required depending on the part of the body affected. Can it be treated?We cannon cure Lupus but we can usually help ease the symptoms. Specialists will oversee treatment but usually medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and even steroids are used. More severe cases may require medicines to settle the immune system. Will I get better? The outlook for patients with Lupus is very good and active normal life is usually possible. Treatments are good and while joint pain and skin symptoms are annoying they can usually be managed well with medicines. Serious complications tend to occur within the first 10 years so after that, they are unlikely to occur. Severe disease where the kidneys or brain are affected can be life-threatening but modern immunosuppressive treatments have greatly improved outcomes even in these rarer cases. Lupus can cause an increased risk of miscarriage but in the case of mild or well-controlled Lupus, pregnancy tends to uneventful.  Kidney involvement may cause blood pressure problems, however. The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor. Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasound is a full-time GP  at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice, Scally Place, Letterkenny,  Tel 0749164111scallys.ieDD Medical Matters: What is Lupus? was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare 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:dr mcdadid roartylupusMedical Matterslast_img read more

Junior Boks through to JWC semis

first_imgFinishing strongly, the Baby Boks dominated the last 10 minutes of the contest and Kolbe signed off with a mesmerising run to cross untouched for a try. “We played much better towards the end, especially during the last 10 minutes. I am just relieved that we managed to beat them because they are a dangerous team. We will now regroup and prepare for the semi-final.” Far from beatenFrance, however, were far from beaten and they struck back when eighthman Marco Tauleigne went over in the corner. The French then took the lead with a converted try from Baptiste Serin. 14 June 2013 “We knew that the French would be passionate and very committed because they had so much to play for. They were lifted by a fantastic crowd and gave it their all,” coach Theron said after the match. Down 19-18, South Africa hit the front once more six minutes after that when Pollard slotted another penalty. Reflecting on the match, South African captain Ruan Steenkamp commented: “They disrupted us from the start and forced us into mistakes. We could not get the momentum that we wanted, but we showed a lot of bravery and heart out there. Shortly afterwards, for the first time in the tournament, however, South Africa trailed in a game when an intercepted pass led to Thibault Regard going over for France. A successful conversion put the hosts ahead. Four-time winners New Zealand qualified as the top seed and were also joined in the final four by Wales and England, who claimed the final place as the best of the runners-up, just ahead of Ireland and Argentina. Seeded secondThe win left the defending champions undefeated after their pool games and seeded second for the semi-finals, based on their pool points and points’ difference.center_img After England, a team South African later beat, defeated the French 30-6 in their first pool match, some might have expected an easier contest for coach Dawie Theron’s charges, but it was far from that as the home team produced a tigerish display in front of their own supporters. South Africa will take on Wales in the semi-finals, with New Zealand up against Six Nations champions’ England. In the 14th minute, the first of four Handre Pollard penalties (he landed four of six in the game) then put the South Africans back in the lead by a single point. The score was the same at half-time time, 8-7 in favour of the green and gold. ‘Proud’“However, I am proud of the effort by each of my players because the win is what mattered most, and we deserved it in the end. Our guys stood firm, made some vital tackles and in the end we clinched it with a great try by Cheslin Kolbe.” The South African under-20 team secured a place in the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship after a hard-fought 26-19 victory over hosts France in a Pool A match played at at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon on Thursday evening. Early in the second half, Cheslin Kolbe, one of the stars of the championship with his mazy, elusive runs from fullback, set up Luther Odi to score in the corner and a Pollard conversion made it 15-7. Three minutes later he added a penalty to put the champions 18-7 clear. Began with a bangThursday’s evening match began with a bang for the Baby Boks when centre Dries Swanepoel sliced throught the French defence to open the scoring in the first minute. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Exercise in a combine?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With all the bending, lifting, and repetitive moves that farming demands, the career can exact a toll on a person’s body — young or old.Pain might seem unavoidable, the inevitable cost of cultivating the land. However, there are ways to prevent long- and short-term injuries, in part through exercises that can be done while sitting in a tractor or a combine.More exercise?“When you’ve already worked 14 hours a day, you don’t want to work out. But there is a way to fit some exercises and stretching into your routine without having to go to the gym,” said Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator for Ohio AgrAbility.The program, which is offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), offers free assessments for people with disabilities, to help determine which kinds of assistive technology they might need.When farmers sit idle in a tractor or other vehicle, they can use that time to stretch, just like people who work in offices can do from their desks, Akgerman said.Attendees to this year’s Farm Science Review, set for Sept. 17–19, can find out more about this at the annual farm trade show, sponsored by CFAES, near London, Ohio. At FSR, AgrAbility staff are offering 11 a.m. daily sessions featuring tips on exercising and preventing injury. An occupational therapist and an exercise coordinator will be leading the sessions and answering questions.“You don’t have to wear workout clothes. These exercises you can do in jeans and boots,” Akgerman said.The routine will include stretches to reduce the odds that peoples’ backs, necks, and knees will rebel at the end of a long day on the farm. Participants will discover what they can do to support their backs and necks, and they’ll learn effective ways to carry, push, or pull equipment so they don’t suffer pain later on.Not surprising to anyone who has worked on a farm, “a lot of farmers have back pain,” Akgerman said.“If you have limited range of motion or it really hurts to do something, we’re going to show you how to modify not only the exercise you do, but how you do the work as well, to show you how you can use your body differently,” she said.AgrAbility’s offerings at FSR will also include an exhibit of a garage/farm shop designed to accommodate a wheelchair. Visitors can also test out barn doors that open like automatic garage doors, and they can see an Action Trackchair, an all-terrain wheelchair, as well as an automated lift that allows someone in a wheelchair to get into a truck or other vehicle.“All of these are about increasing independence and easing the strenuous aspects of farming,” Akgerman said.last_img read more

Wind Power Today and in the Future

first_imgLast week we reviewed the history of wind energy, including its use for pumping water and generating power. This week we’ll take at look at the state of the art with wind power and what’s ahead.The growth of wind power over the past decade has been nothing short of spectacular. In ten years, from 1998 to 2008, installed world wind energy capacity increased more than 12-fold, from 9,700 megawatts (MW) to 121,000 MW, according to the World Wind Energy Association. During the same period, U.S. wind power capacity increased nearly 13-fold, from 1,946 to 25,170 MW. Having been the world leader in wind power until 1997, the U.S. lost that position to Germany for the next ten years, but recaptured the world leadership in 2008, with a remarkable 49.7% increase in capacity over 2007. This is still just a tiny percentage of our total power generation, but it’s increasing faster than other energy source.The vast majority of this growth has been not in individual wind turbines for homes or businesses, but in utility-scale “wind farms” that aggregate multiple wind turbines and feed the electricity into the utility grid. By locating multiple wind turbines near each other, operation and maintenance can be much more efficient. The first large wind farms were built in the 1980s in California, in some particularly windy mountain areas, such as Tehachapi Pass and Altamont Pass, where thousands of wind turbines were installed. By today’s standards, these early turbines were tiny—often just 35 kilowatts (kW) in capacity.In the past decade, most of the installed capacity of wind power has been with far larger wind turbines—some as large as 3 MW (nearly 100 times as large as those installed in California in the ’80s). With wind power, there is a significant economy of scale—bigger is better. This is partly because larger wind turbines are taller, reaching 300 or 400 feet into the sky where wind speeds are significantly greater than they are near ground level. But these new, larger turbines also benefit from the latest in aerodynamic design so they’re more efficient, and, per unit of output, they are much less expensive. According to Tony Rogers, senior engineer at the wind energy consulting firm DNV Global Energy Concepts, state-of-the-art wind turbines are up to 51% efficient—meaning they convert over half of the energy in the intercepted wind into electricity (by comparison, photovoltaic panels convert less than one-quarter of the sunlight striking them into electricity).Another advantage to larger machines is that the blades rotate at slower speeds. While the blades of a 35-kW wind turbine in a stiff breeze will be a nearly invisible blur, the blades of a 1 MW machine will be readily visible as they spin. This results in far fewer bird fatalities—admittedly a significant concern in California’s wind farms from the 1980s. Bird fatalities from today’s MW-scale wind turbines are very low.While I am a huge fan of wind power, it’s important to be honest about the limitations of this form of power generation. When a coal-fired or nuclear power plant is rated at 1,000 MW, we can be confident that it will operate most of the time with that power output. Utility folks refer to the “capacity factor,” or the amount of power produced over a given period of time compared with the amount that would have been produced had the plant operated at its rated output for that entire period. The average capacity factor of coal plants in the U.S. is 74% and for nuclear plants 92%, while most wind farms have capacity factors of just 25-40%, due to the intermittent nature of wind. Thus, replacing a 1,000 MW coal-fired power plant with wind would take 2,000–3,000 MW of wind power capacity, and even then the power output often will not match the electricity demand.To be able to distribute electricity from wind, there needs to be a robust distribution network. Because wind farms are, by their very nature, spread out and often in remote areas, the cost of this distribution can be expensive. In the U.S., the plains states have the greatest wind resource, but the greatest demand for electricity is on the east and west coasts. (One of the components on the just-passed stimulus package is funding to improve the nation’s power grid—in part to facilitate greater reliance on distributed power sources, such as wind and solar.)Finally, some people object to wind farms on aesthetic grounds. The offshore wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound is perhaps the best example of high-profile opposition, with Senator Ted Kennedy and his environmentalist nephew Bobby Kennedy staunchly opposed, but there are plenty of examples of local opposition in the Green Mountain State. I happen to think wind turbines are attractive—perhaps because I associate them with clean energy. Driving Route 9 as I come through Wilmington, I love catching a glimpse of the 11-turbine, 6-MW Searsburg Wind Power Facility—or getting a much better look at the turbines from Route 8. While there is the above-mentioned significant economy of scale, perhaps a reasonable compromise for the more pristine ridgelines would be to keep wind turbines small enough (like the Searsburg models) that aircraft warning lights are not required.In the future, if wind power continues to grow at such a rapid pace, there will come a time when wind power production exceeds demand. Then what happens? One possibility is for large wind farms to use excess electricity to produce hydrogen (through electrolysis, which splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen). The hydrogen would be stored and used for fuel-cell-powered cars and busses—whose tailpipes produce only water. Iceland is already experimenting with this approach, as part of an effort to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation. Wind power won’t provide a large fraction our energy needs here in Vermont, but it can and should be part of a diversified renewable energy strategy that can help to green the Green Mountain State.last_img read more

Marin Cilic crushes Kei Nishikori to claim US Open title

first_imgMarin Cilic of Croatia reacts as he holds serve in the third set against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their men’s singles final match at the 2014 US Open tennis tournament in New York on September 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters.Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the US Open on Monday and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam.The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary Nishikori in one hour, 54 minutes to clinch a ruthless victory and deny his 10th-seeded opponent’s bid to become the first Asian man to win a grand slam.With the win, 14th seed Cilic becomes the first Croatian to win one of the sport’s four grand slam championships since his coach Goran Ivanisevic celebrated a Wimbledon victory in 2001.”This is all hard work in these last several years and especially this last year,” said Cilic. “My team has brought something special to me, especially Goran, we were working really hard but the most important thing he brought to me was enjoying tennis and always having fun.”Kei Nishikori”I enjoyed my best tennis over here and played the best ever in my life.”The final marked the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that at least one of tennis’s big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer was not playing for the title.The two players walked onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium court under overcast skies and much more forgiving conditions than the sweltering heat they faced through much of the fortnight.advertisementWhile both men were playing in their first grand slam final it was Nishikori who displayed more jitters as Cilic quickly found his range and unloaded on his helpless opponent by blasting 17 aces to Nishikori’s two.Nishikori had his opportunities with nine break chances but could convert just one while Cilic was five of 11 and enjoyed a 38-19 edge in winners.”It’s a really tough loss but I’m really happy coming to my first final,” said Nishikori, who appeared to run out of gas after beating three consecutive top-10 opponents and having to endure a pair of five-setters. “Sorry I couldn’t get a trophy today but for sure next time.”It was a really fun two weeks here. I hope I can be coming back next year.”‘Pretty nervous’Cilic had Nishikori on the back foot from start to finish, speeding through the opening set in 33 minutes.The 14th seed, using his huge wingspan to reach out and bash forehands across court and a booming serve to score easy points, again had an early break in the second and added another to go up 5-2.Nishikori mustered a fightback to score his only break of the match and close to 5-3 but the relentless Cilic broke right back for a 2-0 lead killing any momentum his reeling opponent was building.Marin Cilic of Croatia.With a maiden grand slam within sight, Cilic kept his foot on the gas and grabbed an early break in the third.The only nerves Cilic would show came when he double faulted on his first match point.But it was only a momentary lapse as he buckled down and finished off a reeling Nishikori with a backhard winner before letting out a mighty scream as he fell onto his back and raised his arms in celebration.”You never know when the nerves are going to kick in,” said Cilic, who returned to competition last October after a four-month ban for what he always maintained was the result of ingesting a banned substance through a tainted supplement.”I think both of us were pretty nervous in the first set especially.”Everything I was working for and dreaming came today and I feel for all the other players that are working hard, I think this is a big sign, a big hope that if you are working hard things are going to pay off.”last_img read more