Hitchens back on top in Greenlands

first_img Press Association Murtagh said: “He quickened through well, I thought he was always going to win. The owners were very happy with him today, they said he was in good form. “He didn’t like Newmarket (seventh in a handicap last time out), coming down the hill there and the firm ground didn’t suit him. The ground is lovely today, though.” Hitchens repeated his Weatherbys Greenlands Stakes win of two years ago under a fine ride from Johnny Murtagh at the Curragh.center_img Trained in North Yorkshire by David Barron, the eight-year-old got a nice tow into the race as Leitir Mor set just a reasonable gallop on the rail. The leader gave way a furlong out and Murtagh’s mount (13-2) showed a nice turn of foot to put the Group Three event to bed, scoring by a neck from Reply. last_img read more

Drake looks to sweep Loyola-Chicago

first_imgTEAM LEADERSHIP: The do-everything Cameron Krutwig has put up 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists to lead the way for the Ramblers. Tate Hall has complemented Krutwig and is putting up 13.2 points and four rebounds per game. The Bulldogs are led by Liam Robbins, who is averaging 14 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Roman Penn has made or assisted on 42 percent of all Drake field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 15 field goals and 14 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Ramblers are 10-0 when they score at least 73 points and 9-10 when they fall shy of that total. The Bulldogs are 7-0 when at least five of their players score in double-figures and 11-11 on the year otherwise.TWO STREAKS: Drake has dropped its last four road games, scoring 61 points and allowing 73.8 points during those contests. Loyola of Chicago has won its last eight home games, scoring an average of 72.1 points while giving up 58.3.DID YOU KNOW: Loyola of Chicago gets to the line more often than any other MVC team. The Ramblers have averaged 19 free throws per game this season and 21.7 per game over their last three games. Drake looks to sweep Loyola-Chicago Associated Press February 24, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDrake (18-11, 8-8) vs. Loyola of Chicago (19-10, 11-5)Joseph J. Gentile Center, Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Loyola of Chicago seeks revenge on Drake after dropping the first matchup in Des Moines. The teams last played on Jan. 7, when the Bulldogs shot 48.1 percent from the field while holding Loyola of Chicago’s shooters to just 43.9 percent en route to a 65-62 victory.last_img read more

Abortion foes cheer changes for Iowa courts

first_imgDES MOINES — Abortion opponents rallied at the statehouse Thursday in support of new efforts to ban abortion in Iowa.Republican Governor Kim Reynolds announced this week she had determined there was no way to successfully appeal a district court ruling that nullified a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The governor told the group she and other Republicans who were elected in November now aim to change the judges making the decisions.“We are appointing judges to the bench that will apply the law and adhere to the constitution of Iowa and the constitution of the United States,” Reynolds said, to cheers and a standing ovation.Reynolds touted GOP plans to change who appoints half the members of a commission that nominates Iowa judges and justices for the Iowa Supreme Court. Republican Representative Sandy Salmon of Janesville, another speaker at the rally, amplified that message.“It’s time for the legislature to take back its power from the court,” Salmon said, to applause.Senators convened a hearing right after the rally on a proposal that would grant citizenship rights at the moment of conception. Another hearing was held in a HOUSE subcommittee on a plan to cut off federal funds for sex ed and pregnancy prevention programs at any organization that performs abortions or refers patients to abortion providers,last_img read more

Restaurant Review: Modine

first_imgBy Bob Sacks |Now for something completely different. Modine, in Asbury Park, serves food you didn’t even know you were craving until you eat it. The theme is Low Country Cuisine; local fare from South Carolina and the Georgia coast, which is similar to New Orleans/ Cajun but with its own special twist. Sweet and spicy, crispy fried textures, and lots of seafood make up the unique menu offerings.For one starter we picked Boiled Peanut Hummus ($8); a spicy, less oily take on chunky peanut butter; served up with large triangles of tasty homemade flatbread, which would have been better if served crispy, not limp. Barnegat Bay Oysters are offered two ways: broiled with bourbon chipotle butter ($12/4) or raw on the half shell ($14/6). I chose raw in order to taste these local oysters by themselves, and was rewarded with a half dozen sparkling fresh, plump, sweet mollusks, with a slightly saline flavor which was very refreshing.Juicy, cold-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop was paired with sauerkraut and fried apples, creating a medley of salty, sweet and meaty, which was very enjoyable.More area seafood was sourced for the Local Diver Scallop Hush Puppies ($11). The round, deep-fried balls of cornmeal were light and creamy, not at all greasy. For dipping, a small dish of Comeback Sauce was provided. Similar to remoulade, this tangy blend of mayonnaise, chili, ketchup, lemon juice, paprika, Worcestershire and hot sauce, made for a nice counterpoint to the mild cornbread flavor. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Shrimp Toasts ($9), but was pleasantly surprised by thick triangular puffs of bread coated with chopped shrimp instead of the usual thin paste, Szechuan spice, scallions, and topped with white sesame seeds, making for great textural interest and pronounced shrimp flavor. One of the dishes of the night.Monticello Salad ($10) was another tasty starter. Frisee greens, large slices of pink smoked trout, pecans, and benne seed (sesame) dressing, was a welcome change from the usual green salad. The smoked trout was notable for its lack of excessive saltiness and succulent juiciness.One of the Signature dishes of Modine is the Smoked Fried Chicken ($22/half or $36/whole); we saw it on many of the surrounding tables. Buttermilk-brined, cold smoked, and then fried to perfection with a thick, but light, crunchy crust which seemed to render the skin almost nonexistent, it was perfectly moist and tender. Garnished with curls of fried pickles, it’s served with two biscuits and choice of two sides. We opted for cornbread served in a mini-skillet, and a ramekin of Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin with melted cheese on top. I requested the accompanying hot honey drizzle be served on the side, rather than over the chicken, in order to preserve its crispness. This dish is worthy of a visit, as it is a cut above most of the commercial versions available elsewhere.Pan Seared Sea Trout ($28); a strip of pink fish, served medium rare as requested, was plated with a bouquet of roasted baby carrots, cubes of pickled Hakurei turnips and brown butter.An interesting presentation of cold smoked Local Berkshire Pork Chop ($34) combined mildly salty sauerkraut and sweet fried apples, making for an enjoyable contrast of flavors. Service was knowledgeable, warm and friendly with only one glitch. Although the restaurant was not full, we had barely finished swallowing our appetizers when the entrees arrived unbidden. There had been no sense of being rushed before or after this point, so perhaps it was a simple timing error by the kitchen.From a choice of four tempting homemade desserts, sanity prevailed and we ordered just one to share – Black Bottom Pie ($8). A crispy crust served as base for a rich and creamy ganache-like dark chocolate, a layer of banana custard, and a thick mound of whipped cream on top. Best shared.If you have not yet experienced Low Country Cuisine, Modine is a good choice to introduce you to the foods and flavors of the South served up in a cool, hip setting. You may discover some dishes that you never knew, but now are on your list of favorites; I did.MODINE601 Mattison Ave.Asbury Park732-893-5300ModineAsbury.comBob Sacks, longtime food and wine buff, reviews restaurants in this bimonthly column. Follow him on Instagram @dinnerwithbob.This article was first published in the Feb. 22-March 1, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.center_img Buttermilk-brined, cold-smoked fried chicken served with friedpickle slices is a very tasty signature dish of Modine.Modine has an extensive list of cocktails, beers and spirits, as well as wines by the glass or bottle. The restaurant allows corkage; and as we were curious to pair two of our own special wines with this unusual cuisine, we brought in a white: 2010 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet La Boudriotte, a lovely white burgundy with plenty of acid and a mineral spine, which complemented the hummus, oysters, smoked trout, and hush pup- pies. Our red, a 1997 Montevetrano, an Italian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Aglianico, had a nose of black fruits and spices, and was assertive enough to stand up to the Fried Chicken and Pork Chop without overwhelming them.last_img read more

DeGroot proves he belongs with top-25 finish at High School Championships

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt didn’t matter if the opposition was from the East or West Kootenay this season Shawn DeGroot has managed to overcome roots, rocks and mud to finish ahead of the pack.So obviously the next test was a trip to the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships.DeGroot, 16, did not disappoint his followers as the LVR runner finished 24th overall at the recent championship event at Beaver Lake near Victoria.“Ya, I’m happy with the result,” the Grade 11 DeGroot said when asked about his finish. “I did a lot of training for provincials and it paid off.”“My goal was to finish in the top 25, so I guess I just barely achieved my goal,” he added.One of biggest supporters of DeGroot is coach Jon Francis, who was definitely impressed with the top-25 result.“It’s the best Kootenay finish since I started coaching in 2002,” said LVR and Salmo coach. “(Shawn) had an incredible race.”When DeGroot runs in the Kootenays the field generally consists of 20-30 racers. At the provincials, there were more than 300 runners at the start line.“It was crazy at the start,” explained the 5’9”, 140-pound DeGroot. “There were about 300 runners in mass start that narrows down about 50 meters away. I didn’t really have that great of start and got sandwiched in the pack.”DeGroot found the going tough stuck in the middle for the first lap of the 6.5 kilometer race.However, during the second lap the pack thinned out allowing DeGroot to put the feet in overdrive.“Eventually I made my way up where I wanted to be,” said DeGroot, having to run in cool, drizzly conditions over a muddy track. “The first kilometer I couldn’t move anywhere.”DeGroot posted a 51st place finish in 2009 along with an amazing sixth-place spot in 2008 in the Junior Boy’s race.The provincial meet concludes the cross-country season for DeGroot. But the competitive season doesn’t end there.DeGroot simply shifts gears from muddy ground to ice white snow as a member of the B.C. Nordic Development Team.“Hopefully the snow will fall soon so I’ll be able to start training,” he said.DeGroot’s goal this season is the Canadian Nationals set for Canmore, Alta., in March.Results of other racers from West Kootenay School include:Lukas Smith, J.V. Humphries, Kaslo, 142; Steven Hernandez, Mount Sentinel, 158; Hunter Stanway, JVH 202; Luca Stattler, L.V. Rogers, 214; Eli Bukowski, JVH 222; Eli Cogswell, JVH 251; Tyler Exner, LVR 260; Young Jinyu, LVR, 261; Nico Boelter, LVR 263.Girl’s results had Ellie Hewat, JVH, 170; Kiraya Spencer, LVR, 193; Darya Huser, Salmo, 240; Danica Long, LVR, 243; Kia Weir, Mt. Sentinel [email protected]last_img read more

Microsoft bring their DreamSpace Experience to Donegal school

first_imgMicrosoft, for the first time, brought their DreamSpace experience outside of their €134m campus at One Microsoft Place, Dublin and the destination for this unique pop-up event was Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny.Working along with the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) department in the school, four lucky primary schools were invited into the newly refurbished Computer Science suite in the Saint Eunans which was transformed into Microsoft’s DreamSpace for the day – complete with beanbags, Surface laptops, Micro:bits and of course the Microsoft tutors.Students from Killian National School (Inver), Cloughfin National School (Lifford), Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Educate Together (Letterkenny) were chosen to participate and were assisted by Computer Science students from Saint Eunans throughout the day. The workshops focus on teamwork, engineering, coding and the skills of ‘making’.Students got an insight into what life was like in Microsoft’s new Irish headquarters in Dublin and how the building was constructed. The kids then got an opportunity to design and construct their own building using only paper and lollipops.These marvels of engineering were then tested against simulated earthquakes (shaking of tables!) before students got to design and code their own shake sensors using the Micro:bit computers. These skills of teamwork, engineering, design and debugging are high on the wishlist of many of today’s employers.The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr.Joe McHugh, dropped in to meet the students and was very generous with his time, chatting to each group about their project and their thinking behind the designs. This was a huge honour for Saint Eunan’s College and a great endorsement of their STEAM Academy which is nearing two years old. This initiative has taken several STEAM subjects under its umbrella including the new flagship Transition Year course which includes Computer Applications, HTML, Python Programming, CAD and 3D printing. Saint Eunan’s is also one of only 40 pilot schools in the country that offers Leaving Certificate Computer Science under the Academy banner.Microsoft are intending to roll out more of these pop-up events nationwide following the success of the event in Saint Eunan’s. We look forward to continuing the relationship between the College and the company into the future.Microsoft bring their DreamSpace Experience to Donegal school was last modified: April 3rd, 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:donegalMicrosoftSt Eunanslast_img read more

Fáilte Ireland workshops to help Donegal tourism industry drive sales

first_imgMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of Fáilte Ireland workshops running from May 15-23.The workshops were designed to help businesses manage costs effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit.The workshop offered insights and expertise from top tourism specialists on a number of topics including priorities for businesses in challenging economic conditions, ways to reduce costs through smart purchasing, how to build on current buyer relationships and increasing sales opportunities. Helen McDaid, Manager, Enterprise and Hospitality Development at Fáilte Ireland, said: “With Brexit on the horizon, many tourism businesses along the border are seeing a reduction in bookings from Northern Ireland and Great Britain.“At Fáilte Ireland, we have designed a suite of supports to help businesses facing these challenges and our key message is ‘prepare and diversify’.‘The ‘Managing Costs, Driving Sales & Winning Business’ workshops are practical and action based, helping tourism businesses to adapt and remain competitive in light of Brexit.”Members of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of FáilteIreland workshops running from 15 th to 23 rd May, designed to help businesses managecosts effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business fromNorthern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. At the event is Helen McDaid, Failte Ireland. Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in one of a series of FáilteIreland workshops running from 15th to 23rd May, designed to help businesses managecosts effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business fromNorthern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. At the event was Clive Wasson. Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Donegal tourism industry today took part in the first of a series of Fáilte Ireland workshops, designed to help businesses manage costs effectively, increase competitiveness and retain and source new business from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and other markets in light of Brexit. Pictured at The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal are Cathal Doherty, Ballyliffen Town House Hotel, Tom Conneely, Failte Ireland and Johnny McLaughlin, Strand Hotel Ballyliffen. . Photo Clive WassonFáilte Ireland workshops to help Donegal tourism industry drive sales was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal

first_imgMore than 660 homes and businesses have lost electricity tonight in an unplanned outage.The power went out before 9.50pm in the Donegal Town/Laghey area.The fault has been reported to ESB and crews are currently working on repairs. It is expected that power supplies will be restored by 1.30am.Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Wide-open tuna bite off the North Coast

first_imgTuna fishing remains all the rage on the North Coast. While Eureka took their turn at the tuna last Wednesday, boats launching from Fort Bragg and Shelter Cove have had their way with the longfins the last couple days. The warm water was as close in as 20 miles from Fort Bragg on Tuesday, but it sounds like the fish were found in big numbers roughly 30 miles from the entrance. Scores ranged from 20 fish per boat all the way to the high 50’s. Most everyone caught all they could handle. A few of …last_img read more

Science Reporters Spin Spider Web Data Into Evolutionary Program

first_imgA spider was found perfectly preserved in amber (fossil tree sap), complete with its web and prey.  It is identical to modern spiders.  Isn’t evolution amazing?    If you just experienced a software crash, there must be something wrong with your BIOS.  All the news media ran that program just fine.  A patch is available at Darwin’s website, but compatibility is not guaranteed on all platforms.    Now, the data input: scientists in Spain reported in Science1 finding a piece of amber with the oldest-known evidence of a web-spinning spider.  They remarked, “This elegant, geometric structure is woven with silk fibers that are renowned for their superior mechanical properties.”  It was dated as early Cretaceous (110 million years old), making it the oldest known fossil of a spider apparently able to spin an orb web.  Erik Stokstad in the same issue of Science2 mentioned another find this month by another team of a true orb spinner, also encased in Spanish amber, dated at 115 million years old (see BBC News).  Stokstad commented that it “is remarkably similar to a living spider–showing that the basic, and successful, body plan appeared long ago.”    One other piece of data provided input for the media-spinning program about this “original worldwide web” as Stokstad whimsically dubbed it.  A second team, also writing in Science,3 studied the genetics of spider web silks.  They replayed the exact same opening lines: “The orb web is a spectacular evolutionary innovation that enables spiders to catch flying prey,” they said, “This elegant, geometric structure is woven with silk fibers that are renowned for their superior mechanical properties.”  Their goal was to resolve a controversy about two groups of orb-spinners, the deinopoids and the araneoids.  Did their web skills evolve from a common ancestor, or independently, as a spectacular example of “convergent evolution”?  This had been an ongoing debate, because the two groups of spiders, while producing similar-looking webs, use different spinnerets, silk types and methods of construction.  The phylogenetic analysis of web-spinning genes by Garb et al. supported the one-origin theory: “Contrary to the view that the orb-web design evolved multiple times, we found that the distribution and phylogeny of silk proteins support a single, ancient origin of the orb web at least 136 million years ago.”  While this removes the puzzle of convergent evolution, it pushes back the origin of this complex trait earlier than previously thought.  Their conclusion was based on comparison of silk-producing genes from living representatives of the two groups, but did not include a theory of how the structural and behavioral differences might have evolved.    Now that you have the data input, look at how the popular media reported the story:Washington Post led off with “Amber-preserved web shows early spider evolution” and mentioned evolution eight times in its short report.LiveScience mentioned three times that the evolution of web-spinning spiders must have influenced the evolution of flying insects. National Geographic mentioned the surprise that orb-spinners appeared earlier than thought, back in the time of the dinosaurs, but also brought evolution prominently into the story.  One expert was quoted as saying, “amber such as this latest discovery does preserve vital information on spider evolution.”  (He also mentioned that 500 extinct spiders have been found in amber.)  Another expert explained that the discovery “helps researchers understand the evolution of both spiders and their prey,”  such as spiders “influencing the evolution of flying insects for millions of years.” Associated Press (see Fox News) focused on the claim that web-spinning evolved only once.  It did, however, describe the exquisite detail in the amber: “The amber, found in Spain, preserved 26 strands of silk, many of them connected to one another.  Glue droplets are visible on the web and prey includes a fly, a mite, a beetle and a wasp.”BBC News spun their web story as all evolution, all the time: “Ancient web spins evolution story,” wrote Helen Briggs; “….The find, described in Science, sheds light on the early evolution of spiders and the insects they fed on.”  Her article included this twist on the word design:  “The fossil web appears to have been designed along the same lines as the round nets woven by modern spiders.”David Grimaldi (American Museum of Natural History), one of the discoverers of the amber specimen, had this to say about the amount of evolutionary change seen between the 110-million year old spider and modern spiders: “The advanced structure of this fossilised web (from Spain), along with the type of prey that the web caught, indicates that spiders have been fishing insects from the air for a very long time.”    What was observed were modern-looking spiders encased in amber with full web-spinning capabilities.  The phylogenetic study, on the other hand “suggests that the great great ancestors of modern spiders were weaving webs as long ago as 136 million years ago.”1Peñalver, Grimaldi and Delciòs, “Early Cretaceous Spider Web with Its Prey,” Science, 23 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5781, p. 1761, DOI: 10.1126/science.1126628.2Erik Stokstad, “Spider Genes and Fossils Spin Tales of the Original Worldwide Web,” Science, 23 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5781, p. 1730, DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1730a.3Garb et al., “Silk Genes Support the Single Origin of Orb Webs,” Science, 23 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5781, p. 1762, DOI: 10.1126/science.1127946.We know our readers are more perceptive than the average dupe of mainstream science reporters.  We’re wondering if anyone saw any evolution sneak by through all this advanced, elegant, geometric structure evidenced by these modern-looking spiders and their modern-looking prey.  What?  You haven’t installed the software patch yet?  No wonder.  Just skip the EULA* and go for it.*Caution: installing this free patch rearranges your memory stacks and forces compliance between conflicting inputs.  Click on the executable name to download: FrontalLobotomy.exe.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more