Limerick DNA project provides blueprint for Irish family history

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Pictured at the Global Limerick DNA event which took place recently in Mary Immaculate College as part of Heritage Week were: Dr. Cathy Swift, project collaborator; Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora Affairs; Prof Michael A Hayes, president of MIC; Brian Hodkinson of the Limerick Museum and John King of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC). Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A genealogical project pioneered by Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College that uses DNA to trace the genetic history of Limerick families may serve as an inspiration to other Irish communities on how to engage with their heritage, according to Minister Jimmy Deenihan.The Minister for the Irish Diaspora was speaking at the recent launch of the ” Global Limerick DNA Project which, according to Mary Immaculate College (MIC) President Michael A Hayes, “celebrates the families of Limerick through time, both at home and abroad”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The project, led by Dr Cathy Swift at MIC, is the result of a collaboration between Mary Immaculate College, Global Limerick, the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC) and Limerick Museum.The aim of the project is to bring together the historical and genealogical research already collated by the many Limerick experts in these areas, and to examine them in the context of the latest discoveries in Y-chromosome DNA to research the genetic history of Limerick families and communities both here and abroad.Y DNA tests play a very important historical tool which, according to Dr Swift, can help rewrite our entire history as a nation.She explained: “Y DNA tests can help show how our island population grew, intermarried with newcomers and dispersed across the globe, bringing you past the ‘brick wall’ circa AD 1800 when many genealogical sources dry up.”These latest techniques, according to Dr Swift, provide an opportunity to investigate family ancestries in detail, enabling the discovery of information not only about those relatives who share a common surname, but also the lost stories of relatives whose surnames have fallen off the family tree – people forced to emigrate because of the Famine or through economic necessity and whose ties with Ireland were broken.John King of IARC said the project “is seeking to find and communicate with anyone who has an affinity with Limerick city or county wherever they are across the globe”.An exhibition explaining the history of family surnames in the Limerick area and the nature of genetic genealogical research and DNA analysis was on display at the event and is now available to view in the IARC offices in O’Connell Street. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLimerick DNA project provides blueprint for Irish family historyBy John Keogh – September 4, 2015 1735 Linkedin Previous articleLimerick hoteliers welcome growth in overseas visitor numbersNext articleLimerick student’s design wins Dyson award John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSDr Cathy SwiftGlobal Limerick DNA ProjectlimerickMary Immaculate CollegeMinister JImmy DeenihanProf Michael A Hayes Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Bertrand linked with North East move as Blues are said to want Rovers man

first_imgSunderland are interested in signing Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea, who are competing with Newcastle for Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson, according to reports.The People claim that Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has been tracking Bertrand, whose first-team chances have been limited by Ashley Cole.And the Sunday Mirror suggest that Olsson, who has been linked with Newcastle, has been identified by Chelsea as Cole’s long-term replacement.Chelsea are said to be willing to spend £7m on the Swede, who has been tipped to leave Blackburn following their relegation.Real Madrid have again been linked with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, with The Sun on Sunday suggesting the Spanish club will bid £15m for him.The People also say Atletico Madrid’s Colombian striker Falcao is now Chelsea’s top transfer target and that Everton will try to sign Jamie Mackie if QPR are relegated today.Mackie is said to be seen as ideal for David Moyes’ style of play, with the Goodison Park boss considering a move for the Scotland international.Click here for the Chelsea v Blackburn quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Protecting girls against cervical cancer

first_imgSouth Africa is doing its bit to protect girls from cervical cancer. Now in its second round, the government is rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer. The second dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is being rolled out to girls in South Africa’s Gauteng province, in August 2016. (Image: Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberA year ago, the South African government started rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The second round of vaccines is now being distributed in Gauteng, in South Africa to all Grade 4 girls in public primary and special schools.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year.According to Marie Stopes South Africa, the non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health care services, cervical cancer progresses slowly and it may not show obvious symptoms. It is usually diagnosed by doing a pap smear.“The HPV is most effective when given to young girls who have not yet engaged in sexual activities as it works only as prevention rather than a cure,” said the Gauteng departments of health and education, which are collaborating on the initiative.The bi-annual campaign is part of the school health programme. The first phase ran from February to March 2016. The second phase had been running since 2 August and would continue until 6 September, said the departments. Parents must sign consent forms before a child can have the vaccination.The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) said it was grateful for the campaign. “Cansa is proud to stand with the government in educating all young women about the dangers of HPV and cervical cancer, and offer an opportunity to take their health in their own hands as cervical cancer can be effectively treated if detected and diagnosed early,” said Cansa CEO Elize Joubert.See more information on cervical cancer below. Click on the infographic from Cansa for a larger view.last_img read more

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The battle against Big Pharma for cheap drugs

first_imgSouth Africa’s new patent law, once it is signed, will help to lower the cost of medicines and improve healthcare for all South Africans. (Image: EU Commission)• Southern Africa remains free of Ebola • Doctors on the forefront of innovation • New laws to cure health costs • Leading African researchers hunt down Ebola • Healthcare in South Africa Sulaiman PhilipSection 27 of the South African Constitution guarantees everyone the right to access to health care. However, the government has not been able to follow the success of its antiretroviral (ARV) programme with similar programmes for other chronic diseases, especially endemic tuberculosis and hepatitis.One of the biggest stumbling blocks to good universal health care has been the cost of patented prescription drugs. The national government has formulated a new patent law that would make it more difficult for pharmaceutical companies to be granted new patents for old drugs, but the new law has been held up for a year, in part by pressure from those companies.Morgan Scholtz is gaunt; it sounds like he uses every ounce of strength just to speak. Even then, words escape his skeletal frame in wheezy, whispered gasps. Depending on the dosage he needs to treat his extremely drug resistant TB (XDR-TB), he spends between R12 000 and R24 000 a month on the seven different antibiotics he needs to stay alive. “I am one of the lucky few,” he whispers. “I was still covered by my parent’s medical aid when I was originally diagnosed but they can’t keep paying that. A single linezolid tablet costs R700 – the generic costs R75 but it’s not available in South Africa.”A report released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2013 showed that linezolid was effective in treating XDR-TB, including in patients who were also HIV-positive. Linezolid was one of a small number of drugs that did not compromise the effectiveness of HIV treatments – a crucial factor in a country where many TB patients are co-infected with HIV, as is the case in South Africa.For TB treatment to be effective, a patient needs to be in treatment for at least six months. The national Department of Health pays drug maker Pfizer R287 per 600mg dose; to treat one patient it costs the department R52 377. Private patients pay R589, plus mark ups, for a single dose at a cost of R123 000.Pfizer holds multiple patents on linezolid and has renewed its patent since 2001, when the drug went on the market in Africa. It is the best antibiotic to treat drug resistant pneumonia, soft and deep tissue infections. But Pfizer has threatened to restrict use of linezolid if the country amends its patent laws to allow cheaper generics into the domestic market.As long as you pay the filing fee with the correct paperwork you will be granted a patent in South Africa. This patent registration system allows drug companies to “evergreen” (register new patents for old drugs to which minor changes have been made or for which new uses have been found) existing drugs, and creates monopolies and drives up the price of medication in the country.A 2013 Indian court victory could give South Africa precedent when faced with the legal threats from pharmaceutical companies. Indian law makes provision for the granting of new patents only if a drug has a new molecule and not simply a new formula for an existing drug. This has allowed India’s home-grown pharmaceutical industry to manufacture a wide range of cheaper generic alternatives to expensive life-saving drugs.Novartis, the manufacturer of the cancer drug Gleevec, wanted to prohibit Cipla from manufacturing a generic version of the drug costing R800 per tablet by applying for a new patent on a reformulated compound. The Indian Supreme Court ruled that the country had the right to reject Novartis’s new patent as frivolous and re-affirmed the country’s right to produce cheap life-saving drugs for India as well as continue to supply 80% of the drugs used in Africa.At the time of the ruling MSF’s Julia Hill said drug prices impoverished people with life-threatening diseases and kept life-saving drugs from the poor. “If South Africa develops a strong legal framework for its new patent law patients could have much better access to affordable life-saving medicines,” she said.India’s patent law is not unique among South Africa’s Brics partners. Brazil, China and Russia all have legislation in place that sets a higher bar for new patents. By incorporating a patent examination system with stricter criteria and allowing for opposition to new patents, Brics partners have created home-grown pharmaceutical industries as well as given citizens access to cheaper medication.They have also put into place research exceptions. Western pharmaceutical companies tend to search for cures for diseases from which they can profit – as in the case of Ebola, found in Africa but until recently unknown in the West, with research done by one small company. Similar issues abound with many curable diseases rampant in the developing world.Liver cancer caused by hepatitis B is the most common cancer in men in Africa. It affects African men between the ages of 20 and 30 and causes about 1.3 million deaths a year. Treatment exists. Entecavir treats chronic hepatitis but costs R4 500 a month, and you need to take the treatment for life. The patent for Entecavir lapsed in 2001 but a new patent was granted, which also prevented the importation of an existing generic, which costs a tenth of the original.International law allows South Africa flexibility in public health initiatives through the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips). Negotiated in 2001 in Doha, it allows countries to issue licences for life-saving drugs and to adopt stricter standards for issuing patents to older compounds filed as new drugs.Access to cheaper generics is a public health care right. In 2001, there was a waiting list to receive ARV medication. At the time, it cost R75 000 a year to treat an HIV-positive patient. Thirty nine pharma companies banded together and sued to prevent the importation of cheaper generics.That South Africa can now afford the world’s largest ARV programme and can treat patients for R1 500 a year became possible when that industry group backed down. It was a public relations disaster for Big Pharma, but it was the wariness over releasing pricing guidelines and profit margins that brought an end to court proceedings.Public health activists learned lessons from that backtracking and are using them to push back against attempts to block the signing of the new National Policy on Intellectual Property. Among the many benefits of the new Act would be achieving National Development Plan objectives of a 50% reduction in TB deaths and having at least 80% of eligible patients on ARVs. It would also improve the wider health system, if resources were properly allocated.Andaleeb Rinquist has XDR-TB. Too weak to walk, she left hospital expecting to die at home, surrounded by her family. The public health system could not afford to dispense the linezolid needed to treat her, so her husband took out personal loans of R70 000. He is now forced to work overseas to pay for ongoing treatment and to pay back the original debt.“All I want to say is this: the government needs to prioritise people over the profits of pharmaceutical companies. Why should my family be broken up for the sake of their balance sheet?”last_img read more

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De Jesus says DLSU setter Cobb still lacks maturity

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Just as Michelle Cobb was making a name for herself as a capable playmaker for De La Salle, she went on a slump that not only affected her, but her whole team as well.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding First it was Jasmine Nabor’s dominance in National University’s five-set win over La Salle wherein the Lady Bulldog tallied 53 excellent sets to Cobb’s 27.And Cobb was once again in the middle of La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus’ post-game talk wherein the 10-time champion mentor said his setter needs to play better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa Salle lost in four sets to Adamson University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in a match where Lady Falcon setter Fhen Emnas, who dished out 43 excellent sets, outplayed Cobb.“Our setter needs to experience this kind of a big game so she can overcome the pressure that is brought upon her shoulders,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “This is for her own good and for the improvement of the whole team as well. She has to see what adjustments she needs to make and how she can handle these types of situations.”Cobb’s lackluster play has coincided with La Salle’s subpar performance and the Lady Spikers have slipped to 4-2 and their loss was their first at the hands of Lady Falcons since dropping a 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 decision in Season 70.The sophomore setter has proven herself as La Salle’s main distributor most notably in the Lady Spikers’ 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 win over University of the Philippines.Cobb finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets for La Salle against the Lady Maroons that saw the 19-year-old score three straight aces to cap off the victory.“I think Cobb’s maturity as a setter is still lacking because there were times where her decision-making wasn’t apt to what was happening on the floor,” said De Jesus. “She’ll eventually get this experience along the way.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’last_img read more

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Dutch football great Johan Cruyff dies at 68

first_imgJohan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch striker and coach, has died of lung cancer aged 68, according to a message posted on his website.The site said he had died in Barcelona, surrounded by family.As a player, Cruyff was the embodiment of Dutch “total football”, a fluid style of play focused on ball possession and rapid passing, and involving all members of the team in both attack and defence.He emerged as one of the world’s greats in the early 1970s when he helped Ajax Amsterdam win three European Cups in a row from 1971-73, and he was named European Footballer of the Year in 1971, 1973 and 1974.He joined Barcelona for a then-world record transfer fee of $2.0 million, and it was the Catalan club that later defined his coaching career as he led them to their first La Liga title in nearly 15 years in 1974.He was also a key player in the great Netherlands team that reached the 1974 World Cup final, when a global audience saw him perform the now-famous “Cruyff turn”, in which the player tries to deceive a defender by hooking the ball behind their own leg before swerving away in the direction of the ball.Cruyff had been a heavy smoker, and had had heart surgery in 1991. His death comes less than six months after he announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.last_img read more

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Talking Touch – August

first_imgThere was some fantastic media coverage of Touch Football in the month of August, including the NRL-TFA announcement as well as the announcement that Coffs Harbour will host the 2015 World Cup.To view the stories, please click on the links below.NRL and Touch Football Australia PartnershipThe National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-and-touch-football-australia-partnership/tabid/10874/newsid/74000/default.aspx NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.nrl.com/nrl-to-grow-via-touch-football-ceo/tabid/10874/newsid/74008/default.aspx Merger puts NRL in touch with 2m player baseThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html Touch of skill shown to form partnershipThe NRL and Touch Football Australia launched a historic sporting partnership last week representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/touch-of-skill-shown-to-form-partnership-20130813-2ruje.html Touch Footy and NRL join forcesThey peg it as the “greatest game of all” and now it’s set to be the biggest game of all, with the announcement yesterday that NRL and Touch Football Australia will join forces.http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/touch-footy-and-nrl-join-forces/story-fni3fbgz-1226696613642 Touch Football and Rugby League join forcesTouch Football associations and rugby league clubs are expected to benefit from a new sporting partnership launched yesterday.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1703210/touch-football-and-rugby-league-join-forces/?cs=12 NRL reminds ASADA it expects a fair goSmith was joined at Allianz Stadium yesterday along with a host of NRL stars including Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Minichiello, Josh Morris, Matt King and Beau Champion to announce a partnership with TFA. The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-reminds-asada-it-expects-a-fair-go/story-fnca0von-1226696609630NRL to grow via Touch Football: CEOWith Touch Football finally under its wing, rugby league is en route to being the game of the people.http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1800045/NRL-to-grow-via-touch-football-CEO  NRL, Touch merger merger must benefit allTaree Touch president Graham Goodwin hopes the agreement announced this week between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will benefit the game at all levels.http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/1709782/nrl-touch-merger-must-benefit-all/ Nice touch boosts both codesTouch Football has unearthed some of the biggest names in the NRL.Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall represented Australia at touch footy, while Warriors halfback and Panthers fullback Matt Moylan were outstanding junior players.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/touch-football-unearthed-biggest-names/1983583/World Cup Coming to CoffsCoffs Harbour Council has won its bid to host the Touch Football World Cup in 2015.http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/08/07/world-cup-coming-to-coffs/Touch World Cup on the way (video)A Mid North Coast city has been chosen to host the 2015 Touch Football World Cup. http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/news/a/-/national/18401870/touch-world-cup-on-the-way-video /Coffs Harbour selected as host city for 2015 Touch Football World CupHundreds of international Touch Football players will converge on the Coffs Coast in about two years time.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-07/coffs-harbour-selected-as-host-city-for-2015-touch-football-wor/4871038Touch Football World Cup coming to Coffs Harbour in 2015Touch Football players from around the globe are coming as Coffs Harbour announced as host of 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup.http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/touch-football-world-cup-coming-coffs-harbour-2015/1975123/Glory for under 14’s girlsA special  group of friends battled to claim the NSW Touch Football under 14s title in February, and last night soared with the same tenacity to be crowned Junior Team of the Year when the Wagga Sports Awards were announced.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1738377/glory-for-under-14s-girls/?cs=149 Three decades of Touch: from humble beginnings to hosting international gamesWhat a year 1983 was. It was the year Star Wars: Return of the Jedi opened in cinemas, Australian Dick Smith completed his solo circumnavigation in a helicopter, Bob Hawke became Prime Minister then famously said: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum.” – after Australia II won the America’s Cup and touch football was born in Mudgee.Three decades on and the Mudgee Touch Association will celebrate their 30th anniversary tomorrow night with a special dinner at the Mudgee Golf Club.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1741878/three-decades-of-touch-from-humble-beginnings-to-hosting-international-games/?cs=1233 Rocky to host Junior State Touch Football Titles this weekendRiley Huggers and Tamika Upton will vie for Queensland team selection as the Junior State Touch Football Titles kick off in Rockhampton.Rockhampton’s Cyril Connell Touch Football fields will be alive with action this weekend as teams from all over the state battle it out in the junior championships.http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/rocky-to-hjunior-state-touch-football-titles/2003580/ Redlands players make national Touch finalsThree Redlands under-12 touch football players will represent Queensland at the national titles in October. Thornlands State School’s Manaia McIntyre, Birkdale South State School’s Bradley Russell and Sheldon College’s Drew Price were selected for the side after playing in the Metropolitan East team at the state competition in Caboolture.http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/story/1694722/redlands-players-make-national-touch-finals/Summer fun for all agesCanberra Times, 16/08/2013Community: Touch football is a great way to keep fit and healthy, build confidence and make new friends.Touch Football ACT is set to begin its 2013 summer season.Junior competitions will be running in Gungahlin (Amaroo), Belconnen (Kippax), Canberra City (Southwell Park, Lyneham), Woden (Deakin), Tuggeranong (Wanniassa) and Narrabundah (Boomanulla Oval). All competitions are played in school years, so players can form a team with their friends from school and run around together.Costs per player are $65 for kindergarten to year 4 and $85 for years 5 to 10, with no further costs to be paid for the entire season. The summer season runs during term four, starting in week 1 (October 14). Nominations are now open, and close September 16.Touch Football ACT also runs adult competitions all year round, and will be launching its 2013/14 summer domestic season in October as well. Costs are $1200 per team to enter any competition in Gungahlin, Canberra City or Woden. Be quick – places fill very quickly in its competitions and nominations also close September 16.If refereeing is more your thing, Touch Football ACT pays its referees $20 per game for senior touch.For more information, phone 6212 2880 or visit www.acttouch.com.auState representation turns into family affairChronicle (Toowoomba), 21/08/2013Touch Football is a family affair for Chloe and Lachlan Watt.The siblings both play club football every week for Saints, along with their parents Kellie and Geoff Ryan.And now they will represent Queensland together at the National Schools Championships in Darwin in October.Chloe is the older sibling at 14 and she has played for Queensland once before.Chloe said she was determined make the team again after helping the Darling Downs under-15 girls finish fifth at the state titles.“I’ve made Darling Downs the last couple of years. I guess there was a little bit of pressure to make the Queensland team again but it’s exciting,” she said.“It’s an honour to play for Queensland.”Lachlan, 12, will make his Queensland debut at nationals.Despite only being in the under-12 school team, Lachlan has shown he can excel at the higher level, playing for the Saints A-grade men.He has also represented Darling Downs in rugby league but said he preferred the faster pace of touch.“They’re good sports, but they’re a lot different,” he said.“It’s more contact in rugby league but you need a bit more speed in touch and you’ve got to be fitter too.”Nationals will be a rare opportunity for the siblings to play at the same competition.Chloe said she could have some advice for her brother but admitted there was a bit of a friendly rivalry there so Lachlan probably wouldn’t listen.“I’d tell him just run hard and play well, but he’ll just do his own thing,” she said.“I’ve made two Queensland teams so there’s a bit of pressure on him,” she joked.Mum Kellie said Chloe and Lachlan always pushed one another to play their best.“They are competitive against each other and they push each other to their potential,” she said.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

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a month agoPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Thomas Tuchel linked with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel is being linked with Manchester United.United sees him as an alternative to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Red Devils boss fail to improve results, says Le 10 Sport.The Old Trafford-based club gave Solskjaer a three-year contract just six months ago.Barcelona are also interested in hiring PSG boss Tuchel.The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League last campaign in which Solskjaer took over half way through. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Authorities suspend search for missing worker after blast

first_imgKENNER, La. – Authorities have suspended the search Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.The explosion happened on an oil and gas transfer facility in Lake Pontchartrain. The platform was on waters just north of the suburban city of Kenner in Jefferson Parish. The parish sheriff, Joe Lopinto, identified the missing man as Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, a subcontractor on the structure.“The decision to suspend a search is never an easy one,” said Cmdr. Zac Ford. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the Morrison family and all those affected by this incident.”The Coast Guard reported that a fire aboard the platform was out by midday and that aerial surveys showed no signs of pollution in the water or onshore. A Coast Guard helicopter, a Jefferson Parish helicopter, Coast Guard vessels and boats from local agencies, continued looking for Morrison.Lopinto told reporters searching the platform itself was difficult.“There is a lot of structural damage to the rig. We have a lot of metal, twisted metal that is covering certain areas and we’re going to have to go back out there with different equipment when the weather permits,” Lopinto said.High winds made boarding the damaged structure difficult, he said.The Clovelly Oil Co. platform exploded while maintenance was being done on the structure, sending a fireball high into the night sky, authorities and company officials said. The Kenner government Facebook page said authorities on the scene reported that cleaning chemicals had ignited on the structure, but the company said the cause of the blast was unknown. Lopinto stressed that the cause remained under investigation.Lopinto said that “cleaning” work on the structure could pertain to the processing of gas.Residents along the shores of the lake said their homes shook about 7:15 p.m. Some reported that the air smelled of burning rubber.“My house actually shook,” Andrew Love, 32, told NOLA.com/The Times Picayune . “At first I thought it was a sonic boom or something, I had no idea what was happening.”Lopinto said there were no reports of structural damage to any homes.Five of the injured were hospitalized with “blast-type injuries and burns,” said Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services. Two of the three people in critical condition were in a burn unit, Guilot said.A statement from Clovelly Oil said three oil wells near the platform were shut in at the time of the explosion and its one gas well was flowing, but was successfully shut-in shortly after the explosion. Clovelly does not know if any oil was released into the lake.The platform is a storage and accumulation point for oil and gas from a number of wells, company spokesman Tim O’Leary said.“It’s basically an underwater storage tank. It takes oil and gas” from wells, he said. Once the tank is filled, the oil or gas is pumped into a barge and moved.He said the four wells that feed the platform were drilled in the 1970s and are all in the lake, a brackish tidal basin that is fed both by the Gulf of Mexico and by fresh water from rivers and streams in 16 Louisiana parishes and four Mississippi counties.Its water covers 630 square miles (1630 square kilometres) but it’s generally only about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 metres) deep. It’s 40 miles (64 kilometres) long and 25 miles (40 kilometres) wide.The U.S. Geological Service describes it as one of America’s largest estuaries and the waters support oysters, crabs and saltwater fish. There is no active drilling on the lake, according to Jean Kelly of the state environmental department.The platform is located in Jefferson Parish. Authorities noted that the parish drinking water is safe because it is pulled from the Mississippi River.___Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

first_imgNEW YORK — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints they featured blackface-style imagery.The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district and noticing what she described as a “racist and denigrating” caricature in the storefront.The Italian fashion house had recently launched a series of luxury keychains and trinkets, including one showing a character with brown skin and exaggerated red lips.Prada Group released a statement saying that it “abhors all forms of racism” and that the imaginary creatures were not intended to “have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface.”The statement said it was withdrawing the characters in question from display and circulation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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