Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee have started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry.Hundreds turned out at Writer’s Square in Belfast on Saturday morning, many wearing T-shirts in her memory and carrying flags with messages of peace.The 29-year-old was shot in the head by the dissident republican group the New IRA while observing clashes with police in Creggan on Thursday, April 18.She was struck once to the head with a bullet fired by a ‘New IRA’ killer.Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody is due to join them on the last leg on Monday ahead of a rally at Derry’s Guildhall.Lyra’s Walk logistics and location manager Brenda Gough urged anyone who sees the walkers to show their support.She thanked all the community groups which have offered support with water and snacks for the walkers en route, and the Samaritans who will send counsellors into the campsites each night. “We had over 300 walkers registered, obviously life happens, but the main body of walkers have turned up,” she told the Press Association.“The aim was to have a very mixed representation of the whole community of Northern Ireland and everyone has stepped up.“This type of movement attracts people who have a lot of empathy and compassion, and don’t hold prejudice.“We do have some walkers who have played their part in the Troubles, they are here to support us and show that change can happen.“That is the ethos of this, we want people to address themselves and not the politicians because we have the politicians that we vote for, we are responsible for our government. We can’t just blame them.” The start point of Writer’s Square is beside St Anne’s Cathedral where Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish President Michael D Higgins, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Ireland’s political leaders were among the mourners at Ms McKee’s funeral.“Starting at Writer’s Square was Sara Canning’s (Ms McKee’s partner) idea, she said Lyra was a writer and so the start point should be Writer’s Square,” she said.“It’s beside St Anne’s Cathedral where the funeral was, so yeah, we are starting off where we last saw Lyra.”During the funeral, a priest asked local politicians why it took the death of a 29-year-old woman to unite their parties. Friends of murdered Lyra McKee begin three-day peace walk to Derry was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by John2Share 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)
Eureka >> Rarely do games with so much hype, so much fanfare, so much anticipation, live up to the billing.This one most certainly did.In a game best described as an “instant classic,” Fortuna’s Adam Medeiros and Shaeden Kadle tackled St. Bernard’s running back Garrison Roach on a two-point conversion with just 14 seconds left in the game to preserve a 34-33 North Coast Section Division IV semifinal victory at St. Bernard’s Academy on Saturday.The win sends the Huskies to their first …
Anopheles stephensi is responsible formalaria transmission in India and Pakistan. (Image: VectorBase) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael RiehleDept of Entomology, Arizona University+1 520 626 8500; Marley 641G RELATED ARTICLES • Scientists abuzz over mosquito • Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot • Swaziland to wipe out malaria • Adventurer spreads his nets wideJanine ErasmusScientists at the University of Arizona have bred a mosquito that is immune to malaria infection. With about half the global population at risk of contracting the disease, and the global malaria-related death toll approaching 1-million people annually, this could save millions of lives – most of them in Africa.The female Anopheles mosquito transmits the disease to humans through a bite. Single-celled parasites of the genus Plasmodium pass into the blood of the victim and begin to multiply, eventually settling in vital organs such as the liver and kidneys. These become vulnerable to damage and failure, which may result in death.Most of the annual deaths – around 90% – occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and one child under the age of five dies from malaria every 30 seconds.In the past scientists experimented with the insect’s genetic makeup in the hopes of breeding a mosquito that can’t pass on the disease. Their efforts were only partially successful as the insects still managed to infect humans, albeit to a much reduced extent.Now they’ve taken the concept one step further, with the development of an Anopheles stephensi mosquito that is immune to infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite variety that is most dangerous as it is the only one that kills people. The finding was published in the online version of peer-reviewed open-access journal PLoS Pathogens in July 2010.One discovery leads to anotherUnder the guidance of team leader and entomology professor Michael Riehle, the group of scientists from the Arizona and California universities initially set out to discover how to shorten the lifespan of A. stephensi, an important malaria carrier in the Indian subcontinent.This is significant because parasites must mature for two weeks inside their host before they’re ready to be passed to humans, and mosquitoes in high-risk areas live for about two weeks. Only the oldest individuals are able to transmit the disease.The team felt that a lifespan reduction of even days could shrink the window of opportunity for Plasmodium, and result in a dramatic reduction in malaria infection rates. They targeted a gene that was thought to be responsible for both lifespan and resistance to infection. By injecting this modified genetic information into mosquito eggs, they bred a generation of insects that carried new genetic material.According to Riehle, they were hoping just to see an effect on the insect’s growth rate or lifespan – which was indeed cut by about 20% – but were pleasantly surprised to discover that their manipulation also completely blocked infection.The super-insects were tested with a meal of Plasmodium-infected blood, with the encouraging result that not one mosquito became infected.“If even a single parasite slips through and infects a human, the whole approach will be doomed to fail,” said Riehle, “and so you need mosquitoes that are no less than 100% resistant.”The team is hoping that these genetically modified mosquitoes will be eventually released into malaria-ravaged areas where they will breed with, and replace the normal insect, whether through natural selection or with scientific help.They are also now seeking to understand how the parasites are killed inside the mosquito’s body, because that valuable information could be used to create an even more robust insect.According to Riehle, it will be at least a decade before the new mosquitoes will be ready for large-scale release. But before this the experts will have to address the public’s fears of putting a genetically modified creature into the wild – an idea which could alarm many.Preventable and curableMalaria is both preventable and curable, but field experience has shown that it can only be successfully combated with a multi-faceted approach. This involves the widespread distribution of insecticide-impregnated bed nets, indoor spraying, bite prevention and treating patients effectively. None of these strategies is as powerful on its own as it is in combination with the others.The development of a vaccine by 2015 is also an important research goal. Although a number of vaccine candidates have gone to clinical trial, none of them made it through the long and rigorous process.Earlier in 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in its World Malaria Report 2009 that South Africa and eight other African countries had managed to halve their malaria burden. South Africa, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland, and Zambia achieved this using a combination of insecticide nets and efficient treatment of patients, said the WHO.
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With an expectation of over 25,000 participants coming from over 100 countries competing in 28 different sports, the 2009 World Masters Games will be the largest multi-sport event in the world. Touch Football will be one of the sports being contested at the Games with age categories ranging from 30+ to 60+ and with Mens, Womens and Mixed divisions being available. This presents a great opportunity, not only for current Touch Football participants, but for all Australians to compete against people from all over the world in the exciting sport of Touch. Touch Football Australia is enthusiastic to see a large number of teams flying the banner high. Please download the document below for all of the details surrounding the Touch Football event. To go to the World Masters Games website, please follow the link www.2009worldmasters.com.Games registrations are open until Friday 31 July, 2009.Related Files2009_world_masters_games_-_touch_football-pdf
One of North Queensland’s smallest affiliates came up trumps against two of North Queensland’s strongest in two divisions last weekend at the 2013 North Queensland Open & Senior Regional Championships in Townsville, as Atherton’s Women’s Over 34 side claimed the title in their division with a spectacular 3-2 victory over Townsville Castle Hill, and the Atherton Women’s Open side earned a hard-fought victory over Gordonvale 6-5 to claim the Women’s Open Tier 2 title.After mixed results during early round games while combined with the Women’s Under 26 division, including an 11-1 loss to Townsville’s Women’s Under 26 side and a 5-1 victory over Mackay’s Women’s Over 34, the strength and experience of the Atherton Over 35’s side led them to a confrontation with division heavyweights Townsville Castle Hill on Sunday afternoon.The Atherton Women’s Open side weren’t so lucky, having a rough time finding points during round games, but eventually meeting a young but experienced Gordonvale side in the final of the Tier 2 division.The victories were all-the-more sweeter for Atherton, knowing that not only is it the first time that sides from Atherton have attended the annual NQ Championships since 2010 but that they came from an affiliate of less than three hundred players.After an absence from the annual NQ Championships since 2010, Atherton not only fielded the winning Women’s Under 34 and Women’s Open Tier 2 sides, but also fielded a Men’s Over 39 side who narrowly missed out on a spot in their division’s final, thanks in no small part to the efforts of a devoted committee that has worked tirelessly over the last few years to return strength to the representative levels of the sport in the Tablelands area.Adding to the glory of the Women’s Under 34 title, Atherton referees Karli Riesen and Adam Hogan were recognised for their efforts on the weekend, receiving Most Promising Female and Male referee awards respectively.Thank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksIcing on Cake for Atherton
After defeating Minnesota 40-35 Saturday night, Iowa is 10-0 and still has a chance to represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff. Naturally, Iowa City is buzzing with excitement. But not every resident in town is happy with the development.According to Iowa City’s daily activity log, a resident who lives just a few blocks away from Kinnick Stadium thought the stadium got too loud Saturday night. The caller wanted to talk to the police about the situation. Check it out:Want to know what over 110,000 fans in one stadium looks like? #HawkFanHeaven pic.twitter.com/UqBloaDrjs— University of Iowa (@uiowa) November 15, 2015Something tells me that the police didn’t do much about it. Iowa hosts Purdue this upcoming Saturday – whoever made the call might want to leave town temporarily.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Now is the winter of many Albertan’s discontent. A cavalcade of angry truckers and pipeline workers are planning to head to the nation’s capital in order to demand action for the struggling oil and gas sector.A convoy to Ottawa planned for next month aims to get the federal government to start building pipelines in Canada.Glen Carritt is one of the organizers of this convoy.He tells City News the rallies held in Nisku, Grande Prairie, Drayton Valley, and other small towns haven’t been enough.“We just feel the current government is not listening. We feel the only way we are going to get the message across is for us to be on their doorstep in Ottawa.”Carritt said there is support for this move from across the country and not just in Alberta.“We’re all hurting, and they all know the cause. There’s going to be all kinds of big companies involved sending trucks that would normally be working at this time. So that should be a message in itself that these trucks are sitting, so they are willing to go to Ottawa.”He believes a lack of action from the federal government means people are out of work and angry.“Let’s face it, none of us want to have to do this. We have got a lot better things to do than have to go to Ottawa, but we are forced. Our hand is forced because we are not happy with the current government.”RELATED: More rallies held to support pipelines; speaker says convoy coming to OttawaCarritt notes there are two GoFundMe pages set up to raise money for fuel costs and other expenses along the way.https://www.gofundme.com/yellow-vest-official-convoy-to-ottawa-2019https://www.gofundme.com/convoy-to-ottawaHe also wants to point out this groups is trying to be as non-partisan as possible.“As far as voting in the next election, everybody is going to have to make that decision for themselves. We are not on any bandwagon other than we’re not happy with what is going on right now.”
Currently, the government says that more than 4,600 subsidized housing units are specifically designated for Indigenous peoples in B.C. More than 700 Indigenous housing units are in development or under construction throughout the province. In addition to funding under the new Indigenous Housing Fund, the Province says that Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support under the new housing funds announced as part of the 30-point housing plan in this year’s budget PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Premier John Horgan announced today that B.C. will become the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds on First Nations reserves.Through the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the B.C. government says it will invest $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 new units of social housing for projects both on- and off-reserve. BC Housing will send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners, including Indigenous non-profit housing providers, First Nations, Métis Nation British Columbia, and non-profit and for-profit developers, wanting to partner with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.“Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve,” said Premier Horgan. “That’s why we’re opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a full house on Friday at the North Peace Arena for the 2019 North Peace Secondary School Graduation Ceremonies.A total of close to 400 students were in attendance as they eagerly awaited to start a new chapter in their lives.Many School District 60 staff and community dignitaries were in attendance to offer their words of knowledge and encouragement during this momentous occasion. Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the ceremony is a way to celebrate and recognize the succession of the graduates as they step forward into the next part of their educational or professional lives.“We’re really here today to recognize the succession of our graduates to the next step in their educational and professional journey. In fact, the word graduation literally means the next step. Whatever that looks like to you, we are confident that the School District, your family, and the community have prepared you well.”Mayor Lori Ackerman offered words on behalf of the community, encouraging the graduates to seek success as they move along throughout their lives.“Seek success. That path to success may some days look more like a maze but know that you have made it through many mazes already and you will make it through many more, so never quit in succeeding. Enjoy the experiences along the way, these will enhance your skills and will create memories for you.”The full Graduation Ceremonies can be watched on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page.