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first_imgThe legal profession in Guyana has been in the news for the past week after President David Granger announced the names of nine persons, including a sitting High Court Judge and three women, to be members of the inner bar. This is the first time in two decades that the Government has decided to award “silk” to lawyers.There have been letters to the press, social media and discussions in clubs, bars and the like, about the method of appointment and who should or should not be elevated… whether the appointees were connected to the Administration, if they deserved it and most importantly persons who were not chosen.In the United States all lawyers are attorneys and have the same status – there is no inner bar and in 2003 an English Minister, Lord Irvine tried unsuccessfully to scrap the Queen’s Counsel system in the United Kingdom.Guyana abolished the term “Queens Counsel” and replaced it with Senior Counsel in February 1970 when the country gained republican status and since then the elevation process to the inner bar was not too consistent and there have been complaints that persons who do not deserve “silk” were elevated and a few deserved cases were side-stepped, but we should always remember that we do not live in a perfect world.The Council of Legal Education (CLE) was established in 1971 following an agreement signed by the governments of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Guyana (UG). The first Director of the CLE was Guyanese Aubrey Frazer, who was named principal of the Norman Manley Law School, and Dr Fenton Ramsahoye as his deputy who headed the Hugh Wooding Law School.The establishment of the law schools in the Region attracted hundreds who no longer had to journey thousands of miles to London in the bitter cold to read law and because of this, the Caribbean is now flooded with lawyers – mainly females. I will like to note that in the late 1970s and in 1980s the English trained lawyers did not recognise Caribbean trained lawyers.They snuffed at us – calling us Caricom lawyers. Now more than 90 per cent of the senior judges and top lawyers in the Region are products of the CLE. There are only two of the nine persons named in the last list as SCs that were UK trained. I refer to Claudette Singh and Vidyanand “Vish” Persaud.The first West Indian trained lawyer to receive “silk” was Tapley Seaton of St Kitts and Nevis, and that was in 1988, 28 years ago, who was incidentally the first Caribbean trained to be Attorney General. Now Sir Tapley is the Governor General of the twin island state. He is now only 66 years of age.The legal profession was known to be a noble profession, but over the years some lawyers have been receiving battering – accused of ripping-off people, betraying clients, acting irresponsibly and object of suspicion rather giving counsel. Perhaps I should add that the Inns of Court in London have certain ethics whereby lawyers cannot advertise their profession as their counterpart in the United States. However a West Indian trained lawyer, Israel Khan of Trinidad and Tobago, dared the authorities and carried an ad in the Trinidad Express, where in 1980 Efforts to discipline him failed, Khan argued that the CLE does not have written restriction against advertisement by lawyers. He is now a Senior Counsel and the leading criminal attorney in the twin island republic.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese ought to know that the APNU/PNC/AFC Government stifled democracy when it signed a contract with EXXONMobil but refused to disclose its details.Such abuse of power enables Government to evade accountability. What else? Like most Guyanese, I am befuddled why this contract is not available through the Freedom of Information Act.Government’s dysfunctional decision is unsurprising. A review of a series of questions arising exclusively from Government’s reprehensible track record reveals why it is necessary that Government must disclose the full details of this contract. First, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it abused over billion from the Contingency Fund? Second, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it purchased a whopping .6 billion in pharmaceutical supplies in 2016 without tender? Third, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it purchased from ANSA McAL another 5 million in drugs without tender? Fourth, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it awarded hush-hush scholarships exclusively to its ministers and to its military friends, while our youths live in despair? Fifth, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it uses scarce dollars from a 14% VAT on education to rent a useless bottom house drug bond from an alleged political donor for at least 12.5 million per month? Sixth, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when its vindictive minister was caught pelting bottles at citizens to cause injury in an ugly street brawl? Seventh, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it abuses its powers to silence citizens? Last but not least, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when it selfishly awarded itself a whopping 50% salary increase, but gave the working poor a meagre increase of only 5%?Government needs to release the full details of this contract amid its moral shortcomings and mental anguish in this country.Another review of Government’s notorious track record makes a compelling case why Government needs to disclose the oil contract in its entirety. Editor, how can any Guyanese trust this Government when its hiring practices are discriminatory? Yet another review of Government’s diabolical track record reveals that Government is two-faced and has an affinity for double-standards. We all know that when Government was the Opposition, it vigorously and compulsively fought against lack of transparency and authoritarianism, etc. Today, Government revels in such flaws. For example, Government’s failure to disclose the full details of the ExxonMobil contract is a clear case of a lack of transparency. Also, Government’s repeated rejection of qualified candidates for the GECOM chairmanship is a clear demonstration that Government has no regard for democracy.Clearly, Government’s lack of consistency, credibility and unethical standing render it untrustworthy. Further, social cohesion can never flourish under this Government because Government lacks transparency, accountability and integrity.This contract belongs to every Guyanese, not Government. Government must release it in its entirety.Moreover, Government needs to drop its absurdity. ExxonMobil will never drill in disputed waters, that is not how ExxonMobil operates. Government’s contention that if this contract is made public it will cause disputes is simply a deceitful ploy to evade accountability. Government’s behaviour is powered by dysfunction. The citizens of this country will not buy any fiction from Mr Trotman. Guyanese cannot afford to swallow any more lies from this government. Government needs to release the full details of this contract.Editor, how can there be any incentives to keep such a dysfunctional Government in power? Absolutely, there are none. But countless incentives abound when power is stripped away from such a destructive Government. And this we need to do for the betterment of our country and its people.Yours sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

first_img1 John Sheridan has been sacked as manager of Notts County, the League Two club have announced.Sheridan departs with immediate effect after a run of nine successive league defeats left the Magpies just one place and one point above the relegation zone.The 52-year-old was appointed in the summer but won only six of his 24 league games. His last match in charge was a 4-0 defeat at Cambridge on Monday.A short statement on the club’s official website read: “Notts County FC can confirm that John Sheridan is to leave his position as manager with immediate effect. The club will be making no further statement at this time.”Sheridan admitted last month his job could be under threat and now Notts County are looking for their 11th full-time manager since winning the League Two title in May 2010.The Magpies are set to be taken over by local businessman Alan Hardy after current owner Ray Trew agreed to sell the club in December.Their next match is away at Morecambe, who are three places and five points above them in the table, on Saturday. John Sheridan last_img read more

first_img Mourinho suffered his first league defeat of the season at Huddersfield on Saturday 1 Jose Mourinho’s relationship with his players has been put under massive pressure following the Manchester United boss’s angry reaction to Saturday’s defeat by Huddersfield.The Portuguese was also said to be ‘aloof and cold’ with his players at training on Sunday, according to the Mirror.United face Swansea in the Carabao Cup – live on talkSPORT 2 – on Tuesday night hoping to bounce back from the demoralising reversal to the newly-promoted Terriers.United went two down, courtesy of goals from Terriers pair Aaron Mooey and Laurent Depoitre, but pulled a goal back through Marcus Rashford. The defeat left them five points behind title rivals Manchester City, but some players are unhappy with the public criticism they receive. Jose lost his cool in the dressing room after the defeat which saw United slip five points behind title rivals Manchester City.Such was his anger he threw his jacket across the room, according to The Sun.Mourinho told reporters after the match: “The team that started with emotion, aggression, intensity, desire, that played the game of their lives was the team that won.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Ladd, who farms 24 acres on the outskirts of Modesto, said he expects to get about $1 per pound for nuts this year. California walnuts earned nearly $4.4 million in 2004, according to the latest figures available from the California Farm Bureau Federation. But savvy scoundrels also are eyeing a more valuable nut: almonds. Last month, a Fresno County task force that tackles rural crimes recovered 44,000 pounds of processed almonds taken from a distribution center. The recovery was a rare break in a series of thefts that have cost California farmers at least $1.5 million in stolen almonds this year, according to the Agricultural Crime Technology Information and Operations Network. There are typically one or two almond thefts every fall, but in the past 18 months there have been at least a dozen reports of larger looting, said Marsha Venable, spokeswoman for the Almond Board of California, a marketing group. “Almonds have become such a huge crop. It’s attracting anyone,” Venable said. Acreage devoted to almonds has increased 13 percent over the last five years as growers abandon other crops. Almonds were a $2.2 billion commodity in California in 2004, according to the farm bureau. This year, growers expect to harvest just over 1 billion pounds of almonds, a figure that’s expected to rise to 1.5 billion pounds over the next four years. Almonds sell for about $3 per pound wholesale and for twice that in stores. The nuts are worth so much – the stolen load was worth $135,00 wholesale – that thieves who drive away whole truckloads have been known to abandon the vehicles and keep just the almonds. “The industry is huge, so the thefts are probably a drop in the bucket,” Venable said. “But handlers now have to protect their products.” Farmers, processors and trucking centers have added cameras and security guards, though monitoring grounds can be difficult and expensive. “My farm’s right on a busy road. I can’t install motion detectors and I can’t afford to pay someone to watch the grounds around the clock,” Ladd said. The recent nut heists appear well-organized and sophisticated. The criminals use computers to track shipments and seem to know the market – fall is the time when demand and prices are high and supply is still low before the remaining harvest, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. “It has to be someone who knows the market well and has a buyer lined up,” he said. Authorities arrested six of the walnut thieves who raided Ladd’s farm on suspicion of petty and grand theft, though no arrests have been made in the large almond thefts. “You can figure that whatever harvest season we’re in, we’re dealing with thefts of that crop,” said Fresno County Assistant Sheriff Jeff Hollis. “But this isn’t taking a few peaches off the tree anymore. They’ve gotten big and brazen.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – At first, Larry Ladd just let it go. But when the farmer caught six thieves plundering his walnut orchard in less than a day, he knew he had a problem. “At first, I’d just ask the deputy to impress upon them that this is the wrong thing to do,” said Ladd, who figures he’s collared about 25 would-be crooks, including families with children, hauling hundreds of pounds of walnuts off his farm. “But then it got ridiculous.” As prices for almonds and walnuts rise with demand, a growing black market has emboldened nut nappers to cut holes in fences, sneak into distribution centers and drive off with truckloads of nuts. California farmers have reason to be vigilant – growers here produce about 80 percent of the world’s almonds and 99 percent of walnuts grown domestically. last_img read more

first_imgDeidra Gottbrath, president of the Washington County division of Indiana Farm Bureau said she had spent a lot of time on the phones talking with members and farmers about the proposed project and its affect on property taxes. She said she lives in a different school district and didn’t pay any attention to what was going on with Salem Schools.  “And I know your-alls opinions and vote did not come without thought,” said Gottbrath. “But to a community member, it seems very fast paced and almost shooting from the hip. I feel like we may have deserved a few more answers to some questions. I feel like we’re kind of missing the boat on where the evidence shows, or the quotes of projects show that it’s economically feasible by clumping them all together. This all or none mentality has really done quite a defeat on people’s opinion of this project. I think everyone in the community can see that the school system is in need of some improvements.”Although Gottbrath said the group deserved more answers, she posed no questions to the board. “I support the kids in this community. Maybe by not supporting this exact vote at this time. I’m not against the projects. All the other members are not against these projects, but they’re against the way it was approached. We support kids in this community by saying, we need to have farmers who can afford to continue to farm. With taxes going up, crop prices not going up to match that, we’re struggling to make a black line right now. Other community members are in the same boat. If they’re struggling to pay their bills already, i’m not sure how we’re supporting our kids by putting them in a bigger financial struggle with that as well. I encourage you to put a lot more attention to decisions like this.”Todd Baker, a SHS graduate, spoke to the group and compared the combined package of projects to eating an elephant all at once. “It feels like we’re trying to eat the whole elephant at once. I can eat an elephant one bite at a time. It looks like a rushed process,” said Baker. “I don’t think there is any need to rush these things.  Looking at what this is going to do to my tax bill, It’s a little bit concerning. I think that’s why a lot of folks are here. In the future, I think that’s something we need to look at. Anytime an elected official is looking at things, that’s where you have to separate personal feelings from ‘hey, what do my constituents want?’ ‘What are the constituents telling me?’ These people here are the employers. The elected officials work for us. If the majority of people are saying they’re not for this, then that’s where we have to be able to separate personal opinion. We need to take a deeper look and view each project on its own merits.”Scott Hebard spoke in support for the projects.“I actually want to thank the board for making such a bold decision. I know a lot of people are up and arms about how this was pushed through,” said Heberd. “And a lot of this is going on about the money. I understand this is a very hot button topic. But honestly the biggest issue is against this music program and this music suite that’s being built. Time and time again, music has shown to improve our cognitive abilities. And it’s proven over and over again, study after study, that a good music program within a school increases the schools testing scores. Which in again will increase our funding through the federal gov. With that in mind, i want to thank the board for looking out and making such a bold declaration to take care of our music program not only for right now but in the foreseeable future.”Mark “Bubba” Abbott presented a ROAR award Monday night to Kylie Crockett. Dr. DL Reed applauds in the background.Salem Lady Lions Coach Jerry Hickey introduces his 2018 Class 3A Sectional Champs during Monday’s School Board Meeting.The only other mention of the projects, was when board member Ron Haendiges pushed a few sheets of paper across the table.In public session, he did not address what they were or who had delivered them to the meeting during its executive session.Board President Rebecca White acknowledged that one petition was to put the project on the Nov. 6 ballot for a public vote and the second petition was to object to the project in general. BOARD BUSINESSROAR AWARDSThe board presented ROAR awards to Kylie Crockett for her compassion to SMS math teach Gary Myszak, whose sister had passed away from a long battle with cancer. Bubba Abbott said although she had never had Mr. Myszak in class, she took the time to write him a letter expression her sorrow for his loss. Dr. Lynn Reed presented Erin Moore with the second ROAR award for being named 2018 Conservation Teacher of the Year. LION AWARDSBand and Solo Ensemble Medal Winners:Carolyn Casey – Trumpet/GoldBrooklyn Davisson – Flute/GoldMorgan Gilstrap – Clarinet/GoldElaine Houchin – Trumpet/GoldJude Kritzer – Clarinet/GoldEvan Smedley – Snare/GoldEllie Spaulding – Clarinet/GoldIsabel Tunney – Clarinet/GoldLucas Bower – Barritone/GoldSarah Call – Alto Sax/GoldChase Coleman – Alto Sax/GoldPatience Gumaelius – Flute/GoldRebekah Paul – Flute/GoldHolden Kidd – Tenor Sax/GoldGina Ries – Clarinet/GoldParker Blackwell – Tuba/SilverTyler Zink – Trombone/GoldEthan Bower – Alto Sax/GoldLeah Scott – French Horn/GoldJulia Casey, Emily Morgan, Rebecca McKinley – Flute Trio/GoldMath CountsJulia CaseyZion DunawayMatthew JohnsonSebastian MillerTennille SorrelsLucas BowerChase ColemanMadeline GalvinTaylor GarvinPatience GumaeliusMadalyn IrwinJacob Rose SHS Vocal SoloistsAutumn HarleyCora SaundersJustice BrownZec MorrisNathan SmithIsaiah WeillAndrew HoskinsKaden HebardWrestlersDylan CarpenterEvan RayeAaron HollenIsabelle FosterWoodlan BrownJalen StephensAustin HollenLady Lions Basketball TeamCallie BackhermsJamie TaylorMackenzie UnderwoodAshton ThompsonHope TomlinsonLexi GarlochKarly SweeneyLeah MillerKylie BrownLettie NiceBrooklyn BrownKatie EzzellAllison CaubleBailey HypesCharity McFeleaLydia MintonOlivia WeberSMS Math Bowl TeamBrady BriscoeJackson BroughNoah DeatonAdam MullNick IngramGaven MancineKayla HouchinKaden GlassJapeth WebbLeanna SpringerAudrey BowerChloe ZinkBrandon CornwellHunter TrainorRachel McKinleyCayden SmithThe Board made the following personnel recommendationsRESIGNATIONSJoseph Bortka – resignation as SMS Wrestling CoachKayla Shouse – resignation as SMS Track CoachJosh Lewis – resignation as SMS Boys Assistant Track CoachMegan Napier – resignation as SMS Boys Assistant Track CoachCecil Evans – resignation as Girls Assistant Track CoachExtra Curricular Activities HiresCecil Evans – SMS Boys Track Co-CoachJosh Lewis – SMS Boys Track Co-CoachJennifer Martin – SMS Golf CoachMegan Napier – Girls Varsity Assistant Track CoachChris Mahuron – SMS Girls Assistant Track CoachJoe Philpott – Volunteer Assistant Varsity Boys GolfAlaina Davidson – Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach OTHER PERSONNELMarion Mauck – Temporary Attendance ClerkJill McKinley – Grade 4 Maternity LeaveMarla Mead – Grade 4 Maternity LeaveKellie Stewart – Grade 1 Medical LeaveDONATIONSThe following donations were approved to Salem SchoolsDonation to SHS Junior Class Concessions for $1,000 from an anonymous donorDonation to SHS Clay Target Club for $500 from Lineal Contracting, Inc.Donation to SHS SADD for $1500 from Washington County Substance Abuse CouncilDonation to SHS Golf Team for $250 from Joe StoutDonation to BSE of $50 from Mercedes Roll to be placed in the Kindergarten ECA accountDonation to SHS Clay Target Club for $1030 from National Wildlife Turkey FederationDonation to SHS BPA from Businesss/Individuals to be used for state competition in MarchDonations from local businesses pertaining to the Community Dinner on March 6TRIPSBoard approved an overnight field trip to Tunnel Mill Camp for the Science Club for April 27-29. Board approved an out of state field trip to the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH for Mr. Mullins “Tie Guys” on April 7. CANCEL CHECKSThe board gave Assistant Superintendent Kim Thurston permission to cancel checks according to state guidelines. “We will follow Indiana code following procedure of cancelled checks,” said Thurston. “These will be cancelled and receipted to general fund.”Steve Motsinger made a motion. Mark Abbott seconded. The motion Passed 7-0GRADUATION DATEThe board set the upcoming High School Graduation date as Saturday, May 26 at 2p. Abbott made a motion. Monica Spaulding seconded the motion. The motion passed 7-0ADOPT BUDGET CALENDAR FOR 2019In order to prepare for budget season, the board needed to adopt a 2019 budget process. “The proposed calendar follows corresponding dates utilized in the 2018 budget process,” said Thurston. “We should keep in mind that 2019 will be a completely new process for developing and adopting the school budget. Given that, We should keep in mind that this calendar is fluid and subject to change as we receive information from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.”Dr. Tricia Wheeler made a motion to approve. Erica Garloch seconded the motion. It passed 7-0ADVERTISE FOR ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONSThurston said additional appropriations were needed for the rainy day fund and transportation fund for remainder of 2018. He said they were tracking close to last year. “We would seek an additional appropriation of $60,000 in rainy day fund and $100,000 for transportation. Both funds show sufficient cash balances,” he said. Thurston said advertisement will appear twice in March, followed by a hearing in April.He said paperwork would then be sent to state for approval.Motsinger made a motion to approve. Spaulding seconded the motion. The vote passed 7-0ASSIGN A BROKER FOR PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURANCE COVERAGEGarloch, Haendiges, Dr. Reed, Dr. Thurston and Kelly Kitchel, Salem’s Loss Prevention/Risk Management Consultant met on March 8 to interview prospective brokers/agents for the property casualty insurance renewal for 2018/19.The three interviewed were: Kyle Browning from Witkemper Insurance GroupJason Bukoswki with Moore-Shepherd InsuranceKevin Kreckler and Debbie Hurst from Assured PartnersThurston recommened hiring Moore-Shepherd Insurance.Haendiges made a motion. Abbott seconded the motion. The motion passed 7-0. APPROVED AFFIDAVIT FOR PAYMENTThe Indiana State Board of Accounts recommended the board approve affidavits for payments prior to submission to US Bank in Louisville. This affidavit for payment will be taken from the 2016 Construction Funds and are for the final payment request for the remodel of the Bradie Shrum office and computer lab. Motsinger made a motion. Wheeler seconded the motion. The motion passed 7-0.APPROVAL OF STIPENDSDr. Reed asked the board to approve a stipend of $250 for Kean Garvin and Mark Coombs for additional bus work during the frigid weather. Reed said the board had agreed last fall that all future stipends would be merit-based. Abbott made a motion to approve. Garloch seconded the motion. The motion passed 7-0APPROVAL OF NEW PROGRAM FOR FRESHMANSalem High School Principal Troy Albert spoke to the board about a new opportunity for our high school freshman. “We would like to ask permission to speak to freshman and their parents about a trip to Pigeon Key, Florida in March 2019 for any of next years’ sophomores,” said Albert. “It is through World Strides and called Splash Into Science. STEM activity for science and possiblity of getting an elective college credit. Unique opportunity will allow students to experience marine biology and to learn of all the careers that are there. We’ve worked with them for 4 years.”Albert’s wife, Karen, said she is a retired science teacher and recommends the trips. “It creates such enthusiasm with the kids. It’s 5 days in March – from the 20th to 24th. We fly out early and fly in late. They hit the road as soon as they land and start making stops.”Karen said students are taken to the turtle hospital so they can see things that are happening in the ocean that are affecting the turtles. “This is a very science oriented program. Would really enhance the biology that they’re finishing up as freshman. Swim with the dolphins. Learn about anatomy. Snorkle in coral reef. Identify different kinds of fish, reefs…so they know what they see when they go out there,” she said. The cost is $2000 per student, which is all-inclusive. White said she had heard of the program from other schools. “It’s such a success. Such a great opportunity. We live in a landlocked state. I’ve had two daughters who wanted to be marine biologists. I’ve heard so many great success stories from other schools.”Troy said he had investigated the costs to do the same program on their own. “I tried to see if we could do this on our own….it would cost $3800. There is a significant savings by going through this company.”He said the program would tie in some of the career and college readiness and also provide college credit for the students. The board approved the project to go forwardSUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTE-LEARNING DAYSDr. Reed told the board the school has received permission from the state to have the e-learning date of Thursday, March 22.“We will be sending home letters and have a link online if the child needs transportation,” Reed said. “We’re going to run buses from normal start time until about 11a. If any child needs transportation we will make that available through our bus routes. We are asking that children sign up by Monday at noon so we can coordinate the routes. Just for Thursday. If you have internet at home, they don’t have to come in. The transportation is for children who don’t have internet access at home. We will have all buildings open. Staff will be in the computer rooms. Next year, we’ll probably open one building. They can come into one building.”Reed also reminded the board and the public of the SHS Choir Concert Tuesday night and the band concert on Thursday night. SCHOOL SAFETYReed also noted plans were moving ahead with Salem Schools as a pilot program with Net Talon, the safety company behind the Safest School in America – which is in Shelbyville, IN. She said the middle school will likely be chosen since it has the fewest students. White noted the next regular meeting will be April 9. Wheeler made a motion to dismiss. Motsinger seconded the motion. The Salem High School Presentation Room was packed at Monday’s regular school board meeting for two reasons.One was to see the board present Lions Awards and ROAR Awards to about 80 students and teachers at their regular meeting Monday night in the Salem High School Presentation Room.Over half of that group left, only two from the remaining group spoke against and one for the $12.6 million projects. last_img read more

first_imgIt is official. Donegal is the coolest place on the planet. Perhaps in 2017 then, it’s time to visit Oakfield Park nestled in the heart of this glorious County. If you are looking for somewhere to entertain the whole family for the day – then Oakfield Park is the perfect place for an adventure.Last year it was voted one of the top five parks in the whole of Ireland in the Irish Times “Best Day Out”. Oakfield’s brand new ‘Buffers’ tea room and restaurant will be open every day for garden visitors serving a delicious selection of home baked goodies, light bites and meals, created from our own garden produce.Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or tea and so much more as you relax in this fabulous inspiring new space and enjoy the views, as the Donegal sunshine floods in from the gardens outside.To see all of the lower gardens take a train trip on ‘Thomas’, on the narrow-gauge railway, which winds its way along 4km of track around the magnificent parkland. See the lakeside Castle Folly and travel through beautiful woodlands and willow tunnels, over a wooden causeway, past sparkling streams and lakes before returning to the station.After a walk through the woodland trail, visit the superb new sculpture by Locky Morris, called ‘Longsleeper’. Made from 17 tons of oak railway sleepers, sitting on a spiral mound, it twists and turns itself into the sky.Take the children to see the magical Faery Tree and place a wish – who knows if it will be granted?In the more formal upper gardens a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden, beyond the parterre and the sweeping green lawns, is atreat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.The gardens reopen on 7th April for the Easter Holidays. Gardens will be open every day of the Easter Holiday Period.Activities will include Easter Egg Trail on Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday (16 th , 17 th and 18 th April). The Steam Train will be running on Easter Sunday and Monday and there will be face painting and other activities.Have a look at the Oakfield Park website or Facebook page for special family events that are coming up, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays, Garden Tours and much more.Gardens are open 12-6pm Wed to Sundays plus Bank Holidays.Gardens will be open 7 days a week during July and August. Trains run at 2, 3 & 4pm on weekdays, and from 12-6pm at Weekends and Bank Holidays.For more info visit or see the Oakfield Park Facebook page.Family fun for all as Oakfield Park to re-open over Easter was last modified: April 3rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalEasterOakfield Parkreopeninglast_img read more

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first_img Memory-enhancing drug reverses effects of traumatic brain injury in mice The radial-arm water maze is a common test to assess working memory in rodents.  By Ryan CrossJul. 10, 2017 , 5:15 PM irin717/iStock Whether caused by a car accident that slams your head into the dashboard or repeated blows to your cranium from high-contact sports, traumatic brain injury can be permanent. There are no drugs to reverse the cognitive decline and memory loss, and any surgical interventions must be carried out within hours to be effective, according to the current medical wisdom. But a compound previously used to enhance memory in mice may offer hope: Rodents who took it up to a month after a concussion had memory capabilities similar to those that had never been injured.The study “offers a glimmer of hope for our traumatic brain injury patients,” says Cesario Borlongan, a neuroscientist who studies brain aging and repair at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Borlongan, who reviewed the new paper, notes that its findings are especially important in the clinic, where most rehabilitation focuses on improving motor—not cognitive—function.Traumatic brain injuries, which cause cell death and inflammation in the brain, affect 2 million Americans each year. But the condition is difficult to study, in part because every fall, concussion, or blow to the head is different. Some result in bleeding and swelling, which must be treated immediately by drilling into the skull to relieve pressure. 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Surprisingly, when tested in healthy mice, ISRIB boosted their memory. Wondering whether the drug could also reverse memory impairment, Walter teamed up with UCSF neuroscientist Susanna Rosi to study mouse models of traumatic brain injury. First, they showed that the stress response remains active in the hippocampus, a brain region important for learning and memory, for at least 28 days in injured mice. And they wondered whether administering ISRIB would help.Rosi and her team first used mechanical pistons to hit anesthetized mice in precise parts of their surgically exposed brains, resulting in contusive injuries, focused blows that can also result from car accidents or being hit with a heavy object. After 4 weeks of rest, Rosi trained the mice to swim through a water maze, where they used cues to remember the location of a hidden resting platform. Healthy mice got better with practice, but the injured ones didn’t improve. However, when the injured mice were given ISRIB 3 days in a row, they were able to solve the maze just as quickly as healthy mice up to a week later, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“We kept replicating experiments, thinking maybe something went wrong,” Rosi says. So the team decided to study ISRIB in a second model of traumatic brain injury known as a closed head injury, which resembles a concussion from a fall. They again used a mechanical piston, but this time landed a broad blow to the back of the skull. Two weeks later, the mice were trained on a tougher maze, full of bright lights and loud noise. They had to scurry around a tabletop with 40 holes, looking for the one with an escape hatch. Again, while the uninjured mice improved at the task, the concussed mice never got the hang of it. But after four daily doses of ISRIB, the concussed mice performed as well as their healthy counterparts. “This is the most exciting piece of work I’ve ever done, no doubt,” Rosi says.“Paradigm shift is not too strong a term to use,” says Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, neurologist and director of clinical traumatic brain injury research at the University of Pennsylvania. “This … shows for the first time that a therapy in the chronic period of traumatic brain injury can have pretty potent effects.” Walter agrees. “Normally you would give up on these mice and say nothing can be done here,” he says. “But ISRIB just magically brings the cognitive ability back.”Still, Borlongan cautions that studies in animals often don’t pan out when tested in humans. He says that this drug has a leg up, though, because it was tested in two models and also readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, which prevents many drugs that look good on paper from entering the brain and having an effect.If the therapy translates to humans, it could be a boon for soldiers returning from war, who sometimes wait weeks between leaving the battlefield and arriving home for treatment. Brian Head, a neurobiologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in California notes that traumatic brain injury is still hard to diagnose, especially with veterans that show up to the clinic long after the injury. “But right now nothing else is working, and giving a compound [that works] a month later is really impressive.”In 2015, ISRIB was licensed to the secretive Google spinout company Calico, which studies the biology of aging and life span. Walter says his lab has a research agreement with Calico to pursue “basic mechanistic work” on ISRIB, but that the new study was not funded by Calico. Google declined to comment on the new research.Although the protein target of ISRIB is known, the exact manner in which the drug restores memory is hazy. The team hypothesizes that ISRIB may work by allowing normal protein synthesis—essential for making new neuronal connections and thus forming new memories—to resume, which would otherwise be blunted by the integrated stress response. “Even if this drug doesn’t materialize, other ways of manipulating the integrated stress response may lead to an effective treatment in the future,” Walter says.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian team will not seek a cover for injured pacer Ishant Sharma as he is expected to be fit for the opening Test against Australia next week even though he has been ruled out of the three-day practice match starting in Canberra on Monday.”The doctor has advised him rest till Monday. So we would have a fresh look at him on Tuesday. But he’s improving,” media manager GS Walia on Sunday.Ishant is recovering from injury in his left ankle which forced him to leave the field after bowling only 5.3 overs against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI on Thursday.While the team management sounds optimistic on Ishant, it’s certain he wouldn’t be turning out for the three- day game against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI.The lanky fast bowler did come with the rest of his teammates to the Manuka Oval on Sunday but spent the entire duration either strolling or turning his arm over from a stationery position at the nets.While the team frets over Ishant, the sight of Zaheer Khan certainly uplifting for the Indians. The left-arm paceman bowled for close to half an hour over two spells during the intense practice session, testing the skills of Virender Sehwag.The Delhi dasher, fresh from his record knock in one- day arena, had to summon all his concentration to counter Zaheer and on one occasion even shouted at a crowd of Indian supporters, who had gathered around the nets, to turn down the noise.Zaheer is fitter and leaner and looking to last an entire summer in Australia which he has never been able to do over two previous visits.advertisementYoung Abhimanyu Mithun also appeared eager and rapped Sehwag a number of times on his pads. He also induced edges which seemed to upset Sehwag.Sachin Tendulkar opted for his preferred method of facing throwdowns.India’s fielding drill was intense with players going through the paces during some sharp catching and throwing sessions.last_img read more