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Researchers weed out a way to identify plants using environmental DNA

first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri Leafy pondweed (Potamogeton foliosus) just under the surface, on left, and the seeds of the leafy pondweed up close, on right. Scientists have traditionally needed to see reproductive parts (fruits, seeds) of some pondweed species to tell them apart. Images by Rob Curtis, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored data, DNA, Freshwater Ecosystems, Monitoring, Research, Surveying, surveys, Technology, Wildtech center_img Traditional ecological surveys of freshwater communities require many hours of painstaking work, usually by species experts and trained assistants, to identify the species of many specimens collected in the field. With pondweeds, they normally examine the physical features, such as fruiting structures, under a microscope to determine the species.A research team in Canada has tested the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to speed the process of identifying and surveying these and other aquatic plants.The project study site near the confluence at the Grand and Speed Rivers in Ontario, Canada. Image by Don Drews/YouTubeThe researchers in the current study developed and tested new genetic markers and methods to detect pondweeds using eDNA, which is made up of the fragments of genetic material left behind by plants and animals. It is plentiful in water and soil: cells of tiny organisms, blood, saliva, fish scales, as well as plant spores, pollen, and resin all contain the organism’s unique genetic material that can potentially be obtained from water or soil samples.A key component of analyzing the DNA of an unknown plant or animals is a reference library of sample DNA sequences of known species to use as a comparison. Unlike animal DNA, no universal plant DNA markers exist that can be applied across a wide number of plant species and still effectively identify samples to the species level.Stuckenia pectinata, a.k.a. sago pondweed or fennel pondweed, is a submerged aquatic plant that occurs across the globe which has no floating or emerged leaves. It provides food for a number of swans and ducks and tolerates brackish water and high levels of nitrates and phosphates. Image by Christian Fischer CC BY-SA 3.0.Lead author Maria Kuzmina and colleagues at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Guelph focused on pondweeds to make their markers as effective as possible in identifying species from the samples.“The goal was to design a method that can be used to detect rare or endangered species of pondweeds,” Kuzmina said in a statement. “Narrowing the search allowed the method to be more sensitive and interpretation of the results more reliable.”The scientists tested their method on Ontario’s 30 species of pondweeds (of the roughly 40 found in North America), for which they had to develop the reference library themselves. For each target species, the researchers extracted DNA from three confirmed specimens and designed primers based on regions of the DNA. Finding these sequences in the water samples would indicate the presence of that species. They combined the successful primers into a reference DNA barcode library for the 30 species, which are members of three plant genera: Potamogeton (26 species), Stuckenia (3), and Zannichellia (1).Zannichellia palustris, or horned pondweed. The little brown seeds have a distinctive horned shape and are about 1–2 mm long. Image by Christian Fischer CC BY-SA 3.0Armed with the reference library, the research team collected water samples from the Grand River in a local research reserve. eDNA is often comprised of short fragments of genetic material. The researchers amplified these fragments, using their pondweed primers, and recorded species using the local DNA reference library and GenBank, a secure and publicly accessible reference database that houses the Barcode of Wildlife Project’s collection of barcodes.The research team detected five of the pondweed species in their samples, three of which were new to the reserve, demonstrating that eDNA analysis can detect plant species in water samples, including those missed by earlier studies.The curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), one of three species detected by its eDNA that had not been previously recorded in the reserve. It is unusual for having leaves with serrated edges. This species only produces leaves underwater. Image by Christian Fischer CC BY-SA 3.0.The scientists state in their paper that effectively detecting species using eDNA “strongly” depends on the completeness and accuracy of the reference libraries. With targeted markers and sufficient reference data, though, eDNA analysis has the potential to identify locations of rare and protected species or locations where sensitive species are absent, as well as changes in species presence over time.“In broader application, the combination of pondweed species may be used as a ‘fingerprint’ of freshwater ecosystems,” Kuzmina said, “indicating quality of water and showing how this system is suitable for other freshwater organisms such as fishes and invertebrates.”Importantly for researchers is the efficiency that eDNA analysis may be able to provide. Once the primers and reference library exist, scientists can analyze more eDNA samples relatively inexpensively and thus be able to broaden the scale of a given study.Aquatic habitats along the Grand River. Image by Don Drews/YouTubeNevertheless, Kuzmina said, while “eDNA definitely becomes more and more cost-effective for ecological monitoring, it will never replace an expert for accurate identification of an individual specimen. These two approaches exist in two different dimensions, ideally complementing each other.”CitationKuzmina, M. L., Braukmann, T. W., & Zakharov, E. V. (2018). Finding the pond through the weeds: eDNA reveals underestimated diversity of pondweeds. Applications in Plant Sciences, 6(5), e01155. Scientists have developed genetic markers to help identify plant species using environmental DNA (eDNA), the traces of biological material (pollen, spores, skin, scales, etc.) that contains an organism’s unique genetic material. Unlike animal DNA, no universal plant DNA markers exist that can be applied across many plant species and still effectively identify specimens to the species level.Researchers focused on one diverse aquatic plant group, pondweeds, which function as effective indicators of water conditions and quality, to make their markers as effective as possible in identifying species from water samples.The team detected five of the pondweed species in samples from a research reserve in Ontario, three of which were new to the reserve, demonstrating that eDNA analysis can detect plant species in water samples, including those not known from earlier studies to be present. What do you call seaweed that grows in ponds? Pondweed, of course. This diverse group of freshwater plants provides food and shelter for freshwater fish, birds, invertebrates, and plankton. And it’s the focus of high-tech genetic analysis.The various pondweed species are tuned to certain water conditions, making them excellent indicators of water quality and habitat. The temperature, flow, and chemical composition of the water in a given spot all influence which pondweeds grow there. This variability makes them effectively small green canaries in an aquatic coal mine, and a gauge of the water’s expected biological community.However, identifying them by sight is difficult for non-experts, and getting to them in the middle of a lake is a challenge even for scientists.last_img read more

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Gilas takes first step to Tokyo via Seaba hosting

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Reyes said Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico had scouted all the teams and Thailand and Indonesia could give Gilas the most headaches due to the presence of foreign players in their lineups.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “The general plan was already outlined. But basically we’re not thinking about it yet because we want to focus our full attention on Seaba,” said Gilas head coach Chot Reyes during Tuesday’s press launch at the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria.The Gilas core of PBA stars should top the seven-country tournament on May 12 to 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to advance to the Fiba Asia Cup on Aug. 10 to 20 in Beirut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It will not mean anything unless we win Seaba. With the format, it’s impossible for one team to play bad,” said Reyes, who is eyeing a return trip to the world stage and a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The dynamic coach brought the Philippines to the 2014 Fiba World Championship in Spain after a four-decade absence. LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Time out for the Holy Weekcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe journey of Gilas Pilipinas to the Olympics will be anything but easy.And the men’s basketball team will be making its first step with the country’s hosting of the Seaba Championship for Men.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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The spill at both dams to stop Wednesday

first_imgB.C. Hydro will now inspect the W.A.C. Bennett Dam spillway to assess its performance and could decide as early as Friday if another spill could take place.  If they decide to spill again, that wouldn’t start again until at least Sunday.During the spill which started June 26, spillway discharge has ranged from 20,000 to 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). If the spill is restarted, it is anticipated it will be near the low end of this range.The reservoir is now at 2201.8 feet elevation, a little more than three feet below full pool. BC Hydro expects to hold the reservoir level about two feet below full and may schedule shorter duration, lower volume spills through the rest of the summer depending on the amount of water flowing into the reservoir.- Advertisement -The public is once again reminded to stay well away from the spillway structures of either facility. Boaters should be very careful and stay away from shorelines. Caution must be taken with any activity on, or near, the Peace River due to changing water levels. Safe locations for public viewing of the spills are at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor Centre, or the Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Centre.last_img read more

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Police sting operation reveals ABC violations

first_imgStill, they were able to buy beer from most of the stores they visited Friday without being asked any questions. At Mark’s Market, 8829 Greenleaf Ave., a cadet allegedly bought a six-pack of Budweiser beer without being asked his age or for his identification. After he left the store with the beer, a team of officers walked inside and gave the owner and store clerk a citation for selling alcohol to a minor. “It’s unfair,” said store owner Woo Kim. “He looks like he’s in his 20s.” Stores caught selling alcohol to a minor will be given the choice of paying a $3,000 fine or have their liquor license suspended for 15 days, said Kathleen Lenihan, who is in charge of Minor Decoy Operations for ABC. “We take the person who physically sold the liquor to criminal court, and the licensee is given administrative action,” said Lenihan. Lenihan’s agency divided about $497,000 in grant money to 30 law enforcement agencies this year. Whittier Police Department was given about $15,000, which will pay overtime for officers to do the Minor Decoy Operations. Since the grant was introduced in 2004, the statewide violation rate has dropped from 20.6 percent to 15.88 percent, said Lenihan. Ellis said he believes the operations will make businesses take the law more seriously. “Their guards were down, but now they know,” Ellis said. “We’ll go back and hit these places again.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Six stores allegedly sold alcoholic beverages to minors without asking their ages or to show identification during a three-hour Whittier police “Minor Decoy Operation.” The operation was funded by a recent grant from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency and is the first of nine planned over the next 18 months in the city. Whittier police Sgt. Brian Ellis said it has been about a year since the department has done this type of operation in the city, and added it was overdue. “It’s very common to find minors with liquor here,” said Ellis. “They’ll take it home or drink it at a buddy’s house. But it’s more than just a kid drinking; it’s that some of these kids are old enough to drive. Now they’re drinking and driving.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Four Whittier police cadets, ages 18 and 19, and dressed in jeans and sweat shirts, acted as decoys during the Friday night operation. The cadets took turns going into nine stores between 6 and 10 p.m. Friday, and attempting to buy beer. Officers purposefully chose cadets who looked young to be decoys, said Ellis. “We’re not trying to fool anyone,” said Ellis. “We purposefully make them dress age accordingly. We want them to look like 18-, 19-year-old kids.” Cadets were also instructed to tell the clerk their true age, and to show identification, if asked. last_img read more

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Confirmed teams as Emery hands wonderkid start

first_img Trezeguet returns against Arsenal Getty – Contributor Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 3 deals Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Images – Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Saka could make it a week to remember against Villa rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 Their opponents bring back Trezeguet into their starting XI following a one-match ban and he replaces Jota in the team.The rest of the Villans team is unchanged with Frederic Guilbert continuing at right-back ahead of Ahmed Elmohamady. latest center_img stalemate Bukayo Saka in action for Arsenal in the Europa League LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES update targets on target Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 3 statement Arsenal manager Unai Emery has rewarded Bukayo Saka for his Europa League display by starting him against Aston Villa.The Gunners host the Villans at the Emirates and Saka, just 18, will play up alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe in attack and replace Mesut Ozil in the team. appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Behind them the defence remains unchanged with Sokratis and David Luiz once again partnering up in the centre, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac at full-back.Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendouzi, and Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, make up the midfield. Getty – Contributor Confirmed teamsArsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Sokratis, Luiz, Ceballos, Guendouzi, Xhaka; Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang.Substitutes: Martinez, Ozil, Torreira, Chambers, Nelson, Willock, Martinelli.Aston Villa: Heaton; Guilbert, Taylor, Engels, Mings; Marvelous, McGinn, Grealish; Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Wesley.Substitutes: Steer, Lansbury, Hourihane, Konsa, Jota, Elmohamady, Davis.last_img read more

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Murty: Scottish FA cannot win with disciplinary decisions

first_imgRangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty is delighted Ryan Jack is free to play this weekend but is not surprised the decision has caused controversy.Jack was sent off for violent conduct in the match against Kilmarnock after an incident with Kirk Broadfoot.That decision was overturned at a Scottish FA disciplinary hearing on Thursday.Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald called the governing body’s disciplinary process “a shambles” in an interview after the decision. Murty said the SFA would take always draw criticism depending on whether your team benefited from the decision or not.“For me personally, I’m delighted it’s happened,” Murty said. “Ryan’s available for the squad and he’s an important player.“The ongoing processes with the SFA will be open to scrutiny. Everyone will have an opinion and everyone will be on one side or the other. “It’s not going to be a grey area where people don’t care about it. They’ll really, really hate it or really love it as their club gets a thumbs up or a thumbs down.” He added: “Right now, for me, it’s fantastic. Next time, if something goes wrong it’ll be horrible but that’s the reality of football. Actually, the SFA are in a really bad position because they can’t win. “Whatever decision they make, 50% of the people will think they’ve got it absolutely dead wrong and come on to every form of media to tell them about it.“That’s just the way the world works and it’s up to the SFA to make sure they keep their processes clean and they’re happy with it and that’s fine.”Looking ahead to the match against Thistle at Ibrox, Murty would not be drawn on whether or not Kenny Miller would continue to captain the side with Bruno Alves returning. He said it was more important all players shouldered their share of responsibility.“Having been captain I like people who are strong enough to hold others to account and I don’t think that has just got to be the captain,” Murty said. “All the players should be encouraged to do that. This week we have tried to reinforce that with the players. “It has been louder, more vocal and something I have really enjoyed watching, that the players have taken that bit of information from myself and JJ (Jonatan Johansson) on board, that they need to start upping that level of accountability and they have done that.”He added: “It is not just down to one voice, not just down to myself or the captain, all players are aware of it and all players can drive standards forward from the oldest to the youngest. “I am as hard on Jamie Barjonas for that as I am with Kenny. Jamie has a voice, he needs to learn to use it because there’s going to be 50,000 at Ibrox, you are not going to be able to hear me from the sideline. “Players need to take ownership of that and start to hold each other to account and push that standard forward and they have done that this week.”last_img read more

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Minister of State McHugh announces €3.8m water scheme for Gortahork

first_imgMinister of State Joe McHugh has announced a €3.8M water scheme in Gortahork which will deliver quality supplies to 5,000 people by the end of the year.The Donegal TD cut the sod today on the new water treatment plant at Ardsbeg.It is part of €6.3M in infrastructure contracts being signed off by Minister McHugh today with the formal signing for the Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana later today. Speaking at Ostán Loch Altan today, Minister McHugh said: “This is just one of many projects that Irish Water is progressing across County Donegal.“The Utility has committed to an investment of €73 million in the county’s water infrastructure over the next four years which will directly benefit over 90,000 people.“Working with Donegal County Council, Irish Water will deliver improved infrastructure that will resolve the serious deficiencies that exist.“Covered by this investment will be works in Cashilard, Cresslough, Fintown, Glenties-Ardara, Greencastle, Owenteskna/Kilcar, Letterkenny, Milford, Pettigo, Portnoo-Narinand Rathmullan.” The Minister added: “A further €70 million is earmarked for addressing issues with County Donegal’s wastewater infrastructure Included in this is an €18.4 million investment in the towns of Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy and as we know Killybegs and Bundoran are towns where untreated sewage is being discharged untreated into the sea.”Cllr Terence Slowey,  Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, said today’s announcement would “remove another issue from the Environment Protection List’s ‘to-do’ list in Donegal.”The contract involves the construction of a new water treatment plant immediately adjacent to the current site. The new treatment plant will comprise a robust flocculation, coagulation and filtration process followed by disinfection with a design output of 1,800m3/day. The contract also includes a treated water storage reservoir at the treatment plant site, which will provide a much improved security of supply for the local residents.Speaking at today’s launch, David McLoone, Irish Water Asset Management said: “The Gortahork/Falcarragh scheme is supplied from Lough Lagha, an upland lake. However, the existing water treatment plant is not adequate to address the risks to water quality and the scheme is subsequently on the EPA’s RAL.“These works will ensure the people of North Donegal will benefit from robust water treatment facilities and a safe and secure water supply into the future.” Minister of State McHugh announces €3.8m water scheme for Gortahork was last modified: February 20th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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Cope labels hospital funding a “ghost grant announcement”

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has branded the last number of days surrounding the future of and funding announcement for two out of the three Donegal Community Hospitals as “a complete debacle of the Governments own creating.”The West Donegal TD said is now clear and evident that there was no funding announcement and what is more concerning it now transpires that the plan for all three Hospitals will not be complete for another 6 to 8 weeks.“This is a shameful episode in cynical political electioneering on the part of the Government.” He added “I have spoken directly over the past number of days with officials from the HSE concerning this what can only be called a ” ghost grant announcement ” by the Minister of State Joe Mc Hugh.“I met with the HSE, along with all other Donegal Oireachtas members just two weeks ago – it was always clear that no funding was even applied for by the HSE, nor had HIQA been consulted on the matter of the future of the three Hospitals – Stranorlar, Ramelton and Lifford.Pat the Cope stated “What we have seen and witnessed over the past number of days has been nothing short of scandalous and an embarrassment, a Government Minister of State announcing funding for two Hospitals ; Stranorlar and Ramelton which was a non existent grant approval and furthermore the effective closure of a third Hospital in Lifford ,all based on a plan which is not even completed by the HSE or even lodged for funding approval nor has it obtained HIQA sanction.“The Donegal Deputies were informed recently by the HSE that “preliminary reports were being prepared and that drawing and sketches were not finalised”. The Minister of State’s actions have completely eroded confidence in the process which is still underway. The current situation stems from a Government announcement of January 2016, and until such time as that decision to close the long term bed capacity of all three Hospitals is reversed then no certainty can be assured on the long term future of these Hospitals especially in a post 2018 context.” Deputy Gallagher called on the Minister for Health to intervene and restore confidence to this process and immediately guarantee the long-term future of long term stay beds and a complete restoration of full services to all three community Hospitals.“I am particularly calling on the HSE to clarify the situation regarding Lifford as the last number of days has completely destroyed the future prospects of their Hospital and left them in limbo.“Community Hospitals play a key and essential role in the medical care and well-being of the citizens of Donegal and nothing short of full restoration of Staff levels, services within the Hospitals and the retention of long stay beds will satisfy the communities affected. I am impressing on the HSE to immediately bring clarity on their intentions regarding Lifford Community Hospital- as the Mc Hugh announcement has been totally destructive of their future hopes for their Community Hospital.“I remain fully committed to the complete and full restoration of all three Hospitals and their full services to be restored for their respective communities. I will be calling on the Health Minister to address and clarify the issue on the resumption of the Dail,”concluded Pat the Cope.Cope labels hospital funding a “ghost grant announcement” was last modified: April 21st, 2017 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:fundinghospitalPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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Shay’s delight as he becomes a dad for the fourth time

first_imgDonegal soccer star Shay Given has become a dad for the fourth time.The Lifford man and partner Becky Gibson welcomed Cassie Else Given into the world yesterday.The goalkeeper, who celebrated his 41st birthday last month, posted: “Feeling blessed, welcome to the world Cassie Elsa Given. Very proud of Becky Gibson.” The couple welcomed daughter Gracie into the world in December 2015.Cassie will now make Shay a father-of-four as the Irish keeper has two children, Shayne and Sienna, from a previous relationship.Given, who won 134 caps in goal for Ireland, was awarded the Freedom of Co Donegal last year during a ceremony in his hometown of Lifford.Shay’s delight as he becomes a dad for the fourth time was last modified: May 24th, 2017 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:babydonegalShay Givenlast_img read more

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Wausau West topples Marshfield boys hockey

first_imgTigers now 1-3, host SPASH next ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Wausau West scored 53 seconds into the game and after Marshfield scored, put up five-straight goals and beat the Tigers 6-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference opener for both teams Thursday at the Marshfield Youth Ice Arena.Max Zingler put in the first goal for West before Marshfield’s Klaus Friedli knotted the contest with a goal with 2:25 left in the first period.From there it was all West. The Warriors scored three goals in the second period and two more in the third to win by five.Six different Warriors scored in the victory as West outshot Marshfield 67-9.West is now 1-1-1 overall, while Marshfield falls to 1-3.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Warriors 6, Tigers 1Wausau West 1 3 2 – 6Marshfield 1 0 0 – 1First period: 1. WW, Max Zingler (Kellen Tharaldson), 0:53; 2. M, Klaus Friedli, 14:35.Second period: 3. WW, Alex Zahn (Brandon Thorson), 6:33; 4. WW, Tharaldson (Cale Bowman, Josh Bohlin), 13:15; 5. WW, Bohlin (Christian Bardarson, Sam Sippel) 16:47.Third period: 6. WW, Bardarson (Tharaldson, Bohlin), 0:32; 7. WW, Zach Pearson (Nate Newman), 3:46.Saves: WW, Paul Weise 8; M, Haydon Roy-Peterson 61.Records: Wausau West 1-1-1, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 1-3, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

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