Celtics rally in 2nd half to end Pistons’ win streak

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo fuels Bucks late rally to charge past Pacers Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, left, drives past Detroit Pistons’ Reggie Jackson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics haven’t played as well as they’ve expected at times this season.They’re hoping the games they’ve put together over the last six weeks are a sign of better things to come after the All-Star break.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “It was good the way we ended going into the break,” Hayward said. “It definitely builds some momentum.”Blake Griffin led Detroit with 32 points and eight rebounds. Andre Drummond added 21 points and 17 rebounds.Despite the loss, Drummond said he is also encouraged.“This past week, week and a half, I think we played really, really good basketball,” he said. “We set a goal to go 5-2 and we succeeded with that. … Got a week off, take a break, come back and it’s off to the races from there.”TIP-INSPistons: Were just 5 of 19 from the field (26 percent) and 2 for 9 (22 percent) from 3-point range in third quarter.Celtics: Improved to 9-2 this season without Irving. . Rookie Robert Williams (illness) also sat along with Aron Baynes (left foot contusion). . Smart’s 3-pointer early in the third quarter ended his 0-for-20 slump from beyond the arc.‘GREAT ACTOR’Horford and Griffin made contact going for a loose ball near the sideline late in the fourth quarter. Following a video review by officials, Horford was called for a flagrant foul. Asked about the play after the game, Horford rolled his eyes and smiled.“Blake is a great actor,” Horford said. “I was going for the ball, and he sold it well. So, yeah, I don’t think that was a flagrant foul.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 18 to help the Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Wednesday night.Hayward added eight assists and five rebounds in his first start since Dec. 21. Al Horford finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Jaylen Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Celtics have won seven out of their last nine. The loss ended the Pistons’ four-game win streak.Coach Brad Stevens said he liked the way his team gutted things out coming off a close win over the 76ers on Tuesday. LATEST STORIES “This was a good two days for this group,” Stevens said. “I thought it showed a lot of good character and hopefully we can enjoy the rest.”After trailing by 11 in the first half, Boston outscored Detroit 34-20 in the third quarter and led by as many as 28 in the fourth.Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving sat for the second straight game with a strained right knee, and Terry Rozier was also sidelined with an illness.Stevens adjusted to their absences by starting Smart and Tatum in the backcourt and rounded out his lineup with Hayward, Horford and Marcus Morris.It was another strong showing for Hayward, who now has scored 15 or more points in four of his last five games. He had only 10 such games in his first 48 games this season. Over his last five outings Hayward has averaged 17 points on 61 percent shooting (9 of 18 on 3-pointers), 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ RUN TIMEThe Celtics were energized early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. But Detroit negated it, responding with a 24-5 run to nudge back in front as Boston relied heavily on jump shots and went through a nearly five-minute scoring drought.The Celtics settled down, ending the opening period on a 15-5 run. Boston controlled the pace in the second quarter and led 57-52 at the half.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving’s status is officially “day-to-day,” but that he could theoretically be cleared to play if the Celtics had a game scheduled for Friday or Saturday. As far as Irving’s availability for the All-Star Game, Stevens said he should only suit up if his knee is completely healthy.“If there’s any issues at all and he’s not 110 percent, I would not play,” Stevens said.UP NEXTThe Pistons play Feb. 22 at Atlanta.The Celtics return to action Feb. 21, beginning a three-game trip at Milwaukee.last_img read more

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New royalty credits being offered by Province

first_imgThe B.C. Liberal government is putting up to $120 million in royalty credits to spark the next round of infrastructure development in the petroleum and natural gas sector.Beginning Thursday, the Energy Ministry will accept applications from resource companies to invest in new or upgraded roads and new pipelines that generate economic development and job creation in the oil patch.- Advertisement -Although the energy company must fund the entire cost of a selected infrastructure project, it will then be able to recover up to 50 per cent of an approved project’s cost.The cost recovery will come in the the form of credits that reduce the natural resource royalties it must remit to the government.In a news release Thursday, the Ministry says applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. PDT on April 4.It also says only projects which offer the highest economic benefits for the province will be approved.Advertisement The intiative should represent a major economic plus for the Peace River region and the first evidence of that could come next Wednesday after the February natural gas and petroleum sale.last_img read more

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Man United fans react to news they could sign star from Premier League rivals

first_imgJan Vertonghen’s future at Tottenham is in doubt after reports that Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is weighing up a January move for the player.The defender, who can play at centre and left back, has become frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities under Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.The former Southampton boss is said to be unimpressed by Vertonghen’s attitude and left him on the bench for the 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.The Belgian has three years left on his deal and chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to want to sell the player for less than £18million.But Van Gaal is an admirer of the former Ajax star and will look to Vertonghen’s Premier League experience to solve Manchester United’s defensive problems. 1 Jan Vertonghen to sign for Man United? last_img read more

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77-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CRASHED INTO A PARKED CAR CONVICTED OF DANGEROUS DRIVING

first_imgA 77-year-old man who crashed into a parked car has been convicted of dangerous driving and fined €300 at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court.James Brogan, with an address at The Cottages Dunfanaghy was charged with Hit and Run, (Failure to report occurrence) Hit and Run (Failing to give appropriate information) and Dangerous Driving following an accident on the 1st of May 2015. The court heard that Mr Brogan slammed into the back of a parked car on the Main Street, in Dunfanaghy.Solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian told the court, “Mr Brogan was driving downhill into Dunfanaghy, and he feels something to his right distracted him – which resulted in him careering into the back of a parked car.“However, CCTV footage isn’t very clear and doesn’t clearly indicate if he was distracted by something to his right.”In fact the court heard – that TWO parked cars were damaged during the accident, the first parked car that was struck was pushed into the back of a second parked car.However, solicitor for the defendant Frank Dorrian contested the Hit and Run charges.Dorrian said, “Mr Brogan stayed on the roadway for EIGHT minutes following the accident.“There was a large group of people along with him – and many of them were encouraging him to go and get medical attention.“A neighbour took him to her house and gave him a cup of tea, and a change of clothes and then proceeded to take him to hospital for further observation.”The court heard how Gardaí didn’t arrive at the scene until forty minutes after the accident.However, they said Mr Brogan had obligations to report the accident – and said all he had to do was make a call.The court also heard that there was no witnesses to the accident and nobody else was injured apart from the defendant.Frank Dorrian added, “Mr Brogan is retired, and is a bachelor who lives on his own – and is someone who highly respected in Dunfanaghy.Judge Paul Kelly said, “It was a very regrettable chain of events.”He ordered Mr Brogan to pay €300 for Dangerous Driving and gave him six months to pay.He struck out the charges of Hit and Run (Failure to report occurrence) and Hit and Run (Failing to give appropriate information)77-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CRASHED INTO A PARKED CAR CONVICTED OF DANGEROUS DRIVING was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsJames Brogannewslast_img read more

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SOCCER: LAGAN FACE KEADUE IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE GAME

first_imgLAGAN HARPS NEWS: Our men’s team had a 2-1 win away to Castlefin Celtic in the Ulster Junior cup. Kenny Doran scored an equaliser and Paul Rodgers scored the winner in extra time. This Sunday they have a vital home league game v Keadue Rovers at 2.00pm.Our u/14’s won 2-1 away to Ballybofey Utd. Ciaran Quinn scored both. Our u/12 A’s had a 4-0 win away to Lifford Celtic with Tiernan Brown, Faolan Gibson, Max Johnston and Jordan Mc Hugh scoring. Our u/12 reserves lost 5-1 away to Cappry Colts. Matthew Peoples was the scorer.Our u/14 girls put up a good performance before losing 2-1 to Sligo side Yeats Utd. Scorer was Shannon Cunningham. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,6,22 and 24. Mary Lee and Marion Dill both had three numbers and won E25 each. Next weeks jackpot is E5975. In our Fai club ticket draw the winners were: Voucher for two tickets to first Ireland home game in 2016, Kathleen Bradley and Eileen O’Donnell. Winners of Fai Summer school vouchers. Sabrina Gallagher and Carla Mc Ginley. SOCCER: LAGAN FACE KEADUE IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE GAME was last modified: November 2nd, 2015 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) Tags:Club NewsLagan Harpsnewslast_img read more

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COUNTY MANAGER ISSUES STRONG STATEMENT VOWING TO BETTER THE LIVES OF TRAVELLERS

first_imgCounty Manager Seamus Neely issued strong statement on Council policiesCOUNTY manager Seamus Neely has issued a strongly-worded statement on the Ballyshannon Traveller house storm, vowing to work to better the lives of the Travelling community.Mr Neely confirmed that the completion of the purchase of a house in Parkhill was due to be completed on the afternoon of February 11th.However the house – due to be let to Tony Ward, his wife and ten children – was burned down in an arson attack in the early hours of that day. The fire came after comments by Cllr Sean McEniff who had said he opposed the settling of traveller families in ‘settled’ communities.Confirming to councillors in a report that the purchase of the house had met all council guidelines, Mr Neely went on to explain the council’s policies.“I believe that the time is now right for me as a county manager to re-affirm the council’s position with regard to social inclusion policies and measures and to outline some of the very significant work an initiatives the council has delivered on as a lead agency,” said Mr Neely.“Donegal County Council has been proactively engaged in promoting interculturalism, diversity and integration through our work with the Donegal County Development Board (CDB), the CDB social inclusion measures group and the CDB interagency group on Traveller issues and the CDB peace and reconciliation partnership and we are fully committed to continuing with this work. “In this regard Donegal County Council is committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure that all Travellers in Donegal have an opportunity to achieve their fill potential in all aspects of their lives.”He said the council’s own diversity plan included policies which were anti-racist and anti-sectarian and were aimed at promoting greater integration at a local level with communities.Mr Neely said the council policy included policies on dealing with conflicts between settled and traveller communities.He detailed extensively the work the council does with the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.He said the Donegal Electoral Area councillors had been told in workshops about the purchase of a house in Ballyshannon for the family concerned and while the specific dwelling was not disclosed “details were provided as to the actual settings within which the dwelling in question was located.” COUNTY MANAGER ISSUES STRONG STATEMENT VOWING TO BETTER THE LIVES OF TRAVELLERS was last modified: February 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BALLYSHANNON HOUSE: COUNTY MANAGER ISSUES STRONG STATEMENT VOWING TO BETTER THE LIVES OF TRAVELLERSlast_img read more

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Farrell checks self into treatment center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Farrell, 29, stars in the upcoming adventure-drama “The New World.” His screen credits also include roles in last year’s “Alexander” and the 2002 thriller “Phone Booth.” Colin Farrell is being treated for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, his publicist said. The medication was prescribed to the Irish actor after a back injury, publicist Danica Smith said in a written statement Monday. The statement said Farrell had checked himself into a treatment center, which wasn’t identified. “No other comments (are) to be made at this time,” the statement said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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AWARD-WINNING LOCAL MUSICIAN AMY GILLEN IN CONCERT WITH DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN BALLYSHANNON TONIGHT

first_imgDonegal Music Education Partnership is delighted to announce their first concerts of the year featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra with soloist, Amy Gillen (flautist). Donegal Chamber Orchestra features classical string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance.The Orchestra is led by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo is its Artistic Director. Joining them for this weekend of concerts is local flautist Amy Gillen, a former member of Donegal Youth Orchestra.Amy is 18 years of age and hails from Bridgetown, Laghey (Donegal). She started playing the flute at the age of 8 with Sarah Murphy in Derry and currently studies under Professor William Dowdall at the Royal Irish Music Academy of Music, Dublin, where she has been a scholarship student for the last 3 years.She was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 2009-2013, playing first flute in many venues throughoutIrelandaswellasintheUnitedArabEmirates. Amultipleprize-winnerandbursaryrecipient over the years, Amy won the Senior Flute Competition at the EBS Feis Ceoil in Dublin in 2014, and in September performed in the EBS Feis Ceoil Young Platform Series in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall.As guest soloist, Amy will perform Vivaldi`s Flute Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 10, RV 428(Il Gardellino). The remainder of the concert programme includes music by Telemann, Boyce, Grieg, Bartók and John McLachlan. The first concert is taking place in The Rock Parish Hall, Ballyshannon, Tonight January 24th at 7.30pm, with the second concert taking place in Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny, on Sunday 25th at 3pm part of “Sundays in Conwal” .Admission is €10 with a €5 concession ticket available for students. Pre- booking not necessary as tickets will be available at the door.AWARD-WINNING LOCAL MUSICIAN AMY GILLEN IN CONCERT WITH DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN BALLYSHANNON TONIGHT was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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) Tags:AMY GILLENBallyshannonconcertlast_img
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DD Motoring: A decade of driving in Donegal

first_imgTen years ago I captured this photo of Paddy Doherty at work with his team of Irish Cob working horses, Rose (25) and Tommy (3) at Burt, Co Donegal.Tommy is a retired building contractor from Burnfoot who spent his working life on the sites of England and Northern Ireland, he is pictured back on the fields that he worked in as a boy as he trains up his team of horses for the ploughing championship which he hoped to compete in Co Carlow at the end of the month in that year.Paddy Doherty at work with his team of Irish Cob working horses, Rose (25) and Tommy (3) as he gets in some training at Burt, Co Donegal many years ago. Photo Brian McDaidAfter the photo was taken , Paddy asked me if I would like to take the reins and plough with the two horses which I did and often treasure the thought of when I am driving less interesting cars on the road. Advertisement This week Rab C Nesbitt came to mind from that once famous Hamlet ad as he sits in a photo booth and tries to cover his balding head with his comb-over as he struggles with his adjustable seat and the timing of an automatic camera. Like him I ended up with three photos that I didn’t like!I was nearly ready for a smoke like Mr. Nesbitt at the end of my ordeal. As a photographer you would think I would be a bit better prepared for this but I wasn’t and today I was at the wrong side of the camera as my cross photo will show in my driving licence for the next ten years.On reflection this snap will probably look more like me when I am stopped and asked for my licence. Advertisement Bottom of the leagueMy old ten year licence was taken off me without any ceremony, I thought they might have said something but not a word, I thought at first they threw it in the bin behind the counter of the RSA driving licence centre at Boyce’s Corner in Letterkenny but it was heading into a photocopier.I once told someone that I never got a puncture on a car that I owned one time only to get a puncture the following day. So I don’t feel to happy saying that my old ten year licence was the first licence that I owned where I ended up at the bottom of the league, in that I hadn’t incurred any points or any offences! Hope this statement doesn’t come back to bite me!I can’t help but notice in places like the driver licence office how everyone looking to get their driving licence renewed are so cordial and gentle, myself included as they try to get through the process of collecting all the relevant proofs of identity of PPS numbers, utility bills and medicals for them with more than the standard car driving licence needed renewed. In less than a week my new licence arrived in the post. And with a bit of hope I will not need to visit the licence authority until 2027.Red mistWhat didn’t register on my “clean licence” over the last decade was the times of my near misses. I have seen enough of accidents as a fireman for over 25 years and most days I plan to get behind the wheel of my van and not end up becoming another stat of Irish Roads.One of my survival plans everyday is the space I leave between me and the car in front of me.That’s the space where I hope I will be able to react if the flow of traffic changes quickly and the faster the flow of traffic the bigger I leave the gap. The red mist comes into the equation for me when another motorist decides that my survival space is a waste nips into it while passing a line of traffic.The fight part of flight comes into action when this happens and for the majority of times that I drive well, it’s times like this that let me down for all the wrong reasons. I see others who decide that they are going to be upholders of the law and make out that they are doing nothing wrong as they drive slowly letting on that they don’t see the car behind them with a driver going off the head trying to get past their car positioned in the middle of the their side of the road. These are just two examples of drivers taking their personalities on to the road something that might never show up if these actions don’t end up in an accident.Aussie rules could benefit young Donegal driversWhen I started out driving I managed to clean the passengers wing of each of the three of the cars my father owned. A Hillman Avenger, A MK3 Cortina and Ford Escort Van all have my signature on their replacement wings. In them days I listened to no one, thought I knew it all though all these accident were just part of the learning process or was someone else’s fault.A diagram of a path for young drivers driver in Australia . Ireland could learn from this system.So the thought cross my mind after a chat with an Australian Policeman who was recently on holiday in Co Donegal who gave me an idea of the effort the Australians are doing to cut the amount of accidents by young people on their roads.The Australian guidelines are as follows; Passenger and night restrictions will be imposed on young drivers under changes to provisional licence laws in South Australia.Young P1 licence holders will be banned from driving between midnight and 5am unless granted an exemption.P1 drivers under 25 will be allowed to transport only one passenger aged between 16 and 20, excluding immediate family.The minimum provisional licence period will be increased from two years to three.Drivers will need to carry any exemption letter issued by their employer, volunteer or religious organisations, education institutions or sports associations, or other supporting evidence, to show police if they are pulled over.Road Safety in Australia said new drivers had been shown to be at the greatest risk on the roads.These initiatives are not about removing the freedom that comes with having a licence but rather ensuring young drivers have the best start.“Young drivers are at greatest risk of a crash in their first year of driving unsupervised, and South Australia has the second-worst fatality rate for the 16- to 19-year-old age group of all Australian states and territories.“If these changes had been in place over the past five years previous, they would have had the potential to prevent 22 deaths, 240 serious injuries and 1,397 minor injuries.”The L plate in Australia which is a P plate and prepares you driver better for the road.Motoring organisation, the RAA says changes will need to be made clear before they are enforced. Road safety says some young licence holders will need exemptions to let them work or attend sporting commitments.“For most people it won’t be too difficult. It’s likely to save potential crashes and possibly fatalities during this period when people are inexperienced, so I think overall it’s potentially a good outcome,” he said.“It’s also important that this will only apply to P1 drivers. Once they move on to their P2s, these restrictions on the curfew and the number of peer passengers are lifted.”Key changes•A passenger restriction for P1 drivers under 25, allowing no more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 for the duration of holding a P1 licence, excluding immediate family members (with an exemption system)• A restriction on driving between midnight and 5am for P1 drivers under 25 for the duration of their P1 licence (with an exemption system)• Extending the total minimum provisional licence period from two to three years will mean one year on a P1 licence and two years on a P2 licence• Removing regression to a previous licence stage following a disqualification period• The hazard perception test (on a computer) will be a requirement of graduation from learner’s to P1, rather than P1 to P2.Under the exemption system:• P1 drivers will be exempt from the passenger restrictions if they are required to carry multiple peer passengers during the course of their employment• P1 drivers will be exempt from the night-time driving restriction if they need to drive for employment, formal volunteer work, education, training or sporting purposes.I know a lot of people might think this is a very harsh ruling by the Australians but most of this was put in place just over three years ago now and it has reduced the numbers of their young drivers that have been involved in fatal car crashes.A view of a typical provisional driver’s Licence (P1) in Australia.I was reading this week another survey about the projected number of young drivers and passengers who will be killed on the roads by the end of this year. I think if even a part of the way Australians are working with their young drivers was deployed in Ireland it to would go a great distance to cut the carnage on Irish roads.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: A decade of driving in Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Australiabrian mc daidlicensemotoringlast_img read more

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North India to get DNA bank for wildlife

first_imgNorth India is all set to get its first DNA bank for wildlife. Scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly are in the process of collecting DNA samples of all wild animals to set up the bank. It is expected to help in research and also in bringing down poaching.At present, the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in Hyderabad is the only such facility in the country.To start by year-endAccording to principal scientist and in-charge of the Centre for Wildlife, IVRI, Anil Kumar Sharma, so far, the scientists have collected 140 samples of 25 wild animals. The DNA bank is expected to start this year-end.“We are making a baseline data of different animals. Every time we receive some identified specimen, viscera, skin or part of the body of a wild animal from either forest department or zoo, we take out the DNA,” Mr. Sharma told The Hindu on phone from Bareilly.It took one year for the IVRI to collect the DNA samples of animals such as tigers, leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and deer, which are on the radar of poachers. “At present, every time there is an incident of poaching, the specimen is sent to the facility in Hyderabad, which is an expensive affair. Also it is too much of a pressure on the Hyderabad institute. We are starting this to cater to the needs of north India,” Mr. Sharma said.The DNA bank was the brainchild of Dr. Raj Kumar Singh, the director of Indian Council of Agricultural Research-IVRI, Mr. Sharma added. “The bank has ‘positive sample’ meaning ‘known sample’ which will have DNA sequencing. In future, if we get some ‘unknown sample’ like hair or skin, then with the help of the DNA bank, we can tell which animal it belongs to,” Mr. Sharma added.last_img read more

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