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first_imgAN up and coming Donegal athlete is celebrating today after landing a lucrative scholarship at a top American University.Dempsey McGuigan, the Finn Valley AC hammer thrower and national U-20 record holder, is the latest athlete from the club to win a scholarship following runner Sarah Collins.She’s based at East Coast Providence in Rhode Island. Dempsey, who competed in last year’s world junior championships in Barcelona, has landed a scholarship at the University of Mississippi, an American college in Division One of the national athletics.“He is nervous about the journey in life ahead but to acheive another level and fulfill an ambition to compete in the Rio Olympics he has got to move so he is off,” said proud Finn Valley AC boss Patsy McGonagle.“He will go to the States in August having hopefully achieved the Q standard for this Summers European under 23 champs.“His family parents, sisters, coach, brothers Dalton and Fellan, both of whom are Irish record holders in their respective age group events, are totally in support of the move,” said Patsy. “We’re all chuffed for Dempsey.”   JUST BRILLIANT: DONEGAL ATHLETE LANDS LUCRATIVE AMERICAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP was last modified: February 12th, 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:JUST BRILLIANT: DONEGAL ATHLETE LANDS LUCRATIVE AMERICAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPlast_img read more

first_imgIn addition to the blood and bone, thearrow heads also held traces of glue in theform of a plant-based resin that thescientists think was used to fasten themonto wooden or reed shafts. Marlize Lombard, a researcher andlecturer in Anthropology at the Universityof Johannesburg, at the Sibundu Cave sitein the north of KwaZulu-Natal province.(Images: University of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lyn WadleyHonorary Professor, School of Geography,Archaeology and Environmental StudiesUniversity of the Witwatersrand+27 11 717 [email protected] African archaeologists have found what is believed to be the earliest evidence of human-made stone-tipped arrows, 64 000-year-old stone tools – still with traces of blood and bone – that push the development of bow-and-arrow technology back 20 000 years and throw light on humanity’s cognitive development.The finds, unearthed from layers of very old sediment in Sibundu Cave in the north of KwaZulu-Natal province, were made by Marlize Lombard of the University of Johannesburg and a team of researchers and scientists under the leadership of Lyn Wadley of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also in Johannesburg.A bone point that could have been an arrow tip was also excavated from the site in 2008 by Lucinda Backwell and colleagues from Wits.The shape of the geometric stone pieces indicated where they had been impacted and damaged, and how they were hafted, Lombard said. “This showed that the pieces were very likely to have been the tips of projectiles – rather than sharp points on the end of hand-held spears.”In addition to the blood and bone, the arrow heads also held traces of glue in the form of a plant-based resin that the scientists think was used to fasten them onto wooden or reed shafts.“The presence of glue implies that people were able to produce composite tools – tools where different elements produced from different materials are glued together to make a single artefact,” said Lombard.The sophistication of the arrows sheds light on the development of human intelligence, scientists believe. According to Larry Barham from the University of Liverpool, “This is an indicator of a cognitively demanding behaviour.”The discovery, together with other evidence, pushes back the development of bow-and-arrow technology by at least 20 000 years. The team’s findings were published in the latest issue journal Antiquity.Ancient engineering Scientists’ interest in early bows and arrows stems from the light the weapons shine on the technological and cognitive abilities of early Homo sapiens.“Hunting with a bow and arrow requires intricate multi-staged planning, material collection and tool preparation and implies a range of innovative social and communication skills,” the researchers wrote in their article.Lombard said that her ultimate aim was to explore the big question: “When did we start to think in the same way that we do now?”“Together with additional evidence from Sibudu produced by Prof Wadley and her team, and other South African sites such as Blombos, under the direction of Prof Chris Henshilwood, we are becoming more and more confident that 60 000 to 70 000 years ago, in Southern Africa, people were behaving, on a cognitive level, very similarly to us.”Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum in London said the work added to the view that modern humans in Africa 60 000 years ago had begun to hunt in a “new way”.Neanderthals and early humans, he explained, were likely to have been “ambush predators”, who needed to get close to their prey in order to dispatch them.“This work further extends the advanced behaviours inferred for early modern people in Africa,” Stringer said. “But the long gaps in the subsequent record of bows and arrows may mean that regular use of these weapons did not come until much later.“Indeed, the concept of bows and arrows may even have had to be reinvented many millennia later.”last_img read more

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Jeron Teng stars as Alaska keeps NLEX winless for 2nd win Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NorthPort managed to limit Terrence Jones to just 17 points after the KaTropa’s big man went on a tear in his first two games averaging 42 points a game.As a team, the KaTropa shot the ball at a 39.5 percent clip, 32-of-81, while NorthPort sizzled from the field at 53.8 percent shooting or 42-of-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pringle, the 2018 scoring champion after averaging 21 points per game, missed the Batang Pier’s first two games of the conference but NorthPort were still able to chalk up the wins against NLEX and Alaska.The Batang Pier also broke away from the trap of failing to win three straight games at the start of the conference.NorthPort had also bagged back to back to start of the Philippine Cup only to lose six games straight en route to a 5-6 record before losing to Rain or Shine in the first round of the playoffs.Pringle said that they were conscious of that early conference slump and they were adamant that it won’t happen again.“We won the first two and lost six straight, let’s not do it again,” said Pringle. “Coach Pido [Jarencio] just wanted us to play possession by possession, just make the smart plays and execute. I think we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—Stanley Pringle wasn’t going to let any nagging pain stop him from putting up the numbers that made him one of the most lethal scorers in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Playing in his first game back from surgery, Pringle lit up for 22 points to lead NorthPort in a commanding 110-86 victory over TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pringle had bone spurs removed from his right foot and was still feeling the lingering effects of the procedure, but it didn’t show in his performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Special shoutout to the medical staff for helping me recover fast,” said Pringle after the Batang Pier nabbed their third straight win. “I’m still not all the way to 100 percent, I’m still working on my endurance.”“I’m glad I was hitting my threes because I couldn’t get much explosion off my right foot,” added Pringle who went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. “It’s coming back, maybe two more games I can maybe play the whole game. I’m just waiting, trying to be patient.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more