Unique project charting Donegal veterans of the American Civil War

first_imgA fascinating research project is underway to find records of the many Donegal men who fought in the American Civil War.More Donegal men fought and died in this conflict than any other war in modern history, including the First World War.But their stories have not been widely told. Historian Damian Shiels, one of Ireland’s leading conflict archaeologists, has set out to find records of the many thousands of Donegal emigrants who served in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865.He is plotting the locations of where the Donegal people came from and has the names of 155 individuals so far.Seeing as it’s #LoveDonegal Day, my updated working plot of known locations where American Civil War veterans were from in the county, after last nights entries. Currently standing at 155 separate individuals plotted. #ForgottenIrish pic.twitter.com/WIpg2BEMlA— Damian Shiels (@irishacw) August 14, 2019Shiels, who is undertaking his research at Northumbria University, is appealing for anyone with details of Donegal men and women, Union or Confederate, who were involved in the conflict to get in contact via irishamericancivilwar.com. Descendants of Donegal emigrants may have key information which can be contributed to the map, which will be made live on 30th August. Shiels will be giving a talk on Arranmore Island on 30 August, discussing one of their returned Civil War veterans, Paddy Nojeen Gallagher.Paddy emigrated before the war, enlisted in an Illinois regiment, fought in some of the biggest battles of the war and survived Andersonville POW camp, where many Donegal men died. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, one of the many National Cemeteries that have Donegal veterans of the American Civil War interred in them.Shiels has a wealth of extraordinary information on Donegal veterans, from the families of Little Donegal in Pennsylvania to William Cockburn of Ballintra, who was a Commissary Sergeant in the 2nd New Jersey Cavalry and lost a leg following a battle. Stories include those of John Patton, a Ramelton man who emigrated to New Orleans in 1854 at the age of sixteen. Patton was a Mason who fought with the Confederate New Orleans Crescent Rifles and subsequently in the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery. He survived the war and was twice a prisoner. He died of illness at the age of 33, but his friends recorded his feats in a glowing obituary.Stephen James McGroarty, from Mountcharles, who was a Brevet Brigadier-General in the Union ArmyJames Haggerty, a Glenswilly man, left Ireland during the famine to start a new life in the United States. He settled in New York and was the first man of the 69th New York State Militia to die in the Battle of Bull Run – the first major Battle of the American Civil War.Accounts of Donegal men have been documented by Shiels before in his books on the Irish in the American Civil War, The Irish in the American Civil War and Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America. It is estimated that some 1.6m Irish-born people were living in America when the war broke out and around 180,000 of the Irish fought on both sides. The position held on the Gettysburg battlefield by the 1st New York Light Artillery, Battery B, which was commanded by James McKay Rorty of Donegal town.Shiels’ work is dedicated to remembering the ‘Forgotten Irish’ of the era, and any help and support would be greatly appreciated. His current research is focused on the wider Irish experience of the war. The Donegal veterans project as a test case for an initiative that he hopes to progress with Ireland Reaching Out.Shiels is also keen to hear from anyone who may have a place of origin within Donegal for Patrick Summerville Slevin, who was Brevetted a Brigadier-General for his services during the conflict. You can provide details via the email [email protected], via twitter @irishacw or on the Irish in the American Civil War Facebook page.Read more about the Donegal Information appeal here: https://irishamericancivilwar.com/2019/08/10/appeal-in-search-of-donegal-veterans-of-the-american-civil-war/ Unique project charting Donegal veterans of the American Civil War was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Local Roundup: CR men’s, women’s soccer drop conference openers

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods men’s soccer team couldn’t carry its early season momentum with into its Golden Valley Conference opener as it gave up two early goals and fell to Feather River 5-0 at Community Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.The Corsairs (3-5 overall) face Butte College on the road on Friday.Feather River scored a quick goal two minutes in and capitalized on an off day for CR.Redwoods, which came in to the game having won two of its last four and allowed only two goals over its …last_img

Cooking in Cariema Isaacs’ Cape Malay kitchen

first_imgCape Malay cooking has left its unique mark on South Africa’s collective heritage. It is known and loved across the country. Cariema Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, gives deeper insight into this cuisine and its history.As Cariema Isaacs wrote Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, she relived some of her best childhood memories. (Image: Supplied, Penguin Random House South Africa)Priya PitamberAsked about her favourite childhood memory involving food, Cariema Isaacs could not help but smile because it invoked heart-warming recollections.“It takes me back to a Sunday morning in Bo-Kaap and the smell of warm and aromatic aniseed-infused koesisters glistening with sweet sugar syrup and dusted with beautifully white, desiccated coconut,” said Isaacs, author of Cooking for my Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen.“It’s a memory that rings true for every Cape Malay and to this day, the tradition of having warm koesisters served for breakfast or as a snack on Sunday morning is still kept alive in our community.”Isaacs wrote her cookbook in honour of her father following his death in 2013. Working in Dubai, she said she found it exceptionally difficult to mourn his passing. This prompted her to write a book to capture the memories – mostly related to food, their heritage and the Cape Malay culture – that made them both so happy.“It’s with ease that blank pages were filled with moments that I remember cooking with him, meals we ate together and his simple philosophy about food… Many of these moments were underpinned by my childhood memories of growing up in Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay quarter where I was born.”The book, she said, took you on a culinary journey through Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap, the food and festivals that represented the community, the spirit of caring and sharing and the celebration of “togetherness”.Isaacs always had a love for cooking, baking and, naturally, eating. But it was moving to Dubai that ignited her curiosity about world cuisine. “The more I explore it, the more I am intrigued.”She said what she had deemed everyday, home cooking became a form of art. “I saw what I was creating being captured through someone else’s lens, styled by someone else’s interpretation of my dish. It’s a thing of beauty.”Cape Malay cooking contains many different flavours from around the world, making it uniquely South African, says Cariema Isaacs. (Image: supplied, photographed by Ian Du Toit)Cape Malay cuisine was an important part of South Africa’s heritage, she explained, because it dated back to the first settlers who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. The Dutch East India Company delegation set up a refreshment post for traders on their way between the Netherlands and the East.Her Cape Malay forefathers arrived here as slaves from various places in Southeast Asia. “The roots of Cape Malay culture and cuisine are largely influenced by its Indonesian, Javanese and Malay forefathers. The famous Afrikaans poet, C Louis Leipoldt (1880-1947), claimed in an article that the earliest authorities behind original South African dishes came from the ‘Cape Malay’ population of the Western Cape.”Many of their forefathers worked as cooks or kitchen hands, she explained, and adapted recipes from their homelands for the palates of the households in which they worked. But there were also influences from the masters of the homes, who were predominantly Dutch or British.“In order to fully appreciate the Cape Malay cuisine, you need to understand its history and in understanding its history you very quickly come to learn that every dish tells a story,” Isaacs said.“Every story could depict either a particular spice that links us to another part of the globe or places from which our forefathers hailed.”The type of food cooked in the past also depended on the day of the week, she said. On Sundays, there was chicken or expensive cuts of meat; Mondays were fish days or the left-overs from Sunday. “Food passed on from our past, tells the story of celebration, of religion, of struggle but it’s always been a way to bring the community together.”The tapestry of flavours and spices woven together from countries such as the Netherlands, India, Indonesia, France and Britain made Cape Malay cuisine uniquely South African, she said. The cuisine was also influenced by the Islamic faith, so all food was halaal.Instead of hot and pungent, Cape Malay spice combinations were more fragrant and aromatic. The dishes that had their roots in Malaysia, Java and Indonesia consisted of aromatics such as cloves, bay leaves, all spice pimentos, cardamom, fresh ginger and garlic, and tamarind paste. The curries, known for their lush sauces, had ground spices such as turmeric, cumin and a blended leaf or roasted masala.“It is also important to mention that Cape Malay cooking is complete only when it can be enjoyed with friends and family (never alone) and, more importantly, shared with neighbours and the community (especially as a form of charity).”Isaacs said her favourite recipe from her book was Braised Sausage. Make it yourself:Braised Sausage (Gesmore Soeseis)Cape Town boasts some of the finest halaal butcheries around which specialise in a wide variety of sausages and cold meats such as viennas, polonies and penny polonies. An essential requirement for this very popular dish is to ensure that a good quality sausage is used, in other words, one that consists of a higher pure meat ratio compared to that of the other sausage ingredients. Good-quality sausage will expand and plump up when cooked and must contain a fair amount of moisture inside the casing. You need a juicy sausage for this recipe. Serves 4–6.Notes: Steer away from plaaswors or boerewors for this recipe, because the taste of it is way too pungent and the meat ratio is disproportionate. If the sausage is spicy, then omit the chilli and pepper. Salt is optional or to taste, as some sausages have added salt and seasoning.1 Tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil2 large onions, finely chopped1 green chilli, halved lengthways1 ripe tomato, roughly chopped1 C (250 ml) water3–4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered1 kg sausage¼ tsp (1.25 ml) freshly ground black pepper1 tsp (5 ml) sugarSalt to tasteHeat the oil over medium heat and add the onions and chilli. Cook for 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently, and then add the tomato. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent.Just as the onions and tomato are about to catch on the bottom of the pot, gradually add ½ C (125 ml) of the water, small amounts at a time, and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the potatoes and gently scrape any bits from the bottom of the pot.Add the remaining ½ C (125 ml) water and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes over a medium heat, until the potatoes are slightly browned and the water has transformed into a fairly thick sauce.Place the sausage on top of the potatoes – DO NOT stir!The sausage will act as a blanket and will provide just enough moisture for the potatoes to continue cooking and softening.Increase the heat to high and allow the sausage and potatoes to cook for about 5 minutes. Then turn the heat down to medium for about 20 minutes.Sprinkle over the pepper and sugar and fold in carefully.You can add a little water if you prefer a slightly thinner sauce. Do a taste test and add salt if needed.Serve hot with fresh bread or fluffy white rice. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

New study identifies genetic basis for western corn rootworm resistance in maize

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are stuck. Western corn rootworm can destroy cornfields — and profits — but populations of the “billion-dollar bug” have stopped responding to insecticides and the genetically modified corn hybrids designed to resist insect attacks. But there may be hope. In a new study, University of Illinois researchers uncover the genetic basis of resistance to western corn rootworm, paving the way for development of non-GM corn hybrids that can withstand the worm.“Our previous research showed that there is no inherent resistance in the elite hybrids grown by most farmers in the Midwest,” said Martin Bohn, corn breeder in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I. “We want to improve native resistance to western corn rootworm in maize, without using transgenics.”The work was done within the context of a large, longstanding project called Germplasm Enhancement of Maize (GEM), which aims to diversify the tools available to corn breeders by tapping the genetic resources of maize accessions from all over the world.“Some of my colleagues look into lines that yield more, some look into nutritional characteristics. We were screening for insect resistance. There were not that many, but we found some. We had to look into lines from Argentina, Brazil, and the Caribbean Islands to find it,” Bohn said.The resistant corn lines can’t just be released here in the United States. For one thing, the plants are massive, leggy giants compared to the elite hybrids Midwestern farmers are used to growing. They’re also adapted to very different environments, and wouldn’t flower at the right time to produce reasonable yields.By crossing exotic and elite lines, GEM created plants with a quarter of the genes of the exotics. Several of these lines remained promising with regard to their level of resistance.But the team still didn’t know why the new lines were resistant.“What is the genetic basis of resistance? If you find that, then you can screen other exotic materials for resistance much more efficiently and effectively, with a more targeted approach,” Bohn said.The researchers haven’t found the gene for resistance — Bohn says the trait is likely too complex for it to boil down to a single gene — but the group has identified regions of the genome that appear to contribute to resistance, using a technique known as QTL mapping. There were some common themes among the regions.“When we look at other genes in these regions, one of the common denominators is ascorbate biosynthesis,” Bohn said.In other words, one mechanism explaining western corn rootworm resistance might be the manufacture of ascorbate in the plant. The ascorbate synthesis pathway produces free radicals that injure feeding insects.The analysis turned up another set of genes that may be involved in resistance, but this one is a little more complex. When western corn rootworm larvae are feeding on roots, some corn plants release a compound into the soil that calls nematodes to attack the larvae. The second set of genes appears to be related to the manufacture of compounds that attract those nematodes.“This is very important because plants can’t uproot themselves and go somewhere else, so they have to use other mechanisms to protect themselves,” Bohn said.The results are a first step in introducing native resistance mechanisms into new elite hybrids, but much more research is needed before that happens. And Bohn cautions that the level of native resistance found in the study is no match for the power of transgenic insect-resistant corn, at least not yet.“The idea is when you know where the genes with these small effects are located, perhaps it is possible to bring them into one common genetic background. If we can accumulate these genes, over time we might increase the level of resistance so that it makes sense for farmers to grow them.”The article, “Quantitative trait loci mapping of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) host plant resistance in two populations of doubled haploid lines in maize (Zea mays L.),” is published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Bohn’s co-authors include J. Marroquin from U of I, S. Flint-Garcia and B. Hibbard from USDA-ARS, K. Dashiell from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria, and D. Willmot from AgReliant Genetics.The work was partially supported by funds from the USDA-ARS “Germplasm Enhancement in 477 Maize” Project by Specific Cooperative Agreements and the Hatch Project ILLU-802-315.last_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMore than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Mindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoFather admits big transfer interest for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen

first_imgFather admits big transfer interest for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen admits there’s growing transfer interest in the Dane.Jacob Andersen also acts as the Danish international’s representative.“I have been to many meetings, as Joachim is wanted by the top six clubs in Italy and England,” he told Ekstra Bladet.“I am not thinking about a January move and neither is Joachim. He is fine where he is now, although naturally if a big club were to request a meeting, we wouldn’t turn it down.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contender

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contenderby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder is an early contender for the manager’s job at Huddersfield Town.David Wagner left the post by mutual consent on Monday night.The Daily Mail says Under-23s coach Mark Hudson will take charge for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City but is not expected to be offered the role full-time. Chief executive Julian Winter is known to be a fan of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder but no approach has yet been made. Sam Allardyce, who played for Huddersfield, is not understood to be considering an application.While they acknowledge that the situation is grave, officials at the club retain an element of belief that they can stay in the Premier League and will be looking for a candidate who shares that view. last_img read more

Michigan G Spike Albrecht Thanks Wolverines’ Fan With Heartfelt Tweet Following B1G Tourney Loss

first_imgSpike Albrecht speaks on camera.The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season might have come to an end today, as the Wolverines fell in the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin, 71-60. John Beilein’s squad, 16-16, 8-10 in the Big Ten, is surely not an NCAA Tournament team, and a berth into the NIT seems questionable, too. The Michigan coach said following the loss to the Badgers that they’re not interested in playing in one of other tournaments. So, this afternoon might have been the last time we saw this year’s edition of Michigan basketball. In light of that, Wolverines’ junior guard Spike Albrecht sent out a heartfelt tweet to the fans, thanking them for their support this season. Thanks to everyone who stuck by our side all season long. Can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support. #GoBlue— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) March 13, 2015Michigan had a down season in 2014-15, but the Wolverines will bring a decent amount of talent back, and get some key players healthy. Beilein’s team could be a contender in the Big Ten next season.last_img read more

Video: One-Handed Florida Walk-On Zach Hodskins Hits Layup Off Of A Nasty Spin Move

first_imgZach Hodskin's first basket for the Florida gators.Twitter/@FloridaGatorsFlorida guard Zach Hodskins may be becoming the most popular walk-on in the country. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was born without a portion of his left arm, went viral on YouTube a few years ago for his awesome skills on the court. He walked on to the Gators ahead of last season, and had appeared nine games across the two seasons before tonight, when he scored his first collegiate points. They didn’t come on an open bunny or at the free throw line. Against Jacksonville State, he hits a defender with a nasty spin move and scores at the [email protected] @dustinhart_ @GatorsMBK Here’s Zach at full speed! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/I4J6ESYJG0— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Here it is in slow motion.Sweet spin move to lay up – and the foul – for Zach Hodskins! #GoGators cc @GatorsMBK pic.twitter.com/mOvovSrlHJ— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Zach’s story is an awesome, and sure to be inspirational for other aspiring players. We can’t wait to see this over and over on the highlights this week.last_img read more

Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton Act give Americans the right to sue companies profiting from properties confiscated by Cuba’s government after its 1959 socialist revolution. But every U.S. president since Bill Clinton has suspended the key clause, known as Title III, in part because it could alienate U.S. allies whose companies have invested in Cuba.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo now says the administration is suspending Title III again, but only for 45 days instead of the standard six-month suspension, and the issue is under review.The Associated Presslast_img read more