first_imgSince its inception in 2003, The Kildarragh Fair has raised a staggering amount of money for a whole host of different charities across Donegal and this year it’s hoping it can raise a whole lot more.Raising finances for charitable organisations in the current economic climate can be difficult but organisers of the fair are hoping this year can be another hugely successful weekend for all involved.The 11th Annual Kildarragh Fair kicked off on Tuesday and will last until Sunday 10th August. The Kildarragh Fair Annual Charity Event as we know it, actually originated in 2003 with the organisation of the first Railway Walk between Muckish and Falcarragh, returning to McCarry’s Bar, Kildarragh.Following the 2005 Kildarragh School Reunion the popular Kildarragh Fair Charity Event has continued to be a huge success every year since, in raising much needed funds for both local and national charities.The Kildarragh Fair is a very popular community event and is organised each year by the McCarry family with the wholehearted help and support of the local community.There is something for everyone at this year’s Kildarragh Fair. Some of this year’s events include – The Annual Bus Tour, The Irish Night, American Theme Night, Kayaking & Curragh Race, Charity Football Match, Country Concert, Annual Hill Walk, 20k Mountain Bike Challenge, Classic Car Show, Sheep Show.Fun Day for Kids, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling, Tug-o-War, Tossing the Sheaf, Charity Auction, 5K Road Race, Celebrity DJ/Disco, Show’n’Shine, Off Road Jeeps Demonstration, Live Music and much more.Music Acts this year include: Declan Nerney, iradio’s DJ Steven Cooper, Anthem (London based Rock Band), The RegulatorsThe main beneficiaries from the Kildarragh Fair so far have beenThe Children’s Ward – Letterkenny General Hospital M.S. and Spinal injuriesSudden Adult Death SyndromeDyslexia (Letterkenny branch)Irish Kidney Association Donegal Mental Health Patient’s Comfort Fund Donegal Mountain RescueMuckish Development AssociationCreeslough & Dunfanaghy PlaygroupsThis year the Donegal Downs Syndrome Association has been selected as the main beneficiary from the proceeds of the 2014 Kildarragh Fair.This is a great opportunity to promote and raise much needed funds for the Association locally so please come along to the Kildarragh Fair this year to support this very worthwhile charity.For event details and enquiries please contact – Hugh McCarry 086 824 3814.KILDARRAGH FAIR 2014 HOPING TO ADD TO THE €100,000 RAISED FOR CHARITIES OVER THE LAST DECADE was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:donegalKildarragh Fairlast_img read more

Poison Planet Was Life’s Training Ground

first_imgNavy Seals go through “Hell Week” in their training to become warriors.  The radical hardships they endure help prepare them for missions that will call on their deepest resources of courage and determination.  These men of the elite special forces also become experts in dealing with explosives.  Can molecules do the same, with a little training?  Dr. Friedemann Freund of the SETI Institute believes that deadly poisons in the early earth gave emerging life a Hell Week of billions of years to prepare them for existence with the most reactive element in the air: oxygen.    Dr. Freund’s article for SETI Thursday on, might turn off the casual reader due to the chemical equations and the technical analysis of hydroxyls, peroxides and banded iron formations.  He did start it with a teaser line, though: “Living on a planet with an oxygen-rich atmosphere we tend to forget that our planet is an anomaly.”  The chemistry details were provided to demonstrate that early life would have had to deal with reactive oxygen species (ROS), including peroxides.  These energetic molecules rip and tear into biological molecules like DNA and protein.  Many readers may have quit before the interesting part at the end.  That’s where Dr. Freund intimated that a little Hell Week training gave life the ability to deploy oxygen in metabolism – without getting blown up in the process.Thus we come to the tentative conclusion that, through weathering and electrochemistry, peroxy in rocks provided enough oxidation power to change the course of our planet’s history.  Over the course of 1.5 to 2 billion years, peroxy forced the early Earth to slowly but inextricably become ever more oxidized.  Along the way dangerous Reactive Oxygen Species [ROS], constantly produced at rock-water interfaces and during peroxy hydrolysis, challenged the early microbes, archaea and bacteria.  As Dr. Rothschild so aptly put it, the ROS might have provided a “training ground” for those early micro-organisms to learn how to deal with oxygen.  They developed the basic enzymatic defenses, which our bodies still use today to fend off the detrimental side effects of our oxygen-based metabolism.    Thus, while the Earth was still overwhelmingly reduced [i.e., oxygen-depleted], eukaryotes joined the archaea and bacteria.  Under the onslaught of those ROS, the eukaryotes “learned” how to survive in an oxygen-spiked environment long before free O2 gas appeared in Earth’s atmosphere.  At some point the eukaryotes learned how to take advantage of the large chemical energy that oxygen can provide.  They adapted to do oxygenic photosynthesis, to tap the energy in O2.  This lead [sic] to the Great Oxidation Event and to plenty of free O2 in Earth’s atmosphere that made our planet livable for us…and it all started with water and a little-known solid state reaction in the rocks.It seems ironic that after Dr. Freund had employed chemical equations based on the laws of chemistry that he would end up imagining molecules overcoming those same natural laws through the exercise of courage and determination.  And regarding oxygenic photosynthesis, a process so elaborate that today’s biochemists struggle to comprehend it, he imagined the earliest eukaryotes had a simple motto: Just do it.  The Navy Seals have quite a different motto: The only easy day was yesterday.Sometimes the comments in an article do all the work of commentary for us.  You didn’t realize that simple cells have all the courage, determination and ingenuity of elite special forces, did you?  Sure; they face their challenges, adapt, learn and develop protocols for handling explosives, all without a brain or a purpose.  Maybe the SETI Institute people need to search for a little extra-terrestrial intelligence about five feet above the terrestrial surface they are standing on. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africa’s growth potential – and its ‘Next 10’ biggest cities

first_img18 August 2014Global investors are increasingly taking note of the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly its unparalleled demographic edge. According to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Africa will be enjoying faster economic growth than any other region – and will have the world’s biggest labour force.Most major international corporations are already active in at least one of the three largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa – Lagos in Nigeria, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Johannesburg in South Africa.However, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) economists believe investors should also be getting excited about the “Next 10” biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa, namely Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Luanda (Angola), Khartoum (Sudan), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Nairobi (Kenya), Kano and Ibadan (Nigeria), Dakar (Senegal), Ougadougou (Burkina Faso), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).According to PwC’s latest Global Economy Watch report, released on Thursday, the population of these cities is projected to almost double by 2030, growing by around 32-million people. In fact, the latest UN projections indicate that, by 2030, two of the “Next 10” – Dar es Salaam and Luanda – could have bigger populations than London has now.Cities are the typical entry points for businesses looking to expand into new markets, because they enable closer interaction with customers in a relatively small geographical area.“The report projects that economic activity in the ‘Next 10’ cities could grow by around US$140-billion by 2030,” Stanley Subramoney, strategy leader for PwC’s south market region, said in a statement.This is roughly equivalent to the current annual output of Hungary, Subramoney said, adding that this was a conservative estimate that did not take into account real exchange rate appreciation, despite relatively strong projected growth in these economies.Roelof Botha, economic adviser to PwC, said that, in addition to high rates of GDP growth, rapid urbanisation and the so-called demographic edge, “a number of other economic phenomena in the region are starting to appeal to the global investment community”. These include:Significant new discoveries of mining and energy resources, in particular gold and gas; Substantial investment in infrastructure and capital formation by the private sector, which has witnessed an increase in the ratio of total fixed investment to GDP from 17.7% in 2000 to an estimated 23% in 2013;  Sustained growth in per capital incomes, which has led to demand shifts that are benefiting household consumption expenditure on durables, semi-durables and services; and  The ability of a growing number of countries to raise financing for infrastructure projects on the international capital market, in particular Kenya and Rwanda. Both of these countries have recently managed to sell government bonds globally at single-digit yields, which obviate the need for excessive debt servicing costs. It was factors such as these which had seen a return to sound growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into a number of key African economies last year, Botha said.However, according to PwC, there are three issues that sub-Saharan Africa has been struggling to resolve for a number of decades, and which could slow the pace at which the “Next 10” cities grow.These are: the low quality of “hard” infrastructure like roads and railways; inadequate “soft” infrastructure like schools and universities: and “growing pains” arising from political, legal and regulatory institutions struggling to deal with bigger, more complicated economies.“The challenges that policy makers face is to convert Africa’s demographic dividend into economic reality by overcoming these hurdles,” Subramoney said, adding: “History suggests this will not be a quick or easy process. Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across Africa and a critical enabler for sustainable and socially inclusive growth.“However, investors should form their own plans to mitigate these problems by supporting infrastructure skills and development programmes.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more

Alberta shrugs off BCs legal challenge on wine ban says much more

first_imgHorgan’s government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – which got the green light from the federal government in late 2016 – and Notley’s government views the move as a back door way to kill the project by strangling its financial viability.Notley and Bilous have said the Trans Mountain expansion is critical because Alberta’s crude oil sells at a sharp discount on the North American market due to pipeline bottlenecks and to a lack of access to a better price on overseas markets.“The cost to the Canadian economy is significant,” said Bilous.“We have one buyer, which is the U.S., (and) the differential is somewhere around $30 (US a barrel). We’ve lost out on billions of dollars.” The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada project has faced delays despite the federal approval.In December, the National Energy Board stepped in to announce it would allow Kinder Morgan to bypass permit delays in Burnaby. Over the weekend, Horgan’s government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.Along with the wine ban, Notley has also retaliated by scuttling talks to buy $500 million worth of electricity from B.C. She has also struck a 19-member task force of politicians, academics, finance and business leaders to find other ways to put pressure on B.C.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear the project will go ahead and that Ottawa has the final say on pipelines. Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts and Notley has promised further retaliatory measures this week if there is no progress on resolving the impasse. B.C. upped the ante Monday in its cross-boundary trade dispute with Alberta, by invoking the dispute settlement process over the wine ban under Canada’s free-trade agreement.Under the agreement, the two sides have four months to resolve the dispute before an arbitration panel kicks in.Bilous said Alberta won’t even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.“B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they’re doing is unconstitutional,” said Bilous. “A province cannot dictate what goes in a pipeline. That is a federal jurisdiction. They need to acknowledge that, recognize it and ensure that this pipeline moves forward.”The wine ban, imposed Feb. 6 by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, affects $70 million worth of wine from B.C. a year _ about 17 million bottles.The dispute began three weeks ago, when B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not take additional levels of crude from Alberta until it could be sure there are measures in place to handle spill safety.center_img EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta’s economic development minister is shrugging off a legal challenge filed by British Columbia over Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine.Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue.“Let’s compare the (maximum) $5 million in a fine versus the billions of dollars of investment and the thousands of jobs,” Bilous told reporters at the legislature Tuesday. “We know what our priority is, and that’s getting this pipeline built.”last_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more

Providenciales Airport Reopens Today

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Airport opened today, PLS, providenciales international airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Providenciales Airport is to be reopened today at 11:00 AM.The airport, which was closed to the public- only offering emergency services- is to be fully operational today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.The tourism district of Grace Bay was resilient and stood strong in the face of the Category 5 Storm which produced extreme winds, heavy rainfall and intense storm surge across the islands.   Reports have indicated localized flooding, and damages to roofs, some property and landscape damage, and loss of electricity were experienced as a result of the Hurricane.   Fortunately, there have been no reports of loss of life.Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) is currently conducting assessments throughout the island and working with government and local relief agencies to ensure that other services are returned to normal as soon as possible. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JetBlue lands today at PIA from Ft. Lauderdale JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale lands in Provo November 16 US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’last_img read more

Newcastle qualify for fourth round after six goal thriller

first_imgNewcastle United have booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after an enthralling 4-2 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.In a thrilling FA Cup third round replay, Newcastle United ran out 4-2 winners at Ewood Park and qualified on 5-3 aggregate in a night full of end-of-end attacking football. Sky Sports reports.The first meeting between the two sides earlier this year at St James’ Park ended in a 1-1 draw and a replay was booked.Sean Longstaff gave Newcastle United the lead one minute into the game, and Callum Roberts doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 22nd minute.Rafa Benitez’s side was comfortable and in cruise control after going two goals up halfway into the first way.But Blackburn wouldn’t throw in the towel yet, as they probed and asked questions of Newcastle’s defense and finally breached it in the 33rd minute through Adam Armstrong.The deficit is now cut in half and the home support started to believe, and it paid off in additional time as Lenihan Darragh equalized to make it 2-2.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Newcastle had blown a first-half two-goal lead and Benitez will have surely given them a piece of his mind in the dressing room during the break.With the aggregate now 3-3, both teams tried and failed to score in the remaining 45 minutes of the second half, and the game went to extra time.The tie looked set to be decided by penalties, but Joselu and Ayoze Perez both scored in the 105th and 106th minute respectively to hand Newcastle a 4-2 victory and a place in the FA Cup fourth round.The Magpies will face Watford at home in the fourth round slated for 26th January.last_img read more