September 19, 2021


first_imgProperty developers are battling it out to open the first Daniel O’Donnell Guesthouse after the singer’s childhood home was put on the market recently.Daniel’s childhood home in KincasslaghAt least six serious buyers have now emerged looking to snap-up the €400,000 house in Kincasslagh.And estate agent Gavin Boyle says that two of the speculators are looking to cash in on Daniel’s fame by lending his name to the property. “We have six serious enquiries and two of those are looking at the possibility of turning it into a Daniel O’Donnell Guesthouse of sorts.“The house comes with all the furniture which Daniel put into it. It could be a great draw for the millions of Daniel fans around the world to base themselves in when they visit.“We already have the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre and this could be the perfect place for fans to stay,” he said.The house, which has six bedrooms, is currently home to Daniel’s mum Julia, his sister Kathleen and her family. But the family decided to put the house on the market because it simply became too big for them.Estate agent Gavin admits he has been swamped with calls from people simply wanting to get a looking around the house.“I have my own way of vetting them and you can usually tell if people are serious or they are just fans wanting to look around Daniel’s original home.“It’s not fair on the family who are still living there but there are six serious enquiries.“We will be showing those people the home from the end of the month and hopefully we will have a buyer after that,” he said. The house was the originally home where Daniel hosted his annual tea parties which attracted thousands of fans from around the globe.DANIEL’S CHILDHOOD HOME COULD BECOME THE DANIEL O’DONNELL GUESTHOUSE was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:childhood homedaniel o’donnellguesthouseKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more


Swimming pool and over 80 houses in multi-million plan for Donegal Town

first_imgA multi-million euro development could see over 80 housing units, a swimming pool, a digital hub and a large number of retail and office spaces being built outside Donegal Town.Plans were lodged to Donegal County Council this week by Carnvalley Holdings Ltd, who are proposing a major construction project across 7.1 acre site at The Mullans and Doonan. Included in the plans are a leisure centre, a children’s museum/play zone and a transportation hub. A new landmark community building is proposed to incorporate a digital hub and innovation centre.The development would also add a large number of new homes for Donegal Town. Seventy-seven houses are proposed on the site, as well as 11 apartments which would be included in a mixed-used retail and residential building.Two three-storey office buildings are enclosed in the plans, with two more two-story buildings set to provide a mix of office and retail spaces. Two large bulky goods buildings on the site would be divided into five units, according to the application.The site is also set to have a large open public space with various amenities.The planning application is currently at the pre-validation stage with Donegal County Council’s Planning Department. The planning office has yet to accept the proposal as a valid application. This process may take up to two weeks or more, considering the size of the development. Carnvalley Holdings Ltd is a Donegal-based company directed by Tommy and Norah Gallagher. William Donoghue & Associates of Mount Charles is the architect firm which has designed plans for The Mullans and Doonan development.Swimming pool and over 80 houses in multi-million plan for Donegal Town was last modified: November 15th, 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

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Panspermia Discounted: Life Had to Start Here

first_imgSome prominent biologists have pointed to a back door on the stage of life’s origin.  They have argued that even if the probability for the first cell was unlikely on Earth, life could have been brought here from space.  Francis Crick promoted this view; so did Fred Hoyle.  Most recently, even the ardent atheist Darwin promoter Richard Dawkins allowed room for this view.  In the movie Expelled, he told a surprised Ben Stein that biologists might be able to detect the presence of intelligent design in Earth-based life as a sign it was brought here by aliens – but he reassured him that it would have had to originate on another world by a Darwinian means.  Is there really a back door entrance for life on Earth?    Leslie Mullins wrote on this for  Her article includes a picture of Louis Pasteur; she described how he had disproved spontaneous generation.  The challenge facing molecules-to-man evolution is to get life started in spite of Pasteur’s Law of Biogenesis (life begets life).  Mullins pointed out that Pasteur and Darwin came to opposite conclusions.  Pasteur had experiments to back up his belief; Darwin’s theory only “implied” something that Pasteur’s results forbade:Pasteur’s experiments and Darwin’s theory led to opposing conclusions regarding the origin of life on Earth.  Pasteur claimed that his work lent support to the belief that God created life.  Just as life could not arise spontaneously from inanimate matter, the first life on the early Earth could not have arisen without the aid of a divine creator.  Yet Darwin’s theory of life evolving over time implied that the first life on Earth could have evolved naturally from inanimate matter.For those committed to following Darwin’s implication, Mullins explored the options.  You may not have known that there are several flavors of Panspermia.  She described the work of Iris Fry who had written on the history of the idea.  The 19th-century Panspermia proposed that packages of life were pushed to the planets by radiation.  Transpermia is the more modern version that arose after it was discovered that the universe had a beginning.  A third option hypothesizes that only the building blocks of life (e.g., amino acids) were delivered from space.    Mullins ended up discounting these ideas: “life would have to endure quite a lot to get here,” she said.  “The conditions in space are extremely hostile to Earth-based life, which tends to die when exposed to an airless vacuum and extremes of temperature and radiation.”  What’s more, tests by European scientists have cast doubt that the material, alive or not, could survive the fiery entry through the atmosphere.    That leaves one option: life began here.  She finds that not so implausible.  “Some scientists even question whether organic material delivered by comets and meteorites was necessary for life’s origin, since the early Earth may have had plenty of organic material of its own.”  Iris Fry takes that position: “I don’t see why life couldn’t have started here.”Iris and Leslie don’t see why because they haven’t read our online book.  If they were regular readers of CEH, they would be filled with despair trying to keep hope alive that life could arise on this planet (or anywhere in the universe) without a Creator.  The gig is up.  It’s time to face reality.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Giving children a sense of pride

first_imgPanellists: Vuyo Jack, founder of Africa Empowered; Tsheli Lujabe, CEO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) South Africa; Phuti Mahanyele, CEO of Shanduka and chairperson of Global Dignity in South Africa and Rodrigo Arboleda, the CEO of OLPC. OLPC provides laptops for children in the world’s poorest countries to help them improve their learning capabilities.(Images: Cadine Pillay)Cadine PillayThe fifth Global Dignity Day was celebrated on Wednesday 17 October, and Brand South Africa hosted several NGOs with interests in youth empowerment in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.Rodrigo Arboleda, the CEO of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) – an international organisation that provides laptops for children in the world’s poorest countries to help them improve their learning capabilities – attended the celebration.“When you educate children, you empower them with self-esteem and a sense of pride,” he said, addressing those present.Other speakers included Phuti Mahanyele, CEO of black empowerment company Shanduka and chairperson of Global Dignity in South Africa and Vuyo Jack, founder of Africa Empowered and Tsheli Lujabe, CEO of OLPC South Africa.Empower, educate, upliftOLPC aims to help bridge the gap between disadvantaged communities and the dynamic, rapidly-changing digital world.“When every child has a connected laptop,” reads the mission statement on their website, “they have in their hands the key to full development and participation.”The laptops are not only cost efficient, but require a low supply of power as well, so the costs are limited for poor communities.  They also feature an integrated design of the XO Laptop digital device, along with the open source Sugar software learning desktop environment.The OLPC initiative was incorporated into Global Dignity South Africa’s plans to help the latter achieve its aim of empowering children through education-related projects.“There is a sense of pride in ownership that also empowers these children,” said Arboleda. “Self-esteem and self-pride is how you can live a dignified life, and with these laptops that enable children to educate themselves, we are giving them dignity.”The OLPC foundation will seek funding from Global Dignity as well as South Africa’s private sector in order to expand their initiative into the country. The foundation currently serves over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and provides educational tools in 21 languages.Children are eager to learnArboleda said their mission is to groom productive leaders of the 21st century. “These are the inventors and creators of our future, who are not waiting to be taught, but are eager to learn.”Mahanyele concurred: “Young people are looking for inspiration. They have an important role to play in being able to shape our future.”She added that someone needs to run the government of tomorrow and be able to make the tough decisions.“Children have wisdom, but often it is the language barrier that prevents them from being understood,” said Jack, adding that if they are educated in their own language, they can understand concepts faster and will be empowered.The empowerment of teachers was also discussed, as members of the audience felt that teachers should be given a lesson on dignity as well so that the message can be taught to children on a consistent basis.“Teachers are the enablers,” Arboleda said. “If we honour the teachers, they will empower our children. That is why we also provide teachers with laptops to help their pupils.”The discussion also led to the topic of entrepreneurship and how South Africa can go about encouraging it to combat unemployment. Lujabe said there will be modules on the laptops for children to get a head start on such topics that will inspire them at a young age and expand their goals.last_img read more

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Benjamin Logan FFA Member Receives American FFA Degree

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Benjamin Logan FFA Member and Benjamin Logan High School Graduate, Adam Black, recently walked across the Lucas Oil Stage at the National FFA Convention tolast_img

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Coach Topex: Pirates lack Lions’ championship class

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pirates are the latest challengers to the throne of the Lions, whose iron-fisted grip of the league has thrown traditional powerhouses San Sebastian and Letran under the shade for most of the past decade.READ: Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs LyceumFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s obvious that they’re determined to win,” said Robinson, who was part of the television panel that called the Lions’ 76-71 win over the Stags in a knockout duel last Tuesday.“At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team and they have more experience than us. Their experience showed against San Sebastian and we know what we have to face. They have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor all the milestones that his team has achieved this season—an elimination round sweep and a first finals appearance, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson still doesn’t think the Pirates are the heavy favorites in the NCAA Season 93 championship series against defending champion San Beda starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For one, Robinson said his team didn’t have the championship culture that the Red Lions had established over the past 11 seasons in the NCAA, where San Beda had lost just twice in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The regular season results, however, point to the Pirates as the team to beat in the finals.They clobbered teams by double-digit margins in 13 of their 18 wins. And although they did come away with a couple of narrow wins against the Lions, the Pirates were in control for most of those two games.READ: Robinson admits San Beda ‘stronger, more experienced team’“Right now, Lyceum is the best team (in the league) because they beat us twice,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, on his second stint as Lions coach after steering the team to back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014. “We’re the underdogs in the series. But again, we’ll find a way to win.”The Lions are no strangers to these type of situations even in the midst of one of college basketball’s most dominant runs with Fernandez recalling the time San Beda overcame a San Sebastian team led by now PBA star Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lifesavers up even minus star import Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “That time, San Sebastian was the favorite, but San Beda came and won so we might see history repeat itself,” Fernandez said. “For us, we’ll just take it one game at a time.”Interesting matchups abound in the finals with Lyceum star CJ Perez and San Beda’s Robert Bolick all eager to prove their worth in the NCAA’s biggest stage.“The excitement is there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity,” said Robinson. “We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really unchartered territory. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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BCCI top brass grilled over FEMA violations in IPL

first_imgThe top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including President Shashank Manohar, appeared before a Parliamentary panel on Wednesday to answer queries related to the organisation of the cash-awash Indian Premier League.Apart from Manohar, BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan and IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin were grilled over Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violations during the conduct of the highly popular Twenty20 tournament.The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, headed by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, had also summoned IPL Governing Council member former cricketer Ravi Shastri for a hearing.The issue was with the Committee for long and it had spoken to the Finance Ministry in the recent past. On Wednesday, it called the bigwigs of BCCI for clarifications.The BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players.The Committee asked BCCI officials if they were aware about a government report that investments made by IPL franchisees such as Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were rooted from outside India through entities, located in countries such as Mauritius, Bahamas, British Virgin Island.They asked why the BCCI did not take approval from RBI, SIPB and other agencies for the above mentioned foreign exchange transactions.It also asked how does the BCCI ensured that FDI received by the franchisees is not tainted money.”Do you agree that large scale FEMA violations have been committed by the IPL Franchisees and their associates? If so what are the reasons thereof? What is the approach of the BCCI in this issue?,” was another query.advertisementThe BCCI was also asked to explain the ownership and shareholding pattern of the IPL franchisees, saying that it has noticed that in certain cases the investment have been made by some person/entity but share for corresponding money have been issued in the name of some other persons/entities.The Committee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the IPL in South Africa in 2009. The IPL was held in South Africa in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India.It asked whether BCCI followed FEMA and RBI guidelines for organisation of the second edition and how much money was credited into the Cricket South Africa account.Making another case of FEMA violation against the BCCI, the Committee said the Board had not taken permission from RBI and Income Tax Department for opening and operating foreign current account in South Africa.It said opening and operating of the account through an explicit agreement with the CSA could be construed as FEMA violation as the operations of the account were controlled by BCCI.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Women Count. So It Is Time to Count Women.

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women DeliverClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.There’s no doubt that this is excellent news. The new UN maternal mortality figures further confirm the trend that the IHME data suggested earlier this year: there is a global downward trend in maternal mortality. Who could be disappointed with that? Our hard work over the past decades is paying off.But great news doesn’t detract from the persistent need for good, accurate, and real-time data in the maternal health field. Figures we have are estimates based, for many countries, on low-quality and incomplete data, or they are numbers derived from data models.The estimates provide us with an important but sketchy picture of maternal mortality worldwide, because it is so often difficult to obtain accurate, comprehensive data on this issue. Many deaths aren’t counted because they occur in places where there is no system to track them — poor and rural villages or ill-equipped clinics — or because the women dying are those most marginalized and neglected by their communities. Too often, they simply do not count.While every bit of new data helps us understand this epidemic we have been fighting, we need to continue demanding excellence of ourselves and others in delivering good, solid data. We need more rigorous systems of monitoring and evaluation at the local, national, and regional levels, and to better emphasize the importance of data — what accurate and timely figures enable us to know, do, and solve.To those of us in the field, it couldn’t be any clearer that women are the cornerstone of their families, communities, and economies. They drive economic development and they nurture our future generation. While we continue to push for implementing proven solutions —like universal access to family planning, safe abortion services, and skilled care before, during, and after childbirth — our message should be clear: every woman counts, and therefore should be counted.Visit www.womendeliver.orgto learn more!Share this:last_img read more

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10 months agoAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan

first_imgAgent reveals Barcelona interest for Alaves defender Guillermo Maripanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan has revealed the interest of Barcelona.Marcelo Contreras has made this claim.”We proposed him to the sporting manager a month ago and they’re considering the possibility, but it would be for summer,” he told El Grafico in Chile.”They have been looking at him for some time.”The fact that Arturo Vidal and Munir are there is good because they know him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoTottenham refusing to give up on keeping Eriksen

first_imgTottenham refusing to give up on keeping Eriksenby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are refusing to give up on securing Christian Eriksen to a new contract.The Dane is off contract in June and on the shopping lists of Real Madrid and PSG this season.However, El Desmarque says Spurs chiefs believe they can keep hold of the midfielder.So far, Eriksen has refused several offers from Spurs to discuss new terms. Free next June, the future of the 27-year-old midfielder should be decided in the coming months. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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