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Rowling helps fund for girl

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sir Richard Branson offered $198,000 and American Idol judge Simon Cowell promised $99,000. Rowling, 41, is one of Britain’s richest people with an estimated fortune of $1 billion, thanks to the best-selling novels and films about her boy wizard. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has pledged a major contribution to a $3 million reward fund for the safe return of a British girl who has gone missing in Portugal, a Sunday newspaper said. The News of the World said Rowling had offered the single largest contribution to the fund started by the tabloid newspaper. It called Rowling’s pledge “staggering,” but said the author asked the amount be kept secret. Madeleine McCann, 4, disappeared on May 2 after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone while they went to a restaurant at Praia da Luz, their vacation resort in Portugal’s Algarve region. Portuguese police continue to search for her. The newspaper said the amount Rowling offered was larger than the $495,000 pledge from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green. last_img read more

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Neymar deal ‘beyond rationality’, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Neymar’s imminent transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain shows fees in the game are now out of control © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Neymar’s imminent mega-transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is “beyond calculation and rationality”, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.In a reference to PSG’s super-rich Qatari backers, Wenger said the 222 million euros ($260 million) deal was a consequence of what happens when “a country owns a club”. “For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years,” he told a press conference at the Emirates Stadium.“Once a country owns a club, everything is possible.“It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country.“It can’t justify the investments and looks unusual for the game.”Wenger said Qatar’s use of football as a vessel for soft diplomacy meant PSG’s owners did not need to worry about whether the transfer represents value for money.“We are not in a period anymore where you think, in some places: ‘If I invest that, I will get that back.’ We are beyond that,” said the Frenchman.“The number today involves a lot of passion, pride, public interest and you cannot rationalise that anymore.”Citing the 1979 transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest of Trevor Francis, who became Britain’s first £1 million ($1.3 million, 1.1 million euros) player, Wenger said fees were now out of control.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” he said.“We crossed the 100 million (euros) line last year (when Paul Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus) and, only one year later, we’re crossing the 200 million line.“When you think that Trevor Francis was the first £1 million player and that looked unreasonable, it shows you how much distance and how far we have come, how big football has become.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bush: U.S. ‘does not torture people’

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, reacting to a congressional uproar over the disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, on Friday defended the methods, declaring, “This government does not torture people.” The remarks, Bush’s first public comments on the memorandums, came at a hastily arranged Oval Office appearance before reporters. It was billed as a talk on the economy, but after heralding new job statistics, Bush shifted course to a subject he does not often publicly discuss: a once-secret Central Intelligence Agency program to detain and interrogate high-profile terror suspects. “I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people,” the president said, without mentioning the CIA by name. “And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them – because the American people expect us to find out information – actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Without confirming the existence of the memorandums or discussing the explicit techniques they authorized, Bush said the government’s interrogation methods had been “fully disclosed to appropriate members of Congress.” But his comments only provoked another round of recriminations on Capitol Hill, as Democrats ratcheted up their demands to see the classified memorandums, first reported Thursday by The New York Times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The administration can’t have it both ways,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement after the president’s remarks. “I’m tired of these games.” In two separate legal opinions written in 2005, the Justice Department authorized the CIA to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures. The memorandums were written just months after a Justice Department opinion in December 2004 declared torture “abhorrent.” Administration officials have confirmed the existence of the classified opinions, but will not make them public, saying only that they approved techniques that were “tough, safe, necessary and lawful.” On Friday, the deputy White House press secretary, Tony Fratto, took The Times to task for publishing the information, saying the newspaper had compromised America’s security. “I’ve had the awful responsibility to have to work with The New York Times and other news organizations on stories that involve the release of classified information,” Fratto said. “And I could tell you that every time I’ve dealt with any of these stories, I have felt that we have chipped away at the safety and security of America with the publication of this information.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL DAILY – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ADVERTISING!

first_imgGet people running into your business this Friday with Donegal DailyTHIS Friday is retail’s Black Friday – when bargain hunters will be out and about looking for Christmas presents with a discount.If you and your business are having a Black Friday special offering, you can reach the whole county and beyond on Donegal’s biggest media site.Your special offers will also be seen by more than 50,000 followers on our social media sites Facebook and Twitter. You can reach that audience easily and quickly.To find out how, simply email Mark now on info@donegaldaily.com DONEGAL DAILY – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ADVERTISING! was last modified: November 23rd, 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:Black FridayDonegal Dailylast_img read more

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Arsenal and Chelsea to miss out as Bayern Munich close in on Lyon star Tolisso

first_img1 Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal for Arsenal and Chelsea target Corentin Tolisso.The 22-year-old has become one of the most in-demand midfielders in Europe following his impressive form for Lyon last season.Both London clubs as well as Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for him this summer but they appear to have lost out to Bayern.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Tolisso is on the verge of joining the German giants in a deal worth £35m.The playmaker made 31 appearances in Ligue 1 last term, scoring eight goals. Corentin Tolisso last_img

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SPOOKTACULAR: WIN FREE VIP TICKETS TO THE AMAZING HAUNTED HILL IN MILFORD

first_imgDonegal Daily in conjunction with the organizers of the Haunted Hill in Milford, are giving one lucky reader the chance to win four FREE VIP tickets to experience the terrifying outdoor trail.Haunted Hill is situated beside Millie’s Tea Rooms in Milford and it officially opened for the Halloween season on Friday.It will run until the 31st of October, the trail is open every evening from 7pm-11pm. Those who have experienced the outdoor trail and have insisted it’s not for the faint hearted!It is an outdoor trail, themed to guarantee you have a spooky scary experience.Organizers of the event told Donegal Daily, “We promise this will be your worst nightmare, if you are whimpish..STAY AT HOME!“Only the hardiest will make it to the end, what goes up may NOT come down. “DO NOT call for MAMMY….as in some cases your wish may be granted!!All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize is like and share this post on your Facebook timeline.SPOOKTACULAR: WIN FREE VIP TICKETS TO THE AMAZING HAUNTED HILL IN MILFORD was last modified: October 27th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesHalloweenHAUNTED HILLMilfordnewslast_img read more

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MARGO: ‘I SUFFERED SEX ATTACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG SINGER’

first_imgMargo: Honest and frank account of her lifeSINGER MARGO O’Donnell has revealed how a man sexually assaulted her when she was 20 and recovering after a road traffic accident.The shocking revelation comes in her autobiography ‘Margo Queen of Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream’ released today by O’Brien Press.The Donegal singer was taking medication after suffering injuries in a car crash; however this led to her having blackouts. “After singing one night I felt dizzy and had one of my blackouts and as I was coming round, this man, whom I knew, was performing a lewd act in my presence and though I was never physically raped, I was forced to perform a sex act on this person,” she writes, saying she was teetotal at the time.“Abuse can take many forms and this event affected me very badly,” she writes in her book.A decade later she was told her career would take off if she had sex with a showbiz contact.“I ran so scared I wanted to die. I believe that sort of thing happens right up to the present day, but I am proud to say I never slept my way to the top,” she said. Her brilliant book is a heartfelt and honest appraisal of her life, dealing with her battle with alcohol after she began drinking at the age of 23.Now aged 63, she says she was able to read her entire book to her mum Julia before she died and her mum had backed her decision to publish it. MARGO: ‘I SUFFERED SEX ATTACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG SINGER’ was last modified: September 24th, 2014 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:bookdrinkMargo O’Donnelllast_img read more

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FORMER COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT PASSES ON HIS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION!

first_imgGREAT students become great teachers.And here is former Coláiste Ailigh student Séamús Ó Brollacháin along with one of his students from the the Star of the Sea National school in Sandymount, Dublin. Seamús enetered his class in this year’s Primary school’s section of the BT Young Scientist.Mr Brollacháin was himself a member of the Coláiste Ailigh group that won an award at the 2007 Exhibition with a project on Codene addiction in IrelandHe is pictured: ó Clé: Séamus Ó Brollacháin, James Crowley agus Micheál Ó Giobúin,, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ailigh.The Irish medium college in Letterkenny continued its winning streak at this year’s show. Coláiste Ailigh students Stiofian Ó Gallchoir and Cristian Ó Scalaí are pictured below with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.Their project examined the changing levels of glucose in the blood before, during and after exercise.Our bottom picture is of Coláiste Ailigh students Maighread Nic Ceallabhuí, Joyce Wylde and Aisling Ní Fhearáin with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. Their project was titled: An bhfuil eifeácht ag cinealácha éagsúla bia ar leathnú an mhac-imreasc? FORMER COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT PASSES ON HIS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION! was last modified: January 12th, 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:Colaiste AilighletterkennystudentYOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITIONlast_img read more

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EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled

first_imgThe four seats of the Midlands-North-West constituency have finally been filled in the European Elections.Mairead McGuinness, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Maria Walsh and Matt Carthy have all been elected to the European Parliament.Donegal-Derry businessman Peter Casey was eliminated in the final count, finishing in 5th place. Sitting MEP Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness topped the poll on the first count with 134,630 first preference votes. She was followed by Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (121,824 votes), who retained his seat on Wednesday.Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh (107,198 votes) and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy (98,732 votes) were both elected last night without reaching the quota.  EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled was last modified: May 30th, 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) Tags:European electionsMEPlast_img read more

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Corn plants appreciate a stress-free summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the next several weeks the upper canopy in Ohio corn fields will look much different, as tassels begin to emerge and extend beyond the top leaves of the plant. This visual change signifies that the corn crop will soon be shifting from vegetative into reproductive growth. The first reproductive growth stage (R1) begins when silks extends outside of the husk leaves and typically occurs two to three days after tassel emergence.The two basic processes that occur during corn reproduction are pollination (transfer of pollen grains from the tassel to the silks) and fertilization (joining of the pollen grain and ovary to create an embryo). Though these processes seem very simple, there is a lot riding on their success. Approximately 85% of the variability in grain yield is related to the number of kernels produced per acre while the remaining 15% of the variability in grain yield is related to the weight of these kernels. Thus, failure in either of these reproductive steps can have a detrimental effect on yield.The most stress-susceptible period in corn is about one week prior to silking and continues for two weeks after silking. The timing of the stress can result in dramatic differences from one field to the next. A very small variation of even just a day or two difference in flowering date or planting date can cause a substantial effect in the success of pollination and kernel set. Water stress is the most common stress factor in corn, although high temperatures and loss of leaf area — from hail, diseases, insects, etc. — can also reduce yield during this critical time especially when coupled with drought stress.Severe drought any time during plant development can have a negative effect on yield potential, but the greatest impact is when drought stress occurs during the pollination and early grain-fill stages. Research at Iowa State University has shown that yields can be reduced by as much as 40 to 50% when corn undergoes four consecutive days of severe stress during the pollination phase. Moisture stress that occurs during the vegetative growth stages or during later grain fill has much less effect on yield. Stress effects from drought that takes place from one week prior to tasseling through the milk stage causes lack of ovule fertilization or kernel abortion. Moisture stress that occurs from the dough stage to black layer will lead to reduced kernel weight.The greatest risk of kernel reduction at pollination is the asynchrony of pollen shed and silking. Drought stress tends to accelerate pollen shed while delaying silk growth, which can result in poor “nick” of the pollen and silks. A single plant will shed pollen for only about five days but because of natural field variability in plant development a whole field may take up to 14 days to complete pollen shed. Silks begin elongating from the ovules of the ear shoot about seven days prior to emerging from the ear shoot. Silk growth occurs by cell expansion, so if a plant lacks the necessary water than silk development will be slowed or halted. Silks that emerge after most of the pollen is shed will not likely be pollinated. Moderate silk delay can cause poorly-filled ear tips, whereas more severe stress can result in ears that are nearly or completely barren.Corn maximizes its growth rate at 86 degrees F during the day and 60 to 65 degrees F at night. When daytime temperatures reach into the 90s, then plant stress results. High daytime temperatures decrease photosynthesis efficiency, which causes the plant to make less sugar that will in turn be used to produce plant biomass and grain. High night temperatures on the other hand can be even more detrimental to corn than high daytime temperatures. Elevated nighttime temperatures increase the respiration rate, causing the plant to spend more energy for the maintenance — energy that could have otherwise been used in dry matter accumulation. The respiration rate of plants increases rapidly as the temperature increases, approximately doubling for each 13 degree F increase. With high night temperatures more of the sugars produced by photosynthesis during the day are lost, which leave less available to fill developing kernels. High nighttime temperatures also result in a shortened grain fill period that will limit the time the crop has to add additional starch to the kernels.Curious to know how successful your corn fields were at pollinating? Follow the steps below and find out.1. Remove the ear from the plant.2. Gently peel the husks from the ear so that the silks are disturbed as little as possible.3. Grab the ear by the base and hold the ear so that the tip is pointing toward the ground.4. Gently shake the ear. Silks will fall from fertilized ovules, while silks of ovules not fertilized will remain attached to the developing ovules.5. Percent pollination is equal to the percent of ovules with no silks attached.last_img read more

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