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IN THE DARK

first_imgWe hold the spectre of doubts ever so boldlyWe celebrate with pride the glory of falsehoodWe dance in awe to the horrors all around usWe plan the worst sans the goodness in usWe bite harder when lips should flow kissesWe scream in agony instead of happinessWe smirk at dangers like drunks mock sobrietyWe fall apart conscious that unity bring harmonyWe cry with melancholy even in festive momentsIn the Dark our good souls are thus hardenedOur Sanities fight their own battles for dominionWe barely make home for the greatness comingWe cannot push forward from the pit of hatredWe let our good deeds be swallowed by darknessTo make room for unity and that sweet tomorrowTo share and love and be each other keepersShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool risk losing out on strike target to Bundesliga

first_imgLiverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Andre Ayew after reports in France claimed Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have offered him a contract.The Ghanaian is out of contract with Marseille in the summer and has no plans to extend his stay in France.That means the attacker would be able to leave on a free, with Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham all interested.talkSPORT also told you yesterday how Bayer Leverkusen had joined the race for the 25-year-old.But now, according to L’Equipe, fellow Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have stepped up their interest by offering Ayew the chance to join them.Both clubs have scouted the Marseille man this season and after positive reports they are ready to battle for his services. 1last_img read more

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The 10 Manchester United players set to star at Euro 2016 (maybe 11?)

first_img Marcus Rashford (England) – Rashford was the big shock selection of the England squad but after scoring on his debut his pace and lack of fear could propel him towards the first option off the bench should the Three Lions be chasing a goal. 10 10 10 10 10 Chris Smalling (England) – Smalling is set to be rewarded for a fine season with Manchester United with a starting berth for the Three Lions. The main debate is who will be lining up alongside him, Everton’s John Stones or Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. 10 Wayne Rooney (England) – Rooney will be captaining his country this summer and although manager Roy Hodgson has guaranteed United’s skipper will start, there is plenty of debate as to where. Rooney has been playing as a midfielder for the Red Devils but is likely to start behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for England. 10 10 Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) – Despite only playing nine times for United, McNair has been an ever-present in the Northern Ireland squad and is likely to start at centre back for Michael O’Neill’s side. David De Gea (Spain) – De Gea is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment but that is not clear to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque who still seems to have not made up his mind about his number one. Captain Iker Casillas has been a mainstay in the team since 2000. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) – A knee injury ruled Schweinsteiger out of the end of the Premier League season and despite fitness concerns – and omitting Marco Reus for that reason – Joachim Low decided to pick his captain in the 23-man squad. 10 10 Jose Mourinho will be keeping a close eye on Euro 2016, not only to scout for signings but to also see how well his Manchester United players are faring in the tournament.The Red Devils have ten players playing in the tournament in total with the likes of Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young missing out.So who will be hoping to impress Mourinho with their performances for their country this summer?Click the arrow above, right, to see the full list of the ten* Manchester United players competing at this summer’s European Championships.*It could soon be 11 Manchester United players if Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins the club in the next few days. Anthony Martial (France) – click the arrow, right, to see all the Manchester United players representing their country at Euro 2016 – Martial is not a certain starter for the hosts and will be battling with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet to play on the left of the front three. Olivier Giroud is almost certain to start through the middle with Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman in contention on the right. Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) – Fellaini may have had an underwhelming season for United and could be facing the chop under new manager Mourinho but is likely to start for his national team, who are also nicknamed the Red Devils. Morgan Schneiderlin (France) – Schneiderlin was not initially picked in the 23 to go to the Euros but was the beneficiary of an injury to Lassana Diarra’s left knee. As a result he could see himself thrust into the first XI alongside Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi. Matteo Darmian (Italy) – Darmian is one of only six defenders picked in the Italy squad by Antonio Conte and should be given the right back slot having won 22 caps since his debut in 2014.last_img read more

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Donegal businesses – Show your bravery and enter Local Enterprise Awards!

first_imgWith the closing date for entries (March 10th) fast approaching, Donegal’s small businesses have been urged to step up to the plate and enter this year’s Local Enterprise Awards.“We know that a lot of businesses look at the awards at the start of the year and for some reason, many then shy away. We want those businesses to be brave enough to follow through and step up to enter. With that in mind we have a free workshop from 2pm to 4pm on Monday 27th February to help anyone who might be interested in applying,” Ursula Donnelly, Assistant CEO of the LEO in Donegal said.She added: “I am confident that those who enter will really benefit from the experience and I am certain that the awards night will be a night they will remember.” Previous entrants to the competition have praised the benefits of the awards process for helping them renew and refresh focus on their business.They have also insisted that the opportunities for networking and learning from other businesses in the county was tremendously beneficial to them as they moved their enterprise on to the next stage.A total prize fund of €7,000 is up for grabs and the competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards.The awards, now in their 21st year, are the highlight of the business calendar in Donegal and this year’s winners will be announced on March 25th 2017 at a gala dinner. You can book for Monday’s free workshop to assist with entry by logging on to the website – https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Business-Awards-Preparation-Workshop.html Donegal businesses – Show your bravery and enter Local Enterprise Awards! was last modified: February 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:LEOLocal Enterprise Awardslast_img read more

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RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K AT GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK

first_imgRun Donegal Womens 5k event will be held this Sunday 15th April in the beautiful surroundings of Glenveagh National Park startingt at 11am.Ladies you can register and collect your t shirt from 9.30 at Visitors Centre, Glenveagh on morning of race.There will be microchip timing for runners a first time in Donegal.Then start point of the race is approx 1 mile from Visitors centre so we are urging everyone that it is important to get there in good time. Everyone is welcome- from runners, Walkers, mothers with push chairs,joggers. Its going to be our day. Registration is €10.00 and proceed are in aid of Rape Crisis Centre and Cara House. So ladies come on lets get out there and support these great causes while enjoying ourselves at the same time. Check out our facebook page “Run Donegal Womens 5k 2012”  RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K AT GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK was last modified: April 10th, 2012 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:RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5Klast_img read more

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Bombs target Jordan, 3 hotels

first_imgAMMAN, Jordan – Suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in the Jordanian capital Wednesday night, killing at least 57 people and wounding 115 in what appeared to be an al-Qaida assault on an Arab kingdom with close ties to the United States. The explosions hit the Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn hotels just before 9 p.m. One of the blasts took place inside a wedding hall where 300 guests were celebrating – joined by a man strapped with explosives who had infiltrated the crowd. Black smoke rose into the night, and wounded victims stumbled from the hotels. “We thought it was fireworks for the wedding but I saw people falling to the ground,” said Ahmed, a wedding guest at the five-star Radisson who did not give his surname. “I saw blood. There were people killed. It was ugly.” Jordan’s deputy prime minister, Marwan Muasher, said there was no claim of responsibility but that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, was a “prime suspect.” The first blast was reported about 8:50 p.m. at the five-star Grand Hyatt. The explosion took place in the lobby and shattered its stone entrance. Steve Olderman, a businessman from England, was attending a business dinner at the Grand Hyatt, where an information technology conference took place earlier in the day. “Suddenly, we heard an explosion and the whole hotel filled with smoke, and suddenly we found ourselves outside the hotel,” said a startled-looking Olderman, who was on the ground floor at the time of the attack. “We saw bodies lying as we were coming out” of the hotel, said Olderman, who had been staying at the Radisson. “It was pretty horrific. We were sitting beside a huge plate glass window and it just exploded beside us. … We were lucky to get out alive.” A few minutes after that attack and a short distance away, police reported the explosion at the wedding celebration, which took place in a special reception hall on the ground floor of the Radisson. At least five people were killed and 20 wounded. The Radisson is popular with American and Israeli tourists and was a target of several foiled al-Qaida plots, including a conspiracy to attack U.S. and Israeli tourists during the kingdom’s millennium celebrations. There were no reports of Israeli casualties. Amin Omar, a concierge at the Radisson, said Jordanian security forces later took over the hotel and that all foreign and local guests were accounted for and returned to their rooms. “This is a terrible, terrible situation. The explosion took place during a local Jordanian wedding and caused a lot of damage. Broken chairs, shattered glass, thrown tables,” Omar said. “Everything is still in a great fuss.” The third explosion, at the Days Inn, happened after a car packed with explosives approached the hotel, Muasher said. He said the car could not cross a protective barrier so it was detonated outside. As a result, the casualties at the Days Inn were not so extensive as at the other hotels, he said. Muasher reported 57 killed and 115 wounded in the three bombings, with the worst damage at the Radisson because the suicide bomber got inside the wedding party of Jordanians. There were no visible signs of cracks in the structure of the stone buildings that were attacked and no traces of burned vehicles. But there was shattered glass and some burned furniture in two of the targeted hotels, mainly in the wedding banquet hall at the Radisson SAS, where parts of the false ceiling collapsed. SAS is a partner of Radisson in Europe. In addition to housing Westerners, Amman’s hotels have become a gathering spot for affluent Iraqis who have fled their country’s violence. Their presence – and money – has caused an economic boom, with high-priced prostitution also putting in an appearance. The Grand Hyatt has 316 guest rooms as well as 50 luxury residential apartments in the adjoining Hyatt Tower. The hotel, with a beige-and-cream facade and a shiny gold revolving door, is located in the heart of Amman’s business and diplomatic district on Hussein Bin Ali Street. The Radisson has 260 guest rooms. Its main entrance is covered by a white portico with several dozen international flags lining the top. The three hotels have security guards hired from a private Jordanian firm stationed in the reception areas. Each of the hotels has one or two police cars guarding the buildings around the clock. King Abdullah II cut short his official visit to Kazakhstan and was returning home. “The hand of justice will get to the criminals who targeted innocent secure civilians with their cowardly acts,” he said in a statement. The White House said the United States was prepared to offer help in the investigation. In a statement, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said “such wanton acts of murder against innocent people violate every faith and creed.” She pledged to Jordan that the U.S. would “stand together, unwavering, to defeat the evil that threatens our people and way of life.” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is on a trip in the Middle East, canceled a scheduled visit to Jordan because of the attacks. Security forces, including special anti-terror police units, fanned out across the Jordanian capital after the attack. Police swiftly set up roadblocks across Amman, where they searched cars and checked passengers’ identification. Special anti-terrorism units in armored vehicles sealed off streets around diplomatic missions, government offices and hotels. Police said Amman was virtually cut off from other cities because all highways leading to the capital were shut. At midnight, the capital appeared virtually deserted, except for tens of police cars and armored vehicles. Plainclothes security officials were also seen on foot, strolling near the blast sites and stopping motorists to inspect their IDs. Prime Minister Adnan Badran declared today a national holiday – apparently in order to allow tightened security measures to take hold. The date of Wednesday’s attack, Nov. 9, would be written as 9-11 in the Middle East, which puts the day before the month. A Jordanian government spokesman declined to speculate on what this means. But Jordanian citizens were sending mobile messages that read: “Have you noticed that today is 9-11, similar to America’s 11-9?” Al-Zarqawi has successfully and unsuccessfully launched attacks against Jordan dating back to the assassination of senior U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley outside his Amman home in October 2002. He is also blamed for a foiled attack on the Jordanian intelligence building and other targets in April 2004. In a seven-minute audio recording later that month, al-Zarqawi said: “The war has its ups and downs, and as the days go by, we will have more fierce confrontations with the Jordanian government. The chapters of some of these confrontations have ended, but what is coming is more vicious and bitter.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the strong suspicion is that al-Zarqawi was involved because of his known animosity for Jordanian monarchy and the fact that it was a suicide attack, one of his hallmarks. In February, U.S. intelligence indicated that Osama bin Laden was in contact with al-Zarqawi, enlisting him to conduct attacks outside Iraq. Jordan has arrested scores of Islamic militants for plotting to carry out attacks and has also sentenced many militants to death in absentia, including al-Zarqawi. Its capital has become a base for Westerners who fly in and out of neighboring Iraq for work. Amman’s main luxury hotels downtown are often full of American and British officials and contractors enjoying the relative quiet of the city. “Obviously this is something Jordan is not used to,” Muasher told CNN. “We have been lucky so far in avoiding those incidents.” He said most of the casualties appeared to be Jordanians and that authorities had sealed the country’s land borders. A State Department official said there was no information on any American casualties. A Jordanian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the media, said the dead included at least three Asians, possibly Chinese. last_img read more

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OYSTER FARMER: WE JUST WANT TO LIVE AND WORK IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe Donegal oysters are bought in ParisA DONEGAL man subjected to vile abuse online over an oyster farm business providing jobs for 21 local people says he just wants to live and work in the county – without having to emigrate.A large online campaign has taken place against the Linsfort beach oyster farm in Inishowen.Some people have left horrible messages on social media for Derek Diver and his staff, all ex-builders and ex-fishermen from Donegal. There have also been false claims about the type of oyster he is farming, including one that they may cross-breed with native oysters…..but the type being grown can’t pro-create.“We produce high grade oysters and they are exported straight to France. We are proud of a premium product,” said Mr Diver, who employs 17 full-time and four part-time staff across three sites in Inishowen.“There have been a lot of claims made about what we are doing at Linsfort and a lot of what is being said is nonsense.“We were granted the license to operate here and the rules are very strict. We adhere to all of them. “At the end of the day I’m 30, I’m married with three children and we’re trying to make a living.“It’s the same for our staff. We’re all trying to stay here and work here in an area where so many of our young people have left to find work overseas.”He says tourists have been visiting his sites wanting to learn more about the oyster beds – a common site on many beaches along Ireland’s west coast and in particular in Sligo, Mayo and Galway where it is a thriving industry.Some people involved in the campaign to have the oyster farm removed admit that linking the deaths of a seal and a dolphin to the cages there was a ‘massive mistake’.Said one local resident: “Both creatures had wounds but a seal isn’t going to swim eight times into a cage. And the dolphin was found three miles away and again its death has nothing to do with the oyster farm. “We should stick to the facts and fight this oyster farm on that alone.”The Government says the oyster farm business is legitimate and has met all its criteria.“The licence in question was approved by the Minister on 3rd September 2014,” said the spokesperson for the Department of the Marine.“The licence application was considered in the normal way by the Department under the provisions of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Foreshore Act 1933. The applicable legislation provides for statutory and public consultation on the specifics of the application. “A standard Public Notice giving notification of the application was published in the Donegal Democrat on 12th June 2014 and the application, including all relevant maps and drawings, was made available for inspection at Buncrana and Letterkenny Garda Stations for a period of 4 weeks from this date.“The Minister’s decision to approve the licence application was published in the Donegal Democrat on Thursday, 18th September 2014. As indicated in the Public Notice it was open to any member of the public to appeal the decision to the Aquaculture Licences Appeal Board (ALAB).”OYSTER FARMER: WE JUST WANT TO LIVE AND WORK IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 11th, 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:donegalInishowenLinsfortoyster farmlast_img read more

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FaceApp users warned over fake free ‘Pro’ version scam

first_imgFaceApp users are being warned by Irish tech company ESET has warned of scammers who are offering a fake-free ‘Pro’ version of the application to make a quick profit.The FaceApp application, which is currently doing the rounds in Ireland offers a free service to all its users as well as a ‘Pro’ version for €19.99 a year.According to the tech company, these scammers have been creating fake ‘Pro’ versions of the application – advertising them to be free. ESET said they have noticed two cases of how these scammers have tried to make money through a fake version of FaceApp ‘Pro’.A spokesperson said: “Hypes attract scammers, and the bigger the wave, the higher the risk of falling victim of a scam. Before joining the hype, users should remember to stick to basic security principles.“Regardless of how exciting the topic is, avoid downloading apps from sources other than official app stores, and examine available information about the app (developer, rating, reviews, etc.).“Especially in the Android ecosystem, there are fakes around every popular app or game. As insurance for the case the user falls victim to a scam, having a reputable security app installed on a mobile device can help prevent some negative consequences.” FaceApp users warned over fake free ‘Pro’ version scam was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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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Humboldt Crabs sweep San Leandro Ports, look forward to series vs. rival Redding Colt 45s

first_imgArcata >> Following one of their rare losses of the season on Sunday afternoon, the Humboldt Crabs’ goal for their next series was rather simple.Get right back on the horse and continue their red-hot month of July.Consider that mission accomplished — and with flying colors.On the back of a seven-run bottom of the first and a second straight quality start from Arcata High grad Wyatt Tucker, the Crabs rolled to a 14-1 blowout win over the San Leandro Ports on Wednesday night at the Arcata Ball …last_img read more

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Soil, Sustainability, and the Blue Revolution

first_imgLife-sustaining resources are right beneath our feet, says a Penn State hydrologist.Henry Lin, professor of hydropedology and soil hydrology at Penn State, has some good news for environmentalists worried about the availability of water for a thirsty world.  In a Penn State press release, he said:“We look at nature and we see all the beauty and all the prosperity around us,” said Lin, “But most people don’t know or tend to forget that the key to sustainability is right underground.“He shared some amazing facts about soil ecology:Soil “helps soak up and purify water by extracting excess nutrients, heavy metals and other impurities.”“The ground can also act as a storage container for freshwater.”“About 60 percent of the world’s annual precipitation ends up in this zone, Lin said.”Lin added, “In fact, there is more water under the ground than there is in the so-called ‘blue waters,’ such as lakes and rivers.”We tend to forget about soil.  It’s out of sight, out of mind.  That needs to change:“Without water there is no life,” Lin said. “Without groundwater, there is no clean water.“Lin looks forward to a “Blue Revolution” where farmers will prevent flooding, building designers will minimize runoff and keep groundwaters replenished, and city planners will minimize groundwater contamination.  Such a revolution “may lead to efforts to water security with clean, safe water supply around the globe.”Speaking of soil, PhysOrg discussed how natural soil antibiotics can offer an alternative to farm chemicals.  “All you have to do is make your microbial community happy,” one researcher said, and they can help feed the world.   And speaking of clean water, for the rainfall-poor areas, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, “inspired by nature,” have devised a coating for cotton that can hold 340% its weight in pure, fresh water by absorbing it from desert air.  They got the idea from desert beetles and spiders that collect their water from fog.Did you know that soil is a giant sponge that holds 60% of the worlds rainfall and cleanses it?  What a wonder simple soil is – a complex ecosystem involving decaying plant material, numerous animals and countless microbes.  It’s a marvelously designed system that human beings can protect and preserve or erode away.  The choice is ours.Many third-world countries are desperate for clean water.  Some common-sense planning can enhance the gift of soil, a gift that will give back an overflowing abundance of life.  New biomimetic technologies can pull clean, pure drinking water right out of the air.  This is the kind of thing science should focus on, not speculative tales about the unobservable past.  Let’s help real people in the here and now. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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