Woman climbs Errigal during effort to climb 28 mountains for charity

first_imgCounty Down woman El Fegan has challenged herself to climb 28 of Ireland’s highest peaks, spanning all 32 counties, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.Mount Errigal marks the half-way point for El as it is the 14th summit she has reached.She says; “Some of the peaks are considerably small so any less than 500m will be done in a 10kg weighted vest to make it a little more challenging.” “I am really looking forward to taking on this charity challenge, it is an exciting adventure for me, a chance to explore our beautiful island, meet new people, as well as an amazing opportunity to raise funds & awareness along the way.”“I have already been overwhelmed with peoples generosity in allowing me to take on this challenge; friends & especially those from the air bnb community who don’t even know me & are willing to put me up a night or 2 along my way.”“I have an amazing bunch of girls who work with me who will cover me while I take almost 3 weeks out of my busy work schedule whilst on the road on & not to mention my house sitter who is going to look after my fur babies.”“Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.” If you would like to join El you can get in touch in the following places; Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (@feggie1).To donate to El’s amazing cause you can do so by clicking here. Woman climbs Errigal during effort to climb 28 mountains for charity was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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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Philadelphia Mayor endorses work of Irish north-west delegation in US

first_imgA north-west delegation met with Mayor of Philadelphia, Senator Jim Kenney yesterday (Weds) to explore opportunities for business and educational partnerships.The delegation led by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle met Senator Kenney in Philadelphia where gifts were exchanged and officials showcased the North West region as a prime location for investment.Speaking at the meeting the Philadelphia Mayor said: “It was a great honour to meet with Mayor Nicholas Crossan & Mayor Michaela Boyle and during their time in Philadelphia. “In Philadelphia, we pride ourselves on being an international city—one that embraces our diversity and celebrates our connections to people and places across the globe. Ireland has long been a top partner for the Philadelphia region, and this visit from the Mayors of Donegal and Derry City Strabane is the latest example of our commitment to continued cooperation between the regions.”Cathaoirleach Cllr Nicholas Crossan said Mayor Kenney’s attendance at the breakfast event was an indication of his support and commitment to the region while Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Cllr Michaela Boyle thanked Mayor Kenney for his hospitality and support for the North West region.The delegation’s busy itinerary included a morning breakfast meeting with officials from the Select Greater Philadelphia Council about opportunities and advice for companies from Donegal and Derry/Strabane area if they want to base themselves in the area.Meetings were also hosted with key partners in Philadelphia about ways of strengthening their existing links with the North West of Ireland. The trade and investment mission is led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and includes representatives from third level and further education providers and development organisations including Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College, Donegal ETB and Catalyst, who also explored Workforce Development and Apprenticeship Programme partnership opportunities with their counterparts in the area.The visit to Philadelphia is part of the Council and partner’s wider international relations programme to promote the North West globally and enhance its reputation and capacity to attract investment, expand business opportunities, extend the global reach of the region and attract educational and cultural ties and reach.During the visit, the North West delegation will travel to Boston to link up with the eight companies from the Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council areas for a number of days of meetings, networking and civic events.As part of the trade mission next week the delegation will promote the educational opportunities in the North West with the diaspora community in Philadelphia, where educational organisations will have the opportunity to showcase the world-leading education provision across UU, NWRC, LYIT and Donegal ETB.The group will meet with leading business executives and industry influencers, in both Boston and Philadelphia, including Mayors Kenney and Walsh from Cities of Philadelphia and Boston respectively. The Mayors will use the occasion to strengthen the civic ties that exist between these two great American cities and the Northwest.A key event during the visit will be the launch of the Atlas for a City Region at Harvard University – a unique 18 month long project commissioned by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council under the auspices of the North West Regional Development Group,  to investigate how the cross border Letterkenny/Derry North West City Region can be shaped in light of the economic, political and social realities of Brexit.The group will also attend a series of civic events including meetings with the Irish International Immigrant Centre, Boston’s District Hall and the Boston State House, as well as take part in the annual Golden Bridges Conference and Awards luncheon.The companies travelling with the delegation will follow their own bespoke itinerary where they will meet with key contacts to explore and understand opportunities in the US market, develop in-market networks and build relationships with potential customers, agents/distributors. The companies travelling as part of the delegation are – O’Neill’s International Sportswear, Humanity Cosmetics, Learning Pool and Brand It Technologies from the Derry and Strabane District Council area and from Donegal, EKO Chute, MMG Welding and Wild Fuschia Bakery.For more information visit www.irelandnw.com and follow on social using the hashtag #IrelandNW19.Photo Caption: Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Michaela Boyle, Mayor of Philadelphia Senator Jim Kenney and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan.Philadelphia Mayor endorses work of Irish north-west delegation in US was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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49ers need Seahawks loss Monday to stay NFC’s top seed, avoid playoff plummet

first_imgUpdate: The Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night, moving past the 49ers in the NFL West standings.—The 49ers’ exclusive hold on first place in the NFC West the past two months will slip away Monday night unless the Vikings can upset the Seahawks.A Seattle win would not only knock San Francisco out of sole possession of first place for the first time in 64 days, but the 49ers would fall to the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff chase with four games remaining. However, if the Vikings …last_img read more

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Habitable Planets Just Got Much More Rare

first_imgIf this scientist’s theory about the origin of magnetic fields is correct, habitable planets will be few and far between.Earth has a magnetic field sufficient to support life. Venus does not. Why does “Earth’s twin” lack this protective shield?According to secular geophysicists, a magnetic field is generated by a dynamo in a planet’s interior. The dynamo is generated by convection of molten material in the planet’s mantle. (Whether this theory is defensible is dealt with in chapter 7 of Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers.) Granting, for the sake of argument, that the theory is adequate to explain Earth’s magnetic field, a problem arises: as a planet cools, its innards should become stratified. A layered structure, however, is not conducive to convection. Without convection, no magnetic field. Without a magnetic field, no life. At Universe Today, Matt Williams explains the conundrum:Recent studies on high-pressure mineral physics and on orbital dynamics have also indicated that planetary cores develop a stratified structure as they accrete. The reason for this has to do with how a higher abundance of light elements are incorporated in with liquid metal during the process, which would then sink to form the core of the planet as temperatures and pressure increased.Such a stratified core would be incapable of convection, which is believed to be what allows for Earth’s magnetic field.Williams points to a new study by Seth A. Jacobson of Northwestern University and colleagues from Europe. To get convection started on the Earth, they surmise, the alleged Moon-forming impact stirred the mantle and core sufficiently to instigate convection.The significance of this study, in terms of how it relates to the evolution of Earth and the emergence of life, cannot be understated. If Earth’s magnetosphere is the result of a late energetic impact, then such impacts could very well be the difference between our planet being habitable or being either too cold and arid (like Mars) or too hot and hellish (like Venus).It also means that exoplanets around other stars will be unlikely to have habitable planets.Looking beyond our Solar System, this paper also has implications in the study of extra-solar planets. Here too, the difference between a planet being habitable or not may come down to high-energy impacts being a part of the system’s early history. In the future, when studying extra-solar planets and looking for signs of habitability, scientists may very well be forced to ask one simple question: “Was it hit hard enough?”Not just any impact will do. Jacobson’s open-access paper at Earth and Planetary Science Letters says, “Late, giant impacts may mechanically mix the core, removing the stratigraphy.” Many planets show scars of numerous impacts, but according to current secular thinking, the Earth took a wallop huge enough to send enough debris out to form the Moon. How often does that happen? And how long can the stirring last while life is trying to get a foothold? (in evolutionary thinking, that is).Fans of Spike Psarris’s DVD on the solar system will recognize the materialists’ all-purpose explanatory tool at work here (sound the bugles! another impact!). Even secular critics may see the impact requirement as a new epicycle to maintain a consensus theory that already suffered defects, such as maintaining the field for millions of years. Measurements show Earth’s field has decayed at 5% since Carl Friedrich Gauss measured it in 1835. Dr Richter explains the significance of this decline:Let me tell you, a decrease of 5% in the earth’s magnetic field strength represents a huge energy change. The earth’s magnetic field stores an immense amount of energy. To have this amount decrease by 5% in a little over 100 years represents an enormous loss of energy in a relatively short period of time. Calculations on this rate show that the field’s half-life is 1400 years; in other words, in 1400 years the field strength will be half what it was. Some day in the future—should the earth remain and the decay continue—the magnetic field will effectively vanish.The dynamo theory, Richter explains in chapter 7 of Spacecraft Earth, fails to account for this empirically observed decline, and argues against millions of years (note that the decay concerns the strength of the field, not its polarity). If Richter is correct, the Earth would have been uninhabitable a few thousand years ago (because the field would be too strong), and will become uninhabitable within a few more thousand years. For the sam reason, exoplanets would also have a brief window of habitability that would be far too short for Darwinian evolution.Imagining UtopiasSuch problems are rarely considered in confident-sounding news articles. For example, Fox News states, “‘Super Earth’ is discovered and it has perfect conditions for aliens.” There’s no mention of a magnetic field at all. Also ignored is that this ‘super Earth’ orbits a red dwarf, which makes it a poor candidate for habitability.Red dwarfs are the most common type of star, reports Phys.org. But they are also the most deadly. In the article, John Greenwald says, “Blowing in the stellar wind: Scientists reduce the chances of life on exoplanets in so-called habitable zones.” Strong stellar winds tend to sweep away the atmospheres of planets orbiting red dwarfs. They are also subject to emit deadly flares that would quickly sterilize a planetary surface.The habitability of Spacecraft Earth is a big subject in Richter’s book. Check it out! Now available on Amazon.com.(Visited 627 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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BJP expels gun-toting Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion

first_imgThe BJP on July 17 expelled its Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years, days after a purported video of the legislator brandishing guns and dancing at a house party became viral on social media. Party media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni told presspersons that the party had taken cognisance of his serial public misconduct.Mr. Champion was first sent a show-cause notice by the State unit before the expulsion orders were issued. He was already suspended from the party for earlier instances of alleged misdemeanour.last_img read more

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