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Donegal Dynamo through to semi-final of nationwide talent search

first_imgOver the past few years Dylan Murray from Burtonport has stunned fans with amazing tricks and illusions that are seemingly unexplainable.This weekend he will make the trip down to Dublin for the semi-final of Ireland’s Talent Search.Dylan, the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent, sailed through the video stage and is now set for an audition, which will take place tomorrow at Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin. If he makes it through, he goes straight to the Grand Final in the lavish Hilton Hotel in November. Speaking about the semi-final, Dylan says; “I’m really excited but a bit nervous. I haven’t practiced too much for it yet. I like to run over it the day before the show. I have some really good new stuff I think I’m going to showcase! I always practice on my own; I always go with my own feeling.”As all of the other competitors are singers, Dylan will stand out and really wow the judges.“I have a few new tricks put together, I think I’m going to do two card tricks, along with psychological magic.”As part of his performance, Dylan will do a trick involving psychological magic and then save a huge prediction if he gets through to the final. Speaking about how he invents his astounding tricks, he said; “It just takes a lot of patience and thinking outside of the box to create new things”.We’re positive there are many huge things to come for this illusionist extraordinaire!To keep up with Dylan and to check out some of his other illusions you can find him on Facebook.Good luck to Dylan from all at Donegal Daily!Donegal Dynamo through to semi-final of nationwide talent search was last modified: October 8th, 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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Mauricio Dubón crushes Clayton Kershaw, Bruce Bochy puts on a clinic in Giants win

first_imgLOS ANGELES — No visiting manager has won more games at Dodger Stadium than Bruce Bochy.In 25 seasons, 12 with the Padres and 13 with the Giants, Bochy entered his final series in Los Angeles with 105 career wins at Chavez Ravine. During a pregame ceremony, legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully paid tribute to Bochy with a video message and urged Los Angeles fans to wish the manager well on his upcoming retirement.Dodger fans would chip in for a police escort up the 405 during rush hour …last_img read more

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Was Earth Like Io?

first_imgIt apparently solves an old problem to propose that the early Earth was busting out all over with volcanoes, like Jupiter’s moon Io.New Scientist recalled the shock of discovering an active world in the solar system.  It didn’t fit prevailing views, Michael Reilly wrote:WE THOUGHT we knew the solar system. Apart from Earth, all the worlds out there were dead lumps freezing in the blackness of space. But when Voyager I started beaming back images as it flew by Jupiter’s moon Io in 1979, something wasn’t right.The lack of craters, and then the sighting of an active plume, was one of the biggest surprises of the Voyager mission.  Now that we know there are other erupting bodies in the solar system, Space.com writes, why not spread the fun?  Imagine Earth was like Io.  The claim is based on a recent paper in Nature by Moore and Webb that proposes a heat-pipe model for earth earth heat transport: volcanic pipes proliferated during the early Earth’s “dark ages” (an evolutionary time with little evidence) to remove excess heat from the mantle, making our planet a little like Io, with volcanoes erupting everywhere.  So planetologists didn’t predict a small moon to be so active that we can see, but are now predicting a large world we live on was like Io, at a time we cannot see.Louise Moresi, also writing in Nature, likes the model because it offers a resolution for the “Archaean Paradox.”  What is the Archaean Paradox, you ask?  He explains this little-known conundrum in the evolutionary model of our solar system:Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago from collisions between proto-planetary fragments. At that time, enough heat was trapped to melt much of Earth’s interior; the segregation of the dense metallic core released still more heat; and a rich concentration of radioactive elements would have ensured that the interior stayed hot. This was the Earth of the Hadean eon, and only individual crystals are left of the rocks from that time. The first whole rocks in the geological record date from the Archaean eon, which started around 4 billion years ago. Despite all expectations of a hot young Earth, these first rocks reveal that the deep continental crust of the Archaean was no hotter than that of today. This puzzling observation is often known as the Archaean paradox. Reporting on page 501 of this issue, Moore and Webb offer a resolution to it.Moresi simply glossed over the accretion problem, assuming the existence of large enough planetary fragments to collide.  Even so, Earth should have been a hot potato (but smaller Io should have cooled into a “dead lump freezing in the blackness of space” by now).  By getting Earth’s interior heat to come out through pipes, it largely bypassed the crust, he explained.  “About 3.5 billion years ago, Earth became cooler and plate tectonics took over.”  Nice & simple.  At least it seems to work with Moore and Webb’s “small-scale, two-dimensional, flat-Earth simulations.”Ha! Evolutionists believe in a flat earth!  That’s the only kind where their models work.  We quote the eminent geophysicist, Stan Freberg:Creationist:It’s a round, round worldIt’s a round, round worldI contend it’s round, and it’s gonna be foundWhen all the results are inIt’s a round world now, and it’s always beenEvolutionist:Flat, flat worldIt’s a flat, flat worldI insist it’s flat as a welcoming mat‘Cause it makes all our models workHow about that, you crazy creation jerk?Creationist:Friend, get hip,Would I give you such a tipIf I didn’t have odds the Earth was highly spherical?Evolutionist:It’s a miracleIf it is.Media:Crazy kind of schemeIt’s a cockamamie dreamIf we don’t expel ’em, why then we’re gonna scream. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Butler does Bosman

first_img5 May 2003Bohemian genius, talented writer and poet, husband, troubled rebel hovering on the edge . . . Herman Charles Bosman, South Africa’s best-loved storyteller, was all of these.In A Touch of Madness at the Tesson Theatre in Johannesburg, Bosman is brilliantly portrayed by David Butler, who artfully brings Bosman’s complex self to life.This short, poignant play consists of a series of sketches by Butler, opening with a visit to Jeppe Boys High School in Johannesburg, which Bosman attended, and takes the audience through different high and low points of his life: six months teaching in the Groot Marico; the shooting of his stepbrother; almost four years in jail, the first months on death row; meeting his three wives; his six-year stay in London; buying his first and only house in Lombardy East; and his death in 1951 at the age of 46.This is a very different look at Bosman compared to Patrick Mynhardt’s popular and captivating portrayal of Oom Schalk Lourens, Bosman’s Groot Marico character featured in some of his 84 short stories.A powerful performanceThe simplicity of the stage setting – a red wooden bench alongside a wrought-iron lamp post indicating Eloff Street, a wooden desk with typewriter and bottle of wine and glass on it, the backdrop of an enlarged street scene of downtown 1930s Johannesburg – gives the actor plenty of freedom to get in touch with his subject, and he brings Bosman alive with passion and intensity.Butler is dressed in a baggy dark-navy, double-breasted pin-striped suit, white shirt, striped tie, black shoes and charcoal-coloured fedora, and with the fedora tilted slightly over one eye, he looks a lot like Bosman would have looked in the 1930s and ’40s.Using clever lighting and excerpts of sometimes jarring but powerful music, together with contemplative pauses and expressive outbursts, Butler successfully navigates his way through Bosman’s life, and half way through the play captures him with the words: “I realised what I was, and am – an outcast.”Bosman’s many shades of bluesTowards the end of the play Butler illustrates another aspect of Bosman: his dagga-smoking period, walking the streets barefoot, experiencing various phases of the blues: the recognising blues, the suspicious blues, the once-over blues and a wide variety of other blues. It’s a funny-sad sketch that demonstrates another level of the writer’s life.Butler has been an actor since 1983, playing in the award-winning play Another Country and subsequently in 50 professional productions, from indigenous work to Shakespeare. He’s also worked in TV and film.He’s taken A Touch of Madness around the country, and this is his second visit to the Tesson Theatre with the play. He’s worked previously with Nicky Rebelo, writer and director of A Touch of Madness, which in 2000 won him the Vita Best Director award.The play is on at the Tesson Theatre, Civic Centre until 24 May, with performances from Tuesday to Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 6pm and 9pm. Tickets are R60 except the early Saturday show, which is R50. Booking is at Computicket, or call the Theatre for group bookings on 011 877 68 54.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

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Africa’s best brands celebrated

first_img23 October 2015The top 100 brands in Africa were given recognition by Brand Africa and partners last night at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Brand Africa 100, an annual event now in its fourth year, measures and ranks those brands that consumers in Africa admire and their corresponding values.Before 2011, said Brand Africa chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, there was no independent measure of the value and performance of any brand in Africa.The point of his organisation, he told Forbes Magazine at the awards in 2014, was to “capture and measure the value African consumers placed on brands that closely aligned with their core values and best reflected their lifestyles and aspirations”.Infographic:The Top 10 list of the Most Admired and Most Valued brands in Africa are found here.Why the recognition?Brand Africa says the businesses behind successful brands help the continent to drive its agenda and solve socio-economic challenges by creating jobs and the tax bases to fund public goods.The Brand Africa 100 initiative also promotes the outcome of the South African National Development Plan: create a better South Africa, a better Africa, and a better world. Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman of Brand Africa, and Lazarus Jacobs, co- founder of Paragon Investment Holdings, at the fourth annual Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015. Ikalafeng says the top 100 brands show how they are adapting to Africans’ conditions and needs.Ikalafeng said at the event that the initiative was to help shape Africa’s image. “It’s a moment to pause and assess the progress we are making, how we are developing.”Over the last three years, about 20% of the top 100 brands in Africa originated on the continent. “The top brands – even the non-African (origin) ones – show us they are adapting to the conditions, and responding to the needs of Africans,” he said.Brand South Africa has partnered with Brand Africa in hosting Africa’s best brands. The objective of the platform, says Brand South Africa, is not only to celebrate Africa’s top brands but also to create opportunities for global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers to interact, engage and share insights on issues related to Africa’s growth, reputation and competitiveness.Kingsley Makhubela, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said nation branding was what we made of it. As the top brands were being recognised, though, there should not be silence about the smaller or weaker brands. “The top brands unite aspiration in all of us. The top 100 brands should also endeavour to work with the smaller brands, to build nation branding.“As we honour the top 100 brands, let’s focus on the other brands too. The fundamental role is to build society.”Other partners of Brand Africa 100 are Brand Finance, TNS, GeoPoll, African Business, Mail&Guardian Africa, CNBC Africa and the African Media Agency.GeoPoll and TNS conducted a survey in which more than 6 000 people from 22 countries in Africa responded to choose their best brands.Oliver Schmitz of Brand Finance Africa said the most valuable brand was 2 000 times bigger than the last brand on the list. “The study is not about size, it’s about quality. If you are a valuable brand, we celebrate you.”The most admired brands Larry Annetts of MTN South Africa (in centre) with Brand Africa representatives (from left) Kingsley Makhubela, Prof Alinah Kelo Segobye, Thebe Ikalafeng of Brand Africa and Lazarus Jacobs at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015. Annetts took home the Grand Prix award for his company.Representatives of MTN South Africa took home the Grand Prix (Africa’s Best Brand) award. MTN was also announced the Most Valuable Brand in the Top 50 South African Brands in September by Brand South Africa and Brand Africa Finance. Larry Annetts, the chief marketing and sales officer of MTN South Africa, thanked the company’s subscribers. “Thank you for your support,” he said last night.The Brand Builder of the Year award went to Bamkole Akingbade of Dangote. Bamkole Akingbade of Dangote (second from left) received the Brand Builder of the Year award. He is pictured with Brand Africa representatives Ben Antonio (from left), Des Brauer from news agency CNBC and Thebe Ikalafeng at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015.The Lifetime Achievement award went to entrepreneur Strife Masiyiwa. Brand Africa representatives are pictured with Tracy Mpofu, who took the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of entrepreneur Strife Masiyiwa, at the Brand Africa 100 event on 22 October 2015.Ikalafeng described Masiyiwa as an inspiration of leadership for more than 20 years. “He is the standard of African leadership to young and old,” said Ikalafeng.In a speech read by Tracy Mpofu, Masiyiwa said that great brands met people’s needs. “We are building the foundations through our brands. We must create role models that people look up to.’“What I have seen in the past 30 years (as an entrepreneur) is that people are not just building African brands, but they are building brands that go global. In 2025, we’ll be sitting in this room and you will see more African brands, especially on the New York Stock Exchange,” Masiyiwa predicted. In his absence, he thanked everyone for his award.Other admired brands included Sam Mensah of Kisua clothing brand and Swaady Martin of Yswara tea accessories, which was named Emerging African Brand. Nestle was most admired in the consumer / non-cyclical category, Google was the most admired media brand, Toyota for most admired car maker, Samsung in the electronics category, Coca-Cola for non-alcoholic beverages and Heineken for alcoholic beverages.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Two arrested for gang rape

first_imgPolice have arrested two persons here on charges of gang-raping a 23-year-old woman from Nepal, who jumped from the third floor of an apartment building to save herself. The woman received bruises all over her body and fractured one of her legs.The incident took place in the night intervening Friday and Saturday in the Muhana area on the outskirts of Jaipur. The two accused had brought the victim to the flat and tried to overpower her. The woman ran towards the balcony and jumped off while trying to escape.The woman, belonging to Nepal, was staying in Delhi and had come to Jaipur on the invitation of an acquaintance. She is undergoing treatment at Jaipuria Hospital here and has given her statement to the police.Identification paradeThe two accused, Lokesh Saini, 19, and Kamal Saini, 24, have been remanded in judicial custody after being produced in the court. Their identification parade will be done when the victim is discharged from the hospital.last_img read more

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Malegaon blast: NIA defends demand for in-camera trial

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday defended its stand of wanting an in-camera trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case against Bharatiya Janta Party MP Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, saying, “it is important to do so in the best interest of society.” On August 5, a group of journalists moved the special NIA court seeking an intervention in the NIA’s application, as an in-camera trial would bar the media from covering court proceedings and only allow the lawyers, accused and judge to be present.On August 2, the NIA had moved an application before special judge Vinod Padalkar, saying that the case involves facts having direct bearing on “communal harmony, national security and public order.”On October 30, 2018, the special court had framed charges of murder, abetment and conspiracy for the blast against Ms. Thakur, Lt. Col. Purohit, Sameer Kulkarni, Major (retired) Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Ajay Rahilkar.last_img read more

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LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hills

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary To celebrate his win over the UFC Lightweight Champion, Mayweather purchased the gargantuan property, which he refers to as his “castle”, equipped with a 50-person cinema, swimming pool, 10 bathrooms, a gym, a spa, wine cellar and a four-car garage, according to The Sun. View comments MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president RELATED STORY:WATCH: Mayweather brags about his 7 girlfriends, $200M cash in interviewcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 15,000 square feet two-storey building was originally marketed for $52M, but Mayweather managed to knock down the asking price since he paid cash.Apart from his latest mansion, Mayweather also has similar properties in Las Vegas and Miami. Madrid stunned by Betis at home, loses ground to Barcelona Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Floyd Mayweather Jr. made sure his final foray in the boxing ring would count, knocking out Conor McGregor in 10 rounds and accumulating well over $100M in the process.FEATURED 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 shutoutNot one to turn down a chance to flash his cash and flaunt his ridiculously extravagant lifestyle, the 40-year-old undefeated boxer took to Instagram to show off his latest investment—a $26 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California, USA.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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SPORT-AIFF-KUSHAL 3 LAST

first_imgDas said he will try to persuade Salgaocar and Sporting Das said he will try to persuade Salgaocar and Sporting to reconsider their decision for the sake of development of football in the country. “I was surprised and also saddened that they have decided not to play in the I-League next season. Their contribution to Indian football has been significant. I thought the road map we proposed was aimed at making clubs sustainable with guaranteed revenue so they can invest in player and fan base development, and become financially sound and be able to play in the top League when it opens up. “I am meeting them on July 1 to explain our vision and make them understand the structure once again which to my mind is a logical one. I understand their emotions but if we play by emotions only we can never achieve progress. It has to be rational and commercially well thought out,” he said. Asked what the AIFF will do if the clubs stick to their decision and even decides to be not part of the proposed League 1 from 2017, he said, “They have been associated with Indian football for several years and I am confident they will understand our vision.” Explaining further why a re-structuring of the league system was needed, Das said, “I-League was started in 2007 with much fanfare with Zee channel. But it just did not pick up. The market will not just take it as a product. “It was so bad that when Zee walked out, there was nobody to broadcast the I-League matches. Only a few local channels broadcast some matches. That is when IMG-Reliance came on board. And after one year, we have a mainstream channel in Ten Sports to broadcast the matches. Two years down the line we got a title sponsor. So I-League was a product which was suffering from 2007 itself. It could not be sold whatever be the reason.” He said that the inability of the clubs to build a fan base was also one of the factors that led to I-Leagues woes though he hastened to add that it was a collective failure. “It may be that the quality of the games was not probably good, the infrastructure was not good, the clubs were not having their fan base except for the likes of two Kolkata clubs. How many came to see a Sporting Clube or Salgaocar match or for that matter even a Dempo match. Since they could not build a fan base they could not create a commercial structure that allows them to be sustainable. If there is empty stadium there is commercial failure, it is as simple as that. Broadcasters will not come, sponsors will not come. Everything falls apart. “I would say it is a collective failure, I will not say only the clubs are to be blamed or the federation can be blamed. We went to many broadcasters to telecast the matches but we cannot force them. So saying I-League was not promoted properly by the AIFF is not true.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Meet Harsh, a 14-year-old jump rope champ from Delhi’s Mehrangarhi village

first_imgI was nuisance personified to my teachers and parents. I could barely sit in a class,” exclaimed Harsh Rana, who is now a national level gold winner in jump rope championship.Competing against kids older than his age, 14-year-old Harsh, a resident of south Delhi’s Mehrangarhi village, is among 1,000 students from the country, who participated in the national jump rope championship held in Karnataka last year.The sport – jump rope – is equivalent to running for 3,000 metre in three minutes, it is believed. Harsh has set a national record of jumping 412 times in three minutes, for which he bagged the gold medal in the tournament. Harsh is now among the brightest kids in his school, who besides being a national champion, is also the second highest scorer in his class.’HIS SINCERITY IS INSPIRING'”I realised that I wanted to do something fruitful, so I went ahead,” said the teenager who trains for over six hours a day. Harsh starts training as early as 4 in the morning, eyeing a spot in global competitions. Harsh’s trainer Vivek Somania told Mail Today that he saw the energy Harsh exuded and hence, of the 500 other participants, the 14-year-old caught his attention, akin to how Aamir Khan spots Darsheel Safary in Taare Zameen Par.”I have personally seen eagerness in Harsh to deliver. His sincerity is inspiring,” Vivek Somania told MAIL TODAY.”We have seen him diverting his negative energy into something positive. I have seen my sports teacher as well working extra hours to hone Harsh. He is a classic case of education and schooling gone right, where a wall crasher has become a national jump rope champion,” said B K Sharma, principal of Delhi government-run Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar, where Harsh studies.advertisementHis father is a migrant from Rajasthan working in south Delhi in a menial job who has shouldered the responsibility to bring up seven kids, two of his own and five of his late brother.Making enough to just eke out a living, Harsh’s father Kushpal Singh Rana now intends to use the Rs 62,000 awarded by the Delhi government for Harsh’s education and training. “I am aware that this is not going to completely take care of Harsh’s expenses but I am willing to use it all to tap out his full potential,” said Kushpal.Kushpal added that it is a matter of pride to see his son, who once was a reason for Kushpal’s multiple visits to school for misconduct, chart out a schedule encompassing studies and training in equal measure.ALSO READ | Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik ties the knot with Satyawart KadianALSO READ | Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar among 50 under 30 Indians in Forbes list of super achieversALSO WATCH | India have the firepower to defend Champions Trophy title: Michael Clarke to India Todaylast_img read more

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