Meet the Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Talent Search

first_imgThe grand final for Ireland’s Talent Search is set to take place tomorrow evening at the lavish Hilton Hotel in Dublin.The winner of the prestigious competition will walk away with €2,000 and an appearance on national television.Donegal will be very well represented in the final with magician Dylan Murray, and vocalists Lauren Friel-Gormley and Frankie taking part.  Magician Dylan Murray astounding judges with his highly skilled sleight of hand tricks and illusions. Dylan, the reigning winner of Derry’s Got Talent, said “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 semi-final performance, Dylan performed a trick involving psychological magic and has a huge prediction up his sleeve to reveal in the final.“The judges loved my audition, they were amazed. It’s a celebrity panel of judges for the final! I have something big planned for it. Roll on the final! I’m really excited for it!”  11 year old Lauren Friel Gormley, who is a pupil at St. Mary’s National School in Ramelton, made it through to the final after wowwing judges with her unbelievable vocal skills.Lauren Friel Gormley Letterkenny lady Frankie is also through to the final of Ireland’s Talent Search, as well as Teenstars Ireland’s prestigious singing competition! She is planning on singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine.A busy girl, Frankie is also currently working very hard to perfect her Irish dancing for the Ulster Championship this weekend, and then must set her sights on focusing on her Jiu Jitsu grades next month.Frankie Good luck to all involved tomorrow!Meet the Donegal finalists in Ireland’s Talent Search was last modified: November 19th, 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

Chelsea favourites to get the win Sarri needs

first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s message ahead of the Europa League final couldn’t be clearer: back me or sack me.Chelsea are favourites to win Wednesday’s all-London showdown with Arsenal – and ending the season with a trophy would boost Sarri’s chances of being kept on as Blues boss.Since the final was confirmed the opening odds to win the Europa League final have remained constant since the matchup was first set.Chelsea remains a 5/7 favourite, while Arsenal are 11/10 to lift the trophy. If you are looking not just for variety when it comes to Europa League odds, but also a reputable sportsbook that pays out instantly, look no further than this list here. We expected Arsenal to be bet down as matchday approaches. However, after the team confirmed Armenian national Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be omitted from the line-up due to safety concerns in Baku, the odds are more likely to move slightly in Chelsea’s favour over the next week.And while a Chelsea win might stand in Sarri’s favour, the Italian – who has led the club back to the Champions League via a third-placed finish – has clearly been irritated suggestions his future hinges on Wednesday’s game.He said: “If the situation is like this, I want to go immediately because you cannot have 10 months of work and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes.“It’s not right. You are happy with my work or you are not happy.”And Sarri believes the Chelsea hierarchy should be happy with his work.He will meet them after the final and plans to push for a quick decision on his future.Juventus and Roma are reported to be ready to appoint him if he leaves Stamford Bridge.“My future is Wednesday. I need to think only of the final at this moment,” he said.“I have two years of my contract left, so I have had no contact with other clubs at the moment.“I have to speak with my club first of all after the final. I want to know if they’re happy with me or not.“I can only work. I can only try to improve my team. I can only try to win more matches. I don’t know what more to do.“In my opinion we had a very good season. Of course we have to do more, we need to improve more.“I am very happy to stay in the Premier League. Chelsea is one of the most important clubs in the Premier League, so I am really very happy.“But we have to discuss the situation. It’s normal after every season to discuss with a club.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

“Very Unreal and Fantastic”: Electric Cables Created by Bacteria

first_imgResearchers discovered bacteria at the ocean floor that conduct electrons at distances more than a centimeter through elaborate cables.Publishing in Nature, Danish researchers with American colleagues determined that the seafloor is full of “live wires” that may play an essential role in ocean ecology, if not the ecology of the whole biosphere.  These wires are formed by colonies of “novel members of the deltaproteobacterial family Desulfobulbaceae” that effectively form electrical cables, complete with insulation.A few years ago, these researchers had detected electric currents in the ocean floor.  How they were mediated, though, was unknown till now.  In the Introduction to their paper, they explained why the current is necessary:Marine sediments become anoxic because oxygen is consumed by microbial processes at the surface. Without available oxygen the microorganisms living below the surface are supposed to depend on energetically less favourable, anaerobic processes. Recently, however, electric currents have been found to directly connect oxygen reduction at the surface with sulphide oxidation in the subsurface, even when oxygen and sulphide are separated by more than 1 cm. Half of the sediment oxygen consumption can be driven by electrons transported from below. The spatial separation of oxidation and reduction processes invokes steep pH gradients leading to distinct dissolutions and precipitations of minerals. Microbial activity apparently drives the electrochemical half-reactions and the establishment of electron-conducting structures through the sediment.Science Daily reported on this discovery on Oct. 24, saying that a mystery of electrical conductivity in the seafloor has been solved by the discovery of these bacteria. “They make up a kind of live electric cable that no one had ever imagined existed,” the article said.  It quoted one of the researchers’ reactions: “On the one hand, it is still very unreal and fantastic. On the other hand, it is also very tangible,” said Professor at Aarhus University, Lars Peter Nielsen.Another interesting summary can be found (appropriately) on Wired.com.  The article includes six illustrations and photographs of the “marvelous microbes.”  Even though they are 1/100 the diameter of the human hair, they have an elaborate structure with 15 to 17 channels down their exteriors that match up from cell to cell, forming a continuous protective sheath, like insulation.  Their smallness should not diminish what they accomplish:”Were bacteria the size of humans, the signals would be making a journey 12 miles long.”  The fragile cables break easily, but because they are alive, they can grow and regenerate themselves, unlike man-made cables.A single teaspoon of mud from the seafloor contains at least a half mile of these living cables. Moreover, the researchers found these in sediments from widely distributed samples, suggesting that much of the planet conducts electricity from the anoxic layer to the oxic layer.  The electrical charge circuit is completed by ions in seawater, producing water in the process.  This has led the researchers to speculate on their role in planetary ecology.  In their concluding discussion, they asked follow-up questions and paid a compliment to evolution for creating electrical engineers:Bacterial micro-cables represent a hitherto unknown lifestyle, which immediately raises many intriguing questions for further research: How are energy conservation and growth allocated among the cells? What is their genetic and metabolic diversity? How are filament division and dispersal controlled? What is the molecular and electronic basis of the electron transport? How widespread are they in nature? Transmission improvement and control of electric currents have been major drivers for electronic innovation. It appears that biological evolution has worked successfully in the same direction.Wired.com‘s article said, “It’s possible that, at the microbial level, the deep seafloor is humming with current.”  The final caption recognized the planetary implications of the living power grid:With so much electricity being transferred, are other organisms tapping the lines? Might the Desulfobulbaceae be a power source for entire as-yet-unappreciated deep-sea microbial ecologies, which in turn shape some of the planet’s fundamental biogeochemical processes? That’s “an interesting possibility,” said Nielsen, but it’s still speculation.Less speculatively, the Desulfobulbaceae are definitely breaking down iron sulfides and carbonates in deeper sediment, while generating iron oxide and magnesium calcite at the surface, Nielsen said. The latter are important compounds for life in the oceans above, and ultimately on land. If the new Desulfobulbaceae are as widespread and populous as they seem, they could be an important component of life’s deep-time cycles.In the Editor’s Summary at Nature.com,the editors added a biomimetic angle to the story:A major challenge for multicellular organisms is that of supplying every cell with food and oxygen. Nils Risgaard-Petersen and colleagues report a surprising solution to the problem, arrived at by multicelluar filamentous Desulfobulbaceae bacteria several centimetres long, living in the upper layers of marine sediments sampled in Aarhus Bay, Denmark. These organisms seem to function as living electric cables, transporting electrons from sulphides generated in organic matter in deeper anoxic sediments to the oxygen available in the surface layers. These living micro-cables raise a host of topics for future research, and could also find technological applications.The original paper by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark was published by Nature on Nov. 8, though posted online on Oct. 24.  Finding bacteria that form insulated electrical cables that may play a fundamental role in the ecology of the planet goes to show how much remains to be discovered about the “primitive” microbes surrounding us.  Source: Pffefer, Larson et al., “Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimetre distances,” Nature 491, 08 November 2012, pp. 218–221, doi:10.1038/nature11586.It will be interesting to see if similar electrical cabling occurs in other contexts, such as in the soil networks known to connect plants with each other.  This intriguing discovery is another example of the empirical trend against evolution: the closer scientists look at the microbial world, the more complex and interconnected it is found to be, and the less plausible the evolutionary just-so stories become.  These bacteria appear to exist not only for their own sakes, but also to enable nutrient cycles that affect the whole biosphere.  How would the first organisms survive without them?  How did they form such elaborate structures?  Evolutionists can’t just wave their hands and say they “evolved to” conduct electricity more effectively by transmitting electrons through their interiors, and then “evolved to” add insulating sheaths for “transmission improvement.”  No teleology allowed for Darwinists.  Their critics can rejoice at here another fine example of sophisticated design, not only in the bacteria themselves, but also in their functional role for their ecology, and possibly the biogeochemical balance of the entire world. 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Jetstar to add an extra row of seats in A320 refresh

first_imgJetstar is adding a row of seats to its Airbus A320 aircraft operating in Australia and New Zealand in a major refresh it says will not reduce already tight legroom.The refresh, due to start in August and be largely complete by the end of the year, is the airline’s first since it launched in 2004.It will introduce a new generation of ergonomically-designed Recaro seats on 43 existing A320s used on domestic and short-haul international flights and will be accompanied by LED lighting, carpets and a new colour scheme. Ten aircraft are due to be replaced and the new aircraft will be configured with the new cabin, a Jetstar spokesman said.The seat count on the A320s will rise from 180 to 186 seats per aircraft using an Airbus Spaceflex design that removes galley space at the rear of the aircraft and moves the toilets.It will also add up to six overhead lockers to increase baggage space and add an additional row of extra legroom seats to 24 the number of seats offering a 32-38 inch seat pitch compared to the average pitch of 28-29 inches.Jetstar noted the Airbus design is used by more than 26 airlines, including Lufthansa, JetBlue and EasyJet.It estimates it will cut costs by 2 to 3 per cent and Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said this would allow the airline to keep offering low fare while maintaining “a great customer experience’’.He said it would allow the airline to carry more leisure customers, particularly at peak times.“Our cabins will look and feel like new and we think this will be a win for customers and have great business benefits as well,’’ Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said“The new seats are comfortable and our customers will have the same amount of legroom and space as they currently do on our A320 aircraft.“This is the latest cabin design from Airbus, which is smarter about the way space is used on the aircraft and allows for an extra row of seats and more baggage space.’’Jetstar has carried 200 million passengers since launch and now services 82 destinations in 16 countries through its own network and that of its joint ventures.In addition to A320 family aircraft, it flies Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on long-haul routes and is due to get A320neos from the 2018-19 financial year.last_img read more