Laura Whitmore admits she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell!

first_imgTV presenter Laura Whitmore admits that she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell!Whitmore met Daniel on last year’s season of BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.She felt starstruck when he congratulated her on her performance with dancing partner Giovanni Pernice. While on the Ray D’Arcy Show, Whitmore said; ““I’m a massive Daniel O’Donnell fan, so is every single Whitmore woman.”“Auntie Kathleen’s been to most of his gigs and has six calendars in her house.”“I was starstruck by him, he came up to me afterwards, after I had topped the leaderboard.” “He told me, ‘Ireland is so proud of you,’ and I felt I had made it.”Laura Whitmore admits she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell! was last modified: January 8th, 2017 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) Tags:daniel o donnelllaura whitmoreray darcyRTEStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

A’s Estrada has back procedure, Trivino out with thumb injury

first_imgOAKLAND — Athletics starting pitcher Marco Estrada, who missed his start Monday night because of back pain, will miss at least one more after undergoing a procedure for pain relief.More of a short-term concern for the Athletics is set-up reliever Lou Trivino, who has a thumb injury and may or may not be ready for the upcoming nine-game road trip to Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh.Already on the 10-day injured list, Estrada’s absence will exceed that date. A’s trainer Nick Paparesta said …last_img

First Meerkat support structure completed

first_img6 February 2014The first dish support structure for the Meerkat radio telescope, manufactured by South African company Tricom Structures, is ready to be transported to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnavon in the Northern Cape.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia.The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Tricom Structures CEO Sihle Shange said the massive steel structure was expected to be transported from Pretoria, where the company is based, to Carnavon before the end of the month.The structure weighs about 25 tons and will need two or more abnormal-load trucks to transport it, Shange said.He said Tricom would be assembling all 64 structures for the Meerkat telescope at a rate of two a month, adding that he was confident that the company would meet the 2016 deadline.“We have design capability and we are confident that everything will be smooth,” he said, adding that they would create more jobs should there be a need.Each structure will have to provide exceptionally stable support for a 13.5 x 16 metre main reflector dish standing at a height of 19 metres in the face of winds capable of gusting at up to 144 kilometres an hour.The MeerKAT is due to be commissioned in 2014/15, and to come online for science operations in 2016. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array itself is completed around 2024. Leading radio astronomy teams from around the globe having already signed up to use the and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Shame the country sky isn’t used more — but it’s not too late

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was quite fortunate to have teachers throughout my schooling that had a passion to do more than teach, but actually get their students excited about what they could do with their knowledge.With the recent onset of fall, I reflect back on my grade school days and remember eagerly waiting in class on Fridays for the ever-elusive weekend. One such day found me in a certain 6th grade science class thinking about what Saturday and Sunday held in store. As the bell rang releasing us from the clutches of our textbooks one autumn Friday, our teacher reminded us that during that evening’s football game, one of the high school science teachers would have a telescope set up on the hill beside the stadium — and here’s the catch — we’d get bonus points if we visited him.I made a mental note and put it out of my mind.Later that evening as I was with friends beneath the stadium lights, one friend suggested we take a quick break from watching the game to go see that high school teacher on the nearby hill.Our youthful energy kicked in and we were off.There on the hillside, we found a crowd of students taking turns looking through a large telescope pointed at a small speck of light in the sky. When it was my turn, I was amazed to find myself looking at Mars, even able to glimpse the planet’s ice caps. Very cool.Fast forward several years and I found myself just the other night looking up at the night sky realizing how long it had been since I’ve stepped away from the bright lights to lose myself in the brilliance of God’s creation.It’s a shame we don’t stare up at the night sky more often. Many people may use the excuse of not having a telescope, but there are plenty of options to stand in the wonder of the creation above us with simply our bare eyes.If you want to step outside more during some crisp evenings this fall, here are some tips:Above us 24/7 is a wonderful thing called the International Space Station — and we can actually see it with our bare eyes. Through NASA’s website at, simply enter your country, region, and nearby city to find when you can “Spot the Station.” The space station is visible for at least a 50 mile (80 km) radius around each of the listed locations. From there, find one of the listed viewing times. Fun fact: The space station is technically always falling to the ground. The only thing keeping it high above us its speed across the globe, which allows it to keep “falling away” from the earth.It also so happens that the night skies have a packed schedule this fall with a number of notable meteor showers to enjoy. On Oct. 21, immediately before the dawn, the Orionid meteor shower. According to, This year, 2016, presents a less than optimal year for watching the Orionid meteor shower. The best viewing for the Orionids will probably be before dawn on Oct. 22, though in the glare of the waning gibbous moon.The night of Nov. 4, will offer views of the South tells us in 2016, the waxing crescent moon will set in the evening early, providing dark skies for this year’s South Taurid meteor shower. The South Taurids should produce their greatest number of meteors shortly after midnight on Nov. 5. Remember, it’ll be possible to catch a fireball or two!Late night Nov. 11 into the early morning hours of Nov. 12, stargazers will be able to see the North Taurids. Typically, maximum numbers can be seen around midnight.Then rounding out the November meteor showers is the Leonids, a meteor shower known to produce some of the greatest spectacles in history. The show varies year to year and it was known for its best year in 1966.In 2016, the Leonids are expected to fall most abundantly before dawn Nov. 17, though under the bright light of waning gibbous moon.Get out there and enjoy our night skies. Don’t let them go to waste.last_img read more

Torrential rain in Nepal caused Bihar floods: Nitish

first_imgUnusually torrential rainfall in catchment areas in Nepal and subsequent massive discharge of water in rivers led to flash floods in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the State Assembly on Tuesday. A total of 25.72 lakh people have been affected by the natural calamity so far, he said.In a statement, Mr. Kumar said floods normally struck north Bihar in August or , sometimes, in September, but this time they came a month earlier primarily because of unusually heavy rainfall in the Terai region of the neighbouring country. For the last three-four days, the Terai region of Nepal has been lashed by rainfalls ranging between 280-300 mm, which was many times higher than the 50 mm considered normal for the area , he said.last_img

Robben retires from international football

first_imgArjen Robben Robben retires from international football after Netherlands miss World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:05 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Arjen Robben Netherlands Sweden Getty Images Netherlands Bayern München Bundesliga Netherlands v Sweden WC Qualification Europe The attacker scored a double for his country as they fell short of making Russia in what has turned out to be his final international game Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international football following the Netherlands’s failure to make the 2018 World Cup.The Bayern Munich attacker scored both goals for the Oranje as he captained his side to a 2-0 victory over Sweden on the final matchday of UEFA World Cup qualification.While the result brought the Netherlands level on points with Sweden for the play-off places, Robben and the Dutch lost the tie-breaker to the Swedes due to an inferior goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The brace today means Robben finishes his international career with 37 goals in 96 caps. 112 – Arjen Robben scored or assisted a goal once every 112 minutes for the Netherlands (37 goals, 29 assists). Farewell. — OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 10, 2017 The 33-year-old made his debut with the national team in 2003 and was a key figure in multiple Dutch successes on the international stage, incluing playing in the 2010 World Cup final in the extra-time loss to Spain.He also scored three goals in the Netherlands’s semi-final run in the 2014 tournament in Brazil. While Robben continued to have success for the Oranje following the 2014 World Cup, the same could not be said for his team, as they failed to qualify for the expanded Euro 2016 and have now missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Robben finishes his international career having averaged a goal or assist every 112 minutes for the Netherlands, adding 29 assists to his 37 goals.last_img read more