Home / News / UK by Press Association 19/02/2018, 12:03 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sinn Fein mobilised its base in the Irish Republic to garner support for a letter from high-profile members of civic society urging the Taoiseach to push for law changes in Northern Ireland. The letter from 100 prominent people in fields such as sport, law and the arts calls on Leo Varadkar to ensure citizens north of the border have the same rights as those in his jurisdiction. A similar public letter was sent to the Taoiseach signed by high-profile nationalists in Northern Ireland before Christmas. The latest letter – signed by well-known names such as musicians Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard and Frances Black – presses Mr Varadkar to lobby for legislation for Irish language speakers and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland – two of the key sticking points in the Stormont powersharing talks. It … [Read more...] about Sinn Fein chased support for letter urging Varadkar to seek law changes in north
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OLD dogs can learn new tricks. They just have to want to. Dominic McKinley isn’t the type to get offended by being lumped into the ‘old dog’ category, and is fresh enough to argue that he perhaps shouldn't be. Hurling has been a lifelong venture, his managerial career nearly at the point of being counted in decades rather than years. The naked eye would propose that hurling remains a simple game but there’s a reason the world invented glasses. Those that see the 2018 version in simplistic terms need to look a bit closer at the Waterfords, Clares and even Galways of the world. “The days are gone of us going 15-to-15, shoulder-to-shoulder, you’re going to win your own ball and score more than the other team - that’s gone. Gone,” says McKinley. If lament exists in his soul because of it, it’s absent from his voice. In its place, a simple recognition that the world turns and whoever doesn’t go with it falls off the edge. So much … [Read more...] about “We’ve changed. We all had to change in a certain way.”
If you spend too much time in dimly lit rooms, you may be altering your brain's structure and damaging your ability to remember and learn, according to the findings of an intriguing new study. The research, conducted by scientists from Michigan State University, is the first to show that changes in environmental light can lead to structural differences in the brain. It is estimated that both Brits and Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors on average. For the study, the team exposed two groups of rats to either dim or bright lights for four weeks. The researchers found that the rodents that had been exposed to dim light lost around 30% capacity of their hippocampus – a region of the brain that is involved in learning and memory. These rats also performed poorly on a task testing their spatial awareness, which they had previously been trained to complete. In contrast, the rats exposed to bright light, improved significantly on the spatial task. Furthermore, the rats … [Read more...] about Is spending too much time indoors making us stupid?
0 Comments Sports doping film proves Russia meddled in US elections - producers BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The makers of a critically acclaimed documentary exposing the level of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics have said their film is proof of the country's meddling in the US elections. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/sports-doping-film-proves-russia-meddled-in-us-elections-producers-36480418.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36480417.ece/8d2e3/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-4a82a054-378d-41c9-a79a-e092b63a227d_I1.jpg Email The makers of a critically acclaimed documentary exposing the level of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics have said their film is proof of the country's meddling in the US elections. Speaking ahead of a screening of Icarus in London, producer Dan Cogan said: "The film set out to be about doping in sports, but it ended up being an expose on the level to which Russia is willing to pervert and … [Read more...] about Sports doping film proves Russia meddled in US elections
0 Comments Immigrants from El Salvador to lose special protected status in US BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Trump administration has ended special protections for Salvadoran immigrants. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/immigrants-from-el-salvador-to-lose-special-protected-status-in-us-36470390.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article36470389.ece/96988/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-6c224ad4-320f-41a2-b5dc-b967f22b71d9_I1.jpg Email The Trump administration has ended special protections for Salvadoran immigrants. The decision could force nearly 200,000 to leave the US by September 2019 or face deportation. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost temporary protected status under President Donald Trump. Salvadorans have been, by far, the largest beneficiaries of the programme, which provides humanitarian relief for foreigners whose countries are hit with natural disasters or other strife. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen … [Read more...] about Immigrants from El Salvador to lose special protected status in US