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Jane Goodall says Trump’s antics remind her of male chimpanzees

by Stephen Johnson Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign antics resemble male chimpanzees’ dominance rituals. Goodall, who spent years studying and living among chimpanzees in Africa, says Trump’s  attempts to assert dominance in politics are chimp-like.

Letters – NAMA madness!

Dear Sir While the madness that was NAMA is once again a hot topic, I feel it would be amiss of me not to highlight the following, In 2011  it was discovered the bosses in NAMA namely Brendan McDonagh and Frank Daly were earning €500,000 and €250,000a year respectively. Admittedly Mr McDonagh  had taken a pay cut so that he was earning only twice what the Taoiseach was earning a mere €375,000. 

Latest Poll: Trump and Clinton Locked in Tight Contest

by Stephen Johnson With less than eight weeks to go before Election Day,  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight contest, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has the support of 46 percent of likely voters nationwide, to 44 percent for Mr. Trump, the Republican.

An Emigrant’s Diary – A trip to Seattle

by Sharon Whelton I apologise for the lack of blog posts over the last few months. My column on my Nana’s death was probably the most difficult piece I’ve had to put together in a long time, so I just wanted to take a step back from it all and just enjoy the summer here in Calgary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two months since Nana’s funeral,

Donald Alert!  Polls show Trump narrowing gap with Clinton

by Stephen Johnson Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to cut into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead, according to the latest polls, although Mr. Trump trails by larger margins in such key battleground states as Ohio and Pennsylvania. While polling has been volatile in the 2016 presidential race, the RealClearPolitics average now shows Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Trump by 3.9 percentage points.  

Letters – Upsetting the Apple cart

Dear Editor, The €13 billion that Brussels says Apple owes the Irish State raises more questions than our Government or previous Governments are willing to answer, some answers we already know. Were Apple given favourable tax terms? The answer is almost certainly yes sweetheart deals were done by Irish Governments and of course our Tax Officials had no choice but to honour what ever was agreed, therefore Apple can say

Donald Trump goes to Mexico

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Mexico City on Wednesday, where he told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that if elected he would build a border wall to keep illegal migrants out, but Pena Nieto held fast to his position that Mexico would not pay for it. “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the

West Cork gardeners feature on Sodshow podcast

SEVERAL well known West Cork gardeners will feature on the popular Sodshow gardening podcast with landscape gardener Peter Donegan in the coming weeks. First up is Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, his interview is available online now and he is set to be followed by Serge and Claudine de Thibault from the Bamboo Park in Glengarriff and David and Mary Tanner from Glenview Gardens. The three shows

Trump outscores Hitler on test used to determine psychopathic traits

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump outscores Adolf Hitler on a test used to determine psychopathic traits, according to an Oxford University researcher. Psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton ranked the psychopathic traits of the two U.S. presidential hopefuls and historical figures using a standard psychometric tool – the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI).

Guns, ISIS: Has Donald Trump finally gone too far?

By Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to self-implode this week with two of the most outlandish remarks of his rapidly disintegrating campaign. Speaking about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plans to reform gun control in the United States, at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Mr. Trump claimed that Mrs. Clinton ” wants to abolish the Second Amendment”  (the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear

Former CIA agent launches anti-Trump campaign for President

By Stephen Johnson Former CIA agent Evan McMullin this week launched an independent campaign for the White House, hoping to attract support from Republican voters who are not comfortable with the party’s nominee, Donald Trump. Mr. McMullin has been a vocal critic of Mr. Trump, labeling him as an “authoritarian” and criticizing the real estate billionaire for refusing to release his tax returns.

New poll shows Clinton widening her lead over Trump

by Stephen Johnson Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton currently holds an eight-point lead over her Republican opponent Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday, August 7.    Mrs Clinton now leads Mr. Trump by 50 percent to 42 percent amongst registered voters, double the four-point advantage she enjoyed in mid-July, before the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  

Trump faces backlash for criticising Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing a huge backlash from his fellow Republicans over comments he made over the weekend criticising a Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004. U.S. Army Capt Humayun Khan was killed by a car bomb in 2004 at the age of 27. Khizr Khan and his wife, Ghazala, appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week

Paint Harmony – Time For A Summer Spruce UP

Tips & Tricks with Lauraine Farley The most economical way to give your home a ‘Summer’  Spruce up is to decorate any room, to update tired looking furniture or to make slight adjustments with your colour palette is to tie in fabrics with wall colours. This can be so much fun and enable you to put your own personal stamp onto your interior. Shown here all of the woodwork is

Hillary Clinton Makes History in Philadelphia

by Stephen Johnson On Thursday night, the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clint6on declared that the U.S. is at “a moment of reckoning,”  Last night, Clinton made history as the first woman to ever receive a major U.S. party’s Presidential nomination.   She portrayed Donald Trump, her Republican opponent in the November election, as someone who would usher in “midnight in America”.

Michelle Obama steals the show in Philadelphia

by Stephen Johnson FIRST Lady Michelle Obama stole the show on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Her 15-minute speech provided the most powerful, emotionally-charged moment of the evening.

Gloria Steinem draws overflow crowd at West Cork Literary Festival

by Penelope Thoms Famed American author, feminist, editor and political activist Gloria Steinem filled the Windward Room of the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Saturday, 23rd July, to talk to more than 400 women – and about a dozen men – about her new book MY LIFE ON THE ROAD as part of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival. Steinem’s probably could have filled Croke Park; her event was sold

Trump on the stump – candidate playing to a “shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate”

by Stephen Johnson Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past week was aimed at his supporters, who constitute a shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate. His speech, on the final night of the convention, focused on the supposed dangers posed by illegal immigrants, the rise in domestic violence, trade deals that harm mostly-white, older blue-collar American workers, and the threat posed by foreign-based

Swinging Back to the 60s – All You Need is LOVE in Skibbereen & 60s Home Decor

With Lauraine Farley On Friday 22nd July The whole town of Skibbereen will reverberate to the sounds of the 60s for the day with shops displaying posters and artefacts from the period and staff dressed in period costume. it will be Great fun for locals and visitors alike. Perfect timing for the opening of the fabulous New Vintage shop ‘Liberty & Jasmine’ on Bridge Street where not only will you

An emigrant’s diary – A tribute to Nana Phil

As some of you may now be aware of, my plans changed quite unexpectedly during the last few weeks due to the death of my beautiful grandmother. Nana Phil passed away in her sleep on the morning of June 29, and we were all obviously devastated by her passing. Nana’s health had unfortunately been deteriorating in recent months, but her passing was still sudden and heart-breaking for us all. It’s

Penny’s Ex Libris – Remembering the Somme

by Penelope Thoms Last week the poppies were out all over the Somme. Nature’s own commemoration were everywhere on roadsides, roundabouts and in the fields.  Every year during planting season the earth dislodges its relics and the past returns.  A boot half eaten by time, a bayonet  rusted and blunt, the cap badge of a soldier who died too young and too soon when he marched to his doom on

New look for stunning boutique B&B and cafe, Castletownshend Castle, West Cork

Fresh new look for West Cork gem FOR location alone, The Castle, Castletownshend must be among one of the most picturesque settings in all of West Cork. The stunning heritage property looks out onto the tranquil waters of Castlehaven, while boats bob in the water and on a summer’s day it really is like a slice of heaven. A local landmark for centuries, The Castle has operated as a B&B

Letters – Brexit

Dear Sir, The UK’s upcoming referendum on 23 June on its continued membership of the EU has implications for all of Europe, but especially for Ireland.  European Movement Ireland is not telling people how to vote but we are encouraging people to have their say on this important issue.  We are strongly of the view that an EU without the UK would be bad for Europe, bad for the UK