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Saturday 21 October 2017

Aldi opposed by farmers

A GROUP of farmers in the north Clare heritage town of Ennistymon are opposing attempts by German supermarket Aldi to build an outlet there.

The farmers are angry that Clare Marts Ltd has sold the old mart site in Ennistymon to the German retailer, and the Save Ennistymon Mart Committee (SEMC) has lodged an objection against the plan with Clare Co Council. Aldi says the proposed development will not have an adverse impact of any significance on the existing retail provision in the catchment area.

Life-friendly planets found

Billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have between one and three planets which could potentially support life, say scientists.

Astronomers came to the conclusion after calculating the chances of planets orbiting in the "habitable zone" - the region just the right distance from a parent star to allow mild temperatures and watery oceans.

The findings are based on data from the American space agency Nasa's Kepler space telescope, which has confirmed the existence of around 1,000 planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way.

Breast best for adult success

Children who are breast-fed for longer go on to become more intelligent, educated and successful adults, a study has found.

Researchers analysed breastfeeding data on almost 3,500 babies who were given IQ tests when they reached the age of 30 and provided information on educational attainment and income. The longer a child was breastfed, up to a period of one year, the greater the benefits turned out to be.

Thrones star cops new role

Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau left the Lannisters behind to promote another of his roles - a detective coping with family tragedy.

The actor, who plays Jaime Lannister in the fantasy drama, is starring in the detective drama A Second Chance.

He was in London to promote the film, where he plays a policeman trying to look after his young family. r, ahead of the world premiere of the new series of Game Of Thrones.

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