IRELAND’S TIDIEST TOWN HOSTS TIDY TOWNS SEMINAR 2016

first_imgDonegal’s 2016 Tidy Towns Seminar took place in Ireland’s tidiest town, Letterkenny. The seminar, which was hosted by Donegal County Council, took place in The Radisson Hotel with over 50 people attending.In his opening address the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Ciaran Brogan welcomed all the participants to the event. He said “As a Letterkenny man myself, I am delighted to welcome all of you to Ireland’s tidiest town and I am especially delighted to welcome Anne O’Leary, a national adjudicator in the Tidy Towns Competition.”He added “I would like to congratulate the representatives of all the Tidy Towns on the work they do day in day out to keep their own towns and villages in tip top shape”.The Cathaoirleach also paid tribute to the work of the Council staff and mentioned in particular the Councils Litter Wardens. He stated that “these staff work at the coalface doing what is at times a very difficult job. However, by working hand in hand with communities across the county, our litter wardens are working hard to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping and littering that continues to blight our county”. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council echoed the sentiments expressed by the Cathaoirleach and acknowledged the great work being done by Tidy Town Committees throughout the county.“The contribution made by these committees and by their many volunteers is vital in terms of supporting not only the social fabric of our towns and villages but also in supporting the economic development of our county. Tourism is an important sector for Donegal and if we are to continue to promote Donegal as an ideal holiday destination then we must ensure that we can provide a positive experience for our visitors and the beauty of our natural environment and of the built environment of our towns and villages have a huge role to play in creating this positive visitor experience.Anne O’Leary, a national adjudicator with the Tidy Towns Competition provided the participants with plenty of food for thought with her presentation on what adjudicators are looking for when they visit competing towns and villages during the competition. She included examples of best practice from various locations around the country and gave tips and advice on how to make the best use of existing streetscapes and iconic buildings.Fiona Kelly and Suzanne Bogan from Donegal County Council provided the audience with information on incorporating sustainable waste and resource management principles and good practice techniques within the work of the committee. This area has become increasingly important in the overall competition and committees were urged to look at ways to increase their scores by introducing new practices into their ongoing activity.In his address, Jonathon Officer from The Radisson Hotel Letterkenny provided an interesting business perspective and gave details of the various actions that the Radisson Hotel has put in place to manage their resources in a more sustainable way. He encouraged committees to work with businesses as well as residents in their local areas and clearly demonstrated that good sustainable practices also made good business sense.The seminar concluded with participants being encouraged to visit a number of stands including the Letterkenny Men’s Shed project, Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee, Donegal County Councils Litter Management Team and representatives from the Councils Communications Office. IRELAND’S TIDIEST TOWN HOSTS TIDY TOWNS SEMINAR 2016 was last modified: April 20th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:conferencedonegalletterkennytidy townslast_img read more

Bacterial Flagellum Visualized

first_imgTom Magnuson at Access Research Network found this link that came out last year but is too good to pass up: another visualization of the bacterial flagellum, the “poster child of the ID movement,” by Japanese researchers on NanoNet, the Nanotechnology Researchers Network Center of Japan.  The 02/05/2004 NanoNet Bulletin features the bacterial flagellum with still images from a stunning movie they made, A Rotary Nanomachine, downloadable from the site.  The movie contains crisp animations of the flagellar motor at work and features amazing facts about how the propeller is assembled, molecule by molecule, at the growing tip.  The film (34 minutes, 36mb) also tells the story of how challenging it was for the team to image the nanometer-scale parts of the system.    Another issue, 09/16/2004 NanoNet Bulletin tells how professor Masasuke Yoshido first visualized the rotation of another biomolecular rotary motor, ATP synthase.  The entire website is concerned with nanotechnology, and many of the articles blur the distinction between biological and artificial machines.This film makes a terrific follow-up to Unlocking the Mystery of Life for those interested in additional technical details of how the flagellum works.  The animations are superb.  Nobody would be able to look at this system and say it wasn’t designed – it looks for all the world like finely-crafted machinery.  The researchers are in awe of the precision of the parts and the efficiency of the motor.  Is it any wonder that there is no mention of evolution?  On the contrary, the word design is key: “Looking at the shape of the flagellar basal body,” said Keiici Namba, the interviewee, “it is obviously designed to rotate.”    Dr. Namba also said something that shows how biological design can stimulate a Darwin-free research program: “Looking at a picture of the flagellar motor on the wall every day,” he said in Asianized English, “I feel up towards revealing the mystery by any means.”  How it works – and what we can learn from the design – those ideas borrow nothing from Darwinian theory, and sound remarkably similar to the motivations of Robert Boyle, James Joule and many other creation scientists throughout history.  None of the People of Froth (the Anti-ID crowd) could claim that these Japanese researchers had a religious motivation for making this film or for doing their cutting-edge research.  School boards can show this film as proof that design-based science is powerful and productive.  The end of science?  Bringing science to a halt?  Taking us back to the Dark Ages?  Bosh—this is the future of active, fruitful, motivating research that will inspire young scientists and bring the best technology to bear on understanding biological realities (see 10/29/2005 story).    Intelligent design is not so much about making additions to science, but rather some blessed subtractions: removing the useless fluff of Darwinian speculation and storytelling (12/22/2003) that produces nothing but vaporware on back order.  Throughout history (see online book), the design perspective has mastered the machinery of science that produces the goods.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Turning students into entrepreneurs

first_img7 October 2013Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe on Friday launched a new Centre for Entrepreneurship at the King Hintsa FET College for Agriculture in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.The centre forms part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) programme to establish platforms at FET colleges around the country to develop local entrepreneurs capable of going on to establish viable, competitive businesses.“Attempts have been made in recent years to provide entrepreneurship development support in a more coherent and comprehensive way,” Thabethe said at Friday’s launch.“It is particularly in the light of the catalyst role it plays that the centre can develop local communities,” Thabethe said, adding that the centre would serve as a hub for information and training in the area.Seed funding of R3-million was allocated for setting up the first phase of the centre, and the DTI would be partnering with the University of Johannesburg to provide capacity building training for lecturers.“Once all systems have been set up, we will move into the second phase, which will involve training,” Thabethe said. “We are going to be linking with an incubation programme to support potential entrepreneurs, and we will also link them with the Small Enterprise Development Agency for training.”Director Jomo Jacobs said the centre will be a valuable addition to the King Hintsa FET College for Agriculture’s strong agro-processing curriculum.“The practical studies that we will be offering will go a long way in addressing the skills shortage and lack of work experience that sees most of our unemployed and graduates struggle to secure jobs,” Jacobs said. “We pledge to grow this centre into a pioneer institution in agro-processing studies.’Thabethe said that, in order to foster entrepreneurship among students, it was crucial to promote business formation as a realistic and profitable option.“It is against this backdrop that efforts are being made to address entrepreneurship development and ensure that education is driven in such a way that business ventures become a choice rather than a last resort for students.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Top 10 geocaching essentials

first_img10. First aid kit. Hopefully the only injury you incur while caching is a bruised ego from that DNF. But if anything more serious happens, make sure you’re prepared.But more than anything, make sure you always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen!Share with your Friends:More 5. Sunscreen. ‘Nuff said 6. Bug spray. NOT Travel Bug® spray! (You want to attract those). Repel pesky critters like mosquitos and ticks with insect repellent. The yuckier they think you are, the better! 3. Extra logbooks and pencils. Yes, it’s the cache owner’s responsibility to maintain their caches. But hey, if you find a logbook that’s full, or a broken pencil in a cache, do a good deed for a fellow cache owner. You can even let them know when writing your log or through the Message center. #WINNING Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bagYou should always, always, ALWAYS bring a pen, but what else should you bring caching? Here are the Top 10 items to carry in your geocaching bag. What are your geocaching must-haves? 9. Flashlight. Ever put your hand deep into a tree hollow then feel around for a cache without being able to actually see where your hand is? Yeah. We did, once. Now we always bring a flashlight. 2. SWAG for trading. SWAG = stuff we all get. One golden rule about geocaching: if you take something, leave something of equal or higher value. Keep a few fun items in your bag to trade.center_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2011March 23, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 17, 2011March 17, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” 7. Rain gear. So you suddenly see a bank of storm clouds headed your way just as you approach the cache, and you’re more than an hour away from your car. Always stay dry and bring a waterproof jacket or poncho. 4. Snacks and water. Looking for geocaches can be grueling work. Maintain your energy and stay hydrated to keep your caching game strong! 1. GPS/smartphone and extra batteries/charger. Don’t lose the juice. Keep your GPS or smartphone charged when going for hikes far away from any outlets. 8. Tools of the Trade — TOTT. Penlight? Check. Mirror? Check. Magnet? Check. Clampy-thing? Check. Pocket knife? Check. TOTT all accounted for. Let’s go!last_img read more

The Startup Bus: Is This How Outsiders See Startup Culture?

first_imgLast week The Startup Bus announced some changes to their original plans, allowing for 40 spots on the bus, which could just be for mentors, investors and journalists on top of the 12 main participants. By more than doubling the number of people riding the bus, its uncertain if they will still be able to secure a motor coach with beds, something they had originally planned. Regardless of the amenities, however, sleeping on a bus doesn’t come easy, beds or no beds.Issues have risen from collaboration events in the past surrounding intellectual property; when a group of people come together on an idea, who’s to say who owns it? The Startup Bus is tackling this problem by having participants auction off ideas to the highest bidder at the end of the trip, an interesting solution to IP disputes. But enough about The Startup Bus, this article really isn’t about them. This isn’t meant to be critical of their experiment, or of the man in Australia, or any other startup “challenge” for that matter. In fact, The Startup Bus actually seems like a interesting experiment in entrepreneurship that could leave the participants with lessons they will carry with them into their futures. Additionally, these groups are providing a unique experience that can actually foster good ideas through collaboration of entrepreneurs, programmers and business people. The real question here is do these kinds of experiments ultimately benefit the overall startup community? Or do they give a false impression about the time, dedication and persistence that are required to start a successful company? Are people outside of the startup culture receiving the wrong impression about the seriousness and validity of startups? Granted, the conclusion of events like these marks only the beginning for a possible company or product, but does the haste in which these groups and ideas are thrown together speak to their overall quality? Eric Woodward of Nambu made his opinion on this matter clear Monday night in his Twitter status below. Tags:#events#start Related Posts chris cameron Is Woodward right to be critical of The Startup Bus? Or is he missing the broader point? I would argue that events like these do have a benefit, especially to those directly involved. The mentorship received by the participants at Startup Weekend is certainly enough to make it worthwhile, not to mention the potential created by having a large group of smart people all in one room. When smart people get together, good things happen. The Startup Bus could certainly replicate this experience, but the challenges of being on a bus will undoubtedly make things tricky.However, one could also argue that these benefits come at a price by creating a false sense of what starting a company requires, though I doubt any of these events or organizations are actually trying to belittle these ideals. I’ll be interested to see what kinds of ideas manage to be built and launched by the Startup Bus participants when the group arrives at SXSW in a few weeks. This issue is bound to draw strong opinions on both sides, and that’s not a bad thing. Please let us know how you feel about this issue in the comments below. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Monday evening I was made aware of a particularly interesting promotion that will be taking place over the course of two days before South by Southwest (SXSW). The event, or tour, is called The Startup Bus, and will challenge 12 participants to create as many tech startups as possible during a 48 hour bus ride from San Francisco to SXSW in Austin. The question this event raises in my head is whether these “beat-the-clock” entrepreneurship experiments are actually healthy for the broader startup culture.This event isn’t the first of its kind; in fact, it closely resembles the Startup Weekend event series, just on wheels and with fewer people. We also reported back in January on an Australian man who was attempting to create and launch a startup in a week with just $500. Going solo is a little different than collaborating with a large group of entrepreneurs with the guidance of experienced mentors, which has helped Startup Weekend produce several success stories from their events. It’s unclear whether The Startup Bus will host a similar makeup of entrepreneurs and mentors, but what is clear is that they will face many challenges on the road to Austin.The participants will be crammed into a crowded bus for two days – not an ideal environment for constructive thought, at least not after the first day or so. A few years ago I took a two day bus ride of similar length from Madison, Wisconsin to my home in Phoenix, Arizona. I can attest that being on a bus (even a nice bus) for that long is not the most pleasant experience. I could have flown home, but I thought that a two-day bus ride with friends would be fun, and it was, but it was also exhausting. Sleeping, at least for me, was near impossible, and the claustrophobic nature of being packed elbow-to-elbow with 40-60 people (people I would even consider close friends) does not leave your brain in a great state, let alone foster the kind of critical thinking required by great entrepreneurs. 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How to Apply Camera-Friendly Makeup for Men and Women

first_imgMakeup application is a key part of filmmaking. Sure, makeup can make you look more attractive, but it’s really used to correct the distortions caused by the camera lens and lights.Cameras can accentuate wrinkles, affect skin tone, and magnify skin flaws like scars and acne. Makeup is used to bring out natural features and cover up an blemishes.The lights and camera will wash out your natural skin tone, so you need makeup to bring your skin back to life and keep you from looking like a ghost. Warm colors are best for video. Cooler colors are overly exaggerated on camera. Be sure to use matte and neutral hues. Also, avoid high-shine that is commonly found in blushes, lip glosses, and eye shadow.Make Up Tips for MenMen at least require powdered makeup, especially if they are bald. Bald heads reflect lights, so powdered makeup is needed all over their head to prevent light from bouncing off of them. The oil produced by pores shines on camera, and a small amount of powder can significantly reduce that.The key for men is evening out skin tone, covering blemishes, and eliminating any shine or reflection.Check out this video from Pixiwoo, where they show how to properly groom a male subject before applying makeup. Then you will see the proper steps to making them look great on camera. Makeup Tips for WomenOne of the most desired looks for women, on and off camera, is the No Makeup makeup look. It’s a very natural look that accentuates features without looking overly colorful or made up. In this tutorial from Sephora, you will learn the step-by-step process of creating the “No Makeup” makeup look.In this tutorial from Gregory Arlt, the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics, you can learn a simple and quick technique to help achieve flawless skin.In this video, Gregory Arlt shows you how to correctly apply lipstick with a brush. Start in the center of the lip and then blend it in. It creates a very simple stained look. Be sure to apply a bit more to the center of the lip, which will lightly soften the edges to blend in with the skin.When it comes to eyeliner, lay the brush flat, right above the eyelid and bring it straight across. By laying the brush flat, you will achieve a straight line every time.For eyebrows, first take the brow pencil and brush them into place. Use a pencil that’s a shade lighter than your subject’s brow color to help define the brow, rather than darkening it. Hold the pencil to the side and feather the brow. Then use an angle brush to distribute the color. Finally, use the brow pencil once again to brush the brows. Movie makeup ranges from simple applications to incredibly complex monster looks. In this roundup, learn how to apply the “No Makeup” makeup technique.Film unions classify movie makeup artists based on the area of the actor’s body needing makeup. A makeup artist applies cosmetics from the top of a persons head to the top of their breastbone. A body makeup artist applies makeup to any other area of an actor’s body.In this article we will be focusing on a makeup artist’s “No Makeup” makeup, specifically applying makeup that does not look like a person is wearing makeup.center_img Bonus TipImage: Sephora store via CosmopolitanIf you will be applying your own makeup, and have no experience doing so, don’t be afraid to ask for help.One of the best options available is going straight to a makeup store. You can visit department stores or go to specialty shops like Sephora. You’ll easily find a makeup artist who can help you find the right makeup for your skin, and even show you how to apply it.Have any experience with applying makeup? Got any tips to share? Do it in the comments below!last_img read more

Modi urges people to follow Guru Gobind Singhs path

first_imgAnandpur Sahib (Pb), Nov 25 (PTI) In this holy town, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today advocated the need for imbibing the teachings of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh who preached unity, peace and harmony.Modi paid obeisance at Gurdawara Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib as part of 350th Parkash Utsav of tenth Guru Gobind Singh here.Sporting the traditional kesri headgear, Modi emphasized the need for inspiring coming generations to learn messages and sacrifices of the great Guru Gobind Singh.Modi began his address in chaste Punjabi by welcoming the gathering on this occasion with the holy chant of “Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.” He concluded his speech with the same chant.He said the Centre has decided to celebrate the 350th Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh throughout the country in order to spread his message nook and corner.”In coming days, there shall be a huge gathering at Patna Sahib (one of the revered seats of Sikh religion) to mark 350th Parkash Utsav. For this purpose, the government has also decided to make rail service arrangement for those who wish to go to Patna Sahib,” he said.He talked about the sacrifices and messages of Guru Gobind Singh, saying that the tenth Guru was committed for the unity of all.He said the Guru launched protest against inequality, discrimination in the society.”On one side there was cruelty, crime, atrocities in the society on Guru Gobinds path. But Guru Gobind Singh chose the path of bravery. He tried to imbibe bravery among people. He gave the message of fighting against cruelty with bravery,” said Modi.advertisement”We should follow this Gurus mantra and also new generation should be inspired to take lessons from his messages,” he said.”There is no dearth of those who believe in division but the power of those who believe in unity is much more,” he said.Recalling his old days when he stayed in Punjab as BJPs in-charge of party affairs in the state, Modi said, “It is my fortune that I got an opportunity to work in Punjab for several years and because of it, I used to get opportunity on regular basis to pay obeisance at Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur.”He added, “It was also my fortune that when the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee came here, I also got an opportunity to be part of the gathering here. After becoming Prime Minister, today I got an opportunity to pay obeisance at the sacred land for the first time.”This is the land where for 28 years, Guru Gobind Singh tried to raise a society by virtue of his sacrifice, bravery and austerity,” the Prime Minister said.”I always say that I have blood relation with this holy land. It is because I was born in Gujarat, worked here (Punjab) and one of the Panj Pyaras (five beloved ones) of Guru Gobind Singh belonged to Gujarat. “Therefore, unity among people of the country was the priorty of Guru Gobind Singh. Panj Pyaras (the chosen five devotees of the Sikh God) were also from all directions of the country and one of them was from Gujarat. Therefore I feel that I have blood relation with this land,” he said.On this occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honoured him by presenting robe of honour, replica of the Golden Temple and a sword. PTI SUN CHS VJ AKA AKKlast_img read more

Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

first_img It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops. Story Highlights The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns. The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock.It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns.Mr. Shaw, who was making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 1, informed that this is part of the 18,000 hectares of land leased by Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, which has been returned to the Government.The lands were once home to the Bernard Lodge Estate, which focused on sugar-cane cultivation, operation of a rum distillery, and eventually ethanol production.The Agriculture Ministry negotiated the return of the lands last year as part of plans to promote greater utilisation of idle arable lands for agricultural production.“We cannot continue to watch good lands lay idle anymore… . These 18,000 hectares of highly fertile, alluvial, flat and mechanisable lands represent the largest contiguous area of lands in Jamaica, suitable and ideal for this agricultural revolution,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that he has met with SCJ Holdings, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the National Irrigation Commission and Agro-Investment Corporation, and has issued instructions for the Bernard Lodge Land Use Master Plan to be developed quickly. The plan will outline how the lands are to be utilised.Of the remaining 7,500 hectares of land to be left available for sugar production, 2,000 hectares of that will be developed as an urban community.last_img read more

Impairment Charges Push Team Tankers Further into Loss

first_imgzoom Tanker owner Team Tankers International saw its net loss for the third quarter of 2017 widen significantly, mainly due to vessel impairment charges as chemical tanker sector remained challenging.Net loss in the third quarter ended September 30 was USD 36.3 million, or USD 7.5 million excluding a USD 28.8 million vessel impairment charge recognized in the period. The company’s loss in the same quarter a year earlier stood at USD 4.2 million.The average time charter equivalent (TCE) rate for the fleet was USD 10,136 per day this quarter, representing a decrease of 7.2 percent compared with USD 10,926 earned per day in the third quarter of 2016.“Market conditions in the chemical tanker sector remain challenging. Team has the balance sheet to go on the offensive and is poised to take advantage of compelling cyclical investment opportunities,” Hans Feringa, President & Chief Executive Officer of Team Tankers, said.During the quarter, Team Tankers sold the 8,674 dwt vessel Tour Margaux and the 12,888 dwt Sichem Dubai for a total of USD 11.4 million and replaced capacity through time charter-ins of the 12,959 dwt Leon M in July, the 9,500 dwt Black Star in August and the 9,500 dwt Blue Star expected in November.For the first nine months of 2017, Team Tankers’ loss stood at USD 49.9 million, against a loss of USD 4.1 million seen in the same nine-month period of 2016. Excluding the vessel impairment charge of USD 28.8 million, the net loss for the nine months ending September 30, 2017 was USD 21.1 million.At the end of September 2017, the company’s fleet consisted of 40 vessels, of which 30 were owned, 1 was on a financial lease and 9 were classified as operational leases.last_img read more