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Donegal schoolchildren are stars of new TV show

first_imgChildren from Donegal will star in a new educational environmental programme which will air on TV screens across Ireland this week.‘Na Dulradóirí’ ‘which is the brain child of Donegal born Grainne McGuinness Managing Director of Paper Owl Films, will be shown on TG4.The show will see local school children from Loretto Community School, Milford, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Scoil Mhuire Doire Beaga , St Columbus, St Eunan’s College and Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhar, Donegal get to grips with some of our prime environmental locations supplying scientists from around the world with research on our unique wildlife. The 12 part series will examine our impact on some of our various species including red squirrels, seals, red deer and badgers, to name a few.Presenters-Fionnuala-nic-Corraidh-from-West-Belfast-and-Colm-Mac-Giolla-Easbuic-from-donegalThe creative team at Paper Owl produced the programme with the aim to not only educate young people and their families about the detrimental impact our actions can have at both a local and global level but to empower young people to make a difference – by observing, recording and making local spaces safer for our unique wildlife.Grainne McGuinness, Managing Director of Paper Owl Films said they have been working on this project now for over a year and are so excited to see it finally come to life this week on our screens.“We’re thrilled to see this go on air on the Cúla4 young people’s zone on TG4 this Autumn, thanks to the support of Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund. “Paper Owl is genuinely passionate about protecting our natural environment and we want to get the message across at a young age that what you do even in your own backyard can have global repercussions. I believe Ireland boasts some of the most beautiful natural environments and we hope Na Dulradóirí showcases that. We hope the series will instill a sense of pride in the beauty of our natural landscape and wildlife to our younger generation.”On the look-out for deerChildren are encouraged to upload their findings on ‘Citizen Science’ websites where scientists from around the world can access the data.Grainne continued “Young people today are extremely au fait with technology from a very young age. We wanted to capitalise on their love of technology and gadgets by combining it with a love and interest of the outdoors. It’s quite an empowering message we want to convey – today’s technology enables children to help on a much bigger scale as results can be shared across the globe in a matter of minutes. They really can make a difference on a bigger level.”Colm Mac Giolla Easbuic from Donegal will present the programme alongside Fionnuala Nic Corraidh from Belfast.The first episode air yesterday on TG4 at 5.25pm and runs until 7th December. For more information visit www.paperowlfilms.com. The series was funded by TG4 & ILBF. Pictured are Producers Gavin Halpin, MD Gráinne McGuinness, originally form Donegal, and Editor Stephen Petticrew.Donegal schoolchildren are stars of new TV show was last modified: September 22nd, 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)last_img read more


December 22, 2019 0

Living Surprises, Living Hopes

first_imgHere are ten recent discoveries about plants and animals that are surprising and inspiring.  Some of them may lead to technologies that can improve our own lives.Fish-o-pus:  Slinking through Indonesian waters is a master of impersonation: an octopus that can elude predators by imitating a fish.  But that’s just part of the story.  Scientists have now found a fish that imitates the octopus that imitates the fish!  Story on Science News.  The jawfish apparently hangs around with the mimic octopus to share in its protective strategy.Mind meld with apes:  German scientists studied the four anthropoid apes, chimps, bonobos, gorillas and orang-utans, Science Daily said, and found that some (but not all) appeared to be able to calculate risks before acting.  Their experiment involved choices between small banana pieces in reliable spots, and larger banana pieces hidden behind variable locations.  The gorillas didn’t do so well.  It’s not clear whether readers will be as impressed with this as the researchers were, considering that birds seem to do even better at these kinds of brain teasers.  Last month, Live Science reported  that pigeon brains are on par with primates.Brazilian worm-eating plant:  A new kind of carnivorous plant has been found in the Cerrado of Brazil, a unique tropical biodiversity hotspot.  Reported in PNAS (January 9, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1114199109), the plant Philcoxia apparently uses sticky underground leaves to trap and eat roundworms.  PhysOrg has a picture and summary of the predatory plant.Flower power:  PhysOrg featured a researcher at Kansas State that is trying to untangle sunflower genetics.  Different species living in different climates have apparently become successful through gene duplications, hybridization and mobile genetic elements – pieces of genetic code that can relocate and insert themselves in different parts of the genome.  Although Mark Ungerer is couching his explanations in evolutionary terms, the article seems to indicate a kind of controlled adaptability that has occurred recently.  It seems premature to credit unguided processes with success at adapting to climates as different as Texas and Canada, considering Ungerer’s humble admission, “Although virtually all plants and animals have these types of sequences in their genomes, we still know very little about what phenomena cause them to amplify and make extra copies of themselves.”Rhinoceros foot puzzle:  The Royal Veterinary College is playing footsie with rhinos to see how their “stumpy little feet” can support so much weight.  Their weight-bearing strategy is apparently different from that of elephants.  According to the BBC News article, Dr. John Hutchinson has another reason for investigating this unknown marvel: “From understanding the feet of rhinos, as an example of a big land mammal, we could draw inspiration and understand how to build devices that can handle heavy loads and carry them around while moving.”Pause for paws:  Speaking of feet, why don’t dogs get frostbite from walking in the snow?  Think of those brave Alaskan huskies on the Iditerod.  Actually, dogs can get frostbitten paws, depending on the breed, but they rarely do.  PhysOrg told how scientists from Tokyo checked out the paws of four dog breeds and discovered an ingenious heat-exchanging system in the blood vessels that not only transfers warmth to the bare surfaces of paws but ensures blood returning to the heart is warm enough.  Cool pet tip: spray the paws with cooking spray before taking your best friend into the snow.Gecko fish:  Ever heard of the northern clingfish?  These are small fish on the north Pacific coast that have mastered the art of clinging to shoreline rocks as they search for food.  Remarkably, their modified fins use a similar adhesion technique as geckos, reported Science Magazine (20 January 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6066 p. 277, doi: 10.1126/science.335.6066.277).  Their modified belly fins have tiny hairs that make use of atomic forces, adhering to rough surfaces better than suction cups.  An undergraduate student found that the clingfish can support 180 times their own weight.Do the fish walk:  The headline at Life’s Little Mysteries promises to show how “Discovery Reveals How Fish Learned to Walk,” but the article is actually about real living fish called Pacific leaping blennies that do the twist as they flip around the intertidal zones of Guam.  These are not Darwin fish; they have no feet, and their muscles are really not different from those of other fish.  Their flip-flop “walk” is more an adaptive behavior than evolution.  Researcher Tonia Hsieh was astonished to find half her lab blennies walked out of the tank overnight.  Then she found some of them on the wall.Leaping lizards:  Speaking of Tonia Hsieh, a biologist at Temple University who developed a childhood fascination with lizards and other animals, she has a cool lab to study lizard leaps in slow motion.  She especially likes the basilisk, a lizard that stands up and runs fast, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer – so fast it can run over water, giving the nickname the “Jesus lizard.”  You can watch these amazing lizards in action on Hsieh’s track at the Temple University website.  “It’s important to realize that animals do not have a specific program to tell them how to react to each and every possible perturbation scenario in the real world,” she said, yet they manage to keep going even when encountering a slippery spot.  Understanding their locomotion strategies, she believes, can help robot designers walk out of the wheel rut.  Her research might also help the elderly prevent falls.Miracle tree:  Readers may remember Moringa oleifera, the “miracle tree” that not only provides food and fuel, but can actually disinfect water for poor countries (3/09/2010).  Previously we learned that crushed Moringa seeds, sprinkled in turbid water, took out the turbidity and killed bacteria.  One problem was making the process sustainable and affordable.  Without proper techniques, the dissolved organic compounds could return to cloud the water again.  Now, according to PhysOrg, clean drinking water for the poor is a step closer to reality.  The American Chemical Society published a paper by scientists who identified the protein in the seeds that has the antibacterial effect.  By attaching it to sand, they can attract both the bacteria and the dissolved organic compounds to the sand particles, which carry the impurities to the bottom, leaving clean water suitable for drinking.  The paper is published in the ACS journal Langmuir.  The new process is inexpensive and sustainable, said Science Daily, and a billion people stand ready to benefit from this one remarkable plant, “one of the world’s most useful trees.”We love good science here.  Most of this is good old, Darwin-free scientific discovery.  What has evolution done for any of it?  Sure, the sunflower wizard believes in evolution, but he was watching built-in adaptation tricks of the genome in action, not some external “natural selector” corralling chance mutations.  Sure, Tonia believes in evolution, but her lizard track meets are designed to improve senior health and robotics.  In every case, evolution had nothing of substance to add to the science.  What wonderful benefits await poor people from research on how to employ a tree’s built-in codes to purify water!  Evolution is like a ball and chain on this kind of science.  Take it off, and let science take off.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


December 19, 2019 0

Women of excellence: Linda Ben, active citizen of the world

first_img“Because of my will to win, I never settled on my past successes,” says entrepreneur Linda Ben. “Once I became the best at what I did, I moved on and found new challenges. Since then I have not looked back.”Independent and determined, Play Your Part Ambassador Linda Ben is the founder and owner of project management consultancy Leshaua’s, a mentor to young women, and served as the 2014 national president of Junior Chamber International, a global network of active citizens committed to creating change in their communities.Born and bred in the rural Eastern Cape, Linda was raised by strong and equally independent parents, who she credits for her charisma. This strength came through in her matric year, when she took her future in her own hands.“Not knowing what to do after matric and determined not to spend my life wasting away, I went to a nearby bank in Queenstown and asked to speak to the manager,” she recalls in Kasi News.Wearing her school uniform and extremely nervous, she was not taken seriously by the bank staff. But she persevered.“When the manager arrived I told him: ‘This is my final year of high school. I am determined to make something of my life and would like to work here as soon as I have completed my final exams.’”There was a silence, and then the manager responded. “Well then, go and write your exams. I will see you once they are done.” This, Ben says, was the beginning.After a year at the bank she asked for a transfer and moved to Johannesburg to further her education, “with nothing but a bag full of clothes and a dream to make it,” she says. And make it she did, being named the bank’s Employee of the Month several times in a row.Ben then resigned to manage a new restaurant in trendy Newtown, and was soon profiled in the Sowetan newspaper as one of the youngest black women in the restaurant management business.“For me, that was a highlight on my journey to break stereotypes in male-dominated areas, and I was humbled as I represented all women,” she says.Watch Linda Ben discuss entrepreneurship in the UN Economic and Social Council and International Labour Organisation video conversation “Inspiring and Educating Young Entrepreneurs”. Ben’s contribution begins at the five-minute mark:“My journey did not stop there and I soon came across many more challenges. Because of my will to win, I never settled on my past successes. Once I became the best at what I did, I moved on and found new challenges. Since then I have not looked back.”Today, Ben holds a National Diploma in Management from Wits Technikon and a B-Tech degree in Business Administration from the University of Johannesburg. She majored in management and financial management. Her extensive experience in customer relations and services allows her business, Leshaua’s, to flourish.In addition to running her business, Ben has a passion for developing the youth in her community. She is a long-term member of Junior Chamber International, or JCI, which she has served as 2011 Sandton Local President and 2014 National President.JCI is a community of young active citizens aged between 18 and 40 who share a belief that in order to create lasting positive change, people must empower themselves so they are able to empower other people. Opportunities at JCI include individual growth, business exposure and community development.“My raw experience of Joburg has remained with me and has crafted the woman I am,” Ben says. “Growing up, I did not understand why young girls sought definition from older men, and exchanged their value for lunch or pocket money.“I was taught to work hard and to take ownership of my own success. This is embedded in every decision that I make.“Since then, I have decided to mentor young girls. It helps when one has someone to send a ‘please call me’ to, or someone willing to help you find your first job, because not everyone is lucky enough to have an upbringing like mine.”last_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

Checking In Off the Couch: GetGlue Adds Sports Check-Ins, Foursquare Integration

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The social network GetGlue is rolling out its largest release of the year today, with a redesigned website and iPhone app. That redesign, particularly in the case of the website, will help make it easier for users to check-in to various entertainment events.GetGlue is also adding a new category of content – the most requested one according to founder and CEO Alex Iskold. Users will now be able to check in to sporting events. In addition, GetGlue is integrating with Foursquare, so that all these entertainment check-ins can be geo-located should users choose. This addition makes a lot of sense, because while a lot of the activities on GetGlue probably do happen at home – checking in to a book you’re reading, for example, or to your favorite Tuesday night TV show – movies, concerts, and now sports are also events we actually attend, not just watch. Now, instead of checking in to your local movie theater on Foursquare, for example, then adding some text to explain to your friends what you’re there to see, you can just check-in to the movie via GetGlue and that app will in turn check you into the venue via Foursquare. Even with the addition of Foursquare check-ins to GetGlue, Iskold says the company is “focusing on content instead of location.” The new sports category is a good demonstration of how this works. Users can check in to a sport (say, hockey), or a team (the New York Rangers), or an event (Rangers versus Islanders). If they’re at the game or at a bar, they can check-in to the location as well. But one of the interesting elements of GetGlue – and one that works nicely with the increasing importance of social streams during live media events – is that check-ins to a particular topic allow you a much more private conversation. You can check in to that Rangers game, for example, but if you just check in to the team, you won’t have to interact with those who’ve checked in to the opposing team.With this flexibility, GetGlue shows that there isn’t really a single use case for the site, and that the company wants to support users’ many different behaviors. Some of those behaviors will now be more easily tracked, however, as the redesigned iPhone app will feature trending topics. The app will also begin offering rewards for fans – not just stickers, but discounts as well. Some of those rewards will come from the new partners that GetGlue is announcing today, including the NHL, Turner Sports, the San Antonio Spurs, FOX Sports, HBO Sports, and Showtime Sports.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification audrey watters Tags:#social networks#web last_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

Unable to suit up due to injury, Lycha Ebon finds way to back up Lady Tamaraws

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lady Tamaraws continue to show clutch gene in another 5-set conquest Ebon was in full gear in the Lady Tamaraws’ clutch 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 win over top seed Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four, but she won’t be taking the floor any time soon even if she wanted to.Head coach  George Pascua decided that wouldn’t risk his injured star even if the Lady Tamaraws’ next game could push them to the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Lycha told me she wanted to play but I won’t gamble it,” said Pascua in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Her Ates are already there and I told her to trust her Ates, but she really wanted to play.”Ebon finished her rookie season with a total of 115 points before she injured her left knee on March 24 in FEU’s game against Adamson University at the start of the second round. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Expect Far Eastern University rookie Lycha Ebon to sit out the entire Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “My decision is not to play anymore,” said Ebon in Filipino. “It’d be hard for me if I still risked playing especially I’m only in my first year.”Ebon added that her suiting up, warming up with the team, and even sitting at FEU’s bench during the game was a message to her teammates that she’d be there supporting them.“I don’t want them to feel that they’re incomplete,” said Ebon. “We’re a team, we should always be complete and united. I’m also really proud of my Ates because they’re really showing that we need to win and that we should get our goal.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

PSG Striker Neymar Suspended 3 Matches After Clash With Fan

first_imgPARIS — Neymar won’t play again at the Parc des Princes this season.The Paris Saint-Germain striker was given a three-game ban on Friday for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month, a punishment that capped another disappointing season for the Brazilian.The French soccer federation’s disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.PSG said in a statement it finds the sanction “severe” and has decided with Neymar to appeal the decision.After Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at the Stade de France, Neymar reacted angrily to a fan who was filming and verbally goading players as they walked up the stairs to collect their runner-up medals. Other PSG players, including Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti, were verbally abused by the same person and ignored him.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel criticized Neymar for the spat and the Brazilian player later apologized.The ban starts Monday, ruling Neymar out of PSG’s last two league games. He can, however, play with the French champions at Angers on Saturday.The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3.Neymar has also been suspended for three games by UEFA for insulting the video review officials who awarded Manchester United’s stoppage-time penalty when PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.Neymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. But his two seasons with the French champions have been quite disappointing in comparison with the huge expectations.Neymar, who is in the second year of a five-year deal with PSG, has missed large chunks of both seasons because of a right foot injury that ruled him out of big games. He has scored 50 goals in his 57 matches with PSG but was unable to help the club in its goal to win the Champions League, the main reason behind his arrival in Paris.Neymar injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last year and missed the return leg of his club’s last 16 Champions League game against Real Madrid. He was also absent for both matches against United because of a recurrence of the injury.PSG has lost at that stage of the tournament in three straight seasons.By: Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

WORLD CUP TOUR MANAGEMENT POSITION

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management recognises the critical role that many volunteers play in the coordination of touring teams on a yearly basis & therefore extend an invitation for suitably experienced personnel to apply to be a part of the 2007 World Cup TFA Tour Management.The World Cup of Touch Football is to be conducted in South Africa from the 17th to the 20th of January 2007.  Australian Teams will be departing on a range of dates from the 12th of January with overall coordination to be determined to ensure administrative support to each departure.  Overall return dates are flexible due to the candidates having the opportunity to extend.  TFA requests that all interested members supply in writing an application for consideration.  This application will demonstrate key attributes & relevant experience that will support the TFA Tour Manager.  There is no requirement to supply curriculum vitae however the expression of interest should cover the following areas: Previous Tour Management or Coordination experienceCurrent contribution in this capacityAny relevant qualifications International experience or awareness of South Africa may be an advantageThe expression should be no longer than 500 words & received by COB Friday the 6th of October.  This document should be forwarded to both Colm Maguire at [email protected] & Jon Pratt [email protected]last_img read more


November 7, 2019 0

10 months agoREVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmark

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmarkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesc Fabregas doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he plays his 500th English game.The Irish Independent says the Spanish midfielder missed the victory over Crystal Palace with a neck injury, but could return to the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Southampton.He has made a combined 499 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.Having moved to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, Fabregas has spent over 12 years in English football and has been one of the best ever Premier League players.He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two league titles with Chelsea. last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

5Dimes Releases Pac-12 Football Champion Moneyline Odds

first_imgPac-12 logo.Twitter/@pac12We’re months away from the start of the Pac-12 football season, but it is not too early to start getting your wagers in order for the 2015 season. Sportsbook 5Dimes has released its moneyline odds for each Pac-12 team for the upcoming season. As you’d expect, Oregon is a pretty heavy favorite to capture the crown at +200, with UCLA and USC tied with the second best odds at +450. Conference basement-dweller Colorado brings up the rear at +6000. The super-confident Buffs fans can take home a pretty pay day if they think their team can do the unthinkable this fall.Here are the full odds, via 5Dimes.pac12oddslast_img read more


October 27, 2019 0