Drivers in one of Donegal’s most scenic areas are being asked to take their rubbish home rather than throwing it out of their car window in a new ‘Drive it Home’ anti-litter campaign.The campaign was launched in The Rosses in Donegal, involving seven Tidy Town groups who have joined forces following their annual community clean ups as part of the county-wide #BigDonegalCleanUp and An Taisce’s National Spring Clean initiative.After all their efforts in recent months, the groups are now asking drivers to play their part and ‘drive their rubbish home’ rather than discarding of it in some of the most beautiful scenic areas in the country. representatives from the 7 Tidy Town Groups, Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council and students from primary and secondary schools in The RossesCampaign organiser Nuala Bonner from Dungloe Tidy Towns group explained: “when we were doing our clean ups the amount of litter along the roadsides was just astonishing. Everything from plastic bottles to takeaway boxes and bags, to sweet wrappers, crisp packets to dirty nappies were found and these items did not get there on their own. They had to be thrown out of car windows. And we are simply asking people to think before they throw rubbish out of the car window and to take it home and dispose of it in their own household waste.”The launch took place in the Public Service Centre in Dungloe at 11.30am on Wednesday (8 May) where the Tidy Town Groups and local schools were joined with local elected member Cllr. Maire Therese Gallagher who complimented the groups and the schools on this initiative.Students from Scoil Cholmcille National School, Acres Burtonport at the launch of the Drive it Home Roadside Anti-litter Awareness CampaignNuala Bonner from Dungloe Tidy Towns explaining the Drive it Home initiative to students attending the launch on Wednesday in Dungloe Public Service Centre.Nuala Bonner added “each child from the local schools will be asked to take a car sticker home with the campaign message ‘Drive it home’ and we are hoping that people will display this sticker on their vehicles for other motorists to see and hopefully this will raise people’s awareness and encourage them to join and support our campaign”.Cathaoirleach of Glenties MD, Cllr. John Sheamais Ó’Fearraigh commended the groups on this initiative saying “it is great to see the groups working together in The Rosses to get this message out there. I have seen first-hand the brilliant work done by groups over the last few months and to see litter dropped along the roadside a few days after a community clean-up is so frustrating. “I am joining with the community of The Rosses and indeed all communities in Donegal in asking drivers and their passengers not to throw rubbish out of their car or van windows but to drive it home. This is not only an insult to the many volunteers who work tirelessly to keep their areas looking pristine but it is illegal and you could face prosecution.”Representatives from the 7 Tidy Town Groups, Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council and students from primary and secondary schools in The RossesSuzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council also congratulated the groups on this initiative and said Donegal County Council was delighted to support such a worthwhile campaign saying “this is a simple message and one that I would ask everyone to take on board. The work done in this area over the last few months has been outstanding and we in Donegal County Council are delighted to be supporting this local initiative. This initiative has been spearheaded by the local community and I think that in itself sends out a powerful message. These are the people who work day in and day out to keep their communities looking pristine and litter free and they are appealing to motorists to respect their efforts and their beautiful area.”‘Drive it Home’ anti-litter campaign launched in The Rosses was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:‘Drive it Home’ anti-litter campaign
The dates of some human migrations could have been much more recent than genetic data indicates. What of even older dates?In “Archaeological Genetics: It’s Not All as Old as It at First Seems,” Science Daily reported on work published in Investigative Genetics that indicated data on migrations in the Netherlands fits recent population movements just as well as “ancient” ones:These results could be explained by invoking movement of ancient, Paleolithic-Neolithic humans, similar to that proposed to explain the genetic diversity across central entire Europe. However the data also fits a model involving movement of people within the last 70 generations of modern Dutch, for which there is a wealth of archaeological evidence.Consequently, “patterns of genetic diversity which indicate population movement may not be as ancient as previously believed, but may be attributable to recent events.” The authors of the open-access paper cautioned colleagues “future human population genetic studies pay more attention to recent demographic history in interpreting genetic clines.” See press release from BioMed Central.Interpretation Run AmokIt would seem, therefore, that if data from the most recent millennia can be misinterpreted, that the uncertainties would mount when interpreting older data. Yet paleoanthropologists routinely speak confidently about supposed events tens of thousands, if not millions, of years ago. If genetic data can be misinterpreted, the same pitfalls can occur with other data, such as artifacts.For example, in “When Did Humans Begin Hurling Spears?” Science Now pointed out that the answer varies from 90,000 to 500,000 evolutionary years ago, depending on how one interprets markings on bones.Nature News claims that “hominid footprints” 1.52 million years old, “probably” from Homo erectus or Paranthropus, show that the walkers were the same size as modern humans, based on inferences of “stature, body mass and walking speed” compared with those of modern Kenyan barefoot walkers.Science News presented a new hypothesis about why apes descended from the trees that “challenges evolutionary theories behind the development of our earliest ancestors from tree dwelling quadrupeds to upright bipeds capable of walking and scrambling.” A paleoanthopologist published a novel theory that “challenges traditional hypotheses which suggest our early forebears were forced out of the trees and onto two feet when climate change reduced tree cover.” Instead, Dr. Isabelle Winder (U of York) thinks it was a response to geological changes:“The broken, disrupted terrain offered benefits for hominins in terms of security and food, but it also proved a motivation to improve their locomotor skills by climbing, balancing, scrambling and moving swiftly over broken ground — types of movement encouraging a more upright gait.“The research suggests that the hands and arms of upright hominins were then left free to develop increased manual dexterity and tool use, supporting a further key stage in the evolutionary story.Aside from sounding Lamarckian, this theory begs the question of why all the other animals in the terrain did not develop upright posture and tool use.Another example borders on the ridiculous. Rob Brooks, in an article posted by Medical Xpress, used Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biceps as support for the notion of a “link between male upper-body strength and assertion of economic self-interest.” (See 5/18/03 story and comments). Brooks unwittingly committed his own show of brute force by referring to Creation-Evolution Headlines as “nutbaggery” while trying to simultaneously backpeddle from the idea that evolutionary forces dictate our politics. “The value of this paper is in showing how our evolved biology and our contemporary politics can interlink in interesting ways, creating nuanced individual differences,” he explained. Very interesting, indeed. Any predictions from this notion? Any way to falsify it?Always Room for DoubtA few paleoanthropologists are aware of the problems of interpreting data. For instance, Nature recently questioned whether Australopithecus sediba has anything to do with the emergence of the genus Homo. In “Hesitation on Human History,” William H. Kimbel wrote, “I do not think that they provide compelling evidence that this species is anything other than an unusual australopith [ape] from a Pliocene–Pleistocene time period that is already populated by a fair number of them.”Evolutionists Simon E. Fisher and Matt Ridley in Science Magazine (“Culture, Genes and the Human Revolution”) first praised the techniques available for genetic research before cautioning about interpretation:State-of-the-art DNA sequencing is providing ever more detailed insights into the genomes of humans, extant apes, and even extinct hominins, offering unprecedented opportunities to uncover the molecular variants that make us human. A common assumption is that the emergence of behaviorally modern humans after 200,000 years ago required—and followed—a specific biological change triggered by one or more genetic mutations. For example, Klein has argued that the dawn of human culture stemmed from a single genetic change that “fostered the uniquely modern ability to adapt to a remarkable range of natural and social circumstance”. But are evolutionary changes in our genome a cause or a consequence of cultural innovation…?Many nuanced accounts of human evolution implicitly assume that biological changes must precede cultural changes….This prevailing logic in the field may put the cart before the horse. The discovery of any genetic mutation that coincided with the “human revolution” must take care to distinguish cause from effect. Supposedly momentous changes in our genome may sometimes be a consequence of cultural innovation. They may be products of culture-driven gene evolution.Fisher and Ridley give the example of lactose intolerance as a likely genetic consequence of lifestyle choices by early farmers. They also dispute the relevance of the FOXP2 genetic change that some paleoanthropologists have suggested drove the development of human language. “If, for instance, humanized FOXP2 confers more sophisticated control of vocal sequences, this would most benefit an animal already capable of speech,” they said. “Alternatively, the spread of the relevant changes may have had nothing to do with emergence of spoken language, but may have conferred selective advantages in another domain.” Either way, the interpretation does not jump out of the data. To think science (“prevailing logic”) can be conducted free of human subjectivity would, indeed, put Descartes before the Horace.Anyone thinking the evolutionary story just leaps out of the data from its own accord needs to study philosophy of science. Data to evolutionists are like colorful pebbles and bits of glass they use to create a mosaic whose image was predetermined by their materialistic world view. Curious, is it not, that to complete their project they have to use intelligent design. Why don’t they just shake the bits on a table and see what “emerges” since emergence (the Stuff Happens Law, 9/15/08) is the theme of their whole story?Rob Brooks is having a good time at our expense flexing his muscle on his blog against “nutbaggers” instead of answering legitimate questions. Come now, Rob, tell us: does truth evolve? We left that checkmate challenge hanging but he just wants to overturn the table and call it a stupid game. It’s more than a game. It’s a challenge to his credibility. Maybe he should recognize that tens of thousands of people read this website. Our well-educated and sophisticated audience would love to watch if he can wield the sword of logic better than the mudballs of ridicule.As for bicep politics, maybe Mr. Brooks would like to explain the anti-redistributionism of Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and all the other conservatives not particularly known for their upper-body strength. Or how about Nick Vujicic, who has no biceps? Maybe Brooks could entertain the idea that it’s fat, not muscle, that allows men to throw their weight around. Does that explain Rush Limbaugh’s politics? Oh, but we see; Brooks has an escape. Evolution just adds “nuance” to these tendencies. Any exception to his law of nature can just be nuanced away. Well, then, if there’s no law of nature, why call the storytelling science? Notions belong in fabric stores, not the lab (10/14/08).Brooks laughs at his Yoda Complex. Well, fine. We can all laugh with him. We all know, at the end of the day, it’s just for show. He’s an entertainer, not a philosopher. After his daily storytelling work on the Darwin Light & Magic soundstage, he takes off his latex Yoda costume and behaves like a normal human being, living as if his mental choices matter—ignoring the mutations that the Start Warts script says make him what he is. The fantasy is all CGI, where even truth can evolve. If he insists on manipulating the dork side of the farce (the self-refuting side of illogic), may the farce bewitch him.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tracking shopping deals is the most immediate commercial application for alert services that go beyond ‘topics.’ Trackle offers a large selection of feeds to subscribe to, including coupons, product price drops,deals on Amazon (tracking when the price for a product falls within a price range you’re willing to pay), new product reviews, product recalls, daily deals, latest buzz in shopping, price protection(“…find out if the price of a recent purchase drops in time to apply for a rebate or partial refund.”).That selection from Trackle is impressive and will grow even more when data from sensors and RFID tags are added in the near future. Imagine for example getting notified, when you walk into a bookstore, that a book you have on your wishlist is available on special in that store. Or you’re doing your groceries and your phone alerts you to a deal in the store that day on blueberries, which you’ve marked as your favorite fruit and something that you want to track the price of. These kinds of scenarios could be achieved with a combination of services like Trackle, your smartphone, and RFID tags on product items. Those examples are just a starter for ten, we can expect more sophisticated alert systems to evolve once Internet of Things ramps up in retail stores and elsewhere.For now, let us know in the comments your favorite alert services! richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts As ever more data flows onto the Web, we need tools to track changes in that data and alert us to new data that we’re interested in. Examples of data that can be tracked include shopping deals, places, companies, home prices, sports scores, local events, even crime reports! Add to that emerging Internet of Things sources such as sensor data, RFID tags, proximity, and more. Last week we listed and categorized some of the leading topic-tracking tools on the Web (see also the follow-up post). The tools we listed were geared towards tracking news or media information on the Web. In this post, we look at a leading service that tracks more discrete, faster changing types of data.Trackle is an impressive alerts service that we first reviewed a year ago. Other similar services we’ve covered before are Yotify and Alerts.com. In our first review of Trackle, we were impressed by “the sheer quantity of alerts they’ve made available.” It’s expanded since then – you can see the current list here and in the screenshot below. Tags:#Internet of Things#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Whether it’s trying to piece together what happened in the latest episode of Fringe, sharing your surprise over the latest Dexter plot twist, or debating the finer points of an interview on 60 Minutes, people like to interact around the things they watch on television. The only problem is, it can be imprecise. We can check into a series on Miso or GetGlue, but not a specific episode. But what if we could identify the exact piece of content – even a live, breaking news broadcast – at the moment it’s broadcast?Palo Alto-based IntoNow announced today a video and live television identification technology called SoundPrint that it hopes will serve as the GPS for Internet-TV integrations. It also released an iOS app, called IntoNow, that uses SoundPrint to demonstrate what this sort of real-time identification makes possible. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… By relying on the audio to identify content, it makes the technology device agnostic and puts the content at the center of the interaction. Whether you’re watching a LOST rerun on TV or your watching an episode on Netflix, SoundPrint and the IntoNow app will base your interaction around that specific episode, and not simply the entire season or series. For example, if a friend remarks that a particular episode of a show is not to be missed, the app can tell you when that episode airs again, in real-time, where you are. While IntoNow adds all the basic layers of interaction around content, (and we definitely recommend that you download it and give it a shot) what it really does is show off how SoundPrint can function as a GPS of Internet TV. The Platform PotentialYahoo recently demonstrated its latest play in Internet TV and we were duly impressed, writing that “Yahoo TV Is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV.” The system allows broadcasters to display content on the screen for user interaction based upon what is currently playing. With Yahoo, however, the interactive content comes from the broadcaster only. It’s a closed platform that’s available only to paying, content-owning players. SoundPrint, on the other hand, could put this power directly into the hands of the innovators – developers. It could give them the ability to create interaction around very specific content on a variety of devices. One of the big downfalls for Google TV is that it can only identify content from one provider, DISH Network. What if, instead, it could identify content in this way – by the audio stream?This is IntoNow’s real play – as a platform for interactive television. Currently, SoundPrint monitors 130 broadcast channels in real time and the system has cataloged five years of backlog, adding up to 140 million minutes of broadcast TV. It allows for real-time content identification, meaning if you’re watching breaking news, it can tell and make that identification to the developer. The Yahoo Connected TV technology, as far as it was explained, sounded very similar but it had one huge distinction – it would not be made available to the developers. mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts “Television has always been a source of social engagement, and yet there’s never been an easy way for people to create connections with their friends around the shows they are into,” said Adam Cahan, founder and CEO of IntoNow. When we got a demonstration of the IntoNow app and SoundPrint technology the other day, Cahan compared the state of Internet TV with the early days of location-based services. In order to “check in”, users had to name the location themselves, meaning there was no uniformity to base interaction on. The same, he said, goes with TV apps today, but IntoNow wants to change all that.To “check in” to the show you’re watching using IntoNow, there’s no typing or choosing a name from a list. All you need to do is hold your iPhone or iPad up, tap a button, and it compares the sound from the video you’re watching to the more than 140 million minutes of indexed content on the company’s servers. Seconds later, it tells you not only what show you’re watching, but the exact episode, too. From there, you can instantly begin interacting with friends around that content, either in the app itself, or by using Facebook and Twitter. The app even has Internet Movie Database integration, so you can quickly get the full scoop on a movie, as well as Netflix integration, so you can add things to your streaming queue to watch later. The GPS of Internet TV Tags:#Internet TV#web
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “All of our last four games are important, it’s actually a must-win for us starting (Friday),” Victolero said as the Hotshots tangle with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort to try and snap a three-game losing streak that will put the Hotshots back in contention for a twice-to-beat privilege.“But we need to take it one game at a time,” he said as Star takes to the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor opposite the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. contest, where a grieving Stanley Pringle makes his return from a two-game absence to help GlobalPort in its own bid to stay alive for a playoff berth.Pringle went to the US to attend to his ailing father.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingVictolero has fingered the very reason why his Hotshots, after four straight wins to open up the season-ending conference, have slipped.“Our rebounding has let us down. We’re worst in the league,” Victolero said, even if his crew is one of the beefiest, tallest in the league. “That’s something we need to address. We have been outrebounded by an average of 15 (by our last three foes).” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Dumandan gains lead as darkness halts play View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith four games left in its elimination round schedule in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Star is a powerhouse side that has suddenly been taken out of top four talk.And coach Chito Victolero knows that he and his Hotshots cannot get back into that conversation with just one fell swoop.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Meralco is a side that is in top four contention, and the Bolts will try to strengthen their place when they clash with streaking Alaska in the 4:15 p.m. contest.With a 6-2 record, the Bolts are running second behind Barangay Ginebra and they would need to win at least two of their last three games in order to have a shot at that twice-to-beat advantage.“Our ability to handle their (Aces’) pressure defense will be one of the keys for us,” Meralco’s Norman Black said. “And once again, we will rely on our defense to try and get the win.”The Aces, meanwhile, need to extend their three-game winning streak just to have some sort of buffer in advancing.Star will still have to face TNT KaTropa, ousted KIA Picanto and then NLEX to close out the eliminations, and Victolero knows that nothing less than a sweep will do it.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Walkin Murder investigation needs your help Related Items:crime stoppers, kew town, shot, woman Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Bold burglaries & break-in attempts; three arrested boy, 16 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – In a situation which could only be described as the wild, wild west, a young couple is reportedly the victim of an insane shooting in the Kew Town area early this morning. Once again this part of Provo is with report of the vilest of violence and this time a young woman was shot in her back. The woman told Police that she and a male friend were driving through Kew Town, when their vehicle was approached and that when the driver did not stop the car, shots were fired after them. The 21 year old woman went to the Cheshire Hall Medical and that is when it was discovered that she was struck by one of the bullets. The shooting happened shortly after 4am today. Police say they have established a crime scene and confirmed that the car was full of bullet holes. Police are also investigating some home burglaries where residents in Blue Hills actually report awaking to missing items and in the other case seeing the robber walking out with their microwave; in hand. Incredibly, these culprits stole the people’s standing fan, four cell phones, handbag, TV set and Nike shoes. Police need the public’s help… You can report what you know at Crime stoppers, anonymously.
This festival of lights showcases the creativity and quality of textiles, crafts and natural products, perfect for indulging in and gifting to friends, family and colleagues. The 80 and more participating craft groups represent regional craft traditions from across India.Try some special gifting options this Diwali with a pick from hand-made organic and perfumed candles, paper lamps, tea lights and hand-carved gourd lanterns. Gadhwal and Upada weaves, vivid woolen shawls to sarees from Chanderi and Maheshwari, garments embellished with regional embroideries from Kutchi Suf, Lambani, Kantha, along with appliqué textiles from Rajasthan will also be on display at the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Traditional jewellery ranging from terracotta, lac to Meenakari, Dhokra and tribal silver will alos be on offer for the visitors alongside pottery, metal crafts, grass weaving and wood carvings, miniature painting and folk art traditions of Madhubani, Phad, Kalamkari and Pattachitra will all be present at the fair providing all with ample options to indulge in. Food from Maharashtra, Himachal and other regions will be available to satiate the taste buds along with cultural performances from across India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Diwali lights lamps both in our homes and in our hearts. It is a time of sharing and giving; and what better gift than something hand-crafted. Something which an artisan has spent time and love, and which represents our culture and traditions,’ says Dastkar’s Chairperson, Laila Tyabji.Pamper yourself with some retail therapy before markets get too crowded. Head over! WHERE: Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh WHEN: 10 October till 19 October, 11.00 am – 7.30 pm ENTRY: Rs. 20
Kolkata: In a tweet on the occasion of Earth Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged people to put an end to plastic pollution to ensure a clean environment. “On the occasion of Earth Day, let us pledge to keep our environment clean. We can take a step in this direction by putting an end to plastic pollution,” Banerjee tweeted this morning.Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Kolkata: Indian government on Monday conferred the rank of ‘Colonel’ to the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Jadavpur University (JU) Professor Suranjan Das and Professor Sankar Kumar Ghosh of Kalyani University. The duo was appointed as ‘Colonel Commandant’ in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) at an event at Fort William.The guest of honour at the event was state Education minister Partha Chatterjee while Lt. Gen PP Malhotra, VSM, DG NCC was the chief guest. Several dignitaries from the Indian Army were also present. The V-Cs sported uniforms of the conferred ranks while the two guests pinned the accoutrements onto the uniforms of both the Vice-Chancellors. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn his address, Chatterjee said: ” I convey my best wishes to the Army and NCC for conferring this prestigious ‘Colonel’ rank to both the esteemed V-Cs of Jadavpur and Kalyani University and appointing them as ‘Colonel Commandant’ in NCC. It is indeed a gold-letter day. The professionalism and commitment with which the Army officers and instructors are training the cadets is praiseworthy.”JU V-C Suranjan Das said: “It is recognition for the entire state than just for an individual. It is an overall recognition for higher education in this state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSankar Kumar Ghosh, V-C of KU said: “We have an NCC academy on our campus and we are interacting with the youth and promoting them towards nationalism.”It may be mentioned that the conferring of the rank of the Colonel Commandant aims at increased patronage and purposeful association for the furtherance of NCC activities. It also enhances interaction of Vice-Chancellors with cadets and officers to help and guide them through their educational and NCC career.