Kind-hearted Letterkenny boy (10) unites community for charity

first_imgAn inspirational schoolboy from Letterkenny has raised over €1,500 for children in need via a mysterious donation box.James Curran (10) is the son of Jaycee’s XL shop owners Seamus Curran and Sharon Blake.Last summer, a large jar appeared on the counter of the popular Long Lane shop. The writing simply said ‘Children in Need’. James’ parents didn’t know what his goals were at first, but it soon emerged that he simply wanted to make a difference to other young people’s lives.Customers soon got to know James’ story and the donations built up in the ‘mystery jar’.The mystery charity boxAs the jar became too heavy to lift, James consulted with the other children of the Long Lane area to decide to donate the money to Mary’s Meals and to a children’s cancer charity.Father Eamonn Kelly was happy to get involved and help James count up the total amount – which has reached over €1,500. This would equate to helping over 100 children through Mary’s Meals.Young James has been praised as a ‘great wee man’ for his charity efforts. Fr Kelly and James Curran. Photo: Jaycee’s XL Long Lane LetterkennyHis mum Sharon told Donegal Daily: “James is an only child and he is constantly thinking about other people. He is a very thoughtful young fellow.“We don’t know where his idea came from but he watches Children in Need every year. He got the children of the Long Lane involved to decide on where the money would go. He was adamant that it would go towards helping children,” Sharon added.Sharon said this show of kindness is a true reflection of the Long Lane community, as so many locals supported the initiative.“The Long Lane is a great community, the kids have been great and everyone was happy to support when they got to know the story,” she said.Now, one community will be helping another as part of the total will be used to feed schoolchildren in some of the world’s poorest communities. And James is currently considering which Irish children’s cancer charity will benefit from the second donation.“We are privileged to call him our son,” said Sharon. “The shop is named after James – Jay Cee – and he’s the main man here.”Kind-hearted Letterkenny boy (10) unites community for charity was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Jacks struggle to stop CW, fall at home

first_imgHumboldt State put up a valiant effort in front of a sparsely populated Redwood Bowl but fell short against GNAC rival Central Washington, losing 62-24 Saturday night.Humboldt (1-5, 1-7) started on a high note when junior quarterback Joey Sweeney connected on a 44-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ryan McCombs on the Jacks’ second drive of the game. The drive would end, however, after Sweeney was sacked and stripped for a fumble at Central Washington’s 26-yard line.“Regardless of the record we …last_img

Co-Evolution Theory Challenged

first_imgA classic case of co-evolution has been called into question.  EurekAlert reported that a “paradigm change” is needed regarding plant-eating beetles and their angiosperm hosts.  Dr. Jes�s G�mez-Zurita and collaborators in the Natural History Museum in London have challenged the view that the two groups co-evolved, diversifying rapidly in response to one another.  Neither the fossil record nor molecular phylogeny support this view, they said.  “Hence, the coevolution hypothesis can be rejected in this case, demonstrating a different, perhaps more sophisticated principle of speciation in such diverse groups: phytophagous chrysomelid beetles radiated on a pre-existing diverse resource.”What kind of sophistication is that?  If a diverse resource pre-existed, that’s not evolution.  Why wouldn’t all the beetles pick the plants they liked and stay the same, uniform and unchanging?  Saying that beetles radiated on a pre-existing diverse resource provides no cause or effect; it assumes what they need to prove.  Their explanation is reduced to little more than, “stuff happens.”    The short article does not elaborate on the impact this “paradigm change” would have on other examples of co-evolution, but if the textbook example is flawed, what are we supposed to think the next time someone uses the term?  This removes another mystical arrow from the Darwinian quiver.  Now they can’t say that the plants are forcing the beetles to evolve and vice versa.    At the rate that studies are eroding evolutionary paradigms, it may soon be possible to predict the date the Charlie idol topplies over.  Wisdom would prescribe keeping one’s distance.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Climate ‘threat to African food security’

first_imgThe food security threat posed by climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the African continent, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.Agriculture in South Africa has led the way in finding innovative ways to save water. (Image: IFPRI -IMAGES)Brand South Africa reporter“Africa has the responsibility to feed the world as well as its own African people, but we are faced with enormous climate change constraints such as severe drought, floods dreadful diseases,” Joemat-Pettersson told BuaNews on Friday.She was speaking in Pretoria at a breakfast briefing today with African ambassadors to solicit support for the upcoming African Ministerial Conference on Climate-smart Agriculture, taking place in Gauteng province on 13 and 14 September.The conference is part of South Africa’s build-up to the upcoming 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.Africa to ‘speak with one voice’ at COP 17“As African ministers responsible for agriculture, we want to go to the COP 17 conference with one idea of pushing for climate-smart agriculture,” Joemat-Pettersson said.“Speaking with one voice on agriculture as African ministers, food security, adaptation and mitigation will be our key focus of the new concept ‘climate-smart agriculture’ at the COP 17 conference.”Global warming and the rise of sea levels could threaten fisheries and shrink agricultural production in African.DRC ambassador to South Africa Bene M’Poko said developed countries, who were the main cause of climate change, should commit to an absolute approach to curb the release of greenhouse gases at the COP 17 conference.“These developed countries are also responsible for deforestation on the African continent … and I am of the view that as Africans, we deserve to be compensated by those countries.“Cancun gave us hope, but it was the developed countries who once again failed to show a stronger commitment to actually reduce greenhouse gases to avoid dangerous climate change,” M’Poko said.“So this time, we are of the view that [we should] become more active and … become the leaders of this discussion, but to follow protocol as well.”M’Poko praised Joemat-Pettersson for coming up with the idea of getting African ministers together ahead of COP 17.“This is a very good initiative and it is my view that the ‘one voice’ of African ministers at COP 17 will make international bodies and donors use research outputs to plan for and support adaptation by African people.”“Africa has the responsibility to feed the world as well as its own African people, but we are faced with enormous climate change constraints.” (image: YouTube)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

‘Ban public servants from govt contracts’

first_img20 February 2013Public servants should be banned from contracting with the government, and should face consequences for benefiting from state contracts, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.During a briefing on the National Development Plan in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Manuel echoed Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s call, made a few days ago, that public servants should be outlawed from benefiting from government contracts.Sisulu’s department is working on amending the Public Service Act to make it law that civil servants cannot do business with the state.Public servants ‘must perform’Manuel told Parliamentarians that ensuring that public sector delivery was ratcheted up would be key to the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).He said that, “in the interests of democracy”, public servants that were not skilled and effective should be removed.The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Jacob Zuma said the NDP was a “roadmap to a South Africa where all will have water, electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, adequate nutrition, education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation and a clean environment.”Five-year phasesManuel detailed how the plan will be broken up into five-year chunks, in line with the electoral cycle, with the 2014-19 medium term strategic framework to form the first five-year building block of the plan.The Presidency will lead the formulation of the 2014-19 medium-term strategic framework, and a first draft of the framework will be submitted to the Cabinet in July.The framework will include key targets from the NDP and other plans such as the New Growth Path, National Infrastructure Plan and Industry Policy Action Plan.Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said the implementation framework of the NDP had been finalised and that following the Budget Speech later this month, departments would be expected to integrate their plans with that of the NDP.The integration with the NDP will mean that departments’ strategic plans, annual performance plans and programme plans will need to be evaluated by the Presidency to ensure that they are aligned with the plan, before being submitted to Parliament.The Presidency and National Treasury will also work with departments to clarify roles and responsibilities, ensure that plans and budgets are aligned, and to develop clear performance indicators for each programme.Implementation to begin this yearCritical steps would this year be taken to implement the NDP, including ensuring that programmes that don’t require additional resources and long lead times are implemented.The government will also focus on areas where implementation of existing policies needs to improve and will also hold focused dialogues to overcome obstacles to implementation.The government will also engage with other sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementing the NDP and to identify any obstacles they may be facing.The 2019-24 and 2024-29 planning cycles will be used to initiate the remaining activities and be informed by a performance review of the previous cycle.Manuel said the National Planning Commission had begun advertising for additional positions in its secretariat.Source: read more

Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe month of May is the most popular time of year for climbing the tallest mountain on Earth, Mt. Everest. While there is an Earthcache at the very top, most of us won’t have the time or money (guide services can cost thousands) to make the summit. In fact, many of us (me included), will have to just visit this amazing place through photographs and videos. However, for those who do make it to Tibet, a stop to find this week’s Geocache of the Week, Roof of the World (GC9A9E), is a must.Everest from the geocache. Photo by geocacher EMC2+2A rare Himalayan model, aka Geocacher Saurons_Bass, relaxes after finding the geocache.While this geocache is rated 4 for difficulty and 2 for terrain, some might think it deserves a few more stars. The geocache description says that the 4 stars for difficulty is just for getting into Tibet. With strict controls on tourism by the Chinese government, geocachers outside of the area may have to jump through a few hoops to even have the opportunity to access the geocache. And while the physical terrain is right in line with a 2-star rating, don’t forget—the altitude is around 16,700 ft (5100m). If you aren’t acclimated to the thinner air, even a leisurely stroll can seem like a strenuous hike.One of Tibet’s many goatcachers. Photo by geocacher rihuo.Despite the difficulty of entering Tibet and the thin mountain air, an exclusive club of about 40 geocachers have made the journey, earned their smiley and left great logs that inspire the rest of us to reach our geocaching “peak”. “This cache is for sure amongst the more difficult ones to reach (permits, roads, coldness and over all the altitude sickness, which not a few people have up here) and therefore there is a little adventure in every find…To see the Everest was on my list since I was a child and we came on a perfect day with no one else in the base camp except us. The weather was bitterly cold, but due to only little wind and the strong sun we were able to stay there more than two hours to enjoy. The searching for the cache was something new for our guide and he was filled with enthusiasm, maybe he will be the owner of some of the first caches in Lhasa? :)” said geocacher Saurons_Bass.She said yes! Congratulations to geocachers Frank&Vanessa.This geocache has even helped with a bit of high-altitude romance: “Wow, what a stunning view! Thank you very much for placing this wonderful cache. It provided a much needed rest in this high altitude walk and gave me (Frank) the opportunity to make last preparations for my marriage proposal to Vanessa. SHE SAID YES!!!!” said geocachers Frank&Vanessa.Mountain summits make for some of the most scenic and beautiful geocache sites. What is the highest altitude you’ve earned a smiley at? Tell us your story in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMay the Fourth Be With You – Star Wars Cache (GC2FDRQ) – Geocache of the WeekMay 1, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Using Twitter to Preserve Minority Languages

first_imgOf the approximately 6,000 languages alive in the world today, 60 percent or more are said to be dying out. The majority of the world’s languages are, in fact, “minority” languages, used in the shadow of a more politically powerful tongue. On St. Patrick’s Day, Prof. Kevin Scannell of St. Louis University launched a project called Indigenous Tweets. Using a web-crawling statistical software he wrote called An Crúbadán, Scannell identifies which minority languages are being tweeted, by whom and how. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos curt hopkins Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Real World#twitter#web Michael Schade, one of Scannell’s students, explains the need.“Twitter describes itself as ‘the best way to discover what’s new in your world,’ but there is a fundamental issue with this: ‘world’ is presently limited by the inclusion of only a handful of languages. Although people can tweet in any language on Twitter, finding users who speak the same language is a difficult, or even a seemingly impossible, task. This is especially true for…minority languages.”Scannell’s web-crawling software, An Crúbadán, first seeds Twitter searches with common but distinctive words of his 500 languages and crawls Twitter. It finds users who speaks these languages and ranks them. Scannell then recalculates trending topics with a focus on the language specifically, where they are imported into the Indigenous Tweet site.The top minority languages on Twitter are currently Haitian creole, Basque and Welsh. On Scannell’s project blog, also called Indigenous Tweets, Prof. Scannell says the way he hopes the project will prove useful to minority speakers seeking to keep their languages vital is to make “it easier for speakers of indigenous and minority languages to find each other in the vast sea of English, French, Spanish, and other global languages that dominate Twitter.”As Schade points out, Twitter attempts to classify the language of all tweets, but it sometimes does a poor job of it, especially with the minority languages. Because Scannell has amassed large corpora and developed a technology geared toward identifying languages that might have little readily-available data to start with, he has seen much higher accuracy in language identification and analysis. This is research that could help Twitter differentiate their users with greater specificity, as well as allow the growth of individual user’s communities based on, among other things, language use. last_img read more

Industrial output growth slows to fourmonth low

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s industrial production growth slipped to a four-month low of 2 per cent in June, mainly due to poor performance of mining and manufacturing sectors, according to government data released on Friday. Factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had expanded by 7 per cent in June 2018. The previous low in IIP growth was in February 2019, when it had inched up 0.2 per cent. Thereafter, IIP grew at 2.7 per cent in March, 4.3 per cent in April and 4.6 per cent in May this year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, industrial output grew at 3.6 per cent in April-June quarter this fiscal, down from 5.1 per cent growth a year ago. There was a slowdown in the manufacturing sector, which grew at 1.2 per cent in June 2019 as compared to 6.9 per cent a year ago. Capital goods segment, which is a barometer of investment, saw a contraction of 6.5 per cent in June compared to 9.7 per cent growth a year ago. Mining growth dropped to 1.6 per cent in June from 6.5 per cent in the corresponding month of the last fiscal. The expansion in power generation sector stood at 8.2 per cent, compared to 8.5 per cent earlier. As per use-based classification, primary goods segment grew 0.5 per cent, intermediate goods 12.4 per cent and infrastructure/construction goods (-) 1.8 per cent in June 2019. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostConsumer durables and non-durables recorded growth of (-) 5.5 per cent and 7.8 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 8 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth during June as compared to the same month a year ago. The industry group ‘Manufacture of basic metals’ showed the highest growth of 17.7 per cent, followed by 16.5 per cent in food products and 10.3 per cent in tobacco products. On the other hand, the industry group Manufacture of paper and paper products’ witnessed the highest negative growth of (-) 19.9 per cent, followed by (-) 14.3 per cent in ‘Manufacture of furniture’ and (-) 13.9 per cent in ‘Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers’.last_img read more