Three little unwanted pups who were left close to death are to be retrained as assistance dogs.The trio were handed into the Donegal Animals in Need charity in need if vital need of lifesaving care.The three dogs, which are Labrador/German Shepherd-cross sisters, were suffering from a range of problems. They were given veterinary care but it was feared that they would not make it.A spokesperson for Donegal Animals in Need said “Nine week old Charlotte (was Lulu), Coco and Chantelle, three Labrador/German Shepherd-cross sisters, were riddled with roundworms and two of them became very sick, ending up in the vets on drips, fighting for their lives.“They had such a heavy burden of parasites that as the worms came away, so did part of their intestines, leaving lesions in the intestine which in turn became infected.“Charlotte and Chantelle were in a critical condition but thanks to the outstanding care of the veterinary staff they are both now on the mend, although at times it seemed they wouldn’t make it.” The three pups are now eating special food and will join their sister Coco back at their foster home where they can recuperate.And the DAIN spokesperson added that the dogs are to play a very special part in peoples’ lives in the months and years to come.“We have brilliant news for their future – all three girls have been booked to be trained as Assistance Dogs – their breed mix being ideal for the job.“But for now they will be taking it easy while they recover as their fosterer gives a huge sigh of relief.”Unwanted pups which almost died to be retrained as ‘Assistance Dogs’ was last modified: March 11th, 2019 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:animals in needassistance dogsdogsdonegalRESCUEDretrained
Donegal County Council will be holding public information meetings in Burtonport and Árainn Mhór Island on Wednesday December 11 about the new ‘Harbour to Island Regeneration’ project. These meetings are being held to provide communities with more information on this exciting €4 million project which was recently awarded funding of just over €3 million under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) by the Minister Michael Ring T.D.The project between Burtonport and Árainn Mhór is set to transform the harbour environment, delivering improved infrastructure at the harbour in Burtonport as well as high quality shorefront amenity infrastructure on Árainn Mhór. Members of the Council’s Regeneration & Development Team will be available in An Chultúrlann, Árainn Mhór Island on Wednesday 11 December from 11am to 12noon, to answer queries and give additional information in respect of the project.The team will then be joined by colleagues from the Council’s Piers and Harbours Section for an evening session starting 5pm to 8pm in the Community Centre in Burtonport.Plans and project particulars will be on display and available for inspection.This event is a drop-in event, no appointment is necessary and everyone is welcome to attend. Public invited to have their say on Harbour to Island Regeneration was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:Arainn Mor islandburtonportcounty councilDecemberDevelopmentdonegalharbourprojectregeneration
One of the most dangerous philosophies in the history of mankind is still embedded in modern Darwinism.In a recent post, we laughed at two evolutionary just-so stories that extrapolated animal behavior into human behavior. Remember, though, that animal behavior is encoded by their genes, and that’s no laughing matter when genetic determinism is extrapolated to humans. It sucks all the air out of morality, making humans pawns of an amoral, aimless natural process with no accountability.Some personal beliefs and morals may stem from genetics (Science Daily). The authors at Penn State try to qualify their genetic determinism with the word “some” — “some personal beliefs and morals” may stem from genetics. What other source is there? To evolutionists, genetic change by mutation and selection is ultimately all there is.“Most people assume that parenting shapes the development of virtuous character in children via entirely environmental pathways,” Neiderhiser said. “But our results suggest there are also heritable influences. This doesn’t mean that if parents are conscientious that their children also will be regardless of how the children are parented. It does mean, however, that children inherit a tendency to behave in a particular way and that this shouldn’t be ignored.”Who decides what is virtuous in Darwinland? The only standard is survival, isn’t it? That is completely amoral. Genocide qualifies for the fittest group that survives. Later, the determinists again qualify their stance, saying,“Your genes are not totally deterministic of who you are,” Ramos said. “Genes simply give you a potential. People still make their own choices and have agency in shaping who they become.”But once again, Darwinists have no choice or agency in their toolkit. It’s all mutation and selection, resulting in genetic changes. To have choice, you have to have free will and a soul.How did reading and writing evolve? Neuroscience gives a clue (The Conversation). Your clue that Derek Hodgson is a genetic determinist is in the thought that reading and writing “evolved.” No free will in that idea; you just carry out behaviors when you scratch on a stone or type at a keyboard. The self-refuting nature of this assertion is self-evident, because Hodgson’s genes made him say this. It could be argued that language and writing “evolve” by convention, which implies human minds that can freely choose how to represent their thoughts on material substances and in vocal sounds, but that is not what he is talking about.But how was this possible? Neuroscientific research has shown that writing text involves the premotor cortex of the brain, which drives manual skills. My theory therefore suggests that reading and writing evolved when our passive perception for discerning things started to interact with manual dexterity.In other words, you are a passive marionette governed by invisible strings reacting to natural selection. Words in a book are mere marks on a page like scratches on a stone.That said, some researchers believe that early marks were symbolic rather than aesthetic and that writing evolved from encoding information in them. However I argue this now seems increasingly unlikely. Early marks look similar to each other over an immense period of time. If the marks were symbolic, we would expect to see far more variation across space and time, just as we do in modern writing systems. But this is not the case.All this points to the probability that the earliest marks were aesthetic in that they derive from the early visual cortex’s preference for basic configurations. And it could have begun as early as Homo erectus, which lived from about 1.8m to 500,000 years ago.How evolutionary theory guides policy (Nature). This is the scariest of the three articles we are taking a look at. David Sloan Wilson, the New Teacher who wants Evolution for Everyone, is back. He sees all the detailed negotiations in national governments and foreign policy as mere manifestations of Darwinism. And Nature likes his new book about it. Even the title is scary for lovers of liberty and justice for all: This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution. Head for the hills! The Brave New World is upon us.Wilson’s passion for multilevel selectionist thinking, and his relentless optimism, give the book something of a messianic flavour: in places, I detect leaps of faith, for example in the belief that well-functioning groups can solve our problems of collective action. There is no false advertising, however. The very title (albeit cribbed from the end of Charles Darwin’s 1859 On the Origin of Species) portends a personal perspective. The result is utterly fascinating and beautifully written.He addresses deep questions about humanity: how we can avoid physical or mental illnesses, raise children, make groups more effective, create sustainable economies and nurture better planetary stewards.This is a recipe for global socialism, which always brings with it totalitarianism, elitism, and slavery. The elites will try to keep the peasant hens producing eggs for them.Things get more interesting for policy when Wilson turns to what he calls the “problem of goodness”. Literature on the evolution of cooperation — such as the 2011 A Cooperative Species by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis — gives us plausible scientific reasons for goodness triumphing over evil, or selflessness over selfishness. Multilevel selection is important here. Wilson’s favourite example is an experiment showing how to increase caged hens’ egg production. You select not for the most fertile hens in each generation (co-housed, they will peck each other to death), but for the multi-hen cages with the highest productivity (where more positive social interactions predominate).Humans don’t live in cages, but group living is a fundamental adaptation of our species. In a wink of geological time, humanity moved from small pre-Neolithic tribal groups to large nation-states, with transnational religious identities and (albeit weak) global governance institutions. All this reasonably suggests a role for multilevel selection. We know that social groups work effectively when they have clearly delineated membership, are relatively egalitarian and police themselves. Wilson recounts the huge success of a “school within a school” programme with these features for students in Binghamton, New York, who were at risk of dropping out of high school. He also discusses the effectiveness of local “block clubs” in run-down parts of Buffalo, New York, and other often well-controlled studies demonstrating the success of groups that follow these design principles in producing socially preferable outcomes.Isn’t that nice to speak of “design principles” for multilevel selection? Beware fake words. Who defines what is “good”? Who designs “socially preferable outcomes”? The powerful elites who run everything, of course, and teach the peasants that they are products of selection. The elites, meantime, excuse themselves from the same rules of “multilevel selection” that everyone else is enslaved to. They make the selections now. They have reached godhood.Reviewer Monique Borgerhoff Mulder welcomes this study on Darwinian solutions to social issues. She says Wilson’s book should be on everyone’s bedside table. Everyone’s cell table, that is, next to the hole in the floor.People have no idea the horrors they are in for if this kind of thinking goes mainstream. The 20th century was a huge, awful demonstration of “selectionist” thinking imposing itself on national policy. Now that we have instant access across the globe and orbital surveillance, there will be no place to hide. We will be praying for a Rapture. (Visited 416 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
12 June 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will on Friday ask business, labour and government representatives to make commitments aimed at averting a potential crisis in South Africa’s mining industry. Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, said on Wednesday that Motlanthe would meet with trade unions, the Chamber of Mines and several government departments from 9:30am on Friday in Pretoria, where he would ask all parties to commit to bringing stability to the industry ahead of the annual wage talks. Two weeks ago, President Jacob Zuma asked Motlanthe to step in to stabilise the mining environment and calm investor fears over labour unrest. He has since met separately with mining bosses, trade unions and government departments. “The purpose is to look at the bold steps that need to be taken by all the role players to stabilise the mining sector and to avoid a crisis that could have a devastating impact on the economy,” Masebe said. “Government wants parties to make a commitment that they will conduct their business in terms of the law.” Friday’s meeting comes after tensions between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) returned to the fore in recent weeks as the two rivals battled over bargaining rights at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg in North West province. The government has committed to increasing police visibility in the area after two fatal shootings involving mineworkers were reported in the area. After the Marikana tragedy that left 44 people dead after an unprotected strike in August last year, Zuma appointed a judicial commission of inquiry, currently under way in Pretoria, to probe the circumstances that led to the deaths. This was followed by wage negotiations facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where all the parties were later asked to sign a Peace Accord. Masebe said the Marikana Peace Accord would be brought back to the table. He said it was central to stability talks. “A Peace Accord was signed, so this is obviously one of the issues … the parties must commit to conduct themselves [in line with] the labour legislation in the country to the extent that the Peace Accord is relevant. “They will have to revisit the Peace Accord to ask: ‘Have we done all the things that we committed ourselves to do in the Peace Accord?’. They will have to go back to that and look at what they have done.” Amcu has threatened to go on strike to demand to be recognised as the majority bargaining union at Lonmin. The union is currently in talks with the mine and has said it would issue a strike notice should negotiations fall through. On Wednesday, Masebe said the Lonmin-Amcu matter would not form part of Motlanthe’s meeting. “The meeting on Friday is not a bargaining chamber or negotiating between unions and employers. It will not be looking into specific issues between the employer and a company. Those are matters that are dealt with by the workers representatives through their unions and their concerned companies.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Got a producer who needs to know how to transcode your video footage into the correct format? These free tools will get the job done.Next time your producer/director/client calls up asking you how they can prepare the footage for your edit, send them a link to this post to ensure they correctly format your footage so it really is ready to edit.First we’ll make sure they copy the file based media correctly and then walk them through how to transcode video footage into something you’re most likely to want, like ProRes 422.Step 1 – Copying your file based media correctlyThis is actually a very simple process if they have something like ShotPut Pro installed – which will copy the cards to multiple locations simultaneously (your edit drive and their back up drive right?) and do a byte-for-byte verification afterwards. But if they don’t want to fork out for that, then copying the entire card contents to a new folder and then pressing CMD + i on the original card and the folder of that copied card, will reveal the two sets of file size numbers that should be identical. This way you know that the card has copied everything.Important cheesy acronym – ACE IT – Always Copy Everything!If your producer/director is copying the cards themselves it is critically important that they copy EVERYTHING on the card, to keep the folder structure intact. This is important when ingesting the footage into NLE’s that need all the camera folders to be present to access the media. If your producer/director wants even more information on tapeless workflows and media management, point them here: Tapeless Workflow’s – Doing All The Right Things.Step 2 – Downloading and installing the free toolsMPEG Streamclip from Squared5.com is one of the best free editing tools available. Visit www.squared5.com now to download it for either Mac OSX or Windows. Next get the free download from Apple of the Pro Res codecs. You will need to extract the pkg that you downloaded from Apple so that you can install the codecs manually in the Macintosh HD/Library/Quicktime folder on your local drive. To do this get this free tool from Tim Doug, then just drag the package onto unpkg’s icon and it will extract the contents into the same directory, with the same name. Open up this folder to see all the Pro App codecs. Drag them to your /Library/Quicktime folder and they will now be accessible in MPEG Streamclip and any other Quicktime based application.Step 3 – Transcoding the footage with (free) MPEG StreamclipWe are going to use MPEG Streamclip to batch convert all of your video footage into Pro Res Quicktime files. Helpfully we won’t really have to change many of the default settings in MPEG Steamclip to achieve this.Open up MPEG Streamclip and press CMD+b to open the batch list. Then select all of the clips you want to transcode from your copied media card folder and drag them onto the batch window. Another smaller window will pop up. Just press OK.Next the main settings window will appear. You can leave most of these settings at the default. For example make sure that frame size is what you need – usually ‘unscaled’ is checked to keep the frame size the same as was shot, Also leave the frame rate box blank to keep the native frame rate of the footage. Drag the quality slider to 100% and choose Apple Pro Res 422 (or any flavour you want) from the drop down menu. You will probably end up with something looking like this…Hit ‘To Batch‘ and all your files will fill up the Batch List. You can now add more files if you want and press ‘Use Previous Folder & Settings’ to transcode more footage into the same folder with the same settings. If you’re transcoding several cards of footage, it is better to send the transcodes to different folders (usually matching the original card name) for organizational clarity (example: Card 1 > Card 1 Transcodes)When you are all set, simply hit ‘Go’ and then sit back and let MPEG Streamclip work through all your footage.Got tips to share on media management?How do you prefer to transcode your footage for video editing?Let us know in the comments!
Spain and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos revealed that his family received “death threats” after the Champions League final, where he injured Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.Ramos, 32, was jeered throughout Spain’s 2-1 victory over England at Wembley in a UEFA Nations League game.Speaking to ESPN after Spain’s 2-1 win over England at Wembley in a UEFA Nations League game, where he was constantly booed, Ramos said that the boos doesn’t affect him but he would have liked a different reaction.”One tries to evade (the boos). In the end you feel it, but I stay out of everything. It doesn’t affect my game,” Ramos was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.”I would have liked another reception because people only remember the action of the final, and nobody remembers the death threats that my family and my children received.Also read – Salah hits out at Ramos over Champions League final injury”It is a very sensitive issue that people maybe take as a joke about and (that’s why they) whistle in a great stadium like this. My conscience is very clear. I already explained (what happened), and I do not have to give more explanations.”Salah was forced off the field with a shoulder injury midway through the first half following a challenge by Ramos and Real went on to beat Liverpool 3-1 on the day to win their third consecutive crown. Mohamed Salah injured his shoulder during the Champions League final (Reuters Photo)The whole issue has been blown out of proportion and both Salah and Ramos have been asked about it even now. However, Ramos has time and again denied trying to intentionally hurt Salah.advertisement”You never expect a reception that is not good because, as I said the other day, if these [English] fans have something good, it is that they have always been with the great players. It has not been like that, but I am very calm, with my conscience very clear in that aspect.”As I said before, I have never tried to hurt a colleague. There are people who may have misunderstood it, but these are football things. It will not change anything in my game or in me.”Meanwhile, he was effusive in his praise for Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea who made a string of saves to keep England and especially Marcus Rashford at bay.”He is a great goalkeeper. We have always said it,” Ramos said. “The big games are those that mark the great players. After a World Cup with many doubts, he deserved (a performance such as this).”He is a great goalkeeper, and today he has (had) a great game, he has made some interventions that have marked the result of the game. Hopefully it is also a beginning, and that will help him to gain confidence because he is a key player for us,” Ramos added.(With inputs from IANS)
I’m very excited that my organization, Network for Good, has partnered with Emma to offer a new Email campaign tool. I won’t use this space to extoll its virtues (though as a marketing person, I have to say there are many), but I did want to celebrate the fact this week with a couple of email posts. Here are 9 ways to create vastly better emails:1. Define Your Audience. You could buy an enormous list of cold prospects (WARNING: bad idea!) or focus on a carefully built list of people who care. You’ll do much better with the latter group who has given you permission to communicate with them. No one likes spam. (Some people enjoy SPAMÂ®, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of meat.) 2. Define Your Message. Do you have the right message and right time for that message? Focus your message on your audience’s interests, aspirations and desires rather than your own need for money. It’s all about “you marketing” versus “me marketing.” 3. Get to the point in spectacular fashion, in the first few words. The subject line of your email needs to seize the audience’s attention. Don’t ever bury the lead. (A good trick that usually works – throw out your first paragraph.) 4. Offer something of value to the reader-helpful tips, for example. Those are likely to be saved, not trashed. People will think of you in a favorable way. 5. Segment and personalize. The more the missive speaks to the receiver as an individual, the more likely they will perceive it as something other than spammy slop. 6. Be different. People are drowning in email. Whether it’s the tone of your message or the startling honesty of your subject line, a standout element is required. 7. Make the call to action so incredibly easy to do, people just can’t say no. Strive for a one-click or one-second level of ease. 8. Make it easy for people to unsubscribe or get off your mailing list. Include an unsubscribe button and an easy way for people to contact you to update their information. It’s convenient, transparent for you and keeps you in line with CAN-SPAM rules. 9. Don’t email donors, subscribers, etc. via Outlook. Ever. It will get you into trouble. You need a professional email outreach tool.
Do you have email newsletter fatigue? Maybe you’re struggling to find content for your monthly newsletter. Perhaps it’s just been tough to stick to a sending schedule. Or, maybe you’d much rather take a nap after hitting send than bother looking at those response numbers. Building loyal, engaged supporters starts with an engaging email strategy, so if you’re feeling a little fatigued with your newsletter (ugh!), there’s a chance your subscribers feel the same way (ack!).Join Suzanne Norman and Jim Hitch–our friends and partners at Emma–as they highlight the very best practices for crafting an engaging email strategy. From sign-up to send-off to follow-up, they’ll use nonprofit email examples to show you how to inspire at every turn. You’ll learn numerous tactics: Growing your list Developing fresh content Working with your in-house team Crafting stylish campaigns Making the most of your response numbersAnd you’ll leave with everything you need to put together an email program that attracts, engages and inspires your audience. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES BELOW “RELATED DOCUMENTS,” OR VISIT https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG6468.jpg” alt=”last_img” />