TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP

first_imgPEOPLE who litter are the lowest of the low – horrible individuals who think it’s ok to destroy our countryside, villages and towns.But for every litter lout there’s a whole load of heroes; the men, women and children who are prepared to go out and clean-up after the louts, supported by a superb Donegal County Council initiative.‘Littering Picking in Progress’ signs, hi-vis vests, litter pickers and bin bags have been a common sight on many of the county’s roads over the last few weeks. With people all over the county rolling up their sleeves and getting to work, it is clear to see that the #BigDonegalCleanup is well underway. According to Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council and co-ordinator of the Big Donegal Clean-up, well over 100 groups have registered this year with both with the Council and the National Spring Clean Campaign.“We have had a very busy few weeks with people contacting us about doing clean-ups and we are delighted with this response and to be able to support and assist them. Our Litter Wardens are in daily contact with individuals and groups and it is great to see the sense of pride and community spirit that stills exists in every part of the county”.More than 300 people took part in last Saturday’s clean-up in the Twin Towns which was organised by the Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns & B.A.S.I.C.C groups.It was a fabulous community response and the results can be seen in Ballybofey & Stranorlar and the surrounding areas. Bernie Crowley from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns believes that “this is a great start and we want to build on this for the rest of the year and into the future and a special word of thanks goes to those who helped to collect the bags on Saturday afternoon”.“Keeping the towns and surrounding area clean includes keeping litter under control, but also addressing issues like the upkeep of buildings, open spaces and the river frontage. During the year this will be the focus of other work and we are asking for continued support and help to keep the towns tidy”.Convoy is cleaner due to the great efforts of 65 volunteers who over 2 weekends collected litter filling an unbelievable 4 skips. Well done to all involved and special thanks to the Convoy Community and Environment Committee for their work.There’s a further two clean ups planned in Doneyloop and in St Johnston on Saturday 23rd April.The Big Inishowen Clean up took place last Saturday 9th April and saw local people, clubs and groups pick up litter in their own local areas. Pearse McCrory, Litter Warden with the Council has commended the local people from various towns, villages and rural areas across Inishowen for their tremendous work over the weekend. “Our mobile Litter Unit picked up over 2 tonnes of waste over the weekend and this does not include the waste collected in Buncrana and Carndonagh. It was great to see such strong community spirit and the sense of pride that people have in their own areas”.There are further community clean-ups planned this Saturday April 16th in Moville & Greencastle and in Muff and anyone interested in helping out should contact Cllr. Martin Farren or Marian McDonald for Moville & Greencastle or Mura McLaughlin for the Muff community clean-up.On Saturday 23 April there will be a clean-up in Carrowmena and anyone interested in helping out should contact the Community Centre.Extensive community clean ups have taken place in the past week throughout the Letterkenny Municipal District and Litter Warden Martin Roarty has commended the great work done by individuals and groups in this area. “The work done by individuals and groups throughout the district this year has been tremendous. Clean-ups have taken place in Glenvar, organised by Teresa Mc Closkey, Drumhalla, organised by James Kelly, Glenmaquin, organised by Linda Laird and Paul Dolan and in the Trentagh area by Mrs Primrose Rankin and her grandchildren”.“Several other resident associations and individuals within the Letterkenny area have also carried out small clean ups and these have been supported by Donegal County Council by way of supplying materials and arranging the collection of bags.“The Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee launched their 31st Annual Cleaner Community Campaign on Monday 11th April, and this will see groups and individuals organising clean-ups in various parts of the town.“Outside Letterkenny there are some big clean ups planned for this week-end coming with a major clean up in the Fanad area organised by Clodagh Walsh and Tracey McBride. The Loughside Community Group just outside Letterkenny have also planned to do a clean up on Saturday 16th April and on Saturday 23rd April a major clean up takes place in the Downings area organised by Susan Mc Bride, so all in all a very busy time for community clean ups in this area”.There are ongoing clean-ups taking place throughout the Glenties Municipal District including in Dungloe, Dore Beaga and Burtonport and plans are already well underway for a big clean up day in Dunfanaghy on Sunday April 17th and in Creeslough on Friday 22nd April. And hundreds of volunteers will be out in Donegal Town during April doing their bit for the Big Donegal Clean Up.The Big Donegal Clean-up is run by Donegal County Council in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean and takes place throughout the month of April. Now an established part of the Council’s community calendar, the event gathers momentum each year with more and more people getting involved. Litter pickers, gloves, high-viz vests and bags are provided to groups who register and the resulting rubbish is collected by the Council.If you want to get involved or organise a clean-up in your area contact the Council on 074 91 53900 or email [email protected] register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.org.TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by John2Share 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:BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UPDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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Public invited to have their say on issues impacting rural life

first_imgAn online survey has been launched to seek the views of the public on key challenges and opportunities for rural Ireland over the coming five years.The survey, led by the Department of Rural and Community Development, intends to lead the development of a new Government policy for rural Ireland for the period 2020-2025.Speaking today, Minister Michael Ring said the survey “allows respondents to prioritise what they see as the main challenges and opportunities in relation to rural Ireland, covering areas such as employment opportunities, Brexit, broadband connectivity, transport infrastructure and access to public services and facilities. “People living, working, and raising families in rural areas throughout the country have important insights into both the challenges which impact on rural living, and the opportunities available to rural areas. These insights will contribute to informing Government policy for rural Ireland over the next five years.”The public consultation survey is available online here until Friday 11 October 2019. Public invited to have their say on issues impacting rural life was last modified: September 4th, 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

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Homeless theatre group takes Shakespeare to the streets

first_imgA group of homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg have found their true calling in theatre. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the group is taking Shakespeare to the streets, using his words to tell their stories.Acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould and her Johannesburg Awakening Minds students use Shakespeare to find their voices and contribute to society. (Image: Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page)CD AndersonFounded in 2012 by South African actress and acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould, the Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM) theatre group comprises homeless men and women living on the inner city streets of Johannesburg.The group began as an acting therapy class in Hillbrow, with the intention, as Gould writes on her website, of “[letting] individuals feel that they had the right to speak, the right to be seen and the right to tell their stories in a city which has been very cruel to them”.Classes include vocal training, theatre stagecraft and creative writing exercises. The students quickly began finding their voices in the works of William Shakespeare, with many of them starting to recite some of the Bard’s most famous soliloquies on street corners as their own performance pieces.In Shakespeare, Gould writes, the actors found that “[the words] of Macbeth and Titus were speaking about their pain and that the plays were huge receptacles that could hold all the emotions that they needed to release: the rage, the feelings of abandonment; they began to flex again their intellectual muscle, to debate, have opinions and to become a team that support each other and watch each other’s backs, not only on the streets, but on stage.”The group has performed on stage intermittently since 2013, including performances at the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival, at the Space.com event at the Johannesburg Theatre and as part of the Shakespeare Society of South Africa festival on radio station Classic FM.With their stage productions few and far between, most of the actors still live on the streets or in shelters, but they have found a continued inspiration in performing for the public on street corners. Some of the actors have moved into other artistic pursuits, such as painting, and selling their works at markets.Donations and sponsorships, as well any small profit from the group’s performances, have helped the JAM members slowly re-enter society, enabling some to open bank accounts, begin hawker businesses and help their families.Some of the rising stars of the JAM group have also found work in short student films and as extras in television productions.JAM member Thando Matodlana has been accepted to study at The Market Theatre Laboratory theatre school, while Sibusiso Magubane has acted in television commercials and is auditioning for speaking roles in local and international films being made in Johannesburg.Gould describes her students as “dedicated and passionate… the talent and growth they have displayed is truly inspirational. Proving that Shakespeare is not for the old, stuffy academic types and has a home in Africa.”For more information, join the Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page for photos and videos of the group in action.To support the initiative, contact Dorothy Ann Gould via her Triple Take Studios website here.Source: BBC, News24, Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook PageWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Every Machine Can Be Used To Watch You. Interested in Privacy?

first_imgWhat if your activities were watched and recorded so we could not only catch you for any crime but could maximize how much money we make selling you stuff? An editorial by Toby Considine over at Automated Buildings suggests that this is fast becoming the future we’re moving into.Considine gives one example of a British murder conviction that was based on evidence obtained via Electrical Network Frequency Analysis (ENF). While detectives have long been rendering this kind of data by deciphering faint signals from the machines we use, what’s new is the huge increase in devices that can be monitored. The cost to capture and store data continues to drop, too. Enter the talented salesperson who knows the more they know about you, the more money they make. Enter a new era of a trillion Web-connected devices known as the Internet of Things. Got privacy? Considine’s editorial has a remarkable title and a lengthy byline: Smart Energy and the End of Privacy – There is now no reason ever to throw out information. Operational data will be the new battleground for privacy. Google Street ViewAs routinely covered in This Week in Online Tyranny the Google cars are in trouble for trolling neighborhoods for web traffic data. Or how about today’s coverage of Google vs. World, which is a map that highlights Google legal woes, many of which are related to privacy. Considine refers to the basis upon which these legal concerns are being raised when he says: “Without privacy, the social contract is changed. Zero tolerance combined with no privacy removes every civil right we have. The CEO of Google has stated “Privacy is dead, get used to it.” On the other hand, the German high court recently mandated early deletion of all cell tower data, web traffic, IM tracking, and other “personal acts.” The battle for privacy is already publicly engaged. The more people know, the more people are going to care.”They’ll Want To Run You the Way They Run CasinosConsidine also explains how an early adopter of building unique data profiles for each individual customer are casinos in Las Vegas. The super secret Wal-Mart data centers in Missouri and Arkansas have also long been suspected of similar surveillance technologies. In short, your behavior is being charted to maximize your profitability. What’s more, once users start wiring their homes to a smart grid in order to be more green your unauthorized sales representative may be able to discern your purchasing patterns based on the types of devices you plug into your walls. Or what if you didn’t know that you were pinging TV advertisers every time you took food out of your internet-connected refrigerator? deane rimerman What’s more, Las Vegas casino surveillance data is derived by each casino in a highly competitive atmosphere where great effort is made to ensure one casino’s data does not end up in the hands of a competing casino. So what if casino vs. casino surveillance expands to an entire grocery store of product, each product with their own sales representative wanting more information about you?Location-Based Malware May Soon Track You in the Real WorldOn the Web when you move your mouse, or click, or type it can be tracked using malware and other tools. Yet simple measures can be taken to protect yourself from this kind of tracking. So now that location-based software is making it easier to track where you are in the real world we now have the need to protect ourselves from the advent of location-based malware. Last winter our Ads With Eyes post explained the Center for Democracy & Technology’sreport about how digital signage with face recognition and RFID sensing are going to identify you and communicate with you in ways that are profitable for advertisers. But what about your right to opt out? Will these ads be able to sell your facial recognition and purchasing data to other advertisers?Public OversightLearning how to maintain our privacy amid so many newly introduced Web-connected machines is not going to be easy. Yet European leadership and even US congressional hearings are beginning to take note. As Internet of Things continues to develop more privacy issues are going to arise. That’s in part why ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick’s recorded a new podcast called: Thoughts on Privacy and the Internet of ThingsIf you have any additional insight that may benefit our readers regarding this issue please post them in the comments below.photos from (in order) Wiki Commons, John Delorey and A. Strakey. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet of Things#privacy#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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PM Holness to Tour Sections of Flood Ravaged Montego Bay

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Thursday (November 23) lead a team of Government officials and technical personnel from the National Works Agency (NWA) on a tour of sections of Montego Bay, St. James Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Thursday (November 23) lead a team of Government officials and technical personnel from the National Works Agency (NWA) on a tour of sections of Montego Bay, St. James.The area was severely impacted by flash flooding earlier today (November 22) which left several roads blocked for several hours.The NWA has advised that the main thoroughfare from Barnett to Adelphi remains impassible. A crew has been deployed to clear the road.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness is to receive a preliminary report from the NWA on the impact of the flooding.The country has been experiencing unprecedented levels of rainfall since March this year.The extraordinary weather event has overwhelmed the drainage systems resulting in flooding.Prime Minister Holness is urging residents not to cross flooded roadways and to remain safe during this period of unstable weather. Prime Minister Holness is urging residents not to cross flooded roadways and to remain safe during this period of unstable weather. The NWA has advised that the main thoroughfare from Barnett to Adelphi remains impassible. A crew has been deployed to clear the road.last_img read more

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GoAirs A320 ceo aircraft suffers technical glitch

first_imgNew Delhi: A GoAir plane, carrying 151 passengers, to the national capital was diverted to Nagpur due to a “technical glitch” in the pressurisation system, according to the airline. The A320 ceo aircraft was flying from Bengaluru Friday. In a statement, the airline said flight G8-7001 was diverted to Nagpur after the pilot “suspected a technical glitch on the pressurisation system” and that the aircraft had a normal landing. The airline also said the 151 passengers were provided with refreshments, dinner and options for accommodating on alternate GoAir flights or full refund.last_img

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Global 100 mn cybercrime gang busted

first_imgThe Hague: US and European police said Thursday they have smashed a huge international cybercrime network that used Russian malware to steal USD 100 million (89 million euros) from tens of thousands of victims worldwide. Prosecutions have been launched in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the United States over the scam, while five Russians charged in the US remain on the run, the EU police agency Europol said. The “organised crime network behind USD 100 million in malware attacks” targeted “more than 41,000 victims, primarily businesses and their financial institutions,” Europol said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPolice in Germany and Bulgaria were also involved. The cyber gang used GozNym malware to infect victims’ computers, steal their online banking login details and then siphon money from their accounts. The stolen money was then laundered in US and other accounts. Scott Brady, the US Attorney General for the western district of Pennsylvania where the US indictment was unsealed, said the operation was an “unprecedented” international effort. “Unsuspecting European and American victims thought they were clicking on a simple invoice, but were instead giving hackers access to their most sensitive information,” Brady added. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe alleged leader of the GozNym criminal network, Alexander Konovolov, 35, of Tbilisi, who goes by the online name “NoNe”, was arrested in the former Soviet state of Georgia, the US Department of Justice said. His alleged technical assistant Marat Kazandjian, 31, aka “phant0m,” was also arrested in Georgia. Konovolov recruited hackers who advertised their services on “Russian-speaking online criminal forums”, and eventually controlled the malware-infected computers of more than 41,000 victims, Europol said. The five Russians charged in the US included the alleged developer of the malware, identified as Vladimir Gorin, but they cannot be extradited because Russia does not send suspects abroad. Gorin “oversaw its creation, development, management and leasing to other cyber criminals” including the Georgian alleged leader of the group, Europol said. One of the Russians, Viktor Eremenko, was arrested in Sri Lanka at the request of US authorities in 2017 but “through the intervention of the Russian government” was freed on bail, after which he fled to Russia. Bulgarian Krasimir Nikolov was arrested and extradited to the United States in 2016 and has already pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment, the DOJ said. Ukrainian police meanwhile arrested Gennady Kapkanov, 36, also known as “firestarter”, on suspicion of hosting a so-called “Avalanche” network that provided services to more than 200 cybercriminals including the Georgians. He allegedly fired an assault rifle through the door of his apartment at police, the DOJ said. Europol announced the smashing of the Avalanche network in a major operation in 2016, saying that it had infected half a million computers in 188 countries.last_img read more

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SEC Sets Record With 8 Teams in AP Poll

The Southeastern Conference got a record-breaking eight schools ranked in the Associated Press college football poll.The Top 25 list was turned upside down this week after seven ranked teams lost. Five of the teams lost to squads that were either lower ranked or not ranked at all. As a result, Michigan fell from the poll and Stanford dropped eight spots.The top four teams on the list didn’t change, with Alabama at No. 1, Oregon No. 2,  followed by Clemson and Ohio State.Stanford lost 27-20 at Utah and fell to No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team to lose to team not ranked this season. Michigan dropped from the list after falling to Penn State 43-40 in four overtimes.Auburn landed in at No. 24 in the rankings for the first time this season. The SEC team joined No. 11 South Carolina, No. 14 Missouri, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 15 Georgia and No. 22 Florida to help set the record.The SEC had eight teams ranked back in a 2011 preseason poll, but never in a regular season poll. read more

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France Is Rich With Offense But Is Winning With Defense

England0.89 Portugal1.10 Pogba has much more rarely gotten into the final third to create, passing instead more from deep and wide areas. This has kept him from being particularly dangerous in the attack, where his shot involvement has dropped by 4.6 shots attempted or assisted per 90 minutes with Manchester United to 2.8 for France. But in this disciplined, defensive role, the midfielder has found ways to affect the game, most recently with six attempted tackles and two penalty area clearances against Belgium. Pogba has been asked to trade his usual attacking production for defense, and so far, the plan has worked.The one man on France who doesn’t seem limited by these tactics is Kylian Mbappe. With Pogba playing deep, Mbappe has been asked to move the attack through the final third. He has attempted 52 take-ons, most in the tournament — a rate of about 10.6 per 90 minutes. Mbappe is a dangerous dribbler, but for Paris Saint-Germain last season, he averaged 6.4 take-ons per 90. If you’re hoping for excitement from France, wait for Mbappe to get on the ball. He will be looking to beat a defender or two, and that will be the primary danger France poses in open play. Otherwise, Les Bleus will be focus on defending.Will this strategy work against Croatia? Deschamps has to trust that his attack will produce goals even while outnumbered in the final third, while the midfielders trail the play. If Mbappe cannot progress the ball for his teammates, a long and scoreless match is possible.Croatia has thus far excelled in long matches, surviving extra time three times to reach the final. Its strength is its skilled midfield, where Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic all rate among the world’s best passers. Over time, opposition teams lose the legs to press Croatia, and the midfielders can find space to work. England successfully pressed Croatia in the first half and kept possession about even at 47 percent to 53 percent, but Croatia dominated the ball 64 to 36 percent in the second half, when it scored its equalizer.In the final, Croatia is likely to depend on its defense (seventh in the World Cup in the chart above) to hold back a more talented opponent. France will likely refuse to commit numbers to the attack and hope its skill wins out. If France can notch an early goal, it’s hard to see Croatia finding a comeback as it did against England. But France’s strategy has the same weakness that was discovered by Portugal in the final of the 2016 Euros. If the opposing team’s defense is solid, Les Bleus do not have the kind of swarming, overwhelming attack that can be counted on to pick up a needed goal. And if the match is running late and Modric starts to find himself with an extra yard of space in midfield, the possibility of an upset — and a first-time World Cup winner — starts to look a lot more likely.France is rightly favored, and its defense, strengthened by some conservative tactical choices by Deschamps, has been impregnable. But the final of the Euros showed what happens when this French approach fails, and if Croatia’s defense can hold back Mbappe and the French forward line to start, its midfield has the skills to pull off a late upset.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. Spain1.02 Brazil0.56 Senegal0.64 Sweden1.00 TeamExpected goals allowed France0.61 Three players exemplify how the French approach works. First is N’Golo Kante. He may be the world’s premier open-play defender. Kante has averaged about 7.5 tackles or interceptions per 90 minutes since 2014-2015, most in the world among players with at least 8,000 minutes played in league and Champions League play those four seasons. Brazil’s Casemiro, at 7.04, is the only other player with more than 7. Kante’s talents prevented Leicester City’s open attack from leaking goals during the Foxes’ miracle title campaign, and they then helped Chelsea rebound to a title after falling out of the top four the previous season. He is the primary reason that France so rarely concedes good chances. But instead of giving Kante the job of cleaning up midfield himself, as he often does for his club teams, Deschamps gives him added protection with the deployment of Paul Pogba.Pogba is a great playmaker who does much of his best work in more advanced areas. With France, Pogba is reserved, and his forays into the final third are limited. The blue wallTeams with the fewest expected goals allowed per match in the 2018 World Cup Uruguay0.50 Source: Opta Sports Croatia1.00 France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament. Portugal had played a defensive style that bottled up the midfield and limited opposition attacking opportunities.Sound familiar?In this World Cup, France knocked off two former champions from South America before winning its semifinal over Belgium, the next-best team remaining in the tournament according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index. Croatia, like Portugal in 2016, has never won a major tournament and got to the final through a comparatively easy draw. In the 2016 final, Portugal managed to stymie France and won its first ever European championship on an extra-time strike. Will this international final see another upset and first-time winner, or will the French golden generation bring a second-ever cup home?Croatia is a clear underdog — as it was in the semifinals against England — and there’s reason to believe the task ahead is even more difficult than it seems. SPI rates France as a solid 59 percent favorite to win. Through the tournament and even in qualifying, as Mike Goodman pointed out before the games started, it has been clear how France would choose to play. Despite an incredible blend of world-class attacking talent, Les Bleus set up first to prevent opposition chances and win on defense. And they have. France has conceded just four goals in six matches — three of which came against Argentina in the round of 16. And Didier Deschamps’s team has even better underlying numbers, with about 0.6 expected goals conceded per match. Australia0.76 read more

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