Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay

first_imgBallyness Bay has been in the news recently on account of a major plan to convert this beautiful tidal estuary into a large-scale shellfish farming area.There has been a great deal of shock in the locality about proposals that would see vast ugly beds of shellfish dominate this stunning coastal location between Falcarragh, Gortahork and Magheraroarty.People generally believe that the bay should be retained as an amenity for the local community and visitors. They think that it is far more valuable as a natural asset contributing to the well-being of all those who use and enjoy this amazing landscape.They also conclude that it can contribute greater economic benefit to the community through the growth of sustainable employment built around diverse outdoor activities and eco-tourism.Bird watching is just one of the many strands that form part of these varied outdoor pursuits. It is something that draws visitors into the area from far afield with the opportunity of viewing a rich array of coastal birdlife in an unspoilt natural setting.Ballyness Bay is an ideal location in which to appreciate the wonderful selection of birds to be found on our shores at this time of year. Protected on its seaward side by extensive sand dunes, this relatively sheltered bay and its surroundings provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of resident bird species as well as many seasonal visitors.It is particularly good as a wintering ground for waders and waterfowl, and its shores have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation.A guided tour on Saturday the 16th of November will offer the chance for people to explore some of the stunning locations around this lovely tidal landscape and learn more about the abundance of birdlife it nurtures.Those who come along will learn to identify birds that have flown south from more northerly locations to overwinter here, alongside some of the hardy locals that stick around through the colder darker months.This event is weather dependent. It is hoped those who come along will have an opportunity to observe some of the wildfowl, though in nature nothing can be guaranteed with certainty. It will be led by a local ecologist who has worked on various research and conservation programmes throughout Donegal. Those who wish to join in should phone (074) 918 0994 or (086) 822 0404 to reserve a place.As one might expect for a coastal walk in Winter you will need to wear warm clothes and sturdy, waterproof footwear, and if you have them to bring a pair of binoculars or a portable telescope.The tour will begin at 10am and should take about three hours. It is organised by The Glasshouses (LAN Ctr.) Cill Ulta, Falcarragh, and supported by Donegal ETB.Winter bird tour to highlight environmental richness of threatened Donegal bay was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Should Elephants and Lions Be Reintroduced to North America?

first_imgBelieve it or not, some scientists think large mammals that existed in North America in prehistoric times should be brought back.  This is called “rewilding,” in hopes of healing some of the ecological disruption caused when early humans “played a significant role in their demise 13,000 years ago.”  A dozen scientists provided a detailed proposal for the restoration of North American megafauna, reported EurekAlert. Starting with giant tortoises and wild horses, then moving toward lions and elephants, the authors provide a number of case studies for “Pleistocene Rewilding” and argue such introductions would contribute biological, economic, and cultural benefits to North America.  The authors acknowledge that there are substantial risks and challenges; the risks of inaction may be even greater, however, including the continued global loss of megafauna.Those risks and challenges were recently highlighted in a news story on Fox News.  In Kenya last Monday, a British tourist was trampled by an elephant on his honeymoon.  (That was the man’s honeymoon, incidentally, not the elephant’s.)Let’s think this through in evolutionary terms.  After all, evolutionists must be consistent.  Since evolution is what evolution does, the early human inhabitants of North America merely showed their fitness after the emergence of evolutionary innovations such as spears and knives.  Since many species have gone extinct, why should we weep over the loss of a few more?  And what would be the impact on today’s native megafauna (mountain lions, bison, bears) with the introduction of new, larger competitors?    If the insinuation in this story is that our forebears did something bad by killing them off, and therefore we need to perform penance to rectify past mistakes, then the argument switches to moral philosophy.  Since there are no morals in Darwinism, this is really a synonym for theology.  Let the evolutionists repent and be converted, then we could have an interesting discussion on stewardship of the environment – but not until.  After all, evolutionists must be consistent.    But then, why must evolutionists be consistent?  Consistency is a virtue, and there are no virtues in Darwinism.  In their world view, they could play any intellectual game to get what they desire.  The only acceptable compromise in a pluralistic society would be to give them their own territory for their experiments.  Put the Darwinists in the same pen with the lions and elephants, and let them play survival of the fittest to their heart’s content.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africa ‘one step closer’: AU report

first_img17 July 2006African countries are moving towards attaining their shared goals for the continent, according to the report on the outcomes of the 7th African Union Summit held in Banjul, Gambia earlier this month.The report found that “some progress toward improving human development was made during the past year, but [that] the challenges remain enormous,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sue van der Merwe said in Pretoria on Friday.Briefing heads of diplomatic missions in South Africa on the outcomes of the summit in Pretoria on Friday, Van der Merwe noted that Africa’s economy – according to the World Bank’s 205 report – grew by 4.4% in 2004, with virtually all countries reporting positive growth.The region was projected to grow by 4.1% in 2005 as the benefits of past reforms and a more peaceful environment continued to translate into expanded economic activity.At the same time, Van der Merwe said, the African Union (AU) summit report was cautious to point out that “the region [still] faces serious challenges. More than 314 million Africans live on less than US$1 a day – nearly twice as many as in 1981.“The continent is home to 34 of the world’s 48 poorest countries and 24 of the 32 countries ranked lowest in human development. The HIV/Aids pandemic costs Africa 1 percentage point of per capita growth a year, while malaria kills about 2 800 Africans a day.”The Deputy Minister said these findings are consistent with the common positions that African countries have adopted in seeking to remove the impediments to developments while at the same time ensuring they stayed on track to realise the Millennium Development Goals.Fighting hungerThe report recommends strengthening the capacity of the AU Commission, Nepad, and the continent’s regional economic communities to improve co-ordination of initiatives in food and nutrition security.Member countries are also urged to develop early warning systems for food security, to build intra- and inter-regional trade in food, and to speed up implementation of the Maputo Declaration on allocating 10% of their national budgets to agriculture.Regional economic communitiesThe AU summit highlighted the importance of regional economic communities in consolidating Africa’s agenda – while warning against the proliferation of such structures.The summit accepted the recommendations of the first conference of African ministers in charge of integration, suspending recognition of new regional economic communities while recognising the following eight existing bodies:Economic Community of West African StatesCommon Market of East and Southern AfricaSouthern African Development CommunityInter-Governmental Authority for DevelopmentArab Maghreb UnionEconomic Community of Sahelo-Saharian StatesEast African CommunityEconomic Community of Central African StatesThe regional economic communities were urged to co-ordinate their policies in order to help accelerate integration.Ending conflictsThe AU summit commended the Comoros for its reconciliation process, Mauritania for its constitutional referendum of 25 June, and Sudan for the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement in Abuja on 5 May as well as progress made in implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Southern Sudan.It also expressed satisfaction with Burundi’s signing of the Dar-Es-Salaam Principles of Agreement on 18 June, and with progress made in Ivory Coast, despite the delay in the implementation of the roadmap adopted by the Ivorian government in February.At the same time, the AU expressed great concern that increased instability in Somalia would have far-reaching consequences on the peace process in that country and the stability of the region as a whole.The summit confirmed its full support for the transitional federal institutions of Somalia, particularly the country’s transitional federal government, appealed to all parties to follow the path of dialogue, and welcomed the preliminary agreement reached between the transitional government and the Union of Islamic Courts under the auspices of the League of Arab States.United Nations reformUN reform remained a priority for the AU, Van der Merwe said, noting that the outcomes of the 60th UN General Assembly were “a disappointment to many of us”.On that occasion the world’s mostly developing countries were denied representation on the UN Security Council, despite years of negotiations.“We will however consistently assert the importance of multilateralism and the urgent need to revitalise and reform the UN,” the deputy minister said. “We will also consistently call for more equitable representation of Africa and other developing regions and for the adoption of more just and transparent rules and procedures.”The AU summit also re-endorsed the Ezulwini Consensus, which proposes two permanent and five non-permanent seats for Africa in a reformed UN Security Council, as well as strengthening the UN General Assembly to “enable it to fully play its role as the most representative and democratic organ of the United Nations system and world parliament.”At the same time, the AU was encouraged by the establishment of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and the Peace Building Commission. Africa was allocated 13 seats in the former and seven in the latter.2010 World CupThe deputy minister also touched on the 2010 Fifa World Cup to be hosted by South Africa.“There has been a lot of speculation about our state of readiness,” Van der Merwe said. “Let me assure you that we are quite ready and the continent is behind us. The summit endorsed South Africa as the host for the 2010 World Cup and declared their support for this endeavour.”The AU has declared 2007 the Year of Football in Africa, and invited Fifa president Sepp Blatter to address its next summit in reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Weekly Case Study: Pooling a Virtualized Infrastructure

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Pooling its virtualized infrastructure has proven to have its benefits for Germany’s University of Münster.The university has more than 38,000 students spread amongst 15 different departments. Its natural sciences department oversees 10,000 users and 3,500 machines. The department now has two server locations but the infrastructure is pooled to allow for more efficient maintenance and backup in case of a downtime issue. Here’s what they did:Download White Paper PDFPooling a Virtualized Infrastructure Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img

15yrold boy killed one apprehended

first_imgNew Delhi: A 15-year-old boy was murdered in Outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri area. Police claimed that they have apprehended the juvenile in the case.The reason behind the incident seems to be a petty issue and further investigation is going on in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Seju P Kuruvilla said that the incident came to light on Saturday. Both accused and deceased had a scuffle on the petty issue. “The accused attacked the boy with the knife resulting in his death,” police said adding that after investigation they apprehended the juvenile. The deceased lived with his family in Sultanpuri area. He was studying in a school. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”After the attack, he was rushed to hospital where the boy was declared brought dead by doctors,” police said. The probe is going on in the fact that in the past, whether both accused-deceased had any scuffle. A case was registered under appropriate sections of IPC. Case registered against Cop In another incident, Delhi Police has filed a case against officers of Adarsh Nagar police station for allegedly ill-treating a third-year law student, officials said on Sunday. In his complaint, the complainant said that on August 25 at around 1:15 pm, he got a call from Adarsh Nagar police station regarding three persons, including his nephew Amar, having been arrested. When he reached the police station and asked why they have been arrested, the police started thrashing him. The investigation is going on from different angles.last_img read more

Judge finds Ali Omar Ader guilty in Amanda Lindhout kidnapping case

first_imgOTTAWA – Ali Omar Ader has been found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia.The verdict was handed down today by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith, who presided over Ader’s 10-day trial.Lindhout was a freelance journalist from Red Deer, Alta., when she and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were seized by armed men near Mogadishu in August 2008, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. They were released upon payment of a ransom.But the saga then entered a new phase: a complex, multi-year police investigation involving a scheme to elicit a confession from Ader, the man suspected of making ransom-demand calls.Ader, who speaks some English, developed a business relationship through phone calls and emails with a man who promised to help publish his book about Somalia.They met face-to-face in 2013 on the island of Mauritius, where the business agent — actually an undercover Mountie — says Ader freely spoke of helping the hostage-takers in return for US$10,000 in ransom money.A book contract signing came two years later in Ottawa with the officer and a supposed publisher, all secretly captured on a police video. Again, Ader tells the RCMP he was paid to assist the kidnappers. He was arrested the next day.As the lone defence witness, Ader told the court that he, too, was abducted by the gang and forced to be a negotiator and translator.Ader described being held by the gunmen in an apartment for several months, as well as getting orders from the gang about what to say during calls to Lindhout’s mother, Lorinda Stewart. He told of being beaten, escaping and later surrendering when the hostage-takers made serious threats against his family.Ader said that in Mauritius, he tried to tell the man he believed to be his business agent that he was coerced into helping the kidnappers. But the man wasn’t interested, so he told him what he wanted to hear.Prosecutor Croft Michaelson said Ader’s testimony was “riddled with inconsistencies” and should be rejected.Ader told the true story of his role in the kidnapping in Mauritius, not in the courtroom, Michaelson said. The prosecutor suggested it simply wouldn’t make sense for Ader to confess to something he did not do.Trevor Brown, one of Ader’s lawyers, said it was important to remember the Somalia of 2009 was a chaotic country with no sense of order or security, a place where those with weapons wielded power.The gang that kidnapped Lindhout and Brennan were cruel and unpredictable people “eminently capable” of ordering Ader to help them, Brown told the court.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

British Columbias economy is forecast to remain strong through 2020

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia is predicted to have solid economic growth through 2020 by a trade association of credit unions.Central 1 Credit Union says 2017 was a year of “stellar growth” and the positive momentum will continue in B.C. for the next 24 months, despite a slower housing market.The new forecast calls for a three per cent growth in the province’s real gross domestic product, which is the inflation-adjusted value of all goods and services produced in B.C.Growth is expected to slow to just over two per cent next year, but Central 1 economists are calling for a rebound to 3.3 per cent by 2020, marking what they say has been “more than a decade of uninterrupted annual growth.”Federal lending restrictions, provincial government policies and stepped up home construction will combine to keep a lid on B.C.’s housing market, but Central 1 does not foresee a price correction.Bryan Yu, deputy chief economist at Central 1, says warning flags include trade disruptions due to trade wars or disputes over renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but he says B.C.’s exports are spread across the province, limiting some of the risk.Yu also forecasts faster wage growth for B.C. workers, as average unemployment moves toward four per cent over the next two years.“Employers will face increasing challenges in finding workers to support operations as employment is constrained by growth in the labour force due to an aging population,” he says in a news release.Overall, Yu predicts a surge in investment by the end of the decade as major private and public works projects get underway.“B.C.’s economy remains in a strong position with consumer demand underpinned by high employment and income growth, rising exports and government spending,” he says.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate following charges laid in property related

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are continuing to investigate a robbery that took place in the Toms Lake area.On September 22, RCMP received a report of a stolen UTV in the Toms Lake area.According to RCMP, frontline officers attended the scene, located the stolen UTV, and arrested the two occupants. Upon further investigation, police say they uncovered evidence connecting suspects to two other stolen vehicles and a stolen trailer which were located nearby.Police say a subsequent investigation has since linked the suspects to several other vehicle thefts and property thefts in the Peace region.Charged and in custody are 25-year-old Ryan Bumstead, 28-year-old Chelbi Hiebert, 28-year-old Hayden Raposo, and 21-year-old Lyric Grey.If you have any information related to these crimes, you are being asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Notification for 3rd phase of LS polls in UP to be issued

first_imgLucknow: Notification for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh will be issued Thursday, an election official said here Wednesday. According to the Election Commission, the parliamentary constituencies going to polls in the third phase include Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Bareilly and Pilibhit. The last date for filing of nominations is April 4, while scrutiny of nominations will be held on April 5. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 8. Voting will be held on April 23 from 7.00 AM to 6.00 PM, while counting of votes will be done on May 23. The total number of voters, exercising their franchise in the third phase, is 1.76 crore. This includes 95.5 lakh male voters, 80.9 female voters and 983 third gender voters. Voting will be held at 12,128 polling centres in this phase. The number of voters in the 18-19 year bracket in the third phase are 2,98,619, while there are 2,99,871 voters in the above 80-year category.last_img read more

Unable to keep his TV channel afloat Indian owner flees Dubai

first_imgDubai: An Indian owner of a Malayalam television station in the UAE and its finance head allegedly fled the country without paying the staff their dues, after they struggled to keep the venture afloat amid mounting losses, according to a media report on Tuesday. Channel D was launched about two years ago and it operated from its boutique studio in Jumeirah in the UAE. The channel also had a unit in Kochi, Kerala. The owner and the finance head fled the UAE without paying several months of outstanding salary, the Gulf News reported. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We had not been paid for months but in the hope of a turnaround the dozen odd staffers lumbered on. Nobody expected the end to come so soon,” an unnamed senior staff of the channel was quoted as saying by the Gulf News. The TV station’s office in Jumeirah remains shut but the channel is still on air. “They are running repeats of old shows. But even that is likely to stop when their contract with Etisalat expires this month end,” he said. A cameraman, who claims the company owes him seven months salary in arrears, said he was repeatedly assured that their dues would be settled. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We were told that a new investor has come on board and that he will take care of all our liabilities. We believed them. But now it appears that the company never had any intention to pay us,” he said. Another staffer said that the employees’ fingerprint door access control was deactivated in March while telephone lines were disconnected a month earlier. “These were obvious red flags but we didn’t suspect anything amiss because we trusted the owner,” said another staffer. The Channel has shut its Kochi unit also, the report said.last_img read more