Huge gorse fire putting houses under threat in West Donegal

first_imgA massive gorse fire is West Donegal is putting houses under threat.The fire, which is located between Loughanure and Annagry, started in the early hours of this morning.Five units of the Donegal Fire Service are currently tackling the blaze. Firemen are also digging trenches and dousing down the exterior of houses in a bid to divert the flames from dwellings.Dozens of locals are also supporting the fire services as entire communities battle to put out the fires.Among those battling the blaze is local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.“It is very intense. As soon as the fire service get it under control the wind whips up the flames again. “The community response has been amazing but we are still in the middle of trying to bring this under control,” he said.It comes just days after two homes were destroyed two homes in Annagry.Huge gorse fire putting houses under threat in West Donegal was last modified: April 26th, 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:AnnagryfiregorseLouaghnuretendersWest Donegallast_img read more

Pan Celtic celebrations take over Letterkenny – Picture Special

first_imgAs the exciting Pan Celtic Festival continues in Letterkenny over the weekend, hundreds have been enjoying the unique and colourful events of the week. Letterkenny has been the hub of culture and tradition as the Pan Celtic Festival ran from Tuesday to Sunday, April 23 to 28, and boasts a packed programme of themed concerts, music, song and dance.Ireland’s Daríona Ní Dhonnchú scooped the top prize at the International Song Contest hosted as part of the 2019 International Pan Celtic Festival in Letterkenny. This is the third year in a row that Ireland has won the competition, which was held in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday night.The song ‘Ní Thuigim’ was written by Áine Durkin and chosen to represent Ireland when it won the Pan Celtic National Song contest in Carlow in March.On Thursday it went on to win the International Pan Celtic Song Contest amidst stiff competition from the other Celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. The event was hosted by TG4’s Caitlín Nic Aoidh.See a glimpse of the week’s event so far in our picture special below: Brittany’s taditional musicians playing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe Welsh group singing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonThe Cornwall group singing at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny Chambers Jimmy Stafford and Toni Forrrester at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Carnival Dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCarndonagh U10/U12 Camogie teams at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKelda Kelly with her senior dancers in Inishowen Carnival Group at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonInishowen Carnival group at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonOne of the junior members of Carndonagh BRass Band at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonBrittany’s dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCrowds watchs the entertainment at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonSome of the crowd watching the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonCarndonagh Brass Band at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonKelda kelly leads her dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonShannagh Kelly leads the dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonWelsh Dancer’s Tom Foster and Jess Ward at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDavid Evans and Ruby Foster Welsh Dancers at the Pan Celtic Festival Parade in Letterkenny on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonPan Celtic celebrations take over Letterkenny – Picture Special was last modified: April 27th, 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) Tags:Pan Celtic Festivallast_img read more

Crow Cam Lets Scientists See Intelligence at Work

first_imgEver want to fly like a bird?  Now you can do the next best thing: get a tail-feather view of what it is like to fly from branch to branch.  University of Oxford scientists attached a small video camera to the underside of a New Caledonian Crow to watch it in the wild, reported PhysOrg.  The BBC News report includes video clips you can watch.  National Geographic News said this is one of the first uses of this ultra-light camera technology.  It will allow us to follow small animals around in their own world.    New Caledonian crows fascinate scientists because of their exceptional tool-using ability (see 02/23/2007, 08/09/2002).  The camera-equipped crow did not disappoint.  It not only used tools made out of grass stems; it stored its best ones for later use.    Noting that this species of crow appears to be the only non-primate animal known to use tools, the BBC article said, “The team is using its video footage to investigate why New Caledonian crows might have evolved their tool-using abilities.  One idea was that “the behaviour may have evolved in response to food shortages.”Can we please just enjoy these amazing animals without making up myths that a drought made them invent intelligence without primate help?    The Necessity-is-the-Mother-of-Invention theory of evolution leaves unexplained how the right genetic mutations converged on combinatorial solutions to a problem, nor what intelligence is, nor why many creatures go extinct in a drought instead of inventing intelligence.  Evolution provides only useless speculation that does no heavy lifting in scientific explanation.    Birds are wonderfully designed animals.  Evolutionists cannot even explain beak length, let alone the whole bird (08/24/2005).  Look at the Darwinians violate their own principles: they phrased the sentence “crows might have evolved their tool-using abilities.”  Well, then, they might not have evolved them, too.  Why is this prospect never considered?    If they are assuming evolution to find out if evolution occurred, they are begging the question.  Their wording doesn’t make any sense.  A bird would have to have intelligence to decide to evolve it, if it even could.  What did these birds do, for crying out loud, mutate their own genes for the purpose of trying to find a brain capable of tool use?  Using the word evolved as a purposeful word violates Charlie’s core principle that natural selection be unguided and purposeless.  Only the presupposition of creation tolerates a proposition about The Purpose-Driven Bird (04/20/2006, bullet 3).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Netflix to Distribute Original Programming?

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix is in “advanced talks” to distribute an original series starring Kevin Spacey, according to the Wall Street Journal.If Netflix pulls it off, they will be the first channel of distribution for the show. It will stream through their service. It will no doubt become yet another strain on traditional television. The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, is based on a British miniseries called “House of Cards,” that starred Ian Richardson as a Machievellian prime minister. Deadline Hollywood reported that Netflix could pay more than $100 million as part of a deal for 26 episodes, allegedly outbidding HBO and AMC. A two-season deal is somewhere between uncommon and unheard of (most series are given funding for a pilot first) and are no doubt part of the appeal for MRC. DH pointed out that the 14-year-old company, though a leader in streaming video rental, has competition. “(Netflix) has been feeling the heat from new competition, including Amazon.com, which last month announced it was entering the subscription streaming-media business, and Facebook, which last week announced a deal with Warner Bros. to experiment with streaming the studio’s The Dark Knight directly.”Netflix is said to be deep in conversation and negotiation with a number of different Hollywood production houses to act as first point of distribution for new series and movies. This deal may also prove to be another step in Netflix’s possible move toward a DVD-free future where all video is delivered online. last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure

first_img“We need to improve on our finish last year, but we have a tough task ahead of us. As we all know, other teams have been rebuilding since last year. It’s a never ending process. Two years ago, they’ve stockpiled their players so we just have to assess everything once the season gets going,” he said.The Soaring Falcons will have a virtually intact line up with Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr upfront, together with the trio of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, and Sean Manganti.Pumaren, though, is expecting more from his bench unit as he wants Adamson to be unpredictable on both ends.“Hopefully, we can get some lift from our guys and the rest of the team because it’s so hard if you rely in only a couple of guys. You’ll be predictable,” he said.But more than the talent, Pumaren is putting emphasis on he mental side of things as he seeks to see a more mature Adamson crew this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Slowly, we’re picking up. What’s important for us is to stress and make sure that we can be mentally tough and prepared for this coming season in terms of how to handle pressure.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Coach: Franz PumarenLast Season: 8-6 (Final Four)Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, Papi Sarr, Sean MangantiAdditions: Tyrus Hill, Koko PingoyKey Losses: Jaydee Tungcab, Harold NgADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After bursting into the Final Four last year, Adamson is now regarded as one of the contenders for this season’s championship.Coach Franz Pumaren is well aware of that, and he believes that it’s time for the young Soaring Falcons embrace the challenge head-on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s important for us to start manning up, start accepting the pressure. The difference right now, probably, is that other teams will be preparing for us, unlike last season that they underestimated us because we’re consistent being at the bottom of the team standings,” he said.With focus on consistency in his program, Pumaren has also set higher expectations for his team—from just merely trying to make the Final four to achieving higher than fourth place. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

The seven (or nine) things everyone wants

first_imgMark Rovner and I have been working on a little project – maybe it will turn into a book. We test-drove some of the content at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, and the NTC conference attendees were brilliant and contributed much to our thought process! The session was received warmly enough that we were asked to type up a little summary for the NTEN newsletter. I wanted to share that (it’s below), as well as the official blog for this topic. We welcome thoughts, comments, additions — any input at all!Here’s what we said:The NTC in New Orleans was full of fantastic, sparkly, shiny new technology tools. And then there was our session. No winsome widgets, no witty Twittering, no Dopplr-found Doppelgangers.And that was the point.Which is this: What makes technology tools great is not the technology. It’s the people behind them. Successful technology is about bonds, not wires. It’s human connections that matter. “Social media” is about “social” more than it’s about “media”. If you missed our session, we summed it up in the title: The Seven Things Everyone Wants: What Freud and Buddha Understood (and We’re Forgetting) about Online Outreach. Some very human principles make or break the success of absolutely everything you do online. These are the kind of truths Buddha or Freud – explorers of the deepest recesses of the human mind — talked about. To achieve true marketing “enlightenment,” you need to tap into fundamental human needs with your technology – rather than hoping technology can inspire alone. You may think this sounds a bit like Maslow – and it is – but with a twist: Maslow was uncovering human needs; We are showing how his and other deep needs can be employed to foster a more humane world. There are at least seven of these fundamental needs, and that’s what we covered in our session. We threw out a need, and the folks in the session talked about how they’d met it through online communications. (Hat tip to Britt Bravo for capturing the examples so well in her blog.) There are other human needs – we’d like to add simplicity and humor to the list of seven – but this was a start.Here is a taste of our discussion. But the conversation is far from over. Please help us continue it – we’re headed toward a book of some kind, we hope. Talk to us at our official blog for the topic.PLEASE: Don’t just read this article, tell us your story.Need 1: To be SEEN and HEARDMaking someone feel seen and heard is the most powerful thing any of us can do with online communications. On the other hand, not listening is the root of most problems, personal (just ask your partner!) and professional (just ask your co-workers!).Examples of great listening:•Teen Health Talk engages youth to talk about health issues rather than lectures at them.•Oxfam has used Flickr petitions successfully in several campaigns. Two of their staff members recently returned from Darfur and are putting together a video to raise awareness about it. They are collecting questions from supporters to include. The bottom line: See to be seen, hear to be heard.Need 2: To be CONNECTED to someone or somethingPeople are sociable creatures, and they want to find other people that share their interests. That’s what fuels Facebook or Twitter or any number of examples. In fact, one could argue that connecting people to each other is the highest and best use of technology.Examples of great connecting:•BeliefNet has prayer circles where people can share prayers for specific people.•March of Dimes’ Share Your Stories allows families of babies in the NICU to share stories. The bottom line: Engage by connecting to what your audience (NOT YOU) wants to hear.Need 3: To be part of something GREATER THAN THEMSELVESWe need to lay out the grand, inspirational vision of our cause. We should show how together we can leave the world a better place.Examples of vision:•18Seconds.org shows the cumulative effect of everyone changing their light bulbs to CFLs.•The MoveOn “endorse a thon” for Barack Obama is only the latest in a long line of creative, uplifting and inspiring efforts.Need 4: To have HOPE for the futureForget doom and gloom, finger-wagging campaigns. People hate them.Example of hopeful messaging:•Earth: The Sequel has been up for 2 weeks and has received 15,000 views.•The Yes We Can Obama video. The bottom line: Ix-nay on the apocalypse. Persuade through inspirationNeed 5: To have the security of TRUSTPeople are starved for a sense of trust. That’s why we glom on to authentic messengers. Examples of authenticity:•76% of givers according to Cone say they are influenced by friends and family. SixDegrees allows people to create widgets that feature a photo of themselves and 250 characters of text about why they support a particular cause.•The Packard Kid Connection site helps kids get ready to go to the hospital. It builds trust because it looks like Club Penguin (Club Penguin is a social network for children), and it has videos of children explaining how things work at the hospital. The bottom line: Cut the crap. Your authenticity is everything.Need 6: To be of SERVICEThe #1 reason people stop giving to a nonprofit is that they feel like they are being treated like an ATM machine. They want to help, but they also want to be of service and to have different ways of serving. That need is not being fulfilled if all they hear is the unimaginative drumbeat of dollars. If you are reading this, you already understand – and embody – the deep need to be useful and of service.Need 7: To want HAPPINESS for self and othersThe core of Buddhism is that everyone wants happiness and to be free from suffering. The more you want happiness for others, the better it is for you, and them.We wrapped up the session with the following happy dance. Remember, it’s about people. People who want to be happy in this world.last_img read more

Trust is a triangle – why and how to get it

first_imgMy dad visited this weekend. He’s a psychoanalyst and quite brilliant, so I spent time asking him about some of the issues I’m exploring with Mark Rovner under the topic, “the seven things everyone wants.” My dad had some particularly fascinating comments about trust.I want to share those today because there is a huge demand for trust in our sector, yet a serious supply problem. Holly at NTEN blogged on it just yesterday. She cited a some important data:Want to guess what the number one source of trusted information is for most Americans? People like them — their friends, colleagues and peers. So we trust people like us. That is definitely true. But how does that work? What is trust, really, and how does it come about? That’s what I asked my dad, since he’s spent a lifetime understanding people’s minds.He says trust is a triangle. Person A trusts Person B when Person B authentically represents or speaks to something that matters to us. Think of that thing as “C” – the third point that makes a triangle. For example, a person might trust a politician that stands for their vision of America. A customer of Amazon will trust another customer at Amazon who credibly reviews a book they are considering buying. A person might trust a brand if it consistently stands for quality. A person will trust their spouse if they stand for a faithful marriage. It’s not so much the person on the other side of the relationship as the stakes we share, the point that forms a triangle.Given the power of word-of-mouth marketing, if we’re trying to promote a cause (the “C” of our triangle), we need to ensure that our target audience (“A”) sees a triangle — that they actually care what we stand for — and that the other person in their triangle is not necessarily us but someone very close to them. That creates a strong triangle of trust. We don’t get a triangle if they don’t care what we do or don’t know the person speaking. What does this mean to us? That our triangle requires new points. It’s time to change our message – so we are creating a point of trust that matters to people – and the messenger speaking to that point. We won’t have trust without that kind of shape.last_img read more

Keeping Info in Your Donor Database

first_imgDonor database systems are often only as good as the information we put into them (check out this post on choosing a donor database). Over the last couple weeks I’ve been working with a new donor database, building some crystal reports, and setting up a tracking system. Here are a few reasons that came to my mind why keeping information in your donor database is important.Donor information is easy to forget, we can’t keep everything in our heads.Information is available after you leave the organization. How will the organization continue where you left of it they don’t know where that is.It’s searchable so you can find a donor based on little things about them. Find all the donors that live in a neighborhood where you’re starting a new project.Helps in setting up an annual plan and in organizing the development process or moves management with hundreds (or more) donors.It allows us to segment our donors so we can send an appeal based on location , program interest, or giving history.Databases allow information to be shared throughout the entire development department instead of just one person. This allows donor development to be a team effort.Feel free to fill out the poll below or add your own thoughts and reasons for using a donor database below.Source: http://www.asmallchange.net/last_img read more

Should you make your CEO blog?

first_imgNo. Unless they really, really want to.•It takes a huge amount of energy and time to blog. You have to be really enthusiastic about the medium, or it’s really not going to work.•Your CEO may not be your best spokesperson. Perhaps you have a volunteer, another staffer or a constituent that can speak better to what you’re attempting to accomplish through this mode of communications.•You’re welcome to blog yourself, but others may be doing it already! If you don’t want to start a blog yourself, what bloggers in your community are talking about your issue that you could reach out to and engage so they’re spreading the word on your behalf?It really comes down to the commitment and the purpose behind the blog. You need someone who will continually contribute and enjoy the process as it’s happening. And, it’s a great opportunity to think about whom you have helped, or what other champions or advocates you have who could blog to advance your mission.last_img read more

The Ups and Downs of Online Giving in a Down Economy

first_imgIn December of 2008, we published an article showing that online giving had grown significantly between the fall of 2007 and the fall of 2008.1 We decided to take one more look at these trends—the election is over, the economic crisis has deepened and end-of-year fundraising data is available.As before, we looked at online giving for five nonprofit clients, including Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society. For all five clients, we looked at their online ‘white mail’ – unsolicited gifts via the organization’s main donate page – for September, December and their end-of-year fundraising email marketing.The data below represents the average changes in giving, year over year, for the five organizations.Our analysis showed:The number of online ‘white mail’ gifts was up by roughly 20% each month of the year as compared to the same month in the previous year. Every one of our study participants saw an increase in the number of ‘white mail’ gifts made online in December of 2008.The average gift size for online ‘white mail’ has plummeted, with an average gift in December of 2008 nearly 20% less than the average gift in December of 2007.The increase in the number of gifts offset the decline in average gift size, which meant that the nonprofits in our study only saw a 4% increase in overall online giving via white mail when comparing December of 2008 to 2007.When we looked at the December email fundraising, however, the increase in the total number of donors was much larger, and the average gift size did not decline as steeply, leading to an increase in the total amount raised via email by the participating nonprofits.How can nonprofits best adapt to these changes in results? We have a few suggestions:1) Maximize average gift size where possible. There are a number of ways to help strengthen the average gift size, including:Present gift options from high to low (see an example at www.oxfamamerica.org/donate).Consider offering a premium with higher dollar gifts to encourage donors to make larger gifts.Use giving history to make sure you are asking previous donors for an amount that is equal to or greater than previous gifts. You don’t want to ask your $100 donor to give $35 when they renew their membership!2) Maximize email fundraising returns. There are two major ways we would suggest maximizing your email fundraising returns, in addition to improving the average gift size:Focus your emails on urgent deadlines. We’re seeing that fundraising emails that focus on deadlines that are only 1-2 days away significantly outperform other emails.Grow your email list. Email fundraising is partly just a function of who you email, and the larger your list, the more money you will raise (as long as you focus on high quality recruits). Given tight budgets, think about sources that might not cost as much as paid advertising, such as cross-promotions with like-minded nonprofits, marketing your email list via a Google grant or more aggressively collecting email addresses from other channels.3) Leave no stone unturned. In the past, online fundraising has grown almost effortlessly for some organizations. With online giving slowing down, however, it may be time to try some tactics that don’t produce huge results, but can boost returns during a campaign, or slowly over the course of a year. When running an online fundraising campaign, don’t just send out a series of three email messages. Use every tool at your disposal – start with these, then think of others:Promote the campaign on your website’s home pagePost about it on your organizational blog.Put a ‘P.S.’ in your advocacy alerts linking to the fundraising campaign.Run an e-newsletter article.Promote it to your Facebook causeSet up a post-advocacy ‘landing page’ that takes petition signers directly to the campaign donation page.Produce a compelling online video and host it on your donation page.Have a ‘lightbox,’ splash page or other homepage takeover coded and ready to go in case of a media moment or emergency.Each of these promotions may produce only a fraction of the returns of a standalone email, but they can help you boost overall results.And most importantly, don’t give up!We’d like to thank the five nonprofits who generously shared their data for this study: Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity International, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oxfam America, and The Wilderness Society.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICESM+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline. www.mrss.comlast_img read more