Seven Donegal projects to be supported by €320,000 funding pot

first_imgFunding worth more than €320,000 has been granted to seven projects in Donegal, it was announced today.The Leader and Dormant Accounts allocations will support a range of social, community, environment and enterprise groups who work on the ground to improve their local communities.Four groups have secured funding from Leader: –       Áislann Rann na Feirste has secured €126,014 to fund a children’s playground–       Coiste Forbartha Chnoc Fola awarded €75,940 for an energy efficiency project to refurb the community centre with a new kitchen for meals-on-wheels; heating and LED lights.–       Stocaí Dhún nan Gall/Donegal Socks in Glenties has been allocated €58,367 to help with costs of machines.–       Amuigh Faoin Aer tourist cycling in Carrick awarded €41,701 for a new fleet of bikes. Two projects in the Donegal Local Development CLG have been supported through the Small Capital Grants Scheme which comes from the Dormant Accounts Fund.–       Liquid Therapy, with funding of €8,000–       And Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha with €15,000Donegal Minister Joe McHugh says the funding is “a great result, especially in the run in to Christmas.”Minister McHugh said: “All the groups are really deserving of Government support for the work they do and for the difference they are making on the ground in different parts of the county and for social, community, environment and enterprise. “Tá na tógraí seo iontach tábhachtach ina gceantracha, agus déanann sibh difear mór don phobail agus do na ceantracha maguaird.“Some of these projects are doing great work with their local communities and others are providing work and amenities for people in the area and others we’d like to see coming to visit and staying.“It is hugely important that Government is there to back up the initiative and ambition of the people involved in these organisations and enterprises and it is brilliant to see that support a reality on the ground.”“Tá sé thar a bheith tábhachtach go bhfuil an Rialtas ann chun tacú le tionscnamh agus le huaillmhian na ndaoine a bhfuil baint acu leis na heagraíochtaí agus na fiontair seo agus tá sé thar a bheith tábhachtach an tacaíocht sin a chur i bhfeidhm ar an talamh.” Seven Donegal projects to be supported by €320,000 funding pot was last modified: December 11th, 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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SETI Outreach Director: “Teach Evolution”

first_imgEvolution is the foundation of biology, geology, and astronomy, claims Edna Devore, Director of Education and Public Education for the SETI Institute.  Writing in Space.Com, she finds it hard to believe evolution is controversial (see 12/14/2004 and 11/30/2004 entries).  Why, just look out the airplane window; it’s obvious.  “Evolution is fundamental to modern biology, geology and astronomy.  Ignoring or discarding fundamental scientific understandings of the natural world does not prepare our children well for the future,” she concludes.  “As America strives to ‘leave no child behind,’ it’s time that evolution is not left behind in our science classrooms.”She’s barking up the wrong tree.  No informed critic is advocating ignoring or discarding evolution.  Whether it can be classed with “fundamental understandings of the natural world” must not be merely assumed, but those on the design side of the controversy (see 01/24/2005 and 11/30/2004 entries and Evolution News blog) want evolution to be taught.  You can’t understand 20th century history or science without it.  Charlie’s little world cruise makes a nice story, and Haeckel’s little drawings make nice cartoons to get the teens to laugh.  Yes, teach evolution – all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly (see 01/17/2005, 12/30/2004, 11/29/2004, 11/19/2004 and 12/14/2004 entries, and more going back 5 years in these pages).  Teach especially the parts the Darwin Party doesn’t want you to know.  Here; we’ll help.  Try our draft outline of a suggested eight-part comprehensive curriculum on evolution: Click here to continue—(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA hosts World Blood Donor Day

first_img7 June 2004A worldwide campaign to increase the number of volunteers who regularly donate safe blood will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa on the first ever World Blood Donor Day on 14 June.The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) out of all other blood transfusion services worldwide to officially host the event.“South Africa’s national blood service has achieved 100 percent voluntary blood donation”, the WHO said in announcing the choice of SA for the official launch of its “Blood, a gift for life” campaign.“A sufficient supply of safe blood is one of the cornerstones of a good health care system and a powerful tool for preventing the transmission of disease”, the WHO said. “Yet most countries in the world experience a shortage of blood in their hospitals and health care facilities. Others have faced problems with infected blood.”The main launch of World Blood Donor Day will be held in Johannesburg in partnership with the SANBS and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The day will be celebrated with music and entertainment, and will honour a group of young South Africans who regularly donate blood, known as “Club 25”.Events and activities will be organised across the world, uniting in a global celebration.SANBS medical director Robert Crookes said the Blood Transfusion Services of South Africa had a proud record of providing safe blood to patients for more than 70 years.In the past four years alone, Crookes said, over 2 000 donors had reached a milestone of 100 donations and over 350 individuals had given over 200 donations.Crookes said there were 18 donors in the country that had given more than 300 donations.“In fact, we believe that the world record for whole blood donations … is currently held by a South African, who has donated an incredible 342 blood donations, and is still donating”, Crookes said.Crookes said statistics from around the world show that despite significant improvements in recent years, over 70 countries still do not test all donated blood for at least one of the major infections that can be transmitted to patients.“This is another reason why the safety of the blood supply in South Africa compares favourably with that of other industrialised countries”, he said.World Blood Donor Day events on 14 June are being planned by local organisations with the collaboration of the WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Flir Updates Thermal Imager

first_imgThe Oregon company that began selling an inexpensive thermal imager for an iPhone last year has announced an upgraded and more versatile model that will be available later in the year.Flir introduced the new model of the Flir One at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike the original, different versions of this one will work with both Apple and Android devices. It’s scheduled to go on sale later this year at a price that has yet to be announced.The first version of the product sold at $350 and is now available for $249.The manufacturer says the new model has four times the resolution of the original, a scene temperature range of -4°F to 248°F, and a temperature sensitivity of 0.18 F°.The 2.75-ounce device attaches to an iPhone or iPad via Apple’s Lighting connector (the cable introduced with the iPhone 5), and attaches to Android devices via a micro-USB port. Once the thermal imager is attached, the phone’s screen displays a thermal image, which can be captured as either a video or still photo.Flir said that it released an updated app for Apple devices in December, and would offer a software developer kit for Android devices in the spring.last_img read more

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‘Regional autonomy in J&K if NC wins polls’

first_imgNational Conference president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that if his party is voted to power in the upcoming Assembly elections, “regional autonomy will be granted in J&K within 30 days of his party forming the government”.“A roadmap in this regard has been drawn between 1996 and 2002 and the larger objective of regional autonomy will be politico-economic empowerment of all the regions of the State,” said Dr. Abdullah in Jammu. The National Conference moved a similar resolution on April 13, 1999, and was passed with a voice vote on June 26, 2000. The move triggered a major face-off between Dr. Abdullah’s government and the Centre. The resolution was rejected by Parliament without having any discussion. Dr. Abdullah’s fresh remarks on it came on a day when he welcomed former BJP leader Gagan Bhagat into his party. Mr. Bhagat was ex-MLA of the BJP from R.S. Pura. “A regional autonomy mechanism under overall superintendence of the State government will further strengthen the regional unity, which is imperative for singular entity of J&K,” said Dr. Abdullah.Rally plan foiledMeanwhile, NC workers in Srinagar made an attempt to take out a rally over the killing of seven civilians in security forces firing in Pulwama. However, the police foiled the rally, which was led by NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.last_img read more

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Jamaica Welcomes Inaugural Flight from Prague

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism’s effort to secure airlift into the island from new and emerging markets is bearing fruit, with the arrival of an inaugural flight from the Czech Republic yesterday (Dec. 28). The 200-seat Boeing 800 aircraft from Prague, with 84 visitors on board, landed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James. It was the first of 12 rotations that will be coming to Jamaica between December 2012 and April 2013, boosting arrivals for the winter tourist season. Passengers were met and welcomed by tourism sector officials, and were showered with gifts and souvenirs, while enjoying the melodic sounds of a local band. The first three passengers off the flight, as well as the Captain and Chief Flight Engineer, received special gift packages. Deputy Director of Tourism in charge of marketing, Sandra Scott, told JIS News that the inaugural flight from Prague represented the dawn of a new day for Jamaica’s tourism and the fruits of the hard work in the country’s efforts to find new and lucrative markets. “This inaugural flight from Prague is very important to our progress on new and emerging markets. This flight is shared with the Dominican Republic… and we welcome the passengers from this flight as it means a lot to our marketing efforts and our initiatives as we focus on new business. The passengers are really happy as most of them are coming to Jamaica for the first time,” she said. She informed that the passengers would be staying at hotels in resorts areas across the country as a way of “spreading” the business throughout the tourism landscape. Ms. Scott told JIS News that Jamaica will also welcome an inaugural flight from Moscow, Russia on January 1, with “more flights from other countries in Eastern (Europe) going forward.”last_img read more

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