Drumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 18th Oct in St. Patrick’s hall from 7-9 pm. Membership for 2013/2014 is only €20 per person or €30 per family payable on the night. Members must be 12 years or over. All members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to register. Irish Conversational ClassesAnyone interested in Irish conversational classes text your name and the words Irish class to 086 4083625. Classes will be held in St. Patrick’s school on a Tues night 7-9 pm subject to funding from Donegal ETB (formerly VEC) A basic understanding of the language is needed. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 10th Oct 04, 09, 19, 22. No jackpot winner. 2 winners €50 each. Susanne Mc Fadden, Drumkeen. Damian Deasley, Drumkeen. Next weeks jackpot €525. Go raibh maith agat.Jiving LessonsJiving lessons for beginners in St. Patrick’s hall every Mon night at 9 pm, everyone welcome.Locally Produced Titanic ShowCongratulations and best wishes to Raymond Sweeney and Louise Hayden, Drumkeen, Ballybofey, and Jimmy Keegan, former principle dancers with Lord of the Dance on the creation, production and upcoming performance of their new show, Titanic Dance which will make its debut in the An Grianán Theatre on Thursday the 17th of October. A love story set on the Titanic, the show features twenty top class traditional Irish dancers including four local Donegal dancers, Ivan Breslin, Rachel Mc Ginley, Carol Anne Houston and Michaela Ramsey as well as a host of other highly talented and experienced professional international dancers.YouthreachAre you aged between 15-20 years? Have you left school early? Would you like to gain a FETAC or LCA qualification? If so the Youthreach programme, through Donegal ETB’s Adult Education Service, is for you. It offers full-time education, training and work experience in a wide range of skill areas, including art, communications, computers, woodwork skills, childcare, food and nutrition, health related fitness and many more. You’ll receive training, meal and travelling allowances where appropriate. Please contact the Letterkenny Youthreach centre on 074 91 22585. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week. Please Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline. DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN YOUTH CLUB NOW TAKING MEMBERSHIP was last modified: October 13th, 2013 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:Drumkeen notes
DETROIT – Baseball is, by nature, a superstitious game. On a losing streak? Change everything. On a winning streak? Change nothing.With the way Oakland’s offense performed in its series-opening win over the Tigers on Thursday, hanging up 17 runs on 16 hits, it’s a surprise that the A’s would have even wanted to leave the ballpark.Even so, with three left-handed pitchers on the horizon to close out the series, manager Bob Melvin expects some shuffling with the A’s lineup over the next three …
(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In all the debates about the status of Archaeopteryx between reptiles and birds, no one till now expected this wild idea: it lost its ability to fly.Michael Habib (Univ. of Southern California) raised eyebrows in Los Angeles last week when he told a packed house at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting that he believes Archaeopteryx was secondarily flightless. Nature News reported,The idea that it was instead evolving to lose its flight and becoming flightless again, or ‘secondarily flightless’, occurred to Habib while he was calculating limb ratios and degrees of feather symmetry in Archaeopteryx, and comparing the values to those of living birds, to better understand its flying ability. In doing so, he found that the creature’s traits were surprisingly similar to those of modern flightless birds such as rails and grebes that frequently dwell on islands.Nature said that if this suggestion had been made over a century ago when the famous fossil was discovered, it “might have been considered madness.” That’s because for many years it was Exhibit A for Darwinism – a transitional form. Discovered just two years after The Origin, it appeared to be evolving from reptile to flying bird, just as Darwin had predicted.The reaction of paleontologists at the meeting was varied. Some were skeptical. This one saw some logic in Habib’s argument:“Just because Archaeopteryx was the first feathered dinosaur found, doesn’t mean it has to play a central role in the actual history of the origins of birds,” says palaeontologist Thomas Holtz of the University of Maryland in College Park. “We have to remember it appears 10 million years or so after the oldest known bird-like dinosaurs and so our famous ‘first bird’ may really be a secondarily flightless one.”Others noted that birds use their wings for many functions beside flying. Ken Dial was there (see 12/03/12, #2), pointing out that some living bird species fly as juveniles but lose their flying ability as adults. Another paleontologist remarked, “We really need an improved understanding of how anatomy relates to these diverse behaviours, so we can better interpret the fossil record.”No one called Archaeopteryx a “feathered dinosaur” back then, because the phrase only came into vogue with the Chinese fossil discoveries. From Darwin’s day till recently, it was argued to be a transitional form between reptiles and birds. Evolutionists emphasized the reptilian traits (teeth, claws on the wings), and creationists emphasized the flight feathers and anatomy that seemed to show it capable of powered flight. They also pointed out that some living birds, like the hoatzin, have claws on their wings as juveniles. People saw what their biases wanted to see. Astronomer Fred Hoyle tried to prove it was a forgery. Today’s evolutionists use the “feathered dinosaur” label, but there is no guarantee that today’s consensus will not shift again. The new proposal it was secondarily flightless implies a win for creationists – it devolved from a fully-functional flying bird, just like some living birds with stunted wings have on the Galapagos Islands. Loss of function is not what Darwin needs!Let’s think about Nature‘s comment that the suggestion Archaeopteryx was losing the ability to fly “might have been considered madness” back in 1861 (actually, all the way from 1861 to just a few years ago). This tells us that if evolutionists consider something madness now, it might be considered sanity later. It further means that the sane ones could be the skeptics of the consensus, and the mad ones in the majority. Don’t be deterred, therefore, if you feel you have good evidence and arguments for your position when it runs counter to the consensus. It’s entirely possible for the intellectual majority to be suffering from delusions. “We really need an improved understanding … so we can better interpret the fossil record” – good advice, but it implies that understanding is lacking and interpretation is flawed. If they haven’t gotten it down after 152 years, don’t expect major improvements any time soon. They might just be secondarily clueless.
21 January 2013 Unemployed people or those earning less than R5 500 a month will now have more information on how to access state-sponsored legal advice and representation when charged with a crime, facing an eviction, or needing legal help with family, contract or other matters. This is according to newly appointed regional operations executive for Legal Aid South Africa in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, Mpho Kgabi, who took over the reins at the beginning of 2013. “As the two provinces are mainly rural, my main goal is to bring justice centres closer to the communities, as most of the people lack information on legal representation,” Kgabi told African Eye News Service. “Our team will liaise with ward councillors and mostly traditional authorities to ensure expansion in rural areas by supplying pamphlets through poster distribution so everyone has access to information to understand the services we offer.” Kgabi said her work would include keeping her Justice Centre staff motivated to serve communities at all times. She said her team would also liaise with the National Prosecuting Authority, the justice department, NGOs and community-based organisations.For the poor and unemployed She warned that chance takers who did not deserve legal aid would not be serviced. “Legal aid is, in a nutshell, for the unemployed or persons earning R5 500 or less per month. Because we get tax money to spend on legal assistance for the poor, we must make sure the person applying for legal aid really qualifies. “We ask a person who needs help to tell how much money he or she gets every month as wages or a salary, and what they own, like a car or house. We then give them a form to fill in all this information, and a Legal Aid official is always available to help with this,” Kgabi said. A person who gets any state grant or a state old pension automatically qualifies for legal aid, but he or she will be asked to show official documents that proves this. “In criminal cases, children always get legal aid and do not have to do a Means Test, but in civil cases the family will have to meet the Means Test requirements,” she said.Types of cases handled Kgabi said Legal Aid SA does not provide help for cases involving traffic fines, small offences where jail time is less than 3 months, claims for money owed that is less than R12 000, civil cases that do not have merits for success, as well as other cases excluded in the Legal Aid Guide. The organisation has delivered 90% and more of its business plan annually and has received 10 consecutive unqualified audits from the Auditor-General. Legal Aid SA has assisted more than 400 000 people per annum across South Africa. “This high performance is a result of strong vision and strategic planning translated into clear business and implementation plans and effective monitoring, tracking of performance, commitment, dedication and passion for justice from the Legal Aid South Africa staff,” said Kgabi. She condemned legal practitioners who took advantage of individuals facing criminal charges and illegally charged them for Legal Aid services. “We have a strong policy on dishonest behaviour. One practitioner was fired following a case brought to our attention in Middelburg in December 2011, after he illegally charged an individual,” she said.Justice centres, satellite centres Kgabi said the organisation delivers the bulk of its services through nine Justice Centres and 16 satellite centres in Limpopo in areas such as Makhado, Modimolle, Thohoyandou, Polokwane and Tzaneen, and four in Mpumalanga, which are Ermelo, Middelburg, Mbombela and Emalahleni. Legal Aid SA regional spokesman Isaac Dhludhlu said their organisational mandate in terms of the Bill of Rights was to protect, respect and defend the rights of children, women, the landless, evicted persons and farmworkers. “All accused persons who face prison sentences of more than three months without the option of a fine and who cannot afford their own lawyers, prisoners who have to stay in jail until their case is heard, or those who are already in prison who wish to bring an appeal, will receive our assistance,” said Dhludhlu. Source: SANews.gov.za
The 2012 ACI National Home Performance Conference was held in Baltimore at the end of March, and was yet again another marathon geekfest. With almost twenty concurrent sessions running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by more sessions lasting until 8 p.m., it is a feat of endurance to attend this almost week-long event.This year there appeared to be an underground movement (Twitter handle: #ACIafterdark) that threw late-night parties, although I never managed to figure out where they were.Heat-pump water heatersI managed to attend several good sessions this year, providing good data and food for thought. The first panel I attended covered heat-pump water heaters, and what I learned reinforced my position that they aren’t the great hope of energy conservation that many people believe them to be.Presenters shared results from two studies, both showing only very modest energy savings over traditional heaters. As is the case with most things, the total savings depend on many factors including where they are located in the house, use patterns, and the available free air for the heat pump to take heat from. Tests showed most units to be in the range of 10% to 40% more efficient than electric resistant heat.High volume use maxes out the efficient heat pump mode, requiring the use of resistance heat to make up the difference, lowering efficiencies even more. These studies did not address the energy penalty that they may impose in cold climates where they remove heat from the air which offsets some of the total energy savings.John Straube is quotableJohn Straube was, as Allison Bailes put it, “a walking quote machine.”In his presentation on insulating and air sealing roofs and attics, he was, as always funny, entertaining, and informative. One obvious, but often overlooked, point is that air sealing on new homes frequently leaks in short order as new framing lumber shrinks and creates gaps, while air sealing on retrofits lasts much longer since the lumber is more stable. In real terms, a typical 1/16” crack between drywall and top plates adds up to 12 square inches for each 100 feet of wall.My favorite Straube quote of the day: “R-Value is like IQ — when you’re in single digits, you’re kind of an idiot.” In an extended discussion comparing deep-energy retrofits to minor repairs, he referred to the latter as “turd polishing,” pointing out that you can’t always afford the expensive stuff, and if you are “surrounded by turds, it’s nice if they’re shiny.” Can’t wait to see him again.Some geeks are studying marketingThere were almost continuous sessions on marketing, websites, and blogging, and all appeared to be well attended. The geeks have realized that they need to market, and they (we?) were happily taking notes and tweeting away throughout the sessions.Probably my favorite event was an evening session hosted by Chris Dorsi that was delivered entirely in the Pecha Kucha format that restricts each presenter to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. I was impressed at the quality of the speakers and their ability to get their information across quickly and concisely.Book raffleOn Wednesday evening, Dow Building Solutions hosted a party for our new book, raffling off several copies to the group. Three different people with Habitat won copies, but my favorite photo of the night was John Krigger, co-author of Residential Energy posing with his associate Darrel Tenter and our book. I returned the favor the next day by posing with his.Overall, the conference was very good, and not noticeably different from previous years. I still contend that there are too many sessions and they go on too long. Maybe they should just give up all pretension and switch to a 24-hour conference. If you want to be in a session at 8 p.m., why not one at 3 a.m.?There are still too many presenters who don’t know how to put together a readable, visually compelling presentation, and too many are simply not good speakers. As with most conferences, I would like to see better vetting of speakers, something that should happen as videos of speakers become more commonplace.Although I returned home thoroughly exhausted from the experience, ACI was well worth the effort and I expect to return again.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Dogma is a belief so strongly held that it becomes the truth. It’s an ideology so stubbornly held that it doesn’t allow for any new evidence or ideas to change it. It especially resists conflicting ideas from the outside world.Your dogmatic beliefs might be around your sales process. Or maybe you have a dogmatic attachment to some sales methodology. Maybe you are dogmatic in your belief that you shouldn’t have to prospect in this age of inbound marketing and social media. Or perhaps your dogma is something else.What makes dogma so dangerous is that it doesn’t allow for new and conflicting information. And in a world that is changing ever faster, holding onto to old beliefs—beliefs that may no longer serve you—is a dangerous business.Here’s a quick example. I have a deeply held belief that cold calling is the most effective method for prospecting. But if that belief were so strong that I believed that no other method of prospecting could be effective, that would be unhealthy. It would eliminate other effective methods of prospecting, maybe even my dream client’s preferred method of being approached.Here’s how you avoid dogma.Allow Your Beliefs to Be QuestionedAnything that fails to grow dies. Anything that refuses to take in things from the outside world dies too. If you refuse to allow what you now believe to be questioned, you are refusing to take in information from the outside. Are your beliefs so strong that you bristle when you hear ideas that conflict with them? Does that ever happen to you?The first step in avoiding having your beliefs become dogma is not to judge all ideas by your existing beliefs. Instead, you remain open to new ideas, especially ideas that conflict with your existing beliefs. You hear people out without making any judgments about right or wrong, truth or lie.It’s not easy, but there is power to be found in taking in new ideas, especially ideas that conflict with your existing beliefs.Purposely Seek Conflicting IdeasAn even more powerful way to avoid having your beliefs become dogma is to purposely seek out conflicting ideas. Ideas that are in direct conflict with what you believe can be powerful in improving your results.Instead of reflexively rejecting ideas that conflict with your beliefs, try to find out why others value those ideas. Try to find the truth in the ideas that conflict with what you believe. Try to discover when those ideas could be valuable.Become AgnosticThe more tools you have in your toolkit, the more prepared you are to deal with different circumstances. Being agnostic means being open to using whatever works and whatever the circumstances demand. In a rapidly changing world, you need ideas.Being agnostic doesn’t mean you don’t believe anything. It means you don’t have a religious devotion to something that you adhere to even when something else might work better. You use what works when it’s useful, and you discard what doesn’t work when it isn’t useful.If you are agnostic, you can remain open to new ideas. You judge them by their useful under some set of circumstances.QuestionsWhat beliefs do you hold so deeply that they’ve become dogma?How long has it been since you questioned those beliefs? Have you ever?How do you ensure that you are continually taking in new ideas?How do you react to ideas that conflict with your dogmatic beliefs?How much better would your results be if you were willing to shed some of your dogmas and open up to some new beliefs?
A cluster of villages in central Assam’s Nagaon district has found a way of keeping crop-raiding elephants off their crops — by setting aside land to create a meal zone for them.Most farmers of 12 villages in the Ronghang-Hatikhuli area of central Assam’s Nagaon district do not have enough land to sustain their families. But they donated 203 bighas (roughly 33 hectares) of community land and took turns to plant paddy exclusively for the elephants that often come down the hills of the adjoining Karbi Anglong district.‘Jumbo kheti’The “jumbo kheti (cropland)” has been envisaged as the last line of mealy defence against some 350-400 elephants that have often paid for venturing too close to human habitations. Five of them were electrocuted by illegal electric fences in the last 16 months while half a dozen, injured by spears and arrows, died in the jungles up the hills.About 10 km from the paddy field, toward the hills, is an 8-hectare plantation of Napier grass that 35 reformed hunters have grown for the elephants. This plantation is on land belonging to a tea estate.The locals have also planted saplings of 2,000 outenga (elephant apple), 1,500 jackfruit and 25,000 banana plants on barren land between the paddy field and grass plantation. The three-step plantation has a common thread — environmentalist Binod Dulu Bora and the NGO Hatibondhu, meaning ‘friends of elephants’, he is associated with.“Growing paddy for elephants was the idea of Pradip Kumar Bhuyan, the director of our NGO. We had several meetings with the villagers and managed to convince them by saying they would be setting an example for the world to follow toward reducing man-animal conflicts,” Mr. Bora told The Hindu on Monday.Feeding patternOnce convinced that the experiment would save much of their crops, the villagers decided to donate land and labour to grow paddy for the elephants. Forest Department officials chipped in to provide solar electric fences around the crop area.“Work on the paddy field began less than two months ago. The fence will be withdrawn once the paddy ripens for the elephants to feed on. By mapping the area and studying the feeding pattern, we calculated that the elephants would take 20-22 days to finish the paddy in their demarcated zone,” Mr. Bora said.The nearest fields where the villagers have grown crops for themselves and for trade are 5 km away. “By the time the elephants finish the crop grown for them, we will have harvested much of our own. We think the elephants will turn back if they don’t find crop in our spaces,” said Dyansing Hanse, one of the two village headmen.The Ronghang-Hatikhuli area is inhabited by the Karbi and Adivasi communities.“The fruit trees will take time to grow. But the elephants can feed on the Napier grass, a tropical forage crop that grows fast, if they return to the hills. They have already partaken of the grass six times,” Mr Bora said, adding that 35 hunters who had given up hunting four years ago have been maintaining the grass plantation. ‘Unprecedented’Jiten Kro, the other headman said the villagers had been living in dread of the elephants for years. He hoped the experiment would go a long way in ensuring co-existence with the animals. “We are happy to have given back some space to the elephants through a project that I believe is unprecedented,” he said.