– over 20,000 speeding cases recordedDespite reports of carnage on the roadways continuing to hit the headlines, Traffic Chief Dion Moore has revealed that, in fact, there was a 19 per cent decrease in fatal accidents compared with the same period last year.Traffic Chief Deon MooreIt can, however, be contended that more accident-reducing measures are still required to be implemented as 94 persons were killed so far this year.The Police statistics for traffic covered the period January-November 10, 2017 and the numbers were compared with figures from last year up to the corresponding period. According to the stats, there were 100 fatal accidents in 2016, but only 81 in 2017 over the comparative period.Moore specifically highlighted the 78 per cent decrease that was observed in child deaths from fatal accidents as two cases were recorded for the year so far, as against nine in 2016. There were 110 deaths in 2016, but 94 in 2017 which reflected the 19 per cent decrease that the Traffic Chief highlighted.Traffic Chief Dion Moore highlighted the ‘success’ of Operation Safeway when he presented the statisticsOf the 94 deaths recorded for this year, the highest number was seen for pedestrians with 30 persons killed while two bus passengers and two pillion riders were also killed. Twelve pedal cyclists and 19 motorcyclists were killed so far. Additionally, 13 drivers died and 16 passengers met the same fate. It was determined that speeding and Driving Under the Influence of alcohol (DUI) were the principal contributory factors of fatal accidents. The ages of the drivers involved in fatal accidents up to November 2017 fell within the 25-33 range.Assessing the overall numbers, Moore pointed out that there were 260 cases of serious accidents which reflected a decrease of nine per cent, given that there were 286 such cases last year. He further highlighted that a decline was recorded in all of the categories. For 2017, there were 20,823 cases of speeding recorded, up from 20, 145 such cases last year. Private hire cases increased from 229 to 455 while unlicensed driver cases increased well over 100 per cent from 230 to 640. Using cellphone while driving cases numbered 1028, while 1543 DUI cases were recorded. There were 1858 cases of overloaded minibuses and 1378 tinted motor vehicle cases for 2017.Moore opined that despite some criticisms, Operation Safeway has yielded success. It was launched in September 2016 with the mandate to curb the spiking road fatalities. The aim was to have more road safety-conscious drivers and to promote better driving attitudes as well as road safety practices.
The Cuan na Ri Development at Carrigart.A Judge has put a stay on granting an alcohol license for a controversial Donegal beachfront development after hearing objections from a local resident in court.Members of the Cuan na Ri Ocean Front Activity Centre and Resort planned for Aghadachor, Carrigart applied for the license at Letterkenny Circuit Court. The court was told that there were no objections from the Gardai or the Fire Service to the granting of the license.The alcohol license was to be extinguished from a premises in Rathdrum in Co Wicklow and transferred to the Co Donegal premises.However local resident Tony McCarry stood up in the public gallery and asked Judge Matthew Deery if he would listen to the concerns of local people.Judge Deery agreed and allowed Mr McCarry to outline the issues.Mr McCarry, who said his home house where he grew up was five hundred metres from the planned oceanfront centre, had caused major problems for locals.He said people in the area were not against the development but were against the issues which had arisen as a result.He claimed that access to the beachfront had now been cut-off and that the public were now being asked to pay a levy to access the beach.He claim that many public rights of ways to the stretch of beach on which the development was being built had now been locked by gates.He said that many elderly people were now terrified to visit the area because of threats from the developers.He also revealed that professional golfer Paul McGinley and a consortium had previously owned the land but could not get permission for their planned development.“How is it that these guys can come in and close the beach down.“People who live near this beach now have to walk four miles to the next beach. We want gates erected to be removed and we want access to our beach,” he said.He also claimed that while out walking with his son that a car tried to ram him off the road and that he was also verbally attacked by one of the developers of the site.Evidence was also given in court by architect John Masterson who said a number of technical issues arose on the development but these had been sorted.The owner of the property, Michael Anthony Preston, said he acquired the land in 2007 but did not begin developing it until 2012.He said his company had put in pedestrian access to the area and they had also build a car park.He said access was open between 8am and 10.30pm via a gate to the beach.He added that the beach was a special area of conservation which was controlled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and not the developers adding that “access is quite easy.”Judge Deery said it appeared that there appeared to be no objections in relation to the alcohol license from the Gardai, the Fire Service or the Planning Authority.However he said he appreciated there were concerns amongst locals about the access to the beach.He asked both parties to come together on the matter.“I would ask Mr Preston to have a word with this man (Mr McCarry) to try and accommodate him,” said Judge Deery.He then adjourned his decision on the granting of the alcohol license until Thursday.JUDGE PUTS DRINKS LICENSE ON HOLD AFTER HEARING OBJECTIONS TO DONEGAL BEACHFRONT RESORT PLAN was last modified: July 16th, 2014 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:alcohol licenseCarrigartCuan na RidonegalJudge Matthew DeeryLetterkenny Circuit Court
Breastfeeding mums across Donegal are being encouraged to take part in the global support network for the practice.This week to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organises World Breastfeeding Week.World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals. To mark this occasion on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August 2013 at 10:30am thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations.Our local Big Latch On will take place at Costa Coffee, Forte Retail Park, Paddy Harte Rd, Letterkenny, at 10.30 am, though we will gather from 10am.The first Big Latch On took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2005 and was introduced to Portland, Oregon in 2010 by Joanne Edwards.It has now taken off globally and in 2012, a total of 8862 children were counted breastfeeding as part of the Global Big Latch On. This year we are aiming to once again break this record! The Big Latch On is informed by the principles of community development, providing the opportunity for breastfeeding women to get together in their local communities, host their own events, and identify opportunities for on-going support.Breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.)The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child. MUMS ACROSS DONEGAL ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP TO BREASTFEEDING was last modified: July 31st, 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:breastfeedingCosta Coffee
Explorers have found partial remains of Darwin’s lost ship, the HMS Beagle, in a swamp near Kent, reports BBC News (see also Science Now). The ill-fated Beagle 2 on Mars, however, may take another 168 years to find. And it has no water to float in; results from the twin Mars Exploration Rovers are inconclusive about the presence of water on the red planet.Let’s hope the Charlie’s boat doesn’t become a religious shrine (see 02/13/2004 entry).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
What good is scholarship when a layman can see right through it? There’s an unsatisfying emptiness at the heart of modern secular science.Some scientists just don’t get it. Ponder the scientist who says that everything evolves, and the only truth is that there are no truths. How can such a person not see that the statement is self-refuting? Consider a book review by Anil Ananthaswamy in Nature. Ananthaswamy is certainly a learned man. But in “A physicist probes the metaphysical,” where he “examines Alan Lightman’s reflections on the tensions between empiricism and experience,” he falls right into his own materialistic pit.As a physicist, he knows there are no absolutes. The idea of a fixed and motionless Earth was disproved in 1851 by the “slow rotation of the plane of a swinging pendulum” — physicist Léon Foucault’s experiment — which could be explained only if the planet, not the pendulum, was rotating. Discoveries of the electron and radioactivity showed us that even atoms, once thought indestructible, were anything but. Next, Albert Einstein demolished Newtonian notions of absolute space and time. Then came quantum mechanics, with its claims of uncertainty and indeterminism.For anyone looking to science for assurance, the bottom falls out. So, Lightman looks past it. “I am a scientist, but I am not a swinging bob on a string,” he writes.After a brief account of Lightman’s imaginary dialogue with philosophers and religious figures, Ananthaswamy proceeds to argue that Lightman really is a bob on a string. But he doesn’t see that he is one, too. He speaks as if he has scientific authority to embrace truth with a capital T, when he just said there aren’t any absolutes. Who is he kidding but himself?Therein lies the book’s Achilles heel: it makes little mention of the research on perception that calls into doubt the ‘truth’ of subjective experiences, no matter how real or exalted they feel. Modern neuroscience tells us that what we perceive is not a bottom-up reconstruction by the brain of what’s out there. Rather, it is the brain’s prediction about the probable causes of sensory inputs.Someone should tap Anil on the shoulder and say, ‘Pssst… your book review is a subjective experience. It has no truth in it, no matter how exalted it makes you feel.’Reviewers such as Ananthaswamy routinely employ logic and conscience as if these really are absolute and timeless, to the extent that humans can aspire to them. But as Lightman unsuccessfully tried to convince him, even scientists cannot live with the meaninglessness of materialism. Look at how he dismisses Christian certainty:“Augustine’s certainties were absolute,” Lightman writes, contrasting these immutable religious ideas — such as the immortal soul — with science’s ever-evolving view. Yet, he argues, science, too, longs for an absolute in a final ‘theory of everything’, and has its article of faith: “that the physical world is a territory of order and logic”.Lightman’s scope is sweeping, but he doesn’t dig deeply enough. For instance, he expresses disbelief in bardo — the Tibetan Buddhist term signifying the transitory state between death and rebirth. He writes: “I ask for some kind of evidence for all things I believe — even if it is evidence from a personal or transcendent experience. And I insist on evidence for any statements that concern the physical world.” Certainly, there is no ‘evidence’ for bardo, independent of the subjective experiences of Tibetan Buddhists. But Lightman stands by his own subjective experience of perceived ‘oneness’ with something larger than ourselves. A rigorous scientific approach would question the veracity of all subjective experiences, not just those that seem unreasonable at first blush.Lightman’s failure to see his own preference for subjective experience is what Anil calls the book’s “Achilles heel.” Well, if it’s an Achilles heel for Lightman, it is just as much one for Ananthaswamy. Science collapses into the very subjectivist pit that Lightman desperately sought to avoid.What makes someone believe or reject science? Quality of recordings (Science Daily). Here’s another case where some scientists just don’t get it. They worry about public doubt about some of their pompous claims. Some ‘researchers’ at Australian National University had an ‘Aha!’ moment. They hypothesized that the reason people reject science is a factor of recording quality. Improve the sound, and people will believe. They ran experiments that seemed to confirm their hypothesis. And yet much of the so-called science (including evolutionary materialism) that the public doubts is not recorded; it’s in print! This shows the shallow thinking behind some experimental science. It’s orthogonal to the real problem. It’s like focusing on the static in a TV program instead of the message. We would say the real problem behind “what makes someone believe or reject science” is the content, not the medium.My path to contentment (Science Magazine). This is a poignant short autobiography by Edmond Sanganyado, a poor man from Zimbabwe who aspired to be a scientist. He made his family and his tribe proud, becoming the first in his village to get a PhD. But did it lead to a contented life? He found himself disillusioned with the processes in Big Science that led to a rat race to get ahead. Try as he did, he missed out on prestigious positions he longed for. He was haunted by a fear of failure, even though people back home respected him. His balloon deflated when an ideal position in Europe came and went; he didn’t get the job.With that, my desire to be respected and valued by top researchers died. I was done trying to join the elite. After all, I couldn’t change the grad school I attended or the ranking of the journals in which I had published. And I remembered the words of my mental health counselor in grad school, when the stress of writing a dissertation, job hunting, and trying to be there for my young family had driven me into depression: “Edmond, you do not need documented validation for you to know your worth.” At that time, the advice didn’t make sense. After all, I needed good publications to graduate. I needed better publications to get a postdoc and ultimately a tenured position. But now, it finally sank in. The rat race had to stop. I resolved that what mattered most was my commitment and diligence rather than what others thought of my scientific contributions. I could do great science at a small, unknown university. So I decided to take the position in China.I’ve been here a year now. Navigating the language and cultural barriers has been an enjoyable adventure. Focusing on what excites me rather than trying to fulfill the expectations of academia has been liberating. And whenever I find myself slipping back into old ways of thinking, I remember my wife’s question: “How many orphaned kids from an unknown farming town graduated from high school and have an undergrad degree or a Ph.D.?” With that, I am proud of what I have accomplished, and that is enough.Did anyone think to ask Dr Sanganyado whether contentment can be found in a test tube? Did anyone ask him if contentment is a product of mindless evolution? Did anyone ask him if validation, longing, respect, liberation, and pride of accomplishment are mere subjective experiences with no connection to reality? Learning from Ananthaswamy might have sent the poor PhD from Zimbabwe back into depression, and despair.Did anyone think to teach Dr Sanganyado the Christian secret of contentment? “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (I Timothy 6:6-7). The pursuit of godliness must come prior to the pursuit of the other things. The Apostle Paul’s circumstances swayed between respect and great need. But with godliness as his priority, he was able to say, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11).(Visited 393 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
We did it! Whether you found one geocache in August or a geocache every day of the month, you joined a global team of more than a half-million adventurers who geocached last month. How many completed the 31 in 31 challenge? An amazing 26,228 geocachers found a geocache each day in August. That’s 10 times the number from August of 2012.Would you like to relive the 31 Days of Geocaching? Do you have 31 seconds? Check out the 31 Days of Geocaching in 31 seconds video. You can also relive the memories, over and over again with this printable 31 Days of Geocaching calendar.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Plans for July 13 and All of August? You Do Now…July 7, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”31 Days of Geocaching Printable CalendarJuly 30, 2013In “Community”Results from Geocaching Get Outdoors DayJuly 16, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”
Planning a two-person dialogue scene in your next film or video project? Here’s everything you need to know to pull off the shoot.Cover image by guruXOX.Dialogue is just as important in film and video as it is in real life. Even during the early days of silent cinema, dialogue was a necessary aspect of storytelling — through dialogue cards and captions. In modern film and video, dialogue scenes are the crux of narrative development.If you’re working on conversational scenes in your own project, follow these steps to get good coverage, a good audio recording, and proper editing.Shots to ConsiderImage by IxMaster.Let’s start with the basics. Say you’re shooting a two-person conversation. The situation is the same in everything from cinema classics to modern sitcoms: you have two stationary actors talking back and forth. As a filmmaker, you want to maximize and stylize your coverage for a mix of wide and close-up shots. Here are a few shots to consider:A wide two-shot.OTS of each subject (over-the-shoulder).Close-ups of each person talking.Close-ups of each person listening and reacting.Cutaways (aspects of the scene for cutaways in the edit). Lighting SetupsImage by gnepphoto.Lighting becomes tricky when shooting your dialogue scenes — especially if you’re not using a single-camera setup. With a single camera, it’s common practice to shoot from wide to close-ups. Once you’re not in a two-shot anymore (and have moved beyond over-the-shoulder framing), you only need a lighting setup for one individual. To help your actors, the other participant in the conversation can still say his or her lines — or you can use a stand-in.If you are shooting multiple cameras, you’ll have to plan accordingly to light both characters equally for all angles of coverage. Here’s a great article about how and why sitcoms use three-camera setups (and the lighting problems filmmakers have had to solve over the years) to get complete coverage of dialogue-heavy content.Recording Audio OptionsImage by guruXOX.After setting your shots, audio becomes your next biggest concern. Working with two people in a static position doesn’t present too many challenges, though, so your traditional options are definitely still on the table. The real challenge is when you add more people (especially when they start talking over one another) and movement. Here are some basic approaches:Boom overhead.Boom under.Lapel mics on each person.Audio recorder hidden between both.The decision comes down to getting quality audio from both subjects. If you’re booming both, you’ll need to be positioned perfectly or quick to pivot to catch each person’s dialogue. If you’re mic-ing both, be wary of cross chat and picking up too much of the other person.Editing a Dialogue SceneImage by Tero Vesalainen.When editing a dialogue scene, your main goal is to clearly present who is speaking and what they’re saying. If your shots were captured well and your audio recorded clearly, you’ll have an easier time and some flexibility for experimentation. However, if you need to cover mistakes from the shoot, you’ll be need to be creative to fill in missing information.Some basic tips for editing a dialogue scene:Start with the two-shot to establish the characters and their environment.Alternate close-ups of each person when they talk.Use reaction shots only when needed.Use cutaways as elements in the environment are mentioned. More Advanced TipsImage by gnepphoto.Once you’ve got the basics down, you can begin adding other elements, like additional characters, outside noises, and movement. Even keeping your camera stationary and letting your characters move around a little bit can create new problems you’ll have to solve. (It gets even tricker when your camera is in motion.) For more advanced tips and tricks when shooting dialogue-heavy scenes, check out some of these resources:How To Capture Smooth Walk-and-Talk Shots Without A Movi Or SteadicamTips For Keeping A Long Dialogue Scene Visually InterestingHow to Light an Exterior Day Scene Without LightingPremiere Pro Tips for Editing and Mixing Audio, Music, and SFXHow to Direct Scenes Containing Minimal Dialogue
Arsenal Arsenal vs Swansea City: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 14:45 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Arsenal Arsenal v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Gunners hammered Everton last time out and could do with another confidence-boosting win ahead of next weekend’s trip to Manchester City Arsenal will hope to build on their 5-2 thrashing of Everton last time out when they take on Swansea City on Saturday.The front three of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette combined to superb effect to put the Toffees to the sword in a match that cost Ronald Koeman his job.Now up to fifth, the Gunners will expect a win again before next weekend’s trip to Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Arsenal vs Swansea City Date Saturday, October 28 Time 15:00 BST / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television due to the blackout between 14:45 and 17:15. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television but can be streamed via NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass. US TV channel Online stream None NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Macey Defenders Kolasinac, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Bellerin Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Coquelin, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Reine-Adelaide Forwards Alexis, Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nelson, Nketiah Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck may miss out again as they have not fully returned to training.Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee and Calum Chambers is also out but will be back in full training on Monday. David Ospina could feature against Red Star in the Champions League in midweek but will not be involved here.Potential starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil, Lacazette, Alexis. Position Swansea City players Goalkeepers Mulder, Fabianski, Nordfeldt Defenders Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Rangel, Naughton, Bartley, Fernandez Midfielders Ki, Britton, Fer, Dyer, Routledge, Narsingh, Carroll, Fulton, Mesa, Clucas, King Forwards Ayew, Abraham, McBurnie Swansea will be without a natural left-back after Martin Olsson was hurt against Manchester United, so Kyle Naughton, Sam Clucas or Angel Rangel will fill in.Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony remain sidelined but are nearing returns.Potential starting XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Clucas; Fer, Britton, Carroll; Narsingh, Abraham, Ayew.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Arsenal are 2/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Swansea priced at 12/1 and the draw available at 11/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Is it time for Arsenal to bring Jack Wilshere back into the fray in the Premier League?The England midfielder got through 114 minutes against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup, which means he is unlikely to start against Swansea City due to his problematic injury record.But a stint on the pitch for that long combined with regular outings in the cup competitions and a cameo against Everton last time out in the league mean that Wilshere must now be closing in on full fitness.The 25-year-old’s class remains evident, but the more difficult question is how he fits into Arsene Wenger’s starting lineup.The most natural position for Wilshere would be the left-sided central-midfield role currently occupied by Granit Xhaka, whose form has been spotty at best, but whether he would offer the necessary defensive protection is questionable.He is capable of being deployed further up the field, but Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will surely take the bulk of the minutes there now they are fit.The best chance Wilshere might have was if Wenger ditched his three-man defence and added an extra body to midfield, in which case Wilshere could slot in nicely alongside Aaron Ramsey with Xhaka or Francis Coquelin behind them.But for now one of the Gunners’ most gifted players may have to continue to bide his time as he looks to get back into form ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
Liverpool Henderson comes off injured after 10 minutes against Arsenal Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 04:00 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Liverpool Arsenal v Liverpool Arsenal Premier League The Liverpool captain pulled up lame after trying to run down Mesut Ozil and was substituted off moments later Jordan Henderson was forced off due to injury after just 10 minutes of Liverpool’s Friday evening clash with Arsenal.With the game scoreless at the time, the Liverpool captain attempted to chase down Mesut Ozil on an Arsenal counterattack only to pull up lame as he closed the attacker down.Henderson limped on as play continued. He went down on the next stoppage and looked to be grabbing his hamstring. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was replaced by James Milner.Henderson has started 14 of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season, scoring a goal and adding an assist.The Reds captain had been restored to the starting line-up after being rested for Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth.Liverpool, who entered the contest in fourth place in the Premier League, have a busy slate of fixtures upcoming.Including the Arsenal constest, the Reds have four games between December 22 and January 1, with dates against Swansea City, Leicester City and Burnley over that span.Jurgen Klopp should have Adam Lallana to call upon, though, after the midfielder made his latest comeback off the bench against Bournemouth. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web