Donegal family centre honoured at Charity Impact Awards 2019

first_imgThe hard-working team behind Spraoi Agus Spórt in Carndonagh has picked up another Charity Impact Award this year.The family centre last night scooped the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for the second year running.Spraoi agus Spórt provides social, recreational and educational activities to the community of Carndonagh. Spraoi agus Spórt was initially set up as a Parent and Toddler Group to address the lack of activities for young families in Inishowen.It all began when in 2010, when friends Helen Nolan, Ailbhe Hickey, Louise Grant, Helen Doherty and Kathleen Gallagher were desperately in need of a social outlet as young mothers, as were many of their friends.It has since evolved into a vibrant family hub which improves the quality of life for families in the area. The workshops, events and afterschool care play a key role in the Carndonagh community.Spraoi agus Spórt activities are hosted in five units around Carndonagh with a large team of full-time staff, freelance facilitators and Special Needs Assistants. They now over 60 fully-inclusive activities, classes and holiday camps for the whole community.The Charity Impact Awards were presented at an event in the Mansion House in Dublin on Tuesday.Presented by The Wheel, the national association of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises, the Charity Impact Awards celebrate the positive impact these organisations, and the individuals behind them, make in the lives of millions of people in Ireland and beyond.Donegal family centre honoured at Charity Impact Awards 2019 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

Lizards that Leap Over Evolution

first_imgThey may appear less evolved to Darwinians, but some lizards are world champions.World’s Fastest Tongue: According to National Geographic, the chameleon sports the world’s fastest tongue. The “remarkable performance” of these “motor mouths” astonished the researchers who watched a chameleon nab an insect, using a high-speed camera shooting 3,000 frames per second. This sluggish-looking lizard has the highest acceleration and power of all the amniotes, a group that includes reptiles, birds and mammals.The results showed that not only did the smaller chameleons perform just as well as their larger counterparts, but in many cases their tongues were actually faster and stronger.For instance, the tongue of Rhampholeon spinosus, an endangered chameleon from Tanzania and the smallest in the experiment, produced a peak acceleration 264 times greater than the acceleration due to gravity. If it were a car, the chameleon’s tongue could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 1/100th of a second.Science Magazine shows a video of chameleons extending their tongues up to twice their body length. Scientists calculate the power output of the tongue at 14,000 watts per kilogram—the highest power output for any terrestrial vertebrate, including cheetahs and pronghorns. But does anyone really need the evolutionary gloss? Is the smaller guy more fit “because small chameleons have evolved larger tongues relative to their body size, handy since they also need to consume proportionally more food to survive”? Live Science quotes an evolutionist opining, “It’s an example of morphological evolution being driven by metabolic constraints.” Then why didn’t horned lizards and snakes get this ability? The evolutionist offered a just-so story without any evidence.Learning Lizards: Monitor lizards called goannas in Australia have been trained not to eat poisonous cane toads, an invasive species that threatens their numbers. The BBC News reports, “the study suggests goannas have the ability to learn from experience and retain that knowledge over a long period of time.” They’re not as dumb as they look for primitive tetrapods newly evolved from the sea, as evolutionists would have it.Gecko Tires: The gecko is well known as a biomimetic icon. What’s new in an article on Science Daily is a creative application of the amazing adhesive power of gecko toes: tires with an adjustable grip. “Imagine a new type of tyres whose structure has been designed to have greater adhesion on the road,” this article based on the European Physical Journal begins. Applying the “fakir” principle that allows a man to lie comfortably on a bed of nails, researchers relied on “a model specifically developed to study the contact between a smooth silicon sphere and textured silicon surfaces featuring a pattern of pillars–both in the micrometric range in terms of diameter and height.” This is similar to the effect of the hairs on the gecko’s feet that can either sit lightly on a surface or press down and create adherence using van der Waals forces. “Nature is full of examples of amazing adjustable adhesion power, like the feet of geckos, covered in multiple hairs of decreasing size.”Intelligent design provided all the impetus to this story: the motivation to study these animals, the astonishment at what was found, and the application to human designs. Darwin, be gone.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

For Your InFARMation program deadline approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?” is the question Ohio third-grade students are encouraged to answer by March 11 as part of a statewide essay contest. The winning student’s essay will earn an all-expenses-paid field trip for his/her entire class to an Ohio livestock farm.The essay contest is part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation program, which offers Ohio teachers free educational materials designed to teach third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in the state’s economy.To participate, Ohio third-grade teachers and students are encouraged to visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com to obtain the essay guidelines and form. All essays are due March 11 and winners will be notified by April 8.“As more and more Ohio families become generations removed from the farm, it is increasingly important to educate students at a younger age on where their food comes from and the critical role Ohio livestock farmers play in feeding Ohio and the world,” said Jenny Hubble, Ohio Livestock Coalition representative. “That’s exactly the goal of the For Your InFARMation program and the essay winner’s entire class will be able to experience this concept first-hand during their field trip.”The For Your InFARMation materials were developed by OLC with an education consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. These materials support academic content standards for language arts, social studies, science and math. The curriculum also includes a variety of nonfiction reading passages to support teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.Instructional resources include:• Student Guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passages• Teacher’s Guide with complete lesson plans and links to additional resources• Ready-to-use lapbooks, worksheets and smart board lessons to reinforce key content and skillsMaterials can be downloaded, for free, at www.ForYourInFARMation.com. Students will learn about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, as well as careers in agriculture.OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.last_img read more

Creamline grounds Air Force for 3-0 start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tiamzon relishes return to form in win over Adamson Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro said his team didn’t play at its fullest in the third set and the coaching staff had to remind the players to pick up the intensity in the fourth.“Well I saw that they started off properly in the fourth set and they upped the intensity right away,” said Almadro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We started right in the third set but we didn’t have that much intensity so we told them to pick it up, start it properly and end it properly.”Alyssa Valdez led the Cool Smashers with 23 points while Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano combined for 21 points. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its impressive start in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after stopping Philippine Air Force, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers joined Pocari atop the ladder with identical 3-0 cards while the Lady Jet Spikers are in .500 territory with a 1-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ View comments 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 Jia Morado, who had 71 excellent sets in her previous performance, had 36 assists this time.Iari Yongco led the Lady Jet Spikers with 18 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Confidence up as Lady Spikers right on track after getting solo 2nd

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle made sure that there would be a sense of normalcy in the Final Four race of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament when it faced University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ The Lady Spikers’ win, coupled with UP’s loss to Ateneo on Saturday,  broke the logjam with the Lady Spikers now in solo second with the Lady Tamaraws holding the third seed.“It was important for us to get this win because it’s not just for our team standing but also for our confidence, we won’t be down that much,” said Cheng, who had 20 points in the win.“We have to be more consistent going forward and I hope that we will play like this throughout the rest of the season. I feel like that the deeper we go into the season the stronger the other teams are getting.”ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Spikers took care of business against University of Santo Tomas, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena that broke the tie for the no.2 seed with a 7-3 record.The win put La Salle in the right track as the elimination round winds down since a loss coul could’ve sent the Lady Spikers to as low as fourth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Obviously it’s very important because if we lost this one it would be hard for us to get back up,” said Cheng in Filipino.There was a stretch in the tournament when La Salle, UST, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines were either all tied up in the second spot. Change in demeanor turns things around for NU libero Jennifer Nierva Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more