Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme

first_imgFemale entrepreneurs in Donegal are being invited to join the latest cycle of ACORNS for business support.There has been an increase in early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland over the past year and the call is now open for those with new businesses, or well-developed ideas, to join ACORNS 5.And Donegal’s ACORNS participants, as well as ‘Lead Entrepreneur’ Deirdre McGlone, are urging their fellow business owners to apply before the September 20 deadline.  ACORNS is the highly-successful development initiative to support female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business. Previous business owners from Donegal who have participated on the most recent cycle of the programme include Laura Hardaker of HardyBaker, Lorraine Quinn of Harbour Road and Taralouise McCaughey of ZINC.Taralouise McCaughey – ZINC‘Lead Entrepreneur’ on the programme, Donegal’s Deirdre McGlone, formerly of Harvey’s Point, said: “It is with great pride and pleasure that I look forward to being a Lead Entrepreneur for ACORNS 5, following the great success of the past four cycles.“The ACORNS initiative continues to offer much needed and appreciated support to female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland. This is turn is helping our local economy by creating a platform for new businesses to start-up and pave a path for success”. As a Lead Entrepreneur, Deirdre acts in a voluntary capacity to share insights and experience with the group and help the participants to address the issues and challenges they face in progressing their businesses. The lead ACORNS also act as role models, illustrating by their actions that it is possible to start and grow a successful business in rural Ireland.The programme will run over six months from October 2019 to April 2020.Many past participants of ACORNS report increased exports and job creation. Past participants are also invited to participate in a further development phase and to join the ACORNS Community, so they can continue to build their support network of valuable connections.Any woman with a new business based in rural Ireland or an idea for a new venture they want to get off the ground can get more information and register their interest at www.acorns.ie. There is no charge for successful applicants.Call open for local businesswomen to join rural support programme was last modified: August 18th, 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) Tags:ACORNSBusinessDeirdre McGlonelast_img read more

Misreading Soft Tissue

first_img(Visited 737 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When organic remains are found in fossils said to be hundreds of millions of years old, what questions should be asked?Scientists were stunned when soft tissues were found in a T. rex bone in 2005. Numerous studies since then have confirmed the presence of collagen and other original proteins in certain fossils. Should these discoveries not call into question the long ages assigned these remains? Instead, Darwinists have simply accommodated them into their web of belief, claiming it sheds light on evolution.Note: Some of the news items below regard original soft tissue; others regard mineralized impressions of soft tissue.Gut glands illuminate trunk segmentation in Cambrian fuxianhuiids (Current Biology). Carbon impressions of internal organs in a Cambrian arthropod from China show clear detail of the gut. The paper says, “the midgut is preserved as carbon compressions associated with iron deposits resulting from the pyritization of internal organs.” It should be remarkable to find such detail in a fossil said to be 500 million years old, but the authors seem fixated on evolution: “improving understanding of segmentation in extant organisms, reveals that euarthropods had already acquired a substantial degree of developmental flexibility early on in their evolutionary history as informed by the Cambrian fossil record.” How is this a revelation about evolution, if the animal “had already acquired” complex traits? And how could such detail be preserved for hundreds of millions of years?Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets (Phys.org). Bouncing off of soft-tissue impressions in the Burgess Shale, this article admits that “soft parts such as internal organs, eyes, or even completely soft organisms, like worms, tend to decay before they can be fossilised.” But instead of asking why any soft tissue impressions remain at all after such a long time, this article again looks for clues to evolution. “To expand their understanding of the exceptional preservation of soft organisms, the team are currently delving further back into Earth history, to investigate the preservation of microbes before macroscopic organisms with skeletons or shells evolved.” The focus is on the type of rock that allowed the soft tissue impressions to survive, not on the complexity of the organs preserved. Logically, this has nothing to do with life on other planets. The following quote commits a flawed syllogism: Major premise: soft tissue remains are preserved in some Earth minerals. Minor premise: Mars might have those minerals. Conclusion: Mars might have fossils.Of the project’s wider applications, potentially supporting the search for life beyond our own planet, Anderson adds: ‘For the vast majority of Earth’s history, life has not possessed hard shells or skeletons. This means that if we want to look for fossil evidence of life on other planets like Mars, the chances are we probably need to find fossils of entirely soft organisms, and Burgess Shale-type fossilisation provides a way. NASA’s Curiosity rover has the ability to record mineralogy on the Martian surface, so it could potentially look for the types of rocks which might be most conducive to preserving these fossils.’Fossilised plant leaf wax provides new tool for understanding ancient climates (Science Daily). Ask scientists these days to comment on new observations, and they will find a way to fit it into climate change. That’s what we see here in this article. “The new data confirms the expectations of climate models, that atmospheric cooling is coupled to less atmospheric moisture,” the scientists claim with joy. But what about that leaf wax?A method of estimating ancient moisture content based on these plant wax compounds overcomes the limitations of other methods because plant waxes are commonly found in soils and sediments stretching back tens or even hundreds of millions of years and across many environments.How do they know that leaf wax can last hundreds of millions of years? They don’t. Evolutionary dating demands that the fossils be that old. Only in recent decades have paleontologists come to grips with the fact that believing long ages requires major revisions to thinking about how long biological organic remains can survive.Evolutionary thinking distorts science. Evolutionary thinking distorts logic. Evolution News posted a quip about the Darwin scientific method:Introduction: Start by stating confidently that evolution is true.Methods and Results: If (as often happens) some of your results are inconsistent with evolutionary theory, describe them in the most obscure technical language available.Discussion: Make some clever guesses about why some of your data seem to be inconsistent with evolutionary theory. If that doesn’t work, claim that your data expand and enrich our understanding of evolution. (Optional: Insert a disparaging comment about intelligent design.)Conclusion: Evolution is true.last_img read more

Media Coverage

first_img2010 NCP launches Football Friday, BizCommunity.com, 2009/09/03 [PDF, 25kb]2010 communication: still no central message, BizCommunity.com, 2009/08/25 [PDF, 46kb]Defining SA, Sunday World, 2009/08/23 [PDF, 727kb]World Cup is the reason to share the love in Mzansi, Business Day, 2009/08/21 [PDF, 827kb]Better transport essential for successful world cup, Daily Dispatch, 2009/08/18 [PDF, 383kb]SA in need of Laduma! jab, The Star, 2009/08/18 [PDF, 407kb]Cluster focus on what’s important at 2010 NCP, Publicity Update, 2009/08/18 [PDF, 37kb]2010 NCP opens in Joburg; it’s time to get moving, Publicity Update, 2009/08/17 [PDF, 37kb]Keynote address by Minister of Transport the 4th annual 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, Polity.org, 2009/08/17 [PDF, 59kb]Looking at the bigger picture – moving towards 2010, Polity.org, 2009/08/17 [PDF, 39kb]Media analysis and perception feedback – where is 2010 positioned, Polity.org, 2009/08/17 [PDF, 39kb]Reality feedback: Confederations Cup – how did we do?, Polity.org, 2009/08/17 [PDF, 38kb]last_img read more

‘Our experiences are not because we’re an interracial couple – we’re just a couple.’

first_imgCassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays see themselves as an ordinary couple – even if other people refer to them as being in an interracial relationship. The pair has been dating for five years, having met online on a MXit chatroom.Cassarica Nadas met Gareth Mays on a MXit chatroom and fell in love after meeting him in person. The two speak about their families’ reaction when Mays became Nadas’ first boyfriend. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere was a time in South Africa when laws such as the Group Areas Act, the Immorality Act and the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act stopped people of different races from having relationships or from living in the same communities.However, since the democratic dispensation brought South Africa’s Constitution and Bill of Rights, people such as Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays have been able to build close relationships without being harassed by the law.Mays and Nadas marked their fifth year as a couple on 8 November 2016. The two were in a long-distance relationship when Mays moved to Cape Town for work in January 2013. Nadas eventually moved to Cape Town in September 2014. They now live together in Johannesburg.In light of Brand South Africa’s campaign, Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution, which was launched in October, this couple have spoken about their relationship.The three-month-long campaign focuses on empowering people with knowledge and information about their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Brand South Africa says this awareness is integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays enjoy gaming and watching animation movies together. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How old are you and where did you grow up?CN: I am 26. I grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth.GM: I’m 30. I’m also from Port Elizabeth, the friendly city.MJ: What month and year did you meet?CN: We met in August 2011.GM: Oh that’s trouble. I can’t say which month exactly, but it was mid-2011.MJ: How did you meet?CN: Gareth and I met while in a chatroom on MXit. I thought he was interesting and we continued to chat over the next couple of weeks. He then wanted to meet me in person, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I was aware of all the horror stories people tell of meeting people online.One day after his badgering, I finally said yes and told him to come on that specific day or I wasn’t going to agree on meeting him again. I remember thinking there was no way he would come, with having responsibilities at work. I was so wrong. Gareth took off time from work and we met at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campus where we chatted for a few hours. I skipped class and he showed me the architecture building I had never seen on campus.GM: We met online, over MXit. I was charming and mysterious, of course.Cassarica Nadas says when people judge her and Gareth Mays’ relationship, they should think before they say hurtful things – even if it’s not to them. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How did it feel when you started dating someone from a different culture?CN: There were no real feelings towards dating someone who was out of my culture. Gareth was my first boyfriend and I had more feeling towards my new relationship than any feelings towards his culture.Gareth’s family is very much like my own in a sense that they look after each other and I felt very comfortable with them. I also feel quite westernised in my own culture and I identified with Gareth’s culture more than what someone would think I did in my own culture.GM: My feelings were somewhat neutral, because cultural differences aren’t a major focus in my family. Essentially Cassie’s and my interests and habits were similar already.MJ: How did your families respond to your relationship?CN: My family were a bit cautious when I first introduced Gareth to them. He was the first boy I brought home who was not a friend. It was new to everyone. They didn’t have a problem with his race or culture. They had more of a problem that he was the guy who was taking away their daughter, like most parents have.GM: They were positive. Cassie is my sweetheart and probably more favourited by my parents than me.MJ: How have their attitudes changed or evolved over time?CN: My parents are very accepting of Gareth. They treat him like a son and are always buying him gifts. He is part of the family.GM: Only in the sense that we or they are closer and more loving.MJ: How did your family feel when you moved in together?CN: My parents were not keen at first. They are old school and have different principles and values. It was tough at first but they quickly came around. When we moved in together I moved to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth, so my parents were also dealing with my moving away as well as moving in with Gareth. We then moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg together. Skyping my parents helped a lot with this transition and I keep in touch via Whatsapp and phone calls.GM: My family is indifferent. We believe individuals are free to make their own choices. I suppose supportive would be more accurate to say. Bottom line is it was our choice, not anyone else’s.MJ: How do young people versus older people react when they see you together – especially strangers?CN: We have never really had any outwardly negative reactions from other people. Most people are accepting of us or hide it really well. Young people don’t seem to be bothered about our relationship but I do get some stares from the older generation when we are out shopping.GM: I’d say younger ages don’t really react differently. Older people may give one or two odd stares. This is the best time to kiss your girlfriend.MJ: What have been your worst and best experiences as an interracial couple?CN: The worst experience has been people judging Gareth based on the colour of his skin. I lived in a predominantly Indian and coloured neighbourhood. When Gareth used to drop me off at my parents’ house while we were still in Port Elizabeth, we had incidents of people who lived in my street making comments as I got out of the car. They would remark on his race and what car he drove.One lady who lived a street away from me saw my friend’s mum at a corner shop and said: “Cassie walks on egg shells, because of her white boyfriend who drives a BMW.” My friend’s mum didn’t even respond to that lady. I feel people are quick to pass judgement without knowing how it can hurt others.I wouldn’t say that there has been a best experience as an interracial couple, but we have had many experiences as a couple that have been amazing. A particular one was when we lived in Cape Town and we were walking to the shops. Gareth was helping me to put on a plaster because I had burnt my hand. To people who were passing by, it must have looked like he was proposing and this lady basically pushed half her body out the car window and started shouting at me to say “Yes!” and she wouldn’t stop until I did.Of course, he wasn’t proposing but it was wonderful to see a random person get excited for someone else’s happiness.GM: I really can’t say what the worst was. I guess those types of events I let go and move passed quickly. It’s no one’s business except our own. The best experiences are just like anybody else’s. I guess the only stories that spring to mind are when we approach counters or clerks and they don’t know we’re together so we let them think that till the last moment. Then a surprise kiss or hug throws them.MJ: What do you love most about each other?CN: My favourite things about Gareth are that he knows me very well it is almost scary. He knows when I want something and I haven’t asked yet, and then he just does it. It is almost as if he reads my mind. I also like that he is very intellectual and that we can discuss serious topics and joke about crazy things.GM: Cassie’s cheeky or mischievous laugh, or when she knows she’s up to nonsense and I catch her. I love her cute and lovable nature. Also, I love how much she likes unicorns. She makes me feel whole and happy.MJ: What do you have in common?CN: We love technology, gaming, and enjoy the same movies, especially superhero movies and animation.GM: We love being comfortable and growing together.MJ: Finish this sentence: Love is…CN: Being able to count on one another, to look past the flaws and accept all of a person.GM: Tea… and maybe roti.MJ: What do you like about the Constitution?CN: Our Constitution looks after our interests and makes it easier for us to be who we are. Without the Constitution in place we would not be able to express ourselves freely or be with who we love.GM: We have one of the best if not most advanced constitutions in the world. I’d say it is part of what makes me a proud citizen of this country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online

first_imgBefore you post something for sale, check out these tips to make sure you get top dollar for your used cameras and video gear.Cover image by Dmitry Kalinovsky.When you’re in the film and video profession, updating cameras and gear seems like a yearly task. Cameras specifically are advancing at an amazing rate, and if you follow the industry closely, it may be hard not to covet the newest generation or latest pixel-size craze.So for those who are considering an upgrade, or have already made one, what do you do with your old gear? You know what you paid for it originally, and you’d like to recoup as much as possible. Follow these tips and best practices for selling your camera and gear online to get the best return on your investments.Research the MarketImage by Rawpixel.com.First and foremost, do your research, and know the going rate for your cameras and gear on the online market. Ebay is a great place to start, but also check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and anywhere else you may see some organic selling online. Compare those numbers with the price of your cameras and gear new and check out used equipment on manufacturers’ sites. Look at bundle and package deals to see what kind of numbers others are getting.Once you get a strong sense of the market, you can tailor a price that is competitive yet ambitious (if you have some time to spare), or you can list a smart bargain if you’re looking to sell quickly and move on.Check Your CalendarImage by Africa Studio.Depending on your cameras and the gear in question, be sure to check your calendar and do some research online about release rumors to see what might be around the corner. If you’re looking to sell in late winter, keep your eye on NAB rumors, as there could be lots of news hitting the market that may affect the price of your camera or gear. Same thing for model release rumors: if you’re selling a Canon 5D Mark III, look out for upcoming price drops on the 5D Mark IV, which may drop your selling price as well.Take Great PicturesImage by Aleksandr Ivasenko.Now, if you want to make your gear look appealing, put it in the best light possible and take great pictures. Nothing scares away viewers more than sketchy photos or screenshots from manufacturers’ websites. You want to show that your gear is in fact real, available, and in good condition. For many sites, it’s common courtesy (and the right thing to do) to mention any scratches, nicks, or problems with your cameras or gear — and show pictures of them upfront. Your price may drop by doing so, but an eager buyer may be looking for a bargain.Bonus: here are some great resources for taking awesome product photos and videos for all types of situations.Give the Relevant DetailsImage by GaudiLab.By the same token, share as much information about your gear as possible. You don’t need to write a novel about it, but simple bullet points identifying all of your gear — and the specifics for each piece — will help viewers line-item and consider exactly what they’re getting. Even if things seem obvious to you, letting people know what type of lens mount your camera uses and the dimensions of your tripod legs may be the biggest factor in a potential buyer’s decision-making — and it only takes you a few seconds to list.Post AroundImage by Rawpixel.com.If you want to put all your eggs in one trusted basket, go for it. But if you’re looking to sell sooner rather than later (and at the best price you can get), then sharing your post on several different channels will be your best bet. The big ones like Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, and Ebay are great places to start, but local selling apps like OfferUp and 5Miles are options too — along with online film and video gear communities like Keh and Cameta Camera.Also, if you’re looking for even simpler options, many local camera and gear shops offer trade-ins and store credit for gear they’re interested in. It might be lower than you’d like sometimes, but you can trust the store and support local mom & pop businesses in the process.Find CommunitiesImage by FrameStockFootages.One of the best ways to keep things in your circle may be to post your gear in networks and communities of which you’re already a part. If you’re in a mid- to major city range, chances on there should be a local film and video community and some professional groups where you can meet, network, and swap gear with real people who you can stay in touch with for years to come.Create a NarrativeImage by oatawa.Finally, if you truly want to get the most bang for your buck, channel your inner salesperson and provide the narrative about why someone should buy your gear. If you’re selling a high-end camera, sew the narrative together by sharing how the camera can accommodate anything from weekend shorts to narrative features. If you’ve used your camera or gear on some cool projects, share examples of how great it’s been and why you’d recommend it to someone else. Make it fun, tell a story, and give your gear a good home.For more tips and tricks on buying and selling gear, check out some of these resources.How To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverThe Latest Film and Video Gear, Industry News, and Free AssetsBuyer’s Guide: Shoulder Rigs From Cheapest to Most Expensive6 Online Resources for Renting Camera GearWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Cameralast_img read more

$1.33 Billion to Implement NIDS in 2019/2020

first_img The allocation has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government will be spending $1.33 billion to implement the National Identification System (NIDS) in the 2019/2020 fiscal year. The Government will be spending $1.33 billion to implement the National Identification System (NIDS) in the 2019/2020 fiscal year.The allocation has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The money will be used to commence piloting of NIDS with public-sector employees and continue the recruitment of key NIDS staff for the Project Enforcement Unit (PEU), in the Office of the Prime Minister.It will also go towards the continuation of the NIDS communication campaign; completing the digitisation of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) records; and procuring hardware and software to establish necessary hosting and enrolment sites.Up to December 2018 under the project, key NIDS staff had been recruited for the PEU; and a NIDS Public Engagement Portal had been developed and launched.In addition, NIDS hosting, production and enrolment sites had been identified and workstations approved; and the National Identification and Registration Bill was approved and the Regulations developed.The project, which is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, seeks to establish a unique identification number for individuals and develop a secure, efficient and reliable database of all Jamaican citizens.It is being funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project is slated to end in November, 2023. The money will be used to commence piloting of NIDS with public-sector employees and continue the recruitment of key NIDS staff for the Project Enforcement Unit (PEU), in the Office of the Prime Minister. Story Highlightslast_img read more