Ivy Bridge is to receive €50,000 as part of major repair work to remove and replace the parapet walls, it has been confirmed. Councillor Patrick McGowan, Chair of Stranorlar Municipal District, welcomed Friday’s announcement.He said: “Following the collapse of part of Ivy Bridge, a number of actions were taken by the council’s engineering staff including inspections of the damage, assessment of the area and condition of the bridge as a whole. “Arrangements for the removal of the vegetation and a survey of the bridge was completed.“Once the gathering of technical information was completed, the Bridge Engineer commenced the design of the solution to facilitate the re-opening of the bridge.”The partially-collapsed Ivy Bridge at Cloghan.“It is agreed to undertake the works in two phases,” he added.“Phase one involved work up to road level and got the road opened to vehicles just in time for Christmas. “Phase two of the works will be undertaken this year as the funding has been secured and will involve the removal and replacement of the parapet walls using appropriate materials and to a suitable height.”Funding sought for major Ivy Bridge repairs allocated was last modified: February 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Ivy BridgePATRICK MCGOWANStranorlartwin towns
Our family has a tradition of hiking the trails at Kensington Metro Park, near Milford, Michigan, on New Year’s Day.We spend our time birdwatching, looking for tracks in the snow, and taking in the beauty of the winter woods.This year, since we couldn’t all be together on New Year’s Day 2017, we moved our hike to Christmas Day.With gray, cloudy skies, few people were on the trails today. We enjoyed the serenity and quiet of the woods on our hike.Happy holidays!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Sandhill Cranes for the New YearI may not have found Sandhill Cranes when I took a road trip to mid-Michigan the weekend before Christmas. But I was thrilled to see these two birds New Year’s Day on the Nature Center trails at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. If you’re from Michigan, you know it’s…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Autumn Grasses and WeedsFor the day after Thanksgiving, our family took a walk in the woods at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. It was the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon: relatively warm autumn weather, bright sunshine, and an escape from the constant Black Friday sales promotions. Not many birds to be…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Tufted TitmouseHiking and bird watching in Kensington Metro Park in Milford, Michigan is one of my favorite things to do in the winter. With no leaves on the trees and few birds overwintering in Michigan, it’s a lot easier to spot and identify the birds. This Tufted Titmouse (and his friend…In “Nature”
28 November 2007As South Africans are being called on to help stop violence against women and children in the country, two local organisations are striving to nurture a stronger and wiser generation of South African men.This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign was launched on Sunday, with several men’s marches taking place in cities throughout the country.The campaign challenges South African men to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.Daniel Leshike and Dumisani Rebombo are already doing this. They are among a number of men who are leading men in the fight against gender violence on a daily basis.Men as PartnersAt the age of 15, Rebombo raped a girl along with a friend. “I did it as an act of masculinity,” admits the man who is now 46 years old. He married at a young age and went on to use religion to maintain superiority over his wife.“I insisted that she had to listen to everything I said because that was what God wanted,” he says.Rebombo is now completely reformed, a change which he attributes to education. As the EngenderHealth Men as Partners South African programme manager, he has worked with thousands of men from around the country over the past seven years.Addressing Parliament this month, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on South African men to “take ownership” of the issue of violence perpetrated against women.The only way there can be a change in the behaviour of men in the country, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, is to increase their level of understanding of the issues around abuse against women and children.This is exactly what Rebombo does as he counsels men and facilitates workshops where men, young and old, are encouraged to change abusive social patterns to help reduce the abuse, rape and murder of women and children in their communities.“I started volunteering when I worked for Rand Water, and after leaving the company I decided to get more involved,” says Rebombo.Helping men to adaptDaniel Leshike (29), co-ordinator of the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (Adapt) men’s programme, dedicated his social work career to empowering men in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, after training as a counsellor following his university years.Adapt facilitates a forum with a membership of around 26 men, aged from 16 upwards, who host a number of discussion groups in the community aimed at raising awareness of issues surrounding abuse, gender stereotypes and equality.“Our main objectives are to include men as part of the solution to gender-based violence and to empower men to take control of their lives,” says Leshike.Adapt trains forum members in trauma counselling and gender sensitivity and runs several parallel programmes with a youth division in order to promote good fathering in the Alexandra community.In a novel bid to break the silence surrounding abuse, Adapt has a formed a relationship with the Alexandra Liquor Traders Association, and forum members visit taverns regularly, creating impromptu discussions with patrons on topics related to gender violence.“Some men tell us that it is their culture to be in control or abuse a woman because ‘a woman is a woman’,” says Leshike. “But we tell them that in African culture a woman is a flower.”Good men – who remain silentWith over 7 000 men seeking assistance from his organisation annually, Rebombo believes his work is contributing to the eradication of gender violence in the country.He says there are many good men out there – “I believe, and research says so” – but that most of these men remain silent when abuse takes place.Leshike agrees, saying that there are men who would make good role models but they need to stand up and be heard in order to make a difference in the country.Both men agree that many challenges exist in South Africa regarding the education of men in the eradication of gender-based violence. Among these challenges are a lack of sufficient funding, the abundance of stereotypes, and misinterpretation of religion and culture.Most challenging of all in the battle being fought by counsellors such as these, however, is the reluctance of men to work with men – a battle that still needs to be won.Source: BuaNews
In the Masters of Human Resources program at Rollins College, students are challenged to define and implement leadership in their personal and professional lives. In pursuit of that goal, the current MHR cohort created this video; a compilation of answers to two questions from Rollins College students and faculty, as well as business leaders from large, well known organizations. Two questions were asked of these individuals: What is Human Resources Leadership? In a business world that increasingly values Human Resources and seeks HR’s input in business strategy, what does HR leadership look like? What is required of us as HR leaders? The answers are wide-ranging, but a common thread that runs through this video: strong and authentic character is far more important than any set of skills we are able to learn. We must inspire and invest in the individuals who do our work, so that they are prepared to excel in their positions.How can future HR leaders create a better tomorrow? The world is changing more quickly today than it ever has before. Communication happens more rapidly in more ways than used before, necessitating heightened transparency and use of technology to communicate effectively and clearly with employees. Clear and effective communication also gives people the tools they need to excel as a team. Leaders must accept communication well also—receiving feedback as readily as they give it. And all of this must be done in a way that allows for data to be collected, for as Jackie Brito, SPHR shared, “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”As Human Resources leaders, we are tasked with leading well, but it can be challenging to understand what that means and implement it in our daily lives. In the end, however, it comes down to acting with integrity, empowering others, measuring and maintaining data, and communicating effectively. Produced by: Mutaib Alotaibi, Milca Bowie, Catelin Brown, Winston Davis, Charmaine Deglas, Michael Dill, Amelia Fantini, Dilsia Fernandez, Danielle Gal, Laura Headley, Amanda Hendrickson, Liyang Liu, Maria Marquez, Stuart McGilvray, Molly Pruitt, Sarah Stuart, Patrice Tait, Pieter Van Zyl, Joey Vecchione, Chris Whitlock and Garrett Yount.
Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Saturday night.After celebrating prematurely on her third match point, letting her racket go after serving what she thought was an ace but learning that it was a let, top-ranked Williams took a deep breath and fired another ace – her 15th of the set and 18th of the match – to seal it.This time, the celebration was real. She jumped around like a little child, bouncing up and down, before shaking hands with Sharapova at the net.”Growing up I wasn’t the richest but I had a rich family in spirit and support and you know standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen,” Williams said. “I went on the courts with just a ball, and a racket and a hope, that’s all I had.”I’m so honored to be here tonight and to hold this 19th trophy @ my favorite stadium.”Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain delay in the sixth game, when the match was stopped for 13 minutes for the roof to be closed. Williams came back on court momentarily near the end of the break, but returned to the locker room with a hacking cough. She later said she had vomited before returning to Rod Laver Arena to continue.It didn’t show. She came back from the break and fired an ace to start a run of six straight points. She was broken while serving for the set but broke Sharapova for a third time to clinch it.advertisementThe 33-year-old Williams, the oldest winner of the Australian women’s title in the Open era, won the first six points of the second set and seemed on course for another lopsided victory before Sharapova hit back to set up a dramatic second set.Sharapova saved two match points, including one in the 10th game when she bravely hit a forehand winner down the line – applauded by Williams. She twice held serve to stay in the match.The No. 2-ranked Sharapova forced a tiebreaker and then took the first point off Williams when she leaped into a service return down the line. But Williams rallied again and relied on her serve to keep the points short, missing a second set point when Sharapova hit a winning service return. Williams didn’t relent, though, and secured the title that lifted her above Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who had 18 Grand Slam singles titles.Williams has now won 16 in a row and is 17-2 in career matches against five-time major winner Sharapova, who hasn’t won a head-to-head meeting since 2004.Two of Williams’ six Australian titles have come with straights-set wins in the final against Sharapova, the first in 2007. For 2008 champion Sharapova, it was a third loss in a final at Melbourne Park.”I haven’t beaten her in a long time but I love every time I step on the court with her,” said Sharapova, who had to save two match points in the second round. “I’ve had some of the best memories of my career on this court and also some of my toughest losses, but that’s the life of a tennis player.”
Geordie ShoreViacom International Media Networks is placing three of its key pay TV channels on the TVPlayer Plus SVOD service in the UK.Geordie Shore network MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon will be made available to TVPlayer’s OTT subscribers, along with Comedy Central Extra, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. Too.The agreement is described as “multi-year”, and includes 3G and 4G mobile data rights for the channels.The TVPlayer Plus app offers more than 100 channels from broadcasters such as UKTV, Eurosport and Turner for £4.99 (€5.77) a month. Sixty are from the Freeview platform, with 30 defined as premium pay TV channels.TVPlayer founder Adam Smith said Tweens and teenagers were “spending increasingly more time every week watching their favourite programming”, meaning “it is paramount we routinely extend our subscription content offering to appeal to these younger, hungry audiences anytime, anywhere and on any device”.“With real-time visibility of viewing habits from the one million UK households that actively use TVPlayer, we’ve gained valuable insight to know that Viacom is the perfect content partner to join our platform,” he added.TVPlayer launched last year.
GomorrahITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah.Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the production company where rights are available.ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest step to building its international drama business to meet the growing demand for European drama, particularly among SVOD platforms.The studio has also invested in Tetra Media Studios in France this year and has existing scripted businesses in the Nordics and Germany.Cattleya is a well-known film producer having produced over 70 films in the past. In recent years it has focused more on TV drama production, which is forecast to contribute to around two-thirds of its revenue by 2019.As well as the forthcoming third season of Gomorrah, which has been sold to over 70 countries and will be broadcast on Sky Italy starting in November, Cattleya has also produced Netflix’s Italian original series Suburra, which focuses on politics, the Vatican and organised crime in present-day Rome. Germany’s Beta Film has sold many of Cattleya’s productions to date.Riccardo Tozzi founded Cattleya launched in 1997 and was soon joined by now-president and co-CEO Giovanni Stabilini and co-CEO Marco Chimenz. Producers and partners Francesca Longardi and Gina Gardini joined in 1999 and 2005 respectively, while commercials subsidiary think|cattleya launched through fifth partner Monica Riccioniin 2010.Maria Kyriacou, president of ITV Studios International, said: “Cattleya has built on its feature film experience and expertise to achieve fantastic television production series with the international hits Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale, and now Suburra.“Riccardo, Giovanni, Marco, Gina and Francesca have established an enviable reputation as first-class drama producers by building brilliant relationships across the globe to develop ambitious projects which appeal to audiences everywhere.“This coupled with our confidence that the demand for high-end European drama will continue to grow, make Cattleya a perfect partner for ITV Studios as we continue with our strategy to build an international scripted business.”Next up for Cattleya is Zero Zero Zero, a crime drama that Canal+ and Sky have co-commissioned from Gomorrah writer Roberto Saviano and director Stefano Sollima.
Apple sets recall of some defective iPhone 8 devices, but there could be a catch Here’s how Apple and UL, the global safety and certification company, say you may be able to spot and avoid buying knockoffs.ColorApple’s genuine iPhone power adapters are white in color, and they are certified with letters in the name of UL, the global safety and certification company based in Northbrook, Illinois.Some fakes go so far as to spoof Apple’s logo and those of the regulatory agencies, even on products with four-star reviews on Amazon. One way to make sure what you’re buying is legitimate is to check and make sure the spelling of words such as “California” is correct.PackagingThe iPhone power adapters made by Apple that come bundled with iPhones and are also sold separately come in white, sealed Apple packaging. They are not sold loose in bins or other packages.Certified third-party Apple accessories have the Apple logo on the package, as well as the words “Made for iPhone,” or “Made for iPhone iPad iPod.”MarketingWhen shopping online, be mindful of reviews. A number of Amazon and online sellers copy the image of Apple’s power adapters to market and sell their fake products, fooling some consumers into buying counterfeit goods by making them think they are getting a great deal on the real thing.While some fakes even go so far as to copy Apple’s logo, looking quickly for the term “MFi certified” (MFi is short for “Made for iPhone”) in the product’s description or glancing through some of the online reviews can be helpful in discerning what’s genuine and what’s not.PriceGenuine iPhone power adapters generally retail for roughly $19. An unusually lower price may be a tipoff to a counterfeit.Printed TextAn Apple Lightning to USB cable has the wording “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira.” The wording should be on the cable followed by a 12-digit serial number.The wording is located towards the USB end of the cable, approximately 7 inches from the connector. The text is written in a tiny, light grey font. You may need to focus carefully to see it.What to do about non-Apple accessoriesOne of the biggest selling points for counterfeits is their cheap price as an alternative to Apple’s accessories. Good news: There are plenty of legitimate options outside of Apple made by third parties.Amazon, Anker, Belkin, Mophie and a number of others make legitimate cables and charging solutions for the iPhone. A 6-foot, MFi certified Lightning cable from Amazon Basics is $7.99, more than $20 less than Apple’s comparable 2-meter cable (roughly 6.6 feet).These companies also are helpful in legitimately filling in the gaps of Apple’s official offerings, such as wireless chargers, portable batteries and car adapters.When in doubt, look out for those “Made for iPhone” or “MFi certified” labels and descriptions to make sure what you’re buying will work as expected. Citation: Fake Apple products: Here’s how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-fake-apple-products-fooledand-endangeredby.html Counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables may look like the real thing, but they have differences that can cause injuries to you or damage your device. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
A prehistoric, broken skull is revealing the secrets of ancient humans, divulging that early modern humans left Africa much earlier than previously thought, a new study finds. The skull, found in Eurasia and dating back 210,000 years, is the oldest modern human bone that anthropologists have discovered outside Africa, the researchers said. This skull, however, had an unusual neighbor: a 170,000-year-old, possibly Neanderthal skull that was found resting next to it, in a cave in southern Greece. Given that the Neanderthal skull is a solid 40,000 years younger than the modern human skull, it appears that this particular human’s early dispersal out of Africa failed. There are no living descendants of this enigmatic human alive today, and this person’s group was replaced by Neanderthals, who later lived in that very same cave, the researchers said. [Photos: See the Ancient Faces of a Man-Bun-Wearing Bloke and a Neanderthal Woman]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65906-oldest-modern-human-skull-eurasia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 “We know from the genetic evidence that all humans that are alive today outside of Africa can trace their ancestry to the major dispersal out of Africa that happened between 70[,000] and 50,000 years before present,” study lead researcher Katerina Harvati, a professor of paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, told reporters at a news conference. Other earlier modern-human dispersals out of Africa have been documented at sites in Israel, including one based on the discovery of a 194,000- to 177,000-year-old modern human jaw from Misliya Cave and others tied to early human fossils dated to about 130,000 to 90,000 years ago at the Skhul and Qafzeh caves. But “we think that these early migrants did not actually contribute to modern humans living outside of Africa today, but rather died out and were probably locally replaced by Neanderthals,” Harvati said. “We hypothesize this is a similar situation with the Apidima 1 [the newly dated modern human skull] population.” Discovery in Greece The two ancient skulls were unearthed in the late 1970s by researchers at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Athens. Given that the skulls were found in Apidima Cave, the researchers named them Apidima 1 and Apidima 2. Both skulls, neither of which had a lower jaw, were found side by side in a block of breccia, angular pieces of rock that were cemented together over time. However, neither skull was in good shape; the damaged Apidima 1 included only the back of the skull, and at the time, researchers weren’t sure what species it came from. Apidima 2, which preserved the facial region of the skull, was identified as Neanderthal, but it was broken and distorted. For years, the skulls sat at the Museum of Anthropology in Athens until they were finally cleaned and prepared from the breccia block in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In the new study, Harvati and her colleagues put both skulls in a CT scanner, which generated 3D virtual reconstructions of each specimen. Then, they analyzed the features of each. As in previous analyses, the team concluded that Apidima 2, which had a thick, rounded brow ridge, was from an early Neanderthal. Identifying Apidima 1 was more challenging because of its fragmentary remains, but the researchers were able to create mirror images of its right and left sides, which gave them a more complete reconstruction. [In Photos: Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils Ever Found] Several clues, such as the rounded back of the skull (a feature unique to modern humans), indicated that Apidima 1 was an early modern human, or Homo sapiens, the researchers said. Dating the skulls Next, the researchers dated the skulls. Previous analyses had estimated that the skulls were roughly from the same time period, given that they were discovered next to each other, suggesting that they lived around the same time. But by using a method known as uranium-series dating, the new team found that the skulls were not from the same time period. At 170,000 years old, the Neanderthal skull fit within the range of other Neanderthal remains found in other parts of Europe. But the modern human skull was an unexpected outlier, predating the next-oldest H. sapiens remains in Europe by more than 150,000 years, the researchers found. Uranium-series dating is one of only a few ways to date such ancient bones, “but it’s not without some pitfalls,” said Larry Edwards, regents professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the study. In effect, the method works because uranium decays into thorium. The more thorium there is in a sample, the older it is, Edwards told Live Science. However, bones and teeth don’t contain much of their own uranium; rather, they absorb it from the environment over time. “That then requires you to make interpretations on how and when the uranium was picked up and whether or not the uranium was lost,” he said. But although this technique isn’t ideal for dating skulls such as Apidima 1 and 2, it can still provide useful data, Edwards said. “I think it’s pretty solid, their [dating] conclusions,” he said. Out-of-Africa implications Despite the skull’s title as the “oldest known modern human fossil in Eurasia,” the new finding does not rewrite the fundamentals of human evolution, said Eleanor Scerri, an associate professor and leader of the Pan-African Evolution research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, who was not involved in the study. Those fundamentals are that humans first evolved in Africa and then ventured out into the rest of the world. “The oldest human fossils still come from Africa and are about 100,000 years older than the Apidima fossil,” Scerri told Live Science in an email. “That is roughly 4,000 generations — ample opportunity to move around.” That said, “if we want to ask questions specifically about the early history of our species in Eurasia, then this study may confirm the arguments made for multiple, early dispersals,” Scerri said. In addition, this finding supports the view that the population of “early Homo sapiens was fragmented and dispersed,” she said. [Top 10 Mysteries of the First Humans] Previous studies have suggested that “Homo sapiens left Africa every time the Saharan and Arabian deserts shrunk, which happened broadly on 100,000-year cycles,” roughly agreeing with dates from this study, she noted. What’s more, if modern humans truly had reached Eurasia by at least 210,000 years ago, then “we can no longer assume that ‘Mousterian’ stone tool assemblages found across large regions of Eurasia are necessarily being produced by Neanderthals,” she said. There are many avenues open to researchers hoping to learn more about the Apidima skulls. For instance, the skulls could contain ancient DNA or primordial proteins that could verify their species, Eric Delson, who was not involved with the research, wrote in an accompanying perspective published online today (July 10) in the journal Nature. Delson is a professor and the chair of the Department of Anthropology at Lehman College and The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Moreover, researchers could study the cave’s paleo-environment and climate to figure out what conditions were like when Apidima 1 and 2 lived there. Today, the cave is on a cliff facing the sea, reachable only by boat, Harvati said. The study was published online today in the journal Nature. In Photos: Bones from a Denisovan-Neanderthal Hybrid Photos: Looking for Extinct Humans in Ancient Cave Mud Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndo Photos: Newfound Ancient Human Relative Discovered in Philippines This is the oldest known modern human skull in Eurasia, dating to about 210,000 years ago. Here, you can see the partial skull (right), its virtual reconstruction (middle) and a virtual side view. Credit: Copyright Katerina Harvati/Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen