Expect to connect at Donegal’s 2019 Wainfest!

first_img‘Expect to Connect’ this October as Wainfest, the annual Children’s Arts and Book Festival, makes its highly anticipated return. The festival, organised by Donegal County Council’s Culture Division, is one of the country’s leading children’s festivals. This year, the week-long festival will run from October 5th – 13th 2019.Children and their families are invited to join in on the fun and enjoy top quality events on their doorstep such as magic, high energy story-telling, and visits from best-selling children’s authors. Last year over 11,000 attendees joined us on Wainfest’s ‘wild and wondrous’ adventure. 150 events in total were held in 38 different locations, including libraries, Taobh Tíre centres, Donegal County Musuem, the Regional Cultural Centre, cinemas and partner locations. With plans for this year’s festival shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, 2019 will undoubtedly exceed last year’s attendee numbers.Can you dig it? Archaeological exploration with Dig-It Kids at Buncrana Library during Wainfest 2018.Sinéad McLaughlin, Festival Co-ordinator says: “We are delighted to welcome partners such as Lifford Old Courthouse, Donegal Youth Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh National Park, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, An Grianán, The Abbey Arts Centre, An Gailéaraí, Inishowen Development Partnership, Oakfield Park, and Eclipse Cinemas back on board for 2019. Their involvement in the Festival adds a wonderful diversity to the programme”. “Books, reading and literacy are highly profiled in Wainfest” says Sinead. “This year we welcome bestselling authors Holly Webb, author of the ‘Animal Magic’ and ‘Maisie Hitchens’ Series, as well as Catherine Doyle, author of ‘The Storm Keeper’s Island’. Both aim to encourage young people and children to read by creating interesting and whimsical stories.”Making it up! A wonderful session of live collaborative storytelling with the Makey Uppers at Wainfest 2018.Returning from last year’s sell out shows are Mr Hullabaloo, the children’s entertainer and Wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna. New and exciting plans are being made for a kid’s art workshop prior to a screening of Disney’s Ratatouille and even a Smartphone Filmmaking event at the Regional Cultural Centre.Sinéad is delighted to announce that the 2019 programme has been enhanced with dedicated autism friendly events across the county. “These events are possible due to funding secured from the Dormant Account Fund. We are currently finalising details for these and all information will be available on Wainfest.ie and in the brochure after the launch in mid-September.”To keep up to date on Wainfest 2019 visit www.wainfest.ie or follow Donegal County Library on Facebook or Twitter. Expect to connect at Donegal’s 2019 Wainfest! was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:Wainfestlast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Tex-Mex taco dog recipe from Nolan Ryan

first_img1/2 cup sour cream1 cup salsa roja1 Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grates.2 Slit the hot dogs lengthwise, halfway through, and grill them for 6 to 8 minutes, turning … 1 recipe taco sauce1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded2 cups pico de gallo8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos This recipe for Tex-Mex taco dogs is from The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook.8 All-beef hot dogs8 hot dog buns8 hard taco shellslast_img

Big Bang Antimatter Problem Deepens

first_imgThe most precise measurements ever show that particles and their antiparticles are perfect mirror images of each other.Protons and anti-protons are alike in every way; just don’t bring them together or they will annihilate each other. They differ only by the sign of their charges. Why this is a problem for big bang theory—and for the “standard model” of particle physics—is explained in Nature:The standard model of particle physics is considered to be the best physical theory that we have. It is built on symmetries and can describe all the experiments and observations concerning the known subatomic particles. However, the model includes some 30 free parameters and is not fully explanatory. For example, it cannot explain a profound mystery of physics and cosmology, the fact that there is no antimatter in the Universe. When matter and antimatter mutually annihilated each other following the Big Bang, any pre-existing symmetry between them was broken. Matter but no antimatter was left behind, and we lack a satisfactory explanation as to how this occurred. Research on the fundamental differences between particles and antiparticles may provide an answer. In this vein, Ulmer et al. (page 196) perform a high-precision, comparative study of the properties of protons and antiprotons.Their study wasn’t helpful. Ulmer et al. measured the charge-to-mass ratio of protons and antiprotons, and found them identical (except for charge) to 69 parts per trillion—four times the precision of previous measurements. It was hoped the very minute differences between them might produce a slight asymmetry that could account for the discrepancy. A slight excess of matter at the big bang, after all the new matter and antimatter annihilated itself, would remain to create the universe of matter we know. If there are any differences, they have escaped detection.The “mystery deepens,” therefore, Live Science says. “Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other as far as anyone can see, scientists have discovered with unprecedented precision, foiling hope of solving the mystery as to why there is far more matter than antimatter in the universe.” Science Daily quotes the frustration of Ulmer at the result of finding no variance in the charge-parity-time (CPT) symmetry of the particles :“This is an important issue,” says Stefan Ulmer, who led the research, “because it helps us to understand why we live in a universe that has practically no antimatter, despite the fact that the Big Bang must have led to the creation of both. If we had found violations of CPT, it would mean that matter and antimatter might have different properties — for example that antiprotons might decay faster than protons — but we have found within quite strict limits that the charge-to-mass ratios are the same.“Thus “one of the most intriguing questions in physics” remains unexplained, Klaus Jungmann says in the review article. Surely a nearly equivalent amount of antimatter must have existed at the big bang, in the view of big bang cosmologists. Since the universe of matter we see today constitutes only 4% of mass-energy when theoretical dark matter and dark energy are considered, it implies that modern physicists and cosmologists only have a handle on 2% of reality.Is this evidence for intelligent design? Look at what Jungmann says:Symmetries have a central role in physics. A symmetry that holds across the Universe is an indication that a conservation law is at work. For example, adjusting a clock by an arbitrary time interval leaves all physical processes completely unaffected. A consequence of this is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. But, when a symmetry is violated or a quantity is not conserved, a symmetry-breaking process must be at work.There does not appear to be any physical process that can account for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. A designer of a habitable universe, however, would know that a mix of matter and antimatter would make the universe uninhabitable (e.g., don’t shake hands with your anti-self), unless the antimatter were somehow segregated from the matter. Observing that kind of segregation, though, would violate the Cosmological Principle and amount to further evidence for design.This materialist conundrum has been around for decades, and shows no sign of resolution. It’s similar to the chirality asymmetry in biomolecules that has no material explanation. There is cause (a “symmetry-breaking process”) that can account for these asymmetries, though, and that cause is intelligence. Why not infer that the thing that “must be at work” is not just a process, but a Person?Some will cry “God of the gaps” at this suggestion. It is true that future work may uncover physical mechanisms for these phenomena. But how long do we have to wait? These mysteries have gone on for nearly a century now. Eventually, the alchemists had to change their paradigm, didn’t they? And what if the gaps keep getting wider over time? These articles do not give us confidence that physicists and cosmologists are converging on natural explanations, if the “best physical theory we have” cannot account for this long-standing mystery, is clueless about dark matter and dark energy, and needs 30 free parameters to work at all (see Best-in-Field Fallacy).At some point, we must logically conclude that “materialism of the gaps” is just as vulnerable to criticism as its converse. There is a positive argument for design that is not a gap argument. It says that from our uniform experience, we know of a cause that can separate out particles that in all respects are equivalent, especially when the result of the separation provides a function, such as habitability. That cause is intelligence. It’s interesting that we see that in Genesis 1:3, when God, by design, “divided the light from the darkness.” It sounds surprisingly prescient. Moses could not have known the significance of this statement. It suggests that it was revealed to him by the omniscient, omnipotent Creator.To appreciate the sheer emptiness of naturalistic theories about antimatter, watch this short video from Fermilab on YouTube. So much for the experts. The God hypothesis excels over their understanding like Something exceeds Nothing. (Visited 136 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MTBPS 2015: Nene ‘cost cutting reduces government consumption’

first_img23 October 2015Austerity measures that were introduced to reduce wastage in the public sector had led to the government reducing its spend notably, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said when tabled his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in the National Assembly on 21 October.In 2013, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan, the Treasury announced wide- ranging measures to reduce public spending, issuing an instruction for government credit cards to be closed, and for the cost containment of consultants, travel, entertainment and eventing expenses by all government departments.Finance Min Nhlanhla #Nene delivers his Mid Term Budget Policy Statement #MTBPS [Gallery] https://t.co/GUqG2xItgN pic.twitter.com/FzXRvz5ktt— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 22, 2014Those measures were now starting to bear fruit, Nene said, adding that “across all national and provincial departments. a 3% decrease was achieved in spending on consultants. and a 47% decrease in catering, entertainment and events expenditure”.When they were introduced, the Treasury also announced that spend on official travel would be reduced, with only ministers and director-generals allowed business class travel allowances. Other measures to cut spending included motor vehicle bulk buys and limited hotel allowances.Nene said there was further light at the end of the tunnel as far as government spending was concerned.“Preliminary budget data indicate that there will be further reductions in these categories of spending over the medium-term expenditure framework period, contributing both to value for money and improved public service delivery.” While there was not yet full compliance with these ongoing measures, “the Treasury is currently revising the cost containment instruction to review thresholds and clarify its implementation, especially on expenditure related to conference”.Expenditure ceiling projected to rise by 2.5%The minister went on to highlight expenditure that was necessary for effective national growth, proposing that the Treasury increase spending over the long term to sustain debt levels when the economy experienced turbulent times.South Africa is experiencing a projected slow growth of 1.5% in 2015. With the economy buckling under energy constraints and other external factors, the minister warned that “the expenditure ceiling remains the primary tool to stabilise debt. No resources will be added to the spending ceiling over the next two years.“Beginning with the 2016 Budget, government will align spending limits in the outer year of the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) with the long-term path of GDP (gross domestic product) growth, building on government’s countercyclical and sustainable approach to fiscal management.”This would link the expenditure ceiling to the long-term fiscal guideline, which would link spending to projected economic growth. That growth was expected to rise to 2.8% – on condition, Nene warned, “that government eases electricity, transport and telecommunications infrastructure constraints by 2018”.“The long-term guideline gives expression to the fiscal principles of countercyclicality and debt sustainability. It will ensure that spending grows at a stable rate over the business cycle.”A countercyclicality approach was adopted at the height of the 2008 global meltdown; it means the government increased its spending when times were hard, and slowed it to fall within GDP growth when the economy stabilised.This helped the country ride the tide, with government rolling out large capital projects, including the construction of stadiums that were used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.An expenditure ceiling should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate large shocks and structural changes to the economy, Nene stressed. “However, where structural improvements in revenue are apparent, through tax policy changes, improved administration or economic shifts, a corresponding increase in the spending ceiling will be considered.”R200-million set aside for nuclearMedupi power station is coming to life – Download the latest issue of our insights magazine http://t.co/t4DHvDUURR pic.twitter.com/IS5WUMt76H— KPMG South Africa (@KPMG_SA) October 7, 2015In a media briefing before his speech on Wednesday, Nene emphasised the need to invest in solving energy challenges for the country. With R200-million reserved for this direction, he said South Africa had made good progress in powering the nation, over and above the nuclear option.“We’re not just looking at nuclear; we’re looking at the entire energy mix and nuclear is part of that energy mix and (the money) has been set aside to support the preparatory work that has been done.“Ultimately what the National Treasury and Department of Energy would want to see is a situation where we are able to address our energy challenge in totality.”He named the opening of the first unit of Medupi and the ongoing success of the Independent Power Producer programme, adding, though, that more still needed to be done to ensure that South Africa had an adequate and reliable supply of energy to power a modern economy.Another development was the government’s alleviating of the pressure of Eskom’s financial position with a R23-billion equity investment financed from the sale of Vodacom shares. Additionally, it was revising its integrated resource plan, which maps out the country’s future energy mix, including options for renewables, coal, gas and nuclear power.“The state has built partnerships with the private sector to address the electricity-supply gap, making additional capacity available through the renewable energy programme. This initiative is being extended to include investment in base- load coal generation plants,” Nene noted in his address to Parliament.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Capturing the Cape’s splendour

first_imgHorses on Noordhoek. (Photo: African Pixels on I ♥ Cape Town) By Anne Taylor15 October 2013Cape Town Tourism posted this photograph of horseriders on Long Beach in Noordhoek, just below Chapman’s Peak, on their Facebook page recently – and we thought it was worth republishing here. Taken by African Pixels, the photograph received nearly 1 500 likes, was shared more than 60 times and a hundred people felt moved to comment, many sharing their experiences of riding at Noordhoek, about a 30-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre.Long Beach is an 8km-long, pristine beach – perfect for long strolls … or horse rides. Imhoff Equestrian Centre offers two-hour guided rides, while Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding offers a variety of horsey activities.Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Finding South Africa’s secret beaches and Horseback safaris in South Africa Cape Town Tourism: www.capetown.travelAfrican Pixel’s photostream on Flicker: www.flickr.com/photos/african_pixelslast_img read more

The value of healthy rivers being examined at meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is holding its next monthly breakfast program March 7 in Columbus, and as the film title goes, a river runs through it.Called “We All Need Healthy Rivers,” the event is a joint meeting with the Water Management Association of Ohio.In all, Ohio has more than 29,000 miles of rivers, and organizers say their health is key to the health of the state’s citizens and environment.The Ohio River, for example, supplies drinking water to more than 5 million people in six states including Ohio, the Ohio River Foundation says. But reports based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data have said the Ohio has more industrial pollution than any other river in the nation.Meanwhile, only about 213 miles, or less than 1%, of Ohio’s rivers — including parts of the Big and Little Darby creeks near Columbus — are designated wild and scenic, according to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.last_img read more

And the April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Is…

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Write a Comment – Nominees for the February Geocacher of the MonthMarch 19, 2014In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month. These descriptions can be written in any language.Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Danie ViljoenDanie Viljoen, April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Share with your Friends:More Since beginning geocaching in 2008, geocacher Danie Viljoen has been an active member of the southern African geocaching community. After reading an article about geocaching and finding an excellent geocache near his house, he was hooked. And, Danie says, the game fit well into his personal interests. “As an engineer, the technical aspects of geocaching appealed to me.”There were less than 3000 geocaches in South Africa at the time.Danie finds GC11H2Z, and a view overlooking the Blyde River Canyon“I remember attending a technical event shortly after I started caching, where somebody said that there are 3 aspects of caching: finding caches, hiding caches and solving puzzles. Although I like all three of these, I want to add a fourth (my favourite) – generating statistics on finds, hides, locations, etc. I publish these on the local (South African) geocaching forum.”Geocacher Carbon Hunter adds: “[Danie’s] biggest contribution to geocaching, both locally and globally, has been his consistent and interesting inputs into the statistics of geocaching across Africa. His inputs on the forums are legendary and he was also used by Geoaware to develop statistics for the global Earthcache program on their 10th anniversary. This has provided unique insights to our game and added a lot of value to many people he is unlikely to ever meet.”Danie finds the cache…and a muggle nearby.When asked what the best geocache he’s ever found was, Danie shared a story about a geocaching expedition very few others can say they’ve had.“There are so many [geocaches] that stand out. I’ll answer with my most memorable cache: GC1KNCX – JohanChristel. I found this cache in 2009 and it has remained unfound since then! To get to the cache required quite a long walk in a reserve on a farm (7 km, 4 miles). The owner warned me that one of their leopards recently had cubs, so I was quite nervous during this walk (I was alone). On my way back I stopped to rest and to take a photo of a calf, and the next thing I heard was a bellowing bull, which chased me all the way down the mountain! Remarkable how that energized me.”We can only imagine.Thank you Danie for your outstanding contributions to the Geocaching community!last_img read more

Neighbour held for rape

first_imgA 30-year-old has been arrested for raping his 7-year-old neighbour in Sahibabad, the police said on Wednesday. The accused will be produced in a city court on Thursday.A senior officer said the incident happened on November 11 in Sahibabad’s Shalimar Garden. The girl’s mother complained to the police on Wednesday night. The police lodged an FIR and sent the victim for medical examination. They also recorded her statement. The final medical report is awaited but the initial report has confirmed rape, the police said. The accused allegedly lured the victim to a room and threatened her with dire consequences after the rape. The girl revealed her ordeal to the mother recently.last_img