New house builds up 22% in Donegal

first_imgThe number of new homes built in Donegal has risen by more than a fifth in the last year, according to new statistics.There was a 22% increase in new builds completed in 2018 compared to 2017. In 2018, there were 445 new single dwellings, scheme builds and apartments built in Donegal – up from 364 builds in 2017.The figure has risen significantly from the 290 homes completed in Donegal in 2016.The CSO’s latest statistics found that Dublin had the most new dwellings completed in 2018, while Leitrim (67) and Longford (66) both had less than 100 dwellings completed last year. Nationally, there was a 25% increase in new dwelling completions in 2018.And in the first six months of 2019, the CSO reports that 196 new dwellings were completed in Donegal.New house builds up 22% in Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 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

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Video Clip:  The Rich Little Bird

first_imgA popular video clip has been circulating around the internet for over a year.  It shows an Australian lyre bird imitating other birds and man-made sounds.  Click here to watch the 3.5 minute performance.  Narrated by David Attenborough, it was voted the #1 most popular Attenborough moment from the naturalist’s TV shows.Speaks for itself.  Incredible and fun.  Thankfully, David omitted any of his incessant Darwin-talk in the narration.  Maybe he couldn’t think of anything to say that would sound sensible.    Teachers should use this clip as an example of animal intelligence.  Think of all the brain power and vocal hardware required for the bird to perform these feats.  This is no hoax or sound-editing trick.  Even Rich Little would be amazed.    For extra fun, visit Fred Newman’s website on MouthSounds and consider the breadth of audio capabilities inherent in the human vocal apparatus (for a hilarious sampler, watch “A Rumination” on his videos page).  Wouldn’t it be a racket to stage a contest between Fred and the lyre bird?Encore:  Now to really freak out, watch the talking cats.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Trek4Mandela helps rural girls stay in school

first_imgA group from a previous Trek4Mandela expedition on Mount Kilimanjaro. (Image: Trek4Mandela)When people climb Mount Kilimanjaro it’s usually a personal feat; but for the fourth year running Trek4Mandela’s climb will benefit underprivileged, mainly rural South African girls.Trek4Mandela benefits Caring4Girls, a programme to provide sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene information to underprivileged girls in rural communities.Since it was established in 2012, Trek4Mandela has attracted massive interest from the government, the private sector and NGOs locally and internationally. It has generated support for over 50 000 beneficiaries, mainly in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.The climb, led by leading South African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, celebrates Madiba’s legacy through supporting the education of South African girls who cannot afford sanitary towels. Many children cannot afford to buy sanitary towels and end up missing as much as a week a month of school as a result.The group leaves for Tanzania on 13 July and returns on 20 July. Climbers are expected to summit Kilimanjaro on 18 July, which is Nelson Mandela International Day. In all, there will be 27 climbers, one for each year that Madiba was in prison. Each climber is aiming to raise at least R1.5-million for Caring4Girls.If you would like to play your part in making sure underprivileged girls get their sanitary requirements and participate in the climb, register with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. There is a brochure with cost estimates.SUMMIT FOR MANDELATrek4Mandela was started in 2012 by Richard Mabaso, the chief executive of Imbumba Foundation, after he overheard a fearful conversation between his mother and his niece about puberty.He was prompted to do something for underprivileged girls, and approached his friend, Vilane, the first black person in the world to conquer the Three Poles challenge – South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest twice. He asked Vilane to lead him on his first ever expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of his Mandela Day challenge.In 2009, the United Nations declared 18 July Nelson Mandela Day International. The purpose is to encourage individuals across the world to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to doing some good in their communities. The 67 minutes represents the number of years that Mandela spent in politics fighting for justice and equal opportunities for all.On Trek4Mandela’s fourth expedition, 27 company executives, including ETV Sunrise anchor Penny Lebyane, will summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Lebyane told The Citizen newspaper: “I’ve been training, doing hikes and climbing stairs. I also go to Pilates three times a week. I have been through a lot in my life and I believe all the struggles and adversities I’ve overcome have given me the strength to overcome this.”Lebyane also had an inspirational message for girls facing challenges: “The adversities you face in life are like climbing a mountain. They can be trying and strenuous, but reaching the top is not impossible. You may be tired but if you go another hour or two you can reach you point of rest and try again tomorrow.”The objectives of the climb are to:Create awareness of the challenges facing impoverished girls from rural and poor schools during their monthly cycles;Raise funds to purchase sanitary towels to keep needy girls in school; and,Educate people about Mandela Day and the need to take action beyond 18 July, thereby helping to make every day a Mandela Day.CARING4GIRLSCaring4Girls aims to provide puberty and menstrual hygiene training to underprivileged girls, support them with sanitary towels for a minimum period of one year, and give each girl a booklet on menstrual hygiene.Studies have found that the majority of girls in Africa miss up to 50 days of schooling each year as a result of challenges around their menstrual cycles. This means that on average, a girl may miss up to 300 days (almost a whole year) of schooling over six years.The non-profit organisation has so far distributed over 67 000 sanitary pads to girls in poor rural communities. With the help of the South Africa Banking Association and the endorsement of the KwaZulu-Natal education department, it has published a booklet to help with the education of girls. So far, more than 100 0000 copies have been printed and distributed.Through its Puberty and Adolescence Demystified (PAD) campaign, its supports needy girls with sanitary pads, educates them about their body and hormonal changes as well as other related subjects essential for them as they embark on this journey of womanhood.Dr Kirsten Thompson, from the UK group Irise, said: “Worldwide, millions of women and girls have no information before starting menstruation and no sanitary product, clean toilet or clean water to allow them to cope with their periods.”Irise found that five out of 10 girls missed school every month as a result of menstruation, contributing to the gender gap, in East Africa.last_img read more

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VidMe Offers a Locked-Down Alternative to YouTube

first_imgRelated Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Video Services#web#YouTube center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The joy over wide-spectrum sharing has grown more muted even as it has become easier. The brouhaha over privacy issues, ranging from Facebook to Google to the U.S. Congress, has put the frighteners on some users. For those who wish to share videos, but not with the whole of mankind, VidMe hopes with today’s launch to offer an alternative to YouTube both online and with its iPhone app.YouTube allows you to mark a video as private, but that mainly insures it is not picked up by search engines. A viewer can still forward the link to to others. VidMe makes that scenario unlikely. “(V)ideos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and cannot be forwarded, downloaded or become viral without the video owner’s approval…Links to videos shared using VidMe work only for the intended recipient and become inoperable if they are forwarded to anyone else.” Running a site or service on advertising is untenable for a site that is hoping your video does not get a million views. So VidMe have elected to make theirs a pay service. Upon initial sign-up, a user receives enough free credits to upload several videos. For subsequent uploads they have to pay. VidMe also allows you to record videos on site. last_img read more

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Wright is best pure shooter Gilas has

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Reyes rattled off two names that fit his national program perfectly some years back.“Larry Fonacier and Jeff Chan are better, though they are (now) in the latter parts of their careers,” Reyes, who won this tournament in 2013 with the two gunslingers in an all-pro lineup, said. “They are the benchmarks for me.”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 starsHe knows that he has a diamond in the rough in Wright, though, and Reyes also has one player in mind who is better at that shooting guard spot for the national team at this time.“For me, the ideal shooter (for the international game) is Marcio Lassiter,” Reyes said. “He is a great shooter, he is strong, he’s tough and he’s a great defender. That’s his advantage over all of them (Fonacier and Chan included). He is a much better defender than all of them.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “That’s typical of a scorer (being a weak defender),” Reyes said. “And he’s willing to learn that, to improve on that.”“In terms of overall value to the team, Marcio is better,” Reyes explained as he reiterated that defense helps teams win. “But if you talk of pure shooting alone, there’s no doubt that Matt has the edge over everyone else.”Reyes praised Wright for having the right attitude, something he made sure that the 6-foot-3 swingman possesses when he first laid eyes on him several years back in an Under-18 tournament.And with that, the Gilas coach knows that he will have the perfect player that he needs in due time, like as early as the start of the World Cup Qualifying in November back in this thriving country.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas’ Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Is Matthew Wright the best shooter for Gilas Pilipinas?“It’s hard to say, because the measure of a great shooter is consistency,” coach Chot Reyes said on Sunday night after Wright put on a show and torched Chinese Taipei A with four triples in an 88-72 win in the Jones Cup Invitational that finally got the Filipinos on track.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Air Force shoots down BaliPure Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cool and collected even in the most intense moments here, Wright is showing offensive skills best suited for Gilas in this tournament and he is making the opposition pay in very short instances that he is left open.Lassiter suited up for Gilas in its formative years and has never made it back since, with issues concerning his health keeping him out of the squad that played in Changsha, China, in the last Asian Championship.But Reyes likes what he sees, like Wright’s attitude and focus.“He’s willing to learn, he has the tools, he’s athletic and very smart,” Reyes said when asked if Wright is getting to the level that Lassiter is at now.And the first thing Reyes wants is for Wright to be able to defend better.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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