Irish Council Against Bloodsports slam €200,000 grants to Donegal fur farms

first_imgThe Irish Council Against Bloodsports has expressed its “disgust” at large grants to fur farms in Co Donegal.Two Irish fur farms have received over €200,000 in state funding.Tazetta fur farm near Glenties has received at least six annual grants over the past decade from state body Údarás na Gaeltachta. The grants were provided under employment and capital grant schemes.The funding began in 2009 when the company received a €10,400 grant. The following year, Údarás na Gaeltachta allocated over €26,000 to the fur farm.This was followed by €28,261 in 2014, €58,149 in 2015, €7,090 in 2016 and €3,560 in 2017. Figures for 2018 are not available.In its lists of “enterprises which received grants”, Údarás outlines that the grants to Tazetta relate to “saothrú fionnaidh” (“cultivation of fur”). Tazetta is one of Ireland’s three remaining fur farms where tens of thousands of mink are permanently caged and gassed to death with Carbon Monoxide at six months of age.Another fur farm, Roxy Ltd – which is now closed down – received €82,123 from the taxpayer-funded Údarás na Gaeltachta as “grant assistance” for “feirmeoireacht mhinceanna” (mink farming).The funding was approved by Udaras in 1984 (the year the fur farm was first licensed) and over the following two decades tens of thousands of pounds/euros were handed over to the fur farm, located in Killybegs.A spokesperson for ICABS said “Shame on Údarás na Gaeltachta for disregarding the cruelty of fur farming and channelling funds into it.“We are calling for an end to these grants and renewing our appeal to the government to respect the wishes of the vast majority and ban fur farming.” ICABS say the majority in Ireland want fur farming ended, with a recent Red C opinion poll showing that 80 per cent of Irish adults are in favour of a ban.Veterinary Ireland has joined the calls for a ban, condemning fur farming as cruel.Irish Council Against Bloodsports slam €200,000 grants to Donegal fur farms was last modified: April 27th, 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:donegalgrantsICABSÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

If a Meteor Roasted the Dinosaurs, Where’s the Charcoal?

first_imgA majority of scientists continue to believe that a falling asteroid felled the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but problems remain.  London geologists went looking for evidence of charcoal at the Cretaceous-Tertiary layers, when the assumed impact occurred, assuming that the force of impact would have ignited a worldwide conflagration (thus the extinction of the big beasts).  But they found none, reports Nature Science Update.  How can you have a barbecue without charcoal?  Maybe, instead, the impact sent voluminous dust into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and lowering the planet’s temperature drastically.  “In other words,“ the article speculates, “the dinosaurs might have frozen, not roasted.”Other anomalies are calling this popular speculation into question (see June 2 headline, for instance).  If this theory for dinosaur extinction goes, scientists will be back at square one.  Explaining why certain species disappeared suddenly while others did just fine is no easy task, especially when you can’t rent the video to see what really happened.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Biking from Beitbridge to Cape Point

first_imgSouth Africans Misty and Dylan Weyer received a warm welcome at Cape Point on 1 November after completing a gruelling two-month mountain biking trip along the Dragon’s Spine – from Beitbridge, southern Zimbabwe, to Cape Town’s Cape Point, via neighbouring Lesotho – to raise funds for children with cerebral palsy.The couple, who hails from East London, set off from Beitbridge on Sunday 1 September, riding eight to 12 hours a day without a support crew to complete the 4 000 km mountain bike route, which runs mainly on district roads and jeep and animal tracks, with a few tar exceptions.Dylan and Misty Weyer getting into the funicular at Cape Point Nature Reserve to celebrate the end of their epic 4 000km journey from Beit Bridge border post to Cape Point to raise funds for children with cerebral palsyCape Point funicular staff, lead by general manager, Celeste Bell, welcomed the couple and treated them to a trip up the funicular to experience the unbeatable view from the topmost lighthouse.Bell says: “Upon hearing about Misty and Dylan’s epic journey we decided these inspiring people deserved a special welcome. A warm meal at the Two Oceans restaurant and a funicular ride to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Point with views of the colliding currents is a wonderful way to celebrate their achievement of raising awareness of cerebral palsy – we commend them.”Occupational therapist, Misty, and environmental scientist, Dylan, are extreme adventure seekers who put their minds, bodies and four-year marriage to the test in tackling the Dragon’s Spine.The couple wanted to raise funds for non-profit organisation (NPO) Malamulele Onward, where Misty works as a field therapist. She treats children with cerebral palsy in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape and is a project manager for the Carer-2-Carer training programme, where she trains parents of children with cerebral palsy to run workshops for other parents in 10 rural areas.“We had a strong conviction that our two-month adventure could not simply be for our own enjoyment, so we decided to do it for a cause,” said Misty.“We are blessed to have seen such a beautiful part of our country, while doing what we love and raising money for charity. Cerebral palsy is a complex disability and without access to specialised treatment and a good understanding of the condition, both parents and their children are victims of a very difficult journey.”Johannesburg-based Malamulele Onward provides specialised therapy services, equipment and caregiver training to 11 poorly resourced rural areas in South Africa and Lesotho, where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no access to rehabilitation therapy and equipment.The Weyers will also give 10% of funds raised to Greensleeves Place of Safety, an East London NPO providing residential care for abandoned and abused children.“Although we have not reached our goal of R200 000 yet, the funds are slowly coming in and are testament to the physical, mental and spiritual challenges we have experienced on this journey,” said Misty.“We will continue to use this event to raise funds and awareness for another three months and hopefully reach our goal by the end of January 2014.We are extremely grateful to each and every person who showed their support and opened their hearts, minds, pockets, and homes for our cause.”For more information visit www.groupspaces.com/DragonsSpine4CP or follow the Weyers on Twitter @wildweyers.MALAMULELE ONWARDEvery child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and every child has the potential to change the world (Images: Malamulele Onwards)Malamulele Onward provides specialised treatment like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to poorly-resourced rural areas of South Africa and other African countries like Lesotho where children severely disabled by cerebral palsy have little or no hope of receiving treatment.At the heart of the organisation is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals who have been using their expertise to help ease the strain on families who cannot afford their children the care necessary for them to lead healthier and less strenuous lives.The organisation also offers caregiver training to parents and others who have children suffering from cerebral palsy in their care.The Malamulele staff believe that every child matters regardless of their having disabilities or not and that every child has the potential to change the world much like you readers at home have the potential to change theirs.Anybody who wants to make a difference in the lives of the children receiving care from the Malamulele Onwards organisation can visit their website to attain details on how to volunteer or donate to their cause.Alternatively you can contact the organisation via email or telephonically on 011 484-9456.Don’t hesitate, do best and play your part in bettering the lives of those in need.For more information visit www.capepoint.co.za or call the Information Centre on (021) 780 9010/11.last_img read more

The Perfect Gear for One-Man Corporate Video Shoots

first_imgWhen you’ve got to go it alone, the right gear can make a big difference. Here’s what you need to pull off top-notch one-man corporate video shoots.Top image via Minojh MultimediaThere are any number of issues that can arise when working a corporate video job without a crew, but the right gear can make a big difference in the end. Let’s look at exactly what you need to pull off one-man corporate video shoots.Camera SetupWhen producing corporate videos on your own, you need to choose a camera loadout that’s easy to set up and break down. You’ll be moving from place to place in order to get the interview you need, plus the coverage for that interview. For this, a good ol’ tripod and camera will do just fine.Image via AWC MediaCorporate videos have a reputation for being bland and lifeless, but this mindset is changing. YouTube and similar sites have increased the audience for all manner of content, including corporate video. Because of this, corporate videos are becoming more cinematic. That means you’ll need to invest in a cinema camera and top-quality lenses. You’ll find some suggestions below. Image via The Flip SideBlackmagic USRA Mini 4K (Body Only): $2995Zeiss 50mm Prime Lens: $4499Lexar C-Fast 128GB Card: $506Benro Aero 4 Tripod Kit: $259If you’re looking for options beyond the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K, then check out the Canon C300 Mark II, Sony FS5, and RED SCARLET.Sound SetupWith your camera setup in place, you need to ensure that you can capture professional audio to go with your imagery. Since you’re a one-man band, you’ll probably want to get a shotgun mic that you can mount and connect directly to the camera. Additionally, you’ll need a lavalier microphone to capture clear and crisp interview sections. If you only have one audio input to the camera, a field recorder certainly wouldn’t be a bad addition to your gear. Below is a run down of audio gear you’ll need.Image via U Health NutRode NTG-1 Shotgun Mic: $250Lectrosonics Lavalier Mic: $150Zoom H6 Field Recorder: $349Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones: $99.95SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC Card: $12.28Also, don’t forget that music is an incredibly important part of the overall audio production. There are all sorts of high-quality corporate tracks here on PremiumBeat, such as Human Evolution, We’re Taking Off, and The Champions Song. You’ll have no problem finding something that works for your production.AccessoriesWith your camera and audio setups worked out, it’s time to turn your attention to some additional tools that can help make the overall production easier on you.Image via Video JeevesYou’ll obviously need some solid lighting. Beyond that, you’ll want to invest in some c-stands to hold up tools so you don’t have to. You can also look at purchasing a slider, Steadicam, or 3-axis gimbal for smoother moving shots. Just remember: all of this is secondary to your camera and audio setup.Image via Clear ConceptKessler Timelapse Slider: $995.99Genaray Spectro LED: $284.95 ea.Impact Light Stand: $44.99 ea.Glidecam HD 4000: $499.99DJI Ronin 3 Axis Gimbal: $2039.99 What steps do you take to prepare for one-man-band shooting situations? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Retract decision to demolish Mangu Mutt: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik on Saturday, urging him to retract his government’s decision to demolish the Mangu Mutt in Puri, which is associated with Sikhism founder Guru Nanak.Mr. Singh described as unfortunate the move to demolish the mutt, which has age-old significance for the Sikh community as Guru Nanak Dev visited the holy site to spread his message.‘Shocking decision’“It was shocking that while the whole world was getting ready to commemorate the 550th ‘Prakash Purb’ of the first Sikh Guru, the historically important mutt, a symbol of the connection between Sikhism and the Jagannath Temple, was sought to be demolished by the Odisha government,” said Mr. Singh in a statement.The Mutt is among many structures within 75-metre radius of the Jagannath Temple that are being demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th century shrine, following a decision of the Odisha government led by Mr. Patnaik.Opposing the move, several organisations earlier said at least 12 major mutts and shrines associated with the Jagannath Temple are located within the 75-metre demolition radius.last_img read more

Asian Games hockey: India top points-table with four wins in a row

first_imgStar drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his goal-scoring spree as India defeated Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B of the Asian Games men’s hockey competition, in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners on Sunday, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minute to see his team finish the preliminary stage on an impressive note.However, it was captain Rajpal Singh (31st minute) who drew parity for India after Japan had surged ahead with a Hiroki Sakamoto strike in the 21st minute.And then seven minutes later Sandeep converted the first of his two set pieces with a fierce drag-flick to ensure his team a 2-1 lead at the breather.Crossing over, both the teams struggled hard for goals till the 62nd minute when Sandeep once again was bang on target from India’s second penalty corner.Japan, however, pulled one back a minute later through another field strike from Sakamoto.With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points.India will now take on the second placed team from Group A — the winners of the match between China or Malaysia later in the day — in the semifinals on November 24 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea.last_img read more

Coach defends Clarke, Hughes on drinking allegations

first_imgAustralian cricket coach Tim Nielsen on Thursday defended Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes over allegations that the pair was found drinking at a Melbourne bar well into the night on the eve of their humiliating Ashes series defeat at the MCG.Aussie players Phillip Hughes. AP”These guys are playing cricket all day, every day. And they’re never playing at home. They were out for dinner. All the information we received straight after the incident was that they were out for dinner together and nothing but polite and courteous to the people out in the the public.”They posed for photographs and signed autographs, they talked about the Test match. I can promise you they wouldn’t have been feeling great because we were under pressure in the Test and going to the fourth day looking like the Ashes were going to be lost,” Nielsen said.According to some photographs released by the media Down Under, the duo was spotted drinking at the World Restaurant Bar on the third night of the Melbourne Test, which Australia went on to lose by an innings and 157 runs to help England retain the Ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 24 years.The pictures had raised some serious questions pertaining to the professionalism and discipline of Aussie cricketers but Nielsen said the photographs of the cricketers showed the two players were well behaved and simply enjoyed drinks with dinner.”I don’t really mind what anybody says. (But) I can’t expect – I won’t expect – any of my players to sit in their hotel room for 250 nights of the year, especially if they’re having a bad day or a good day,” Nielsen was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.advertisementNielsen spoke in defence of the players after a 25-year-old local woman, Emily Goodyear, had claimed that the pair drank vodka with her and and told her “it doesn’t matter that we are out, we’ve lost the match anyway.””And Philip added, ‘I’m not batting and I don’t think there’s any chance we’re going to win.’,” she added.Aussie vice captain Michael Clarke. APTest vice-captain Michael Clarke had defended himself and his team-mate Hughes by arguing that they have done nothing wrong.”There’s no doubt Phillip and I went to a restaurant bar, we had dinner there, I had two drinks and didn’t have a late night at all. We posed for a lot of photos with a lot of people, we were polite to a lot of people and there were even a few of the Barmy Army there.”I have absolutely no idea what time I got home, but I guarantee you it wasn’t late,” the 29-year-old Clarke said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal Returns to No. 1 In Spite of Novak Djokovic Triumph at Paris Masters

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal’s return to the world number one position for the eighth time in his career was confirmed when the ATP rankings were released on Monday.The Spaniard leapfrogs Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018, withdrew from his semi-final against Shapovalov in Paris with an abdominal muscle strain.Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.The 2019 battle between Nadal, winner of the French and US Opens, and Djokovic who triumphed in Australia and Wimbledon is set to go to the wire as either could still finish the year at number one.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the World Tour Finals, Djokovic must claim two group-stage victories and make the final to pass him.Djokovic would also be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semis.Nadal first reached number one on August 18, 2008 when he was just 22. He has spent 197 weeks at the top, the sixth-highest in ATP history behind Roger Federer (310), Pete Sampras (286), Djokovic (275), Ivan Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268).Gael Monfils returns to the top 10 for the first time since February 2017 after reaching the semi-finals in Paris while 20-year-old Shapovalov climbs 13 places to a career-high 15.Latest ATP rankings:1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,585 pts (+1)2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,945 (-1)3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6,1904. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5,7055. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 5,0256. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4,000 (+1)7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 2,945 (-1)8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,670 (+1)9. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,540 (+1)10. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,530 (+3)11. David Goffin (BEL) 2,335 (+3)12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,29013. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2,180 (-2)14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,125 (+1)15. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,050 (+13)16. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,00017. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1,840 (-9)18. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 1,77519. John Isner (USA) 1,770 (-2)20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,747 (+7) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevatpatp rankingsDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 4, 2019, 5:43 PM ISTlast_img read more