‘Eggcellent’ turnout for vegan Easter fayre – Picture Special

first_imgDonegal’s second Vegan Fayre had a fantastic turnout on Sunday with a great mix of people enjoying a conscious shopping day for a good cause.Hosted by the Donegal SPCA Animal Rights Committee at Dillon’s Hotel in Letterkenny, the Easter themed Fayre offered a wide variety of stalls and goods including cakes, cosmetics, beauty products, vegan food, tester stalls, handcrafted toys, artisan sauces and an information stand.There was also a vegan Easter egg hunt to keep the youngsters entertained. The cakes by Wholegreen flew off the standVegan hair experts were on hand with adviceCraft stall with an Easter theme A spokesperson for the event organisers said: “It was a lot of hard work getting everything together, but we are absolutely delighted by the turnout and response from the public, so it was all worthwhile.”A steady stream of local vegans and curious members of the public who were interested in finding out more about living a vegan lifestyle visited the fayre throughout the afternoon.The spokesperson said “’There has never been an easier time to be vegan. Most of the main supermarkets and companies are developing their own ranges of vegan products to meet the rising demand.” Lots of vegan food available from Kelly’s Mountain TopOrganiser Kathleen at the information tableSome of the delicious vegan delights on offerWinner of a vegan hamperShe said that from speaking with the public, people want to know more about how they can live a cruelty-free lifestyle.“With a recent scientific study stating that the only way to stop irreversible environmental damage within the next 12 years is for everyone to become vegan, there has been an even greater spike in interest in veganism.”Organiser Kathleen at the information tableLots of vegan food available from Kelly’s Mountain TopGood turnout for the vegan fayreThe artisan sauces proved popular once moreThe spokesperson concluded “Veganism is really taking off lately, the membership numbers of the Donegal Vegans group has grown a huge amount in recent years.”“With all the information now available and options out there, there has never been a better time to be vegan – for the animals, for the planet and for ourselves.”‘Eggcellent’ turnout for vegan Easter fayre – Picture Special was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal SPCAEastervegan fayrelast_img read more

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ID. Article Makes N.Y. Times

first_imgMichael Behe got a full-length column in the New York Times (reproduced at Discovery.com) to present the case for intelligent design.  The EvolutionNews blog says it is the second most emailed article from that day’s edition, and asks, “Who says there’s no controversy?”Which side wants to air the debate?  Which side wants to shut off debate?  What does that tell you?    Sample line from Behe’s op-ed: “Still, some critics claim that science by definition can’t accept design, while others argue that science should keep looking for another explanation in case one is out there.  But we can’t settle questions about reality with definitions, nor does it seem useful to search relentlessly for a non-design explanation of Mount Rushmore….”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Schneier on Digital Feudalism, Cyberterrorism And Zombie SOPA

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cyberterrorism#privacy#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Related Posts center_img Bruce Schneier is a bestselling author, TED speaker, and the founder and chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions. ReadWrite got the chance to speak with the candid technologist about digital feudalism, widely considered one of the foremost voices in the world of security and privacy, government regulations and the reality of cyber warfare. Online Lord & VassalReadWrite: I read your blog post the other day about Facebook having a “feudal lord” relationship with its users. Tell me what feudal security is.Bruce Schneier: The notion that as computers and computing becomes more of a utility, we as users, we have to trust vendors. And we have no ability to know how they work – for security. I couldn’t even tell you what operating systems they use, let alone what type of firewalls. We have to blindly trust that they will maintain our security. RW: Is that lack of transparency between companies and users one of the bigger issues within security today?BS: I think it’s very important…This is how the world works. When you turn on the tap, you know nothing about why that water is safe – you know nothing about the process that makes that water safe. You know nothing, and yet you trust it. This isn’t rare, this is normal. But in the case of water, for example, there’s a lot of government regulation that goes into making that water safe. There’s a whole lot behind that that we just don’t have with computers. You don’t have the government regulations, you don’t have the intervention that forces companies to take your security seriously. That’s the fundamental problem.RW: How about digital rights management? That’s part of it too, right?BS: It’s all part of it. Basically, we are losing control as we give all of our data into the cloud. There’s a whole lot of good reasons to lose control, because other people can do it better than we can. But there are also risks to that. The benefits of the cloud are enormous – in terms of quality, in terms of reliability. Your pictures are much safer on Flickr, but you have to trust their security. Government SecurityRW: With regulation on the way, are we as users, as consumer, are we moving closer to improved privacy, or are we moving away from it?BS: Unfortunately the United States has such a dysfunctional government right now, I can’t imagine any serious legislation. I just can’t imagine us doing it. I’d love to see it, I think legislation is important. We’re the United States, you can’t have serious legislation – you can’t have a serious policy debate… I think they’re going to start recognizing it, but I think it’s going to take a generation.RW: What about Obama’s new online sharing strategy? The White House is saying they’re committed to more transparency with the way the Internet works and having less government regulations. Do you believe that?BS: I think less government regulations will make this worse. And I do believe it. You do need laws to set a playing field, to set boundaries – and we’re not getting that. Unfortunately, I do believe that less regulation, that would not be a good thing. I think lack of regulations has gotten us in this mess in the first place…There’s no reason for companies to take security crimes to seriously. As long as they have them in operation as is, there’s no market reason, even without them operating. As long as the market decides not to compete on it, it’s not going to be something that consumers can choose. You have no choice, really, but to choose a feudal lord. You don’t have the ability to opt out. This is the 21st Century, you can’t opt out of the Internet. RW: So do you yourself use Facebook and some of these feudal lords as well?BS: I personally don’t use Facebook, but I certainly use others.RW: What do you think about the recent ITU conference and the U.S. pulling out of talks? Ambassador Terry Kramer called it a victory for the U.S. in terms of raising awareness. BS: That’s complicated…There we’re seeing governments trying to seize control back. They’re not the U.S. The U.S. is very anti-regulation. But countries like China, Russia, there’s a lot of danger there. The U.S., of course, could take advantage of it for surveillance purposes…RW: Do you think this year we’re going to have a reinvention of SOPA?BS: Oh sure. They’ll never give up. You’ll see it come again and again.RW: Are you scared of it? Do you think it’s going to kill the Web, or is it going to just keep being drawn out and rehashed?BS: It won’t kill the Web, but it will do a lot of damage. Here’s where you have an industry that is willing to essentially slash-and-burn anything to protect, really, an outdated business model. It’s potentially very, very bad.Cyber Threats – Real & PerceivedRW: We touched on companies not being realistic about security and the threat of attacks. Would you say cyber war is coming or is it already here?BS: Cyber war is basically a media invention. It is neither coming, nor is it here. It is only here in the minds of reporters and government contractors.RW: So you’re saying it’s a buzzword?BS: We’ll know when cyber war is here. When you start seeing body counts, then the cyber war is here. Cyber war is a subset of war. In order for the cyber war to exist, war must exist. Not hackers, not terrorists, not criminals – war. The enemy armies with tanks in your neighborhood. RW: I’m thinking more major corporations, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies being hit. The average person has no clue about that, so what can we do to enhance awareness? Are people going to just bury their heads in the sand until something happens to them?BS: That’s the way policy works. That is the way we do things. Do nothing until something happens, then we overreact…I really dislike a lot of hype on cyber threats. There are a lot of serious threats, we spend a lot of time on the ones that sound sexy: Cyber war, cyber terror. RW: So what’s the biggest threat out there online then?BS: The biggest threats are crime… Regular crime. Like a guy robbing your house. Regular crime, not large scale, not spectacular – normal stuff. Just like school shootings almost never happen. And thousands of kids die a year from child abuse. It’s the regular stuff, not the spectacular stuff. More people die in car crashes every month than died in 9/11. It’s the regular stuff, the stuff that doesn’t make news, that’s the stuff to worry about. Photo By Nekonoir 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Tension erupts as Trinamool reclaims party offices

first_imgA day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed her party workers to reclaim party offices occupied by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), there was tension in various parts of the State on Saturday as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership sought to reclaim party offices.Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick faced protests by BJP supporters at Kancharpara in the State’s North 24 Parganas. The police resorted to a baton charge to control the situation as BJP supporters surrounded the vehicle of TMC leaders, shouting slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ Mr. Mullick got out of his vehicle and, with folded hands, urged the people to not to support the BJP . Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy’s son and Bijpur MLA Subhrangshu Roy, who recently joined the BJP, said that the party office belongs to the locals in Kancharapara and they will decide which party’s office it will be. In other parts of the State, like Hooghly and Birbhum, tension prevailed over the TMC reclaiming party offices that were occupied by the BJP after May 23.Postcards to MamataThe BJP leadership in the State, however, alleged that the police were trying to beat up people chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ State BJP president Dilip Ghosh alleged that the police were arresting those chanting these slogans. Meanwhile, BJP MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh said that the party would send 10 lakh ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ postcards to Ms. Banerjee’s residence. These developments come against the backdrop of the CM lost her cool on Thursday and threatened locals chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ in front of her vehicle.last_img read more

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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuain

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was pleased for Gonzalo Higuain after his goal in victory over SPAL.It broke a two month goals drought for the Argentine.Gattuso said, “He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BC to introduce auto insurance payout limits in 2019 to save 1B

first_imgVICTORIA – Allowing people to sue for pain and suffering in car accidents has been viewed as a fundamental principle in British Columbia, but that changed Tuesday when the government joined Canada’s other provinces in limiting payouts to some crash victims because of a financial crisis at the public insurance corporation.Attorney General David Eby said a payment cap of $5,500 for pain and suffering on minor injury claims is a necessary component of the NDP government’s plan to bring back financial stability to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, which faces a projected net loss of $1.3 billion this year.The changes will save up to $1 billion annually, Eby estimated.Eby would not comment directly on the possibility of further premium hikes this year after an increase of 6.5 per cent last year.“It’s going to take some time to turn around the problems with ICBC,” Eby said at a news conference. “I acknowledge there is no silver bullet that will solve things immediately in terms of a problem that’s been building for years, unaddressed.”Eby said the limit on minor injury claims would not take effect until April 2019 as part of legislation to be introduced by the government.Without the NDP’s plan, Eby said drivers could face average increases in their premiums of $400 or more a year.The cost of minor injury claims is placing the largest strain on insurance rates, Eby said, with payouts hitting a record $2.7 billion in 2016, an increase of 80 per cent since 2009. Eby said payouts for minor injury claims have increased by 265 per cent since 2000.“B.C. is the last province in Canada to take this kind of action,” said Eby.He said the legislation will propose a definition for minor injury that would include sprains, strains, mild whiplash, cuts, bruises and anxiety and stress after a crash. It will not include broken bones and brain injuries, including concussions, or other more serious impairments.Eby said the average claim for minor injuries is just over $30,000, with pain and suffering payouts averaging $16,500.A new tribunal will be introduced by April 1, 2019, to resolve injury claim disputes within 60 and 90 days, he said. The current time for an average legal claim handled through the corporation is 30 months.He said the government will double the medical care and recovery cost allowance available to accident victims to $300,000, regardless of fault. Eby said the change, which is the first increase in 25 years, is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said Eby’s proposals do not lower premiums for drivers or improve compensation for accident victims.“The option is, of course, to have a wholesale re-examination of ICBC,” he said. “It’s time to re-examine the whole thing.”The corporation is a state-run model created 44 years ago by the NDP, Wilkinson said.Eby said he will announce a program to review insurance rates based on driver records within weeks. He did not say when motorists can expect changes.“The system is disconnected from driver behaviour,” he said. “We want to fix that. We want to reconnect driver behaviour with the rates they pay.”last_img read more

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Trump trade tariffs sink stocks

first_imgNEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – US President Donald Trump’s approval of tens of billions of dollars in duties on Chinese imports sparked a selloff in stocks.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial average was down 724 points or 2.9 per cent to 23,958. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 1.8 per cent of 275 points to 15,400.The Trump administration announced trade sanctions against China Thursday, and Beijing has said it will defend itself.Dow drops 700 points late in the session, 2.8%, on investor fear about Trump’s trade tariffs on China.— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) March 22, 2018Industrial and technology companies, which depend heavily on foreign trade, took some of the worst losses.Boeing, Caterpillar and Microsoft all fell sharply.Bond prices surged as investors sought cover, sending yields lower. That helped push bank stocks sharply lower too.High-dividend stocks like utilities, another safe-play investment, rose.last_img read more

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Province to make expansions to highspeed internet for residents living in Rural

first_img“Regional Districts have been asking for this. It’s one more way we are delivering results that empower communities, bringing more people online to be involved in, and benefit from, today’s digital economy. The changes build on the significant investments our Government has already made to connect people and communities by increasing their access to high-speed internet service.”Updates to the Local Government Act respond to needs identified by local governments through resolutions endorsed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.For more information, you can visit Northerndevelopment.bc.ca. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is making expansions to high-speed internet for residents living in Rural B.C. by investing $50 million.According to the Government, improved connectivity due to updates to the Local Government Act will provide more options for people living in rural and remote areas to connect online.Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, says these changes will give Regional Districts an additional tool to help expand high-speed internet to under-served areas.last_img read more

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TN LS polls in Vellore cancelled due to use of money power

first_imgNew Delhi/Chennai: The Lok Sabha election to the Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu was cancelled on Tuesday by the Election Commission (EC) two days ahead of the polling following recovery of huge amount of cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader recently.A government notification rescinding the polls said the EC was “fully satisfied that the current electoral process in Vellore has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of certain candidates and some workers of the political party.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Perhaps, this is the first time election to a Lok Sabha constituency has been cancelled over use of money power. The byelection to RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu was cancelled in April 2017 following similar seizure of huge cash, allegedly meant for bribing voters. The cancellation of the poll, scheduled for April 18 along with 38 other constituencies in the state, evoked sharp reactions from the DMK which alleged it was an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “besmirch” the party using the Election Commission. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It is a murder of democracy. Modi has planned to wreck the polls by allegedly misusing the Enforcement Directorate, CBI, Income Tax and the Election commission,” DMK president M K Stalin told reporters in Tiruchirappalli. DMK Treasurer Duraimurugan, whose son Kathir Anand is the party candidate in Vellore seat, told PTI that cancelling the poll was a “murder of democracy.” Allies of the DMK also condemned the cancellation of the poll. Ruling AIADMK demanded that Anand be disqualified from contesting the poll instead of cancelling the election. The EC notification said in the commission’s considered opinion conducting the poll in Vellore in such a vitiated atmosphere would “severely jeopardise the conduct of free and fair election.” Hence, the commission recommended cancelling the polls to the government which was accepted and poll for Vellore seat was annulled. President Ram Nath Kovind issued the order rescinding the polls by amending portions of the original poll notification that called the electorate in Vellore to elect a member to the Lok Sabha.The EC took the decision after the district police had filed a complaint against Anand as well as two party functionaries on the basis of a report from the Income Tax department on April 10. Anand was charged under the Representation of the People Act for giving “wrong information” in his election affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, the police have said. The other two, identified as Srinivasan and Damodaran, were booked under bribery charges. A copy of the official notification cancelling polls in Vellore was released here by Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. On March 30, Income Tax officials had conducted searches at the residence of Anand’s father Durai Murugan over suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering, and seized Rs. 10.50 lakh which was alleged “excess” cash. Two days later, tax officials said they had seized Rs 11.53 crore from a cement godown belonging to a DMK leader’s associate in the same district. “Cash stuffed in cartons and gunny bags neatly packed for ward and division-wise distribution were unearthed,”officials had said. Murugan, however, had said he had not concealed anything. Questioning the timing of the Income Tax department’s operation, he had alleged that the raids were a “conspiracy” by certain political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.last_img read more

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Patralekhaa makes me proud

first_imgMumbai: National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao has praised his girlfriend and actor Patralekhaa. He says the Citylight actor makes him proud. Rajkummar recently shared a poster of Patralekhaa’s next film titled Badnaam Gali along with a poster of his forthcoming film Mental Hai Kya. In the image, Patralekhaa can be seen with a blooming baby bump and actor Divyendu Sharma in a shocked expression. Cheering for the actor, Rajkummar captioned: “It doesn’t happen quite often that both our posters come out on the same day. You wonder girl Patralekhaa. You make me proud.” The Zee 5 original film Badnaam Gali is all set to release on May 10, 2019. Rajkummar starrer Mental Hai Kya, however, has been postponed to June for release. Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, it will release on June 21. The couple, who was first seen in Citylights in 2012, have been dating since then.last_img read more

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