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Watch: Hairdressers forced to use watering cans during Falcarragh water outage

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first_imgA local hairdressing salon in Falcarragh has been forced to take alternative measures during another water outage.Roisin Gallagher and her team at Roisin’s Beauty Bar faced another day of bookings without a water supply this Friday morning.But, with over twenty outages so far this year, Roisin says she has no other option but to keep the doors open. Instead of taps, she keeps water stored and heats it in a kettle for hair rinses. Then she has to pour the water over her customers’ hair with a watering can.“The water has been out nearly every week this summer. The watering can looks really unprofessional but we just can’t afford to close anymore,” Roisin told Donegal Daily.“We were fully booked today and we are busy with weddings tomorrow. I’m afraid the water will be off again then, because it sometimes stays off two days in a row. “The water came back on today after 2pm. But when it does come back the water is pure black for 20 minutes after.“Before this we had to turn people away when the water was off and close the salon.“Now we’ve been buying loads of water, filling kettles and warming it up. We get the temperature right before we can pour it at the sinks,” she said.Homes and businesses in Falcarragh and surrounding areas have been struggling with regular water outages this year.Irish Water has said the issue is caused by two sections of water pipes that are prone to frequent bursts which need replacing. The existing pipework is asbestos concrete, a common pipe material used in the 1980s which bursts frequently as the pipes reach the end of their life cycle.The water supply was disrupted this Friday morning due to essential works by Irish Water. Roisin says that the local businesses now have a text alert to notify when the water will be off, but they come too late for her salon, which opens at 9am. Her staff have arrived by this time. Two hairdressers and a beautician are employed at Roisin’s Beauty Bar.Roisin’s Beauty Bar opened in March 2018Roisin says her customers have been mostly understanding about the team’s unusual measures.“We can’t even make tea or coffee for the customers. The locals don’t have their own water so they come to us, they are understanding. But a few times we have had holidaymakers who are not happy with how we have to do things. We just try and make them understand that it’s not our fault,” Roisin said.Irish Water currently plans to commence the construction of water mains improvements in Falcarragh this Autumn. After a busy summer, Roisin says every day is a struggle until a solution is found: “We are really struggling at the moment. It’s really hard to keep going, the summer has been so hard. We’ve been so busy and this is just another problem on top of it all.”Watch: Hairdressers forced to use watering cans during Falcarragh water outage was last modified: August 1st, 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)Tags:FalcarraghIrish Waterroisin gallagherwaterlast_img read more

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Worm Therapy Becoming Trendy

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first_imgTreatment with helminths (roundworms), once considered gross, is actually proving effective.If you can get over the “ick factor” of putting worms in your body, you might take a new look at what many patients are finding: helminths (roundworms) can cure some diseases other treatments can’t. Here’s the bottom line of an article from Medical Xpress:“The risk-benefit ratio is so skewed to the benefit side,” O’Hara said. “Helminths are much safer than any medication I’ve ever put any child on, or any adult. I really do think that this is something more and more physicians need to consider.”Helminth therapy (the preferred term, since “worms” grosses people out) has proven effective for severe food allergies and inflammatory bowel disease. It’s given some patients a new life.Of scientific interest is whether helminths should be classed as parasites. That link is “controversial” the article says, because while some truly do cause harm, there are other helminth species that cause no harm and bring only benefits. What’s the difference in living with other internal organisms, like gut bacteria, that help us digest our food?For creationists, this relatively recent change of opinion may be instructive about original ecology. Instead of classing organisms into simplistic good-and-bad categories, maybe we should take a look at some things as potentially good under the right circumstances. Certainly the Genesis 3 curse caused pain and suffering in many cases, but we shouldn’t assume that some organisms we have been conditioned to consider bad are in fact bad. Another case is maggots, now being used for cleaning wounds. That’s something Hugh Glass knew about and benefited from (to be shown in the upcoming movie, The Revenant, opening Christmas 2015). Don’t rush to get bit by a rattlesnake or stung by a scorpion, but keep an open mind about yucky things in nature. Grasshoppers are good sources of protein, for instance. Each case needs its own evidence. (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Scientists, Reporters Still Nuts Over Darwin

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first_imgNo other historical scientist gets as much praise and worship as Charlie D. Why is that?Darwin’s name appears frequently in science news and journal papers, much more than Newton, Maxwell, or Einstein. And yet other than doing some legit observation of barnacles and pigeons, Charlie’s main contribution was to anoint the Stuff Happens Law with an aura of science. He wrote hundreds of pages elaborating how stuff happens without reason or guidance, by means of some mysterious Selector out there who cares nothing about the results. Why would that make him famous? The only explanation is that Darwin made it possible to become an intellectually fool-filled atheist.In these recent news articles, ask if the actual observations and evidence justify drawing Charlie’s name into it.HMS Beagle: Dock where Darwin’s ship ‘was dismantled’ revealed (BBC News). The Beagle’s famous passenger is treated like a saint. “Charles Darwin was aboard HMS Beagle when he made discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection,” the article says. “Darwin was aboard the ship on its second great voyage between 1831 and 1836 to survey the South American coast and the Galapagos Islands.” Such a holy relic cannot be forgotten. Pieces of wood from the True Beguile [pun intended] must make their way into university biology departments.What Is Convergent Evolution? (Live Science). To demonstrate Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law, reporter Charlie Wood gives examples of how things evolve [happen] to look the same except when they evolve [happen] to look different. “Convergent evolution is when different organisms independently evolve similar traits,” Wood states worshipfully, applying Darwin Flubber to the congregants’ foreheads.Each of Earth’s habitats presents its own challenges. Sometimes, different species develop the same solution to the same problem. Biologists call this process — when two organisms share characteristics that they didn’t jointly inherit from a common ancestor — convergent evolution.What is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?Convergent vs. divergent evolutionThe classical examples of evolution, such as Darwin’s finches, demonstrate the opposite process:  divergent evolution.‘But Mr. Wood, is it really a ‘process’? Do species really ‘develop’ solutions, or do opposite things just happen to them?’ No questions allowed. This is a worship service. Everyone chant, “Stuff Happenzzzzzz….”Darwin Fish on a scientist’s office door at JPL.Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions (Current Biology). “Earthworms have been perceived as benevolent soil engineers since the time of Charles Darwin,” this paper begins, but surely Darwin was not the first. What’s Darwin got to do with it? Engineering is a mental activity. One could (or should) argue that earthworms were designed by a benevolent, purposeful Creator to be “benevolent soil engineers.” But no; in today’s biology and media, all observations must be force-fit into the Darwin Hymnal. Everyone sing:Now the fit will be survivors and survivors will be fit,And survivors will survive to prove the fitness of the fit.Oh, this natural selection, it’s so simple, isn’t it?‘Tis ruthless marching on.Male mating displays can evolve from exploitative origins to cooperative endings (PNAS). “What could explain such elaborate mating behavior?” Richard Gomulkiewicz of Washington State U begins in this treatise on sexual selection, the Stuff Happens Law applied to sex. “Evolutionary biologists have been puzzling over this question since Darwin,” he says with a genuflect to Saint Charles.Following in Darwin’s footsteps: understanding the plant evolution of florist’s gloxinia (Science Daily). Many people make pilgrimages to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or Moses. Why would anyone wish to follow in Darwin’s footsteps? The reason may be that lazy biologists don’t like doing science the old way. It was too rigorous and constraining. Thanks to Charlie, it is so much easier now to just say “Stuff Happens.”More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s fascination with genetics and domestication catapulted the scientific world into new territory as scientists started to ask: How did a species evolve to be this way?….Florist’s gloxinia, a species originally documented by Darwin himself [pause to genuflect], was introduced to England in the 18th century. Since then, plant breeders have cultivated hundreds of strains by intentionally selecting for desired traits. Within 200 years — a mere blink of an evolutionary eye — florist’s gloxinia reached the same levels of phenotypic variation as snapdragons, Antirrhinum spp. Snapdragons, however, have been cultivated for 2,000 years.The disciples have learned from their master well. Stuff happens rapidly, except when it happens slowly. And through artificial selection [breeding, a form of intelligent design], converts can perceive fleeting glimpses of the mystical Selector—that blind watchmaker—that makes stuff happen.Intellectually fool-filled atheists in their worship center. More later. We don’t want readers’ stomachs to get upset with too much junk science at one time. (Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mbeki offers US condolences

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first_img5 September 2005President Thabo Mbeki has expressed South Africa’s condolences to the government and people of the United States following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.“The government and people of South Africa wish to express their sympathy for the loss of human life during these tragic circumstances,” Mbeki said in a statement on Thursday. “The affected areas and its people remain in the hearts and prayers of the people of South Africa.“On behalf of the government and the people of South Africa we extend our heartfelt condolences, in particular to the families of those who lost their loved ones.”According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, five South Africans living in New Orleans remain unaccounted for. Their names have not been released.Independent Online reports that three women from Durban were evacuated to safety in Dallas, Texas late last week.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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How Workflow Automation Enables Non-Profits to Do More

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first_imgThe phrases “business process management” and “workflow automation” immediately bring to mind disciplines utilized in for-profit businesses. However, orchestrating non-profit organizations also requires fund management, administration, hiring, and other procedures similar to for-profit companies. When core operational processes run efficiently for non-profit institutions, more productive services can be rendered, holistically improving individual lives and our world as a whole. Automated workflows escalate efficiency, enabling non-profits to pursue their mission with focused intensity.Here are six incredible organizations that have turned to workflow management to help them do even more good. Project SyncereIn southern Chicago, ten team members teach the importance of math and science to youth in underserved communities through over twenty engineering programs. Project involvement has helped students achieve higher grades and also piqued their interest in STEM fields. Director Adrianne Wheeler said that Project Syncere earlier used word of mouth, sticky notes, and other paper methods to plan and manage projects, resulting in frequent miscommunication and disorganization. After switching to automated workflows, program planning became much smoother thanks to the centralized communication hub and task reminders. Soon, staff members began to take ownership of internal processes by offering suggestions for additional improvement.YMCA of Metro ChicagoOver a thousand employees at The YMCA Metro Chicago serve about 100,000 members and half a million locals by promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Renting and leasing their numerous facilities for various local events was a tedious, time-consuming process. They tried several software solutions, but expenses ran high, and problems such as poor printing capabilities and complex information retrieval still slowed operations. When the software was integrated with automated workflows, multiple issues were resolved: pertinent information became instantly available over the cloud-based system, receipt/contract printing needs were met, and senior leaders could directly make approvals while out of office and without scrolling through emails. Vibrant Emotional HealthHelping Americans achieve emotional wellness with dignity and respect, Vibrant Health runs the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and serves local residents out of their main office in New York City. In the past, payment requests and approvals were completed manually and walked from desk to desk for signatures. The implementation of DocuSign only cut down on paper use since form data could not include calculations or be modified by colleagues. When payment processes were moved to automated workflows, processing time decreased by more than 50 percent and human error was significantly reduced. Thresholds of approval were created by each department to ensure an accurate chain of communication. IT costs stayed within budget and users were promptly assisted by the system’s customer support service.World VisionSince 1950, World Vision has been providing relief and development aid to overcome poverty and injustice around the world. Multimedia coverage of work efforts is vital to raising awareness and keeping contact with sponsors, but gathering content from all over the globe through email lead to lost attachments, misplaced data, and chaos. World Vision implemented workflows to improve communication between the field and home office. The applications enabled users to locate the nearest communication expert easily, evaluate their credentials and cost, and initiate approval requests for media coverage. Efficiency skyrocketed as stories from the field could be seamlessly requested, approved, and delivered through a centralized system.Wayne MetropolitanDedicated to diminishing poverty in greater Detroit, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency provides services, programs, and resources to low-income families, cultivating hope for a brighter future. Tracking relocation of personnel and resources across numerous sites was cumbersome, and approving hires took about five days until they began using cloud-based automated workflows. Without hiring IT experts, management was able to customize workflows to meet their data processing needs intuitively, and teamwork between departments amplified. New hire approval was reduced to one to two days, allowing workers to meet community needs even sooner. NQ Dry TropicsIn Northeastern Australia, NQ Dry Tropics works with communities, industries, and the government to sustainably manage natural land and water resources. A workflow system easily integrable with Google Apps was needed to track expense request and approvals. The team chose a cloud-based, user-friendly program in order to analyze the flow of funds and plan for the future strategically. After a successful start, NQ Dry Tropics expanded workflow use to other internal processes. As the organization grows, workflows will naturally scale with the organization, remaining straightforward and efficient.Process Faster, Impact MoreWise resource management is crucial for non-profit organizations and low-cost automated workflow systems enable non-profits to cut down on processing time without breaking the bank. Consolidating the nuts and bolts of a nonprofit’s procedures into automated workflows promotes unification of team members through streamlined communication channels. Average American workers spend eight hours out of a forty-hour workweek just searching for internal documents. Staff members in mission-driven organizations have no desire to lose that much time while urgent human needs are waiting to be met. Automating processes is a win-win, conserving resources so more energy can be contributed to reaching the masses, whether local or global. Tags:#automation#Non-Profits#workflow management Suresh Sambandam Suresh SambandamFounder & CEO Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of Kissflow, the first unified digital workplace for organizations to manage all of their work on a single, unified platform. Kissflow has over 10,000 customers across 160 countries, including more than fifty Fortune 500 companies. Related Posts 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more

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