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From pups to pythons – ISPCA Donegal centre helps over 200 animals in first year

first_imgThe ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) is celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the state-of-the-art-facility in Ramelton.The new centre has already cared for 233 animals since it opened on 20th June 2018.The centre is going from strength to strength, with two full time members of staff who care for and rehabilitate animals in need. ISPCA Centre Manager, Denise McCausland, said: “We’re pleased with how the first year at the centre has gone. It has been a busy twelve months caring for and rehabilitating 67 dogs and puppies, 144 cats and kittens, 6 ponies and donkeys and we have also helped various wildlife casualties including, a swan, a duck, two hedgehogs, one of which was trapped in a drain and was later released following veterinary treatment.“140 animals have already been adopted from the centre, 59 animals are getting ready to start their new lives and we have more animals in our care undergoing treatment and rehabilitation including an orphaned baby hedgehog (hoglet) and starling which are currently being hand reared.”October 2018: Hans the Hedgehog recovers after his rescue from a drain at the ISPCA Donegal ARCPhoto: ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation CentreISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said: “The ISPCA Donegal ARC is the first animal rehabilitation centre of its kind in Donegal and has already helped so many animals. The majority of the animals I have rescued were victims of neglect and abuse and many others were injured and in need of veterinary care.  Once they are brought into the centre they are cared for, rehabilitated and then responsibly rehomed.”ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinleyKevin added: “No two days are the same in my job.  I could be responding to a horrific case of animal neglect and later be assisting the local Gardaí and wildlife rangers to locate a royal python on the loose, which happened recently. We are receiving a lot of calls about cats and kittens and our cattery is full to capacity.  We are treating a lot of sick and unwanted kittens which could have been prevented if owners had neutered or spayed their cats. “In most cases, spaying and neutering has overwhelmingly positive health benefits and it also prevents accidental litters of kittens or puppies which can also be challenging in finding good homes. Pet owners need to play their part by spaying and neutering their pets and this will massively help in preventing unwanted litters in the first place. We are asking to public to ask their vets for advice and do the right thing for their pets”.ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre Manager Denise McCauslandDenise said:  “The Donegal ARC is going from strength to strength and this has only been made possible with the kind help of our local supporters who have made donations, fostered an animal or volunteered their time. It costs over €100,000 annually to run the centre, including two full time members of staff who care for and rehabilitate the animals in our care. These costs don’t include the local ISPCA Inspector.  Donations, no matter how big or small, are really appreciated so we can continue our work – donations can be made online https://www.ispca.ie/donate/ ”.The ISPCA is always looking for volunteers who can help out. The ISPCA has a number of volunteer roles available to work hands-on with the animals in our cattery, kennels and stables. They are also looking for grounds keeping and maintenance volunteers, and people to help out at various events, or to do some fundraising!To become an ISPCA volunteer, you must be over 16 years of age for insurance purposes. Visit the website for more information about volunteer opportunities here https://www.ispca.ie/volunteer/The ISPCA is asking the public to continue to report animal cruelty to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515, email helpline@ispca.ie or report online herehttps://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint From pups to pythons – ISPCA Donegal centre helps over 200 animals in first year was last modified: June 20th, 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:Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC)ISPCAlast_img read more

Another Thing to Worry About: Synthetic Biology

first_imgPhilip Ball is no alarmist, but as consultant editor of Nature,1 he had sobering words last week about things that could go wrong in the new field of synthetic biology, where scientists are tinkering with cells to create artificial life forms:The expanding toolbox of ways to re-engineer microbes – and even construct new ones – has opened up extraordinary possibilities for biomedical discovery and environmental engineering.  But it also carries potential dangers that could eclipse the concerns already raised about genetic engineering and nanotechnology.  If biologists are indeed on the threshold of synthesizing new life forms, the scope for abuse or inadvertent disaster could be huge.Humans are taking existing design to new levels.  “Synthetic biology,” Ball explains, is the logical corollary of the realization that cells, like mechanical or electronic devices, are exquisitely ‘designed’ – albeit by evolution rather than on the drawing board.  Their functions are enacted by circuits of interacting genes.”  But can we trust humans putting them back on the drawing board?  He gives some nightmare scenarios:Artificial disease:  “In a dramatic demonstration of the potential risks, virologist Eckard Wimmer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook announced in 2002 that his team had built live poliovirus from scratch using mail-order segments of DNA and a viral genome map that is freely available on the Internet.  The feat put a spotlight on the possibility that bioterrorists could create even more dangerous organisms – including Ebola, smallpox and anthrax – perhaps endowing them with resistance to antibiotics.”  Wimmer’s feat took three years, but last November, Craig Venter took only three weeks to concoct a virus that infects bacteria.  And soon, synthetic bacteria themselves may move from concept to reality.New living things:  “And researchers are getting close to determining the smallest set of genes necessary to support a living cell, which might make it possible to cook up new life forms.”New molecular machines:  “In a parallel development, other researchers have been tinkering with the building blocks of genes and proteins themselves.  Naturally occurring proteins are built from a standard set of 20 amino acids.  Although these are enough to produce protein chains with a staggering array of functions, expanding this repertoire might enable the design of biomolecules with new functions, such as protein-based drugs that resist being broken down in cells.”  Already, some 80 unconventional amino acids have been artificially incorporated into proteins.New genetic codes:  Steven Benner has gotten DNA to incorporate an unnatural base pair.  He said, “I suspect that, in five years or so, the artificial genetic systems that we have developed will be supporting an artificial life form that can reproduce, evolve, learn and respond to environmental change.  This will help define how life not of earthly origin might appear”.New circuitry:  “But building a new bacterial genome is not just a matter of chemistry – you have to design the circuitry too,” Ball says, and that’s just what some researchers are attempting. Bioterrorism:  “An unclassified report by the CIA released last November warned that synthetic biology could produce engineered agents ‘worse than any disease known to man’…,” he says.Unintentional Risks:  Probably riskier than bioterrorism is human errorism.  “It is much harder to anticipate the unintentional dangers of synthetic biology,” Ball says.  “For example, if new strains of bacteria were developed with unprecedented capabilities, how could they be kept under control?”  Even those that have been designed with built-in self-destruct mechanisms have apparently mutated around them.Unanticipated Risks:  “Yet as synthetic biology develops, it will be hard to anticipate all the possible problems, whether malevolent or inadvertent.”  How can we protect ourselves against the unknown, when the “repertoire over the coming decade is limitless”?In 1975, scientists held a summit at Asilomar, California, to “voluntarily forego” certain kinds of research on recombinant DNA, and institute “safety measures to prevent abuses of new techniques” that might go awry.  Is a new summit overdue?  There is some self-policing going on, but safety might be a casualty of the promise of great discoveries, carelessness, curiosity or the desire to be first.    In addition, the threat of bioterrorism is as real as the memories of 9/11.  Either by stealing materials or learning how to do it themselves, there are groups who would have no qualms about unleashing deadly agents that could not only resist our defenses, but turn out to be uncontainable.  Ball says that for the time being, safety protocols are “informal” because no one can properly understand the issues or assess the threats well enough to formalize any policies, let alone enforce them:Synthetic biology is now raising the bar.  Should limits be set on what is attempted?  If so, what should they be and how should they be enforced?  And what steps can be taken to ensure that a rogue organization, or even a state-sponsored bioweapons programme, does not use the technology to synthesize a dangerous microbe?Meanwhile, “into the unknown” march the researchers into this risky yet promising new field, with the public largely unaware of what is going on.  Ball ends his article with more apprehension than hope.  “Sooner or later, synthetic biology may find itself facing dangers that are far more than hypothetical.  As [bioterrorism expert George] Poste puts it: ‘Biology is poised to lose its innocence.’”1Philip Ball, “Synthetic biology: Starting from scratch,” Nature 431, 624 – 626 (07 October 2004); doi:10.1038/431624a.Would you trust a Darwinist, who can say with a straight face, “cells, like mechanical or electronic devices, are exquisitely ‘designed“ … by evolution” (Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week) to have any moral sense?  [Dumb Ideas.]  Would you trust an unethical scientist somewhere, with eyes on a Nobel prize, or winning a race against a competitor, or getting a big payoff from someone, to be overly concerned about safety, let alone ethics?  Big Science resists any political restraints on their work.  They like to think they can police themselves.   Most scientists are conscientious and ethical, but it just takes one that’s not, and these nightmare scenarios become tomorrow’s reality.  Only ethics based on loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbor as ourself will stand the test of time.    For those who trust God and his word, there is comfort commensurate to any threat, local or global (for example, read Psalms 144-147).  The reason for that comfort is the confidence that the Creator of the world is in control.  He understands DNA because He invented it.  Scientists might make a superbug that resists all our defenses, but God can – and will – override man’s worst.  He is not going to let the world that He formed to be inhabited (see Isaiah 45) be wiped out by man’s mistakes, and the future of this planet is in his hands.  That doesn’t mean we should stop fighting evil and working for peace and safety.  It does not mean we should forego pursuing good uses of science and technology, even though there is risk.  But no matter what comes, even if global terror threatens, our trust should be in the Lord, not in scientists, summits, national defense or human promises to be good.  There is only one reliable source of help for mankind.  “I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help?  My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth….The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.  The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore” (Psalm 121).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Starcrossed Beauty Large Deep Rose Flower Hair Clip or Brooch Vintage 1950s Bridal Prom Rockabilly *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* j99 : Five Stars

first_imgArrived on time great accesessory for clothing or hair. Gorgeous red rose real value for money. Large Deep Red Rose Flower Hair Clip or Brooch Vintage 1950s Bridal Prom Rockabilly *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* j99Stunning rose flower hair clip available in several different colours!These look amazing on and look more realistic than most rose flower hair clips! Perfect for adding vintage glamour to any outfit.Measures 7 centimetres across.We post out every day and also offer expedited shipping for only £1.00, and our prices also include FREE UK DELIVERY. If you live out side of the UK we offer a flat rate shipping cost of £9.99 no matter how many items you buy, this also includes a tracking number. This rose is stunning and looks so real and beautiful. Very quick delivery & the most ‘realistic’ looking faux rose i have ever seen in a hair accessory. I bought another in pink and although not so realistic, it is very well made & pleasing to the eye. It is exactly as it seems in the photo, it has a pretty good finish. I’ve used that and i’ve already received several praises. Large Deep Red Rose Flower Hair Clip or Brooch Vintage 1950s Bridal Prom Rockabilly *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* j99 : These look even better close up. I bought these for my siblings and i to wear to my mother’s funeral. We all pinned them to our lapels. My mum loved flowers so on her coffin was a beautiful roses spray. This flower matched the colour of the roses on her coffin spray exactly. I have my rose beside my mum’s picture now. I ordered this to wear with my halloween costume. Delivery was quick and arrived well packaged and exactly as described. The flower was a nice finishing touch to my costume for the evening and i have been able to get more use of it since – it’s quite large but not so big it can’t be worn for a meal or event without costume. Wore it for my birthday meal last week and received lots of nice comments on my accessory. Looks nice, but far too big and bulky for my hair. Posted on March 11, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags Starcrossed Beauty SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-03-11 19:39:37Reviewed Item Large Deep Red Rose Flower Hair Clip or Brooch Vintage 1950s Bridal Prom Rockabilly *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* j99Rating 3.0 / 5  stars, based on  14  reviewslast_img read more

Blame game on as train mows down 5 elephants in Assam

first_imgA passenger train mowed down five elephants on Saturday night, triggering a blame game between the Assam forest department and Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).The engine of the train derailed due to the impact at 9.40 p.m. The section was restored after the engine was put back on track almost five hours later.Forest officials said the drivers of the 15611 Guwahati-Silchar Fast Passenger train ignored flashlight signals and ran into a herd of elephants crossing the track in central Assam’s Hojai district. They said the spot between Hawaipur and Lamshakhan stations, some 180 km east of Guwahati, is a notified elephant corridor.Railway officials claimed the section where the elephants were crossing was not a notified elephant corridor and that a 30 kph speed restriction had been imposed on all trains based on inputs from the Forest Department.Three calves dead“Five elephants, including three calves, reportedly died due to the impact. The loco pilots said the calves did not move from the track and the adult elephants began surrounding them when the accident happened,” an officer of the Lumding Railway Division said.“Our people are trying their best to prevent elephant casualties, but the railways seem to be taking such incidents lightly. I cannot fault our department as the railways had been informed about the movement of elephants and forest guards had tried to warn the drivers with flashlights,” Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said on Sunday.A railway line passes through 13% of the elephant corridors in the Northeast, primarily Assam. Though the NFR said Saturday’s tragedy did not happen in one of them, forest officials said they submitted a list of 19 places along railway tracks where elephants have been moving across tracks constantly in Lumding, Hojai and Lanka forest ranges.Saturday’s accident site falls under the Lanka forest range, the area’s wildlife officials said. According to the NFR, incidents of elephant crossings have increased sharply in the recent past and trains have been slowed down whenever the Forest Department shared information on herd movement.Coordination is crucial“It is only because of the close coordination between field level officials of the forest and railway departments that 200 incidents have been prevented this year alone,” NFR spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.The NFR is keen on mitigating elephant mortality on railway tracks but at the same time safety of train movements has to be ensured, he added.Green activists say encroachment and habitat destruction have forced elephants to stray out of traditional routes for food. One such diversion in December last year saw five wild elephants being knocked down by a speeding train near a tea estate in north-central Assam’s Sonitpur district. Data provided by the Wildlife Division of Assam’s Forest Department say electrocution, train-hit and attack by villagers killed 40 elephants in 2017. Despite the mortality, elephant population in Assam rose from 5,246 in 2002 to 5,719 last year.last_img read more

Zaheer ruled out of 3rd Test, Unadkat replaces him

first_imgIndia were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.”The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad,” it said.Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day.19-year-old Unadkat was named in India’s Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. The left-arm fast bowler represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and has claimed 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of 26.34.last_img read more