Two talented teens from Donegal were spotted among the celebrities and film stars at Cannes Film Festival on a once-in-a-lifetime style tour.Lara Jane Doherty from Buncrana and Bríd McSharry from Ballyshannon were among the lucky Junk Kouture winners who jetted off to Cannes to give their outfits some real red carpet exposure.Bríd McSharry wearing ‘Wave Away Waste’ at Cannes Film Festival. Pic Brian McEvoyLara Jane Doherty with her teacher Ms Rois Deenery from Scoil Mhuire Buncrana at the Cannes Film Festival on the Cote d’Azur. Pic Brian McEvoyThe winning Junk Kouture models and designers showcased their outfits in front of the world paparazzi on the same carpet graced by Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez and many more of the world’s biggest stars. Lara Jane, Bríd and the other regional winners had created their designs from junk and recycled materials to impress on the national stage at the 3arena last month. As part of their prize, they won a trip to France and, much to the students’ delight, a helicopter ride to stunning Monte Carlo, renowned as the playground for the rich and privileged.Winners of this year’s Junk Kouture Competition at the Cannes Film Festival on the Cote d’AzurReigning Miss Ireland Aoife O’Sullivan joined the tour and took to the iconic La Croisette in Cannes in an incredible Junk Kouture design by Bríd McSharry from Colaiste Colmcille in Ballyshannon.Bríd’s ‘Wave Away Waste’ dress and headpiece were all created from plastic bags. Inspired by the beaches near her hometown, Bríd recycled plastic bags to highlight the damage that plastic is causing to our coastlines, especially along the Wild Atlantic Way.Miss Ireland Aoife O’Sullivan at Cannes Film Festival in an incredible Junk Kouture design by Bríd McSharry from Colaiste Colmcille in Ballyshannon. Pic Brian McEvoySpeaking from Cannes, Aoife O’Sullivan said: “The outfit carries such an important message about how our country and planet are being affected by waste. I am absolutely delighted to wear such a beautiful outfit by a talented young designer. We could all learn a lot from how these students used their creativity to turn everyday junk into such stunning creations.” Lara Jane Doherty from Scoil Mhuire Buncrana turned heads in her ‘Wicked Westwood’ creation. The gothic look was made using lining from footballs, old blinds, synthetic hair, loom bands with chains from swings. Lara Jane was the North Regional Winner of Junk Kouture 2019.Donegal students turn heads at Cannes Film Festival was last modified: May 24th, 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:CannesJunk Kouture
Beware the myth of progress. There’s more scientists don’t know than what they know.Once in awhile, a headline will suggest that a new finding could “challenge our understanding of” physics, biology, or some other field of science. Sometimes these things are brushed off or simply incorporated into the consensus web of belief. Enough anomalies, though, can begin a scientific revolution. Here are a few rumblings in the science news with potential to explode.Study questions dates for cataclysms on early moon, Earth (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Planetary scientists speak matter-of-factly about two events: the collision that formed the moon from the primitive earth, and the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB). “Both events are widely accepted, but unproven,” this article cautions. The dates of the alleged events were divined from zircons in shocked minerals from Apollo lunar rocks. Aaron Cavoisie is now challenging the methods used to infer dates from those zircons. If the LHB falls, then inferences about the appearance of life on Earth are also thrown into doubt. Despite its support by the consensus, the LHB is “poorly understood,” the article says. Also, “The question of what resets the zircon clock has always been very complicated.”Ground-breaking research could challenge underlying principles of physics (Science Daily): Ever heard of kaons? “An international team of physicists has published ground-breaking research on the decay of subatomic particles called kaons — which could change how scientists understand the formation of the universe.” At issue is the antimatter problem. So far, particles and their antiparticles look identical except for charge (8/13/15). “Only with matter-antimatter asymmetry can they hope to explain why the universe, which was created with equal parts of matter and antimatter, is filled mostly with matter today.” This remains a major anomaly in big bang theory. Something in consensus belief has to give.Dark matter might cause fundamental constants to change over time (PhysOrg): Who knows the consequences of varying constants? The effects on cosmology could be huge. Australian scientists are just tinkering with theoretical ideas at this point about dark matter—which remains unknown—but think about the implications.The fundamental constants of nature—such as the speed of light, Planck’s constant, and Newton’s gravitational constant—are thought to be constant in time, as their name suggests. But scientists have questioned this assumption as far back as 1937, when Paul Dirac hypothesized that Newton’s gravitational constant might decrease over time.Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Yevgeny V. Stadnik and Victor V. Flambaum at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have theoretically shown that dark matter can cause the fundamental constants of nature to slowly evolve as well as oscillate due to oscillations in the dark matter field. This idea requires that the weakly interacting dark matter particles be able to interact a small amount with standard model particles, which the scientists show is possible.But wouldn’t varying constants change the habitability of the Earth? The authors address that:“The fundamental constants are ‘fine-tuned’ to be consistent with the existence of life in the Universe,” Stadnik told Phys.org. “If the physical constants were even slightly different, life could not have appeared. The discovery of varying fundamental ‘constants’ may help shed important light on how the physical constants came to have their life-sustaining values today. We simply appeared in an area of the Universe where they are consistent with our existence.“It could be, they seem to be saying, that we are living at a special time or location in the universe. The arguments, speculative as they are, show that serious scientists consider these outlandish ideas as possibilities, implying that there is much about the nature of physical reality we may be taking for granted without warrant.The universe as we know it (PhysOrg): Read this article if you want to glimpse the depth of ignorance scientists still have about basic physics—and physics is what is often considered the most solid of sciences. A USC physicist gives reasons for and against string theory, and talks about extra dimensions, dark matter, and subatomic particles. 95% of reality is unknown to science, he repeats. Maybe the headline should read, “The universe as we don’t know it.”So when you read hyper-confident articles like this one in PhysOrg, “Researchers to study thermonuclear reaction rates to determine how much of certain elements exploding stars can produce,” look under the hood.We are all made from stars. And that’s not just a beautiful metaphor.Apart from hydrogen, as many have heard from the Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson Cosmos series, every ingredient in the human body is made from elements forged by stars.The calcium in our bones, the oxygen we breathe, the iron in our blood – all those are forged in the element factories of stars. Even the carbon in our apple pie.In the fine print below these guru-like pronouncements, we find that physicists really don’t know that much about nucleosynthesis. “It sounds pretty simple, but it is a very intricate process. And there are still many uncertainties.”Never take a scientist’s bluster seriously. Always probe for the evidence. To see why this is necessary, just consider the bluster of science around the year 1900. Some were claiming they had everything figured out so well, that all science needed to to was increase the certainty by a few more decimal places. But almost everything they believed was wrong! Their views on the atom, genetics, inheritance, geology, the planets, the stars, and the universe have changed drastically. The year 1900 was before relativity, quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, genomics, space travel, atomic radiation, redshifts and electron microscopes. Most of them thought the universe was the Milky Way. How wrong they were! We have no reason to doubr that 100 years from now, if the Earth survives, future scientists will look back at how wrong we were in 2015.The reliability of science rests not in consensus, but in its correspondence with reality. Better a maverick who is right than a million who are wrong and funded by millions of dollars. 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The Brand South Africa print advert for Fly the Flag Fridays. (Click on image for larger version.)Brand South Africa is to keep the momentum of solidarity and national pride built up in the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup by morphing its successful Football Fridays campaign into a new Fly the Flag Fridays initiative.The campaign, which already has its own website and Facebook page, has been endorsed by South African President Jacob Zuma in a speech delivered the day after the final whistle of the tournament was blown.“The Football Fridays campaign became highly successful,” he said. “South Africans from all walks of life proudly wore national colours every Friday. It was a meaningful collective experience of a lifetime.”Zuma then reminded South Africa that while the Fifa World Cup is over, the country could still look forward to more sporting triumphs to come.“As we draw the curtain on the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we now turn our focus to the fortunes of the nation’s Springbok Rugby Team in the Tri-Nations Series,” he said.“Let me remind South Africans that we are the reigning Tri-Nations and Rugby World Champions. Therefore, do not pack away those rainbow nation flags just yet. National duty still calls.”Fly the Flag Fridays will be an ongoing campaign, with Brand South Africa encouraging South Africans to wear colours of their flag, to keep flying the flag on their vehicles and at their homes and offices, and to embrace the spirit created during Africa’s first, full-colour World Cup.The campaign urges people to:Wear the colours of South Africa’s flag or the shirt of one of the national teams – Bafana Bafana, the Springboks or the Proteas – every Friday.Fly the flag at home and in the office.Buy South African goods to help create jobs and grow the economy.Once a month, give an hour (or more) of their time to helping other people.“By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do,” says Miller Matola, chief executive of Brand South Africa. “As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.”The first Fly the Flag Friday will be on 16 July 2010. read more
27 August 2012 The second season of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, which showcases ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things, is proving to be popular with viewers, and was among the top 30 most viewed programmes on terrestrial channels in July. In a list dominated by soap operas, dramas, sitcoms, live sports broadcasts, movies and the news, the Play Your Part series is the only documentary series to feature. The terrestrial, or free-to-air channels, include SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3 and e.tv. Developed by Brand South Africa, Play Your Part is a campaign aimed at inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change by becoming actively involved in making a difference. It brings together individuals who are doing things to improve their communities and respond to people’s needs by donating their time, resources, services or products. The television series, which consists of thirteen 24-minute episodes, traverses the country in search of 33 individuals from all spheres of life who are doing their bit for the good of the country.‘A collective effort from all South Africans’ “Enhancing national pride, patriotism and social cohesion requires a collective effort from all South Africans, not only business and government,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola at the show’s launch. “We want to encourage South Africans to play their part in community building and development, with small actions that make a big difference in the lives of others.” The second season of the Play Your Part TV series returned to SABC 1 on 9 July, and flights every Monday in a prime time slot of 7pm, and is presented by Katleho Sinivasan and Mmabatho Montsho. Mmabatho is best known for her television role as Lumka Dlomo in the SABC 1 soap Generations and her other leading roles include the e.tv soap Rhythm City, M-Net’s Jacob’s Cross, A Place Called Home and the ground-breaking 90 Plein Street. Katleho Sinivasan, a trained presenter from the National School of The Arts, made his television presenting debut on Yo TV in 2007. South Africans to have featured in the six episodes aired so far include actress Terry Pheto, budding scientist Palesa Masuku, musician DJ Zinhle, tourism entrepreneur Kagiso Legobe, architect Claire Reed, SA women’s hockey team captain Marsha Marescia, civil engineer Mandisa Mazibuko, celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng and many more inspiring people. Source: Play Your Part read more
By Dr. Karen Chapman-NovakofskiI like vegetables, almost all of them. I like them raw, roasted, steamed, and in casseroles. I like to grow vegetables, especially carrots and tomatoes. When I plan dinner, there is always a vegetable included. However, the meal centers around a meat dish and lunches may not include a vegetable.If taste is a major determinant of the foods we choose, and I like the taste of vegetables, then why is it so hard to take those steps towards a plant-based diet? Cost is another determinant of the foods we choose, but vegetables are not as expensive as meat or higher protein foods, depending on the vegetables I choose. So, it must still be taste, because I like the taste of meat.As a scientist and dietitian, I know that a plant-based diet is healthy. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that plant-based diets are associated with lower blood lipids (except triglycerides) and cholesterol as compared to diets including meat. 1 Plant-based diets have also been associated with some, but not all, inflammatory markers related to obesity. 2 Other benefits will be described in our webinar: Plant-based Eating: Enhancing Health Benefits, Minimizing Nutritional Risks. Unfortunately, many Americans, myself included, do not always eat for health benefits.So, how do we move ourselves towards a plant-based diet? Set an achievable goal. Perhaps planning one plant-based meal per week. Don’t have good plant-based main dish recipes? Several good, simple recipes are included in the recipe catalog of the University of Illinois Extension. 3 Let’s Get Cooking cookbook by Cornell Extension Service has a whole section on Meatless meals.4 You can also create your own cookbook using USDA’s What’s Cooking? USDA’s Mixing Bowl.5So, to answer the question – why is it so hard? – we just need a nudge:RSVP to participate in the January 23 event or watch the archived webinar.Set a goal that you can live with, even if it is to try one plant-based meal.Pick out a recipe and add those ingredients to your grocery list.Cook and enjoy, and then congratulate yourself on achieving your goal! References: Yoko Yokoyama, Susan M. Levin, Neal D. Barnard; Association between plant-based diets and plasma lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Nutrition Reviews, Volume 75, Issue 9, 1 September 2017, Pages 683–698, https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nux030Eichelmann F, Schwingshackl L, Fedirko V, Aleksandrova K. Effect of plant-based diets on obesity-related inflammatory profiles: a systematic review and meta-analysis of intervention trials. Obes Rev.2016 Nov;17(11):1067-1079. doi: 10.1111/obr.12439. Epub 2016 Jul 13.Let’s Eat for Health Illinois. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/Let’s Get Cooking. https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/579/Lets-Get-Cooking-2012-rev-sher1.pdf?1400254443What’s Cooking: USDA’s Mixing Bowl. https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about theMFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. read more
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Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger has been roaring at the Box Office not just in India but also abroad. The Kabir Khan directed co-starring Katrina Kaif has reportedly surpassed $10 million mark at the overseas Box Office. And in India, the film has grossed over Rs 200 crores.Ek Tha Tiger is the story of a RAW spy, played by Salman Khan and the film has made history with its collections. The film released on August 15, 2012. Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Grapevine has it that that Editor Mohan has bought the Tamil remake rights of the film. The film might be directed by Jayam Raja who worked with Vijay in Velayudham.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.advertisement read more