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Stranded seal pup rescued by three young women from Donegal beach

first_imgA seal pup has been rescued by three young women after being left stranded on a Bundoran beach.The seal, known as Silky, was spotted on Tullan Strand in Bundoran before being spotted.Twin sisters Phillipa and Jennifer Locke (20) and their friend Rihannon Kerrigan (20) found the animal after spending several hours searching a two-mile stretch on the popular stretch. Phillipa, who volunteers for Seal Rescue Ireland, told the Independent.ie: “He looked in a bad way, very weak and small for his age.“His mother might still be around as there were tracks from a bigger seal too, but she probably got swept up by the waves.”The three-month-old seal was treated last night by a local vet.Stranded seal pup rescued by three young women from Donegal beach was last modified: November 26th, 2018 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:bundoranSeal pup rescuelast_img read more

Marshfield softball drops home game to D.C. Everest

first_imgTigers drop to 6-3 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — D.C. Everest scored three times in the top of the first inning, and it proved to be enough as the Evergreens topped Marshfield 5-1 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference softball game Thursday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield scored once in the bottom of the first inning and had plenty of other chances to make it closer but could not convert.The Tigers had two runners on in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings but could not muster another run against D.C. Everest pitcher Miranda Gajewski.Two dropped pop-ups in the bottom of the seventh kept Marshfield alive before Everest was finally able to record the final out. Gajewski finished with seven strikeouts and scattered six hits in the complete-game effort.“She’s (Gajewski) been great all four of our years,” Marshfield coach Dan Costa said. “I’m biased because I think (Megan) Donahue is the best pitcher in the league, but if Donahue’s not, (Gajewski) is. She throws hard, has a good changeup, spins it well off the plate, and they do a good job mixing it up inside and outside.”Kaitlyn Konrardy had a double for the Tigers, who fall to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Everest is now 11-8 and 8-2 in conference play.Marshfield will play at the Escanaba (Mich.) Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 5, Tigers 1D.C. Everest 300 000 2 – 5Marshfield 100 000 0 – 1WP: Miranda Gajewski. LP: Megan Donahue.Top hitters: DC, Rachel Plautz 2×4, 2 runs; Miranda Ostrowski 1×3, 2 RBIs. M, Kaitlyn Konrardy 2B.Records: D.C. Everest 11-8, 8-2 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 10-4, 6-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

The South African who dresses the walkers

first_imgEulyn Hufkie-Womble makes her mark on the zombies in the international television series, The Walking Dead. She’s a dab hand at making new clothes look old, and at adding litres of pus and blood. She also gives each character a signature piece. Eulyn Hufkie-Womble is a South African designer who’s not afraid to dress the zombies. (Images: Supplied )• Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity • The sharp-dressed men of Africa • Watch: Nelson Mandela’s first television interview • Doctors Without Borders asks if you can make the #ToughDecisions • Voodoo Funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat Melissa JavanEulyn Hufkie-Womble is one of a few people who can brag about dressing actors in filthy, bloodied and pus-stained clothes for a hit international television series.The South African-born costume designer for The Walking Dead can also boast about being one of the creators of the series’ action figures. She is very proud to be part of the production of these miniature characters: “I was like: ‘Oh my gosh! I designed super heroes!’ It’s amazing. It doesn’t get better than that!”In an interview with US television show Walker Stalker Con Atlanta, Hufkie-Womble explains that she is very attentive to detail, and that her designs were very important to her. Daryl’s poncho/cap on the show is a case in point: “They wouldn’t have done it the way I asked,” she explains. “But it was really important to me that it was done correctly. It was a Navaho design and he is a trekker… And they actually made it perfect! I love it!”Hufkie-Womble, who grew up in Elfindale, in Cape Town, has been working on The Walking Dead since its second season. The series is now broadcasting its fifth season on Fox International Channels. Fans on social media rave about her costumes and actress Melissa McBride, who plays character Carol Peletier, refers to Hufkie-Womble as the “wardrobe goddess”.Fellow actors and fans also sings Hufkie-Womble’s praises on Twitter:We love you @EulynCHW! Photo from #WSCSF #EulynsArmy @WalkrStalkrCon #TheWalkingDead #TWD pic.twitter.com/vcc2QER9ak— Macy Rose (@_macy_rose_) March 17, [email protected] @EulynCHW Eulyn’s work is extremely nuanced and specific. Her work envelops you and makes you instantly jump into character.— Ann Mahoney (@ANNIEMOHO) March 21, 2015The scriptA new script is issued every seven days. “I have to get into the characters’ heads in order to make choices for them,” she says. “I think about what they did for a living pre-apocalypse. How have they stayed alive – hiding behind others; cunning; standing out as a warrior? How did they get to work pre-apocalypse – by car, train or bicycle? Are they vegetarian, et cetera?”In an interview with South African online news portal IOL, Hufkie-Womble says she does a lot of research around her characters. “The design sometimes comes from strange and even dark places. Like researching the Great Depression or war or poverty has brought me to tears. I feel that our show sends a strong message about survival and I try to make the clothing as real as possible.” Eulyn Hufkie-Womble has worked on The Walking Dead since its second season. The fifth season is currently playing on Fox International Channels. (Image: AMC via playbuzz.com)The beauty in dirtDespite the darkness, Hufkie-Womble says she is able to see the beauty in it. That her parents who were always positive people encouraged her to see the beauty in things on a daily basis, says the designer. “I think the dirt and sweat can be sexy. I see who the person was before they became a ‘walker.’”Ageing clothing is another aspect of designing the wardrobe for the show that she enjoys. “Also, they [the walkers] never get a fresh set of clothes. It wouldn’t be The Walking Dead if they looked clean.”Despite this, the walkers sometimes add an accessory or change their outfits a bit. “Maggie is much tougher this year. She’s left the whole farmgirl thing behind – nothing cute or frilly anymore. Daryl has also changed. This season he has a poncho. It’s not quite Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It’s got a little bit more edge than that.”Start from scratchAlthough she studied accounting at the University of Cape Town, she wasn’t interested in going into that field. She worked as a model, but knew that she couldn’t model forever, she adds. “When I was a model, I asked a designer who had dressed me to give me a chance to do what she did.”Yet the accounting background has stood Hufkie-Womble in good stead in her career. “Understanding clothing and character study is very important, but so is studying business or accounting. The film industry is a business and managing money is also part of a costume designer’s job.”Hufkie-Womble and her husband, an American, moved to the United States because both of them worked in the film industry. Despite making a name for herself in South Africa, once in the US she had to start out at the bottom again as a runner. “When I moved to the US, I had to start from scratch. No-one cared that I was a designer in South Africa.”As a runner, Hufkie-Womble organised hangers into piles, carried rails, made coffee and got to see how costume designing worked. “I loved it. I knew immediately that this was where I belonged.“By the time I started on The Walking Dead, I was a costumer. In season one, I worked on set as a costumer, working with actors, and in season two I was offered the job as designer,” she says. “I cried on the phone with our producer, Tom Luse. I was so happy; it was a dream come true!”Once in a while, Hufkie-Womble puts video clips on You Tube to show how she tears, shreds and colours The Walking Dead clothing.Asked by the online portal AMC TV how the pus used in the show was made, she answered: “Paint. It’s different colours that we mix up to match the clothing that we create… We’re like ‘add more pus’ or ‘add more blood’. Blood is a huge deal on the set as well. They’re all different and they’re all labelled, and it’s very specific how we know what fresh zombie blood is, what old zombie blood is, what fresh human blood is, and what old human blood is.”The clothesWhen it comes to choosing clothing for the show, the quality of the material is very important, and Hufkie-Womble searches several shops to find what she needs. Once she does, she buys between five to 10 pieces of one item.This is because she has to wash and re-dye the clothing pieces. “I once left a shirt in bleach over the weekend. When I came back, all that was left was buttons,” she says. “A lot of people think I just buy a lot of nonsense, but it actually has to be nice quality to work.”Her favourite characters to dress were the young girls. “They grew up in the apocalypse, so they were not bogged down with gender roles. They wore boys’ clothing but then tied it into a cute knot on the side. Those little details make a good costume.”She laughs when she tells of the first time one of the girls came for a fitting. “She was like ‘I feel so emotional. This is probably how a bride feels on her wedding day!’ She is so dramatic and does a great job.”Hufkie-Womble also makes a signature piece for each character: Carl has his hat and his miss-matched shoes; Rick has his boots and belt; Michonne, the African descendant warrior, has her African-printed headband. “Danai’s [Guirira] parents are from Zimbabwe and I wanted to honour our African heritage. Plus, it looks amazing on her.”About South AfricaShe misses her family in Cape Town a lot, says Hufkie-Womble, and she tries to visit at least once a year. “Cape Town is the most beautiful place with beautiful people. The town has a beautiful spirit.“I miss the food. There’s nothing like a warm Cape Malay koeksister with coffee on a Sunday morning. Yum!”Watch Eulyn Hufkie-Womble explain what she does to the zombies’ wardrobe:last_img read more

Executive Book Club: June 2012

first_imgExecutives today recognize that their firms face a wave of retirements over the next decade as the baby boomers hit retirement age. At the other end of the talent pipeline, the younger workforce is developing a different set of values and expectations, which creates new recruiting and employee retention issues. The evolution from an older, traditional, highly-experienced workforce to a younger, more mobile, employee base poses significant challenges, particularly when considered in the context of the long-term orientation towards downsizing and cost cutting. Loaded with anecdotes and case examples, Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce reveals how this hidden problem, which threatens virtually all industrialized nations, is becoming extremely serious for many organizations. This solution-oriented work provides a comprehensive framework to help managers improve the retention of vital knowledge both from older workers who retire and mid-career employees who leave unexpectedly. Lost Knowledge delivers a detailed action plan to guide leaders in addressing the interdependent challenges of increased retirements, more competitive recruiting, and greater demands for employee retention that will be a key to success in the years ahead. “Raises the intriguing question: Are companies ready to deal with the loss of intellectual capital that comes from workers’ retirement?”–The New York Times For more information on Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce or to purchase from The SHRMStore, click here.last_img read more

Google AdSense for Search

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img richard macmanus Good timing Google! Adding search functionality to my site was on my To Do list forthis month and Google has just announced a new AdSense for Search feature. It allowswebsite owners to add a search box to their site and potentially earn some pocket moneywith ads that display with the search results. In the email Google sent me, they had aninteresting turn-of-phrase:“AdSense now offers the ability to monetize web and site search!WebSearch plus AdSense for search combines Google’s powerful search with monetized andcustomizable search results pages. Simply placing the code on any web page that meets ourprogram criteria will generate a WebSearch box, allowing users to search without leavingyour site, and providing additional revenue for you.”Monetize?! Eh? Anyway tonight I added Google Search to my blog, in the header bar. Idoubt I’ll be “monetizing” much out of this, but I did need Search functionality so thisis very handy. You can search my weblog or the World Wide Web. Give it a try 🙂 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more