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Thursday, 20th September 2012
Dublin Zoo Welcomes Meerkat Pups
Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of two meerkat pups to the family of four adult meerkats, one male and three females.
Although the pups were born in July, visitors are only now getting their first glimpse of the young additions as mum and dad kept the pups hidden in burrows during the early stages of their lives. Throughout this period, their parents and aunts kept watch over the secret passages, calling out and warning each other if there were any signs of danger or predators nearby. This is typical of meerkats who demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies where one or more meerkats stand guard, to warn others of approaching dangers.
Eddie O’Brien, team leader said, “We are delighted with the arrival of the pups. It has been some time since meerkats were born at the Zoo so these are a welcome additions. We think the youngsters are female.”
He continued, “Both pups are doing very well. They are still feeding from their mother and recently they have also started eating solids. As carnivores they eat meat and insects.”
Meerkats are small mammals belonging to the mongoose family. They live in various parts of southern Africa including the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Namib Desert in Namibia, southwestern Angola and South Africa.
Elevator by THISISPOPBABY at ABSOLUT Fringe 2012.
Starring: Muiris Crowley, Nicola Lewis, Connor Madden, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Ciaran O’ Brien, Megan Riordan and Cathy White. Written by Phillip McMahon. Directed byWayne Jordan. Composer & Sound Design Alma Kelliher.
Photos by Fiona Morgan
Stand Up! - Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying (by BeLonGToYouthService)
Today an Irish online video tackling the problem of homophobic bullying reached the magical 1,000,000 viewers mark on YouTube – making it the most viewed online video from any Irish charity.
The video Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying comes from BeLonG To – Ireland’s national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people. It is part of BeLonG To’s annual anti-bullying awareness week and encourages all young people to stand together to support their LGBT friends.
Executive Director of BeLonG To, Michael Barron said,
“We are so delighted that our video has been viewed by so many people all over the world. The fact that the most viewed online ad from a charity is about homophobic bullying shows just how seriously people take this issue. People everywhere want to put an end to this form of harassment and want LGBT young people to be allowed a fair and equal shot at life”
The video and BeLonG To’s overall Stand Up! Campaign have been signaled out for praise by the European Council’s Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN High Commission for Human Rights. It featured in the first UN global resource produced to tackle homophobic bullying which was launched by UNESCO in May and to date has been translated in to 12 different languages.
The ad was produced by Aoife Kelleher, Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic at Crossing the Line Films in Greystones. Speaking on behalf of the filmmakers, Aoife Kelleher said:
“We never thought when we made this video with BeLonG To that the message would spread around the world. We’re so grateful to everyone who shared it. The work we do with BeLonG To is very meaningful in our lives, and we’re so delighted to see it having an impact. Homophobic bullying is something that shouldn’t be tolerated.”
There has been a growing awareness of the problem of homophobic bullying in recent years. At the launch of BeLonG To’s Stand Up! Campaign in March of this year Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn announced the establishment of a Department of Education working group to tackle the issue. Celebrities such as Hollywood actor Colin Farrell and Cork Hurling Captain Donal Og Cusack have also got behind the campaign.
“We have seen too many young people pay a very high price for being exposed to homophobic bullying day-in and day-out in their schools and communities. We ask everyone, young people, parents, teachers and community leaders to Stand Up! If you would like to help out please visit our website and see how you can get involved. While there, you can also make a much needed donation to ensure that the Stand Up! Campaign continues to run in schools and online next year. Together we can end homophobic bullying once and for all,” concluded Barron.
Donate to BeLonG To: www.standup.ie/donate/
BeLonG To website: www.belongto.org
The latest goings on in Kilkenny
Vultures S2E02 - The Lost Lunch of Niall Tennyson (by VulturesPI)
Kevin Kilbane raps “Ice Ice Baby” to Irish fans at Euro 2012.m4v (by Conor McNamara)
268 views at time of posting.
JUMP OFFICIAL TRAILER (by BlinderFilms)
JUMP follows the lives of four twenty-something’s whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue.
Johnny, a small time crook, and Marie, a dissatisfied shop assistant are both looking for a fresh start. Greta is on the verge of taking her own life and Pearse has a bounty on his head for asking difficult questions about his missing brother Eddie Kelly.
As the clock ticks down to midnight and the night’s events expertly fall into place, JUMP weaves an existential portrait of our character’s lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed.
301 views at time of posting.
Mu favourite video of those. Jon Kenny is just great.
D’Unbelievables - Bridie’s Christening (by sceilig)