inbox and environment news: Issue 549
August 7 - 13, 2022: Issue 549
Newport Coastal Erosion
Magpie Breeding Season: Avoid The Swoop!
- Try to avoid the area. Do not go back after being swooped. Australian magpies are very intelligent and have a great memory. They will target the same people if you persist on entering their nesting area.
- Be aware of where the bird is. Most will usually swoop from behind. They are much less likely to target you if they think they are being watched. Try drawing eyes on the back of a helmet or hat. You can also hold a long stick in the air to deter swooping.
- Keep calm and do not panic. Walk away quickly but do not run. Running seems to make birds swoop more. Be careful to keep a look out for swooping birds and if you are really concerned, place your folded arms above your head to protect your head and eyes.
- If you are on your bicycle or horse, dismount. Bicycles can irritate the birds and the major cause of accidents following an encounter with a swooping bird, is falling from a bicycle. Calmly walk your bike/horse out of the nesting territory.
- Never harass or provoke nesting birds. A harassed bird will distrust you and as they have a great memory this will ultimately make you a bigger target in future. Do not throw anything at a bird or nest, and never climb a tree and try to remove eggs or chicks.
- Teach children what to do. It is important that children understand and respect native birds. Educating them about the birds and what they can do to avoid being swooped will help them keep calm if they are targeted. Its important children learn to protect their face.
Wanted: Photos Of Flies Feeding On Frogs (For Frog Conservation)
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife:
- Birds and possums can be washed out of trees, or the tree comes down, nests can disintegrate or hollows fill with water
- Ground dwelling animals can be flooded out of their burrows or hiding places and they need to seek higher ground
- They are at risk crossing roads as people can't see them and sudden braking causes accidents
- The food may disappear - insects, seeds and pollens are washed away, nectar is diluted and animals can be starving
- They are vulnerable in open areas to predators, including our pets
- They can't dry out and may get hypothermia or pneumonia
- Animals may seek shelter in your home or garage.
You can help by:
- Keeping your pets indoors
- Assessing for wounds or parasites
- Putting out towels or shelters like boxes to provide a place to hide
- Drive to conditions and call a rescue group if you see an animal hit (or do a pouch check or get to a vet if you can stop)
- If you are concerned take a photo and talk to a rescue group or wildlife carer
There are 2 rescue groups in the Northern Beaches:
Sydney Wildlife: 9413 4300
WIRES: 1300 094 737
Please be patient as there could be a few enquiries regarding the wildlife.
Generally Sydney Wildlife do not recommend offering food but it may help in some cases. Please ensure you know what they generally eat and any offerings will not make them sick. You can read more on feeding wildlife here
Information courtesy Ed Laginestra, Sydney Wildlife volunteer. Photo: Warriewood Wetlands Wallaby by Kevin Murray, March 2022.
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Release Of Second Water For The Environment Special Account (WESA) Report
“It is not possible to reach the 450 GL target through the current efficiency measures program – the Off Farm Efficiency Program – even if the WESA’s time and budget limits were removed.”“Putting aside program and timing limitations, the estimated cost to recover the full 450GL through [only] efficiency measures is between $3.4 billion and $10.8 billion.”''Only 2.6 GL has been recovered or contracted to be recovered through previous efficiency measures programs.''
20,000 People Force NSW Parliament To Debate Ending Native Forest Logging
- Develop a plan to transition the native forestry industry to 100% sustainable plantations by 2024.
- In the interim, place a moratorium on public native forest logging until the regulatory framework reflects the recommendations of the leaked NRC report.
- Immediately protect high-conservation value forests through gazettal in the National Parks estate.
- Ban use of native forest materials as biomass fuel.
Government Gives Away Billions Of Litres Of Water At The Stroke Of A Pen
Water Sharing Plans: Farmers And Water Users
- by 1 September, licence holders in the Border Rivers and Gwydir valleys will have their water accounts credited and the floodplain harvesting framework will be fully operational
- licences for the Macquarie, Barwon-Darling and Namoi valleys will be determined and will come into effect later this year and in early 2023.
Communities Central To Improving Murray-Darling Basin Health
- Trialling environmental DNA technology that can tell us what fish, frogs and other animals have been active in the water, even if they’re not currently present – working with local citizens to collect water samples. This helps to track changes in biodiversity over time.
- Collecting oral histories that will capture the changes in the Basin experienced by long-term community members over time, ensuring their experiences are incorporated into future plans.
- Working with several First Nations groups to identify cultural flow requirements in the Basin.
- Building a better understanding of the economic contribution of a variety of industries including tourism & recreation and floodplain grazing.
Unlocking The Power Of Offshore Wind
- The Pacific Ocean region off the Hunter in NSW
- The Pacific Ocean region off the Illawarra in NSW
- The Southern Ocean region off Portland in Victoria
- The Bass Strait region off Northern Tasmania
- The Indian Ocean region off Perth/Bunbury, WA.
Call Out To Improve Coastal Design
Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks
A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by David Palmer OAM and Angus Gordon OAM
America Bay Track Walk - photos by Joe Mills
An Aquatic June: North Narrabeen - Turimetta - Collaroy photos by Joe Mills
Angophora Reserve Angophora Reserve Flowers Grand Old Tree Of Angophora Reserve Falls Back To The Earth - History page
Annie Wyatt Reserve - A Pictorial
Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Bairne Walking Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP by Kevin Murray
Bangalley Headland Bangalley Mid Winter
Banksias of Pittwater
Barrenjoey Boathouse In Governor Phillip Park Part Of Our Community For 75 Years: Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton
Barrenjoey Headland: Spring flowers
Barrenjoey Headland after fire
Botham Beach by Barbara Davies
Bungan Beach Bush Care
Careel Bay Saltmarsh plants
Careel Bay Birds
Careel Bay Clean Up day
Careel Bay Playing Fields History and Current
Careel Creek - If you rebuild it they will come
Centre trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Chiltern Track- Ingleside by Marita Macrae
Clareville/Long Beach Reserve + some History
Coastal Stability Series: Cabbage Tree Bay To Barrenjoey To Observation Point by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways, and Dr. Peter Mitchell OAM
Cowan Track by Kevin Murray
Curl Curl To Freshwater Walk: October 2021 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Currawong and Palm Beach Views - Winter 2018
Currawong-Mackerel-The Basin A Stroll In Early November 2021 - photos by Selena Griffith
Currawong State Park Currawong Beach + Currawong Creek
Deep Creek To Warriewood Walk photos by Joe Mills
Drone Gives A New View On Coastal Stability; Bungan: Bungan Headland To Newport Beach + Bilgola: North Newport Beach To Avalon + Bangalley: Avalon Headland To Palm Beach
Duck Holes: McCarrs Creek by Joe Mills
Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Dundundra Falls Reserve: August 2020 photos by Selena Griffith - Listed in 1935
Elsie Track, Scotland Island
Elvina Track in Late Winter 2019 by Penny Gleen
Elvina Bay Walking Track: Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Elvina Bay-Lovett Bay Loop Spring 2020 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Fern Creek - Ingleside Escarpment To Warriewood Walk + Some History photos by Joe Mills
Iluka Park, Woorak Park, Pittwater Park, Sand Point Reserve, Snapperman Beach Reserve - Palm Beach: Some History
Ingleside Wildflowers August 2013
Irrawong - Ingleside Escarpment Trail Walk Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Irrawong - Mullet Creek Restoration
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary - Ingleside
Lucinda Park, Palm Beach: Some History + 2022 Pictures
McCarr's Creek to Church Point to Bayview Waterfront Path
Mona Vale Beach - A Stroll Along, Spring 2021 by Kevin Murray
Mona Vale Headland, Basin and Beach Restoration
Mount Murray Anderson Walking Track by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Past Notes Present Photos by Margaret Woods
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
Narrabeen Rockshelf Aquatic Reserve
Nerang Track, Terrey Hills by Bea Pierce
Newport Bushlink - the Crown of the Hill Linked Reserves
Newport Community Garden - Woolcott Reserve
Newport to Bilgola Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Founded In 1956 - A Tip and Quarry Becomes Green Space For People and Wildlife
Pittwater spring: waterbirds return to Wetlands
Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur
Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek
Resolute Track at West Head by Kevin Murray
Resolute Track Stroll by Joe Mills
Riddle Reserve, Bayview
Salvation Loop Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park- Spring 2020 - by Selena Griffith
Seagull Pair At Turimetta Beach: Spring Is In The Air!
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Towlers Bay Walking Track by Joe Mills
Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community
Tranquil Turimetta Beach, April 2022 by Joe Mills
Turimetta Beach Reserve by Joe Mills, Bea Pierce and Lesley
Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images (by Kevin Murray) + Some History
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve
Wilshire Park Palm Beach: Some History + Photos From May 2022
Winji Jimmi - Water Maze
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
Technology Is Key To Transforming Systemic Deficiencies In Australia’s Aged Care Sector New Report Finds
- Respect through the power of connection — Advances in technologies, such as machine learning interfaces, Wi-fi/ 5G and IoT (internet of things) should be better leveraged to revolutionise connection — between older Australians and their community, carers and aged care users, aged care spaces and those who rely on them.
- Digital first — Technology and digitisation offerings, such as automation of manual tasks, meeting of mandated quality standards and high-quality telehealth that can simultaneously serve care-based outcomes and organisational efficiency should be prioritised in the next phase of system reform.
- Secure and sophisticated digital infrastructure — While connection is key to respect, security and stability builds the trust needed in the system. Smart sensors connected devices and the entire internet of things should combine seamlessly to create ‘articulate spaces’, but with robust security and privacy features. Surveillance systems that track people anonymously can balance safety and privacy.
- New models and spaces for experimentation — Technology-rich experimentation spaces can catalyse next-level partnered prototyping, trialling, and exploration; where technologists or designers can partner with a community of researchers and industry professionals, or where in-situ simulations can inspire real-time ideation and inter-connected product development. New models and spaces for experimentation can be a game-changer.
- Smart sensors that can detect the risk of falls
- Technology that can detect behavioural risks, such as conflict in common areas
- Devices that can alert people of physical hazards, in real time
- Technology that alerts surface disruption and stalled behaviour (such as not eating a meal)
- Facial recognition and radio frequency identification technologies to assist with the automatic capturing of face-to-face care time
- Connecting digital worlds through telehealth, securely and independently
- And even a robotic dog, to perform typically manual tasks like deliveries
First Bill Passed Delivers Aged Care Reforms
Expansion Of Quality Indicators In Aged Care
- an additional 4 quality indicators for residential aged care
- up to 5 quality indicators for in-home aged care
Dementia Support Australia Is Excited To Announce Our New Program - Staying At Home
‘Ask Annie’ body language tips released to enhance dementia workforce skills
You Don’t Need An Accountant To Understand Aged Care Costs
- basic daily fees and charges
- hardship applications
- moving into residential care, and
- changing between packages.
Written In Stone: A 240 Million Year Old Mass Breeding Event
Published by Pittwater Pathways, August 4, 2022
Paul Cronk’s discovery of fossil trackways at Turimetta indicates a mass breeding event took place there about 240 million years ago. In this video scientists from the Australian Museum and Macquarie University are examining the fossils. Their discussion and reasoning makes a fascinating record of the scientific process in action.
Lachlan Hart is a vertebrate palaeontologist currently undertaking his PhD at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Museum. His research focuses on the evolution, systematics and palaeobiology of Mesozoic tetrapods, including temnospondyl amphibians, crocodyliformes and dinosaurs. Lachlan is particularly interested in exploring what can be learnt about extinct animals from studying their living descendants
Dr Patrick Smith is a taxonomist and biostratigrapher researching the Cambrian and Ordovician of Australia and New Zealand. He primarily has worked on fossil arthropods (trilobites and their close relatives). However, he's also occasionally worked on other fossil groups, including brachiopods, gastropods and echinoderms. Patrick is particularly interested in using fossils as key time markers to correlate sequences of rocks on a regional, national, and global scale.
Prof Glenn Brock, palaeobiologist, Macquarie University.
My research activities focus on elucidating the evolution, phylogeny, biodiversity, ecology and biostratigraphy of the earliest (stem group) bilaterian animals that arose during the Cambrian Explosion. My work focuses on studying exceptionally preserved macro- and microfossils from a variety of localities in Australasia and Antarctica. I am particularly interested in the phylogenetic, ecological and biostratigraphic significance of early Cambrian "Small Shelly Fossils" (SSF).
Dr Peter Mitchell OAM is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced geomorphologists.
Be The Boss: I Want To Be A Gardener
Those who have taken on a simple lawn-mowing run will know this is in-demand work that pays well and allows you autonomy. Once you undertake further studies you can also expand your self-employment to gardening and choose to do something more in the vast field that is suited to your interest - Horticulturalists and Landscape Gardeners or Greenkeeping are just a few of the associated career fields.
Gardeners plant, care for and maintain lawns, shrubs, trees and flowers. They look after the landscaping and structural elements of the garden and often design gardens or outdoor spaces.
Work is in private gardens at people's homes, at commercial locations or in public parks and gardens.
This career is suitable for people with an affinity for nature and working the land. Knowledge of plant species and the conditions required for each to thrive is important.
- prepare and maintain seed and garden beds
- propagate and plant trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs
- plant grass and lay turf
- maintain grassed areas through weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing
- prune trees and hedges
- attend to landscaped and paved areas such walls, fences, gravel, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture
- examine trees to assess their condition and determine treatment
- shape branches using chain or handsaws
- spray plants and trees to control insects and disease.
Considerations: Physically demanding, Requires driving, Working outdoors.
Formal qualifications are not required, however vocational education and training (VET) courses in horticulture can improve employment prospects. Find a Diploma or Certificate in Horticulture
Architect and Landscape Architect
Architects and Landscape Architects design commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings and landscapes.
- obtaining advice from clients and management to determine type, style and size of planned buildings and alterations to existing buildings
- providing information regarding designs, materials and estimated building times
- preparing project documentation, including sketches and scale drawings, and integrating structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements in final designs
- writing specifications and contract documents for use by builders and calling tenders on behalf of clients
- consulting with Professionals and clients about external area designs, costs and construction
- compiling and analysing site and community data about geographical and ecological features, landforms, soils, vegetation, site hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made structures, to formulate land use and development recommendations, and for preparing environmental impact statements
- preparing reports, site plans, working drawings, specifications and cost estimates for land development, showing location and details of proposals, including ground modelling, structures, vegetation and access
- inspecting construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards.
You usually need a bachelor degree in architectural design or landscape architecture to work as an Architect or Landscape Architect. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies. Find a Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
Greenkeepers establish and maintain fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces used for sporting events.
- preparing seedbeds for new turf
- establishing and maintaining turf by watering, over sowing or over seeding, and repairing green damage
- mowing, rolling and levelling turf
- pegging and marking out lines and logos, installing nets, posts and stumps, and placing other sports equipment on playing areas
- operating and maintaining hand and power driven equipment such as mowers, aerators, cultivators, corers and line marking equipment
- constructing cricket wickets, tennis courts, and bowling, croquet and golf greens
- replanting, repairing, aerating, fertilising and top dressing lawns
- installing and maintaining synthetic surfaces
- may maintain buildings, fences and surrounding gardens.
You can work as a Greenkeeper without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II, III or IV in sports turf management, horticulture or another related field may be useful. Take a Diploma of Golf Management. Take a Diploma of Sports Turf Management
Nurserypersons propagate and cultivate trees, shrubs, and ornamental and flowering plants in plant nurseries.
- preparing potting media and containers before planting
- selecting seeds, bulbs and cuttings, and planting them in beds, lawn areas and tubs
- budding and grafting vegetative material onto root stock
- watering plants manually and controlling automatic watering operations
- applying pesticides to control pests, diseases, weeds and nutritional and environmental plant disorders
- keeping records of soil mixtures, plantings, treatments, losses and yields
- selecting plants and packaging them for presentation and delivery
- advising customers on plant care and appropriate plants for local conditions
- may plan sales area layouts and visual merchandise presentation.
You can work as a Nurseryperson without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in retail nursery, production nursery, horticulture or agriculture may be useful.
Find a Certificate in Nursery Production or Retail
Gardener as a job information courtesy Australian Government Apprenticeships Guide (Your Career), Australian Open Colleges and The Good Universities Guide, Australia.
Art Competition To Remember Our ANZACS
Word Of The Week: Virtue
1. behaviour showing high moral standards. conformity to a standard of right: morality. :a particular moral excellence. 2. beneficial quality or power of a thing. 3. manly strength or courage: valor. 4. a commendable quality or trait: merit. 4. (in traditional Christian angelology) the seventh-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.. 5. Archaic: virginity or chastity, especially of a woman.
From Middle English: from Old French vertu, from Latin virtus ‘valour, merit, moral perfection’, from vir ‘man’. The ancient Romans used the Latin word virtus (derived from vir, their word for man) to refer to all of the "excellent qualities of men, including physical strength, valorous conduct, and moral rectitude." The French words vertu and virtu came from this Latin root. In the 13th century, the word virtue was "borrowed into English".
virtue signalling: the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue. "Virtue signalling", according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is "an attempt to show other people that you are a good person, for example by expressing opinions that will be acceptable to them, especially on social media".
B. D. McClay wrote in The Hedgehog Review that signalling particularly flourished in online communities; It was unavoidable in digital interactions because they lacked the qualities of offline life, such as spontaneity. When one filled out a list of one's favourite books for Facebook(or other lists/or anything on other platforms), one was usually aware of what that list said about oneself.
The expression is often used to imply that the virtue being signalled is exaggerated or insincere in other forms; one example often cited as virtue signalling is "greenwashing" (a compound word modelled on "whitewash"), when a company deceptively claims that its products or policies are more environmentally friendly than, in fact, they actually are.
Platonic virtue - The four classic cardinal virtues are:
- Prudence (φρόνησις, phrónēsis; Latin: prudentia; also Wisdom, Sophia, sapientia), the ability to discern the appropriate course of action to be taken in a given situation at the appropriate time.
- Fortitude (ἀνδρεία, andreía; Latin: fortitudo): also termed courage, forbearance, strength, endurance, and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and intimidation.
- Temperance (σωφροσύνη, sōphrosýnē; Latin: temperantia): also known as restraint, the practice of self-control, abstention, discretion, and moderation tempering the appetition. Plato considered Sōphrosynē, which may also be translated as sound-mindedness, to be the most important virtue.
- Justice (δικαιοσύνη, dikaiosýnē; Latin: iustitia): also considered as fairness; the Greek word also having the meaning righteousness.
This enumeration is traced to Greek philosophy and was listed by Plato in addition to piety: ὁσιότης (hosiotēs), with the exception that wisdom replaced prudence as virtue. Some scholars consider either of the above four virtue combinations as mutually reducible and therefore not cardinal.
Other examples of this include the concept of merit in Asian traditions as well as De (Chinese), Buddhism's four brahmavihara ("Divine States") can be regarded as virtues in the European sense, as well as other examples across the globe in all societies and religions. For example, in Jainism, attainment of enlightenment is possible only if the seeker possesses certain virtues. All Jains are supposed to take up the five vows of ahimsa (non violence), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non stealing), aparigraha (non attachment) and brahmacharya (celibacy) before becoming a monk. Other virtues which are to be followed by both monks as well as laypersons include forgiveness, humility, self-restraint and straightforwardness.
Compare Virtual: The adjective virtual is used to describe something that exists in essence but not in actuality. 1. almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition. 2. Computing; not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so.
The first records of the word virtual come from around 1400. It comes from the Medieval Latin virtuālis, meaning “effective” (in the sense of having the effect of something without the form or appearance of it).
Jesse McCartney - Beautiful Soul (September 14, 2014)
The Master's Apprentices - It's Because I Love You (March 1971)
Richard Clapton - Capricorn Dancer (1977)
Connecting With Harmony: Emma Baylin - TEDxWarrington
Published July 30, 2022
NOTE FROM TED: This talk only represents the speaker's personal views and understanding of music and physiology. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/t...
How can music help us create connection? How can finding your voice help you find yourself? In this talk, Emma explores the impact of creative practices to help you reach your full potential and a harmony you never imagined possible.
Video production by Prism Studios, Warrington www.prism-studios.co.uk In 2013, Emma founded Shared Harmonies CIC, a not-for-profit organisation specialising in creative development services for companies and communities, with the aim of improving connection, confidence and wellbeing through inspirational singing.
Shared Harmonies helps organisations explore leadership, team work and wellbeing, guiding participants through an experiential journey, applying learning to their own practice and developing clear actions. All profits are reinvested to support health and wellbeing community programmes, including COPD, mental health, cancer, Parkinson’s and dementia.
During the pandemic, Emma expanded Shared Harmonies by developing creative ways to reach more people that needed support, connecting hundreds through co-producing songs. They won awards and came runner-up in the Song for Yorkshire competition. Emma was awarded a Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award for services to communities and was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
LNG Exporters Must Divert Gas To The Domestic Market To Avoid Shortfalls: ACCC
New Study Provides Greater Insight Into Australians Living With Younger Onset Dementia
First Global Map Of Cargo Ship Pollution Reveals Effects Of Fuel Regulations
Construction For New Tweed Valley Hospital Reaches Highest Point
- More than 400 overnight and day only beds to address future demand for health services
- Expanded emergency department with 42 treatment spaces
- Expanded outpatient services with more clinics
- 12 operating theatres, an increase of five from the existing Tweed Hospital
- New interventional cardiology service
- New radiotherapy service as part of integrated cancer care, including a PET-CT suite
- Outdoor green spaces
- Campus roads and car park.
Free Training For NSW Asylum Seekers And Refugees
Consumers Warned To Be Vigilant As Imposter Bond Investment Scams Rise
- check ASIC’s Offer Notice Board to see if a prospectus relates to a recent offer registered;
- check ASIC’s register of Australian financial services licensees to make sure any party promoting or issuing the financial product is licensed or is authorised by a licensee;
- check ASIC’s Moneysmart list companies you should not deal with.
Women Less Likely To Receive Pre-Hospital Stroke Care Than Men
Engineers Develop New Integration Route For Tiny Transistors
The Lining Of Children's Noses May Provide Protection From SARS-CoV-2 Infection
An Effective New Treatment For Chronic Back Pain Targets The Nervous System
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