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first_imgThe Government has decided not to allow hedge-cutting in August saving the lives of thousands of birds. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan, TD, announced her decision yesterday.This will mean that there has been no change to the rules governing hedge-cutting meaning it is illegal to cut hedgerows in Donegal between 1st March and 31st August inclusive in order to protect nesting birds. Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland said, “Today is a good day for nature in Ireland. We are delighted that Minister Madigan has seen the light when it comes to the Heritage Act and that she has shelved changes to the laws on hedge-cutting”.The spokesperson said hedge-cutting during the nesting period for birds is the number one concern of members of the public who contact BirdWatch Ireland.She added that Birdwatch Ireland’s research showed that there are 24 other species nesting well into August, including Yellowhammers which were recorded as still nesting was 24th September 2018.In announcing her decision today, Minister Madigan highlighted the need to protect and nurture nature and biodiversity, which was underpinned by national and international research showing significant declines in biodiversity. The Minister’s decision means that indiscriminate hedge-cutting for roadside hedgerows will not be tolerated, added Birdwatch IrelandOonagh Duggan also said, “The Minister spoke strongly about the need to nurture nature and biodiversity, which is very welcome. Our hedgerows are unique features of the Irish landscape and symbolise the meeting of our natural and cultural heritage. We call on the Minister to set up a Forum to deliver a National Hedgerow Conservation Strategy to ensure their long-term conservation.”However, Birdwatch Ireland also noted hedgerows have no legal protection in their own right.The group called on Minister Madigan to convene a forum of stakeholders with the goal of developing a National Hedgerow Conservation Strategy.“Hedgerows are unique features of the Irish landscape and are important in their own right, both for a host of birds and other wildlife and as carbon stores. The Minister’s decision today saves hedgerows this August, but a long-term conservation strategy is urgently needed. “This should include a bespoke law protecting hedgerows, as well as guidance on their appropriate management for the benefit of wildlife.“The Minister’s decision comes after the Dáil declared a biodiversity and climate emergency in May and called for the examination of biodiversity loss by the Citizens’ Assembly.“Hedge-cutting during the nesting period for birds is the number one concern of members of the public who contact BirdWatch Ireland.“The public wants to see more nature, not less, as was clearly expressed by voters in the May local and European elections.” Minister bans hedgerow cutting in August to save nesting birds was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Augustbancuttingdonegalhedgerowsrulelast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile device Warriors fans should start getting familiar with those names now, because after Stephen Curry broke his left hand in the Warriors’ latest embarrassing loss Wednesday, the path forward for this team is clear:Pack it up. It’s time to tank the season and get a … SAN FRANCISCO — You probably have heard of LaMelo Ball.But do you know who Anthony Edwards is? What about James Wiseman? Cole Anthony?last_img read more

first_imgMontreal firm designs a prototypeOne possible solution to this regional housing shortage is a duplex designed by Alain Fournier and EVOQ, a Montreal-based architectural firm specializing in buildings for Inuit and First Nations peoples in arctic regions.Fournier’s team and the four regional organizations with a role to play in providing new housing originally hoped to design housing that would be able to meet the Passive House standard. But that didn’t prove realistic.“The idea was to have the house be Passive House certified, or at least to obtain the objectives of Passive House,” Sami Tannoury, an EVOQ associate architect who worked on the project, told GBA by telephone. “But after the development phase where the engineers calculated the energy reduction, we could not obtain that objective, which was 90% [less] energy consumption compared to building code. It was too deep an envelope. It was not realistic.”The duplex prototype will use 8.5 times as much energy as a Passive House building, Alain Fouriner told NewsDeeply, but still far less than a typical duplex in the region: $3,327 (Canadian) to pay for heat vs. $5,500 to $7,000. RELATED ARTICLES Dealing with permafrostThe 2,540-square-foot building, with two 2-bedroom apartments and a separate 193-square-foot mechanical room, is built on steel pilings driven into the permafrost, a departure from typical construction in the region. To prevent buckling, permafrost must be shielded from the heat leaking from the foundation of a conventional building.Ordinarily, Tannoury explained, houses in the Nunavik region would be constructed over thick gravel bases that keep heat migrating through the floor from melting the permafrost. Houses are supported by height-adjustable stilts sitting on concrete bases bedded in the gravel.Sometimes buildings in northern regions are constructed over thermosyphons, passive systems that that prevent the permafrost from melting and heaving.But on the Quaqtaq project, designers borrowed the steel-piling technique used in other parts of far northern Canada, in part to save the expense of placing a very deep bed of gravel on the steeply sloped building site. Steel piles are connected to a steel frame, which supports a wood flooring system and wood structural walls.Both floor and walls are insulated with blown-in insulation, with a layer of rigid foam insulation added on the outside to reduce thermal bridging. The truss roof is insulated with the same material. EVOQ did not offer details on what types of insulation were used, but said the roof was insulated to R-59, the exterior walls to R-54 and the floor to R-57.Windows are Passive House-certified triple-pane units, and the house is ventilated continuously with a heat-recovery ventilator. Tannoury said that the intent had been to test the airtightness of the building with a blower door, but the government had not budgeted for an outside agency to do the work and the in-house test proved “inconclusive.”Heat is provided by a hydro-air system system which uses an oil-fired boiler to make hot water and air to distribute the heat. The system corrects a long-standing problem engineers had with conventional forced-air systems in the region: even the smallest available furnaces were oversized for the small dwellings.“You heat a lot for 10 minutes and then you stop heating,” Tannoury said. “You start and stop. You start and you stop. The comfort level is not that great.”With the hyrbid system, the air handler can run for long stretches without overheating the house because the water temperature can be matched to the heating load more precisely. Also, the system is zoned, and the boiler can be used to preheat air entering the HRV. These challenging conditions are what face regional planners working to solve a housing crisis that has plagued Nunavik for years, according to an account posted at the website NewsDeeply. The Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau estimates that Nunavik needs more than 1,000 homes, and the Canadian government has earmarked up to $177.7 million (Canadian) to pay for them. The question is what kind of housing to build. A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateA Report from the Passivhaus Front LinesIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?Alaskan Glaciers Are Rapidly Melting It’s hard enough to design a house for Minnesota, say, or Maine, where a family can stay comfortable all winter without spending a small fortune on heat. Imagine the same challenge in a region where winters are much longer and much colder, and building materials not nearly as easy to come by.You would have a place like Quaqtaq, one of 14 villages in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, a remote and sparsely populated area larger than the state of California. At 58 degrees north of the equator, Quaqtaq averages 15,500 heating degree days a year, more than double the total in Minneapolis. In just three months – January, February and March – the number of heating degree days, 6,521, is roughly the same as the yearly total in Portland, Maine.Low temperatures aren’t the only difficulty. Houses are built over permafrost, unpredictable and perpetually frozen earth that can shift and heave when conventional houses are built on top of it. There’s no such thing as a simple slab-on-grade construction. Plus, the region’s native Inuit have cultural expectations for housing that are strongly rooted in history and environment, and may not be compatible with typical housing. Serving the Inuit communityComfort and lower heating bills were important aims, but so was building in features that met Inuit cultural needs.“We work very hard on the cultural integration in our projects,” Tannoury said. “It’s very important to us to have them build an environment that represents their aspirations and their culture.”The design process began with a charrette, a meeting involving all principals in the project. The resulting list of cultural needs for the Inuit people was built into the prototype. One of them is a “cold porch,” an unheated space something like an airlock or mudroom that protects the main entrance from the harsh weather of the region and gives occupants a place to store hunting and fishing gear. It’s equipped with a stainless steel counter that can be used to clean fish and equipment or work on animal skins.The duplex also got a second egress, not typical for construction in the region, because fire protection services can be relatively slow, and the Inuit have a fear of being trapped inside a burning building.In the kitchen, counters are mobile so they can be pushed out of the way to accommodate traditional food preparation and traditional suppers, which are taken sitting on the floor, Tannoury said.There’s no telling yet whether the duplex will be adopted as a template house for the Nunavik region. But according to Tannoury, performance data are being collected and eventually the information will be summarized in a post-mortem that can be used to develop regional housing programs.“It’s my hope that something else will be designed, taking lessons learned from this,” Fournier told NewsDeeply. “I would be very surprised if someone said, ‘Oh, we hit the nail on the head.’”last_img read more

first_imgA lot of people complain about being bored at work. They suggest the reason they’re bored is the nature of the work. That is to place the responsibility for your level of engagement on something external, instead of recognizing that it is internal.  How you feel about your work is a decision. The difference between work being boring and work that engages you—or even inspires you—is your willingness to bring your best self to that work.If you decide to make any project or task a passion project, giving yourself over that work, that work will not be boring. By the very nature of the energy you bring the work, it simply cannot be boring. Your effort, your energy, and your imagination are the variables when it comes to the quality of the work—and whether or not you are bored.The fact that you infuse the project with your talents and energies magically transforms something that might have been boring into something spectacular. Or maybe even better than spectacular, maybe something exceptional. It could set a new bar for what good looks like.The more challenging the project, the more interesting it becomes. If a project causes you to stretch and grow to obtain some outcome, it cannot be boring. This is true even if what you’re doing is not your favorite thing to do. The truth of the matter is much more in line with what Martin Luther King said:“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”The Buddhists would agree with Dr. King but say it in a different way. They would tell you that how you do anything is how you do everything.If the work is not challenging, then change the outcome to set a new standard that others will struggle to follow. Raise the bar on yourself and do work that is extraordinary. If you are bored, challenge yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Grand Slam-seeking Beermen on the right track “After four months, finally a sweet, sweet podium finish,” said Maraño, referring to the period of time she spent with the national team.“Hopefully with more hard work from us players and a strong volleyball program we can achieve our goals,” added Maraño, the former UAAP MVP from La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe PSL All-Star squad bested Khonkaen Star Volleyball Club, 25-18, 25-22, 32-34, 25-22, for the bronze medal.Other team members were Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bang Pineda, Frances Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Honey Royse Tubino, and Mar-Jana Philips. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For Aby Maraño, it was one tangible indication that Philippine volleyball is on the upswing.The feisty middle blocker helped steer a bunch of Philippine Superliga players to a bronze medal in the 2017 Annual Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup in Sisaket, Thailand, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery: Martinelli not a strikerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery does not see Gabriel Martinelli as a striker despite his two goal performance against Standard Liege on Thursday.Playing as the Gunners’ leading man, Martinelli took his season tally to four from two starts in the resounding 4-0 victory.But Emery does not think the Brazilian will continue to play as a number nine.He said: “He prefers to play as a left winger – he also played as a right winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil.”Striker is not the best position for him. But the first thing in his mind is to help us.”Tonight his performance and his aptitude was amazing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffThis Monday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff title game – capping off what’s been an incredible 2015 season. But we’re already looking ahead to 2016. We have a feeling that fans of every other team in the nation are too.Last year, we put together a list of the 13 teams that could eventually prevail and win the national championship. Three of those teams – Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State – reached the College Football Playoff. Of course, two of them are in the title game.This year, we’ve gone ahead and done the same. Unfortunately, given the tier-system in college football regarding talent, the field is never wide open. Year over year, the same programs, more or less, are capable of putting together title contenders. In some sense, college football is more predictable than many of the other popular sports in our country.Which 13 teams actually have a chance to play for it all next year? Let’s find out:The Only 13 Teams That Can Win >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo takes just four minutes to score his first goal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has started rolling out goals for the 2018 World Cup as he has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Spain in tonight’s World Cup clash and stroked his chin.But he looked to have dived to win the penalty in the first place. Even up against David de Gea in goal for the Spanish, Ronaldo made no mistake as he fired home from the spot, but a look at the replays suggest it shouldn’t have been given.This is really the kind of start Fernando Hierro could have done without, with the former Real Madrid defender being named manager after the surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Checkout the goal moment: Ronaldo has converted a penalty to score inside the opening five minutes.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Portugal 1-0 Spain#PORESP#OptusSport #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qZkbEcibEo— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 15, 2018The 33-year-old was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) and he denied the charges, earlier today news arrived that he has accepted a jail term and payment of a fine for tax evasion.last_img read more