Council commits to ‘bee’ pollinator-friendly

first_imgDonegal County Council has become Ireland’s 17th local authority to sign-up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.Under the agreement which will require a cross-directorate approach, Donegal County Council has committed to consider the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan in its policies, plans and management decisions and has committed to undertake a number of actions each year to help pollinators. The National Biodiversity Data Centre outlines 30 actions that local authorities can take to help pollinators and Donegal County Council will report annually on progress. These actions include managing pollinator-friendly roadside verges, creating meadows, undertaking pollinator-friendly mowing, planting native hedgerows, reducing/eliminating use of pesticides, erecting signage to indicate pollinator-friendly habitats, promoting and distributing pollinator-friendly guidelines as well as facilitating training on pollinators and how to take action to protect them.A ceremony took place last Wednesday in the Council offices in Buncrana, with Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council was joined by Joe Peoples, Director of Housing, Corporate & Cultural Services and members of Buncrana Tidy Towns and Donegal County Council staff present to witness the signing of the agreement between Donegal County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. “One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland” explained Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. “This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food, wildflowers and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.  The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015 as a shared plan of action to try to reverse these declines and work with local authorities, communities, businesses, parks, schools and farms to make an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.” Since 2016, Local Authority Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre have sponsored an annual Local Authority Pollinator Award as part of the ‘Tidy Towns’ competition.  Buncrana Tidy Towns won the National ‘Tidy Towns’ Pollinator Award for the first time in 2019 and the regional ‘Tidy Towns’ Local Authority Pollinator Award for the North West & West Region in the Large Town Category for the third year in a row. The focus of the award is on biodiversity and the crucial role that the declining population of Irish bees play in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables.  The award encourages local groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in their towns and villages. The National Biodiversity Data Centre has produced a series of booklets that highlights actions that local authorities and local communities can undertake to address the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  If you would like to play your part or help Donegal County Council play its part, further information is available at: www.pollintors.ieCouncil commits to ‘bee’ pollinator-friendly was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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:Pollinator Planpollinator-friendlylast_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: What should fans expect next after first win?

first_imgOne down, a lot more to go if the Raiders want to become relevant again in the NFL landscape.After squeaking out a 45-42 overtime win against the Browns for Jon Gruden’s first win in almost 10 years, the Raiders fly south to face the Chargers on Sunday.Here are the answers to your mailbag questions. Some good ones from you guys against this week. Keep ’em [email protected]: Who gets the axe when Worley gets back? My guess is Shilique Calhoun since it’s been proven he can clear …last_img

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9 months ago​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-back

first_img​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-backby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has admitted his admiration for his teammate Fabinho.The Brazilian was drafted in for centre-back duty given the injury crisis the Reds are experiencing in that position.He turned in a top display alongside Virgil Van Dijk, helping his side to a 1-0 win away to Brighton. And Robertson was very impressed with what he saw.”For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected to the club’s official website.”So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.”I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Second City goes gritty for newest show

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Set designer Camellia Koo used to live at the corner of King and River Sts. where she had a front-row seat to activities taking place beneath a Gardiner underpass.When director Carly Heffernan brought her in to design the set for the new Second City show, Come What Mayhem!, Koo was familiar with the company’s work, having already done six of their productions.But this time the jokes weren’t about kitten videos, manspreading on the subway or snooty wait staff. Heffernan and team were thinking more like Black Lives Matter, consent, accountability and the gritty reality of the city’s issues today. And the show, which opens Wednesday, had to be distinctly Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement Koo knew that income disparity, racism, sexism and very distinct Toronto markers had to be part of the set. The underpass became the dominant image under and upon which the themes of Come What Mayhem! would humorously play out.Koo, mentored by famed Canadian designer Michael Levine, is now making her mark in every area of the performing arts world. For Second City, she designed pillars and ramps with steel girders littering the ground underneath. It’s a “trade secret” how the wood was made to look like cement. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Meyer other Big Ten coaches welcoming challenge of nine conference games

OSU Coach Urban Meyer sounds his whistle before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIn 2013, the Big Ten Conference released the 2016-17 schedules for football, along with plans for a nine-game conference schedule for each of its 14 teams. The adoption of the schedule brought the Big Ten in line with the Pacific-12 Conference and the Big 12 Conference, and brought about discussion of the rest of the Power 5 conferences adopting a similar conference.Nebraska coach Mike Riley praised the approaching nine-game conference schedule at Nebraska’s Monday press conference according to Brian Rosenthal of Huskers.com. Riley is familiar with the format, after spending time with the Pac-12 as the head coach of Oregon State.“I like it this way,” Riley said. “I know you have to play everybody in your division, and since our conference is so big, I think having those other league games that aren’t in your division are good games for everybody to play in and to watch.”With the addition of an extra in-conference matchup, the resume for a team vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff can be bolstered by a win against a team within its league. The spot taken by the extra Big Ten game will replace one out-of-conference opponent.The three previous opponents of the fourth nonconference game for OSU have been Florida A&M, Cincinnati and Western Michigan. All games resulted in wins for the Buckeyes.When asked about his viewpoints on the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coastal Conference adding an extra intraleague game, OSU coach Urban Meyer felt Riley had a point. However, he also said he doesn’t worry much about anyone other than the Buckeyes.“I’ve given it zero thought. I think coach (Mike) Riley’s got a good point there,” Meyer said. “But I couldn’t tell you what conferences do and what conferences do not.”Unlike recent years, including this season, the change in the number of conference games has also changed the format of the schedule. Most Buckeye fans are used to having all out-of-conference games to start the season before opening Big Ten play, but this isn’t the case anymore.For instance, OSU will open against Indiana in Bloomington before returning to Ohio Stadium for a matchup against Oklahoma. In 2018, OSU begins the year against Oregon State before facing Rutgers in the second game of the year.With the new format and longer Big Ten schedule looming, Meyer knows how important the next nine games will be. With five teams currently ranked within the top 20, the difficulty level is high for the Buckeyes.“I think our conference is very strong right now,” Meyer said. “Our division is, has to be one of the strongest if not the strongest in college football.”OSU opens Big Ten play after a bye week. The first in-conference foe for the Buckeyes is Rutgers at home next Saturday at noon. read more

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No 15 Ohio State womens soccer team ready to host top 10

OSU junior defender Nicole Miyashiro (3) during a game against Illinois State University on August 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 6-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a victorious match at home last Friday, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to remain on the winning path as it hosts a set of games this weekend.The Buckeyes are set to face the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before squaring off against the Bucknell Bison on Sunday at noon. The team had a few crucial days off before returning to practice to prepare for the weekend’s matchups.“We had a little bit of time off after our game on Friday,” coach Lori Walker said. “We needed that for some rest and recovery, so practices have been tight and intense and have been at a high level. I really like where the team is at and what they’re doing. It seems like the rest really paid off.”The Scarlet and Gray enter Friday’s match 4-0-1 on the season, but Walker says the team’s record is not the most important thing.“We really don’t focus on where our record is. The word ‘undefeated’ isn’t really part of our vocabulary. We just focus on the small things that have gotten us to where we are,” Walker said. “Our defending and the speed at which we’re transitioning into attack and into defending I think has been key to us.”Junior defender Bridget Skinner said she believes in the work the team has done thus far.“I think we are just leaning on each other and building off of our concepts,” Skinner said. “And we have been following this concept to kind of build a ship, and I think it’s coming together and we kind of know what our ship needs to look like. We’re not all individual players this year, which is really helping.”Skinner said improved leadership on the team — by one player in particular — has been a critical component to the Buckeyes’ undefeated start.“(Redshirt junior) Morgan Wolcott, our center back, is really stepping up this year. She has been on and off with injuries in previous seasons, but this year she has been out and she’s been stepping up and I really think she’s the driving force of our team,” Skinner said.With the No. 8 Mountaineers coming to Columbus, Walker said she knows the team needs to be playing at its best. In order for that to happen, she is counting on individuals to step up.“Whenever you’re playing against an opponent, such as West Virginia, who we’re very familiar with, you need personality players to step up,” Walker said. “Personality comes in all kinds of ways. Personality can just be somebody that shows up with extra energy, personality can be somebody that does something special, personality can be somebody that’s willing to do extra work defensively or in transition.” read more

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Its about TIME

first_imgMentors and mentees of the Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) joined other industry professionals on Wednesday night at the Harbourview Hotel North Sydney to learn more about the professional development programme and to hear first hand from its members how the initiative was faring one year after its launch.    Addressing the 70 attendees of the event was keynote speaker and former United Airlines Australia general manager Anne Keating, who after 23 years in the travel industry advised mentees not to “just take the lineal path”. “You have to be prepared to do things a little differently.”“And you have to stand for something” Ms Keating said, emphasising the importance of philanthropic pursuits. Unveiled at the event was the new “Gift of TIME” incentive, a voucher rewarding loyal employees and suppliers with six months of professional personal mentoring available to employers for AU$1,500.The Travel Authority Group general manager and programme mentor Uschi Howard told e-Travel Blackboard the initiative was about delivering relevant advice to aspiring industry leaders.“You [mentees] don’t have to take everything on board,” Ms Howard said.WorldStrides Australia sales executive and mentee Angelya Vassiliadis–Balaguer told e-Travel Blackboard the programme so far had been “fantastic”, calling her mentor – Ms Howard – her “professional psychologist”.Guest speaker Anne KeatingSimon, Shannon (American Express Business Travel)Vanessa (Sabre), Cherie (CTM)Angelya (WorldStrides), Yonas (CTM), Jake (Pan Australian Travel)Rowena (Top Deck Travel), Jan (Jan Knox Consulting), Julie (Creative Holidays)Gary (The Travel Wherehouse), Robyn (Travelscene AMEX), Peter (The Travel Authority) Uschi (The Travel Authority), Angelya (WorldStrides) ::It’s about TIME:: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Baker Institute expert Sending a renegotiated NAFTA to a skeptical Congress is

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] Institute expert: Sending a renegotiated NAFTA to a skeptical Congress is riskyHOUSTON – (Sept. 19, 2018) – Negotiations between Canada and the United States for a new tripartite agreement with Mexico are now underway. The very real possibility that the U.S. will not reach an agreement with Canada by Sept. 30 and that President Donald Trump’s administration will pursue a bilateral free trade agreement with Mexico has caused great consternation in Congress, according to a new issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“The Trump Approach to Trade Negotiations: Risks in Presenting a Renegotiated NAFTA to a Skeptical Congress” was authored by David Gantz, a nonresident fellow for the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center with a focus on international trade and economics. Gantz is the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law and director emeritus of the college’s international trade and business law program.“Disagreements over a trade dispute settlement mechanism, import restrictions on dairy products (milk proteins), biologic drug protection, continued ‘national security’ tariffs and cultural industries, all of which are highly sensitive within Canada, threaten to prevent Canadian accession, particularly under conditions where the president is taking a hard line against any U.S. concessions,” Gantz writes.If Canada does not agree to become a part of the agreement, the situation raises a series of complex political and legal challenges for both the Trump administration and Congress, the results of which are currently unpredictable, Gantz said. He posits three challenges if Canada does not join the agreement: whether the president has been authorized by Congress to conclude a bilateral agreement with Mexico; whether the president possesses the legal authority to terminate NAFTA without congressional consent; and, if a bilateral trade agreement is signed by the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico, whether Congress will approve the deal.“In its primacy over trade matters under the Constitution, Congress has broad authority over new and existing trade agreements, and could – if it had the political will do so and the necessary votes to block the signature of a ‘modernized’ NAFTA that excludes Canada – seek to assure that the duty-free trade within North America provided under the NAFTA Implementation Act continues despite an attempted unilateral termination by the executive branch, or simply decline to approve a revised agreement when it is submitted to Congress under 2015 Trade Promotion Authority legislation procedures,” Gantz concludes.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Gantz, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/524a4c26/bi-brief-091418-mex-nafta.pdfGantz bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/david-a-gantzFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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