New funding scheme to assist local communities improve local rivers

first_imgA new Community Incentive Scheme (CIS) has been launched to support cross border river catchment improvement projects in rivers Finn, Arney, and Blackwater. The project is being managed by CatchmentCARE, a €14m project funded under the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme which aims to improve freshwater quality in river basins.Project funding will be available through the CIS to support communities who are interested in looking after their local river systems and associated lakes. Speaking about the scheme, Project Manager Con McLaughlin said: “The Community Incentive Scheme has been designed to help local communities contribute to the improved management of their river catchments and is open to a wide variety of organisations including volunteer groups, community groups and NGOs, schools and third-level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs, not for profit organisations and farming groups.”Funding of up to €25,000 is available to help connect communities with their local rivers; examples of the kind of projects considered for support will include wildlife sightings, biodiversity protection, pollution watch, community litter awareness campaigns, community river walks, interpretation/signage/display material and education materials/resources.Con continued: “We have Project Catchment Officers in the Finn, Arney, and Blackwater Catchments who can help groups to develop their project ideas and proposals for submission for funding under the scheme.”The closing date for the current round of funding is 4pm on Friday 4th October 2019. For further information and details on eligibility, interested parties should contact their local Project Catchment Officer below or visit www.catchmentcare.eu.New funding scheme to assist local communities improve local rivers was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Two South Africans injured in Boston

first_img16 April 2013Two explosions struck the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a festive event on Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts, into a horrific tragedy.The runners were crossing the finish line when a powerful blast occurred behind spectators and a row of flags, sending a cloud of smoke almost 15 metres into the air.The explosion ripped through crowd-control barricades, knocking down several people and throwing onlookers as well as the approaching runners into blind panic.Three people were killed and over 100 injured in the blast. Two South Africans were reportedly among the injured.International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Tuesday that 25 South Africans had registered for the marathon.“Our missions in the US are checking if more South Africans were affected by the explosions. We continue to monitor and check with hospitals and authorities,” Monyela said.He said his department would provide consular services to the South Africans in Boston.The international community has condemned the bombings which have forced many US cities to step up security.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the bombing “is all the more appalling for taking place at an event renowned for bringing people together from around the world in a spirit of sportsmanship and harmony.”Ban called the Boston Marathon explosions “senseless violence”.“For now I just wanted to say that my thoughts are with everyone in Boston,” Ban said, expressing his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishing those wounded a speedy recovery.While some US media and experts started to use the phrase “terrorist bombings”, President Barack Obama remained cautious and avoided calling the blasts a terror attack.Obama said his government did not yet have “all the answers” about the Boston explosions, but vowed to hold all those behind them accountable.He said the government had taken steps to beef up security across the country.Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

Congress questions BJD’s support to Bills passed in Parliament

first_imgOdisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal’s stand that it will remain equidistant from both the BJP and the Congress was questioned by the Congress in the Assembly on Wednesday.Seeking a clarification from Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik on his party’s support to the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Congress MLA from Jeypore Taraprasad Bahinipati said it showed the ruling party’s “double standards”.Mr. Bahinipati, who raised the issue during the Zero Hour, alleged that Mr. Patnaik’s party has been supporting the BJP on all the Bills and issues. “Why do you claim to be maintaining equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress,” he asked.‘Open support’The senior Congress MLA also pointed out that the BJD had supported the NDA government in the RTI (Amendment) Bill a few days ago and had also extended open support to a BJP candidate in the recently concluded Rajya Sabha election in the State.“You are criticising the BJP during elections and fighting it in Odisha. At the same time, you have been supporting the NDA government on different Bills. Is this not double standard,” asked Mr. Bahinipati.The State government’s chief whip and senior BJD MLA Pramila Mallick defended her party’s stand on the Triple Talaq Bill. The BJD supported the Bill since it pertained to the security and dignity of Muslim women, she said.Defending her party’s “equidistant policy”, Ms. Mallick further sought to know from Mr. Bahinipati about the transfer of Congress votes to the BJP in the recently held elections in Odisha. The same thing happened in the election in the Patkura Assembly constituency too, she added.last_img read more

40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA

first_imgIn this April 9, 2017, photo, former NBA All Star Stephon Marbury attends an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Stephen Marbury has made himself at home in the Chinese Baskeball Association (CBA), but it looks like he is ready to return to where he started.The 40-year-old guard, who last played for the Boston Celtics in 2009, bared his desire to return to the National Basketball Association (NBA).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 RELATED STORY:Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A Paris, Los Angeles confirmed as Olympic hosts Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Prior to becoming the Chinese league’s most popular adoptive son, “Starbury” was considered one of the NBA’s premier point guards and was named an All Star twice, in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003 seasons.He was selected fourth overall in the 1996 NBA draft and formed one the most exciting duos in the league alongside Kevin Garnett with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He also made stops with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns and his hometown New York Knicks.After seeing his production slip after 14 years in the league, Marbury elected to take his talents to China in 2010, where he experienced a career resurgence—winning three CBA championships, a CBA Finals MVP award, a CBA Foreign MVP award and getting named an All-Star on six occasions, according to Bleacher Report.It’s going to be quite a task for Marbury, who’s now 40, to land an NBA contract, considering the amount of young and talented players at his position today. /raADVERTISEMENT “It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba,” the Brooklyn-native wrote on his personal Twitter account.It’s time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekFFEATURED 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 shutout— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017 MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lady Generals finally end slump after gutting out a victory over Lady Cardinals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netHow does a team end a winless run? Run down a squad that also has yet to make it to the win column.Emilio Aguinaldo College finally tacked its first win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after overcoming Mapua, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Although EAC had a slight disadvantage in spikes, 51-47, the Lady Generals enjoyed 49 free points from Mapua’s errors and none bigger than the final one when Patria Peña’s last hit went wide.Ladeisheen Magbanua had a team-high 17 points to lead EAC while Aira Binondo added 16 points.Jaylene Lumbo and Yvette Tongco also finished in double figures for the Lady Generals with 15 and 13 points, respectively.Pena led Mapua with 20 points while Angeline Mangundayao added 10.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Martinez gets slot Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The win allowed the Lady Generals to chalk up a first win in six outings while stretching the Lady Cardinals’ woes to 0-6.Lady Generals head coach Rodrigo Palmero was proud with the resiliency his team showed after coming off three straight five-setter defeats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can see that there are still some positives in this group,” said Palmero, who also coached the Season 91 men’s champion, in Filipino. “I know these girls are not yet in the top level in terms of skills but I can see that they’re improving.”“And we’re very happy that after all those five-set losses that we were finally able to get a win; it’s like a heavy feeling was lifted off of us.” LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

a month agoLeicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be tough

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be toughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough “challenge” against Newcastle United.Evans believes Newcastle will adopt the same gameplan that earned the Magpies victory last time out for their upcoming fixture. He said: “Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep, and we found it difficult to break them down.“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the club, he wanted to help us in that aspect – of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.” last_img read more

25 days agoRodgers plays down Leicester top-four chances

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rodgers plays down Leicester top-four chancesby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has played down Leicester City’s chances of breaking into the top-four.The Foxes were in scintillating form in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.The win leaves the 2016 Premier League title winners in third place, but Rodgers has cooled expectations of his side.”It’s very early in the season,” said the Northern Irishman.”We know it’s a big ask because of all the other clubs that have been regulars there. We are only really focusing on how we play, looking at our performance levels.” last_img read more

Texas Safety Commit Jamile Johnson Seems Unphased By Tim Irvin’s Flip To Auburn

first_imgTexas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. miljohnsonRTTexas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.last_img read more

Accident at secret Russian Nmissile test site… 5 dead

first_imgMoscow: Russia confirmed on Saturday that an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site killed five nuclear agency staff and involved radioactive isotopes after a nearby city reported a spike in radiation levels. In a statement, Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom said the accident on Thursday at a secret military facility also left three staff with burns and other injuries. The military had not previously described the accident as involving nuclear fuel and said radiation levels were normal afterwards. But officials in the nearby city of Severodvinsk reported that radiation levels were briefly raised after the accident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe accident occurred in the far northern Arkhangelsk region during testing of a liquid propellant jet engine. An explosion sparked a fire, killing two, the defence ministry said in a brief statement. Rosatom said its staff were providing engineering and technical support for the “isotope power source” of the engine being tested. The authorities have released few details of the accident at the Nyonoksa test site on the White Sea, used for testing missiles deployed in N-submarines and ships since the Soviet era. The defence ministry said six ministry staff and a developer were injured while two “specialists” died of their wounds.last_img read more

BC government invites public to share views on marijuana rules

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver councillor says it may take years, but he can see the day a craft cannabis industry emerges in British Columbia, with smoking lounges in the city allowing people to responsibly sample strains of specially cultivated marijuana.“It wasn’t long ago there was a government monopoly on beer and craft beer was illegal,” Kerry Jang said. “Now what do we see? We see a huge market for craft beer. We see responsible usage. We see breweries, brew pubs that didn’t exist before. Why not with marijuana?”Jang made his comments Monday at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention where the province announced a five-week public consultation process on the future of cannabis.The government wants to solicit input from residents as well as local government, First Nations and industry on how it can best protect children, keep roads safe after the federal government legalizes marijuana on July 1.Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said while the timeline imposed by the federal government is tight, the public must have a chance to propose ideas and raise concerns.“The best public policy isn’t imposed from up above,” he told reporters. “The best public policy is made when there’s a sense that people understand the questions … and they feel they’ve had a say.”The consultation process is scheduled to last until Nov. 1 to allow the B.C. government time to draft regulations ahead of the spring session of the legislature, which must happen in order to have a law in place by next Canada Day, Farnworth said.Federal legislation has yet to be finalized, but the provinces will have the power to regulate the retail sale of marijuana and to upgrade traffic safety laws to protect people on the roads from cannabis-impaired drivers.Farnworth said some elements of the provincial regulatory framework will have to be universal, such as the distribution model and the minimum age of consumption, but it must also give municipalities room to manoeuvre based on the wishes of local residents.“I don’t see any reason at all why we have to have a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of retail distribution in British Columbia,” he said.Jang agreed, adding the province will benefit from the experiences of Vancouver and Victoria in regulating the industry. He said he supports the government’s outreach plans.“My initial response when I talked with minister Farnworth was, ‘Gee, pinch me. Wake me up. Is this really happening?’” Jang said.Perry Kendall, B.C.’s chief medical officer, spoke earlier Monday to convention delegates about his work with the national task force on legalizing and regulating marijuana, and about the challenge of striking the right balance.Kendall spoke of how health experts concerned about the impact of marijuana on developing brains urge a minimum age of 25, but that kind of policy would relegate a significant number of young users out of reach and into the black market.Provinces have put pressure on the federal government to push back the July 1 timeline, echoing public health and safety concerns raised by police agencies and youth health experts.Ontario became the first province to release details of its plans to regulate cannabis, saying it will impose a minimum age of 19 for consumption, restrict sales to certain government liquor stores and limit pot use solely to private residences.Alberta is partially through its own public consultation, while Quebec’s wrapped up earlier this month.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more