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Frosty night expected for parts of Donegal with gritters deployed

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that gritters will be out around parts of Donegal tonight from 7pm.Temperatures will drop to lows of -1C this Friday night, as Met Eireann forecasts a calm and cloudy night with patches of mist and fog.The following routes will be gritted from 7pm tonight, Friday: 01: National Primary North04: Inishowen South05: Inishowen East06: Inishowen West07: Milford South08: Milford NorthBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1Check Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesAssume that no road is ice-free.Frosty night expected for parts of Donegal with gritters deployed was last modified: November 8th, 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

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Pushing South Africa’s ‘bio-wines’

first_img17 January 2007In the space of just two years, more than 70 of the Western Cape’s wine producers have adopted sustainable winemaking principles and set aside over 40 000 hectares – some 40% of the province’s winemaking land – for conservation.Established in December 2004, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) is a pioneering partnership between South Africa’s wine industry and conservation sector, aimed at promoting the adoption of biodiversity best practices by winemakers in the Western Cape.South Africa is the world’s eighth largest producer of wine, contributing around 3.5% of total wine production worldwide. According to the BWI, about 90% of this production occurs within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet richest plant kingdom on earth.Cape Floral KingdomA recognised global biodiversity hotspot, the Cape Floral Kingdom was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in July 2004.At the same time, however, concerns began to grow about threats to the area from urban development, invasive alien species – and agriculture, particularly vineyard expansion driven by the boom in South African wine exports over the past decade.Since 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom is privately owned, says the BWI, landowner participation in conservation efforts was essential – the most effective way of reaching landowners being through the agricultural industries they supply.Hence the formation of the BWI, which announced this month that it now has 65 ordinary members, four co-operative cellar members, and four “champions”: Burgherspost and Cloof wine estates, Graham Beck Wines and Vergelegen.Not just ‘greenwashing’Ordinary BWI members are externally audited by the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) Scheme, their IPW certificates giving traders and buyers the assurance that sustainable production guidelines are being followed on their farms and cellars. Members must also identify an area of natural vegetation on their property and sign a commitment not to develop this area in the future.BWI “champions” must go further, putting a full conservation management plan in place and agreeing to conserve at least 10% of their farms’ natural area.Besides being assured of complying with South Africa’s environmental laws, winemakers benefit from their BWI membership by being able to market their wines and vineyards as eco-friendly without running the risk of being accused of “greenwashing”.The wine industry as a whole also benefits, not only from increasingly sustainable natural resource management, but also from being able to leverage the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom as a competitive marketing advantage.‘Variety is in our Nature’Industry marketing body Wines of South Africa (Wosa) has been pushing this “biodiversity positioning” through a Variety is in our Nature campaign in key markets including the UK, US and Germany – and according to Wosa, initial market research “shows broad consumer support of South Africa’s eco-friendly wines”.Speaking at the organisation’s annual wine marketing conference in Cape Town in October, Wosa CEO Su Birch spoke of a “groundswell of growing environmental and ethical awareness” about food origins and safety among consumers in the developed world – something South African wine is uniquely positioned to take advantage of.“With this initiative we are laying the foundation for a thriving eco-tourism industry in the South African winelands,” Birch said.Since 2004, the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative has received funding from the Green Trust, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Cape Action for People and the Environment, the Botanical Society of SA, Winetech, Wines of SA and the SA Wine Industry Council.The Green Trust recently agreed to continue funding the iniatiative for the next three years.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Airbus delivers first A321neo.

first_imgAIRBUS has handed over its first A321neo to launch customer Virgin America at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.The biggest member of the A320neo family has been a success for the European manufacturer with more than 1300 aircraft on order as airlines move to take advantage of its increased seating capacity and extended range.The 185-seat plane was in Virgin Atlantic livery, a paint job unlikely to last long given the announcement by new owner Alaska Airlines that it intends to retire the brand, probably in 2019.The A321neo is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines that help deliver the aircraft’s 15 per cent improvement in efficiency. “With our largest, latest, most fuel efficient NEO Single Aisle aircraft we are turning a new page, Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Brégier said in a statement. “The new A321neo powered by next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines guarantees new levels of efficiency and longer range to its operators, greater comfort to the flying public and less emissions and noise to the airport communities.’’The A321neo has a 24 per cent higher capacity than Virgin America’s A320s and will offer three classes of service, touch-screen personal entertainment and power outlets at every seat.Virgin agreed to lease 10 A321neos from lessor GECAS and the aircraft delivered Thursday is expected to enter service on May 31 with an inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The airline has an all-Airbus fleet that includes A320s and A319s.last_img read more

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Palestine Prime Minster Crowdsources Cabinet with Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#crowdsourcing#Facebook#international#news#politics#web Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is one of the Mideast leaders who isn’t reacting to the social media pointed in his direction with a knee-jerk ban. Instead, he is rolling his Facebook pageout as a platform for crowdsourcing his cabinet. Dr. Fayyad dismissed his old cabinet on February 14, in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. He is obliged to appoint a new cabinet in less than six weeks, so he’s reached out to the young people to ask them to be a part of the process. According to Foreign Policy, the reaction to the outreach was quite strong, with a thousand responses posted within only a couple of hours. Like most situations in which people who’ve held things bottled up get a chance to directly address a decision maker, there were both statements of encouragement and indictments of the collusion between Fayyad’s Fatah party and Hamas. Fayyad’s goal seems to be to bring the Gaza Strip, under Hamas, and the West Bank, under Fatah, back together as a single polity. One way he hopes to do that is get the youth of Palestine on his side using social media. Long before the Jasmine Uprisings, Palestinian youth used Facebook. One group, Gaza Youth Break Out!, issued a stunning manifesto, condemning all the old fogies they believe have united to keep them down for years. Walid Husayin used Facebook to satirize Islam and was arrested for it. Time will tell if Dr. Fayyad actually intends to act on the feelings of his constituents, or if this was merely a stunt. If he does, it could create a sense of investment in the process that seems to be in short supplyin Palestine these days. Fayyad and Ramallah photos via Wikimedia Commons The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts curt hopkins A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Post 9/11 Caregivers Are at Risk of Depression & Other Health Concerns

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionWhen working with military caregivers the following questions will help zero in on whether the caregiver is experiencing health concerns and/or depression:Ask about the service member’s illness or disability. Different illnesses or disabilities require specific care and can be complex making caregiving more difficult. Caring for invisible wounds are challenging as there are more unknowns with them such as their triggers, recovering time, and the service member’s willingness to get help.When did the service member serve– pre or post 9/11? Remember post 9/11 caregivers reported being more challenged by their own physical health, mental health, or well-being. They are also at greater risk for anxiety and depression.Ask them to compare their health before they became a caregiver and now. Explore if they are having more headaches, pains, aches, shortness in reaction to people or situations, stomach issues, sleep issues, etc. This strategy may help them realize how being a caregiver has affected their own health.Provide a stress assessment or depression questionnaire for the caregiver to take. Discuss results of the assessment and explore options for next steps. I find having a tool they complete identify the possibility of depression is helpful as it’s the results of their responses to the questions not me suggesting they are depressed. Explain the high probability of risk for military caregivers for depression sometime in their caregiver journey. Since depression is an illness discuss it like you would cancer or other illnesses. If you suspect depression it’s imperative to get them to go to their physician. You may know of a physician who has worked with other military caregivers and by sharing the success of other military caregivers they might be more willing to make the appointment. Also discuss when they will call for an appointment and follow up to make sure they made the appointment and then went to the doctor.Discuss tasks that create most stress for them. Brainstorm for ways to have the task done by someone else or ways to make the tasks less stressful. This could even include not doing the task or teaching the service member to do the task.Develop a list together of things the caregiver likes to do as a way of reducing stress. Research has shown that a caregiver will feel more refreshed doing something they want to do rather than something they have to do. Encourage the caregiver to focus on what THEY want to do! Maybe going to a movie, having a glass of wine with a friend, taking a nap, reading a book, etc. Have the caregiver make a goal (write it down so they can take it home) for what they will do. They need to also identify when they will do it, where they will do it, and how often they will do it. An example would be: I will take a walk first thing in the morning on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for fifteen minutes. This example may be too much for some caregivers so another goal could be: I will sit and do nothing for five minutes after I eat lunch on Monday and Friday. Start with goals the caregiver can accomplish so they are successful. By being successful they will be encouraged to make new goals on ways to care for themselves.Helping post 9/11 military caregivers explore, recognize, and then act on their individual health concerns will enable them to continue as a healthier caregiver.Resource:Ramchand, R., Tanielian, T., Fisher, M., Vughan, C., Trail, T., Epley, C. V., . . . Robinson, E. G.-D. (2014). Hidden Heroes, Americans Military Caregivers.Santa Monica: Rand Corporation. This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionNumerous studies document adverse health effects of caregiving on individuals. In fact, taking care of themselves is probably the one piece of advice caregivers hear over and over again. Even with encouragement, caregivers continue to place themselves at risk of their health deteriorating as they care for their service member. As a professional who counsels with military caregivers we can share the health risks associated with caregiving to reinforce the need for them to care for themselves.One of the most recent and comprehensive study of military caregivers is the, Hidden Heroes, American’s Military Caregivers study funded by the Rand Corporation (Ramchand, et al., 2014). They divided military caregivers into two group; those who provided care to a service member pre- 9/11 and post- 9/11. They also compared their findings to non-military caregivers and non-caregivers. In the research they factored in the service member’s type and severity of disability, and the amount of time spent providing care. Let’s look at some of their findings:Physical HealthPhysical Health surfaces as a health issue for all caregivers and this study was no exception. All military caregivers experienced limitations to their physical health because of caregiving. One-third to one-half of military caregivers reported not sleeping well. Twenty to thirty percent of the caregivers described having pain, aches and strain due to caregiving. When asked about their overall health 28% of post 9/11 caregivers shared they were extremely challenged by their own physical health, mental health, or well-being. Helping military caregivers stop and think about their own health may be the first time the caregiver begins to realize that they aren’t as healthy as they use to be. In fact, they may realize they are experiencing depression.DepressionDepression is probably one of the most studied health issues of caregivers with results documenting with certainty that caregivers experience more depression than non-caregivers. This study also concluded that depression is a health issue of military caregivers. In fact, they found that 40% of post-9/11 caregivers met criteria for probable major depressive disorder, which was four times higher than non-caregivers. Pre-9/-11 caregivers were twice as likely as civilian caregivers to experience depression.  When the study factored in the caregivers’ sociodemographic characteristics post 9/11 caregivers were five times more likely to experience depression than non-caregivers. Individuals with depression are at risk of developing type II diabetes, Parkinson’s and coronary heart disease. These findings reinforce the need for professionals working with military caregivers to discuss depression, its warning signs and ways to address it.AgeThis study highlights that post 9/11 caregivers are younger than most caregivers. The caregiver role can cause stress for these individuals because becoming a caregiver wasn’t expected. Traditionally a caregiver is someone caring for an aging spouse or parent and is part of the aging process and not anticipated by younger individuals. Another factor is post 9/11 caregivers are caring for someone who is probably experiencing a mental health condition such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since they became a caregiver at a younger age they could spend the rest of their life providing care to their service member. These differences explain why post 9/11 military caregivers experience physical and mental health issues at a higher rate and often with more severity than other caregivers.Questions to Ask Caregiverscenter_img This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. last_img read more

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NCR Planning Board accepts Rajasthan’s plea on zoning

first_imgThe National Capital Region Planning Board has accepted a suggestion of the Rajasthan government not to carry out the zoning exercise for the areas already developed under the approved master plan. State Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal said zoning should be reserved for areas which need planned development.At its 38th meeting held in New Delhi on Friday, the NCR Planning Board also held out an assurance that the verification of the existing land use would be done by the State government, while the private firms would draft the base map for further development of the region. Mr. Dhariwal had opposed the Centre’s proposal to get these works done through a Hyderabad-based company.Mr. Dhariwal said here that the NCR Planning Board, which met under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, had approved three other proposals of Rajasthan for speeding up the development of the State’s districts falling in NCR.The board agreed to extend the horizon year of population density for three tehsils — Alwar, Bhiwadi and Khairthal — of Alwar district and dropped a proposal to exclude some tehsils of Bharatpur district from NCR. This would help bring the two districts on a par with other areas in NCR, Mr. Dhariwal said.last_img read more

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10 months agoAston Villa eager to takeover Fosu-Mensah loan from Fulham

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa eager to takeover Fosu-Mensah loan from Fulhamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are eyeing Manchester United fullback Timothy Fosu-Mensah.The Mirror says Fosu-Mensah is interesting Aston Villa.Dean Smith’s men were forced to recall Tommy Elphick from his loan at Hull City last month.Dutchman Fosu-Mensah is currently on loan at Fulham, but he has found opportunities hard to come by at Craven Cottage, making just eight appearances in the Premier League.This could leave to another loan switch to get more experience. last_img read more

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Sun Life Financial swings to higher profits in third quarter as revenue

first_imgTORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) has reported that its profits increased in the latest quarter, driven in part by its enhanced online capabilities.The Toronto-based company, primarily known for its life insurance, says its net income increase to $817 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared to $737 million a year earlier.CEO Dean Connor says the quarter showcased its many examples of bringing client-driven strategies to life, including its fast online life insurance sign up and interactive digital coaches.Connor says the company was also pleased to announce an increase in its common share dividend by two cents to about 46 cents per share for the quarter.Sun Life’s revenue, however, was $5.6 billion in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $7.9 billion last year.The insurer says the decrease was mainly due to increases in interest rates compared to decreases in the same period last year.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Sun Life CEO’s name.last_img read more

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BC threatens to sue Alberta as all sides in Trans Mountain dispute

first_imgVICTORIA – All sides in the escalating dispute over the Trans Mountain expansion project appear to be digging in with the Alberta and British Columbia governments clashing over fuel prices and Indigenous and political leaders warning of civil unrestTensions escalated Monday with B.C. Attorney General David Eby threatening to sue Alberta over legislation it introduced to restrict the flow of oil, gasoline and natural gas leaving that province, which could boost fuel prices in B.C.“The immediate recourse that’s available to us is to potentially sue the Alberta government for an unconstitutional piece of legislation,” he said.Eby said he can’t predict gasoline prices — now at about $1.50 per litre in Metro Vancouver — but “what I can say is any concern British Columbians have that a bill that preferentially punishes B.C. from the Alberta perspective and tries to drive up gas prices would be unconstitutional and we would take action immediately to address that.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the legislation sends the message that Alberta is prepared to defend its resources.It would direct pipeline companies, truckers and rail operators on how much oil product they ship and when. Violators would face fines of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations.The legislation is the latest manoeuvre in the ongoing dispute over the pipeline project that has the federal and Alberta governments supporting the pipeline expansion project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic spill.The federal government approved the 1,700-kilometre pipeline expansion project starting near Edmonton and ending in Burnaby, B.C., in November 2016, saying the pipeline is in the national interest. Alberta said the $7.4-billion pipeline to the West Coast gives the province access to overseas markets.But the B.C. government says the expansion and seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic in coastal waters poses environmental and economic risks that are too great. The province is preparing to ask the courts to determine who has jurisdiction over the pipeline in the province.Kinder Morgan announced earlier this month it is pulling back on spending for the project and gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government until May 31 to give a clear signal the project will proceed.Trudeau, Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan met Sunday in Ottawa to discuss the pipeline, but emerged from the meeting deadlocked. Trudeau repeated the federal government’s commitment to ensuring the project’s completion and announced his government was preparing to hold private, financial talks with Kinder Morgan.Indigenous leaders, who were not invited to the meeting in Ottawa, joined together with representatives of the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby on Monday to redouble their opposition to the pipeline.Stewart Phillip, the grand chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said opposition is broad-based and entrenched.“It’s a stinker of an idea. It’s a stinker of a proposal and it will be defeated,” he said.Phillip said resistance to Trans Mountain isn’t just from Indigenous Peoples, but people of all backgrounds from across Canada.So far, about 200 people have been arrested at protests near the pipeline terminal site in Burnaby.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said he expected civil disobedience against the pipeline to continue to grow.He said he’s embarrassed Canada’s prime minister and the Alberta premier are kowtowing to an American multinational oil company.“I think if people totally lose faith in our democratic system, if they believe that the federal government has been able to impose its will, that they’ve ignored the court proceedings, then I think we’re looking for chaos,” said Corrigan. “And that’s what worries me.”B.C.’s prosecution service announced Monday it would consider criminal contempt of court charges against protesters alleged to have broken a court injunction while demonstrating near the pipeline construction site.The service also said it had appointed a special prosecutor in the cases of Green party Leader Elizabeth May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, both arrested at the site.— With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith.last_img read more

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