THE rise of Donegal athletics and our middle-distance runners has won high praise all around Europe.The stunning achievements of Mark English, Karl Griffin, Darren McBrearty and Ruairi Finnegan in recent months in setting new records is starting to turn heads everywhere.So much so it led to Sunday Independent writer Eamonn Sweeney to ask: “What are they putting in the water in Donegal?” The journalist finished his article with a wonderful line: “They’re building their own Kenya in the hills of Donegal.”You can read his article here:http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/hills-are-alive-with-athletics-potential-3126562.html ATHLETICS: BUILDING OUR OWN KENYA IN THE HILLS OF DONEGAL! was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: BUILDING OUR OWN KENYA IN THE HILLS OF DONEGAL!
Denver, Toronto, and San Francisco all have laws on the books that require vegetative roofs, and a similar plan has been proposed for New York City, but it was Washington, D.C., that led North American cities in the square footage of vegetative roof coverings installed in 2017. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a trade group for the green roofing industry, reports that the nation’s capital saw more than 1 million square feet of new vegetative roofing last year. That was enough to allow Washington to retake first place from Toronto in the annual survey of GRHC member companies.Following Washington were Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Toronto.In a GRHC news release, Tommy Wells, the director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, attributed the green roofing boom there to several municipal programs, including rebates for vegetative roofs and Stormwater Retention Credit trading, a program designed to reduce stormwater runoff. The city offers rebates of $10-$15 per square foot for voluntary installations, with the specific amount depending on whether the project is located in an area served by the combined sewer system or the municipal storm sewer system.There are now more than 3 million square feet of green roofing in the District. RELATED ARTICLES New York councilman proposed initiativeIn New York, three members of the City Council have proposed several bills that would require nearly all new buildings to have greenery, solar panels, or small wind turbines covering at least half the roof, amNewYork reports.Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. last month proposed requiring green roofs on high-rises, department stores, and storage facilities, while other councilors earlier this year proposed the requirements on other types of buildings, such as homes, schools, and libraries. Espinal said the related measures would, over time, reduce New York’s carbon footprint and help the city do its part to mitigate climate change.Taken together, the three proposals would ensure that all new buildings in the city — and any building that gets a new roof — would be covered in some way, amNewYork said. The measures were originally introduced during the Council’s previous legislative session but they never came to a vote. In the meantime, other cities have adopted solar and vegetation requirements on new buildings and buildings whose roofs are replaced.“By greening every single rooftop in New York City, we will make a strong commitment to doing our part to protect the planet,” Espinal said in a statement. “New York City could turn our concrete jungle into a green oasis.”However, the Real Estate Board of New York, a trade group, wasn’t impressed.“We appreciate the Council’s effort to promote sustainability,” a statement from board president John Banks said. “However, these proposals are missing some important technical points. Not every roof is equipped to host a green roof due to load considerations and not every roof receives enough direct sunlight or wind to warrant the installation of solar panels or wind turbines. We look forward to working with the Council on reducing our carbon footprint in more effective ways.”These are arguments raised by business and real estate groups in Denver during the campaign for the green roof citizen initiative last fall. Although the measure was approved, revisions to make the rules more flexible and affordable are in the works after a mandatory six-month waiting period expired. Denver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks InVegetated RoofsLessons Learned on a Living RoofDo Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat? Seeing Red Over Green Roofs GRHC founder and president Steven Peck said that a program called the Living Architecture Performance Tool is making it easier for cities to promote green roofs by removing policy and performance barriers. read more
In an interview with JIS NEWS after her presentation, Ms. Grange explained that in instances where incidents occur and the Bureau is not involved in the investigative and resolution processes, the information available to both herself and the agency “is second-hand and third-hand.” “So the Bureau is going to have that special role to ensure that we follow through on commitments that are made (and) the step by step actions that need to be taken,” she noted further. The Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA) is being restructured to enable the agency to work more closely with entities involved in the investigation of sexual offences.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, who has portfolio responsibility for the BGA, says this will include assigning social officers to the Bureau to work with the various agencies.She made the announcement during the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) local launch of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (Nov. 24).In an interview with JIS NEWS after her presentation, Ms. Grange explained that in instances where incidents occur and the Bureau is not involved in the investigative and resolution processes, the information available to both herself and the agency “is second-hand and third-hand.”“Sometimes, you will find things falling between the cracks because there is not enough coordination between the relevant entities,” she said, noting that the attendant trauma endured by sexual offence victims and their family requires specialised support.“I want the Bureau to be involved and right up front working closely with all of the agencies in addressing these issues. What we will be ensuring is that we have additional social workers to work along with the various entities and stakeholders in ensuring that we are there on the ground with them right through to resolving those matters.“So the Bureau is going to have that special role to ensure that we follow through on commitments that are made (and) the step by step actions that need to be taken,” she noted further. The Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA) is being restructured to enable the agency to work more closely with entities involved in the investigation of sexual offences. Story Highlights read more