Over 21 Donegal contractors are now qualified for the highly regarded ‘Construction Industry Register of Ireland’ (CIRI) competence in construction quality mark, it has been revealed. Only 850 companies across Ireland currently have qualified for the CIRI register.CIRI Spokesperson Lorraine Hosty said: “The consumer knows if a contractor or builder is on the CIRI register that they have passed the rigorous examination of their financial, administrative and construction competence. “With over 45,000 construction companies in Ireland, those 850 + on the CIRI register stand out and have demonstrated their competence and been approved by an independent board of experts, some of which are nominated by Government.“In other words, the consumer should keep an eye out for the CIRI mark when they are considering home renovation or new build or looking for specialist contractors or tradespeople to carry out construction works.“From the builder’s perspective, the CIRI mark is useful when trying to secure work as CIRI is now gaining momentum with public and private sector clients and is often been sought as a competency standard during the procurement process.”To date, CIRI comprises of over 40 categories covering everything from plastering, plumbing, masonry, roofing, piling, demolition, masonry, glazing, carpentry, flooring, tiling, scaffolding, fire safety, and much more Mr Aidan O’Connor, Chairperson of CIRI said: “CIRI has been a very positive initiative for the construction sector, and the Government, in recognising the role CIRI is playing in improving standards, has committed to supporting its wider adoption throughout the industry.“CIRI has an extensive system of checking contractors to make sure that locals are hiring a reputable worker that they can trust.“Not only does CIRI check the basic requirements regarding Insurance, Health and Safety, and Financials, it also looks for project references, qualifications and experience of key personnel.“When you choose a CIRI approved contractor, you know you are choosing someone who is capable of carrying out the work.“The requirements for staying on the CIRI register include annual Continuous Practice Development (CPD) requirements to be fulfilled.” 21 Donegal construction companies qualify for CIRI construction competence mark was last modified: June 29th, 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals will hold its annual Leadership Experience Jan. 29 to 30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The event includes 20 workshops covering a wide range of food and farming topics.The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Robert T. Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto where he oversees the company’s integrated crop and seed agribusiness technology and research with facilities across the world. Dr. Fraley won the 2013 World Food Prize for “breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.”The conference also will feature a performance by The Henningsens, a country music trio consisting of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara. In addition to writing songs for the Band Perry, the trio has the hit single, “American Beautiful” and just released their new song “Why I Farm.”Last year’s Leadership Experience brought together more than 500 young farmers and ag professionals interested in food and farming for a day and a half of workshops, networking and fun. Attendees will choose from among 20 workshops including beekeeping, financing your farm, water laws, organic farming, brewing beer at home, food safety regulations, international export opportunities, grain commodity markets, maple syrup production, social media, cow nutrition, integrated pest management and farm succession planning.Registration can be done online at experienceyap.com or by contacting a county Farm Bureau office. County office information can be found at ofbf.org/counties. Registration cost for an individual with no hotel room is $100 or $150 with a hotel room. Two people sharing a room can get the discounted registration price of $200 for both registrations.Conference sponsors are Beck’s Hybrids, Nationwide, Monsanto, Organic Valley, Heartland Bank and Archbold Equipment Co.Finals of the Discussion Meet contest also will take place at the conference. For more information and to view the full agenda, visit experienceyap.com. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To get involved, contact Melinda Witten at [email protected]
Billions of dollars in much-needed federal funding are finally being made available to nine states and five local communities. These dollars are to be used for activities and projects that reduce vulnerability to future disasters, including consideration of how such disasters could become more dangerous due to climate change. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency overseeing these grants, is making it clear that these dollars are not the typical federal disaster aid, which tends to put everything back in the same vulnerable locations and replicate vulnerabilities that were just made evident in a disaster. These dollars will require grantees to design projects with an additional margin of safety for flooding, to factor in projected future sea level rise, and to invest much more heavily in forward thinking measure that reduce the risk of future damages in the face of climate change. The $6.875 billion now being made available by HUD will be going to nine states and five local jurisdictions that previously received congressionally approved Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds between 2015 and 2017. An additional $9.059 billion for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be made available separately.RELATED ARTICLESResilient CommunitiesResilience is the New GreenResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsIs It Time to Move Our Cities?How Texas Is Building Back Better From Hurricane Harvey Wait a minute, HUD is a federal agency. The Trump administration is funding work to address the impacts of climate change? Essentially, yes, whether the president knows it or not. While the words “climate change” never actually appear in HUD’s description of the grant program, there are multiple references in the document to changing future conditions, which can only occur as a result of climate change. Examples of such language include: “…the action plan must include a risk-based Mitigation Needs Assessment that identifies and analyzes all significant current and future disaster risks and provides a substantive basis for the activities proposed.” (p.11) “For flood mitigation efforts: grantees must consider high wind and continued sea level rise…” (p.35) Grantees must explain how projects, “will reflect changing environmental conditions (such as sea level rise or development patterns).” (p.49 and p.71) “A Mitigation Needs Assessment. Each grantee must assess the characteristics and impacts of current and future hazards identified through its recovery from the qualified disaster and any other Presidentially-declared disaster.” (p.32) “Mitigation solutions designed to be resilient only for threats and hazards related to a prior disaster can leave a community vulnerable to negative effects from future extreme events related to other threats or hazards.” (p.32) How are these funds different than past federal disaster aid? HUD’s intention is for communities to use these funds to “increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters.” In other words, this funding isn’t for simply rebuilding what was previously damaged. These dollars are intended to enable communities to make infrastructure less likely to fail in a disaster, to make housing safer, and to pursue projects that can reduce the risk of future damage. It’s also got several provisions that require grantees to build with a greater awareness of how disasters could be worse in the future. How does $6.875 billion compare to past levels of funding for climate resilience and disaster mitigation? This is by far the largest single appropriation the federal government has ever made for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Also, this funding is part of a larger $16 billion package, with $9.059 billion still to be made available to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. What kinds of things can grantees do with these funds? A whole range of forward-thinking projects can be done with these funds, including buyouts of flood-prone homes and buildings. For buyouts done with these funds, the structure will be demolished and the land must be maintained as open space in perpetuity. Grantees are also encouraged to pursue nature-based solutions, like living shorelines and green infrastructure projects, wherever practicable. These funds can also be used to support a host of longer-term actions that can make communities safer and better prepared for the impacts of climate change. Developing long-term plans for reducing the risk of disasters, updating building codes, or establishing revolving loan funds to create a long term mechanism for funding future disaster mitigation projects are all eligible activities that communities tend to under-invest in. All grantees are also required to develop a Mitigation Needs Assessment as part of their application for funding, identifying current and future risks, building on plans that states and territories are already required to develop for FEMA. Are grantees required to consider future risks or climate impacts? Yes. In addition to the sections I referenced above, there are other provisions. Future sea level rise must be considered for flood mitigation projects. And projects must be designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding: Two feet above the elevation of a 100-year flood, as indicated on current FEMA flood maps, for all non-critical projects. For critical infrastructure, projects must be either three feet higher than the 100-year flood or built to the elevation of the 500-year flood, whichever is most protective. These requirements generally mirror a flood protection standard that President Trump rescinded days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Despite President Trump’s earlier decision to throw-out the federal flood protection standard, HUD is including very similar provisions anyway. How long do states and communities have to apply and how much can they receive? States and local government grantees have several months to submit their applications for funding. Below are application deadlines and the amounts states have been allocated by HUD. Application Deadline, February 3, 2020 Florida $633,485,000 Louisiana $1,213,917,000 North Carolina $168,067,000 South Carolina $157,590,000 Texas $4,297,189,000 West Virginia $106,494,000 Application Deadline, March 2, 2020 Columbia, SC $18,585,000 Lexington County, SC $15,185,000 Richland County, SC $21,864,000 Houston, TX $61,884,000 San Marcos, TX $24,012,000 Application Deadline, April 6, 2020 California $88,219,000 Georgia $26,961,000 Missouri $41,592,000 -This post originally appeared at the Natural Resources Defense Council Expert Blog. Rob Moore is senior policy analyst in the NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities program.
The most difficult part of being productive is making values-based decisions. The words “values-based” not only refers to the rules you use to govern yourself but also what it is that you value. An inability or unwillingness to make decisions based on a set of criteria made up of something more than a task list will cause you to get less done than you should, feel stressed or overwhelmed, and procrastinate. Here is how you make values-based decisions to increase your productivity and the quality of your life.The Tyranny of the Task ListIf you are like most people, you have a task list. That task list is made up of all kinds of different and unrelated tasks. You might have “get cat food” sitting under “develop a plan to save client,” directly next to “make a tuition payment,” and one hundred other things all lined up on a task list. These tasks all require your time, your attention, and your energy. Because they are written in a straight line from top to bottom, or captured in a task manager of some kind, they all appear to be of equal importance.Most people sort their task list every day, moving what is urgent to the top of the task list to ensure it gets done before some fast-approaching deadline. The single criteria being used to make that decision is, “what do I need to today to not miss a deadline?” It is important to meet deadlines and keep your commitments. If you feel overwhelmed or struggle to get enough of the right work done, it is because urgency is is only one factor you might should use when deciding what to do. Other factors carry equal or more weight, and by using other factors, you not only get more done, you feel the greater satisfaction of living a life of your design, one of meaning and purpose.Value-Based DecisionsIf you want to be more productive and more effective, deciding what to do and when to do it is a decision based on a hierarchy of value. Because every task requires your attention, one doesn’t appear to be much different from another. Each task creates a sense of obligation. However, some of the tasks on your list are far more critical than others; they weigh more. To escape the tyranny of your task list, you start by acknowledging the difference in the importance of each task when measured against others.To make effective decisions, you have start by deciding this task is more important than that task. It helps to have a framework for making decisions that provides better guidance than urgency or deadlines. What follows is a framework for making values-based decisions.The Long term Value of a TaskThe framework here is how you escape your task list. The work isn’t easy, and it takes time to comprehend. You have to practice it for some time before it sticks. When it holds, it is life-changing.You start by looking at the long term value. What is the value of task or project or goal or initiative in the future? If what you are considering has an extended impact, it weighs more than something that isn’t going to matter two weeks from now. If the consequences or potential gain is immense when compared to other choices you might make, it needs to rise to the top of the list.If you have written down your long term goals and targets, what you need to do to reach them shows up on your task list (or Discipline List, if you follow the work in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need) is now a higher priority than other tasks.Identity, Purpose, and MeaningThe reason people struggle to do work that gives them a sense of purpose and meaning is, in part, because they are not doing the work that would allow them to exercise their resourcefulness and initiative. Instead, they get mired down in trivialities, things that don’t matter much now—or in the future.There are specific categories of life that your tasks, projects, goals into which you can sort your initiatives. Your identity is made up of these categories. It’s also made up of your values systems. Success in any of the classes requires you to invest your time and attention in the goals, projects, initiatives, and tasks necessary to the result you want. The order here is important:Identity: Who you are?Goals: What does the result look like?Projects: What outcomes are required to produce the goal?Initiatives: Inside those projects, what is a priority now?Tasks: What action do you need to take to around your priority?I am not sure how many times I have written these next sentences on this platform or somewhere else, but it is critical to being productive and doing good work: “Everything is important, but not everything can be most important. Productivity requires you to be intentional about your priorities.”If you feel like your work doesn’t provide purpose and meaning, there is more than a good chance you are defining your work incorrectly. Anything with which you bring your whole self to feels like purpose and meaning. When to move what’s most important to the top of the list and spend more time there, your work—and your life—feel very different.Deciding What Not to Do NowIt’s sometimes easier to decide what you are not going to do. When you ask yourself a question like, “What is the longterm value of this project or task,” you start to view it through a lens that is radically different from one that considers urgency only. When you rank things by their value over time, you find that some things are far more important than others.You are deciding is what you are not going to do now. You are intentionally allowing some things to go undone so you can make room for the few things that produce the highest value. You are saying no to small things so you can say yes to something bigger.Making decisions about your priorities allows you to schedule those things, crowding out what you are intentionally ignoring. You prevent yourself from failing at what are your most important priorities by ensuring that what’s most important comes first, rather than letting the lilliputian tasks dominate something much more significant.Trading Now for the FutureThe truth about productivity is that the most substantial part of it is made up of your attention and your results. It turns out that what we want in the short term often comes at the expense of what we wish for longterm. We sometimes trade novelty, distraction, and little urgencies for the results we want from the future.What you do now is shaping your future. You are choosing your future regrets. Future You should be deciding what you do now, not Present You. Present You tends to think short term, what do I want now. Future You takes a much longer view, and when you look back at the present from that vantage point, your perspective about what you should do shifts.Gaining TractionIf you have not made decisions like this before now, you will discover that you have to clean up some of the tasks that you didn’t get done before they became urgent. The process of making value-based decisions will feel like you are sliding on ice, lacking the traction you need to get where you want to go. You are heading in the right direction, and at some point, you’ll find that you have traction.
Agent reveals Keita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham for Inter Milanby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeita Balde Diao rejected Tottenham Hotspur in favour of signing with Inter Milan.The Senegalese international joined the Italian giants on loan from Monaco.And his agent, Roberto Calenda, has revealed he rejected the chance to move to the Premier League.”Inter was immediately receptive once the possibility of closing the operation was understood,” Calenda told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.”There were other interested teams. Since last January, Napoli had moved. We also received calls from Tottenham. But faced with the possibility of Inter, Keita had no doubts, he immediately made his wishes understood.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea legend Drogba happy Lampard backing young playersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing manager Frank Lampard backing the club’s young players.Drogba believes Lampard’s emphasis on selecting young players for first-team games in the top flight and Champions League will prove to be a success.He said, “I think he (Lampard) is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance.”Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training.”So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver.”They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried.”I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
After defeating Minnesota 40-35 Saturday night, Iowa is 10-0 and still has a chance to represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff. Naturally, Iowa City is buzzing with excitement. But not every resident in town is happy with the development.According to Iowa City’s daily activity log, a resident who lives just a few blocks away from Kinnick Stadium thought the stadium got too loud Saturday night. The caller wanted to talk to the police about the situation. Check it out:Want to know what over 110,000 fans in one stadium looks like? #HawkFanHeaven pic.twitter.com/UqBloaDrjs— University of Iowa (@uiowa) November 15, 2015Something tells me that the police didn’t do much about it. Iowa hosts Purdue this upcoming Saturday – whoever made the call might want to leave town temporarily.
YouTube/Swanny JLast season did not live up to expectations for the Oklahoma Sooners. The team dropped games to most of the top Big 12 teams, including Baylor and TCU, lost a heartbreaking Bedlam game, and was blown out by Clemson in a bowl to finish 8-5. This season could not have gone more differently. OU sits at 11-1, with sole claim to the Big 12 title, and an almost-inevitable College Football Playoff berth. With their regular season over, FiveThirtyEight gives Oklahoma the best chance—99-percent—of any contender to make the field of four. To celebrate what turned into a magical Sooners season, YouTuber Swanny J has put together a new hype video celebrating the impending playoff berth. Get excited, Sooner fans.
April 4, 2007 [from upper left] Lisa Willet is the current manager of agriculture at Arcosanti. The crew of three, and a few part-time volunteers from other departments, are in the process of pruning trees in the peach orchard. Anthropologist Sarah Pulici volunteered and was a great help in agriculture for the last 5 month. [Photos: Lisa Willet & text: sa] The experimental greenhouse provides a sheltered environment during the cold season for a variety of lettuce, spinach and herbs. Lettuce are picked daily to be available at the salad bar at the Arcosanti Cafe throughout the year. [Photo: Julian Lauzzana & text: sa] In spring a large part of the effort in the greenhouse is devoted to the raising of seedlings. Varieties of tomatos, peppers, eggplant, squash, are waiting to be transplanted into the garden, as soon as the danger of frost has passed. Lisa Willet and agriculture intern Nilakantha Veylan. The agriculture crew provides organic produce and fresh eggs once a week to Arcosanti residents. Produce selection depends on the season. Arcosanti organic produce are also sold at the weekly Prescott Farmers Marketduring the summer month. [Photos: Julian Lauzzana & text: sa]