Shropshire Council Testing of low cost Zephyr monitors; development of an air pollution map. £53,300.00 Horsham District Council Collaboration of 13 authorities in Sussex (Adur, Arun, Brighton and Hove, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Horsham, Lewes, Mid Sussex, Rother, Wealden and Worthing) to raise awareness about domestic burning and campaign to promote better burning methods and choices. £32,716.00 Colchester Borough Council Engagement and awareness project throughout the transport network to promote air quality awareness and transport choices in schools. £249,100.00 More than £3 million of government funding has been awarded to 28 innovative projects to improve air quality across local authorities in England.The money, from the government’s Air Quality Grant, supports schemes which help councils develop and implement measures to benefit local communities.Proposals receiving funding include campaigns promoting greater awareness of pollution from domestic burning to encourage people to make more environmentally-friendly choices; a project to promote electric charging points for canal boats; and a collaboration with local businesses to develop low or zero-emissions freight. This year funding has also been awarded to trial new technology to test the effectiveness of low-cost sensors to better understand the air quality data they produce.Over £57 million has been awarded through the Air Quality Grant since it was launched in 1997.Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: Herefordshire Council Testing of Zephyr sensors against existing sensors. £34,287.00 Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Research and engagement campaign to raise awareness around the issues of domestic burning and campaign to promote better methods and choices. £100,000.00 Local Authority Project Amount Cambridge City Council Research and engagement campaign to promote better domestic burning methods and choices and increase compliance with Clean Air Act requirements. £9,890.00 Leicester City Council Development of an air quality mapping tool to measure near real time air quality data and inform the public through an app. £241,675.00 City of York Council Bus retrofits. £240,000.00 While we know air pollution has reduced significantly in recent decades, it is still the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Today’s funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the local momentum needed to continue to improve our air now and for future generations. Local authorities are best placed to introduce systems that work best for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support. Eastleigh Borough Council Testing of 50 sensors and 2 real time AQ monitoring stations to collect traffic and domestic combustion air quality data. £58,750.00 Gedling Borough Council Continuation of ECO stars project and creation of Gedling ECO Stars taxi recognition scheme. £55,000.00 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Introduction of ECO Stars training to public and private sector targeting “grey fleets”. £52,000.00 Oxford City Council Testing of Alphasense Ltd sensors to establish and communicate evidence for best practice. £128,500.00 It is very important that we continue to improve the quality of our air, and the Government is working hard to deliver the emissions reductions the UK needs. Local schemes are an essential part of this process. The £57 million we’ve awarded under the Air Quality Grant will go to make communities greener and more vibrant places to live. Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: Westminster City Council (Cross River Partnership) Expansion on Clean Air Village 1 project – engagement and behavioural change project to reduce emissions from the delivery of goods and services to London Borough of Lewisham, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. £418,343.00 The Air Quality Grant sits alongside the government’s £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions, and the Clean Air Strategy which was published earlier this year and sets out action to tackle air pollution from a range of sources.The government continues to work closely with 61 English local authorities and has placed legal duties on them – underpinned by £495 million in funding – to tackle their nitrogen dioxide problems. By the end of this year, all local authorities will have carried out studies and, where appropriate, developed or be developing bespoke plans tailored to the nature of the nitrogen dioxide issue in their own area.Local Authorities London Borough of Lewisham Comparison of low costs sensors with existing network including development of a sensor best practice database. £95,450.00 London Borough of Hackney Expansion of the Zero Emissions Network to the whole borough; new engagement on improving knowledge and behaviour around domestic burning. £178,950.00 Hertsmere Borough Council Cleaner Air 4 Hertsmere Schools awareness project to influence travel behaviour. £37,500.00 Cambridge City Council Use of road closure to test low cost sensors and compare zero traffic data with road in use. £73,375.00 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Extension to ECO Stars scheme to small and medium size enterprises on 4 industrial estates. £27,131.27 South Buckinghamshire District Council Testing of Vaisla sensors and Alphasense Electric diffusion tubes at Heathrow Airport. £124,399.00 Oxford City Council City-wide communications programme to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight. £122,500.00 Total £3,003,875.60 St Edmundsbury Borough Council Moving a pedestrian crossing to improve traffic flow in the location of an air pollution hotspot and a research project to understand behaviours and limits that affect air quality in the area. £101,280.00 Harrogate Borough Council Testing of mobile Zephyr Sensors against existing high cost sensors. £16,000.00 Islington London Borough Council Regents Canal engagement project to promote electric charging points for canal boats, encourage uptake cleaner sources of fuel, and reduce idling. £50,000.00 Slough Borough Council Testing of Vaisla sensors around schools to monitor AQ and use data to promote behaviour change. £99,125.00 Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Testing of 4 types of low cost sensors against current sensors. £61,604.33 Westminster City Council Training of 50 technical officers to investigate air quality complaints and promote public health benefits of compliance Clean Air Act requirements. £9,000.00 South Tyneside Council Research, engagement and measures targeted at reducing vehicle NO2. £314,000.00 Islington London Borough Council NO2 indoor study in school to test sensor performance and efficiency of filter systems. £20,000.00
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By Dialogo January 18, 2011 The president of Brazil has decided to postpone awarding a contract for the purchase of military jets and reevaluate the bids by the finalists, a decision that could indicate a realignment of the country’s strategic alliances, sources familiar with the issue told Reuters. The measure is a surprise because Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, several times expressed his preference for the bid by the French firm Dassault to build at least thirty-six of its Rafale jets, generating speculation that the final announcement was only a formality. Nevertheless, Lula left office on 1 January without having resolved the issue, leaving the decision to Rousseff, his former cabinet chief. Rousseff decided to reopen the evaluation process and does not have a clear favorite at this point, a high-ranking administration source said. “It’s her decision now (…) and she wants to analyze the details carefully,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. The other finalists in the competition for the contract, expected to be worth at least four billion dollars, are the Swiss firm Saab with its Gripen NGs and the F-18s of the U.S. firm Boeing Co. Last week, Rousseff personally asked U.S. senators visiting her country for additional guarantees from the U.S. Congress with regard to technology transfer, in order to improve Boeing’s bid, sources with knowledge of the conversation said.
(REUTERS)-Dimuth Karunaratne scored a century as Sri Lanka extended their lead over Zimbabwe to 411 runs before rain and bad light ended play on the fourth day of the first Test yesterday.Sri Lanka had moved on to 247 for six when play was called off around 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled close.Karunaratne, the most experienced batsman in an injury-hampered line-up, survived an early drop to score 110 before being caught and bowled by Chris Mpofu just before tea.His 94-run partnership with Dhananjaya de Silva for the fifth wicket lifted Sri Lanka from 117-4.De Silva was the last Sri Lankan wicket to fall, caught for 64 off the bowling of debutant Carl Mumba who has taken 4-50 in the second innings. Sri Lanka are likely to declare early on the final day to give themselves time to bowl the hosts out.Zimbabwe scored 373 in their first innings and will have high hopes of surviving the day and securing a draw in their 100th test since their first against India in 1992.The African side have lost their last six Tests. SRI LANKA 1st innings 537 (U. Tharanga 110no, K. Perera 110, K. Silva 94, D. Karunaratne 56, A. Gunaratne 54; G. Cremer 4-142)Zimbabwe 1st innings 373 (G. Cremer 102no, P. Moor 79)Sri Lanka 2nd innings (Overnight: 5-0)D. Karunaratne c&b Mpofu 110K. Silva b Mumba 7K. Perera c H. Masakadza b Waller 17K. Mendis c Cremer b Mumba 19U. Tharanga c Moor b Mumba 1D. de Silva c Waller b Mumba 64A. Gunaratne not out 16D. Perera not out 1Extras (b-6 lb-5 nb-1) 12Total (for 6 wickets, 61.5 overs) 247Fall of wickets: 1-17 K. Silva,2-72 K. Perera,3-111 K. Mendis,4-117 U. Tharanga,5-211 D. Karunaratne,6-241 D. de SilvaTo bat: R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. KumaraBowling:C. Mpofu 16 – 2 – 42 – 1, G. Cremer 14 – 0 – 67 – 0(nb-1),C. Mumba 11.5 – 2 – 50 – 4,D. Tiripano 8 – 0 – 33 – 0,M. Waller 5 – 0 – 17 – 1, S. Williams 1 – 0 – 5 – 0,H. Masakadza 6 – 1 – 22 – 0.
DHL has become the first official partner of F1’s new esports series.The details and length of the new partnership agreement have not been disclosed but it was put to paper ahead of 2018 F1 season in Melbourne. DHL’s partnership with F1 is longstanding, and the logistics company will retain its role as the ‘official logistics partner’ of F1, and the company will continue to present both the DHL Fastest Lap Award and the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award.Arjan Sissing, Head of Corporate Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group commented: “As logistics partner, DHL is in charge of the complex shipping of Formula 1 vehicles and equipment. The brand is therefore an integral component of this highly emotional sporting and entertainment experience with global reach.“As the first official partner of the F1 eSports Series, we are very pleased to accompany Formula One on its digital journey and to actively contribute to the expansion and emotionalisation of the product range for fans.”Melbourne kicks off the new season on March 25th, Silverstone is July 8th and the season ends in Abu Dhabi on November 25th. As part of this renewed partnership, DHL fan festivals will be organised in F1’s ‘core and growth markets’, and this will include the involvement with the esports side of things. You can read more about the F1 Esports Series here. The inaugural season saw Brendon Leigh crowned champion, and it generated some impressive viewing figures. F1 will be hoping for more of the same this time around. Esports Insider says: DHL has played it smart by extending its partnership with F1 into the esports world. This second season should see more notable engagement levels, after the final event of last season saw a total of 1.8m views on Facebook.
Minister McHugh invites people: ’Bígí liom ar m’aistear foghlama’ Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh T.D., “Since my appointment as Minister, I have encouraged people to join me on my journey into the Irish language and learning to speak it once again. Many of us talk about how we wish we spoke Irish more, or better, and I have invited people to start now.“Having spent a few weeks over the summer in Irish college in Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal, I have put together “tips on learning Irish” as part of a weekly blog, which have been available over the last six weeks and can be found on the dept website http://www.ahg.gov.ie/en/BlogofMinisterofStateforGaeltachtAffairs/. The intention is that anyone who is interested in our national language can follow me on this journey and I hope be encouraged to engage and immerse themselves in the language. “Some key points I’ve learnt from starting this journey are –· To remember that Irish is all around us – be it on road signs; on Radio Na Gaeltachta/ TG4; retired school teachers only too happy to engage in Irish (pay them a visit!); and in my own case, Mass in Irish· What has been key for me in re-learning the language is to think in Irish as much as possible· Remember that the fear of making mistakes should not hold you back. We all make mistakes but the trick is to learn and remember those mistakes so as not to repeat them. ”Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste” · I would encourage anyone to use the tips which are available on the website (LINK) and enjoy your journey. Tá mise libh.“There is real interest across the country from people learning to speak Irish. I was contacted by an Australian man, who informed me that he was over the age of eighty and had just last year started learning Irish again and how much he was enjoying it. I’m also aware of a growing number of informal conversation circles which are taking place in towns and communities around Ireland and I would like to commend these groups on the open and friendly approach they have taken in encouraging those who may not be confident in their Irish to join in and engage with people from their areas. These people and groups are a key audience I had in mind when I began writing these tips and I hope they will be of some benefit to them.”Bígí liom ar m’aistear foghlamaAn tAireStáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh TD: “Ó ceapadh mé mar Aire Stáit, tá mé ag spreagadh daoine chun teacht liom ar m’aistear leis an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim arís. Luann muid go minic an ghrá atá againn don teanga, agus go mbeadh suim againn í a fhoghlaim, nó a athfhoghlaim, agus tá an cuireadh tugtha daoibh chun tosú anois.”“I ndiaidh tréimhse a chaitheamh i rith an tsamhraidh i nGleann Cholm Cille, Co. Dhún na nGall, chuir mé roinnt pointí agus noda úsáideacha le chéile chun cabhrú le daoine, agus tá siad le fáil ar shuíomh idirlín na Roinne http://www.ahg.gov.ie/ie/BlaganAireStaitdoGhnothaiGaeltachta/ . Tá cead ag duine ar bith a bhfuil suim acu inár dteanga náisiúnta tabhairt faoin turas foghlama seo in éineacht liom, agus tá súil agam go mbeidh siad spreagtha chun dul i ngleic leis an teanga. “Seo roinnt pointí a d’fhoghlaim mé ó thosaigh mé ar an turas foghlama seo:•Labhraíonn muid go minic faoin Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim. Is é seo an t-am le tús a chur leis!•Tá an Ghaeilge thart orainn in achan áit – ar na comharthaí bóthair; ar Raidió na Gaeltachta agus TG4; bíonn múinteoirí atá éirithe as a bpoist thar a bheith sásta í a labhairt; agus i mo chás féin, Aifreann as Gaeilge.•Is é an rud is tábhachtaí domsa ná a bheith ag smaoineamh as Gaeilge •Bíonn eagla orainn uilig botúin a dhéanamh – coinnigh i gcuimhne gur “fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste”•Tá a lán áiseanna cabhracha ar fáil ar an suíomh idirlín. Bainigí úsáid astu, agus bain sult as do thuras foghlama! Beidh mé libh an bealach uilig!“Tá fíorshuim ag daoine ar fud na tíre san aistear seo, go háirithe daoine atá ag foghlaim na teanga iad féin. Fuair mé teachtaireacht ó fhear san Astráil, atá níos mó ná ceithre scór bliain d’aois agus a bhfuil an Ghaeilge a athfhoghlaim aige faoi láthair, ina ndúirt sé go bhfuil sé ag baint an-sult as. Tá a fhios agam fosta go bhfuil ciorcail chomhrá ar siúl i mbailte agus pobail éagsúla ar fud na tíre agus ba mhaith liom na grúpaí seo a mholadh go mór as an chur chuige oscailte agus cairdiúil atá acu i leith daoine a spreagadh chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Cuidíonn siad go mór leo siúd nach bhfuil mórán muiníne acu chun dul chun cainte le daoine eile as a gceantar féin. Is iad na daoine seo agus na grúpaí seo a bhí ar intinn agam nuair a thug mé faoin bhlag a scríobh, agus tá súil agam go mbeidh sé ina chuidiú acu.”“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”.MINISTER MCHUGH INVITES PEOPLE: ’BÍGÍ LIOM AR M’AISTEAR FOGHLAMA’ was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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)