Four schools in the district have just been awarded the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag award for their commitment to protecting the environment. It brings the total number of schools in the district to achieve this award to 14. Staff and pupils from Banbridge Nursery School, Bronte Primary School, Gilford Primary School and Dromore Nursery School attended a special ceremony at the Council’s offices.Council Chairman, Councillor Olive Mercer said: “Congratulations to each school represented here today for achieving a Green Flag award and making environmental education part of your school ethos. “It’s important that children are taught to value and respect the local environment from an early age and the Eco-Schools programme can add a new dimension to children’s education, providing them with vital environmental knowledge to take into later life.”Gilford Primary School has just received its fifth green flag. The school has embarked on many … [Read more...] about Schools awarded the.prestigious environmental Green Flag
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RIAS – the only wildlife rehabilitation and study centre of its kind in the south of Portugal, treating over 1,600 wild animals every year – is at risk of closing as vital funding which accounts for half of its yearly budget could be cut as soon as September. The centre, based in the Ria Formosa Natural Park in Olhão, needs around €80,000 per year to function. Half of this sum is provided by ANA Airports, initially as a “compensatory measure” following the expansion of Faro Airport. However, in 2017, the airport authority stopped being legally required to donate the money to RIAS. Luckily for the centre, an agreement was reached and ANA continued supporting the centre voluntarily. But whether the donation will be made again this year is still uncertain. “We still do not know if ANA will continue helping us. We will only know in September,” RIAS collaborator Sofia Costa told the Resident. If ANA does decide to stop supporting the centre, … [Read more...] about Future of Olhão’s wildlife rehabilitation centre at risk
FOTA Wildlife Park has consistently developed its offering to schools and third level institutions by presenting complementary programmes covering both the theoretical and practical requirements of the education syllabus.“We have the advantage of not only having a purpose-built education complex, capable of hosting over 350 students a day, but are also a zoological institution set on parkland and woodland with a range of habitats available for ecological assessment courses,” Lynda McSweeney, head of education at Fota explains.“Most years an average of 15,000 students participate in our formal education programmes, but last year that figure increased to over 16,500 and we attribute the rise in attendance figures to the diversity of courses available on-site and also the surge in interest in the educational aspect of what zoos and wildlife parks can offer and their link and purpose in terms of maintaining and saving biodiversity.”Fota Wildlife Park is one of just … [Read more...] about Fota Wildlife Park educational programme offers students real insights
Earlier this year, the council issued a proposal to crack down on a range of anti-social behaviour problems in Manchester city centre. The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) would give the authority new powers to ban people from behaviour including 'aggressive' begging; urinating or defecating in the street; dropping needles; or refusing to move out of doorways or stairwells. Anybody caught doing so could be hit with a £100 on-the-spot fine, rising to £1,000 in court if unpaid. The move comes amid growing concern among residents and businesses over begging and drug use in the city centre, including in car parks and inside blocks of flats, and follows similar use of PSPO powers in places such as Blackpool and Oxford. However, it immediately set off a heated political row. Critics say the measures would criminalise the homeless, hitting them with fines they would be unable to pay, and simply move the problem elsewhere. Read more of today's top stories Campaign group … [Read more...] about What are we going to do about begging in Manchester city centre?
0 Have your say It is a planning dispute of the virtual age, with two as yet non-existent institutions at loggerheads over potential noise. The Gleneagles estate, which is developing a hotel in Edinburgh, has objected to an attempt to build a concert hall nearby.Management at the Gleneagles Edinburgh Hotel, which is set to open on the east side of St Andrew Square, has officially lodged a letter of objection to proposals to build the first concert hall in the city for more than 100 years, the Impact Centre.If approved by councillors later this month, the 1,000-seat auditorium will also include a 200-seat studio for performances, rehearsals and records as well as rooms for education and conferences. The open foyer will host music performances and a cafe bar. The Impact Centre will also become home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and will be used as a venue for the Edinburgh International Festival.Gleneagles owner Ennismore is transforming two empty premises into … [Read more...] about Gleneagles Hotel objects to city-centre concert hall plans over noise concerns