Back to the future in medieval Ballyshannon this weekend

first_imgIt’s back to the future in one part of Donegal this weekend.Ballyshannon & District Museum will be holding a Medieval Day Fair next Sunday, August 4th at The Holy Family School at The Rock, Ballyshannon. The day will celebrate medieval Irish culture, clothing, games and arts.The day, suitable for all the family, has free entry for all. Collections will be made, however, in aid of Ballyshannon & District Museum. Have you ever wondered what your ancestors wore? What about any games they might have played? These questions and more will be answered on the day. Among those playing will be Ramona Sakalauskaite, world-renowned Classical and Irish harpist. Ella, the world’s smallest cow will be showing up along with her tiny calf.Beaigín, a fine example of Irish medieval sheep will also be on show and you might get a surprise when you see her. Beaigín is a Soay sheep, which were the original sheep found throughout the British Isles including Ireland. These fine specimens, native Irish cattle and sheep, will be of particular interest to farmers and children.Local craft groups Local Hands and The Leap will be present showing ancient crafts such as medieval-style pottery, wood-carving, jewellery made from local cattle bone and more.Tom O’Brien of Belleek, master basket-maker will also be showing his craft. Kilbarron Castle Heritage Group will also be in attendance and you can learn more about one of the most culturally important castles in Ireland. Other craftspeople will also be present. Ballyshannon has such a rich and diverse history being the oldest town in Ireland. Ballyshannon & District Museum is the showcase for this rich history, of which the medieval period was it’s most important.The museum has medieval artefacts and information panels detailing events from that time. The museum can be visited Monday to Saturday from 10.00 till 5.30.The events start at 11.00am and continue until 4pm and all are welcome.Back to the future in medieval Ballyshannon this weekend was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

South Africa starts work on EO-Sat 1

first_img13 September 2013 Denel Spaceteq, the newly launched space engineering unit of South African aerospace and defence manufacturer Denel, has started the initial work on a multispectral, high-resolution earth observation satellite called EO-Sat1. Denel Spaceteq general manager Berthold Alheit said last week that EO-Sat1 was scheduled to be in operation for the South African National Space Agency by 2017. The satellite will be used in the areas of food security, urban planning and development, safety and security, and disaster management support. Denel group CEO Riaz Saloojee, announcing the launch of Denel Spaceteq on Friday, said that space had been identified as one of South Africa’s “five grand challenges”. The Departments of Science and Technology and Trade and Industry have identified satellite production, in particular, as a high-technology manufacturing niche that South Africa should be pursuing. Spaceteq’s launch follows the incorporation of SunSpace – the local company that built both of South Africa’s micro satellites, SunSat and Sumbandilasat – into Denel Dynamics in July. “The high-end engineers and scientists absorbed by Denel from SunSpace brought with them capabilities of their own, including the SunSat and Sumbandilasat programmes,” Denel said in a statement on Friday. “EO-Sat1 will be based on the strong legacy inherited from the development of SumbandilaSat.” First launched in 2009, SumbandilaSat was designed and built from scratch in one year, at low cost, by South African engineers, who also developed a world-class mission control system for the programme. Before a blast of solar radiation put it out of commission by damaging its on-board computer in July 2011, SumbandilaSat delivered over 1 000 very usable, cloud-free images, and became well-known by the amateur radio satellite society worldwide for the excellent results from its amateur radio payload. South Africa’s third satellite, EO-Sat1, will also be used for earth observation, in line with the country’s space strategy, which seeks to apply satellite data to help to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters in the country and the region. “The benefit of a local space industry will be far-reaching,” Saloojee said on Friday. “South Africa’s access to, and control over, its own satellites will ensure advanced surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.” At the same time, he said, retaining and developing technology and engineering skills within South Africa’s borders would help inspire young talent in the key fields of maths and science. Spaceteq was officially inducted into the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China on Monday. “This formal induction and membership into the IAF will assist Spaceteq to successfully enter the space industry with greater insight and establish international networks,” Denel Dynamics CEO Tsepo Monaheng said in a statement. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LEED Challenged in North Carolina

first_imgNew LEED rules will give more local creditBurt said work has been underway for more than three years on the next version of LEED. Forestry has been a “very thorny issue,” he said, and rules that will be voted on June 1 will add a “multiplier” for locally sourced products.“Instead of having a single credit for local materials, in multiple credits that involve materials selection if you use local there’s a multiplier for how much credit you can take for it,” he said. “We’re trying to encourage it even further.” Other changes also would benefit local wood products producers.Even under existing rules, however, Burt says, LEED doesn’t seek to challenge the right of state legislatures to require use of products made within their states.“If this were really about encouraging local products or even encouraging local North Carolina timber,” he said, “why wouldn’t the legislature just require the use of local timber vs. taking these sorts of different political threats to USGBC to get them to change the rating system.“We’re certainly not in opposition to states’ rights to require the use of [their] own products.” A bill working its way through the North Carolina state legislature would prevent officials from seeking LEED certification for state government buildings because the green-rating system doesn’t give enough credit for using North Carolina lumber products.According to an article at, the state’s lumber industry doesn’t bid on many state construction projects because the vast majority of North Carolina’s timberland is not certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the only sustainable forest program mentioned specifically in LEED guidelines.Of the 1.4 million acres of timber, 98% is covered by forestry programs not recognized specifically in LEED rules while 0.7%, or 10,455 acres, meets FSC standards.House Bill 628 requires that any green certification the state seeks for government buildings recognize multiple forestry standards, not just the one accepted by LEED. It also prohibits the state from using any green-rating system not developed and approved by the American National Standards Institute, which LEED is not.The measure, which would have no effect on private sector projects, cleared the House this week and was headed to the Senate. ANDREA LEMON’S HAIKU Can’t decide betweenFSC and SFI?Just build out of rocks.(From “Green Building Haikus”) RELATED ARTICLES Florida Bill a ‘Backlash’ Against LEED RulesUSGBC’s Wood-Certification KerfuffleSustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of GreenwashingFSC-Certified Wood Framing LumberAre FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? ‘No coordinated effort’ to unseat LEEDNadine Block, vice president for government affairs at SFI, says land owners, manufacturers and state agencies are among those concerned about the USGBC’s “discrimination” against non-FSC forestry standards, but SFI is not waging a coordinated effort against LEED.“I think really what we’re seeing is a bit more of a grassroots effort that’s coming up in various states where the concern is simply that the use of LEED, while it’s done a number of positive things for the development of sustainable building design, is failing on the wood issue, in particular in its treatment of several forest certification standards,” she said.SFI, she said, is a member of the USGBC and has been “directly engaged” with the organization on the forestry issue, actively advocating for the recognition of other certification programs, including SFI.SFI, however, is not paying for lobbying efforts directed against LEED, she said.center_img Timber battle in several statesNorth Carolina is just the latest state in which the battle over timber harvesting certification and LEED certification is being played out.Legislation in Florida to take effect later this year loosens rules on the choice of a green rating system for state buildings, while governors in both Maine and Georgia have issued executive orders that prohibit LEED certification for state office buildings. In Alabama, legislation to make LEED standards illegal for the construction and renovation of public buildings is moving forward, according to a report in the Alabama Conservationist.Similar efforts also have popped up in South Carolina and Oregon.“This exclusion of other credible certification programs displays LEED’s shortcomings and ignores the development of the green building movement and other responsible land management approaches,” Bruce Hanna, co-speaker of the Oregon House, wrote last October. “Sustainability isn’t just about the environment,” he added, “communities need to be sustainable too.”Burt says the “very coordinated attempt” by part of the timber industry to alter LEED rules has been led by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The tussle between FSC and SFI has a long history, as Richard Defendorf explained in a 2011 news report. A battle over who certifies lumber“LEED creates incentives to import foreign wood and also ignores wood grown within our own borders,” said Michele Presnell, the bill’s sponsor.The measure has been endorsed by Weyerhaeuser Corp. and the N.C. Forestry Association. Opponents include the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which develops LEED standards, and Nucor Corp., a steel producer based in Charlotte that benefits from LEED’s promotion of building materials that contain recycled content.LEED rules do give credit for lumber harvested within 500 miles of a building site. However, the “Environmentally Preferable Products” section specifically mentions only FSC-certified lumber and not material recognized by other programs, such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. This means projects can potentially win more points by using FSC-certified lumber than for materials recognized by other forestry programs.But assertions that LEED rules don’t credit local materials rankles U.S. Green Building Council Policy Director Lane Burt.“It’s a piece of misinformation that’s been propagated in North Carolina and a few other places that LEED somehow disadvantages local products when in fact that’s absurd,” he said in a telephone interview. “The LEED language encourages all local products. What we won’t do, which is what’s demanded by the folks who support the North Carolina legislation, is reference all forestry certifications equally.“But the fact of the matter is we don’t reference them equally because they’re not equal.”Laura Deaton Klauke, programs director for the N.C.chapter of the USGBC, told that the FSC is stricter on clear-cutting, and the use of both herbicides and pesticides than either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. Burt says that assessment is a fair summary of the USGBC positions. No explanation from USGBCAsked why she thought the Green Building Council was unwilling to include SFI in the LEED standards, Block said:“We’ve been asking that same question of the USGBC ourselves and have not to date gotten a satisfactory answer on that. We have encouraged them to be more transparent on what it would take for the SFI standard to be recognized, what are they not seeing in the SFI standard that they would need to see in order for us to be recognized, and we haven’t gotten that answer.”Opposition to the use of the LEED standard for public projects really amounts to a concern over jobs, she said.“What’s really resonating in different states, what we’re seeing, is an overriding concern about the use of green building rating systems and the impact it might have on the forests in those states, the products produced in those states, and how it impacts the jobs and communities in those states,” she said.last_img read more