Blue Flag Awards: Find out which Donegal beaches won or lost flags

first_imgThe International Blue Flag Award recipients for 2017 were announced today, with Donegal’s beaches both gaining and losing awards.Lisfannon beach lost its Blue Flag, while Greencastle Marina will be raising a flag for the first time this year.Lisfannon was not awarded due to drop in Annual Bathing Water Classification from Excellent to Good. Excellent status is the standard required to award the Blue Flag. The loss of Lisfannon and the first time awarding of Greencastle leaves Donegal 2nd only to Kerry in the number of Blue Flags awarded for 2017 with 13. This is the same number as last year. Kerry has 14 Blue Flag beaches.List of Donegal Blue Flag Beaches 2017:DowningsRossnowlaghGreencastle MarinaBundoranCarrickfinnCuldaffFintraKillahoeyMagherawarden (Portsalon)MarblehillMurvaghPortnoo /NaranShrooveA total of 149 International Blue Flag and Green Coast awards were announced by An Taisce today, an increase of 8 awards on last year. The awards were presented by Senator Jerry Buttimer today in Co. Cork. Speaking at the awards Senator Buttimer said:“The Blue Flag has become a truly global symbol with an ever-increasing number of countries participating in the programme.  The programme promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas and challenges local authorities and beach operators to achieve high standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety.“Over the years, the programme has become a highly respected and recognised eco-label working to bring together the tourism and environmental sectors.  There are also very tangible economic benefits to be derived from our marvellous coastal environment and quality facilities, both at local, regional and national levels. ”Dr. Michael John O’Mahony, Director at An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit paid tribute to the local authorities and volunteers who keep local beaches safe and clean each year to ensure they keep their award statuses.“I would like to thanks and acknowledge the work of the Local Authorities and marina operators here today for all their efforts in ensuring that the sites being awarded for the 2017 bathing season have achieved the excellent standards required by the Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards. “I would also like to commend the many thousands of Clean Coasts volunteers who participate in community clean-ups and coastal enhancement projects in their local areas throughout the year. It is the work of the Local Authorities and Clean Coasts Volunteers that ensures that Ireland’s fantastic beaches remain clean and safe for everyone to enjoy”.The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels.  This year is the 30th year of the Blue Flag as an international programme, more than 4250 beaches, marinas will be awarded in 47 countries globally.The programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world. The 81 Irish beaches and 7 marinas that have achieved this accolade adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and site management.The number of sites receiving the award is up 3 on 2016, whilst 3 of the beaches awarded in 2016 did not retain Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag will be raised for the first time at both Portumna in County Galway and at Greencastle Marina in County Donegal. An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE).Blue Flag Awards: Find out which Donegal beaches won or lost flags was last modified: May 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardedbeachesBlue FlagGreencastleLisfannonlast_img read more

Benjamin Mendy helps homeless man in Manchester by handing him a jersey

first_imgAdvertisementBenjamin Mendy , the Manchester City left-back was on a dinner outing with a few of his teammates to Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant – Rosso when he encountered a homeless man that needed help and the Frenchman was kind enough to do his part.Since Mendy wasn’t carrying any cash on him, all he could do was hand the homeless guy a City jersey that was in his car.Speaking to Manchester Evening news, Mendy explained the act : “I was walking past Rosso restaurant and I saw a homeless man who asked me for change.“I said I didn’t have any, but knew there was a footballer inside that might be able to help.“I saw Benjamin Mendy as he was leaving Rosso Restaurant last night. He got into a car and was being driven and stopped to take some photos for the press.“As they were about to drive off, a homeless man went to go and ask him for some change, but Mendy said he only had his card and said instead he would give him his shirt.“I don’t think the homeless guy had a clue what was happening, but one of the paparazzi bought the shirt off him – so I guess he got the money he needed.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Fitch Finalizes Criteria on QM NonQM Securities

first_img March 19, 2014 549 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Fitch Ratings announced it has finalized its criteria for analyzing loans securing U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) under the new qualified mortgage (QM) and ability-to-repay rule recently adopted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).Fitch developed assumptions with respect to the probability of challenges to the rule or a mortgage’s QM status, as well as the potential costs or damages.”We expect some defaulted borrowers will likely challenge the Rule, but a lack of legal precedent could make the first few cases high profile and prone to significant legal costs,” said senior director Suzanne Mistretta.The announcement commented, “Fitch will make upward adjustments to its credit enhancement calculations if the originator designates the loan as higher priced QM (HPQM) or non-QM. Loans identified by the lender and confirmed by third party due diligence as safe harbor QM (SHQM) will not receive an adjustment.”Fitch makes a few assumptions regarding how to handle new loans. First, Fitch will consider the lifetime probability of default derived from Fitch’s mortgage loan loss model. Additionally, the population is narrowed further to indicate only those borrowers who are likely to default within five years of origination. Finally, a state’s foreclosure process, either judicial or non-judicial, plays a factor.Mistretta noted, “Lower credit quality pools will see a larger effect on credit enhancement relative to higher credit quality pools primarily due to their higher probability of default and smaller loan balances.”Fitch will make mark a key difference between structures—those that provide for expenses to be paid from available funds, and those that deduct expenses from the mortgage pool’s net weighted average coupon (Net WAC).The announcement clarified, “Where expenses are absorbed by the pool’s Net WAC and the note rate is capped at the Net WAC, Fitch will not adjust its loss expectation for the pool. Although expenses are borne by both senior and subordinated investors, this provision does not affect the trust’s ability to pay contractual amounts due.””The loan designation and determination of potential challenges and legal costs and damages will be highly dependent on the results of Fitch’s review of the originator’s/aggregator’s underwriting guidelines and origination processes,” the release added. Sharecenter_img Fitch Ratings Mortgage-Backed Securities Qualified Mortgage RMBS 2014-03-19 Colin Robins Fitch Finalizes Criteria on QM, Non-QM Securitieslast_img read more