MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP):Chelsea moved to the top of the English Premier League yesterday after a first-half strike by Diego Costa earned the visitors a convincing 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough.Chelsea dominated the game and were rewarded for their unrelenting pressure when Costa scored four minutes before the break, reacting quickest to a loose ball after a goalmouth melee and firing home from close range. It was his 10th goal of the season.Middlesbrough showed more ambition in the second half but the next clear chance also fell to Chelsea, shortly after the hour mark, when defender David Luiz pushed forward and sent a high cross into the area. Costa headed the ball back invitingly for Pedro Rodriguez – but his first-time shot slammed against the crossbar.After six consecutive league wins without conceding a goal, Chelsea now have 28 points from 12 games in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.Liverpool and Manchester City have 27 points each, with Arsenal in fourth with 25.
WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton defied the usual slow flow of summer money, tapping 100,000 new donors and outpacing all other presidential candidates in the chase for campaign cash over the past three months. The New York senator raised $27 million in the quarter – $22 million for the primaries and $5 million for the general election – while other candidates fell victim to the traditional third-quarter dip in fundraising. For the first time, Clinton reported attracting more new donors in a quarter than her chief fundraising rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. And, for the first time, she raised more primary election money than he did. Both candidates have now raised about $80 million each since the beginning of the year, Tuesday’s updated figures showed. Clinton’s fundraising has been remarkably steady from quarter to quarter, showing no dips or spikes and underscoring her methodical approach to the contest. Her third-quarter success came amid a scandal involving one of her top fundraisers, Norman Hsu, who turned out to be a fugitive from the law. As the case against Hsu mounted in early September, the Clinton campaign returned $850,000 to 260 donors whose contributions were associated with him, much of it money raised in the first and second quarters. Obama reported raising about $20 million in the third quarter, with at least $19 million of that for the primary elections. In the previous quarter, Obama raised nearly $33 million. He reported 93,000 new donors in the summer quarter. Former Sen. John Edwards, lumped in a cluster with Obama and Clinton in polls of voters in the first-caucus state of Iowa, raised a distant $7 million in the quarter. He has said he plans to accept public financing that could boost his overall fundraising by about $10 million. He reported having $12 million cash on hand. The cash-on-hand figure will be a key measure of strength as the campaigns head into one of the most expensive stretches. Neither Clinton nor Obama reported how much money they had left in the bank. “The amount of disposable money you have on hand to spend right now is critical,” Toner said. “That number is more important now than in the earlier quarters.” Republicans’ presidential fundraising was far behind the Democrats’. A top adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he would report contributions of nearly $10 million for the quarter, as well as a personal loan to his campaign of more than $6 million. That would bring Romney’s overall public contributions for the year to about $45 million and his personal investment in his race to at least $16 million, for total receipts of more than $60 million. In a sign of the Romney campaign’s desire to post a big fundraising number, campaign manager Beth Myers last week asked all staffers to raise at least $1,000 before the end of the quarter. They were asked to make cold calls to potential donors. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has kept pace with Romney’s fundraising in the past, has not disclosed his third-quarter totals. He has said his campaign income would be on a par with other Republicans. Sen. John McCain, who appears to have stopped a political free-fall, will report raising more than $5 million during the quarter, according to Republicans familiar with his effort. McCain also reduced a debt he had at midyear but did not eliminate it, one Republican said. One McCain adviser said the campaign had stabilized its finances, reducing its spending, which had averaged $4.5 million a month, to $1.5 million a month. “We have made the budgetary measures that we need to take, and I’m satisfied with the fact that we’ll have enough money to do television and radio and run our campaign,” McCain said Tuesday while campaigning in Florida. Fred Thompson, the newcomer to the GOP field, raised more than $8 million during the quarter, supplementing the $3.5 million he raised in June, according to Republicans briefed on his fundraising totals. With their third-quarter numbers, Obama and Clinton have helped push the Democratic field into record fundraising territory for a presidential campaign. “There’s more excitement right now on the Democratic side,” said Republican strategist Greg Mueller. “We have a two-term president who is in a war that has the country divided, and some of the Republican base has been depressed on immigration and spending.” Mueller and Scott Reed, who managed Bob Dole’s Republican presidential campaign in 1996, predicted that Republicans will get behind their nominee, especially if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. “It will mobilize the base of the party like it hasn’t since 1994,” Reed said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Obama still has the most donors at 385,000 and leads Clinton in primary money. He has raised nearly $75 million toward the nominating contests to her $62.6 million – a figure that does not include the $10 million she transferred from her 2006 Senate campaign. In the rarefied fundraising space that Clinton and Obama occupy, the differences are fairly insignificant. But their money sets them apart from the rest of the Democratic field and supplies them with resources to run lengthy and expensive campaigns. “These two candidates have exceeded all expectations,” said Stephanie Cutter, a Democratic strategist and the communications director for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. “It would take a significant shift in the field or a catastrophic world event to change the dynamics in this race.” Republicans were equally impressed. “Clinton and Obama are on track to raise in excess of $100 million this year alone – by any measure, a tremendous performance,” said Michael Toner, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a legal adviser to the campaign of Republican candidate Fred Thompson.
Relay for Life, the major fund-raising initiative that celebrates those who have come through cancer and remembers those who succumbed to it, is gearing up again.There is also an emphasis n fun at the Relay for Life event.The event offers both hope and encouragement and provides a hugely significant boost in the fight against a disease that will affect one in three people in Donegal alone.Now in its fourth year, Relay for Life Donegal is staged in the grounds of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in the month of May and has, in its short history, touched the hearts and lives of thousands. The word ‘inspirational’ sums up what the event is about – an overnight community celebration that honours current and former cancer patients along with their families and friends.Relay for Life is a team event with each team comprising of between ten to fifteen friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbours.“We’ve had up to sixty-four teams per year since we started but due to reasons of safety and comfort, we are limiting it to fifty teams in 2015,” chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal, Robert O’Connor indicated this week.Relay for Life has been a huge source of comfort to families affected by cancer.Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the 24 hour event – symbolic of the pertinent fact that cancer never sleeps. But while the shadow of the disease is there throughout, the event is also a fun one as those who have been in attendance at any of the previous three will testify with smiles on their faces. It’s an event where patrons get the opportunity to socialise, make new friends, enjoy live entertainment and take part in numerous activities over the 24 hour period. On a weekend of many highlights, one of these is the opening ceremony where cancer survivors lead the way in the first lap of the event followed by their carers.Another hugely emotional aspect is the candelight ceremony held at dusk. Here is a time to remember those lost to cancer and to show support for those living with it.Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back – that’s the key elements of Relay for Life.Over the last two years, there have been 2,092 journeys made to the chemotherapy department at Letterkenny General Hospital – that’s a reflection of the fight that goes on and is aided significantly by the proceeds raised by Relay for Life.Over 850,000 euro has been funded from Relay for Life Donegal for the Irish Cancer Society as it continues its work in attempting to eliminate cancer and improve the lives of those forced to live with it. The organisers stress that the money is spent in Donegal. “We also want to make it clear that Relay for Life is for the whole county. It takes place in Letterkenny but the teams come from all corners of Donegal,” said the chairperson.To help reflect this, Relay for Life will be launched at four different venues next week. They include the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town on Monday 19th; Sliabh Sneacht, Drumfries, Clonmany, Tuesday 20th; Ionad Teampall Chroine, Dungloe, Wednesday 21st; and the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Thursday 22nd. The starting time for each launch is 7.30.p.m.It’s hoped that as many as possible will attend the launch nights where details will be provided on how to set up teams and film footage shown on aspects of the Relay for Life initiative.Set your clocks to 6.p.m., May 30th, and prepare for this year’s Relay. “It’s more than just an event – it’ s an experience,” insist the organisers. And what an experience. RELAY FOR LIFE TO BE LAUNCHED AT FOUR VENUES NEXT WEEK was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalRelay for Life
The CurlewBirdWatch Ireland has issued an urgent appeal to the Donegal public to look out for breeding pairs of the highly threatened Curlew this year and to report them to the organisation.The Curlew, with its long legs, large brown body and long, down-curved bill, is one of the most iconic and easily recognised birds of the rural Irish landscape.Its distinct and evocative ‘cur-lee’ call is a welcome sound that has been heard across Ireland for thousands of years. Sadly, this is changing, and the sights and sounds of Curlew in spring and summer are becoming increasingly rare.Since the 1970s, Ireland has lost almost 80% of its breeding Curley population with just 200 breeding pairs remaining across the country.Dr. Anita Donaghy, Senior Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland said “As a result of this decline, Curlew have been ‘Red-listed’ and become one of the country’s highest conservation priorities. Curlew are on the edge of extinction as a breeding species in Ireland and urgently require surveys to locate breeding pairs and target conservation measures to protect them.”This may come as a surprise to those who regularly see large numbers of Curlew in Ireland, as migrants arrive at our wetlands in large numbers from July onwards, remaining until spring. These birds are, in fact, from Britain and continental Europe; they come to Ireland for the mild conditions over winter, but return to their own countries to breed, with just the small number of native Irish Curlew remaining to breed here.Last year, a concerted effort to locate breeding Curlew resulted in just under 100 pairs being found; it is hoped to build on this number in 2016.The information will be used to monitor long-term trends and help with the new conservation measures for this enigmatic and well-loved species.Curlew nest on the ground in open habitats such as damp and rushy pastures, wetlands, meadows and boglands. They use their long, down-curved bills to probe for food in soft, wet areas and feed their chicks.Chicks hatch from their eggs in late May and early June and leave their parents care after 30-40 days, by which stage they are fully fledged. Members of the public can take part in BirdWatch Ireland’s Curlew survey by submitting sightings of potentially breeding Curlew (i.e., sightings of one or two birds ONLY in suitable breeding habitat – groups of three or more birds flying together are a flock and likely to be migrants) via a quick and easy questionnaire which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDTZKY6If you have a large number of sightings, or would like to get more directly involved with the survey, you can contact us at email@example.com.BIRDWATCH IRELAND SEEKS DONEGAL PUBLIC’S HELP TO SAVE CURLEW was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Birdwatch IrelandCurlewdonegalsave
If you have the luck as a child to meet someone or something to inspire you in a positive way it can set your belief of what you can achieve. If you really put your mind to what starts in your mind as a dream it turns into an amazing achievement. For Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett it was motorsport and the competitors that they watched as young fellows from the ditches in Donegal.On Monday evening the people that represent Donegal in politics met the people that represent Donegal in the motorsport circles. Advertisement Everyone got a “wee spin” in Mandy’s Subaru in Lifford on Monday evening as Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett made sure as perfect teammates they had everyone looking out through their rally helmets. A rolling sub system was in operation as they tried their best to include everyone who helped and shuffled everyone into play up to the front benches for photos or flowers in the packed chamber.The back to back winners of the Donegal International rally in 2016 and 2017 and national title holders in 2015 were invited into the best room in the house in Lifford as guests of honour in a civic reception courtesy of Donegal Co Council.Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett with past winners of the Donegal International Rally including James Cullen, Garry Jennings , Seamus Mc Gettigan and Rory Kennedy pictured at the civic reception in Lifford on Monday evening. Photo Brian McDaidIn accepting their award Kelly and Barrett were all to aware they were the first ever members of the Donegal Motor Club to receive such an honour in their home county and had to backpedal back past the start of their own motor sporting career to a time they were both emigrants working in England and dreaming about coming home some day and “Doing the Donegal”They talked about days before the left Donegal watching the rally every June as young lads never for one moment thinking they would ever come near to matching their heroes they idolised growing up. Advertisement Charlie and Mandy Kelly sons of Manus Kelly pictured in the council chamber in Lifford with Cllr. James Pat McDaid in the background who made the nomination for the civic reception. Photo Brian McDaidDonegal’s first citizen The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry McMonagle address the chamber as he welcomed and honoured the motorsport heroes and also thanked them for their endorsement and their ongoing help in promoting the council’s road safety programme.Brian Brogan the Donegal Motor Club Chairman addressed the civic reception and like his fellow club members Manus and Donal, went on to mention all the competitors and organisers through the years that have made the Donegal International Rally the blue ribbon event it has become since it started in the early seventies.Winner of the Donegal International Rally Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett in their Subaru. Photo Brian McDaidIn the beginning. Manus Kelly was born in 1978. Ari Vatanen won the rally that year in a black Ford Escort Mk2. The event was only a hand full of years old and before that people like Donal Barrett’s fellow townsman Milford’s Phonsie McElwee, who had a Cinema in Milford when to Dublin to collect reels of film and also wore down a path to the Royal Irish Automobile Club with application after application from a new club that were dreaming of one day running a motoring event in their home county of Donegal. There’s nearly 50 years between Phonsie’s hopeful hand delivered letters to Dublin dreaming of one day putting our rally on the big screen and Donal and Manus in England dreaming of Doing the Donegal.Manus Kelly in full flight in his Mk2 escort with Donal Barett on the notes on the Donegal Rally . photo Brian McDaidBoth have the same ingredient in their mix They both had a positive belief in what they are doing. A photograph summed this up in 2016 in the Mulroy Woods Hotel in Milford at the celebration for Manus and Donal first international win. I watched the invited guests who were glued to the big screen as the film rolled through a projector sitting on a seat which was place high on a table, such was the crowd there that night.Donal Barrett and Manus Kelly sit in the background as the history makers watch footage of final stage of the 2016 Donegal rally in the Mulroy Woods Hotel , (formerly the Milford Inn) Seated from left, the first Donegal man to win the Donegal Rally, Vincent Bonnar, beside him The first secretary of the Donegal Motor Club and Founder Member of the the Club, Phonsie McElwee, The first ever winner of the Donegal Rally Cathal Curley , John Bonnar, Vincent’s Son at the the first Donegal Navigator to win the Rally Seamus Mc Gettigan. Photo Brian McDaidIt was the in-car footage from the final Fanad stage where 9 seconds were gained on one of the most challenging stages in Ireland. Watching in the background in the picture was Manus and Donall watching everyone else enjoying their success.The front row that night was the first man ever to win the Donegal International Rally Cathal Curley, the first Secretary of the Donegal Rally Phonsie McElwee, the first Donegal Crew ever to win their Home event Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan. All of which have driven through that Fanad stage on The Donegal Rally, from Curley first win to the present winners Kelly and Barrett.If I could be excused for nominating someone like Phonsie McElwee as ambassador to represent everyone that help organise the Donegal Rally to the success it has achieved, and also name someone like Seamus Doherty who has been a part of Manus Kelly’s team before it was called a team. Seamus and boys like him would have thought nothing of getting the first of Mandy’s rally cars transported to the rolling road at Galway university for testing when the first Millington engine was fitted. Seamus is just one of many that have worked in the background from day one to make Manus Kelly and Donald Barrett the successful local team it is. Seamus Doherty one of the men working in the background since the start with Manus Kelly in his rallying career. Photo Brian McDaidAs visiting competitors to Donegal The late Ellen Morgan has to be up there for her contribution over the years to the Donegal International Rally. On Monday evening a perfect ending to a perfect civic reception was that of Manus Kelly inviting the only other Donegal born double winner of the Donegal Rally, James Cullen to take the stage where he made a special presentation to Donal Barrett on behalf of his late navigator when he presented The Ellen Morgan Memorial navigator’s trophy.James Cullen presents the Ellen Morgan Navigator Memorial Award to Donall Barrett at his civic reception in Lifford on Monday evening.. Photo Brian McDaidNext chapter.At the back of the chamber on Monday evening a guest stood at the doorway, his name, Dáire Nolan, Head of Commercial Fuels at Applegreen Ireland. He was invited to the celebration of the achievements of Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett success in motorsport so far. All going to plan he will come on board with all the local sponsors as a principal sponsor in the next chapter of this Donegal crew success story. It is hoped that the crew will compete in the Killarney rally before the Donegal International in June.Happy Motoring Folks.Motoring: Doing the Donegal was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaiddonal barrettdonegal international rallyManus Kellymotoring
COURTS: A Donegal secondary school student who was caught in possession of cannabis has had his case adjourned at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court.The student, now 19, appeared in court in relation to the incident which occurred at St Columba’s College, Stranorlar on November 28th, 2014. The court heard how the student was found in possession of cannabis and was caught smoking the substance with friends in the school toilet.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the street value of the drugs seized were €25.Inspector Harrison told the court, “He didn’t have the drugs for monetary gain, he had got the drugs from an older person, and he handed it over to his friends.“He was 18 at the time, but the other members involved weren’t at that time, he disclosed where he got the cannabis from, and the supply line is now known.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client was deeply remorseful for what he had done, and realised it was a very stupid thing to do.Gallagher told the court, “He’s a very bright young man, but this was a very stupid thing he done and he realises he made a stupid mistake.“He’s aware of the seriousness of the charge against him, and the stigma attached to such a charge, it’s been a very embarrassing episode for his family, and his mother is extremely upset over the incident.“He’s now in his second year at UCG, and is studying for an Arts degree, he’d like to go on to do a diploma in teaching, but realises if he’s charged then that could jeopardise his future.“I don’t think you’ll ever see this young man in court again, he’s smart, clever and has a bright future, but he made one terrible and stupid mistake.”Judge Paul Kelly said this was a very serious charge, and that it can’t be taken lightly.However, he decided to order a probation report, and said if he plays ball with the probation services he will re-evaluate the situation.He adjourned the case until the 18th of July.SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT CAUGHT IN POSSESSION OF DRUGS AT SCHOOL was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:cannabiscourtsGarda Inspector HarrisonnewsSCHOOLSt Columba’s College
Brentford were indebted to goalkeeper David Button for keeping the score blank as the visitors dominated the first half. Lee Carsley’s side constantly gave the ball away and failed to make an impression against a very well organised Forest side.That the Bees were not behind at the break was all down to Button.He saved four times from Nelson Oliveira, the first two relatively comfortable but the third a fine reaction stop to tip the striker’s shot on the turn over the bar.Button claimed Jamie Ward’s shot from an angle at the second attempt and also blocked again from Oliviera.Alan Judge had the Bees’ first effort on goal midway through the half with a drive from distance which flew well wide while James Tarkowski headed over from a corner.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Swift, Woods, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Gogia, Canos, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the gush of rain in the early part of the season, corn made a comeback and led to surprisingly high yields in Ohio this year. The state’s soybean farmers were not so fortunate: yields were down an average of four bushels compared to a year ago.Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture had estimated Ohio’s average corn yield would be 173 bushels per acre, many farmers harvested 200 plus bushels per acre, said Allen Geyer, a research associate with Ohio State University Extension.“Everyone has been pleasantly surprised about yields. Price-wise, that’s a whole different story,” Geyer said.On average, Ohio farmers got $3.50 per bushel for their corn and $9.39 for soybeans, both down from the 2016 averages of $3.61 per bushel for corn, $9.66 for soybeans.Favorable weather through much of the season contributed to high yields of corn this year, Geyer said. No days were too hot, which can slow corn’s growth.However, the season got off to a rocky start. In mid-April, mild temperatures encouraged a lot of farmers to plant, but then heavy rain that month forced some farmers to replant, sometimes multiple times. So, some planting extended into early June, Geyer said.“This year we had a lot of replanting going on,” he said.The late planting along with the wet fall delayed corn harvest this year. As of the end of November, 87% of the state’s corn acres had been harvested, which is 9% less than the five-year average for what’s harvested by that date.Of the corn grown in Ohio, the vast majority goes to feed animals, produce ethanol, or is ground up for corn meal or flour. This field corn is far different from the sweet corn that people eat. It’s harder, higher in starch and not so tasty.Ohio’s soybean farmers this year were a bit frustrated with their yields. This year’s average was 51 bushels per acre, compared with 55 last year, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean specialist with OSU Extension.Some parts of the state ended up getting really dry in August and September, which may be why yields are down, Lindsey said. Across the state, the wet spring led to smaller, yellower soybeans, she said.“It’s good to have rain, but it was high intensity rain so we had a lot of standing water and saturated soils,” Lindsey said.Drenched soils hinder the growth of soybeans. “There were a lot of stunted and yellow beans across the state in June,” Lindsey said.Despite the improved weather in July and August, soybean yields were still affected.
Increasingly aging populations, particularly in developed countries, are causing a demographic shift in future care needs, but it also means that people are staying in their own homes for longer, which affects the cycle of existing housing becoming available each year. One of the most marked changes has been the rise in one and two-person households in the UK and other developed countries.Statistics published by the National Records for Scotland, for example, reveal the influence of these changing demographics, with future household demand rising faster than population growth. By 2037, Scotland’s population growth is forecast to be 9%, with growth in the number of households forecast to be 17%. This 8% difference is in effect the household growth demand from the existing population.In England, between now and 2041, the population is expected to increase by 16%, with projected household growth at 23%, resulting in a 7% difference in demand.As people live longer and one and two-person households increase, the number of future households required rises faster than the population. In 2014, urban issues website CityLab dubbed the situation the “world’s ticking household bomb.”As more developing countries deliver infrastructure and progress similar to developed countries — improving the standard of living and extending life expectancy — household sizes will decrease, placing greater demand on supply of new housing. So if this difference between household demand and population growth occurs globally at around 7-8% over the next 80 years, this will require an additional 800 million homes.Taking an average global three-person household (1.2 billion homes) coupled with that 8% demographic factor of total global population over the period results in a need for more than two billion new homes by the end of the 21st century.Meeting the demandThe current and future demand for new housing is compelling governments to push for further innovations in “offsite” — prefabricated — construction to speed up the supply of new housing. The UK Industrial Strategy published in November 2017 has a strong focus on offsite construction for the future. This sector has grown rapidly over the last decade with new markets in healthcare, education, and commercial buildings. But for prefab construction to deliver more houses at a faster rate means looking at alternative solutions to the problem.Things that slow down the rate that prefab houses are built include the lengthy preparation time required for sub-structures and foundations; delays to the installation of utilities and building services; and a lack of well-trained construction-site managers capable of delivering the complex logistics involved. With more than 65 million people displaced by man-made and natural disasters globally, this puts further pressures on countries unable to supply enough new housing as it is.The issue of availability of materials to meet the demands of constructing two billion new homes emphasizes the need for countries to resource them as efficiently as possible. Government policies which encourage the sustainable design of new buildings to maximize future reuse, reduce carbon emissions, and manage resources properly will be essential. Over the next 30 years, the countries which promote policies to help sustain and increase the provision of new housing will be more likely to avoid problems in sourcing materials and price hikes.For many countries, housing supply is a now a hot topic for national debate and policy strategy. For the rest of the world it will soon become the most pressing issue facing governments this century.Sean Smith is director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. By the end of this century, the world’s population will have increased by half — that’s another 3.6 billion people. According to the UN, the global population is set to reach over 11.2 billion by the year 2100, up from the current population, which was estimated at the end of 2017 to be 7.6 billion. And that is considered to be “medium growth.”The upscaling required in terms of infrastructure and development, not to mention the pressure on material resources, is equivalent to supplying seven times the population of the (pre-Brexit) European Union countries, currently 511 million. With the global population rising at 45 million per year, comes the inevitable rise in demand for food, water and materials, but perhaps most essentially, housing.Housing needs are changingAverage household sizes vary significantly between different continents and also by country. According to the UN, recent trends over the last 50 years have also shown declines in household sizes. For example, in France, the average household size fell from 3.1 persons in 1968 to 2.3 in 2011, the same time the country’s fertility rate fell from 2.6 to 2.0 live births per woman. In Kenya, the average household size fell from 5.3 persons per household in 1969 to 4.0 in 2014, in line with a fertility decline from 8.1 to 4.4 live births per woman. RELATED ARTICLES Unlocking the High Value of Clean Energy in Low-Income CommunitiesLow-Income Housing: Problems and SolutionsA Forgotten Tool to Solve the Housing CrisisCities Think Small to Ease the Housing Crunch Why Real Estate Developers Are Ignoring the Middle Class
The BJP’s massive win in Uttar Pradesh has paved the way for the first reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Council of Ministers as three Ministers have won the Lok Sabha election creating vacancies in the State Cabinet. Also, a vacancy was created after disgruntled Minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader O.P. Rajbhar was sacked by the Chief Minister for his outburst against his senior NDA partner, the BJP.Rewarding leadersThe ruling party is likely to reward its leaders for their hard work during the election campaigning which resulted in it winning 62 seats, BJP sources said. This would be the first Cabinet reshuffle since Mr. Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister in March 2017. He indicated during an interview that a Cabinet reshuffling was very much on the cards and he was likely to take a decision soon. “We will do it (Cabinet expansion). We will do everything as and when time comes. We will do everything in the interest of the State,” the Chief Minister had said.Four Cabinet Ministers in the U.P. government were in the poll fray. Of them, three won and one lost. With the monsoon session of the Assembly likely in the next couple of months, it is to be seen whether the reshuffle takes place before or after it.