first_imgDonegal’s visiting bird population have delayed their exodus to warmer climates thanks to our unseasonably high temperatures.Tens of thousands of migratory birds including swallows, warblers and housemartins would normally have started their exit – mostly to various parts of Africa by now.But Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland has revealed that our summer visitors are staying a little longer this year as temperatures topped 25C in parts of the country on Wednesday. “Birds don’t have calendars and decide they have to go on a certain date. They go by the climate change.“And thanks to the unseasonably warm weather they are staying longer this year,” he said.And he explained that the increase in temperatures could have a knock-on affect for the chances of many birds survival in Ireland for future generations.Mr Hatch explained how many birds are now feeding as much as they can before they make their 8,000 km journey. “Thanks to the good weather, there is an abundance of flies and other insects which many of these birds are stocking up on.“That will stand them in good stead to make their long journeys and hopefully be able to return to Ireland again next year.“A lot of species suffered this summer because of gorse fires and perhaps this is nature’s way of balancing that out,” he said.As well as insect eaters including swallows and warblers, other birds including many species of tern also migrate at this time of year.Ends DONEGAL’S MIGRATORY BIRDS STILL HERE THANKS TO GOOD WEATHER was last modified: September 29th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Govt notifies infra cess of up to 2.5% on cars

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Government today notified the imposition of infrastructure cess of up to 2.5 per cent on passenger vehicles, which was announced in Budget 2016-17 but was silent on 4 per cent levy on big diesel SUVs and cars.Vehicles using petrol, LPG or CNG fuels with engine capacity not exceeding 1,200cc and length less than 4,000 mm will attract cess of 1 per cent, Central Board of Excise and Customs said in notification.It further said a 2.5 per cent cess has been imposed on diesel vehicles with engine capacity not exceeding 1,500cc and length not exceeding 4,000 mm.The notification was, however, silent on the 4 per cent infrastructure cess on “other higher engine capacity and SUVs and bigger sedans”, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget.”The pollution and traffic situation in Indian cities is a matter of concern. I propose to levy an infrastructure cess, of 1 per cent on small petrol, LPG, CNG cars, 2.5 per cent on diesel cars of certain capacity and 4 per cent on other higher engine capacity vehicles and SUVs,” the Finance Minister had said yesterday.As per todays notification, ambulances, taxis, electric vehicles, including three-wheelers, hybrid vehicles, cars for physically handicapped persons, Hydrogen vehicles based on fuel cell technology are exempted from the levy.In case of cars for physically handicapped persons, to avail of the exemption the buyer will have to give “an affidavit that he shall not dispose of the car for a period of five years after its purchase”. PTI BKS RKL ABKadvertisementlast_img read more

Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future

first_img Luxembourg thrive among their peers and can dream of Euro 2020 place There have still been bumps on the road. Germany and France did not read the script for what was billed as another high-octane encounter, although it is worth noting that even this goalless draw became considerably better as it progressed, improved by attempts from the bench to win it rather than simply shuffle the pack. It is incumbent upon the bigger countries, offered this chance to compete meaningfully, to turn up for these games in order to maintain interest.That is where the format may yet contain flaws. The three-team groups that make up Leagues A and B may, in some instances, be settled before the November fixtures; it would already take an unlikely set of results for England to overhaul Spain, although the spectre of League B assignments with Finland and Bulgaria in the 2020-21 edition should keep them keen. Uefa’s decision to use head-to-head as a tiebreaker, rather than goal difference, does not help matters in the broader view, even if the freakish margin of Spain’s rout on Tuesday night shows their working. As seen at Euro 2016, head-to-head negates some teams’ prospects before their final games have kicked off; the Nations League is not sufficiently established to easily absorb a slew of dead rubbers.It is why praise must come with a few caveats for now. But Uefa’s efforts to reinvent the international calendar could hardly have asked for a more uplifting start. In football, after all, it is the hope that thrills you. Read more Share on Facebook Nations League Turkey Share via Email Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Those sentiments apply particularly to those further down, where Leagues C and D produced games that were generally tighter and tenser. In many cases they involved teams for whom this kind of pressure and tension – the thought of a place at Euro 2020 looming large – had been alien. And everyone had their own reason to cherish the new territory. It would have taken a heart of stone not to be moved by the celebrations when Kosovo, likely to be one of Europe’s fastest risers over the next five years, beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in their first competitive match on home soil and paid emotional tribute to their late FA president, Fadil Vokrri. Meaningful football raises the stakes: when something serious is on offer at the end of the line, every sensation is heightened. Read more A pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and, in those chaotic moments after Emre Akbaba’s header drifted past a slow-footed Robin Olsen, a full 20 seconds passed before their outfield players disentangled themselves from the jubilant scrum beyond the quadrant.It was some way for Turkey, so reliably inconsistent, to ignite their Uefa Nations League campaign and it was just as significant for the nascent tournament itself. Akbaba had entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute: in a friendly he would have been one of up to six replacements for his country and probably a footnote as the match degenerated; here he was introduced, as one of Mircea Lucescu’s permitted three, at 2-1 down in a clear attempt to swing the pendulum. The winning goal was his second in three minutes and the scenes that followed it were coloured with the kind of wild, wide‑eyed joy that few noncompetitive games can replicate. features As a case study in the new event’s ability to transform previously humdrum affairs, it was unimpeachable. When Uefa collects wider feedback on the Nations League’s opening week, it is likely to receive approving noises. Not every note has been pitch-perfect but the signs are encouraging: an average of 2.9 goals a game across League A and League B, which corral most current and traditional powers, is a particularly good look and suggests a continuation of the positive, engaged football seen two months previously at the World Cup.In fact such a well-received tournament in Russia gave the new event, which attracted considerable scepticism at the outset, all the impetus and potential for continuing storylines that it could have needed.Before Spain, playing football of exhilarating tempo and imagination in the final hour, swamped Croatia with a flurry of sublime goals the interest lay in how both parties would respond to summers of such contrasting fortune. After full time mouths were agape at the turnaround, wondering at the left foot of Marco Asensio and asking whether a rejuvenated La Roja may rule Europe again. What is more, Spain had kept going until the end. Luis Enrique said his team “now have to win again against England or Croatia”. Hardly words to hold the back page for, and a sentiment that may not actually be the case given their supremacy in group A4, but this was the comforting timbre of tournament-speak: the perpetual looking ahead; the pleasure and optimism of feeling embroiled in a wider narrative.center_img Spain Sportblog Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Sweden Croatia Asensio and Saúl inspire new-look Spain to six-goal thrashing of Croatia Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on WhatsApp Uefa Reuse this contentlast_img read more