Aberdeen Harbour Board’s £30 million redevelopment of Torry Quay, completed earlier this year, has received an Improving Sustainability Award from CEEQUAL.The Project Team for the development, which included Aberdeen Harbour Board, Arch Henderson and McLaughlin & Harvey, were praised for various aspects of the project including the re-use of 78% of the total on-site demolition waste as fill for Torry Quay, the use of an extensive silt curtain, during the infilling operation, and the application of Marine Mammal Observer’s during dredging works.The application was particularly important given that the construction project was taking place on the lower stretches of the River Dee, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.CEEQUAL, is the Assessment and Awards Scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and works in public spaces. It is promoted by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a group of civil engineering organizations including CIRIA, CECA AND ACE.Its objective is to encourage the attainment of environmental excellence in civil engineering, and thus to deliver improved environmental and social performance in project specification, design and construction.[mappress mapid=”19056″]Press Release
Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has said his team’s reliance on Lionel Messi is perfectly normal, when you have “the best player in the world”.Messi has kept Barca’s title charge alive, with late winners against Leganes and Atletico Madrid in their last two fixtures.The five-time World Player of the Year, has over a year left on his current deal, with talks ongoing over a new deal.“It would be naive to think we wouldn’t depend on the best player in the world,” Enrique said on Tuesday.“Hopefully we can depend on him for many years to come.”Enrique also spoke about switching from Barca’s traditional possession-based game to a more direct style.“The key to having possession is not just to have it for the sake of it, but to have possession as a means of reaching a goal, and the goal is winning games,” he added.“If the opponent sits back and allows long passages of play in possession they don’t leave you spaces to find gaps.“If they decide to press high and leave space then it doesn’t make sense too not take advantage of that and in two touches overcome the press to score a goal.”
Cerro Negro, outside the city of León, has emerged as the top global destination for so-called volcano boarding, a dirty and sometimes dangerous activity.Every day, visitors from around the world hike the 45 minutes up the volcano, plywood boards tucked under their arms, wearing a suit of denim, thick gloves, and protective goggles. From the north western corner, boarders can see for miles: tracts of green farmland on the outskirts of León where locals grow cassava. Flanking Cerro Negro are other volcanoes on the Cordillera Los Maribios mountain range, which runs north to south for 40 miles.Volcano boarding has emerged as a main attraction for adventurous visitors to Nicaragua and transformed the economy of León, a city of 210,000 residents. According to the city’s tourism office, roughly 5,200 foreigners visited León 10 years ago. Last year, that number increased to more than 20,000 per year.It’s not just the tourism industry that benefits. A community cooperative representing residents around Cerro Negro, called Cooperativa Pilas-El Hoyo, manages a ranger station there that collects entrance fees from visitors. The money generates revenue for local schools, potable water deliveries, and small-scale infrastructure projects. It also is helping fund rehabilitation centres for protected species, like a local iguana.