Soul Coaching

When Renee Marble, a marketing consultant in Jackson, Miss., needed guidance to improve her profit margins, she searched the Internet and got direction from a business coach. But when she hit a crossroads en route to trying to become an ordained Episcopal deacon, she scanned the Internet for a coach of a different kind: a spiritual coach.

“I went through psychologists, ministers, priests,” said Ms. Marble, who wrestled with the notion that she had to be perfect for God to love her. “I thought it was taboo to talk about my spiritual relationship to God with anyone but a clergy member.”

In an era when the pursuit of self-improvement often means hiring personal trainers, diet coaches and life coaches, another breed of manager — the spiritual coach — is heeding the call of people who speak of inner guidance systems and reconnecting to their heart. In a 2006 poll of nearly 6,000 coaches by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the International Coach Federation in Lexington, Ky., 18 percent said their specialty was spirituality.

Before a session, Ms. Marble and her coach, Gavin Young, “each engage in prayer and thoughtfulness,” she said. “Gavin is almost like a psychologist, minister, priest, life coach, business coach and best friend. The very act of preparing to talk to Gavin is a reminder of my relationship with God, kind of like sharing communion. Usually I light a candle and ask our spirit guides and angelic friends to join us.”

Her coach, Mr. Young, is quite a spiritual cocktail: “Roman Catholic with strong Quaker leanings — an oxymoron, but I love it,” he said. He received certification from the Coach Training Alliance and conducts sessions from his home office in Talent, Ore., where he keeps icons from Christianity and Judaism, a Maori shield, a vigil candle and a well-used Tarot deck.

Working by telephone, Mr. Young counsels individuals as well as groups, up to 30 people at a time. “The beauty of group coaching,” he said, “is everyone ends up coaching everyone else.”

His “Spirit Community” tele-seminars, $40 for two sessions per month, address issues including money, sex, aging, the hereafter and addiction. “We view a topic of practical relevance through a spiritual lens,” he said.

Mr. Young, who has advertised his business, Whitehawk Spirit Coaching, in The National Catholic Reporter, a weekly newspaper, said a typical client was female, 30 to 50 years old. “Men,” he said, “who often avoid the vulnerability associated with spirituality, are a harder nut to crack.”

His most profound, humbling sessions, he said, were with his partner, who died from AIDS in December. “He asked me to coach him through the dying process, and for five months we dutifully met Tuesday and Thursday mornings for an hour and read Scripture and prayed together,” Mr. Young said. “We discussed life, death, immortality, God, anger, denial. I was pleased that I was able to stay in the role of coach during those times, although my heart was breaking.”

It is not only the huge, probing questions of life that spiritual coaches address. That is why Kate Theriot, who runs Coaching for Change LLC in Houma, La., has counseled her clients in everyday places like Starbucks and her home.

“Sometimes we sit on the back deck, sometimes we sit in the living room,” said Ms. Theriot, who usually charges $60 a session. “Or we get real Southern and sit on the swing on the veranda. As long as you can have a private conversation, it doesn’t matter where you speak.”

Ms. Theriot, who is also human resources director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, added, “I’m helping people find God in all areas and relationships of their life, at the coffee shop, at their desk at work, even in the bars and dance halls.”

So, how does one get to know God? Ms. Theriot may ask clients to get to know themselves first, through a personality inventory test, for instance, or through a meditation that asks how they show love to their neighbors.

Then there is the “tapestry of life” assignment. “We make a chart for each decade of life to see, for example, how your image of God has stayed the same or changed,” she said. “For a 5-year-old, God is typically the big-cloud father figure in the sky. Later, that evolves. But so many times a 50-year-old is sitting in front of me saying it’s still the guy in the clouds. Our image of God has to change and evolve as we change and evolve, so that God can be more real and present.”

“Many spiritual leaders respond by saying something like, ‘I can’t really remember anymore,’ or, ‘I would love to have a whole day to just devote to prayer and reading Scripture,’ ” said Mr. Hastings, a former United Methodist pastor who coaches about 45 pastors, rabbis and priests each month.

“When I began coaching in 1999, nobody knew about coaching, let alone spiritual coaching,” said Mr. Hastings, whose fee over the telephone is $250 for two 30-minute sessions a month. “I was lucky to have one client a month. Now I no longer have to explain what coaching is. Pastors call me and say, ‘Can I hire you?’ ”

Ask Cassandra Christiansen, a spiritual coach in Fairview, Ore., if her field is gaining momentum, and she replies, “A resounding yes.”

“People desire a connection that is soul to soul, not instant message to instant message,” said Ms. Christiansen, who received her credential from the International Coach Federation and coaches clients from around the world by telephone.

She added: “Most people live their life asking questions like ‘What should I do?’ I encourage my clients to begin asking: ‘What does my soul truly desire? What would make my divine spirit sing?’ In the beginning, people are always thrown by the questions. But they always have an answer.”

Paisagem Cultural de Sintra

Sintra foi conhecida na antiguidade por “Serra da Lua”. Este nome mostra até que ponto eram importantes os cultos e rituais pré-históricos que aí se desenrolavam, depois sucessivamente cristianizados (e islamizados) e, mais tarde recristianizados.

Primeira “paisagem cultural” a ser inscrita como Património Mundial, prevalece em Sintra o jogo entre a natureza e a ação do homem que modificou a sua roupagem vegetal e a harmonizou, combinando os grandes monumentos como o Palácio Real, dos séculos XIII-XVI e o Palácio da Pena, do século XIX com exemplos da arquitetura tradicional e vernacular.

Sintra foi, no século XIX, o primeiro foco da arquitetura romântica europeia. Fernando II soube transformar as ruínas de um mosteiro em castelo, onde a nova sensibilidade se exprimiu pela utilização de elementos góticos, egípcios, islâmicos e da Renascença, e pela criação de um parque conjugando essências locais e exóticas. Outras residências de prestígio foram construídas segundo o mesmo modelo na serra e fizeram de este local um exemplo único de parques e jardins que influenciou diversas paisagens na Europa.

A imponência de serra e, ao mesmo tempo, a sua amenidade, fazem de Sintra um lugar único no qual o “espírito da terra” e o sagrado sempre se manifestaram de um modo privilegiado.

BOAS PRÁTICAS

O modelo de gestão do património cultural e natural depende de um ciclo virtuoso centrado na capacidade dos parques e monumentos para gerar receitas através de fluxos regulares de visitantes, simultaneamente preservando o valor universal excecional do bem. Isto é conseguido através da recuperação, valorização e abertura de novos polos de visita à fruição pública, constante melhoria da experiência do visitante e diversificação dos serviços e atividades que oferece, tais como visitas guiadas, passeios temáticos, cursos e workshops, animação cultural, cafetarias e lojas. São, igualmente, implementadas soluções de mobilidade sustentável, como a criação de uma rede de percursos pedestres, a disponibilização de bicicletas elétricas e a implementação de um programa de turismo equestre.

Um Conselho Científico reúne especialistas em património natural e edificado presta aconselhamento em questões de proteção, conservação e restauro, estabelecendo parcerias regulares com universidades e centros de investigação. Este relacionamento atrai estudantes, estagiários e investigadores e permite que os processos de conservação e restauro sejam suportados e orientados por estudos preliminares multidisciplinares. Os projetos de reabilitação são sempre realizados à vista do público – “abertos para obras”.

Em 2007 foi estabelecido um protocolo com a Direção Geral dos Serviços Prisionais, que tem permitido integrar, nas equipes de conservação de edifícios, florestas e jardins, reclusos de vários estabelecimentos prisionais em cumprimento de fim de pena e regime aberto voltado para o exterior com vista à sua adaptação social após a libertação. Este programa que tem servido de modelo a diversas empresas, e recebeu em 2009 o European Entreprise Award na categoria de Melhor Projeto de Inclusão. Prosseguindo uma política de diversificação das iniciativas de responsabilidade social, em 2011 teve inicio um programa em parceria com instituições locais para a educação e reabilitação de cidadãos inadaptados através da colaboração na manutenção de alguns dos jardins recentemente restaurados.

 

Eleição da Miss Portuguesa Setúbal 2018

 

Beatriz Casalão foi eleita, em evento realizado este sábado à noite a bordo de um barco, para representar o distrito na final do Miss Portuguesa 2018.

O Miss Portuguesa Setúbal 2018, realizado numa travessia num ferryboat da ligação entre a cidade e Troia, fundeado a meio do rio, contou com o desfile de 15 jovens do distrito.

Beatriz Casalão, 17 anos, de Setúbal, foi eleita vencedora, enquanto Beatriz Carvalho, 18 anos, igualmente do concelho, foi escolhida como primeira dama de honor e Natalina Machado, 22 anos, de Alcochete, como segunda.

O evento, com organização Miss Portuguesa e apoio da Câmara Municipal de Setúbal contou com a presença da “rainha” de 2017, a setubalense Filipa Barroso, que tem vindo a acompanhar estas fases regionais pelo país.

A presidente da autarquia, Maria das Dores Meira, também esteve no espetáculo, com apresentação de Natália Abreu e Acácio José, no qual as participantes desfilaram em roupa de calções e t-shirt alusivos à cidade, vestidos de chita como homenagem a uma tradição muito enraizada em Setúbal e ainda em traje de noite.

O evento foi animado com música de La Caña Sevilhanas e Flamenco e das cantoras Sara Margarida e Susana Martins, bem como com exibições do grupo feminino de hip hop Beat Crew e de danças de salão com Mónica Banza e Miguel Jones.

A setubalense Beatriz Casalão junta-se às outras 17 finalistas regionais que vão desfilar na final do Miss Portuguesa 2018, agendada para dia 28 de julho, em Gondomar.

Tourist Destinations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for tourists and travelers seeking close contact with nature, pristine beaches, National Parks and tropical rain and cloud forests. It one of the best countries to visit for biological diversity, primary forests, coral reefs, endangered species and enchanting white sand beaches, with outstanding surfing and scuba diving. Yet there is even more to Costa Rica; and here is a list of Must See Tourist Destinations in Costa Rica.

PUERTO VIEJO DE SARAPIQUI

Puerto viejo de Sarapiqui, offers one of the most interesting riverboat trips in Costa Rica. There is no guide, however you will find that the locals are more than happy to show you around or to take you out on their own boats. The trip takes several hours during which time you will see many beautiful birds, monkeys, sloths and even the occasional crocodile. There is a beautiful lodge in a small village called La Trinidad that is absolutely enchanting should you wish to stay in this fascinating area. Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui can be reached via two different ways. You can either go through Sta Clara, in Heredia from where you follow the direction to Tigre, or you take the road to Barva, pass the Poas Volcano from where you just follow the signs to Puerto Viejo. Either way is just as picturesque and the roads are in perfect condition.

LANKESTER BOTANICAL GARDENS

On the Eastern side of San Jose, as you are on your way to the Irazu Volcano, make sure to make a detour to the Lankester Gardens. Located 3.7 miles east of Cartago on the road to Paraiso, these gardens are most definitely worth a visit.

The collection of Orchids that you will see there is the most outstanding in the country. Naturalist and botanist Charles Lankester West originally established the gardens in 1917. In 1973 the gardens were donated to the University of Costa Rica for continued research and to make them accessible to the public. These gardens hold over three thousands indigenous and rare specious of orchids spread over 26 acres. Many of these species grow in the canopy and bloom once or twice a year, these gardens therefore give visitors the chance to see beautiful flowers that are otherwise almost impossible to observe. The gardens also have a collection of cacti, succulents and bromeliads and an enchanting butterfly garden. Today the Lankester Botanical Garden can be counted among the most important botanical gardens of the Inotropic.

THE BARRA HONDA NATIONAL PARK

The Barra Honda National Park is a true wonder of wildlife with its unique flora and fauna in Costa Rica; their main attraction are the stalactites, stalagmites and other calcareous that form the 40 limestone caverns that are only accessible with professional climbing gear and guides.It is also probably the only place in this country where you can find accommodation actually within a National Park, it also has camping grounds. on your way to the caverns you will see some of the most exceptional tropical dry forest of the planet along the trails. This is probably the only place or Earth where you can see capuchin monkeys and cactus together. You can also watch howler monkeys, kinkajous, raccoons, peccaries, agoutis, deer and huge anteaters.

LA SELVA BIOLOGICAL STATION

La Selva is an area of 1600 hectares of tropical rain forest located in the Caribbean lowland in the northern region of Costa Rica. Indeed 75% of this area consists of primary tropical rain forest. Dr. Leslie Holdridge established La Selva in 1954; it was just a farm at first where she could conduct experiments with mixed plantations for the study of natural resources management. In 1968, the Organization for Tropical Studies bought it and declared it a Biological Reserve.

 

It is today one of the most important sites for research on tropical rain forests. La Selva Biological Station is actually an extension of the Braulio Carillo National Park and is like a corridor that descends from almost 3000 meters on the Barva Volcano to just 35 meters at La Selva, the whole area includes four tropical life zones and habitats, with over seven hundreds species of trees and five thousand species of plants. It is home to large predators like the Jaguar, the bushmaster and the puma, various types of monkeys and other mammals, and four hundred species of migratory and resident birds that represents almost half of the birds present in Costa Rica.

MARINO BALLENAS NATIONAL PARK

The Marino Ballenas National Park, located on the southern Pacific coast in Puntarenas Province, was created to protect the whales that come to mate off the shores of Costa Rica between the months of December and April. It is also a stunning place to visit, just for itself and is wonderful for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing and for simply enjoying the true beauty of nature. Its peaceful and serene atmosphere is maintained simply because it is seldom visited and is perfect for those seeking direct contact with nature. Green marine iguanas that like to bask in the sun live on the white sand beaches. There you will also find a mangrove habitat and the largest and most impressive coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America. Olive Ridley turtles make their nests on the shore. The park provides a truly memorable visit and is not to be missed, unique in Costa Rica.

PALO VERDE

Palo Verde is considered to be the most important sanctuary for migrating birds and resident waterfowl in Central America. Located in Nicoya, it is a great place to stop while on your way to the wonderful beaches of Malpais and Sta Teresa on the Pan American highway. It can still be considered to be a hidden jewel, as it thankfully receives very few visitors; if this was not the case, the natural balance would be skewed and the birds would stop coming.

Palo Verde has some camping areas where the ground is well drained, as well as a few basic outhouses and outdoor showers. This is the ideal destination for those with a taste for adventure and who don’t mind roughing it a bit. With its 15 different habitats, Palo Verde offers the green foliage of wetlands set against tropical dry forests, a contrast that again reminds us of the biodiversity of Costa Rica. Magnificent boat tours are the perfect way to discover this lost land and its vibrant wildlife. During most of the year the marshes can easily be seen from the station from where one can spot storks, egrets, ibis, ducks, geese, herons, jacanas and many other migrating birds.

Virtual Offices

The virtual office idea came from a combination of technological innovation and the Information Age. The concept has roots in life before (and even during) the Industrial Revolution, where parallels to current work styles, specifically working from home, have been drawn. The virtual office concept is an evolution of the executive suite industry. However, the inflexibility of an executive suite lease doesn’t work for many business models and helped spur the virtual office concept

The term “virtual office” implies space utilization, but a full application may include professional live communications

Communications services

Remote receptionist – A team of workers in an office environment working remotely, using high-tech Computer Telephone Integration software, to replace a traditional receptionist.

Virtual assistant – A virtual assistant is often a “lone eagle” working from home, who rarely meets their clients face-to-face. A virtual assistant typically has no access to CTI Software. Rates run $25 an hour and up

Answering services/call centers operate from a centralized location for the purpose of receiving and transmitting a large volume of requests by telephone. Users lament problems of security, impersonal staff with high turnover, language barriers, translation errors and a less-than-professional image. When selecting an answering service, look for one based in your own country so that there are no language barriers.

Voicemail is a low-cost technology that stores voice messages electronically. Recent advances in technology allow for the conversion of Voicemail messages to email making message retrieval far more convenient for business owners. In customer service applications, voicemail has limitations. Used for customer service, voicemail has become synonymous with frustration. The complaints are legion and have inspired spoofs on the voicemail experience. Studies also show that up to 75% of callers simply hang up when their call is answered by a machine.

Virtual office space – Virtual office gives you a chance to own a high-profile reputed address in a city of your choice, at a fraction of the buying or renting cost of such an address.

Phone answering service – Virtual office phone answering service bridges the gap between you and your numerous clients

Space services

Professional address – A prestigious building to be used as the business address. A professional address alleviates the privacy and personal security concerns of running a home-based business. A user can expand into new markets by utilizing a provider with multiple locations to establish a professional presence in the desired growth markets.

Mailing address – The professional address can be used for accepting, sending and forwarding mail without the connotations of a PO box. Under US law, a PO box is to be clearly indicated and so not conducive for most corporate entities in this regard. Some VO providers offer 24/7 access to individually assigned and locked mailboxes. This allows the staff of a VO user to have a centralized location as a convenient vehicle for the secure transfer of paper documents 24/7. A mail-only provider may be subject to USPS CMRA regulations.

Open envelope scanning – A handler opens the mail and scans the contents, emailing or transferring the digitized documents onto a cloud-based file storage system that users can access immediately. The opened physical mail is then shredded unless further storage is requested.

Reception courtesies – Receptionists at the business address can receive and sign for incoming overnight, deliveries, packages and provide document drop-off/pick-up services. On-site witnesses and notaries may be available, depending on the provider.

Business meeting space – The on-demand use (hourly, daily or weekly) of conference rooms and offices for meetings. Meeting space can often be rented at short notice.

Casual workspace – As an alternative to the distractions of co-working or the interruptions of a home office, office space is available on an occasional or “drop-in” basis, either hourly, daily or monthly.

Executive suite – A small percentage of VO users lease space full-time

On-site amenities – A full-service virtual office will provide broadband Internet, fax-copier-printer, advanced phone features, conference calling, video conferencing, kitchenette and a business-worthy lobby/waiting area.

Virtual office solution – Virtual office solution gives dual advantages in whichever city you need and a reputed business address which would marginalize the gap created by established brand value.

Live virtual receptionist – A virtual answering service is an automated system with a live virtual receptionist. This kind of service can be enjoyed without purchasing expensive equipment.

Other servicesOther services may include creation of a website, business cards, attorney consultations.

A virtual office blends home and work to gain efficiencies in both. Office expenses are low, while the user’s professionalism retains the image of a traditional, high-cost office. A virtual office user can reduce their environmental impact, as well as the personal negatives of a daily commute. Virtual office clientèle have the flexibility to match expenses with revenue fluctuations immediately, as the costs are usually variable. A virtual office can allow for low-cost expansion with no long-term commitments. Users taking advantage of virtual office receptionists eliminate the traditional burden of health care, records, payroll, insurance & rent. Also, traditional time off (sick days, vacations, personal leaves, etc.) does not apply to virtual staff.

Virtual offices are experiencing growth even in a recessionary economy, and not just in the United States. As businesses look to trim expenses, virtual office services help reduce overhead while keeping professionalism high. For example, by paying for space and communication infrastructure on an as-needed basis, businesses can keep office expenses to a minimum. The portability of today’s technology also allows for a more flexible work environment. As businesses trend to a more “online” workplace, the notion of paying for space full-time becomes anachronistic. Traditional receptionists making $12–14/hour can be replaced with remote receptionist services at a fraction of the traditional cost. Some virtual office companies or telephone answering companies offer a franchise system, enabling entrepreneurs to enter the marketplace for a fraction of the usual set up costs and with the added bonus of leads being fed to them.

The Turkish Apo Çoruhlu

The Turkish Apo Çoruhlu is the founder of tour operators Pacha Tours and Terra Brasil. Lives in Portugal for 32 years.


Turkey was a very little explored destination, and I decided to create a tour operator, Pacha Tours, exclusively to organize trips to Turkey. Turkey had cultural interests, they wanted to get to know Istanbul and Cappadocia. Memories of Apo Çoruhlu, who settled in Portugal for 32 years, and who created his first company here in the area of ​​tourism.

Çoruhlu recalls that “it was necessary to train fluent guides in Portuguese”. Thus, in the early 1990s, those who spoke French were brought to Portugal for “an intensive course of three / four months”. It was a tourist boom in Turkey that lasted until February 1999, when Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the PKK, a Kurdish independence organization, was captured. “There were fears of reprisals” and many trips were canceled. In Portugal, to respond to this new reality, Çoruhlu founded another tour operator, Terra Brasil, with trips to the Brazilian Northeast, also an unexplored destination. “It was a success,” he says. And ended up extending the offer with new destinations: Morocco, Greece, Tunisia.

It also creates other companies in the same industry, but currently only operates a company in Turkey, which operates entirely online, Medi Travel, which sells destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Israel in South and Central America. In Portugal, since 2014 he runs a company that helps compatriots in gold visas and real estate. “There are buildings in Lisbon that we bought, rehabilitated and are now totally occupied by Turks,” he says. There are “Turks who come to live in Portugal unhappy with the political situation,” he says.

A proof of the affection and interest that Çoruhlu has for Portugal is the blog Portekizli (De Portugal), also present on Facebook, where she writes about different aspects of our country and highlights the history, culture and national landscape. “I like the North, Braga, Gerês. I really like being in Gerês,” he says. For the entrepreneur, who also has Portuguese nationality, the Douro River “is the most beautiful in the world”. And he feels more or more Portuguese than Turkish. “I was very happy even when Portugal was European champion. I felt really Portuguese.” After all, “I have lived more years in Portugal than in Turkey”. Football is one of the great passions of this “sportinguista de lugar cativo”.

It had a brief incursion in the sector of the restoration, having opened, in 2005, two restaurants of gastronomy Turkish and Greek. “It brought the cooks and even bakers. It was a success,” but, being an “absorbing” task, he eventually sold them.
The first time he was in Portugal, he was 19 years old, it was in February 1977. “I traveled from Bordeaux on a bus to Casal Ribeiro”, from Lisbon to Saldanha, where a bus station was located at the time. The first impression was negative: it seemed to him the “worst country in Europe, after Albania”, perhaps because it arrived at night on a winter day. A perception that quickly changed, he admits. But Çoruhlu notes that “Portugal was a very different country. It has evolved a lot.”

He came for Carnival to personally meet his future wife, then in the first year of medical school, with whom he corresponded under the Penfriends (Friends by Correspondence) program. “We wrote in French,” he recalls. The following year, it will be the turn of the medical student to visit Çoruhlu in Istanbul. “Civil marriage was in Portugal” in 1985, “after we finished our studies.” But “the party was in Turkey,” he recalls. “Initially, we stayed in Istanbul, but it was complicated at the time a foreigner to practice medicine. There were laws that prohibited it.” And they eventually moved to Portugal. “Five years later, those laws were abolished.” His wife speaks “fluently Turkish” and the Portuguese of Çoruhlu, who made this year 60 years, is practically perfect. The couple has a daughter. For the Turkish businessman “there is no people like the Portuguese.” The wealth of this country is people, “he continues, noting that, however,” the Portuguese do not know their own value. They are always devaluing “national things, perhaps with the exception of the climate, which is one of the aspects that most appreciates in Portugal, in parallel with the security environment that it feels, and the gastronomy, which it considers” very similar “to the Turkish. “You can even eat well in a simple restaurant.” Çoruhlu recalls that when he arrived in Portugal, “he could not eat cod. . It was too heavy for me, too salty. Now it’s one of my favorite dishes. “

Drier, warmer climate impeding forest regeneration, research shows

Forests are defined by their resiliency, their ability to regenerate after fire rips through the landscape. That image isn’t just familiar to the news cycle — it’s a natural cycle.

“Forests are used to burning,” University of Guelph ecologist Merritt Turetsky told CTVNews.ca. “They have been burning for 5,000 years since fire came into the landscape.”

But a growing body of research suggests humans are messing with that resiliency. “What we’re doing as a result of human climate change is we’re really whacking that resilience cycle,” she said

Forests are drier than they’ve ever been and the forest fires that typically have allowed them to regenerate are burning more intensely than ever, instead leaving soil conditions too stressful for seedlings to grow.

“We’re pushing these forests into new climate scenarios,” she said.

The research supports her claims. In a new study published in the journal Ecology Letters in December, U.S. researchers looked at 1,500 forests impacted by more than 50 wildfires across the Rockies over a 30-year period beginning in 1985.

Regrowth was less common after the year 2000 than before because of warmer and drier conditions. The study, led by Camille Stevens-Rumann at Colorado State University, found there was no regrowth at about 500 of the sites, or a third of the 1,500 analyzed in the research.

Though the study looked at an American ecosystem, Turetsky says there are parallel findings and concerns for the Canadian boreal forest. Indeed, Natural Resources Canada says climate change will result in more frequent wildfires as “fire-prone conditions” increase across the country.

With drier conditions and more intense fires, the soil is often burned down to the bedrock.

“It’s literally removing all signs of life,” said Turetsky. “It’s really hard for plants to regenerate on that kind of stressful soil.”

The effects are two-fold, she says.

First, the impact on “Northern ways of living,” as witnessed in the Fort McMurray fires that ravaged North Alberta in 2016, with billions of dollars in estimated damages.

Second, the long-term effects on Canada’s boreal forest, defined by coniferous trees but seeing more deciduous growth with the new conditions. This could have broader impact than simply what trees Canadians see.

“If we see a shift from coniferous to deciduous in general that will mean the boreal biome will store less carbon. That carbon is going to end up in the atmosphere,” she said. “What happens in our Canadian forests doesn’t stay in our Canadian forests. It effects the whole climate system.”

£26 million for local regeneration

Grants to support 24 projects in disadvantaged and rural communities.

Communities across Scotland will benefit from a share of £26 million to support local regeneration.

A total of 24 projects will be awarded funding in 2018/19 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects that engage and involve local communities in disadvantaged areas, tackle inequality and support inclusive growth.

The joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment will help to support or create more than 1,400 jobs, refurbish or bring back into use 23 local buildings, support over 300 businesses and community enterprises as well as more than 84 community facilities and services.

Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart announced the funding at Paisley Museum, which is being given £4 million towards a £42m project to create a major destination showing off the town’s globally-significant textile heritage and unique collections.

Mr Stewart said:

“I’m really pleased that 24 fantastic, locally-driven projects will benefit from this major injection of funding. Spanning the length and breadth of the country, they will help regenerate local areas, stimulate inclusive growth and create new jobs.

“The focus of the projects range from tackling social isolation, mitigating welfare cuts, providing training opportunities, creating business space and increasing tourism – to name but a few. They are an excellent example of how national and local government are working together on shared priorities that benefit local communities.”

COSLA’s Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle said:

“This fund is an invaluable tool for local authorities to help deliver on the regeneration aspirations of the communities which they represent. These diverse projects reflect the localised approaches being taken to help regenerate communities across the country, all of which will help deliver strong economic, social, and physical outcomes.

“Continuation of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for the remainder of the Parliamentary term emphasises the joint commitment of Scottish and local government to regeneration policy, and I’m keen to see what further innovative projects come forward in the future rounds of this fund.”

Background

A total of 119 projects have been recommended for support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund since 2014/15. Funding has been confirmed for the remainder of the current parliamentary term, subject to annual spending reviews.

The fund, which has been developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities, is open to all 32 Scottish local authorities and their Special Purpose Vehicles. An independent panel makes recommendations to the Scottish Ministers and COSLA on which projects should receive funding.