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first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team,” he said in a statement. “In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve.”Villarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAteneo team manager Tony Boy Liao said on Wednesday that Bundit was asked to go on leave by Ateneo athletics director Em Fernandez.But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “When I heard the news, I was saddened because we spent a lot of years together and I learned a lot from him,” she said. “I’m so thankful to him because I know I improved a lot as a player. I got my physical and mental toughness from him.”“Though we had a love-hate relationship, I still loved and respected him despite all the pains we had to endure during training, some of which even made me cry,” said middle blocker Aerieal Patnongon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ PSC gets boost from USSA hookup Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues,” said Villarin. “I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach and our school.”Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances, highlighted by the school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.Members from that back-to-back title run, though, felt sorry for Bundit’s current situation.“Of course, it’s sad because he really gave a lot for the school,” said setter Jia Morado.Michelle Morente also acknowledged multititled mentor’s huge part in helping her become one of the best opposite spikers in college today.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgThe pathetic story of seventeen children whose parents died due to the insidious Ebola virus disease in Tubmanburg, Bomi County demands that the Liberian government  establish an Ebola Orphaned Children Secretariat to handle their needs.This proposal was made  by Mr. Anthony L. M. Boakai, executive director of the Forerunners of Children Universal Rights for Survival, (FOCUS), a child advocacy group in Monrovia, following a recent visit to Bomi County. He told the Daily Observer  that the children, both males and females, need urgent intervention in the form of clothes, food, medicine, along with a positive environment to give them hope for their survival.The Liberian government should set up an ‘Ebola Orphaned Children Secretariat’ to provide care for those orphaned by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.“These children must not be allowed to become liabilities on the Liberian society in the future,” Boakai said, “and therefore we must  establish the means of intervention now.”He commended Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), which is also a child advocacy body, for its urgent initiative to provide food, clothes, toys, medicine, to identified Ebola- orphans in selected areas in the country.Street Child of Liberia began distribution of mattresses, food, argo oil and medicines to the first quota of 30 orphans, from the total of 174 orphans in their data base. According to CHL program director Michael Bull, the beneficiaries included   children in West Point, Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and Banjor in Virginia, Montserrado County.Boakai said SCL’s  intervention is one effective way to prevent more emotional devastation to the children whose parents, became victims of the Ebola scourge.He said from June to October this year, 114 Ebola made-orphans have died in Montserrado County, including 77 males and 37 females, quoting his organization’s statistics.Boakai has meanwhile recommended the involvement of psycho-social counselors, female Ebola survivors and nursery school teachers to cater to the psychological, moral, spiritual, and educational needs of the children.He said it would be a disservice to humanity if stakeholders should wait for the number of Ebola orphaned children to escalate further without adopting any intervention strategy. He was therefore urging the Liberian government to adopt a well coordinated National Program to address the plight of such at risk children in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanAs the National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference got underway on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education, several burning issues affecting Amerindian communities were brought to the fore from the onset, some of which included the alleged political interference in Indigenous communities and the need for strengthening of the NTC – the largest organisation representing this particular ethnic group.President David Granger; Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo; Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock; NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks and member of the National Toshaos Council at the opening on MondayVice President and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock stated in his address at the opening of the annual conference that the NTC leadership appears to be weak and disjointed and urged leaders to work towards strengthening this institution. Allicock said however that leadership among villages and communities seems to be much stronger than that of the NTC executive.“I detect the need for a stronger, more unified approach to decision-making at the level of the executive. I urge that we recognise the need for deepening the process of consultation on some critical issues between that body and the wider leadership of the NTC – this means you,” the Minister stated.Allicock questioned whether leaders that form the NTC have been consulted on issues affecting their respective villages and whether they know what happens after the executive of the NTC makes a decision on a particular matter. On that note, the Minister said a lot more focus needs to be placed on creating positive changes in the many Amerindian villages that spread across Guyana.According to him, too much negativity is often peddled in forums like that conference. He said while it’s important to highlight challenges that face these Amerindians villages, it would also be good to suggest sound development plans that could help with bettering the livelihoods of the people of the villages.Meanwhile, NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks told the delegation at the conference that there is political interference, in the execution of programmes and policies in Amerindian communities, such as the establishment of towns. This includes areas such as: Lethem, in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); and Mahdia, in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).“We need to have consultation, Mr President; all of these without the Indigenous participation through FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent). This is troubling and needs redress mechanism,” he posited, while calling for the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples Commission.Fredericks said apart from this issue, the most reoccurring issue affecting Amerindian villages until now is land rights. While acknowledging that these issues can only be addressed over a long period of time, the NTC Chairman said more work is needed in this area.The NTC Chairman also urged leaders to work together to resolve the issue of the Amerindian Act. He said, “Let us work together instead of back and forth, pulling and tugging. We need to attack the issues and change our mindset of attacking personalities.”Land titling and demarcation, and amendments to the Amerindian Act of 2006 are two of the topics that will be up for discussion at this year’s NTC Conference.Land demarcation of Indigenous settlements, especially with regard to mining activity, has long been a contentious issue among leaders of these communities.Many Indigenous leaders and organisations have voiced concerns over the imposition of mining activity on their lands to Government and the public over the years.last_img read more

first_img…MAPM vows more protestsBy Lakhram BhagiratSmart City Solutions (SCS) and the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of the City of Georgetown have reached a new agreement under the controversial Parking Meter Project, which will now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city.This new structure was presented at a Special Statutory Meeting called to discuss the recommendations of the Parking Meter Renegotiation Committee, on Wednesday.Some of the Councillors at the Special Statutory Meeting on Wednesday“Pay for time instead of space was agreed to by both parties, thus allowing persons to move from location to location until the time paid for is exhausted. This will allow for the transferability of time from meter to meter,” Councillor Akeem Peter proudly boasted.Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday while parking will be free on Saturdays.The M&CC had entered into a contract with SCS Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown, but following heavy objection and intense protest from citizens, Central Government suspended the by-laws of the project. The renegotiated contract with SCS and the restructured fees come in light of a recent High Court ruling quashing the by-laws of the controversial project. The city, through its lawyers, has filed an appeal to the ruling.The renegotiation committee’s report noted that SCS has agreed that the condition for enforcement of paid parking in the city be in conjunction with the parking meter by-laws, despite those by-laws being quashed.Chairman of the renegotiating committee, Councillor Akeem Peter said that there were 15 consultation sessions, with 13 of them being the Committee just meeting to discuss a way forward before meeting with the representatives from SCS.He noted that SCS was cooperative during the renegotiation phase and that while some of the terms of the original contract remain unchanged, both parties agreed to modify as many critical terms as possible to satisfy the needs of the general public.Modified contractUnder the modified contract, both parties have agreed to have an oversight committee set up to monitor, review and manage the operations of the project. The committee is expected to have three representatives from City Hall, three from SCS and one third-party, with the terms of reference for the committee expected to be agreed upon at a later date.During his lengthy synopsis of the renegotiation process, Peter noted it was agreed that the project shall be reviewed every six months for the first three years, both the operational and financial aspects of the project. Additionally, there would be no immediate booting for the first three months following the recommencement of the project, but after the grace period, failure to pay parking fees for up to three violations would result in booking or towing. Peter also said under the new arrangement SCS may recommend that City Hall put a vehicle up for auction after 60 days of it being unclaimed.Peter also proudly boasted that schools and religious organisations would now be required to write SCS seeking consideration to be exempted from paid parking.The committee’s report noted that during the renegotiations, the subject of the shared profit and he contract was discussed and it was agreed to have it remain the same – 20/80 M&CC-SCS for a period of 20 years. It was also disclosed that in the event of arbitration the proceedings would be held in Miami despite the jurisdiction being Guyana.Not enough timeThe final report of the committee was presented to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green on Monday and sent to Councillors around 18:00h on Tuesday. Several of the Councillors complained of not enough time being allotted for them to peruse the 90 plus pages of the document.Councillor Alfred Mentore said that he would have preferred more time to decipher the minutes of the meetings the committee had with SCS so that he could seek clarifications and he would have also wanted to have his constituents’ input in his final decision.“I’m not saying I’m not in support of parking meters. I am in support of parking meters and how we go about dealing with parking meters, but the mad rush to push it through is what I’m concerned about,” Mentore noted.Councillors Khame Sharma, Bishram Kuppen and Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikaran also reiterated that position.ScrappedThe Deputy Mayor during his charged presentation on the recommendations of the report reiterated that the contract should be scrapped, and the process restarted since it was a project that was shrouded in secrecy. He added that while he was not against metered parking, he was against the process that led to SCS being the contractor since the initial contract lacked transparency.“The matter is still in front of the court and it is sub judice…I feel that this contract should not have been renegotiated…we need help and parking meters would offer relief coupled with proper traffic management, but I don’t believe Smart City is the solution…you could put lipstick on a pig and at the end of the day, it’s still a pig,” Jaikaran noted.More protestsFollowing the implementation of the parking meters, a civil society group – Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) was formed and played an instrumental role in the suspension of the by-laws of the controversial project.A member of that group, Don Singh, was at the Special Statutory Meeting and following the recommendations, he noted that the MAPM was willing to take to the streets again to ensure that the project was scrapped.He said that they would continue to monitor the project closely and would take the necessary action.last_img read more

first_img It’s part of the city’ $3 million Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. By January, the city hopes to have a 20-year blueprint on how to improve the environment in the river and use five nodes along the river where the city can develop something on the banks of the waterway. Meeting participants will be able to weigh in today on what should be developed at the node near them. Parisian-style cafes and bicycle rental shops? Ballfields? Native habitat? Natural streams to watch fish and frogs? The meeting begins with short presentation on the master plan progress up to this point. Then people will break up into smaller groups to look at potential projects along the river. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 IF YOU GO What: Public input on L.A. River development San Fernando Valley residents will be able to map out where they want to see parks, open space and redevelopment along the Los Angeles River at a workshop today in Van Nuys. The hands-on session is designed to evaluate 20 sites along the 32-mile river where the community can connect with the waterway, perhaps through trails, pocket parks, natural habitat, or small commercial developments. “They should think big and think broad,” said Jill Sourial, environmental deputy for Councilman Ed Reyes, who chairs the city’s Ad Hoc Committee on the L.A. River. “This next set of workshops will take the leap beyond the river channel and into improvements you’d like to see in the community and how you can use the river to drive those improvements.” When: Today, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: Birmingham High School, 17000 Haynes St., Van Nuys More information: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA leading Garda has said he suspects the rate of drink-driving detections may only be the tip of the iceberg.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking after 25 people were arrested in Letterkenny, last weekend for drink-driving. It followed a large-scale sting operation by Gardai to clamp down on drink-drivers during the Donegal International Rally.A total of 90 people were arrested for a range of offences including 42 for public order, 17 for dangerous driving, 25 for drink-driving and 6 for drugs offences.Many were processed before weekend sittings of Letterkenny District Court while 48 came before the court today.Inspector Harrison admitted his officers set up a large sting operation in a bid to detect drink drivers.But he said the rate of arrests proved that the problem of drink-driving is much higher than is being perceived.He said “We have long suspected that the rate of drink-driving is much higher than is being detected. But the issue is resources.“We had increased resources on the ground last weekend including more members and more man-hours and that resulted in these arrests including the 25 people detained for suspected drink-driving.“To me that proves that we have a much more serious issue than we previously thought. Yes, we had greater numbers of people in the town but I cannot remember a time when we has 25 cases of suspected drink-driving.“The reality is that there is a lack of fear of being caught because the public knows that we have a serious lack of manpower and we do not have the members on the ground,” he said.He revealed that at one checkpoint alone set-up over a short period of time last weekend, four drink-drivers were caught.Inspector Harrison said he wanted to stress that the rally was incredibly-well marshalled and those arrested were not genuine rally fans.“We probably had a bigger crowd coming into Donegal last weekend than we have had for a long time.“And yet there was no serious injury during the rally. It was actually a pleasure to police.“The organisers of the rally, the Donegal Motor Club, go to extraordinary lengths to ensure safety and that has to be stressed.“Those arrested are not genuine rally fans and most do not even go out and attend the stages of the rally but are only here to cause trouble,” he said.Arrests show drink-driving is a major issue in Donegal – Garda Inspector was last modified: June 19th, 2017 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:arrestsdonegaldrink drivinglast_img read more

first_imgSummer campSt. Mary’s club Convoy in conjunction with Foróige and the North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force will be hosting a 3 day summer camp for 14 and 15 year old boys and girls focusing on alcohol and drug education. The programme is about providing young people with a safe environment in which they can discuss attitudes, beliefs and opinions about drugs, and gives them the opportunity to develop and enhance their life skills to deal with situations that may arise in the future and make positive decisions that will improve their overall health and well being.The programme will take place in St. Mary’s Club House on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the 12th, 13th and 14th of July from 11am to 3pm.The day will include group discussions, role play, and games. It will be a fun way to approach this specific area which most parents fear that will impact in their children’s lives at some point in the future either directly or indirectly.The programme is free and there is no cost. Just ask the young people to bring a lunch. Places are limited so it is essential if your young person is interested to book their place immediately.Contact Sarah (Health and Wellbeing Officer) on 086 0686373 or send a personal message to St.Marys GAA page.This programme is open to every young person ages 14 or 15 and they do not need to be involved in GAA or be from the Convoy area to attend.Lotto 5/7/16KE LD GY MN, 2 people matched 3 counties, Ciaran Gallagher from Raphoe, and Eileen O’Donnell from Convoy. Jackpot next week €4550.Club newsUnderage training is now on summer break. Thanks to all our Coaches who have gave their time and commitment all year. A big thank you to all who helped in anyway at end of year Blitz on Friday evening.U 12 girls are hosting Blitz on Saturday at home and again we will be calling on our coaches to help out. U 16 boys have a match on Monday at home- check Facebook page for details.Senior men and ladies training continues as normalHard luck to our Senior men and reserve men who lost out to Carndonagh.FundraiserThe club will be having a Guess the Score fundraiser for the upcoming Ulster final. It will be €1 a guess with 20 lines on a sheet. €100 prize for correct/nearest score. One sheet per family in the club will be distributed early in the week. We appreciate your continued support. Please return all sheets and money by FridayGood luck to Donegal Seniors and Minors in the Ulster FinalGAA NEWS: ST. MARY’S CONVOY HOSTING EDUCATIONAL SUMMER CAMP FOR TEENAGERS was last modified: July 11th, 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:convoysaint marys clublast_img read more

first_imgIt was a rubbish job but someone had to do it!An operation to put a huge 40ft lorry back on the road to recovery was finally complete last night.It probably didn’t help matters that more than 10 tons of recyclable waste spilled out onto the road just outside Crolly. Donegal County Council swung into action and two cranes were ordered form Northern Ireland to help get the truck back upright again.A major traffic management operation was then undertaken to allow traffic pass through the area.Emergency services were on the scene within minutes following the accident.However the driver of the truck had a very lucky escape and apart from severe shock, he did not have to receive treatment. Our pictures show the extent of the operation and how what could have been a tragedy miraculously ended without so much as a scratch.Many thanks to Ronan McGarvey for the pictures.EndsSOMETIMES EVEN ‘RUBBISH’ DAYS HAVE A HAPPY ENDING! was last modified: August 27th, 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

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The EPA and the Corps’ proposal involves two steps. First, the agencies propose to “rescind” Obama’s WOTUS rule and “re-codify,” or re-enter, the definition of WOTUS “that existed prior to 2015” into the federal regulations. The pre-2015 rule would serve as a placeholder until the agencies are able to carry out the second part of their plan. The second part of the plan involves developing and proposing a new definition of WOTUS. This announcement comes several months after President Trump called for either a repeal or revision of the WOTUS Rule in his February 28, 2017 Executive Order (EO). The EO was quickly followed by the EPA and other agencies filing a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule (Notice).The WOTUS Rule went into effect on August 28, 2015. The Rule expanded the meaning of “waters of the United States,” or those waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), to include “tributaries to interstate waters, waters adjacent to interstate waters, waters adjacent to tributaries of interstate waters, and other waters that have a significant nexus to interstate waters.” Furthermore, the Rule stated that tributaries are WOTUS when they flow into navigable waters, even if their flow was not constant. The rule also elaborated on the meaning of “adjacent waters.”In the short term, step one of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for a repeal of the Obama Administration’s definition of WOTUS, and a reimplementation of the WOTUS rule that existed prior to 2015. In order to do this, the agencies are proposing a rule. The proposed rule calls for the Code of Federal Regulations—in particular, 33 C.F.R. §328.3, to be amended to reflect the previous definition of WOTUS. Notably, this definition does not include the Obama Administration’s expanded descriptions of “tributaries” or “adjacent waters.” Furthermore, there is no mention of “significant nexus.”In the long term, the second step of the EPA and the Corps’ plan calls for the agencies to perform a “substantive re-evaluation” of the definition of WOTUS. Any re-evaluation of the definition will likely take Trump’s EO into account, which called for the EPA and other agencies to, in any “[f]uture [r]ulemaking,” “consider interpreting the term ‘navigable waters’” as Justice Scalia did in Rapanos v. U.S. The CWA defines “navigable waters” as “waters of the United States, including territorial seas.” Thus, “navigable waters” and “WOTUS” are one in the same. Scalia’s interpretation rejected the idea that navigable waters and WOTUS could come from channels where water flow was only occasional. Justice Scalia asserted that navigable waters/WOTUS must be, for the most part, permanent bodies of water. Given the language in Trump’s EO, it is likely that the second step of the plan will involve a proposed rule that includes a definition of WOTUS that closely resembles Scalia’s interpretation.It is important to keep in mind that even if the EPA and the Corps successfully repeal and replace the previous administration’s definition of WOTUS, it is still very likely that opponents will challenge any new definition. Furthermore, both the short term and long term parts of the plan have to go through the rulemaking process, including a comment and review period, before they can become effective. As a result, the debate over the meaning of WOTUS is likely far from finished.last_img read more

first_imgWhat is the greenest way to build a deck? Is it okay to use pressure-treated lumber? What is the best way to attach it to the house? What kind of decking is the most sustainable, and what is the best method for attaching the deck boards to the framing? Should the surfaces be finished? With what product? These are just some of the questions I hear about creating outdoor living space.My answer is always that the greenest deck is a patio. Sure, wooden decks or balconies are usually the only options if they have to be significantly above ground level, although there are masonry- and petroleum-based products that can work in those applications.Outdoor living space is a great way to expand our living area without increasing the amount of conditioned space: it gets us out into the open air, into the nature we’re trying to preserve with the green building movement. But asking any “green” material to stand up to the environmental exposure a deck is subjected to is asking a lot. When the outdoor living space is going to be at or near grade, a patio—the masonry equivalent to a deck—can be a greener choice.If the word “patio” conjures images of dirty concrete with weeds growing up through cracks, there are other options. Harvesting “urbanite” for reuse by breaking up the old concrete into manageable pieces is one example; overlaying a drainage layer and topping it with permeable surface paving is another. On a recent project, we used granite stones salvaged from a crumbling foundation, which our skilled mason assembled into the intricate, recessed patio shown in the photo above.Commercially available, cement-based, interlocking modular paving blocks can be an affordable choice, although I am partial to square concrete pavers set in a bed of crushed stone for a more formal look, or flagstones (flat, natural “cleft” surface fieldstone) for a rustic feeling. An artist I know built a very interesting patio using a mix of broken stone countertops, tiles, and glass. Slate roofing could be recycled into patio paving, but, like tile, the small, thin pieces would not be stable underfoot unless set into a bed of mortar. Stacked closely together on edge, though, the thin edges would create a unique, usable surface.Brick, a classic patio surface, is hard to beat for its combination of warm color and texture. Bricks can be locally produced in most parts of the country or recycled from old buildings. Durability can be an issue in areas that freeze, though; look for “hard” bricks, tempered for use as paving, or be prepared for them to disintegrate over time into their original form of clay particles.Drainage options will vary depending on several factors. If the patio sits on a well-draining site, it will be best and easiest to use a permeable base layer such as crushed stone and leave gaps in the paving material to allow stormwater to drain through. The gaps can be filled with the same material, or planted with moss (if it’s shady) or thyme (if it’s sunny). Weeds can be easily killed with a 50% solution of vinegar, or scraped out with a brush designed for the purpose. Personally, I would not use a chemical such as Round-Up or burn the weeds with a flame, but those are other options, probably no more harmful than standard deck maintenance techniques. If the site does not drain well, start with a well-compacted base of gravel with graduated particle size so that the particles lock together. On top of that, build a drainage layer using crushed stone, with a drain tile (4-in. perforated pipe works well) to direct water to another part of the site if necessary.Keep the size to roomlike dimensions, and when in doubt, make the length 1.6 times the width for a pleasing proportion. Patios need a sense of enclosure to feel inviting; masonry walls or shrubs and plantings create a feeling of containment. When a tall wall looms over an abutting patio, bring the scale down with a trellis or pergola, or pull the patio away from the house a bit and plant a tall shrub or small tree between it and the house. Full sun can make a patio (or deck) uncomfortably hot; a patio umbrella or a trellis covered with vines provides respite.Consider low-level lighting and a source for cooking fuel—wood or gas—in the planning stages. Outdoor cooking appliances keep heat out of the house (look for Energy Star models) and can be connected to natural gas or large propane tanks, if available on site. Or, build a fire pit or an outdoor barbecue. The kitchen has taken over the indoors as the heart of the home, the primary gathering spot; duplicating kitchen functions outdoors will ensure that the patio is well-used.last_img read more