Update from Argyll & Bute Council 3/4/2020
Two Weekly Bin Collections On Monday 6th April
Fri, 3 Apr 2020 17:37
Argyll and Bute Council Outreach (firstname.lastname@example.org)To:you Details
Two weekly bin collections on Monday 6 April
During the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, the council will introduce a simplified, two-weekly bin collection where recycling and general waste will be collected at the same time.
Please put out up to two bins on the day that you would normally put out your recycling (blue bin/bag).
This gives each household more collections.
However, the consequence is that, for the time being, recyclable materials will go into the general waste stream. This allows us to organise a schedule that will protect our staff and meet guidance on social distancing.
This approach is being taken by a number of local authorities across Scotland during this pandemic.
Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “We’ve listened to public concerns and the whole council is working tirelessly to help protect our communities from the threat of coronavirus.
“Our frontline workers are going to extraordinary lengths to deliver services by changing the way we work to make best use of the resources we have.
“This model is deliverable, although this may in time need staff to be utilised from wider teams, such as roads and grounds staff. This means we will only be making emergency road repairs in very serious situations.
“Please be assured, Argyll and Bute Council takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and you can help. If you have the option to store recycling until we can resume this service, we would be grateful. Here are some tips for storing it safely:
Make sure you wash out plastic bottles (especially milk bottles) and trays thoroughly;
Squash plastic bottles and then put the lid back on;
Stack trays the same size inside each other to save space;
Flatten cardboard boxes and paper;
If you can, crush your cans;
Rinse and flatten Tetrapaks (juice cartons etc);
Once your bin is full, please start storing the recycling in plastic bags, or inside large cardboard boxes, in a dry place.
“Buying and preparing only what you need can help cut down the amount of food thrown away. Every household in Scotland could save £460 each year by throwing out less - worth thinking about at the moment when getting to the shops is more difficult. See http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ for information on how you can cut down food waste.”
Residents of Bute and Kintyre will be contacted separately with information regarding their collections.
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The Community Partnership E-Bulletin 31/03/2020
Dear Community Friends!
Hello once again from the dining room table! This e-bulletin was put together from a collaboration of surfaces; desktops, kitchen islands and a garden bench!
This week we urgently need your input into our 'Business Survey' and 'Collaborative Shopping Spreadsheet' (links below). This information will be collated by us and used as an evidence-base to present to the National Park local authorities and national government to inform decision making to support Scotland’s economy and help businesses, workers and communities through this time of extraordinary challenge.
Also... the Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland has now opened. We are urging communities to check their eligibility - keep reading!
And finally, from all of us here at The Community Partnership #StayHomeSavesLives!
Information from Dunoon Burgh Hall 2/3/2020
Together we can make a difference - learn how you can help DBH support our community through this difficult time.
Dunoon Burgh Hall has been working with friends in the community to develop a positive response to a challenging situation. We want to use our skills and resources to help people.
We are creating a Community Kitchen to prepare and deliver healthy meals to vulnerable people in the local area. We are looking for donations of food, kitchen roll, antiviral wipes & spray, hand gel and hand wash, particularly from anyone who has more than they need. The supply chain has been interrupted by panic buying so we need your help.
We are working hard to get this service in place as fast as possible. Details of the launch will be published this week.
We are developing a regular Community Arts Video Stream to help keep our community connected. Sharing our love of music, singing, drama and the arts will help us all stay positive in these challenging times. Initially we are asking people to record performances, talks, demonstrations or stories at home and submit them. Everyone is welcome to get involved. Videos can be submitted to email@example.com via https://wetransfer.com (just click on the wetransfer link to send your files for free)
We are currently hard at work deep cleaning the building and putting our plans in place. We will continue to work closely with social work, Hubgrub and Dunoon Food Bank to develop and deliver DBH Community Kitchen in a safe and responsible way.
We are looking for fit and healthy volunteers to help us support our community. All volunteers will be trained in our strict hygiene policy, which follows all current guidelines to protect the community from transmission of COVID-19.
We are a registered charity and our new community projects are our main priority. Please consider making a donation and share this post far and wide. Together we can make a difference!
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The Community Partnership E-Bulletin 25/03/2020
Hello from our Chair!
Keep reading or click on the link to see the full movie trailer https://bit.ly/2UxRNFH.
So lock down is here and aren’t we lucky to be locked down in such a beautiful part of the world.
We at the Community Partnership are seeking ways in which we can help you and your communities get through this and to actively help the National Park Authority at this time as well.
Here in the Trossachs we have identified our vulnerable persons, are putting arrangements in place with local businesses and ourselves to try and help with food deliveries, and have been communicating with second home owners and holiday lets.
We need to know what you are doing, what has worked, what hasn’t and the best vehicle to get information to you. Please give us your feedback.
We want to share as much as we can and help, Anne & Marie are on line or at the end of the phone to help you and you can always contact me as well.
This newsletter will go out twice a week and we will be adding surveys, community stuff and some fun things as well. Please distribute this information through your communities
A final thought - I’m standing in an old Oak Wood in Glen Finglas. It’s bare trees now - the wood is still asleep but soon the bluebells will be out and this wonderful tree will spring into life.
It will grow and prosper and so will we!
Access to food
The Regional food hubs project now has hubs in Balfron and Stirling http://www.neighbourfood.co.uk where local food growers and suppliers sell their produce once a week - both hubs are now offering some home delivery for those who need it, there are also drop of points for various locations. Another hub is in development in Killin/Callander but not up and running yet.
Home Delivery / Collections Volunteers - COWAL
Message from Argyll and Bute Council.
Due to the ongoing need for some individuals to self isolate at present, this presents an unusual challenge in terms of being able to provide these individuals with basic things, such as food and medications. As part of a multi-agency response programme, we're looking for volunteers to help with deliveries in the Cowal area. This role could also include such tasks as meal provisions and home from hospital support. Because of the risk presented with Coronavirus, this opportunity is only available to those under the age of 60, plus those not included in the high risk category - this is for your safety.
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO CURRENTLY HOLD A PVG WITH ANY ORGANISATION TO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS*
Full support from the multiagency response team will be provided.
EXISTING PVG ESSENTIAL. Whilst no formal skills are required, a driving licence and access to vehicle is advantageous. Friendly and approachable attitude is a must! Willing to adhere to strict infection control guidelines for self and motor vehicles.
Transport will be discussed with each volunteer
Register your interest https://bit.ly/2y91Auf
Argyll and Bute council in partnership with the NHS have developed a dedicated web page specifically with information of groups across this community providing support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webpage is reviewed and updated daily with local support available in communities, and guidance for people who are volunteering to support people self isolating. https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/help-for-communities
Any new or existing groups who are providing services and want their details adding to the web page should contact Maggie Clark T 01369708358 M 07900363132 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
As of this morning some shops are exempt from closure under the new rules:
Food retailers - As an observation this morning we were in Asda (Dumbarton branch) picking up essential items, and pleased to say that shelves are fully stocked at the moment. Staff and customers were all observing the 2m distance and the mad panic seems to have died down.
Shops in hospitals
Telephone Befriending - ALL AREAS
Given the ongoing Coronavirus situation within Argyll and Bute, and the cancellation of face-to-face activities for the majority of people, the risk of social isolation and loneliness is greater than it has been before. With partners across Argyll and Bute, we are coordinating a telephone befriending service across the area, allowing people to make contact with new people, have a chat and make new friends.
You can take part in this opportunity from anywhere.
Be part of a team of volunteers across the area providing a co-ordinated response to a time of crisis support and training, if required, will be provided.
No formal qualifications required. Warm, friendly, approachable and non-judgmental manner and confident in communicating via telephone is essential. Willing to use own phone, and in a limited number of cases share own phone number.
A PVG IS ESSENTIAL IN THIS ROLE
This opportunity is home based.
Register your interest https://bit.ly/3dwpdgk
Travel and getting about
NATIONAL EXPRESS - Message if you are planning on travelling or know someone who is. Information correct as of 25/03/20.
As a valued customer of National Express, I am writing to update you on our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The welfare of our customers and employees is always our top priority and that is why we are doing everything we sensibly can to keep you all safe when travelling with us.
The majority of our services are currently running as normal. However, following Government advice, as of Tuesday 24 March there will be an extensive reduction to our timetables.
Please ensure that you check our website before travelling for the latest service updates.
The Crowdfunding coaching project is moving to delivering all their workshops online. The Crowdfunder platform is also waiving their fee for small businesses wanted to Crowdfund. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crowdfundscotland
West Dunbartonshire - Chamber of Commerce - #TogetherForBusiness
to bring our amazing business community together to continue to connect, support and inform during these difficult times and have developed a dedicated information "Hub" on the Chamber website https://bit.ly/2UC1Yc5
Stirling Area - Business Support
As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation develops, Stirling Council in collaboration with our partners: STEP, Business Gateway, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Federation of Small Businesses, Go Forth Stirling, VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise we are working hard on developing a package of measures designed to safeguard as many of Stirling’s businesses as possible as the Covid-19 crisis continues.
As a first vital step, partners have agreed to use this page as a single source of information, advice and support for Stirling’s businesses.
We are also establishing a business support hotline that will be staffed by the partnership and available Monday to Saturday as well as a single e-mail address which will be monitored and serviced at all times by experienced economic development and business support staff.
This page will provide you with new and existing sources of information and financial supports from a variety of sources. A range of new supports and mitigations have been announced by Scottish & UK Governments, we are working closely with the relevant agencies to develop the mechanisms for delivering these supports to businesses. As these mechanisms are developed we will publish guidance on this page and Twiiter @InvestStirling
Health and Wellbeing
Thankyou to Fran, Walk in the Park Team Leader (Countryside Trust) who has posted a few useful hints and tips on their Face book page https://www.facebook.com/trustinthepark/ which you may find useful.
Fran has added a really good link to a Strength and Balance YouTube video for you to try at home.
Or why not try your hand at the Strength & Balance exercises to reduce falls and fractures - full video - YouTube -http://www.youtube.com filmed and jointly produced by Paths for All, Active Fife and NHS Fife Health Promotion.
It's safe to say that we've all been on the edge this week, and we've had to quickly adapt to new ways of interacting.
Virtual meetings and collaborative tools will soon be the new norm, and we have created some easy guides to help you navigate yourselves through this technological minefield. Alternatively you could just pick up the phone and brighten up someones day :)
For some of us technology can be daunting, whilst for others it just comes natural. #Homeworking has meant that we to, have had to adjust to a virtual world of communication. Anne our Development Manager has put together some helpful links below to the most commonly used collaborative tools which we have been trialling ourselves!
Zoom: This allows you to arrange meetings, either by phone or by video. It is free to join and in the basic (free) package you can host meetings of up to 40 minutes. It’s very simple to join just click on
One Drive: This is allows you to share files to the Microsoft cloud. You need to have a Microsoft ID to set it up it but is very simple to http://use https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-gb/
Dropbox: This also allows you to share files and, once you are used to its sometimes quirky ways, it offers a massive amount of storage for free. You invite colleagues to share files by e mail and they then have to download the app. http://www.dropbox.com
Google Sheets: This is the new file sharing app from Google. It requires a Google login to be able to edit the file
Ardentinny Community Council emergency
Action Plan call for volunteers
As you are no doubt aware the coronavirus outbreak is starting to affect everyone in the Ardentinny community council area with this in mind the community council is in the process of creating a plan within which those most at risk or those with symptoms who are self-isolating can get hold of basic provisions, prescriptions and be contacted on a daily basis to make sure everyone stays as health as possible and has at least one person they can contact in case they do need anything.
Prior to putting the plan in place the main requirement will be to get a centralised list of volunteers and a central coordinator who can control any funds they might have which volunteers and those in need can get access to
This email is a general email asking for a list of volunteers, As convenor and not being in the main at risk category I am more than happy to act as coordinator for the group.
If you would like to volunteer please email me at email@example.com I will need the following details so I can put the master list together.
Home phone number:
Are you in an at-risk category
Are you already self-isolating
Times you are available
What you are willing to do (see note 1)
Note 1: what are you willing to do?
This needs to be fairly short however just because a person is self-isolating or at risk this does not discount them from becoming a volunteer they could simply volunteer to ring people at risk and stay in contact with others self-isolating this might be the case where some people don’t know many other people in the village.
If you are willing to drive and pick up supplies, then this should be noted.
if you have it skills and are willing to get older people or personal without it know how get on line then that could be noted and could be a big help early days
Please note that your contact details will be published on the hand delivered letter but not on Facebook or other websites were I will just publish your name, this may sound bad but we do still have to think about everyone’s data protection
Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak I have today taken the decision to postpone the next CC meeting until such time as the virus is well under control,
Please note this is a preventative measure we have taken as a community council and we would advise everyone to keep themselves up to date with current procedures as laid down by the Scottish government and not simply listen to rumour control.
Please note some excellent up dated information can be found on https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus this link also contains contact numbers if you think you may be infected.
Ardentinny Convenor Community Council
Dear Neil Robinson,
Due to operational difficulties some recycling bins due for collection today (Wednesday 26th February) in parts of Kilmun, Strone and Ardentinny will not be uplifted.
The areas affected are:
Glenfinnart Caravan Park
Unfortunately these bins will not be collected until the next scheduled date of Wednesday 11th March.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Information about Bin Disruptions and other Service Disruptions are available on the Service Disruptions Page
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The Dunoon Project……….
……….What’s in it for you??
The Dunoon Bid team invites you to what promises to be a fascinating evening in the Queen’s Hall. Michael Russell MSP will interview in front of a live audience, national outdoor event organiser Frazer Coupland of No Fuss Events, Keith Holdt of Equity Impact Partners and multiple world mountain biking champion Greg Minnaar.
Michael will explore why these key people are backing Dunoon and the Project and importantly ‘what’s in it for us’, the community of Dunoon and beyond.
You will also get the opportunity to ask your own questions.
Are you at school or college, in work, looking for work, running a business? All are welcome to come along and get involved.
Queens Hall 7pm Saturday 28 September (doors and bar open 6.30pm).
The evening is free but please reserve your seat by logging onto: https://gregminnaarindunoon.eventbrite.co.uk/
alternatively you can register at the Queens Hall
You are all welcome and those interested in the general prosperity of the area should find this a compelling event, one not to miss. Not often we get a multiple world champion in Dunoon!
Renewi are undertaking some essential re-surfacing works on Bogleha Civic Amenity Site.
To ensure the safety of customers the site be closed:
On Tuesday 23rd July and Wednesday 24th July.
The site will be open again from 0900 on Thursday 25th July.
Renewi would like to thank customers for their patience while this work is completed, and to apologise to customers for any inconvenience.
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Sadly we have had to say goodbye to one of the most inspirational and caring ladies who gave many years of work and support to Ardentinny. Val Kennedy passed away on June 1st after a long illness. A memorial service and private funeral was held on Monday 10th June and was attended by the many many people who knew and respected her.
As a convener of Ardentinny Community Council for around 20 years, she was a dedicated and fair leader who gave her time and energy to the post with humour and professionalism. Despite her failing health she continued through some difficult situations when many others would have given up. She will be sadly missed, not only by the Community Council but by her many friends who are enriched by knowing this inspirational woman.
Ardentinny Community Council
There now is an email address which can be used for two-way contact between residents and the Community Council.
This will not only allow the village to make easy contact with the CC but will also allow those who join our mailing list quick access to news of what is going on (this may be particularly relevent re the fish farm planning application).
If you would like to be kept up to date with the activities of the Community Council please firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be included in the mailing list.
If you would like to be removed from the list at any time, please email and let us know.
Developing a Regional Marine Plan for the Clyde
Drop in Session
Tuesday 7th May
5.30pm to 9.30pm
Dunoon Burgh Hall
The Clyde Regional Marine Plan aims to address environmental, social and economic issues related to the coastal and marine environment.
Find out more about marine planning in the Clyde Marine Region, and give your views during this drop-in session..Refreshments will be served.
BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, are currently undertaking a programme of essential carriageway resurfacing and other improvements across the North West Trunk Road Network.
The attached consultation letter provides further information on the work we have carried out to date and our plans for the remainder of 2019/20. Within this you will find a link to our interactive map. This will provide scheme specific details such as, traffic management type, timings and scheme value. Please note that this programme will be updated on a monthly basis and the latest version can be viewed by visiting http://bit.ly/BEARNWProgramme.
If you require any further information or would like to comment on any of the proposals you can do so by email to NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk.
Sean Robertson EngTech MICE
Assistant Roads Manager (South)
BEAR Scotland | North West Unit
Visit us @ www.bearscot.com
A proposal was received by Ardentinny Community Council by a company called Dawnfresh who wish to develop a Trout Farm south of Ardentinny. The Community Council have arranged an open meeting with representatives from Dawnfresh to give the residents the opportunity to discuss this and find out more. It will be held on Monday 11th March at 7pm in Ardentinny Village Hall. We hope you will come along and give your views and opinions.
INFORMATION REGARDING ROAD CLOSURE AT THE REST AND BE THANKFUL
On Monday evening the Ardentinny Community Council held their first meeting for 8 months. The meeting gave the opportunity for the Convener, Neil Robinson to introduce the new committee.
The minute of the April meeting was adopted before going through the agenda which included a thank you to the outgoing committee and his hope that the existing committee can do as much for the village.
The updates from some other Ardentinny Groups were given. They included Ardentinny Renewables Trust, Ardentinny Community Trust and Ardentinny Conservation Group.
Neil informed that Marian Norris is willing to be co-opted onto the CC at the next meeting. As volunteer minute taker, Eileen Connell will do this plus update the website and facebook.
Details of the meeting will be included in the minute of the meeting when available.
I just want to extend a big thank you to all the people who worked together to make the Festive Lunch a success on Friday 14th December
The event has developed from a collaboration between many of the groups along the Shore Villages and is part of the development of a shore collaboration which grew from meeting that was held in September 2017. Since then we have managed to develop a communities calendar and a The Shore Directory of all the groups we have here locally .
For the lunch I would like to thank:
The Ardentinny Conservation and Heritage group and in particular Eileen and Marian who made the home-made soup using the ingredients provided by Ardentinny Community Council and the soup kettles which were loaned by Ardentinny Hall. Jo Carr organised the table decorations.
From Ardentinny, Sandra, Sadie and Roslyn who organised the successful tombola table
Blairmore Village Trust whose volunteers (Bridget, Ann, Gordon, Pat Moira, Iain and Cathie ) made the sandwiches using Blairmore Village Hall (who also provided the shortbread and table napkins) and Agnes who made the menu cards for each table.
The Hub, who meets at Blairmore Hall, provided the sparkling non-alcoholic wine which provided to be a big hit with everyone
Ardentinny Community Trust, who provided a stack of mince pies for everyone.
Lorraine, Mandy and Brian who provided the tea, milk and juice.
The Younger Hall, especially Russell and Helen who opened and prepared the hall in the morning.
A big thanks also to Kilmun Community Council, who, for the most part co-ordinated the event and Brian who was MC and Diane and me who helped with the raffle, serving, clearing up etc. A thanks too to Bob, our new National Park representative who donated, supported and helped us all with the event.
The Festive Lunch is self funded from the raffle and Tombola and this year we had terrific donations from many of our local business and individuals. We would like to extend a big thank you to:
The Strone Inn
Strone Post Office
Benmore and Kilmun Development Trust
The Wee Butcher,
Baileyfield Self catering
Iain and Catriona Darroch
And many individual residents who sourced and donated raffle prizes.
Lastly but certainly not least, a big thank you to the fiddler group for the music to keeping us entertained and to the children of Strone Primary who delighted and entertained us with their singing (and of course their teachers and helpers who made it happen!)
The funds that are left over are being carried over to next year’s lunch and to invest in, for instance new table clothes, that can be used not only for the festive lunch but an be requested for other events that the halls may have.
Wishing everyone a great Christmas and a Happy New Year
Ardentinny Community Council will have their first meeting with their new members on Monday 17th December at 7.30 in Ardentinny Village Hall.
FUTURE OF ARDENTINNY COMMUNITY COUNCIL.
PLEASE COME FORWARD AND HELP TO FORM A COMMUNITY COUNCIL.
As you are aware, at the moment there is no Ardentinny Community Council. Another bi-election will be held in the hope that people will come forward to form a CC. It has been confirmed that the election process will commence on 21st August with the posting of the Notice of Election. This means that nominations will open on 22nd August, closing on 6th September (at 4pm). The period of nomination will avoid School holidays as this has caused some concerns in the past.
The timetable now agreed is:
Wednesday 1 August 2018 Register in force
Tuesday 21 August 2018 Publication of Notice of Election
Thursday 6 September 2018 (4.00pm) Close of Nominations and withdrawal of Nomination Paper
Thursday 13 September 2018 Notice of Poll (if election contested)
Notice of Uncontested Election (if election uncontested)
Thursday 20 September 2018 Issue of Postal Ballot Papers
Thursday 4 October 2018 Election Day
Final Date for Receipt of Postal Ballot Papers
Friday 5 October 2018 Count of Votes
POSSIBLE DEMISE OF ARDENTINNY COMMUNITY COUNCIL?
Sad to say that only 3 people put in nomination papers to enable Ardentinny Community Council to continue. We only needed one more person which is a shame. A lot of hard work has been done by previous community council members over the years and it is an important forum for liasing with other agencies to try to keep on top of issues which affect our village.
There is a meeting of A&B council 0n 28th June when the matter will be discussed. One option would be that the CC is mothballed and another is that the boundaries are changed and Ardentinny will join with another CC.
The C3 - Ardentinny to Whistlefield single track road, north of Dunoon, will be closed until at least lunch time tomorrow (Saturday) due to snow and an abandoned vehicle which is causing an obstruction.
Please drive carefully - many of our rural roads are precarious.
Message Sent By
Donald MacKay (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dumbartonshire)
22 March 2017Resume of Cowal Health & Social Care Forum meeting
An overview by Convener Duncan MacGillvray of the CHCFmeeting held on 21st March 2017.
Cowal Health Care Forum Update.
I chaired the CHCF this morning and it was a constructive meeting with another reasonable attendance. While we remain mired in a search for clarity about our role and purpose, with little or no movement from the IJB, we did manage to look at some aspects of the draft LPG plan. This is the start of a process and my aim is to produce a report summarising the forum's view and forward this to the IJB. What they then do with this is beyond my control but I would hope to have our views recorded and covered by the local press hopefully.
Your thoughts on Re ablement being widened across mainstream Home Care services as a cost saving measure would be welcomed. Virtual of Community Wards and step up, step down beds also on the agenda of the draft LPG plan.
We have been ' granted' an extension of one month in lieu of the lack of previous opportunities to scrutinise the draft LPG plan. This plan makes suggestions for future cost cutting in Health and Social Care in Cowal and it is vital the community are aware and involved in this process.
We had a short but very encouraging report from Struan Lodge Development Group's Max and Kenny. There is more than enough positive and constructive ideas in their plan to surely make this a viable and more agreeable way forward.
We also touched on the issue of ' membership ' of the CHCF, and the inconsistencies in this from the authority in recent times.
As Chairperson I am operating on the basis that every resident of Cowal is , if they so wish, eligible to be a member by simply coming along and contributing their views and will always be applying an open door policy to all interested parties.
Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday 25 th April , 10.30 am at Dunoon Hospital.
All members of our communities are warmly invited.
Alternatively any issues you wish to raise can be emailed to me at email@example.com
If you wish to be kept up to date on our work (and challenges) I would be happy to add you to our contact list.
Duncan F MacGillivray