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Rosses Irish-language plan to be presented at public meeting

first_imgA public meeting in Dungloe and Maghery next week will present the draft of the Rosses Irish-Language Plan on June 17th and 18th.The Rosses Language Planning Committee has been working over the last two years to prepare a plan for promoting the Irish language in the area, in accordance with the requirements of the Gaeltacht Act 2012. Ben Ó Ceallaigh, the language planning consultant, who helped write the plan, said: “The Rosses area around Dungloe, Maghery, Lettermacaward, Rutland and Anagaire has a long and distinguished tradition connected to Irish. “While the language isn’t as strong as it once was, this plan will help promote it and preserve the area’s Gaeltacht heritage,” he added.It will establish a free translation service for businesses and community groups, the founding of an Irish-learners club which will organise social events through the language, a wide range of subsidised classes, scholarships for summer and university courses, supports for local schools and parent, as well as funding for youth projects, and much, much more.”After an extensive community survey and research with local schools and community groups, the draft of the language plan is now complete and available for the public to view and comment on.The draft plan is currently available for public viewing in Dungloe Library, in Ionad an Mhachaire and online at www.pleanailteanganarosann.com/plean The meetings will take place on Monday, June 17th at 1900 in Ionad Teampaill Chróine and Tuesday, June 18th at 1900 in Ionad an Mhachaire. Fáilte roimh chách. Rosses Irish-language plan to be presented at public meeting was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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Organic seed to grow Klein Karoo

first_img30 December 2005New legislation will require organic farmers to use only organically produced seed to grow crops and feed livestock, but no one in South Africa produces 100% organic seed. Now empowerment company Diverse International has taken the gap in the market and set up a community seed production project in the Klein Karoo, an area hit hard by poverty and unemployment. The project, known as the Klein Karoo Organic Initiative (KKOI), will improve the lives of the people of Zoar, a tiny village between Ladismith and Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Chairperson Liz Eglington says the project, run from the farm Amalienstein, will create jobs and alleviate poverty by producing and marketing organically produced fruit and vegetables.Most of the world’s organic producers use non-organic seed in their operations. But pending South African legislation will soon restrict fruit, vegetable, herb and cereal producers to using only certified organic seed if they wish to maintain their certified organic status. Even the feed used in organic animal production will have to be produced from organic seed.Unfortunately, there is no organic seed available in South Africa. Empowerment group Diverse International identified this shortage as a market opportunity and launched the National Organic Seed Project.The group has spent over four years planning the project and has established partnerships and relationships with various government departments, seed companies, overseas buyers and funding organisations to support the project. They lacked only the farmers to grow the seed.Zoar is ideally situated for organic seed production, given the Klein Karoo’s dry climate. The mountains that separate the valleys help prevent contamination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Klein Karoo ideal for organicsOnly a few places in the world are suitable for organic seed production. The Klein Karoo, with its dry climate, is one such place and is already one of the country’s largest seed-producing regions.It is also ideally situated for organic production because several mountain ranges separate the land, helping prevent agrichemical contamination and cross-pollination from neighbouring non-organic farms.Diverse International approached the KKOI to spearhead the project because they were already involved in organic production in the area.Eglington believes the project will do more than benefit commercial farmers – it will transform the entire Klein Karoo.“Many small-scale farmers in the Klein Karoo are struggling to survive, never mind remain sustainable, and most lack access to markets,” she says. “But farmers can be empowered through the production of organic seed. Organic seed can even be produced in people’s backyards and then sold to a central marketing agent.”The first step in realising this dream is to set up a training centre to teach farmers organic seed production techniques. Initially, Eglington and her KKOI colleagues wanted to buy a farm from which to provide the training. But they found this was too expensive, and it would be better to conduct the training on an existing farm. After thorough analysis and research, Amalienstein was identified as the most suitable project site.Amalienstein is owned by the South African government, and was made available to the Zoar community under the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development programme. Unfortunately, the 7 000ha farm currently runs at a substantial loss. Of the 5 000 people living in the community, fewer than 30% are employed on the farm.“There isn’t any work here,” says Hendrik January, chairperson of the Zoar Community Trust. “A handful of people are employed at Amalienstein and on other farms in the area. The rest of the people depend on seasonal and piece work.”Small-scale farmers are organic farmersAmalienstein is ideal for the National Seed Project as it already has the required infrastructure and the storage facilities. Existing enterprises on the farm, such as the dairy and small-scale farming projects, will continue, but as organic projects.James Jacobs, a Zoar Community Trust member, says most small-scale farmers are already farming organically because they cannot afford agrichemicals. For most of these farmers the switch to organic farming will be natural.“The organic seed initiative will have many spinoffs for the community,” Jacobs says. It will not alleviate poverty – it will eradicate it.”Eglington believes the project will create many job opportunities, and not only in agricultural production.“Our vision is to turn the entire Zoar community into an organic village,” she says. “First we want to set up the organic training centre. To do this we will need trainers and administrative staff. Compost, compost teas, organic sprays, pesticides, repellants and fertilisers will be made from material sourced from Amalienstein. This will create job opportunities in the making and marketing of these products.”The farm will produce organic seed and seedlings for international and local markets, while vegetables and fruit, and other byproducts of seed production, will be sold or consumed locally. The production of value-added organic products, such as herbal and medicinal plants, essential oils, soaps and even cosmetics, is also planned. This will again provide production as well as marketing and processing opportunities.Community ownershipEglington emphasises that KKOI and Diverse International don’t want to take over Amalienstein.“We need a training centre and Diverse International needs seed. But we want the community to take ownership of the project and benefit from it. We will supply expertise and support as long as the community needs it.”As Amalienstein is owned by the government, KKOI will require approval before it starts anything new on the farm. Eglington has met with Western Cape agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry and says he’s willing to look at the feasibility document of using Amalienstein for the seed project. She says Dowry wants the entire Zoar community to buy into the project before approving it.Kannaland district mayor Magdalene Barry is optimistic the project will take off.“Zoar is sitting on a goldmine,” she says. “All the community leaders have bought into the dream. Now we only need the community to vote and commit to the project – and that will be easy since the benefits of the project are very transparent and people have been suffering under poverty for a long time.”This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on SouthAfrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more

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South Africa ready to deal with Ebola

first_imgSouth Africa has, since the outbreak of the disease in West Africa, implemented a robust plan to ensure the country remains free of Ebola.Johannesburg, Monday 24 November 2014 – Brand South Africa and the Department of Communications today convened a high-level discussion with stakeholders on how the country is responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.• Download the press releaseThe session, hosted in Pretoria, was attended by representatives from the Departments of Health, Tourism and Communications, South African Tourism, Wits University, Proudly SA, Airports Company South Africa, Southern African Tourism Services Association and South Africa Civil Aviation Authority.It was emphasised during the discussions that South Africa remains Ebola free and continues to conduct domestic surveillance to ensure that our citizens and visitors are safe.The experts at the session maintained that South Africa is, and will remain, at low risk of having an Ebola outbreak.South Africa’s domestic response to the Ebola outbreakSouth Africa has, since the outbreak of the disease in West Africa, implemented a robust plan to ensure the country remains Ebola-free.This includes:• The vigilant monitoring of travellers at all ports of entry (air, land and sea).• Temperature screening of all passengers at airports.• The use of health questionnaires.• The preparedness of designated health facilities in the private and public health sector to manage a suspected or infected individual with Ebola.• Extensive training has been rolled out to frontline health professionals at the ports of entry as well as the designated health facilities.How is South Africa playing its part in the international fight against EbolaDiagnostic laboratory support in Sierra LeoneSouth Africa has since August 2014 been running a diagnostic laboratory in Sierra Leone to assist with the diagnosis of Ebola in infected individuals. The laboratory is staffed by South African officials from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and teams are rotated every five weeks. In addition, local Sierra Leone personnel work alongside the South Africans and are being trained to run these diagnostic facilities.South African Development CommunitySouth Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, hosted a meeting of SADC Ministers of Health in South Africa in August 2014. The meeting aimed at agreeing on the process to standardise measures to deal with an outbreak of Ebola in the region. It was agreed at this meeting that South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases would be the regional centre of excellence to diagnose Ebola.A second ministerial meeting was held in September 2014 during which SADC Ministers of Health agreed on the coordination of travel measures to be implemented and that South Africa would intensify its screening processes at ports of entry.Infection control interventionsSouth Africa is producing sterilising units (autoclaves) which will assist in the sterilisation of medical waste and thus prevent the spread of the Ebola infection. These units can function in low-resource settings. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has introduced these units into the affected countries as part of the UNDP’s Ebola response mechanism.Financial supportSouth Africa has mobilized its private and public sector to raise approximately R50-million for the international health and humanitarian response in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.In short, the meeting agreed that South Africa is ready to deal with any possible instance of Ebola infection as the country has all measures in place to contain the spread of the virus.South Africa remains safe and open for business.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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BJP challenges new pick for Odisha SEC

first_imgAccusing the Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha of planning to usurp undue advantages in the urban polls scheduled for September this year, the BJP’s Odisha unit on Tuesday moved the Orissa High Court challenging the appointment of Naba Kumar Nayak as the State Election Commissioner.State BJP vice-president Samir Kumar Mohanty urged the High Court to quash the appointment on the plea that it is illegal, arbitrary and politically motivated. Mr. Nayak, who served as an IAS officer for only six years before his retirement in March 2014, joined as the new SEC on Monday.Mr. Mohanty in his petition has alleged that the 64-year-old retired IAS promotee is a beneficiary of a number of post-retirement posts by the present regime. “Mr. Nayak, who will turn 65 in March next year, has been consciously given this extra benefit of post retirement to show undue advantage to the party in power in the urban polls,” Mr. Mohanty said in his 20-page petition.Stating that all the previous five SECs of the State had served as Chief Secretaries, the petition said Mr. Nayak had not even held a post of Commissioner in the State government as he retired at the rank of an Additional Secretary. The status of the State Election Commission under Article 243K of the Constitution is same as that of the Election Commission of India, it argued.“Looking at the constitutional spirit and the philosophy engrafted in Article 243K, a person of high integrity, character and unbiased approach should be appointed to such a coveted post,” the petition.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front five

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front fiveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has spoken about the prospect of facing Manchester United at the weekend.Since the last round of league games, United have fired Jose Mourinho, hired former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will now be a different proposition.The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.And Warnock knows United have many attacking players that can hurt his side.”The likes of Rashford will probably play up front, with Lingard, Mata, Martial,” he said in his press conference. “They’ve got pace and power coming from everywhere. “Pogba is Pogba, as good as anyone on his day. The front five is frightening really.” last_img read more

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9 months agoFletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fletcher full of praise for Man Utd defender Lindelof after Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher has full of praise for Ander Herrera and Victor Lindelof after victory at Tottenham.While Fletcher praised David De Gea’s “brilliance” for helping the Red Devils avoid defeat, the Scot believes Herrera and Lindelof distinguished themselves at Wembley.Fletcher told BBC Sport: “I was particularly impressed by Ander Herrera, who started out on the right of their midfield diamond but had a very different role in the second half, next to Nemanja Matic as a defensive midfielder.”A lot of his work went unseen, when he was tracking players and staying with runners, but every time he got on the ball he showed great composure and he rarely wasted a pass.”Victor Lindelof stood out too, not just with his determination but with his communication and the way he organised the rest of the United defence.”It was the first time I have seen him act like a real leader, and he looks like a player who has been given the confidence by his manager to be the team’s voice at the back, which is going to be massive for United going forward.” last_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more

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25 days agoBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the air

first_imgBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the airby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to meet with defender Gerard Pique to clear the air after the latter’s recent comments.Sport says Pique has questioned the board twice in the last week. He said he did not like the team’s pre-season tours of Japan and the US, claiming “we did more travelling and less training and we’re feeling it.”Then he hinted that the board were planting stories in the media against the players.The objective of the meeting will be to smooth things over and stop Pique’s digs which in Madrid they are using to do more damage to Barcelona. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Prince Charles Visits Princes Trust Projects In London

first_imgThe Prince of Wales visited The Prince’s Trust projects in London this week as he embarked on a series of events highlighting his charity’s work.Prince of Wales with CEO of Marks and Spencer, Marc Bolland, and newly employed Prince’s Trust ‘Make your Mark’ participantsCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness was greeted by the friendly face of Anthony McPartlin and when he took the escalator to the basement floor serving behind the deli counter was the other half of the TV double act Declan Donnelly.The Prince was visiting the store to learn how a group of young people have got to grips with the Make Your Mark four-week work placement scheme, a collaboration between M&S and the Trust.Behind the counter was Rebecca Blythe, 23, who moved from South Wales to London with her partner for a new start but found herself struggling to get a job.She said: “I’m glad I’ve done this, the four weeks have been a great success and I’ve made lots of new friends.”At a reception The Prince handed out certificates to all those who had taken part in the Make Your Mark course then M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland told the group of young people they all had jobs causing some to burst into tears.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust who was part of the visit, said: “A frightening number of unemployed young people don’t have a support network in place, and they can often end up feeling hopeless and alone. But, with the right support we can help get these lives on track. We are incredibly grateful to Marks & Spencer for helping us to reach the most vulnerable young people offering them hope for the future.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Quebec finance minister announces personal income tax cuts

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec’s finance minister announced personal income tax cuts and increased funds for health and education on Tuesday and immediately denied the moves had anything to do with next year’s provincial election.“We are announcing today further tax reductions because we started doing that already last year,” said Carlos Leitao. “This year we’re adding another $1 billion. And if we do it now, it’s because we can do it now.”The government says a family of two adults and two children that earns $88,000 a year will see a tax reduction of $1,200, which includes the abolition of a health fee as well as the introduction of money earmarked for school supplies.A single person who earns $44,000 will save an estimated $500.Asked specifically whether the tax cuts will help the Liberals win next October’s election, Leitao replied, “Eleven months in politics is a lifetime. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next 11 months.”“These tax cuts are intended to give the population some breathing space,” he said. “It is something we said we’d do.“Since Quebecers have the highest tax burden in Canada, and we can lighten their burden, then yes, (we’re doing it).”Opinion polls suggest the Liberals are locked in a tight battle with the right-leaning Coalition for Quebec’s Future, with the Parti Quebecois trailing in third place.Leitao has probably not stopped handing out the goodies. He will table the 2018-19 budget next March or April and will no doubt sprinkle a few others to woo voters.The measures announced Tuesday include $100 for families for each child so they can purchase school supplies, although the government will have no direct control over how the money is actually spent.It will be retroactive to this year and parents will receive a first cheque in January.Leitao also said the government will invest an additional $630 million in the health sector over the next six years and $212 million in education over the same period.Another measure will see the province invest $2.6 billion over six years in a bid to lift 100,000 people out of poverty.Details of the ambitious plan are expected to be made public by the end of the year.PQ finance critic Nicolas Marceau reacted to Leitao’s measures by stating that Premier Philippe Couillard “is taking Quebecers for idiots.”“He’s insulting their intelligence,” Marceau said.“Today we’re seeing the beginning of the Liberals’ election campaign — a campaign that is not financed by Liberal party funds but rather by Quebecers’ money. It is being financed by the major cuts we’ve suffered over the last three years.”last_img read more

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