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Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more

first_imgA remote island off the coast of Donegal will be lit up once again this evening as people gather to remember the families who fled the island back in the 1960s.Gola Island, a mile off the coastline of Gaoth Dobhair, was left uninhabited in the 1960s.Tonight around 40 lanterns will light up the evening sky as they are placed at the homes and ruins which once made up a thriving community which number more than 200 people in the 1940s. The island, which is 500 acres in size, is the backdrop to one of the country’s best-known traditional Irish songs, ‘ ‘Baidin Fheilimi.’The ESB did connect electricity to the island back in 2005 and some families still use the island in good weather in the summer months.Today’s gathering ‘A Taste of Gola’ will see people retrace their ancestor’s footprints and take part in many of their customs.At 1pm Vincent Breslin will give an informational and historical talk on the life of the island author Seán ‘Ac Fhionnlaoich- Johnny Mhicí Thaidhg, who wrote books based on island life- “ Ó Rabharta go Mallmhuir” and “Is Glas na Cnoic”. From 2-4pm the island will promote the riches of the seas with a pop-up seafood tent, showcasing locally sourced crab claws, lobster, chowder and fish.Refreshments will be available to complement the local produce.At 5pm, the islanders will maintain and re-establish the old tradition of saying a rosary at the grotto on the pier.As those who gather wait for dusk to fall, a local house will have an open door for islands, locals and visitors to mingle and chat at an Oíche Airneál (night visiting) with tea/ coffee and refreshments available.Finally, as people make their way back to the mainland, the ferry ‘The Cricket’ will tour the bay to view the island lights. Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 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:donegalESBGaoth Dobhairgola islandLIGHTSlast_img read more

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Award for developing farmers project

first_imgThe Taung farming development project has won international recognition.(Image: SAB)  A developing farmer project in Taung in the Northern Cape province has done the country proud by receiving top honours at the first Africa Investor Agribusiness Investment Awards, held recently in KwaZulu-Natal.The South African Breweries Limited (SAB) Barley Farmers project won the award for African Agricultural Commodities Initiative of the Year.Azure Janneker of SAB’s Media and Communications division says that the project met the judging criteria for the 2010 awards, even though it came up against tough competition from the rest of the continent.The aim of the awards was to commend agribusiness initiatives that are making a positive contribution to Africa’s agricultural sector and are encouraging investment in the agribusiness and finance sectors.The Agribusiness Investment Awards was organised by Africa Investor, an international investment research and communications company.Decreasing reliance on exportsJanneker says the 16-year-old Taung Barley Farmers project was established with the goal of encouraging local barley production and decrease reliance on imports.“The project is in line with SAB’s strong support of affirmative procurement practices and the company’s focus on identifying, mentoring and encouraging local suppliers,” she says.Approximately 1 200 hectares of barley and 800 hectares of maize are cultivated for SAB on the Taung farm. The project is making a big difference in the Taung community by helping 120 small-scale farmers to generate an income from farming.“This project has played a key role in developing the brewing giant’s development framework for smallholder farming projects across the world,” Janneker says.The project is managed by the SAB Maltings’ Irrigation Agricultural Services team, in cooperation with the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development (Dacerd) and the local tribal authority.SAB’s role in the project includes: assisting with logistics and operations; communicating and facilitating discussions on behalf of the farmers with other stakeholders; and providing a market outlet for the barley and maize. It also supplies more than R30 million input cost finance annually, for winter and summer crops.Janneker says that the project’s success is based on the involvement of numerous partners. SAB works closely with Dacerd, whose participation has ensured that the project remains sustainable, as plantings are managed and infrastructure is maintained and upgraded.They have also enlisted the help of Grain SA, the representative commodity organisation for the South African grain industry.“It is important from a sustainability perspective that the individual farmers are skilled in farming and business practices,” she says. SAB, in partnership with Grain SA, has invested about R400 000 in a customised skills transfer programme for the Taung farmers.Helping developing farmers to farm commerciallyJane McPherson, manager of Farmer Development at Grain SA, says the main aim of the programme is to empower individuals to become successful commercial farmers. McPherson says the Taung barley project has an added advantage, as the farm is well located in a prime area.“Irrigated land is very limited in South Africa. The land is a fantastic resource for people to earn a living and it is encouraging that the land is being used productively,” she says.The weather and soil conditions also make the area suitable for a wide variety of grain crops and vegetables. “This opens up many opportunities for individuals to become successful commercial farmers,” she says.According to Grain SA, a number of factors are holding back progress of development initiatives in the grain industry. They include high input costs coupled with low grain prices, poor access to land, lack of experience, skills and knowledge, and difficulty in obtaining production credit, and make it difficult for new farmers to set up profitable grain farming enterprises.Lower profit margins also mean that farmers don’t have the financial resources to invest in technology and mechanisation, or maintain existing equipment.Although the constraints are numerous, there are many success stories of farmers who started out with little knowledge about agriculture, but are now farming commercially.Johannes Möller, president of agricultural trade association Agri SA, says many commodity organisations, such as Grain SA, the National Wool Growers’ Association, Potatoes SA and the Deciduous Fruit Producers’ Trust and agribusinesses are making a major contribution to developing new farmers in South Africa.“The developing farmer sector is showing progress, mainly because of their involvement. It is in our best interest to develop new farmers across the commodity spectrum, to ensure the consistent supply of food,” Möller says.He encourages the government to offer more support to the work done by commodity organisations. “In doing this we can make an even greater success of supporting and developing new farmers,” he says.Other SAB projectsSAB and the River Trust have entered into a partnership to clean up the Wilge River in the small town of Frankfort in the Free State province. SAB has invested about R1-million towards cleaning the river.Clearing the Wilge River is very important for the surrounding towns and communities, as well as residents of Gauteng. The Wilge River is one of the sources feeding into the Vaal dam, which supplies water to Gauteng province.It’s also a source of water for domestic use for Frankfort and informal settlements in the area. More than 57 000 people living in the immediate Mafube municipal district rely on the Wilge River for water. However, 10 years of debris and driftwood, mainly from trees, shrubs and other plant life growing on the riverbanks, have collected in the river stream. This is restricting water flow and preventing water from being pumped to the municipal purification plant.The project, which has the ambitious target of clearing the 315km river, has already cleared about 10km. Instead of discarding the debris, the collected wood is distributed to communities in the area for cooking and heating purposes.The project partners also hope to revive tourism in the affected area. As congestion of the river escalated over the years, tourism started dwindling in areas along the river that used to be popular weekend and camping spots.The good work of the project has attracted much attention. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee has adopted the project, and plans to present it to the African Olympic Committee in Nairobi towards the end of 2010, as an example of how sport and sporting personalities can become involved in environmental projects.last_img read more

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10 months agoKeane: Man Utd must sell Pogba

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Man Utd must sell Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says Paul Pogba needs to be sold.Pogba watched on from the bench as United lost 3-1 at Liverpool yesterday.”I think the players are giving everything. I think there’s one or two players not on top form, Pogba on the bench,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Come the summer you move him on, he’s left United before. I just think they’re short, defensively they’re short.”Man United that’s where they’re at, I guess fourth is the best they can get. If you came down from the Moon and knew nothing about Manchester United, you’d think they were an average Premiership side.”Some of these players are not good enough.” 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 agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_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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US Federal Court judge denies Standing Rock Sioux Tribe request to stop

first_imgAPTN National NewsA U.S. Federal Court judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to stop the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline.Thousands are gathered on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock reservation in anticipation of the Friday ruling.It has become one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the U.S. over the past century.The Tribe has argued the pipeline threatens the tribe’s sole water source and will destroy burial grounds and sacred sites.-More to comelast_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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Not me says Lighthizer as Freeland NAFTA negotiators grind forward

first_imgWASHINGTON – A bombshell claim of “resistance” to Donald Trump’s presidency inside the White House inserted itself Thursday into Canada’s painstaking march toward a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s two hours of talks with her U.S. counterpart, trade czar Robert Lighthizer, barely registered in the American capital despite the high-stakes for the continent’s economy.As Trump fumed, and a full-scale hunt was launched the identity of the anonymous author of a New York Times op-ed piece, Lighthizer was drawn into the stranger-than-fiction drama, joining a series of Trump administration officials who publicly denied authorship and declared their loyalty to the president.“It does not reflect my views at all, and it does not reflect the views of anyone I know in the Administration. It is a complete and total fabrication,” Lighthizer said in a widely reported written statement.He joined Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and others in issuing his disclaimer to being the Washington’s most famous anonymous Beltway politico since Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal.A block from the White House, where a furious Trump was Tweeting fire at the disloyalty from his inner circle, Freeland and Lighthizer pushed on with talks that cut to the core of North American prosperity.They issued fresh marching orders for their respective negotiating teams. Freeland maintained the same upbeat tone she has held since arriving in Washington this week to reboot talks with the Trump administration.“We really are confident, as we have been from the outset, that a deal which is good for Canada, good for the United States and good for Mexico is possible,” Freeland said, as she departed the office of the U.S. Trade Representative on her way to the Canadian Embassy.Freeland returned to Lighthizer’s office Thursday night for a 20-minute meeting that she said was constructive.“It was important to discuss a couple of issues face-to-face,” she said, without elaborating.But with the economic fate of workers and industries in three North American countries hanging in the balance, the New York Times piece sparked questions about how the fallout would affect the bump-and-grind of the NAFTA negotiations.Derek Burney, who was former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s chief of staff during the original 1988 Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, said any direct impact was unlikely but Trump remained “the big wild card” in the negotiation.“We have to hope to catch him between tantrums to get a deal,” said Burney, who along with Mulroney has advised the current Trudeau government on how to negotiate with Trump.Trump is likely “feeling pressure on many fronts these days and may be frustrated to learn the limits to his authority on trade, hence his warning to Congress ‘not to interfere’,” said Burney, who became Canada’s U.S. ambassador after the original free trade deal.Canada and the U.S. need to present an agreed-upon text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico.Trump is threatening to move ahead on a deal that excludes Canada, but he also needs a win on trade ahead of midterm elections in November that will test his ability to keep control of Congress.Flavio Volpe, the president of the Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, said he didn’t think the latest bombshell would directly affect the negotiators inside the room.“But it certainly underscores for all of us observing the talks that it’s not that easy to do this negotiation. It’s a compressed timeline with an ever-changing counterparty,” said Volpe, who was in Washington on Thursday for meetings with auto industry representatives on the possible impact of Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Canadian automobiles.Trump has already imposed hefty tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him executive authority to do that in the name of national security.Freeland reiterated her view Thursday that the fate of those tariffs was separate from the NAFTA talks, and she urged the administration to lift the “unjustified and illegal” action.During the day, she and Lighthizer pored over results from their front-line negotiators who held a long stretch of talks that started Wednesday night and finished in the early morning hours of Thursday.Freeland stuck to her mantra of not wanting to negotiate in public — an agreement struck with the tough-talking Lighthizer as an act of good faith.The two sides still have to resolve differences on three key issues: dairy, culture and the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism.The goal of this week’s talks is to reach a deal by Dec. 1 so Congress can give its approval to a revised three-country NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.last_img read more

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