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first_imgFine Gael local election Candidate Grace Boyle has welcomed the news that Deputy Joe McHugh, TD, has raised the issue of the ongoing challenges in the beef sector with Minister Simon Coveney.These challenges are seriously affecting farmers in the Milford-Letterkenny electoral area and Donegal in general, she said While Deputy McHugh welcomed and acknowledged the very good work that Minister Coveney did during the CAP negotiations, in securing €12.5 billion up to 2020, he explained that things have since moved on and there are real and genuine concerns in the farming sector that need to be addressed. In their meeting, Deputy McHugh outlined the massive decline in the suckler herd. They also discussed the bull beef crisis and the market place in it’s current form. While the Minister cannot involve himself directly in the market, there is a perception amongst farmers that processors are influencing prices too heavily. Adding to this issue is the absence of the Northern buyer at our marts and not being able to take animals across the border to finish, both impacting negatively on the market.Deputy McHugh said that, “while it’s important to acknowledge that the price of beef is up 30% on three years ago, it is still down substantially on last year’s prices and with increases in costs, this is adding further pressure on the farmers”.The Minister called a meeting today with the various farming organisations, including the processors, in an effort to engage with all parties relevant to this issue and discuss a way forward. According to Grace Boyle, “Engagement of this type is absolutely necessary so that the interested parties can voice their concerns to the Minister and engage positively with him to try to find a solution. I welcome this news and will follow up the matter with Deputy McHugh again soon”.  ELECTION 2014: BOYLE WELCOMES LOBBYING OF MINISTER OVER BEEF CRISIS was last modified: April 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Beef crisisElection CandidateFine GaelGrace Boylelast_img read more


first_img18 July 2008The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee has authorised a decision taken last year for a once-off sale of ivory, a decision that has been welcomed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are now authorised to make a once off sale of a total of 108 tons of government-owned ivory, the department said in a statement on Wednesday.The following quantities of raw ivory have been approved for sale: Botswana’s 43 682.91kg, Namibia’s 9 209.68kg, South Africa’s 51 121.8kg and Zimbabwe’s 3 755.55kg.China has been agreed to as the designated import country for the ivory. Japan had already been allowed to import ivory in 2006.Closely monitoredBoth countries stated that they would closely monitor their domestic markets, said the department, adding that South Africa would send a delegation to both China and Japan to assess their enforcement capacity and ensure their compliance with CITES regulations.Department spokesperson Mava Scott said the delegation’s vist was a step to satisfy the South African government about the integrity of the accredited buyers systems as it relates to the transaction.“Thereafter, we will deliberate on the approach for the method of sale of the ivory, as the accreditation of China as a purchaser will trigger dynamic market forces which would not have been possible with Japan alone,” he said. “The bargaining is likely to be beneficial to South Africa.”Benefiting elephants and communitiesAll the proceeds from the sale of the ivory would be used exclusively for elephant conservation and for the benefit of local communities living side-by-side with elephants the department added.The decision to allow the once-off sale of ivory follows the department’s decision to lift a moratorium on the culling of elephants enforced in 1995. The decision came in to effect as of 1 May 2008, and emerged out of the in-depth consultative process with ecologists, scientists and the public at large.Speaking at the announcement in late February 2008, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the necessary amendments to the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations would be published for public comments on 29 February 2008.“Our department has recognised the need to maintain culling as management option, but has taken steps to ensure that this option be the option of last resort that is acceptable only under strict conditions,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgBy Phindi Maduna On 3 to 10 March 2018, Brand South Africa once again partnered with RapidLion – the South African International Film Festival to celebrate filmmaking at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The festival aims to market a variety of films from Africa, its diaspora, and the BRICS formation countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).This is the second year that Brand South Africa has partnered with the festival. This growing partnership is in line with Brand South Africa’s role to manage the reputation of the country. The South African film industry is a key selling point for our competitive edge as a nation and it plays a significant role in promoting the Nation Brand domestically and internationally.South Africa’s film industry is quite critical in how we are able to showcase the country in a positive light. Domestically the country is capable of producing world – class productions that are internationally acclaimed. Films like “Kalushi” and “Inxeba” (The Wound), have successfully addressed a wide range of social, economic and political issues in South Africa whilst promoting and creating awareness of South Africa as a culturally diverse country. South Africa also has top – notch, home grown talent that can compete with the best in the world; John Kani, Kim Engelbrecht and Anant Singh, to mention just a few.The local film industry has been able to positively influence the South African Nation Brand by building on our reputation for breath-taking and adaptable locations; highly skilled film crews, exceptional production facilities, and well equipped production companies who have been central to the production of international films and television shows.The benefits of South Africa’s growing film industry are clear, it brings foreign direct investment into the country. This involves the transfer of skills and development, creation of employment opportunities for many and enhancement the country’s international reputation.At this year’s festival, on 6 March, Brand South Africa hosted a consultation session with industry stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors under the theme Closing the loop – A strategy towards a sustainable independent and prosperous South African film industry. This session aimed to get ideas on better developing the industry.In this workshop Brand South Africa engaged with filmmakers on what the best strategy is to develop a film industry that the country can rely on to promote South Africa internationally on a long-term basis.“We recommend that the government creates a parallel film industry eco-system for the support of black film practitioners and make sure that all components of that eco-system and all the participants within that eco-system work together to maximize profits that are ploughed back into that eco-system to make more profitable films. This is what we call the ‘Closing the loop’ strategy”. Eric Miyeni, founder of RapidLion.It was concluded that coordination between all industry stakeholders is needed moving forward.last_img read more


first_imgThe Taj Mahal, which has been in the crosshairs of controversy, has finally found a place of pride in the 2018 calender brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government.The 17th century architectural marvel is included in the month of July in the calendar brought out by the State information department. Also finding a place in the calendar is the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. The Gorakhnath Mutt is represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Apart from carrying images of important heritage and tourist spots of the state, the calender mentions the popular BJP slogan of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas — UP government ka satat prayas.’ The pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the CM also feature in the calender prominently.Taj Mahal has recently been in the crosshairs of controversy with BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioning the monument’s place in India’s heritage, stressing that history would be re-written to erase Mughal emperors from it. Mr. Som’s comments came soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly omitted the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet.Also Read  He also said that he will visit the historical monument and the Taj city of Agra on October 26 to review the tourism schemes there.Prayagraj Triveni Sangam (Allahabad), Ram ki Paudi (Ayodhya), Barsane ki Holi (Mathura), Gurudwara Nanakmattha Saheb (Pilibhit), Devgarh Jain temple (Lalitpur), Sarnath Stupa (Varanasi), Rani Jhansi ka Kila (Jhansi), Sri Krishna Janmsthan temple (Mathura), Vindhyachal trikon darshan (Mirzapur) and Kanshi Vishwanath temple (Varanasi) also find a place in the calendar. Another stab at Taj Mahal’s heritage Taj Mahal built with blood, sweat of Indians: Adityanath  “Many people are pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history?” Mr. Som recently posed in a statement.The BJP had distanced itself from the comment saying it was Mr. Som’s personal view and the party had nothing to do with it.Following media reports, the State government had issued a press release stating, “Tourism projects worth ₹370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth ₹156 crore for development of parks and various facilities are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra.” The CM also stated that “It is immaterial as to who and how Taj Mahal was built…it was made by the saputs (sons) of Bharat Mata through their khoon and pasina…it is famous the world over for its architecture…is a historical monument and its protection and further development for tourism is the responsibility of the government.” Also Readlast_img read more


first_imgTen districts of Rajasthan recorded ‘excess’ rainfall this monsoon season, while 14 districts witnessed ‘normal’ and seven ‘deficit’ rainfall, the state water resources department said. No district in the State saw ‘scanty’ rainfall so far, it said. The normal rainfall (19% to -19%) for the period of June 1 to August 1 in the state is 254.98 mm. Against this, the state recorded 287.21 mm rains during the same period this year. Jhunjhunu and Sikar recorded ‘abnormal’ (60% or more) rain, while Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Churu, Jaipur, Kota, Nagaur, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand and Sawaimadhopur received excess (20 per cent to 59 per cent) rainfall, the department said. Districts with normal rainfall are Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Dausa, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Karauli, Pali, Tonk and Udaipur. Alwar, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jalore and Sirohi recorded deficit rainfall (-20 to -59%), it said. Of the total 810 dams in the State, 31 are fully filled, 398 partially filled and 381 are empty. Meanwhile, Ajmer recorded a maximum of 114.2 mm rain till Friday morning. Mount Abu, Bikaner, Ganganagar and Dabok recorded 80 mm, 65.3 mm, 31.7 mm and 37.6 mm rains, respectively during this period. Several other areas also received below 30 mm rains, according to the MeT department. The weatherman has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places in the state with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places in east Rajasthan on Friday.last_img read more


first_imgHALIFAX – A prosecutor asked the jury deciding the fate of accused murderer Christopher Garnier to sit in silence for two minutes Monday, reaffirming the minimum length of time it would have taken to strangle Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell.Christine Driscoll said the Crown had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Garnier, 30, punched and strangled Campbell inside a Halifax apartment more than two years ago, and used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“The truth is that Ms. Campbell did nothing wrong. Her life was over and she was treated like trash,” Driscoll said during her closing arguments in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.But the defence argued the off-duty Truro police constable’s death was a tragedy, not a murder.Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked the 14-member jury to find his client not guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, saying the 36-year-old woman died accidentally during rough sex.He said Garnier “at all times acted lawfully and properly.”“There was an unexpected tragedy on McCully Street in Halifax. A tragedy, however, does not make the actions of a man or woman a crime,” Pink told the jury Monday.“It only becomes a crime when the actions of the man or woman meet the requisites of law. I respectfully submit that this is not the case here.”Driscoll pointed out that the “remarkable” thing about what happened on Sept. 11, 2015, is that many of the events in question were captured on video, including Campbell and Garnier meeting and kissing at the Halifax Alehouse. But the roughly 45 minutes the pair were inside the McCully Street apartment early that morning, after being dropped off by a cab from the downtown bar, were not.“For that very short period, but very important time period, Ms. Campbell cannot speak for herself. But the forensic evidence speaks for her, and it speaks loud and clear,” said Driscoll, reminding the jury of blood spatter evidence from inside the apartment.Driscoll also noted that Campbell had a broken nose and that her DNA was found on Garnier’s T-shirt and the clasp of his watch.The Crown lawyer said Garnier took steps to conceal evidence by disposing of her body, ditching the compost bin in bushes, putting his T-shirt and her car keys into a garbage bag, and throwing them into a dumpster, and tossing his broken necklace onto the roof of a building.Driscoll said items in the car Garnier was driving at the time of his arrest — including a tarp, gloves, rope and gasoline — shows he remembered where he dumped her body and planned to move her remains. The jury has heard officers followed Garnier to an area near the bridge, where Campbell’s body was discovered on a steep embankment hours earlier.Garnier took the stand in his own defence last week, telling the jury that during sex play, Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her before she died. However, he said his memories about that night are fragmented.He said he doesn’t remember walking with the compost bin through the city’s north end towards the harbour and dumping her body in thick brush, where it stayed undetected for about five days.Driscoll said Garnier “concocted this story in an attempt to take all of the responsibility off of himself.”“He cannot live with what he has done. He cannot accept that he is responsible for this,” she said. “He’s actually suggesting that she killed herself, and it’s ridiculous.”Pink noted that chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes conceded during his testimony that Campbell’s injuries, including her broken nose, could have been caused after she died.He said Campbell’s death did not amount to culpable homicide, and that there is “not a scintilla of evidence” to prove Garnier lost control and murdered Campbell.“We are not assembled here today for vengeance. We are here for a just and proper resolution of this matter,” said Pink.Pink said the defence of automatism was available to Garnier on the charge of interfering with a dead body.A psychiatrist called by the defence last week said automatism is a condition in which a person is not consciously aware or in control of their actions. Dr. Stephen Hucker also said Garnier suffered from acute stress disorder following Campbell’s death, which could explain his memory loss.Driscoll ended her closing arguments by reminding the jury that Bowes concluded Campbell died of strangulation.“He said, at a minimum, (it’s) two minutes of continuous pressure to cause death,” she told the packed courtroom before asking for two minutes of silence.Garnier, wearing a black suit jacket, sat quietly at his lawyer’s bench throughout the closing arguments.Justice Joshua Arnold is expected to give his final instructions to the jury on Wednesday, after a break in the trial on Tuesday. Following his instructions, the jury will be sequestered until they reach a verdict.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgThat analysis consisted of market research as well as reviews of taxonomies and workflows for the company’s editors, Rowlands says. The first sites to feature the new designs—which were accomplished in collaboration with digital design and tech company HUGE—are Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press and Western Farm Press. National Hog Farmer, Beef magazine, Corn and Soybean Digest, Hay and Forage Grower and Farm Industry News will relaunch over the next few weeks. The sites will feature new search tools and streamlined navigation in addition to blogs, video and Webinars.“We updated both the technology and the content, and we are writing content in a way that will increase its effectiveness to the user,” says Rowlands. “The Web framework is component based, so the designs will have one framework and one platform, but each group will have its own taxonomy that is determined by the individual markets.”Rowlands says Penton will be able to monetize the project by leveraging the market research along with the editorial enhancements. “We are testing several new products in the market that will better align the marketers’objectives with our new content modules,” she says. “In addition, you will see enhanced educational components and modules that will be introduced throughout the next year as well as enhanced distribution channels for the user. Our content will be fresh and stay current for our readers and will help ensure the branding efforts of our customers are sticking even as the user makes deeper dives into the sites.”With the Web-first approach, content online will largely be expanded and/or embellished in print, which still remains a “very important” medium, Rowlands says. Penton will continue to roll out more redesigned sites over the rest of the year but the majority will be unveiled throughout 2011. In an expansive effort that will eventually see the majority of the company’s more than 100 Web sites relaunched, Penton Media is unveiling a re-engineering of its nine Agricultural Group sites. According to CEO Sharon Rowlands, the project will move Penton’s Web sites away from simply being companions to its magazines to full-fledged Web-first products.“We have changed the way that we think about digital content creation and the market,” Rowlands tells FOLIO:. “The year-long analysis [Penton conducted] was very insightful and provided us with a real understanding of the consumption habits in the market. Traditionally, individual markets relaunched Web sites based on their perceptions and not what the market wanted and needed. Now, the market will provide us with ongoing feedback on our products and will shape the progression of the sites going forward.”last_img read more


first_imgSolano County, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Travis Air Force Base, including the associated special use airspace and C-17 assault landing zone.The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS planning process to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Solano County has received an OEA grant to assist in the preparation of a JLUS for Travis AFB located in Fairfield, Calif. The county will be the project sponsor.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. Proposals should be submitted to: Jim Leland, principal planner, Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533, no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, on Aug. 31.The request for proposals can be viewed on the county website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, November 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 5pm. High near 68. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Early Voting: Early ends today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.At The Library: Needleworkers at 10am. Drop-In Preschool Storytime at 10am. Cultures & Communities: Sugar Skulls & Papel Picado at 2:30pm. Humans vs. Zombies at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting Karaoke from Winnell Entertainment at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img Tags Share your voice 4 Mobile Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg Comments COO Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is leaning into regulation. James Martin/CNET Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reiterated the social network’s call for regulation on Wednesday, saying the company wanted to be an active partner in developing  new rules to govern the internet. The law could be modeled on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, Sandberg suggested at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.The EU law, which is a little over a year old, governs companies that collect, store or process large amounts of information on residents of the EU, requiring more openness about what data they have and who they share it with.”Companies like ours shouldn’t make as many decisions as we do,” Sandberg said. “New rules need to be written for the internet and we want to help make that happen.”Sandberg’s comments fit into Facebook’s evolving attitude as it faces calls for it to be broken up, most notably from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year that the government and regulators should play a “more active role” when it comes to harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. During the appearance, Sandberg also conceded Facebook wasn’t prepared for the foreign interference that took place on the social network during the 2016 presidential. Zuckerberg had previously said it was “crazy” to think that fake news on Facebook swayed voters in 2016.”We really missed it,” Sandberg said, according to The Wall Street Journal.last_img read more