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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

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first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesOn-loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo starts for Fulham at Craven Cottage after being passed fit following an ankle injury.There are also starting places for Oliver Norwood and Neeskens Kebano.Hull, meanwhile, make two changes, with on-loan Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori coming in along with Markus Henriksen.Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Ream, Kalas, Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Norwood, Ojo, Ayite, Kebano.Subs: Bettinelli, Djalo, Odoi, Cisse, Graham, Mollo, Kamara.Hull City: McGregor, Hector, Dawson, Tomori, Aina, Kingsley, Meyler, Larsson, Grosicki, Bowen, Dicko.Subs: Marshall, Clark, Irvine, Henriksen, Toral, Diomande, Campbell.last_img read more

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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