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MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR

first_imgFianna Fáil have held talks with the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to propose a bilateral milk quota until 2015 to replace the current inefficient system of EU-wide national quotas.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan TD and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill held productive talks with Minister O’Neill and her officials in Stormont yesterday.Speaking afterwards, Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Agreement on a bilateral milk quota now looks like a very real possibility.  Minister O’Neill was very receptive to the Fianna Fáil proposals and acknowledged that steps must be taken to put an end to the current inefficient and wasteful situation facing Irish dairy farmers. “Fianna Fáil has been forced to pursue this issue due to the regrettable inaction of the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. We are in farcical situation at the moment with some countries in the EU well below quota while Irish farmers are being forced to send cows for slaughter because we’re in danger of exceeding our milk quota.“Minister Coveney has failed to raise this matter with our European counterparts so Fianna Fáil has pressed ahead with discussions on a quota agreement with the UK.   The UK is expected to be below quota by as a much as 20% this year. If we could agree to a joint quota, it would ease the pressure on Irish dairy farmers at risk of over-supply.“As a result of our meeting in Stormont, the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to raise the matter with Minister Simon Coveney. In addition to this, I will request that a joint meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and its counterpart in Stormont takes place to discuss the issue. My colleague Deputy Michael Moynihan and I also plan to travel to London to further negotiations with the British Minister for Agriculture.“One of the cornerstones of Food Harvest 2020 is to double dairy production by the year 2020. If Minister Coveney does not take immediate and decisive action to address the barriers caused by our national quota, he is putting this strategy in jeopardy. “There is no doubt that the national quota system is a real barrier to the growth of the Irish dairy industry. I am hopeful that we have now taken the first step towards resolving this in the medium-term. Irish dairy produce is in demand and we have ample supply. We cannot continue to be blocked from taking advantage of this much needed growth opportunity for farmers and for the agriculture sector.”MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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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TOP CLASS AMERICAN MUSICIANS TO PLAY AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL

first_imgTwo of the most prolific and internationally recognized urban musicians from the USA will arrive in Donegal this weekend as part of Earagail Arts Festival.Master percussionist Ralph Rolle (drummer with Nile Rodger’s Chic) and multi-instrumentalist Selan (side musician and collaborator for Adele, Louie Vega and many others).They will work with musicians from the traditional Irish background to create a soundscape that will explore shared musical concepts. From RnB to Soul, Jazz and contemporary music.It’s all part of The Melting Pod, a unique musical collaboration between musicians from two distinct musical disciplines and equally atypical localities.Run in association with Inishowen Traditional Music Project and McGrory’s of Culdaff, the project will lay the groundwork for future collaborations between musicians from Donegal and the USA.The finale will feature Ralph and Selan in performance with musicians from Donegal and the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, with events being recorded for a forthcoming documentary film by leading director of photography Brendan Galvin. The workshops and master-classes take place on Thursday 17th at 11am, Saturday 19th July at 2pm and 4pm, with the finale on Sunday 20th July at 8pm in McGrory’s Backroom, Culdaff.Tickets cost €10 for masterclasses and €15/€12 for the finale.Also taking place this Friday is ‘Output’, a series of panel events developed to bring local, national and international music and creative industries’ practitioners to key cities and towns.“Output” is a partnership between Generator Northern Ireland and Honeycomb – Creative Works.Having previously visited Belfast, Derry~Londonderry and Newry, Output has proved to be a great opportunity for artists, labels, managers and digital content creatives to meet, network and learn together. Featured speakers include Andrew Ferris, who runs Small Town America, a record label and publisher based in Derry.Tommy McLaughlin Villagers / Attica Audio Recording, Keith Johnson, head of membership and marketing for IMRO and Stephen McCauley, a DJ and broadcaster who presents Electric Mainline on BBC Radio Foyle, along with award winning artist, Julie Feeney.Output #07 will place focus on the opportunities within the Irish music industry.Be it from record labels, recording studios, artists or royalty collection organisations – this is your opportunity to find out from the experts how it’s done. Output will be held in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Friday the 18th of July, from 2.00 – 4.00pm.Admission is free and open to all. Register for free for Output #07 on the Generator NI event page (http://generatorni.com/events/output-07-earagail-arts-festival-letterkenny/) or by emailing info@generatorni.comFor full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie.Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.TOP CLASS AMERICAN MUSICIANS TO PLAY AT EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Earagail Arts FestivalEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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DDTV: ‘THIS IS MY HOMELAND’ – FILM-MAKER’S STUNNING PORTRAIT OF SOUTH DONEGAL

first_imgFilm-maker Peter Mullaney has spent the past six months capturing some amazing footage of south Donegal from here he hails.‘This Is My Homeland’ is the result of his work. Simply click on the video to view.DDTV: ‘THIS IS MY HOMELAND’ – FILM-MAKER’S STUNNING PORTRAIT OF SOUTH DONEGAL was last modified: August 24th, 2015 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:filmPeter MullaneySouth Donegallast_img read more

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Say Yes to this special Mulroy Woods Wedding Showcase!

first_imgMulroy Woods Hotel is hosting a wedding showcase with a difference on Sunday 22nd September from 11am-4pm.Not only will couples get an exclusive chance to tour the elegant venue, but brides will be able to find a dream dress.The Say Yes showcase will feature a stunning dress sale in association with Ultimate Dresses Dungiven. Special guest on the day of the showcase is Harpist/Pianist Les Magee. Plus, cakes by Selena’s Creations. Meet the venue decor specialists Ultimate Touches, browse the Designer Gowns and let the Mulroy Woods team help you plan your tailor-made wedding – Your Vision, Your Wedding, Your Way. The Mulroy Woods Hotel prides itself on providing luxury country weddings in the heart of Donegal, so make sure to come and pick up your copy of the new wedding brochure.The newly refurbished, dazzling Glashagh SuiteDresses on sale will range from €175-€500.Brides-to-be can browse designer names such as Justin Alexander, Allure, Allure Woman, Allure Couture, Sincerity Bridal, Sweetheart, Lou Lou & Karen Willis Holmes. Accessories will be available too, including veils and belts. Bridesmaids dresses for only €55 will be on display too from brands such as True Bride, Lou Lou, Angel B, Dessy & Mark Lesley.The pop-up shop will have full changing facilities.There is a 10% allowance on Sterling. Payments can be cash or via card machine in Sterling.The Say Yes event on Sunday 22nd September could be your one-stop shop for finding an ideal venue and dress all in one afternoon, so why not call down to Mulroy Woods Hotel from 11am-4pm.Weddings at Mulroy Woods Hotel – where they have a one wedding per day policyVisit the Mulroy Woods Hotel Facebook for more updates or contact the Wedding Team now on +353 74 915 3313 or email weddings@mulroywoodshotel.comFor full details, click here to view the bespoke wedding packages at Mulroy Woods Hotel.  Say Yes to this special Mulroy Woods Wedding Showcase! was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Mulroy Woods Hotelwedding dresseswedding fayrewedding showcaselast_img read more

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Africa can produce the food it needs

first_imgSmall-scale farmers are key to Africa’s agricultural growth. Moorosi Nchejana is one of 40 farmers in Mabalane village, Lesotho, who participated in a pilot programme by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation to strengthen farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change(Image: Irin) Business and government should increase investment in agriculture in Africa. More research is also necessary to promote the genetic improvement of Africa’s neglected food crops such as sweet potato, cassava and millet.(Image: World Bank / Scott Wallace)MEDIA CONTACTS• Karl HaechlerSenior consultantArcay Burson-Marsteller+27 11 480 8532 Wilma den HartighIn 2050 there will be nine-billion people in the world and in Africa alone, the UN estimates there will be almost two-billion people living on the continent in 38 years’ time. The big question is not only how we are going to feed so many people, but also how to do it nutritiously.This presents both challenges and opportunities to produce enough wholesome food for everyone – and many of the solutions are in Africa.At The Economist’s recent Feeding the World conference in Johannesburg, global leaders from agribusiness, food production, science and NGOs discussed how Africa can take ownership of its food security agenda, accelerate agricultural growth and develop sustainable and competitive agriculture sectors.The world is looking to Africa to take up its role in solving the global food crisis. The continent has more than enough land (Africa has 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land) and willing farmers to develop robust, sustainable and competitive agriculture sectors.Speakers highlighted the need for food security and nutrition solutions that involve civil society organisations, individuals, governments and the private sector, working in partnership with each other.The event was organised by the conference division of The Economist newspaper, and is one of numerous global conferences on important issues such as food security, health, infrastructure and science. Food and nutrition securitySpeaking at the event, Sean de Cleene said food security in the world has reached a tipping point, and he is optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. Cleene is the senior VP of Yara International, a global firm specialising in agricultural products and environmental protection agents.“I am more optimistic today than ever because we see Africa starting to take control of its own growth agenda,” De Cleene said.“We are reaching a tipping point with more investment into localised agriculture. We are seeing unprecedented interest in collaboration to solve these challenges.”Various speakers agreed that it is important to establish a link between agriculture and health, by improving the nutritional qualities of food. Improved nutrition would address issues such as under-nourishment, which causes the death of millions of children every year.“We should not just focus on improving productivity of farmers,“ said Shenggen Fan, director-general of the International Food Policy Research Institute. “In the past agriculture was designed to achieve maximum production, not nutrition.”Fan said agriculture has a role to play in addressing undernourishment, lack of access to food and hidden hunger – a situation where the consumer is unaware that food is not providing enough nutrition. “We have to slow down this trend,” he said.He suggested interventions such as subsidies for fruit and vegetable production, and suggested that unhealthy food be taxed, making money available to promote healthy food production and research. Business and subsistence farmers working togetherOne of the main messages coming from the conference is the need for public-private partnerships to create robust agricultural industries in Africa and promote food security – and there are already success stories.Mario Reis, managing director of dairy products producer Danone Southern Africa, said it is important for corporates to invest in Africa. This approach is already showing positive results for Danone and hundreds of pastoral farming families in Senegal, who have been farming with milk-producing livestock for generations.“In Senegal, 90% of all milk consumed is imported. However, this is an aberration because 30% of the population rear cattle that produce milk,” Reis explained.Danone started a venture to help pastoral farmers to utilise their milk, by setting up a facility that collects local milk for processing into value-added dairy products. The project is also providing technical advice and veterinary services for farmers, which has helped them to increase milk output and take good care of their animals.The venture, which started in 2006, has made it possible for 650 farmers to stay on their land, farm profitably and live exclusively from milk production.“This is an example of helping a whole community – all through agriculture and related activities,” Reis said. The project is also bringing about rural development as farmers are earning a living, their families can eat more nutritious food and children can attend school.Frank Braeken, executive VP for fast moving consumer goods company Unilever in Africa, added that food security and economic opportunity can be aligned.“The main objective is to convince sceptics of the important role that business can play in this area,” Braeken said.He added that new business models should allow companies to target growth, while contributing to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.“The question and challenge is so big that we need a dramatic shift in thinking about how we do business,” he said. “There is no doubt that discussions around food security must zone in on Africa.“Sub-Saharan Africa holds the most of potential for future agricultural expansion. Whatever role African countries will play must be in the interest of their people.” Optimising food productionJason Clay, senior VP for market transformation at the World Wildlife Fund, said the agriculture sector must find ways to intensify production sustainably, using the same amount of natural resources.“By 2050, 9.4-billion people will need twice as much food and fibre, and this means every system of production has to double,” Clay said. “We have to figure out how to optimise what we have.”He identified food waste, which occurs by either throwing away food or post-harvest losses, as one where food production can be optimised. “If we can eliminate waste, we have to produce half as much of the new food we would need by 2050,” he explained.Improving Africa’s neglected food cropsImproving crop genetics is another possibility. Clay said more research is needed into producing crops with a higher nutritional content, using the same number of hectares.Various speakers pointed out that more research is necessary to promote the genetic improvement of Africa’s neglected food crops. Farmers should also be encouraged to grow a more diverse range of local crops such as sweet potato, cassava and millet. Many farmers moved away from these nutrition-rich crops to maize production, mainly because of market opportunities and price.Clay pointed out although Africa and the world will need much more food by 2050, innovative thinking throughout the food production value chain could reduce the pressure on farmers to meet this demand.last_img read more

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Sony unveils Xperia X phones, Xperia Ear wireless ear-piece & more at MWC

first_imgJapanese company Sony took the wraps off its new Xperia X line-up smartphones, Xperia Ear wireless earphones and more at the ongoing MWC 2016 event in Barcelona, Spain. Sony’s new Xperia X series – consisting of the Xperia X, XA and X Performance – focuses on improved camera capabilities, battery-life and design, says the company.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: Top features, specifications, price and everything you need to know The Xperia X and Xperia X Performance phones come with 5-inch 1080p display and 23-megapixel rear and 13-megapixel front cameras. “The all-new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus in Xperia X and Xperia X Performance lets you choose your subject and then predicts its motion, so you can capture the action in perfect focus, free from blur,” the company said in a statement. In addition, Sony claims up to two days battery life on the phones.While the Xperia X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, the flagship Xperia X Performance comes with a Snapdragon 820 chipset. The Xperia X Performance is water-proof as well.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7 quick review: Looks like Galaxy S6 but big changes inside The Xperia XA is said to be the more affordable offerings, boasting of a 5-inch 720p display and a MediaTek MT6755 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.All the phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance come with fingerprint scanner, the Xperia XA lacks one.advertisementThe new Xperia X phones boast of an all-metal body and will be available in the colours Graphite black, White, Lime Gold and Rose Gold in summer 2016.Also Read: LG G5 quick review: Something different, something playful The Xperia Ear is Sony’s next-generation wireless ear-piece that provides information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news on the go and also responds to voice commands. Connectivity options include: NFC and Bluetooth. The ear-piece comes with IPX2 water-protection and all-day battery life, according to the company.At the same time, the company also unveiled a number of smart product concepts like Xperia Eye and Xperia Projector.last_img read more

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Mummified remains of 99-million-year-old dinosaur bird wings found encased in amber

first_imgTwo new specimens of 99-million-year-old dinosaur bird wings discovered in amber extracted from mines at a site in the Kachin Province of Myanmar, is more than just a treasure trove for researchers who found it. They have never seen two dinosaur wings so well preserved in amber because in normal fossilation process feathers often tend to disappear, leaving skeletal impressions on surrounding rock. This often makes research very difficult.Palaeontologists have discovered an array of ancient insects trapped in amber, but this particular three dimensional specimen stood out. Each and every detail of the dino-bird fossil, from its skin, muscles, claws, hair follicles to its feather arrangements were visible.The study of the wings published in Nature Communications on Tuesday by palaeontologists Lida Xing, Ryan McKellar and their colleagues says that the fossil most likely belonged to a type of avian dinosaur called Enantiornithines and it dates back to the mid-Cretaceous period which was more than 65 million years ago. The researchers studied the structure and arrangement of the bones and feathers using X-ray and all of it revealed that the fossil wings were remarkably similar to that of modern birds.The only difference according to researchers, between a dinosaur bird and today’s avian, is that the former is born with a fully developed structure, complete with feathers.The most marvelous part is that the scans even revealed the colour of the pre-historic dinosaur avian. Another fascinating detail of discovery is that scientists were able to pin point the exact way the dino-bird died. According to the paper, the pre-historic bird might have been trapped and still alive when it got caught in the amber. Claw marks around the amber suggests that bird struggled before the resin hardened.advertisementlast_img read more

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Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli and the selectors, led by M.S.K. Prasad, may have decided to back experience while picking the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales, but former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels they may have missed out on thinking out-of-the-box and bringing in a few unknown faces to take the opponents by surprise.Speaking to IANS, on the sidelines of the CricPlay media round table, Gambhir said it was for Prasad to show faith in the youngsters and back them.However, the 2011 World Cup winning opener also added that if the current selectors feel this is the best team, then others should support them.”I don’t know. It is ultimately about MSK because it is not about people who have experience. It is about what you think is right and that doesn’t come with experience, it comes with belief.”If your belief is strong enough, it doesn’t matter if you have played 100 Test matches or you haven’t played a single Test. It is your belief and confidence that matters more than anything else.”Whether they have picked bits and pieces players — that is what the selectors, the captain and the team management needs to decide.”Ultimately we want the Indian team to do well and try and win the World Cup. If they think this is the best 15 that can achieve that, we have to support them. I love thinking out-of-the-box and that is what I always did,” he said.Asked if it was unfair on Rishabh Pant as the selectors picked Dinesh Karthik over the youngster, Gambhir said that he was equally sad for Ambati Rayudu and that Pant still had age on his side, but Rayudu doesn’t.advertisement”Why speak about only one player? There is Ambati Rayudu who missed out as well. He is averaging 48 in ODIs, why focus only on Pant? I feel it is far more disheartening for someone like Rayudu because Pant has age on his side.”Rayudu doesn’t have age on his side and we should be talking about Rayudu because Pant is at least playing one format of the game,” he pointed.Commenting on the current squad, Gambhir said that this time the bowling unit looks better than the one which helped India win the World Cup in 2011.”We have the experience of Dhoni, who is playing his fourth World Cup. We also have Hardik Pandya who has an X-factor, but we have a better bowling attack this time than what we did in 2011.”We have Jasprit Bumrah who is at present the best white-ball bowler and that is why I think this bowling attack is far more better than the one in 2011. It is on the batsmen to now put the runs on the board.”This is a format where you have to be the real world champion to win the trophy because whoever wins will have beaten all the other teams in the world,” he said.Talking of backing players, Gambhir is often seen as the man behind the rise of pacer Navdeep Saini, but the former opener feels it is the bowler’s credit that he has constantly worked on his game.”You have to give credit to him. I backed a talented player. As a captain my job was to give opportunity to the talent. It was ultimately up to him as to where he wants to take that opportunity. He is working hard and clocking 150kmph. There is nobody in India who is clocking that pace and that is why I had picked him in my World Cup squad as I felt he could be the X-factor.”We had picked R. Ashwin in the 2011 World Cup because we thought he had the X-factor. He was an unknown commodity and he did wonders for us in the game against Australia. Not many people in world cricket is bowling at 150kmph at present and that is why I felt the unknown factor could have worked,” he explained.Commenting on his involvement with CricPlay, Gambhir said: “It is a great stress buster for me. Whatever you do, you are still a leader and you want to think as a leader and that takes your mind away from other things. I get to play against people across the country and I love that.”Business head Gaurav Sarin added: “We honestly believe if we touch you in a positive way, we can find a better way to make money than asking the users to pay to play. People aren’t playing this for money.”advertisementAlso Read | India have strong side for ICC 2019 World Cup: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with Rosogollaslast_img read more

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The London No. 1 Gin

first_imgIf history has taught us anything, it’s that all things run in cycles. (Though if you ask Michael Corleone, history has taught him something different.) Gin, once one of the most popular post-War liquors, is back in style once again.Though there are a variety of small batch gins being made in America and elsewhere across the globe, to many, gin will always be associated with the United Kingdom (even if the liquor was invented in Holland). There’s just something about the image of sophisticated Brits quaffing gin and tonics and martinis that are “shaken, not stirred.”That’s why we are thrilled with The London No. 1 Gin, which is a triple distilled gin that comes right from England. Made by Master Distiller Charles Maxwell—an eighth generation gin-maker—The London No. 1 Gin is distilled in small batch pot stills with twelve key botanicals (juniper, angelica root, savory, coriander, cassia bark, liquorice, cinnamon, almond, lemon peel, orange peel, lily root, and bergamot.  At first smell, London No. 1 gin is almost overpowering with its floral notes on the nose.However, upon tasting the gin, you will see that all of the botanicals come into play with each passing second. First there is an intense warmth, which rises through your mouth—that most likely comes from the cinnamon (without any kind of real cinnamon flavor). Then, the cooler flavors of juniper, the lemon and orange peels, as well as the subtle touch of liquorice tie the flavor of the liquor together and you can actual taste the sweetness at the back of your tongue as the effect of the spirit lifts after each sip. You may not feel the same way, but with the variety of flavors in The London No. 1, there is a certain enjoyment to just pouring the gin neat over ice and savoring each floral effect.What sets The London No. 1 apart,though (aside from its complex flavor and British citizenship), is its color.  You’ll notice that London No. 1 is a pale shade of turquoise. That’s not the effect of the bottle—like, say, Bombay Sapphire—that is how the liquor appears. This effect is achieved by using gardenia flowers and a final infusion of bergamot oil. The result is a very appealing looking and tasting gin.Whether you’re a gin aficionado or a tentative gin sipper, this product of England is certainly a spirit you’re going to want to spend at least a little time getting to know better. Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Gin 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martinilast_img read more