€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities

first_imgSix pier and harbour communities received a boost on Monday as €172,500 of government funding to upgrade and repair the areas across Donegal was announced. Darney Pier, Curransport, Inch Pier, Creevy Pier, Leharden Newbridge and Rutland Aids to Navigation will all benefit from the funding.“The works will play a valuable role in bringing these locations up to a higher standard and developing them as amenities for fishing and leisure at sea,” Minister McHugh said. The Local Authority funding programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.The Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “These piers and harbours play a key part in supporting rural and coastal communities. The construction work will help sustain local contractors and the finished works will be vital for the development of fishing and marine activities.“With this work, we are supporting local business, helping sustainability and opening the door to more tourism and leisure options on the Wild Atlantic Way.” The following locations have been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2019 and can be seen in more detail below. Darney Pier, Bruckless – Re-grade and re-deck the slipway, safety signage and railings – €30,000Curransport – Funding for repairs on shore for the ferry service, safety signage and railings – €45,000Rutland Aids to Navigation – Provide 1 Starboard Hand marker and light to mark submerged rock outcrops in the channel at Rutland and indicate safe access to Burtonport – €22,500Inch Pier – Repairs to structure, signage and railings – €12,000Leharden Newbridge – Improve berthing facilities, safety signage and railings – €45,000Creevy Pier – Repairs on pier deck, signage, toe rails and railings – €18,000€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities was last modified: April 1st, 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) Tags:harbourspierslast_img read more

Donegal shortlisted among Ireland’s favourite home holiday destinations

first_imgHome is where the heart is… and the people of Donegal are fiercely proud of their home county when it comes to travel and tourism.So proud, in fact, that we have successfully voted Donegal in as one of Ireland’s favourite home holiday destinations in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards.The 2020 Travel Awards shortlist was announced this weekend, with Donegal ranked in the top five counties where locals love to visit. The five finalists are Donegal, Galway, Kerry, West Cork and Wexford.Donegal was in fifth place in the same awards category in 2019, and it is hoped that the north-west can be the best and take the top spot from Kerry next year.The Reader Travel Award winners will be revealed on January 17th 2020 at an event in Dublin’s Mansion House.  Donegal shortlisted among Ireland’s favourite home holiday destinations was last modified: November 17th, 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)last_img read more

Warriors’ Kuchle No. 3 in the state for rebounds

first_imgRed Bluff >> Despite a tough season for the Mercy Warriors boys basketball team a bright spot was center Marcus Kuchle, who led the Five Star league and was third in the state in rebounds, averaging 17.7 per game.Kuchle hauled in a total of 442 rebounds over the course of 25 games, compared to the state’s No. 1 rebounder Horant Chen, of Cornerstone Christian in Wildomar, who had 369 over the course of 19 games. In the No. 2 spot was Dexter Aranda, of Annenberg in Los Angeles, with 260 in 14 …last_img read more

Diaspora meeting: Africans must unite

first_img24 May 2012Africans must unite in order to build a solid foundation for reviving the African family across the world – a move that will give impetus to the renaissance of the continent.The call was made at the opening of the African Diaspora Ministerial Meeting held ahead of Friday’s Global Diaspora Summit in Sandton.The ministerial meeting, hosted at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s headquarters in Pretoria, paves the way for the Sandton summit to be attended by, among others, current and former heads of state.The common thread amongst speakers was a vision of a united and strong Africa based on partnerships between governments and all segments of society in order to shore up cohesion and solidarity amongst countries on continent and the diaspora.The opening of the ministerial meeting recognised the need to build on sustainable partnerships between the African continent and the African diaspora through dialogue and effective collaboration with governments and peoples of different regions of the world.Building a sold foundationSpeaking at the opening session, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the outcomes of the summit must contribute towards building a solid foundation for reviving our global African family.She affirmed the need to promote South-South cooperation as a framework for enhancing mutual development as well as Pan African Solidarity.Nkoana-Mashabane said a united Africa and Diaspora would lead the continent in the right direction towards independence, economic emancipation, eradication of poverty and advancement of Africa.She urged the summit to pick up the baton relayed from the days of Pan African conferences premised on ridding the continent of all its challenges; and help create a better life for Africans in the diaspora.“These struggles on the continent and the diaspora are far from over. The challenges of neo-colonialism are still before us. Racism is another reality that continues to cause pain, suffering and humiliation to its victims.“Many people on this continent still live in fear because of the absence of peace and security in their countries. Disease, hunger and ignorance remain an obstacle to our achievement of a better life for our people,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.A message of hopeErieka Bennett, Ghana’s Head of Mission at the Diaspora African Forum, said the summit was an opportunity for African leaders to give the diaspora a message of hope that the continent will never be the same, and that unity in diversity was a tenable ideal.Also addressing the summit, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping, lauded the efforts thus far to support Africa and the African diaspora.He used his message to outline the aim of the summit and the work that had been done from ministerial and technical experts’ meetings that led to the draft declaration, programme of action and implementation strategy, which will be considered at Friday’s summit.Ping said Friday’s consolidated outcome document would “serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation”.Among others, the draft declaration mentions the African Diaspora Legacy Projects. These include the creation of a database of professional skills in the African diaspora, which will tap into the expertise which have been lost in the brain drain.Others include the African diaspora Fund, whereby Africans abroad will be able to invest in African development, among others.These projects will be discussed and finalised at Friday’s summit, which will be attended by over 60 representatives.Harnessing skillsThe summit will discuss how best to harness the skills and energies within the continent and abroad for socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies, as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships within the continent and the diaspora.To be held under the theme, “Towards the Realisation of a United and Prosperous Africa and its Diaspora”, the summit will also consider the possible inclusion of the diaspora as a sixth region of the AU and endorse an AU Diaspora Volunteer Programme, which would associate the diaspora directly with the development efforts on the continent.The AU defines the diaspora as “peoples of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio’s Marmon Valley fertile in faith and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Out of the otherwise flat ground of west central Ohio arise the hills of the Bellefontaine Ridge where Ohio’s highest point stands and fertile valleys lay between the peaks. Named for the three Marmon brothers that settled the area in 1805 to get away from the slavery trade in the Carolinas, the Marmon Valley Farm has served as a place fertile in faith and rich in agriculture for many years.Though the settled valley is old, evidenced by a neighboring church founded in 1807, the Logan County farm stays extremely active. Matt Wiley is the executive director of the 510-acre horse operation that specializes in “agri-tainment.” About 250 of its 510 acres are used for trails through woods in the hilly region.Wiley defines the agri-tainment on his farm as, “doing those activities but yet still in a way that entertains through agricultural connections.”“Wrangler Matt” as he’s known on the farm, has been with the operation started by his father since it’s beginning in 1964, recently celebrating its 50th year.“I was pretty active in the FFA as a high schooler and my dad taught me a lot of basic things growing up. Of course the trail riding, calling some square dances, and driving hayrides and all of that,” Wiley said. “So then through the FFA and vo-ag connection, I was able to use those skills to go all the way to nationals for the Recreational Proficiency Award. When I was 21 and my sister was 23, my dad moved to another location where another camp was already founded. Just through phone calls and direction from him, we kept the place going and kept expanding.”The operation offers a variety of programs throughout the year with a horse focus from summer camps to riding sessions for people of all ages and backgrounds. One of their more unique offerings is an eight-week group lesson package.“It’s about an hour and a half program. They get a little bit of groom and saddle time, the arena time, plus a trail ride with the instructor’s help — just working on progressing their skill levels,” Wiley said. “We’ve had more than one family do that because they’re considering buying a horse, but they want to see if their child is set on that before that family takes the step to make a purchase. It’s a huge step so a lot of families kind of test the waters here before they make a plunge to get their own horse.”“Each day is different. The seasons, of course, change. In the wintertime, we serve guests that go skiing right across the way at Mad River Mountain. They’ll stay at our lodging and we cook some good meals for them and so on.”The farm is home to around 150 horses.“We have a mix of breeds. Quarter horses work out well,” Wiley said. “We also have some Arabians, even a few thoroughbreds. We’ve got, of course, some Shetland Ponies in the mix, and some Halflingers — so quite a variety of breeds.”The numerous old barns that make up the property have been converted into more suitable structures for today’s needs. For instance, what used to be the dairy barn now houses a petting zoo on the ground floor and a hay maze, climbing wall, and dance floor in the haymow. The bull barn has been transformed into a bunny barn, and many other old structures now serve as bunkhouses.The farm also produces about 120 acres of hay for the horses.“We do mostly all of it ourselves. We do sometimes buy a little bit of hay here and there,” he said.It works out to an average of 2,500 small square bales and usually 1,000 to 1,200 round bales.“With 150 horses, you still have to have some farming practices in agri-tainment,” he said.Marmon Valley Farm deals with weather struggles like most agricultural operations. The cold of Ohio’s winters over the past years have been a challenge for keeping guests comfortable. Wiley noted thatThrough horse-related activities like trail riding, Marmon Valley Farm entertains and educates visitors.though the indoor arena is not heated, the protection from the wind is usually enough to make things bearable even on the coldest of days.“We’ve had on a Saturday morning at zero degrees more than one parent call and ask, ‘are lessons still on?’” he said. “It really hasn’t slowed us down a whole lot. There’s been a couple of days we’ve had to cancel if it’s too extreme.”The rainy weather of 2015 also created a number of challenges.“Even last summer with the rains, we had to completely flip flop as we usually do our riding in the morning,” he said. “When you have a program that involves horses, weather, and people, you have to be flexible. ‘Liquid sunshine’ is term my dad used to use to encourage guests to still have fun on a rainy day.”Year-round, eight to 10 people are on staff. Weekend part-time help is also used, usually high schoolers or other interested individuals. About 30 to 35 are hired for the summer through Marmon Valley Ministries, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that leases the land from the family corporation, opening up scholarship and other opportunities for summer campers.Marmon Valley Farm is a faith-based operation, seeking to spread the Christian message to all who come to visit.“Primarily, the summer camp is our way of reaching a lot of city kids to not just do the fun camp activities, but also introducing the Christian atmosphere using the horse as a neat way to share Christ, “ Wiley said. “There are a lot of teachable moments we try to tie in. We encourage our staff, whether you’re doing archery, riding the horses, or playing a game, to try and take a moment for that teachable time to really focus on Christ.”Being such a short jaunt from the Columbus metro area, Wiley says being a positive representative of the agricultural world is another constant focus.“We’re also finding more and more that agricultural education to those folks is very important these days,” Wiley said. “On a school field trip, we’ll do the animal tour, hay ride, and pony rides so we can teach them about hay and straw, and teach them that yes, we do still get our eggs from chickens.“If you can hire and educate a city boy on your farm, I try to take advantage of that opportunity too, because again just having those connections to whatever we can do as agriculturalists to educate is vital in today’s day and age. Even in our lesson program, the child gets a chance to groom and saddle the horse. They realize the importance of the work involved. We don’t always have them scoop the manure and all that, but every now and then a child will ask if they can. There’s this neat opportunity for us to share with the general public. I just see more and more the need to connect.”For more about Marmon Valley Farm, visit www.marmonvalley.com.last_img read more

MSC Bank loan scam: police file FIR against directors

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.last_img read more

Embargoed, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq exists in solitary confinement

first_imgIt is tempting to look at Iraq as a hindi movie script gone horribly over the top. Saddam Hussein is Amrish Puri.Dharmendra defeated but did not quite demolish him, so now Sunny Deol has sworn to finish the task – George Bush followed by George W. Bush.Behind such black humour,It is tempting to look at Iraq as a hindi movie script gone horribly over the top. Saddam Hussein is Amrish Puri.Dharmendra defeated but did not quite demolish him, so now Sunny Deol has sworn to finish the task – George Bush followed by George W. Bush.Behind such black humour and the equally facile plans of Pentagon war strategists, there lies a country of 25 million, a human drama encapsulating every possible emotion. Iraq’s society is more liberal and secular than any other in the Middle East; Iraq’s polity is built around terrorism-the terrorising of a people by their self-proclaimed emperor.Iraq used to be the progressive face of Arab Islam, the stabilising, moderating influence in a region of religious extremes. The energy of its educated, white-collar middle class was every neighbour’s envy. Today, only a shell survives.An entire value system has collapsed. Iraq was once throbbing; now it is just tired, very tired. Humiliation in the Gulf War, 1991, has been compounded by a decade of economic sanctions. It has taken the luxury of consumerism out of the average Iraqi’s life; indeed, it has consumed the life out of the average Iraqi.Iraqis fear what American bombs may do to their children but the zeal with which they rallied around their patriarch through the war with Iran in the 1980s and then in 1991 has gone. So has the pride and swagger of the legatees of Mesopotamia, of Sumer, of Babylon. All that they are left with is nostalgia; and hope.advertisementI DICTATE, WE DO, THEY DRIVEA couple celebrate their wedding at Baghdad’s state-run Ishtar Hotel – it was once the Sheraton – amid the ubiquitous presence of the “Wise Man of the Arabs”; Sardar Cars, the city’s biggest auto dealer, still sells 50-60 cars a month, from Mercs old and new to pick-up trucks. Only a buccaneer elite, enriched by the parallel economy the embargo has spawned, can afford to buy.COLD COMFORT, HOT MOVESOil is aplenty, water is scarce. An Iraqi improvises his bathtub into a roadside “shop” to sell fellow Baghdadis what they covet most-safe drinking water. The concerns at a city party are altogether different and a throwback to the time when the Iraqi capital’s nightlife still roared.GETTING ALONG GAMELYIf a cursory survey of poster shops be proof, David Beckham is Iraq’s favourite foreigner. His sport itself is a craze and this repaired-football salesman appears confident of good business. His compatriots in a Baghdad cafe wait for their country’s luck to change.WORSHIP, HERO WORSHIPSaddam’s regime is dominated by Sunnis but over 60 per cent of Iraqis are Shias. In Karbala, Shias from across the world congregate at the mausoleums of Imam Hussain.Abbas, part of the Prophet’s family. Meanwhile in Baghdad, a motorist dresses up his Volkswagen Beetle for his leader.last_img read more