first_imgBio-marine Ingredients Ireland Ltd (BII) has been notified by Donegal County Council of its intent to grant planning permission for its new facility.KillybegsThe move paves the way for the creation of 70 new jobs in the Killybegs, with an additional 50 jobs to be created during construction phase.This is a significant step forward for the ground-breaking €40 million project. The planning application for the new facility was initially submitted to Donegal County Council last July. Pending the approval of full planning permission, construction work could begin on the seven acre site at Stoney Hill Industrial Park, adjacent to the new pier in Killybegs by the end of the summer.“The Taoiseach recently launched the ‘Action Plan for Jobs 2015’ which places particular emphasis on balanced regional development and creating employment in the regions. This project fits very comfortably into that plan. We are very excited at the prospect of creating marine ingredients and high value human nutritional products from species such as blue whiting and boarfish.“We look forward to receiving formal confirmation of planning permission in the near future and delivering this enormous opportunity, which can take the Irish seafood sector to a completely different level,” said Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland CEO, Jason Whooley.The Chairman of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland, Martin Howley added, “This innovative project can certainly be a massive boost for Killybegs and its hinterland. This town and County Donegal as a whole, is crying out for new employment opportunities so we are delighted at the announcement from Donegal County Council. As an area, we have suffered terribly during the economic collapse and our project can play its part, in helping the North West turn the corner. The prospect of construction jobs by the late summer is very exciting for everyone concerned.” MAJOR BOOST AS 70 JOBS MOVE A STEP CLOSER FOR KILLYBEGS was last modified: March 2nd, 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:donegaljobs boostKillybegslast_img read more

Sport stars raise funds for Cradock youth

first_img16 October 2012Supporting charities has become a key part of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon and this year’s event, held on 5 and 6 October, was no different as former Springbok captain Corne Krige and Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley lent their support to the fund-raising efforts.Krige, who competed in the race for a first time, raised R70 000 for schools in desperate need of financial support in the Cradock area.Delighted with the support he received, Krige has pledged his support to the event and his campaign on an annual basis in years to come.‘Fantastic’“It was only the first year that we ran this campaign and so to have raised what we did is fantastic,” he said. “It’s been so pleasing to see how everyone came on board and offered their support so generously.“It’s great to know that we’re able to help others, especially young children, with this money and to see those children’s faces will be amazing,” he added.Krige, who teamed up with his former high school friend Billy van Zyl and race committee chairman Pieter Marais in a K3 (three-seater kayak), admitted to being a little nervous going into the opening day of the two-day spectacle.Together with his relative lack of experience on a river, he also had to overcome the difficult emotions the occasion brought back as he paddled with his late niece and nephew in mind, while Van Zyl, whose son drowned tragically six years ago, also had an emotional mountain to overcome going into the event.Near perfect adventureThe significance of the trio’s efforts to help other young children in need, however, soon took over and a near perfect adventure unfolded before them.“For both Billy and I, it was obviously quite an emotional and stressful time. It was particularly tough for Billy, who lost a child to water six years ago and now had to conquer a bit of a fear and get back into water himself, so I was very glad to be there with him and try help through it all,” Krige explained.The efforts by the former rugby star had already raised a significant amount towards what has become known as the Corne Krige Charity when it received a further boost from Olympic K1 500m sprint bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley, who generously donated one of her Olympic tops from the London Games for auctioning at Saturday’s prize giving, with all proceeds going towards the drive.Close to her heartCharity, especially the support of young children, is something particularly close to Hartley’s heart and the paddling sensation was thrilled to be able to support Krige’s campaign.“I have quite a soft spot for charity and I’ve always hoped that my efforts and achievements when I paddle will help inspire people to achieve whatever they set out to,” she said.“If there are, however, other ways that I can try use my name or achievements to help those in need out, then I love to help, and this was definitely one of those times.Explaining her decision to donate one of her tops, Hartley said she had tried to help out with fund-raising by selling bits and pieces, but with trying to prepare for her first river race since 2008 she found it quite tough, “so, I thought giving one of my Olympic tops to be auctioned would be a small way in which I could try help a little more.”Popular itemDespite economic times being tough around the world, the item’s popularity was soon clear for all to see as bidders battled it out for the coveted item.“When I heard the opening price was R1 000, I thought there was no ways it would even be sold at all. Then, as people started bidding and the price went up and up, I just stood there with my mouth open. I couldn’t believe it!” said Hartley.The item was finally sold to Port Elizabeth-based Paul Lynch, who has been heavily involved in sport at a youth level for many years.“I’ve been involved in the junior section of the local lifesaving club for years and was part of the nippers before that. I also spent many years as a mini hockey coach,” explained Lynch.“This year’s Hansa Fish was my fourth Fish, but this time I had the privilege of paddling with my 16-year-old daughter in her first Fish and after spending the past three months of training hard with her I really can appreciate just how incredible it is to be able to do something like that with your child.Fortunate“I’m also fortunate enough to be in a position where I can afford to do things like [bid in the auction] and so it was fantastic to be able top off what had been a great weekend on the water by doing something like this,” he added.Knowing his curiosity with auctions, Lynch had been discouraged from taking part by those close to him. However, his final bid of R25 000 was successful and he now plans to enable his fellow paddlers to view the item before finding a special spot for it in his own home.“I’m just a sucker for auctions. Being in the wool industry, I go to auctions on almost a weekly basis, so when it was announced at prize giving my wife immediately turned to me and said ‘No!’,” Lynch laughed.“It will probably go on loan to Bluewater Canoe Club, my local club, for a little while where everyone can then get the opportunity to have a look at it and be part of it,” he added.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

National Animal Health Monitoring System Beef 2017 Study

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is launching Beef 2017, its fourth national study of U.S. beef cow-calf operations. Beef 2017 will take an in-depth look at U.S. beef cow-calf operations and provide the industry with new and valuable information regarding animal health and management trends in the U.S. beef industry from 1993 to 2017.  Three study objectives were identified for the Beef 2017 study.Describe trends in beef cow–calf health and management practices, specifically:Cow health and longevity,Calf health,Reproductive efficiency,Selection methods for herd improvement including tests of genetic merit, andBiosecurityDescribe management practices and producer beliefs related to:Animal welfare,Emergency preparedness,Environmental stewardship, andRecord keeping and animal identification practices. 3. Describe antimicrobial use practices (stewardship) and determine the prevalence and antimicrobial resistance patterns of potential food-safety pathogens:Types and reasons for use of antimicrobial drugs by animal typeStewardshipUse of alternatives for disease controlUse of Beef Quality Assurance principlesVeterinarian-client-patient relationshipInformation sourcesEnteric organism antimicrobial resistance assessments (e.g., Salmonella, E. coli, Enterococcus) What participation involvesFrom October through December 2017, representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact randomly selected beef cow-calf operators in 24 States (including Ohio) for phase 1 of the study. NASS representatives will conduct personal interviews with all participating operations that have one or more beef cows. For operations that choose to continue to phase II of the study and are eligible to do so, representatives from USDA’s Veterinary Services will visit from January through March 2018 to administer the phase II questionnaire. Representatives will also offer a range of biologic sampling activities in which producers can choose to participate.Participating beef cow-calf operators will receive:Summary reports from the study that will provide national and regional benchmarks for their operation,Information sheets derived from study data that discuss the findings and their implications, andResults from biologic sampling activities. PrivacyBecause NAHMS studies rely on voluntary participation, the privacy of every participant is protected. Only those collecting the data know the identity of the respondent. No name or contact information will be associated with individual data, and no data will be reported in a way that could reveal the identity of a participant. Data are presented only in an aggregate manner.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Coping with Deployment

first_imgBy Kimberly QuinnI Miss You!: A Military Kid’s Book about DeploymentAndrews, B. & Wright, H. (2007). I miss you! A military kid’s book about deployment. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.This book is written by Beth Andrews and illustrated by Hawley Wright.. The goal of this book is to assist military children and parents  in expressing their emotions surrounding deployment. The text and illustrations encourage children to express themselves by discussing their feelings and drawing  pictures. The accompanying parents’ guide is designed to validate parents’ feelings and give them ways to help their children cope.I’m Already Home…AgainDulmer, E. (2006). I’m Already Home…Again – Keeping your family close while on assignment or deployment. Broomfield, CO: Frankly Speaking Inc.This is a book written by Elaine Gray Dulmer which compiles great ideas for parents (military and civilian) on preparing for deployment, surviving time apart, and reintegrating into the family structure after deployment. The text includes 212 connection ideas, over 75 website resources and guidance on many potential problems caused by time apart.This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Video of Hardik Patel’s meeting with Congress leaders leaked

first_imgAfter bribery allegations by the Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel, now the Gujarat government is accused of snooping on the Opposition. On Tuesday, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot and Mr. Patel charged that the Gujarat administration was keeping them under surveillance, after the police allegedly leaked video footage of Mr. Patel meeting Congress leaders at a hotel in Ahmedabad.Strategy session On Monday, Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Patel held a meeting to discuss strategy for the Assembly elections and subsequently, a Patidar delegation also met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was in the State to address a rally organised by OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress.However, within a few hours, local channels started showing footage of the meetings and even claimed that there was a secret meeting between Mr. Patel and Mr. Gandhi, which was denied by the Congress as well as Mr. Patel. “I met Hardik and Jignesh Mevani in a hotel. Now, the Intelligence Bureau and the police are checking the rooms. I want to ask why the Gujarat government is snooping on us. Are Patel and Mevani criminals?” Mr. Gehlot said.As General Secretary in charge of the Gujarat Congress, Mr. Gehlot has been camping in the State to formulate the poll strategy and hold discussions with party and youth leaders like Mr. Patel, Mr. Mevani and Mr. Thakor, who are fighting a common battle against the ruling party.Mr. Patel hit out at the administration, accusing it of mounting surveillance on his activities and tracking his movements. “The BJP is expert in snooping and surveillance and in the past, the State government has snooped upon a woman,” he said.Denying that he met Mr. Gandhi, Mr. Patel, who is spearheading the Patidar quota agitation, said that if and when he met him, he would publicly announce it.Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil also slammed the State government and said the authorities are being “misused for snooping on Opposition party leaders.”last_img read more