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Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaThe City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are welcoming community members who would like to volunteer for the 2016 Paddle-to-Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. The City and Port are partnering with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the event.Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities including volunteer support, the Green Team, hospitality and information, transportation and safety and security. The Landing Day activities will take place at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe is expecting approximately 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. To sign up as a volunteer for the July 30 Landing Day, visit the Port of Olympia’s website at portolympia.com/328. From July 31 to August 6, 2016, the canoe journey events will move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation where most of the protocol events will be held on a 40-acre site prepared for seven days of dancing, storytelling, visiting, and protocol. Anyone interested in volunteering for those events should contact the Nisqually Indian Tribe directly.
Sir Michael StouteChris RichardsonLanfranco DettoriPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf is Queen’s Trust owned by Cheveley Park Stud. We’re joined by the winning trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, as well as winning jockey, Frankie Dettori, and Cheveley’s managing partner, Chris Richardson, on the left. Sir Michael in the middle and Frankie on the right as we look up at them. Sir Michael, if I could start with you, and perhaps you could just describe the race as you saw it for us? We’d just like to hear it in your words?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Yeah, well, Frankie and I had a good chat. You don’t tell him too much. He knows his way around here. I was a little bit concerned about the 11 draw, but fortunately it looked as though it was going to be a really honest pace, which there was.THE MODERATOR: Frankie, you alluded in your last post race interview that the hot pace might have helped you today, the fast pace of American racing. Could you just describe the trip that you had that looked like a good one?LAFRANCO DETTORI: Yeah, the pace was solid early. I was a little bit outpaced, but let her find her feet. When we got to the backstretch, basically tried to find the spot where I could get in a challenging position, and I was very fortunate mid-turn that I got behind the favorite. And then on the straight, the first jump on me, and my first reaction, I thought, well, I’ll be a good third. Then she started to motor and, you know, it’s funny. It’s a sure straight, but those last hundred yards make a big difference, and she got into top gear, and we flashed past the line, I was pretty much sure that we won.THE MODERATOR: Very good. And, Chris, it’s been perhaps a frustrating year not being able to break through at the highest level with this filly. Can you just talk about the campaign and then stepping up today?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Yes, no, well, she’s a very talented filly, as Sir Michael has always maintained. It’s very exciting to have had a homebred to be able to be competing at this level. Sir Michael has been with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson for over 35 years, and it’s wonderful having had a little bit of a mixed introduction to the Breeders’ Cup to come here and have a fantastic day.The filly is hugely talented. We’ve seen her perform. She’s had good draws and been a little unlucky in a number of the races that she’s been competing in at the Group 1 level. And she’s shown a terrific turn of foot, and past horses like her, a true champion in the final stages of her last three starts. That was certainly shown today.And, Frankie, you couldn’t have given her a more clever ride. It was just a joy to watch. And you turning in for home, she would run to the line, and my goodness, she certainly did. So it was just fantastic.THE MODERATOR: Michael, this is your third win in this race, and we were just asking about the decision to come over here for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. What specifically about this filly did you think suited her for this race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, she’s run a great race in the Nassau behind Minding. She had every chance that day, she just wasn’t quite good enough. But it was an excellent performance. I looked at what was going to be lining up. She hadn’t had a tough season. She was unfortunate, again, in her final start in England. Came through it well, and I thought I really would like to have a crack at this Filly Mare Turf. But I needed to persuade, and I wasn’t optimistic about it, because I knew their stand. But fortunately they came up with an affirmative, and thank God they did.Q. Frankie, this is your first time racing on her. Did she show you anything that you weren’t expecting today?LAFRANCO DETTORI: No, I rode her before she came to America one morning, and she didn’t give me much of a feel, but Ted Durcan, who I was working with, said she’s not very flash working in the mornings. But her form has been solid. I’ve been watching her all year. I knew we had a chance because the way the race was going to set up.Q. Sir Michael, in terms of her run today, was it a lot like the Nassau? Was it the same sort of form as that particular race?SIR MICHAEL STOUTE: Well, the Nassau had six. There were 13 today, and we were drawn 11, so it was always going to be a different ball game. We were just very prominent in the Nassau. But here, Frankie had to be sharp and clever because the draw worried me a little bit.Q. Chris, I know it’s early to think about, but would you mind maybe laying out a few of her potential targets for next year if you’ve had a chance to think about that?CHRIS RICHARDSON: Well, I obviously haven’t spoken to David and Patricia Thompson as yet. Obviously we are — she has got a huge amount of potential. She certainly will be staying in training next year. No doubt Sir Michael will speak to them and we’ll map out a plan as long as she obviously comes out of this race well. You know, it’s a shame that Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, Pat and David Thompson, are not here, but they are fantastic supporters of breeding and racing on an international level. The Breeders’ Cup have been fantastic in looking after us, and the support and back-up, and to come here and to actually win is a dream come true. It really is. I can only praise the trainer and the jockey, really, and the filly who, as I say, it’s just one of those special fillies.THE MODERATOR: We’re thrilled to have you all here. Thrilled you brought this filly, and we’ll hope to perhaps to see her back here again next year.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports
The superb facilities at Lurgybrack Open Farm re-opens this weekend and is expected to draw a huge crowd over the Easter holidays.Lurgybrack is back this SATURDAY the 28th of March and will be open until September.The century-old farm is hugely popular with children of all ages and is the perfect venue for a family day out. Lurgybrack has so many activities for both the children and adults to enjoy, and with the farm being located just two miles from Letterkenny the central location is ideal for many families.The farm has a whole range of animals that will fascinate the children with Deer, Emu’s, Ponies, Goats, Ducks, Boar Pigs, Hens, Rabbits and Birds all happily located on the farm.There is ample space for the children to play safely and it’s a tranquil place for adults to relax with their kids after a stressful day or week at work.The farm is also wheelchair accessible and has a large playground and tractor ride area. If you haven’t packed a picnic with you, there’s no panic you can get tasty snacks from the tearoom on site. LURGYBRACK FARM SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION AS IT RE-OPENS was last modified: March 26th, 2015 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:FeaturesLurgybrack Open FarmnewsNotices
A public meeting will take place in Glenties on Wednesday next, 13th May in the community centre at 8.30pm regarding the proposed closure of Lough Anna. Lough Anna is the main source of water for Glenties and Ardara areas and has been for almost 90 years and is regarded as one of the best sources of raw water in Donegal.But recently it has come to light that Irish Water wants to close lough Anna and divide the water source between Killybegs and lough Derkmore in Letirmacaward. A spokesman said for the local community said “When we first heard about this proposed closure we made contact with Irish Water by email and asked could we meet with the relevant people to explain the reasoning behind this proposed closure and ask questions that have been raised by the public. The first reply we received from Irish Water was an outline of what changes were proposed to be put in place. (As follows)Irish water Asset Strategy have reviewed all the water supplies in West Donegal, particularly in the context of water quality issues and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). IW have now developed a strategy and implementation plan to resolve these water quality issues.With specific regard to the question raised, it is proposed to discontinue use of the Lough Anna raw water source at Glenties, and to decommission the Glenties Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Instead, the Glenties – Ardara scheme will be served by a combination of both the Lettermacaward and Killybegs Regional Water Supply Schemes (RWSS). The proposed scope of work and outline programme to completion is as follows:- Lettermacaward Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to address water quality standards at Fintown, Glenties – Ardara, and Nairn – PortnooScope of work includes:Doubling the Lettermacaward WTP throughput from 1.4MLD to 2.87MLDImpoundment of Derkmore Lough to increase the safe yieldApprox. 4km of new pipework to supply Portnoo from Lettermacaward RWSS allowing the existing Portnoo WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 8.5km of new pipework to supply water from Lettermacaward RWSS to Fintown including a new 1,500m3 reservoir, allowing the existing Fintown WTP to be decommissionedApprox. 3km of new pipework from Lettermacaward RWSS to Glenties to allow the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedProcurement of Consultants commenced January 2015, tender return February 2015. Appoint Consultants April 2015Planning Applications expected to be made Q3 2015Three works contracts proposed, tendering of which is programmed to start Q4 2015Construction works to be undertaken from 2016 to 2018Killybegs Regional Water Supply SchemeProject undergoing major investment to meet peak water demands in Killybegs and surrounding areas and to help address water quality issues at Glenties – ArdaraScope of work includes:Increasing the Killybegs WTP throughput from 6MLD to 11.85MLDDecommission ‘old’ Killybegs WTP which is brought into use at times of peak demandApprox. 11km of new pipework to supply portion of Glenties – Ardara from Killybegs RWSS, allowing the existing Glenties WTP to be decommissionedNew 1,200m3 reservoir at MeenakillewProcurement of Consultants is in conjunction with Lettermacaward RWSS as a single consultancy appointmentPlanning Application expected to be made Q2/Q3 2015Construction works to be undertaken in conjunction with the Lettermacaward RWSS. Construction at Killybegs expected to be completed by end of 2018The next step was to get Irish waster representatives to come to Glenties to answer questions, this happened on Monday the 30th March when we met with two Irish water representatives and discussed the proposed closure.This meeting was called at short notice and people from Glenties and Ardara were present.As a follow on to this meeting Irish water have invited a contingent (12 people) from the area plus all the elected representatives to a meeting on Friday 15th May in stranorlar.They will give a presentation on why lough Anna should be closed and then a questions and answers session. They will complete the afternoon by taking us to a working treatment plant an explain further why they propose the closure of lough Anna.As this effects a large area including Glenties,Ardara,NArin,Portnoo and Fintown we are holding this open meeting on Wednesday to organise the12 representatives that should attend and put forward the correct questions that the whole area would like answered. As this effects everybody in the area we ask you to please attend this meeting to show that we don’t want to lose our water source lough Anna. Any questions call Brian (087)-9354012 PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN GLENTIES OVER PROPOSED CLOSURE OF LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY was last modified: May 7th, 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has chosen the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program and key partners to implement a major poultry development project in the West African country of Ghana. U.S. soybean growers, as well as Ghana’s poultry and feed industry, and its protein-seeking consumers, will all benefit.The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Food for Progress Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. As a result, it improves agricultural productivity and expands trade of agricultural products.“ASA is pleased to partner with USDA in agricultural development that supports expanded and mutually beneficial trading relationships,” said Wade Cowan, ASA president. “Nowhere is there greater need or bigger potential return on investment in agricultural development than in Sub-Saharan Africa. WISHH is a trailblazer for trade.”The United States is among Ghana’s principal trading partners, with two-way trade between the two countries reaching $1.45 billion in 2014, according to the U.S. State Department. Ghana is home to 26.4 million people, and a West African hub for business growth.The Ghanaian government seeks to revamp the poultry industry, which has slumped in the last 30 years.“The project will contribute to increasing the supply of both meat and eggs to address ever-growing demand in Ghana”, said William Brown, Ph.D., country director of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA-Ghana), which is a partner on the initiative. “The project could trigger the growth of poultry, maize and soy industries, which will provide employment and increased income. This will culminate in poverty reduction.”Kansas State University is a subcontractor in WISHH’s Assisting Management in the Poultry and Layer Industries by Feed Improvement and Efficiency Strategies in Ghana (AMPLIFIES Ghana).The multi-faceted project will promote the use of improved poultry feeds, and procure feed ingredients, including 15,000 metric tons of U.S. soybean meal. It will train Ghanaian poultry producers, improve feed milling practices and products, enhance storage and handling of feedstuffs, and much more.In the early 2000s, forward-thinking U.S. soybean leaders in multiple states recognized that the growing protein demand in developing countries was a driver for their soybean sales. Well-researched studies showed that most future growth in food demand would be in developing and middle-income countries where populations and incomes were both on the rise.Today, the trends are even clearer, proving that WISHH-founding farmers planned well. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other economic analysis, developing countries dominate world demand growth for agricultural products. USDA projects developing countries’ demand for agricultural products will increase faster than their production. As a result, these countries will account for 92% of the total increase in world oilseed and meat imports in 2013-2022.
The media, students, researchers, the general public, and other stakeholders can now visit the Office of the Prime Minister’s new, interactive web portal, which was launched on Wednesday, February 27.The new-look website, www.opm.gov.jm, which was designed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), is also maintained by the agency.Making the announcement and introducing the various features of the website, at a Jamaica House media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, pointed out that the website is recognised as a key communication tool for the Government.The main features of the website are: timely news releases emerging from the OPM; profiles of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers; policies and programmes of the Government, such as the economic reform programme, the growth agenda, the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), and others. The website also provides a history of Jamaica House, and a virtual tour.“It’s a work in progress…we are going to do some more photo shoots, so that persons can see the inner workings and offices of Jamaica House,” Minister Falconer told journalists.It also features links to social media, such as Facebook, and links to other Government websites; live streaming of the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, and sittings of Parliament; and an improved and more easily navigated photo gallery. One interesting feature of the gallery is a ‘Photo of the Day’.“In addition, we have multi-media presentations…in the past the OPM website did not have any kind of video. One feature that we are working on, which we hope will facilitate the media (is to) update the website in real time,” the Minister said.She pointed out that in the near future, members of the press will be able to download videos and audio clips from the website, as this will enable easier access to material which they would otherwise have to source directly from the JIS.
(Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, left, and his niece Karissa Glendale have been ordered by the courts to vacate a fish farm on their traditional territory)Laurie HamelinAPTN News SaturdayHereditary Chief Ernest Alfred and his niece Karissa Glendale say they have no intention of stopping their work trying to shut down a fish farm on their traditional territory.On Thursday, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered the two from the ‘Namgis First Nation, to vacate Swanson Island salmon farm.“Marine Harvest must think that we will simply go away if we are no longer occupying, but that won’t happen,” said Alfred.“I’m going to make even more noise, knock on more doors of politicians, now that I’ll have time.”Alfred and Glendale, among others, have been occupying Swanson Island for almost 270 days.The open-net fish farm, owned by Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon, is located off northern Vancouver Island in ‘Namgis’ traditional territory.Swanson Island fish farm.The ʼNamgis say the fish farm is operating without their consent.They believe that open-net fish farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon, and they want Swanson Island removed.But instead, on May 17, the court ordered the occupiers to leave and remove all their belongings by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19.The ‘Namgis, along with a collection of First Nations in B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago, are putting pressure on the Provincial government to pull fish farm tenures.“22 are up for renewal in a month,” said Alfred. “The tenure for Swanson Island expires on June 20th.”“This latest move by Marine Harvest to eject us from our own land is a desperate act.”Alfred and Glendale were also ordered to remain off 12 other fish farms and related sites owned by Marine Harvest until the hearing on June 25.If anyone occupies any of Marine Harvest’s facilities between now and the hearing, the fish farm company has the right to return to court on 48 hours’ notice.“We asked for a court injunction after our employees endured many months of aggressive protest activities,” said Jeremy Dunn, a spokesperson for Marine Harvest.“In Canada, everyone has the right to peaceful protest, but not when it interferes with legitimate activities or crosses the line into aggressive, bullying behaviour.”But Alfred doesn’t agree with Marine Harvest.Last fall the salmon protectors moved from living on the actual grates of the fish farm to occupying abandoned cabins built by Marine Harvest just a few hundred meters away on land.The occupiers monitor and document activities at Swanson Island from a deck overlooking the fish farm.“We have not harassed or bullied staff,” said Alfred. “In fact, Marine Harvest assaulted my niece.”Alfred alleges that two men arrived unannounced and attempted to push passed Glendale on a ramp leading up to the cabins.RCMP investigated the incident, but no charges were laid.“We’ve actually accommodated them every step of the way, even when we lost our bid for an injunction against them re-stocking the fish farm.”“We had no choice but to stand by and watch.”Although Alfred is disappointed with the court order, he says he’s not afraid of another court battle.“It’s frustrating and sad that we have to leave our own land, but our people have been put through the ringer before, and we will survive this too.”[email protected]@laurie_hamelin
New Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector touched a 17-month high of 8.96 lakh in January, according to the latest Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) payroll data. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017.The addition in January was 131 per cent higher as compared with 3.87 lakh Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation subscribers added in the year-ago month. In September 2017, a net of 2,75,609 jobs were created. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAround 76.48 lakh new subscribers were added to social security schemes of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation from September 2017 to January 2019, the data showed. This indicates that these many jobs were created in the formal sector over the past 17 months. The net Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation enrolment in January 2019 stood at 8,96,516, which is the highest since September 2017. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, however, revised slightly downwards its payroll data for December 2018 by 1.8 per cent to 7.03 lakh, against the earlier estimate of 7.16 lakh released last month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt also revised the cumulative job addition data for the September 2017-December 2018 period downwards 6.6 per cent to 67.52 lakh, from the earlier forecast of 72.32 lakh. The sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 29,023 members from the EPFO subscriptions whereas last month’s estimated addition of 5,498 members. The EPFO data showed that the March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year. During January 2019, the highest number of 2.44 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.24 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data of the exited members is based on the claims submitted by the individuals and establishments and the exit data uploaded by employers, whereas the number of new subscribers is based on the Universal Account Number (UAN) generated in the system and those who have received non-zero subscription. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised/semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution in the year). Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings Friday cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the next fiscal to 6.8 per cent from 7 per cent estimated earlier on weaker than expected economic momentum. In its latest Global Economic Outlook, Fitch also slashed GDP growth forecast for current fiscal ending March 2019 to 6.9 per cent from 7.2 per cent projected in the December edition. The 6.9 per cent estimate is a notch lower than 7 per cent growth estimated by the Central Statiscs Office (CSO) for the current fiscal. Indian economy grew 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 fiscal.