Donegal food companies hoping to secure new business through Bord Bia initiative

first_img Previous articleCivic Reception to be held next week For Manus Kelly and Donal BarrettNext articleMac Lochlainn declares a €1,000 donation to SIPO News Highland By News Highland – April 11, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pictured at Errigal Bay Seafoods is Liu Yancheng (buyer with Qingdao Beiyang Jiamei Seafood Co.) with James Hegarty and Andrew Doherty of Errigal Bay Seafoods along with Shauna Keenan and Siyi Chen of Bord Bia.Bord Bia expects to generate up to 40 million Euro in new contracts for Irish food and drink firms this week.Already this week, 20 seafood buyers from China visited five different seafood businesses in Donegal as part of the initiative.Tomorrow, a number of companies from the region will attend an event at the RDS at which more than 500 buyers from over 50 countries worldwide will hear pitches from potential suppliers.The event is being characterised as a form of speed dating for companies.Karen Tyner of Bord Bia says it’s potentially a significant event…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Donegal food companies hoping to secure new business through Bord Bia initiative WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

BiH National Team Player about to sign the Contract of his Career?

first_imgAvdija Vršajević, an occasional member of the national football team of BiH, might sign the contract of his career this winter!The famous Galatasaray is interested in this fast football player. Turkish media reported that the coaching staff of one of the biggest Turkish clubs asked from the management to bring the right wing-back of Osmanlispor.Last fall, Vršajević played 23 matches for Osmanlispor and he is one of the best players of that club. He was also included in the ideal team of the fall championship of the Super League.According to Transfermarkt, Vršajević’s market value is 1.3 million EUR.(Source: read more

Nine players from West Kootenay off to U16 BC Cup in Duncan

first_imgThe Nelson and District Community Complex played host to the B.C. Hockey Under-16 Evaluation Camp this past weekend.The camp attracted 20 players, run through practice and games, competing for 19 spots at the B.C. Cup set for later this season in Duncan.”Obviously is was very difficult for coaches and evaluators having to choose one player that was not moving on,” said evaluator and Kootenay Wildcats coach Cary Fisher.”The numbers were 10 selected from the East kootenay and nine selected form the west,” he added.Castlegar and Cranbrook led the list of selections.From Castlegar were Emilie teBulte, Reece McCrory, Kendra Waterstreet, Kaile Horner along with Emma Wheeldon and Merissa Dawson, both of Nelson, but play on teams from the Sunflower City. From Cranbrook were Tiana Ewasiuk, Tarin Kelly, Caylee Lazar, Kennedy Sterzer, Tyra Shrubsall, Tyler Carver, Chloe Luke, Bailey Park, Jessica Owen, and Lindsay Weech.Katilna Harland was the lone player from Kaslo while Madaline Vockeroth-Fisher is the only player from Rossland.Haley Herridge is the final player from Nakusp.The BC Cup attracts  teams from Vancouver (2), the North, Okanagan, Kootenays and the Island. The players are all housed together and they participate in Practices, seminars and games. All meals are together and they are scheduled just as thought they were a National team member. “It is a great experience and we are all very proud of the girls that are represnting the Kootenays,” Fisher said.last_img read more


first_imgCOVER SONG & DESORMEAUX SPRING 30-1 SURPRISE IN GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES; 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TRAINED BY GAINES WINS BY NOSE AND COVERS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:33.73 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2016)–Longshot Cover Song found just enough room inside heavily favored Danilovna a furlong out and prevailed by a nose in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by Carla Gaines, Cover Song got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.73.Mid-pack at the rail with a quarter mile to run, Cover Song angled out turning for home as she had pacesetters Belvoir Bay, Great Page and Lady Valeur to her inside.  Three sixteenths of a mile from the wire, Danilovna was rolling to Cover Song’s outside, whereupon there was contact between the two of them, who ended up finishing first and second.“…Turning for home, I was trying to pick a spot,” said Desormeaux, who collected his third win on the afternoon.  “I thought I had a line chosen and the horse on the outside (Danilovna) started pushing on us, so I thought ‘Ok, if you’re going to initiate contact, I’m gonna hold my ground.“I’m not even sure I left my line.  I’ll have to watch the replay, but it became a horserace at that point.  My filly ran her heart out.  I could feel her turning it on.  She would not lose.”After an inquiry that lasted several minutes, the stewards ruled that Danilovna had initiated the contact and they let the original order of finish stand.A troubled 10th in the 6 ½ furlong turf Unzip Me Stakes here on Oct. 1, Cover Song was off at 30-1 in a field of 10 three year old fillies and paid $63.40, $20.80 and $9.40.“She’s been training well but we did come close to scratching her and running her down the hill,” said Gaines.  “I’m glad we decided to stay with our first choice.”Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Cover Song was bred in Kentucky and is by the Danehill stallion Fastnet Rock.  The Autumn Miss is her first stakes win and she is now 8-2-0-3 overall.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $117,695.A most impressive 1 1/16 miles turf allowance winner in her U.S. debut at Belmont Park Sept. 22, Irish-bred Danilovna broke from the rail with Flavien Prat and although there was contact between her and the winner, she was outrun late and had to settle for second, a half length in front Barleysugar.Off at 3-2, Danilovna paid $4.20 and $2.80.Irish-bred Barleysugar, who was next to last turning for home, kept to her task wide-out and finished a neck in front of yet another Emerald Isle native, Lady Valeur.  Off at 6-1, Barleysugar paid $4.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 45.83, 1:09.47 and 1:21.39.last_img read more

Nova Scotia principals to get a year to decide status with union

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia public school principals and vice-principals will be given a year to choose between losing their union membership or returning to classroom teaching and remaining in the union.Education Minister Zach Churchill announced the step Thursday as he continued a provincial tour to discuss education reforms arising from a report released last month by consultant Avis Glaze.Churchill said he has been meeting with superintendents, teachers, principals, and parents, along with other representatives of school advisory councils.“There has been good discussion with principals around removing principals and vice-principals from their union,” he said in a statement. “This will give them more time to consider their options before they make this important decision.”The announcement comes after the union said it would hold a strike vote next Tuesday as it combats the removal of about 1,000 of its members.Churchill has said administrators can face a conflict of interest when supervising staff while also receiving directives from their union.Union president Liette Doucet said Churchill’s announcement does nothing to change the union’s position.“The government needs to halt the implementation of the Glaze report, and collaborate with teachers, students and parents to help create meaningful change in our schools,” Doucet said in a statement.She said the union has been hosting its own community meetings for the past two weeks.“It is clear from these discussions that the public is not comfortable with the government’s implementation of the Glaze report,” said Doucet.Legislation enacting many of Glaze’s reform recommendations is expected in a legislature session that begins Feb. 27.Her report makes 22 recommendations including elimination of the province’s seven English-language school boards and creation of a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Churchill said a recommended student progress assessment office was also raised in talks with teachers this week, even though the government said no change is imminent.“I want to reassure teachers that any changes involving student assessment will not be part of the spring legislation,” he said. “We will continue to talk to and listen to teachers while we determine how to address this recommendation.”last_img read more

Political parties police themselves on using voters personal data watchdog

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog is calling on the government to address what he calls significant gaps in the law that allow political parties themselves to police how they gather and use voter data.Political parties are only bound by internal, voluntary privacy policies in the absence of an independent body to ensure they follow their own rules, federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a parliamentary committee Tuesday.Therrien has been calling for changes to strengthen privacy laws to cover how political parties use data — a campaign that has been attracting fresh attention in recent weeks following revelations about how Facebook and other companies treat the personal data of its users.“Neither I nor any other independent person can verify what’s going on,” said Therrien, who reasserted his demand for stronger privacy laws as he appeared before MPs in Ottawa.“If there was ever a time for action, I think frankly, this is it.”His testimony comes as policy-makers and regulators around the world examine how to better protect the online data of users as allegations swirl that tens of millions of Facebook users had their personal information improperly accessed for political purposes.Facebook estimates the personal data of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was inappropriately harvested by firms that allegedly used the information to help deliver electoral wins in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Therrien’s office recently joined forces with British Columbia’s privacy commissioner to investigate Facebook and Canadian company AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. — two firms at the centre of the global uproar over the unauthorized use of social-media data.The privacy controversy has ramped up scrutiny of the use of data by political parties, which rely on access to quality information about voters in order to target and fine-tune their campaign pitches.The parliamentary committee on access to information, privacy and ethics is holding hearings this week on the data breach involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.On Thursday, the committee will hear from Kevin Chan, Facebook Canada’s head of public policy. Chan is a former policy director for former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.Facebook Canada reached out to committee members Monday in preparation for the appearance by Chan, who will be questioned by MPs from all parties, to offer them a briefing “on the Cambridge Analytica situation.”“Should this be of interest, please let us know and we will work with your office to schedule a briefing on either April 16, 17 or 18,” Jessica Smith, a public policy associate for Facebook Canada, wrote in an email to NDP MP Charlie Angus.The NDP shared the email with The Canadian Press, describing such invitations as “rare.”In his testimony Tuesday, Therrien pointed to the U.K., much of the European Union and New Zealand as jurisdictions with laws that apply to political organizations.In Canada, it’s high time an independent authority was given the powers to monitor the practices of political parties and determine whether they are truly protecting privacy rights, he argued.As an example, he noted, federal parties lack policies that would allow electors to find out more about the personal information that is in political hands.“That’s a huge flaw,” said Therrien.The issues overlap both privacy concerns and how the information is used for political purposes, he added. Both his office and the chief electoral officer could contribute to monitoring political parties, he suggested.When it comes to legislating the use of data, Therrien acknowledged it’s important to find a balance between enhancing the rules of consent around the collection of personal information and considering areas, such as health care, where gathering information is a benefit for society.Therrien said his investigation, which includes collaboration with the U.K. privacy commissioner, is “somewhat complex,” but he hopes to conclude it within a year.AggregateIQ, a Victoria-based data-analysis company, is also under investigation by privacy officials in the U.K. for its role in influencing the outcome of the Brexit referendum. It is also under investigation for allegedly violating limits on spending during that campaign to benefit the “leave” side.The firms has also been linked to Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm accused of improperly accessing private Facebook data to help political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential bid and Brexit.Facebook recently suspended AggregateIQ from its platform following reports that the company may be connected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL.AggregateIQ has said it has always complied with the law and has denied ever being part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. It has also said it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica, nor has it ever had access to Facebook data allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Chamber Luncheon with Kelly McTaggart of CAPP

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon was Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.McTaggart spoke about market access, competitiveness and the context of what is going on with the industry in general in Canada. As well as where we fit in the international business climate.Within that talk encompassed market access, pipelines, competitiveness, regulatory issues, and policy issues. The future of Northeastern B.C. as it is looking right now is continuing to develop the natural gas by focusing on processing and pipeline infrastructure, shares McTaggart.She continues to share the focus right now with the biggest project developments being LNG. Currently, the most movement is being seen in LNG Canada, which is a consortium of companies led by Shell primarily in Canada.McTaggart says there is foreseeable growth as the LNG project is moving forward.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.  She acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.The luncheon was held Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre.last_img read more

Sri Lanka mayhem on Easter Sunday kills 192

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka declared a nationwide curfew after suicide bombers carried out a string of well-planned deadly explosions, mostly in Colombo, on Easter Sunday leaving 192 dead and 470 injured in the island’s bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago. Starting around 8.30 a.m. when the first blast ripped apart the St Anthony’s Shrine at Kochchikade here during Easter Mass, five more powerful explosions followed, hitting a total of three luxury hotels in Colombo and also St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, 30 km from here, and the Zion Church in the eastern district of Batticaloa, 250 km east of Colombo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Just as authorities thought they had the situation under control, another blast went off in the afternoon near a restaurant close to the Dehiwala zoo in Colombo, killing two persons, and the Colombo neighbourhood of Dematogoda killing another three persons. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on phone with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, called the terror attacks “cold-blooded and pre-planned” barbarism and offered all help from New Delhi. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday No one claimed responsibility for the bloodbath but AFP reported that Sri Lankan Police chief Pujuth Jayasundara had issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago warning that suicide bombers planned to hit prominent Catholic churches. The Daily Mirror newspaper quoted the findings of initial investigations as saying that the first six major blasts were caused by Islamist suicide bombers and added that two of them had checked a day earlier into the Shangri-La Hotel, one of the three hotels targeted in Colombo. It said that the investigators who broke into Room No 616 “had recovered materials used by radical” Islamist extremists. The Mirror said it was not clear if the bombers were Sri Lankans or foreigners. Authorities said that 35 foreigners were among the dead but their nationalities were not clear. Besides Shangri-La, the other hotels hit were Cinnamon Grand, located near the official residence of the Prime Minister, and Kingsbury Hotel. A Sri Lankan journalist, V. Thanabalasingham, told IANS over telephone that a sense of panic had gripped Colombo, which had given up its overbearing security apparatus ever since the Tamil Tigers were crushed in May 2009, leading to a decade of peace. Photos and videos circulating on social media showed the roof of one church had been almost fully blown away in the blast. The floor was littered with a mixture of roof tiles, splintered wood and blood, media reports said. Many people could be seen covered in blood. Some helped those with more serious injuries. Ambulances, their sirens wailing, rushed the dead and seriously injured to hospitals — once a familiar sight in Colombo. Minister of Economic Reforms Harsha de Silva described the carnage. “Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over,” he said. President Sirisena urged the public to be calm and cooperate with the authorities to conduct swift investigations into the blasts. “I am shocked and saddened by the situation.” The government had imposed indefinite curfew across the nation and has temporarily blocked Facebook and Instagram to curb the spread of fake news. AFP quoted the police warning as saying that a foreign intelligence agency had reported that the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a Muslim group blamed for attacks on Buddhist shrines, was planning to carry out suicide attacks against prominent churches as well as the Indian High Commission in Colombo. Although Christians form only around 7 per cent of the Sri Lanka’s mainly Buddhist population, they are found both in the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil communities.last_img read more

Suthirta defeats Sabine joins Manika in round 64

first_imgBudapest: India’s Suthirta Mukherjee scripted a 4-3 win in what was the biggest women singles upset in the ITTF World Championships at Budapest when she sent world No. 58 Sabine Winter of Germany packing on Tuesday. In the process, she joined Manika Batra, who had an easy first-round outing against Andrea Todorovic of Serbia 14-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, in the round of 64. But Archana Kamath and Madhurika Patkar bowed out of women singles race after making it to the round of 128. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSuthirta, ranked 502 in the world, used strong backhand counters to win 8-11, 17-15, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 against an attacking 26-year-old German. The 23-year-old, ranked No. 3 in India, was part of the gold-winning women squad at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Manika, the world No. 56, was rusty in her opening game but picked up pace to dispose of the Serbian qualifier, ranked No. 135, in quick time after the extended first game. Manika will meet Chen Szu-Yu of Taipei in next round. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterArchana, playing her third consecutive tough match, lost 11-8, 11-8, 19-17, 8-11, 6-11, 7-11, 4-11 to Egypt’s Dina Meshref after leading 3-0. The energy-sapping third game, which Archana won 19-17, took its toll as the Indian could not stop the marauding Egyptian who picked up the gauntlet to emerge winners. Madhurika began well but failed to sustain against Austria’s Amelie Solja as the world No. 65 downed the Indian 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 13-11. Earlier in the day, Manika combined well with Archana to beat Konstantina Paridi and Aikaterini Toliou of Greece 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 to enter women doubles round of 32 where they will take on Japan’s Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato. But the second Indian pair of Madhurika and Suthirta lost to the Canadian-Spanish combine of Mo Zhang and Maria Xiao 2-11, 11-6, 13-15, 8-11, 8-11.last_img read more