Eustice retains food and farming role

first_imgGeorge Eustice has retained his position as food and farming minister in the latest round of ministerial appointments by prime minister Theresa May. Eustice, who has held the position at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) since May 2015, will report to Andrea Leadsom, the new secretary of state for the department.Leadsom, who ran against Theresa May for the Conservative leadership, succeeded Liz Truss, who took over as secretary of state for justice. Leadsom has overall responsibility for EU and international relations and emergencies.Leadsom and Eustice will have to deal with a raft of new Brexit challenges, arising from the impact on food prices and the effects of losing EU subsidies.The reshuffle also saw the end of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Last week the Food and Drink Federation sent an open letter to May regarding the management of Brexit.last_img read more

McIlroy closes in on Scott

first_imgRory McIlroy shot a second-round 65 to give himself a chance of winning the first trophy of a forgettable year at the Emirates Australian Open. The overall leaderboard was also affected by Scott failing to seriously follow up his course-record 62 from day one, but McIlroy will not worry about that. He may well kick himself about a 17th-hole bogey but the fact that he recovered to birdie the last suggests he is in good shape. “When you see someone like that (Scott) at the top of the leaderboard already with a low score, it’s tough not to think about it,” McIlroy told the tournament’s official website at the end of his round. “It’s tough not to sort of press the issue and try and make birdies to catch up with them right away but golf tournaments are long, they’re four days, 72 holes and there’s a lot of time to chip away at those leads.” McIlroy’s bad year has been well covered but he insists he has long felt back on track. “I feel like I’m playing well. I’m hitting the ball well off the tee and giving myself plenty of chances. It was good to see a few more putts go in today,” he added. “As I’ve said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and I’m much more comfortable with it.” Scott was always unlikely to match his brilliant opening-day score, but he could have wished for a more consistent round. Gunning for the ‘Aussie treble’ of this tournament to go alongside his Australian PGA and Australian Masters titles, Scott signed for seven birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey on an up and down afternoon. In close attendance at the top of the leaderboard is Richard Green who rests on nine under par overall, with Friday’s round of 66 including a hole-in-one on the sixth. “That shot on the par-three sixth today was a flush golf shot. It’s nice to build a bit of confidence from hitting good shots again,” said Green. “I love coming to Royal Sydney. It’s my favourite course up here. I’ve done well here before. It fits my game, how far I hit the golf ball at least.” Matthew Jones trails by a shot in fourth, with four more players on six under, among them amateur Bradley Watt. The Northern Irishman will want to put 2013 to bed after an alarming loss of form cost him the world number one spot, but he could at least end it on a high. He trails home favourite Adam Scott by two shots at the midway point at the Royal Sydney Golf club after a fine round which contained nine birdies. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ryder roles for Torrance and Smyth

first_img “Sam is a man who has probably had the most influence on me in terms of playing team golf in my career. “Being my first captain in the Ryder Cup in 2002, I learned a huge amount from him and have continued to do so over the years. “Since those early days, our relationship has grown to see us become firm friends and, living not far apart, we see a lot of each other socially as well.” Torrance, who holds the record for the most European Tour appearances in history with 706, expressed his pride at being welcomed back into the Ryder Cup fold. “Everyone knows how much the Ryder Cup has meant to me over my career so I am absolutely delighted to be involved once again,” Torrance, who captained Great Britain & Ireland to victory in the Seve Trophy last year, said. “Paul was a special part of my team at The Belfry in 2002 and he knows I will do everything possible to help him and the team at Gleneagles in September.” Smyth was also delighted to be named vice-captain once again, adding: “I was thrilled when Paul contacted me and asked me to be one of his vice captains at Gleneagles – there was no hesitation for me in saying ‘yes’. “I relished the opportunity to be a vice captain at The K Club in 2006 and I look forward to playing a positive role once again in supporting Paul and the team.” Smyth was also named as a vice captain to Miguel Angel Jimenez for this month’s inaugural staging of the EurAsia Cup between Europe and Asia. The Dubliner often plays golf against Torrance at Sunningdale and has made no secret of his admiration for the Scot’s handling of the captaincy after the 12-month postponement caused by the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. “We won at The Belfry because of one reason, captain Sam Torrance,” McGinley said in 2012. “There’s no doubt about it and anyone on that team would tell you why.” United States captain Tom Watson has already named Andy North and Ray Floyd as his vice-captains for the biennial contest from September 26-28. McGinley said: “I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice captains for the Ryder Cup. “As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September. “They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea. “Des took me under his wing when I was a young rookie on Tour and he gave me tremendous advice which was not only valuable then but has continued to ring true for me throughout my professional career. “His views and ideas about the Ryder Cup particularly have consistently proved to be spot on and I really enjoyed working with him as a vice captain in 2006 when I was a player. European captain Paul McGinley today named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice-captains for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. McGinley played under Torrance and holed the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002, while Smyth was a vice-captain under Ian Woosnam for the record-equalling win at the K Club in 2006. A further two vice-captains will be chosen later in the year, with McGinley waiting to see how his 12-man team is shaping up before making an announcement. Press Associationlast_img read more

Researchers come up with a solution for a very ‘turf’ Donegal problem!

first_imgA college researcher in Co Donegal may just have come up with an answer for a very “turf” Irish problem.For centuries those gathering turf on the country’s boglands had to time the collection of turf to perfection for fear of the fuel getting too wet.Now a researcher at Letterkenny Institute of Technology has come up with a very ‘bog standard’ solution. Electronic engineer Martin Bradley decided to monitor the drying process of turf and how it could be harvested at just the right time.In conjunction with neighbour Kevin Doherty in Drumfries on the Inishowen Peninsula, an experiment was put into place.Using a monitoring device and a simple network known as Sigfox which does not require bluetooth or WiFi, Martin was able to monitor the moisture in the turf.When the moisture had dipped to a certain level, a text message was then sent from the bog at Moss Hill in Ballinlough to tell him the turf was ready to be footed or completely dried. The benefits of the early-warning systems mean that those gathering turf just have to have a mobile phone and the system is relatively inexpensive.Martin Bradley’s experiment.Martin added that anyone can get the phone notification when the turf is ready by downloading a simple APP.He said the experiment has created huge debate among locals.“I just did it for a bit of fun but to see if it could help in any way.“The aim was to get data that would be a good estimate for when the turf should be turned or footed or ready for taking home. “I’ve been thinking about the process and I’m curious that it could be used to detect the right time to bring home hay or other crops before they get too wet,” he said.All of the technology used is part of the Electronic Engineering and Embedded Systems courses in LYIT.US Multinational Cypress Semiconductor, whose products were used to carry out the project, has now published an article on the project on their website.Researchers come up with a solution for a very ‘turf’ Donegal problem! was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 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:bogLYITMartin Bradleyturflast_img read more

Raphoe Community News: Betty’s special birthday raises €2,100

first_imgThe following are the weekly community notes from the Raphoe area.Fundraiser – ThanksBetty Mc Clintock would like to thank everyone who donated to the Alzheimer’s home care Donegal branch on the occasion of her special birthday. The amount raised was €2,100.  Sincere thanks to everyone who gave so generously! Raphoe Family Resource Centre Clg.Raphoe Family Resource Centre provides computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help in these areas, please call into us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503.Christmas Disco!Raphoe Family Resource Centre will hold its Christmas Disco on Friday 13th December 2019 in the Presbyterian Hall from 7PM – 8.30PM. DJ Marty will be spinning the tunes and Santa himself may make an appearance!! Also some special guests have been invited!!! Should be a good night’s fun for all the family. This is a family event and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone welcome! Toddler GroupLittle Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe. Anyone who is in the care of a child parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome. Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age. A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family.Raphoe Boxing ClubA sincere thanks to local footballers “The Gym Gang” for their very generous sponsorship that helped the local boxing club install CCTV at the boxing club and this system also covers the children’s play park and houses at the bottom of St. Eunans Terrace and is greatly appreciated by all at the boxing club. Raphoe schoolgirl kingpin Georgia Mae Doherty secured her third title of the season when she was crowned Ulster 9 County Open Champion Girl One at 33KG’s in Derry on Saturday last. Raphoe’s 48KG’s schoolboy puncher Ryley Doherty featured in the 9 County Championship final in Derry on Sunday last and he turned in a very impressive display of ring-craft only to lose out to Belfast’s Jude Molyneaux on a 3/2 split decision.Helping Hands Scheme Do you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/087364150350/50 Bonus BallThe winner of last week’s bonus ball was Danny Mc Dermott, winning number 11. Congratulations Danny! To enter the bonus ball please call in!Raphoe Walking GroupRaphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!! Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Are you interested in up skilling? Would you like to learn about computers?Are you from the Raphoe area? Donegal ETB will be starting a beginner’s computer course on Tuesday 24th September from 10am-1pm in the Volt House, Raphoe. On this course you will build your knowledge and skills, and gain more confidence in working with computers. This is a part-time course, free of charge and delivered to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information call Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796 or call Georgie 0877002294 or apply online today through: http://www.fetchcourses.ieCo-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Raphoe Community News: Betty’s special birthday raises €2,100 was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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:CommunityNotesRaphoelast_img read more

Mets’ Big Bats Pummel Phils, 16-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s early exit turned out to be just a brief highlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.David Wright hit a long home run on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight homers in a 16-7 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 24.“Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “Jumping on deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.”Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders. New York set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits — seven doubles and eight homers. The teams tied an NL record with 11 combined homers.“Seven different players hit homers. That was unusual, to say the least,” Mackanin said. “It was embarrassing.”Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three-game sweep at Colorado, the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit after deGrom’s shortest career outing.The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed a career-high seven runs on eight hits. His ERA rose from 1.98 to 2.29.Sean Gilmartin (3-1) had four strikeouts in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each hit a three-run homer, and Cameron Rupp also took deGrom deep. But the Mets chased starter Adam Morgan and rallied against Hector Neris (2-1).Morgan gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. “He made a lot of bad pitches,” Mackanin said. “He had been pitching well. He didn’t have his good stuff.”The Mets continued their dominance over the Phillies with their ninth win in 10 games this year and 21st in the last 26 meetings. They are 11-3 in Philadelphia the last two seasons.“We just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard. It’s definitely frustrating,” said reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed five runs in two innings.Howard hit a three-run shot the opposite way to left field to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first.After Wright hit a 435-foot homer, Rupp drove one 460 feet to straightaway center for his fifth homer in his last 12 games and a 4-1 lead.Lagares golfed an 0-2 pitch out to left in the third to cut it to 4-2. Brown answered in the bottom half to extend the lead to 7-2. Flores hit a two-run shot in the fourth and d’Arnaud followed with a homer.“The ball was jumping, for sure. In this ballpark, the ball is gonna fly,” Brown said.Flores’ three-run drive to left gave the Mets an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Cuddyer then went deep to make it 9-7. Cespedes connected with one out in the ninth, a shot off the facing of the second deck in left field for New York’s eighth homer.Flores made an excellent defensive play to end the eighth, a diving, backhanded stop on Howard’s liner to shallow right.Howard stopped running and had turned toward the dugout when he realized Flores didn’t make a clean catch, and was thrown out trying to beat it out.The Mets hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005. They had 13 extra-base hits at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005.NL teams combined for 11 homers five other times. It last happened on May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field when the Phillies hit five and the Cubs had six.The major league record for most homers combined is 12.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Factories Corporation to Develop Over 1.5 Million Square Feet of Space

first_img Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. Story Highlights “At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated. The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprises The Government has mandated the Factories of Jamaica (FCJ) to implement three projects to develop more than 1.5 million square feet of space over the next three to five years, which will be dedicated to commercial and industrial enterprisesAmong the engagements expected to be facilitated are agro-processing, business process outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who made the announcement, said 30 per cent of the space will be dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises.He was speaking during his 2018/19 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20), under the theme ‘Prosperity in Action’.There is increased demand for commercial/production space, which Mr. Holness said totalled 470,000 square feet in 2017.“At Garmex Free Zone, the largest commercial complex in the island, prospective investors demanded 241,000 square feet of production space. This high demand for space is also reflected in the increase in occupancy from 86 per cent to 93 per cent over the last 12 months, in FCJ facilities,” he indicated.Mr. Holness pointed out that Garmex Free Zone in Kingston sits on 52.7 acres of land, 8.7 acres of which is unused green field “which is ripe for development”.He informed that the design of the existing buildings is “flat” construction, and will be redesigned to create multilevel structures of higher capacity.Mr. Holness said phase one of the project will entail the construction of 360,000 square feet across 14 buildings of varying sizes.He indicated that the FCJ has completed the design and received the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) approval to construct three new structures in this phase with a total of 60,000 square feet.Mr. Holness said the FCJ has also received full approval from the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC), adding that “the procurement process has already started and these buildings are expected to be delivered by the second quarter of 2019”.In relation to Morant Bay’s revitalisation incorporating the establishment of a new urban centre at the former Goodyear tyre factory, the Prime Minister advised that the FCJ has also received PIMSEC’s conditional approval for this project and is waiting Cabinet’s go-ahead for the joint-venture agreement.last_img read more

Redknapp reveals Abdoulaye Doucoure Tottenham revelation

first_imgFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp says Chelsea transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure is also linked with a potential move to Tottenham.The Watford midfielder has enjoyed an impressive campaign for the Hornets, netting nine times, that has seen him linked with a move away this month.“Of course your head will be turned,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports via Daily Star.“He might look at it as his big opportunity as a player.“This is no disrespect to Watford who have had a brilliant season.“But these opportunities don’t come around very often.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“If Chelsea were to make a late bid for you, of course, you’d want to take it.“Financially to go and play for one of the best clubs, Champions League football, obviously not at Chelsea, but Champions League football would be a pull as well.“I heard about Tottenham as well maybe being mentioned for him.“He is a real talent, I really like him.“It’s hard sometimes to turn down these moves when they come along.”last_img read more