The scrapping of plans to build a €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Centre at Greencastle has been criticised as “outrageous” today by Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.There was shock and disappointment following confirmation from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) that they do not intend to proceed with building the new state of the art facility.Answers are now being demanded from the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed. Senator Mac Lochlainn is seeking a commitment from the Minister that his department will ensure that BIM has the financial resources to deliver on this project that had been first announced in 2016.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “This is an outrageous and reckless decision. This €1.5 million centre was announced back in 2016, just before the general election by government politicians including Minister Joe McHugh.”At the time, it was stated that the new centre would include the development of a fifteen metre simulator pool, an elevated platform equipped with a wave machine, water spray unit and fans capable of simulating the type of extreme weather conditions fishermen are often faced with.“And that the centre would also be equipped with two changing areas, a self-contained heating unit which can maintain water temperatures of 23-28 degrees Celsius, as well as a water treatment unit and a new classroom which can accommodate sixteen students.“This would allow the college to replicate weather conditions and provide a more extensive training course with the only other centre of its kind to be found in Cork at the other end of the island.”. Senator Mac Lochlainn said he will not accept that this promised centre was “just another pre-election political stunt”.He added: “I have submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed and I am demanding answers from BIM. I have also requested that the Minister ensure that his department officials meet with BIM to establish how they can ensure that the financial resources are available to make this essential centre a reality.“Surely we have learned from too many tragedies at sea how important it is to train and test our fishers in surroundings that accurately reflect the tough conditions that they will face at sea.”Scrapping of €1.5M Sea Survival Training Centre is ‘outrageous’ was last modified: June 19th, 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)
Ostriches on a farm near Oudtshoorn inthe Western Cape. The town has longbeen the centre of South Africa’s ostrichindustry. Leather, decorated eggs and feathers …Along with low-fat red meat, the manyproducts made from ostriches.(Images: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Jennifer SternOstrich feathers have been a sought-after item for the adornment of soldiers and war horses, and generally as an integral motif in all areas of pageantry and public spectacle for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Through all that time the Middle East was the main supplier. That all changed with the European colonisation of the Cape.During the 1800s, ostrich feathers shook off their image of military pomp and circumstance, and moved from the tops of horses’ heads and the helmets of soldiers to the hats and shoulders of fashionable ladies. To feed this fashion, the ostrich farms of what was then the Cape Colony developed.There is some confusion about when and where the first commercial ostrich farm was set up. There are claims that the first farm in Little Karoo near Oudtshoorn was started in 1864, but the earliest records of intensive ostrich farming in the Cape is an article in the Illustrated London Times of March 30th 1878. In this the writer claims that a Mr A Douglass, who farmed near Grahamstown, was the first commercial ostrich producer.“Ten years ago, Mr. Douglass obtained three wild birds, and afterwards eight more,” the article reads.“As soon as he found they would lay in confinement, he began his experiments in artificial hatching. This attempt met with but little success for three years, till he invented the patent incubator, the success of which has become renowned.“By its means he has increased the eleven birds to 900, and these and others becoming dispersed throughout the colony have made ostrich farming, next to wool and diamonds, the most important industry of South Africa.”Fabulous fortunes founded on feathersImmense fortunes were built on the backs of these bizarre birds and the town of Oudtshoorn and surrounds are graced with beautiful homesteads, fancifully called “feather palaces” because they were financed entirely by the sale of these frivolous fashion items.Another beautiful building that owes its existence to this trade is the Feather Market in Port Elizabeth. This elaborate Victorian extravaganza was completed after much delay in 1855 at the immense cost of £54 000. No longer used to auction feathers, it is has been renovated, and is now used for conventions and functions.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the birds were farmed almost exclusively for their feathers. As horrible as it sounds, the birds were plucked live, about twice a year. The leather was considered utilitarian at best, and the meat was not considered a delicacy at all, except when salted, spiced and air-dried to make biltong – South Africa’s ubiquitous savoury snack.As fashions changed, and the market for feathers declined, the farmers continued limping along until first the leather and then the meat became the new focus of interest. The leather is both hard-wearing and attractive, with its distinctive quill marks, from which the feathers have been plucked.“It’s not an easy leather to process,” says Anton Kruger, CEO of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.“All the fat accumulates in the skin, and it’s a very complicated process to tan the skin properly to remove the fat and not damage the skin. We in South Africa have the expertise and experience, so South African ostrich leather is very sought after. We export more than 350 colours of ostrich leather.”It’s that peculiarity of the bird that makes the meat so sought-after as well. As all the fat accumulates in the skin, the meat, which is red like beef, not white like poultry, is almost completely fat- and cholesterol-free. So it’s the perfect choice for the health-conscious meat lover.“It’s a lifestyle product,” says Kruger, “and the demand, worldwide, is bigger than the supply.“South Africa produces more than 70% of the world’s ostrich meat, leather and feathers. And 75% of South Africa’s ostriches are in the South Western Cape.”Ostrich farming in South Africa brings in about R1.75-billion (US1.74-million) a year, about 90% of it in foreign exchange. These big birds are big business.All major stakeholders in the industry are affiliated to either the National Ostrich Processors of South Africa or the South African Ostrich Producers’ Organisation. Both organisations are members of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber, which facilitates the sustainability and profitability of the local ostrich industry.The ostrich diasporaFor various reasons, the fledgling ostrich industry became consolidated in the Little Karoo, the area around Oudtshoorn, and it was illegal to export any breeding birds or eggs. But where there’s a will there’s a way and, in the early 1990s a number of people managed to get birds out of the country and start ostrich farms in locations as diverse as Botswana and Russia.“Most of these did not flourish,” says Kruger. “You need the right climate and the expertise.”Around that time people in other parts of South Africa decided to try their hand at ostrich farming. Gavin Kanigowski, the owner of the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, says that the accepted belief was that you could only farm ostriches in the Little Karoo.“But that’s not true,” he says. “Van Riebeek raised two young ostriches in 1652. We know for a fact that they kept ostriches in the Company Gardens. And Van Riebeek sent two ostrich chicks to the emperor of Japan in 1658.” Jan van Riebeeck led the first colonising party from Holland to the Cape in 1652.“I went into this in a great amount of detail because the ostrich farmers said that you could only raise ostriches within 50 miles [80 km] of Oudtshoorn. I bought 10 ostriches and brought them down here and they died in the first week.“But that was because the guy I bought them from told me to leave them outside.”Undaunted, Kanigowski tried again, selectively buying breeding pairs, and now he has 400 birds on his farm just outside Cape Town.Black, red, white and blueThe most commercially sought after ostrich, according to Kruger, is the South African Black. Other ostriches, like the Kenyan Red, and the Zimbabwean Blue, are bigger and more aggressive.“The black ostrich is easier to farm with, and was bred to produce better meat, leather and feathers,” says Kruger.Of course, the “black” only refers to the male ostrich, which is a deep black with contrasting white underfeathers, while the females are a dull, dusty brown. It is thought that this is a good adaptation as the male ostrich guards the eggs at night, when it is dark, and the well-camouflaged female guards them in the day.Kanigowski takes this one step further. Looking at old paintings of ostriches around Cape Town, he says they are much whiter than those found in the Little Karoo, and believes there should be another strain – the West Coast White.“On the West Coast we have sand dunes,” says Kanigowski, “and a black ostrich on a white sand dune is not camouflaged, even at night. So a white ostrich male is more well camouflaged. And the females are more white than grey. It’s quite logical. So I’ve started selectively breeding them up.”Weird and wonderfulOstriches have shown incredible resilience as an investment, with one or the other aspect taking over as another becomes unprofitable, and tourism seems to be the big money spinner for the farmers now.“Ostrich farms don’t make money,” says Kanigowski. “The tourist industry is the biggest income stream. Tourists are the mainstay of the industry. They buy in the shop and eat in the restaurant. We have 65 000 foreign tourists per year, mainly from the Far East, and about 25 000 local.”Of course, he has the great advantage of being close to Cape Town, so he has a constant stream of tour buses disgorging their passengers so they can tour the farm, have lunch and then have their photograph taken sitting on top of an ostrich with Table Mountain in the background.Kanigowski does not allow his ostriches to be ridden. The bird’s chest is supported while the tourist gets his or her 15 seconds of ostrich-top glory. Some other farms do allow riding but, claims Kanigowski, “While ostriches are incredibly strong, they’re built for speed not for carrying weight. They only have two legs, unlike a horse, and they have very thin ankles.”But riding and even sitting on an ostrich is a small part of the attraction. Ostrich show farms make money because ostriches are really weird birds.Everything about these birds is odd. Their size and appearance seem to support the theory that birds are descended from dinosaurs. They’re the biggest bird alive today with the males growing up to a maximum of about 2.5m high and weighing between 100kg and 150kg. The females are a bit smaller.The ostrich is probably the only animal in the world whose brain is smaller than its toenail. Ostrich eggs are equal to about 24 hen’s eggs in weight and can support the weight of a person.One Johann Wilhelm Vogel, who visited the Cape in 1678, wrote of ostriches: “The bird has a wonderful nature, in that if iron or steel is thrown before it, it swallows it; and also digests it, since anyone who goes near them can hear how in the body or belly there is a boiling as if in a strong-heated pot, so that there must be a terrible heat or fire therein.“If anyone wishes to annoy this bird, especially an old one, it defends itself with its feet, kicking out behind it like a horse, and this with such strength that it can readily knock down and lay out anyone who is not careful.”That is stretching the truth a bit, but ostriches can kill a person with a kick, but they kick forwards. They do eat stones, but never digest them; instead, they use them for digestion. This leads to another interesting story, which is almost certainly apocryphal.Lawrence green, in his book Coast of Treasure, relates how a hunter shot an ostrich near Walvis Bay, and found 53 diamonds in its crop. This led, not surprisingly, to a veritable slaughter of the birds anywhere near the diamond areas. It’s a great story, and far more convincing than Vogel’s fanciful description, but has never been validated.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesBotswana revives ostrich farmingFresh market for SA leather tiles Ostrich eggs hatch art fad South Africa’s tourist highlights Useful linksSouth African Ostrich Business Chamber Cape Town Ostrich RanchKlein Karoo Ostrich and Seed Group National Ostrich Processors of South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest FBNews, the online/digital newsletter of the American Farm Bureau Federation, began posting responses from the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. AFBF asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions. Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more.“The fact that the candidates took the time in the middle of this very competitive election season to go into such detail in their responses says a lot about the importance of these issues and the farmers and ranchers who care about them,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Each of these issues touches our members at the farm and ranch level. Being able to provide information about the candidates’ platforms on issues that are important to agriculture is something we do every presidential election cycle.”The candidates’ responses have been posted on:The farm bill, biotechnology, food safety – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40444The Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act –http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40438Regulatory Reform – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40434 Additional responses will be posted at http://fbnews.fb.org/ in the following order:Sept. 27 – ImmigrationSept. 28 – International Trade and TPPSept. 29 – EnergySept. 30 – Full List of IssuesWhile AFBF cannot endorse or support a political candidate, the organization is providing the candidates’ positions to inform Farm Bureau members and others. FBNews signup is free at http://bit.ly/fbnewssubscribe.
Tags:#Fanhattan#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Fanhattan just put up a somewhat amazing post on its corporate blog describing how hard it is to find specific movies or TV shows on various streaming video services. Sure, this is why Fanhattan exists – it’s an app that lets you scan a bunch of streaming sites to find what you want. But I had no idea how crazy things are in the world of streaming content.To make a point, Fanhattan looks at horror movies (“screaming media,” nyuk nyuk) that you might want to watch on Halloween. There’s lots of stuff online, but it’s scattered all over the place.Fanhattan reckons there are 2,300 horror movies that can be streamed right now. However: “About 71% of the horror movies currently available are exclusive to a single digital media source and more than 22% can be accessed on only two sources.” Of the 100 top Halloween movies curated by Fanhattan this year, about 65% are available from just one source, and about 25% are available from only two sources. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Worse yet, even specific horror franchises get split up and spread across different streaming platforms, so if you want to watch an entire series you need to deal with a bunch of different services. Says Fanhattan: “Hostel is available for rent on Amazon Prime and purchase on iTunes. But Hostel: Part II is only available on iTunes right now. Hostel: Part III is available with a Netflix subscription and for sale on iTunes.”But wait, it gets even worse, because all of this is changing all the time, as content providers keep moving stuff around. So a movie might show up on one service this week but be gone next week. That’s why Fanhattan exists. The app pulls together content from 16 video distribution services. “Our aim is to simplify what has become strikingly complex – finding what’s on,” a spokesperson says.Someday maybe Hollywood and its streaming partners will get their act together. Until then, Fanhattan has a market opportunity.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Fanhattan. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts dan lyons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Watching rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. running past and around opponents is fueling Victor Cruz’s comeback from knee surgery.Cruz said that his rehabilitation from patella tendon surgery more than two months ago is progressing and that he hopes to start running soon.The dynamic Giants wideout known for his salsa-dancing after touchdowns can bend his right knee, has full range of motion and is doing calf raises, leg raises, knee extensions and all the fun stuff that comes along with rehab.The real fun has been watching Beckham and thinking about them being a dynamic one-two combination for quarterback Eli Manning in 2015.“He’s been great,” Beckham said. “That kid is a heck of an athlete, heck of a ball player. Just seeing the things that he’s doing out there is motivating me to come back and be able to play next to him and do some really good things next year.”Beckham has become the catalyst of the offense since Cruz was injured on Oct. 12 against Philadelphia. After missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury, the 12th pick overall in the draft has 79 catches for 1,120 yards and 11 touchdown catches — all team rookie records.This is the second straight season that Cruz did not finish the season because of a knee injury. He played in 14 games last season and only six this year, finishing with 23 catches for 337 yards and one touchdown.Even tougher was watching the Giants (6-9) struggle through a seven-game losing streak that started in the game in which he was hurt.“It’s been tough being out, obviously, during that span of those games that we lost because you feel helpless, like you want to do something but you can’t,” Cruz said. “But watching Odell has been fun.”Cruz, a former free agent who like Beckham developed a huge fan following with his play, has told the rookie to stay grounded, keep the same inner circle that he has always had and turn away the new people trying to horn in.“He’s a good kid and he’s really learning on the fly, which is good,” Cruz said. Cruz does not have a timetable for getting back on the field. When the trainers tell him to play, he’ll play. Patience is his new friend.The 28-year-old has spoken to many people about coming back from his injury.Hall of Famer Michael Strahan told him to enjoy his time away from the game. Teammates Marcus Harris and Zack Bowman said they returned from patella surgery stronger and faster than before it.Cruz knows there are people who have concerns about players who are injured two seasons in a row and he was ready when a reporter asked about whether he had concerns about returning at 100 percent, calling him ‘a doubter.’“There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll return to form and I’ll return to the type of player that I was in years past and I’m excited to put myself through this,” Cruz said. “I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles and I feel like this is just another one that’s come across that I have to conquer it and move forward.”Cruz said the injury has taught him that nothing is guaranteed in football. “I know for sure that this game is what I love and what I want to do and I’ll never take it for granted again,” he said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14). “We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica is proving its capability to overcome impediments to growth, based on economic out-turns recorded over the last several years.“We have attained macroeconomic stability, while incrementally improving the levels of growth and gradually reducing debt. Additionally, our investment climate is increasingly improved. Our leading investment promotion agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) inaugural Economic Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14).Mr. Shaw noted that successive Governments have worked to attain economic stability “under the watchful eyes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”.“But it will now require our collective and sustained focus to ensure that we not only continue to grow but to accelerate the growth,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw acknowledged that the current Administration is still grappling with issues such as crime, high energy costs, and bureaucracy in the business environment, “which slow the pace at which we should be moving”.“We are dealing with the crime rate… and we are working on energy [by] rapidly diversifying into liquefied natural gas, and solar and wind energy. So, despite the [challenges], there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get there together,” he said.The Minister emphasised, however, that doing so will require sustained focus on human development.“Our greatest opportunity for advancement in Jamaica is to develop our people, [who] are our greatest natural resource,” Mr. Shaw said.The forum featured research paper presentations and a panel discussion on the theme ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme Research Report, a collection of eight research papers encompassing economic growth-related areas.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said.