Food Businesses in Donegal will be able to demonstrate they have the right recipe for success by entering a brand new category for Food Coast Businesses at this year’s Local Enterprise Awards.A total of 8 awards will be presented in separate categories, with a prize of €1,000 up for grabs for the Food Coast award.The competition is open to all businesses in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, but businesses who enter must have been in receipt of direct Local Enterprise Office supports under one or more of the following interventions: Grant aid; Mentoring Programme; Trading Online Voucher Scheme; Participation on LEO Training Programmes; MicroFinance Ireland Scheme. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said there has been great commitment from the food sector to the overall Food Coast project, as evidenced most recently by the 20 different Food Coast events that were put on by the businesses as part of Donegal Connect.“Over the past two years we are seeing the awareness of Donegal as a food county coming to the fore, both within the county and at national level and the new awards category will be an opportunity for food businesses in the county to really showcase how strong the sector is,” he said.The Head of Enterprise pointed to the exceptional pride shown in the sector during the judging for the recent Foodie Destination Awards as evidence of the esteem those in the sector now have for Donegal food.“From the launch of our Food Coast Experiences to the recent best practice trip to Ayrshire in Scotland and a host of events and activities in between, we know that this a growing and thriving sector in Donegal and plays a huge role in creating employment right around the county. The awards are a perfect opportunity for food businesses to showcase their hard work and success and I hope as many as possible will take the opportunity to get their application in before the deadline,” Mr. Tunney added.To enter, applicants must submit a soft copy of a simple application form and a recent set of financial statements before the closing date of 12 noon on Monday 11 NovemberForms are available to download from www.localenterprise.ie/donegal and completed applications should be should be e.mailed to [email protected] before 12 noon on Monday 11 November 2019. Food businesses invited to feast on €1,000 prize in Local Enterprise Awards was last modified: November 7th, 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) Tags:food coastLocal Enterprise Awards
3 February 2014Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend.The inaugural Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum took place at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, bringing together serious investors, important stakeholders and mining executives to discuss the numerous viable opportunities in African mining.“As the platinum sponsor of this inaugural Investment Discovery Forum, we were excited at the opportunity to participate in this critical event to drive awareness of emerging opportunities on the continent,” Mark Tyler, senior investment banker at Nedbank Capital, said in a statement on Sunday. “The engagement from investors and mining corporates in this exclusive environment was very positive.”Delegates were exposed to a balanced position on the challenges and opportunities in African mining, with speakers providing a holistic view on what has happened and what to expect in the next 12 months.Andrew Monk, chief executive of VSA Capital Group in London, said that 2012 and 2013 “were horrible years; there was no investment. [But] there is definitely money coming into the mining sector at this stage”.Angelos Damaskos, chief executive of Sector Investment Managers, was upbeat about the continent: “We believe African mining and resources are protected from some risks. There is low delivery risk because the host country is so dependent on the proceeds of delivery. To that extent we think that Africa is very attractive investment territory.”At the same time, Damaskos noted: “[T]he culture of controlling a licence and pumping it has stopped. Now the emphasis is on benefiting the local economy as well.”The 20th annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world’s largest gathering of influential stakeholders and decision makers in African mining, gets under way at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday.During the four-day Indaba, the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology and Brand South Africa will host an exhibition under the “South African Pavilion” banner.They will also host an investment promotion workshop to give expression to the theme of this year’s Indaba: “Investment opportunities in South African mining – from exploration to value addition”.SAinfo reporter and Investing in African Mining Indaba
Internationally renowned wine writer and critic, Matthew Jukes and ACT Minister for Community Services, Joy Burch helped launch the inaugural ‘Touch Football Vinnie-Yard’ event on Wednesday at Viking Park. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 24 November, will offer the public a day of wine tasting from local suppliers and a social Touch Football tournament in a family friendly atmosphere. There will also be a celebrity match featuring local sports stars and media personalities. The Touch Football Vinnie-Yard will be the first event of its kind held in the ACT region and the third of its type held nationally, following on from the successful Touch Wine (Adelaide) and Wine Rules (Melbourne) events. Jukes is the brainchild of the concept which started in Adelaide in 2005, with the Touch Wine and Wine Rules events having raised $750,000 for charity through the initiatives. The money raised for the Touch Vinnie-Yard event will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s local services that assist those in need. Jukes was thrilled to be launching the event on Wednesday, saying that Touch Football is the perfect fit for the event. “The Touch Football (element) is vital and it couldn’t be any other sport. It’s so strong over here. I’d learnt about this Touch phenomenon across the whole of the country, it seemed absolutely a natural fit for this. We’ve just had so much fun over the past seven years and fully intend to disseminate multiple events across the country,” Jukes said. Minister Burch says that it ‘was a pleasure’ to help launch the event and sees many benefits of the event being held in Canberra. “As I was driving down here from the Assembly this afternoon, I heard Matthew on 666 (ABC Radio)… I heard Matthew talk about it and it all made absolute perfect sense. It is a very smart event, we promote our region as much as we can and I think the wine industry in our region has matured and developed over time,” Burch said. “It promotes Touch Football and the inclusiveness of Touch Football whether you are (young) or (old). Touch Football allows lots of people to participate and the numbers continue to grow. So having those two (wine industry and Touch Football) come together is a very good thing…and coming together for such a great cause, to help St Vinnies and the fabulous work that they do.”“We are getting a number of teams together over a day in November which means young and old are getting out and getting active and participating in the glorious weather we have in November and all to the benefit of the work that Vinnies do. It is a winning trifecta and very good to see it come to Canberra.”To find out more information on the Touch Football Vinnie-Yard or to register a team, please visit www.vinnieyard.mytouchfooty.com. Related LinksTouch Vinnie-Yard
Ex-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says renewable sources of electricity in Canada will grow over the next 20 years but so will Canadian oil and natural gas production.In a new report, the national regulator says Canadians will learn to use less energy, even as the economy grows, through to 2040.Under its reference or base case, the NEB predicts total Canadian electricity generation will increase by about 12percentt from 2017 to 2040, with most of the new sources from natural gas, wind or hydro. By 2040, the share of non-emitting electricity generation rises to nearly 84 percent, compared to about 80 percent now.The NEB forecasts crude oil production will grow to 6.9 million barrels per day in 2040, up 58 percent from 4.4 million barrels per day in 2017, with most of the increase from the oilsands.The board envisions price discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend compared with U.S. benchmark crude will remain higher than typical at US$26.30 per barrel in 2020 but will return to a sustained level of US$14 per barrel by 2027.Carbon intensity in Canadian energy sources will decline, it says, as more natural gas is consumed at the expense of coal and oil products.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
New Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, says if F-21 wins the contract, then India will also be integrated into the company’s global fighter ecosystem, which is a USD 165 billion dollar market. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In an interview with PTI, Lall said the new combat jet is designed to operate across over 60 air force stations in India, and its key aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare system and weapons carrying capacity. “We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Last month, the Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of the world’s biggest military procurement in recent years. The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Lall said if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group, but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defence manufacturing. On observation that the F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significantly differences between the two platforms. F-21 is different in terms of various aspects including its air frame, weapons capability, engine matrix and availability of engine options. “As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life air frame in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F 16 Block 70). The additional 40 per cent weapons carrying capability is new in F-21 which was not there in F 16 Block 70. The electronic warfare system is uniquely developed for India,” he added. “Looking from a distance may make it look similar to F 16 Block 70, but it is different,” he added. Besides having a traditional boom-delivered refuelling facility, the F-21 also has a extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe. “This is only fighter in the world which has both the capability,” said Lall, adding the cockpit has a new large area display. “It is a modern cockpit and has a significant piece of ability to synthesise information. These are unique capabilities that we are not offering to other countries in the world,” said the Lockheed executive. The jet has a Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats with precision and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing it to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons. Without giving any approximate price of each bare-bone aircraft, he pitched it as the most cost effective compared to the competitors in terms of life-cycle and operational costs. “If you look at the US government data, the advantage is 30-40 per cent in terms of cost effectiveness. This is lower compared to the comparable competitors. If you aggregate with years and years of operations in the life cycle, it is a huge amount of saving for India if it goes ahead with F-21,” said Lall. Lockheed, which has a longstanding relationship of 25 years with India, unveiled the F-21 during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February, saying it will address the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements.
Fez- King Mohammed VI on Sunday held a phone conversation with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. The conversation comes few days after Sheikh Abullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior paid a visit to Morocco. According to Qatar News Agency (QANA), during the phone call “the Emir and the Moroccan monarch discussed bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries, matters of mutual concern and reviewed regional and international developments”.This phone call comes against the backdrop of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, after the three countries decided to withdraw their Ambassador from Doha in recent weeks. This is first time in the history of the Gulf Cooperation Council (a grouping that includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman) that a crisis of such a nature occurs between its members. The three countries blame Doha for its alleged support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Jazeera channel’s coverage of Egypt, since former President Mohammed Morsi was toppled in July 2013. Among all other Arab countries, Morocco is the only Arab country that has excellent relations with all the members of the GCC, including the State of Kuwait and Oman. Will this status enable King Mohammed VI to play a mediation role and ease tension between the State of Qatar and its neighboring countries? Time will tell. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
If there have been breakout stars at this year’s World Cup, they’re certainly the bold hairstyles sported on some of the world’s top teams. There are seemingly countless mohawks, faux-hawks and ‘dos that can really only be called a “Macklemore” on the pitch at the premier soccer tournament.Countless, that is, before today.We pored through each of the 56 World Cup games so far to inventory the haircuts of the starting lineups for each of the 32 teams in the tournament. We counted up every striking mohawk, all of the slightly less committed faux-hawks and, of course, the lamentable-in-retrospect Macklemores.All told, in the group stage we counted 24 honest-to-God Mohawks, 31 faux-hawks and a whopping 36 Mackelmores.Neymar of Brazil, of course, is in a league of his own.So is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ermin Bicakcic:At five apiece, the Ghanaian and Cameroonian contingents had more mohawks than any other squad. Together, those two teams composed more than 40 percent of all inventoried mohawks. The Nigerian team had the most faux-hawks, and the Chileans had the most Macklemores (five and four, respectively). Russia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia were the only nations with unexciting, uninspiring hair.Now we wouldn’t think hairstyle would have any effect on performance. And it doesn’t. We plotted the combined number of mo’s, faux’s and ‘mores against the number of points each team picked up in the group phase:That’s pretty hairy (forgive us). But when we break it down by style, something fantastic emerges. It appears that Macklemore-style haircuts are positively correlated with victory, and mohawks with defeat.And the trend has continued into the first knockout round. Of the eight games in the Round of 16, four matches had a team with a higher number of Macklmore-style haircuts than their competition. In those four contests, the team with more shaved sides and gross tops won 75 percent of the time.Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it completely meaningless? Yes. Is there a shred of evidence that the hairstyles of a team member has any sort of impact on the athletic performance of a team? Absolutely not.But still.
OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe number of vacancies on the Ohio State depth chart keeps growing, as the count of starters not returning has climbed to 16 on Tuesday with Vonn Bell’s declaration for the NFL draft. “I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” the junior safety said in a press release through the university. “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.”A two-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray, Bell finishes his career in Columbus with 176 total tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, the Rossville, Georgia, native recorded a pair of tackles. Bell found his way to the end zone twice in 2015, the first on a 14-yard fumble recovery against Hawaii and the second on a 15-yard interception return versus Minnesota. In what turned out to be his final collegiate season, the 5-foot-11 Bell received first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. Bell’s announcement comes just hours after redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas announced his plans to turn pro, as well. The duo joins seven other OSU underclassmen who have declared for April’s draft. In addition to the nine underclassmen leaving Columbus, seven starters that were seniors will no longer be with the program in 2016. Bell’s declaration is likely to be the last one for coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, as all the players rumored to be mulling to turn pro have done so thus far. Bell’s draft projection varies amongst analysts but many have him graded as a second- or third-round pick. “My time here has been very special to me and my family,” Bell said in the release. “And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.”