JOIN DONEGAL DAILY CAMPAIGN TO SAVE FOYLE FERRY – SIGN PETITION HERE!

first_imgDONEGAL Daily is backing a campaign to save the Foyle Ferry – a vital tourism and business link between Greencastle and Magilligan.And here’s your chance to make your voice heard.The Foyle Venture ferry has been running for almost 13 years. In this time it has transported 2.5M people across the River Foyle saving people a drive of almost 1.5 hours.Approximately 250,000 people use the ferry every year.Those behind an online petition say: “The cost of running the ferry has become unaffordable for the Ferry company and as a result they have now had no choice but to stop the service. This doesn’t have to be the case.“There are a number of other ferries running in Northern Ireland that are funded by the government, such as the Strangford ferry which receives approx £2m per year and they are also due to receive a new ferry costing almost £6m. Because the Greencastle-Magilligan Ferry is cross jurisdictional it apparently cannot get funding. “This is another example of how the North West is ignored and deprived by the government at Stormont.“If this service is cancelled many people will lose their jobs, not just those working on the Ferry but the businesses that are located in and around the Ferry ports. This petition aims to force the government to provide much needed funding for this Ferry. Together we can make a change.”So here’s your chance to help. Sign the online petition here:https://www.change.org/p/first-minister-of-ni-martin-mcguiness-minister-for-transport-tourism-and-sport-in-ireland-transport-minister-ni-save-the-greencastle-to-magilligan-ferry?Share on Social Media. JOIN DONEGAL DAILY CAMPAIGN TO SAVE FOYLE FERRY – SIGN PETITION HERE! was last modified: November 21st, 2015 by John2Share 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:Foyle Ferryfoyle venturelast_img read more

HISTORY-MAKERS AS GLENGAD WIN FIRST EVER ULSTER JUNIOR CUP

first_imgGlengad Utd 0 Gweedore Celtic 0. (Glengad won 4-2 on pens) Inishowen League side Glengad Utd won the Ulster Junior cup for the first time but only after overcoming a dogged and determined Gweedore Celtic side at Ballyare this evening.Glengad started well and John Mc Daid got over a cross but David Mc Gee charged down Terence Doherty’s shot. In the next attack Paul Rua Mc Bride put in a great challenge to stop John G. Mc Laughlin. Gweedore threatened on twenty minutes when Thoma Diver seized on a mix up between Gerard Crossan and one of his defenders, but Crossan did well to force him wide and the danger was averted.In the next attack Eamonn Curran got in a great challenge to stop Terence Doherty again. Minutes later Glengad were awarded a free wide on the right.Terence Doherty got a foot to the inswinger but Michael McKelvey pulled off a superb save. The half continued with Glengad pressing and when Terence Doherty found Michael Byrne, McKelvey again produced a great save.The second half continued in much the same vein with Glengad pressing and Gweedore tackling doggedly. On sixty minutes John G. Mc Laughlin rounded Chris Porter on the byeline but Michael Mc Kelvey saved bravely at his feet. From the resulting corner John G. Mc Laughlins header was headed off the line by Kevin Friel. Glengad continued to dominate but Gweedore refused to yield with Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal Campbell working like trojans in midfield.In the ensuing extra time Glengad still had the lion’s share of possession with Thomas Diver and Brendan Mc Geady posing an occasional threat for Gweedore. And so to the dreaded penalty shoot out. Michael Byrne(Glengad) and Chris Porter(Gweedore) both scored. Michal Mc kelvey saved John G. Mc Laughlins effort and Gerard Crossan saved Johnny Mc Ginty’s. Adam Byrne(Glengad) converted but Paul Rua Mc Bride shot over for Gweedore.With Patrick Mc Dermott(Glengad) and Jamie Boyle(Gweedore) scoring, Terence Doherty stepped up and scored the decisive penalty for Glengad. Overall Glengad were deserving winners but Gweeedore showed great heart and pride right to the finish.Referee: Kevin Logue. Linesmen: Marty Quinn and Joe Mc Hugh. HISTORY-MAKERS AS GLENGAD WIN FIRST EVER ULSTER JUNIOR CUP was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Glengad UnitedGweedoreJunior Cup Finallast_img read more

DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE RESULTS AND FIXTURES AT A GLANCE

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSVoodoo Venue Cup  1st RoundDonegal Town Reserves                  5 v 4                   Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                 2 v 1                   Curragh Athletic ReservesMilford United Reserves                 0 v 5                   Glenree United Reserves Fintown Harps AFC                       1 v 7                   St. Catherines ReservesDrumkeen United                            4 v 5                   Glencar CelticArranmore United                            4 v 0                   Drumbar F.C.Glenea United Reserves                   2 v 0                   Drumoghill F.C. ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Cup  Area FinalsLetterkenny AreaMilford United                                2 v 1                  Kilmacrennan CelticDonegal Town Area St. Catherines                                   3 v 1                   Cappry RoversGweedore AreaGlenea United                                  2 v 1                   Gweedore UnitedLifford AreaCastlefin Celtic                                5 v 1                   Raphoe TownDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSaturday 5th SeptemberVoodoo Venue Cup                           K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Quarter FinalsSt. Catherines Reserves                      v                      Arranmore United ( K.O. 1 p.m. )Strand Rovers                                     v                      Donegal Town ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves                    v                      Glenea United ReservesGlenree United Reserves                    v                      Glencar CelticSunday 6th September Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division        K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Milford United                                   v                      Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers                                   v                      St. CatherinesCastlefin Celtic                                   v                      Drumoghill F.C.Glenea United                                     v                      Kilmacrennan CelticRathmullan Celtic                               v                      Kildrum TigersWatson Hire Division OneCranford United                                  v                      Keadue RoversBonagee United                                   v                      Gweedore UnitedDonegal Town                                                v                      Lagan HarpsRaphoe Town                                     v                      Lifford CelticCT Ball Division TwoCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Deele HarpsWhitestrand United                            v                      Erne WanderersLetterbarrow Celtic                             v                      Copany RoversEany Celtic                                         v                      Ballybofey UnitedGlenree United                                    v                      Dunkineely Celtic DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE RESULTS AND FIXTURES AT A GLANCE was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Donegal Junior LeaguefixturesreportsResultslast_img read more

QPR linked with Boro star Friend

first_imgQPR are interested in Middlesbrough defender George Friend, as are Crystal Palace and Reading, according to Sky Sports.The 26-year-old’s contract is due to expire next year and his representatives are hoping to negotiate a new deal.Meanwhile, Fulham, Palace, Swansea and West Brom are interested in QPR defender Nedum Onuoha, as are clubs in Turkey, Goal.com say.It is claimed that Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wants to discuss a new contract for the 27-year-old but that Onuoha could look to move on amid ‘uncertainty’ over his role following the recent signings of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker.A source is quoted as saying: “Nedum is happy at QPR and figured prominently last season, but he won’t accept sitting on the bench this season, and he knows there is interest elsewhere.”Onuoha played an important role for QPR last seasonAnd the Evening Standard say Redknapp is considering a move for French striker Andy Delort.Brentford are also apparently interested in the 22-year-old, who plays for Tours in the French second division and scored 24 league goals last season.See also:QPR wanted Sanchez, report claimsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Media Club South Africa photo library preview

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with a preview of some of the best of the 3 000-plus high-resolution photographs available in the site’s free photo library.The photo library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa. PEOPLEClick on thumbnails to enlarge.  Download People contact sheet (PDF, 984 KB) • Register with Media Club South Africa CITIES Click on thumbnails to enlarge.  Download Cities contact sheet (PDF, 508 KB) • Register with Media Club South Africa SPORT AND FANS Click on thumbnails to enlarge.  Download 2010 World Cup contact sheet (PDF, 1.2 MB) • Register with Media Club South Africa INFRASTRUCTURE Click on thumbnails to enlarge  Download Infrastructure contact sheet (PDF, 1.1 MB) • Register with Media Club South Africa BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY Click on thumbnails to enlarge  Download Business contact sheet (PDF, 1.8 MB) • Register with Media Club South Africa SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK Click on thumbnails to enlarge  Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (PDF, 1.5 MB) • Register with Media Club South Africa ARTS AND CULTURE Click on thumbnails to enlarge  Download Arts and Culture contact sheet (PDF, 868 KB) • Register with Media Club South Africalast_img read more

All set for 2014 Comrades Marathon

first_img30 May 2014The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA’s) race director, Rowyn James, briefed the media in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday on preparations for the 89th Comrades Marathon, which starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 on Sunday morning.South Africa’s Comrades Marathon was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest ultra-marathon after drawing 23 568 entries in 2010, with 13 343 runners finishing the race before the 12-hour cut-off time.James said the official route distance for this year’s down-run is 89.28km.With the event taking place over such a great distance, it presents a huge logistical undertaking.‘A magnificent experience’“We have catered in every possible way to make the 2014 Comrades Marathon a magnificent experience for our runners. We wish all participants a great run on Race Day,” James said.The route will feature 46 fully stocked refreshment stations, serving water, fruit, energy drinks, biscuits and cooked potatoes. The stations will be manned by nearly 5 000 volunteers.The South African Police Service (SAPS), Metro Police, the CMA’s security service provider, Bhejane Security, and other law enforcement officials will be assisted by 300 community marshals on race day. Bomb sweeps will be carried out by SAPS Bomb Squad personnel at the Comrades start and finish venues before and during the race, as per protocol over the past two decades.Medical provisionsExtensive medical, emergency, first aid and physiotherapy provisions for the race’s thousands of participants have also been put in place. Sponsored by Netcare 911, the much-needed medical amenities will be available at strategic positions along the 89km Comrades route and at the finish venue at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.A dedicated emergency helicopter that ensures immediate medical assistance for runners will also be available should the need arise. It will be directed by the Joint Operations Control (JOC), based at the finish venue, which is equipped with eight computers, and a full complement of committed personnel to operate and record all details and dispatch vehicles, as and when necessary.There are eight Netcare 911 Physio/First Aid Stations, which incorporate qualified physiotherapists, professional nurses and paramedical staff.The stations can treat minor medical problems, as well as do blood sugar testing, and can be further used to treat or stabilise runners until the arrival of ambulances. Physio students will also be positioned at certain refreshment stations along the route and a physio tent will be set up at the finish.Critical careHeaded by the Comrades Doctor, Dr Jeremy Boulter, the extensive Adcock Ingram Critical Care Medical Tent at the finish is equally equipped to handle just about any medical eventuality. It comprises 50 doctors and interns, 20 nurses and a mini laboratory, courtesy of Ampath Laboratories.Other facilities at the Tent include a 3-bed fully equipped ICU-type resuscitation area, which comprises its own specialist emergency team to provide appropriate emergency care if required.A critical care emergency facility right on the finish line has also been set up in order for athletes to access on-the-spot medical help if needed. It is staffed by an emergency care doctor and a paramedic.The purpose of the facility is to have in place a primary, emergency resuscitation area if a runner is in severe trouble at the finish, and requires immediate care, prior to being transferred to the medical tent.Additionally, an advanced life support paramedic will be stationed along, or at the end of the Toyota Mile [the last mile of the race] for the purposes of responding to calls to runners in that area who are in trouble before they enter the stadium.In addition to all of the above facilities, there is the St. John’s Ambulance Tent, which will provide runners with facilities such as R&R, rub-downs, strapping, massage and the like.The Netcare group of hospitals provide required facilities for Comrades race day, with St. Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg being utilised for those runners who require hospitalisation before halfway. For those runners requiring attention in the second half of the race and at the finish, Durban’s St. Augustines will see to their needs.SpectatorsNearly 50 000 people are expected to descend on the finish venue, while more than 250 000 will once again line the route and cheer on the runners.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Cape Town pupils reap a healthy meal

first_imgThe garden includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.In 2013 a study by the African Food Security Urban Network found that 12 million South Africans are food insecure. This in a country that is generally food secure.FOOD SECURITYSouth Africa’s Vision 2030, better known as the National Development Plan, identified food security as an important target in meeting the objectives of the NDP.A project in Cape Town funded by Woolworths MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fund is creating food security for a group of pupils in Observatory and Salt River. The edible garden planted at Observatory Junior School will produce 10 kg’s of fresh vegetables daily, allowing the 1 500 pupils at Dryden Primary School, Mary-Kihn Primary and Observatory Junior School to enjoy a healthy fresh meal.Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager, explained that the Salt River/ Observatory area was home to many households unable to provide a packed lunch. A secondary benefit she pointed out, “The edible garden at Observatory Junior School is our contribution towards giving more learners access to fresh food and a living garden where they can learn how to grow food and take responsibility for the upkeep of the garden.”THE GARDENThe garden at Observatory Primary is 400 square meters and includes 40 different varietals of vegetables and herbs – aubergine, tomato, spinach, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot, rosemary, thyme, basil and many more.Harvested produce is shared between all three schools, and is the base for the healthy lunch provided to learners every day. All three schools will also use the garden as an educational resource centre, actively involving learners in managing the garden. They will plant and harvest what they’ve grown, giving them a lifelong skill.Andy Clark, head of transformation at Woolworths Financial Services, said: “We’ve worked with all three schools through our participation in the Community of Learning Principals and the Partners for Possibility initiative and wanted to continue supporting them, so they can continue on their journey to be more sustainable and independent. They are run by highly committed staff and are motivated to participate in initiatives that will benefit their learners.“We are hoping to roll out more gardens at schools in the area, contributing to the communities in which we operate.”YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOWMore than half of Urban Harvest, the company that established the garden, 250 edible garden projects are based at schools in the greater Cape Town area. They seed gardens and help maintain and train people until they are self-sustainable.Explaining their philosophy Urban Harvest’s Ben Getz said: “The edible garden teaches learners that ‘you reap what you sow’. In the garden hard work pays off in many ways and the learners gain a greater sense of responsibility.“They also gain a sensitivity to and an appreciation for quiet, meditative, slow time when weeding or feeding the garden. They learn about keeping space neat and organised and a respect for nature and its lessons.”FETSA TLALAIn 2013 the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson launched Fetsa Tlala – an initiative aimed at improving household food security and stimulating sustainable job creation in the poorest districts of the country.This initiative ensures that underutilised agricultural land is put under production to increase local access to food.Fetsa Tlala will be financed through, amongst others, the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme (CASP). Allocations to provinces will be dedicated to food production, either crop or livestock production. More inclination, however, is towards the production of staple food such as maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes.CASP is the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries’ premier support programme and is funded through the Division of Revenue Act.last_img read more

Soybean problems showing up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologistWe have multiple planting dates in Ohio this year with soybeans in all different growth stages. This can create challenges when management decisions are based on the stage of crop development.For soybeans that are flowering, there was a confirmed report of frogeye leaf spot. If the soybeans in the field are in good health then managing this disease is often cost effective on susceptible varieties. Scouting between R2/R3, if frogeye is easy to find on the newly expanded leaves a fungicide application is warranted. There are many fungicides available with fair to very good efficacy. The one caveat is in Ohio we have identified strains of the fungus that causes frogeye leaf spot that is resistant to strobilurin fungicides, so choose a product that has another mode-of-action.For soybeans that are in the early seedling stages that have continued to get these saturating rains, damping-off is occurring. So these fields will continue to decline until about V2, then the resistance in the plant will take over. So continue to monitor stands in these fields. If stem rot develops at the later stages, then that is from Phytophthora sojae. In these cases, a better variety is needed for the future that has higher levels of quantitative resistance.last_img read more

India to take on Australia in World Cup warm-up match

first_imgWith eyes firmly set on the silverware, India will look to gain momentum and start their World Cup campaign on a positive note when they take on Australia in their first warm-up match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.With memories of 2007 Caribbean World Cup disaster – where they crashed out in the opening round after losing to Bangladesh in the first match – still fresh in their minds, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side will be extra careful against the title-holders Australia, who are coming into the tournament high on confidence after the 6-1 thrashing of England.The day-night affair against Australia on Sunday will also be of high significance for India in the context of fitness of a few players, including the batting trio of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar, who are returning to the side after a short injury lay-off.Sehwag, personally, would be looking to get back amongst runs, which eluded him in the Test series in South Africa that was followed by him missing the ODI series due to a shoulder injury, while Tendulkar, who also returned midway from the African nation because of a hamstring problem, will be eager to leave an impression in what probably is his last World Cup.The match against Australia will also give an opportunity to middle-order batsmen Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to return to form.The trio of Dhoni, Yuvraj and Raina all got starts in South Africa but failed to capitalise on them and would be desperate to return to form.The match is of special importance for Raina, who faces a tough competition from Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan, to retain his place in the playing eleven.From the point of view of bowlers, Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan would be looking forward to carry on their good work, while taking wickets is the only thing that will be on left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra’s mind going into the game.For right-arm fast bowler S Sreesanth, who replaced injured Praveen Kumar in the last minute, it is an opportunity to impress upon the team management for the third seamer’s spot in the playing eleven.The spin department, meanwhile, is in the safe hands of experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. But the thing to watch out for is the healthy competition between proven customer R Ashwin and surprise inclusion Piyush Chawla.Australia, on other hand, is high on confidence after avenging their Ashes series loss in the seven-match ODI series against England.It is for the first time the Aussies have approached the World Cup on such a low-profile note despite being the champions in the last three editions of the mega-event, courtesy their humiliating Ashes defeat on the home turf.But the Indians, considered as one of the favourites in the tournament, cannot afford to take Australia lightly in Sunday’s practice match as skipper Ricky Ponting has already warned the opponents not to underestimate Aussies’ abilities, especially in the World Cup, where they have an impeccable past record.”I don’t really care where we start the tournament. It is irrelevant. I think going into the last World Cup, there was negativity around us. We lost the Commonwealth Bank series in home and also lost to New Zealand before the last World Cup.So there were a few doubts around our team but we went there and won the World Cup. I don’t think it really matters too much what’s happening in the lead-up,” Ponting had said.Australian team has considerable amount of experience of playing in subcontinent conditions and also boasts a very good record here.”We are pretty confident coming into the World Cup just beating a pretty good English side 6-1. We are in really good shape and confident. We have the momentum going around.”There is no doubt that Australian cricket team has pretty good record in World Cup and bigger events but as I said, we are not thinking about it right now. We have a really good squad and we will be doing everything to the best of our ability,” Ponting said.The Aussie skipper, who is returning after an injury lay-off that saw him miss the last Ashes Test and the entire ODI series against England due to broken finger, will be looking to get back into rhythm in the two practice games against India on Sunday and South Africa on February 15.”My finger is doing pretty well. I am looking forward to play in the two practice games against India and South Africa,” he said.Both India and Australia are expected to test their 15 players in two practice games in the run-up to the World Cup.Apart from a strong batting department which features the likes of Ponting, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, in-form David Hussey, Cameron White and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, Australian team also has a formidable pace battery which will be spearheaded by rejuvenated and experienced Brett Lee.However, the only worrying factor for Australia lies in its slow bowling department which does not have quality spinners.Jason Krejza and all-rounder Steve Smith are expected to take up the responsibility of the spin department and the duo will be ably supported by part-time spinners Clarke and Hussey.advertisementadvertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more