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Scottish told to get their fishy hands off Rockall

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says it would be completely unacceptable for any restrictions to be put on Irish vessels fishing in waters around Rockall, an island off the coast of Donegal.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Marine & Fisheries was responding to a threat from the Scottish government that it will take action against Irish vessels fishing within the 12 mile zone around the island.“This is a most serious escalation in intra country relationships between Ireland and the Scotland must be dealt with immediately by the government here. I note that the declaration was made by the devolved Parliament in Edinburgh only, and at this juncture it appears not to have the backing of the British government”, said Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. “Rockall is subject to a claim of ownership by the British government since 1955, but that same claim has never been recognised by any Irish Government nor has the British claim been ever been lodged with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”He said there are numerous Donegal fishing vessels, from both Killybegs and Greencastle ports, fishing off Rockall and in the immediate waters surrounding the rock.And he added that these are long standing fishing traditions and patterns, which predate any claim by any other jurisdiction of these jointly fished grounds.He said “The Irish Government must immediately engage with the UK government in Whitehall in an attempt to restore calm to the volatile situation at intra government level. In the interim, the Minister for Foreign Affairs should also meet with the British Ambassador to voice this country’s concerns about the messaging coming from the Scottish government. “I personally will be raising these matters with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when the Dáil resumes next week, but I would expect, as does every Irish person within the state, that between now and then, the rights of the Irish Nation and the rights of our fishermen will be protected by the government of this State.“The unilateral actions of the Scottish government has set an undesirable tone – especially ahead of anticipated Brexit discussions.“The Irish government needs to step up and defend Irish interests without further delay, and this declaration by the Scottish Government must be challenged at the highest level.”Scottish told to get their fishy hands off Rockall was last modified: June 10th, 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:ClaimdonegalFishingislandPat The Cope GallagherrightsrockallScotlanlast_img read more

MCSA Eagles poised to contend for league crown

first_imgOnly two weekends of play remain for the Under-19 Mendocino Soccer Academy Eagles who, after eight games this season, sit in third place in the NorCal Premier League-North Conference standings. The Eagles will play four games between today and Sunday, Nov. 11, including a pair of contests against the two teams ahead of them in their league. Should the Eagles win out, they would capture and outright conference title and receive a large bump up in their state and national rankings.The Eagles …last_img

The Cape Floral Region

first_imgThe Cape Floral Region, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites, comprises eight protected areas.Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of “outstanding universal significance to humanity”. (Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa reporterThe Cape Floral Region, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites, comprises eight protected areas stretching from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape, cutting across spectacular mountain and ocean scenery and containing some of the richest plant biodiversity in the world.The region was the sixth South African site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).Unesco’s World Heritage Committee declared the 553 000-hectare Cape Floral Region to be of “outstanding universal significance to humanity”, describing it as “one of the richest areas for plants in the world”.The Cape Floral Region “represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora,” Unesco said. “Its plant species diversity, density and endemism are among the highest worldwide, and it has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot-spots.“The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region.“Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science.”Eight protected areasThe “serial” heritage site comprises eight protected areas considered to be the most important examples of the Cape floral kingdom: Table Mountain; De Hoop Nature Reserve; the Boland mountain complex; the Groot Winterhoek wilderness area; the Swartberg mountains; the Boosmansbos wilderness area; the Cederberg wilderness area; and Baviaanskloof, which straddles the Western and Eastern Cape boundary.Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on the slopes of Table Mountain is included in the site, the first time a botanical garden has been included in one of Unesco’s world heritage sites.The region follows the Cape fold belt of mountains, the Cedarberg and Hottentots Holland mountains, then cuts through the Langeberg, Outeniquas, Tsitsikamma, Swartberg and Zuurberg mountains, encompassing key sections of the Cape floral kingdom, the smallest and richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one to be contained within one country.Cape floral kingdomSouth Africa has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, thanks in no small part to the Cape floral kingdom. The Table Mountain National Park alone has more plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New Zealand.A stretch of land and sea spanning 90 000 square kilometres, or 0.05% of the earth’s land area, the Cape floral kingdom contains roughly 3% of the world’s plant species – at about 456 species per 1 000 square kilometres.Of the 9 600 species of vascular plants (plants with vessels for bearing sap) found in the Cape floral kingdom, about 70% are endemic, in other words, occur nowhere else on earth.The area’s freshwater and marine environments are similarly unique, with plants and animals adapted to highly specialised environments.And when it comes to fauna, the kingdom boasts 11 000 marine animal species, 3 500 of which are endemic, and 560 vertebrate species, including 142 reptile species, of which 27 are endemic.Sources: South African History Online, Cape Nature.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Minnaar ‘on track’ for MTB Worlds

first_img10 July 2013 “I know the area well as I have grown up and live not far from the Cascades,” said Minnaar. “We have enough practice time during the event to test out whatever changes have been made to the track. SAinfo reporter Minnaar has previously twice won the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup downhill in Pietermaritzburg. He finished second on the other occasion the event has taken place in the city. ‘So much pressure’“It’s tough leading in to this event. There is so much pressure and everyone wants a piece of you,” he added. “In previous years, I’ve actually left town for the weeks leading in to the event. “Enduro is something I’ve always liked and now that they have formed a World Series it makes sense for me to ride,” he said. A releaseWhile enduro races may seem something of a diversion for the downhill supremo, they have provided a release and an opportunity to work on his rhythm. South Africa’s Greg Minnaar, the defending mountain bike downhill world champion, has started the 2013 international season that will ultimately lead to the world championships in his hometown, eager to test his new equipment, avoid pressure and gradually build up to his title defence at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg in August. The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships take place at Cascades MTB park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from 21 to 25 August. After a disappointing opening round of the UCI World Cup series, he returned to better form for the second round before heading to Val d’Allos where he made the podium in the Enduro World Series race, and grabbed a stage win. “I feel more on track now,” Minnaar said this week. “The season started a little too steady for my liking. Round two of the World Cup went a lot better for me. Then we went to Val d’Allos, where I finished third overall and got my first stage win. I was pretty stoked with that.” “I’ll definitely be laying low again. I will be home a couple of weeks prior to World Champs, so I’ll be able to have a look at the changes to the course then.” For Minnaar dealing with the pressure is a critical element of managing his own goals and meeting the massive weight of public expectation on him. ‘Only option’“That’s the pressure I’m going to have to deal with,” he laughed. “It’s okay. I know how to race under pressure. The only option I have is to ride off the pressure.” Minnaar and his Santa Cruz Syndicate team have also finished another round of equipment testing before the resumption of the World Cup circuit. Minnaar has a firm plan in place for the lead up to the World Championships at the Cascades downhill course that he knows well. He is, however, a believer in not over-training on the course so that he can stay fresh. Testing“We’ve just finished a week of testing in the South of France,” he explained. “We want to make sure where we are for the next couple of World Cups before we head to World Championships. My trainer Stephane Girrard knows me well, and we will enter the World Champs in the right condition.”last_img read more

Radio drama tackles migrancy, gender violence

first_img27 November 2013 A series of short radio dramas focused on increasing awareness of the difficulties faced by refugees and migrants in South Africa are to be broadcast on community stations throughout the country during the national 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, which started on Monday. The radio series are an attempt to highlight why these communities are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence. These communities also face challenges when accessing care and treatment services, says Deborah Walter of CMFD Productions, a Johannesburg-based media consultancy that helped produce the series. While all women and girls face challenges reporting any kind of violence, refugees and migrants face added barriers of language, lack of knowledge of local systems and rights, not knowing where to go, few support systems, and at times xenophobic responses, Walter said in a statement on Tuesday.Care centres Change the Story: Refugees and Migrants Speak Against Gender-Based Violence was produced by CMFD on behalf of Sonke Gender Justice Network, a non-governmental organisation working to “achieve gender equality, prevent gender-based violence and reduce the spread of HIV and the impact of Aids”. Sonke has been working with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to promote awareness of the Thuthuzela Care Centres, which have been established by the government as innovative one-stop facilities offering comprehensive services to victims. Migrants and refugees are often reluctant to take things further as they are aware of stigma as well as afraid of getting into more trouble, Walter says. “The care centres offer them safe alternatives, and Sonke Gender Justice is trying to encourage refugees and migrants to seek out help if they need it.” A group of 20 refugees, migrants and South Africans collaborated to develop, write, and voice the three mini-dramas. Working together “We created the storylines based on the real-life experiences told during the workshop – about what has happened to themselves, their friends, their family,” Walter said. “The mixed group of South Africans and non-South Africans stood together to stay no to gender violence, no to sexual violence and domestic abuse. Working together, we can change the stories, to create a norm where violence is no longer tolerated, regardless of where anyone is from.” The dramas are accompanied by a series of discussion guides for radio presenters to help them create stories and host discussions. Sonke Gender Justice will distribute packages that include CDs as well as the guides to community radio stations. The three dramas are available as MP3s that may be downloaded free from www.cmfd.org SAinfo reporter and CMFDlast_img read more

2018 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour – Day 4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For a closer look, click on the picturesSee results from Day #1 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #2 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourSee results from Day #3 of the Pro Farmer Crop TourFinal Pro Farmer Results for Iowa Corn: 188.2 bushels per acreSoybeans: 1,208.99 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot squareFinal Pro Farmer Results for Minnesota Corn: 178.67 bushels per acreSoybeans: 1,090.47 pods in a 3 foot by 3 foot squareBy Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetMost days, the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will fill a truck up with 4 scouts to take on the Corn Belt. Today, however, they are entrusting a route to only two. For the final day of crop tour, it will be just me and Dick Overby. He is semi-retired from Rain & Hail (I don’t think he has retiring in him) and is from southern Minnesota. I have been riding shotgun with Overby for 5 of the last 7 years and enjoy it every year.His area had a snow storm on the 14th of April and that really put a strain on Minnesota’s planting season early on. There was a small window of opportunity on May 6th through the 8th, but then rain kept farmers out of the field for few weeks after that. Despite the late planting date for the majority of Minnesota crops, development was sped up by a hot and dry summer. He is just as curious as I am as to what we will find today in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.Olmsted County, MinnesotaOur last stop of tour is in the books! This field was just starting to dent and stalks here were much more sturdy. There were a few skips in our rows and a 14 around that will drag this yield, but it is still a respectable 192. This bean field had its fair share of disease problems but luckily enough it is late enough in the growing season that they won’t hurt too much. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count is 1357.2.Olmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaOlmsted County, MinnesotaDodge County, MinnesotaWe are getting into the part of Minnesota that got a late start with planting and this field is not even to dent. Youngest corn field I have seen all week. The stalks were only a smidge taller than me (so around 6’5″) and the field was relatively easy to get through. Our yield check here is 141. The beans were not as impressive from the road as they were from counting samples. They were shorter than we have seen lately, but podded to the max. Our pod count in a 3 foot square is 1288.9.Dodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaDodge County, IowaMower County, MinnesotaOur first stop in Minnesota found pretty good corn and the beans were lacking compared to earlier stops in Iowa. Plenty of skips made for a pop issues, producing nice, big ears but an overall yield number of 190. Beans looked to be late planted and had small pods at this point. Still a decent number of pods in a 3 x 3 foot square at 1238.4. We chucked the plants back into the field before a took a picture. Rookie mistake, I guess.Mower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMower County, MinnesotaMitchell County, Iowa20 inch row corn and 15 inch row beans here. We have been in 3 fields now with all difference moisture levels. Rain has been here over the last few days but certainly more in places south of here. This yield is more of what you would expect out of this state at 216. Great looking beans, like we have seen all morning. Still a ways to go for pod fill and with the right finish they will do very well. Our pod count is 1279.2 in a 3 foot square.Mitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaMitchell County, IowaFloyd County, IowaThe first thing I am noticing as we drive to northern Iowa is that corn here is much greener and healthier looking from the road. N deficiency doesn’t look like it is an issue in this part of the state. A high pop number will help this yield, but the ears were small and light. Our yield check here is at 181. A little shy for Iowa standards.Floyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaFloyd County, IowaThese beans are younger than we have seen in Iowa and the potential is still there for addition pods in the coming days. Not a whole lot to say about beans all the way up Route 14. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square is 1252.last_img read more

Harbhajan slams Afridi for remark on Indians

first_imgAce Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday hit out at Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi for his outburst against Indians and their supposed lack of bigheartedness.”If Indians were not largehearted, they wouldn’t have made so much of progress and delivered growth,” an angry Harbhajan said in his hometown Jalandhar, reacting to Afridi’s controversial remarks that Indians cannot be as large-hearted as Pakistanis.”I think it has been an uncalledfor reaction. It wouldn’t help the love and respect with which he is treated in this country.” Afridi, in a television interview, had berated Indians and had criticised Indian opener Gautam Gambhir for dedicating the win over Pakistan to victims of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.Speaking at a function organised by the Border Security Force to felicitate him for helping India win the World Cup, Harbhajan paid tribute to the soldiers, saying they were the real national heroes.”The real national heroes of the country are you soldiers and all others, including me, are not real heroes,” Harbhajan said.Recalling the team’s triumph against Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali last week, Harbhajan said the players were drained after the high-pressure match but had a sense of triumph. He candidly admitted that for the first time in his career, he was tense, almost scared, before the match against arch rivals Pakistan.”Everyone from a doorman to a billionaire, was urging us on. The pressure had begun to get to me,” he said.But then, the off-spinner went on to play a key role in Pakistan’s defeat by getting rid of the dangerous Umar Akmal and skipper Afridi.advertisement”I had seen videos of Akmal. He likes to go for his shots. If the ball hurries on to him, he sometimes finds himself in a tangle, either rushed for the shot or finishing as a lbw candidate. This ball was an angled delivery but went straight on. It got us a crucial wicket at a critical time, as was the case with Afridi,” he said.Harbhajan also described the atmosphere in the dressing room during the final against Sri Lanka.”Sachin, who got out early, was sitting in a chair, clearly praying.And so was Viru (Sehwag) sitting next to him, hands clasped.Obviously, in prayer too. As Dhoni hit that six, we fell in each others arms. We were crying, shouting, laughing. I have no idea what I did. Tears flowed freely. The unbearable pressure of six weeks was finally off our chest,” Harbhajan said.Harbhajan hit out at those who have criticised his patchy performance in the World Cup, asserting that he ought to be praised and not ridiculed. Harbhajan, who took nine wickets in nine matches and was overshadowed by part time spinner Yuvraj Singh, said: “I bowled at different points of innings: in slog overs, in powerplays. My economy rate is 4.48 from the tournament. It is to be praised and not ridiculed. I am faulted for my effort. Everyone conveniently forgets that oneday cricket is all about building pressure, bowling tightly to create pressure on the opponents, create openings.”I would say: please stop criticising. Back us. Encourage us. If you keep telling a youngster he is no good, he might begin to doubt himself. A pat on the back could bring the very best out of him.” On the decision to carry Sachin Tendulkar on his teammates’ shoulders after India’s World Cup win, Harbhajan disclosed that it had not been spontaneous. “We had decided to chair him around the stadium if India won the World Cup,” said the man who is known to be personally close to Tendulkar.Bhajji also heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership skills. “His cricket, his decisions, his manners – all speak for themselves,” he said.’Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts’While Harbhajan reacted angrily against Afridi’s jibe, the hero of 2011 World Cup — all-rounder Yuvraj Singh — came out with a tongue in cheek response. Commenting on Afridi’s remark Yuvraj sarcastically said, “Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts which is evident by their generous gesture of dropping so many catches against India during the semi-final clash. India would not have gone to the final had it not been for Pakistan’s large-heartedness.”- With inputs from Headlines Todaylast_img read more

ITF Bramco 1 Crew Still Left High and Dry

first_imgThe crew of the Bahrain-flagged oil products tanker Bramco 1 has been faced with a two-year ordeal having been abandoned amid a dispute between the shipowner in Bahrain and the COSCO shipyard in Guangzhou, China, with no end of their nightmare in sight, the ITF said.“The three Myanmar and two Bangladeshi sailors continue to endure intolerable conditions and are suffering the strain of their families’ impoverishment,” ITF said commenting on the inaction of the authorities and ship owner to resolve the issue.Based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) data, the ship was abandoned in March 2015 in Guandong shipyard, People’s Republic of China, with 12 members on board, 2 Bangladeshi and ten from Myanmar.The ship was undergoing conversion which was delayed amid certain complications at COSCO yard.The vessel has been at the shipyard since 2011 and since 2013 moored alongside a dry dock in the river which is only accessible by a ferry transporting workers to the dry dock.In 2015, the Government of Bahrain said the outstanding wages to the crew had been paid and that the crew who had completed their contract were also being repatriated. Nevertheless, the seafarers were still abandoned in December 2016.In January, the government added it stopped all of the ship owner’s other vessels from trading until he resolves the Bramco I crew issues. As disclosed, the owner claimed that he had transferred a huge amount of money to the agent but the agent stole the money.During a visit from a doctor to the ship in February 2017, it was found that “all seafarers were distressed by their situation, morale on board was very low and all of the contracts had expired.”“All men are largely confined in what is in effect the industrial environment of the dry dock which is adversely affecting their health. All are becoming increasingly unfit as time progresses both mentally and physically. Their condition may deteriorate particularly with the hot weather coming and the lack of air-conditioning. The diet also requires improvement. Based on this report all efforts should be made by both the flag and port state in assisting the crew urgently,” a report from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) read.The ship was arrested by ITF in May 2017, however, it is unknown how long the legal process could take.“As of 5 July 2017, the master and seven crew members have now been repatriated, arranged by the local agent. With the exception of the Master, they have gone home without any wages,” ILO told World Maritime News in a statement.“There have also been several emails from the ship owner claiming that they are doing their best to resolve this issue.”ITF said that Jason Lam, ITF inspector in Hong Kong, visited the vessel on 11 July. He reported that living conditions on board were bad, with no air conditioning when the outside temperature was 33ºC, forcing the sailors to use fans to keep cool. He added that one of the Myanmar sailors had high blood pressure, another severe toothache and the Bangladeshi fitter looked very weak from a foot affected by diabetes. “Our inspectors have been doing all they can to ease the plight of the crew, but we’re simply bandaging an ongoing sore that has festered for far too long,” ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith said.“We demand that the ship owner, flag, and port states step up to the mark and facilitate a solution to what amounts to the ongoing torture of innocent seafarers.”The MR1 tanker, formerly known as Palmerston, was built in 1990, and is owned by Bahrain’s Bramco, according to VesselsValue data.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more