By Devina SamarooPresident David Granger has completely disregarded calls made by the Alliance For Change (AFC) for the powers entrusted to Minister of State Joseph Harmon to be reduced, noting that his duties and responsibilities are not at all too burdensome.The AFC, the smaller partner in the A Partnership for National Unity/AFC coalition Government, believes that too much authority has been given to Minister Harmon.In this regard, the party called for Harmon’s powers to be trimmed. The AFC had explained that the concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of the Presidential Secretariat in a single person is a matter of concern and that in fact, the powers should be separated.Responding to these demands, President Granger appeared to be in full support of the duties and responsibilities assigned to Minister Harmon.“I don’t think that they are so burdensome that he cannot take all three responsibilities. I am standing by the duties which were assigned to him last May and this is what we have been working with for the last 11 months and this is what was explained to the Cabinet retreat in January,” the President said.He also posited that he was surprised that the AFC now seemed to find fault in the distribution of duties and responsibilities among Cabinet members.“We had a retreat of the Cabinet earlier this year and we put out a very clear statement on the responsibilities of all 14 Ministers and the Ministry of the Presidency. So there is a book and it is stated, and nobody made any objections to the duties which were assigned to the Minister of State then and it would be surprising that after two months, people feel that the duties are being misused or they need to be trimmed,” he explained.Notwithstanding his firm position in defence of Minister Harmon, the President said the matter would be extensively discussed when Cabinet meets today.“I have to wait to find out from our colleagues what they actually mean, but as far as I am concerned, there is no overburdening of the Ministry and I don’t see what powers they need to be reduced,” he stated.
This sheep had a close shave after hearing he could have been on the menu in the Dail restaurant.There’s not a lot of people can pull the wool over the eyes of Donegal farmers.And it certainly didn’t happen outside Dail Eireann yesterday either.George Graham of the National Sheep Shearing Association shears a sheep outside Dáil Éireann while agriculture minister Simon Coveney and Gaeltacht minister Joe Mc Hugh look on. Also included are Feargal Friel, Cllr. John Ryan and Yvonne Harkin of the An Grianan Sheep Shearing Association.This photo was taken for the national launch of the Sheep Shearing Championships which take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31May on the Grianan Estate, BurtDONEGAL FARMERS LOOKING SHEEPISH OUTSIDE THE DAIL! was last modified: May 8th, 2015 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:An Grianan EstateDail Eireanndonegalsheep shearing
A FOOTBALL-themed quiz is on in Letterkenny this Thursday night as part of the National Football Exhibition.Proceeds from the quiz, which takes place at 9pm in Area 7, will go to Cara House, Letterkenny. Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz Â – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person.Prizes include signed Ireland jersey, tickets for senior, U21 and women’s national team games The free Exhibition, on show at the Regional Cultural Centre, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings.Anyone who visits the exhibition and signs the online visitors book will be in with a chance of winning some top prizes.The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.The exhibition features some superb items of local interest, as well as Irish football memorabilia and European Championships history. The exhibition is part of a celebration of Euro 2020 coming to Ireland in June of next year.Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition and the exhibition runs until Sunday.Test your football knowledge in quiz to win some top prizes was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When someone asks me if buying organic is worth the extra cost, I tell them, “It depends.” To simply issue a blanket statement that organic production is better for the environment and better for you is simply inaccurate, though it is a message regularly touted as gospel by many in the organic industry. But, of course, we all know that “it depends” is a poor marketing ploy.The truth is, though, that “it depends” is a necessity of working with Mother Nature. Every factor of production on every farm (organic or not) has a wide range of complex components that make any claims or consumer-held beliefs that organic food is more nutritious, safer and better for the environment very misleading.Demand for organic production continues to grow. In recent years, organic food sales have risen by double digits annually and organic food revenue has tripled over the past decade to a record $36 billion in 2014. Organic sales are predicted to increase 12% to 15% annually for the next couple of years.With more options to choose from than ever before, which-food-label-is-better-for-my-family type questions are becoming increasingly prevalent. As the growing season starts to take off and the battle for consumer dollars in farmers markets and grocery stores heats up, there will be countless shoppers out there wondering while wandering the aisles: “Is organic really better and worth the extra cost?”Unfortunately it is hard for them to get a straight answer. At the farmers market, the guy selling the non-organic produce tells them his product is the best quality, and it is cheaper. At the next booth over, the organic guys says his is better for the environment and healthier. An Internet search will lead to more of the same. With such muddled facts at their disposal, concerned shoppers can be very tempted to err on the side of organic with the hope that their higher dollar purchase is really what is best for their family. After all, it costs more so it must be better, right?If shoppers are willing to pay more for their food and it benefits the farmer’s bottom line, then that is wonderful. The problem, however, is that amid the muddled information available to them, most consumers I have talked with do not really understand the realities of the differences between organic and non-organic food. They just don’t.How is it that in an era of the expectation of ever-increasing transparency in our food system, consumers (especially those paying more for their organic food) are more confused than ever? Most organic buyers I have talked with have the perception that organic food is more nutritious, safer and better for the environment. Is this true? Well, sort of, maybe, or a flat no depending on the specifics of the farm situation.Every farm I have visited (and I have been to more farms than most) is an intricate balance of working with the realities of Mother Nature and the realities of maintaining a profitable business. Without these two vital components, there is no viable farm. There are inevitable trade-offs between these two often-competing factors that vary widely based on the specifics. A great online resource for science-based answers to food-related questions is: www.bestfoodfacts.org.Weed control, for example, can be done with chemicals, tillage (cultivation), hand weeding or some combination of the three. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of the environment and the economic realities of the farm.Organic production tends to rely more upon tillage and hand weeding, while conventional production typically relies more on chemicals.Tillage leads to carbon release from the soil and dramatically increases the potential for soil erosion and decreases in soil health. Chemical control introduces something synthetic into the environment, but saves fuel consumption and reduces soil erosion from tillage. Hand weeding takes a huge amount of labor, which reduces the viability of the farm. The realities of weed control can be positive or negative for the environment, the farmer, and the consumer depending on the specifics of each individual operation.I have the unique and wonderful opportunity to work with all types of farms. And, honestly, some of my favorites through the years have been organic operations due to the ingenuity, incredible work ethic, dedication to the land, and success in terms of profitability of the operation. But I must say that I have met wonderful people with fantastic, environmentally sound operations of every type, size and scope. I have also seen failed attempts, mistakes and poorly run farms of every type, size and scope.I believe that anyone (organic or non-) who dedicates their life to combining seed and soil or harnessing the lifecycle of livestock to produce something deemed of value by society is participating in a miracle granted to mankind by God. I often get frustrated when we lose sight of this miracle while getting caught up in the mire of politics, marketing battles and opposing PR campaigns within agriculture.It is the responsibility of consumers to do the research (from reputable sources) to understand the details and, I believe, it is the responsibility of those in agriculture to transparently participate in that process. There are many ways to bring a high quality product to the marketplace and all of them have pros and cons. The various combinations of those pros and cons add up to a different value based upon the food purchasing goals of the consumer. So is organic worth the cost? It depends.
The results of a 2006 survey by AIIM Europe of companies in the UK found that 29% of companies have an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system in place. That number is nearly twice the number of companies using ECM in the 2005 survey.46% surveyed said their company plans to spend more or much more on ECM in 2007. While only 13% of the respondents expected to spend less.Those numbers are now similar to that of the US. Yet in the UK, only 16% rate their companies as very good or excellent in being able to manage, control and use electronic information. The survey notes a strong correlation between a company’s business success with their ability to manage electronic data. Those in the survey who rate their company high in data management are nearly twice as likely to score their company as being more profitable than their industry average.The most challenging aspect of bringing in a content management system is to be able to up-front justify the investment and to gain management buy-in. 27% found integrating change management capabilities into their systems to be the most challenging.
Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan on Wednesday welcomed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s official entry into politics saying her appointment as a general secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) signals the arrival of good times for the party in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress on Wednesday morning announced the appointment of Ms Gandhi-Vadra as general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh East. She would take charge of the new assignment in the first week of February.“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is a good administrator and experienced leader,” said Mr. Chavan, while referring to her role in handling parliamentary constituencies of Raebarelli and Amethi over the last few years.He said Ms Vadra’s contribution was also instrumental in Congress’s successive victories in the two seats held presently by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “We are happy Priyanka has been given a wider responsibility in Uttar Pradesh politics. It is a heartening moment for all Congress workers. Under her able leadership, Congress will definitely register an outstanding victory in U.P.,” he said.Mumbai city unit Congress president and former Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Nirupam said Ms Vadra’s entry into politics will “strengthen” the hands of Rahul Gandhi.“Great decision by Hon Congress President @RahulGandhi to appoint Priyanka ji and @JM_Scindia as general secretary in charge UP east and west. It will strengthen the hands of CP (Congress President). Congratulations to both of them,” he tweeted.Former minister and sitting MLA Naseem Khan said this will boost the morale of Congress workers. “Lakhs of Congress workers and office-bearers have been demanding that Priyanka be brought into active politics. She is a good orator and her active participation in the party affairs will further boost the image of Congressand bring the party back in power after LS polls,” he said.Opposition Shiv Sena said that every individual has a right to enter politics and every party can chose its leader. “Ultimately people decide who will win. It doesn’t matter whether it is a dynasty or not. People are supreme in an election,” said Sena Lok Sabha MP Arvind Sawant. Congress ally, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said her entry will enthuse party workers. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said Congress will reap “special benefits” in Uttar Pradesh.“The SP-BSP alliance will not be affected much because they have a fixed vote bank of Yadavs, Dalits and Muslims. However, her (Priyanka’s) clout will charge up the party workers,” he said.
Italian media group Mediaset has won full control of the mediaset.com domain name after a court ruling.A Rome court ruled that Fenicius LLC must stop using the domain after Mediaset said the company acquired it “with the aim of achieving association with the well-known brand Mediaset.“ The media company said the ruling opened a wider debate into the protection of brand and trade names online. It said: “In this case, an immediate appeal to the courts by Mediaset has produced the desired and expected result. But the fact remains that the issue has become a veritable jungle that needs to be cleared. And legal action cannot be the right solution as it requires companies to invest intellectual and economic resources and helps to clog the civil justice system. The problem is now apparently urgent and would ask the appropriate authorities take note and to act.”