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Donegal salmon producer Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI), has expressed disappointment at the latest delay in reaching a decision on a finfish license application in Bantry Bay, originally submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2011.The application for a site at Shot Head was last approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in September 2015 but was subsequently appealed to the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board (ALAB).MHI were among the appellants since some of the conditions set-down in the licence rendered it unfit for purpose and grossly out-of-kilter with international best practice. Having indicated it would reach a decision by October 2018, ALAB has now stated that it is extending its latest deadline until June 30th, 2019.The application is the preferred single licence size for MHI’s organic operations and is smaller than its very successful and well-established operations at Clare Island off the Mayo coast.It involves an investment of €3.5 million which would initially create six full-time jobs during the farm set-up and a further two additional jobs when fully operational.The company would also commission a marine vessel with a local shipbuilder to service the Shot Head site. A spokesperson stated: “While respecting ALAB’s mandate and independence, Marine Harvest Ireland (MHI) wishes to place on record its disappointment that a final decision still hasn’t been reached on an application which the company originally applied for, to the Department of Agriculture in 2011.“Seven years later, we are told that the decision won’t be taken until the middle of next year at the earliest. It sends out a very negative message to the Irish aquaculture sector and doesn’t provide any of the certainty which is necessary for those seeking to invest and create employment in the industry.“Those who end up bearing the brunt of this inaction and suffering most, are our workers who don’t have the certainty and security of regular work because we cannot grow enough fish.“The Minister for Agriculture has been asked to address the serious bottlenecks in the aquaculture licencing system in an independent report commissioned by his own Department which was published in May 2017. MHI and the IFA have asked the Minister to implement the recommendations of the report to break the never-ending cycle of unnecessary delays. As it stands, ALAB is quite obviously under-resourced.“It needs to be given adequate resources to do its job, especially with the Minister putting further work its way by making promises about clearing the backlog of licence applications and committing to the issuance of 300 shellfish licences both this year and next. “MHI has €22million earmarked for investment in Irish sites which would create 250 jobs in rural, coastal locations. Ireland’s failure to meet aquaculture targets set out in various Government strategy documents will result in lost income of €1.3billion by 2020 if no tangible, progressive action is taken by the Department,” concluded the spokesperson.With global demand for reliable sources of quality protein increasing rapidly, Marine Harvest Ireland already contributes over €21million to the domestic economy annually with some 800 Irish suppliers presently doing business with the company here.MHI is a subsidiary of the Marine Harvest ASA headquartered in Norway, it is a global-force in aquaculture with more than 13,200 employees operating across 24 countries worldwide and servicing 70 markets across the globe.The company had a turnover of almost €3.6billion in 2017 and is prepared to invest in market opportunities that offer growth potential. To that end, it has recently approved an £80 million investment in Scotland.Marine Harvest has operated successfully in Ireland for 39 years to employing approximately 300 people between its salmon farms and hatcheries in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Cork and Kerry. Donegal company’s anger at seven year wait on aquaculture license was last modified: September 7th, 2018 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)
Without rain and continued severe drought conditions, wildfires continue to burn across Western NC. Emergency Services Director Todd Dillard has called for a State of Emergency in Jackson County. He told WRGC, “all the municipalities in Jackson County have declared a state of emergency. This has been due to the increased wildfires burning in our neighboring counties.”One of the largest fires burning is the Tellico wildfire, which is now more than 3,400 acres and only 25 percent contained. That wildfire started in Macon County and spread to Swain County where a state of emergency has been declared. Shelters have been set up and are available for people who have been evacuated at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and the Southwestern Community College Almond Center in Bryson City. Residents in the Wesser Creek Road area have been asked to evacuate. A dozen or so families live in that area but most have not left their homes. Some homes are only a few hundred feet away from the fire. Swain County Schools will not run buses on the roads of the affected areas.
Share This!©DisneyAre you looking for a new way to experience Illuminations: Reflections of Earth? Beginning July 17, Guests can participate in the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party. During this party, Guests will receive reserved seating to the amazing fireworks spectacular, delicious desserts and an opportunity to enjoy Frozen Ever After! The party will take place in World Showcase Plaza East and will feature snacks inspired by the hit film, Frozen.Buffet items will include: Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding CakeElsa’s Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel GlazeHand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice CreamWandering Oaken’s EclaironsHans’ Key Lime Tarts with Red Glitter GlazeLiving Rock Crispy BonbonsAnna’s Blue Velvet CupcakesKristoff’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with BlueberrySven’s Fresh Fruits & BerriesGrand Pabbie’s Winter-spiced Snack MixDuke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue served with Country Bread Cubes, Broccoli, and Grilled FlatbreadAfter watching Illuminations, Guests will then be escorted to the Norway Pavilion for a ride on Frozen Ever After.The cost for this event is $79 for guests ages 10 and up and $47 for ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity are included in this price. To book this special option, Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE.
You might not notice the garden as you walk east on Walnut Street toward the riverfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The formal 18th Century Garden (recreated by the National Park Service) is behind six-foot tall wrought-iron fences, and might not catch your attention after you pass the Dolley Todd House on 4th Street. But pause as I did.Take a step inside the gate.Meander through the paths bordering the geometric shaped raised beds.Look upward as you walk through the vine-covered pergola. Gaze at the row of meticulously pruned small fruit trees.Fruit trees border the gardenWhat a lovely quiet space! I think the garden was one of my favorite places to visit this weekend when I was in Philadelphia for 2016 WordCamp US.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Explore America at the Philadelphia Flower ShowImagine you’re in a place where everywhere you look, there’s a rainbow of colors around you. A cornucopia of bright reds, deep oranges, buttercup yellows, royal blues, pastel pinks, forest greens, pale purple, and brilliant whites are not only at eye-level, they’re 20 feet above you as well as at…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Longwood Gardens Open Air Theater Fountain ShowWhenever I visit a city, I always find time to visit a local arboretum, garden, or city park. While many of my friends and colleagues know I’ve worked on software applications and designing websites for years, few know I have a degree in botany and worked as a naturalist for…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Mackinac Island’s Secret GardenWhile my family loves to come to Mackinac Island for the fudge, bicycling the island, walking the shoreline, and the horse-drawn carriages, my favorite thing to do on Mackinac Island is to solve the puzzle at the secret garden. What secret garden? Well, it’s not on any tour guide. And…In “Michigan”
7 January 2004Conrad Botes, the South African artist internationally known as one of the founders of the irreverent comic publication Bitterkomix, is holding his first solo exhibition in the United States.The Big White Sleep, at the The Scene Gallery in New York City, also features a collaboration with New York artist Stephanie Diamond. It runs until 31 January 2004.Bitterkomix is something of a cultural institution in South Africa. The publication is characterised by its sexually and racially charged imagery and its acerbic debunking of everything held dear by the Afrikaner establishment.The iconoclastic sensibility and bold graphic style of Bitterkomix reverberates throughout Botes’s versatile artistic production.Whether it is in his canvases, in his delicate paintings on glass, or mixed media installations, Botes’s works are distinguished by a pop sensibility, bright colours and a dark, sometimes outright cruel, sense of humour.At the core of Botes’s work is a relentless examination of the unspeakable trauma inflicted to generations of South Africans by the legacy of the apartheid.As Botes says: “Since I grew up as a white male under apartheid it makes sense to make art about hierarchy, abuse of power, domination, suppression and so forth. Self criticism, subversion and confrontation are important elements that I want to pursue in my work.”For his collaboration with Diamond, Botes has painted onto a series of Diamond’s photographs.“Botes’s direct iconography painted on top of my subtle imagery works as if someone was painting my private thoughts,” says Diamond.Botes was born in Ladysmith in the Western Cape in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Anton “Joe Dog” Kannemeyer with whom he founded Bitterkomix in 1992.Botes has exhibited widely in South Africa and Europe. His recent exhibitions include “Passport to South Africa”, Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy; “In Fumo”, Galleria of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy and “Comix 2000”, Institute Français de Bastica, Corsica, France.SouthAfrica.info reporter
South African internet users mayexpect faster and more reliable modems. Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys said thecompany wants to increase networkcapacity.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Belinda WilliamsInvestor RelationsVodacom+27 11 653 5195RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper internet for South Africa• High-speed internet from Cell C• Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal• Wacs to hit South African shores soonBongani NkosiWith the introduction of its double-speed HSPA+ technology, Vodacom can now boast of having the fastest mobile broadband network in South Africa.The mobile operator has become the first to upgrade its network speed to 43.2 Mbps. This is currently the fastest on the market dominated by 21.2 Mbps networks.Cell C laid claim to the fastest connectivity when it started rolling out its HSPA+ 900 network across the country late in 2010, but Vodacom’s new offering has trumped that.The improved network has been branded SuperMobile, and was announced to the public on 16 April 2011. Its new modems also went on sale on that date.“If something half the speed was already fast, we should call this new technology super-fast. The SuperMobile experience isn’t about theoretical peak speeds only achievable in laboratories,” said Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys.“We’re much more interested in how this technology increases network capacity and supports our goal of giving a decent connection speed to everyone in South Africa,” he added.The average downloading speed on Vodacom was 4.75 Mbps as of 17 April, according to the latest Ookla Net Index. This is vastly faster than the 2.38 Mbps recorded on 13 December last year.It has surpassed Cell C’s download speed, which currently stands at 3.91 Mbps, but did reach a peak of 4.62 Mbps in December. MTN’s Network Solutions seem to have some catching up to do, as the Ookla index puts its average download speed at 2.42 Mbps.The local broadband sector has been highly active recently, upgrading its infrastructure to offer improved internet performance.Vodacom’s improved speed is a result of infrastructure overhaul at 1 000 base stations in major South African cities.The group said it had to improve at least 1000 base stations before it could launch its double-speed technology. “We wanted to make sure that we had the service available in more than just one city,” Uys said.Vodacom said 1 000 more stations will be able to support the improved network in the next six weeks.Uys also said that their network covers more areas in the country compared to any other operator.“We’ve already got the widest data coverage in South Africa by some margin, but with this technology available through so many sites, I think we can also stake our claim to have the fastest network as well.”The new technology clears the way for a future upgrade to 86.4 Mbps, which would greatly advance internet connectivity in the country.Cell C and MTN double-speeds are nextCell C and MTN are also preparing to introduce their 43.2 Mbps double-speed networks. The My Broadband website recently reported that Cell C will launch its first 43.2 Mbps HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth on 19 April.MTN is also busy rolling out its 43.2Mbps network.The network enhancements come at a time when the number of internet users across South Africa is rising rapidly, with an additional 1-million users expected to emerge during the course of this year.Technology research firm World Wide Worx predicts that up to 7.8-million people in the country will be using the internet by the end of 2011. That would be a substantial increase from the 6.8-million users recorded in 2010.
If you feel the need to strengthen your financial management savvy, check out StrongNonprofits.org, a new website featuring free tools, how-tos and guides.Developed in partnership between The Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates, the site contains more than 64 resources for anyone involved in nonprofit financial planning, monitoring, operations or oversight, and particularly nonprofit afterschool program providers. Features range from a nonprofit accounting guide, to an article on sensible growth strategies, to a podcast on how to understand the true costs of programming. The site also offers an array of helpful tools, including the “Go or No Go Decision Tool,” a questionnaire that helps an organization decide whether accepting a contract would help – or hurt – the group’s bottom line.The site includes:• A Five-Step Guide to Budget Development—a presentation that describes a team approach to budgeting essentials such as setting financial goals, forecasting results and monitoring progress.• Budgeting and Financial Planning Tools—Excel-based templates to provide organizations with a framework for building program-based budgets, projecting cash flow, and evaluating revenue scenarios.• Guide to Effective Board Leadership—an easy-to-follow description of how nonprofit boards can do the necessary financial oversight of their organizations.You can find the site here.
The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released its annual State of the Sector survey, and it shows nonprofits like yours are struggling with a tough funding environment and increasing need for the services you provide. This is requiring tough choices – and changing the way you do business, according to the survey.Here’s a summary of the report from the NFF. Does it capture your situation? Are you better or worse off than your peers?According to NFF:Nonprofits need new funding sources and models:• 42% of survey respondents report that they do not have the right mix of financial resources to thrive and be effective in the next 3 years.• 1 in 4 nonprofits has 30 days or less cash-on-hand.• Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money.• 23% will seek funding other than grants or contracts, such as loans or investments.Nonprofits that receive government funding face particular challenges:• Only 14% of nonprofits receiving state and local funding are paid for the full cost of services; just 17% of federal fund recipients receive full reimbursement. Partial reimbursements require additional funding to cover the growing gap as nonprofits serve more people.• Government is late to pay: Among those with state or local funding, just over 60% reported overdue government payments; over 50% reported late payments from the federal government.Under these challenging conditions, many nonprofits are unable to meet growing need in their communities:• For the first time in the five years of the survey, more than half (52%) of respondents were unable to meet demand over the last year; 54% say they won’t be able to meet demand this year.• This represents a worrying trend; in 2009, 44% of nonprofits said they were unable to meet demand.• Jobs (59%) and housing (51%) continue to be top concerns for those in low-income communities.• 90% of respondents say financial conditions are as hard or harder than last year for their clients; this is actually a slight improvement from prior years’ outlook.Nonprofits are changing the way they do business to adapt to the new reality. In the past 12 months:• 49% have added or expanded programs or services; 17 percent reduced or eliminated programs or services.• 39% have collaborated with another organization to improve or increase services.• 39% have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency.• 36% engaged more closely with their board. For more on the survey and detailed data, go here.
I’m back from the Nonprofit Technology Conference. At one of my sessions, I talked about the importance of taking the vast problems we seek to address and the critical importance of translating them into a scale that is:1.) Relatable2.) Addressable and3) InspiringWhen we fail to do this, we overwhelm people and create the impression their support won’t make a dent in our social problem.Here are examples of making this translation. At the conference, See3, YouTube, NTEN and Cisco announced these videos were among the winners of the 2013 DoGooder Video Awards. They take big, faraway issues and make them immediate to the kinds of people who are likely to take action for that cause. They stake a point of view with a clear audience. And they inspire action in a funny way. Enjoy.