FAILTE IRELAND OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW FARM ADVENTURE CENTRE IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe official opening of the Castle Adventure Open Farm, at Wardtown Castle, Ballyshannon took place on Friday last with Máire Áine Gardiner from Failte Ireland declaring the fabulous new facility officially open.The latest tourism attraction in South Donegal is situated 3 miles from Ballyshannon on the Rossnowlagh road, in the picturesque town land of Wardtown. The open farm was developed in the original farm yard of Wardtown Castle which was built in the 17th century and although in disrepair it is still an impressive building to this day.The Open Farm hosts lots of fun activities with plenty of activities to enjoy under cover in the barns, including Bunny cuddling, Lamb Bottle-feeding etc.There is loads of indoor fun and play in the huge indoor activity centre, sandpit, and of course trips on our barrel amazing train.You can also drive a real digger and discover the huge outdoor Adventure Playground. You may pay a visit to the coach house coffee shop to sample our mouth-watering homebaking or simply daze at the amazing craftsmanship that was involved in the old Castle buildings construction.These are just some of the features at this very unique Adventure Open Farm.Speaking at the opening, Chairman of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC), Mr Jim Slevin representing the funders of the project stated that “LEADER is one of the core funding programmes administered by DLDC and it has played a major role in revitalising rural communities and the rural economy of Donegal.The Castle Adventure Open Farm is a testament to the success of LEADER and indeed the entire Tourism sector within Donegal”.He went on to congratulate the Patton family and acknowledge their commitment and input and who’s idea and vision had taking us here today.Also speaking at the opening Máire Áine Gardiner, Failte Ireland said “”Failte Ireland are delighted to see the realization of the Farm Diversification project under the Rural Development Programme at Castle Adventure Open Farm. “Visitors are increasing looking for quality rural tourism experiences of a high standard where the whole family can enjoy our spectacular environment but also have some wet weather options as well.“We congratulate the Patton family on taking this initiative and look forward to promoting this new attraction for many years to come.”Hugh John Patton on behalf of the Patton family “We would like to take this opportunity to thank DLDC and their Board for their commitment and support during this project as without their support this project would not be possible.“We would like to give a special word of thanks to Frank Kelly and his team in DLDC for all their hard work and input into this project. “We are overwhelmed with the amount of support and well wishes we have received from our neighbour and the local community.“We have waited over 3 years for this day and are delighted now that our dream has now become reality. With the foundations that DLDC helped us to establish we hope to grow this business further in the coming years.“The overall cost of the new project was close to €400K but as you can see from the high standard this project was finished to, it was money well spent.FAILTE IRELAND OFFICIALLY OPEN NEW FARM ADVENTURE CENTRE IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Mica redress scheme to get underway by autumn

first_imgJunior housing minister Damien English has said that the Mica redress scheme will be ready for repair works to begin on homes in autumn 2019.The plans follow the allocation of €20million from the government for grants to cover remediation works to dwellings that have been damaged due to defective concrete blocks.It is estimated that as many as 4,800 dwellings in Donegal and 345 in Mayo are affected by the Mica-defective blocks. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Damien English TD said that the Department of Housing is trying to get the scheme up and running ‘as quickly as possible’.He said there has been ongoing engagement with Donegal and Mayo County Councils to get plans finalised, adding: “It looks like it will be the autumn. I told the residents last year that we had hoped to have been fixing houses by now but we are a few months behind. We should be in a position to fix houses by the autumn.”The Junior Minister’s comments were in response to questions from Charlie McConalogue TD, who sought details of the scheme.Donegal Deputy McConalogue criticised the department and said there has been ‘dilly-dallying’ with the redress scheme since 2016. He called for clear action: “A couple of weeks before the local elections we received further confirmation that there would be a scheme but instead of the terms and conditions being published, we were told that officials from the Department would travel to meet Donegal County Council staff to discuss the detail of the scheme.“Today, we still do not know the detail of the scheme. We are being asked now to accept that houses will be fixed in the autumn. I sincerely hope they will be but the foot-dragging on this has to stop,” Deputy McConalogue said.Mica redress scheme to get underway by autumn was last modified: June 12th, 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:housingMICAlast_img read more

Mevagh Notes: Brush up on skills and hobbies with wide range of local classes

first_imgEssential IT – Get support, particularly farmers, with online form filling. Two places still remaining on our Tuesday evening course from 7pm to 10pm and running for a further 3 weeks. Cost is FREE. Contact the Centre to reserve your place.Mevagh Craft Group – continue to meet every Thursday morning from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Centre. Come along and share skills such as knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, sewing and quilting. New members are always welcome. Drop-in’s welcome. Cost €3.Busy Bees – Parent, Baby and Toddler Group for babies to 5-year-olds – meet every Friday morning from 10:00am – 12:00 noon, so why not bring your little tots along for a morning of fun. Cost €3 per family. Busy Bees AGM will take place on Friday 8th November at 11.30am. New committee to be formed and planning activities, all welcome. Additional needs support group – for parents of children with additional needs will have coffee morning on Wednesday 6th November at 10-11.30am. Contact Úna for more information.Club Óige Mhíobhaigh / Mevagh Youth Club – are back on Thursday 7th November 7.30-9pm.Study Club / Drop in starting on Friday 8th November 2-4pm. Get homework out of the way and have the weekend to yourself! Supervised, with snacks provided.Other Notes: Citizens Information: if you need help in accessing your social rights or entitlements call into Milford Public Services Centre or call 076 1075450. Assisting with grants, appeals, social welfare entitlements, health issues, housing grants, education & employment. No appointment necessary.Mevagh Notes: Brush up on skills and hobbies with wide range of local classes was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Donegal organisation named as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year

first_imgAn inspiring organisation which provides ocean, surf, and water therapy for young people with physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual needs has been named the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year 2019.The Donegal-based, Liquid Therapy was named National Lottery Good Causes of the Year 2019 and also won the Sport & Recreation Category at the gala National Lottery Good Causes Awards, held in the Clayton Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin last night (Saturday 2nd November).Josepha Madigan (centre) Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Andrew Algeo, chief executive National Lottery presents the top prize in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards to Tom Losey of Liquid Therapy, Bundoran, Co. Donegal and colleagues from left: Aoife Britton; Daveth Fox; Elaine Losey and Daragh Gorman. Pic Mac Innes PhotographyThe National Lottery Good Causes Awards honour the inspiring work and achievements of thousands of projects, clubs and individuals from all over Ireland who, with the help of National Lottery Good Causes funding, have had an extraordinary impact on their local communities. The team of dedicated ocean lovers believe that everybody should be able to benefit from the therapeutic experience of the ocean and Liquid Therapy’s mission is to provide the perfect platform to empower each individual to be able to reach their aquatic potential!Tom and Elaine Losey members of Liquid Therapy, Bundoran, Co. Donegal the winners of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards at the prize giving in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin last night, 2nd November 2019. Pic Mac Innes Photography36 finalists from all over Ireland gathered for a glittering Awards dinner which was hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Grainne Seoige with support from social media influencer and presenter, James Patrice.Tom Losey, founder and director of Liquid Therapy, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award and we are absolutely stunned.“To have won both the Sport & Recreation and to be named National Lottery Good Cause of the Year truly is a huge honour. “This award is dedicated to our surfers, our families, our volunteers, our community and our supporters. It caps off an amazing 2019 for Liquid Therapy and we cannot wait for the adventures of 2020!”Liquid Therapy was established in 2011, in Bundoran, Donegal, to provide one to one support for young people who wanted to experience surfing but are unable to participate in mainstream opportunities due to various physical, emotional, behavioural or intellectual conditions.Presenting the representatives from Liquid Therapy with their prize for winning the National Lottery Good Cause of the Year, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said: “It is no secret that the ocean and seas provide a therapeutic experience for everyone, whether it is listening to the waves or surfing on top of them.This award goes to a truly unique organisation which provides comfort and support to young people while enabling them to experience the fun of surfing and playing in the water.”Minister Madigan added: “Community is at the heart of all we do in Ireland and the inspiring National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalists have excelled in their use of Good Causes funds to benefit their localities and the wider society. “Good Causes funding has helped us build a better Ireland and has given communities opportunities they would not have had otherwise.”Donegal organisation named as National Lottery Good Cause of the Year was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

‘Basic Four’ recommit to climate agenda

first_img26 January 2010Ministers from the “Basic Four” countries – South Africa, India, China and Brazil -have affirmed their commitment to work together for an agreed outcome at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Mexico later this year.It follows up on the summit that was held in Copenhagen last month, where South Africa was represented by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.Sonjica was one of the ministers who met in New Delhi on Sunday to evaluate the inroads that were made in Copenhagen while also preparing for the Mexico round of talks.“The ministers underscored the centrality of the climate change framework process and the decision of the parties to carry forward the negotiations on the two tracks of ad hoc working group on long-term cooperative action,” read a statement issued by the group.They reiterated that all negotiations must be conducted in an inclusive and transparent manner.Setting bold targetsWhile the Copenhagen accord produced political commitments to mitigate climate change by some leaders, rich nations were slammed for their failure to set bold targets on greenhouse gas emissions.The members of the Basic Four group have already announced a series of voluntary mitigation actions for 2020 and have expressed their intention to communicate information on their voluntary mitigation actions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by January 31.They also called for the early flow of the pledged US$10-billion in 2010 with focus on the least developed countries, small island developing states and countries of Africa, as proof of their commitment to urgently address the global challenge of climate change.The four ministers expressed hope of a successful conclusion of ongoing negotiations leading to Mexico.‘Show of commitment’The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) described the group’s early lead on continuing climate negotiations as a show of commitment shown by the countries to a fair and effective UN-based outcome to climate change this year.“South Africa is standing by its commitment to negotiate a multilateral agreement as part of the Africa Group and to maintain the two-track process under the UNFCCC,” said the organisation’s Richard Worthington.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Zakumi, the official mascot

first_imgHe’s a fluffy young leopard with green dreadlocks and a wide smile; he’s energetic, enthusiastic, sociable, self-confident and ambitious – and he loves football. Meet Zakumi, the official mascot of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo © 2007 Fifa• Download high-resolution image Photo © 2007 Fifa• Download high-resolution image Photo © 2007 Fifa• Download high-resolution image Photo © 2007 Fifa• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable : Absolutely Fabulous Darlings!

first_img My daughter can now wear her wig with comfort and she is delighted as she lost her hair due to chemotherapy. I bought both the nude and black. Thank you so much miss tresses. Stops wig from feeling prickly. Lovely quality very comfortable thanks. Having just bought a wig, this cap is wonderful, much nicer than the nylon stocking type wig cap. My wig is no longer itchy and it fits snugly. Just wish it were a little cheaper. However i am just about to buy another cap. Purchased this for my wife following chemo induced hair loss, as her wig was unbearable to wear with the stocking type cap. Happy to report that this cap surpasses expections and enables the wig to be worn without the constant irritation and in relative comfort for a longer time. Ordered for my mum who is quite pleased with the product hasn’t wore it for too long will be putting it to the test on her holiday will give a further feedback then. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-05-31 15:36:07Reviewed Item Black Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable for Sensitive ScalpsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  18  reviewsPrice£9.50 This nude skin tone soft fibre wig cap is great. It kept my head cool under my wig and so i recommend it 100%. Made the wig more comfortable though now hair is growing does make the wig slip a bit. Couldnt be without it now x. Works well and lovely and soft. Absolutely Fabulous Darlings! now wear her wig with comfort and she is delighted as she lost her hair due to chemotherapyOrdered for my mum who is quite pleased with the product hasn’t wore it for too long Black Bamboo Soft Fibre Wig Cap | Supersoft Texture | Suitable for Sensitive Scalpslast_img read more

Fitbit hit with lawsuit over haptic feedback patents

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#Fitbit#haptic#Immersion#patent#wearable Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts Fitbit has been hit with a lawsuit from Immersion, a developer of haptic feedback technology, claiming that the Alta HR and Charge 2 maker has infringed on its patents.Immersion asks for Fitbit to cease manufacturing of all infringing devices, which, we suspect, includes all fitness trackers currently on the market. Fitbit makes use of haptic feedback for notifications, breathing exercises, and touch control, found on all trackers.See Also: Apple drives wearables to $6 billion in first quarter sales“We are disappointed that Fitbit rejected our numerous attempts to negotiate a reasonable license for Fitbit’s products, but it is imperative that we protect our intellectual property both within the U.S. and through the distribution chain in China,” said Immersion CEO, Victor Viegas.It should be noted it is not the first time Immersion has taken a large tech company to court over haptic feedback technology. In 2016, it took Apple to court over its 3D Touch technology; some media outlets have labelled Immersion a patent troll.It has taken Motorola and Sony to court as well, over similar alleged infringements.Fitbit has been struggling to maintain its dominance in the wearable market, slipping to third in sales to Apple and Xiaomi in the first quarter of 2017. There have been rumors that the company is struggling to build a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch, and may be looking at the health industry as a possible route to increase profits. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

DEATHPENALTY 2

first_imgLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened withLiving on a death row with uncertainty is worsened with the harsh conditions which includes solitary confinement as the the apex court itself in 1978 had ruled that the prisoner sentenced to death could be kept in a cell away from other prisoners, the Death Penalty India Report has said.The report throws light into the life of death row convicts and is a critical analysis of the criminal justice system, which according to Justice Lokur, requires a major procedural and substantive reformation.”While it is not possible to make any arguments regarding direct discrimination, the report certainly highlights the disparate impact of the death penalty in India on groups marginalised along the axis of caste, religion, economic vulnerability and educational status,” said Anup Surendranath, director of the Centre on the Death Penalty.During the panel discussion, Justice Lokur also referred to shortcomings of the legal aid system in the country, saying that people have lost faith in legal aid lawyers.The study supports this view as it states that 70.6 per cent of the death row prisoners represented by private lawyers were economically vulnerable and it shows that “their deep-seated fear of legal aid lawyers drove the families to hire private lawyers”.The panel discussion also pointed out the fact that around three-fourth of the prisoners have not got a chance to interact with their lawyers outside court. This becomes worse when the matter comes to high court where most them have never interacted with or even met their high court lawyers.advertisementAdding to the misery, families of convicts face a major challenge to visit the prison owing to the extremely vulnerable economic status.”Its like caught between two blades of scissors, with no means to escape,” the report quoted Harikrishnan, a convict who had already spent nearly 12 years in prison for rape and murder.He, with extreme anguish at his inability to prove his innocence, had slashed his genitals with a piece of floor tile after a television channel portrayed him as a monster and his entire village being terrified of him. His clemency plea was rejected by the President. (More) PTI RRT HMP RKS ZMN RCJlast_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect action

first_imgSri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported for suspect bowling action after the conclusion of the second Test against England in Chester-le-Street. A report was handed over to the touring Sri Lanka team by the match officials, citing doubts over the bowler’s action.Eranga has to get his action tested within 14 days at an ICC accredited centre. Loughborough University in England will be a viable option, but till then he is permitted to continue bowling till the results of the test are out.This is the first time Eranga has been reported for suspect bowling action and if found illegal he would be banned from international cricket, until he corrects his action.Sri Lanka are presently in England with the tour turning disastrous after losing two Tests out of three. The visitors are also without the services of their first-choice seamers – Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera, due to injury. However, Eranga has not been impressive in the ongoing Test series and has claimed only one wicket from three innings.He has taken 53 wickets in 18 Tests since his debut in 2011.last_img read more