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first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPDONEGAL hill farmers have joined a new national association backed by MEP Marian Harkin.When some farmers receive payments per hectare which are a multiple of these received by others, questions have to be raised about how the ‘greening’ element of the Common Agricultural Policy is being implemented, said Harkin.She addressed farmers at the official launch of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association  in Westport on Friday. It was questions such as this, and perceived failure by other representatives of farmers to protect the interests of natura and hill farmers, that led to the creation of the INHFA, she said.Lack of adequate representation was at the heart of why 5,000 farmers had decided that representation of their particular needs was vital to the future of their farm enterprises required a new body to promote their interests.“The greening payments structure, where one farmer is paid €220 per ha and another €50 per ha, is a travesty of justice and is part of a pattern which had to be changed, the Independent MEP said.She had worked closely with those who had been central to the creation of the INHFA in organising the meetings in Brussels which laid the base for positive changes in policy in relation to hill and commonage farmers, she said. This had been a very positive start for the new organisation and the challenge now to its members was to give full support for the mandate they had given the INHFA to press the case for them against a background of future pressure on the CAP budget, she stressed.The INHFA would thrive if the full and continued support of members was sustained and, for her part, she would continue to facilitate the meetings with officials in Brussels which were vital to obtaining fairness in developing policy for all farmers into the future. DONEGAL HILL FARMERS BEING SHAFTED BY EUROPE, SAYS HARKIN was last modified: February 8th, 2016 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:donegalhill farmersmarian harkinlast_img read more

Unified effort to help Fire Victims

first_img TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:DDME, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Fire, five cays, NGO, sean astwood, victims Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Sept 2015 – A united front to help victims of disaster; that was the stance taken by the Department of Disaster Management, various NGO’s and members of the community who came together to provide relief for families who lost their homes during Tuesday night’s fire in Five Cays.Three families, 17 people including 11 children were all affected by the blaze; those victims, ranging from 65 years old to as young as two…parents, grandparents and toddlers whose homes are no more.Tuesday’s tragedy drew financial and emotional support for those affected. Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME at a press conference on Wednesday said they have received over 1,000 dollars in cash donations for families. Ocean Club West donated bags of linen and toiletries.Pastor Branford Dean donated $100 dollars for food items while Five Cays representative Hon. Sean Astwood donated $100 dollars per household. Dr. Clerveaux said the families will not be on the streets and that Social Services is working with the victims and the TCI Red Cross says it will continue to help the families. Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially openedlast_img read more

Nepal plane crash 3 killed 4 injured after aircraft collides with chopper

first_imgA civil administrator, Narendra Kumar Lama, said the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe. The authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport following the crash.Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous airport because of the short runway and difficult approach. It is also popular as Lukla is the place where most people begin to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp. It’s open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).(inputs from agencies) The plane crash at the Tenzing–Hillary airport in Nepal left three people dead, injuring four others. TwitterAt least three people were killed and four others injured on Sunday, April 14, after a Summit Air plane crashed into a parked chopper during takeoff at the Tenzing–Hillary airport, also known as Lukla airport in Khumbu region of eastern Nepal’s Solukhumbu district.The incident occurred near the gateway to Mount Everest when the plane skidded off the runway, hitting the helicopter of Manang AirSummit Air crash. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country’s remote areas.The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said. He said that police teams reached the scene of the crash and were coordinating efforts to avoid fire at the airport. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.last_img read more

USled airstrikes hit 4 Syrian provinces

first_imgThe Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the air raids overnight took place in four provinces: Aleppo, Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir el-Zour. The entrance to Syria’s largest gas plant, Conoco in Deir el-Zour, was among the targets. The Observatory says there were casualties in the airstrikes, but that it has no concrete figures. A resident on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey frontier says strikes Monday morning also struck the Islamic State-controlled town of Tel Abyad. The town is home to a border crossing. The resident, Mehmet Ozer, says the strikes hit an abandoned military base and an empty school. Air raids believed to have been carried out by U.S.-led forces hit three makeshift oil refineries in northern Syria on Sunday as part of a campaign against Islamic State, a human rights group said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe United States has been carrying out strikes in Iraq since Aug. 8 and in Syria, with the help of Arab allies, since Tuesday, with the aim of ‘degrading and destroying’ the militants who have captured large areas of both countries.Barack Obama has been seeking to build a wide coalition to weaken Islamic State, which has killed thousands and beheaded at least three Westerners. In a potential boost for the United States, a jihadist Twitter account said the leader of an al Qaeda-linked group had been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria, the SITE service said.A U.S. official said on Sept. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman24 that the United States believed Mohsin al-Fadhli, leader of the Khorasan group, had been killed in a strike a day earlier, but the Pentagon said later it was still investigating.But in a tweet on Sept. 27, a jihadist offered condolences for the death of Fadhli, SITE, a U.S.-based organisation that monitors militant groups online, said on Sunday.In Washington, Tony Blinken, deputy White House national security adviser, said on Sunday that officials could not yet confirm the death.United States officials have described Khorasan as a network of al Qaeda fighters with battlefield experience mostly in Pakistan and Afghanistan that is now working with al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front.last_img read more