first_imgJoe McHugh TDDeputy Joe McHugh, T.D., following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister that the payment of grassland sheep will continue under the new Rural Development Programme.This existing payment will be in addition to the single farm payment, said the Donegal TD.“I welcome the Minister’s confirmation that the grassland sheep payment will be protected under the new Rural Development Programme. I also raised the issue of penalties under the single farm payment digitisation system, arguing that natural woodlands, which are meant for cattle and horses, should not be excluded from the area based payment system. “In addition to this, I also raised the challenges in the bull beef market presently, where factories have begun closing their gates on 24 month old bulls. This is putting considerable pressure on beef farmers who are ready to sell finished animals. The Minister has agreed to raise this issue directly with the factories. I also highlighted that farmers who are selling to the factories are getting as low as €3.30 per kilo which is roughly €700 less than the price for a similar animal this time last year.“I congratulate the Minister on the recent Cap Pillar II funding negotiations, which have been very positive for the Agriculture sector in Ireland and specifically Co. Donegal. However, I want to emphasise the need to protect small holdings that are under considerable pressure at the moment.“I have been liaising closely with farmers in addressing the challenges they are facing and while I am encouraged by the recent developments, both through the CAP Pillar II funding but also through the positive response from the Minister, I feel we have to acknowledge that there are still serious challenges the farming industry faces in Donegal and I intend to work closely with farmers in addressing these challenges.”  GRASSLAND SHEEP PAYMENTS TO STAY: McHUGH was last modified: February 6th, 2014 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:Joe McHughSheep Paymentslast_img read more

Yaya Toure Sent Off in China League One after 10 Seconds into Celebratory Match

first_imgShanghai: Yaya Toure was sent off after kicking an opponent just 10 seconds into Qingdao Huanghai’s celebratory final match of the China League One season on Saturday.The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder lashed out as Qingdao went on the attack from kick-off at home to Nantong Zhiyun. After a review by the video assistant referee (VAR), the referee showed the 36-year-old Toure a red card with less than two minutes on the clock.His Qingdao side, who had already been promoted to the top-tier Chinese Super League, lost 2-1 but were still crowned champions.It could be an ignominious end at Qingdao for Toure, who told AFP last week that he intends to move on in the new year.But he has no intention of retiring and said that he wants to play until he is 40. China League OneChinese Super LeaguefootballNantong Zhiyun First Published: November 2, 2019, 4:57 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Poor weather foils rescue efforts for endangered entangled right whales

first_imgSearch and rescue efforts for three endangered North Atlantic right whales that were found entangled in ropes was foiled Wednesday because of poor weather conditions.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a news release that they hope to resume at-sea and aerial surveillance Thursday morning.“While poor weather conditions have caused difficulties in our search efforts since these right whales were first reported, DFO and partners remain committed to taking all possible steps to re-locate these whales and initiate disentanglement efforts if/when it is safe to do so,” it said.Last week, three whales were found entangled in ropes. One of them spotted by the Canadian Coast Guard east of Miscou, N.B. with a rope around its tail and thought to be dragging something heavy.The two others were seen in other locations — one east of Gaspe, Que., and another east of Miscou.All three entangled whales were spotted in areas already closed to fishing, the department said.Late Tuesday evening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency located a right whale known as number 4440 during an aerial surveillance flight, it said in the release.The department worked with NOAA and Campobello Whale Rescue team to reach the whale to install a satellite tag on it but were unsuccessful.Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said while disentanglement techniques have been quite successful if they can get to the whales, they are rather difficult.“As you can see it’s very complicated, very weather dependent, very dependent on reliably being able to site whales, whether whales are in an area where they can be approached by boats, ” he said. “So yeah it’s quite a complicated procedure and unfortunately very, very dangerous.”The department acknowledged that locating these three whales is a challenging task.Right whales spend a significant amount of time swimming under water, making it difficult to observe them from the air, it said in the statement.“To add to the challenge, an entangled whale can often still swim with gear attached to it and can therefore change position frequently after being sighted,” it said.Haulena said the rescue efforts combined with the measures “certainly can’t hurt,” but added he worries “there’s just too few of these guys to recover and still so many dangers left. So it’s hard to tell.”“Certainly everything is going in the right direction as far as regulations go, yet it’s very difficult to know whether it’s enough.”A federal study says measures taken to protect these whales from being struck by ships and getting caught in fishing gear may not be doing enough to prevent more of them from being hurt or killed in Atlantic Canada.Haulena said the right whale is one of the most endangered populations of baleen whales anywhere in the world.Six whales have died in Canadian waters in the last several weeks with necropsies showing three of the deaths were due to vessel strikes. Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have implemented several measures to protect these animals, including increasing surveillance, expanding slowdown zones and changing the rules that trigger fishing shutdowns.The whales number only about 400.“That population is in trouble largely due to human causes,” Haulena said. “So entanglement and boat strike are probably the two biggest threats both of those directly caused by people.”A study published in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Animals last month looked at the causes of 70 whale deaths between 2003 and 2018.It found that 22 of the deaths were because of entanglement, and 16 from vessel strikes. The paper also found that none of the deaths were from natural causes, but rather from human activities.“It’s not a good time to be a marine mammal unfortunately,” Haulena said. Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more