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

‘Qatar to host World Corporate Games next year’

first_imgDoha, Nov 1 (PTI) Qatar will host the 23rd edition of the World Corporate Games next year, which will provide an opportunity for corporations around the world to showcase their competitive prowess through sports, the organisers said. This is the first time the World Corporate Games will be held in the Middle East, officials of Sports for Life, organisers of the event, said in a statement. The sporting event takes place every one to two years and the last edition was held in Houston in the US last year, they said. The World Corportate Games, established nearly 30 years ago, aims to bring together, the local, regional and international business sporting community. Taking place between 6 and 9 November 2019, the event is expected to attract around 8,000 international and local participants, making this one of the largest participation sporting events in Qatar’s history, the organisers said. It will be the first time that the World Corporate Games incorporate eSports and mindsports, they said. The event features both individual and team competitions, open equally to women and men of all ages and abilities with team events for skilled, semi-skilled or novice participants. It is an all-inclusive event with paragames integrated for various categories as well, according to the organisers. “Doha and Qatar together make an outstanding venue for the Games,” said Maureen Johnston, Founder of the World Corporate Games. “The facilities are amongst the best in the world, the ambience of the city and the magnificence of the infrastructure together with legendary hospitality of the Qataris will create an exceptional experience for every participant and visitor. I am very proud that the Games will be hosted here,” Johnston said.advertisement “Sport has a unique power to bring people together and we look forward to having this event amplify our country’s message of welcoming the world,” said Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). PTI SAR AKJ SARSARlast_img read more