Did you remember to put your clock forward forward by one hour at 1am this morning?Ireland today officially ushers in summer time.Donegal is about to bloom and with it comes the arrival of swallows, lawnmowers and weeks of long summer days – hopefully! DID YOU REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCK FORWARD? was last modified: March 29th, 2015 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)
10 April 2013South African luxury brandy producer Oude Meester, which forms part of the Distell family brand, gained traction in a US market untapped by local producers when it won three medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in March.The most senior of the Oude Meester range, the 18-year-old Oude Meester Souverein, won a gold medal, while the Demant and Demant 12 Year Old Reserve both won silver medals.The Oude Meester 12 Year Old Reserve also won the best brandy title at the New York International Spirits Competition at the end of last year.“South African brandy has established a powerful reputation in the UK and Europe, but our connoisseur offerings are still something of a novelty in the US,” Oude Meester’s global marketing representative, Lee-Anne Lotz, said in a statement.“Since Oude Meester’s exposure to American trade and consumers last year in New York, market response has been extremely encouraging.“Connoisseurs are thrilled by the sense of discovery and the levels of excellence they are encountering in a specialty segment of the deluxe brandy market hitherto unknown to them,” Lotz said.The San Francisco World Spirits Competition saw 1 407 spirits from 63 countries around the world being evaluated by 34 judges. The winners were announced on 27 March.“Judges were drawn from among well-respected spirits buyers and consultants representing high-end restaurants and hotels, mainstream outlets, as well as spirits journalists,” Lotz said.“Their vote of confidence in Oude Meester suggests very exciting market potential for the brand in the US, coast to coast.”SAinfo reporter
The U.S. Geological Survey has just made it a lot easier to get the details on the country’s flourishing wind-power industry.An interactive online map called the WindFarm Mapping Application posted by the USGS shows every wind farm in the country and offers details on each of the 47,000 turbines. By zooming in and pinpointing a specific turbine, visitors can find out how the high tower is, what the rated capacity of the turbine is and when the turbine went online.Wind turbines currently provide about 3% of the country’s total electricity, the USGS says. That translates to 140 billion kWh of electricity in 2012, or enough to power 12 million homes.The USGS wanted to learn more about the impact the industry was making on wildlife, such as bird and bats, as well as the environment. The first step was to find out exactly where wind turbines were located, and here the USGS ran into a problem.“Prior to this study, there was no publicly available national-level data set of wind turbines,” the web site explains. “There were maps that showed turbines locations in a few states, and there were national-level maps that showed wind power facilities, but not individual turbines, or information about those turbines, such as height, blade length, or energy producing capacity.”WindFarm shows turbine locations as of July 2013. Users can search for data in a number of ways, including zip code and place names. The application is easy to use, with intuitive commands. But if you get stuck or want to learn more about the fine points of data searches, there’s a tutorial at the USGS site.
A special court in New Delhi on Monday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband iShailesh Kumar in a money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar, who appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued against them, on a personal bond of ₹2 lakh with a surety of a like amount each. The judge directed them not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission. The two had moved bail applications.During the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed their bail plea, saying they indulged in a “very serious” economic offence. “Persons on such a post are committing such kind of activities which are totally against the nation,” ED counsel Atul Tripathi said.The court asked if the probe agency had arrested the couple during the case investigation, to which the ED replied in the negative. This prompted the court to ask the ED, “Why do you now want the court to take them in custody?”On February 8, the court issued summons against Ms. Bharti, her husband and Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as accused in the case after taking cognizance of the ED charge sheet.On December 23 last, the ED filed its final report against Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar. Earlier, it had attached a Delhi farmhouse of the couple in connection with the probe.The farmhouse, located at 26, Palam Farms in south Delhi’s Bijwasan area, was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It was “held in the name of M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited”, the ED had said. “It was purchased in 2008-09, using ₹1.2 crore involved in money laundering,” it had alleged. It raided the farmhouse and a few other locations in July last as a part of its probe against two brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain — and others, who were alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using shell companies.The Jain brothers, currently on bail, were arrested by the ED under the PMLA.Chartered accountant arrestedThe ED had also arrested Rajesh Agrawal, a chartered accountant who allegedly mediated and provided a cash amount of “₹90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as share premium.”Ms. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of Mishail Printers and Packers Pvt. Ltd. in the past, according to the ED. “The company, M/s Mishail Packers and Printers, was registered at 25, Tughlak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought by Ms. Bharti. It was only during 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm no. 26, Palam Farms, VPO Bijwasan, New Delhi. Bharti and Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” the ED had said.The ED had alleged that the Jain brothers, Mr. Agrawal, Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar were the “key persons behind the laundering of Rs 1.2 crore.”
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an operation on Thursday in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, where two phases of elections are scheduled in the coming weeks.The police said Safdar Amin, 25, and Burhan Ahmad Ganaie alias Saifullah, 25, both residents of Anantnag district, were encircled by security forces at Bagender Mohalla in Bijbehara early in the morning.“During searches, the militants fired upon the search party. In the ensuing encounter, both the militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” said the police.According to the police, the slain militants, who belonged Hizbul Mujahideen, “were wanted in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments”.The police said incriminating materials including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation,” said the police.Hundreds of locals participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants at Bijbehara and S.K. Colony Lazibal.The killings come fours days ahead of second phase of polling in the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.“Every killing during the elections will impact the turnout. There should have been attempt to arrest them alive. We have already seen a low turnout in the first phase in Anantnag. There is a worry that such encounters will only act as contributing factors in keeping the turnout low,” said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar.
In preparation for the 2007 World Cup, successful letters were recently sent out to the 2006 Open National Training Squad (NTS) members. NTS members are required to return their acceptance form and pay their deposits by Monday May 1st.Any squad member who has not done this will be immediately replaced in the squad.The NTS squads will be announced on the TFA website on Tuesday May 2nd. If you are an NTS squad member and have any questions/problems regarding this please contact Maree Curran on (02) 6285 2703 or firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.For all Senior players who have been selected in a Senior Squad, please note that your deposits are due on Monday May 15th and the squads will be announced on the website in the week of May 22nd.
Tarkowski pleased to captain Burnley to FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender James Tarkowski was pleased with their 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley.Tarkowski was delighted to lead Burnley to the victory and cap a near perfect week for the Clarets.“I played a bit out there when I was in the youth team at Oldham so I had a slight experience of it, but I enjoyed myself out there,” said Tarkowski, who was pressed into action with Phil Bardsley and Matt Lowton both out injured.“I thought Barnsley played some good football but in the main we were quite secure at the back, which is always important in games like this – not to give away too many chances.“And in the second half we had a couple of good chances and the penalty at the end, which gave us a great chance to win the game and which Woody put away.“He’s on a nice little streak now and hopefully he can keep that up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Amari Cooper’s time at Alabama has come to an end, as the wide receiver is headed to the NFL, but the former star will be forever remembered inside the Crimson Tide’s facility. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout is one of the greatest wide receivers in Alabama history, so it’d be pretty tough to forget him, but that won’t be possible now, anyway. Cooper’s name has been etched into the first-team All-American wall inside the Crimson Tide’s facility, next to the other wide receivers who accomplished similar greatness. Cooper finished his Alabama career with 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s expected to be an early-to-mid first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday, March 20, commissioned into service the New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System in Manchester which will provide a consistent and stable water system for some 497 farmers. The Prime Minister also handed out land titles to 20 of 132 farmers for whom titles have been prepared under the irrigation project and also announced the setting up of an Agro-Park in the New Forest/Duff House community. The Prime Minister said that with the new irrigation facility, the farmers of New Forest and Duff House will become part of the exciting, new Agro Park initiative, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture. Five Agro Parks are to be established from the re-allocation of US$4 million from the existing IDB-funded agriculture competitiveness programme, with New Forest/Duff House being one of them. The Prime Minister said the Agro Parks will be equipped with all the facilities required for profitable production with farmers contracted to grow vegetables, tubers, onion and pepper to be marketed via private sector partners either for export, processing, or for the local trade, including the tourism sector. Highlighting the importance agriculture to the national growth and development strategy, the Prime Minister said this went far beyond “its 6 percent contribution to GDP”, given its significant backward and forward linkages, adding: “With soaring prices of agricultural commodities worldwide, the sector has assumed greater significance due to food security concerns,” and the need to increase food production. Jamaica’s food import bill, the Prime Minister noted was at an unsustainable level of almost US one billion dollars per annum. In 1998, the government formulated the National Irrigation Development Plan for expanding irrigation systems to farmers. Under this Plan, some 51 projects were developed to increase the irrigated area in Jamaica by 15,000 hectares, with nearly $2 billion spent on installing new irrigation systems. The New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System was completed with funding assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank which also funded the Colbeck and Yallahs Irrigation Systems.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: email@example.com
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith skipped out on Mark Sanchez’s annual “Jets West” camp, but Sanchez told the press that he will be the starting quarterback when the season begins, so ultimately it did not matter that Smith didn’t show.“I don’t hold it against any of the guys who can’t make it,” Sanchez said Friday after a two-hour practice. “There are no hard feelings about anything like [that]. Greg [McElroy] isn’t here, [Matt] Simms isn’t here, some guys are gone getting married. They’re doing stuff. There are plenty of other things they could be doing. If they could make the sacrifice and be here, awesome. If they can’t, that’s totally fine. I would never hold a grudge against anybody that’s not here.”When Sanchez was asked if he would be the starter in the beginning of training camp, he said, “Absolutely.”