first_imgThe Government needs to support the Irish haulage industry according to Finn Valley county councillor Patrick McGowan.The Fianna Fail councillor said the haulage industry is a vital link to mainland Europe for the whole island of Ireland for industries such as agriculture sector.Recent news that a large National haulage company is to cease trading with the loss of almost 400 jobs, is very working and is in keeping with what the Haulage Trade has been saying for some time now, he said. “The Government cannot sit idly by and watch the Irish haulage industry disintegrate. They need to immediately bring forward legislative measures to safeguard the industry,” said Cllr Mc Gowan .“The collapse of Target Express is a clear signal that Irish haulage sector has been in a state of crisis for some time now , and nearly 20% of haulage companies have gone out of business since 2012 representing 5,000 jobs losses.“The spiraling cost of fuel has hugely impacted on haulers, fuel now accounts for 50% of these companies’ cost based compared to 30% previously. International haulers also have an advantage over Irish companies as they can benefit from a fuel rebate. Law abiding haulers are also placed at an unfair disadvantage as unscrupulous operators are using laundered green diesel. This reduces the competitiveness of legitimate companies and we know the slightest advantage can be the difference between a company surviving and not.”The road haulage industry contributes over €1 billion to the general exchequer but receives no financial assistance from the Government. The Donegal councillor says if it is to survive something must be done by the Government to ease the pressure.“The industry is under attack, its collapse would severely impact on our competitiveness internationally. It would also be hugely problematic transporting goods within Ireland and between Ireland and our important overseas markets, especially during the winter months due to the adverse weather condition.Higher transport Cost’s will mean consumers in Ireland paying more for their goods.Cllr Mc Gowan said the Government needs to consider proposals to implement a fuel rebate scheme for haulage companies together with a mechanism to address the impact of laundered fuel.“Recent Proposal’s from the Haulage could benefit the overall tax take if Haulage firms bought more fuel in Ireland instead of filling on the continent before returning home . GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SUPPORT HAULAGE INDUSTRY – CLLR MCGOWAN was last modified: August 29th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Latest Antonio Brown plot twist: Will reportedly hold NFL liable for head injury in mandated helmet

first_imgNAPA — The latest layer to the Antonio Brown-helmet saga includes the threat of making the NFL liable if he sustained a head injury in a helmet he was forced to wear.“I think it’ll be interesting if the NFL forces Antonio to wear a different helmet,” an unnamed source told The Athletic. “And he does play and he doesn’t retire as some people have reported he will do. And then he suffers a really severe injury. I’d hate to be the NFL. Because now you’ve forced him into wearing a different type …last_img read more

Unite for Bafana Bafana!

first_img18 June 2010, Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana has in the past the past few weeks done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks World Cup triumph.With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about. One loss in 13 matches is no reason to drop our heads in shame.Bafana did us all proud when they held Mexico, a country ranked over 60 places above them, to 1-1 draw in the opening match when few gave the team a chance. Admittedly, the match against Uruguay did not end in the way we had hoped.However, if there was a time to show our boys that the nation is with them through the good and the bad times, then this is it. Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out. A convincing win against France in the match scheduled for Bloemfontein on Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil which the country is exceptionally hosting.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team. The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” said Sophie Masipa, Marketing Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand SA).“Bafana Bafana, we believe, should be the war cry on Tuesday. Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th   is us, the fans, we must carry on playing our part.  Ke Nako!” she said.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comKalay MaistryMedia Relations ManagerInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Email: kalaym@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

2017 Census of Agriculture gets underway

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) starts mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more.“The Census of Agriculture is USDA’s largest data collection endeavor, providing some of the most widely used statistics in the industry,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Collected in service to American agriculture since 1840, the census gives every producer the opportunity to be represented so that informed decisions can support their efforts to provide the world with food, fuel, feed, and fiber. Every response matters.”The census will be mailed in several phases through December. Farm operations of all sizes which produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2017 are included in the census. The census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the nation.NASS revised the census forms in an attempt to document changes and emerging trends in the industry.  Changes include a new question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to help better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers, and others involved in running a farm enterprise.“Producers can respond to the census online or by mail. We highly recommend the updated online questionnaire. We heard what people wanted and we made responding to the census easier than ever,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “The online questionnaire now has timesaving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices.”The census response deadline is February 5, 2018.  Responding to the Census of Agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only publish in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation. NASS will release the results of the census in February 2019.For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit or call (800) 727-9540.last_img read more

London Games Village waits to pamper athletes

first_imgAs Indian athletes prepare to go to London, the Olympic Village at Stratford is ready to make them feel at home by bringing in chefs from India and locally to prepare the food of their choice.”The Indian athletes can eat any food of their choice made by Indian chefs, whether it’s low carb, low fat or high carb, high energy or special diets. And of course they can choose from 1,300 other types of dishes that would be available in the Village,” said Charles Allen, Mayor of the Olympic Village, who has spent the last 10 years to ensure that for over three weeks the visitors can focus on their job or achieving greater heights.The Village will also offer them a recreation centre, free international calls anywhere, free makeovers and even free haircuts.”Every legal form of service will be available for the athletes to make them focus on their main job – to compete,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson, who opened the Village on Thursday and took a nail job from a Proctor and Gamble makeover staff, although refusing to get his mop shortened.The Village adjacent to the Olympic Park covers an area of 36 hectares and will house up to 16,000 athletes and team officials beginning from Monday. The Village is among the most compact in recent Olympic history, but a large central park has been thrown in to given a feeling of expanse. The athletes will be housed in 2,818 apartments spread across 11 residential plots.”We will accommodate the visitors in space ranging from apartment of one bedroom to townhouses of five bedrooms. Each chef de mission will decide who will stay where. But we are all ready, as planned, to offer the best environment to the athletes,” said Allen in an interview.advertisementEach country will be allocated a certain number of accommodation blocks in a single identifiable space, allowing their team management to manage their affairs in one central location.Several services have been offered by various companies who have set up the infrastructure for it within the Village. Thus Coca-Cola is sponsoring the recreation centre where athletes can relax by playing snooker or fussball or video games.”We know from other games that people come here with one major thing on their minds, to compete, but they also end up making friends, mixing socially with members of other teams. Some of them end up as lifelong friends, and that’s what we want,” says Nigel Garfitt, director of Villages and Games Services. He says that there’s always a sense of accommodation among the athletes and very little friction.GE has arranged for the health facilities at the Park with polyclinics for athletes and media and visitors in various parts of the park. Samsung is offering phone facilities, UPS is offering courier services and P&G the makeover hall.Holiday Inn will provide hotel services at the Village and BT the telecom and fibre optic services. Several food brands are there, including McDonald’s.last_img read more