Calls for govt to increase funding for Gaeltacht areas in Budget 2020

first_imgThe treatment of Udaras na Gaeltachta by various Governments since 2010 has been nothing short of a national scandal.That’s the view of Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher ahead of Budget 2020 tomorrow (Tues).Speaking ahead of the national budget on Tuesday, Deputy Gallagher said the current situation in Gaeltacht areas followed years of heavy cuts by successive governments. He said: “The present situation whereby Udaras the only agency charged by Government to be responsible for and in sole charge of job creation and economic development in Gaeltacht areas has seen its current and capital budgets more than halved while at the same time its responsibilities expanded, while been starved of additional resources, staffing or extra funding.Pat the Cope added that Udaras na Gaeltachta at present support and sustain over 7,700 jobs within the Gaeltacht areas.He added: “They run various programmes from community development to community employment programmes in addition to performing the functions of Local Enterprise Offices in Gaeltacht areas notwithstanding the functions of the various Plean Teanga ( language planning ) in our Gaeltacht communities.“The Gaeltacht areas have a population of 100,716 as per the 2011 census, with most of the population divided over Gaeltacht areas in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath. “Udaras na Gaeltachta is the sole development and job creation agency in Gaeltacht areas, it has the remit for sustaining and creating jobs in the most remote and isolated areas in all of Ireland.“The purpose and function of Udaras is essential for the long-term sustainable development of our Gaeltacht areas, but for Udaras to carry out their function properly they must be funded accordingly, as opposed the present situation where they are grossly underfunded,” Pat the Cope said.“Present funding levels of Udaras are farcical, Udaras are hamstrung from the outset and curtailed by lack of funding from central Government while at the same additional demands are being placed on it by various Government Action Plans and National Strategies.“The present situation within Udaras is at near breaking point, the current budget of Udaras in 2019 in real terms is just a meagre €5 million per annum, from that budget all regional offices, costs of staffing and the entire budget for job creation must be taken from.The lack of an appropriate level budget for attracting and marketing Gaeltacht areas for job creation is having serious impacts on how the Udaras targets and projections can be achieved,” Pat the Cope added. “In 2009, the Udaras current budget was €14 m, the current budget for 2019 is just €9.5m and as we witness priority is been given to IDA and Enterprise Ireland who year on year have experienced budget growths of 9% to 15 % per annum, but Udaras is a similar agency to them albeit covering Gaeltacht areas – but no budget increases are afforded to them.“It is now time that the present Government align Udaras with the other job creation agencies within the Department of Enterprise in terms of future funding and support.“This can be achieved while at the same time maintaining the cultural and language importance of the Udaras. It is not conceivable or just any longer, that these agencies are being treated differently, they all perform the exact same functions and responsibility,” stated Pat the Cope.“A similar situation exists in Capital Budget terms within Udaras, the 2009 capital budget was €25m, whereas the 2019 budget is only €9m. This is case in point where budgets have been cut to unsustainable levels over time, and without budgets being restored, the impossible is being asked of the Udaras at present. “The staffing level of Udaras is also cut from a staff of 156 in 2008 to present-day levels of 88 people only.“Whereas the previous Government may well have decided to keep the Udaras as a development and job creation agency, it has effectively overtime destroyed its ability to compete and function as an employment agency on a kin to IDA or Enterprise Ireland despite all three having the exact same responsibility and function,” Pat the Cope stated.“Udaras backed business and employers with 10 employees or more have contributed over €800 m to the national exchequer, with 60% of that being exported.“That is also contributing €150 m payroll to local communities and a return to the national exchequer of a nett €77 m in taxes alone. Therefore, funding of Udaras is a massive nett contributor to the national exchequer and is the only possible way of the sustainable development and providing for the long-term future of our most rural communities,” Pat the Cope added.“Unless real and substantial funding is made available for the Udaras, the targets set by both Government and by Udaras themselves for employment creation simply will not happen, and the further threats of Brexit and global uncertainty will only add to the challenges facing this state agency.“In recent media reports, the government are prioritising Brexit proofing businesses and jobs, that is the correct course of action but unfortunately with Udaras not being directly under the Department of Enterprise, it does not seem to be getting the same priority nor funding envelope.“Budget 2020 is a critical crossroads for Udaras na Gaeltachta, and by extension our rural communities in Gaeltacht areas, unless we see real commitment and proper increases in our funding of this state agency we are staring into uncertain times for our Gaeltacht areas.“Million of additional resources given to Department of Enterprise thus far for Brexit proofing strategies but none have filtered to Udaras.“Budget 2020 must prioritise Gaeltacht development, must begin a transformation of bringing Udaras into mainstream employment and development funding opportunities, it must create a hybrid model whereby employment initiatives in Udaras are supported directly from the same funding opportunities as IDA and Enterprise Ireland, while at the same time recognising the uniqueness of our Gaeltacht and linguistic responsibilities of Udaras and our Gaeltacht communities.“In short Udaras must be put on a level playing field with other agencies otherwise we are treating Gaeltacht citizens as lesser priorities and that will not be tolerated,” concluded Pat the Cope.Calls for govt to increase funding for Gaeltacht areas in Budget 2020 was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Shasta Creations volleyball team takes third in Bayview Classic

first_imgSan Mateo >> The Shasta Creations volleyball team wrapped up a very successful season with a third place finish at the Bayview Classic over the weekend.The team went into tournament ranked 21.Saturday the team had a 3 team pool. They beat Endine, which was ranked 17th, from San Jose 21-25, 25-12 and 25-17 and beat Vertical Extreme, ranked 20th, from Visalia 25-21, 25-23 and 25-23.Going into Sunday, the Shasta Creations were ranked 17th. They beat the No. 9 ranked Titans from San Jose 25-13, …last_img

2018 Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community will be honored Friday, Aug. 3, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they are inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) will induct Dennis Bolling of Hilliard, Connie Cahill of Dublin, Richard (Dick) Ricker of Fort Jennings, and Donniella Winchell of Austinburg, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in Cardinal Hall at the Ohio State Fair. The 53rd annual event will attract over 500 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.“Our board is privileged to honor these four individuals who have made significant contributions to Ohio’s top industry,” said Hinda Mitchell, OAC president. “We are proud to recognize this class of hard-working professionals for their unwavering commitment to protecting and advancing Ohio’s food and agriculture community and to giving back and serving others.”The following four inductees will join 225 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program was incepted. Dennis Bolling, HilliardDennis Bolling has dedicated his life to the betterment of Ohio agriculture and in the agricultural cooperative field. Bolling served as the long-time president and CEO of United Producers Inc. (formerly Producers Livestock Association). Under his leadership, Bolling orchestrated mergers, led the organization through financial challenges, and ensured director education and development. Today, as one of the largest livestock marketing cooperatives in the country, United Producers Inc. serves 30,000 members across the Midwest.Throughout his career, Bolling has been a generous contributor of his time and leadership to improving agriculture through education and developing agricultural leaders. In 2003, he helped launch the Mid-America Cooperative Council to address the lack of education on cooperatives as a way of doing business.Bolling has been repeatedly recognized by his peers for his contributions to agriculture. He is a recipient of the Industry Service Awards from the Ohio Pork Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. In 2016, he was inducted into the National Cooperative Hall of Fame in Washington D.C. Connie Cahill, DublinFor more than three decades, Connie Cahill has promoted Ohio agriculture to consumers across the state – from meeting with local food and business editors to conducting cooking demonstrations on TV, and supporting professional groups, including dietitians, OSU Extension agents, and others. Cahill started her consulting business in 1979, and has represented many notable organizations, including Velvet Ice Cream, the Kroger Company, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Soybean Council, American Egg Board, Perdue Farms, among many others.Not only has Cahill’s work supporting Ohio agriculture been exemplary, but her philanthropy has been as well. She currently serves as president of the Ohio State Fair 50 Year Club. Cahill also sits on the board for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Muirfield Association, Inc., and the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.Cahill has won numerous industry awards, including the Ohio Poultry Association’s Golden Egg Award, Ohio Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Service Award, and the Ohio Soybean Council’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Richard (Dick) Ricker, Fort JenningsRichard (Dick) Ricker has been a vigorous leader of Ohio agriculture throughout his career – from participating in livestock judging to serving as the Ohio Pork Council president, and taking grand champion steers to the county fair. Having grown up during the depression in rural Fort Jennings, Ricker understands the value of hard work and is often referred to as an innovator and mentor to those around him.Ricker is known for his service and commitment to the local community. He has served as a Putnam County Commissioner, on the Jennings Local School Board, and as a member of the Putnam County Pork Producers Council, local Farm Bureau, and St. Joseph Catholic Church.Ricker has been recognized and honored by several local, state and national organizations, including induction into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. Donniella Winchell, AustinburgDonniella Winchell has devoted her entire life to the wine and grape industry in Ohio. Winchell has served as the executive director for the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA) for 40 years and has been instrumental in building the association into one of the most respected wine organizations in the nation. During her tenure, Winchell has grown the number of Ohio wineries from the original 13 to more than 280 wineries today.Winchell was also influential in the state’s creation of the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, which dramatically changed the trajectory of the wine and grape industry in Ohio, positioning the program as a national model. With Winchell’s leadership, in 1994, OWPA created the nationally-acclaimed two-day Vintage Ohio Wine Festival that has provided a national pattern for expanding the tasting concept to large outdoor venues across the state and nation.Winchell is a member of several industry organizations, has contributed to several national wine publications, and regularly speaks at regional and national wine and tourism conferences.For further information, to be an event sponsor in honor of the inductees, or to obtain tickets to the Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Ohio Agricultural Council at 614-794-8970 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more

10 months ago​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…

first_img​Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potential

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.” last_img read more

A Man Known As The “Buckeye Bandit” Is Allegedly Robbing Banks In The Columbus, Ohio Area

first_img"Buckeye bandit" robs Columbus-area bank.Friday, the FBI and local police in Columbus, Ohio, released photos and sketches of a man they claim is a suspect in up to 20 bank robberies in the central Ohio area. How does this relate to college sports, you ask? The man is wearing Ohio State gear in every photo, and he’s been dubbed the “Buckeye Bandit” by the authorities and the media. The robberies go back all the way to 2013.Here are some photos, via ABC 6. Busted Coverage brought the topic to our attention.FBI Seeks Help Finding ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Serial Bank Robber – http://t.co/d2kT4Y5XGg pic.twitter.com/C06HUOdJkc— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) March 20, 2015FBI hunting for ‘Buckeye Bandit’ Ohio State fan who won’t stop robbing banks http://t.co/XucAtdRzbL pic.twitter.com/qAwedEVJIJ— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) March 20, 2015In all seriousness, let’s hope the suspect is caught soon and brought to justice.last_img read more

Video: Mike Thomas Danced, Did “O-H” On Field As Clock Wound Down In Win Over Michigan

first_imgMike Thomas dances on the field against Michigan.Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.last_img read more

2020 iPhones getting allnew design Report

first_imgSan Francisco: Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest research note that Apple may be gearing up to introduce its all-new iPhones design in 2020.Kuo’s note includes his prediction of the biggest selling points for the 2020 iPhone line-up. He lists three key improvements: “All-new form factor design, 5G support, and camera function upgrades,” 9to5Mac reported on Friday.As per the report, Kuo expects these changes with next year’s iPhones would improve YoY growth of the company. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearThe Cupertino-based company is also planning to incorporate Time of Flight (ToF) 3D sensing rear camera system in 2020 iPhone models.In addition, the iPhone maker would use Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in the cameras of the 2020 iPhones.VCSEL is a key component of Apple’s TrueDepth camera that also powers features like Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies.Apple is reportedly mulling to resurrect the cheaper iPhone SE for emerging markets, especially India and China, early next year.The new model would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since the launch of the iPhone SE in 2016, which started at $399.last_img read more

UKs May says Brexit talks making progress EU denies leak

first_imgLONDON – Giving an upbeat verdict on an inconclusive European Union summit, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she has “a degree of confidence” that Brexit talks will be able to move to their decisive second phase by December.She told lawmakers that the talks on Britain’s divorce from the EU had made “important progress,” despite a judgment by the 27 other EU leaders that more needs to be done before the two sides can discuss trade and their future relations.May said she had “a degree of confidence we are going to get to a point of sufficient progress by December,” allowing talks to move on.With Britain’s March 2019 departure from the EU moving closer, Britain is eager to start discussing trade and future relations with the bloc. But EU leaders say there has not yet been “sufficient progress” on divorce terms, including the size of the bill Britain must pay to settle its commitments to the bloc.Britain’s initial offer to cover its previous EU commitments of around 20 billion euros ($24 billion) falls far short of the EU estimate of 60 billion euros ($70 billion) or more.May refused to commit to a figure, saying “we are going through our potential commitments line by line.”May has been in need of a boost from the 27 other EU leaders as she tries to hold together a government, a Conservative Party and a country deeply divided over Brexit. At the EU meeting in Brussels last week, she told fellow leaders that both sides needed “an outcome we can stand behind and defend to our people.”An EU official said, after last week’s dinner, all the leaders were aware of the difficulties May is facing at home. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were confidential, said there was a sense among EU leaders that they didn’t want to make life more difficult for May.But May’s life was not made any easier by a German newspaper report claiming that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who dined with May last week, saw her as “despondent” and “begging” the EU to help her make progress.Juncker denied saying any such thing, insisting that his dinner with May in Brussels had not gone nearly as badly as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung suggested.“She was neither tired nor beaten. She did her thing, and I did mine too,” Juncker said, speaking at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, France.Juncker and his chief aide denied leaking the account of the meeting to the newspaper, and May’s spokesman declined to comment on it.Meanwhile, Britain’s biggest business groups urged May’s Conservative government to quickly agree to a transition period of at least two years after Brexit to provide certainty about trade as companies make critical decisions about jobs and investment.The letter sent to U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis said an “agreement (on a transition) is needed as soon as possible, as companies are preparing to make serious decisions at the start of 2018, which will have consequences for jobs and investment in the U.K.”May has requested a two-year transition period in which the two sides would trade on terms largely similar to current arrangements. But Britain and the EU have yet to discuss details of any such transition.___Casert reported from Brussels. Danica Kirka in London contributed to this story.last_img read more

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on Today

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show’s 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.“Today” won’t be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show’s third hour.“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled,” Guthrie said on Tuesday, announcing the appointment on the air.“I am pinching myself,” said a beaming Kotb, sitting beside her. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted.”Lauer’s eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb’s performance made it easier. She’s subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and “Today” has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.“Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of ‘Today.’”Lack said Kotb “has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity.”It’s common for television shows with job openings to hold informal tryouts of potential hosts. With Kotb’s immediate success, potential replacements like Willie Geist or Craig Melvin didn’t get that chance.Lauer had been a fixture at “Today” since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behaviour” with a colleague. Other complaints and reports of crude behaviour followed.He was the second television morning host fired in a week, after CBS News axed Charlie Rose just before Thanksgiving on sexual misconduct charges. Rose was one of three “CBS This Morning” hosts with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, and CBS has yet to name his replacement. Substitutes have included Vladimir Duthiers, Bianna Golodryga, Dana Jacobsen, John Dickerson and Anthony Mason.Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a “Dateline NBC” correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. Her public profile increased with her wine-soaked pairing with Gifford on the show’s informal fourth hour.She was born in Norman, Oklahoma, to parents of Egyptian descent, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia.Ben Bogardus, a journalism professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, said Kotb’s selection was a good one “because it reinforces the sense of a family coming together after a shared trauma.” The timing is important for NBC, because “Today” will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics.last_img read more