Donegal becomes a hive of creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

first_imgDonegal was a vibrant, youthful hive of creativity on Saturday 15th June as hundreds of children and young people participated in 31 events across the county as part of Cruinniú na nÓg.Now in its second year, this national day of youthful creativity has grown to incorporate 21 venues in 12 towns and villages across Donegal. Youth from Malin Head to Bundoran had the opportunity to explore creative opportunities such as songwriting, creative writing, music, dance, design, performance and more.Cruinniú na nÓg, Donegal, Scoil Forais Dungloe: Imagination at play outdoors at the Forest School at the river walk in Dungloe. Photo Credit: John SoffeDescribed by some participants as ‘the best day of their lives’, children loved exploring nature with outdoor events such as the Forest School in Dungloe, Art in the Park in Buncrana, and An Grianán Youth Theatre performance at Glenveagh. Online feedback from a young person described it as “awesome, informative and amazing” and called for “more outdoor events like today”. Glenveagh Alice in Wonderland: Lots of laughter at Glenveagh on Saturday with An Grianán Youth Theatres performance of Alice in Wonderland. Photo Credit: John SoffeImagination at play outdoors at the Forest School at the river walk in Dungloe. Photo Credit: John SoffeEileen Burgess, Culture Division Manager with Donegal County Council, expressed her delight with the success of the day –  “the weather was on our side and despite some light showers everyone continued in the creative spirit of the day. We are absolutely delighted with the response to all 31 events and the positive feedback from parents and young people themselves”.The Culture and Creativity Team within Donegal County Council specifically scheduled events to take place for as much of the day as possible to give everyone an opportunity to participate. Between 10am and 10pm paint was splashed, creations were made, dance was explored, instruments were tried, music experienced, songs were written and performed, the past was re-imagined, and words were written to the point where one child claimed he “almost exploded because I loved it.”It was a family affair at the Hand Print Pictures event at the Regional Cultural Centre. Photo Credit: Paul McGuckinCruinniú na nÓg simply means ‘The gathering of young people’ and is a highly engaging initiative of the Creative Ireland programme in partnership with Local Authorities. Ireland is the only country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people.Using a smart phone to recreate the past at the Photogrammetry and Artifact Digitisation workshop delivered by the CINE project at The Loft in Letterkenny. Photo Credit: Paul McGuckinThe date for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is yet to be announced but later this year Wainfest, Donegal’s Annual Arts and Book Festival for Children, will take place from the 5th to 13th October 2019 where young people and their families can ‘expect to connect’ with culture and creative activities across Donegal once again.For more details follow Donegal County Library on Facebook @DonegalCountyLibrary and Twitter @DonegalLibrary and and Donegal becomes a hive of creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cruinniú na nÓglast_img read more

Still time to enroll in farm bill dairy program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy producers still have time to enroll in the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 and can use an online tool developed by dairy economists with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University to aid in their decision-making.Cameron Thraen, emeritus professor and formerly an associate professor in the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, and John Newton, formerly a Ph.D. graduate student working with Thraen and now senior director, Economic Research, National Milk Producers Federation, collaborated with members of the Dairy Markets and Policy (DMaP) team in 2014 to create the online decision tool.Thraen and Newton, working with a team of dairy economists from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University developed the web-based decision support tool and the educational programming materials for the USDA Farm Services Agency Margin Protection Program (MPP).The MPP online tool can be accessed on the following websites:,, and deadline to enroll in the MPP was extended to Nov. 20 to help accommodate farmers busy with harvesting, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.“The fall harvest is a busy time of the year for agriculture, so this extension will ensure that dairy producers have more time to make their choices,” Vilsack said in a written statement. “We encourage all operations to examine the protections offered by this program, because despite the very best forecasts, markets can change.”MPP is a new voluntary dairy safety net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill that provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin — the difference between the U.S. All Milk Price and calculated feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.Therefore, the more time producers have to make a decision on their participation level, the better they’ll be able to make the most informed choice, Thraen said.“The dairy market is pretty volatile, so another week, gives more time for the online decision tool to track out the direction in which the margin (milk price versus cost to feed) will trend in 2016,” he said. “The more hard data producers have at their disposal, the better.“It is in a producer’s interest to wait as long as possible before they make program decisions.”The tool helps producers calculate total premium costs and administrative fees associated with the program, as well as forecast MPP payments that will be made during the coverage year and the total MPP benefit that the producer can anticipate, Thraen said.Recently the tool added an advanced feature, one that lets a dairy farmer use her or his own farm milk production, milk price, feed cost, and financial data to customize the decision framework and stress-test their dairy business, he said.“This feature can be found on the online decision tool in the upper left section,” Thraen said. “The DMaP website has complete details on the use of the advanced feature.“Producers who feel that the national data does not reflect their own business experience can use this advanced feature to their advantage.”Currently the online decision tool forecast shows a margin for 2016 that will be above the long-term average, he said.“In great part this is due to very strong demand for cheese and butter here at home,” Thraen said. “However, world dairy markets are volatile, and any decline in the U.S. All Milk Price in the coming weeks could send the dairy margin tumbling.“Ohio dairy farmers need to monitor international dairy prices as well as the continued strength in U.S. domestic demand in the coming weeks. A critical period will be just prior to the decision deadline of Nov. 20.”last_img read more

Ludhiana’s royal weddings

first_imgAs the plump Punjabi weddings get fatter, Ludhiana is increasingly becoming a witness to the hottest wedding action. Known for being the largest manufacturer of hosiery goods and bicycles, the ‘Manchester of India’ is fast becoming Punjab’s ‘Wedding Capital.’ There is a certain charm about the Ludhiana weddings. In fact,,As the plump Punjabi weddings get fatter, Ludhiana is increasingly becoming a witness to the hottest wedding action. Known for being the largest manufacturer of hosiery goods and bicycles, the ‘Manchester of India’ is fast becoming Punjab’s ‘Wedding Capital.’ There is a certain charm about the Ludhiana weddings. In fact, a typical Ludhiana wedding, is a spectacle that would dim the extravagance of the Pushkar Fair. A wedding in Ludhiana is not about a couple getting married. That, to my mind, is the least cared-for part. Of course, there are fathers and uncles, aunts and cousins, sisters and brothers and all the hustle and bustle. Vats of food are cooked, many discussions held, voices raised and perhaps a few things stolen. But the real fun is in the manner in which the whole event is planned.That,in itself, involves all of society and if it’s a really powerful wedding, then it may well involve re-writing a political party’s manifesto.Ludhiana weddings make the Olympics look like kindergarten stuff. The food counters can feed all of Nigeria, there is more liquor served than Vijay Mallya can produce and a thousand fragrances fill the air. And never mind about the bride and groom (This, despite them being the stars of the show!) As Ludhiana weddings become more elaborate and move beyond traditions, it’s the wedding planners who are becoming the most sought after breed. After all, they orchestrate dreams and make fairy tales come alive. The long affairs commence with elaborate and expensive wedding cards designed by top wedding planners of the country, which in turn are attached to branded gifts and single malts before being distributed (If you are not one of the relatives or friends invited, then be assured of a heart burn). This is just the warm up.Right from solitaire rings costing Rs 1.5 lakh each to Tag Heuer watches and BMW cars-these super expensive status symbols are given as gifts by opulencecrazy Punjabi parents to close relatives of the groom at the time of ‘Milni’-a traditional ceremony when the groom’s extended family is introduced to the bride’s relatives. The showing off during Milni caught the imagination after the marriage in a leading bicycle manufacturing family saw friends and relatives gifted with monogrammed silver plates in custom-made boxes. Gone are the days when people were happy if the groom got a Maruti hatchback.Today, even before the horoscopes are matched, you can see families poring over auto magazines and brochures to decide on the latest models and the interiors of their choice. Even brides at these weddings are a sharp contrast to the coy and demure young ladies of yore who sported a dramatic but typical pancake, kajal and bright red lipstick. Today, they are bolder and know exactly how they want to turn out on the big day. Whether it’s going au naturel or trying out a sensual J-Lo inspired glow, they are ready to shed lakhs for that perfect look. Amidst an ocean of frenzy, a bride is the lone isle of calm, provided she has everything her way- a perfect ring, a great outfit, the best guest list and the most enviable honeymoon getaway package. From the trousseau to the bridal finery, the brides these days literally design their way to the altar where they are joined by the prince of their dreams. From theme-based interiors to fairy-tale settings, decor in Ludhiana weddings will give Bollywood film sets a run of their money. And of course, having film stars in these weddings is another status symbol. One can catch them gyrating to the latest numbers. Malaika Arora Khan, Katrina Kaif, Raveena Tandon and Bipasha Basu are regulars. They come for a price, but then, money is not a problem in Ludhiana. No wonder Ludhiana flaunts some of the best marriage halls in the country. So what if the city lacks a single decent book store? And why not? After all, aren’t weddings far more entertaining than leafing through the pages of a potboiler?advertisementlast_img read more

Back-to-School Grant for PATH Students

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security has introduced a Back-to-School grant of $3,500 per student who is on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).This is being done as part of efforts to improve the social safety net programmes and to increase the level of support provided to poor families.The initiative was announced by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4).“This benefit is payable to all registered PATH students attending primary and secondary schools islandwide. Payments will be available for collection by beneficiaries on September 11, 2018 via the usual methods,” Mrs. Robinson pointed out.She said a total of 155,813 children will benefit from this grant with the average payment to a household being $10,500 for three children.“I am sure you will agree with me that every child must have the opportunity to stay in school, and every child must have the opportunity to learn. Therefore, this new benefit will be made annually and will be paid in the August 2019 payment cycle, and in ensuing years,” the Minister noted.last_img read more