Government urged to push for withdrawal of EU proposal on peat soils

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Government urged to push for withdrawal of EU proposal on peat soils By News Highland – April 13, 2021 Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Previous article16 new Covid cases confirmed in Donegal, 394 nationallyNext articleCalls for improved facilities at Donegal’s lakes News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th There are fears that an EU proposal on the management of peat soils could have a serious impact on Donegal farmers. The proposal will mean that farmers would be required to carry out actions on these peat soils that would effectively make farming activity impossible.The lands affected would be ineligible for CAP payments.Deputy Thomas Pringle says that most farmers in Donegal are small farmers, largely on marginal land and hill farms.The proposal on management of peat soils will be another blow to them and must be withdrawn:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival deadline approaching

first_imgThe 12th Annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is less than two months away and final preparations are being made.  On Sept. 29, a multitude of musicians will take the stage. Among them will be festival favorite the Armstrong Legacy Trio, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Maggie Longmire, Robinella, Circus No. 9, Old City Buskers, Sigean, Candela, Smiley and the Lovedawg, Daje Morris, Boogertown Gap and Outlaw Ritual.Others performers are still being booked for the day long festival that celebrates acclaimed musician and artist Howard Armstrong who spent his earliest years in LaFollette.Along with music is the food village and the artisan’s village. Applications for space in those areas are still being taken. To participate as a food vendor, VISIT HERE.The registration deadline for food vendors is Saturday, Sept. 1. A for profit vendor must pay $200 and non-profit/church vendor will pay $100 to rent a space for the day.Artisan vendors and exhibitors are also encouraged to take part in the folk heritage celebration.The deadline to participate in that section of the village is Aug. 31.A booth fee of $60 per 10 x 10 ft. space will be charged and there is a two-space limit. Electricity is available at an additional cost of $15 per booth. The number of spaces with electricity is limited. For more information on vendor and exhibitor spaces or to check the status of an application, email [email protected] or call (423) 566-0329.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/07/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Steel Sensations…Taking a look at the Steelers defensive roster

first_imgJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) scrambles to picks up a fumble as he is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)The Steelers have undoubtedly one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL and perhaps the best offense this team has ever seen in their rich history. Traditionally, the black and gold have relied on a strong defense and have had their entire identity based around stopping the run and stuffing the quarterback.Over the past few seasons, things have shifted in the Steel City as the defense has faltered and the offense has picked up the slack.In 2015, Dick LeBeau is no longer the chief of the defense, it’s now Keith Butler’s squad and it’s his job to turn things around. The defense is young but not without veterans who have had good success. Guys like James Harrison, Cam Heyward and Lawrence Timmons will need to help lead the young guys along and bring them up to the expected level of play that the city of Pittsburgh has become accustomed to.Unlike the offense, there are weaknesses on this side of the ball and battles for starting jobs and certainly back up roles will go through the end of the pre-season. Here’s how the roster will shake out when it’s all said and told.Defensive Line:Butler has stated the team will still run a 3-4 defense but could implement 4-3 schemes as well. In either form, the defensive line is where it all starts and the team needs guys that can plug the running lanes and get to the quarterback from the outside. Locks on the line are starters Cameron Heyward who is growing into a real force at right defensive end, Steve McLendon, who is still the starting nose tackle and Stephon Tuitt seems to have the leg up on the starting job at left defensive end.Unfortunately I’m not sold on McLendon or Tuitt as guys I would want starting on my line. Both are good players, capable of making plays when needed but they seem to be more suited to be reserve guys vs. getting the bulk of the snaps. Either way, this is what the Steelers are currently working with and they’ll make do with what they have.The black and gold will in all likelihood keep four defensive ends, with Heyward and Tuitt as the starters, the reserve battle will be between Cam Thomas, Joe Kruger, Matt Konrath, LT Walton, Ethan Hemer and Niko Davis.Davis, Hemer and Konrath are not options, they are bodies for camp and will not make the squad. Cam Thomas is talented and versatile, he has the ability to play both end or tackle and could even push Tuitt for a starting job, he’s guaranteed to make the team.The last spot will be a battle between Kruger and Walton. Kruger is currently listed ahead of Walton on the Steelers depth chart and was on the practice squad late last season. Walton was drafted this year and is also a versatile player, capable of playing end or tackle. In the end, the coaches will stay true to their draft pick and Walton will beat out Kruger for the final spot at defensive end.Since the Steelers do have the versatile Thomas and Walton, they’ll only keep one more nose tackle. The battle for that spot is between Daniel McCullers, Mike Thornton and Joe Okafor. Battle, however, is really a word that is lost in translation in this case, there is no question that McCullers is the guy. I don’t see how Thornton or Okafor even have a chance.Linebackers:The most important position in Steelers history is linebacker and there’s no difference again this season. If the team plays 3-4 or 4-3, the linebackers are the key to the teams’ success. With a very weak secondary, it’s incredibly pertinent that this group gets to the quarterback quickly and often.Lawrence Timmons will be the super star of the bunch and is still the best player on the defense. Timmons has been a rock his entire career and will need to truly lead the way again this season, helping bring the young guys along.Starting next to him on the inside will be second year man Ryan Shazier.Shazier missed a lot of time last season due to injury but has looked great in camp, drawing praise from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who said Shazier reminded him of an old Troy Polamalu. That’s high praise and hopefully for the Steelers, that will translate on Sundays in the fall.Jarvis Jones will be handed the starting job at right outside linebacker but this may be his last shot. The third year man hasn’t developed enough as of yet and Joey Porter, the linebackers coach, needs to get everything out of Jones that he can muster. Jones has the talent but it needs to translate to the field. I actually think he’ll make the big jump this year and prove his worth.The last spot at left outside linebacker is a battle between the re-signed Arthur Moates and the team’s number one overall draft pick, Bud Dupree. The job was left open by the sudden retirement of budding star Jason Worilds.Both Moates and Dupree are on the team, obviously, it’s a matter of who will start. Moates is ahead of Dupree right now, based on tenure and knowing the defense, having played in it already.Dupree is the better of the two players, having far more talent and a much larger up side. Many will tell you Moates will start the first few games and Dupree will eventually take over, I’m telling you Dupree will start week one, he’s just too good to sit out.With those five guys making the team, there are probably three more linebacker spots available. The team actually has some depth on the reserve level and the battle for three spots will be fought out between Sean Spence, Vince Williams, James Harrison, Anthony Chickillo, Jordan Zumwalt and Terence Garvin.James Harrison is a given, he’s a former super star who’s still capable of starting in a pinch and is certainly a team leader, almost a player coach. His presence in the locker room alone is enough for him to stay.The talent that Sean Spence possesses is too hard to overlook. He’s versatile enough to play both outside and inside and for that reason he’ll stay.The remaining spot is truly up for grabs. In the end, it will come down to Vince Williams and Anthony Chickillo (drafted this year) and Williams will prevail. There are a lot of Williams detractors who think he has been mediocre his first two seasons, I’m not one of those guys. I think he’s done an admirable job and is a very solid reserve player. He understands the defense and will earn his spot on the roster.Secondary:By far the weakest unit on the team is the secondary. There is no more Ike Taylor or Troy Polamalu back there, it’s a whole new look and these new guys have big shoes to fill.The Steelers should keep nine guys on this unit and will probably need to use all of them this season as I don’t anticipate anybody stepping up big.The two starting cornerbacks at the moment are William Gay and Cortez Allen. You didn’t read that incorrectly, those are the starting corners and yes, your thoughts are correct, that’s a problem.Gay did have a great year last season, Allen, not so much. That said, Gay played way over his head and Allen played slightly worse than he’s capable of. Either way, it’s problematic when you have to face off against top level quarterbacks.If the linebackers don’t do their job, the pass defense will be torched weekly. Mike Mitchell is back as the starting free safety and I still maintain the man is overpaid. He came in last season and didn’t do anything. He’s the best they have but again, problematic.Strong safety is expected to go to Shamarko Thomas but in my opinion Will Allen is the better player. Thomas has not shown anything since coming into the league a few seasons ago. He was drafted to be Polamalu’s replacement, well now he’s getting his chance. He’ll certainly make the team but to me, Will Allen will beat him out for the starting job as he’s a proven veteran who may not contain the same athletic ability as Thomas but he’s wiser and makes smarter plays.Brandon Boykin and Antwon Blake will be the primary backups at corner and both could eventually become starters. Robert Golden will be the next back up at Safety along with Thomas.The last spot will go to Senquez Golson, drafted in round two this year.The guys not making the team will be Kevin Fogg, BW Webb, Gerrod Holliman, Ross Ventrone, Doran Grant, Alden Darby, Jordan Sullen, Jordan Dangerfield and Ian Wild.Of that group, Webb and Ventrone can push for jobs and may slip in there or force the team to keep a tenth guy on the unit.The defense is going to need to develop this year as the team certainly sports a Super Bowl caliber offense. If this side of the ball can play average, meaning they give up around 20 points a game, the team will be in it. If they can grow and play cohesively and improve on obtaining sacks and forcing turnovers, then they could be part of something extremely special.Opening Day Defensive Starters:LDE: Cam HeywardNT: Steve McLendonRDE: Stephon TuittLOLB: Bud DupreeLILB: Ryan ShazierRILB: Lawrence TimmonsROLB: Jarvis JonesLCB: William GayFS: Mike MitchellSS: Will AllenRCB: Cortez AllenMike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Big ‘no’ to cheap housing

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Time to say goodbye

first_imgBy Victoria Stone-Meadows More than 120 people attended the final official event at the much loved Clover Cottage in Berwick…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img