first_imgMontpelier, Vt – The Vermont Milk Commission will hold a deliberative meeting on October 16, 2008, in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Market, 116 State St. Montpelier, VT beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Commission will deliberate final issuance of the proposed Order to establish a retail fluid milk premium, based on the record developed during the recently completed hearing process on the proposed Order. The proposed Order, transcript and exhibits of the September 9, 2008 hearing, and additional written comment are posted on the Vermont Milk Commission web page at the Agency website: www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgA famous Ramelton fishery viewed as one of the best in the country has once again been put on the market for sale. The fishery was last advertised a decade ago when calls were made for the State to purchase the property. DMcL Estates are overseeing the sale by tender for the fishery, which includes two separate lots.Lot one, at Green Lane, boasts five former derelict weavers cottages, on a 0.75-acre plot. Meanwhile, lot two includes Watt’s Pool Ramelton Fishery.The lot also has more than 48 acres of forest, rough land and quality agricultural land, while the salmon fishery also includes over 47-acres along the River Lennon.The fishery was almost sold in 2006, when then Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey gave clearance for the CPO in estimated €2million sale. However, those plans later collpased.The Donegal Town selling agents are now seeking expressions of interest in writing, with proof of funds before Friday, September 27 at 12pm. Famous Donegal Fishery back on the market for first time in a decade! was last modified: August 30th, 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

first_imgThe daughter of a pensioner whose house was raided and ransacked while she was at church has spoken of her disgust at the robbery.80-year-old May Lowry returned from church last Sunday morning to find her home turned upside down.All five of her bedrooms at her Co Donegal home were pulled apart and the raiders took a substantial amount of cash as well as jewellery of huge sentimental value. Widow May, whose husband died 15 years ago, has been left devastated by the cowardly raid.She has been unable to eat or sleep since the robbery at her bungalow at Railway Road.Her outraged daughter Jacqueline said the fact that her mum’s house was robbed while she was at her weekly visit to St Johnston Presbyterian Church is the most annoying part of her ordeal.“My mother is still very independent and always has been even since the death of my father fifteen years ago. “She likes to drive to church even though it is only two minutes away and we can actually see the steeple of the church from our home.“She is just devastated that she was only away for an hour or so and she came back to the house ransacked.“She hasn’t eaten much and hasn’t slept much but we are all trying our best to help her and her neighbours and friends have been so good,” she said.Jacqueline revealed how the house was securely locked up with double and even triple locks on the windows and doors but the alarm was unfortunately not switched on.“We used to have a German Sheppard dog called Max who would have eaten those people alive. It’s a pity he wasn’t in the house when they broke in,” added Jacqueline. Mrs Lowry only had a substantial amount of cash in her home as she is having some work done and needed to pay a builder.The jewellery taken was given to her by her late father and is very distinctive.Jacqueline added that she has no doubt those who raided her mum’s home timed it to coincide with when she was at church as another home in nearby Raphoe was also raided while the elderly owners were at mass in Raphoe at the same time.“It’s the lowest of the low and I’ve no doubt they were watching my mother’s movements and knew her car was away. “Her neighbours were also away and whoever did this also knew that so I’m beginning to think it could be somebody who knew the area well and could be from the locality,” she added.Meanwhile, Donegal Gardai have issued an appeal for any sightings of a silver Mondeo car which was seen in the area.They have also asked people to be vigilant and ensure that their homes are secured when they are attending church.Woman robbed while at church hasn’t eaten or slept since was last modified: September 17th, 2019 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)Tags:churchdonegalGardaiMay LowryraidSt Johnstonlast_img read more

first_imgBill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-establishedand reputable. The exit from the Old Fort, with the inscription “Eendracht maakt macht”or “Unity is strength”.The visitors’ centre at Maropeng, in theCardle of Humankind, is shaped like a tumulus or burial mound.The Gauteng Tourism Authority makesits mark on the central courtyard of theNanhua Buddhist temple. (Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoJT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2 RELATED ARTICLES • Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom • Tourism Month kicks off in SA • Rocking in the Cradle • SA unearths new human ancestor• SA tops for business travelJanine ErasmusBuilding on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.last_img read more