A new view of the modern and vibrant harbour of Killybegs is available following the release of a brochure highlighting businesses opportunities in the area this week.The Killybegs Harbour Business brochure, which showcases Killybegs as the forward-looking harbour location off the North West coast, was launched on Monday, 24th October in the Bayview Hotel, Killybegs. This brochure aims to market the facilities available locally and the online version can be adapted to reflect the ever-changing landscape and services in the harbour. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Municipal District stated that ‘Killybegs is very much open for business with the people of Killybegs having a ‘can do’ attitude’.Eugene McBrearty from the Killybegs Business Focus Group said ‘we focus on the promotion of the town and we look forward to using this brochure and in particular the online version to market our fantastic facilities to harness any opportunities and ideas that could assist development, employment and marketing of the town and harbour’.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely stated at the launch that ‘as a local authority, we are delighted to have witnessed the evolution of Killybegs into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors, Killybegs plays a very vital role within our county and the economic and tourism spin-off is very significant’ he added.In launching the brochure, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey encouraged all companies and organisations to use it to promote Killybegs as an offshore centre of choice for a range of vital services. The brochure outlines all the key facts about Ireland’s premier sea-port from the manufacturing and engineering companies who operate effectively to deliver their products to various parts of the world from their Killybegs base, to the more recent facilitation of cruise ships into its deep water harbour – where they can disembark and explore our beautiful county.Local facilities, services and service providers are all covered as well as showcasing Donegal Airport and the important role it has to play in providing a transport hub and air-support base for offshore operations since exploration activity commenced off Ireland’s Western and North Western seaboard in 1998.Pictured at the launch on Monday evening of the new Killybegs Harbour Brochure are back row l to r: Jim Parkinson, Sinbad Marine, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council, Eugene McBrearty, Killybegs Business Focus Group, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Caroline Britton and Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Front Row l to r Cllr. Noel Jordan, Minister Joe McHugh, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence SloweyThe brochure also acknowledges the important role LYIT has in delivering practical and theoretical education in Wind Energy Technology and in the Tourism Sector with a range of courses now offered from Marine Tourism, Destination Tourism to Tour Guiding.The continued investment in the harbour in Killybegs has allowed it to evolve into a multi-functional port serving the fishing, energy and cruise sectors. This new brochure shows how Killybegs is an offshore centre of choice for logistics, cargo handling, manufacturing, engineering, vessel support and leisure cruising.Killybegs has a wealth of expertise and its adaptability and flexibility ensures that it can meet any challenge in our ever-changing environment.The brochure is available to download at www.donegalcoco.ie or by clicking here. New port of call for information on Killybegs Harbour services was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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:BusinessDonegal County CouncilKillybegsKillybegs Harbour
These Ugandan farmers are also finding that bee-keeping brings them a sustainable income.(Image: Rural Africa Facts) Bee-keeping is an ancient practice which still has many applications in the modern world. Chigondo Honey, produced by communities in Wedza.(Image: Environment Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Barnabas MawireEnvironment Africa country director,Zimbabwe+263 77 416 8260RELATED ARTICLES• Plant trees in Uganda, earn money• Makana: a beeline for success• Bee fence keeps elephants out• Giving Zimbabwe’s diaspora a voice• New crop of black emerging farmersSource: Irin NewsGarikai Samaita, 36, from Goto village in rural Wedza, about 100km southwest of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, has discovered how to take the sting out of bees and use them to sweeten his life.In September 2011 a bee colony settled in a tree near his homestead and became a nuisance, even stinging his eight-year-old son. This prompted Samaita to try to smoke them off his property.However, by coincidence an agricultural extension worker was visiting a relative in the village and discouraged him, advising him rather to approach international NGO Environment Africa (EA) for advice on honey production.So began an income-earning bee-keeping project.Samaita is one of several thousand people benefiting from EA’s programme, which aims to boost rural incomes for vulnerable households through the sustainable exploitation of the environment.Bees are our friendsBees play a critical role in the balancing of the ecosystem and, as agents of pollination, increase production of crops, fruits, seeds and vegetables. Their honey is also highly nutritious.“Bees used to scare me very much, especially after a friend of mine was stung to death by a swarm when I was growing up. We always lit huge fires underneath trees to drive them away, but the bees are useful friends now,” Samaita told Irin.Since embarking on his beekeeping, or apiculture, enterprise with two hives about nine months ago, Samaita’s honey yield has tripled from the regular harvesting of six beehives kept in a nearby forest.“I am now managing to get by and have enough money to look after my family, unlike in the past when we used to struggle,” he said. “Here in Wedza, harvests have been poor for a number of years because of drought, but I am one of the few in this area who have enough food in the house.”.According to USAID’s famine early warning systems, southern Zimbabwe has been badly affected by drought, and national cereal production for the 2011-2012 season is estimated at 1.1-million tons. This is a third lower than the previous harvest, and only about half of the annual national cereal requirement of about two million tons.The US$80 (R681) or so a week generated from honey sales along the highway and from customers in Harare is sufficient to buy food for Samaita’s family, pay the educational costs for his two school going children, and cover the costs of his ailing mother’s medication and hospital fees.Samaita takes his honeycombs to a community-owned processing plant at the nearby Wedza growth point, where EA assists in refining the produce and packaging the honey for sale.The EA initiative began in early 2011 and is currently benefiting about 5 000 poor and vulnerable rural families in 23 of the country’s 59 districts.Adding valueSome beneficiaries have creatively begun to add value to their apiculture through diversification, which does not detract from honey production. They’re selling beeswax, used mostly in candle-making, woodwork lubricants and wood preservation.Other revenue possibilities from beeswax include hair care products, such as shampoos and hair wax, as well as soap.The scope for other value-added products includes propolis – which has medical applications – royal jelly, a honey bee secretion specifically used for the nutrition of queen bee larvae and in demand by the cosmetic industry, and bee venom or apitoxin, a colourless liquid with anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties.On average, a beekeeper can produce about 60kg of honey per hive in a year, Barney Mawire, EA’s country manager, told Irin. The producer earns about US$10 (R85) a kilogram, which makes it “a potentially lucrative business for those that are involved in it”.Changing livesNellia Goromonzi, 40, a widow from Zvimba District about 90km northwest of Harare, has bought three head of cattle using the proceeds from her EA beekeeping enterprise.“My life has changed so fast. We sold all our cattle to meet medical expenses when my husband died four years ago and I never dreamt of owning livestock again. I no longer have problems sending my three children to school and I have joined three other beneficiaries so that we may start a beer selling business,” she told Irin.Goromonzi employs her cousin to hawk some of her honey produce along the road, and supplies shops in the nearby Murombedzi business centre in rural Zvimba in Mashonaland West province. She also receives orders from businesses in the nearby farming town of Chinhoyi.Economist John Robertson told Irin: “Beekeeping can indeed be employed to change the lives of people. Beneficiaries can generate enough money to fight hunger, buy assets and send their children to school or foot health bills.”Robertson added that strategies by stakeholders and the government, which will ensure the initiative is sustainable, are crucial for success.
The Supreme Court has questioned the lack of separate schools and distinctly trained teachers for students who suffer from autism, blindness and deafness.The apex court observed that it is “impossible to think” that children, who are disabled or suffer from any kind of disability or are mentally challenged, can be imparted education in mainstream schools along with normal children.A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said that access to education has now been regarded as a fundamental right under Article 21A and there was a statutory obligation on the States to provide education under the Rights of Children to Free and Compulsary Education Act, 2009.Treat them as special“We are of the prima facie view that the children with special needs have to be imparted education not only by special teachers but there have to be special schools for them,” the Bench said.It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit keeping its observation in mind in four weeks and specify when the State is going to meet the obligation. It listed the matter for further hearing on November 27.“When we say ‘disability’, we do not mean ‘disability’ as has been defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 includes certain physical disabilities which may not be a warrant for getting admission in special schools,” the bench said.Emphasising the need for a separate system, the court said: “The students who suffer from blindness, deafness and autism or such types of disorder may be required to have separate schools with distinctly trained teachers.”The Bench was hearing a plea filed by Rajneesh Kumar Pandey through advocate Prashant Shukla, claiming lack of sufficient number of special educators in Uttar Pradesh and other States to teach the children with special needs.‘UP already on it’Additional Advocate General Aishwarya Bhati appearing for Uttar Pradesh said the State was committed to imparting education to the children with special needs.She said the State had already commenced the procedure for engaging 12,000 teachers, of whom some would be teachers for such special children.Counsel for Centre said that under the new integrated education scheme, special children were being taught along with normal children.The Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UP government claimed that children with special needs were being taught under the integrated scheme to ensure they do not get demoralised or feel alienated.As a confidence-boosting stepIt was contended that teaching such children along with the normal kids without disability would boost the confidence of those disabled and stop their isolation from the normal environment in schools.The petition, filed by 17 teachers who claim to have undertaken the training required to teach special children, has contended that to make Right to Education a success, it is necessary that qualified special educators are there in each school so that disabled kids can be prepared to face the challenges of life.The Punjab government was also faced with the same query from the Bench in a similar matter in the apex court.