DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR

first_imgDonegal is steeped in talent in the food sector and with some of the best produce the country has to offer, it’s only a matter of time before people begin to realise it.Gary, right, preparing some food with Donegal’s Community Chef Brian McDermott at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.That’s according to the county’s Food Ambassador Gary O’Hanlon who is head chef at Viewmount Country House in Co. Longford and winner of the ‘Best Chef’ award for Leinster in the Irish Restaurant Awards in 2013.O’Hanlon was in Donegal at the weekend for the ‘A Taste of Donegal Food Festival’ when an estimated 35,000 visitors got a brief glimpse of the ongoing development of the food-sector in the county. Over 100 exhibitors made use of the opportunity to showcase their products to the huge audience and according to the county’s Food Ambassador to have a festival of such magnitude in Donegal is an indication of the growing importance of the food sector here.“To have a festival of this magnitude in Donegal is huge, I go to them all over the country, but this is fantastic for Donegal.“In conjunction with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy it’s giving all these producers that we keep trying to get out there into market, a big platform in their own county to see exactly how successful they can be.”Carl Diver of Irish Natural Honey is one such producer. They launched their product ‘Active Irish Honey’ at the ‘A Taste of Donegal’ food festival last weekend and with huge interest from the public he was full of praise for the County Enterprise Board and The Food Coast for the help they had received in getting off the ground.Joe Doherty of Inishowen Country Kitchen described the support from The Food Coast as core to their success.“They have worked with us and invested in us and put in support systems to help us get our product into places like Tesco”Declan McConnellogue of The Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart, another new Donegal food business described the artisan food course organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board as having been invaluable and similar sentiments were echoed time and again by food businesses exhibiting last weekend.The county’s Food Ambassador, Gary O’Hanlon, said he is delighted that there is such investment now in food in Donegal. “We are going into our second year now with the whole Food Coast and Food Strategy and Eve Anne McCarron has come on board, it is really starting to drive it.“That’s just a whole department now within the County Enterprise Board and I tip my hat to them for investing and focusing upon food sector within the county.“At this stage we are starting to see more and more products developed and to see more and more businesses now come out the other end of it.“Just look for instance at the O’Rourke brothers, Enda and Gavin, they have years of experience between the two of them and even they needed the help. Even chefs of that level and calibre still need the help and the County Enterprise Board is there, all the people are there now within the whole food strategy to drive that on.” Community Chef Brian McDermott said he felt there is something happening and changing now in the county in terms of the food industry.“There is a real unity now in Donegal, I have to pay tribute to the agencies and to the Good Food Initiative from the Enterprise Board. Everyone has got behind this now collectively, the chefs, the producers and we are showcasing now on platforms like the Taste of Donegal Food Festival.“More importantly we needed that opportunity to do that. Maybe there’s a modesty around in Donegal in general but we are coming together and starting to shout and rightly so because we have some of the best produce this country has to offer.”That assertion is one shared by Gary O’Hanlon who says the Good Food Initiative and The Food Coast will lead to fantastic food opportunities for businesses here.“Donegal is steeped in talent, we have some of the best up and coming talents, we have some of the best chefs in Ireland – if not the best chefs in Ireland, we have some of the best food in the country bar none but no one has been shouting about it enough.“All we’ve given them now with the whole food strategy is a medium for their product, and that can only be positive for the whole county,” he concluded.DONEGAL IS STEEPED IN TALENT SAYS COUNTY’S FOOD AMBASSADOR was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Gary O’HanlonTaste of Donegallast_img read more

Proteas start Sri Lanka tour with a win

first_img4 July 2014 Hashim Amla starred for the Proteas in the opening match of their tour of Sri Lanka, striking a 79-ball 104 before retiring as South Africa thrashed a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI by 108 runs in Moratuwa on Thursday. The warm-up match saw both teams employ 15-man squads, and for most of the South Africans it was a productive outing. Faf du Plessis weighed in with 41, captain AB de Villiers matched that score and retired out after only 27 deliveries, while JP Duminy contributed 54 as the Proteas posted 297 for 9 in their 50 overs. Lahiru Gamage, with 3 for 36 in his 10 overs, and Suraj Randiv, with 3 for 47, were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.Sri Lankan Board President’s XI innings Needing almost six runs an over to win, the Board President’s XI lasted only 39.3 overs before they were bowled out for 189. Randiv top scored with 53, while Dinesh Chandimal made 50. The South African fast bowlers fared well, with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Ryan MCLaren and Wayne Parnell all getting among the wickets. Morne Morkel, with 3 for 29 in seven overs, was the most successful of the Proteas’ quicks, while off-spinner Aaron Phangiso snapped up 2 for 9 in 2.2 overs.‘That is what warm-up games are about’ “It was nice to pick up some batting time,” Amla said after the match. “Most of us (batsmen) that got in managed to spend some time at the crease. That is what warm-up games are about.” “Personally it’s nice to get some runs ahead of the series,” he added. “The thinking ahead of the game was to try and get a few runs, retire out, then get the other batsmen in. After I reached my 50, I figured it was a good time to lift the scoring rate.” The squad has two more training sessions to fine-tune their game ahead of the first one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “From a team perspective, time on our legs was important,” Amla said. “A lot of the players who were involved in the IPL have been out for a month or so. It was good for them to get back into fielding for the whole day. Our 50 overs, along with the training sessions in the heat, are important in helping us acclimatise.”Concern about Kallis The only concern for the Proteas was all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was withdrawn from the match after complaining of stiffness in his back during warm-up drills. Proteas team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee explained: “This morning he felt some discomfort in the upper right back region and was withdrawn from the match today as a precaution. Our physio, Brandon Jackson, treated him for most of the day and we will monitor him overnight to see how he responds to the treatment. “If he doesn’t respond to therapy, we will plan to get a scan done tomorrow. We are quite hopeful that some of the stiffness will settle down overnight.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Modi launches projects worth ₹4,500-cr in Odisha

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than ₹4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Mr. Modi’s second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development. The projects inaugurated by Mr. Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line. The prime minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.Mr. Modi also inaugurated passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing. Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar, officials added. Foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months’ time. The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Mr. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than ₹14,500 crore.last_img read more

NGT directs Uttarakhand, U.P. to display Ganga water quality

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Boards to display the water quality of the Ganga at all strategic locations on a monthly basis, to indicate whether the river water is fit for drinking and bathing.A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, further pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga over its submission that the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, U.P. and West Bengal have not provided relevant information pertaining to the stretches between Kanpur to Buxar and Buxar to Ganga Sagar.“It has indicated that the States have not provided the information and therefore, action plans could not be formulated within the stipulated time frame. The lackadaisical approach of the NMCG can hardly be appreciated as it has been set up by the government with the sole object of rejuvenation of Ganga…,” the Bench said.It added, “We may have to take coercive action, including environment compensation being required to be paid by the NMCG, and U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for not responding and failing to formulate the action plans for Phase II and Phase III.”The green panel has granted NMCG and the respective States a “final opportunity” to file action plans by April 30, pertaining to sewage treatment and utilisation of the same.The Uttar Pradesh government has also been directed to ensure that a committee headed by Justice Arun Tandon is consulted pertaining to waste management following the Kumbh mela in Prayagraj (Allahabad).last_img read more

Delight as Serena Williams welcomes baby girl

first_img“Btw @serenawilliams I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Mouratoglou wrote in a Twitter post.Williams is one Grand Slam title short of matching Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams and admits that she still dreams of joining the Australian legend.“Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up,” Williams said. “If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power.”Williams also revealed she had long suspected she would give birth to a girl.“Two weeks after we found out (about the pregnancy), I played the Australian Open. I told Alexis it has to be a girl because there I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way,” Williams told the magazine.A separate article in Vanity Fair in June said Williams, who unveiled her pregnant body in a nude cover photo for the magazine, planned to tie the knot with Ohanian later this year after the birth. The couple announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”Media reports said 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena — who revealed she was pregnant in April — was induced overnight Thursday.Other fans meanwhile wasted no time in anointing the tennis star’s daughter as a future champion.READ: It’s a girl! Venus Williams lets Serena baby secret slip“Hello to the future queen of tennis,” one post on Twitter read. “A future champion is born,” added another.‘Outrageous’ goal Williams has vowed to return to competitive tennis in January to defend her Australian Open title, which she won while newly pregnant.Williams last month told Vogue in a wide-ranging interview that she had set herself a goal of returning to play in Melbourne at next year’s Open.“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”Williams’ coach Mouratoglou meanwhile joked Friday that he expected to hold the tennis star to her word. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blackwater junks KIA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Serena Williams. AFP FILE PHOTOMIAMI—Tennis superstar Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was no immediate confirmation of the birth from Williams’ representatives.Elder sister Venus Williams described herself as “super-excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever she declined to take questions on the subject in her post-match press conference.“I’m definitely available to answer questions about tennis. That’s all right now,” Venus told reporters. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Earlier, a producer with the Florida-based WPBF television station cited hospital sources as saying Williams’ daughter weighed in at six pounds and 13 ounces (3.09 kilograms). Celebrity magazine US Weekly cited an unnamed source close to the tennis star confirming the birth.Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was swiftly greeted with an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.“Congrats Serena!!! So much joy for you!!!” Spanish star Rafa Nadal wrote on Twitter.Pop diva Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more