December 25

CAP REFORM: POLICY WOULD WIPE OUT DONEGAL FARMERS, SAYS MEP

first_imgIf the government’s current strategy to secure a satisfactory outcome to the reform of the CAP fails to gain the necessary support, there could be no question of developing an alternative regionalisation policy, MEP Marian Harkin says.She was speaking after she had organised meetings in Brussels for farmers from her constituency.“These meetings involved briefings with European Commission officials and Irish MEPs, in which the farmers from Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal and Mayo were updated on the present status of the CAP reform process and gave their views of the particular requirements of family farmers in the West and Northwest”, Marian Harkin said. “The farmers were unanimous in emphasising the vital role of Pillar II of the CAP which contains the important income-sustaining schemes for disadvantaged areas,” she said.“Particular concern was expressed to the European Commission officials and MEPs that, in the event of failure to have a new CAP in place by January 1st 2014, the temporary regulations necessary to fund both Pillars at existing levels for 2014 should be agreed”, the Ireland North & West MEP added.“Of particular concern to the farmers was the suggestion by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that, if his approximation proposal proved unacceptable at European Council level, he would have to consider a regionalisation policy.”“Under no circumstances should Minister Coveney consider a regionalisation policy as its implementation would decimate family farming in the Western and North-western counties.” “As confirmed at our meeting with Commission officials, the European Commission would not be insisting on a regionalisation policy for any EU country and therefore there is absolutely no pressure on Ireland to introduce one,” Marian Harkin MEP concluded. CAP REFORM: POLICY WOULD WIPE OUT DONEGAL FARMERS, SAYS MEP was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CAP REFORM: POLICY WOULD WIPE OUT DONEGAL FARMERSSAYS MEPlast_img read more

December 22

Do you know someone who deserves the title ‘Donegal Person of the Year’?

first_imgThe search is on for the next Donegal Person of the Year. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 30th of November 2016.Any individual or any group may nominate a person – the main criteria being that the person nominated should have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national, or international level.Pictured is last year’s Donegal Person of the Year; Hotelier Deirdre Mc GloneNominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Donegal Association’s website by clicking here or by request from The Secretary, Donegal Association, c/o Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. You can also contact Marie Ryan on 087 243 9317 to receive an application form.Do you know someone who deserves the title ‘Donegal Person of the Year’? was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

September 1

3Dprinted salamander robot moves just like the real thing

first_imgAdvanced robots like AlphaDog and SpotMini can move pretty well, but their gait tends to have a telltale robotic look. This skeletal salamander robot moves eerily like the real thing.How do you make a robot move just like the animal you’re copying? By studying its inner workings as closely as possible. The team from the Ecole Polytecnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland used X-ray video footage of a salamander to examine how its bones moved in three dimensions. They tracked movement along 64 different points, Kinect-style.By studying those movements — and 3D printing components that closely mimic a real salamander’s skeletal structure — they were able to reproduce its trademark jerky locomotion with amazing accuracy. Salamanders are amphibians, of course, so claiming that this robot moves like the real thing without making it swim just wouldn’t do. The EPFL team covered all the bases, though, slipping a sort of wetsuit over their ‘bot before turning it loose in a pool of water.Engineer Kostas Karakasilliotis says that “animal locomotion is an inherently complex process,” but notes that today’s super-powerful computers and advancements like cineradiography and 3D printing are making it easier to give robotic creations more lifelike movements.The EPFL biorobotics lab has actually been painstakingly refining the design of their salamander for several years now. The build team believes that creations like it will help us gain a better understanding of how the spinal cord impacts movement not just in salamanders but in vertebrates of all shapes and sizes.But hey, even if it doesn’t, maybe you’ll be able to own your very own pet salamander that looks and moves just like a real one… and you won’t need a fancy terrarium to keep it healthy and happy.last_img read more