first_imgMIAMI (AP):CONCACAF’s referee department will be reviewed following controversial decisions in the Gold Cup.”The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit said yesterday.Panama and Costa Rica made requests to CONCACAF after each loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup knockout rounds with the help of a questionable penalty kick.Panama players posed with a banner after their semi-final loss, calling CONCACAF “corruptos ladrones” (corrupt thieves), and Panamanian federation president Pedro Chaluja said, “we feel that that game was fixed.”The next day, Hawit announced American that referee Mark Geiger admitted he had made mistakes in the match.last_img read more

first_imgThe sixth annual Charity Tractor run took place today in aid of Donegal Hospice, the Good & New Cancer Bus Service, and The Lodge in Galway.Huge crowds turned out to check out the Alan Wylie Tractor Run, with massive amounts of people taking part! The rain didn’t dampen any spirits as all funds go to such fantastic causes.All three charities provide the people of Donegal with much needed services.A great day was had by all who attended! Picture Special: Alan Wylie Charity Tractor Run a huge success! was last modified: September 24th, 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) Tags:alan wylies tractor runcharitycharity tractor rundonegaldonegal hospicegood and new cancer bus servicethe lodgelast_img read more

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has told the Dáil that a significant proportion of Donegal farmers will find themselves unable to participate in the new GLAS scheme as a result of the excess of red tape and rules brought in under the new programme.Charlie McConalogueDeputy McConalogue said in order for any one farmer to qualify for GLAS, at least half of all farmers with access to the same commonage lands will also have to join.This is totally impractical and will mean that in reality most farms with commonage land will be unable to participate in the new scheme. The new regulations will also prevent many farmers that have commonage rights which they no longer use from applying to join the scheme for the part of their farm which is actively worked.“There are a total of 14,929 farms in Ireland which include commonage land. This amounts to 11% of all farms. Previous environmental schemes saw 3,610 farms participating in environmental schemes such as Reps and AEOS, that’s only 24% of the total. Based on these numbers, it looks highly unlikely that commonage farmers will be able to achieve the 50% target set to qualify for this new scheme.”Many family farms are struggling to remain viable in the face of rising operational costs, funding cuts and falling beef and sheep prices.The average income for a sheep farm last year was €11,160, and for cattle farms it stood at €15,595, well below the average industrial wage. Environmental schemes which require farmers to carry out environmentally friendly works in return for a payment can be crucial to keeping many farm families in business. “It is absolutely essential that Minister Coveney listens to farmers’ genuine concerns and amends the terms of the new scheme so as to not exclude these farm families,” he added.MINISTER’S RED TAPE WILL EXCLUDE DONEGAL FARMERS FROM NEW GLAS SCHEME – McCONALOGUE was last modified: June 20th, 2014 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfarmerslast_img read more