A revised version of the popular Letterkenny International Folk Festival took place over the weekend drawing in huge crowds. One of the events that caught the imagination from those at the Folk Festival was the Soap Box Derby and it made a return for the 2019 version in association with the RNLI Lifeboat.The starting ramp was located at the Golden Grill on the Port Road, Letterkenny. Enthusiasts turned out in their soap boxes to compete for the €500 in prize moneyJoe Boland (NWNewspix) was in attendance to capture the thrilling encounter. Letterkenny Folk Festival hosts thrilling Soap Box Derby – Picture Special was last modified: August 25th, 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)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – The Warriors did not offer an NBA Finals preview. Instead, they displayed regular-season sluggishness.The Warriors fell to the Toronto Raptors 113-93 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, marking two distinct differences from when they played nearly two weeks ago. Unlike their three-point overtime loss in Toronto that Steve Kerr called “the most entertaining game of the year so far,” the …
Increased earnings, better life The programme has made a huge difference to the income and overall social status of the farmers, adds de Beer. The rand value for the area’s 2010/11 season is estimated at almost 70-million (US$8.9-million), of which 90% is earmarked for export. The genetic improvement aspect has also brought about significant change to the quality of the wool produced in the area. With help from the NWGA, farmers from areas bordering the Ciskei and Transkei have gradually been building up the genetic quality of the local herds with superior breeding rams. To date, almost 28 000 rams have been introduced into local herds over a nine-year period. Partnering with emerging farmers Far removed from the rolling green hills of the beautiful Transkei and Ciskei, lies the Hantam district of the Great Karoo, a semi-arid farming area in the Northern Cape, known for its delicious mutton. It is here that farmer Gawie van Wyk and his brother-in-law Jannie van Heerden set up the Jagpan Vennootskap Boerdery in 2007, a mentorship project with emerging farmers. “Our motivation was to make a contribution, to do something to help. I grew up in the area and know the people very well,” says Van Wyk, who is also NWGA’s production adviser in the district. Located 120km from the small town of Carnarvon, the initiative has already won accolades from the Rural Development and Land Reform Department for its financial systems. “We lay great emphasis on the financial management of the farm,” says Van Wyk. Van Wyk and Van Heerden are mentoring four famers – Patrick Sacco, Jan Moolman, Dirk Sacco and Ismael Louw. Three of the group have never farmed commercially before, and for the moment all of them are still part-time farmers. With the exception of Louw, the others still hold down nine to five jobs during the week, with farming activities restricted to the weekends. A business model that works Jagpan’s business plan is simple and ensures success for all three parties – the state, the emerging farmers and the two mentors. The state has allowed the partners to lease the land for a seven-year period at no cost, but with commitments to manage and maintain it. At the outset of the project four years ago, the state donated 400 Dorper ewes to the initiative. These are locally-bred sheep, developed by cross-breeding the Dorset Horn and Blackhead Persian varieties. The breed is well suited to hot, dry areas and is known as a fast-growing meat producer. The Dorpers were run with 400 ewes belonging to Van Wyk and Van Heerden. The 800 sheep were farmed as a unit with a 50% profit share going to the trainees and 50% going to the two mentors. The emerging farmers are required to build up their own flock to 800 ewes within seven years. As this happens, Van Wyk and Van Heerden gradually reduce their own ewe numbers and their percentage of the profits accordingly. The farm is already running 600 of its own Dorper ewes. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. After experiencing two excellent years the farmers had a tough season in 2010, losing a lot of sheep to Rift Valley Fever. Van Wyk believes the emerging farmers may not have been able to sustain their efforts were it not for the mentorship and support provided during this difficult period. But he sees a promising future. “By the end of the seven years, they’ll be self-sustaining,” he believes.Transkei and Ciskei The Transkei and Ciskei are two of the four formerly independent homelands created under the apartheid government in the 1970s. The other two homelands were Bophuthatswana and Venda. The Ciskei and Transkei are now part of the Eastern Cape Province. The Transkei boasts some of the most spectacular seascapes in South Africa, many of which remain largely untouched, prompting the use of its other popular name, the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is a favourite tourist spot for the more adventurous as roads can be sub-standard in places, but awards the visitor with places like the Hole in the Wall and Wavecrest, the southern-most mangrove swamp in the world. Inland, visitors are treated to the sight of soft rolling hills dotted with homesteads still built in traditional fashion, with clay walls and thatch roofs. The area’s inhabitants, the Xhosa people, live mostly off subsistence farming and the local tourism industry. The Ciskei region is home to Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape. The area is poor and most inhabitants exist on subsistence farming. The Ciskei has a small stretch of pristine coastline, offering great opportunities for hiking, such as the rewarding Shipwreck hiking trail, which allows hikers the opportunity to really “rough it”. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 7 October 2011 South Africa’s black emerging farmers are beginning to find their feet in the tough environment of commercial farming, with success stories being recorded in the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. The majority of the 17 000 wool sheep farmers living in the former Transkei and Ciskei regions – located to the north and south of the Kei River in the Eastern Cape, respectively – are small farmers, running herds of 20 to 30 sheep on average. On their own, these farmers would struggle to make a sustainable living but thanks to a mentorship and support programme offered by the National Wool Growers Association of South Africa (NWGA), these same farmers are now serious players in the wool export industry. The NWGA’s Training and Development for Communal and Emerging Wool Farmers programme aims to pool resources and establish ongoing mentorship. Started in 1997, it has helped to increase the bale volumes of the region’s farmers from just over 222 000 kilograms in 1997 to a hefty 2.9-million kilograms over the last season. “We teach them everything from shearing their sheep, to classing the wool and packing it properly into bales,” says Leon de Beer, GM at the Port Elizabeth-based NWGA head office. “We also introduce them to wool brokers.” The programme follows a five-tier approach: Providing infrastructure development and upgrading of shearing stations and facilities;Giving ongoing development and training;Mentorship assistance with local, established farmers;Help with all marketing-related aspects; andGenetic improvement of the local herds with the gradual introduction of superior rams.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love kebobs! They come in all sorts of flavors, colors and textures to tantalize anyone’s taste buds. Kebobs have infiltrated American cuisine. They come the traditional way like shish kebobs but also come in appetizers, fruit, veggies, dessert and everything in between. On our recent trip along the California coastline we stopped at a restaurant in Pismo Beach at the Sea Venture hotel. I enjoyed a small plate of Pismettes. Pismettes were chicken, shrimp, beef filet and vegetable kabobs or skewers dramatically served with a trio of sauces. They were awesome and just the perfect portion!The history of shish kebob originates from the Turkish words, skewer and meat. They were the perfect solution for the nomadic tribes and invading warriors in Turkey where they would eat various cuts of meat marinated, speared with swords and roasted over the open fire. Shish kebobs are traditionally just like their history, marinated meat and vegetables. Today we put them on skewers instead of a sword. Kebobs have adapted into other cultures. Skewers of all meat called satay or sate can be found in Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian food, which are served with dipping sauces. Skewers of meat or poultry can be found in Japan as yakitori, France as brochettes and in Portugal as espetadas.Kebobs are great for parties. They have a very dramatic presentation and can also help with portion control.It can also be fun to make your own Edible Arrangements, which are decorative fruit kabobs. Cut fruit and firm cookies/cake into shapes of hearts, stars and stick them in anything from a pumpkin, small melon to a pineapple. Kid-friendly kabobs turn bananas, grapes, strawberries and bananas into Grinches, snowmen and caterpillars. I’ve even seen Peep kebobs!Over or undercooked meat and raw veggies are just not cool. Here are a few tips for traditional shish kebobs this grilling season.1. Cut up your protein and veggies/fruit in similar, bite sized pieces.2. Throw the pieces in a baggie with marinade for at least two hours or overnight. Doing this the night before would be perfect for working families.3. No time to marinate, just sprinkle with your favorite spices at least 30 minutes ahead of grilling while you are prepping the grill.4. Want to make a pretty perfect kebob? Parboil your veggies/fruit before spearing them alternately with your meat on the skewers.5. Make your kebobs loosely so they will get cooked thoroughly.6. No time to parboil…make your kebobs all of the same ingredient. Then you can grill each kebob with perfection!7. If ingredients are the type to spin on the skewer, try using 2 wooden skewers to keep food in place. It makes it much easier to turn and you won’t end up with a burnt and raw side.8. Keep food safety in mind. Marinate your meats, poultry and seafood in the fridge. Cooking all meats to a safe temperature of 145 degrees for beef, pork and lamb, 165 degrees for poultry, and fish at 145 degrees or until opaque. Let them rest a few minutes before enjoying.This summer add some pizzazz into your next gathering. Add kebobs! Try red, white and blue kebobs for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Make it a bobfest! Eat Well and healthyShelly Citrus Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs beefitswhatsfordinner.com1 pound beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 1 inch thick1 medium orange1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves1 tablespoon smoked paprika1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plumschopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional) Grate peel & squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika, and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef Steak into 1-1/4-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-1/2 tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bags; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers leaving small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 5 to 7 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once.Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Grilled Pork and Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Aioli porkinspired.comchopped parsley for servingskewers1 lb pork loin, cut in two 8 oz piecessprinkle garlic saltsprinkle pumpkin pie spicecooking oil1 pound sweet potatoes, bite sized cubes (1/2 inch thick)1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1/4 teaspoon garlic salt pumpkin aioli1/2 cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons pumpkin puree1 tablespoon maple syrup1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spiceIf using wooden skewers soak them in water now. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Toss the sweet potatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil, pumpkin pie spice and garlic salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss with a pair of tongs so all sides cook evenly. Bake another 15 minutes and remove from oven. Cool a bit so you can use your hands to put them onto skewers. Season both sides of the pork with a pinch of garlic salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add some oil onto your grill pan. Pre heat the pan over medium high heat. The pan is ready when a splash of water sizzles. Place pork loin onto the pan and cook each side for about 7 minutes. Reduce heat a bit if they start to burn or cook too quickly. Remove the pork from the heat and let cool a bit so you can handle. Cut the pork into 1inch cubes. Keep the pan oiled, you will add the skewers back onto it. Skewer the cooled sweet potatoes & pork. Turn the heat to medium & place the skewers onto the grill pan. Heat for a few minutes until sweet potatoes and pork are heated through. For the pumpkin aioli: Mix all the ingredients together. Serve with tabouli, cous cous, rice or pasta. Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers Ellie Krieger foodnetwork.com 2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice2 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon ground coriander1/2 teaspoon salt1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast,cut into 3/4-inch cubes8 (10-inch) skewers1 1/2 cups seedless green grapesCooking spray2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves1 lemon, cut into wedges In a medium sized bowl whisk together the oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, and salt. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to coat. Marinate the chicken for 20 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, soak the skewers in water if wooden.Thread 4 pieces of the chicken and 4 grapes onto the skewers, alternating them. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over a medium-high heat, or prepare an outdoor grill. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle with mint and serve with lemon wedges. Banana Split Kabobs3 Bananas ¼ of a cored and peeled pineapple 6 Strawberries 1 cup dipping chocolate 1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts 12 SkewersCut strawberries in half. For each strawberry half, cut an equal size piece of banana and pineapple. Place pineapple on first, then banana and lastly strawberry. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. Line a tray with wax paper or parchment paper. Put chopped nuts in small plate to use for dipping. Melt chocolate by heating in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth. Dip cold fruit in chocolate, then into nuts, then place on prepared tray. Chill.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The state gets a little wet today with light rain overspreading the region. This morning and early afternoon, the northern part of the state will be most likely to be seeing rain. This afternoon and tonight, the central and southern thirds of the state will see better rain chances. Combined, we see rain totals for the entire event at a few hundredths to .4” with coverage at 70% of the state. Precipitation continues through a large part of tomorrow too, adding its best moisture totals early in the day, with action falling off in the afternoon an evening . It can add another tenth or two, but generally, we look for combined event rain totals to be at a half an inch or less over 90% of the state. We continue to forecast a great start to the weekend with sunshine dominating Saturday. Temps should moderate as well. But our next system remains on track to impact the second half of the weekend, with clouds increasing Saturday night. Rain arrives on Sunday and continues through Monday, even lingering into early Tuesday. Rain totals remain at .25”-.1” with coverage at near 90%. A few areas in southern southern Ohio may end up with better thunderstorms chances or perhaps multiple thunderstorms. That would push a few local areas above an inch of rain, but not many. The map at right shows rain totals from today through next Tuesday midday, which is a combined total of 2 weather systems. Later Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a mix of clouds and sun. We do not expect any well-organized shower action there. But we do see a better threat of rain coming later Wednesday night through Thursday and into early Friday. That system has really shown big signs of development over the past 24 hours and will shift in from NW to SE. Rain totals can be from .25”-1”, and we think there is good potential for some thunderstorm action. We turn out partly sunny on Friday and stay dry with sunshine through early the 14th. The extended period gets active rather quickly. We continue to watch several waves of moisture coming through for the 15th through the 18th. We are leaving rain potential at 1-3 inches for now, with coverage at nearly 100% of the state. We go drier for the 19th and 20th. But model agreement is fleeting, so there is plenty of time for data showing less moisture for the extended period to emerge.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest R & C Rivers Farms has 850,000 bushels of corn storage capacity at their main operation in Mount Sterling. But for soybeans, they’ve relied on 30 smaller bins at their other farm sites in Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.“It wasn’t a very efficient system and made hauling the grain too complex,” said Brent Rivers, the owner. “So, we decided to build a new soybean grain system to be more productive.”Designed and built by local GSI dealer, Sims Construction, the new system is located about a quarter mile away from the main operation. It includes:Two 160,000-bushel capacity dry storage bins with fans to aerate the grain.A grain handling system that includes a conveyor, grain leg and bucket elevator to transfer harvested grain from a dump site to the storage bins at the rate of 12,000 to 14,000 bushels per hour.And a 5,000-bushel capacity overhead hopper tank that can fill a 1,000-bushel semi-truck for grain delivery in just 4 to 5 minutes.“The new GSI system will make this year’s harvest a lot more convenient, especially for our truck drivers,” Rivers said. “It’s actually like adding an extra truck or two because they will be able to dump their grain more quickly and get back to the field faster.”As for the existing soybean bins, he plans to continue using some of them and rent out the others.The soybean system was also designed to allow for future expansion, which Rivers estimates may be necessary in about two years. The layout includes a footprint for two more storage bins, each with 160,000 bushels of capacity, a wet storage bin and a grain dryer.Brent RiversLike many farmers, Rivers has traditionally let his soybeans dry down in the field and relied on aeration fans rather than using a grain dryer. But that trend is changing, as more producers see the benefit of drying their beans.“With the wet weather pattern we’ve had the last year or two, there’s a big advantage in having a dryer,” Rivers said. “It will provide the flexibility to get my soybeans out of the field faster and improve overall harvest efficiency.”Rivers said he’s pleased with how the first phase of the project turned out and how it will make his 2019 harvest season run a lot more smoothly.
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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LeBron James believes the Los Angeles Lakers face a “critical” offseason as the team attempts to rebuild after missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.James told Bleacher Report in an interview that the Lakers would need to strengthen their roster this year if they were to challenge for honours next season.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The four-time NBA champion, who last missed the playoffs in 2005, said he was optimistic that the Lakers management duo of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka would be able to attract high calibre recruits.“I’m positive and very optimistic that Magic (Johnson) and Rob (Pelinka) and the franchise will be great,” James said.“They got me. I’m very confident. And I’m confident that players want to play with me. I’m very confident in that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Lakers are likely to be radically reshaped during the offseason, with seven members of the roster entering free agency.Uncertainty also continues to swirl around coach Luke Walton, whose position has come under scrutiny after a disappointing campaign.On Wednesday, Lakers owner Jeannie Buss refused to address Walton’s future when asked whether he would remain. “I’m not going to give you an answer to that question,” she told a Sports Business podcast.James, who joined the Lakers last year in a blockbuster move, meanwhile acknowledged that the clock was ticking if he wants to add to his collection of NBA titles in the twilight of his career.“It’s a critical summer for myself,” James told Bleacher Report. “Obviously, the franchise is going to live forever. But for me personally, it’s very critical, because I want to compete and I want to compete now.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 34-year-old NBA superstar said he planned to play an active role in helping the Lakers front office build a winning team.“I’ve never played fantasy basketball,” James told Bleacher Report. “But I will be as active as I need to be for this franchise to get better. That’s why I came here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I came here to win. And obviously, we need to get better, as far as our personnel. We have an opportunity to get better.“And there’s a lot of talent out there and a lot of guys that can help our franchise. So I’ll be as active as I need to be for us to get better and go from there.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ichiro Suzuki turns down Japanese government award for third time Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess