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SHEARER CLASS FOR DONEGAL’S IVAN SCOTT AS HE STUNS NEW ZEALAND WITH ANOTHER VICTORY

first_imgDONEGAL’S World record lambshearer Ivan Scott scored his biggest competition win outside Ireland and the UK with a stunning upset victory in the New Zealand Corriedale Championships final at the Canterbury Show in Christchurch yesterday. It was a massive leap for the 33-year-old from Kilmacrennan who hadn’t won a competition in New Zealand since the 2008 Northern A and P Show in Rangiora.Having shorn in New Zealand every summer since he was 19, Scott has, however, twice broken the World eighth-hour strongwool lambshearing record. He is the current holder with 744, shorn when he claimed the record back from Hawke’s Bay shearer and former World and Golden Shears champion Cam Ferguson in January 2012 at Opepe Station, just east of Taupo.His win yesterday was based on the quality of his 10 sheep in the pen judging, where he was more than 4pts better than anyone else in the six-man final.His ultimate winning margin of 1.299pts was all that stood between 47-year-old defending champion Rakaia shearer Tony Coster and a unique treble on a day when Coster was presented with a small trophy marking his acclaim as a Master Shearer.  SHEARER CLASS FOR DONEGAL’S IVAN SCOTT AS HE STUNS NEW ZEALAND WITH ANOTHER VICTORY was last modified: November 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ivan ScottkilmacrennanNew Zealandsheep shearing championlast_img read more

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Significant Opportunities for Investment in Agriculture – Stanberry

first_imgStory Highlights He pointed to prospects in the cultivation of coffee and cocoa which, he noted, are in high demand around the world. Planting sugar cane for bioenergy is an area that holds promise, he noted further. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, is calling on members of the Diaspora to take advantage of the “tremendous” opportunities that exist for investment in agriculture.center_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, is calling on members of the Diaspora to take advantage of the “tremendous” opportunities that exist for investment in agriculture.Such investment, he noted, could boost production and food security, cutting the country’s food import bill, which amounts to almost US$800 million annually.“There is enormous opportunity for import substitution,” he pointed out.Mr. Stanberry was addressing a plenary session of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on July 25.He pointed to prospects in the cultivation of coffee and cocoa which, he noted, are in high demand around the world. Planting sugar cane for bioenergy is an area that holds promise, he noted further.Mr. Stanberry told conference delegates that the production of food for the tourist sector is a significant area of opportunity.He pointed out that only a “very small” percentage of food consumed by tourists is coming from local farmers. That is a captive market that we must exploit.”The Permanent Secretary said the Government is committed to the development of the agriculture and has invested in the provision of irrigation systems for farming areas.President of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr. Derrick Deslandes, noted that Jamaica can be competitive in the growing of several crops, and what is needed is the confidence of the investing community.“We believe that Jamaica can compete; we study prices, we look at Jamaica’s cost of production data…it is just a matter of convincing the right investors to invest in those critical areas that can move us forward,” he told the gathering.Other speakers at the forum included head of Farm Up Jamaica, Neil Curtis, and Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR JACOB TREMBLAY TAKES ON ANOTHER HEAVY ROLE WITH WONDER

first_img“They put something like slime (on me), but it wasn’t slime. It was silicone. Not liquid, but like smoothie,” he says, pausing for a moment to consider the description.“It was like a smoothie.” Jacob Tremblay is searching for the best way to describe what it’s like acting behind a face prosthetic.In his new film Wonder, the 11-year-old Vancouver actor plays Auggie, a boy born with a severe facial deformity. He’s up against major social hurdles as he embarks on his first year of public school under the judgmental eye of others.Tremblay plays the role disguised by an artificial face that was shaped from his own. Facebook Jacob Tremblay, right, stars in “Wonder” as a boy with a facial deformity entering his first year of public school; Julia Roberts portrays his mother. (DALE ROBINETTE/LIONSGATE / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Spending the day behind the prosthetic could get complicated on set, he explains while flashing a big smile.“It was really cool, but sometimes it would be itchy, which was annoying because I couldn’t get my itch,” he says.“Other times it would be OK because it actually felt really warm too. It was a nice warm cocoon around my face.”Wonder is based on the teen novel by R.J. Palacio, which retells Auggie’s story from the perspectives of a number of people in his life, including his sister and his friends. The film mostly ditches those angles and focuses on the boy’s viewpoint.Auggie lives with what the book calls mandibulofacial dysostosis, a rare condition that’s considered a variation of Treacher Collins syndrome. His facial bones are underdeveloped and his ears deformed.Tremblay prepared for his part by talking with patients at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.“I made friends and I also asked them if they could send me any letters of any tips or experiences or stories they’ve had,” he says.Stepping into a role featuring a youngster with adult-sized problems has become something of a specialty for Tremblay.He captured hearts as an imprisoned child in the Oscar-nominated 2015 film Room and, in Burn Your Maps, he played a young boy who suffers a family tragedy and comes to believe he is actually a Mongolian goat herder.He has also gone on to star alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Naomi Watts in The Book of Henry and Natalie Portman in the upcoming drama The Life and Death of John F. Donovan, directed by French-Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan.Wonder is comparably lighter fare that’s packed with many feel-good moments both inside the classroom and with his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.Like the book, the script is filled with Star Wars references, so Tremblay’s fanboy excitement went full-throttle when he learned Chewbacca would appear in the film.“They had the actual actor in (the costume) too and that was super cool,” he says.“He’s also really tall and he was really sweaty under the thing. They took it off and he was, like, really hot.”Tremblay says he wouldn’t mind co-starring alongside Chewbacca as a young Jedi in one of Disney’s Star Wars films, in case studio executives are wondering. He’s already written a script based in the Star Wars universe, though he admits it was mostly for fun.“I want to be a director, producer and a writer. And an actor,” he says. “So like, all the things in acting, basically.”He’s also looking ahead to his 16th birthday, when he can finally get a driver’s licence.He recently started browsing the internet and came across a famous black car that he thinks would look great in his garage.“KITT,” Tremblay says. “You know, KITT from Knight Rider? David Hasselhoff?” he asks.“I was just looking up stuff from the ’80s.”by David Friend – The Canadian Press Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

COCs Rigoletto plays into debate on male entitlement

first_imgAnna Christy in the English National Opera production of Rigoletto, which uses the same sets and costumes as the Canadian Opera Company version. (ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA) The set-up for this tragic tale is simple: the Duke of Mantua is the lord of all he surveys, including every winsome lass. His jester, the hunchback Rigoletto, obsessively hides his daughter from this world so that she can remain the pure, unspoiled apple of his eye.The boss spreads his love around indiscriminately, with no concern for the lives or emotions of the women he touches. The servant hoards his love, with no concern for the life he is smothering in the process. The mixture of the two stirs up a boiling pot of rage and revenge. Advertisement These sorts of behaviours have been exploding in our faces in recent weeks, months and years, as we confront the self-entitlement of so many men. Yet we continue to hum “La donna e mobile” as we shower or as we leave the opera house. Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Treasures of our culture sometimes clash with how things really ought to be. Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto offers a case in point.It has been one of the world’s favourite operas since its premiere in 1851. One of its arias, “La donna e mobile” (“Women are fickle”), is known and enjoyed even by people who have never been inside an opera house. But that aria belongs to a piece of musical theatre that depicts men at their worst.The Canadian Opera Company opens its own production, last seen here in 2011, on Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. It will run for 10 performances until Feb. 23. Advertisementlast_img read more