DEFENDING rural Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) junior and senior netball champions, Denbigh High and Holmwood Technical, stayed on course to defend their titles with semi-final wins at Clarendon Park yesterday. Among the juniors, Denbigh had a convincing 40-29 win over Holmwood Technical, while Knox registered a close 30-27 win over Manchester High. In the seniors matchups, Holmwood got by Manchester High 44-42, while Titchfield booked their first finals appearance by last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, 40-36. The Carlene Graham Powell-coached Holmwood, the all-island champions, had to come from behind to get by a stubborn Manchester High. Showing no fear, the plucky Manchester took the initiative and led 10-8 after the first quarter. They maintained their two-goal advantage at the halfway mark, leading 20-18. The third quarter belonged to Manchester as they increased their lead by six going into the final quarter, with the score at 30- 24. However, with their title on the line and their experienced long-time coach taking crucial timeouts to break the flow of their opponents, a resilient Holmwood rallied to make another rural final. “We lost many of our players from last year and this finals appearance was new to most of these girls and we didn’t come out with the intensity I expected from them. But a win is a win and we are looking forward to the finals with Titchfield, who we will be playing in a final for the first time,” said Graham-Powell. Finally there After knocking at the door for several years, where they have been at the semi-final stage on a regular basis, Titchfield led from start to finish with quarterly scores of 9-8, 18-16, 28-24 before winning 40-36. Holmwood’s juniors were no match for Denbigh, despite making a good start. Denbigh led 10-9 after the first quarter, 23-15 at half-time and 31-21 after the third quarter. It was close going all the way between Knox and Manchester in the junior battle, as Knox led 9-7 after the first quarter, before their opponent drew level 11-11 at half-time. Knox went ahead 19-18 at the third quarter, before fighting it out for the narrow win. The finals will be played next Wednesday, but no venue has been decided.
Twenty seafood buyers from China visited five different seafood businesses in Donegal as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace International.In total, almost 550 food buyers, from 50 countries around the world, will participate in the week-long trade development event.This is the largest of its kind ever to take place in Ireland. Bord Bia is targeting €40 million worth of new business as a direct result of this year’s event. In Donegal, Chinese buyers took part in a tailored seafood itinerary visiting Errigal Bay Seafoods, Meenaneary, Live Irish Shellfish in Burtonport and Irish Premium Oysters in Dungloe.On Wednesday they travel to Killybegs for a tour of Island Seafoods before visiting Ireland’s only fish cannery – Irish Fish Canner in Dungloe.This is just one of 28 different 3-day group itineraries organised and hosted by Bord Bia for Marketplace International this week.The sector-focused itineraries will allow buyers to see Irish farms, factories, retail stores and manufacturing facilities all around the country to showcase the very best of the Irish food and drink industry. The buyers include representatives from Australia, Algeria, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, UAE, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa. Interest from UK buyers has remained strong, with close to 50 in attendance. As well as seafood, the registered buyers represent every sector of the industry including dairy, beef, lamb, pigmeat, alcohol, prepared foods, grocery, bakery, confectionary & snacks and specialty foods.On Thursday, all international visitors will reconvene in the RDS Dublin, for 5,000 pre-arranged one to one meetings with 185 Irish food companies.Speaking in advance of the event, Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy said, “Marketplace is an invaluable opportunity for Irish food and drink companies to meet with a large number of international buyers face to face. It is our prime platform for showing international buyers’ first-hand what makes our products world-class. Initiatives such as Marketplace have enabled the sustained growth of Irish food and drink exports for the past eight years, culminating in a record value of €12.6bn in 2017”.A team of Bord Bia specialists, including its network of 13 international offices, have been preparing for Marketplace for over six months, including providing a comprehensive training programme for the 185 companies to ensure they were adequately prepared for this year’s showcase.Through a series of training workshops, Irish companies availed of advice on choosing export markets, logistics, and sales pitch techniques. Companies will then get to put these skills into action in pre-scheduled, ‘speed-dating’ style meetings with the buyers in the RDS. Chinese seafood buyers visit Donegal with Bord Bia was last modified: April 10th, 2018 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)
Tourism and transport winners in ACT budgetThe Tourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s leading tourism and transport advocacy group, has welcomed the ACT Government’s 2017-18 Budget and the additional investment in major events and Canberra’s transport network.TTF Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said the significant investment in Canberra’s integrated public transport network would ensure the nation’s capital was well-positioned to manage population growth and to minimise the cost of congestion.“TTF is a strong supporter of the Canberra Metro project as it has the potential to transform Canberra and future-proof its public transport network as the city’s population keeps growing and growing,” Ms Osmond said.“We welcome the $53.5 million commitment for the second stage of light rail between the City and Woden, including the development of a business case, design analysis and procurement activities.“The project will provide significant opportunities for urban renewal throughout the city, give commuters a real alternative to driving. It will also support growth in the ACT’s tourism sector, assisting those visiting the city to get around.”Ms Osmond said the Budget embraced the potential for the ACT to also grow its visitor economy, with the establishment of a new Major Events Fund and additional funding to promote Canberra as a holiday and business tourism destination.“Prior to the Budget, TTF called on the Government to invest in growing the Territory’s visitor economy by recognising the importance of business and major events to the ACT economy,” Ms Osmond said.“The funding commitment to secure high-yield business and major events is a fantastic investment that will help to grow local jobs and encourage domestic and international visitation and tourism opportunities.“With the arrival of Canberra’s first international flights last September it was vital the Government continued its investment in promoting Canberra as a tourist destination, and TTF welcomes the funding for VisitCanberra to sell the Territory to Australia and the world.“TTF also welcomes the $7.5 million over four years to support a range of public events in Canberra, including Enlighten, Canberra Day celebrations and SpringOUT.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = TTF