Crew member Anthony Chambers is pictured with Sally McDaid and her daughter Eimear McDaid. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Donegal woman who lost her father in a fishing tragedy when she was just six weeks old is lending her support to the Mayday lifeboat fundraising campaign which runs from 1-4 May.Almost 28 years on from the tragedy, Eimear McDaid recently met with Anthony Chambers, a volunteer lifeboat crew member from Portrush in Co Antrim, who can remember the day when he joined in the search for two missing fishermen from a crew of five, off the coast of Donegal.It was on the 20 September 1987, that 27-year-old David McDaid from Glengad in Malin said goodbye to wife Sally and baby daughter Eimear and went fishing for crab on the Boy Shaun, from Portleen Pier, on what was an idyllic day for fishing. The weather was mild and the water was calm as the boat headed for Inishtrahull Island just off the coast of Malin Head.Around lunchtime, another boat which had been in recent contact with the Boy Shaun, noticed that the vessel was no longer in view.Eimear takes up the story: ‘From what I have learned, the skipper then attempted to contact the Boy Shaun by radio but got no response.“Fearing the worst, he steamed off in the direction of where they had last seen the boat and discovered a small amount of debris and oil slick on the water where they had last seen the Boy Shaun. “They had just a short time earlier spoke to the crew of the boat about them both heading back to land to get home in time to watch the All-Ireland GAA football final.’’The skipper immediately raised the alarm.The area of the oil slick was searched and one survivor was discovered clinging to a short plank of wood from the stricken vessel.Two bodies, one of which was David’s, were subsequently found.Portrush RNLI in the North was requested to launch and began a search with their colleagues from the Coast Guard, and fishermen and volunteers who were in the area, for the two men who were still missing. Sadly however, it was not until a few months later that their bodies were found on the coast of Scotland.‘‘None of the five fishermen were wearing lifejackets that day,’ Eimear added:“I was told the crew would have found them to be too cumbersome to work with. Thankfully, lifejackets have much improved since then, and they are now neater and easier to wear.“It was a tragedy that changed the course of life for my mother and me. “I have grown up without a father and without answers as to what caused the boat to sink on what was described as such an idyllic fishing day.“As a result of the tragedy however, we both have a healthy respect for the sea. It is a powerful force and one not to be reckoned with.“Four very experienced fishermen paid the ultimate price 28 years ago. We can only hope by sharing our story that we can encourage others to respect the water too, to wear lifejackets and to support those who work to help save lives at sea.”Anthony Chambers, Portrush RNLI mechanic can recall the tragedy: ‘It was a Sunday and what I can remember vividly is that the water was very calm.“We responded to the call as we still do by rushing to the station and preparing ourselves within minutes for the lifeboat to launch.“Once on scene we searched with many others for the two remaining fishermen but unfortunately we couldn’t bring them home. It was a terrible tragedy for the families involved.‘In the 28 years that have passed, our lifeboat crews have been on many call outs in all sorts of weathers and have faced many different types of conditions.“Thankfully, we have been able to save lives and bring many people to safety and that is always rewarding.“However, it still remains just as difficult for us now as it did then, if we have to return to shore knowing that a family has lost a loved one and this tragedy serves as a poignant reminder of that.”Eimear and Sally have come together with the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews to show their support for this year’s RNLI Mayday fundraising campaign.From Friday 1 May until Monday 4 May, collections and fundraising events will be taking place throughout Ireland.The events will have a welly theme, in a nod to the yellow wellies – an essential piece of kit – worn by the RNLI’s volunteer crew members.The charity is encouraging people to show their support by donating, buying and wearing a yellow welly pin badge or by using the hashtag #YellowWelly on social media.Added Eimear: “My mother and I are supporting the RNLI Mayday campaign because we know first-hand the importance of having a dedicated lifeboat service.“My father wasn’t saved that day, but thousands of other fathers, men and women have been brought home safe through their bravery. Each person they have brought back is a family member brought home.’’The yellow welly was chosen for the Mayday campaign as it is an essential piece of RNLI crew kit.Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck.During gale force winds, rain and ice, keeping a sure footing can mean the difference between life and death for the volunteers.Lifeboat crews are on call every day, all year round. Many have full-time jobs and carry a pager with them at all times to alert them to a lifeboat call out.Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews from Ireland’s 45 lifeboat stations launched 1,089 times, rescuing 1,414 people.To donate and for ideas on how to get involved with Mayday visit www.rnli.org/MAYDAY.You can also text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4.DAUGHTER WHO LOST FATHER AT SEA LENDS HER SUPPORT TO RNLI’S MAYDAY CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 26th, 2015 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:DAVID MCDAIDEIMEAR MCDAID
19 June 2007South African Airways (SAA) has introduced lower and more flexible fares for flights between the US and South Africa.The new fares make it easier for travellers to access flights from more than 30 cities in the US to more than 25 destinations in southern Africa through SAA’s service from New York’s JFK and Washington Dulles International airports to Johannesburg.They also feature simpler rules that allow for between a 3-day minimum and 12-month maximum stay.SAA gives the example of tickets for a round trip flight from New York or Washington DC to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban starting from as low as US$1 100 during the Fall months (August, September and October).From South Africa, SAA offers connecting flights to more than 25 destinations within southern Africa, giving travellers the opportunity to explore beyond South Africa’s borders.“This new fare structure makes it easier and more affordable for North American travellers to access southern Africa and all of its wonders, whether it’s the experience of the Cape Town winelands and Table Mountain, the rush of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, or the expansive desert and sand dunes of Namibia,” said SAA executive vice-president for North America Marc Cavaliere.“Coupled with South African Airways’ award-winning service, our membership in the Star Alliance, and the fact that we know Africa better than any other airline, there simply is no better way to and from the continent.”SAA has been voted “leading airline to Africa” and “leading business class to Africa” by the World Travel Awards, and offers the only non-stop service between the US and South Africa, with direct service from New York and daily departures from Washington DC.Through its Star Alliance membership, the airline is able to offer its customers access to 855 destinations in 155 countries and more than 16 000 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 30 cities in the US through code share service with Star Alliance partner United Airlines.In addition, members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus programme are able to earn miles on all SAA flights.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abbie Burnett, production communications specialist for Certified Angus BeefIn a third of the world’s economies today banks charge customers to keep money in savings. This and other disincentives to save has brought world economic debt to record levels, and the U.S. at $23 trillion holds the largest share of the $243 trillion total.“Economic and political order has become disorder,” said Dan Basse, AgResource president, in market analysis comments at the 2019 Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas.The pressure is on to put money to work in those economies, even to the point of devaluing the money,“In agriculture, everybody is dropping their currencies so they have a competitive edge in producing more supply,” Basse said. “This is what’s giving us a supply bear market in the grains.”“It’s really why interest rates cannot rise. So, we are kind of locked into this environment of debt and low growth.”Enter the Chinese economy. Growth there and in India will see median annual incomes of at least $20,000 rising to 150 million people.“That’s why this trade war, if you will, or trade debate is so centered on China —because they have the money to spend over the next six to eight years,” he said.In the next four to seven years, China will become the leading economy in the world and at some point after that, India will become second largest. The longer this trade war goes on, the more worldwide structural production habits change, Basse said.“Someone is going to produce what we don’t, and sell to China,” he said.In the midst of these trade negotiations, China is dealing with a major blow to its agricultural industry. African swine fever is reducing the world’s largest hog herd, which he said will decline from more than 600 million to 340 million head by year’s end.“[China] is of course stepping up their beef imports,” he said. “They are so hungry that they’re now turning to Africa to see if they can bring in some beef to fill their needs.”Basse said if we had a Chinese free trade agreement today, “We couldn’t keep beef and pork on the shelf.”But still, overall U.S. beef export commitments are good.“There’s a solid demand for our beef, both in terms of the domestic market and the export market,” he said. “We think USDA is understating U.S. beef trade, so there’s a real argument of a demand bull market that’s developing as U.S. cattle prices tighten.”The record-high domestic beef quality grades now are partly a result of U.S. consumer demand for better beef, and one reason premium-quality branding has done well, Basse said.“Everybody is looking for that higher quality cut,” he said.Record strong demand now and for “many years to come” suggests a clear advantage for producers of that higher quality.“I think it’s a good investment,” Basse said. “Consumers will reward you with bigger demand going down the road.”He doesn’t have the same optimism for grain farmers. With fewer porcine mouths to feed in China, there’s less need for soybeans and corn. African swine fever in China amounts to a loss of 20 million metric tons per year, compared to the total world meat trade of 7 million metric tons. As bullish as that is for meat, it’s bearish for world soybean demand, which leads to an extra billion bushels a year likely remaining in the United States.Basse’s not worried about having enough corn, for now. An adequate supply going into winter should mean a stable spread of $25 or $26 per hundredweight between feeder cattle and fed cattle, but that may widen to the $35 range in early 2020.“I don’t have a long-term bullish outlook for the feed producer or the corn-soybean farmer,” he said. “But I would take coverage if you see a real dilemma in South American weather.”Climate change and the warming northern oceans have led to more “angular” jet stream patterns so that weather can settle into one region, sticking around longer than usual.If the Southern Hemisphere growing season is disrupted by “stuck” weather patterns, China would be forced to buy from the U.S., despite the tariffs, creating an inflammatory market, Basse said.U.S. weather bears watching as well, because delayed planting put acres at risk of an early frost.“So you want to be protected maybe at current prices,” he said. “But I really have difficulty getting corn too much above $4.20 a bushel relative to spot futures in Chicago.”If weather holds steady, a year from now, corn could be trading at $3 or below, he said.For cattle, Basse said the cash bottom could be in and fed supplies will tighten into March. The market will turn bullish, normal weather advancing prices to the $122 to $128 per hundredweight range for the 2020 first quarter.“I want the cattlemen and the grain farmers to think of profit margins down the road,” Basse said. “Always be protective of them because our real goal in this game is to stay in business, expand when our neighbors aren’t and to look for opportunities.”
Separatists on Tuesday used the lowest-ever poll percentage of 7.14 in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls to claim “a victory of their stand” in Jammu and Kashmir.In a joint statement, separatists leaders — Hurriyat chairmen Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohamad Yasin Malik — hailed people “for complete and unprecedented poll boycott” on April 9.“People’s verdict is loud and clear. It showed commitment to achieving their fundamental political right. It is a victory and the deferment of polls vindicates that State rulers and pro-Indian parties have virtually accepted defeat,” said the joint statement. They said the Government of India’s own index of treating elections as a gauge of people’s faith in Indian democracy “stands completely exposed”. They urged people to boycott re-polling on April 13, too.“Election boycott is a significant part of our movement and people will boycott these elections,” said a Hurriyat spokesman. He said elections to Parliament, Assembly, Panchayats or municipalities, “will not serve any purpose”.The Hurriyat said it is ridiculous to blame Pakistan. “Neither an encounter occurred nor any militant from Pakistan was there. However, the Forces killed eight unarmed and innocent youth and injured over 150,” he said.Separatists are planning joint Friday prayers in Budgam, which witnessed widespread violence during the polls and saw the death of eight civilians.
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Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Read Next Rafael Nadal of Spain showers with sparkling wine as he celebrates winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at Roland Garros stadium, where the Spanish player attended the ceremony and said he was happy with his form.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Warriors star Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals MOST READ Osaka will be up against a tough opponent if she gets past Schmiedlova, facing the winner of a first-round match pitting 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko and former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka.Nadal, who last year became the first male player to win 11 titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, could meet his old foe Roger Federer in the semifinals. Federer, in his first French Open match since 2015, will face Lorenzo Sonego of Italy and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in a potential quarterfinal matchup.Federer is back on clay after skipping that part o the season for the past two years. He reached the quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome, where he withdrew because of a right leg injury.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will begin his run against Hubert Hurkacz. The Serb has been enjoying a good run of form during the clay season, winning the title in Madrid before losing to Nadal in Rome.Organizers announced before the draw that Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic had withdrawn from the tournament, which starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadal won his first title of the season last week at the Italian Open, where he looked close to his best after some uncharacteristic struggles on clay.“It was an important title for me,” Nadal said. “I played very well throughout the tournament, I’m very happy to find myself in this situation.”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, logisticsIn the women’s draw, Simona Halep will open the defense of her title against Ajla Tomljanovic. Top-ranked Naomi Osaka, who seeks a third consecutive major championship, will be up against Anna Karolína Schmiedlová.Coming to Paris with only one clay-court match since last year’s French Open, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was drawn into the top half of the draw with Osaka and Halep. She will take on Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The festival experienced significant growth in its first decade, touring extensively in the U.S. and Canada.In 1973, the Queen was on hand to open the Festival Theatre, which allowed the Shaw Festival to mount large-scale productions. The 2017 production of Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” will be dedicated to Rand’s memory.“The Shaw was established during the formative days of the non-profit theatre movement, but it did not come easily. There were early detractors and many obstacles,” executive director Tim Jennings said in a statement.“Mr. Rand and Mr. Doherty are especially honoured in our history for their tenacity and exceptional dedication. What they created over 55 years ago has grown into one of the largest theatres in the world and a symbol of bi-national excellence.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Tim Carroll, the Shaw Festival’s new artistic director, said Rand was “what all artists pray for — a truly dedicated friend, supporter and advisor: one who was in it for the long haul.”“We really can’t thank him enough. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time.” Calvin Rand, the co-founder and founding board chairman of Ontario’s Shaw Festival, has died at the age of 87.Rand, of Buffalo, N.Y., teamed with co-founder Brian Doherty in 1962 to create a summer festival devoted to showcasing the works of playwright George Bernard Shaw.The inaugural season featured four performances each of “Don Juan in Hell” and “Candida,” which were staged in the Assembly Room of the historic Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Twitter