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DONEGAL soccer legend Con McLaughlin celebrated his 60th birthday with a big bash at the weekend.The legendary former Finn Harps striker was joined by family and friends at Arena 7, Letterkenny, to toast his latest milestone.McLaughlin marked many milestones during a stellar career and he was the first Donegal player ever to score 100 goals in the League of Ireland. Con McLaughlin with his motherMcLaughlin was first signed as a 16-year-old by Eunan ‘Busty’ Blake in the 1970s and scored on his Harps debut against Cork Alberts at Flower Lodge.McLaughlin was courted by a number of clubs during his career, but he stayed loyal to Harps. He was capped three times by the Republic of Ireland youth team and scored against Finland, while he scored twice for the Irish junior team in a 2-1 win over Scotland. Now a popular referee in Donegal, McLaughlin continues to contribute to the game.He is the uncle of current senior footballers Barry McNamee (Derry City), Tony McNamee (Finn Harps) and Shane McNamee (Institute).Donegal soccer legend Con McLaughlin toasts 60th birthday! was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
3 May 2006The African Monitor, a new non-governmental organisation (NGO) launched in Cape Town on Tuesday, aims to serve as a catalyst within African civil society, helping both governments and NGOs to identify constraints to faster growth and lobbying for Africa’s development.Spearheaded by South Africa’s Anglican Archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, the African Monitor will seek to bring a strong African voice to the development debate and monitor whether Africa’s development promises are being met.Speaking at the launch, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that while it was crucial for the African Monitor (AM) to be independent, it should also partner governments in the fight against poverty and disease.“It is in that intersection between partnership and independence that the true value of the AM will play itself out,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that the body would add to the “arsenal of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms” that African governments were putting in place to gauge their own progress.“It is particularly refreshing to see that AM intends to roll out a community monitoring programme that will enable communities to speak on development implementation.”Faster implementationThe Deputy President said Africa had every reason to be confident. It had resolved to eliminate conflict and its root causes, and it had a new generation of leaders who were committed to people-centred programmes of development.In addition, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) set out concrete projects in infrastructure and human resource development, the harnessing of communications and other technology, and taking full advantage of the comparative advantages that the continent’s various regions possessed.What Africa was looking for now, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, were processes to help the continent accelerate its rate of implementation, so that by 2015 “we mobilise the peoples of the continent and the globe to meet the targets we have set.”When the United Nations identified 2015 as the year by which governments should have significantly reduced hunger, child and maternal mortality, unemployment, ignorance and disease, “it was expressing more than a hope about what could be done” – it was inspired by the conviction that humanity had it within its power to meet these targets.Archbishop Ndungane said the African Monitor would soon appoint a board representative of its constituency.In addition to the board, the AM will also put together a Togona (House of Wisdom) to perform broad-based advocacy with policy makers and be the public face of the organisation.“The Togona will consist of high-profile leaders with credibility and influence in Africa and beyond,” Ndungane said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Glen Arnold, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionSeveral livestock producers have inquired about applying liquid dairy or swine manure to newly planted wheat fields using a drag hose. The thought process is that the fields are firm (dry), there is very little rain in the nearby forecast, and the moisture in the manure could help with wheat germination and emergence.The manure nutrients could easily replace the commercial fertilizer normally applied in advance of planting wheat. The application of fall-applied livestock manure to newly planted or growing crop can reduce nutrient losses compared to fall-applied manure without a growing crop.Both swine and dairy manure can be used to add moisture to newly planted wheat. It’s important that the wheat seeds were properly covered with soil when planted to keep a barrier between the salt and nitrogen in the manure and the germinating wheat seed. It’s also important that livestock producers know their soil phosphorus levels, and the phosphorus in the manure being applied, so we don’t grow soil phosphorus levels beyond what is acceptable.If the wheat is planted at its typical one-inch depth and swine or dairy manure is surface applied there should be no problem applying 5,000 gallons per acre of swine manure or 8,000 gallons per acre of dairy manure. If the wheat is emerging when manure is being applied, there is the possibility of some burn to the wheat from swine manure, but this has not happened in fields I have looked at in past years. If the wheat is fully emerged, there is little concern for burning.If incorporating manure ahead of planting wheat, try to place the manure deep enough (at least three inches) so the manure does not impact the germination and emergence of the wheat crop. Another option is to incorporate the manure and wait a few days before planting the wheat. If incorporated, the opportunity to carry some of the manure nitrogen through the winter could allow for a reduction in the amount of topdress nitrogen needed for the wheat crop next spring.The application of 5,000 gallons of swine finishing manure could contain 200 pounds of nitrogen, 100 pounds of P2O5 and 150 pounds of K2O. The application of 8,000 gallons of dairy manure could contain 175 pounds of nitrogen, 60 pounds of P2O5 and 150 pounds of K2O. Manure nutrient content can vary tremendously from one manure storage facility to another but stay reasonably consistent from the same facility year after year.As always, print out the weather forecast when surface applying manure. Remember the “not greater than 50% chance of 0.5 inches of rainfall in the next 24 hours” rule in the western Lake Erie watershed. Also be certain to observe the proper setbacks from ditches and streams.