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Killybegs chef chow-ders down for Donegal at All-Ireland Cook-Off

first_imgKillybegs-based chef Mairead Anderson will become the latest chef from the county to fly the flag for Donegal when she heads to Kinsale this week to represent the county at the 9th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off.The Galway native came to Donegal first in 1996 when she attended college in Killybegs and she eventually settled here with her college romance Garry, with whom she has two children, Jamie (12) and Bethany (9).Indeed Garry’s influence is to be found in Mairead’s winning entry, something she is quick to acknowledge. “Seafood chowder is Garry’s recipe. Garry was a chef for 20 years and in my opinion his chowder is exactly what seafood chowder should be – done traditionally and finely tuned over the years.”The All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off will feature professional restaurant chefs and makers of commercial chowders, each selected to represent their county, in competition for the title of All-Ireland Chowder Champion.Mairead will be travelling to the competition confident that their chowder, made to Garry’s recipe, will be well in the running.“Garry’s chowder is made using the stock of the finest fish like turbot and monk. We make a roux and it is made slowly and with a lot of love. It is made using only the finest ingredients, but Garry does add a secret ingredient that makes the chowder his own.” Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, took the opportunity to wish Mairead and Garry – who own the Seafood Shack in Killybegs – the very best of luck in the competition, describing them as “great ambassadors for the county.”He added that the opportunity to attend the All-Ireland Chowder competition is just one of many benefits of being involved and active in the Food Coast in Donegal.“Donegal Food Coast has the role of acting as a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “food county” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.There has been real momentum building across this sector and it is all about raising awareness of what we have on our county locally and what we can do with our produce. We are delighted to be in a position to assist and ensure that Donegal is represented at this prestigious national competition.”Mairead is certainly glad of the opportunity. Killybegs chef chow-ders down for Donegal at All-Ireland Cook-Off was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 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)Tags:chefChowderKillybegsMaiead Andersonlast_img read more

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NAFTA debate continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a new round of NAFTA talks begins, public support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is growing. According to a Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans (56%) now support the NAFTA, an increase from 33% based on previous surveys.A bipartisan group of 76 House members challenged a Trump administration proposal to create a new U.S. content requirement for automobiles to qualify for tariff cuts. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the members said the proposal would “eliminate the competitive advantages provided to the U.S. auto industry under the current NAFTA rules” and hamper the sector’s ability to compete globally.There were 150 food and agriculture organizations that signed a letter to U.S. governors, urging them to express their support for NAFTA to President Trump. The letter detailed the economic benefits of NAFTA realized by livestock agriculture, crops, dairy, spirits, beverages and a wide range of other products. Ag groups also joined a letter to Lighthizer encouraging him to maintain current trucking provisions that facilitate agriculture trade between the United States and Mexico.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a public speaking appearance made comments reflecting the administration’s stance on the NAFTA renegotiation. He characterized the president’s position by saying, “His general point of view is no deal is better than a terrible deal.” Ross also asserted that aggressive public advocacy from industry sectors, such as agriculture, is complicating the renegotiation discussions.Mexico’s Economy Minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said that Mexico will propose a review of NAFTA every five years. Unlike the Trump administration “sunset” proposal, the five-year review proposed by Mexico would not lead to an automatic withdrawal of the agreement if the countries don’t explicitly agree to extend it. He cited the importance of providing more investor certainty as the rationale for Mexico’s proposal.last_img read more

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Geocaching adventures in New Mexico

first_imgGeocaching in New MexicoThis blog post was written by geocaching superwoman and Geocaching HQ employee, Annie Love.One might think of a band playing gigs in different cities when they hear the term “Lackeys on Tour.” But those of us who work at Geocaching Headquarters, lovingly known as “Lackeys,” it simply means geocaching in an interesting new location.Previous Lackey adventures had taken us to Alaska and Las Vegas, but after a year off, the road called to us once again. Jon Stanley (Moun10bike) suggested New Mexico as it was a state he hadn’t cached in yet. To be honest, when you come from dreary Seattle it’s pretty refreshing to spend a day in the warm, sunny desert geocaching. The group was quickly on board and before we knew it, ten of us Lackeys had booked flights, hotels and two minivans to the Land of Enchantment.Two minivans in the Land of EnchantmentWe arrived in Albuquerque late on a Friday night. But just because it was late didn’t mean we couldn’t start caching. Luckily, the nearest cache was only about 50 feet from our hotel.The priority the first day of our trip was power caching. They say “It’s not about the numbers” but we don’t always agree with what “they” say. Power caching may not be for everyone but it’s important for Geocaching HQ employees to understand the different caching methods that the community enjoys.Ready for a power trail?Power caching in the desertAt Geocaching HQ, we pride ourselves in testing our products live in the field. The day we left, our mobile team released a new beta app for the staff to test. Finding 200+ geocaches over a weekend provided a great experience to test the beta and discover any issues that may need attention before release.In the middle of our power caching, a Virtual Cache brought us to the Abo Ruins (GCB95A), a Spanish mission dating back to the 1600s. Discovering places like this is what makes geocaching so special.Virtual Cache Abo RuinsAfter waking up the next morning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we ventured to an EarthCache with a lot of Favorite points, the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks (GC1TVB6). Years of volcanic eruptions and subsequent erosion created a slot canyon with cone-shaped tent rocks that are now an amazing national monument. We hiked the three-mile round-trip trail to the top to take in amazing 360° views of the entire region.EarthCache Kasha-Katuwe Tent RocksAfter an hour and a half drive, we finished our day back in Albuquerque with cold beer, tasty BBQ, and good conversations with geocaching locals. We spent a couple hours sharing caching stories and lots of laughs with about 25 attendees at our event (GC7JVQP). It never ceases to amaze me how warm and welcoming geocachers are no matter where you travel.One has to feel pretty lucky to work at a company where you’d spend your own money to go on vacation with your coworkers. I still pinch myself that I get to work at Geocaching HQ and have amazing experiences like our Lackeys on Tour trip to New Mexico.Even though we may not be a band, we can still look good on our album cover.We could almost be a cool bandShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme GeocachingJune 8, 2012In “Community”Lackey trip report: GeoWoodstock XVIIJuly 2, 2019In “Community”The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

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Would You Pay for Advanced Email Search? Xobni Thinks You Will

first_imgsarah perez Xobni, the makers of an Outlook add-in for a “smarter inbox,” have just released a slew of new premium features in a package called “Xobni Plus.” For the most part, these new features aim to bring more advanced search tools to your inbox, including the ability to build advanced queries, search within conversations and networks, and create Boolean searches. Also new are auto-suggest and filtering features. The question now is will users pay $29.95 for the upgrade? Xobni has long been a popular add-in for email users who “live in Outlook,” as many business users claim they do. Once installed, it adds a collapsible sidebar to your inbox which displays profiles of the people you’re corresponding with as well as information about related messages, phone numbers, files exchanged, and more. Since its launch in early 2008, the software has been offered as a free download to anyone looking to capitalize on the hidden social network in their inbox. But in March of this year, we got wind that things were going to change when Xobni announced their plans to work on a premium version after receiving a new round of funding. What’s Worth Paying For? Xobni Says SearchIt’s interesting that the company thinks the critical missing feature that users will be willing to pay for is search, especially since Microsoft Outlook includes some pretty robust search tools of its own. In Outlook 2007, for example, a user can configure “Search Folders” which let you easily create a custom query for things like “mail from specific people” or “mail with attachments” or anything else you can dream up. Outlook also offers instant search that finds and highlights keywords in your messages. More recently, though, you may have heard of another popular search feature when Google broke it: Windows Desktop Search. Outlook ties into this search service which lets the Windows OS index your emails so computer-wide searches will also return email results.So how is Xobni going to improve on the built-in capabilities of Outlook? Essentially, by adding tools and features that make email search more like cramming a real search engine into your inbox.New Features in PlusXobni Plus’s query builder makes it easier to configure advanced queries -similar to how search folders might operate. However, unlike search folders, these queries can be built on the fly for one-time use, not saved forever as a new Outlook folder. You can search for exact phrases or keywords and you can even perform Boolean queries. Xobni is also letting you search entire conversation threads at once instead of having to search your entire inbox or a particular folder, as in Outlook. And thankfully, you can now search through archived PSTs, too.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another new search feature is the ability to search calendar appointments and tasks, an interesting choice for a premium product since Outlook’s own instant search feature is available in all Mail views, including Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks. The only feature debuting in Xobni Plus that’s not really about building a specific search query is AutoSuggest. However, it’s somewhat search-related. If you’ve ever forgotten the name or email of someone you need to contact, remembering only that they work at a specific company for example, you can use this feature to type in what you can remember (like the company name) and Xobni will display all matching results ranked on how often you and that person communicate. That’s a big improvement on the typical autocomplete functionality found in most email clients today. Why Pay When Outlook Includes Search of Its Own?Despite some similarities between Outlook’s native features and Xobni, the improvement here is Xobni’s easier-to-use UI that places everything you need in its sidebar. Also, it’s worth noting that Outlook’s own search may be a headache for some users, especially if you go by the top Google results for “Outlook 2007 search” which returns tons of links like “search problem,” “fix for slow instant search,” and “search busted.” Now that the premium software is available, the question is whether or not Outlook users are really struggling so much with Outlook’s own search features that they would be willing to pay nearly $30 for these improvements. (Our guess is that they are.) We’re a little surprised that the Plus offering didn’t incorporate more “social” features, like improvements to their Facebook integration or some sort of microblogging functionality, but we suppose that at the end of the day these sorts of things are probably less useful to the business user than simply finding email fast is. To buy the new version of Xobni Plus, you can go here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Justice eludes man whose son’s death sparked protests

first_imgThe State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has dismissed the application moved by Ashraf Mattoo, whose son Tufail Mattoo died in a widely-reported police firing in Srinagar in 2010, where he sought a copy of the Koul commission.‘Application dismissed’SHRC chairman Justice Bilal Nazki, in response to the application move by Mr. Mattoo, said, “This request is outside the jurisdiction of this commission (SHRC). The application is dismissed.”Mr Mattoo’s 17-year-old son died in police firing on June 11 in 2010, sparking a five-month-long cycle of violence.On June 19, 2014, the government appointed a one-man judicial commission headed by Justice M.L Koul to probe the 2010 killing.Quoting Mr. Nazki’s recent statement where he asked people “to approach the Commission even in case a patwari refuses to issue any revenue paper,” Mr. Mattoo said “Mr. Nazki saw human rights violation in case a patwari refuses a document. But what is holding back the SHRC from issuing a direction to seek a copy of report of the Commission. It is my rightful plea to have the copy of the Commission report before which I deposed and cooperation with the hope to get justice.”Mr. Mattoo said the State and its institutions seem “out to kill the idea of justice by such acts.”Earlier in January, the Commission refused to share its findings with Mr. Mattoo. The officials at the tribunal in Srinagar denied him access to the retired report, in which 60 civilian killings were re-investigated.“I filed an application for the report in the first week of January. I am told that I will get access only to a small portion of the report. Isn’t it my right to get a copy of the report of which I have been a part since its formation in 2014,” Mr. Mattoo said.last_img read more

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