How Champions League groups could look for Prem giants under shocking new plans

first_imgUEFA and the European Clubs Association are pushing for a new version of the Champions League.It would mean a minimum of 14 games for clubs in the group phase and 21 matches to win the competition.1The change would be apart of a three-tier structure to European football, planned to start from the 2024-25 season.So far, the Prem clubs have resisted the proposals, telling ECA chiefs that they do not believe there is an appetite for more European games.The Big Six are fearful that agreeing to the idea would have significant knock-on effects, both to the value of the Prem’s TV deals and forcing them to abandon the Carabao Cup, which would have a devastating impact on the EFL.But Uefa and the ECA believe they have support from around Europe, not just the big countries, but the smaller ones.So how could the competition look?SunSport has analysed the outlines plans to demonstrate how year one of the new Champions League could look -if it were being brought in this season.Country cap – no nation could have more than four teams.The Big Five countries would each start with a full complement of four sides.The other eight guaranteed places from be assigned to the champions of the next highest-ranked associationsThe final four spots would be filled by a play-off stage involving the champions of the other Uefa membersTeams from each nation would be separated in the groupPossible scenario:Group 1: Manchester City, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta, Lille, Galatasaray, Genk, CelticGroup 2: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Juventus, Leverkusen, PSG, Shakhtar Donetsk, Salzburg, Dinamo ZagrebGroup 3: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, St Etienne, Benfica, Young Boys Bern, AjaxGroup 4: Tottenham, Barcelona, Napoli, Leipzig, Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg, Slavia Prague, PAOK SalonikaTop four in each group go into last 16 knock-out phase. MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutFifth team retains place in Champions League for following season (if they qualify through domestic league).Sixth placed team play a seventh placed team in a two-legged relegation play-off. Losers to play in Europa League group phase the following season.Eighth placed team relegated to play-off stage for place in following season’s Europa League group phase (the two-legged tie to play).Premier League Big Six fighting Euro clubs to save League Cup – with new proposal to play FOURTEEN Champions League group gameslast_img read more

2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes an epic ride into history

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In this image made from video provided by Chris Rogers, surfer Koa Smith rides a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the Western shore of Africa. Smith rode for nearly a mile over a 120-second span and stayed upright as he traveled through eight barrels–the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the surfer’s head. (Chris Rogers via AP)To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate.To say he got lucky — that’s missing the point.ADVERTISEMENT “When you’re out there, you’re really out there, and you’re kind of on your own,” Smith said. “But when you’re out there, you’re not thinking about it. You know you’re sacrificing your life for this.”Smith grew up on Kauai and said he got into surfing the way many Hawaii kids do.“There’s not much to do there,” he said. “My parents would drop us off at the beach. You start playing in the sand, playing in the ocean, body surfing, boogie boarding and it keeps evolving. I started surfing when I was 3. My brother is four years older. When he started, it was, ‘If he can do this, I can do this.’”Smith qualified for 10-and-under nationals when he was 6; he had his first Nike contract by age 12.Though surfing has been around much longer than its distant action-sports cousin of snowboarding, athletes in the ocean sport are now faced with some of the same questions the snowboarders dealt with 20 years ago.Surfing is making its debut at the Olympics in 2020 and there figures to be a divide between those who want to keep it as a lifestyle sport — chasing waves and footage — and those who see a more lucrative path on a competitive side, which, in surfing’s case, already has a well-established history.READ: Igarashi set to catch a wave in surfing’s Olympic debutThough the Olympics are not his immediate goal, Smith does surf in plenty of contests — “If you compete, you have to be really good at riding bad waves,” he says — and has not ruled them out.“There’s something about performance pressure that allows you to dig deep and feel something you couldn’t real feel any other way,” he said.In a way, though, he’s won his gold medal. That day on Skeleton Bay will live on, both in his mind and on the video, for a very long time. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the western shore of Africa, for 120 straight seconds. He stayed upright for nearly a mile (1.5 kilometers) as he traveled through an unheard-of eight barrels — the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the rider’s head.Almost as amazing — Smith and videographer Chris Rogers filmed the entire ride using both a drone that hovered overhead, and a GoPro attached to a mouthpiece that Smith wore while he rode.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’d like to think that everything I’ve done my whole life led up to that moment,” Smith said of his masterpiece over a one-of-a-kind wave last month, the likes of which has never been documented before.Smith owes his success to being every bit as much a calculated scientist as a devil-may-care risktaker. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Much as a meteorologist tracks storms several days before they hit, Smith and many world-class surfers have mastered the art of reading weather charts to predict when and where the greatest sized ocean swells will hit. It’s one thing to know they’re coming, quite another to get to where the action is, and Smith is more than willing to drop everything in search of the perfect wave.In this image made from video provided by Chris Rogers, surfer Koa Smith points at a wave during his two-minute ride off the coast of Namibia on the western shore of Africa. Smith rode the wave for nearly a mile and stayed upright as he traveled through eight barrels–the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the surfer’s head. (Chris Rogers via AP)“He can be in one place one day, and you call him and he says, ‘I’m taking off for Africa tomorrow,’” says Smith’s publicist, Ryan Runke.The locale of his greatest triumph is called Skeleton Bay — a mystic stretch of beach fronting the South Atlantic on the western coast of Africa.Don’t bother trying to go unless you know someone who knows the area. It’s a two-day plane ride from Hawaii, followed by a car ride through the desert, culminating with a journey down a stretch of sandy, unmarked roads that lead to the ocean. The final stop is at a stretch of beach where a lucky handful of surfers share space with hundreds of aggressive seal colonies, thousands of jackals and, once in the water, the occasional great white shark.READ: Organizers firm up schedule for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img NCAA: Letran routs JRU for back to back wins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “There was a point where I was at four barrels and I was already like, ‘This is amazing,’” he said. “It looked like the wave was over, but it formed again. I figured, the drone’s there, I might as well stay on. And I was like, ‘Whoa!’ This went from a good wave to like a life-changing wave.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

UAAP: La Salle destroys UST in first game against Ayo

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Green Archers recovered from their 67-61 loss to University of the Philippines and cruised to their third win in four games to improve to a 3-2 and stay well within the top half of the ladder.UST, meanwhile, dropped their third straight game and fell to 1-4 record, tying University of the East at the bottom of the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAyo led the Green Archers to the 2016 title right after he streeted Letran to the NCAA championship the year prior.La Salle went firing as early as the first quarter taking a 28-17 lead heading into the second and never looking back one bit. “The primary game plan is to play 40 minutes of composed basketball, 40 minutes of being at the highest level,” said La Salle head coach Louie Gonzales. “It’s a good thing that everybody contributed and played at the highest level until the final buzzer.”Justine Baltazar had a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds and three blocks for La Salle while Aljun Melecio had 19 points, 17 in the first half, and eight rebounds.Andrei Caracut added 13 points to the Green Archers’ cause while Jolo Go and Santi Santillan had 11 points apiece.Renzo Subido led the Tigers with 16 points while Marvin Lee and Zachary Huang had 13 points apiece. UST’s center Steve Akomo was out of the game due to food poisoning.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew De La Salle wasn’t in the mood for pleasantries in its first game against former head coach Aldin Ayo after humiliating University of Santo Tomas, 99-72, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rockets roll in Melo’s debut as Harden, Paul each reach 20 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Fashionomics: AfDB’s New Initiative for Women and Youth

first_imgAfDB focuses on fashion industry to create jobs for millions of women and youth in AfricaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for the empowerment of small and medium operators in the textiles, apparel and accessories sectors as a deliberate job creation strategy.The AfDB made the call at the recently concluded Small Business Indaba held on June 26, 2017 in Gauteng, South Africa. The main objective of the Small Business Indaba was to provide small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) with the tools and network to grow their manufacturing operations to the next level of innovation and job creation.Emanuela Gregorio, Gender Specialist at AfDB“Textile and clothing is the second largest sector in the developing world after agriculture. This sector is dominated by SMEs and holds the potential to create jobs for millions of women and youth across Africa,” Emanuela Gregorio, Gender Specialist at AfDB, said at the conference.“The foundation of any long-lasting venture in Africa depends on the continuous empowerment of regional SMEs and young entrepreneurs. Governments, the private sector and international investors must consider Africa’s young people and SMEs central to the stability of their economies.”A large percentage of workers in the textile and clothing industry is made up of women.Because it is labour-intensive, it has great scope to offer employment and to transform the lives of many women and youth across Africa.“In this context, we have developed a flagship initiative named Fashionomics to enable African women and youth operating in the textiles, apparel and accessories sector to develop and grow their businesses,” she noted.The AfDB launched Fashionomics (the economics of fashion) initiative to increase Africa’s participation in the global textile industry supply chain. Fashionomics is an initiative to support the development of micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) operating in the textile, apparel and accessories industry in Africa, with a focus on women and youth empowerment.SMEs have the great potential of fuelling growth and spur job creation. Today, these small and growing businesses create around 80% of the region’s employment, establishing a new middle class and fuelling demand for new goods and services.Countries like Ethiopia intend to become “leaders in light manufacturing”, which includes apparel, leather and agro-processing and create 300,000 jobs for the industry.The Bank runs an SME programme designed to support micro, small and medium enterprises, and is closely tracking its role in the continent’s inclusive development through its High-5 agenda (Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialise Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa).According to the AfDB, Africa currently has 480 million youth and that figure is projected to grow to 850 million youth by 2050. Despite the more than 10 million youth that enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created annually (in the public and private sector). Even when jobs are available, youth often do not have the skills required, despite gains in education access over the past several decades. Women are particularly impacted, often facing even greater barriers to accessing opportunities and earning equal pay.In this context, the development of labour-intensive sectors is imperative and the African creative industries offer massive potential for continent-wide job creation and GDP growth. The African fashion is a case in point, the Bank says. All across the continent, hundreds of thousands of tailors and designers, most of them operating in the informal sector, are producing unique garments and accessories with a visible “made in Africa” brand for a growing middle class.The Bank is in the process of operationalizing the full-scale Fashionomics platform to connect the different stakeholders in the industry (suppliers, buyers, retailers, designers/fashion entrepreneurs, financiers, donors, etc.), along with the financial community and end-users. Therefore, the key next steps are to: increase access to markets; increase access to finance by connecting designers/fashion entrepreneurs with commercial banks and established investors, but also by tapping into alternative financing channels, such as crowdfunding mechanisms, and linking them to angel and impact investors; improve the skills of the target group, enhancing productivity (shared-production facilities/incubators), mentorship, tutorials, skills development (through boot camps/trainings on produce high-quality garment, but also business acumen on how to prepare business plan, etc.), and develop market intelligence surveys that will assist them to prosper and sustain their businesses; and provide networking opportunities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Special Weather Statement issued for B.C. Peace and Pine Pass as heavy snow expected Friday

first_imgWeather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A pacific front will move into the B.C. Peace on Friday morning and bring with it as much as 40 cm of snow.A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass. The statement says the front will bring with it rain, and snow with accumulations of anywhere from 20 to 40 cm by Saturday afternoon.Snow will begin over Williston region and Pine pass on Thursday then change to rain or mixed with rain Thursday night as the warm Pacific front approaches.- Advertisement -See the full weather statement below.5:09 AM PST Thursday 07 November 2019Special weather statement in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA Pacific front will move onto Peace River region early on Friday morning. This will be followed by an Arctic front pushing through the region in the afternoon and then stalling on Saturday. Long period of snow at times mixed with rain is expected with 20 to 40 cm total accumulation possible by Saturday afternoon.Advertisement Snow will begin over Williston region and Pine pass today then change to rain or mixed with rain tonight as the warm Pacific front approaches.Rain mixed with snow is expected to develop overnight over southern Peace River region then change to snow Friday when the Arctic front pushes through.Northern Peace River region will likely stay north of the warm front and receive highest amount of snowfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Advertisementcenter_img 5:09 AM PST Thursday 07 November 2019Special weather statement in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassA Pacific front will move onto Peace River region early on Friday morning. This will be followed by an Arctic front pushing through the region in the afternoon and then stalling on Saturday. Long period of snow at times mixed with rain is expected with 20 to 40 cm total accumulation possible by Saturday afternoon.Snow will begin over Williston region and Pine pass today then change to rain or mixed with rain tonight as the warm Pacific front approaches.Rain mixed with snow is expected to develop overnight over southern Peace River region then change to snow Friday when the Arctic front pushes through.Northern Peace River region will likely stay north of the warm front and receive highest amount of snowfall.Advertisementlast_img read more

AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

first_imgTHE head of America’s armed forces has stepped down – with Donegal in his retirement plans.General Martin Dempsey, who spent many summers in the west of the county with his cousins, had been Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the highest-ranking military officer in the US Armed Forces. At his retirement ceremony, after 41 years of military service, General Dempsey led a powerful rendition of the Parting Glass….before rejoining his family and giving one final poignant salute (video above).But we could be seeing a lot more of the 63-year-old as he is planning a visit ‘home’ next year.Donegal County Council is expected to honour General Dempsey.His grandfather, John Óg Devenney, originally came from Ranafast, a Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) part of Donegal. He left his hometown in 1926, boarding a train at Crolly and going to the port at Derry, where he boarded a ship, The Cameronia, bound for New York. Dempsey spent every summer of his youth learning Irish in Ranafast and many of his relatives, with whom General Dempsey keeps in touch, live in the area.His family hopes that he will visit Donegal next year, and that the Irish government will recognise him.His cousin Donnchadh Devenney said: “His grandfather left the old train station in Crolly with four of his friends to find a better life in America and they were played off by the local Ranafast band which they were members of.“It’s great to see that something good came of it and that an Irishman and the rest of his family have done so well for themselves.”President Obama’s speech at the retirement event is below…AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA was last modified: October 9th, 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:donegalGeneral Martin DempseyParting GlassRanafastretirementlast_img read more

Making a murderer fans – Brendan Dassey has just been released!

first_imgWorld News: Fans of Netflix’s Making a Murderer will be delighted to learn that Brendan Dassey’s conviction has officially been overturned.According to Law Newz, a federal judge has ordered that Dassey be released from custody, unless within 90 days of the date of his decision, the state of Wisconsin initiates proceedings to re-try him. An excerpt of the judges decision was obtained and reads:The state courts unreasonably found that the investigators never made Dassey any promises during the March 1, 2006 interrogation.The investigators repeatedly claimed to already know what happened on October 31 and assured Dassey that he had nothing to worry about.These repeated false promises, when considered in conjunction with all relevant factors, most especially Dassey’s age, intellectual deficits, and the absence of a supportive adult, rendered Dassey’s confession involuntary under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Brendan Dassey’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus is GRANTED.Teresa Halbach was murdered in October, 2005. Her charred remains of Halbach were discovered on the Avery property, as was her Toyota RAV4 vehicle, cell phone, car key, and license plates. Avery was charged with the murder of Halbach, mutilation of a corpse, and illegal possession of a firearm after Avery’s blood was found in her vehicle.Avery’s defense team argued that the evidence was planted and that Avery was framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department in retaliation for a $36 million lawsuit that Avery initiated as the result of an earlier wrongful conviction. Depositions in the lawsuit had taken place at the end of September 2005.Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery was charged with the murder of Halbach, mutilation of a corpse, and illegal possession of a firearm after Avery’s blood was found in her vehicle. Avery’s defense team argued that the evidence was planted and that Avery was framed by the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department in retaliation for a $36 million lawsuit that Avery initiated as the result of an earlier wrongful conviction. Depositions in the lawsuit had taken place at the end of September 2005.Making a murderer fans – Brendan Dassey has just been released! was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Brendan DasseyconvictionFeaturesMaking a MurdererNetflixOverturnedlast_img read more

‘Silencing his critics!’ – Man United star praised after Europa League display

first_img Paul Pogba (left): The Frenchman played a key role in Man United’s Europa League triumph Paul Pogba proved his critics wrong in the Europa League final, according to Manchester United fans.The French midfielder has regularly been criticised since returning to Old Trafford last summer in a world-record £89m deal, but his opening goal helped the Red Devils secure the trophy as they beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm.He put in an impressive performance in the centre of the park and his goal – albeit deflected – was well deserved.Pogba ends the season with Man United on 51 appearances, nine goals and six assists, winning the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield.See how fans reacted, below… 1last_img

GAA: GAOTH DOBHAIR PUT DUNGLOE INTO DIVISION TWO

first_imgDungloe have been relegated to Division two after being beaten by local rival Gaoth Dobhair.Dungloe now join Glenswilly in Division two after going down 0-6 to 1-10.It was nip and tuck after half-time in this relegation dogfight with Dungloe 0-5 to 0-4 ahead. But Gaoth Dobhair turned the screw and a goal midway through the second half confined Dungloe to second division football next season. GAA: GAOTH DOBHAIR PUT DUNGLOE INTO DIVISION TWO was last modified: December 16th, 2012 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:Division TwodungloeGaoth Dobhairrelegation battlelast_img read more

McHUGH WELCOMES MULTI-BILLION EURO WINDFALL FOR FARMERS

first_imgDeputy Joe McHughDONEGAL Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a multi-billion euro in payments to farmers.Minister Simon Coveney announced tonight €12.5 Billion in support for the Agricultural sector, sanctioned through the Irish Government and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar II Funding programme “I welcome today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Simon Coveney, T.D., that €12.5Billion of funds will be sanctioned through the Irish Government and the CAP’s Pillar II programme,” said Deputy McHugh. “With approximately 85% of produce from Irish farms being exported, it was imperative that our allocation was in line with these requirements in order to maintain and sustain our farming sector.“Over the Christmas period, I was in regular contact with both large and small farmers, and in particular the suckler and beef famers, who are experiencing serious challenges at the moment and need considerable encouragement and support over the coming months. But one thing that all farmers have in common across the sector is a clear and consistent message – distribute the money to farmers and they will spend it!“I have been working closely with Minister Coveney over the past year to ensure a fair distribution of funds are sanctioned for Pillar II and I am grateful to the Minister for all the hard work that has been involved in securing this funding.“I particularly welcome the focus on encouraging young farmers to participate in the agriculture sector, as per the following provisions: the full 2% of the national ceiling will be allocated to young farmers, providing for a 25% ‘top-up’ on direct payments on up to 50 hectares for farmers under 40 years of age (worth more than €16,000 over the period where payment is made on the maximum area for the full five years of the scheme); educational criteria will ensure payments are made to genuine young farmers; young farmers will be prioritised in the allocation of payment entitlements from the national reserve. “The funding includes €1.9 billion in national funding and €2.2 billion of EU funding, including €8.5 billion in EU money, which will be distributed in direct payments to farmers, and also includes around €4 billion allotted for the Rural Development Programme until 2020.” McHUGH WELCOMES MULTI-BILLION EURO WINDFALL FOR FARMERS was last modified: January 14th, 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:agriculturebillions of euroJoe McHughwindfalllast_img read more