Antrim teacher wins gold for going 'green' Mrs. Jocelyn Brown from Ballycraigy Primary School claimed the gold prize in the Northern Ireland-wide search for primary school teachers who take responsibility for the environment and eco issues. Jocelyn has been involved with a number of green activities with her pupils including harvesting school crops for soup, gardening competitions, bird watching, setting up a composting area, organizing a 'walk to school week' and a weekly Green Fingers Club.
With only weeks to go, the race is on for primary school pupils throughout Northern Ireland to nominate their 'Green Teacher of the Year' as the final leg of the competition comes to a close on 19th October. This unique competition organised by Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables, rewards primary school teachers for taking responsibility for the environment and eco issues.
KIN from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club won the 2012 Edinburgh Cup on Saturday 7th July, taking the title after three highly competitive days sailing in Belfast Lough. Crewed by the 2000 Edinburgh Cup Winning team of Simon Brien, Mark Brien and David Gomes, KIN finished ahead of a strong international Dragon fleet of 45 yachts from 10 countries.
The Edinburgh Cup has been the Class Championship for the British Dragon Class of sailing vessels since 1949.For the first time since 2000, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club will be hosting the prestigious Championships. 45 Dragon boats will contest the Championships which has attracted international competitors from Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Australia, Denmark, Monaco, Estonia, the UK and Ireland.
Belfast Harbour, Northern Ireland's largest port, has reported improved turnover and profit during 2010-2011. The data, contained in the Harbour's latest Annual Report, shows a 2% rise in Profit before Taxation to £17.8m and a 4% increase in Turnover to £36.1m.
A double Olympic gold medal winner and former world champion is leading a strong international field of sailors travelling to Belfast to take part in what is set to be one of the largest Dragon Class yachting events of its kind. Sponsored by Belfast Harbour, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is hosting the 2012 Edinburgh Cup, the UK Dragon Boat Championships, which will take place on Belfast Lough from 4th July-7th July.
The spectacular schools programme Webster's WaterWorks, had an Olympic twist on May 25th when hundreds of schoolchildren had the chance to play two iconic pieces with Olympian themes alongside the Ulster Orchestra. The special concert, developed by the Ulster Orchestra's Education Department for Belfast Harbour, saw 550 Key Stage 2 pupils from 12 Belfast schools pack the Ulster Hall to play along with the Orchestra on instruments they had created themselves from recycled materials during workshops at their schools. The concert programme for the day included the Grammy award-winning Olympic Fanfare and Theme written by John Williams and the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire score composed by Vangelis.
The largest flotilla of yachts ever assembled in Belfast Lough took place on Sunday, 6th May to help officially open Belfast Harbour's new marina. Over 60 boats sailed up the Lough into the new facility at Abercorn Basin in the heart of Titanic Quarter. The event, organised by Belfast Harbour, began at 12 noon when 60 yachts and motorboats from across Northern Ireland congregated at the centre of Belfast Lough. They were then led into Belfast Harbour by the RNLI and a Harbour pilot boat, before disembarking at the marina for a BBQ.
Moat Primary School in Lisnaskea has sailed ahead of the opposition to win a Titanic-themed junk modelling competition organised by Belfast Harbour and Titanic Foundation Ltd. Using everyday household items the Fermanagh Year Seven pupils created a stunning five foot cardboard and polystyrene replica of the Titanic, complete with decking made from matchsticks and ships' cranes from bottle tops. Their Titanic junk effort was judged to be top entry in the Northern Ireland-wide competition with attracted almost 500 entries from 100 schools.