Popular pottery shop announces closure – 13 jobs lost

first_imgA family-run Ballyshannon craft company has announced it is to close with the loss of 13 jobs.Celtic Weave China, a specialist pottery firm which has been in operation since 1985, is to cease trading following an announcement this week.The company is run by directors Tommy and Patricia Daly. The current Celtic Weave team is the fourth generation of the Daly Family to reach the level of Master Craftsmen.The product line includes woven baskets and giftware, all uniquely crafted and handpainted by Patricia.In a statement, the directors say the company is not going into liquidation, and that all liabilities will be settled, including statutory redundancy payments due to staff.Celtic Weave China was also the designer of select products by Tiffany & Co.   Popular pottery shop announces closure – 13 jobs lost was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BallyshannonCeltic Weave Chinadonegaljob losses?last_img read more

Three network outage hits Donegal customers

first_imgMobile phone users across Donegal are experiencing a Three Ireland network outage today due to a mast down in the county. There are widespread reports of no reception in many areas, including Letterkenny, Dungloe, Gweedore, Kerrykeel and Dunfanaghy.The outage occurred this morning (Wednesday), with mobile users unable to make calls, texts, use internet and make Emergency Calls only. The Three Ireland Care team have said they are aware of a mast down in Donegal.“Our tech team are working to have full services restored as soon as possible,” a Three Care representative said.   Three network outage hits Donegal customers was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Volkwagen and partners follow up on commitment

first_imgWorld Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. (Images: Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP))Following up on the commitments they made earlier this year, Volkswagen and its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a rural school in KwaZulu-Natal to maintain the bicycles they had donated to some of the learners.The car maker, bicycle maker and humanitarian organisation donated 1 100 bicycles to learners at 20 rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape in April and May respectively; they returned in August to one of the KwaZulu-Natal schools to conduct bicycle maintenance, a road safety clinic and to deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.As one of the larger donors to Bicycle Education Empowerment Programmes (BEEP), Volkswagen looks to make a telling difference in the lives of the children involved with BEEP.According to the programme, each bicycle costs R2 320. Learner beneficiaries and their parents are required to sign a contract stipulating the terms and conditions of use, which include school attendance. When the contract ends two years after signing, the bicycle then belongs to the student.World Bicycle Relief recently reported that the academic performance of learners increased by an average of nearly 60% after they were given a bicycle. This was coupled with a 28% increase in school attendance as a result of students spending less time commuting and more time in class.Thomas Schaefer, the managing director of Volkswagen Group South Africa, said the success of the partners’ initial donation of bicycles had inspired them “to look at other opportunities to extend our commitment to making a small but impactful difference in the lives of the learners in the schools we are supporting.“As a result we have partnered with some of our dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal and Nal’ibali in donating reading material and stationery to the schools. We hope reading will empower the learners and open their eyes to a new world filled with indefinite opportunities.”The bicycle maintenance and skills and safety clinic ensures over-all upkeep of bikes and teaches general road safety. A well-maintained bicycle requires fewer repairs, meaning lower repair costs, which builds the benefits of having a bicycle.Through the clinic, local mechanics are trained to maintain the bikes. They enter into a service-to-own contract, whereby they pledge to provide repair support to BEEP for a certain period of time. Typically this is two years, after which they receive full ownership of their own bicycles.The bicycle maintenance and road safety clinic is a pilot project and will be rolled out to all other bicycle recipients later this year. “It is wonderful [if] donors like Volkswagen South Africa continue to invest in the longevity of BEEP, supporting efforts to teach children how to ride safely and proficiently, which ultimately contributes to the sustainability of the programme,” said Paula Barnard, the national director of World Vision SA.Sarah Phaweni, the executive director of Qhubeka, said that while the bicycles were built for difficult terrain, “like all bicycles they perform best when well looked-after and maintained.“Our goal is to make BEEP sustainable in the long run, which is why we are delighted that Volkswagen South Africa has been so supportive in helping us fund follow-up bicycle maintenance and safety clinics. Our hope is that with well-maintained, beautiful, strong bicycles the children will be part of a culture in South Africa that promotes bicycle use.”NAL’IBALIWith the help of 12 participating KwaZulu-Natal Volkswagen dealerships, books and stationery were collected. They were packed in backpacks along with a Nal’ibali bilingual story-card and supplement to encourage reading for leisure.Nal’ibali, which means “here is the story” in isiXhosa, is a national campaign aimed at encouraging children to read for leisure as well as spark their potential through storytelling and reading.“Regular interaction with people who share interesting and exciting books and stories in home languages allows children to build a deep understanding of their mother tongue. This ensures a firm foundation for learning not only an additional language, but for all other school learning too,” explained Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa. Praesa runs the Nal’ibali campaign.last_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Social Fitness

first_imgIn previous Friday Field Notes, we have described the Total Force Fitness (TFF) model and introduced the eight domains included in the model. Now, we will examine how cooperative extension can help support TFF in each of these domains.Memorial Day is upon us this weekend and it is a time in which service members, veterans, and their families may need extra social support. In today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine the importance of social fitness and ways to leverage cooperative extension to improve social fitness.What is Social Fitness?Social fitness involves building and maintaining relationships with family and friends, as well as other social supports (e.g., co-workers, members of religious affiliations). For service members and their families, healthy social connections can improve force readiness and facilitate resilience.According to LTC Wayne Jonas and colleagues, social fitness is multidimensional and includes friends and family, recreation, religion, and hobbies, as well as superiors and peers. Cohesion is an important construct within social fitness, and minimal attention has been paid to the importance of family cohesion. These experts argue that the importance of family fitness and cohesion cannot be underestimated with regard to total force fitness.Can we measure social cohesion easily and in a way that can track whether a family has adequate support? This has been pointed out as an area of great importance as well as a challenge to total force fitness. Losada and others have illustrated that assessing personal connectivity of a team is highly correlated with its performance. Unit and family cohesion are both likely to influence the individual service member with regard to unit productivity and performance. Thus, social and family fitness are essential to total force fitness and impact performance from such disparate areas as the rate of wound healing to overall unit functioning.Cooperative Extension and Social FitnessThe cooperative extension system provides opportunities for service members and their families to build social connections in their communities. Two examples of these opportunities are below.4-H Military Partnerships. Using a positive youth development framework, 4-H Military Partnerships provide military connected children and youth opportunities to build relationships with positive mentors and each other. To find an upcoming camp for military connected youth, check out the 4-H Military Partnerships website.Relationship Education. Cooperative extension provides classes for couples who want to learn better relationship skills and improve their overall relationship satisfaction. An example of one of these programs is ELEVATE , a one day training for couples to learn relationship skills such as conflict management, communication, and stress management skills.last_img read more

Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Curry was the first NBA player to sign a super-max contract in July following a restructuring of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Perhaps that’s why he was named an example for individual wage income.“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes specific safeguards to prevent tax avoidance and help ensure taxpayers of all income levels play by the rules under this new fairer, simpler tax system,” the tax proposal stated.“Our legislation will ensure this much-needed tax relief goes to the local job creators it’s designed to help by distinguishing between the individual wage income of NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and the pass-through business income of Steve’s Bike Shop.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCurry learned about his place in the plan Thursday and had a question.“I wonder if Steve’s Bike Shop is hiring.,” Curry tweeted. MOST READ Curry has been singled out by Washington Republicans before. The top one, in fact.In September, President Donald Trump criticized the Warriors for saying they may not visit the White House. Championship teams have traditionally visited the president, but the Warriors were wavering because of their disapproval of Trump.Warriors coach Steve Kerr has roundly criticized Trump, as has Curry. But it was the two-time NBA MVP that drew Trump’s ire.“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”House Republicans did not explain why Curry was the only person named in the tax proposal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play against the Houston Rockets with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green during their NBA game at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry doesn’t know how he became the only person named in the 429-page tax plan unveiled Thursday by House Republicans.“It was weird, that’s about it,” Curry said following Golden State’s 112-92 win over San Antonio. “There’s a lot of people wondering why I was called out, whatever the case may be, but mama, I made it.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Countrys textile export remains flat at $40 bn in FY16

first_imgMumbai, Apr 21 (PTI) Indias textile export remained flat at USD 40 billion in the last fiscal, as compared to USD 41.4 billion in 2014-15, Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said here today.”Despite poor market conditions, the textile industry did well as compared to other sectors on export front. Our textile exports remained at USD 40 billion in 2015-16,” the Minister of State for Textiles told PTI after the inauguration of Technotex 2016 conference here.In 2014-15, textile export stood at USD 41.4 billion.Export during last fiscal was however lower than the target of USD 47.5 billion set by the government for textile and clothing. The subdued trend in export was due to recessionary trend in Europe and the US markets, industry experts said.About the technical textile sector, he said the country sees a huge growth potential in the sector.”This (technical textile) sector is still at its nascent stage but it has been recognised as the fastest growing segment of the textile sector by the government and industry stakeholders alike.”These functional textiles are used for their inherent performance enhancement properties in various field ranging from protective services, steel manufacturing, construction, agriculture, sports, nation security, food security etc,” he added.Gangwar pointed out that the growth rate of technical textile sector is expected to be much higher.”Based on past trends of growth and estimated end user segment growth, the Working Group on Technical Textiles for 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) has projected the market size to Rs 1.58 lakh crore (USD 28.82 billion) for the year 2016-17 with a growth rate of 20 per cent,” the minister added.advertisementAccording to the minister, Technotex exemplifies the immense potential for trade and investment between India and foreign countries in technical textile sector. (More) PTI AP NRB ANUlast_img read more

AEK Beats Levadiakos 2-0, Stays Top of Greek League

first_imgATHENS (AP) — AEK won at Levadiakos 2-0 on Sunday to stay top of the Greek league after the 13th round.Marko Livaja and Sergio Araujo were involved in both goals. In the 52nd, they exchanged passes twice, with Araujo putting Livaja one-on-one with Levadiakos goalkeeper Devis Epassy Mboka for an easy opener. In the 66th, Araujo scored on the rebound after the ‘keeper parried Livaja’s shot.AEK is a point ahead of defending champion Olympiakos and two in front of PAOK, which both won on Saturday.No home team won on Sunday. Panathinaikos lost to Panionios 1-0, and Larissa and Giannena drew 1-1. Lamia was held by Panetolikos 2-2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Triple jumper Arpinder Singh wins historic medal at IAAF Continental Cup

first_imgTriple jumper Arpinder Singh became the first Indian to win a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup after clinching bronze with an effort of 16.59m on Sunday Ostrava, Czech Republic.Arpinder, who had won gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta, cleared 16.59m in his first jump to make the four-man semi-final stage. However, he could only clear a 16.33m jump in his next attempt and missed out on the two-man final jump and settled for a bronze medal.The 25-year-old Arpinder was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, which is held once every four years.Arpinder, who had jumped 16.77m in Jakarta and has a personal best of 17.17m which he recorded in 2014, was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet which is held once every four years.Before Arpinder, no Indian has ever won a medal in the Continental Cup which was known as the IAAF World Cup before 2010.Reigning Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor of the United States took gold with a jump of 17.59m — which was one metre more than the best effort of Arpinder.Taylor, 28, beat World University Games silver medallist Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso, who cleared 17.02m, in the two-man final round.Taylor, who was representing the Americas, has a personal best of 18.21m.The IAAF Continental Cup is being competed in 37 events in men and women sections taken together with two top athletes from the four regions of Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific taking part in each of them.advertisementThe format of four-man making it to the semifinals and then two competing in the final round was introduced this year with an aim to make the event more interesting.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Sanchez shirt sales smash Man Utd records

first_imgPremier League Alexis Sanchez shirt sales smash Man Utd records Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent 21:57 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Huddersfield Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United A. Sánchez The Chilean’s number seven shirt has already been a massive hit, with the club shifting three times as many as the previous January transfer record Sales of Alexis Sanchez shirts smashed the previous Manchester United record after his January arrival, executive vice-chair Ed Woodward has revealed.Sanchez signed for United in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for Arsenal during the winter transfer window and the 29-year-old’s commercial impact was immediate.As Woodward explained on Thursday: “Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales, three times the previous record.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Woodward was speaking during a conference call with investors following the publication of the club’s second-quarter reports for 2017-18  and he added that the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap captured the imagination of supporters across the internet like never before too.“This trade generated some interesting social media stats,” Woodward said. “It was the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the most shared United Facebook post ever, the most retweeted United post ever, and the hashtag #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.“To put that into context, the announcement posts generated 75 per cent more interactions than the announcement of the sale of the world’s most-expensive player last summer when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.”There was also good news for the entirety of the Premier League, with the United chief explaining that the English top flight continues to grow as a broadcasting giant.“Reports of the death of live sport are greatly exaggerated,” Woodward commented. “I’ve just come from a Premier League meeting where research shows that the league’s global cumulative audience has increased nine per cent year-on-year, with particularly strong increases in Asia and North America.”Ed Woodward Manchester UnitedThe league’s broadcast deal is set for revision following the 2018-19 season, with the bidding rights process set to come to a close soon, as Woodward explained.He said: “I need to be careful around this as it’s a very sensitive point in time because the first round of domestic bids are due in on Friday, and all I can really say is that if you look at past history we would expect that the entire process of selling the domestic rights will conclude in a relatively short period of times, within a couple of weeks.”A winter break is being considered as part of the talks over the next TV deal, with a Premier League statement this week saying: “The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break.“Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Public Comment Sought on New Biosolids Guidelines

first_img The health and safety of Nova Scotians are the focus of proposednew rules for applying biosolids to land. The Department ofEnvironment and Labour is now seeking public comment on the newrules. “We need a safe, stable, long-term solution to the disposal ofmaterials left over from sewage treatment,” said Kerry Morash,Minister of Environment and Labour. “These guidelines will giveus that.” The draft guidelines will allow only treated sludges that meetspecific biological and chemical criteria to be applied to theland. No untreated septage or sewage sludges can be used. Septage sludge is the solid material that remains after water isremoved from the sediments pumped from a septic tank. Sewagesludge is the residue generated during the treatment of sewage ina treatment plant. Once they are treated to meet biological andchemical standards, they are called biosolids. “Land application of biosolids is the best alternative fordisposal of these materials,” Mr. Morash said. “Sending it to alandfill is expensive and not consistent with our wastemanagement strategy. Incineration is the only other option andthat’s expensive and not environmentally responsible.” The draft guidelines result from a department review of approvalpractices that began in the fall of 2003. In January, governmentdirected the department to suspend current land-applicationapprovals and to stop issuing new approvals for land applicationof sewage and septic sludges. The guidelines, when finalized and approved by government, willbecome part of any approval issued by the department for landapplications. The public comment period ends on Friday, April 16. The draftguidelines are available on the department’s website atwww.gov.ns.ca/enla ; at any Environment and Labour office; or bycalling 1-800-567-7544. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Public Comment Sought on New BiosolidsGuidelineslast_img read more