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National team aims for better placing

first_imgJamaica’s national dart team is looking forward to a stronger performance at this year’s Caribbean Championship that will be held in Barbados.The local body, Jamaica Dart Association (JDA), named a 13-member squad for the regional tournament to run from July 12-17.National player/coach Colin Chandia expects the team to finish better than the seventh place in last year’s competition.”We participated last year after a long layoff, where we finished seventh out of 12 teams. We have been working hard for the past three months in order to be better prepared,” Chandia told The Gleaner.”The main focus is to finish in a higher position. We should give a significant performance this year,” he emphasised.He is looking towards the senior players to inspire the team, which was selected from players participating in the ongoing local league.The full team is: Men – Albert Bailey (Portmore Contenders), Colin Chandia (Chelsea Precision), David Green (BOJ Gators), Dwight Smith (Chelsea Precision), Evon Faulkner (BOJ Gators), Lynford Jonas (Dynasty MoBay), Mark Birthwright (Central Miners) and Winston Ferguson (Portmore Stimulus).Women – Carol Cheese (Shooting Stars), Catherine Stewart (BOJ Gators), Jennifer Reid (MoBay Darters), Lorraine Nembhard (Portmore Contenders) and Marvel Brown (MoBay Darters).last_img read more

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La Salle stays in 3rd drops struggling FEU to 5th

first_imgView comments FEU was a picture of inconsistency during the fourth quarter failing to score a single field goal for almost six minutes and this allowed the Green Archers to build a 62-53 lead after Aljun Melecio’s three with more than a minute remaining.Although Kib Montalbo’s numbers of seven points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals didn’t jump out of the page, La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said it was his captain that kept the team together.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 Chriss“Throughout the game Kib was trying to put everybody on the same page,” said Gonzalez. “I give this game to him for guiding his teammates as a senior and he knows that this is his last year.”“A win tonight was very important for us because it will really help in our campaign in getting to the Final Four.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Baldwin says Blue Eagles ‘don’t have killer instinct’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle tightened its hold of the third spot after fending off Far Eastern University, 65-57, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers climbed to a 6-4 record to maintain their position in the ladder while the Tamaraws, who slipped to a 5-6 record, dropped to fifth, allowing University of the Philippines (5-5) to gain fourth place.ADVERTISEMENT It was Justine Baltazar that led the Green Archers’ offense finishing with 15 points with six rebounds, and two blocks while frontcourt partner Santi Santillan had 12 points and 14 rebounds.La salle also got a big boost from seldom-used big man Brandon Bates who finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.The returning Arvin Tolentino, who finished his two-game suspension, led the Tamaraws with 20 points and four rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Senate Recommends March 2nd for Reopening Schools

first_imgThe Joint Legislative Committee on Health and Education of the Liberian Senate has recommended that schools in the country reopen on March 2, 2015, instead of the February 2, 2015 as was announced by authorities of the Ministry of Education.The nine-member joint committee chaired by Senators Peter Coleman for the Committee on Health, and Dallas A.V. Gueh for Education, recommended to the plenary yesterday, that the reopening of schools for instructional purposes be delayed for one month to allow adequate preparation of the facilities, and the delivery of all needed sanitation kits to the 5,181 schools within the Republic of Liberia.During this period, the committee recommended that renovation of 500 schools targeted must commence and most likely made ready for reopening.The committee in its five-page document advised that the registration process remain ongoing to enable parents do the registration of their kids in a much more flexible manner; and further recommended that schools must not be allowed to have on their information sheets any fees attached to acquiring Ebola-related materials and violators to be sanctioned administratively by the Ministry of Education.The recommendation is the outcome of findings from a hearing conducted by the joint committee on January 27, 2015 on the level of preparedness of the two sectorial ministries towards the reopening of schools.In the findings, the joint committee was reportedly informed by the Ministry of Health that it had concluded jointly with the Ministry of Education that a protocol for the reopening of schools is ready which, if followed, will ensure a safe and Ebola-free environment for the students, as well as instructional and administrative staff.The Ministry of Health during the hearing, also disclosed that all hygiene and sanitation materials as well as temperature monitoring devices were available in the country, and were in the process to being distributed, but was not very sure that all will be distributed before February 2nd date of reopening.For its part, the Ministry of Education informed the joint committee that the training of County Education Officers (CEOs), District Education Officers (DEOs) and administrators is ongoing, but will not be completed before the February 2 date of reopening throughout the country.The committee further gathered from the Ministry of Education that the 500 schools targeted for rehabilitation on a quick impact project basis have yet to commence and that, if works should begin, will surely not be completed before February 2, 2015. Similarly, the provision of hand pumps and sanitary accessories to schools around the country is ongoing, but cannot be completed on time.On the issue of request for additional subsidies for private and faith-based schools, Ministry of Education said the matter is still under discussion and that it is a major challenge faced by that ministry as institutions are the larger part of schools within the country.“Initial discussions had a US$3 Million (United States Three Million Dollars) figure, but that has been rounded to US$17 million; it is not feasible that the discussion will be concluded and financed before Monday, February 2, 2015. There is however, a need for assistance to be provided the private and faith based schools.”Concluding, the committee informed the Senate plenary that information gathered from various parts of the country, as stated by various lawmakers from both Houses of the Legislature, has revealed that many schools are in a serious deplorable condition and will not be ready for the reopening on February 2nd; and that most of the protocols instituted by the ministries of Education and Health, have not trickled down to rural Liberia.Speaking for the first time since his recent induction, Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah who signed as member of the nine-member committee argued that the two ministries were not ready for the February 2nd date for schools reopening.Senator Weah observed out of 23 activities, only one had been carried out in preparation for the reopening of schools. He however did not elaborate.The sitting then voted to adopt the recommendation and requested the joint committee to once again meet with authorities of the two sector ministries for final decision, and return to plenary for action.Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Senate was requested to write and inform President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the Legislature’s recommendation.   It may be recalled that Senators Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, respectively, recently wrote the Senate plenary in which they raised a four-point concern that they needed to be addressed in the wake of the announcement by the Ministry of Education that schools would reopen on February 2, 2015.The two Senators wanted the Senate to ascertain whether schools should reopen before the country is declared Ebola free, and to know if the Ministry of Education has done adequate preparation for the reopening of schools.The Senators also raised concerns about parents’ preparation to pay tuition with such short notice; and whether schools, especially private ones, have enough time to mobilize resources in the absence of salaries for private school teachers for the past seven (7) months, for the reopening of schools in February.Members of the committee include Senators Peter S. Coleman, Chair, Committee on Health; Dallas A.V. Gueh, Chair, Committee on Education; Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Armah Zolu Jallah, Jewel Howard-Taylor and Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence, all under Committee on Health.Also on the joint committee under Education are Senators Edward B. Dagoseh, Jewel Howard-Taylor, and George Manneh Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Message On The International Day For The Eradication Of Poverty

first_imgWe are approaching the end of the first year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is a universal vision for peace, prosperity and dignity for all people on a healthy planet. Achieving this objective is inconceivable without fulfilling the mandate of SDG 1 to end poverty in all its forms. Today, some 1 billion people live in extreme poverty and more than 800 million endure hunger and malnutrition. But poverty is not simply measured by inadequate income. It is manifested in restricted access to health, education and other essential services and, too often, by the denial or abuse of other fundamental human rights. Poverty is both a cause and consequence of marginalization and social exclusion. To fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, we must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty. Humiliation and exclusion are powerful drivers of social unrest and, in extreme cases, the violent extremism that is troubling so many parts of our world. But, in most instances, people living in poverty respond to these societal ills with stoic resilience as they work to escape the degrading reality of their daily lives. The duty of all Governments and societies is to address systemic socio-economic inequalities and facilitate the engagement of all people living in extreme poverty so they can help themselves, their families and their communities to build a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future for all. The message of today’s observance is “Moving from Humiliation and Exclusion to Participation: Ending Poverty in All its Forms”. We must break down the walls of poverty and exclusion that plague so many people in every region of the world. We must build inclusive societies that promote participation by all. We must ensure the voices of all those living in poverty are heard. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us listen to and heed the voices of people living in poverty. Let us commit to respect and defend the human rights of all people and end the humiliation and social exclusion that people living in poverty face every day by promoting their involvement in global efforts to end extreme poverty once and for all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Visually-impaired Linden student excels at NGSA

first_img– secures place at President’s CollegeVisually-impaired 12-year-old Lindener Dimitry Waldron has managed to secure 495 of a maximum 529 marks at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations. Waldron, of Wismar Hill Primary School at Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), has secured a spot at a top high school in the community, the Mackenzie High School and has even been officially offered a place at one of the country’s top schools, President’s College.Waldron, who has congenital toxoplasmosis, is yet to decide upon which career he would pursue in the Disciplined Service, but he has narrowed the possibilities to a soldier or policeman. He is among the top 10 students at Wismar Hill Primary School.The genetic disease, which has partially affected his vision, is caused by a protozoan parasite, toxoplasma gondii, which is transmitted from mother to foetus causing visual, hearing, motor, cognitive and other difficulties with the child.Waldron has siblings who are also affected by the said condition. His mother, Ronella Jervis, told this publication that her son, who wears glasses, was able to write his examinations without the help of a reader or writer, which is usually assigned to visually-impaired students.For Waldron, being offered a place at President’s College is nothing but a dream come true, since he has always wanted to attend one of the top Grade A schools in Guyana.However, Jervis said the family was still deciding whether or not to send him so many miles away to attend school given his condition.The elated student told Guyana Times that he was proud of himself and his achievement, although he noted that Social Studies Paper 2 was a bit difficult and presented a bit of a challenge.Success is no stranger to Waldron, since he was also among the top 10 students of his school at the National Grade Four Assessment two years ago.“I feel really happy. I feel he could have done a bit more, but I am still proud of him. We are really happy,” his ecstatic mother told this publication.She said it was a challenge preparing for the exams, but with the assistance of his cousin, father, teachers, brothers and herself, he was able to do revision exercises.The mother explained that her son was also assisted in preparing for the examinations by teachers of the Blind Unit within the Wismar Hill Primary School.Her sons, despite being affected with the conditions are excellent achievers, as Jervis, a mother of seven, is a firm believer that education is a must.Both her 16- and 14-year-old sons were also awarded places at the Mackenzie High school, after writing the NGSA.She said while her second son, who attended the Blind Society Unit at the Wismar Hill Primary in Linden, received the necessary assistance with writing his entry exams, life at high school has been difficult for both boys.“You show people you got the ability and you could do much better” is something Jervis said she always tells her children. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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Congress blasts toy giant Mattel

first_imgCongress members blasted toy giant Mattel Inc. on Wednesday for failing to detect the recent flood of lead paint contamination in Chinese-made Barbie dolls, Thomas and Friends train sets and millions of other toys. Democrats and Republicans alike accused the El Segundo-based Mattel of negligence as the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee convened a two-day hearing on tainted toys. Several also charged the company with obstructing a congressional investigation into how the toys made their way into the hands of U.S. children. “Mattel chose to gamble with our children’s health, apparently for a few extra dollars,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. The company, she said, “has forfeited the right to expect any parent to trust them.” Added Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: “When you can’t trust Thomas the Train and you can’t trust a company like Mattel, it’s just staggering that we have to worry about some of these issues.” Since August, Mattel and other companies have recalled millions of toys made in China because of excessive levels of lead and small magnets that may detach. Lead may be toxic if ingested by children, causing brain damage and learning problems. About 86 percent of all toys sold in the U.S. are manufactured in China. On Wednesday, company CEO Bob Eckert unveiled a raft of new safety measures, including independent inspections of all Chinese-made toys. He said he hopes to win back the confidence of America’s parents in Mattel toys. “My No. 1 goal is to make sure that this holiday season’s toys are the safest ever,” Eckert told the committee. Los Angeles is home to nearly 300 toy manufacturers and wholesalers, doing an estimated $5 billion annually in sales. While the reeling toy industry makes up only a small part of the local economy, Los Angeles County chief economist Jack Kyser said the safety implications are widespread. With China as the Los Angeles customs district’s largest trading partner, he said, lingering concerns about product safety could hurt other industries, like apparel manufacturers that import dyes or furniture and lighting designers that also import parts. “It’s not just toys that have safety concerns. There are a lot of ramifications for everybody who is importing from China,” Kyser said. “A lot of people are watching.” Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, joined Wednesday’s hearing to note that Mattel alone employs more than 2,000 people in her district and to praise Eckert for the company’s actions since the lead crisis came to light. But she also issued a warning. “Employees lose jobs if employers don’t behave responsibly,” she said. She urged Mattel to bring its manufacturing back to the United States, as did other lawmakers. Mattel didn’t get all the blame Wednesday for the tainted toy crisis. Said Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., “there’s a lot of blame to go around for everybody.” Several lawmakers pointed to the under-funded and under- staffed Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thirty years about 800 people worked to ensure product safety. Today the agency employs about half that number. Acting commission Chair Nancy Ord and Commissioner Thomas H. More urged Congress to give the agency more funding to modernize outdated labs and the tools to regulate products made with lead. Currently, the commission can not regulate lead unless its presence in a product may cause “substantial personal injury.” While the agency has negotiated an agreement with Chinese officials that include strict new safety measures, lawmakers questioned whether it will be enforceable. Ord agreed that the agency has no mechanism to enforce sanctions or other consequences if Chinese officials fail to meet new safety standards and suggested that the market itself will enforce the regulations. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man gets probation for part in shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 As part of the settlement, Lewis agreed to testify against Zomalt and Munassar, Foltz said. Los Angeles Superior Court jurors are deliberating on the fates of Zomalt and Munassar. Lewis, a plumber whose family said he had never before been arrested, testified Zomalt put the rifle up to his neck and ordered him to drive out of the parking lot after the shooting. Lewis, who was arrested in December 2004 and released on his own recognizance the following March, was sentenced to 116 days in county jail and given credit for the time he already served. Garrison was night manager and booked entertainment for Schooner’s. A father of two, Garrison was an Antelope Valley Boys & Girls club board member as well as a youth soccer coach and referee. Prosecutors allege that Zomalt was angry because he believed his estranged wife was having an affair with someone connected to the Schooner’s nightclub. Ironically, Zomalt’s wife was having an affair with Munassar, the man prosecutors said Zomalt got to help him get revenge. LANCASTER – A Lancaster man was placed on probation Friday after pleading no contest to being an accessory to the 2002 sniper-style shooting that killed a nightclub manager and wounded three other men. Brian Lewis, 25, was sentenced after testifying for prosecutors in the trial of co-defendants Zamaad “Gary” Zomalt and Faiz “Tony” Munassar. Lewis said he drove Zomalt to the Schooner’s parking lot, where prosecutors say Zomalt handed a rifle to Munassar to shoot at the nightclub’s front entrance, killing 41-year-old Marshall Garrison. “After the shooting occurred, he assisted in the getaway and secreting the location of one of the defendants,” Deputy District Attorney Robert Foltz said. “When the police interviewed him about what happened, he gave false statements to the police, which delayed the investigation. He said he didn’t know anything and wasn’t there.” Zomalt, 32, and Munassar, 27, have pleaded not guilty. They are being held in lieu of $1 million bail each. The shots were fired from about 80 yards across the parking lot, with one bullet hitting Garrison in the temple as he stood near the front door. Other bullets hit an employee in both arms, grazed another employee on the head and hit a patron in the back. Munassar and Zomalt were arrested in December 2004, more than 2 years after the April 21, 2002, shooting. Munassar’s attorney, Ira Salzman, said no evidence was presented that positively identified his client as the sniper. Zomalt’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Fred Gagliardini, said an eyewitness testified that Zomalt was not the shooter and that she did not see him there at the shooting. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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How one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together

first_imgA simple pair of knitting needles, a few balls of yarn and a pattern – that’s all that Rosaleen Hegarty says is required to create a beautiful garment.To create a company that has been around for 40 years and had 550 workers at its peak takes a lot more crafting.Eighty-three-year-old entrepreneur Rosaleen remains at the helm of Crana Knits. Over the years, she has delivered an amazing contribution to Donegal and her mentoring, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit has inspired many others to think outside the box.  Rosaleen will be a keynote speaker at the Donegal Women in Business Network 2019 Conference on October 1st. She is a perfect fit for the #LookingBackMovingForward theme, which celebrates all Donegal businesswomen through the decades.Rosaleen’s workshop in Buncrana is a treasure trove of textiles from the years gone by, filled with unique pieces, 1,000 patterns and a few special sweaters made for some of the world’s biggest fashion designers. JW Anderson once hailed Rosaleen a ‘genius knitter’, while writer Vawn Corrigan saw her as the ‘doyen of Aran’.Even today, visitors from the US call to Rosaleen’s door hoping to buy an Aran sweater – a piece of Irish heritage that they know is designed and knitted to perfection. How a teacher from Inishowen became the premier name in Irish knitting is a story that weaves into Rosaleen’s personal and business life. Rosaleen recently shared her story with DonegalWoman.ie, asking this at the start of the interview: “Guess how many times I’ve been in a hospital theatre when a surgeon has lifted a knife?”“Twenty-three.“I’m a cancer survivor, I had three different types of cancer over the years, but I’m still here,” she said.Rosaleen was once a primary teacher in Cockhill, in the days when needlework was on the curriculum. She had every girl in the school trained up, so by the time they finished they were knitting sweaters.Back in 1950s Buncrana, once a girl reached the age of 14 there was no secondary school for her, and she couldn’t start in one of the local textile factories until she reached 16.  Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsAran knitting was beginning to emerge as a fashion, so Rosaleen enlisted her friends to order sweaters. She wrote the patterns and gave out the wool to the girls. “I would get 10 shillings out of the women to give to the girl for pocket money, and that’s why they loved knitting,” she said.The girls taught their mothers, sisters and neighbours to knit, and soon a knitting empire was born in Buncrana. Little did they know that this was the origin of Crana Hand Knits, a company that would represent the knitting tradition all over the world.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsBusiness was going great until Rosaleen, who is a mother of six, was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46.  She underwent a hysterectomy, but two years later, she had to have a mastectomy and twelve months of chemotherapy. Many other procedures followed over the years and Rosaleen has never gotten the all-clear, and to return to teaching she had to be clear for five years. But her knitters were always there for her.“At the time of the cancer I called on the key knitters, I told them the truth – I said I don’t know how long I’m going to be here, why don’t you form yourselves into a little co-op, because there is good knitters all around and things are going well, and I’ll help you as long as I can.“They came back to me and said ‘we’re just going to do it a little different, we’ll help you as long as you are here’. I just kept on,” she said.Crana Knits was registered in 1979. The business base soon expanded from a spare room in Rosaleen’s family home to two portacabins out the back. A perfectionist in her trade, Rosaleen was motivated by poor knitting in other parts of the country to establish her own knitting school.“There was too much rubbish knitting going out,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to see knitting that wasn’t right.”The National Knitting Centre was opened in Lisfannon in 1990. From there, machine knitters and crochet workers created clothing for stores such as Dunnes Stores and Dorothy Perkins.Meanwhile, the hand-knitting business supplied Blarney, Carraig Dunn, Quills, House of Ireland and the American market.“At that time I had built up and had 550 knitters. I had a little van and about 18 full-time workers in Lisfannon. All the hand-knitting was done in the homes,” Rosaleen said.Crana KnitsRosaleen travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with suitcases of clothing, taking orders and selling to stores. She also put her own stamp on Aran through ClannArans – a brand of sweaters designed around Irish and Irish-American clan names.At the same time, Rosaleen came on the radar of international designers who ordered eclectic woollen creations from her for the catwalks and boutiques.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana Knits, looking back at the patterns she wrote for designersA designer sweater created by Crana Hand KnitsChristian Lacroix, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and JW Anderson, to name but a few, have featured works from Crana Knits. She also supplied a baby shop owned by Susie Hilfiger.“Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Susie would have been down here quite often. If they had a gift they wanted to give anybody, they would come to me for a sweater,” Rosaleen recalled.Derry-born actress Roma Downey, star of Touched by an Angel, is also a big fan of Crana Knits. She wore a woollen coat in a winter scene of the popular series and has championed the company on social media.Some of Rosaleen’s most creative patterns were written for the catwalks, and even worn by the designers themselves.“The last big designer I had was Jonathan Anderson. We actually knitted a babysuit for him,” Rosaleen said.“He was here and he saw a baby suit I had on a doll. He decided for the show in London he wanted one, but it was to fit him. Six foot two and big long arms and big long legs. And he wanted it in pink.“I drafted out a pattern for one of my knitters and she knitted it.”The only thing Rosaleen struggled with was getting one of her male accountants to try it on for size. Inishowen men clearly weren’t too accustomed to wearing pink one-piece suits.Rosaleen Hegarty with the babysuit that inspired Jonathan AndersonNorthern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson loved the suit so much that he wore it on the catwalk twice – first in pink and dyed black the second time. Rosaleen was invited over to London Fashion Week as the fashion house won the menswear award for knitwear.Many more invitations came from the US throughout Rosaleen’s career. She represented Donegal and the Irish knitting sector at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Ireland Show in Secaucus and in Boston with the Irish Trade Board.“I exported before I sold on the Irish market,” she explained.The Crana Knits American market sales began with Alex McGrath of Donegal Imports, who recommended Rosaleen to his contacts across the States. She still exports to Irish stores in America, as well as Japan, with around 50 Irish knitters working for her across the country.The broad reach of her company made Rosaleen stand out among the first members of the Donegal Women in Business Network. At the first-ever meeting in Ballybofey in 1999, she found that no other local businesswomen were exporting at that time. Buncrana businesswoman Rosaleen Hegarty (Crana Hand Knits) at the Donegal Women in Business Network Local Enterprise Week event on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019Looking ahead to the future of her own sector, Rosaleen is not so hopeful for modern day knitting.“It’s dying out,” she said. “Even the small Irish shops in American are closing.”To revive the craft, she said she would love to see knitting being taught in schools again.Rosaleen is doing her part to keep the art alive by preserving her patterns. A thick folder, packed with reams of patterns is the starting point of her book. It’s a work-in-progress, she said, with 50 lessons on Irish Aran Knitting to help people discover a love for the ‘fascinating craft’.Rosaleen’s unique skill for writing patterns is what has set Crana Knits apart, she believes. “I put it all down to writing patterns, knowing your business and being unique with your designs.”Some of her staff have been with the company for over three decades. In this time though, Rosaleen has yet to find someone to continue with the art of pattern writing. This, she said, is all she needs to hand over the reins.“I will retire like that (clicks her fingers) if somebody would take over, but I have fifty people working and I am not going to let them down.”If you’d like to hear more insights from this iconic Donegal businesswoman, make sure to come to the Donegal Women in Business Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference on October 1st. Tickets are on sale now at: https://bit.ly/2MjteJTRosaleen Hegarty and Donegal Women in Business Network PRO Evelyn Mc GlynnHow one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 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:buncranacrana knitsdonegal women in businessknitwearrosaleen hegartytextileslast_img read more

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Town Council backs office, motocross plan

first_img “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a project come to the Town Council so disjointed,” he said. But other board members were comfortable signing off on the project given the future review provisions. “It has come a long way from when it started,” council member Bart Davidson said. “My personal opinion is to go ahead and approve on condition that all of that has to come back to the Town Council and the community with all the appropriate (review documents.)” Nadler, who was joined by more than 40 supporters clad in green T-shirts touting the complex, said the park would be a community asset, while the business park would generate jobs for the community. “Castaic needs places where people can ride dirt bikes,” he said. “Castaic needs jobs. Castaic needs this project.” Still, the project still requires an environmental impact analysis, as well as water usage and traffic studies required by county planners. Opponent Betsy Schubert, who lives in the nearby subdivision, urged the Town Council to withhold approval “until those tests are concluded.” “It has been kind of handed in in chunks,” she said. “Nobody really knows what we’re getting.” Town Council member Bob Lewis unleashed a list of concerns, including the motocross park’s proposal to stay open as late as 10 p.m., and to hold special events that could draw thousands. He cited Castaic Lake, which brings crowds and traffic to the community in the summer. “I think the idea of the motocross track benefiting the community of Castaic is a good thing,” he said. “But (with special events,) I’m concerned about that. We have a lake that does in the summertime affect the community. But one thing you do know is, once the sun goes down, (the impact from the lake) goes away.” Now, motocross riders typically head into the Angeles National Forest, riding on property owned by the Bureau of Land Management, or to the state’s 19,000-acre Hungry Valley off-highway vehicle recreation area south of Gorman. Cameron Robinson, a Santa Clarita resident and a motocross-park supporter, said the proposed facility could benefit the community, much as Castaic Lake has. “The whole town flourishes because of that lake,” he said. “You never have to leave the house (to ride.) It’s perfect.” — Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – The Castaic Town Council has approved in concept a motocross track/business park on 227 acres in a canyon between the north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 5, pending environmental and county review. The local advisory council, in an 8-1 decision Wednesday, granted developer Neil Nadler its blessing to further pursue the project with the county Department of Regional Planning. He has not filed an application there yet. But the approval came on the condition that he returns to the panel for input as county review progresses and changes are made. “It’s another step along the way,” Nadler said after the vote. Nadler has proposed a business park with 130,000 square feet of floor space set on 19 acres off Castaic Road; 55 acres of open space, parts of which is being offered as a recreation site for the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, which is considering space at the business complex; and a four-track motocross park dubbed Castaic Action Sports Canyon, set on 153 acres near Ridge Route Road. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It’s all tucked in Maple Canyon, north of Castaic, where I-5’s north- and southbound lanes split off. Opponents, including many residents from a subdivision west of the freeway overlooking the canyon, fear that the motocross and business parks will increase noise and traffic, especially near Lake Hughes Road – I-5’s last exit in Castaic. Some have organized into an opposition group called Keep Castaic Safe. Town Council member Joanne Carras was absent when the vote was taken, and council member Phil Hof dissented. Hof argued that each component in a project with such diverse uses should be considered separately, or at least scrutinized as a specific plan, which requires more detailed analysis of environmental and community impacts than Nadler has presented. “There is a lot that needs to be specified that I don’t see here,” Hof said. “I just envision our Town Council is going to be the Castaic Action Sports Complex review committee. … I think this is the wrong way to do it. (Something this complex) should be done in a specific plan.” Opponent Jim D’Addario, who has advised the council on zoning issues as a member of its land use committee, agreed.last_img read more

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SAD PASSING OF HUGHIE FRIEL OF NEW YORK AND INVER

first_imgRosina Gallagher – President Donegal Association of New York writes:We regret to inform of the passing of Mr. Hughie Friel.Many of you would know him as a member of the ‘Frankie Curran Band’. Hugh was originally from Inver Co. Donegal. He is also a cousin of Patrick Brennan, Association Corresponding Secretary.The arrangements are as follows:His wake took place today (Tues) at Gleason funeral home on Bell Blvd in Bayside.Mass at American Martyrs church at 9:45 am Burial will take place at St Charles Cemetery on Wednesday.Our Condolences to his family and Patrick Brennan.Is mise, le measRosina Gallagher – PresidentDonegal Association of New York Inc SAD PASSING OF HUGHIE FRIEL OF NEW YORK AND INVER was last modified: August 13th, 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:hughie frielinvernew yorklast_img read more