North West job losses should act as a wake up call – MacSharry

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 13, 2018 Twitter The recent job losses in the North West should act as a wake up call for the Government.That’s according to Deputy Marc MacSharry who says Central Government must take the situation in the region seriously and concentrate on coming up with new measures, rather than promote employment in Dublin.This comes as three companies across Donegal and Sligo announce plans to close their plants, one of those, Celtic Weave in Ballyshannon announced that it is to cease production with the loss of 13 jobs.Deputy Mac Sharry says the Government needs to take urgent action, as Brexit looms:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/macsharryWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 12th JanuaryNext articleStobart Air to run regional flights between Donegal and Dublin News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest North West job losses should act as a wake up call – MacSharry Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApplast_img read more

Momma on Board

first_imgMy mom is awesome.She’s definitely where I get my adventurous side. Growing up, my mom was the one who introduced me to the outdoors and instilled in me an insatiable curiosity for the world. We went for walks together, rode horses together, saved countless stray cats and dogs and hid them in abandoned barn stalls so my dad wouldn’t find out. She’s smart, funny, caring (almost to a fault), a total goob, and my best friend. She’s where I find the motivation to get up every day and make the most out of every moment, no matter the obstacles. She’s wise beyond her years yet still gets mistaken as my sister. She rocks tattoos on both of her forearms, has the best taste in music, and lets me push her off rocks (okay maybe not willingly).Circa 2011, New River Gorge, West VirginiaCirca 2011, New River Gorge, West VirginiaAs if all of those qualities weren’t good enough, my favorite part about my mom is that she’s willing to try just about anything. Starting tomorrow, my mom will be joining me on the road for the next two weeks. From the mountains of western North Carolina to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this pretty lady is going to be my partner-in-crime, sidekick, copilot, cooking buddy, Go-mate. The best part? I couldn’t be more excited.Stay tuned for updates from our ramblings and we’ll see you on the road!last_img read more

National deal of the year

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Michael Owen predicts Premier League top-four race after Arsenal and Manchester United defeats

first_imgOwen is backing Mauricio Pochettino to guide Spurs to a Champions League place (Getty Images)‘Under Emery, Arsenal have improved, Chelsea have been disappointing with the players they’ve got, Man Utd’s resurgence… it’s hard to say who deserves that top-four place.‘It’s going to hit hard on the teams who are not going to make it.‘Man United have probably been budgeting not to make it for the last six months or so, or they thought it was going to be an impossibility, but now they’ve got a little squeak again.‘And that’s why today [against Everton] was so frustrating for them, there’s so much to play for and they play the way they did, it was so disappointing.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Michael Owen predicts Premier League top-four race after Arsenal and Manchester United defeats Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Apr 2019 12:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link531Shares Comment Michael Owen says Manchester United need something special for a top-four finish (Flow Sports)Michael Owen believes Tottenham will secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and admits Manchester United will struggle to reach the same target following their defeat to Everton on Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to apologise to United’s supporters after his side were hammered 4-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.But United were handed a let-off as Arsenal lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.Chelsea, meanwhile, could move ahead of both Arsenal and Tottenham if they beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think Tottenham are good, they’ve got a nice run-in, three games at home and they’ve already got a point advantage over the rest,’ Owen told Flow Sports.center_img Paul Pogba and United slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Everton (AFP/Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I could make a case for all of the other three with Manchester United being least likely.‘Look at their next two games – Man City and Chelsea – I know they are both at home but they’re going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to finish fourth.‘Throughout the season, if you’re forgetting the points and look at them as teams, Tottenham definitely deserve to be in the top four this season, they’ve been very good.‘Out of the other three, it’s very hard to see who deserves it most. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UW’s humbled ground game eager to start anew

first_imgSophomore running back James White (20) had a quiet Saturday night against the Buckeyes, rushing just five times for 16 yards.[/media-credit]Just less than two years ago, the Wisconsin football team went on the road and was shockingly held to only 99 rushing yards in a very un-Wisconsin-like manner.Last weekend against Ohio State it happened again, except this time Wisconsin was held to only 89 yards.For a program like UW that is not only built on the run, but notorious for its bruising running game, 89 yards just won’t cut it.“Yeah, [it’s] very frustrating,” running back Montee Ball said. “Any running back will say the same thing; of course you want to make the big plays and stuff like that, but you know Ohio State did a great job blowing things up. We hurt ourselves for not playing with urgency.”Ball has led Wisconsin’s rushing attack and has garnered national attention for his ability to find the endzone. This season, he has 18 touchdowns and 853 rushing yards on 142 attempts. He averages 106.6 yards per game and six yards per carry.But last weekend was a different story.Ball ran for 85 yards on 17 carries, and almost half of those yards came on a late-game dash for 40 yards. While he finished with one touchdown on the ground and an average of five yards per carry, for most of the game he was averaging only one.For center Peter Konz, determining the exact issue that caused the wheels to fall off is difficult.“I don’t know; it’s hard to pinpoint one thing,” Konz said. “They were very targeted on the run game. They wanted to stop the run game because they thought they had some good guys in their backfield.”While OSU’s secondary was having a successful night, Ball was still able to break free for a big gain eventually. On Ball’s 40-yard run, Konz set a formidable block so the junior to squeeze up the middle into an open backfield.Taking it up the middle and straight down the field is a trademark of Wisconsin run game. But against Ohio State, both Ball and White were either forced or called to run outside more. Unable to consistently turn the corner and go straight down the field, the run game suffered.“They were blowing the inside up,” Ball said. “They were making me move, making me run side to side, which that’s not my game at all. They exploited me there.”But because of the defense the Buckeyes were showing, Chryst felt going to the outside was the best option.“I think early in the game, you go off of what you’ve seen,” Chryst said about calling for a run up the middle or outside. “You try to balance what they do and you try to balance it with the kind of things that fit you as a team. … There were times when it was a little bit of a guessing game. For example, if they’ve shown a tendency to blitz on the open side or the field side, just cause you haven’t seen it, every run has to protect against that.”With the way they struggled on the ground that week and faced a heartbreaking loss one week earlier, the Badgers have no shortage of confidence they can make the necessary adjustments to prevent such an offensive breakdown from happening again – whether it’s for the rest of the season or another two years.“We just weren’t communicating as an offense as a whole,” running back James White said. “We weren’t executing the plays and it’s going to happen some times, but we’re going out there this week trying to correct those mistakes and get ready for Purdue.“[We need] to stop worrying about the big picture and go back to the little details. That’s what is going to get you as far as you want to go and executing as an offense as a whole.”White has seen a significant drop in his carries since the beginning of the year, mainly due to the hot streak Ball is on. White only has four touchdowns this season and 474 yards on 85 attempts. He averages only 59.2 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry.Saturday night was a rough one for White, who ran the ball five times for a gain of 16 yards.White’s numbers epitomize the run game against OSU and any time a major factor of an offense is missing, the whole will most likely stumble.Prior to Saturday night, Wisconsin had rushed for over 100 yards in 22 straight games. Without the legendary ground game, the Badgers simply appear off kilter.Regardless, Ball knows that as one streak ends, another one must begin.“We’re going to create another one,” Ball said. “What we’re focusing on is starting fast and [making] sure we get another streak going here.”last_img read more

Kings of the Merch – Benoit Pagotto – Fnatic

first_imgNext up in our ‘Kings of the Merch’ series which looks at the merchandising and apparel opportunity in esports right now is Benoit Pagotto is the Head of Marketing at Fnatic. Check out our previous two with ULT and eUnited, and NiP respectively.Esports Insider: Benoit tell us how did you become Fnatic’s Head of Marketing, and what does your day to day look like? Benoit Pagotto, FnaticBenoit Pagotto: I got in touch with Fnatic because I was interested in developing retail experiences with them. Being a huge gaming and esports geek, with past experience in retail experience and design for luxury and fashion brands, I thought that Fnatic, as brand, could be the one that was best placed to innovate in that space. Working with Wouter [CEO] and Sam [Founder] for a time as a consultant, they then asked if I could join as Head of Marketing. I didn’t hesitate and now here I am!“Honestly, it’s the best job in the world. It’s more than a job, it’s a dream we’re making happen everyday”My day to day is pretty hectic, ranging from meetings with cool collaborators and explaining to them how they can use Fnatic as a platform for their talent, workshops with our players to help then develop their personal brand, defining a new apparel range, working with community members to develop virtual content…  honestly it’s the best job in the world. Our brand, teams and company culture are all amazing, and Fnatic is the best platform for me to leverage my skills and past experiences. We’re focused on creating the best for our brand, our fans and push the industry forward. It’s more than a job, it’s a dream we’re making happen everyday. ESI:  Do you think esports teams are better placed than any other type of sports team to capitalise on generating income and building a brand via merch? Benoit: Esports teams, and especially Fnatic, are exceptionally well positioned to develop merchandise. This is because we’re in a fan business, in one of the most exciting and probably game changing industries, in history. Esports is all about the passion, the excitement, the pride of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Merch is a bit part of that; it’s naturally big at events but it’s important outside of them too.“Esports teams, and especially Fnatic, are exceptionally well positioned to develop merchandise”The huge advantage we have compared to traditional sports is the fact that what we create doesn’t have to be physical either; there’s a huge opportunity in virtual content for all of us, on top of the numerous traditional merch avenues. We are constantly challenging ourselves on how we can create cool products, apparel and experiences for our fans that they’ll be proud to wear and use on a daily basis, whether that’s in real life or in-game. We have some cool stuff coming in that regards…you’ll have to wait and see! ESI: Fnatic are one of the world leaders in esports in terms of building a brand. How key a role does merchandise play in this and in your marketing role, how do you deliver the message? Benoit: Merchandising is important in the sense that’s it’s one very concrete and direct way to connect with our fans, and put our brand out there, outside of the esports realms.I’m very much involved in the apparel and product side of our business, coming from a fashion and luxury background. I’ve been working hard with the team to bring our merch quality and strategy to next level in the past year. To deliver the message, we’re now working with our best ambassadors, our players, and now influencers, such as Mojo on PC [super cool guy] combining Fnatic and our players’ reach with new related audiences. Events are also a big channel for us, with our booths and on site activations, it’s the best place to meet with our fans and get their feedback. We’ve started doing event exclusive merch to give something special to our hardcore fans following our teams around the world. ESI: Fnatic have ample clothing ranges which move away from the only option being a team jersey…are you aiming to become a lifestyle brand? Are there certain designers you’d like to work with and are there any collaborations on the agenda? Benoit: Becoming a lifestyle brand is something that’s happening to us organically, thanks to the power of our brand, our fans and the boom of the industry.We’re very keen to collaborate with different actors and industries. From the collabs we’ve done so far, with Ferry Gouw for example, who is mostly known for his work with Major Lazer and Stussy, it’s been great!“Becoming a lifestyle brand is something that’s happening to us organically”There are a bunch of great artists and creators out there, who might not be coming from esports, but who are immediately hooked up when we reach out to them. They understand the passion and opportunities to work with us as a way to express their art with a super young and dynamic audience. We’re preparing new collabs with great guys, and I’ve been amazed by the feedback so far, simply by sending all these cool artists I love an instagram DM.“We’re impatient to see the day they (Instagram) start to develop their own native ecommerce product offering”The funny thing is that a few of them are actually Fnatic fans already, from CS 1.6 days no less! Stay tuned as that’s an area we’ve got a lot of cool stuff currently in the works. ESI: What are your thoughts on using social channels to promote and sell Fnatic products? Is Instagram key, and will you be utilising the Facebook store option? Benoit: Social channels are key for us, and honestly, they are for any brand in the world these days. They all have their pros and cons, and we’re constantly testing and trying new approaches. Instagram is a channel we’re now putting more effort in, and we’re impatient to see the day they start to develop their own native ecommerce product offering.A shot from inside the Fnatic Bunkr in Shoreditch, LondonESI: You’ve a permanent Bunkr shop and venue space in Shoreditch. How much of your merchandise is sold via this outlet? What sells the best? And what’s the current status of opening up new Bunkrs elsewhere?Benoit: The Bunkr was supposed to be a pop up shop, with a six week lifespan.“We think of this Bunkr as space to discover and interact with esports and Fnatic, and for us to connect with our fans. We are looking into opening new ones in other countries.”We’ve now had it for over 8 months but I wouldn’t call it permanent quite yet. We initiated it as a test, to see how we would do an esports concept store, and the response has been great. Its main purpose has never been to generate a high dollars spent per square foot, but it’s doing well. Our best selling items are some of our lifestyle collections, bought both by esports fans and curious passers-by and tourists in Shoreditch. We think of this Bunkr as space to discover and interact with esports and Fnatic, and for us to connect with our fans.Our offices are just behind the shop so it’s great for us to always stay connected to our customers and fans. We are looking into opening new ones in other countries, we just need to find the right opportunity and time to actually make it, as we’re all very busy!last_img read more

Wella H. Brown, 99, Wellington: May 30, 1914 – Feb. 1, 2014

first_imgWella H. Brown, age 99, died Saturday morning, February 1, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  She was a retired hair dresser.Wella H. (Feldmann) Brown was born on May 30, 1914 in Wurzen, Germany to Alfred Feldmann and Martha (Willig) Feldmann.Wella married Herschel Brown on September 30, 1950.  He preceded her in death.She enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and visiting the casino.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herschel; and one sister.Survivors include her friends, Bill and Debbie Blasi and family.At Wella’s request, there will be no funeral service.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Nigeria demoted, Uganda stays in Pot 4 for Africa World Cup draw

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Uganda’s defender Denis Iguma (R) in action when Uganda beat Botswana in the AFCON QUALIFIERS. Uganda also still in running in World Cup qualifiers. AFP PHOTOSeedingPot 1: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, EgyptPot 2: Tunisia, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, CameroonPot 3: Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Morocco, Mali, South AfricaPot 4: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, Libya Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |FIFA have altered the seeding for the 2018 World Cup Africa group draw in Cairo Friday with Egypt, Guinea and Cameroon promoted and Tunisia, Nigeria and Mali demoted.Egypt are now among the top seeds and Guinea and Cameroon are second seeds ahead of a draw that will split 20 nations into five groups with the winners qualifying for the finals in Russia.Tunisia drop from first to second seeds and Nigeria and Mali from second to third seeds for the most eagerly anticipated off-field event in African football this year. (LIVE FEED from draw at 6pm -bottom of page)FIFA have not explained why they changed the seedings.Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria are seeking third consecutive World Cup appearances.Group qualifying starts this October, continues in November and there will be four rounds between August and November 2017.Eighteen of the nations in the draw are among the top 20 in the rankings with Gabon and Libya the exceptions.last_img read more

DeSantis Drops Florida Quarantine Order for New York Travelers

first_imgPeople traveling to Florida from three northeastern states just got a break.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday quietly rescinded an executive order that required travelers into the Sunshine State from areas with “substantial community spread” of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.The rule had affected those coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.DeSantis implemented the requirements on March 23, when New York City was a hotspot for the new coronavirus. Since then, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen in New York.Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order requiring travelers from Florida and 34 other states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to his state remains in effect.To read DeSantis’ full executive order, click here.last_img read more