Donegal Creameries report half yearly profits of 3.6 million euro

first_imgNewsx Adverts Donegal Creameries report half yearly profits of 3.6 million euro LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – September 10, 2010 Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Donegal Creameries plc  Interim results for the six months of this year show the company show it made an after tax profit of 3.6 million euro.The company welcomed the results saying its diversified business portfolio has again demonstrated its effectiveness in delivering solid results.Total revenue for the company in the first half of the year was 60.5 million euro up almost 5% on the first half of last year.Total profit, after tax for that period was 3.6 million euro while the company reduced its net debt by just over 2 million euro.Turnover in the company’s dairy sector was up almost 23 %, despite difficult conditions in the Agri-inputs sector figures were up 4.7%.Produce was down on last year but the company expects a strong full year performance with its Organic sales and Irish Potato Marketing.The company says it is pleased with how its property portfolio is performing and overall the board says it remains confident of delivering a solid full year performance. Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Previous articleWorld Suicide Prevention Day: Suicides double in DonegalNext articleFuture of Town Councils up for debate at AMAI conference News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApplast_img read more

Garth Brooks to perform at Notre Dame Stadium

first_imgIn its nearly 88-year history, Notre Dame Stadium has never hosted a music concert. That is about to change.In a news conference Monday morning, country musician Garth Brooks announced he will be the first artist to perform a full concert at the stadium.“Notre Dame Stadium has seen so many iconic moments,” Brooks said in a University press release. “I look forward to bringing a new kind of crazy to the party.”According to the release, former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and University representatives also attended the press conference.“Right from the outset, I just felt that Garth represents Notre Dame’s values,” executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said in the release. “And he is the perfect choice as the first artist to perform in concert in the stadium that Rockne built. This promises to be one of the biggest events in Notre Dame history.”Brooks is currently the Country Music Association entertainer of the year, and which he has won six times — more than any other artist, according to the press release. The release also said the RIAA certified the 56-year-old musician as the No. 1-selling studio artist in U.S. history, and he has been inducted into several halls of fame, including the Musicians Hall of Fame.“Tradition and memories are built in that stadium,” vice president for campus safety and event management at Notre Dame Mike Seamon said in the release. “It’s an iconic place. This is an important moment, and once we decided we were going to have a concert, Garth just jumped into our minds right away. And we knew that he had to be the one. That was it.”Affleck-Graves and Seamon said in an email to students that this event fulfills a goal of the recently-completed Campus Crossroads project, which is to have “the ability to host other events for the campus and broader communities.” They cited the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins game to be held on Jan. 1, 2019, as another example of the increased hosting abilities of Notre Dame Stadium in the email.The date of the concert — which will be a stand-alone event — has yet to be announced.“It’s never been done before, and it’s our understanding that Garth loves to do things that haven’t been done before,” the University’s associate vice president for event management, Lee Sicinski, said in the release. “To bring a historic event like a Garth Brooks concert to the stadium, it just gives you goosebumps.”Tags: Campus Crossroads, Campus Crossroads Project, Garth Brooks, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img read more

Colombian police thwart drug ‘mules’ who try to smuggle drugs on commercial flights

first_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2014 “During the preliminary identification analysis, the substance tested positive for cocaine hydrochloride of a net weight of 45.85 pounds. The two women were immediately arrested and presented with charges of drug trafficking,” the police reported. In addition to hiding cocaine inside their luggage, some mules carry drugs wrapped in plastic in their stomach. This method is extremely dangerous for the mules, who could die if the wrapping ruptures. But a routine search of their luggage revealed that they weren’t typical passengers. Nearly 21 kilograms of white powder was hidden inside the false bottoms of their luggage, discovered by agents of the Colombian National Police. When they tested the powder, their suspicions were confirmed. The majority of drug smugglers get on flights destined for Central America, which has emerged as a popular transshipment point for narcotics. Some drug mules board planes which go to Europe, where the price of cocaine is higher than it is in the United States. As security forces in Colombia crack down on traditional drug trafficking routes, organized crime groups are increasingly trying to smuggle cocaine, heroin, and other illegal substances on commercial flights through the country’s airports. Narco-traffickers often use so-called “mules” – people who transport drugs by hiding them in their luggage or even ingesting them. Between January 1 and October 21, security agents at El Dorado International Airport arrested 227 drug trafficking suspects and seized 515 kilograms of cocaine, which had a street value of about $12.6 million (USD). “With the use of this strategy, traffickers try to fool the authorities into thinking that they are just harmless families traveling abroad,” Colombia’s Ministry of Defense reported in September. “They are people who do not generate suspicion.” In addition to hiding cocaine inside their luggage, some mules carry drugs wrapped in plastic in their stomach. This method is extremely dangerous for the mules, who could die if the wrapping ruptures. Between January 1 and October 21, security agents at El Dorado International Airport arrested 227 drug trafficking suspects and seized 515 kilograms of cocaine, which had a street value of about $12.6 million (USD). The majority of drug smugglers get on flights destined for Central America, which has emerged as a popular transshipment point for narcotics. Some drug mules board planes which go to Europe, where the price of cocaine is higher than it is in the United States. As security forces in Colombia crack down on traditional drug trafficking routes, organized crime groups are increasingly trying to smuggle cocaine, heroin, and other illegal substances on commercial flights through the country’s airports. Narco-traffickers often use so-called “mules” – people who transport drugs by hiding them in their luggage or even ingesting them. “With the use of this strategy, traffickers try to fool the authorities into thinking that they are just harmless families traveling abroad,” Colombia’s Ministry of Defense reported in September. “They are people who do not generate suspicion.” On October 20, Elena Beatriz García Ardila, 43, and her daughter Viviana García Ossa, 19, looked like ordinary travelers as they prepared to board a plane bound for Madrid at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá. But a routine search of their luggage revealed that they weren’t typical passengers. Nearly 21 kilograms of white powder was hidden inside the false bottoms of their luggage, discovered by agents of the Colombian National Police. When they tested the powder, their suspicions were confirmed. Organized crime groups are employing a wide array of people to try to smuggle drugs. PNC agents have captured entire families, with young children, as they tried to sneak cocaine through the El Dorado International Airport. Security agents have also arrested older people, some who were in their 70s. Organized crime groups are employing a wide array of people to try to smuggle drugs. PNC agents have captured entire families, with young children, as they tried to sneak cocaine through the El Dorado International Airport. Security agents have also arrested older people, some who were in their 70s. On October 20, Elena Beatriz García Ardila, 43, and her daughter Viviana García Ossa, 19, looked like ordinary travelers as they prepared to board a plane bound for Madrid at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá. “During the preliminary identification analysis, the substance tested positive for cocaine hydrochloride of a net weight of 45.85 pounds. The two women were immediately arrested and presented with charges of drug trafficking,” the police reported. Most of the suspected drug mules PNC agents have captured are Colombian. But security forces have also arrested alleged smugglers from other countries, including Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Venezuela, Italy, the Netherlands and even Finland. Most of the suspected drug mules PNC agents have captured are Colombian. But security forces have also arrested alleged smugglers from other countries, including Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Venezuela, Italy, the Netherlands and even Finland. This article is interesting, but I would suggest you also put in how long the sentence is for these crimes so that the people who try to do it,think twice Very good work, keep it uplast_img read more

Church Organist Marjie Leo Retires after 60 years “On the Bench”

first_imgAfter getting married, Leo and her family moved to Olympia where she  became active at St. Michael’s.  “There was room for me on the bench there as I shared masses with Carol Beaumier, the lead organist,”  says Leo.  After Beaumier moved out of state, Leo took on responsibility for playing at all masses until a guitar mass was formed in the mid 1970s. “It has been a wonderful 60 years of raising my family and teaching and playing church organ for my Creator.  He gave me this talent, and I offer it all to Him,”  she says humbly.  She also recognizes that without that initial nudge from Sr. Ann Patrice Eilers, she might never have had reason to take a seat on the bench in the first place. Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Back in 1951, when Sr. Ann Patrice Eilers, OP asked her junior high school choir members if anyone played the piano, Marjie Leo didn’t hesitate to raise her hand.  She had been playing for a few years and was already able to  sight read just about anything.  Her teacher  was looking for someone who could play so she would be free to direct rather than accompany her  students.  The catch was Marjie would have to accompany the choir on the organ rather than the piano. A twelve year stint in Alaska didn’t stop Leo from playing.  Again, she was able to find room on the bench and from 1985 until 1995 she served as part-time organist at the Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage. She also played for Holy Cross Parish on an as-needed basis and for Christmas midnight services at the Monastery on Lake Otis Drive. That reliability has stood the test of time.  Throughout her long career, Marjie Leo has always found “room on the bench,” as she says, to share her musical gifts.  After accompanying numerous church groups, playing for countless masses, weddings and funerals, and teaching hundreds of private students for sixty years, Marjie Leo will be retiring at the end of this month. In 1969 Leo began teaching private piano lessons in her home.  “I wound up teaching for 13 years and had over 100 students during that time,”  she says.  In addition to juggling her family and her students, she was, by this time, the  full time organist at St. Michael’s,  a part-time organist at two local funeral homes in Olympia, and she was a member and officer of two music groups: The Capital Music Club and the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association. “I said I would love to learn,” recalls Leo. “Sister said she could not pay me to play for masses or services, but that she would teach me for free.   That was in my 7th grade, and I was then thirteen.  I promised that I would be reliable and someone she could count on to be faithful as an organist.” Although the couple eventually moved to Lacey, Leo has continued to serve at St. Columban and will play her last service there this weekend. As a student at Holy Angels Academy in Ballard, Sr. Ann Patrice’s student not only accompanied her junior high school choir, she went on to play for school musicals and the high school Glee Club.  She also served as organist for Requiem Masses during the week.  By the time she was in high school, Leo was good enough to be paid for her services. In 1995, lonesome for her children and grandchildren who all live in the Olympia area, Leo returned and found yet another church happy to offer her a seat on the bench.  “I began playing mass for St. Columban Church in Yelm, as I was now living there with my husband, John.” After sixty years of being reliable and faithful as an organist, Marjie Leo has more than kept her promise.last_img read more

Rebels clinch 2013 KIJHL Championship in five games

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels have won the 2013 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Rebels clinched the title in five games, blasting the injury-riddled North Okanagan Knights 4-0 Monday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Castlegar, scoring its first title since 1996, wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 and represents the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 11-14 in Comox Valley.The Rebels made sure there would be no more games in the KIJHL Final by jumping all over the Knights in the first period, out shooting North Okanagan 20-7.The Rebels were rewarded for the deciding advantage in play when leading scorer Stuart Walton beat Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan next on the power play.The goal was the first of two for Walton, who finished the KIJHL playoffs as the leading scorer with 27 points — including nine goals.Matt Reed and Darren Medeiros also scored for the Rebels, holding period leads of 1-0 and 3-0. Castlegar out shot the Knights 44-18 in the game with netminder Jordan Gluck serving up his second shutout of the series.Gluck shut out North Okanagan 2-0 in Game three of the series.The Rebels now join Richmond Sockeyes, Victoria Cougars and host Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the four-team Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament.The win makes up for a crushing loss to Osoyoos Coyotes in the 2011 KIJHL Final.Castlegar’s win makes it three of the past five seasons a Murdoch Division champ has won the KIJHL title.Nelson Leafs won the KIJHL crown in 2009 while Beaver Valley took the title in 2012.last_img read more

Kisumu to host Copa Coca-Cola national finals

first_imgLast year’s defending champions, both boys and girls, are notably missing from the nationals this year. St. Anthony High School (boys) and Moi Girls Nangili (Girls) were knocked out during the preliminary matches of their regional games held last month in Rift Valley and Western Region respectively.The 2016 girls’ champions Wiyeta Girls (Rift Valley Region) will be seeking to stamp their dominance in the girl’s category after being defeated in the finals last year against the eventual champions Moi Girls Nangili.The Rift Valley heavyweights have been pooled in group A alongside Dagoretti Mixed Secondary School (Nairobi Region), Njabini Girls (Central Region) and Ugari Mixed (Nyanza Region).In group B, the third runners up in last year’s championship, Coastal region champions Waa Girls will be playing against Kobala Mixed (Nyanza Region), Maeni Girls (Western Region) and Itaara Secondary School (Eastern Region).In the boys category, in Pool A, Goseta Boys (Rift Valley Region), will be battling it out against Koyonzo Secondary School (Western Region), Serani Secondary School (Coastal region) and Gatamaiyu High School (Central Region).-Dagoretti High seek titleIn Pool B, Dagoretti High School from Nairobi region will be seeking to win this years’ tournament after an impressive performance in the regional championships.They have been pooled against Agoro Sare Secondary School (Nyanza Region), Machakos Boys High School (Eastern Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.During this year’s tournament, The Coca-Cola System in Kenya embarked on an environmental behavior change campaign. One school in every region (former provinces) pitches are set to be revamped with the winner being determined by the school that achieves the highest number of kilos.The national games are a culmination of the Under-16 boys’ and girls’ tournament. A total of 5,400 schools registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions and a direct ticket to the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup.The North Eastern Regional Finals will be held at Takaba Secondary School in Mandera from 24th to 26th July 2019. The winning team will then proceed to Kisumu to battle it out for the national title.Nyanza region as the hosts, will be represented by two girl’s teams since North Eastern region will not be fielding a girls’ team.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Subunly captain Feisal Abdi vies for the ball against a St Peters Mumias High school opponent during their Copa Cocacola Under-16 School Games Championship at the Hill School in Eldoret on Tuesday July 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – The 2019 Under-16 COPA Coca-Cola Nationals will be staged at the Kisumu National Polytechnic next week with the winning teams representing Kenya in the second edition of the COPA Coca-Cola Africa to be held later in the year.A total of 32 teams will battle it out for the title in the Lakeside city from July 30- August 3.last_img read more

Warriors 117, Suns 107: Warriors prevail despite slow start

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile device.PHOENIX — The Warriors walked away feeling happy with a 117-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday, marking the 14th win out of the past 15 games, 12th consecutive road win and 18th straight against Phoenix. The Warriors also walked away not feeling happy with what they showed.“They played harder and smarter than us, but talent eventually took over,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “This is not a game …last_img

Report: Certified Homes Selling at a Premium in Northwest

first_imgAt this point, it may still be easier to document the energy performance of green homes than it is to calculate the affect of green certifications on sale prices, but that won’t stop people from trying to do the latter with as much accuracy as possible.A case in point is a report released this week by Earth Advantage Institute, a green-home certifier and educational nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. The study focused on sales of certified and appraiser-approved noncertified homes in the four-county Seattle area and the five-county Portland area.Homes certified by Earth Advantage, Energy Star, Built Green, and LEED for Homes were included in the study – 92 certified homes in the Portland area and 68 in the Seattle area, with respective average selling prices of $474,000 and $523,000. For each certified home, two to seven comparable homes were identified.A certification edgeThe result: certified homes in the Seattle area sold for 9.7% more than noncertified homes, while those in the Portland area sold for 3% to 5% more and, on average, 18 days sooner. Debate is ongoing about the marketability of actual energy performance versus that of a certification label, and as the green-home market evolves the distance between the two may get pretty thin. But for now, we’re looking for more data.Earth Advantage notes that its study is part of a larger regional market analysis that will include a residential case study soon to be published by the Northwest Eco-Building Guild and made available on the Built Green Washington website.The regional analysis is being done collaboratively by several green building nonprofits and government organizations in the Northwest, including Built Green, Cascadia Region Green Building Council, Earth Advantage Institute, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Master Builders Association of Pierce County, the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, Olympia Master Builders, and Washington State Department of Ecology.last_img read more

Fire Tests for Cross-Laminated Timber

first_imgHere’s how the post described some of the tests:With the timber structure fully protected by gypsum wallboard, a “large furnishings and contents fire” was halted after three hours “without significant charring on the protected wood surfaces” of the apartment. In another test, some timber walls were left exposed. Once the furnishings and contents of the apartment had been consumed by fire, a protective layer of char formed on the CLT and “the mass timber surfaces essentially self-extinguished.”With all mass timber surfaces left exposed, a single sprinkler “easily contained” the fire. In a related test, the fire was allowed to grow for 23 minutes before the water was turned on, “which quickly controlled the fire.”Finally, with roughly 30% of the CLT ceiling area in the living room and bedroom exposed, the fire essentially put itself out once the furnishings and contents of the room had been consumed by fire. The underlying wood was protected by a layer of char during the four-hour test.Mass timber buildings, made with heavy panels of cross-laminated wood, are an alternative to more conventional steel and concrete high-rise structures. A few large commercial buildings have been constructed in the U.S. and elsewhere with CLT components, as well as a house in southern Canada described in an ongoing blog series at GBA (see Wolfe Island Passive House).Proponents point to a number of advantages of mass timber buildings, including faster construction schedules, lower cost, and a smaller carbon footprint. But the approach has yet to be used widely, in part because mass timber construction is still being evaluated by code officials.Separately, the Woodworking Network said a two-story CLT building is being tested on a special shake table at the University of California San Diego to see how it would handle forces produced by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, the same as the 1994 Northridge quake in the Los Angeles area. The test, led by the Colorado School of Mines, will help engineers determine whether quake-resistant CLT buildings could be as tall as 20 stories, the website said. Tests evaluated flame spreadThe tests involved two 1-bedroom apartments constructed as if they were in a multi-story apartment building. Scenarios included different arrangements in which some timber surfaces were exposed directly to flames and others were protected. RELATED ARTICLES A New Timber Tower Opens in MinneapolisCross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in PortlandCan Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?Georgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise TrendWolfe Island Passive House Tests at a federal laboratory suggest that cross-laminated timber (CLT) components used in a multi-story apartment building would perform well in the event of a fire. A post at the Woodworking Network described a variety of tests conducted at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Fire Research Laboratory for a committee of the International Code Council. Results appear to show that buildings constructed of CLT components would resist the spread of fire.The results are of interest to an ICC ad hoc committee that will recommend building code changes later in the year, Stephen DiGiovanni, the committee chairman, told the Woodworking Network. “These tests are an important part of the extensive research data the committee has reviewed to validate the performance of tall wood buildings,” he said.last_img read more

If You Want Better Outputs, Focus on Improving Inputs

first_imgYesterday I published a post on the idea that we like measuring objective inputs, mostly because they are easy to count. What we really want to measure are the subjective outputs of those inputs, where we struggle to know what measurements to take and how to assess them. Here is more for the sales leader, sales manager, or success-minded individual.If you are a sales leader, you might say something that sounds like, “Our highest priority is the acquisition of new clients.” That measurement is an output. To drive this output, the oldest of old-school leaders would say, “make more calls.” The slightly wiser old-school leader would say, “have more sales meetings,” recognizing that that outcome is greater than phone calls. The even wiser sales leaders would say, “in those meetings, do the things that create opportunities and that move an opportunity forward.”The wisest sales leader, however, would recognize that there are inputs that come before the activities and outcomes listed above, all of which are important, all of which have their place, and all of which are being pursued by the people that are doing this work, making the people themselves the critical input. Improving the output means improving all of the inputs, and the effectiveness of the persons doing the work is the primary variable.It’s easy to say make more calls and have more meetings, a recipe that works well when activity is your problem, and something that is probably necessary in a world where opportunity creation is avoided, even though it is required before opportunity capture is possible. What is more difficult is to invest the time, the energy, and the financial resources in training, developing, and coaching the individuals to improve the first and most important input. It’s difficult to invest the resources, and it’s more difficult to assess the improvement, especially when you simply check the box, making no real effort to transform the people on your team.The quality of the input is the quality of the output. More low-quality activity is not better than better quality activity and a higher quality outcome. In the age of constant, accelerating disruptive change, where you are under threat of being disintermediated and have almost certainly been commoditized, winning requires that you are different in a way that makes a difference. Believing this is something outside of people and culture is to concede. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more