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Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel

first_imgA cloud of immense sadness has fallen on the Fanad community following the passing of Áine Friel. Ms Aine Friel, RIPMs Friel, who was an inspirational and popular local woman, died on Sunday at the age of 28.She passed away peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital. Ms Friel had countless friends in her local area and beyond, as her positivity and passion touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.Born with brittle bone disease, Ms Friel was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities. She lived independently in Fanad and was also a keen ambassador for the area through her beautiful photography.She was well-known for her bright smile, her upbeat spirit, her advocacy and, of course, her style.She is predeceased by her parents Emmanuel and Margaret and her sister Shiela. Her funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, 3rd April in her home parish.Áine’s remains will repose at her home at Cashelprehan, Portsalon from 6pm on Monday evening (1st April).Removal on Wednesday (3rd April) at 10.30am going to St. Columba’s Church, Massmount, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. Rosary each night at 9pm.A memorial bench is being arranged for the Friel family. Donations in lieu of flowers will go towards the placement of this bench c/o Annette Curran or Mc Ateer Funeral Directors.Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Aine FrielFanadRIPlast_img read more

Jesús Luzardo steals show with electric second A’s spring outing

first_imgDodgers hitters appeared uncomfortable throughout their at-bats against … MESA, Ariz. — The Jesús Luzardo hype train is operating at full speed.The A’s top prospect was dominant in his two innings of work against the Dodgers Wednesday afternoon. Luzardo struck out three of the seven batters he faced with the only baserunner reaching on an error.Two shutout innings for Luzardo with three strikeouts. pic.twitter.com/tJUNXxVd9A— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) February 27, 2019last_img read more

A’s pro-Hendriks newspaper ad includes Australian swear word

first_imgProfanity in baseball? You bet your (expletive) there is.Most of it is deliberate, like when Willie Mays hit his first major league home run, clear out of the Polo Grounds, and Giants manager Leo Durocher said, “I’ve never seen a (expletive) ball get out of a (expletive) park so (expletive) fast in my (expletive) life.”Occasionally the profanity is inadvertent, maybe even unwitting.Like this week when the A’s set about saluting pitcher Liam Hendriks, a nine-year veteran who made his first …last_img read more

Ndamase takes local trends global

first_imgIn 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president. (Image: Sonwabile Ndamase Facebook)Fashion runs in his veins and he has dressed the who’s who of the South African elite, yet he has always stood for the ordinary man.Sonwabile Ndamase is an innovator, creative thinker and visionary. He is a sought-after trend analyst and while his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to source new ideas, gauge the zeitgeist and identify cutting edge trends.Encouraged by a mother who loved sewing, Ndamase and his siblings were taught to be all-rounders at home.After studying fashion in Johannesburg, Ndamase went on to study the commercial side of the clothing business in Sweden and the USA; this retail background gave him a thorough understanding of the realities of the fashion market. In 1994, he founded and established Vukani Fashion Awards to unearth undiscovered South African fashion design talent.“This is an export industry which can earn large sums in foreign currency for South Africa but it is fuelled by fashion influences that dictate how we should look and what we should wear,” he says today, with more than 29 years in the sector under his belt.“New colours and styles constantly create a desire for new clothes, especially among young and fashion-conscious people but as I am a South African, I felt passionate about improving the indigenous fashion in our country.”And Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part Ambassador, walks the talk. He was recently asked to design a uniquely South African garment for Miss Earth South Africa.MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT WITH MADIBAOf all of Ndamase’s clients Nelson Mandela was the one who gave his creations a worldwide appeal.In 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president.“The decision to make a style statement was one Nelson Mandela made on his own,” the designer says. “He wanted to identify with the people. The majority of South Africans never wore suits, so he wanted to have a specific kind of shirt made – cut long so it could hang over trousers, both coloured and plain, with the conventional pointed collar as well as the standing Nehru.“As always, Madiba wanted to do things his own way.”VUKANI AWARDSThe Vukani Awards are an African fashion showcase held over a week. It is not only an exhibition, but also an information-sharing forum for designers, manufacturers, weavers and others in the clothing industry.The 21st edition of the awards took place during November.Guests on the evening included Metro FM talk show host Criselda Kananda, former model and actress Nakedi Ribane and Gauteng MEC for infrastructure Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who was a key speaker at the event.The High Fashion Award went to Mmaphefo Dibetso. The award for Most Innovative Designer was presented to Simo Matomela while Zamaswazi Sithole took home the Best Ready to Wear award.Recipients in each category received generous financial support with the overall winner Zamaswazi Sithole taking R40 000; Simo Matomela and Mmaphefo Dibetso received R20 000 each.The winners will also be enrolled in a six-month mentorship programme to the value of R35 000 with Vukani Range Creations.“Fashion creates dreams and makes them happen,” Ndamase says. “We are thrilled to see platforms such as the annual Vukani Fashion Awards act as a tool that offers opportunities to support the South African fashion community.”Previous winners have participated in Mozambique, Swaziland, Cape Town, Joburg and Durban fashion weeks to rave reviews. Some have gone so far as to have their ranges featured at the London, New York and Paris fashion weeks.Each year, 12 or more designers are selected and tasked with designing garments along a theme.The three prize categories are Most Innovative Designer, Designer Collection, and High Fashion / National Costume. They have presented mixed results. Some designs tend towards folklore or patriotism, while other designers have gone on to establish themselves and service a clientele that is hungry for a local identity.Besides Mandela, Ndamase’s client base includes King Letsie III of Lesotho; Bill Clinton, the former American; President Jacob Zuma; American musician Quincy Jones; and South African businessman Saki Macozoma.last_img read more

Is Apple Supplier Foxconn Finally Giving Its Workers a Fair Shake?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Apple and its factory partner, Foxconn, have made great strides in bringing Foxconn’s labor conditions into compliance with local laws, the Fair Labor Association said Tuesday. Not surprisingly, independent labor rights monitoring organizations remain skeptical that real progress has been made.In a status report made public on Tuesday, the FLA reported that all of the 195 remedial actions that Foxconn had agreed to complete to come into compliance had been accomplished. More significantly, 89 action items were completed ahead of their deadlines, with another 76 due to be completed by the end of July 2013.Not Really Made by AppleAlthough products like the iPod and iPad bear Apple’s logo, their assembly and production are carried out by a network of factories across Asia and Taiwan. There, wages are a fraction of that of the United States, and working conditions aren’t as strictly regulated. But the cost savings are also passed along, resulting in higher profits for the manufacturer and lower price tags for consumers.For several years, Apple has performed health and safety audits of those factories, provided reports of whether or not those suppliers conform to local labor laws – a practice that other companies do not emulate, at least publicly. Apple itself found that in many cases, suppliers failed to comply with Apple’s own code of conduct: just 38% of its suppliers met Apple’s mandated limits of 60 hours worked per week, for example.In January, a firestorm of controversy erupted when The New York Times began publishing a series of investigative stories on working conditions within Foxconn, the largest supplier to Apple and many other top companies. Following that criticism about the working conditions at Foxconn, including conditions that led to an explosion at one facility, Apple agreed to allow the FLA to conduct a thorough investigation of those suppliers, beginning with three factories at Guanlan, Longhua, and Chengdou in China.4 Areas for ImprovementThe FLA identified four main categories of remedial actions that Foxconn needed to undertake:Reducing working hoursImproving health and safetyImproving employee relationsSupplying overtime pay and necessary worker insurance.In its report, the FLA said that Foxconn is moving ahead:“Our verification shows that the necessary changes, including immediate health and safety measures, have been made. We are satisfied that Apple has done its due diligence thus far to hold Foxconn accountable for complying with the action plan, including the commitment to reform its internship program,” said Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, in a statement. “When we finished our initial investigation in March, Foxconn promised to address concerns with its internship program by ensuring that student interns do not work overtime, their work has a more direct connection to their field of study, and they understand that they are free to terminate the internship if and when they wish.”FLA representatives did not return calls for comment.Documents posted to the FLA website indicate that Foxconn addressed many of the required changes via new policies issued in May or June.Doubts RemainBut Scott Nova, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, which monitors worker conditions in factories overseas, said that it is unlikely that Foxconn could have solved its institutional problems in so short a time.“The FLA’s position, as we understand it, is that it’s fine for Foxconn to continue violating overtime labor laws if they promise to clean it up by some time next year,” Nova told ReadWriteWeb. “And we don’t think that’s reasonable. Apple and Foxconn should obey the law, now.”Nova also said that the reforms proposed by the FLA omit “the long track record of harsh, psychologically abusive management practices at the factories. There are no meaningful recommendations in that regard, and very likely no progress.” Nova also said he also doubted that allowing the workers the freedom to associate, form worker groups or unions and collectively bargain would occur in any meaningful sense.“It’s hard not to be skeptical of a report that says that Foxconn has hit every single one of its commitments and done so ahead of schedule,” Nova said. “That is a radical departure of a decade-long track record at Foxconn.”Looking Beyond FoxconnJust as important, these issue stretch far beyond Foxconn. In a report issued in late July, China Labor Watch claimed that labor violations are not only still rampant at Foxconn, but also at other companies in Apple’s supply chain. That report specifically called out Ri Teng, a subsidiary of Pegatron, where an explosion injured several employees in December 2011.On average, Ri Teng workers are on the job nearly 12 hours a day, compared to 10 hours a day at the Foxconn factory, the report found. The Ri Teng workers get only about one day of rest each month. There, the average hourly wage is 8.2 RMB or $1.30, China Labor Watch said, versus the average Foxconn hourly wage of 10.2 RMB or $1.62.So while progress may be occuring, it’s unlikely that the controversy will go away anytime soon.Generic factory image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#China#enterprise center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala gets bail in stalking case

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, in the case of alleged abduction, wrongfully restraining and stalking of a 29-year-old woman in Chandigarh in August last year.Justice Lisa Gill, while granting bail to Barala (23) asked him to strictly stay away from the victim and her family and in no way try to influence the trial of the case.“Vikas Barala has been granted bail by the court,” Vinod Ghai, one of his counsel, told reporters.Mr. Barala’s counsels submitted in the court that the trial of the case was going on in the lower court and that the accused has been in jail for around five months. Besides, the statement of the victim has been recorded as well and, therefore he should be granted bail.Mr. Barala, the key accused in the case, has been in jail since August 9, and faces charges under different Sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 354 D (stalking), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 365 read with 511 (attempt to kidnap). His bail petition was dismissed four times by the trial court.Meanwhile, in the trial court Varnika Kundu’s cross-examination was conducted on Wednesday during which she firmly stood by her allegations against the accused.Mr. Barala and friend Ashish allegedly chased Varnika Kundu — a disc jockey by profession — in their SUV while she was returning home from Chandigarh to Panchkula on the intervening night of August 4 and August 5, 2017.Both the accused were first arrested on August 5 on the complaint of Ms. Kundu but were soon released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicles Act. The duo was re-arrested on August 9, after the police added Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC for attempt to abduct, in the already-registered FIR.last_img read more

Warriors move on to conference finals despite missing Kevin Durant

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles There won’t be a lot of time to recuperate with the conference finals starting on Tuesday night in Oakland against the winner of the Denver-Portland series. Kerr said he’d give his team the weekend off after most of his key players logged heavy minutes in this series in which each game was decided by six points or fewer.Though this team has had plenty of big victories as it won the NBA title in three of the last four seasons, Kerr and many of his players acknowledged that this win was pretty special.“It’s one of the most satisfying victories we’ve had during this run,” Kerr said.Draymond Green said that downing the Rockets again also meant a bit more since Houston has said since losing to the Warriors in last year’s conference finals that its main focus was beating them this season.“This one feels good … just because it was a team that said for years: ‘We’re built to beat them,’” Green said. “Then Kevin goes down and no one gives us a chance. You take all those things into account, this one feels amazing. If I said otherwise, I’d be sitting here lying to you.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “It shows you how much respect we have for Houston,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We just finished the conference semifinals series. We’re only halfway home to where we want to be. And yet the celebration in there felt like a much bigger occasion and that’s because of the challenge that this team put before us.”Stephen Curry scored all of his 33 points in the second half to lead the Warriors to a 118-113 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKlay Thompson added 27 points to help two-time defending champion Golden State reach the conference finals for a franchise-record fifth straight year and eliminate Houston for the fourth time in five seasons. The Warriors did it with Durant sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the second half of their Game 5 victory.“We’re all very happy, but now we’ve got to get home and get some rest and prepare for the next round,” Kerr said. Curry struggled early, failing to score in the first half for the first time in 102 career playoff games, and had just 10 points through three periods. But he got going in the fourth, scoring 23 points.There were questions entering the game about how the Warriors would weather the loss of Durant — and his more than 34 points a game. But they didn’t seem to miss a beat, getting 21 from Thompson in the first half before Curry closed it in the fourth.The team said on Thursday that Durant would be re-evaluated next week and Kerr said after the game that it was too early to know if he could return at some point in the next series.Though the Warriors were able to get past the Rockets behind big nights from Curry and Thompson, they know that their chances for defending the title are much better with Durant on the floor.“I’m happy we won so we can get some rest and get him healthy,” Thompson said. “Because if we want to get this three-peat, we desperately need him back. He’s our best player, so we dearly miss him. We’ll hold it down while he’s out but it’s not the same.”Curry finished out the series strong, but faced criticism for most of it as he struggled with his shot. He discussed the “noise” surrounding him lately and how he never let it get to him.“I know what I’m capable of and it’s bigger than me,” he said. “I don’t get caught up in that. I don’t need any extra motivation. I don’t need to hear who I am as a player. I know that. My confidence never wavers.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Draymond Green (23) celebrate the team’s win over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. Golden State won 118-113, winning the series. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors still have plenty of work to do if they hope to win their third straight championship.But after fending off the Houston Rockets on Friday night without leading playoff scorer Kevin Durant to advance to the Western Conference finals, they did take a moment to celebrate the accomplishment.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA player agent Sheryl Reyes dies after battle with cancer View commentslast_img read more