first_imgA young businessman is giving one of Donegal’s most iconic brands a new lease of life around the world.McDaid’s Football Special is now making a comeback around the globe.Like thousands of people from Bundoran to Ballybofey to Buncrana, the taste of the Football Special soft drinks always reminded them of home.Now Seamus McDaid, 26, has been charged with giving the unique-flavoured soft drink a new lease of life – across the globe. And his efforts are already paying off.Now based in New York, Seamus is hoping the tens of thousands of Irish people living abroad will long for the drink as much as they hanker for Barry’s Tea of Tayto crisps.“It’s got a frothy head on it,” he told the Sunday Independent, “so when you pour it out it looks like a pint of Smithwick’s.“I thought that if you can buy other Irish products across the pond, then you should be able to buy our brand, too.” Deciding on three of the most popular varieties, including a banana flavour called Smooth Banana and American Ice Cream Soda, the first shipment arrived last Easter.McDaid, who is the company’s sole employee across the pond, now regularly delivers the product to ‘mom and pop’ retailers and delicatessens in the Empire State, not forgetting sellers in Irish-American communities in Boston and Philadelphia.While breaking new territory means he’s forced to abandon the reputation McDaid’s Beverages has built across four generations in Ramelton, the young entrepreneur said American retailers provide him with a certain candour their Irish counterparts never did.He says: “One of the things I love about doing it in the States is that I’m really in touch with my retailers. The managers will be brutally honest with me how my product is going.“Thankfully the feedback so far has mostly been good – but even when I do get negative feedback, it means that I’m able to work on it.” Yet McDaid doesn’t market Football Special and its sister sodas as classic Irish staples; the rise in craft beers in the years following the economic crash has provided him with an entirely different unique selling point.“It’s not like Ireland is renowned for its soft drinks. It’s not like tea; putting the Irish tricolour around it is not necessarily going to sell it.“In essence, it is a craft soda, from a small batch production facility. This isn’t like Coca Cola, where millions and millions of bottles are produced every week. It’s almost artisan in its creation.”In 12 months, McDaid’s US operation has netted a modest $25,000 from 50 Stateside retailers, but he insists this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the New York-based Irish Business Organisation. His intention now is to target the larger, and substantially more lucrative, Hispanic market.“In the past year, we were just connecting with diaspora who couldn’t get our products anymore.“We’re launching in Glasgow, because there’s a large contingent of Donegal people there. And we sent our first shipment off to Perth, Australia about six months ago.”YOUNG BUSINESSMAN GIVES ICONIC DONEGAL BRAND SOME NEW FIZZ! was last modified: April 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalFootball SpecialRameltonSeamus McDaidlast_img read more

David Forst spends first day of winter meetings laying out A’s plan of attack

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s know they have plenty of work to do in order to construct a roster that can continue the success from last season’s improbable playoff run, but their first day at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings was more of a feeling-out process.Aside from internal discussions about free agents and trades they would like to pursue, A’s general manager David Forst didn’t get very far on any potential deals after arriving at the Mandalay Bay hotel Monday afternoon.“We just got here,” …last_img read more

Journalists marvel at Table Mountain

first_img19 March 2012 Cape Town and Table Mountain worked their magic on a group of journalists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who visited the country last week as guests of Brand South Africa. The agency responsible for marketing South Africa abroad regularly brings groups of foreign journalists to the country to help build relationships and change perceptions of the continent. Fresh from an informative few days in Johannesburg, and keen to sample the famed delights of the Cape, the group had two days in the city to network, gather information and, of course, fit in some sightseeing. On day one, Tuesday 13 March, the weather in the morning was glorious – sunny blue skies, a light breeze and temperatures that Capetonians consider on the hot side – at least hot enough to hit the beach and dive into the cold ocean. Calling the Gulf states your home, though, means that 33 or so degrees is “comfortable”, in the words of Bahaa Alawam, a Syrian journalist working out of the Gulf.Gulf Co-operation Council He was joined by Mahmood Saberi of Gulf News, a Dubai publication; Peter Smith of Dubai Gulf Business; Hala Saqqa, a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dubai; and Roger Romanos, a senior editor at the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group. The plan was to spend the morning at presentations indoors, with the Department of Trade and Industry. On the agenda were South Africa’s industrial policy, priority industry sectors, and Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) exports and agri-processing businesses that export to the UAE/GCC, namely Western Cape fruit and juice exporters, beef and fishing, fruit and vegetables, processed foods, and franchising. The next item on the itinerary was a trip on the cableway up Table Mountain. Cape Town’s weather, however, is nothing if not fickle. By noon the wind had picked up and by 1pm the clouds were cascading over the southern side of the mountain. By 2pm the cableway was closed for the day as the wind howled and clouds poured over the mountain and down the gorges. On the upside, the group did get to see her dressed in her famous tablecloth.‘It was beautiful, spectacular’ Instead of the planned trip, energetic tour guide Irwin Horsban of Kaylin Tours packed the group back into the bus and took them on a memorable drive down Kloof Nek and into Camps Bay, on the western side of the Cape peninsula. A stop for lunch and refreshments on the beachfront was a real treat, said Saberi. Romanos, who is originally from Lebanon but has been working in Saudi Arabia for six years, agreed. “What a fantastic place,” he gushed. “It was beautiful, spectacular.” On the way back to the hotel the ever-affable Horsban took the group on a detour through the Bo-Kaap, with colourful houses and history, followed by a splendid seafood dinner at the popular V&A Waterfront that was variously described as “good”, “delicious” and “expensive”. Wednesday – and Mother Nature came out to play, offering a glorious day without a breath of wind. Again, the morning was taken up with presentations and information-sharing, this time at the Oil and Gas Expo.Table Mountain’s 360° views The historic Robben Island was on the agenda for the afternoon, but everyone opted for the mountain instead. Walking on one of the new seven wonders of nature trumped heritage. The cableway was open, and cars were parked for several kilometres down the winding mountain road. But with tickets pre-booked online and a taxi ride to the cableway station there was little delay before the group was ushered into the large and airy cable car. The car takes 65 people at a time, which can be a bit of a squash. There is no need to hog the windows though, as the floor rotates during the ascent, giving each passenger a 360° view. Romanos spoke about investments. His company organises conferences between businesses, and he believes there is much scope for the two regions to work together. “Arab businesses are looking for opportunity,” he said. When the group stepped out at the top the views took their breath away, and they spent a good two hours wandering around, taking pictures and marvelling at the cute dassies, or rock hyraxes – the little animals are closely related to the elephant. “I am half-way between happy and depressed,” said Saqqa, “happy to be here, but depressed that soon I have to return to civilisation.” Her sentiments were shared by the other members of the group. Smith said: “I see Johannesburg is for business, but Cape Town is more for pleasure.” There was time for some cold refreshments before a walk on the white sands of Camp’s Bay beach and dinner at a traditional restaurant in the city bowl. “We are sad to go, but have enjoyed our time here,” said Alawam. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

South African journalists excel at CNN awards

first_img13 October 2015Four South African journalists have won CNN African Journalist Awards, held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Kenya, Nairobi. The awards recognised and awarded 32 African journalists, drawn from over 1 400 entries from 39 African countries.The Mohamed Amin Photographic Award went to @hermanverwey, Beeld #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Photographer Herman Verwey from the Beeld newspaper won the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award for his photos taken during the murder trial of the Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius.“When you look at Herman Verwey’s work, for a second, you can wonder. the characters are so full of life, these pictures really give you a sense of their feelings. Herman’s body of work gives also a proper idea of the high pressure that surrounded this trial, so important for the South African society,’ said the judges of their choice of this year’s winner.The awards were handed out on Saturday evening, 10 October.The Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award went to @sarahemilywild, Mail & Guardian #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Sarah Wild from the Mail & Guardian newspaper won the Technology & Innovation Reporting Award for her story, “Robot”, on the environmental testing of the health of the oceans’ “lungs” in relation to effects of global warming.Judges highlighted the article’s intuitive and simple tone in communicating the technicalities of the subject matter, saying: “Sarah Wild delivered an original report on a major innovation in research over global warming, conducted by a South African scientific team. It’s an excellent reminder that there are African-led research programs at the forefront of the climate change issue. Sarah Wild transports the reader into the heart of the project, with the team deploying this new generation of sea-cruising robots.”The IPP Media Features Award went to @JulieLaurenz & #JacquelineJayamaha #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Freelance documentary-makers Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha won in the Features Award category for their harrowing profile piece, “Viola’s Hope”, for the e-tv channel, about the effects of woonga drug addiction.“Tragic. Educative. Committed. The team that brought us this piece spent over a month putting it together and they stayed with their story which was well-shot, produced and written,” said the judges.CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 is Hyacinthe Sanou, Burkina Faso #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 w/ @UKenyatta— DStv Kenya (@DStv_Kenya) October 10, 2015Burkinabe journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou won the top prize – African Journalist of the Year – for his piece, “Room 143”. Published in the Ouagadougou daily newspaper L’Observateur Paalga, the story covered the ousting of Blaise Campaore, who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.“My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered,” said Sanou.Uhuru’s speech during 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards #AfricanJournoAwards— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) October 11, 2015Keynote speaker for the event, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, paid tribute to the hard work journalists did to find the real stories of Africa. He asked that they do their best to continue to find the real “African truths” and reclaim the African story, so that they could tell global audiences of the success stories.Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press newspaper, was this year’s chairperson of the judging panel. She paid tribute to the winners, saying the awards were recognition for a lot of sacrifices that journalists made to get their stories. “Journalism can be very dangerous, lonely,” Haffajee told the gathering.Speaking on behalf of the hosts and sponsors of the event, Deborah Rayner, CNN senior vice-president for international news gathering, TV and digital, said that the winners demonstrated the very best of journalism, from investigative journalism through to stories of hope and change.“I’ve seen tremendously courageous reporting, brilliantly innovative reporting and highly entertaining reporting,” added Tony Maddox, executive vice-president and managing director of CNN. “The awards really do cover the full panorama of all that is good in journalism.”Source: News24last_img read more

Injunction pauses enforcement of LEBOR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentEditor’s Note: Below is an update from Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp regarding the next development in a Wood County farmer’s lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights: For several weeks your Farm Bureau has been making you aware of the possible threat of lawsuits against farmers after Toledo citizens passed an ordinance that would give Lake Erie rights in court. While there’s still a long road ahead, there is some positive news to share with you.On March 18, U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary issued a preliminary injunction pausing enforcement of the recently passed Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR). This action stems from a lawsuit filed by a Wood County farmer the day after Toledo voters passed LEBOR in a special election. Farm Bureau stands with the farmer and his family and we appreciate that this injunction will prevent the law from taking effect while the case is litigated. The court decision brings us one step closer to protecting farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed from costly lawsuits brought on by LEBOR.Although Ohio Farm Bureau understands that this process will take time, a quick resolution is of the essence. Soon, the 2019 planting season will begin and it is our hope that our farmers in the Lake Erie watershed can get their seeds into the ground without the possibility of LEBOR lawsuits hanging over their heads.We will be watching all developments in Toledo as it pertains to this case and will keep you updated as new information becomes available.Sincerely,Adam J. SharpExecutive Vice President   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Learning about Stress in Young Military Children

first_imgThis blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network. What’s the difference between positive stress, tolerable stress and toxic stress?Why is it pointless to reason with a child in the middle of an emotionally charged moment?How can child care providers be a “buffer” to young children who are experiencing the stresses of military family life?These and many other topics were addressed in a recent webinar hosted by the Child Care group of the Military Families Learning Network. Presenter Dr. Diane Bales walked us through what stress is, how it affects young children in military families, and a number of strategies that child care professionals can use to ease that stress and lessen negative impact. The presentation also included excerpts from an interview with Dr. Will Mosier, faculty at Wright State University and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Will shared helpful information on supporting children emotionally during stressful times.WEBINAR LINKHere are some key points that I thought were particularly helpful for child care professionals to know:Stress is any external event or circumstance that “throws us off balance,” that significantly changes our everyday experience.  Stresses can be positive events as well as negative events. For example, having a parent return home from a long deployment is a very positive event, and yet it significantly changes up the child’s usual daily life. Until a “new normal” is established, those changes, even though they are positive, can be stressors.Stressors cause physical and emotional responses and changes in all of us, including even very young children, that our outside of our control. In the short term, those responses can help us be alert and take action. But when stressors are overwhelming or persistent, children need additional support to bring those physically and emotionally intense responses back down to more normal levels. That’s where child care professionals can play a critical role for children in military families. Caring, knowledgeable, and sensitive providers can provide the extra support and attention to a child during the child care day that help insulate her from high levels of stress responses that all of the family members are dealing with when big changes occur.Helping young children cope with stressful situations isn’t complicated. Children are comforted and supported by simple but intentional strategies.Predictability and routine in the child care environment provide a sense of security and confidence to a child who is dealing with unpredictability and change at home. That predictability and routine include maintaining the usual rules and consequences about behavior. Though we may be tempted to “go easy” on a child who misbehaves when we know there are big changes at home, being firm and predictable in response will actually provide assurance and a sense of safety to him.Listening and showing empathy to a child’s emotions, without psychoanalyzing or presuming where those emotions are coming from, is very often all that’s needed for a child to regain a sense of equilibrium and calm.Young children often don’t know the words for the emotions they are feeling and can be frightened by their intensity. We can help by not only showing empathy but by giving them labels for the emotions they are feeling.  This includes positive emotions, like excitement and happiness, as well as negative emotions, such as sadness or anger.I hope this whets your appetite for more! If you visit our “Learn” page, you will find a recording for the entire, hour-long webinar and a link to a PDF of all of the slides so that you can print them out, make notes, and have them for future reference.  You’ll also find links to related resources that can help you in understanding the stresses of young military children’s lives and more ways that you can provide that safe, caring place that will help them cope with their current situation and build their resilience to stressors in the future. Here’s the LINK.And if you have your own stories of supporting military children and families through difficult changes, or you have more suggestions for building their ability to cope, we’d love to hear them!last_img read more

London Olympics: Ronjan Sodhi crashes out of double trap qualifiers

first_imgRonjan Sodhi disappointed the large Indian gathering at the Royal Artillery Barracks as he succumbed under pressure and shot a 134/150 to finish 11th in the double trap event on Thursday.On a day when the elements had a say, with the light conditions changing, a strong breeze blowing across from the left and crowds cheering loudly, Ronjan began superbly by busting 48 out of the 50 orange targets.People had already begun speculating if he would be shooting in the final at 3 pm local time. However, in the eventual analysis, Ronjan’s inability to make the final was more than the proverbial miss by a whisker.As one who shoots with a cool head and does not let pressure affect him, Ronjan fumbled repeatedly on Thursday when he was on the first shooting station.”I don’t know what went wrong on station one as I repeatedly missing from there,” said Ronjan.With Britain’s Richard Faulds also shooting in the same group as Ronjan, the crowds were vocal. Shooting range etiquette demands that when the action is on, there is silence.Perhaps, in the name of cheering the local man, the Britons were a bit too loud. Despite the big ear plug, Ronjan was getting distracted.But the worst came from him in the third series where he slumped and shot a mere 42 out of 50. Had Ronjan been able to shoot two points more, he would have aggregated 136 and made the final.What was distressing on Thursday was how Ronjan dropped a double on the 23rd series. After that he again missed two singles and was done in.advertisementFrom sports minister Ajay Maken to former international shooter and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh, everyone was disappointed.What was baffling on this day was how on eight occasions in the first station at the A, B and C ranges, Ronjan bungled. It’s a jinx which he alone can explain.Trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu was also watching the event from the sidelines. “This is a sport and it boils down to what happens on that day. I think Ronjan missing birds repeatedly on the first station was an indicator something was amiss,” said Manavjit.Manavjit will be shooting the trap event on August 5 and 6.Speaking to Mail Today, Ronjan’s personal coach Moraad Ali Khan said: “It was a day when Ronjan began well. But once you start missing targets, there is little you can do.”Moraad also said that as it was Ronjan’s first Olympics, the pressure was understandable.In the rapid fire event, where half course was completed, Vijay Kumar shot 293/300 and was placed fifth. The remainder 30 shots and the final will be held on Friday.last_img read more

AMMC Living History Awards Ceremony Planned

AMMC Living History Awards Ceremony Planned

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – The Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) will host a Living History Awards ceremony in early December at Baha Mar to recognize Bahamian talent and create greater awareness of the role, significance and contributions of the AMMC.   Executive Chairman Reece Chipman made the announcement on Thursday at the AMMC offices on Shirley Street.The public will nominate persons for awards in these categories: Research and Education, Architecture and Historical Restoration, Oral History and Genealogy, Youth Entrepreneurship and Vendor Award, Historic Districts and Townships, Journalism and Talk Shows, Artistry and Craftsmanship, Technology and Social Media, Historic Churches and Faith Centers, Archaeological and Paleontological Research, Junkanoo Heritage, Cinematography and Photography, and Festivals and Events, among others.Funds raised from the AMMC Living History Awards will be used to facilitate the preservation and restoration of important historic resources throughout The Bahamas.   Corporate Bahamas is being invited to partner with the AMMC on this event through several different sponsorship packages.More information about the awards gala can be found on the AMMC website,, or by calling 242-397-6800 or email ammcawards@ammcbahamas.comBy: Sydnei Isaacs (BIS)Photo caption:  Executive Chairman of AMMC Reece Chipman, right, addresses a press conference on Thursday to announce a Living History Awards ceremony for December.    Pictured at AMMC from left: Graphic Artist Reuno Pratt, AMMC Assistant Director Dr. Michael Pateman, and AMMC Director Dr. Keith Tinker.    Also present were AMMC Board Member Dr. Gail Saunders, Event Manager Kinara Lloyd, and AMMC Secretary to the Corporation Kim Burrows.  (BIS Photo)last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Shares Her Opinion On The Three

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Shares Her Opinion On The Three

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions?  Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: in on the ballot questions with a month to go is early. Especially given the amount of information that is coming out on a daily basis with regards to Question 1. But at the moment, I’m leaning towards no on all three.Question 1: I’ve spoken to nurses on both sides of the issue. It’s incredible how back and forth the debate has been and will continue to be right down to the wire. Patient to nurse limits seems like something that should be worked out in collective bargaining and not through unfunded government mandates. A new report that came out this past week highlighting the potential costs associated with the passage of this question is alarming.Question 2: The end game of the proposed commission appears to be unconstitutional. The commission that would be created with the passage of this question is seeking to limit 1st Amendment rights. When elected, I’m sworn to an oath to protect and support the Constitution. Anything that endangers that oath is a definite no from me.Question 3: This particular law doesn’t include reasonable protections for the right to privacy and safety for women and children. Those protections were rejected by the legislature when the law was passed. I’d like to see those protections readdressed so everyone’s rights are covered within the law.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Reliance Power locked in compensation claims after pulling out of Tilaiya power

first_imgAnil Ambani-led Reliance Power is looking forward to secure Rs. 714 crore as bank guarantees and compensations from 18 procurers of electricity after terminating the 4000 MW Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Jharkhand, citing delay in land allotment in April last year, as reported by PTI.The company is set to recover Rs. 600 crore as bank guarantees from the procurers who had agreed to purchase electricity and the rest of Rs. 114 crore as compensation for other expenses borne since the initiation of project in 2009. The report cites that the agreement with the 18 procurers in the last lapse.The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was cancelled in 2015 by the company since the required land, water pipeline and clearance notice from the ministry of forest and environment were not handed over to the company as per the agreement till 2015.In 2007, the coal ministry had earmarked Kerandari B and C block for the project’s coal requirements. The company had vested a bank guarantee of Rs. 208 crore as security for the coal blocks.The ministry on June 22 issued a notice seeking explanation from the power company as to why the bank guarantee, submitted by the company when securing the coal block, should not be seized for not delivering power, according to a Mint report.”Reliance Power terminated PPA for Tilaiya UMPP entered into with 18 procurers nearly 14 months ago. The PPA termination was due to prolonged delay in fulfilment of the procurers’ development period obligations in respect of land for the power plant and coal mine for more than 5 years. The procurers led by the Lead Procurer, Jharkhand, Urja Vikas Nigam (JUVNL) have already accepted the termination in November 2015,” the company was quoted as saying in response to the ministry’s show-cause notice by the PTI report.The company also added that it had responded to an earlier notice issued by the ministry in January 2014.Earlier this year, the company wanted to close the 4000 MW Krishnapatnam UMPP project in Andhra Pradesh citing increasing coal cost which was imported from Indonesia, among other reasons.Reliance Power registered a 15.8% increase in net profit in the fourth quarter of financial year 2015-2016last_img read more