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first_imgFRUIT of the Loom, the company which once employed 3,600 people in Ireland, a quarter of them in Donegal and Derry, has announced another loss.The company, which still has a small base in Buncrana, says it lost €6.78M last year to add to its overall accumulated losses of €249M. FOL International, the name of the company, accounts show that the loss last year occurred after restructuring costs of €6.35m. The last 650 local jobs were lost in 2004.Revenues of the US company’s European operations dipped from €248.48m to €241.6m.The €6.35m restructuring costs last year represented mainly redundancy payments due to Fruit of the Loom’s decision to exit the retail mass market business.  FRUIT OF THE GLOOM: ONE-TIME PRESTIGIOUS DONEGAL COMPANY SHOWS LOSSES AGAIN was last modified: October 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaDerrydonegalFruit of the LoomLosseslast_img read more


Denver Will Vote on a Green Roof Initiative

first_imgA proposal facing Denver voters next month would require developers of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to cover part of the roof with vegetation or solar panels.In September, environmental activists narrowly won the right to place the Denver Green Roof Initiative before voters by collecting just 45 more petition signatures than they needed, The Denver Post reported.The new rules would place Denver among a small number of North American cities requiring vegetation or solar panels to lessen the impact of heat-reflective roof surfaces. The Post said a 2014 analysis showed Denver’s average daily temperature during the summer over the previous decade was 4.9 degrees higher than in nearby rural areas. That put Denver behind only Las Vegas and Albuquerque on a list of U.S. cities most affected by the heat island effect.Led by Madison Backens, a 22-year-old biology student at the University of Colorado Denver, activists began collecting signatures to place the initiative on the ballot earlier this year. The proposal establishes a sliding scale for roof coverage depending on the size of the building. It would require rooftop gardens to cover at least 20% of the roof area on new buildings between 25,000 and 50,000 square feet. At the high end, for buildings more than 200,000 square feet in size, 60% of the roof would have to be covered. Solar panels could be used to meet part of the requirement. Existing buildings would be required to meet the same standard when their roofs were replaced. Multifamily residential buildings of four stories or less are not included, and city officials would have the power to allow smaller rooftop gardens in certain cases, the newspaper said. Environmentalists excited, City Hall is notJennifer Bousselot of the Colorado Native Plant Society called the plan “bold and exciting” and said that environmentalists in the state have been pressing for this type of “policy breakthrough” for a decade.Critics, however, are many, and the initiative isn’t getting much support from City Hall. The local ABC affiliate, Denver 7, quoted Mayor Michael Hancock as saying the proposal “is not the right approach for Denver.”In a letter to some members of the Denver City Council earlier this month, Hancock wrote, “By taking a mandate-only approach and eliminating the opportunity for options, the initiative would actually hinder efforts to pilot, promote, phase and incentivize green infrastructure, as is being done in many of our peer cities across the United States. We would have much preferred to see a collaborative approach, which has become the hallmark of how we solve problems here in Denver.”The president of the Colorado Apartment Association, Rocky Sundling, said the requirement would be costly and in some cases difficult for developers to carry out. He told The Post: “We certainly agree that there are some advantages to having green roofs. But mandating it seems counterintuitive. If it is a good solution, the market will make it happen.”Proponents acknowledge the initiative would increase construction costs, but they argue roof membranes would last longer under vegetation, and energy use would decline, so operating costs over be lower over time.In the runup to Election Day, opponents are far ahead in fund-raising with more than $41,000 in hand, compared to the $6,400 raised by those promoting the initiative.Toronto claims the distinction of being the first city in North America to require green roofs on new construction. Its ordinance went into effect in 2010. San Francisco says it’s the first American city to require solar and vegetation on most new construction with the San Francisco Better Roofs rule that went into effect in January of this year. Vegetated RoofsQ&A Spotlight: Do Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?U.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island Effect From Building Science Corp.: Seeing Red Over Green RoofsJunk Science and the Heat-Island Effect RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik denied central contracts by PCB

first_imgPCB also demoted Younis Khan from Category A to Category B in their list of central contracts for 2014In what appears to be a major blow to veteran cricketers Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has axed the duo from their list of central contracts for 2014. The experienced middle order batsman Younis Khan was also demoted from Category A to Category B as per the list released on Thursday.Pakistan test and limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq and flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi were among five players given top category A contracts by the board.Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan were the other players in the top category as the PCB announced central contracts to 31 players in four categories.The PCB’s director of international Zakir Khan, chief selector Moin Khan and camp commandant Mohammad Akram selected the contracted players after evaluating their fitness during a month-long training camp in Lahore.”The committee took three factors into consideration while finalizing the list; form and performance, fitness level and future potential,” Zakir Khan said.Test specialists Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed and Abdul Rehman were awarded category C contracts.Fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan, Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali were among the notable players in the list of 16 players which were given category D contracts.The PCB has increased the monthly salaries and test match fees for all categories by 25 percent while remuneration for ODIs has been raised by 10 percent.Players will also be offered increased win bonuses – from 200 to 250 percent – for winning a series against the three top-ranked teams in the world as well as against archrivals India.advertisementThe contracts will be effective from January 1 this year.Central Contracts:Category A: Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid KhanCategory B: Younis Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Umar GulCategory C: Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, Abdul RehmanCategory D: Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjeel Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Raza Hasan, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Shaan Masood, Mohammad Talha, Anwar Ali(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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Mac Belo breaks out of slump to rescue Blackwater

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Coach always knows that I’m ready to play at this level and I’m willing to do anything to help my team win,” said Belo as the Elite improved to a 2-6 record but still stayed at the 11th spot of the standings.“We struggled in the past games, especially myself, so I always find ways to recover and that’s because of the help I got from my coaches and teammates.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald Anderson impressive in Chooks 3×3 debut Blackwater’s Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mac Belo was ready when Blackwater needed him the most.Belo averaged just 8.6 points in the Elite’s first seven games of the PBA Philippine Cup, but that became an afterthought after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Needing a win to break their four-game skid, the Elite found a hero in Belo who dropped a season-high 22 points with eight rebounds to help them get the 106-100 win over the Dyip.Belo, ever the consummate professional, shared the glory of his scoring outburst to his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I thank my teammates because we executed our plays well so I got open looks and I was able to get into my off-ball offense better,” said Belo in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Belo said he just kept himself ready and when Elite head coach Bong Ramos called his number, he knew he was prepared to play at an exceptional level. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

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Serena Williams bids early adieu at French Open, like Naomi Osaka before her

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open’s third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls.Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves with some serious staredowns.ADVERTISEMENT Williams sat out four Slams in 2017-18 while she was off the tour to have a baby. Her first major back was last year’s French Open, where she withdrew before a fourth-round match because of a chest muscle injury. She went on to reach the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before wasting match points during a quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open this January.Williams came to Paris having played only four matches since then — she withdrew from two tournaments because of an injured left knee and another because of illness.And she had said she considered not entering the French Open at all.“I’m glad I came, at the end of the day,” she said, “but it’s been a really grueling season for me.”Asked whether a third-round appearance was satisfactory, given her issues, Williams not surprisingly said it was not.“I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” she replied.Said her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou: “All I know is, she was not ready. And it was obvious, I think.”Williams couldn’t control her shots, compiling 34 unforced errors, twice as many as Kenin’s 17. Another key statistic: Kenin won four of Williams’ 10 service games.Kenin also was composed as can be, never getting rattled by Williams or by a Court Philippe Chatrier crowd that whistled and jeered her for repeatedly eyeing ball marks to see whether calls were correct.“I didn’t care at that point,” Kenin said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to check the mark.’” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Ceres rises to the top Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:04Early release of convicts like a thief in the night – Gordon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Since those early-for-her defeats, Williams had won six of the 14 majors she entered to surpass Steffi Graf’s professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles championships. With 23, Williams stands one away from Margaret Court’s mark for the most in tennis history; Court played in both the professional and amateur eras.“Serena is such a tough player. I’m still trying to process what just happened,” Kenin said, about an hour after the match ended with her covering her face with both hands. “She’s a true champion and an inspiration.”Kenin was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian. Her family moved to New York when she was a baby, and she now is based in Florida.“I’m proud to be an American,” said Kenin, who wore a blue U.S. Fed Cup cap to her news conference. “I think it’s great we moved to America for a better life for me.”She is appearing in the ninth major of her career and now is headed to her initial trip to the round of 16, where she’ll meet No. 8 seed Ash Barty. Other women’s fourth-round matchups established Saturday: defending champion Simona Halep vs. 18-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland; No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. vs. Sinikiakova; 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. vs. qualifier Aliona Bolsova of Spain.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war After Williams showed fight by going from 3-1 down to 4-3 ahead in the second set, Kenin hung in there. At 5-all, she got the last break she’d need with a forehand return winner off a 102 mph (164 kph) serve.She ran to her sideline seat and pressed a towel against her face.There was one last pivotal moment: Serving for the victory, Kenin faced a break point, but Williams’ miscue let it go by. One last error by Williams — a backhand that sailed long — ended things.Kenin dealt so well with the stakes, the scene, the setting.She’d never shared a court with Williams before, although Kenin did try to set up a practice session during the offseason by texting Mouratoglou.Didn’t work out.“Yeah, I tried to hit with her. It wasn’t possible, but I’ll take that,” Kenin said with a smile. “I’ll take the win over the hitting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Whether it was meant to get herself going or intimidate Kenin, it didn’t work. Outplayed from start to finish, Williams lost 6-2, 7-5 to the 35th-ranked Kenin, ending her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years.“In that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven’t played anyone like that in a long time,” the 37-year-old Williams said. “I just saw a player that was playing unbelievable.”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, logisticsIt was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours: Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. That ended Osaka’s 16-match Grand Slam winning streak, which included titles at the U.S. Open final in September — when she beat Williams in the final — and at the Australian Open in January.Osaka was trying to become the first woman to win three consecutive major trophies since Williams grabbed four in a row in 2014-15, a run that was preceded by a second-round loss at Roland Garros and a third-round loss at Wimbledon.last_img read more

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Carnival Fascination to resume service in February post drydock

first_img MIAMI — Carnival Fascination will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar dry dock that will add a variety of the cruise line’s popular dining and bar venues.These include Guy’s Burger Joint developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, Cherry on Top sweets shop, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar and a Bonsai Sushi Express venue.The spaces will be added during a two-week dry dock taking place Feb. 4-17, 2018, in Freeport, The Bahamas, prior to the ship resuming its year-round schedule of seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning Feb. 18, 2018.Carnival Fascination is currently being chartered to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.“We can’t wait for our guests to experience these exciting new features aboard Carnival Fascination when she returns to her year-round homeport of San Juan early next year,” said Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Duffy, adding that other Carnival ships began visiting San Juan as a port of call Nov. 30.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe new options complement existing attractions like the WaterWorks aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long Twister slide, Seuss at Sea operated exclusively with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and a long list of entertainment choices including the Punchliner Comedy Club, Playlist Productions shows, and Hasbro, The Game Show.Carnival Fascination’s year-round schedule from San Juan includes week-long sailings to five Caribbean islands: St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. << Previous PostNext Post >> Carnival Fascination to resume service in February post dry-dock Posted by Friday, December 15, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

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