FRUIT 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 LoomLosses
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A must-read for every farmer — Les Imboden is brutally honest about the tough lessons and realities on the farm through the 1980s. Farming offers a wonderful way of life, but many have learned the hard way that it must also run as a business. The 80s changed Les Imboden’s life and his advice can change your farming operation.
Mourinho couldn’t get reaction from Man Utd players – Lascellesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United players lost faith in former manager Jose Mourinho, according to Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.United have won three straight games since Mourinho’s sacking.Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with United, Lascelles said: “They probably needed that (a change at the top). They have world-class players on big wages who have done it for their countries and for other teams, but have not done it for Manchester United.”Some players can only play for certain managers and that reaction you get from the players.”Maybe (Solskjaer) might be the difference in getting the best from those players. They have a lot of quality. It will be an exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Taipei: A powerful tropical storm swept across southern Taiwan, triggering landslides and flooding and leaving at least one dead before it hit southern China on Sunday morning, officials said. A 17-year-old died and two children were injured in another landslide in the northern Philippines on Saturday, authorities reported. In Taiwan, an 18-year-old motorcycle rider died shortly before midnight in Tainan city after hitting a fallen tree, a disaster response official said. The number of injured across Taiwan has reached nine. Tropical Storm Bailu brought heavy rain and winds up to 118 kilometres per hour as it crossed the southern half of the island. Fourteen tourists were among those trapped after the landslide in Hualien county. About 450 people were evacuated around the island and 12,000 households were without power late Saturday afternoon.
No. 4 Logan Stieber threw up his arms, victorious for 19th time this season. After knocking off Iowa’s No. 2 Tony Ramos, 7-0, the redshirt freshman finally had a second to breathe. He looked up to see an electric home crowd, all eyes on him. “We haven’t beat Iowa in forever. It’s a big win for us,” Stieber said. For the No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team, Stieber’s win was just the beginning. OSU defeated the No. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes, 21-9, Friday night at St. John Arena. It is their first win against Iowa since Feb. 12, 1966. For OSU coach Tom Ryan, the win was extra special, with Iowa being his alma mater and the place where he was named an All-American twice. “I feel great, I feel great,” Ryan said. “You know, because these guys put so much time into what they do. Six o’ clock mornings, back in the afternoon; sometimes they’re back in the evening. They got eight hours of study tables. They got so many things on their lives.” The Buckeyes improved to 9-2 on the year and 3-2 in the Big Ten Conference. “It shows we can fight a little bit more, at the beginning of the year some close matches weren’t going our way, you know, we weren’t fighting as well, but we had a lot of close matches tonight and we fought well,” Stieber said. It was Iowa’s first loss in the Big Ten and only their second on the entire season, the other being a one-point defeat against No. 1 Oklahoma State. The Hawkeyes took an early 3-0 lead after Iowa’s Matt McDonough took down OSU’s Johnni Dijulius, 5-2. But OSU roared back with five straight wins from Stieber, his younger brother freshman Hunter Stieber, freshman Cam Tessari, redshirt freshman Josh Demas and freshman Derek Garcia. The flurry rocketed OSU to a 15-3 lead. For Logan Stieber, it was his second win in eight days against a top 10-ranked opponent. One-hundred-forty-one-pound Hunter Stieber gave OSU a 6-3 lead, scoring a 4-2 decision against Iowa’s senior Montell Marion, the No. 3 wrestler in the nation. Tessari brought the OSU lead to 9-6 after defeating Iowa’s Mike Kelly, 9-4, in the 149-pound match. Demas followed suit scoring a takedown with 10 seconds remaining in the 157-pound match to secure a 7-3 win against Iowa’s Derek St. John. Garcia narrowly beat Iowa’s redshirt freshman Mike Evans, 6-5. For No. 6 Evans, it was only his third loss on the season. Garcia also claimed the Russ Hellickson Award, which is given to the most outstanding wrestler of the night. “I think the best feeling is beating Iowa,” Garcia said. “Honestly I can guarantee everybody on the team would say the same thing.” Iowa wouldn’t score again until the 174-pound match where sophomore Ethen Lofthouse beat OSU’s sophomore Joe Grandominico, 7-1. Grandominico, who usually wrestles at 157-pounds, started in place of redshirt junior Nick Heflin. Rather, Ryan started Heflin at 184-pounds in place of injured redshirt junior C.J. Magrum. Heflin defeated Iowa’s Vinnie Wagner, 7-4, despite wrestling a weight class up. At 197-pounds, OSU’s freshman Andrew Campolattano beat Iowa’s junior Grant Gambrall giving OSU a 21-6 commanding lead against the Hawkeyes with only one match left to wrestle. By the time Iowa’s heavyweight senior Blake Rasing beat OSU’s Peter Capone, 7-2, an OSU victory was already in hand. The OSU crowd directed chants of “overrated” at Iowa before forming a mass near the entrance of the locker rooms to celebrate what some are calling the Buckeyes’ biggest dual win in program history. “We’re no joke,” Garcia said. “We showed everybody right now that we are real.”
OSU senior forward Chad Niddery (19) gets pinned against the glass by Wisconsin freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty (4) during a game at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13. OSU won, 2-1. Credit: Jordan Boone / Lantern photographerTimes have been tough for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, as the Buckeyes split a weekend series with Wisconsin, hurting their chances at earning a higher seed in the conference tournament.Going into the series, coach Steve Rohlik told the team he wanted it to play with a playoff mentality.“You know it’s all about getting better, and when we talk about playoff mentality, the NHL season is a long grind and you see what happens in the playoffs. It’s the ultimate sport to watch in the playoffs and I said, ‘That is the mentality you have to have,’” Rohlik said.But even with that mentality, the Buckeyes followed a 2-1 Friday win with a 3-2 loss on Saturday.The loss means the Buckeyes’ chances at a higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament have become slimmer. OSU is guaranteed a spot in the six-team tournament, but will likely have to face a top-three seed as the Buckeyes sit at fifth in the conference with eight regular season games to play.Senior forward Tanner Fritz said making a late-season push will come down to playing with pride and confidence.“(We are playing for our) pride. You have to play desperate hockey all the time and you want to go into the tournament with some confidence,” Fritz said. “It was a great opportunity for us tonight to get our first sweep, and we came up short.”Rohlik said he thought his team played with a bit of the playoff mentality in Friday’s game but didn’t feel the Buckeyes had the same approach going into Saturday’s matchup.“I talked to the guys after, I said, ‘You guys have to play desperate,’ and we talked about playoff hockey. Tonight’s performance was a different version of playoff hockey than I understand,” Rohlik said.With the offense falling short of the playoff mentality, the Buckeye defense stepped up and portrayed a bit of the desperation that Rohlik was looking for. After a total of 25 blocked shots against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes showed that they are willing to put themselves on the line for the puck.“If you’re in the lanes, you have to sacrifice your body for the team, and we talked about that and we have to continue to do a better job of that,” Rohlik said.With just four series remaining on the Big Ten schedule, including another against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will be looking for the playoff mentality to become a part of their everyday game. Senior assistant captain Matt Johnson said there are no excuses for losing games.“We weren’t executing like we were supposed to, we strayed completely away from our game tonight,” Johnson said Saturday. “(It) doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we need to come out the same way every single night. We know our strategy and we know our game plan and we just need to stick to what we know.”OSU’s Friday win snapped a six-game losing streak. Junior forward Tyler Lundey and sophomore forward Nick Schilkey tallied the goals for the Buckeyes.“I liked the end result, but I didn’t feel we started out great,” Rohlik said. “We are just scratching the surface. It’s a big win for our team. Anytime you can walk away with a win, it’s a huge boost to the confidence.”The rolling confidence started out strong for the Buckeyes as they came into Saturday’s game, taking the lead early in the first period. But they were unable to hold on to the lead, going into the third period tied, 2-2. The Badgers added a third goal to thwart OSU’s attempt at a series sweep.Rohlik said the fast start might have been more of a hindrance than a positive.“It hurt us scoring the early goal because we just weren’t the same after that,” he said. “Even getting up 2-1, our execution tonight was off. We didn’t take care of the puck.”The Buckeyes will look to restart this week in practice ahead of a home-and-home series against Michigan on Friday and Sunday.“Now it’s just focusing on getting better; next week we have to continue to grind and get better. We have to fix our flaws that came out this weekend and start moving in the right direction,” Johnson said.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder stands during the national anthem prior to the the dual meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe same four words reverberated around the Schottenstein Center over and over during the final match of Sunday’s wrestling meet between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Iowa.“Snyder takedown. Holloway escape.”Heavyweight Kyle Snyder toyed with his opponent, Steven Holloway. He took the Hawkeye down, then allowed him to get to his feet, only to take him down again with ease. Holloway wrestled because Iowa held undefeated No. 3 junior Sam Stoll out against Snyder.“[Stoll] has struggled a little bit with health and I think if anyone can put you in some positions that’s not that good for your health, it’s Kyle,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said.Ryan, Myles Martin and Bo Jordan laughed when Snyder said he did not care whether Stoll decided to sit out. They, like everyone else, knew what the result would have been had Stoll wrestled.Sunday’s result, which ended as a 24-9 technical fall win for Snyder, was never in doubt. Instead, the spectacle of Snyder performing one last time at home attracted a season-high crowd of 15,117 fans.If someone in the arena closed their eyes and listened to the public address announcer continually repeat those statements — “Snyder takedown. Holloway escape” — it would be hard to believe Snyder’s superiority against the overmatched opponent. But nothing abnormal happened in Sunday’s match. Ohio State has never seen a wrestler like Snyder, who has four pins and two technical falls this season. Sunday was the celebration of an all-time great.“Obviously, he’s got a bunch more competitions for Ohio State, but I think today I just tried to really just enjoy the day,” Ryan said following his team’s 22-12 win against Iowa. “I think you put so much time and energy and work into this and sometimes you can just get lost in the stress of it and the results of it.”Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd after competing in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter the final home match ended, Snyder took a photo with his coaches and fellow seniors Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello, who hope to join him in becoming the first trio of teammates to be named four-time All-Americans in college wrestling history. Then, Snyder walked toward the Scarlet and Gray-clad fans packing the stands and screaming his name. People mobbed Snyder as he took pictures and signed autographs for 10 minutes before heading back to take a shower.Everyone wanted a piece of history to remember watching Sunday’s match, which acted as a microcosm of his dominant college career. The three-time All-American has won back-to-back NCAA championships, two Big Ten championships and has not lost a college match since March 21, 2015. He is the top-ranked wrestler, pound-for-pound, in college, according to FloWrestling. Those, of course, are only his collegiate accolades. Snyder also became the youngest Olympic champion in U.S. wrestling history and the youngest world champion in the country’s history, achieving both feats while in college.Snyder’s laurels have catapulted him into the legendary territory reserved for historically skilled Buckeyes, including Jesse Owens, Eddie George, Jerry Lucas and a select few others. And like them, college is just a stepping stone to further greatness.“I’m thankful for everything, but I’m also very excited about the future and competing in other matches and other tournaments,” Snyder said. “My career is not even close to being over, God willing.”For that reason, Snyder said he felt no different emotions, even knowing he would never again compete for Ohio State in Columbus. His collegiate accomplishments merely sit at the beginning of a list of accomplishments that will continue to grow.Instead of overworking Ohio State’s public address announcer with his constant takedowns, Snyder will attempt to overwhelm opponents en route to a third NCAA championship in March and in international competition for the foreseeable future.