LIBA Calls on Business Community to Be Robust in Ebola fight

first_imgThe vice president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), David K. Sembah, has called on the business community to be robust in supporting government’s efforts in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.Speaking over the weekend at the launch of the Paynesville City Hall Community anti-Ebola awareness campaign, Mr. Sembeh said the disease has also affected the economic activities of the country and it was important for the business communities to be robust in carrying out awareness, sensitization and prevention to break the transmission of the virus.“We need to have a combined effort, from the business community, community dwellers and the health workers in fighting the disease. It has caused some people to be out of business,” he stated.The LIBA vice president, at the same time presented several cartons of powder soap and chlorine to the new Paynesville anti Ebola awareness campaign team in their effort to buttress the national government’s efforts in arresting the transmission of the deadly virus.He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Paynesville Community for launching the anti-Ebola campaign that would health workers identify Ebola suspects and sensitize community residents on the prevention of the disease.He used the occasion to beg that Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, reinstate the two leaders of the dismissed health workers.’In special remarks, the chairman of the Paynesville City Hall Community, Darlington Kpayili, expressed thanks to LIBA.Kpayili emphasized that the disease has also affected the economic activities of the country. He assured the LIBA executive, including Mr. D. Maxwell Kemayah, Sr, president of LIBA, that the anti-Ebola materials would be used for their intended purposes and proper accountability would be made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP calls for GECOM to begin preparations for elections

first_img…says “too much time has passed already”Citing delay tactics, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition has called for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to commence preparations for the hosting of General and Regional Elections, saying that too much time has passed already.In a statement on Thursday, the PPP pointed out that since the appointment of Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh as Chair, GECOM has had over four meetings and yet it is nowhere closer to starting preparations for what was supposed to be early elections.“Too much time has passed already. The party stresses the call for GECOM to begin preparations for elections now,” the missive stated.According to the PPP, it seems as though the Constitution of Guyana and the rulings of the courts are secondary in the considerations of GECOM. It reminded that the Constitution remains the supreme law of the land and that GECOM has a responsibility to uphold it.Moreover, the party drew attention to the fact that the country’s apex court – the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – on July 12, 2019, made clear that elections should have been held since March 21, 2019, that is, three months after the successful December passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) which toppled the coalition Government.The CCJ made clear that “The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.This point, the PPP noted, was reiterated on August 14, 2019, by Chief Justice, Roxane George.“The Guyanese people have a constitutional right that must be respected. Our Constitution must be respected. Our democratic standing cannot be diminished. Elections preparations must commence now,” the Opposition stated.According to the PPP, preparations for elections must commence with the production of a Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) from the National Register of Registrants (NRR).However, the party said it recognises the delay tactics being directed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government. It said that the Government-nominated GECOM Commissioners continue to push for the merger of unverified – and probably padded – data garnered from the now-scrapped House-to-House Registration, with the National Register of Registrants.“They have a complicit partner at the Secretariat of GECOM, as is evidenced by the production of timelines for election activities that accord with the APNU/AFC coalition’s position on elections in 2020 – despite the fact that elections should have been held since March 21, 2019,” the PPP asserted.The Opposition party went on to say that its position has been repeated ad nauseam, that is, the data garnered from the now-scrapped House-to-House exercise must not be used to contaminate the National Register of Registrants. It insisted that the Preliminary List of Electors must be produced by GECOM, and that the elections body must move to Claims and Objections (C&O), which is a time-tested method, to allow for persons who are first-time voters to be registered, among other transactions.With regards to the production of re-designed national identification (ID) cards, the PPP contended that this is “wholly unnecessary” at this point in time and is just another tactic designed to delay the elections.“The history of the matter is well known; a national identification card is not necessary to vote, since other means of identification can be used,” the party stated.It reminded that the European Union (EU), in its 2001 Observer report, said: “In 1998 Esther Pereira, a PNC supporter, petitioned the High Court to set aside the results of the 1997… Justice Claudette Singh found that the requirement for voters to have a voter ID card in 1997 was ultra vires Articles 59 and 159 of the Constitution (despite a parliamentary agreement to use the cards). Consequently, the elections were therefore null and void.”Furthermore, the Opposition turned its attention to the cross-matching of fingerprints of the 370,822 persons GECOM claims to have registered during the now-scrapped House-to-House Registration, which was brought to a premature end by the Elections Commission.According to the PPP, it stirs up more concerns.“The purpose of this time-consuming and costly exercise is to try to identify the new registrants, which could easily be done otherwise. However, it will not identify where padding occurs. Cross-matching of fingerprints will only ascertain where there are cases of duplicates. And in any case, cross-matching of the fingerprints will have to be done upon the completion of the Claims and Objections period,” the Opposition party noted.Nevertheless, GECOM will continue with another meeting today. After the last meeting on Tuesday, the PPP-nominated GECOM Commissioners said their time was being spent on further fruitless discussions, which is moving them further away from the hosting of elections.last_img read more

‘This decision is from my heart’ – Marko Arnautovic delighted with Stoke deal

first_img Marko Arnautovic 1 Stoke have signed Marko Arnautovic to a new four-year deal after the Austria international lingered long and hard over the decision.Despite signing Liverpool’s Joe Allen and Ramadan Sobhi of Al Ahly this week, guaranteeing their playmaker’s long-term future was arguably the Potters’ biggest priority of the transfer window.He was the Potters’ top-scorer last season with 12, as well as their players’ player of the year, and had been linked with a move to Everton among others.At the age of 27 and with one year remaining on his previous deal this summer was a big moment for Arnautovic who admitted he took his time to commit.Writing on his Instagram page, alongside a picture of his contract signing, Arnautovic said: “I am proud and thrilled to finally let you know I am going to remain a Potter and will continue playing with my team and for my fantastic fans.“I suppose sometimes it takes a bit longer to make the right decision and this one comes from my heart. My family and I could not be happier. Can’t wait for the season to begin!”Stoke’s hopes of keeping one of their prized assets might have been helped by Arnautovic’s quiet showing at Euro 2016, where Austria bowed out in the group stages.But manager Mark Hughes was driven to get the deal done by the fear of seeing the former Werder Bremen forward line up for another club at the peak of his powers.“Marko’s going to be a big player for us for years to come,” the manager told the club’s official website.“He’s 27 years of age and is coming into the best years of his career and if he had left it wouldn’t have been great seeing him donning the colours of another team as he goes into those key years. We’re going to get the benefit of his best years.“It dragged on for a long time and he was well within his rights to explore his options with his family and advisors but deep down I think Marko always wanted to stay here and progress his career.“He’s got a good group of players around him, he knows we’re ambitious and he wants to be a part of what we are trying to achieve.“I think Marko understood that he has something really good here. He’s always been very appreciative of what we’ve been able to do for him and obviously vice versa what he has done for the team and group.“He’s well liked and I just felt it was important that we got him to recommit.”last_img read more

Aston Villa news: Championship fixtures 2017-18 – Every game revealed

first_img1 Aston Villa’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures05/08/2017 17:30 Aston Villa v Hull City12/08/2017 15:00 Cardiff City v Aston Villa15/08/2017 20:00 Reading v Aston Villa19/08/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Norwich City26/08/2017 15:00 Bristol City v Aston Villa09/09/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Brentford12/09/2017 19:45 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough16/09/2017 15:00 Barnsley v Aston Villa23/09/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest26/09/2017 19:45 Burton Albion v Aston Villa30/09/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers14/10/2017 15:00 Wolverhampton v Aston Villa21/10/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Fulham28/10/2017 15:00 Birmingham City v Aston Villa31/10/2017 19:45 Preston North End v Aston Villa04/11/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday18/11/2017 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa21/11/2017 19:45 Aston Villa v Sunderland25/11/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Ipswich Town02/12/2017 15:00 Leeds United v Aston Villa09/12/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Millwall16/12/2017 15:00 Derby County v Aston Villa23/12/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Sheffield United26/12/2017 15:00 Brentford v Aston Villa30/12/2017 15:00 Middlesbrough v Aston Villa01/01/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Bristol City13/01/2018 15:00 Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa20/01/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Barnsley27/01/2018 15:00 Sheffield United v Aston Villa03/02/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Burton Albion10/02/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Birmingham City17/02/2018 15:00 Fulham v Aston Villa20/02/2018 19:45 Aston Villa v Preston North End24/02/2018 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa03/03/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers06/03/2018 19:45 Sunderland v Aston Villa10/03/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Wolverhampton17/03/2018 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa31/03/2018 15:00 Hull City v Aston Villa02/04/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Reading07/04/2018 15:00 Norwich City v Aston Villa10/04/2018 19:45 Aston Villa v Cardiff City14/04/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Leeds United21/04/2018 15:00 Ipswich Town v Aston Villa28/04/2018 15:00 Aston Villa v Derby County06/05/2018 12:30 Millwall v Aston Villa Scroll down for Aston Villa’s 2017-18 Championship fixtures last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN GOOD PRE-SEASON VICTORY OVER MUFF

first_imgUrris GAA News: SENIOR & RESERVES FOOTBALL: The Seniors & Reserves have their first league game in division 3 away to Milford on Saturday night.The lads had a victory over Muff last weekend in a challenge match played in good conditions. Outdoor training every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30pm. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies game against St Eunan’s B was called off at the weekend as the Letterkenny side could not field. Training continues every Wednesday night at 7.30pm and on Saturday’s at 11.30am. Next fixture down on the list is a home game to Fanad on Sunday. But as fixtures may change for various reasons please check our Face Book page for updates daily.U18 Inishowen League: Our U18 team played Burt on Saturday past in Straid, victory to the visitors. Next match is Carndonagh away on Tuesday evening. CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2015–Fees for the year: Adult Membership €25, Students (3rd level & in full time education with student ID card) €15 and Under-age €3. Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will have also have first preference on Donegal Match tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Payable to John Friel, Edward Mc Laughlin, Nichola Donaghey or any Committee members. Clubhouse open on Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm.MATCH “N” WIN: March 12th: No jackpot winner, numbers drawn: 3, 4, 14 & 23. €15 winners: Sara Harkin, Tullagh, Paul Doherty (tim), Tullagh, P Davenport, Clonmany, Maura Mc Geoghan, Annaugh and Sean O’Donnell, Minahaw. Jackpot next week €780. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly fundraiser.EASTER DRAW: Tickets are now on sale for our Easter Draw for Under Age football in the club. Some great prizes to be won. 1st prize- €100 hamper, 2nd prize- €50 hamper, 3rd Large Easter Egg plus four other prizes of chocs and more eggs. Tickets €2. Draw takes place on Easter Saturday April 4th in Mac Tams.CHILD PROTECTION COURSE: The club is holding a Child Protection Course on Monday March 23rd in the clubhouse, all coaches are encouraged to attend this very important course. Please let Susan Mc Carron know on 0863945954 if you can attend.U16 Boys Training: Training on Tuesday nights from from 6.45 pm to 8pm in the Youth Club. Can all bring €2 to cover cost of the hall. U16 team away to Moville on Sunday, please check our FB page for times etc.U14 Boys Training: On Monday nights at 7pm in Straid.U12 Training: Boys & girls training in Straid every Thursday at 4pm. U6 & U8 : Training for both U6 & U8 every at 11am in the Youth Club Clonmany. All children must be at school-no pre school children.U10 GIRLS: Well done to our U10 girls who took part in the indoor league in Buncrana on Saturday afternoon and on winning on the day.The girls are playing Malin this weekend (Saturday) in the Youth Club at 12.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.MONSTER BINGO: MONSTER BINGO: On Sunday next, March 22nd, Monster Bingo in the Community Centre, Clonmany at 3pm hosted by CLG Iorras in aid of St. Columbcille High Support Unit & Day Centre in Cleagh. €1,000 to be won on the 9th page. Books €10, sheets €2 and draw for a large hamper. Please pass this post on to family and friends and show your support for this super facility that we have in the Clonmany Parish. GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN GOOD PRE-SEASON VICTORY OVER MUFF was last modified: March 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

MAN TO CLAIM GIRL MADE UP ALLEGATIONS TO END HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER

first_imgA man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl will claim she made up the allegations because she wanted to split himself and her mother up.Letterkenny court.The man, who is in his 40s, faces three charges of sexually assaulting the girl at two different addresses in Co Donegal between 1998 and 2002. The girl told Letterkenny Circuit Court today the assaults allegedly happened when she was aged between 6 and 9 years of age.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies all the charges.The girl, who is now a young woman in her 20s, recalled the three occasions when she was allegedly assaulted.On the first two occasions the man is alleged to have come into the girl’s bedroom where the alleged assaults took place.On the first occasion when the girl was 6, she had been sleeping when he is alleged to have put his hand down the front of her pyjamas and rubbed her vagina.The woman then claimed he asked her “Do you like that?” before he left the room.On the second occasion the girl said she was aged eight or nine and she was playing her Playstation in her bedroom.The Playstation stuck and she called for her mum who was on the phone and the man came into her bedroom.The man is again alleged to have put his hands down the girl’s pyjamas and rubbed her vagina with his fingers.On the last occasion she had suffered a nightmare and had come into her mum’s bedroom which she shared with the man.She got into the bed between the man and her mother but the next morning her mother was gone from the bed.She then claims that the man took her hand and placed it down the front of his boxer shorts and forced her hands on his penis rubbing it up and down.This lasted for about five minutes saying she could not take her hand away because he had his hand gripped so tightly on her hand, she said.Defense barrister Damien Crawford asked the woman if she was sure she could remember the man moving in with her mother when she was just four years old?The woman said she could and she could remember starting school and also described the colour and make of the man’s car.Barrister for the prosecution Patricia McLoughlin put it to the woman that the accused will say these allegations were made up because she wanted to split up her mum and the man.“That’s not true,” said the young woman.The girl added she wished she had have told her mother when she was young but she didn’t before she broke down in tears.Mr Crawford added that it was most unusual that the man did not say anything to the girl following the alleged assaults including asking her to keep it secret.He also said it would have ben reckless for him to carry out the alleged assaults with her mother close-by.“He’s very crafty and he’s good at telling lies anyway,” said the young woman.Mr Crawford also asked why she got into the bed with her mother and the man if she was so afraid of him from the alleged previous assault.He then said that the man must have had “hundreds if not thousands” of opportunities to carry out similar acts on the girl.“Is it fair to say that you grew not to like him?” he asked.The girl replied that she realised what had happened to her as she got older and that she “couldn’t get peace.”Mr Crawford added that he was only exercising discipline.But the young woman added that he invaded her privacy by coming into her bedroom and even in the bathroom when she was in it.Mr Crawford added that they girl often reminded the man that he wasn’t her father and she agreed with this.The young woman said she eventually told he friend who encouraged her to tell her grandmother.Mr Crawford asked the young woman why she din’t tell her mother?“I would have been a lot closer to my granny than my mother,” she answered.She said she told her mum what had happened but did not give her the full details of what had allegedly happened.“What was your mother’s reaction,” asked Mr Crawford.The young woman said she was shocked and she just left.Mr Crawford asked the young woman if her mother believed her and she replied “I don’t think she knows what to believe because I think she is brainwashed.”The court heard the man has denied all allegations from the outset of the claims.“He would claim he spoilt you over the years,” said Mr Crawford.The young woman said he gave her money if she was crying to make her feel better.The court heard the girl’s mother is still in a relationship with the accused man until this day.The accused has not yet given evidence in the trial.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan continues and is expected to last two days.MAN TO CLAIM GIRL MADE UP ALLEGATIONS TO END HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:donegalJUdge John O’HaganmanPlaystationsex assaultlast_img read more

Scioscia remains focused

first_imgANAHEIM — The Dodgers are without a manager now that Jim Tracy has left the organization, and Angels owner Arte Moreno didn’t say he’d refuse the Dodgers permission to talk to Angels manager Mike Scioscia about the job if they asked. “I’d like to think this is where he’d like to be,’ Moreno said of Scioscia, who is signed with the Angels through 2007 with an option for 2008. “But if someone wants to leave, I’m not going to force anyone to stay. I’ll ask him, `Where you going? You hung a (World Series) flag here.’ Mike is an Angel now; this is his home.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Nobody has a crystal ball, but I don’t know of a better job in baseball than right here.’ Moreno has been the Angels owner since May of 2003, but he still hasn’t met Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “I watched him from a distance for a long time,’ Moreno said. “He loves his team and obviously he has a lot of flash.’ Asked if he’d go toe-to-toe with Steinbrenner, Moreno asked: “Economically or physically?’ Economically, he was told. “I’d probably have to start selling soda bottles again,’ he said. Scioscia, who still lives in Westlake Village in L.A. County, spent 20 years in the Dodgers organization as a player and coach. He’s in his sixth season as the Angels manager. “That’s not even in my train of thought right now,’ Scioscia said of the Dodgers managerial opening. “It’s not even an issue. There’s a commitment here, on both sides. I couldn’t be in a better environment for us to achieve. For everything Arte and (GM) Bill (Stoneman) have committed to the organization down to the minor leagues, it’s a lot of fun to be here. center_img Moreno did say that the name change to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hasn’t had an immediate economic impact, but the team expects to break even this season when initially he didn’t expect to break even until 2007. “Economically everything is falling into place with what we’re trying to accomplish,’ he said. All-time Angels saves leader Troy Percival, now with the Detroit Tigers, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. “The organization has done a lot for me, so when they called and asked if I’d do this, it was simple payback,’ Percival said. Percival, who has a torn muscle in his right forearm, was asked if he’d throw the pitch left-handed. “I don’t know, we’re going to see,’ said Percival, who threw the ball right-handed, complete with his signature leg kick. The Angels led the American League in stolen bases, led by Chone Figgins, who led the majors with 62 steals. But the Angels’ baserunning is more than just the stolen base. They’re aggressive on the basepaths, among the league-leaders in going from first to third on a single. “They kind of remind you of the old Cardinals and maybe the Pirates,’ Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “The Cardinals, the (Whitey) Herzog era, where you’re always watching baserunners. You’re making sure as infielders and outfielders that you pay attention to them. It’s what you consider National League baseball, and Mike Scioscia came from the Dodger organization.’ Scioscia said making Paul Byrd the Game 3 starter instead of Jarrod Washburn was not a move based on the Yankees starting Randy Johnson and Byrd being a “sacrificial lamb.’ “I’ve heard people talk about that, but that’s not the case,’ Scioscia said. “Paul’s a pitcher who’s pitched deeper into games than Washburn.’ Joe Haakenson can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at joe.haakenson@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Man who abused girl in youth club van to be released early from prison

first_imgA church youth worker who was jailed for two years for sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a two-year period is to be released early from prison.Richard Blackburn, a volunteer at the Congregational Church Youth Club in Raphoe, abused Rachel McAuley in a youth club van.The van had been adapted to include a sofa-bed in the back and curtains to stop anyone seeing in. Blackburn was jailed in January last for two years with the last year suspended when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court with the last year suspended.Now sources have revealed that Blackburn is to be released from prison before the end of this month after serving just nine months.One irate neighbour of Blackburn said “He got two years but had the last year suspended. What does that mean? His jail term was practically cut in half.“Any despite that he is still getting out early for so-called good behaviour which he is entitled to. If someone gets their sentence cut short, then they should serve the entire reminder of that sentence. It’s a joke.” Ms McAuley waived her anonymity so that evangelical Christian Blackburn could be named in court.Ms McAuley was 13 when the abuse began in 2000 and was just short of her 15th birthday when the abuse ended.The court heard how Blackburn bought his victim presents including a mobile phone so he could keep in touch with her.Blackburn (57), Carnone, Raphoe, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault but MsMcAuley said in her victim impact statement read to the court that he had abused her “daily” between 2000 and 2002.Detective Garda Ciaran Brolly said Ms McAuley was unable to return from abroad to attend the court but wanted the court to know that she had waived her right to anonymity so Blackburn could be identified. He read her statement to Judge John O’Hagan in which she described how the incidents had destroyed her life, making her constantly nervous and unable to sleep at night.Blackburn would abuse her on trips back from Raphoe Youth Club to her granny’s house in Convoy.“I had my innocence taken away, my teenager years didn’t exist at all,” said Ms McAuley. “People can look back at their teenage years with happy memories but I cannot do that because it was dark, scary and life-altering.”During one attack on Ms McAuley a garda patrol had stopped to check on the van which was parked on the Barnesmore Gap in Co Donegal. Blackburn had jumped back into the front of the vehicle and told gardai he had stopped for a sleep. Gardaí had left the scene not realising Ms McAuley, then 14, was in the back.Judge John O’Hagan said that while reports said Blackburn was at a low risk of re-offending, the breach of trust in the case was extremely serious.The attacks had left “deep scars” on the victim, said the judge, and it was clear the incidents were still having an affect on her life.He sentenced Blackburn to two years in jail, suspending the last year for a period of 12 months, and placed Blackburn on the sex offenders register for 10 years.Later Ms McCauley’s brother Stephen said he believed there were other victims of Blackburn’s who had not come forward and he appealed for them to come forward.Man who abused girl in youth club van to be released early from prison was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Nancy’s: South Donegal pub still in business seven generations later

first_imgOne of Donegal’s well-loved watering holes has revealed how they have kept the Donegal pub in action for over 200 years. Jenny McHugh, one of Charles and Ann McHugh’s seven children, five of whom oversee the day-to-day management spoke to Thinkbusiness.ie about how the business has survived through boom times and recession, the business successfully adapting to massive cultural shifts.McHugh acknowledged the bar has been quieter due to a change in drinking habits, but emphasises the importance of creativity, moving with the times and keeping quality and customer experience consistent. “At the moment, the seventh and eighth generations of the Mc Hugh family are running Nancy’s. Charlie, our Dad, is one of a family of five born upstairs,” McHugh said.“Of his seven children, five of us work here, two in the bar, two in the kitchen and one in the office. Even though the other two live abroad, they are both in the same trade. Growing up here has impacted us massively and keeping the business in the family is really important to us.“All seven of us worked in Nancy’s part-time as teenagers, no one had a choice! We fell into whatever roles that suited us best, either in the bar or the kitchen.“You found where your strength was. My brother Daniel went to train as a chef and became head chef in Nancy’s, my other brother Connor and I ended up doing the bar, my sister Suzi also works in the kitchen and my sister Lauren does all the baking and the bookkeeping.” The south Donegal premises has evolved massively over the last five decades, something McHugh attributes to changes in the drinking culture.“In the 60s, 70s, and early 80s, there was a big drinking culture. Lots of tourists came from all over, particularly people from the north of Ireland, English and Americans. It was really busy.“In the 80s, our grandmother started serving burgers. They were called Deadlies – the burger came prepacked in a plastic bag, you put it in the microwave for two minutes, if you ate it straight away, it was fine but if you left it until it got cold, it looked and tasted like rubber. That was the first introduction of food here.“Later in the 80s our mum, Ann, took over the food. She carried on serving burgers but started making real ones. She had a very limited but consistent menu; oysters, smoked salmon, prawns and roll mop herring.“The food has gone from strength to strength in the last 40 years, it has become what Nancy’s is best known for. We are very proud of the tradition of our family business, the heritage and the length of time it’s been in the family are important but it’s the food that has made its mark. “If the bar was only open for drink, we wouldn’t be open anymore. The drinking culture has changed so much. We made a bigger deal about the food. The menu has been expanded.“Mum believes and has always instilled in us that consistency is the key. If someone comes in for a chowder today, they get the same chowder in a year’s time.”Read the full story here: https://www.thinkbusiness.ie/articles/nancys-bar-how-a-family-business-survived-7-generations/Nancy’s: South Donegal pub still in business seven generations later was last modified: October 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Do the Size of Mobile App Stores Still Matter?

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology frederic lardinois Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img According to Mplayit CEO Michael Powers, the size of a mobile platform’s app store is now mostly irrelevant. Facebook-based mobile app store Mplayit took a close look at the most popular apps for Android, BlackBerry and the iPhone and found that the most popular apps on all three platforms tend to be very similar. As the popular app stores continue to grow, users on all the major platforms also drift towards the same known brands and hits like EverNote and Pandora. Mplayit also found that one of the fastest growing app categories across all the major platforms are barcode scanners. Apps like ShopSavvy and RedLaser have clearly hit upon an unfulfilled need. Size Doesn’t MatterAccording to Powers, asking how many apps exist for a given platform is now a moot question. All the major platforms now offer more than enough apps and as long as people can find the apps they are looking for – and as long as these apps are good – most consumers will be happy. Most users simply don’t need 50 different apps to write their grocery lists.Looking at Mplayit’s list of the most popular apps across the top platforms, it also becomes clear that quite a few of these categories are being dominated by known brands like Shazam, Pandora, Evernote and Facebook. Mplayit, of course, is in the business of giving app recommendations across platforms and doesn’t fail to note that it’s own store is a good alternative for finding apps outside of the standard top 20 charts. Or Does It?To some degree, Powers’ comments about the size of today’s app stores rings true. Maybe it really doesn’t matter that the Android store only features about 20,000 apps and that the Apple App Store now holds more than 100,000. Maybe it is true that consumers tend to gravitate towards the same brands on all platforms.At the same time, though, having more apps in the store also means that there is a more active developer ecosystem around a given platform. While iPhone developers rightly gripe about Apple’s approval process, we’ve seen a lot more innovative apps for the iPhone than for Android.Is the size of the Android market holding you back from making the switch? Do you think Android has enough good apps that make up for the smaller app store? Do you think the quality of today’s BlackBerry apps is good enough? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more