​2017 Rugby World Cup body welcomes PNG as host

first_imgPNG will host three matches at the World Cup with each of the Kumuls pool games to be held in Port Moresby.RLWC 2017 local organising committee chief executive officer Michael Brown welcomed the support of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and looks forward to working together to deliver a world class event.“We are excited about taking the Rugby League World Cup to one of the world’s most passionate Rugby League nations,” he said.All 28 matches in the tournament will be played across Australia, New Zealand and PNG. The remaining matches in the tournament will be allocated following consultation with potential host cities in Australia and New Zealand.“Our aim is to make this World Cup the most accessible and fan friendly ever as we not only want to see traditional rugby league fans come out to support their national team.“We aim to engage with the local communities of all participating teams to deliver an event that celebrates the diversity of cultures and countries playing the greatest game of all,” he added.The RLWC 2017  from October to December 2017 will involve the world’s best players from the world’s best 14 rugby league nations competing to become world champions.last_img read more

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WORK STARTS ON NEW LIDL SUPERMARKET IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgWork has started on a new LIDL store for Letterkenny.A previous building on the site was demolished last week and foundations are currently being put for the supermarket at Port Road close to the Port Bridge.The store, which will have 72 car parking paces, will provide 20 new jobs for the town. It is the second LIDL store to open in the Cathedral Town.It is expected the store will open early in the New Year. WORK STARTS ON NEW LIDL SUPERMARKET IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 21st, 2013 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:letterkennyLIDLPOrt Roadlast_img read more

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Precision’s unique identity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – With five hundred bucks, a borrowed garage and some tools from a local high school, 22-year-old Walter Mosher Jr. would build himself a future. He just didn’t know it yet. At that time, a half-century ago, he was just a Burbank kid studying engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He didn’t have a lot of money, but he had a buddy who worked in the hospital business. His pal had seen the future and thought the key to success would come in an innocuous thing: wristbands. With two more friends, they pooled their money, got together $2,000 and founded Precision Dynamics Corp., the enterprise that today calls Mosher its chairman and chief technology. “I was just getting an education,” he recalled. “I never knew this would be a business I could work for when I was done.” It took him many more years to get there, as he stayed on for his master’s and doctorate in engineering. But the business took off in a hurry, outgrowing the Glendale garage and Burbank High School machine shop where Mosher and his partners began. “We knew we needed credit, because we didn’t have any money,” he said. “We looked at General Dynamics and Precision Scientific and stole half of each name. It worked like a charm – no one asked for references.” Before they pushed into the health care business, making patient identification bands for hospitals, there hadn’t been much of a wristband industry. Doctors affixed notes to their patients or simply wrote them on bare skin. Babies wore strings with beads to tell them apart, leading to inevitable mix-ups. The partners thought they could do better, turning out a one-piece band that required no tools to attach. Soon they had two varieties, then four, then seven, on to today, when the company manufactures thousands of different varieties. Monochrome or metallic, electronic or old-fashioned, Precision’s assorted wares now show up in hospitals, concert venues, resorts and prisons. After years spreading out across Burbank, they consolidated to a manufacturing plant in San Fernando and a warehouse in Pacoima. The company cleared $60 million in sales last year and employs 500 workers worldwide. Mosher, now 71, became a prominent member of the San Fernando Valley business community, serving on numerous boards and working with a host of charities. “They are a tremendous business that’s both socially and civically responsible to its employees,” Maribel de la Torre, a San Fernando city councilwoman. “Every time that we as a city, or any nonprofit needs something, they’re there. It’s the most involved business in San Fernando.” Mosher says he plans on keeping it that way as long as he can, but he acknowledges the challenges of being a large employer in a competitive market. In order to keep costs down, Precision has heavily automated its factory floor and Mosher said that machines would take the place of some lower-paid workers in the coming year. But even as the company feels the strain of international competition, it remains an anchor of the local business community. “They’re one of the mainstays,” said Jose Pulido, San Fernando’s city administrator. “They’ve been here through thick and thin, really stuck it out. No matter what changes our city has gone through, they’ve remained a beacon that people could look to.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 last_img read more

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Liverpool chief executive promises to keep the club fighting at the top

first_imgLiverpool chief executive Peter Moore has promised to provide the necessary support for Jurgen Klopp to keep the club ‘where they belong’.Moore, 63, has overseen two broken transfer records during his short time at Anfield after joining just over a year ago. REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 MONEY Increasing commercial success off the pitch, plus an expanded Anfield capacity, means there is more money available to allow Liverpool to compete for the world’s best players and Moore admits it is his responsibility to ensure that continues.“I think we are back where we belong,” Moore told Radio City Talk in Liverpool.“There is a banner on the Kop which says ‘European Royalty’ and that is who we were, who we are and no one wants Liverpool in Europe right now.“My job is to harness the power of what we have and bring it together off the pitch and provide the support the team needs. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Moore is Liverpool’s chief executive REVEALED no dice huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Klopp will be given the financial backing of the Liverpool hierarchy Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “Being financially viable and being able to afford players is key to that success in modern football but winning football is key and last season is indicative of that.“We are a club used to winning silverware and that is the one piece we are focused on.“What we have at Melwood is a tremendous combination of a world-class manager, a coaching staff and scouting staff which is world-class, a sporting director in Michael Edwards whose job is to help Jurgen build that team.“My role and my team’s role is to provide them with all the support they need to make the football happen, to drive the revenue to fund a world-class team, which I believe we have now.“Our job as a club is to help in any way we can to build that team to be successful.” The Reds made Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender in history in January and paid £65million this summer for Alisson Becker, which was a record price for a goalkeeper – until Chelsea subsequently surpassed it with their purchase of Kepa Arrizabalaga.That has been something of a departure for owners Fenway Sports Group, who – when they bought the club eight years ago – were invested in the Moneyball philosophy of looking for value in under-rated or younger players.last_img read more

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THE GREAT DONEGAL STORM – WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE FROM SPACE!

first_imgTHIS is what Tuesday’s massive storm looked like – from space.The satellite image was taken by the American space agency NASA.And it shows the eye of that storm as it passed over Malin Head with the ferocity of a hurricane. Makes you realise how big and bad it really was – even though we all managed to escape with a few missing shed roofs and the odd smashed car.The storm is now causing havoc over northern Europe, ripping through areas of Denmark.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyTHE GREAT DONEGAL STORM – WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE FROM SPACE! was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal hurricane windsdonegal stormMalin Headpicture of stormlast_img read more

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CSO REPORT: HOUSEHOLDS MISS BILLS TO PAY FOR GROCERIES

first_imgTWENTY per cent of households have delayed or missed paying bills in order to pay for basic goods and services, a CSO survey found today.One in ten households delayed or missed loan repayments and a further one in ten delayed or missed paying their credit card bill.The CSO survey found that cutbacks in Co Donegal – included in the West region statistics – were on a par with the national average. It showed that more than half of households cut spending on groceries, while half also reduced spending on going out. Almost half spent less on holidays abroad.You can read the entire report by clicking here:CSO REPORT HOUSEHOLD SPENDINGCSO REPORT: HOUSEHOLDS MISS BILLS TO PAY FOR GROCERIES was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

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Reheating Krispy Kreme

first_img That didn’t happen, and today, the number of Krispy Kreme stores stands at fewer than 350, with plans to close even more. Shares in the company have fallen nearly 90 percent from their 2003 peak. Cooper arrived in January, taking over for ousted chief executive Scott Livengood, a 28-year veteran of the company who drew criticism for blaming Krispy Kreme’s decline on the low-carbohydrate diet craze. Krispy Kreme hasn’t filed a quarterly financial report since November 2004, and a federal investigation into the company’s books is still pending, as are several lawsuits filed by franchisees and workers who claim to have lost everything in the collapse. Cooper has three decades of experience in restructuring and rehabilitating troubled businesses, including stints at Trans World Airlines Inc. and Enron. Instead of taking its “success fee” in cash, his company, Kroll Zolfo Cooper, is being paid with 1.2 million options for Krispy Kreme stock. Priced at $7.75 apiece, they are worthless unless Cooper can boost the share price from its current value of around $6. He has succeeded before in the same situation. He led the recovery of Boston Chicken, which declared bankruptcy in 1998 after a similar experience with a high-flying stock price and rapid expansion. That restaurant wound up as part of McDonald’s Corp., which changed the name to Boston Market. But despite its legal and regulatory problems, Cooper believes Krispy Kreme will avoid bankruptcy. He envisions a leaner company with fewer and smaller stores. And like market leader Dunkin’ Donuts, which has stayed on top by pushing its coffee and other offerings, Cooper said there will be as much emphasis at Krispy Kreme on what comes with the doughnut as the doughnut itself. “We have a great product with our doughnuts and we want the public to know we also have a great selection of coffee and other beverages,” Cooper said. Becoming a place that’s about more than doughnuts might be just what Krispy Kreme needs. St. Joseph’s University food marketing professor John Stanton said a better model might be Seattle’s Starbucks Corp., which has retained the mystique of its brand, without a big, national advertising budget, even as it has expanded to a point at which comedians joke about the ubiquitous nature of the company’s nearly 7,000 stores. “I think the key with them is their cafes,” Stanton said. “It’s little to do about the coffee. It’s the ambience.” To get there, Cooper and Krispy Kreme must first finish fixing the problems left behind. Last week, the company revised its pretax earnings from 2001 to 2004 for the second time, reducing reported income by an additional $10 million. Sales are also down. The company said it expects sales of $130 million in the third quarter, down from $170 million in the same period last year. The company’s lenders have agreed, however, to wait until April 30 for the overdue financial statements. The recovery will also require some resuscitation of the Krispy Kreme brand. It’s almost impossible for companies such as Krispy Kreme to regain their luster after falling out of favor with consumers and Wall Street investors, said Harlan Platt, a professor at Northeastern University who follows corporate turnarounds. He compared Krispy Kreme’s fate to that of Hard Rock Cafe, another high-flier that no longer has them lining up out the door. “The chances of them coming back are slim,” Platt said. “They are not going to be a national chain, but they can take advantage of their strong appeal in the South.” Perhaps with that in mind, along with expectations tempered by Krispy Kreme’s past experience with its own success, Cooper believes he’ll leave Krispy Kreme as a smaller regional company, but with a plan for more manageable growth. “I certainly don’t expect we will get the word-of-mouth buzz we got a few years ago,” he said. “I don’t see in the foreseeable future any compelling reason why we should not be able to have a good amount of future growth.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But not too long ago, it seemed like that’s all it would take. The company started to open stores outside the South in the mid-1990s, and when a Krispy Kreme store arrived in your town, it was as if royalty had come to visit. Lines stretched for hours as people prevented by geography from eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut waited eagerly for a taste. Investors were no different, snapping up shares with the fervor of transplanted Southerners denied their doughnuts. From an initial offering at $21 a share in 2000, the price rose to $105 later that year before a pair of two-for-one stock splits. Krispy Kreme opened nearly 400 stores across the U.S. and as far away as England and Australia. The ease of that success, Cooper believes, was the problem. Instead of focusing on running an efficient operation in an industry with razor-thin margins, he said, the executives at the Winston-Salem-based company were enjoying the glow of their rapid expansion and rising stock price. “You have to be able to make the transition from being a word-of-mouth, kind of myth-driven marketing company into one that has a much more structured, objective-driven sales marketing program,” Cooper said. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Back in his Los Angeles college days, Stephen Cooper and his buddies would travel 1,000 miles across the Rocky Mountains to restock their coolers with Coors. Decades later, Coors doesn’t need a cult following to sell its six-packs, available at every corner store. That’s a lesson Cooper thinks about often as the corporate-turnaround specialist seeks to save troubled Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. Cooper, whose clients have included Enron Corp., believes the North Carolina purveyor of “Hot Now” treats counted on little more than its cultlike popularity to drive its success as it quickly expanded beyond its regional roots. “You can’t rely on word of mouth to keep expanding the circuit of very loyal customers,” Cooper said.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant appreciates Warriors’ even shot distribution among the stars

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – The Warriors have three lethal shooters and only one ball. So how do they make sure Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson get their touches without making the other two feel jealous?Quite well, actually. The Warriors (19-9) enter Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors (22-7) with Curry, Durant and Thompson all averaging 19.7 shot attempts per game. …last_img

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South Africa’s health minister receives international award

first_img22 March 2016South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has received the US Agency for International Development TB International Award for championing the fight against tuberculosis (TB).The minister received the award at a ceremony on 17 March in Washington DC.Congrats to #SouthAfrica & Dr. Motsoaledi for their innovative & impressive work to end #TB. #TBFreeWorld pic.twitter.com/mEKsusQAro— USAID Global Health (@USAIDGH) March 18, 2016Find out more about TB:“It is time for the world to treat tuberculosis with the same urgency it demonstrated in responding to major new health threats like Ebola and the Zika virus,” Motsoaledi said.Although TB accounted for many deaths, it did not evoke the emotions, passion, urgency and requisite activism that the world had seen in all other epidemics, he added.“TB as a disease in the last 200 years killed more people than the major epidemics, Ebola, malaria, HIV, small pox, bubonic plaque, influenza and cholera all added together. TB is killing more than 1.5 million and infecting 9 million people globally.”“We cannot end TB in isolation. In my country as much as 80% of HIV/AIDS deaths are attributable to TB” -Motsoaledi #TBFreeWorld— USAID Global Health (@USAIDGH) March 18, 2016The minister acknowledged the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria for its continued support to provide almost 80% of all international funding for TB.“Adequate financing for TB is more important than ever, especially because of drug resistant TB. Thanks to the work of the UK Review on Anti-Microbial Resistance, G7 Heads of State issued a special declaration recognising that drug-resistance to TB and other infections can reverse decades of progress at the cost of millions of lives and trillions of dollars,” Motsoaledi said..@usaid support to #SouthAfrica continues with a new $65M award to combat #TB #MDRTB #TBFreeWorld— USAID Global Health (@USAIDGH) March 18, 2016SA Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi received USAID-TB International Award for championing the fight against TB. pic.twitter.com/rxt4Q1qJVB— HumanaPeopleToPeople (@HumanaSA) March 18, 2016World TB DaySouth Africa is commemorating World TB Day with an event on 24 March 2016 in the Lephalale Local Municipality in Waterberg District, in Limpopo.A mass TB screening campaign will dominate this year’s World TB Day activities.TB is still a highly contagious bacterial disease spread by coughing and sneezing. “In 2011, more than 1.4 million people died of TB,” reads the USAid website. “It’s the second-leading cause of death from infectious disease worldwide.”“In #SouthAfrica, we are ensuring that every person tested for HIV also receives screening for TB & vice versa” -Motsoaledi #TBFreeWorld— USAID Global Health (@USAIDGH) March 18, 2016Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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Plan to Allow Libyan Nuclear Scientists to Study in U.S. Draws Fire in Congress

first_imgRepublican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are raising objections to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to lift a 1983 ban on Libyan nationals receiving pilot training or studying nuclear science in the United States. At a hearing last week, supporters of lifting the ban said the move is needed to help Libya rebuild global ties after decades of international sanctions during the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. Critics, however, worried it could help train potential terrorists.The regulations at issue were created by President Ronald Reagan’s administration in the early 1980s, when Libya hosted terrorist training camps and sought to procure nuclear weapons. Libya was already included on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the Reagan administration wanted to make sure that Libyans were not able to come to the United States to learn to fly or repair aircraft, or study the nuclear sciences. Wanting to improve foreign relations with the United States, in 2003 Libya voluntarily ended its nuclear program, which was still in the early stages of uranium enrichment. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice removed the country as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2006.In 2010, the Defense Department formally requested that DHS rescind the ban, hoping to improve foreign relations with Libya. Rebel forces killed Gaddafi and toppled his government the next year, but Pentagon officials have reiterated their request, in large part because they want to help rebuild the Libyan air force by training Libyan pilots at bases in the United States. 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For instance, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) argued that the newly formed Libyan government cannot adequately assist the United States in vetting visa candidates. “When we go to give somebody a visa, we rely on the host nation to help us identify that person and understand their background,” he said. “That does not happen in Libya—they don’t have the infrastructure or the ability to do this.”Administration officials disputed that idea. DHS officials adequately considered potential security risks when creating the draft proposal, said DHS Assistant Secretary of International Affairs Alan Bersin. He also noted that nationals of no other country except Iran are comprehensively banned from studying nuclear sciences in the United States. Instead, immigration and security officials consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.Allowing Libyan nuclear scientists to study in the United States could provide a security benefit, said Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). “Historically we have sought to take weapon scientists from potential enemies and teach them something useful to do other than weapon science,” she said. “Because if that’s all you know how to do, that skill is for sale in the world.”Before the ban can be lifted, DHS officials must publish a formal proposal and allow a period for public comment. Chaffetz suggested he would support a bill reaffirming the comprehensive Libyan ban while at the same time extending the ban to cover other nations with terrorist activity, but has proposed no specific legislation. Neither DHS nor Chaffetz established a timeline for any action.last_img read more

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