Monsoon Accessorize owner buys retailer out of administration

first_imgWednesday 10 June 2020 12:45 pm He said: “Ever since I opened the first Monsoon store in Beauchamp Place in 1973, this business has been my passion and my life, and I did not want to see it fall victim to this unprecedented crisis.” “After assessing a range of options this deal achieves those goals with least disruption to the business in an already challenging retail environment. whatsapp Alex Daniel It comes after the coronavirus lockdown forced the closure of all Monsoon and Accessorize stores, and pushed the company into administration last night. Simon will try to renegotiate with landlords to get a better deal on the remaining 162 store leases. Also Read: Monsoon Accessorize owner buys retailer out of administration, with 545 jobs lost by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinition As a result of the deal, 35 of the company’s stores across the UK will close, resulting in the initial job losses. Monsoon Accessorize owner buys retailer out of administration, with 545 jobs lost A company announcement said it hopes to save as many as 100 of the remaining stores, meaning more job losses could be around the corner.center_img Show Comments ▼ Also Read: Monsoon Accessorize owner buys retailer out of administration, with 545 jobs lost Monsoon Accessorize founder Peter Simon has bought the struggling business out of administration, in a move which aims to save both brands but cuts 545 jobs in the process. “We are now committed to working with Adena Brands as they enter talks with landlords to agree future terms across their store portfolio and look to transfer more jobs to the buyer. Tony Wright, joint administrator and partner at FRP, said: “We had to move quickly and decisively to secure the future of Monsoon and Accessorize, as many jobs as possible and the presence of these two iconic brands on the UK high street. whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com Simon will make a fresh £15m cash injection, which follows the £12m he invested in the business after its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in July 2019. “We’ll also be working with the Redundancy Payments Service to support all affected employees through this difficult time.” However, it is hoped the pre-pack deal could eventually save more than 2,000 jobs which previously hung in the balance.last_img read more

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Officials troubleshoot hiccups in EAS after tsunami warning

first_imgShare this story: Public SafetyOfficials troubleshoot hiccups in EAS after tsunami warningJanuary 28, 2018 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI-Homer Share:KBBI’s DASDEC box, which monitors for Emergency Alert System messages from IPAWS, NOAA Weather Radio and KSRM in Kenai. (Photo by Aaron Bolton, KBBI)When a powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska hit early Tuesday morning, it sent a host of people and systems into motion. Tsunami sirens were blaring and Emergency Alert System, or EAS, messages were broadcasting over radio and TV stations. But there were parts of the EAS that failed. Local, state and federal officials are now working to sort out those kinks.When the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer decided to issue Tuesday’s tsunami warning, it had to get that message out to the public as fast as possible. The National Weather Service operates the center and it passed the warning on through three primary systems.National Weather Service offices around the state broadcast the warning over weather radios. Those radios can activate EAS messages at radio and TV stations, but they also set off tsunami sirens and alert those listening to them.The warning is also sent out through two internet-based systems. The first is called EMnet, which stands for Emergency Management Network. The state contracts out for that service. The other, known as IPAWS or the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, is run by the federal government.Both of these services are constantly listening for a signal from the Tsunami Warning Center.“The FEMA IPAWS system listens to that. Comlabs, who runs EMnet, listens to that feed as well, and it appears that there is a programming error in that link,” Bryan Fisher said, Chief of Operations at the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “So, it said specifically, ‘do not send it across EAS.’”Fisher explains that EMnet and IPAWS were supposed to pick up Tuesday’s tsunami warning and send it across the Emergency Alert System.The systems also listen to each other incase one gets the initial signal and the other doesn’t, but since both were told not to send the message across the EAS, that message stopped there.However, IPAWS didn’t completely fail. It’s is also responsible for push notifications to cell phones.“So, it said send it over the cell phone piece, which did work, the wireless emergency alert system, and it blocked it from going to EMnet and EAS,” Fisher said.Tsunami push notification sent out through the wireless emergency alert system on Jan. 23 via IPAWS. (Screenshot by Aaron Bolton, KBBI)The state and boroughs also have the ability to send a signal to EAS equipment, but when warnings are in the National Weather Service’s purview, both typically refrain from doing so.That left one more method to initiate most EAS equipment, weather radios. When the tsunami warning was issued, National Weather Service offices in Juneau, Kodiak and Anchorage took that message and broadcast it over those radios, triggering EAS equipment across Southeast Alaska and in Kodiak.But there were some hiccups on the Kenai Peninsula. The National Weather Service in Anchorage said it transmitted four messages to weather radios, but only one made it.“So, what we’re investigating now is what happened to the second, third and fourth messages that the National Weather Service sent out over NOAA weather radio,” Dennis Bookey said, co-chair of the Alaska State Emergency Communications Committee.Bookey is one of many people trying to sort things out.“We’re pretty certain that the audio message, should you have been listening to NOAA weather radio, you’d of heard the whole thing,” he explained. “But there’s electronic coding that gets inside that message that then triggers receivers at the broadcasting and cable facilities. That apparently didn’t trigger them.”GCI in Homer successfully picked up and broadcast the lone message, but at KBBI, the signal wasn’t clear enough for its system to decode, something the station is working to fix.KBBI’s system can also be triggered by IPAWS and KSRM in Kenai, but KSRM General Manager Matt Wilson said it received nothing from the National Weather Service in Anchorage.Officials at every level of government are working to dissect the problem, and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan expressed concern at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting Thursday, which happened to be holding a hearing on Emergency Alert Systems.“Fortunately there was no tsunami, but it was very scary for hundreds if not thousands of my constituents. It would be good to learn from this so we can be ready next time,” Sullivan said.Bookey said an event with no actual threat like Tuesday’s tsunami warning will be a great lesson because it’s the best test the system could ever have.“We try our best to do that every March with our annual test, but because of regulations and a lot of variables at play, there’s only so far we can go,” Bookey said. “So, nothing could be more valuable than having a real event and dissect what did and didn’t work.”Bookey adds that once the issues are diagnosed, changes will likely be made to the system.last_img read more

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Electricity conservation still urged to refill Southeast hydro lakes

first_imgSoutheastElectricity conservation still urged to refill Southeast hydro lakesApril 27, 2019 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Recent photo of the Tyee reservoir (Courtesy Southeast Alaska Power Agency)Petersburg’s utility director doesn’t foresee the need for more diesel power generation this spring but says the community’s conservation measures will continue to help hydroelectric reservoirs refill this spring.The community this month is on hydro power from the borough’s plant at Crystal Lake on Mitkof Island as well Tyee Lake near Wrangell, owned by the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, or SEAPA.“The term that SEAPA uses is we’re almost close to making the turn, which is a seasonal change to warmer temperatures, not only more rainfall instead of snow, but snow melt in the watersheds,” said Karl Hagerman, Petersburg’s utility director. “And we are very close,” he added.Both Wrangell and Petersburg ran diesel generators this winter to make up for dwindling hydro reservoirs in the midst of an ongoing drought. This past week has seen several weather systems with significant rainfall.“It did help on the south end a little bit better,” Hagerman said. “Swan Lake is responding to a better degree than Tyee is from the recent rainfall. Tyee is not drafting down continuously like it was before those rain events so it did take a jump up by a half, three-quarters of a foot for both of those rain events. But then as temperatures come down at night and the loads go up, we see less water coming in during periods of colder temperatures and also the increased loads in the morning peak of the system in Wrangell and Petersburg really draw the lake down quite dramatically.”Swan Lake is one of Ketchikan’s hydro power sources and it’s not currently providing any power to Wrangell and Petersburg. Likewise, Tyee Lake is only powering Wrangell and Petersburg. That lake this month is up more than three feet from its low point in March but continues to fluctuate daily.  The level of the Petersburg borough’s Crystal Lake meanwhile is climbing slowly.Hagerman said historically lakes start to refill rapidly at the end of this month and the beginning of May but that has not started yet. His message: conserving electricity is still a good idea.“It’s always a good idea I think to push conservation until we’re absolutely positive that the lakes were on the rise and the turn has actually come upon us,” Hagerman said. “So I would just encourage folks to if you’ve created new habits in conservation to continue those for the short-term anyway.”Hagerman does not anticipate having to run the backup diesel generators again in the short-term in place of hydro generators. He said SEAPA is drafting a plan to keep Wrangell and Petersburg off diesel except for maintenance work. However, diesel power could still be needed again if this summer is dry like last year’s.Share this story:last_img read more

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Kick off Your Weekend with a “Song 4 California”

first_imgMusicKick off Your Weekend with a “Song 4 California”Field Trip just released the soundtrack to your summerBy Julia St. Pierre – April 17, 2015545ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItLast fall, California musician Noah Champ, who records under the moniker Field Trip, left our sunny shores and headed to Brooklyn, and college at NYU. Through the single and accompanying video, “Song 4 California,” off of his debut EP, The Sounds Inside Your Mind, Champ looks at the jarring yet exciting internal conflict that came with leaving a love affair behind (this one with a place, not a girl) to move on to the next chapter of his life. Gaining traction in the Brooklyn music scene, fellow students make up the performing band, and they have a gig at an outdoor fest at NYU on May 8 opening for Cloud Nothings. But California will get him back, at least for what he hopes are three sunny summer months, so check out his Facebook page for a chance to catch the band performing in L.A. then.We can’t stop listening to Field Trip’s “Song 4 California” for it’s smooth melody and video clips of vintage Southern California. Start your summer early below. TAGSField TripNoah ChampNYUSong 4 CaliforniaThe Sounds Inside Your MindPrevious articleFramed: Backyard Memories Against a Caravaggio BackdropNext articleRyan Gosling is Signing Up for the Blade Runner SequelJulia St. Pierre RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORWhat a Croque: English Muffins and Golden Yolks at Field Triplast_img read more

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People / Martin Drew exits cargo for Etihad’s Americas’ passenger business

first_img By Alex Lennane 12/05/2015 James Gilliard (left) and Martin Drew Martin Drew, the fast-rising airline executive who took on the role of chief at Jet Airways Cargo, has returned to Etihad – but on the passenger side. He will become vice-president for the Americas, responsible for the commercial organization of Etihad Airways in the United States, Canada and South America.Jet Airways has confirmed to The Loadstar that James Gilliard, manager – cargo Asia Pacific, will handle the responsibilities of the Cargo division in the interim basis. Mr Gilliard has worked at Jet since April 2014, after roles at Etihad as senior global key account manager and regional cargo sales manager.He was also Gulf Air’s cargo manager for Europe.Jet Airways recently launched its first freighter service, operated by Etihad, and could add two more A330-200Fs to its fleet. It has been steadily increasing its cargo interests.last_img read more

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How boxes of infant skulls helped solve a 19th-century medical mystery

first_img WATCH: This operating room changed medical history Every part of the transaction was secret.The grieving mothers couldn’t afford to bury their dead infants, so they sold the tiny bodies. The doctors buying the corpses knew the arrangements were illicit and left no paper trail.These hushed transactions helped build the foundation of anatomy as medical students now learn it.advertisement University of Cambridge Leave this field empty if you’re human: “We found that the anatomists were dissecting them in a completely different way because they are so special. They would dissect them very gently and keep their bodies in the lab for generations to come, instead of reburying them as they did for adults,” said Dr. Piers Mitchell, a biological anthropologist, historian, and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Cambridge, who coauthored the study.The finding begins to solve a long-standing medical mystery. Historians knew that some anatomists used emaciated young bodies to show their students vasculature and the nervous system, as well as the stages of development. But until now, there was almost no archeological evidence that these infant dissections had ever taken place.Selling cadavers by the inchIn the 18th and 19th centuries, trying to understand the human body at any age often meant breaking the law.In 1752, the British government passed the Murder Act, which allowed the bodies of criminals who had been hanged to be taken by medical professors, but that only provided an average of 77 corpses a year — and some medical schools used as many as 500.So the doctors relied on what they called “resurrectionists”: gangs who stole fresh corpses from graveyards and grieving households. Anatomists also occasionally purchased bodies from impoverished mothers after a stillbirth, an infant death, or, in some desperate cases, infanticide. This illicit trade in corpses was so strong that it continued even after poorhouses began to donate their unclaimed dead. @ericboodman Related: Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. Related: [email protected] Many of the historical details have been lost — but a paper published Thursday in the Journal of Anatomy reveals the story behind 54 skulls of infants and fetuses stashed away in the University of Cambridge’s department of archeology and anthropology. The earliest was from 1768, the most modern from around 1913.The researchers who discovered the skulls could trace every move the 18th- and 19th-century anatomists made as they studied the small corpses. Instead of the huge incisions often made on adult cadavers, all but one of these skulls showed tiny cuts from knives that were used to delicately divide the skin. There were also grooves left by brushes used to remove soft tissues.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Eric Boodman “It’s such a hidden history,” said Elizabeth Hurren, a historian of medicine at the University of Leicester in England, who has written extensively about dissections in the 18th and 19th centuries.She has looked at more than 30,000 cases of historical dissection and found that doctors always performed a Christian burial when they were done with the cadavers, even if the ceremony had to be held in secret, at night, with a trusted, tight-lipped clergyman from the Church of England.The skulls tucked away in those boxes do not seem to fit that pattern. But to Hurren, this study opens another small window onto a part of medical history that is largely unknown.“It’s a contribution that the poorest have made to medical research,” she said. “We owe the poor … the most tremendous debt in the medical world.” Four horrifying medical procedures we’re glad history forgot By Eric Boodman June 30, 2016 Reprints Tags medical educationmedical research Privacy Policy The mystery of the dissected children emerged, in part, from remains unearthed in old English graveyards. Archeologists found plenty of bodies that bore the scars of dissection — the tops of skulls sawn off, rib cages broken apart — but they were almost all adult men.“People had presumed that they didn’t dissect kids and they just dissected adult males, because we just kept finding adult males in cemeteries who had had their ribs and their skulls cut open,” Mitchell said.Yet there were accounts from grave robbers about selling “smalls” — infant corpses, priced by the inch. And 19th-century English doctors learned and published a lot about the anatomy of the child. Mitchell uses some of that knowledge even today when operating on children.“This was the time [when] people found the structure of the child. All this kind of stuff we only know because of dissections back in the 1800s,” he said.He was curious. So he and his collaborator Jenna Dittmar headed into the anatomic collections at Cambridge, where centuries’ worth of bones are kept in acid-free cardboard boxes. As they zeroed in on the infant skulls, small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, they could pick out the scratch marks left by the dissections and figure out how they were made.Those traces of a gentler dissection technique can explain why archaeologists weren’t finding the sawed-off skulls of children in hospital graveyards. But much about the practice remains mysterious. In the LabHow boxes of infant skulls helped solve a 19th-century medical mystery last_img read more

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Acquisitions, not Congress, will chart biotech’s course in 2020, experts predict

first_img Washington has never before been so focused on lowering prescription drug prices. But these biotech investors aren’t worried.“Politics is politics,” Affinity Asset Advisors senior research analyst Patrick Nosker said of drug pricing legislation at a STAT event Tuesday in New York. “The whole political overhang is definitely going to be noise throughout the next year.” GET STARTED [email protected] Log In | Learn More About the Author Reprints What is it? Acquisitions, not Congress, will chart biotech’s course in 2020, experts predict  Affinity Asset Advisors senior analyst Patrick Nosker (left), Perceptive Advisors managing director Ellen Hukkelhoven and Palkon Capital partner Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad discuss what will and won’t affect the biotech industry in 2020. Michelle Claire Gevint for STAT Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Biotech center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags biotechnologydrug pricingfinanceSTAT+ What’s included? By Kate Sheridan Dec. 6, 2019 Reprints General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. @sheridan_kate STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Kate Sheridanlast_img read more

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In Pictures: Portlaoise AFC Women keep league title push alive

first_img New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Pinterest Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 11th September 2018 Twitter WhatsApp SEE ALSO – How Twitter reacted to the first episode of The Town on Virgin Ireland Community In Pictures: Portlaoise AFC Women keep league title push alive Home Sport Soccer In Pictures: Portlaoise AFC Women keep league title push alive SportSoccer Both teams were aware that whoever came out on top in this clash would give their league title hopes a huge boost.Portlaoise started the stronger of the sides against the wind and after plenty of hard battling they were justly rewarded and broke the deadlock.Left winger Grainne Moran, who also stars on Gogglebox Ireland, took the ball down perfectly and made a great run towards the box finishing low and into the corner on the 17th minute.The Portlaoise women had numerous chances following this to double their lead but were unlucky not to convert these.The ever solid back line of Keane, Kehoe, Hyland and sweeper Ellen Healy shut down any Edenderry attack that came their way and ensured no shots were made on keeper Aimee Keane’s goal.It remained 1-0 in the home sides favour at half time.The second half started much like the first with the home side having the added advantage of the wind.Centre midfielders Mo Nerney and Elaine Mahony made some brilliant runs at the Edenderry defence and Nerney was eventually fouled 40 yards from goal. She stepped up and converted the long range free kick to make it 2-0 after 55 minutes.Edenderry were under pressure now and knew they had a tough battle on their hands. Portlaoise went 3-0 up in the 65th minute after Catherine Delaney made a run down the left wing and crossed it into the box where striker Aine O’Connor converted from close range.Portlaoise continued their efforts and threatened the Edenderry side in all areas of the pitch with some powerful kickouts from Keane. Minutes after the 3rd goal some great link up play between Averil Westman and Grainne Moran resulted in Moran scoring her 2nd goal of the day and Portlaoise’s final goal.Edenderry pressed until the end and did not give up. Eventually a consolation goal came for them with 15 minutes to go in the game.Portlaoise have two games remaining in the league and 2 wins will see them secure the KDFL So Fresh Division 2 title.They also have a Cup Final to look forward to where they will face Division 1 side Kildare Town.Team: Aimee Keane, Maria Keane, Aisling Kehoe, Niamh Hyland, Ellen Healy, Grainne Moran, Mo Nerney, Elaine Mahony, Austeja Labutyte, Aine O’Connor, Catherine Delaney Subs: Averil Westman for Austeja Labutyte, Kiahara Dempsey for Elaine MahonyThanks to Tim Keane for the pictures:center_img Community WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articlePortlaoise Panthers make winning start to league campaignNext articleLaois ‘one of the quietest places for criminal activity’ in Ireland Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Council Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Portlaoise AFC Women Portlaoise AFC 4 Edenderry Town 1KDFL So Fresh Division 2Portlaoise women’s team hosted Edenderry on Sunday afternoon in Rossleighan Park in a keenly awaited top of the table tie.The two teams have gone unbeaten in the league but had drawn with one another earlier in the summer.last_img read more

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Weekend Read: One hour from a senior football final – the rise and rise of Killeshin and Ballyfin

first_img Pinterest Killeshin will be appearing in their first senior semi-final since 1959. Prior to this year Ballyfin had only ever won two regular senior championship games in their history. A first ever quarter-final appearance – and that shock win over O’Dempsey’s – is now being followed by a first semi-final.Rewind a bit though to the late 2000s. Both were junior and there was very few saying that they were out of place there.Killeshin have been senior on a handful of occasions. In the late 1950s they won junior and intermediate titles in successive years, 1957 and 1958, with the likes of Sean Price and Liam Doran as their star men. In 59 they reached a senior semi-final only to be beaten by the fine Portarlington team of that era.They won intermediate again in 1974, incidentally in a game where they beat Ballyfin on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-2, and again in 1994, a triumph they celebrated the 25th anniversary of last year.But their stays at senior were never overly lengthy ones. By the mid 2000s they were back in junior and they failed to get out of the grade in 2006 and 2007 at a time when Ballyfin were there too but not serious challengers by any means.2008 was a sort of breakthrough year for both with Ballyfin winning the Division 3 league title and Killeshin winning the junior championship.Killeshin beat The Heath’s second team in the junior final on a wet day in O’Moore Park, their winning goal an absolute cracker from Barry Ryan who’s still involved. That goal was the highlight and the winning of a game that Killeshin edged by 1-4 to 0-6.Ryan is still involved as is Pauric Bolton, who was captain that day. Bolton said in his captain’s speech that Killeshin would be senior within a couple of years but few would have put money on it.Ballyfin players celebrate after winning the Laois JFC ‘A’ title in 2010The emotion of the win shows on the face of Killeshin centre back Mick Malone after the final whistle against The Heath in the JFC final in 2008Yet they were a coming club with ambitious plans for the development of their facilities, a growing community on the edge of Carlow town, a primary school that was increasing in numbers, a good underage amalgamation with their neighbours Crettyard and a lot of their teenage players getting good exposure with Knockbeg College.In 2009 they reached the intermediate final in their first year back in that grade, losing out to Clonaslee in the decider.They failed to get out of the group in 2010 but things all came together for them in 2011 when they featured and reached the final of the Celebrity Bainisteoir TV programme with Tony Cascarino as their manager and then went and won the intermediate, beating Ballyroan-Abbey in the final.A large group of Killeshin supporters in 2008They’ve been senior ever since and not once have they even brushed with relegation.After 2008, Ballyfin went about following a similar path. They lost the junior final to The Heath in 2009 but came back and beat Spink in 2010.Throughout 2011, 12 and 13 they were intermediate but their best showing was a semi-final appearance in 2012. Then in 2014 they went and won it out, beating Clonaslee in the semi-final and Timahoe in the final with Sean Moore announcing his name to a wider audience by scoring three goals. They’ve been senior since.While Killeshin have been building steadily since they won the intermediate title in 2011 and have been in quarter-finals in the last two seasons – only losing after a replay last year – Ballyfin’s run has really come from nowhere.Laois Shopping Centre manager Kevin Doyle presents the man of the match award to Sean Moore, Ballyfin, after the 2014 IFC finalLast year they only maintained their senior status thanks to a relegation final win over Clonaslee.And having pulled out of the league altogether in 2018, this year they played in Division 3, the fourth tier of club football in the county, two divisions lower than Killeshin and three below this weekend’s other semi-finalists Portlaoise and Portarlington.It was a shambles of a competition and they only played five of their 11 regular games as withdrawals and walkovers were rampant. It was a division comprised mostly of Junior ‘A’ and Junior ‘B’ teams and even one Junior ‘C’ team – the third strong side from O’Dempsey’s, a club whose first team Ballyfin would later stun in the senior championship.The Ballyfin team that defeated Timahoe in the 2014 IFC finalPredictably Ballyfin eased to the final but they needed extra time to see off The Rock.As they gathered for a team photo that night in Mountmellick, one of them quipped that “Graiguecullen are getting worried!”There was laughter all round but there was a couple of hints that evening that they were beginning to motor. Even allowing for extra time, to score 1-27 was some going. James Finn and Darragh Connolly, both just back from their travels, only came on at half time. James Moore didn’t play at all. But Allan Connolly scored three points from play in the first half alone from wing back and Jack Priestley, who has had an excellent underage soccer career, scored a couple of nice points from play.Ballyfin manager Killian Fitzpatrick and selector Donnacha Phelan during the 2014 IFC finalManager Killian Fitzpatrick, a former player with the club who was also over them when they won the intermediate five years ago, and Longford native Daryl Egan, now a teacher in Portlaoise College but previously a colleague of Fitzpatrick’s in Portlaoise CBS, were assembling a fine team.A couple of weeks later they did put it up to Graigue, playing a defensive game and being very hard done by the final score of 2-11 to 0-7 as Graigue’s two goals only came late on.Since then Ballyfin have caught fire. They hit Crettyard for 4-13 in the second round, then they scored 5-17 against Arles-Killeen and then dumped O’Dempsey’s out. In their last two games they were 3/1 and 4/1 outsiders. Tomorrow they are outsiders again, although at 7/4 they’re not the no hopers they were considered in the earlier rounds. By Steven Miller – 28th September 2019 Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSBallyfinBallyfin v KilleshinKilleshinLaois SFC Killeshin and Ballyfin have both come a long way over the last ten years or so This Sunday in O’Moore Park, the footballers of Killeshin and Ballyfin will do battle in the semi-final of the Laois senior championship.A little over ten years ago the fixture would barely have been a standout game in the junior grade.This year, however, one of them will play in a senior final for the first time ever. Over the last 20 years, Arles-Killeen, Arles-Kilcruise and The Rock have upset the traditional old order and reached a senior final – now Killeshin and Ballyfin are seeking to get their biggest day of all too. Killeshin players celebrate after winning the Laois IFC final in 2011Both clubs will know the size of the opportunity in front of them. A decade ago they could only have dreamed of a day like it.In two weeks one of them will march behind the band on county final day.Who could ever have seen that coming?SEE ALSO – From Primary School coaching to All Ireland minor finals – the GAA career of Ballyfin’s Oliver Phelan Weekend Read: One hour from a senior football final – the rise and rise of Killeshin and Ballyfin WhatsApp GAA GAA Facebook Twitter Home Sport GAA Weekend Read: One hour from a senior football final – the rise… SportGAAGaelic Football Previous articleFrom primary school coaching to All Ireland minor finals – Oliver Phelan on his remarkable GAA careerNext articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the Laois JFC and IFC Finals Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook GAA last_img read more

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One of Ireland’s biggest garden centres is on a mission to drive Laois primary schools wild

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleWomen in Sport: Success, sacrifices and influences, it’s Camross goalkeeper Niamh DollardNext articleKilkenny hurling great Eoin Larkin in Portlaoise on Saturday Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Facebook GAA WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin REPRO FREE – NO REPRODUCTION FEECountryLife launches its exciting and engaging new Operation WildNation plan to help protect some of our under threat wild bird species. It has teamed up with renowned environmentalist, author and broadcaster, Éanna Ni Lamhna, for the fun campaign which is already gathering momentum among primary school children country-wide. Also included are Fergal Joy, CountryLife Horticulturist and Sofia Ni Mhaoldomhnaig, Colour Me Wild mascotPhoto: Patrick Browne One of Ireland’s biggest garden centres is on a mission to drive primary school pupils in Laois absolutely wild.CountryLife Garden Centres want to educate the nation about wild bird conservation through its exciting and engaging new Operation WildNation initiative.Ultimately they’re helping to protect some of our under threat wild bird species – among these thrushes and finches – during the tough autumn and winter months.The group, which has 14 CountryLife Garden Centre outlets across the country along with an online gardening website and Laois store in Mountmellick and Monasterevin, has teamed up with renowned environmentalist, author and broadcaster, Éanna Ni Lamhna for Operation WildNation.The fun initiative, which is already gathering momentum, aims to engage thousands of primary school children country-wide on the importance of looking after nature’s wildlife.The campaign includes an exciting Operation WildNation colouring competition focusing on children from first to third class with templates and full competition details available now on www.countrylife.ie/colourmewild.The winning child or school will receive an interactive talk with Éanna and an expert horticulturalist from their local CountryLife Garden Centre.Pictured at the launch was Sofia Ni Mhaoldomhnaig, Colour Me Wild mascot.Picture: Patrick BrowneThe prize also includes a fun peanut butter and seed roll-making session as well as vouchers, a wild bird survival kit for the school and more.Éanna Ni Lamhna said: “Children are the ones leading the charge on climate change and protecting our environment.“Anyone with a garden can get great enjoyment and fun out of watching out for wild birds.If there are berries in your garden, if there’s ivy on your walls, if you’ve prickly hedges or if you introduce bird boxes, some bird seed and invest in a good wild bird book and a pair of binoculars there’s endless pleasure to be had.“It’s fun, its where lifelong memories are made and it requires focus – you can’t press pause or rewind if you miss that robin or goldfinch. But it’s so worthwhile.I’m delighted to be championing Operation WildNation and getting out and meeting children and visiting schools,” she added.SEE ALSO – New Portlaoise ring road set to officially open this Friday Pinterest Pinterest Twittercenter_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory One of Ireland’s biggest garden centres is on a mission to drive Laois primary schools wild WhatsApp GAA Home News Community One of Ireland’s biggest garden centres is on a mission to drive… NewsCommunityDeaths By Aedín Dunne – 1st November 2019 GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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