Holder shines on rain-hit day

first_img SCOREBOARD There was also a brief downpour shortly after the scheduled lunch break, which further delayed the start until 2 10 p.m. When play started, the West Indies virtually picked up where they left off on day one with Holder and his overnight partner, Devendra Bishoo, adding another 20 runs to their overnight partnership of 55. Bishoo, in eyeing his first half-century in Test, or even bettering his highest score of 45 from 21 appearances, failed to achieve either after he was caught behind off the bowling of the superbly impressive, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, for 28. Holder was then joined by young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. He, however, after facing six balls, was dismissed without scoring, bowled by a well-directed in-swinger from Amir. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who is not out four, joined Holder and together they navigated 1.4 overs before the rains returned at 3 30 p.m. to effectively end the day’s play. Play, which was being assisted by the use of flood lights, was eventually officially called off at 4 30 p.m. Holder, who brought up his 50 with an elegant straight hit for six off the bowling of fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, has so far slammed seven fours and two sixes. Amir, 25, who served a ban from international cricket for match-fixing in a Test match in 2010, ended the day with five for 41 off 24.3 overs – his first five-wicket haul since returning to the game last year. West Indies 1st Innings (overnight 244 for seven) *J. Holder not out 55 D. Bishoo c wk Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammed Amir 28 A. Joseph b Mohammed Amir 0 S. Gabriel not out 4 Extras (lb17) 17 Total (9 wkts, 92.3 overs) 278 Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich), 8-264 (Bishoo), 9-274 (Joseph). Bowling: Mohammad Amir 24.3-11-41-5, Mohammad Abbas 22-4-63-1, Wahab Riaz 22-5-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2. PAKISTAN – Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV – B Oxenford. Solid batting from West Indies captain and all-rounder Jason Holder has given the West Indies a realistic shot of posting over 300 runs in the first innings of their Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Cup first Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park. Resuming on 30 not out yesterday and eyeing his fifth half-century to go along with his sole ton in 21 Tests, Holder ended unbeaten on 55, as the West Indies, who ended with 244 for seven on day one, closed day two on 278 for nine. A wet pitch caused by seepage under the covers delayed the game until well after lunch. It is unclear as to what may have caused the water seepage. However, the grounds staff did what they could to dry what turned out to be a wet patch on the pitch, including the burning of charcoal on a sheet of zinc. BRIEF DOWNPOURlast_img read more

De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thrives Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jon Bricks Ready to Storm Monrovia

first_imgHip-Co rapper, Jon Bricks will celebrate his 10th year in the music industry with a three-day “Diva Dream Alive” concert for his new album together with his friend, Chinese superstar Zheng Zheng. Bricks promised a thrilling performance for his fans.LIB Life has reliably learned that during the three day concert there will be lots of surprise gifts for fans, including Diva T-shirts, car bumper stickers and customized flash drives with diva songs on them, as well as personal gifts from Bricks’ charity foundation.In an email interview, Jon Bricks informed LIB Life that he is grateful for and excited about the concerts because “history is in the making.” “I cannot talk much, but the performances will remain in the minds of Liberians forever; they will serve as history within our progressive industry, most especially for a Liberian artist to bring a foreign artist that he featured on his album to share the stage together in his homeland. I think this is a great boost for Liberian entertainment. “The third day of the concert will coincide with the official launch of my Zama Plus International Foundation. We will also surprise our fans with our chief launcher on that day; it’s someone that everyone wishes to see,” said Jon Bricks.Speaking on his excitement, he said: “I’m excited because I’m celebrating a decade (10 years) of struggles and successes in this our struggling industry. I will forever remain grateful to everyone that has continually shown endless support for my career, directly or indirectly, not forgetting the hardworking entertainment writers and disc Jockeys.”Day 1 of the three day concert will go down at Club Gossip on February 12; admission is US$20. Day 2 is at Royal Plus International in Paynesville on February 13; admission is US$5. Day 3 will go down at Bernard beach on February 14, Valentine’s Day; admission is L$300.According to Jon Bricks, the first and second day of the show will kick off from a red carpet at 9 p.m. “until the break of dawn” and the third day will kick off at 12noon, ending at 6 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

VET to Train ‘Disadvantaged’ Youth

first_imgLewis Togba Sr., former journalist, founder and Board chairman of a local not-for-profit organization Versatile Trust (VET), has commenced a project that will train “disadvantaged” youth to acquire skills that will impact their lives.Mr. Togba told reporters at a news conference yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, that Liberia as a developing country has lots of challenges, including the training of unskilled youth to understand life’s necessities inclusive of education, health and infrastructure.This, according to Mr. Togba, draws the attention of VET to buttress government’s efforts in molding the minds of  “vulnerable” youth.“VET has done extensive survey and therefore seen the need to buttress government’s drive, to develop the minds of some of the young people from the streets, who are vulnerable,” Togba said.He said the core value of VET is to engage in sustainable training programs to develop the minds of unskilled young Liberians  through the hosting of seminars, hands-on  training to include event planning, fashion designing, tailoring, decoration, graphic arts, driving and computer education.To achieve this objective, Mr. Togba said members of VET will get involved with community health awareness through clean-up campaigns to ensure clean environments.VET, he said, will also buttress government’s effort to develop the minds of those youth who are in the streets and  do not have the opportunity to acquire formal education, “but we will encourage them to re-enroll into a learning institution, just to obtain some basic training to enable them become useful citizens.”The program is an open opportunity to unskilled young Liberians who find it difficult to expand their vision, thus leading them into activities that do not honor societal norms.“As such, VET sees the need to help impact the lives of  vulnerable Liberians through training, with focus on capacity building in different disciplines,” Mr. Togba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jeep Wrangler reported stolen from Chetwynd

first_imgIt was last parked at 4300-1 54th Street in Chetwynd. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact RCMP at 250-788-9221 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

Siphon Creek Fire Will Likely Burn Until Autumn

first_imgDOIG RIVER, B.C. – Though previous photographs of the massive plumes of smoke emanating from the Siphon Creek Fire are dramatic, it is from directly above that the charred 853 square kilometres that the true scale of the fire is made apparent.While driving to a media tour put on by the BC Wildfire Service, the only indication of trouble is a streak of haze visible in the distance from the Rose Prairie Road about 30 kilometres north of Fort St. John. The main camp to house the crew doing battle against the conflagration sits two kilometres down a nondescript dirt road surrounded by tall trees on either side. Entering a clearing, the camp sprawls across several acres of a pasture, with a radio mast, numerous trailers, and dozens of tents to house the firefighters and support staff.- Advertisement – The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The Siphon Creek Fire Incident Command Post west of the Doig River First Nation. Photo credit; Chris Newton The man in charge of not only the camp, but the entire firefighting operation is Incident Commander Rob Krause, a well-seasoned firefighter who is in his 35th season with the Forest Service. Krause greets the media with a wide smile below his impressive moustache.Siphon Creek Fire Incident Commander Rob Krause. Photo credit: Chris NewtonSiphon Creek Fire Incident Commander Rob Krause. Photo credit: Chris NewtonAfter giving a quick briefing of the situation, we don red Nomex coveralls and hop into his SUV for a quick drive to another field where the helicopters battling the flames are being staged. The haze of the wildfire’s smoke quickly surrounds us, the smell permeating the SUV’s cabin. Perched atop a hill in a field, one of nearly a dozen helicopters will soon take us 2,000 ft. into the air over the fire. White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton White Rock Staging near the Siphon Creek Fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton Incident Commander Rob Krause confers with pilot Ben Giesbrecht in front of Giesbrecht's Eurocopter AS350 B2 prior to takeoff. Photo credit: Chris Newton Incident Commander Rob Krause confers with pilot Ben Giesbrecht in front of Giesbrecht’s Eurocopter AS350 B2 prior to takeoff. Photo credit: Chris Newton Ben Giesbrecht is a veteran helicopter pilot, and is both professional and personable as he gives us a pre-flight safety briefing of his Eurocopter AS350 B2. We board, the engines roar to life, and Geisbrecht powers the chopper into the air, banking steeply to starboard in a spiralling skyward corkscrew before heading north-east.Advertisement White Rock Staging as seen from the air. Photo credit: Chris NewtonWhite Rock Staging as seen from the air. Photo credit: Chris NewtonNot five minutes in the air, the source of the haze quickly becomes apparent: Thick plumes of smoke emanate from a controlled burnout operation on the fire’s western flank. Radio chatter between Giesbrecht and the other chopper pilots around us fills the feed coming through our headphones as we trail another helicopter bucketing the flare-up through the smoke. The atmosphere onboard is one of nervous excitement. These pilots are assisting no less than 40 firefighters less than 1,000 feet below us in a war against the flames. Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” could be considered suiting background music for the spectacle of three other helicopters dodging in and out of the smoke, taking turns dropping large buckets of water onto the flare-up. One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton One of several helicopters conducting bucketing operations on the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th. Photo credit: Chris Newton We climb, heading towards the fire’s head further north-east. Krause explains that the fire activity is sitting primarily at Rank 2, with some areas burning at Rank 3 (for comparison, the Fort McMurray fire was mainly burning at Rank 5 as it encroached the city 3 weeks ago). This stands in stark contrast to just two days previous when the fire grew by nearly 20,000 hectares. The landscape is a patchwork of untouched stands of spruce forest in a sea of blackened sticks. According to Krause, this is a sign of the fire moving at incredible speed. Lines of brown trees are hypothesized by crews as signs of the fire burning fierce enough to consume all available oxygen which results in incomplete combustion, leaving the trees unburned but singed by the intense heat. The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton The patchy appearance of burned and unburned forest within the Siphon Creek Fire perimeter. Photo credit: Chris Newton Flying around the fire’s perimeter on the return journey, Krause tells us that the lack of intense fire activity below us is due to a shift in the wind from the north, which is pushing the fire back into areas already burned. Due to less rainfall in the past several years Krause says that the water table in the Peace Region is so low that though no large flames are visible, the fire is burning and will continue to burn underground at least until the fire snows fall in autumn. In extreme cases, the blanket of snow can cause a fire to become insulated from the intense cold of winter and reappear the next spring.Advertisement Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton We briefly follow another helicopter before peeling off to our southerly track. Geisbrecht and Krause both explain that the other chopper is surveying the fire’s jagged perimeter to establish places that fire guards could be built that will contain the fire while avoiding the numerous pipelines that traverse the terrain, denoted by strips of cleared trees. Crews are unable to use these as fire guards due to the possibility of rupturing them.We circle around for one more pass of the bucketing operations, albeit this time at a much higher altitude, before heading back toward “White Rock Staging”, one of many locations around the conflagration that serve as helipads. Our pilot’s skills are demonstrated during a sharp banking right turn as he swerves the craft to avoid a bird flying in our path. After a feather-soft landing, we return to base and finish the tour with Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall.Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall. Photo credit: Chris NewtonFire Information Officer Erin Catherall. Photo credit: Chris NewtonCatherall explains that the base, which can be set up in a little as 48 hours, can accommodate up to 300 personnel. The base will continue to operate for at least the next month as crews attempt to fully contain the fire within the perimeter. Krause says that monitoring the fire once it is fully contained will the focus of crews, not fully extinguishing it. A map of the Siphon Creek Fire from May 18th set up in the command post Briefing Tent. Photo credit: Chris Newton A map of the Siphon Creek Fire from May 18th set up in the command post Briefing Tent. Photo credit: Chris Newton The northern flank of the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th, known as the head of the fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton The northern flank of the Siphon Creek Fire on May 18th, known as the head of the fire. Photo credit: Chris Newton The western flank of the Siphon Creek Fire where helicopter crews were conducting bucketing operations on May 18th. Photo credt: Chris Newton The western flank of the Siphon Creek Fire where helicopter crews were conducting bucketing operations on May 18th. Photo credt: Chris Newton As of Friday May 20th,  168 firefighters, 4 helicopters, and 11 pieces of heavy equipment are currently battling the fire on the BC side of the Alberta border. Today a new Ontario incident management team is taking over command on the Alberta side of the border, and is collaborating firefighting efforts with their colleagues from BC.Advertisementlast_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, December 21

first_imgSteve Bunce is joined by Patrick Barclay and Matt Scott to discuss all of the latest sporting action.The lads reflect on all the weekend’s Premier League results, including Liverpool’s dramatic draw with Arsenal.last_img

Grandfather inspires Donegal woman to tap into the gin business

first_imgA new brand of alcohol – Muff Liquor – is launching in Donegal next month with a fun and cheeky identity, but instilled within it is a story of hard work and craftsmanship from a well-known Donegal farmer.Greencastle native Laura Bonner moved back to Donegal in 2017 to co-found The Muff Liquor Company with her business partner Tom Russell from Manchester.The first product of the company is a Muff Irish Potato Craft Gin that’s set to launch on February 3rd. The name of the gin might raise a few eyebrows around the world, but in an interview with DonegalWoman.ie, Laura said she was confident that the taste will speak louder than the title: Laura said: “The name is something I thought of while back and I think it perfectly represents the fun and cheeky identity we want to establish with the company. I have a feeling the name is going to stand out amongst the other brands on the shelf behind the bar!”Laura’s grandfather Philip McClenaghan was a well-known Inishowen potato farmer in Greencastle who, she says ‘could literally turn his hand to anything’.“One of his many hobbies was to make a potato based poitín so the idea of making a unique based spirit just stuck with me,” Laura said.The Muff Liquor Company founders: Tom Russell and Laura BonnerLaura has previously worked in London and Dublin in property, PR and sales before moving home to pursue her business dream of creating craft liquor. She said couldn’t be prouder to have her grandfather’s image as a representation of the ideas and values of the company:“Behind this fun and cheeky exterior, there are the core ideas of hard work, respect for tradition and making something born of the land and crafted by hand. “These were ideas Granda McClenaghan passed down through my family and it’s something I want to make sure is at the centre of everything we do,” she said.Just like Granda McClenaghan’s brews, the Muff Gin is made from potatoes, which Laura says gives it a smooth texture. Advertisement Mandarin, lemon, rosemary and elderflower and one secret ingredient add fresh and vibrant flavour with sweet notes to the drink, which will be best served with straight-up tonic or elderflower tonic.Gin has had a number of years reigning as the favourite spirit of many, but Laura believes the best is yet to come.“I don’t think gin has really hit its peak yet. I think people still love trying new flavours and exploring new tastes,” she said.Muff Gin is entering the market at the height of its popularity, while the company directors hope to bring vodka back with the launch of a premium potato-based vodka in the coming months. Advertisement Tom and Laura are concentrating on launching the gin in the Asian and Middle East market this year before establishing the brand in the USA, Asia, Australia, and Europe.The gin is currently being distilled in Co. Offaly at the home of Mór Gin, although Laura and Tom are planning to build their own distillery in Inishowen soon. The dream is to have a distillery, head office and visitor centre in Donegal which will hire local people and employ local farmers to source ingredients.“A connection to the local area is very important to me and while my ambition is to be an international brand, the local community of Muff and Inishowen will be at the heart of it,” Laura saidWe’ll be seeing Muff Gin in pubs, cocktail bars and high-end restaurants at home and internationally after it launches on February 3rd.For those who can’t wait to try it, Laura assures us the gin will be readily available in Inishowen – where the soul of the company resides.  Grandfather inspires Donegal woman to tap into the gin business was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:alcoholBusinessEntrepreneurginlaura bonnermuff liquor companyVodkalast_img read more

School-house project comes to fruition

first_img “This is a jewel in the San Fernando Valley because it brings so many components together,” Zine said. “It’s a village in the city. If we had the space, it would be a wonderful idea to replicate, but it’s built on a city block, and you’re not going to find that quantity of land in any part of Los Angeles.” Similar projects are in the works across Los Angeles, though on a smaller scale, said LAUSD board member Jon Lauritzen, who said he would like to continue working with New Economics for Women. During the grand opening, resident Graciela Martinez greeted each visitor into her five-bedroom unit with smiles. Before coming to Tierra del Sol, Martinez lived in a single-bedroom home nearby in Canoga Park. She shared that room with her two children, her mother and grandmother. She was one of 2,000 people who applied to live in the new housing complex. After a grueling interview process that included her 10-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old son, Martinez was accepted. Now each member of her multigenerational family has a room of his or her own. Martinez pays $950 a month. “It was like a miracle,” she said. “I just smiled and my face stayed smiling for weeks.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Tierra del Sol is its first project in the Valley, with 119 families and a waiting list for 800 more. “We had to break the bureaucracy down to make change, to create something that’s safe for the community,” she said. Officials who toured the playgrounds, classrooms and already-occupied units touted the project as historic, not only for its utopian ideals, but also for the way it came together – a combination of funds from the Los Angeles Unified School District, the city and the state. At a time when the battle between housing and school needs continues in California, land-use experts have said joint use and master planning is inevitable if Los Angeles. That Tierra del Sol combines both needs makes it a rare gem, Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine said during the grand-opening ceremony. CANOGA PARK – A first-of-its-kind, $53 million apartment complex that combines homes with a charter elementary school officially opened Thursday as “the Club Med of Affordable Housing.” Built on a 5-acre block abandoned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Tierra del Sol apartments and school marks a first in the San Fernando Valley and in California: it blends affordable, five-bedroom apartments with a charter school for grades K-5. A 10,000-square-foot community center is still awaiting construction. “It’s never been done before,” said a beaming Bea Stotzer, co-founder and president of New Economics For Women. The nonprofit organization was formed 20 years ago by a group of Latinas who wanted to work with single-parent families in need of affordable housing. last_img read more

49ers report: What we learned Friday, including Richard Sherman’s status

first_imgYOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your 49ers-Chiefs pick & challenge our pros***SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Richard Sherman casually walked onto the 49ers practice field Friday to join his teammates as they finished stretching, and, come Sunday, he’ll by playing against the league’s top-scoring team, the Kansas City Chiefs.Sherman did not practice Thursday because of an unspecified heel injury. It’s not believed to be directly related to his right Achilles surgery last November or this past …last_img read more