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How Donegal Socks are keeping National Geographic’s toes cosy on Everest!

first_imgOperating a global sock making industry from a rural part of South West Donegal’s Gaeltacht, just outside of Glenties, hasn’t hindered Martin Breslin growing his successful company Donegal Socks.In recent months his range of colourfully designed knitted socks has caught the eye of the world famous National Geographic Channel.Martin was delighted when he recently got a call from the people in National Geographic expressing their interest in having Donegal Socks as part of their product range. The company is helped out by Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme which assists entrepreneurs by encouraging new investment in Gaeltacht areas, nurturing already established businesses, and enhancing the skill base of those living in Gaeltacht communities.Martin BreslinMark Quinn, the youngest person born in Ireland to have reached the peak of Everest says Donegal Socks are his favourite to bring on long treks; “Donegal Socks will be my only choice in future for trekking, climbing and reaching the summits of challenging mountains. I expect to be continually amazed and look forward to bringing them to the summit of the next 8,000m peak that I climb.”Today,  Stocaí Dhún na nGall exports over a 100,000 pairs of socks a year to markets around the world. This growing partnership now sees Donegal Socks being sold in all National Geographic outlets around the world.“In recent years we have explored new markets and we discovered that ‘the outdoor market’ was a perfect fit for our sock range. With extensive research and development through an Údarás na Gaeltachta programme, we proved that our product was perfectly suited to the outdoor adventure market,” said Martin.“Our socks are a 100% natural product and this is exactly why the National Geographic were attracted to our product.”“The National Geographic promotes natural and cultural conservation, and shares many of the same values as Donegal Socks, so to be included in the extensive clothing range of a brand which complements everything we stand for is a fantastic achievement.”“Currently 50% of our socks are exported and as a result of this new contract we hope that our exports will increase dramatically in the next few years. The U.S alone is a huge importer of socks and to be a part of this National Geographic brand, is huge for us. We also have clients in other markets such as, Ireland, the UK, Denmark, France and Canada.”“Over the past number of years we automated some of our production line. This reinvestment has paid off and has been an essential part of our survival and growth. We plan to increase our employee numbers from 6 to 15 in the next 2 years.” “We owe a lot to Údarás na Gaeltachta who have been a huge support in helping us target new markets and who have helped us to focus on researching and developing new opportunities on a global scale.”“It gives us immense pride to see our products in airports, craft shops, tourist and visitor centres all over the world, and now in National Geographic outlets. We will continue to explore new markets and we are currently assessing opportunities on a larger scale.”“In the coming weeks we are undertaking a field trip with Údarás na Gaeltachta to Boston to explore new markets. As part of this trip Údarás have pre-arranged meetings with large buyers in the States. Our vision for the next 2 years is to concentrate on growingand expanding the business even further,” Martin concluded.For more see Donegal-Socks.com Údarás na Gaeltachta also offer financial and non-financial support to businesses such as Donegal Socks, as well as supplying business facilities at a competitive price to businesses in various different sectors.More than 7,000 people are employed thanks to the Údarás na Gaeltachta scheme.To learn more about Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme you can visit their website.How Donegal Socks are keeping National Geographic’s toes cosy on Everest! was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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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Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry

first_imgAmbulances staff in Donegal are on standby this weekend to help out their counterparts in Derry over a shortage of staff.It is understood that the NI Ambulance Service (NIAS) has appealed to its staff to come into work over the weekend as it is unable to fill rotas.Internal correspondence said NIAS has advised health trusts there are likely to be delays in response times for “less urgent” cases. NIAS is taking additional measures, including asking for assistance from the Republic of Ireland.Sources have told the media that the service is at least 19 crews short and the NIAS is at “crisis point”.The worst affected areas are the Western Trust, covering Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone, and the Southern Trust.The National Emergency Operations Centre in Ballybofey, Co Donegal will be liaising with the ambulance depot at Altnagevlin in Derry to provide cover this weekend. A spokesman for NIAS said: “In relation to enlisting the help of National Ambulance Service, we have a memorandum of understanding for mutual aid in special circumstances.”The internal memo stated that the service has been “unable to completely fill our staffing rosters for various reasons”.It said this would impact on ambulance provision, particularly during night shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.NIAS management has advised the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) that it “may need to utilise their resources under strict conditions” and has called in operational managers to provide extra support.The spokesman for NIAS said in its statement: “With regards to the Air Ambulance, it is not a separate entity from NIAS. “The HEMS Service is provided in partnership with the Charity Air Ambulance who provide the helicopter and pilot through their Charitable Fundraising and NIAS provides the operational staff (Paramedics and Doctors).“The HEMS Service (air ambulance) is part of our response capability.”It also said NIAS will provide food and refreshments for ambulance crews and control staff throughout the weekend.Donegal Ambulances on standby to help out over crew shortages in Derry was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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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Why the Giants sent Tyler Beede to the minors after the best start of his career

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Tyler Beede tossed seven brilliant innings in a dominant victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and was rewarded with a trip back to the minor leagues.Yes, after the best start of Beede’s young career, he’ll spend the All-Star break in the minor leagues.The Giants announced the decision to option Beede on Wednesday, but the Giants discussed the transaction with him prior to his second career win.It was initially unclear if Beede would start Tuesday’s game after his …last_img read more

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Derek Carr’s brother blames Josh Jacobs for fumbled toss

first_imgThe Carr family sticks together.Darren Carr, the brother of Raiders QB Derek Carr and head football coach of Bakersfield Christian High, protected Derek’s good name Sunday with a quick tweet after an Oakland turnover.Early in the third quarter of the Raiders’ game in London against the Bears, Derek Carr threw a toss right past running back Josh Jacobs. The Bears eventually recovered the fumble and scored on the ensuing possession.Khalil Mack recovers the fumble vs his former team!#CHIvsOAK …last_img read more

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Ararat Anomaly to Be Imaged in Hi-Res

first_imgThe “Ararat anomaly,” an unusual structure at the 15,300′ level of Mt. Ararat in Turkey, is getting increased scrutiny with high-resolution satellite imaging.  Leonard David reported on Live Science that Porcher Taylor of Satellite Imaging Corporation has created a 3-D flyover movie of the site from Ikonos satellite data, and that Geo-Eye I, to be launched next year, will double the resolution of the site to 0.4 meter per pixels.    Buried under a glacier, the Ararat anomaly drew attention because of “its relatively smooth surface texture and unusual physical composition, according to some interpretations.”  Some have considered it a possible location of the remains of Noah’s Ark.It was nice to see Live Science give fair treatment to this story.  Our new era of Google Earth and hi-resolution imaging should be able to shed some light on the famous mountain.  For most of the recent decades, political tensions and local hazards have made the search frustratingly difficult.  Eyes from orbit may be able to make the job of sifting evidence much easier.    A historical string of eyewitness accounts has propelled the brave with ark fever (see noahsarksearch.com).  So far, however, the data collected have done more to rule out some promising sites than to find what would certainly be the most interesting archaeological artifact ever found, if it exists – and even many ark searchers have their doubts a wooden vessel could have survived at all.  Some are not even sure this is the right mountain.    The eyewitness accounts, tantalizing as they are, do not rise to the level of evidence required to convince a fair-minded skeptic.  Gathering more data quietly, without making outlandish claims, is the best thing that can be done.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dale Minyo’s “Sustainability Statement”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I think we in agriculture should come up with our own “Sustainability Statement” — one that is straightforward and doesn’t take advantage of the lack of knowledge of others.This week in a grocery store I overheard a man telling a potential customer that they only sell non-GMO maple syrup. Much to the dismay of my wife, I got involved in the conversation by asking how much of today’s maple syrup is GMO?  His answer was: “Well there really isn’t any.” So why make such a statement? Do we really want to get in the business of selling our products because the customer doesn’t know any better? Maybe we have been and this is the next step.Our sustainability pledge should not play on the lack of knowledge of others. We could pledge to only use milk from cows with four legs. We all know how hard it is for the three-legged cows to get to the feed bunk and then to the milk parlor. I pledge to eat eggs from chickens with two legs just because three legged chickens are really hard to find. We could pledge to only sell crops from plants that grow. You can help with this pledge too. Remember keep it simple and straightforward.While these examples may sound funny, they are not far removed from the realities that are being advertised on grocery shelves and restaurant menus. In response to this growing problem, national farm association leaders recently unveiled plans for a “Straight Talk” campaign to engage the food industry in a dialogue on sustainable agriculture production, the marketing practices used to reach consumers, and the intersection of both trends. The campaign combines input from farmer leaders and agricultural academic researchers addressing why sustainability and food biotechnology are linked.Dannon, for example, recently announced an effort to move away from GMO ingredients, sparking the response from the agricultural industry.“This effort to deselect GMOs — done in the name of sustainability — misleads consumers about the sustainability of today’s biotechnology-enhanced crops. In fact, GMOs promote sustainability because they allow farmers to be better stewards of the water, soil, air, and habitat on and around their land…That is why we consider Dannon’s marketing claim to be not only deceptive to consumers, but also potentially restrictive to our ability, as farmers, to choose the best management practices needed for raising food,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association chairman and 
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance board member. “As farmers and ranchers, we strive for, and strongly support, open, honest and transparent engagement with consumers and food companies. We are committed to providing healthy choices for all consumers — at the same time that we’re being asked to improve environmental quality. We cannot do both, however, if companies such as Dannon restrict our ability to use the technologies that have helped us improve food production and environmental quality.”last_img read more

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Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna questions need for EU team’s visit to Kashmir

first_imgAmid the ongoing tussle between the Shiv Sena and the BJP in Maharashtra, Sena mouthpiece Saamna has questioned the need for the European Union representatives’ visit to Kashmir.In an editorial published on Wednesday, which started off by saying that the situation was under control in Kashmir now and transport, communication services had been restored, it mentioned that Kashmir was India’s internal matter. “When everything is going on normally in Kashmir, why has the EU team come to Kashmir now? Kashmir is not an international issue. Pandit Nehru is still criticised for taking this issue to UN. You don’t like UN interference on Kashmir, then how do you tolerate the EU team’s faujdari (policing) in Kashmir? Isn’t European community coming for observation to Kashmir an attack on India’s freedom and sovereignty? Even today, political leaders don’t have entry in Kashmir. Then, what exactly is the EU team going to do? The Home Minister is capable of answering these questions.”The editorial lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and says the EU team should do sightseeing in Kashmir and go back and not “ruin the atmosphere.” “The war in Kashmir is against terrorism and Modi government has won it,” it says.last_img read more