first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Seniors:Our domestic season came to a finish last Saturday with us beating Round Towers in the Conway cup final and in doing so winning our fourth London trophy. It has been a great journey for these bunch of lads after the disappointments of the previous season to come out and show great grit and determination to win all in front of them.Credit must go to new manager Barney Breen who in his first year back in London since the mid-eighties has brought his own style and ideas to the table and it has proven a journey worth taking.For the record our senior team has won Conway and Tipperary cups. League, championship and our sevens tournament with our reserve team winning the league and championship.So all said it has been a remarkable season for the club with still the All-Ireland club Quarter final against the Connaught championships to be played on Sunday 14th December in Ruislip. RIP:The club pass on our condolences to former member and Social club manager Adrian Byrne who sadly lost his brother Stephen to illness last week in Australia.The burial took place last Friday at his home village of Glencolmkille in Co Donegal, our thoughts and prayers are with Adrian and his family at this difficult time.Quiz Night:Many thanks to all of the teams who attended our quiz night last Saturday evening in the club house which was a club fundraiser. Well done to quiz masters Barney and Stocker in keeping the house in order. Wedding Bells:Congratulations to club player Keith Morrow who recently tied the knot with fiancé Catriona in a reception in County Offaly.Paul Coggins:Club stalwart Paul Coggins has taken on another year as London football manager after completing his three year term. Paul without doubt has brought the County team to another level and all at the club wish him well for the coming season. Michael Kingston:All at the club pass on our best wishes to assistant club PRO Michael Kingston who recently was awarded the Lloyds list award as Maritime lawyer of the year.Michael does a great amount of work for the club behind the scenes and this is a great achievement to collect this award.Farewell:The club bids farewell to club member Chris McGovern who is leaving these shores to take up work in his home county of Derry.Lottery:Lotto results for 23/10/14 Jackpot £3000, numbers drawn 1-8-14-16No jackpot winners £25 lucky dip winners Jim Cunningham, c/o Three Wishes, Declan Lennon, Online, Luke Kavanagh, c/o T O’Connor, Karen Doherty, c/o Conningham Arms.Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS COMPLETE INCREDIBLE SEASON BY WINNING THE CONWAY CUP was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

Ford may cut 30,000 jobs, close 10 plants

first_imgDearborn, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. executives plan to present a restructuring plan to the company’s board of directors today that calls for closing at least 10 assembly and component plants and eliminating 25,000 to 30,000 hourly jobs in North America within five years, according to people familiar with the plan. The planned cuts are deeper than many expected, signaling the urgency of Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr.’s push to restore the automaker’s ailing North American operations. Bill Ford has promised the impending cuts, expected to be announced Jan. 23, will affect all levels of the company. The automaker will announce the departure of as many as seven top executives by Jan 23, according to those familiar with the plan. The broad outlines of Ford’s plan – dubbed the “way forward” – were approved by directors during an off-site meeting in October with top executives in South Carolina. The new plan, which will guide the company through 2011, calls for 25,000 to 30,000 blue collar jobs to be eliminated in North America. Ford had 87,000 UAW-represented workers in North America at the end of 2004. Ford has about 11,600 union workers in Canada. On Tuesday, board member Kimberly Casiano told Dow Jones News Service that she and her colleagues will pore over the details of the proposal this week. “The plan is a super plan,” Casiano said after speaking at a luncheon in Detroit. She cautioned that the board may not approve every aspect of the “way forward” plan. “You can’t always make every detail of a plan possible.” Ford is eager to demonstrate that cuts to its hourly work force are being matched by similar cuts to its white collar work force and executive staff. The automaker already has announced plans to cut about 4,000 salaried workers in the first quarter of 2006 in addition to 2,750 workers this year. Over the past year, Ford’s pre-tax profits in North America have fallen from almost $1.8 billion in the first nine months of 2004 to a loss of nearly $2.2 billion for the same period in 2005. The Ford, Lincoln and Mercury share of the domestic market has dropped to 17.4 percent, compared with 25.6 percent in 1995. The plan calls for closing at least 10 assembly and component plants over the next five years. Sources familiar with the plan’s details said the decision about which plants to close has not been finalized, adding that Ford may only announce a few specific plant closures in January. Those are likely to include Ford’s assembly plants in St. Paul, Minn., and St. Louis, Mo. The St. Louis plant’s prospects have been hurt by a dramatic decline in demand for Ford’s once best-selling Ford Explorer SUV. The St. Paul factory produces the Ford Ranger pickup, which has not been redesigned in several years. The fate of Ford’s Wixom plant, which has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, is still up in the air, as is that of Ford’s Atlanta assembly facility. Ford is likely to hold off on naming all the plants slated for closure. The company is already negotiating with state and local authorities around the country, and the outcome of those talks could go a long way toward determining which plants stay open and which ones close. However, Ford also wants to keep its options open in order to adjust to changing market conditions. While Ford may not specify all of the plants it intends to close, it will estimate the amount of production capacity it plans to eliminate. Its goal is to boost capacity utilization to at least 95 percent. Global Insight Inc. estimates that Ford’s North American factories are currently running at 72 percent capacity. Anything less than 90 percent is generally considered to be operating at a loss. United Auto Workers Vice President Gerald Bantom said Tuesday that the details of Ford’s restructuring plan will be released Jan. 23, but said he did not know the extent of Ford’s planned cuts. “We’re hoping that nothing happens,” said Bantom, who heads the UAW’s Ford bargaining unit. “But we know that’s not going to happen.” Ford is already in negotiations with the UAW and hopes to receive concessions on health care costs similar to those the union recently negotiated with General Motors Corp. Ford hopes a deal will be ratified by union members by the end of the year or early next year. In a recent interview with the Detroit News, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said he has had several meetings with Fields since he took over as head of Ford’s Americas division in October and feels comfortable working with him. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Gettelfinger said the UAW has hired an outside firm to review Ford’s finances. “We’re still in the process of analyzing the data,” the union leader said. The restructuring announcement will come on the heels of a series of new product and brand revelations at both the Los Angeles and Detroit auto shows. The timing is designed to demonstrate that Ford’s “way forward” plan is about not only closing plants and cutting jobs, but also expanding the company into new markets. On Jan. 4, Fields will outline Ford’s new brand strategy in his keynote address at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. While the details are still being worked out, Fields is expected to outline a comprehensive strategy to attract young buyers to the Ford brand. “Ford definitely needs a youth a strategy,” said Jim Sanfilippo, an analyst with AMCI Inc. in Detroit. “Ford can’t continue to operate without more volume at the low end of the market.”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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In meetings today and Thursday, Mark Fields, Ford’s new president of the America’s division, will walk board members through the fine points, including budget projections for 2006 and 2007, capital expenditure requests and other details. He also will present his blueprint for revitalizing the Ford, Mercury and Lincoln brands, which includes a new strategy to attract young buyers for the Blue Oval brand. “That scale of action by Ford would be perceived as a very aggressive right-sizing move and would go a long way toward Ford getting its cost structure back in line with its much-diminished market share,” said Glenn Reynolds, an analyst with Credit Sights, a New York-based research firm. Ford would not comment on its plans. “Our work continues,” said spokesman Oscar Suris. “These plans will be final when they’re ready to be shared publicly.” Ford’s upcoming turnaround plan appears to be more far-reaching than the one Bill Ford launched after he became CEO four years ago. That plan called for 20,000 job cuts in North America, several plant closures and the elimination of unprofitable vehicles. At the time, Bill Ford set the goal of making $7 billion in pre-tax profit by the middle of the decade. Ford has since abandoned that goal. Ford is likely to make about $2.5 billion this year after taxes, but has struggled with falling sales and deep losses in North America. last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders beat Browns in OT thriller

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look for their first win this season as Baker Mayfield and the Browns come to town.The Heisman Trophy winner Mayfield will make his first NFL start after coming off the bench to lead the Browns to their first victory in 635 days — a 21-17 victory over the Jets last Thursday.The Browns’ winning drought has nothing on Raiders coach Jon …last_img read more

Paint your wall with vibrant shades this monsoon

first_imgLatika KhoslaThe monsoon is a multi-sensory cultural phenomenon. Even before the first drops of rain strike terra firma, the plant kingdom is pregnant with the promise of new life. But our homes don’t take to rain as well as we do, so it’s best to prepare our interiors for the,Latika KhoslaThe monsoon is a multi-sensory cultural phenomenon. Even before the first drops of rain strike terra firma, the plant kingdom is pregnant with the promise of new life. But our homes don’t take to rain as well as we do, so it’s best to prepare our interiors for the monsoon. Black and grey chiaroscuro colour schemes have been a favourite in edgy urban dwellings for some time now. Shades like ochre and lemon yellow are scaling popularity charts and are likely to carry forward to the next seasonCurrent interior decor trends point to a strong bias towards neutralhued spaces punctuated with stunning pieces. Yellow-green shades set against grey backgrounds have become an acceptable as well as safe combination for accessories. You can spice things up further by introducing textural contrast in accent pieces. It’s a great idea to place rough grey concrete against felt; gloss against glass; papier mache against the patina of metal or patchwork against pleating and come up with fantastic pairings.Other popular colours for soft furnishings are slushy mango and saffron”Water has unfailingly played the prima donna in an annual ballet cued by nature,” says poet Soni Somarajan. But as much as we welcome the rains, once we are in the midst of the full-blown deluge, we long for a hint of colour in our interiors.Just when the drab and listless landscape becomes a reality, interiors need to be transformed with a glowing colour palette. The season calls for vibrant interiors primarily because the outdoors are often held captive by sudden showers. Rich teal-blue tints in furniture and accessories will help you soak up the flavours of the monsoonAs a result, we are forced to stay indoors for long spells. To escape the dampness, snuggle into crisp fresh linen flaunting a mixture of verdant and light tones.Also, we are now entering a decade when the colour yellow will influence us for a long time. Shades like ochre, amber, sepia and russet are a great way to perk up your home when it’s pouring outside. Also, these shades are scaling the popularity charts and are likely to be carried forward to the next season.Accessories need to sport vibrant tonesMonsoon is also loved for its delightful fragrances and diffused light. The fantastic play of colours in nature adds to the season’s visual appeal. The ominous, grey clouds; glossy green leaves; a gentle hiss of indigo rain; deafening cobalt thunder and the drama of purple lightning flashes create a fresh colour palette for you to revel in.Taking a cue from this shade card, design a cocooned space at home. Rich teal blue and mauve accents in both textiles and furniture will help you soak up the flavours of the rain. advertisementSplashes of toxic yellow creates effervescent interiors when it pours outsideEnlivened by light-toned woods and flashes of fiery red and yellow upholstery, your interiors will keep the monsoon blues at bay. Also, these warm colours tend to make a space appear clutter-free and impart a stream-lined look. In addition, they contrast sharply with the grey tints dominating the skyline.Monsoon is truly a season of contemplation. Vibrant linen, furniture crafted from light-coloured wood and cheerful accessories act as the perfect foil to tide over rough weather.last_img read more