first_img SS Amanda Gianelloni4 Nicholls Sr. Napoleonville, La. 2019 All-Southland Conference Softball Teams First Team OF Kaylee Lopez McNeese Fr. Indian Bayou, La. 3B Caitlin Garcia Nicholls So. Spring, Texas P Ashley Kriesel Stephen F. Austin Jr. Houston, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Lindsey McLeod is the 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.In her final season with the Bearkats, McLeod continues to build upon an already impressive senior campaign. In addition to her Player of the Year award, the Austin, Texas, native was named Southland Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection. McLeod’s all-conference nod marks the second of her career and comes after pushing her Sam Houston State squad to a regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in the 2019 Southland Softball Tournament. The senior has created quite the resumé throughout the 2019 season, ranking 14th nationally for hits allowed per seven innings (3.98). She has retired 231 batters while posting a 1.65 ERA and an 18-8 record. McLeod’s nine shutout victories rank 13th in the nation and are accompanied by four saves.Joining McLeod among individual superlative winners is Bearkat head coach Garrett Valis, who led his Sam Houston State squad to a 22-5 conference record. Valis was named Coach of the Year after claiming the regular-season championship in just his first season at the helm for the Bearkats.Stephen F. Austin’s Margarita Corona was named Hitter of the Year after charging the Ladyjacks’ offense with 12 home runs on 61 hits and a .384 batting average. Corona also accounted for a .673 slugging percentage on 53 starts and appearances. Fellow Ladyjack Kassidy Wilbur earned the league’s Freshman of the Year award, doing so in convincing fashion. In just her first collegiate season, Wilbur has retired 240 batters over 205 innings for a scorching 1.81 ERA. The freshman has registered five shutout victories to go along with a 19-13 record. Corona was voted a First Team All-Conference selection, while Wilbur found her way onto the second-team roster. Both Corona and Wilbur are making their first career-appearances on the All-Southland teams.Lamar’s Jade Lewis is the Southland’s Newcomer of the Year after joining the Cardinals leading her team with a .312 batting average. Lewis has registered 15 extra-base hits and 22 RBI, boosting Lamar to a 14-13 conference record. The junior has compiled 54 starts on 56 appearances while leading her team with 49 hits.  Lewis was awarded a spot on the All-Southland First Team as the designated player.The 2019 Southland Conference Softball Tournament begins Tuesday, May 7 at Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches, La. First-round matchups will feature the tournament’s bottom four seeds playing in a single-elimination game. Following the two opening-round matchups, the tournament will then shift to a double-elimination bracket. No. 3 McNeese and No. 4 Stephen F. Austin await the round-one winners. No. 1 Sam Houston State and No. 2 Nicholls have a double-round bye and await the winners of games three and game four.Leading off the tournament is a matchup between the tournament’s No. 5-seeded Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8-seeded Central Arkansas. First pitch between the Bears and the Lady Lions is slated for 11 a.m. CT Tuesday morning, with the winner advancing to take on No. 4 Stephen F. Austin.Games 1-11 are slated to be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network, which is available via and on Southland Conference apps. Tony Taglavore, Jason Pugh and Patrick Netherton will share play-by-play duties.Coverage transitions to the ESPN family of networks for the championship round. Game 12 is scheduled to receive national television coverage on ESPNU, in addition to streaming availability on and ESPN apps. Four-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year Lyn Rollins and two-time NFCA All-American Tori Vidales will call the action for the title stage. Coverage for Game 13 (if necessary) will shift to ESPN3, online-only through and ESPN apps. OF Linsey Tomlinson Abilene Christian Jr. Huffman, Texas C Kali Clement2 Nicholls Sr. Thibodaux, La. Individual AwardsPlayer of the Year: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston StateHitter of the Year: Margarita Corona, Stephen F. AustinPitcher of the Year: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Kassidy Wilbur, Stephen F. AustinNewcomer of the Year: Jade Lewis, LamarCoach of the Year: Garrett Valis, Sam Houston State OF Madisen Blackford Southeastern Louisiana So. Des Moines, Iowa P Alley McDonald Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Whitehouse, Tenn. OF Justyce McClain4 McNeese Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. Third Team 3B Mima Doucet Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Lafayette, La. OF Shannon Klaus Lamar Jr. Cedar Creek, Texas 1B Margarita Corona Stephen F. Austin Sr. Tucson, Ariz. UT Morgan Felts2 Central Arkansas Sr. Conway, Ark. 2B Libby Morris2 Central Arkansas Sr. Grove, Okla. SS Tiffany Thompson2 Sam Houston State Jr. Montgomery, Texas 2B Bryana Novegil Stephen F. Austin So. Houston, Texas C Aubree Turbeville McNeese Sr. Mesquite, Texas 3B Cylla Hill Central Arkansas Jr. Henryetta, Okla. Honorable Mention – Catcher: Shaina Amir, Lamar. First Base: Rebecca Skains, Southeastern Louisiana. Second Base: Jaquelyn Ramon, Southeastern Louisiana. Third Base: Kyndal Kutac, Sam Houston State. Shortstop: Demi Janak, Houston Baptist; Lindsey Rizzo, Southeastern Louisiana. Outfield: Blair Clayton, Abilene Christian; Sheridan Fisher, Sam Houston State; Toni Perrin, McNeese. Pitcher: Saleen Flores, McNeese; Rio Sanchez, Central Arkansas. DP Taylar Fuselier Sam Houston State R-Jr. Magnolia, Texas OF Elise Vincent Northwestern State Jr. Maurice, La. OF Kayla Crutchmer Central Arkansas Jr. Tulsa, Okla. OF Kasey Frederick3 Nicholls Sr. Bridge City, Texas OF Megan McDonald Sam Houston State Jr. Georgetown, Texas 2B Cayla Jones2 Northwestern State So. Missouri City, Texas C Ella Manzer Southeastern Louisiana So. Alexandria, La. 1B Samantha Dares Nicholls Jr. Metairie, La. UT E.C. Delafield Northwestern State So. Stonewall, La. 2 Two-time all-conference selection3 Three-time all-conference selection4 Four-time all-conference selection P Megan Landry3 Nicholls Sr. Pierre Part, La. 1B Kaylyn Shepherd2 Central Arkansas Jr. Mechanicsville, Va. SS Cori McCrary McNeese R-Jr. McCarley, Miss. DP Jade Lewis Lamar Jr. Mont Belvieu, Texas P Alexsandra Flores McNeese Jr. Lufkin, Texas 2B Brooke Malia Sam Houston State So. Houston, Texas P Kassidy Wilbur Stephen F. Austin Fr. Bridge City, Texas DP Samantha Bradley Abilene Christian So. Azle, Texas P Lindsey McLeod2 Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas Pos. Name University Class Hometown UT Sammi Thomas Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Fr. Buford, Ga. Second Team NOTE: Tie in voting created need for additional pitcher on 2nd team, additional 2nd baseman on 3rd team.last_img read more

first_img Recommended body composition is a primary objective in achieving overall physical fitness and enhanced quality of life. Individuals at recommended body weight are able to participate in a wide variety of moderate to vigorous activities without functional limitations. These people have the freedom to enjoy most of life’s recreational activities to their fullest potential. Excessive body weight does not afford an individual the fitness level to enjoy vigorous lifetime sport activities. Maintaining high fitness levels and recommended body weight gives a person a degree of independence throughout life that most people no longer enjoy. Many people want to lose weight so they would look better. The problem, however, is that they have a distorted image of what they would really look like if they were reduced to what they think is their ideal weight. Heredity factors play a big role and only a small fraction of the population has the genes for a ‘perfect body’. When people set their own target weight, they should be realistic. Attaining the ‘excellent’ percentage of body fat is extremely difficult for some and even more difficult to maintain unless the person makes a commitment to a lifetime exercise programme and dietary changes. Few people are willing to do that. A question you should ask yourself is: Am I happy with my weight? Part of enjoying a better quality of life is being happy with you. If you are not, you either need to do something about it or learn to live with it. If your body fat is higher than moderate, you should try to come down and stay in this moderate weight category, for health reasons. This category does not seem to be detrimental to health. If you are in a moderate category and you want to reduce further, move to implement the lifetime changes that are required. Please bear in mind that yo-yo dieting carries as great a health risk as being overweight. Epidemiological data show that frequent fluctuations in weight increase the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. – Send queries and questions to spending money for weight loss People spend a lot of money yearly attempting to lose weight. Some of this money goes to membership in weight-reduction centres and some on diet foods. Furthermore, there is also the cost attributed to treating obesity-related diseases. Overweight and obesity have been associated with several serious health problems and are the second leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 15-20 per cent of the annual mortality rate. Evidence indicates that health risks associated with increased body weight starts at a BMI over 25 and are greatly enhanced at a BMI over 30. Obesity is a risk factor for hypertension, congestive heart failure, high blood lipids, atherosclerosis, stroke, varicose veins, type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, respiratory problems, intervertebral discs problems, etc. Furthermore, it is implicated in psychological maladjustment and a higher accident rate. Extremely obese people have the worst mental-health-related quality of life. Two terms commonly used to describe the condition of weighing more than recommended are overweight and obesity. Overweight and obesity are not the same thing. Obesity has been defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Many overweight people are not obese. A few pounds of excess weight might not be harmful to most people, but this is not always the case. People with excessive body fat who have diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors benefit from weight loss. People who have a few extra pounds of weight, but who are otherwise healthy and physically active, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet might not be at risk. Obesity is a health hazard of epidemic proportions in most developed countries around the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 35 per cent of the adult population in industrialised nations is obese. Most of the blame for the alarming increase in obesity lies in the amount of food that we eat and our lack of physical activity. Further, as the nation continues to evolve into a more mechanised and automated society (relying on escalators, elevators, remote controls, computers, electronic mail, cell phones, automatic-sensor doors, etc), the amount of required daily physical activity continues to decrease. We are being lulled into a high-risk, sedentary lifestyle. Tolerable weightlast_img read more

first_imgAs the fight to contain the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) intensifies across the country, an American-based charitable organization has returned to the country with a ‘new method’ to fight the outbreak.The national vice president of Operation Blessing International (OBI), David Darg, who made the disclosure yesterday at a press conference in Monrovia, said the organization returned with a formula to add salt to water with an available energy source (electricity), based on a specific measurement of a drum of water to produce chlorinated water to save the lives of Ebola-afflicted people. This method, he said, was a “very effective weapon” against the Ebola virus. Mr. Darg said the ‘new method’ introduced states that salt added to water through the provision of electricity in a drum of water was enough to mass produce gallons of water that will be chlorinated to serve as life-saving intervention in the fight against the EVD. The mass production of the gallons of chlorinated water, he said, will be mainly distributed in non-Ebola affected communities, which the residents will use for hand washing as part of the preventive measures. OBI is a nonprofit humanitarian organization which started operating in Liberia in 2006.  OBI returned a couple of weeks ago in response to the Ebola crisis, but with a focus to shift the fight from donating anti-Ebola materials to equipping affected communities as well as health caregivers.“Every day, OBI teams are working to alleviate suffering, save lives, help the poor, and bring hope to people all over the world. “The entity, although based in the United States of America (USA), is fully dedicated to demonstrating God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering around the world, of  which Liberia is of no exception,” Mr. Darg said, As one of the largest charities in America, OBI provides strategic relief in 23 countries on a daily basis through core programs such as disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, clean water and sanitation as well as community development. To sustain the production exercise locally, OBI national director, Rev. Emery David,  said apart from bringing into the country quantities of medical supplies, including personal protective equipments (PPE), doctors and or nurses’ suits and patient care clothing, the entity has trained several other Liberians in various methods that will eliminate Ebola from the country. “Training of Liberians is essential because they would work with the locals to transmit messages, awareness and sensitization to prevent the EVD.”The water, too, he said, will subsequently be distributed among church leaders who have formed a network to prevent Ebola from the various communities.These hospital supplies and the chlorinated gallons of water, Rev. David believes, will be well coordinated with religious leaders across the country so that they will reach all communities “free-of-charge.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – “Findley’s move is a testament that… CDC is the best option,” Says WeahMontserrado County Senator George Weah yesterday formally welcomed Grand Bassa County former Senator Gbehzongar Findley to the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) just days after Findley resigned from the Unity Party. “I would like to officially welcome former Senate Pro-Temp Gbehzongar Milton Findley to the CDC,” Weah posted on his Facebook page. “Findley is an astute leader with an impeccable record of service to our noble country. He has contributed immensely to the governance process of our country and I believe he will be a great asset to our movement.He continued: “Findley’s move to our political institution is a testament that Liberians from all sectors of our society are yearning for change and see the CDC as the best political institution and only option to effectively bring about the change that Liberians truly desire.“As he officially joins our movement for change today, I have no doubt in his ability to work assiduously and passionately to ensure that we realize our quest for a prosperous Liberia. I ask that you all embrace him with opened arms and join me in giving him a rousing welcome to our great institution, CDC—the party of the people and for the people,” the CDC standard bearer said.Just days before crossing over to the CDC, Findley, a former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, resigned from the governing Unity Party, citing incompatibility in political ideology with the party.The three parties making up the CDC are the National Patriotic Party, the Congress for Democratic Change and the Liberia People Democratic Party of former House Speaker, Alex Tyler.Prior to his resignation from the UP on August 4, Findley was regarded as the strongest face of the party in Grand Bassa County. Findley resigned, declaring that he and the UP no longer shared common political interests.In his response, Findley said that it is high time political parties have plans to develop Liberia, and change the lives of the people they lead. “From today, I am going to meet with the CDC for consultation after which I will get back to you with a positive response,” he said, adding, “I want a ‘Change for Hope’ for my people. As a means of dong this, I have to listen to you my people, because you are ones that built my political career.”He called on his supporters to continue supporting him as he moves to his new political home.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Former President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton Findleylast_img read more

first_img… river pollution leads to rashes, diarrhoea… GGMC ignoring complaints since 2015By Shemuel FanfairWeeks after its devastating and far-reaching impacts on the environment were reported, pollution from mining practices in the Mazaruni region are still affecting many of the area’s inhabitants, despite many initiatives over the years to curb the scourge. It was on a fact-finding mission last month that the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) unearthed “a ruinous mess of tailings and devastation” along the Puruni River for miles.The community of Saxacalli, along the Essequibo River, remains threated by pollution from mining in inland communitiesHowever, the community of Saxacalli, along the Essequibo River, has been suffering silently from this same plight. Saxacalli is originally an Arawak community located on the left bank of the Essequibo River, some 25 miles from Parika, East Bank Essequibo.On Saturday when <<>> visited the small community, residents were up in arms about the fact that gold miners in several inland areas are disrupting their lives. So disrupted, that residents of the riverine community are to the point where children as well as adults have been suffering skin rashes and diarrhoea as a result of pollution to their main water source.Community Health Worker (CHW) and resident, Helen Williams, told this newspaper on Saturday that the polluted water is flowing down from upstream locations.“We depend on the rain water; the river water very nasty, that’s with the gold mining that’s going on… at Gold Creek and Tiger Creek,” she explained.This ongoing crisis has altered the very culture of the community, which traditionally saw inhabitants using the river water in nearly every aspect of their lives, including drinking, washing and cooking. But this has all changed as often times; patients are brought in with flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea and vomiting and skin rashes.“When the rain falls, it usually wash down through the creeks and then come out in the river and sometimes we find small children, even adults coming down with skin infections,” Williams also noted.The health worker further pointed out that often times, members of the community are compelled to purchase water when their rain water reserves become depleted. She said she spoke to officials who visited the community and that she made a complaint in 2015 to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), adding that she never received a response since that year.“The GGMC send up people to test the water but nothing else,” posited Williams, echoing the call for the relevant agency to look into the community’s concerns.She noted that medical supplies are stored right at the medical centre, which caters to the 101 residents in the peaceful community.In the Arawak language, the word Saxacalli means “Kingfisher” and the community was named after the many birds in the area. Legend holds that the area’s origin dates back to the early days of the Dutch presence on the Essequibo River. Anthropological studies suggest that Amerindians from the neighbouring Tiger, Groete and Bancari Creeks moved to Saxacalli, and the settlement was in existence since the days of the Dutch, during the late 1600s, with the community at that time serving as trading partners with the Dutch settlements from Fort Island and Kyk-Over-Al.Like Saxacalli, another Indigenous community facing its own share of challenges is Orealla. Residents there picketed the Skeldon Hospital on Friday, calling on the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Health services department to secure a doctor for the community.Located in the Corentyne River, the Amerindian community expressed grave frustration that they have had to cope without a medical doctor being deployed since November 2016. The protesters had made the arduous journey, some travelling some 50 miles to Skeldon on Friday to stage the picketing exercise, with the hopes that their voices are heard.last_img read more

first_imgMonday’s skatepark development meeting began with Morgan explaining that his company’s intention is to not only create a state-of-the-art skatepark, but also have the interactive, creative process provide “an opportunity that is signature to not only B.C., but to the rest of the world as well.”After the meeting, he said he was quite impressed with the large demographic of individuals who attended the meeting, something that will provide great help for creating a unique park.”There was a fantastic turnout, not only from the skateboarding and BMX community, but also city staff. Police showed up and some interested parents and other community members, so great turnout and really diverse, interesting feedback that will definitely result in a great park.”- Advertisement -Fort St. John’s newest athletic project has some funds to work with, as the project’s budget currently sits between $550,000 to $600,000.Morgan outlined that Monday’s meeting was Phase 1 of a four phase process necessary for the development of a skatepark unique to its location. The first phase was referred to as a concept design, which will be followed with detailed design, construction and finally, riding the park.The meeting then shifted to a presentation showing various parks created by Newline, a portion which excited the crowd in attendance, who were shown various features that could potentially be constructed at the Fort St. John park.Advertisement Pens were wildly scribbling as this portion progressed, with residents drawing up blueprints for various features that they would like to see at their park.Those ideas were presented back to Morgan following his presentation, as part of the interactive design process Newline Skateparks prides themselves on when constructing parks unique to their locations.He says lots of ideas were provided revolving around Fort St. John’s northern location, as well other aspects of industry the area is known for.”We were talking about some themes that we may want to reflect in the architecture that sort of tell the story of what makes the city of Fort St. John special and unique, and some great ideas came up. Some for the northern lights, maybe doing a reference to that through the art installations or the architecture and some of the energy, whether that be oil or some of the more progressive energy associated with the city. So, some great ideas.”Advertisement Along with the interactive meeting, Newline Skateparks has set up an online forum for anyone interested in contributing more ideas. Visit the company’s official website, register, then log into the Fort St. John forum, with the password: fsjsk8.Newline Skatepark will return in approximately 8 weeks to show some of their sketches and design ideas.last_img read more

first_imgIn May, “FUEL” received honours of Best Production, Best Director (Blair Scott), Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival. Next, the production will travel to Kamloops to compete in Mainstage, a provincial theatre competition, which takes place on July 2. Stage North will be performing its final showing of “FUEL”, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.    The show portrays one man’s battle with addiction and his struggles to get sober. What is unique about the production is that the show portrays the relationship between the addict and his addiction, through the perspective of the addiction, which is its own character within the play. However, the production company has issued a warning that the show may not be suitable for children as it contains adult language and themes.  – Advertisement –center_img Tickets for Friday night’s show are available at the Cultural Centre Box Office, one hour before the show begins. Tickets are $20. Friday evening is the last chance for Fort St. John residents to see an award-winning play.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champVendro’s group, Quartz Hill Cares, says the stores will bring more crime, traffic and pollution, pose a hazard to students at adjacent Quartz Hill High School and ruin the small-town rural atmosphere of the area, to which people moved to get away from suburban sprawl. “At the time when I bought my home here, people used to move here to get away from that kind of development,” said Richard Hecker, a 10-year Quartz Hill resident. “The thought of putting in these monstrous superstores and widening streets to four lanes and the traffic that’s going to come with it, it’s just a nightmare in my view. “And having it right across the street from one of the best high schools in the valley is just asinine.” Another Wal-Mart Supercenter, of which there are 31 in California and four in the Antelope Valley, is needed to serve a growing area, company spokesman Aaron Rios said. “We see a need to better serve our west Lancaster and Quartz Hill customers, who are having to go to Lancaster and Palmdale for services,” Rios said. LANCASTER – When Lancaster was recently named Los Angeles County’s most business-friendly city, Leanna Vendro didn’t celebrate. She’s part of a group of residents battling Lancaster’s plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a SuperTarget that would anchor two shopping centers across the street from a high school. “I took it with a grain of salt. It didn’t mean anything to me,” Vendro said. “The only people they are friendly with has been Wal-Mart, all the super big-box stores.” The projects at 60th Street West and Avenue L – one on 40 acres at the northwest corner and the other on 35 acres at the southeast corner – are on parcels annexed into Lancaster years ago but have some neighboring residents in the unincorporated community of Quartz Hill up in arms. Rios added that Wal-Mart has not yet begun outreach in the community, during which company representatives will answer questions and concerns. Wal-Mart officials say their store, which is several years away from being built, will bring more jobs, tax revenue, business for suppliers and support for community nonprofits. Opponents note the Antelope Valley doesn’t need more giant retailers, especially ones that would sell alcohol next to a school and become potential hangouts for truant teens. “Everybody in town is just furious about the Wal-Mart and the Target. Nobody wants Wal-Mart,” said Fred Frakes, owner of a gas station and drive-through dairy in the middle of Quartz Hill. The station’s sign a couple months ago said, “City of Lancaster and Wal-Mart Go Away.” “The traffic is just horrendous around the high school anyway, and now they want to put a Target and Wal-Mart?” Frakes said. The projects are being reviewed by the city staff, and draft environmental studies are being prepared. Antelope Valley Union High School District trustee Donita Winn said she is concerned about more traffic and the safety of students at the 3,000-plus-student campus. “Our kids are basically on foot. Quartz Hill is a walk-in school. I have concerns about students walking to school and the increased traffic,” Winn said. “I want to make sure the traffic flow is taken into consideration.” Other residents feel that a Wal-Mart will kill Quartz Hill’s downtown, mainly small shops and businesses clustered around 50th Street West and Avenue M. The town has about 10,000 residents. There are florists, beauty salons, auto shops, a hardware shop and a Grange hall along 50th Street West, the route of the annual Almond Blossom Festival Parade, which harkens back to a time decades ago when Quartz Hill had more than 2,000 acres of almond trees. “It will die within five years of Wal-Mart opening up,” said Loretta Berry, former president of the Quartz Hill Town Council. “There goes our downtown Quartz Hill.” 661-476-4586 Staff Writer160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgEY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist Ramona Nicholas is set to feature on a top business show and share an insight into her success.The Donegal native and joint MD of the Cara Pharmacy Group will be featured in episode 3 of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year on be3 tonight (Monday) at 8pm.Ramona was chosen as one of 24 finalists in the prestigious national business awards. She is a self-made, award winning, entrepreneur who is Joint MD of the Cara Group, which holds 13 pharmacies, two home stores and a thriving online store. The Group was formed with her husband in 2002, and over the last 15 years the group has grown organically, through acquisition to a turnover of over €25 million. They employ over 180, with their HQ based in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.Ramona NicholasA qualified Pharmacist, she is skilled in strategic planning, HR, aggressive purchasing methods, design management, accounting structures, and web development.Ramona is passionate about retail and brand management on the high street and through e-commerce; and about the growth of entrepreneurship in Ireland, especially female entrepreneurs and is a mentor to female start-ups.CSR is close to her heart and through the ‘Cara in the Community’ Initiative, they have raised over €150,000 for local and national charities, in particular the Cara 10 Challenge ( She believes that in order to receive, one must give back. She completed two series as a Dragon on the RTE Series ‘Dragons’ Den’ and was the only female and youngest person to complete the series ‘The Secret Millionaire’ in 2012, both experiences have created strong brand awareness for the company.#Ramona was selected as one of the ‘Top 24 Most Influential Women’ in Ireland in 2014. She resides on the coast of South Donegal with her husband Canice, son Alex (8) and daughter Sarah (1).Here’s a sneak preview of the show, make sure to tune in to be3 at 8pm to be inspired!Tune in to @be3Ireland Monday at 8pm to hear from @carapharmacy, @lmkeatingltd, @Nostra_Tech @MountCharles_ and @HeightForHire #EOY20years— EOY Ireland (@EOYIreland) October 6, 2017Leading Donegal entrepreneur to inspire on TV business series was last modified: October 9th, 2017 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:CARA PHARMACYRamona Nicholaslast_img read more

first_imgMy compliments to the Daily News on your banner story “Dumped on – again!” and your editorial “Trashing the Valley.” The City Council seems to be in denial that they have approved another five-year contract. The Browning-Ferris Industriesletter, with its requirement to approve first and negotiate later, was obviously engineered by someone in City Hall as a way to circumvent an open debate in public, and an up or down vote on all the options before them – not just BFI’s contract. I don’t believe that they had eight votes to approve it, and I am certainly sure they won’t have eight votes to rescind it. Great lobbying for BFI, Mayor Villariagosa. When you break a promise to the San Fernando Valley, you really do it in style. – Wayde Hunter Granada Hills Trash for cash Re: “Villaraigosa backs dump extension” (March 2): How does the city justify spending more on elephant exhibits while refusing to pay attention to the residents of Granada Hills who are begging the city to spend money to get their trash out of Sunshine Canyon? Does the city care more about elephants than they do asthmatic children in Granada Hills? If Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s bill gets passed, we’ve wasted millions on the zoo and again ignored the Valley residents. – Stacy Wallace Sherman Oaks LAPD radios Re: “Police Commission calls for new radios at LAPD” (March 1): Typical city of Los Angeles: Research it to see what they need and then look for a cheaper model. If they are true to form, they will place the order and sit on it for three to five years before taking delivery. By the time the officers get the new radios, they will be a cheap, antiquated radio that does not work properly. – Gary E. Skogen Littlerock Cardinal Mahony Re: “Mahony urges end to hostility to immigrants” (March 2): As a legal immigrant and as a Catholic, I can’t believe that Cardinal Roger Mahony would tell his congregation to break the laws of this country. Speaking from the pulpit, under color of authority at a Lenten Mass on Ash Wednesday, he called on Roman Catholics to “embrace” all immigrants, even if they are illegal. What part of illegal doesn’t he understand? It’s one thing to express his views in private to one of his pedophile buddies, but to say it from the pulpit as though it’s some sort of church position, that’s outrageous. – Robert Villar Sherman Oaks Warning tapes Re: “Videotape details Katrina warnings” (March 2): We learn from the videotape briefing given President George w. Bush on Aug. 28, the day before Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, that Bush and federal agencies where warned four days before the hurricane came ashore that the levees might not hold, putting the Superdome also at risk. Four days after Katrina hit, Bush said he was not aware of any of this, which was just another White House lie. Now we know that Michael Brown became the fall guy for Bush incompetence. Brown was the one sounding the alarm that went unheeded while Bush (the president that didn’t know he was turning American ports over to a Mideast nation until after the fact) vacationed in Texas and Utah. – Philip Wilt Van Nuys160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Now that the San Fernando Valley secession movement is safely in the past, and Antonio Villaraigosa securely in the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles is getting back to its real relationship with the Valley, which can be summed up as follows: “We’ll take your cash, you’ll take our trash.” – Richard Nonn Northridge Elephants preferred Re: “Bill says more trunk space for elephants” (March 1): The L.A. Zoo was going to spend $19 million for a new exhibit until the city administrative officer recommended that the city instead spend $33 million to give the elephants more space. last_img read more