FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

first_imgFINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.“The recent decisions of Mr Eduardo Paes are seriously damaging the image and value of FINA and its disciplines,” the letter states according to the AP.“This situation is in clear disrespect for the FINA requirements concerning aquatic venues, and will negatively affect the safety conditions and the level of performances of our athletes.”The report adds that four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov is quoted in the letter as saying that swimming conditions in Rio would be “a step back in relation to previous editions” of the Olympics.FINA’s unhappiness partly relates to a cut in spectator seats in the new design of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, which will now only seat up to 13,000 people instead of the 17,500 at the previous Olympics, which will have a substantial effect on finances through ticket sales.“Therefore, the main venue of the leading sport from the Olympic movement is diminished in terms of importance and value,” the letter states.“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”The letter also demands Rio do more thorough testing of the health issues at the open water venues at Copacabana beach and is critical of a decision not to put a roof on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which will hold diving, water polo and synchronized swimming in the open air.FINA’s criticisms have attracted support from Vladimir Salnikov, the influential head of Russia’s swimming federation.Russian agency R-Sport quotes him as saying: “These problems have to be solved on time” – adding that earlier recommendations from FINA “obviously haven’t been listened to.”last_img read more

Messam spot on for St George’s

first_imgLed by a second consecutive brace from Gregory Messam Jr, reigning ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup champions, St George’s College, eased to a 3-1 win over Excelsior High in a quarter-final match at the Constant Spring playfield, yesterday. St George’s bossed midfield play and kept Excelsior deep in their own half early in the match. Messam put his school ahead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after he was fouled while going past three Excelsior defenders. Excelsior improved after the half-time break and equalised when a defender put the ball in his own net. St George’s restored the lead from the penalty spot. This time Shevon Stewart was fouled in the 18-yard box and Messam dispatched a spot kick in the 59th minute. Alex Marshall then completed the scoring when he sent a low and firm shot which Excelsior goalkeeper Romario Palmer got a hand to but could only parry into his net. Marshall has now scored 13 goals this season while Messam has netted 10. St George’s assistant coach Marcel Gayle said: “It was unfortunate we conceded a goal, but we are happy to win and move forward. We are always looking to get better,” he said. Meanwhile, Excelsior’s assistant coach Karume Huie said his team lacked “concentration and clinical finishing”. “At this level you have to be on your best game,” he said.last_img read more

Simmons enjoying his first NBA All-Star weekend

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The 21-year-old Australian is competing in the Rising Stars game which features 20 of the league’s top first or second year players.Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. He is still considered a rookie because he sat out all last season with an injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSimmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.“I’m focused on my team making the playoffs,” he said. “So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job.”Asked if he watches Mitchell, Simmons said, “I’m not an individual type of guy. I watch team games.”He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team posts up on Kris Dunn #32 of Team USA during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPNBA rookie Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday night.“I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning,” said the Philadelphia 76ers player.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Watching the guys at the top, LeBron (James), (Russell) Westbrook, Giannis (Antetokounmpo), K.D. (Kevin Durant), Steph (Curry), guys like that, they motivate me,” he said.Simmons was born in Melbourne but grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where his father played and coached basketball.He has had good support from his family.“I’m grounded. I have a big family,” he said. “I’m the youngest of six, so they keep me grounded and let me know that I’m the youngest in the household.”He eventually hopes to move past the young stars game and play in the main all-star game on Sunday.“It’s really rare (for a rookie to make the All-Star Game). LeBron didn’t make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake (Griffin).“It’s obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn’t happen and we move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Player of the Week: Lassiter shoots SMB to 2-0 semis lead

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Lee catches fire as Magnolia torches NLEX to level semis series Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The hot-shooting swingman, who hit four 3-pointers, didn’t just provide the scoring for San Miguel as he also collected eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.“Every game is gonna be hard and we came out working extremely hard,” Lassiter, who was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, told reporters after Game 2. “We give credit to Ginebra for they played extremely well in the first half. A lot of guys stepped up for them and it took us a while to figure out what they’re doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just want to read the defense of Ginebra. I always want to play well and I want to continue to play team ball, just play our brand of San Miguel ball,” he said. “We know we have a great match over at June Mar (Fajardo) in the post so we want to continue attacking, and just play and keep being aggressive.”The 30-year-old also waxed hot in the semis opener with five triples en route to a 17-point outing, helping the Beermen take a 102-90 win despite having a quiet night from Fajardo. He also had five rebounds and five assists in that duel. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lassiter hopes to continue his impressive play throughout the series starting in Game 3 on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer gained a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra and Marcio Lassiter was definitely a big reason for it.Lassiter scattered 25 points, including his team’s last six points inside the final minute, to lift the Beermen over the Gin Kings, 104-102, in overtime of Game 2 on Sunday night. His tip-in off a miss by June Mar Fajardo with 3.2 seconds left won it for SMB.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

China-Liberia Relations in a New Era

first_imgOutgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said since he commenced his tour of duty in Liberia, the bilateral relationship between the two countries has steadily progressed, and has entered a new stage.Ambassador Jianhua: “I’m very proud to say that since I came here, significant progress has been made in the development of our friendship and cooperation. We have further proven ourselves as steadfast and reliable partners bilaterally and internationally. As a result, the relationship between our two countries has entered a new period.”The outgoing Chinese Ambassador spoke on Tuesday, December 3, at a farewell reception held in honor of him at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia. He said Chinese grants to Liberia improve steadily under his tenure.He indicated that politically, the two countries have strengthened mutual trust and the Liberian government is firmly adhering to the One China policy, while at the same time, the Chinese government is firmly supporting Liberia’s peace and stability.He indicated: “Two years and eight months have passed since I came as Chinese Ambassador to Liberia in April 2011. During my tour of duty, I have received generous and valuable support and assistance from the Government of Liberia, the Liberian people, and from diplomatic corps and international organizations, to whom I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude.“The two countries have maintained the momentum of high level visits and frequent exchanges. Since 2003, China has been supporting the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) with the presence of its troops in the country and other technical support,” he said.Economically, Amb. Jianhua noted that the two countries are becoming more closely connected. “The volume of trade between Liberia and China has been among the top five among Western and Central African countries in the past several years. As Liberia is becoming more attractive, more Chinese entrepreneurs are coming to do business and invest in Liberia,” he explained.However, both countries are simultaneously working on four cardinal projects expected to positively improve the conditions of Liberians, especially the young people, and as well cement the relationship between both countries. The projects are the Ministerial Complex, two Legislative Annexes, the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex renovation and the expansion of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).Ambassador Jianhua said that to finance these projects, grants from the Chinese government will amount to over US$100 million. He said that these projects are taking place in the country through the initiative of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Madam President, it is you who initiated these big projects for the Liberian government and people, both countries need to work even harder to make sure that these projects will be completed and handed over to you. In addition to these big projects, the Chinese government has been financing some technical projects as well,” the Ambassador declared.He furthered, “Under your leadership Madam President, Liberia has come a long way. Over the past 10 years, through the relentless efforts of the Liberian government and people, and with the help of the international community, Liberia has maintained peace and stability. It has also made tremendous economic and social progress. I’m fortunate to have witnessed the great achievements Liberia has made on the path of development and transformation.”Making statement, President Sirleaf said Liberia was fortunate several years ago to re-activate its diplomatic relationship with the People’s Republic of China; a relationship Liberia has benefited and continues to benefit from tremendously.She said that Ambassador Jianhua was very instrumental in ensuring that the major projects that China is undertaking in Liberia are approved and funded by his government. She lauded the outgoing Chinese Ambassador for his tireless efforts in contributing to the reconstruction and transformation of the country.President Sirleaf noted that China has been very instrumental in helping Liberia recover from its brain-drain resulting from the civil crisis. China has provided numerous scholarships to young Liberian professionals, some of whom are contributing meaningfully to the country.Meanwhile, several government officials including Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, and several members of the Cabinet and members of the diplomatic corps were in attendance at the farewell reception.The doyen (most senior man in the group) of the diplomatic corps, Guinean Ambassador, Abdullah Dore, US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, and several other ambassadors were present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boakai Gives L$1.9m to County Sports Teams

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakia has donated L$132,000 to each of the 15 counties, totaling L$1,980,000, in appreciation for their participation in the 2015/2016 County Meet.The donation was done on Friday, January 23, in the offices of the vice president on Capitol Hill.The vice president’s donation was owing to the “level of sportsmanship showed by counties” during the preliminary and finals of the Meet.For instance, during the preliminary, Grand Cape Mount County almost boycotted the game owing to an alleged complaint from the match official and Gbarpolu dropped their protest against Lofa for fielding an alleged foreigner.In Monrovia, Nimba County nearly went back to the mountains and hang their jerseys in the kickball version owing to their dissatisfaction over the Appeal Board ruling upholding the result between Nimba vs Bassa; and Lofa County dropped the protest against Montserrado County for allegedly fielding more than three players from a 3rd division team.In a brief but heartfelt statement in expressing his appreciation Vice President Boakai said the funds was in fulfillment of his promise during the quarterfinals of the football and kickball categories in Monrovia.Vice President Boakai stated that the “love of county” and the “oneness in spirit” showed that the country is moving forward. He added that the County Meet produces “good quality players” and if players who played for Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the 2012 finals were kept they would have represented the country in international tournaments.An ardent fan of Arsenal, Vice President Boakai also said there are also some quality players from the just ended Meet.Earlier, outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe thanked the vice president for his continued support to the Ministry and the county teams.Bomi County Sports Coordinator, Rev. Stephen C. Kollie said “Vice President Boakai has filled our mouths with laughter” because of the donation.On behalf of the Counties Rev. Kollie described the donation as a “worthy cause” and said the vice president helped them during the County Meet.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said besides uniting Liberians through sports, the games also provide temporary employment for the youthful players and technicians and develop sports infrastructure across the country with funding from the government.He indicated that since 2006, the annual event has been decentralized and combined with other sports disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LCPS Graduates 17 ‘Specialized Doctors’

first_imgDr. Ross Jallah Macauley, LCPS’ past treasurer and former Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn were part of Friday’s ceremonies. The Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) on Friday July 19, 2019, graduated 17 ‘specialized doctors at a colorful ceremony hosted in the auditorium of the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville City.The LCPS’ third convocation ceremony coincided with its fourth annual general and scientific meeting, which was held under the theme, “Good Governance in the Medical Profession,” with the sub-theme, “Medical Doctors as Exemplars of Good Leadership.”The LCPS is a professional institution established by law in 2012, and officially launched in 2013 to train medical specialists to provide a high level of healthcare to patients.The graduates were trained as specialists in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics (children), General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology (women). By that, authorities at the Ministry of Health are expected to assign each of the doctors to the various health facilities across the country.The LCPS newly admitted members by examinations in the department of Internal Medicine include Drs. Cozie Gwailolo, Tabehde Freeman Murray, Kolu Beyan Davies and Varbah Paye. The two admitted into the department of Pediatrics (children) are Drs. Yuah A. Nemah and Minnie Sankawulo-Ricks; department of General Surgery are Drs. Kalamon Wullie, Jonathan M. Hart, Albertha Clarke, Joseph K. Wehyee and Wilmot Frank, while in the department of Obstetrics//Gynecology includes Drs. Deazee M. Saywon, Numenine E. Endersks, Momolu Massaley, Ansumana Camara and Kortu D. Sannor.A cross-section of the newly admitted specialized doctors.LCPS vice president for Physicians Dr. Benjamin Harris said two additional faculties, including the one for internal medicine with the collaboration of the ELWA Hospital, and the another for ophthalmology (eye) in collaboration with an eye institute in India in the last two years.“Since the inception of the College, we have so far inducted into our membership 47 individuals,” Dr. Harris told the elated audience.“Today, we are pleased to inform you that we are again certificating as specialists into our four core faculty of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology,” he added.According to Dr. Harris, the current number of physicians in the country is 1, 505, “far below the recommended ratio of 1 physician per 1000 population set by WHO.”“Only about eight percent of doctors practicing in the country have had formal training; there existed no specialty training. Those who sought further training did so in foreign countries and most did not return, but in 2012, prior to the establishment of the LCPS, there were only 144 Liberian doctors practicing in the country, and only 15 had received specialist training,” recalls Dr. Harris.He said the need for postgraduate training could not therefore be overemphasized.The Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina S. Jallah, appealed to the newly inducted ‘specialized doctors’ to accept and embrace whatever areas of their assignments from the ministry would be. Minister Jallah’s called to the doctors comes in the midst of challenges confronting the country’s health sector.“We know there are challenges, there will be sometimes the lack of water supply; there will be lack of electricity and sometimes in adequate housing facilities. And I know that the money you will be paid might not be the money you are expecting as a specialized doctor, but please, accept the those conditions so that we move the country forward,” Dr. Jallah told the graduates.She said the ministry is charged with the responsibility of placing these specialists at the various facilities across the country where they will be starting their medical career.Madam Mawine D. Diggs, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Administration, encouraged the graduates to focus on trust and excellence.Madam Diggs emphasized the need to prioritize good governance across all sectors of the country using the best international business model.“In almost every sector of the society, whether health, education or any non-governmental institution, there is a need to approach governance to the business model that assumes accountability, respect and responsibility,” She said.Madam Diggs continued, “If we cannot be accountable for our actions; if we cannot demonstrate respect for our peers, and those we choose and decided to serve; and if we cannot show that we are prepared, all the dividends we have accrued will not benefit our society.”She praised the graduates for the time and efforts in the medical school, but cautioned them to be mindful of the greater praises they would receive from their patients, noting that being a ‘specialized doctor’ comes with some responsibilities, as such they must show respect and be accountable to society.Dr. John Nkrumah Mills, president of the Ghanaian College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS), who honored the LCPS’s invitation to attend the 4th Annual General and Scientific Meeting and 3rd Convocation ceremony, urged the leadership of the LCPS to continue the efforts in training more specialized doctors to help the society.To the graduates, Dr. Mills added, “To whom much is given, much is expected, therefore, colleagues of the graduates and the society expect more of them, and that they must remain committed to medical profession and their responsibility to save lives.He then expressed the hope that their addition in the health sector as young, but well trained and specialized doctors will bring improvement in the Liberian health sector.According to Dr. Mills, since the GCPS was established, 45 physicians have received specialist training, and have been awarded membership into the four core faculties of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgeons and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ghana. “They are so well, like you too will do so well in your respective areas of assignments, he told to the graduates to the delight of their parents and well-wishers who graced the occasion in their numbers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I really believe I owe my life to skateboarding’

first_imgBut she stopped skateboarding when she started competitive running and went away to Kansas State University on an athletic scholarship. Through the years, she watched as skateboarding changed from a mellow pastime associated with surfing to the edgy suburban activity it is today. When her son was 6 months old and she turned 35, her husband bought her a skateboard for her birthday. A journalist, Odanaka used her experience with skateboarding and her son to write a children’s book called “Skateboard Mom.” “My book came out on Mother’s Day of 2004, and I decided to have a skate party to launch my book. Nineteen moms showed up. I started getting e-mail from moms around the country, women who would say, `I can’t believe I’m not the only mom (who likes skateboarding).”‘ Tamara Mordue, 34, of Canoga Park knows Foster from the Skatelab indoor skate park in Simi Valley, where they both go regularly. She’s also skating at the Skate-O-Rama. She started skateboarding because her 14-year-old son got into it and she was looking for things they could do together. Her son likes to skate with her – when his friends aren’t around. “It’s a bonding thing with us,” she said. “But he gets a little embarrassed when his friends flirt with me.” She, Odanaka and Foster said they get mixed reactions from teenage boys who see them at skateboard parks. “For the most part we get looks, especially from the teenage boys, like, `Hey, I came here to get away from my parents,”‘ Odanaka said. “We give them their space. I’ve had many young boys come up to me and say, `I wish my mom was a skateboard mom.”‘ Foster said she has grown to love skateboarding so much she goes out five days a week, frequently to the Pedlow skateboard park at Victory Boulevard and Louise Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. “I think I shamed them into skating,” she said of her 10-year-old son and daughters, who are 12, 14 and 21. “Now they think it is cool.” “A lot of kids come up to me and ask, `How old are you?”‘ she said. “I’ve actually never met a nicer bunch of people than skateboarders.” (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If somebody told me I would be skateboarding when I was 50, I would have told them they were insane,” she said. “I lost 70 pounds, and I’m healthier now than before I had the transplant. I can’t attribute it to anything else but my skateboard.” Today, the Simi Valley woman plans to celebrate Mother’s Day by going to Orange County to participate in the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama. The event at the Laguna Niguel skate park is expected to draw about 50 women from around the nation who are members of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms, the event’s sponsor. “I really believe I owe my life to skateboarding,” she said. Barb Ludovise Odanaka is the founder of the International Society of Skateboarding Moms, which she said involves about 400 women skateboarders across the nation and in some foreign countries. “I surfed as a kid and got my first skateboard when I was 10,” said Odanaka, who grew up in Panorama City and Newport Beach and was good enough to get on an amateur skateboard team. SIMI VALLEY In 1993, Maureen Foster had just undergone a liver transplant because of autoimmune hepatitis. Her condition made it difficult for the sedentary mother of four to stay physically active, so she mostly drew pictures and played the guitar. Bowling was the closest she came to athletics. Skateboarding was the furthest thing from her mind. Then she started fooling around on her husband’s skateboard to stay active. Because she took a liking to it, he bought her one for her birthday. last_img

We can win it! Chelsea boss optimistic about Premier League title shot

first_img Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is determined to move on from Chelsea’s Champions League exit and focus on the Premier League title push.The Blues, who exited the last 16 to Paris Saint-Germain on away goals on Wednesday, are five points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand.Mourinho’s men have 11 games to play, beginning with Sunday’s match at home to Southampton.“We have 11 matches to play in the Premier League. We want to be champions, to win the Premier League, but also to be back in the Champions League, to be head of group,” said Mourinho.“We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic.“You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself.” 1last_img


first_imgThe McGarvey brothers are obvioulsy doing something ‘write’ when it comes to their business.The young brothers, Ronan (13) and Conor (10) from Loughanure, couldn’t keep up with orders for the Christmas market.Now the directors of Donegal Pens say they are so busy, they are going to have to move to a bigger premises – in their back garden. The two boys from the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht, currently operate out of their garden shed which measures just 16 feet by eight feet.But now dad Eoin is planning to get them a bigger shed as their business empire expands.“They literally couldn’t keep up with the orders before Christmas. It was great to see them so busy.“It’s got so cramped in the shed that they have to store the pen boxes in the house and their mammy isn’t too happy with that. “We’re going to have to have a look at getting a bigger shed the way things are going,” said the proud dad.The lads started the business almost two years ago and the orders have been coming in from around the world ever since.Ronan and Conor, who are official members of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild, first got the idea when they attended a craft fair in Antrim in July 2009 and saw a demonstration in woodturning by Co Down man Geoff Tulip.Among those who are now the proud owners of Donegal Pens include Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern and Daniel O’Donnell.The famous Donegal singer has even included a link to the lad’s company on his official website. Before Christmas the lads couldn’t keep up with orders which came in from around the globe including New Zealand, America and across Europe.“We never thought it would get this big,” said Ronan.“We really enjoy doing it and we spend as much as we can in the shed coming up with new ideas and new designs,” he said.The boys are always on the look-out for old Bog Oak in Donegal and also buy much of the wood for the pens on eBay. They receive about 95% of their orders through their website and are currently working on new designs including fountain and mechanical pens.EndsDONEGAL BROTHERS DOING THE ‘WRITE’ THING! was last modified: January 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:loughanure donegal pens McGarveylast_img read more