Hotel sector continues to improve in the North West

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest A new survey shows a continued improvement in the fortunes of the Irish hotel sector in the Northwest and across the country.Hotels in the Western Seaboard area which includes hotels from Donegal enjoyed occupancy rates of 65.2% in 2014, up from 63.9% on the previous year.The average room rate in 2014 was €67.50 up from €64.51 in 2013.The survey was conducted by Crowe Horwath – Spokesperson Aiden Murphy agrees with concerns expressed last week that rising hotel prices in Dublin could have a negative knock on effect here.He says lower room rates are benefiting the North West….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By admin – August 18, 2015 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous article22 year old man in court on gun threat chargesNext articleDerry slump to 2nd defeat in a row at Showground’s admin Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Hotel sector continues to improve in the North West 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Gelders Bakery strikes deal with Tesco

first_imgGelders Bakery has just signed a deal with Tesco to sell its pies and sausage rolls in at least 20 shops.The family-run firm, which is already in 24 Asda stores, will supply single sausage rolls and single and three-packs of savoury mince pies to north-east stores.Tesco will take between 3,500 and 4,000 products a week, which will be worth about £300,000 a year to the Sunderland-based bakery. Partner Hilary Monk said its persistence with Tesco had paid off. “Local people know us well, but when you’re a small company it can be more difficult if a big chain hasn’t heard of you,” she said. “We kept calling, emailing and sending samples – and of course, our sales increasing in Asda also gave us leverage.” She added: “We hope to get contracts with other supermarket chains in the future.” Gelders also hopes the new contract will mean its 42-strong workforce can be expanded. Sam Nundy, Tesco regional buying manager – north east, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer Gelders Bakery products to our customers. This will be a fantastic addition to our growing offer of local products across our stores in the north east.”last_img read more

French lawmakers debate ban on wild animals in circuses

first_imgPARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are debating an animal welfare bill that would ban using wild animals in traveling circuses and keeping dolphins and whales in captivity in marine parks. Circus workers held a protest against the bill outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying the measure would cause circuses and jobs to vanish, if it becomes law. The wild animal ban would not apply to permanent shows or to zoos, but it would extend to outlawing the use of wild animals in television shows, nightclubs and private parties. The bill would also require new pet owners to obtain certificates guaranteeing they have the specific knowledge needed to care for their animals.last_img

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events March 25-March 30

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Paul ZerdinAmerica’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin’s hilarious and wide-ranging ventriloquist act is something to behold, just ask the audience of NBC’s hit show. Zerdin is a unique talent. He’s able to create various characters—the precocious infant, the pre-adolescent Sam, to name a few—and delivers rip-roaring routines that you’ll never forget. Zerdin has also appeared on The Royal Variety Show and Montreal’s ITV1’s Comedy Rocks. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$70. 8 p.m. March 25.Schism (Tool Tribute) featuring VAtallica (Metallica Tribute) / Facelift (Alice In Chains Tribute) / Hurry (Rush Tribute)What’s better than a night of unbridled nostalgia?!? Fans of Tool, Metallica, Alice in Chains and Rush will be in their glory Friday as they gyrate to the potent tunes of some of their all-time favorite tracks, performed by tribute bands that are equally as passionate about these incredible artists. Listen as Vatallica, FAcelift, Hurry and Schism deliver powerful renditions of songs that have changed lives. What a night this promises to be. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $20. 7 p.m. March 25.Big Laughs ComedyThe event’s name says it all. The Boulton Center welcomes three hilarious comedians from the tri-state area who have knack for making people laugh. It’s not easy delivering powerful one-liners that prompt belly-churning roars of laughter, as we well know. Comedians are subject to change. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $20. 8 p.m. March 25.Lisa LisaThe Latin hip-hop star has created quite a following over the years with her unique rhythm and range. Her freestyle contemporary band, Cult Jam, was one of the first groups to deliver powerful, off-the-cuff lyrics. The New York City-native is credited with laying the ground for a number of influential Latin performers, including Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The two singers may have achieved worldwide fame, but it all began with Lisa Lisa. With guests Atomic Mary. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. March 25.Murder at the Prohibition PubPresented by Knock ‘Em Dead Comedy, “Murder at the Prohibition Pub” tells the story of dueling families and one clan’s desire to open a new club in town. Sounds quite serious, but the show promises plenty of laughs and great music. Get into the spirit by donning prohibition-era clothes. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $60. 8 p.m. March 25.Photo credit: Forever Came Calling/FacebookForever Came Calling, Major LeagueHard to believe that the punk band has been in the game for a decade already. The California crew received some notoriety from the Warped Tour documentary No Room for Rockstars and developed a strong following. The quartet brings its all each and every night. With Sudden Suspension, Count To Ten, Check Engine Light, Parallel. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12-$15. 7 p.m. March 25.Badfish: A Tribute to SublimeCovering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs by Sublime is this very cool tribute band, named after the band’s classic tune. Warming up the crowd will be The Warden & FAME, Nonstop to Ciaro and Offshore Regulars. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $18. 7 p.m. March 26.Carly Rae Jepsen “Gimmie Love Tour”Carly Rae Jepsen will hit the Paramount in Huntington to spread her infectious pop vocals all over our fair Island. Thanks to Ms. Jepsen, we still haven’t gotten her 2011 summer anthem “Call Me Maybe” out of our heads – and that might be a good thing. This Canadian-born singer is sure to be the life of the party and draw a fun crowd. We’ll see you there! With Special Guest Cardiknox The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 26.Monty Python’s Life of BrianDon’t miss your chance to catch Monty Python’s classic “Life of Brian” on the big screen at the Cinema Arts Center! This 1979 religious satire stands at the top of the genre and remains as engrossing and timely as ever – especially during an election year like this one! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $4 members, $5 public. 10 p.m. March 26.Photo credit: Oscar G/FacebookOscar GNobody gets a party started like DJ Oscar G. His unique mixes of house tunes will get the blood pumping on the dance floor and keep you there non-stop. This Miami DJ knows how to work a crowd like a pro. Get your dance on! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. March 26.Peppa Pig Easter Egg Hunt Craft EventKids will have a blast creating a Peppa Pig-inspired craft and reading along to “Peppa Pig’s Easter Egg Hunt.” For children and parents alike looking for a fun time in Huntington to celebrate the holiday weekend! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. $20 per child. 2 p.m. March 26.Universal Horror: Creepy and ClassicFor those looking for some old school horror, come down to the Cinema Arts Centre to check out their in-depth peek behind the scenes of the making of some of the creepiest horror characters of all time. For the horror and film afficiando. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. March 28.CapsizeKnown for their hardcore teeth-gnashing strums that come with a lot of heart, the San Diego band Capsize has amassed a fervent and devoted group of followers. Keep your eye on the lead singer whose vocals and charismatic stage presence will stay with you for days afterwards. With Gnashville, Heal, Carve Your Niche, Graves. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $10-$12. 6:30 p.m. March 28.The ExpendablesThe Santa Cruz, Calif., quartet has been blending reggae with rock for two decades, all the while establishing itself as a top attraction for audiences yearning to sway to the beat as they’re bathed in soulful tunes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $16. 6:30 p.m. March 30.Tom Philbin: A reading by P.J. OchlanThis renowned audiobook narrator will conduct a live-reading from Tom Philbin’s 1985 book Precinct: Siberia, a novel documenting a New York City precinct home to some of the most hardened cops on the beat. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. March 30.last_img read more

Women of Troy win and lose big in Arizona weekend doubleheader

first_imgAs the USC women’s soccer team wound up its regular season with a weekend road trip to Arizona, its two matches had noticably different storylines.It didn’t start well at all for the No. 17 Women of Troy (12-5-3, 5-3-1), as they were ambushed by the Arizona State Sun Devils (9-6-3, 3-4-1) on Friday, taking a 3-0 loss.“Nothing went our way,” USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “Not the whistle, not the ball — nothing.”Arizona State scored on a penalty kick in the sixth minute, setting the tone of the game. The Women of Troy were called for 11 fouls in the first half, and 20 for the game. On the other side, the whistle blew 11 times against Arizona State.“We got called for that penalty kick early and just never recovered from it,” Khosroshahin said.With less than one minute remaining in the half, Arizona State found the back of the net again, this time off a corner kick. It was representative of a half dominated by the Sun Devils. Arizona State racked up five shots — all on goal — and three corner kicks, while USC did not force a single corner and managed just three shots, none on goal.“We dug ourselves a hole quickly,” Khosroshahin said. “But we’re used to it. We’ve been doing it all season.”To the Women of Troy’s credit, they came back strong in the second half.“2-0 is a very dangerous score,” senior forward Megan Ohai said. “We knew if we came out strong we had a good chance.”And come out strong they did. During a three-minute stretch from the 54th to the 57th minute, the Women of Troy forced four consecutive corner kicks but could only get off one shot during that span.“We dominated possession in the second half,” Khosroshahin said. “The ball was on their half of the field almost the entire time.”In the 67th minute, USC was awarded a penalty kick of its own, but senior forward Alyssa Dávila was stoned by Arizona State goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore. Just three minutes later, Arizona State scored again to put the game away.“It stings, but we need to recover quickly,” Khosroshahin said. “We need to be smarter and more disciplined.”Ohai thought the loss helped resharpen her team’s focus.“We have a young team, and we just got rattled out there,” Ohai said. “It was a big wake up call for us. We [knew] we [had] to take care of business on Sunday.”And that they did. On Sunday in Arizona, the Women of Troy overwhelmed the Arizona Wildcats (5-13-2, 1-8) by a lopsided score a 5-0. In just the third minute, sophomore midfielder Courtney Garcia found the back of the net. Ninety seconds later, Dávila joined the scoring party. The early goals were a change of pace for USC, whose slow starts in games have been a chronic issue for the team this season.“It was really nice to get those two goals early so I could catch my breath,” Khosroshahin said. “The ladies felt the pressure, and it’s really amazing what a team can do when it’s focused and motivated.”Sophomore forward Samantha Johnson, freshman forward midfielder Autumn Altamirano and junior forward Ashley Freyer also found the net for USC, whose five goal output tied its high for the season. The five-goal margin of victory, however, was USC’s most lopsided win since 2008. Freshmen goalkeeper Shelby Church recorded her sixth shutout of the season, and the Women of Troy all but assured themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament.“We knew we needed a result,” Dávila said.Senior defender Karter Haug agreed.“We had a ‘win or go home’ mentality,” Haug said. “It was good preparation for the tournament — a real confidence booster.”The Women of Troy end the regular season with a 12-5-3 record and finish third in the Pac-10 at 5-3-1. The team awaits its fate in the NCAA tournament bracket, which will be announced on ESPNU today at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more