Business booms as Donegal company tips its hats to Peaky Blinders!

first_imgBusiness at Hanna Hats in Donegal Town is booming with the success of shows like Peaky Blinders.The company says it is now making more than 2,000 caps a week to the United States.The first Hanna Hats were made in 1964 by David Hanna Snr. David had worked in Donegal with a Mr McDaid but then started his own business when Mr McDaid passed away.Hanna had learned his trade after he was reared in Belfast by the Christian Brothers where he would sew on all of their buttons.The company went into liquidation in 1986 but John and Mary Hanna bought the company back in 1991 and it has made steady progress since.Grand-daughter Eleanor Hanna told the Mail on Sunday that shows like Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy are helping business. “Shows like Peaky Blinders have been fantastic. They stock our Sherlock Holmes hat in the BBC catalogue and when the show airs we get huge interest.“The caps are quite trendy now. We took in a designer through the Northwest Regional College. She is helping us with designs and machines.“We are tweaking the products and making them more fashionable,” she said.The company buys its tweeds from various suppliers including Magee which juts happens to be around the corner on The Diamond in Donegal TownBut the oldest cap is still its bestseller. “Our vintage caps is still the bestseller. It would have been the cap that grandad started off with,” added Eleanor.Business booms as Donegal company tips its hats to Peaky Blinders! was last modified: August 11th, 2019 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:CapsDonegal TownHanna HatsPeaky Blinderslast_img read more

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SA suspends two firearms officials

first_img15 July 2013 Two senior police officers have been suspended following a wide-ranging investigation into corruption in South Africa’s Central Firearm Registry, the police confirmed on Monday. The suspensions follow recent media reports alleging corruption after an ex-employee at a gun shop said that he bribed officers at the registry in order to fast-track the issuing of gun licences. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesman Solomon Makgale said that Mathapelo Mangwane, a section head at the registry, and Hlamane Mahlabane, a section head for firearm compliance, had been suspended from duty as of Monday for their involvement in corrupt activities. Another employee, an administration clerk, has been issued with a letter of intention to suspend her and had been given until Wednesday to make representation as to why she should not be suspended. “This is extremely disappointing, as the people who have been suspended are the ones who were given the responsibility of cleaning up the Central Firearm Registry, with the clear objective of eliminating all corrupt activities,” Makgale said. “Now they stand accused of the very same thing that they were employed to stamp out.” Investigations are continuing and the possibility of disciplinary as well as criminal action against other employees could not be ruled out, Makgale said. Applications for new and renewed firearm licences are made at police stations in South Africa, with renewals being finalised at provincial level while new licences and competency certificates are finalised at the Central Firearms Registry in Pretoria. Over the past year, criminal cases involving corruption have been instituted against eight members of the SAPS’s Firearm, Liquor and Second Hand Goods unit, which is responsible for approving and issuing firearm licences. To date, one employee has been convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment suspended for 10 years. He was dismissed from the SAPS. Court cases against the other seven accused employees, as well as two civilians, are pending. It is anticipated that more arrests will take place in the near future. These investigations have prompted Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to set up a committee to probe the practices of certain allegedly unscrupulous firearms dealers. This inquiry is under way and includes looking into those dealers who are not complying with the Firearms Control Act, as well as those possibly colluding with staff at the Central Firearm Registry. Any person with information on these and other cases of fraud and corruption is urged to make a report using of the Corruption Hotline number 0800 701 701, or to make an anonymous tip-off via the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the Crime Line number 32211 for anonymous text messages. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img chris cameron A month ago in our list of the “Top 6 Colleges with Entrepreneurial Programs” we highlighted the opportunities for the forward thinkers at Babson College in Massachusetts. Babson also happens to be the professional home of Daniel Isenberg, a management practice professor, who recently contributed to the Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation” blog with a post titled, “Should You Be an Entrepreneur? Take This Test.” In his post Isenberg provides twenty questions that any aspiring entrepreneur should ask themselves before quitting their day job to make sure they have what it takes to succeed.“I’ve learned in my own years as an entrepreneur — and now an entrepreneurship professor — that there is a gut level “fit” for people who are potential entrepreneurs,” writes Isenberg. “There are strong internal drivers that compel people to create their own business.”Isenberg’s self-examination includes true/false statements like, “I don’t like being told what to do by people who are less capable than I am,” and “I would rather fail at my own thing than succeed at someone else’s.” After completing the 20-part checklist, Isenberg gives you the entrepreneurial green light if you answered “yes” to 17 or more of the questions.According to Isenberg’s checklist, the ideal entrepreneur likes to win, likes to “question conventional wisdom”, is “rarely satisfied” and gets so excited by their ideas that they “can’t sit still”. Of course, having some entrepreneurship in your blood can’t hurt either; one of Isenberg’s signs of an entrepreneur is having members of their family or close friends who run their own business. For his final question, he suggests that a worthy entrepreneur “could have written a better test” than his.Isenberg warns that while answering “yes” to most of these questions could mean you’d make a good entrepreneur, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should quit your job right away. “Do you have debts to pay? Kids in college? Alimony? Want to take it easy? Maybe better to wait,” he writes. Finally, he adds that risk-takers and money-seekers do not make for good entrepreneurs. “People don’t choose to be entrepreneurs by opting for a riskier lifestyle,” writes Isenberg. “Risk is ultimately a personal assessment: what is risky for me is not risky for you.”Can a simple checklist weed-out the true entrepreneurs with potential from the wannabes looking to make quick cash? Or is there more to one’s potential for success as an entrepreneur than these twenty attributes? Let us know what you think makes for great entrepreneurs in the comments. Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

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Project announced ahead of 2017 by-election yet to take off in Odisha

first_imgTwo years after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced one of the most ambitious irrigation projects in the State, the government has not made any expenditure for its execution.Just before the Bijepur by-election in 2017, the government had announced the State’s first underground irrigation project — Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.In response to an RTI query, the government said that the tendering process for the project is yet to be completed.“The administrative sanction for the project, which entails an investment of ₹1,340.55 crore, has been approved by the government. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 budget provision of ₹200 crore and ₹100 crore has been made,” the government said.As per the plan, water will be drawn from Hirakud Dam through Bargarh Main Canal. Over 70 villages to benefitThe water will travel 17.64 km through the pipeline up to Barihapali Secondary Reservoir. From Barihapali reservoir, the water will be delivered to farmers in the designed ayacut area, including 74 villages in Bijepur block. There will be a mix of underground gravity and pressure pipe distribution network with outlets every 4.5 hectare patch of land.It is estimated that an area of about 25,600 hectares would be irrigated in the three blocks. Though the project was to be implemented over five years, no expenditure has been made. “The announcement was meant to deceive voters ahead of the Bijepur polls in 2017 when the BJD and the BJP were locked in a bitter contest. Had the government been serious about the project, it would have been fast-tracked,” alleged Pradip Pradhan, RTI activist.last_img read more

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Salman Khan breaks his promise

first_imgApparently, Salman Khan broke a promise. The usually big hearted Khan stays true to his word. But the rumour in B-town is that he had told TV actress-turned-producer Deepshika that he would do a cameo in her first production.The two had this conversation some time back. But, when she was ready to start her film and approached Salman, he stated “no dates” as an excuse. For her small budget film, she couldn’t wait long and moved on with her shooting plans.Hope this news isn’t true as Salman has finally got his goodboy-tag back, with super hits and loads of film offers, now.last_img read more

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Teachers Must Customise Lessons to Meet Needs of Students – Senator Reid

first_imgStory Highlights Teachers must customise lessons to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid. “Our children have different learning styles. Not all our children will achieve the same level of performance at the same time… so within our classes, we must have diversity,” he noted. center_img Teachers must customise lessons to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students, says Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid.“Our children have different learning styles. Not all our children will achieve the same level of performance at the same time… so within our classes, we must have diversity,” he noted.“As that master teacher, you are still required to find out how you are going to try to be very prescriptive, having done the diagnosis to understand what the learning styles are, the levels of strength and weaknesses of our students in our classes, and how we are going to customise (lessons) to reach every learner,” he added.Minister Reid was speaking at a sensitisation session with primary-school teachers at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday (September 25).He told the teachers that the Ministry will ensure that all primary schools have Internet connection in order for them to access educational resources.“Ideally, I want your schools to be ‘A’ schools. I want that, with the click of a button, you can get almost anything you want. As soon as possible, every one of our primary schools should be adequately enabled in terms of the Internet, [and] have school management systems to capture all student data, reports, and lesson plans that can be sent to your heads of departments in soft copy,” he said.The session gave teachers from western Jamaica an opportunity to be updated about recent developments in the education system, particularly the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations.last_img read more

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