Romeo Travis led Magnolia with 25 points and 19 rebounds while Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee had 12 points apiece.RELATED VIDEO Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES ANTIPOLO—Meralco kept its playoff hopes afloat after stunning league-leader Magnolia, 94-88, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments “Of course, we went up against the top team in the league so this game definitely helped our confidence,” said Black. “There’s no question about that, but the game of basketball is different in the sense that whatever happens tonight won’t matter on Sunday.”The Bolts will face Rain or Shine, which holds a 2-5 record at the 10th spot, on Sunday in a matchup of two teams fighting to advance to the next round.“We’re facing a new team and Rain or Shine is fighting to stay alive and it will also be a crucial game for them as well as for us.”Allen Durham flirted with a triple-double to lead the Bolts finishing with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and eight assists while Baser Amer had 16 points and five rebounds.Reynel Hugnatan was Meralco’s floor-spacer finishing with 15 points, with six coming from deep, and five rebounds while Chris Newsome orchestrated the offense with 13 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Bolts notched their second straight win and moved up to the ninth place with a 3-6 card.A 6-0 run capped off by Cliff Hodge gave Meralco an 85-81 lead with 2:38 remaining and that was enough for the Bolts to hold off the Hotshots, which slid to a share of the top spot at 7-2, until the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJio Jalalon managed to cut the lead to three, 89-86, with 1:06 left but proceeded to commit a crucial foul that sent Baser Amer to the line that put the Bolts ahead 90-86 lead with 57.9 seconds remaining.While the win gave the team a confidence boost, Bolts head coach Norman Black said they are still aware of the uphill battle they are facing as they try to remain on the hunt for a playoff spot. Belga’s foot injury compounds Rain or Shine woes
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Gaming Authority denies victimising investor
…says principal previously convicted of money launderingThe Guiana Holding Incorporated, trading as Superbet, recently complained that it is not being granted its renewal of licences owing to victimisation on the part of the Guyana Gaming Authority. The Gaming Authority, however, on Wednesday denied stymieing the investor.General Manager of the Guiana Holding Inc, Superbet, Shrikant KisoensinghIn response to Superbet’s General Manager Shrikant Kisoensingh’s statements, the Gaming Authority explained that the certificate of good standing, which is required by the agency, was not produced by the trending gambling attraction but is necessary to qualify the business for their licence renewal.According to the Gaming Authority, the certificate of good standing is just one of nine requirements needed by a business when applying for a Betting Shop Licence. The others include an approved building plan; approval letter from the Central Housing and Planning Authority; a fire safety certificate from the Guyana Fire Service; receipt of deposit made to the Accountant General; copy of certificate of incorporation; copy of identification of Directors; copy of Tax Identification Number (TIN) certificate; and a completed application form for trade and miscellaneous licences.Before 2018, a letter of good standing from the Authority did not form part of the process but was later introduced to ensure due diligence for the purpose of Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), it added.Further, it added that the Gaming Authority is the supervisory authority of casinos, lotteries and betting shops for purposes of the AML/CFT Act (as amended) while the Guyana Revenue Authority is the licencing authority for betting shops. Section 9 (2) of the Tax Act, gives the power to licence for betting premises to the Guyana Revenue Authority.According to the statement issued by the agency, it had informed all applicants for the good standing certification of the purpose and time frames in which the activities can be concluded.Additionally they were told that this process is in keeping with Section 22 of the AML/CFT Act (as amended), the Gaming Authority said.“The certification they were advised, can be withdrawn, if any evidence is uncovered in the future, that points to any breach of the AML/CFT Act 2009 (as amended).The time frame is in keeping with internationally recognised standard, which range from as little as six months for organisations, such as, Superbet, to as long as 18 months. This is dependent on the depth of investigation needed to be conducted,” the Authority stated.It noted that Superbet had applied for their good standing certificate on September 14, 2018 and during the course of the Gaming Authority’s due diligence in January 2019, was provided with information, that one of the principals of Guiana Holding Inc, was convicted of money-laundering and served a four-year sentence.Following these discoveries, the Authority said it enhanced it due diligence and issued a letter to Guiana Holding Inc to seek clarification on February 14, 2019.The agency reportedly responded on March 4, 2019, and the Gaming Authority took steps to verify the information.“The response from Guiana Holding Inc and additional information received by the Gaming Authority on April 5, 2019, during the verification process, after careful analysis, led to determination, that an AML/CFT audit of Superbet operations was necessary to determine the veracity of the information received. This would allow the Gaming Authority to make an informed determination on the issuing of the good standing certification.”According to the statement, this was communicated to Guiana Holding Inc, on April 23, 2019, and they have in principal, agreed to the audit.The Gaming Authority has been in the process of organising the audit team, it stated, adding that a non-disclosure agreement has been sent to the said organisation for signature and for submission of a proposal and cost. A deadline of July 31, 2019, has been set for the conclusion and submission of the audit report.The outcome of the audit will determine the Gaming Authority’s position on the issuing of the good standing certificate, the agency said.Prior to this requirement, Superbet has been operating in Guyana for more than five years. The business now has over 175 locations across Guyana, which bring in income for over 500 persons.Kisoensingh’s lawyer, Anil Nandlall, has already said he is ready to represent his client in the court as he feels he is being victimised.
New Govt policy triggers looming public health crisis
…monies wasted on white elephant D’Urban Park could have prevented this – JagdeoA new policy being pursued by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government could potentially lead to a countrywide public health crisis if not addressed immediately.The warning bell was sounded this past week by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was at the time addressing members of the local media corps at his Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Jagdeo, “it seems that the Government is intent on not just shooting itself in the foot, but [is also intent] on destroying any long-term prospect for change in the country”.Expanding on his position, the former President said he has, in recent weeks, been engaging with several of the young doctors returning from training in Cuba and has since learnt that the Government has been pushing an agenda to have these persons enrolled through the traditional pensionable public service.This, the Opposition Leader said, will serve as a disincentive and could very well see Guyana losing its trained healthcare delivery personnel in droves, should Government persist.Jagdeo told media operatives that under previous Administrations, priority was placed on guaranteeing “each person a job in public service when they’re finished training”.According to the Opposition Leader, persons on their return from specialist training are now being told by representatives of the Administration that jobs were not available since no money was available to pay the salaries.“This government now is demanding that people go on the pensionable establishment and not contract as was the choice before,” Jagdeo reported.He has since surmised that most doctors would lose contract gratuity and other benefits if they were forced to go on the pensionable system.Jagdeo told media operatives that he was being informed that those that have completed five years on contract are being told they would have to be placed on the pensionable system.“This is gonna cause major problems,” Jagdeo said, even as he surmised that the situation would lead to heightened dissatisfaction and a loss of doctors.Jagdeo suggested that there was in fact money available to avoid the pitfalls of such a move by the Administration.He reckoned that it would maybe cost a couple hundred million dollars to keep the trained doctors on contract.Jagdeo, in highlighting the Administration’s ability to foot the bill, pointed to the almost one billion dollars spent on the construction of the D’Urban Park facility which he said has now become a white elephant.That money, according to Jagdeo, could have been used to meet the salaries and benefits for doctors for another five years.“Why we want to chase people who we invested in?” Jagdeo questioned, and posited, “it will cause major dissatisfaction… It could lead to a reversal of what we had, that is more doctors in the system.”On the matter of the previous Administration’s commitment to the nation’s healthcare delivery, Jagdeo pointed at efforts to improve the facilities through the building of several new facilities, improved availability of drugs and medical supplies, and personnel.He used the occasion to recall that the previous Administration had its focus on the training of personnel, adopting a position to “train beyond our means, beyond the migration curve”.This, he said, ensured that there were an adequate number of trained personnel in the healthcare delivery system.
Trackers complete weekend with a win and a tie
Logan Edwards got the start in goal for the Trackers in the first game on Friday. He turned aside 27 of the 32 shots he encountered. Jesse Pattison got the start for Peace River at the other end of the ice. He was replaced part way through the second period after the Trackers scored four times on 20 shots. Replacing him was Dyson Loewen, who faced 14 shots and managed to stop 11 of them. The shots after 60 minutes were 34-27 in favour of the Trackers.Scoring for the Trackers were Ryan Friesen with a hat trick, along with Ricky Bateman, Matthew Apsassin, and Wes Shipton, while assists went to Nolan Legace, Deon Leer, Jarrett Malchow, Wyatt Gale, Brandon Howard, Wes Shipton, Kelsey Young, Ryan Friesen, Layne Hunter, and Kohlman Brinsky, while Tyler Krane had two helpers.Saturday, the team travelled to Grande Prairie for the second half of back-to-back games. The squad had a 3-1 lead in the second period but couldn’t quite hold on for the win as the game finished with a tie. Logan Edwards once again got the start in goal and had a strong game as he stopped 35 of 39 shots, including 16 in the second period. The Trackers peppered Grande Prairie goalie Cam Smith with 47 shots, and Smith was able to stop 43 of them.- Advertisement -The goal scorers on Saturday for the Trackers were Wyatt Gale with two, Deon Leer, and Jarrett Malchow. Helping out with the assists were Ricky Bateman, Wyatt Gale, Deon Leer, and Jarrett Malchow.The Trackers will next be on the ice on Friday, October 18 when they skate with the Peace River Royals once again. This time the game will be in FortSt. John at the North Peace Arena. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the passing of his Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2014. The Bill ends the blanket six year rule preventing consumers from making a complaint against financial institutions if six years have elapsed.Thousands of people will now be free to re-apply to the Financial Services Ombudsman to have their case heard if they suspect any wrongdoing on the part of financial institutions. Deputy Doherty said: “I am delighted this Bill has now passed. It is the first opposition Bill to pass this Dáil that was initiated by a member of the opposition.“Thousands of people each year who are prevented from pursuing allegations of wrongdoing against financial institutions will now be allowed access to justice through the Financial Services Ombudsman.“Figures from the Ombudsman’s office show up to a thousand people every year are barred from the process because of the 6 year rule. We know that thousands more have not applied because they had been advised that the 6 year rule would apply.“This rule only operated to the benefit of the banks and other financial institutions who were shielded from investigation by it if the complaint related to something that happened more than 6 years ago.“My legislation will now redress that imbalance with consumers empowered to make a complaint within three years of becoming aware of possible wrongdoing. “Critically, thousands of people previously refused access to the process will now be allowed resubmit their complaint because the legislation is retrospective in nature. As soon as the Bill is signed into law those thousands of people can re-apply.“This will come as very welcome news and a massive relief to the many consumers who have contacted me looking for an opportunity to have their complaint heard.“I wish to particularly commend the work of the Free Legal Advice Centre and their Senior Policy Analyst Paul Joyce whose work in drafting the report – “Redressing the Imbalance” forms the basis of this new law.“This Bill brings new hope to thousands who feel aggrieved by the actions of banks, insurers and other financial institutions. I urge those people previously refused access because of the 6 year rule to re-apply and the countless others who didn’t apply because of their awareness of the to re-submit their case.“I will be monitoring the resources available to the Ombudsman and will push for further resourcing if necessary to deal with these new cases.” Glad to be reappointed as Finance spokesperson and now also appointed spokesperson on public expenditure and reform.— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) July 14, 2017Passage of Doherty’s Bill scraps six year time limit for financial complaints was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:central bank and financial services authority of ireland amendment bill 2014Financefinancial services ombudsmanPearse Doherty
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 37TH ANNUAL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS
The Donegal Sports Star Committee have commenced preparations for the 37th annual awards ceremony which will take in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 25th.Once again 2012 has brought us a significant number of local, county, national and international sporting achievements.And in order to give the event the respect it deserves the committee is appealing to sporting organizations, individuals and the general public to submit their nominations by close of business on Friday, November 23rd. Nominations can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.The correspondence should include only a brief summary of the highlights of the nominee’s achievements in 2012 for adults and the academic year (September 2011 – June 2012) for primary and second school teams and individuals. All relevant pictorial and video footage should also accompany the nominations. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 37TH ANNUAL DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: October 4th, 2012 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)
BRESSIE LEADS CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL
Donegal people are being called upon to rally around Cycle Against Suicide which rolls into the county tomorrow (TUES).Europe’s biggest charity awareness cycling event, the Cycle Against Suicide (www.cycleagainstsuicide.com), kicked off at RTE Studios on Monday 22nd April and will finish on Sunday 5th May 2013.Aimed at tackling suicide, the 1,400km 14 days Cycle, starting and finishing in Dublin, is covering a gruelling 100km each day. Cyclists and support crew will be arriving in Donegal on the ninth day of the Cycle, tomorrow Tuesday and will spend 3 days here.Cycle Against Suicide organisers are asking locals to show their support by cheering on the cyclists, which include some of Ireland’s top celebrities Roz Purcell, Bressie, Brent Pope, PJ Gallagher and Colm Hayes.The Cycle will also host an informative event at:Coláiste Cholmcille, College St, Ballyshannon on Tuesday 30th April (11.45am) Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny on Tuesday 30th April (5pm)Buncrana Community College, Crana Road, Buncrana on Wednesday 1st May (11.45am)Moville Community College, Carrownaffe, Moville on Wednesday 1st May (4pm)Magh Ene Community College, Bundoran Thursday 2nd May (1pm)Well known judge on The Voice and highly talented singer/songwriter, Bressie, has been confirmed to attend Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon and Letterkenny Institute of Technology so please come out and give a great Donegal welcome to himself, Roz, Jim and all the others on the Cycle Against Suicide this week. Coláiste Cholmcille, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Buncrana Community College, Moville Community College and Magh Ene Community College are just five of the 28 schools and colleges around the country hosting mental health exhibitions of local mental health services and a series of mental health talks during the cycle.Jim Breen, CEO and Founder of PulseLearning Ltd and TriGrandPrix Ltd, devised the initiative following the screening of a TV documentary ‘The Secret Millionaire’ which featured him visiting a suicide awareness group.BRESSIE LEADS CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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:BressiedonegalSUICIDE
Annexation application filed
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Cemex intends to make its position clear to LAFCO that annexation of the Soledad Canyon property into the city’s municipal boundaries is inappropriate,” said Kerry Shapiro, the lead attorney for Cemex’s Soledad Canyon project. “The city has previously made public statements to the effect that annexation of the Soledad project is part of a broader plan to block implementation of the project.” Several years ago, LAFCO denied city officials’ attempt to add the mining area to Santa Clarita’s sphere of influence as a probable forerunner to annexation. LAFCO’s executive director, Larry Calemine, said the agency would take its earlier decision into account as “one of many factors” in making a decision about the current application. The agency could approve or reject the application as a whole, or it could selectively approve or deny portions of the city’s proposal. Zoning in the area would allow for residential development, parkland and open space. City planners have said the annexation would have no significant environmental impact. Cemex and the federal Bureau of Land Management officials contend the city’s annexation plan fails to adequately describe the site’s mineral resources and Cemex’s mining plans. Jan Bedrosian, a spokeswoman for the bureau, said the BLM is reviewing its options for airing its views to LAFCO. In a related matter, a federal judge last week rejected the city’s claims that federal agencies, including the BLM, failed to perform an adequate environmental analysis before granting Cemex the right to mine. As a city planner, Luoma said he hopes the annexation process will be finalized by about May. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – While acknowledging that jurisdiction over the land would not give them authority over mining, city officials have taken steps to annex 1,885 acres in Soledad Canyon, where a mega-mining operation they oppose is planned. On Tuesday, Santa Clarita planners filed an application with the Local Agency Formation Commission – the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County – to annex the undeveloped land, including 906 acres the city owns. “We are hoping for a smooth, successful annexation,” said Kai Luoma, a planner. The City Council approved the move Nov. 22. Mexico-based Cemex, which was granted the right to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 1990, plans to contest the city’s application with the LAFCO.
DONEGAL BUSINESSES THREATEN TO BOYCOTT PAYING RATES
A group of businesses says it will stop paying rates if there is not a rates reduction.The Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign says it needs a reduction in rates if businesses are to survive.Spokesman Charlie Ferry says they have received massive support for their campaign with more than 600 signatures who pay rates signing up to their campaign. The campaign is being backed by TD Charlie McConalogue.Donegal County Council is due to hold its budgetary meeting this Wednesday with County Manager Seamus Neely suggesting a rates freeze.But many businesses say that is not enough and a reduction will allow many businesses some breathing space to survive tough economic conditions.The following is a letter from Charlie Ferry outlining the situation for many businesses across the county which was sent to county councillors. Donegal Business Rates Reduction CampaignMain Street,Ballybofey,Co. Donegal10.12.2013. Dear Sir,I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman of the Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign to actively seek your support with our campaign to seek a substantial decrease in commercial rates in Donegal for 2014.As a business network we have now met on several occasions since early June with representations from the four corners of the County, culminating in us meeting the county manager and two of his colleagues in Lifford on the 28th of November. Mr Neely welcomed the interaction and took on board the widespread concerns that we conveyed to him on behalf of the businesses right across Donegal. He is reverting back to us when he gets concrete details of his local government figures for the forthcoming year.We fully realise that you our locally elected councillor hold the key to a lot of the decisions that will be made at the budget meeting in Lifford on December 18th so we are asking that you and your party to come out and support us the business community in advance of this meeting. To date we are very disappointed by the level of support we have received from you our local councillors and ask that you take the time to read the attached document which we presented to Mr Neely on the day of our meeting.. Ultimately we are all business people and fully realise that the books have to be balanced in Lifford but looking at some of the stats around our County we are being dealt an unfair hand which if it continues will undoubtedly force more businesses to shut.To date we have over 600 signatures on our County wide petition to drive rates down and at our most recent meeting we passed unanimously a motion to forgo all rate payments across the County for 2014.I trust you will take our concerns on board and revert back to us with your support as at this stage I genuinely believe that the County councillors don’t fully realise the extent of the concerns the 3000 rate payers face on a day to day basis in the County.I look forward to your responseRegards_____________Charlie Ferry.DONEGAL BUSINESSES THREATEN TO BOYCOTT PAYING RATES was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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)
Donegal’s Mompreneurs are just the business!
The term ‘working mother’ has taken on a whole new lease of life with the phenomenal rise in ‘Mompreneurs’ starting businesses from their kitchen tables and Donegal mammies have been leading the way with some fantastic enterprises springing up in recent times.Twin sisters Charlene McCarron and her sister Ciara Mhic Cathmhaoil decided upon Bibby Love, their Buncrana-based bib-making business when they couldn’t find a bib that suited the needs of their babies, but the primary school teachers admitted they really just started out with a dream and a sewing machine.Interestingly, in a county once famous for its textiles industry, clothing cottage-industries are proving to be very popular with working mums. Bibby Love owners Charlene McCarron and Ciara Mhic Cathmhaoil.Chiq Maternity (St. Johnston) and Pretty Baby Hair Accessories (Manorcunningham) are just two of many others now in the county and all three mompreneurs, along with many others, will attend this Sunday’s Bump and Beyond baby event in Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel.Maria Rushe, from Newtowncunningham, a teacher and mother of two – who organised that event when she discovered that mothers were struggling to find information on a whole range of parenting topics – said there really is a growing trend of mothers taking action when they spot a gap in the market.Amanda McClintock and Gillian Hamilton – Chiq Maternity.Two of those mothers are Amanda McClintock and Gillian Hamilton who started Chiq Maternity earlier this year after doing a Start Your Own Business Course with Donegal Local Enterprise Office.“Our children are all of the same ages and our youngest both started school together and we found we had some spare time and thought we could put it to good use. We decided to open an online shop for maternity wear as we had huge problems ourselves sourcing special occasion wear when we where both pregnant. We talked to a lot of other mothers who said exactly the same thing.” For now Amanda and Gillian are sourcing labels from Paris that are unique to Ireland for their online business, but the plans are to get some of their own designs and products on sale further down the line.That’s something that both Bibby Love and Pretty Baby Hair Accessories are already doing with Pretty Baby Hair Accessories now selling to over 50 countries.Leona Barron with her son Michael and her daughter Grace.Former economics and business studies teacher Leona Barron who started Pretty Baby Hair Accessories, explained that she had also created something to fill a need before realising it had business potential.“When Grace (who is now aged 6) was born, she had a beautiful full head of black hair and I was looking for clips to keep the hair from her eyes. The only ones I could find in stores were metal ones that were too harsh to put on a newborn’s head, so initially all I did was wrap the clips in some pretty ribbon to soften them against her head.People started asking me then where I got them. I started making some for friends and family members.” At that point it was very much a hobby, but it grew quickly and Leona left her full-time job to concentrate on her own business.Since October 2013 Leona has watched the orders increase hugely on her website www.prettybabyhair.co.uk. To date the business has shipped thousands of orders to customers in over 50 countries around the world. And with this extraordinary growth of Pretty Baby Hair Accessories, new plans are already in place for the business.Bibby Love operate from Derry as well as Buncrana, and while the business is only eight months old, their tale bears striking similarities to Leona’s.“The inspiration really came from our children and not being able to find products on the market to suit our needs. Charlene had begun taking a sewing class as a hobby to be able to make decorative things for around the house and to make pretty things for the girls. Ciara had just had her second baby and suggested that they look into making bibs that were more absorbent than any we had as she was struggling to keep the baby dry during feeding. It was then that we discovered the wonder fabric that is bamboo cotton and all the amazing properties it has for babies and mammies, both practical and beneficial. We began with the intention of making them only for ourselves and as gifts for friends, but after using them we decided that other mammies could benefit from our products too.”Having watched her business bloom, successful Mompreneur Leona says that she would encourage other mothers to seize the day and go for it.“I knew nothing about any of this, but I saw a niche in the market and after doing some research I went for it. I didn’t have a huge outlay but I did work hard and was determined to make it succeed if I could. There are thousands of women around the world who are at home developing their own business ideas in between changing nappies and doing the school run. I would encourage anyone with a good idea and something to sell, to seize the opportunity. Who knows where it might lead them!”Donegal’s Mompreneurs are just the business! was last modified: October 26th, 2016 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)