UW guard Trevon Hughes fouled out in the Badgers\’ quarterfinal loss to Illinois Friday afternoon.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — With 33 seconds remaining in Friday’s quarterfinal game versus Illinois, all signs seemed to point to a Wisconsin victory.Although the Badgers trailed by two, they had stolen all the game’s momentum from Illinois. And Trevon Hughes was on such a hot streak nothing could stop him. Except, of course, Hughes’ fifth foul, which came just seven seconds later.With that, the Illini regained the game’s momentum, making two of three free throws while the Badgers missed their only shot attempt.Shooting 8-of-10 from the field, a perfect 2-for-2 beyond the arc and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line, junior center Mike Tisdale led all scorers Friday afternoon with 21 points.When the final buzzer sounded and the score read 58-54 in Illinois’ favor, the Illini walked off the court knowing their season would continue at least another day.“We came here to keep living one day at a time,” Illini head coach Bruce Weber said. “So we’re excited about [the win].”Conversely, those in cardinal and white were left asking “What if?” As in, what if the Badgers had made seven shots in the first half instead of six? Or, what if Wisconsin had gone to the free-throw line 20 times instead of 14?And finally, what if Hughes had never fouled out of the game? Of course, like a true senior, Hughes was quick to point out the flaw in the last of those questions.“You can’t look at it that way,” he said. “In the first half, if I made a couple there or tr[ied] to get some more stops on defense, we wouldn’t have even been in that situation. It’s throughout the whole game, not just that instance right there when I fouled out.“The whole game, we put ourselves in that position. We had a chance to win or tie it, and we feel short.”Then again, what if Illinois had kept UW down for the entire 40 minutes, rather than allowing its opponent to cut the lead to just two points late in the game?With 6:50 remaining in the game, Demetri McCamey missed a layup, grabbed his own rebound and found D.J. Richardson open beyond the arc. Richardson hit that jumper, extending Illinois’ lead to 46-30 and all but sealing victory for the Illini.Or so it seemed.Over the next six-plus minutes, Wisconsin outscored Illinois 24-10 to make it just a two-point game when Hughes drilled a three with 33 seconds remaining. Hughes had gone 0-for-11 to start the game, but finished the game by hitting four of his last five, all from beyond the arc.Much like he did earlier in the season at Northwestern, Hughes did not let his poor shooting throughout the first 38 minutes of the game discourage him.“You’ve got to keep believing,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “As poorly as our shooters shot the ball, they were still the ones that were igniting some good things that were happening.”To open the game, Hughes was not the only one struggling offensively. Wisconsin shot poorly as a team in the first half — and that’s putting it lightly.The Badgers hit just 18.2 percent of 33 first-half attempts from the floor, including just 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. As a result, UW scored just 20 points before halftime.Of those 20, junior forward Jon Leuer had 11, leading all scorers. Leuer would score just three points in the second half, though, matching Hughes with a team-high 14 points.Illinois’ first half shooting was just the opposite, as head coach Bruce Weber’s squad shot 13-of-20, or 65 percent from the floor before the break. McCamey led the Illini with 10 first-half points.But thanks to 10 Illini turnovers in the opening period, the halftime score was just 29-20.For the game, Illinois turned the ball over 17 times, compared to just five turnovers for Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the Badgers, however, they did not take advantage quite as well as they would have liked.“What did they end up with, 17 turnovers?” Ryan asked rhetorically after the game. “Come on. That’s — you put a team in that position where there’s a difference of 12, you’ve got to be on the other side with that one.“And then when you’re not, you lick your wounds and go to next.”While the game was within reach at the half, the Badgers failed to break out of their poor shooting ways to open the second half, as Illinois scored five unanswered over the first four minutes to make it 34-20. A 6-2 run by Wisconsin shortly thereafter cut that lead back to 10 points at 36-26.Play went back and forth over the next five minutes, with Illinois leading 41-30 with 9:51 remaining after a pair of Jason Bohannon free throws. The next five points went to Illinois, though, which made it 46-30 following Richardson’s shot.Wisconsin made it interesting from there, but it was simply too little too late.
Over 30 eager and enthusiastic pupils from all corners of Donegal are looking forward to summers of caint, ceol agus craic thanks to Gaeltacht scholarships from Donegal County Council.The young people were presented with their full summer scholarships at a special ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday evening last.The Scholarships were presented by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Séamus Ó Domhnaill. This event formed part of the Pan-Celtic festivities which is running in Letterkenny from 23 April to 28 April 2019. Present at the awards ceremony too were the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely together with other staff members. In attendance as a special guest, was the President of the Pan-Celtic Fesitival, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh who shared her love for and experience of the Irish language with those present.Donegal County Council is very grateful to the Gaeltacht Colleges of Donegal that support the Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme in a partnership involving joint funding between the Council and the Colleges.The total value of the Scholarships each year can come an estimated €25,000 depending on the duration of the courses selected by the successful applicants. The Scholarship Scheme has been in place for over twenty years now, with more than 600 pupils throughout the county having received full scholarships down through the years.The Summer Colleges play a huge role in the economic life of the Gaeltacht, bringing jobs, income, retail customers, and greater use of services. In return, the pupils get steeped in the rich native language of the Gaeltacht, and get a flavour of community and home life in the Gaeltacht. In addition to the courses and classes, many of the colleges offer a wide range of social events, activities, sports etc. Most of the courses take place throughout the months of June, July and early August and feedback to the Council continues to be extremely positive.Enthusiastic young pupils from all corners of Donegal who received full Gaeltacht Summer Scholarships from the Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme pictured with (seated)Sean O’Damhain, Rannóg na Gaeilge, Paddy Doherty, Donegal County Council, Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh, President of the Pan Celtic Festival, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council and Róise Ní Laifeartaigh, Rannóg na Gaeilge.Fáilte chun na Gaeltachta!Bronnadh scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta ar bhreis agus 30 dalta scoile as achan chearn de Dhún na nGall mar chuid de Scéim Scoláireachta Gaeltachta Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, a reáchtáiltear gach bliain. B’é Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, An Clr. Séamus Ó Domhnaill a rinne an bronnadh ag ócáid speisialta a bhí ar siúl in Óstán an Mount Errigal, Letir Ceanainn ar an24 Aibreán 2019. Bhí an ócáid seo lárnach i gclár imeachtaí na Féile Pan-Cheiltí 2019 – Féile ar siúl i Leitir Ceanainn ó 23 Aibreán go28 Aibreán 2019. I láthair fosta bhí Príomh-Fheidhmeannach na Comhairle, Seamus Neely, chomh maith le hoifigigh eile sa Chomhairle. Agus bhí aoi speisialta i láthair fosta– Uachtárán na Féile Pan-Cheiltí, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh agus labhair sí go fonnmhar leis an dream óg i láthair ar an oíche. Tá Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall iontach buíoch do na Coláistí Samhraidh i nDún na nGall a thugann tacaíocht don scéim gach bliain, mar chuid de chomhpháirtíocht chomh-mhaoinithe idir an Chomhairle agus na Coláistí sa chontae. Is fiú tuairim is €25,000 san iomlán na scoláireachtaí seo, ag brath ar fhad na gcúrsaí a roghnaíonn na hiarratasóirí óga. Tá an Scéim Scoláireachta i bhfeidhm le breis agus fiche bliain anois agus tá níos mó ná 600 dalta i ndiaidh scoláireacht a fháil síos fríd na blianta.Tá ról an-tábhachtach ag na Coláistí Samhraidh i saol eacnamaíochta an chontae, ó thaobh cruthú postanna, ioncaim, custaiméirí do shiopaí, agus úsáid níos mó as seirbhísí áitiúla. Agus faigheann na scoláirí iad féin blaiseadh de shaibhreas teanga agus cultúir na Gaeltachta, agus de shaol baile agus de shaol an phobail sa Ghaeltacht. Sa bhreis ar na cúrsaí agus na ranganna foghlamtha, bíonn neart imeachtaí sóisialta, gníomhaíochta agus spóirt ar siúl ag na coláistí uilig.Bíonn an chuid is mó de na cúrsaí ar siúl i mí Mheithimh, i mí Iúil agus tús mhí Lúnasa agus ba léir ón aiseolas atá faighte ag an Chomhairle go bhfuil na cúrsaí ag dul ó neart go neart.Donegal pupils are Gaeltacht-bound with summer scholarships was last modified: April 29th, 2019 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:Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme
Coláiste Ailigh (Letterkenny) have been announced as this year’s winners of Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres.The event took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) on Wednesday, October 16. Second place went to the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, while Mulroy College in Milford came third. Two hundred and forty students from twenty post-primary schools and Youthreach centres across the county participated in the event, which involved each team developing a product on which they were judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup. Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Ramelton based entrepreneur Seamus McDaid, of McDaid’s Football Special fame, spoke to the students in the morning about his entrepreneurship journey.Seamus has recently returned from the United States where he was the founder of McDaid’s Beverages USA and spent eight years there as the company’s US Business Development Manager. Having worked before this in Australia, he has returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He had lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who participated in the day. After teams pitched their ideas to the judges, the final three teams then pitched to all participants. The judges found it very difficult to pick an outright winner due to the high standard of the enterprising ideas presented to them.Coláiste Ailigh came up with an innovative product called ‘Sea Wear’, a biodegradable, foldable Tupperware piece created from seaweed which can fold out as a plate and aimed at the restaurant/takeaway market. The team was supported by mentor Amy Harkin from Lottie Dolls. Speaking about the Enterprise Day, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said: “This is now our sixth year to host this brilliant event.“We’re pleased to see so many schools and Youthreach centres joining us. “It’s an enjoyable day for the students and hopefully it will inspire their innovation and creativity. “We would like to thank the Letterkenny Institute of Technology for the use of their facilities and their students for helping as mentors. “The keynote address from Seamus also resonated with the students and all the employers made enthusiastic contributions as business mentors.”The participating schools and Youthreach centres were the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Moville Community College; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Loreto Community School Milford; Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny; Mulroy College, Milford; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Carndonagh Community School; St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny; St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs; Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe; Coláiste na Carraige, Carrick; Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; St Columba’s College, Stranorlar; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Youthreach Gortahork.Donegal ETB and the organising committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the students, their teachers and LYIT for participating in, assisting with and supporting the day.Particular thanks are extended to the business mentors and judges who gave up their day to support the event, including Leonard Watson, Watson’s Menswear; Jimmy Stafford, Bank of Ireland; Lucia McCauley, Bank of Ireland; Mary Crawford, The Right Angle; Richard Finney, The Counter Deli; Louise Hayden, Focus Fitness; Sarah-Marie McDevitt, Pinehill Studios; Florentine, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing; Paul Logue, McElhinneys; Clare Ryan, ITUS Secure Technologies; Kelda Kelly, Fusion; Ursula Donnelly, Enterprise Ireland; Anthony Boyle, Tax Assist; Alexandra Manning, Occasions Event Management; Patricia Hill, Stateside; Geoffrey Browne, Rossmore Manor B&B; Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce; Ian Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Amy Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Stephen McGuire, Donegal Daily; Cuin Varughese, Aaron Rajan Paul and Fiona Kelly, all LYIT; Shauna Devenney, Ciaran O Brien, Paddy Muldoon, Mairead McFadden, Marie Donnelly and Deirdre Bonner all Donegal ETB. Thanks also to Valu Centre, Letterkenny for sponsoring the bottled water provided on the day.This year’s event saw an increase in the number of entries from 2018. Further information and photos of the day can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@DonegalETB) through #ETBEnterprise19.Getting their invention ready at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana enjoying themselves at the Enterprise Day at LYIT with Mentor, Anthony Boyle on Wednesday.The St Eunans College team at the ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.The winning Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny team receive their award from Donegal ETB CEO, Anne McHugh on Wednesday.The Abbey VS team receive second place on the day from Anne McHugh, Donegal ETB CEO.The Mulroy College team receive 3rd place on Wednesday from Anne McHugh, CEO of Donegal ETB.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Donegal Special, pictured with Geoffrey Browne (Chairman Donegal ETB) and Anne McHugh (CEO Donegal ETB)The Royal and Prior Raphoe team with teacher, Davina McCandless at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.A race to the stage on Wednesday as Lee Gooch gets the crowd warmed up at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day.(John/jmac.ie)The judging panel keeping a close eye on things at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Football Special speaking to the crowd on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event.LYIT Business Studies Students who Supported Student Teams at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day in LYIT.Business People from around the County who Mentored Student Teams at the event on Wednesday in LYITPupils from St Columbas College with teacher, Karen Diver at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Deele College Raphoe with teacher, Orla Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.(jmac.ie)Errigal College Students with their teacher, Ms Sarah Quigg.Pupils from Coliste Na Carraige with their teacher, Emma Kane on Wednesday at LYIT.Participants from Youthreach Gortahork at the Enterprise Event in LYIT on Wednesday last.Lee Gooch quizzing some of the students on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event in LYIT.Rose Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 2 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/jmac.ie)Rose Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 1 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/jmac.ie)Karen Stewart (Teacher) with participants from Mulroy College on Wednesday at LYIT.The Magh Ene College team hard at work on Wednesday at the LYIT Enterprise day.The team from Ga8irmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore with their teacher, Lisa Brennan.Fionan Bradley (Teacher) with pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesdy.(jmac.ie)Pupils from Crana College with their teacher, Ms Aine Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Carndonagh Community College at the Donegal ETB event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Moville Community College at the Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesday.The teams hard at work on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day at LYIT.Coláiste Ailigh win Donegal ETB’s 2019 Enterprise Day – Pic Special was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Donegal ETBDonegal ETB Enterprise Day
The victorious South African Kings havelived up to the country’s continuing dominance in international rugby. Siyanda Grey sprints forward to scorehis record-breaking sixth try in the 2011 IRB Nations Cup.(Photos: Dan Marinescu, IRB Nations Cup) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Jackson Saru media manager +27 82 739 7733 RELATED ARTICLES • Rugby World Cup: back the Boks • SA national netballers head for Asia • New drive to spark local sports frenzy • Bright future for FNB stadium • SAB wins big, greens BoksLyndon JafthaIt was their first tour abroad, and they did not come home empty-handed. On their way to winning the 2011 International Rugby Board (IRB) Nations Cup, the South African Kings remained undefeated throughout the tournament and ended top of the table with 13 points.Their opening game was an emphatic 31-17 triumph against a tough Georgian squad and their final match ended in just as sweet a victory when they trounced a wilting Portuguese side 39-12.“Like all teams participating in the competition we came here aiming to win,” said head coach Alan Solomons. He said that some of the players had never travelled overseas before, and that overall it was a rewarding experience for everyone.The South African Kings replaced the Emerging Springboks, who won the 2007 and 2008 tournaments, as the country’s representatives at the 2011 IRB Nations Cup, held in Bucharest, Romania.The entire 27-man team for this year, except for one player, was drawn from the Eastern Province Kings franchise, which makes its base at the multipurpose Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.Second and third place winners of the 2011 tournament were Georgia and Argentina. Georgia beat Namibia to finish second and the Jaguars beat Romania, coming in third place.Solid team performanceThe win at the Arcul de Triumf Stadium in Bucharest was not an easy one. Both sides struggled in the heat, and the Kings missed the presence of their eighth man Luke Watson, who was taken ill.But when the final whistle blew it was the Kings that emerged victorious, thanks to a solid team performance.A brace of tries from front row men, Namibian-born Jaco Engels and New Zealander Clint Newland, in the first half gave them the edge straight away. Their opponents fought back, with second rowers Eduardo Acosta and Juan Severino each diving over the try-line.It was, however, the third South African try by blindside flanker Jacques Potgieter that put the Kings back in the lead. In a first for the tournament since the inaugural event in 2006, Potgieter’s effort also took the total points scored in IRB Nations Cup games past 2 000.In the second half the men in South African colours pressed on ruthlessly, with centre Siyanda Grey, an experienced Sevens player, scoring two well-deserved tries. He took his personal total for the tournament to six, the highest not only for this year, but in IRB Nations Cup history.Although they tried their best to regain control, the side from Portugal were unable to prevent the game from slipping away from them. Portuguese coach Errol Brain, a former All Black player, admitted that his boys had gone off track in the second half.“We started to ignore the game plan, which we adhered to in the first half, and started to run laterally instead of running straight.”Brain added that the heat had sapped his players’ strength, and there were a couple of silly mistakes, but conceded that the best team won on the day.Kings captain and Sevens veteran Mzwandile Stick, thrilled at the win, stated that the team had wobbled in the first half, but a pep talk at half time had given them fresh inspiration.Delighted for his team, Stick said: “It was very hot and this was a very intense, physical tournament.”Sport developmentThe IRB Nations Cup, which is regarded as important preparation for the Rugby World Cup, kicked off in 2006. The inaugural tournament was held in Lisbon and was won by Argentina’s A team, also known as the Jaguars.The tournament is one of several held by the world rugby body as part of its international strategic investment programme. It gives top tier A sides that extra bit of competition, and also provides more opportunities for emerging second and third tier nations, such as Georgia, Namibia, Romania, Russia and Portugal. The tournament is held annually and comprises six teams.
Zoom CutsImage via Shutterstock.In a lot of interview or set shots, you’ll commonly see two cameras set up almost right next to each other — one on a medium shot, and one on a tight close-up (usually with a zoom lens). This is to give the editor two lengths to choose from and cut between. However, in a pinch, you can get the same effect with one camera.There’re two ways to do this. One is to physically zoom in with your lens. I’d recommend starting wide to help establish the person and setting, then zooming in about halfway through for more important points. The other way is quite a cheat, but you can also ways crop in post. Ideally, you would be shooting 4K or higher, but with high resolution you can theoretically crop out 75 percent of your footage and still get 1080p.Note: be careful with this as it technically constitutes a jump cut if the camera doesn’t move more than 30-degrees away. However, as modern filmmaking teaches us, jump cuts aren’t always a bad thing.Text ScreensNow, this one definitely feels like cheating, but when used properly, it can be quite effective. You’ve seen this online (it’s a favorite of Facebook newsfeed content creators), but by putting text on the screen for a question, you save a lot of time that you would otherwise need to devote to your subject. Not only do you avoid wasted talking points by having your subjects re-tell the question in the answer, you also get a good window of time before or after to present text on the screen to hide your cuts.Shoot It TwiceImage via Shutterstock.This was the trick I used that actually turned out quite useful in a low-pressure situation. The benefit of actually having two cameras is getting a different angle to intercut with. However, you don’t actually have to have the exact same footage to intercut. A good example of this would be any single-camera film or television show. If you practice good editing rules, you can hide any discrepancies quite easily.So how do you do it? Well, depends on what you’re shooting. In this example, I’ll talk about a cooking show. Along with some other tricks, the goal was to film a wide shot of a host explaining the process and showing how it’s done. A second-camera could ideally shoot stylized close-ups of the food and her methods in action. However, with just one camera, the trick was simply to do it twice — once wide, then once again close up. It took twice as long, and wasn’t exactly the same, but it still got it done.Looking for some more production tips and tricks, check out some of these resources.How to Use a Third Camera on Interview Shoots5 Ways to Hide Jump CutsThe Lazy Filmmaker’s Guide to Efficient Video Production7 Quick Production Tips for Film and Video Professionals Here are four creative filmmaking tricks to make your solo-camera shoot look like a dual-camera production.Cover image via Shutterstock.Personally, there have been a couple of times in my career when I’ve needed to turn one camera turn into two. Once, I’m proud to admit, it was a spur-of-the-moment idea to make a production look much better, and I was quite pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out.Another time, I’m much more embarrassed to point out, was because I brought another camera but forgot to bring any batteries for it. So, regardless of why or how you need to, finding creative ways to make your one-camera production look like it was a professional two-camera setup can be quite beneficial in a pinch. Here are four ways to pull off the cheat.Nondescript B-RollImage via Shutterstock.One technique to simulate multiple cameras is the classic cutaway shot. In films and TV, you see them all the time as scenic setting exposition shots, reaction shots, or close-ups on people or objects. This gets trickier when filming interviews or smaller-set projects. However, even interviews can use nondescript B-roll — you just have to get creative.Here are some examples, but feel free to get creative. The goal is to find meaningful shots that can stay in context but out of time and place.Items in the setting.Exposition exteriors.Wide production shots.Relevant signage.Close-ups on hands.Items of clothing.
APTN National NewsEvery year contests are held to measure a person’s worth, based all too often on appearance.But that’s not the type of competition one young Nunavut resident is entering.She’s been asked to represent her territory in a contest where worth is based on a little bit more than fashion.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers met with this young hopeful.
Related Items:#Armstrongcelebrates10years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Nassau – Nearly 10 years ago, Robert and Sabrina Knowles, working for others in IT, decided to take a risk. With two small children and a home office that barely fitted two desks, one phone and a few shelves, they launched their own company, Armstrong Technology.Today they operate Armstrong Technology and Consultants from a retail location on Madeira Street in Palmdale. Their offshoot online purchase and courier companies, Shop242.com and Ship242.com are based in a savvy online portal OneandDone and in a bricks and mortar location on Shirley Street. Most recently, that division of the business expanded, taking space in Armstrong’s Madeira location.“It’s been a decade of hard work, a few bumps along the way, but overall, a decade of dreams coming true,” said Mrs. Knowles who has been at the forefront of the business as her husband maintains a demanding consulting position with an international financial services agency, a contract he has retained for over 20 years.“We were nervous at first. We had talked about opening our own business because we could see services that people needed, not just big businesses and government offices that were being served by the big guys, but individuals who needed repairs to a desktop, memory or software added or upgraded, data security systems installed and maintained, data backed up at an independent physical or virtual site,” said Mrs. Knowles. “No one was really paying attention to the little guy and we knew there was a need and a market. Almost from the day we started in our little 100 square foot home office, we knew we were filling that gap in the market with technology repairs and service at a price the ordinary person could afford.”Identifying the need paid off. Within six months, they had to move to larger space and a few years later, to even larger space.“We outgrew our second location in no time and had to move again,” said Mrs. Knowles. “That’s when we opened on Madeira Street.”Now they have 13 employees between the retail shop and offices here and in Miami and they are planning to move the online store to a larger location with more parking.“All of our businesses are aimed at a single end goal – to make life easier for the client,” said Mrs. Knowles, who holds a degree in Computer Technology and worked in banking and data processing. “You don’t have to move from your desk or couch to pay BPL, Cable, Water & Sewerage online. So why should you have to move if you want to order technology equipment or pencils and paper cups for your office. That is how shop242.com got started and then we expanded to basic home goods. Since the portal, OneandDone, was refined business has been good and it keeps growing so we are very excited about that.”The two small children who ran around their legs in the original home office are now 16 and 11.“We hope that one of the lessons we have taught them is that you can make it on your own in a competitive environment if you deliver what you promise and are willing to work hard and keep going even when there are hurdles to overcome,” said Mrs. Knowles. “We compare it to the sports that both of our children play and say it’s all about team work in the end. They will be with us when we blow out the candles on the 10-year anniversary cake .”#Armstrongcelebrates10years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Dave Scott Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 14, 2018 Dave Scott, More than 100 teens participate in SDFD Girls Empowerment Camp Posted: April 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — More than 100 teens participated in the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s second Girls Empowerment Camp.The free two-day event started Saturday at the SDFD Training Facility and was open to teens 14 to 18 years old.Attendees learned a breadth of firefighter and lifeguard skills, including use of firefighting equipment such as chainsaws, axes and ropes; search and rescue drills; basic first aid and hands-only CPR. Campers will also participate in a typical firefighter workout.Interim SDFD Chief Kevin Ester said youth programs such as the camp are vital.“The kids will learn valuable skills and get a glimpse of what firefighters do. The organizers of GEC have done an outstanding job putting together fun and meaningful activities for the campers,” he said.Participants arrived at 7 a.m. to receive their safety gear and engine company assignments. Campers rotated between various activities throughout the day, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited at 12:30 p.m.The camp is organized and run by firefighters from SDFD and the Los Angeles, Poway, San Jose, Federal, Chula Vista and Tijuana fire departments. It was created after the Los Angeles Fire Department hosted two female SDFD firefighters at their own event.Another camp takes place in May.
Posted: February 18, 2019 Praise for city’s decision to use Golden Hall as temporary homeless shelter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Preparations are underway for turning Golden Hall into a temporary homeless shelter for 150 women and children.A group of San Diego philanthropists and business leaders said the decision was a step in the right direction.At a news conference, the Lucky Duck Foundation and its charity arm, the Tuesday Group, applauded Mayor Kevin Faulconer for opening up Golden Hall as a short term shelter. It was the Lucky Duck Foundation that came up with the idea for the bridge tents in downtown San Diego three years ago and paid for two of the tents.The women and children currently living at the tent run by Father Joe’s Villages will have to move at the end of April, as the non-profit makes way for the construction of a new 14 story affordable housing project, which will be a permanent home for 550 people. A new tent will go up a few blocks away about 6 to 8 weeks later, but in the meantime, the women and children sheltered in the tent will be moved into the second floor of Golden Hall for about 3 months.While the use of the city owned building adjacent to the City Hall administration building is only temporary, members of the Lucky Duck Foundation said it could be a bellweather and a sign that the City is ready to make stronger commitments in the future.Dan Shea, a Foundation board member, said there are other city owned properties that could also be used for shelter, including the old Central Library in the Gaslamp Quarter. Shea said the City came up with one reason after another to reject the idea of turning the abandoned library into a shelter. “The point is, they find reasons – none of them is really credible. What I see from this announcement about Golden Hall is it’s time to open up the transparency of all this. They never provide information that demonstrates how it is. We’ve heard no credible reasons,” Shea said.Last year, each of the nine City Council members said they would add 140 low income housing units in their district.The business and civic leaders who have poured millions of dollars into the tents and other projects to ease homelessness said they will wait for city leaders to make good on that promise.Peter Seidler, the general partner of the San Diego Padres and a member of the Lucky Duck Foundation said, “There’s no teeth to it, unless the private citizens put the teeth to it.” Updated: 7:56 PM Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, February 18, 2019