Friday 18 January 2019

Seventy jobs to go in Drogheda

a total of 70 jobs will be lost with the closure of Drogheda-based manufacturing company Rexxam at the end of this year.

The company, formerly known as Brother Ireland, makes circuit boards and has been in the town for 25 years.

The Japanese company claims that 80pc of its customers has been lost and it only has sufficient work to remain open until the end of the year.

Girl (9) dies in sand hole

A nine-year-old girl has died after a sand hole collapsed on her.

Police, firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene in Lincoln City, Oregon, battled to revive Isabel Franks after she was pulled from the hole, but were unable to save the youngster.

Police began CPR after she was pulled free, unconscious and not breathing.

Family members were with Isabel when the hole collapsed.

Swimmer given Cuba honour

One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida, without a shark cage, US endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award.

Nyad said she dreams of uniting Cubans and Americans to walk with her the length of the island of Cuba "as good neighbours and friends".

Nyad attempted the swim from Cuba to Florida four times before finally completing the journey on her fifth attempt one year ago, making her the first to make it without a shark cage.

Designer to celebs dies

Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, has died.

Pertegaz (96) died Saturday in his hometown of Barcelona, according to Spain's education and culture minister.

The statement said Pertegaz had "dressed queens, princesses, actresses and countless celebrities" in a long career that took off after he opened his first shop in Barcelona at 25.

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