An English-based Donegal fan picked up the tab for an overnight stay by the Donegal squad and management in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Saturday night – after the county board said it couldn’t afford to do so.Donegal chairman PJ McGowan confirmed today that an ex-pat had paid for the pre-match accommodation but insisted that it had not caused a rift between the board and team management.Donegal’s team management had asked to stay at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, for the semi-final because players had complained of fatigue when they had travelled to Kingspan Breffni Park to play Cavan in their previous match. The request for that initial stay in the luxury 5-star hotel was granted by the board, but when it was made again prior to the Ulster final clash with Derry the Board said ‘no’.“Financially we just wouldn’t be able to meet the request, but at that point someone else stepped in,” Mr McGowan tells today’s Irish Independent. “There is no rift, there is nothing like that over it. Everyone is just happy that we are Ulster champions after 19 years again.“We were happy to fund the initial stay in the Slieve Russell, which is a qualityhotel, and were happy to give this team as much as we can so that no stone is unturned.” FAN PICKS UP HOTEL BILL FOR DONEGAL TEAM AFTER COUNTY BOARD SAID IT ‘COULDN’T AFFORD IT’ was last modified: July 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalDonegal GAASLIEVE RUSSELL HOTEL
Expansion stage companies want to go from 0 to 60 right out of the gate. To get there, they sometimes try to avoid training and company initiation and go for the gusto by hiring seasoned reps to handle sales operations. That may not be a good idea. Mark Suster at Both Sides of the Table instead suggests taking five crucial steps before cutting out the middleman and hiring based on experience. A few points:Become a Salesperson Yourself: Suster finds that all too often, company founders hire salespeople to conduct the work they themselves haven’t done. The only way to understand your customers is to meet them face-to-face. This is especially vital in the expansion stage; it’ll teach you how your product and services can be improved.Holster the Big Guns (for now): You’ll want a sales team rife with ambition … but be careful of hiring people who are too ambitious. “Eventually you’ll need sales ‘management’ and either your strong early sales leader can grow into that or you eventually need to bring in somebody with professional sales management experience,” Suster writes.Early Sales Success isn’t Always Scalable Sales Processes: Great teams will deliver great sales, but that doesn’t mean those sales will endure, or that the processes used were the best. Suster relates an experience in which sales were booming, but gaping cracks were found in the processes themselves.To check out Suster’s other points and to learn more about hiring sales reps during the expansion stage, click on the link below.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis
In spring 1921, USS Conestoga, a tugboat assigned to the United States Submarine Force, went missing somewhere in the Pacific, while on its way to American Samoa. The tugboat steamed out from Mare Island, California, together with a coal-transporting barge on March 25th. It was to stop at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for refueling, but something happened along the way. As it became clear that the had ship broken contact and that it must have encountered a problem during its voyage, a search party was dispatched from the Pearl Harbor military base in early May. Experts have estimated that Conestoga must have been somewhere around 100 nautical miles southeast of the coast of Hawaii.A submarine designated USS R-14 (SS-91) under the command of Lieutenant Alexander Dean Douglas was sent out in order to conduct a surface search, in hopes of rescuing the tugboat and its crew.USS Conestoga in 1921However, during what looked like a standard search and rescue mission, they were met by a strange twist of fate. The crew of the submarine very soon found encountered a situation where they were the ones in need of saving.Having incorrectly estimated the amount of fuel needed for the mission, when they arrived at the spot where Conestoga was presumed to be, the submarine had run out of usable fuel.Since its electric motors lacked enough battery power to transport them back to base, they were stranded some 100 nautical miles from Hawaii, caught in a desperate situation. To make matters worse, their radio had malfunctioned and all communication went silent. On top of it all, the limited food supply wasn’t going to hold out for more than five days.Navy Submarine USS R 14, SS 91, in Quincy, 1919. (Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images)They were out in the open sea, with no fuel and no means of letting their headquarters know in what trouble they were in or where were they stranded. The crew consisting of 27 men and two officers were getting restless, as their situation seemed unresolvable.That was until the submarine’s engineering officer Roy Trent Gallemore decided to think outside the box. Gallemore realized that they were, in fact, surrounded by a power source used by mariners for thousands of years.The ship’s engineer came up with an idea to use the wind to power the submarine.Seen here are the jury-rigged sails used to bring R-14 back to port in 1921; the mainsail rigged from the radio mast is the top sail in the photograph, and the mizzen made of eight blankets also is visible. R-14’s acting commanding officer, Lieutenant Alexander Dean Douglas, USN, is at top left, without a hat.All hands were soon employed in making a foresail out of the crew’s hammocks. Eight hammocks were stitched together, forming a sail, held by a frame made from dismantled bunks. The entire structure was then tied to the vertical kingpost of the torpedo loading crane, located forward of the submarine’s superstructure.However, a submarine was much heavier and had a much lower silhouette than let’s say a 16th-century Spanish galleon. With the foresail, it achieved a speed of no more than one knot (1.2 mph; 1.9 km/h).7 Greatest Shipwreck Treasure Ever DiscoveredSo Lieutenant Gallemore decided to produce additional sails in order to gain speed. His do-it-yourself approach certainly motivated the sailors who were just several hours earlier contemplating their impending doom.They built a mainsail out of six blankets and attached it to the radio mast, which added another half a knot to the total speed of the ship. In addition to this, another half a knot was achieved by stitching up another eight blankets and assembling yet another frame out of bunk beds.Conestoga’s crew in 1921.The third sail was then added to the vertically placed boom of the torpedo loading crane.Traveling at a speed of almost three knots, Gallemore was able to start recharging the batteries of the electric motors. After 69 hours of sailing, they finally reached the easternmost tip of the Hawaii islands and entered Hilo Harbor on the morning of May 15, 1921.Stern view of the Conestoga shipwreck colonized with sea anemones.For the achievement and spirit of innovation, Lieutenant Douglas received a letter of commendation from his Submarine Division Commander, CDR Chester W. Nimitz.USS Conestoga, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky.Read another story from us: Cold War Double Agent? The Case of the Famous U-2 Spy Plane Shot Down in the USSRThe tugboat was officially declared missing on June 30, 1921, but it was not until 2009 that a shipwreck was discovered a few miles from Farallon Island, just off the coast of California.In 2016, the location of the shipwreck was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.