Northfield, Vermont, could be the world’s next ‘Sock Capital’

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont,Darn Tough Vermont, domestic manufacturer of premium all-weather performance socks, is smashing growth projections set earlier this year. Last February, Darn Tough Vermont announced it was hiring more employees and increasing its knitting machine inventory by nearly 50 percent. After second-quarter assessments, the sock maker says it is investing an additional $400,000 into its hosiery mill this year, most of which will be allocated for more Italian-made seamless knitting machines, the most sophisticated seamless knitting machines available. The company also expects to continue adding jobs.  ‘People are willing to pay for quality,’ said Ric Cabot, founder and president of Darn Tough Vermont. ‘Maybe even more than ever, consumers are making well-informed, deliberate purchases and looking for products that are made in the USA or guaranteed. They’re spending their dollars very wisely. We are seeing growth through all of our branded channels of distribution.’ Given Darn Tough Vermont’s rapid growth since the company’s inception in 2004, Cabot feels they’ve earned a place in the hosiery history books. ‘Northfield, Vermont may just be the new sock capital of the world,’ he said jokingly. The town of Fort Payne, Alabama once held the title of ‘Sock Capital of the World,’ but the last major hosiery mill there closed its doors and headed overseas earlier this year. A roadside sign proudly proclaiming Fort Payne as the ‘Sock Capital of the Word’ has since been removed, and the title is up for grabs as far as Cabot is concerned. ‘Volume needn’t be the driving factor for the ‘Sock Capital’ title,’ added Cabot. ‘It should be based on quality.‘Unlike so many hosiery and textile mills who have succumbed to the cost-savings of offshore manufacturing, our mill and our jobs are here to stay,’ asserted Cabot. ‘More importantly, we’re not just holding our ground but growing at a rapid rate in a challenging business environment. We’d like to take the ‘Sock Capital of the World’ title back to the United States. Heck, let’s bring it to Northfield, Vermont. This is where the title belongs.” About Darn Tough VermontDarn Tough Vermont is a domestic manufacturer of premium, all weather outdoor socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. Darn Tough Vermont offers products in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by: 100% USA manufacturing; small needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management; and a unique unlimited lifetime guarantee policy. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external). –>last_img read more

Belgium appoints Europe’s first transgender deputy PM

first_imgA transgender woman was sworn in as deputy prime minister in Belgium’s new government on Thursday, becoming the most senior trans politician in Europe.Petra De Sutter, a gynecologist and Green party Member of the European Parliament, became one of seven deputy prime ministers in Belgium’s coalition government, ending a 16-month deadlock after an inconclusive election.”Incredibly grateful for the confidence I have received from my party!” De Sutter wrote on Twitter. “Now I can do whatever it takes to relaunch our country and work on a new future for all Belgians together with that government!” With LGBT+ rights becoming more accepted worldwide, gay and trans politicians have gained greater prominence in recent years, with Pauline Ngarmpring becoming Thailand’s first trans candidate for prime minister last year.In the United States, more than 880 openly LGBT+ candidates have appeared or will appear on ballots across the country this year, nearly double that of 2018, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute, which supports LGBT+ candidates.Belgium has been without a fully-fledged government since December 2018, when a four-party coalition collapsed.On Wednesday, seven parties agreed to form a coalition headed by Alexander De Croo to replace the caretaker administration appointed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. De Sutter, who is also minister for public service and public enterprises, was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 representing the Flemish Green party, Groen.Prior to that, she served as a senator for the Groen party in Belgium’s upper house of parliament for five years from 2014.LGBT+ rights groups welcomed De Sutter’s appointment as an important step forward for trans politicians.”We are delighted that a member of the trans community has been appointed to this senior political post,” Matt Beard, executive director of international advocacy group All Out, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”Petra’s appointment is a calling and an inspiration to governments across the world to increase trans representation in senior positions.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Tigers roar to historic win over Sri Lanka 100th Test

first_img(REUTERS)-Bangladesh secured their maiden test win against Sri Lanka, and their second against a major test-playing nation in the last five months, with an eventful four-wicket victory on the final day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.Playing their 100th Test overall, the touring side chased down their target of 191 in the final session to level the two-match series at 1-1.Bangladesh had lost 15 Tests and drawn two of their previous 17 matches in the five-day format against Sri Lanka and Sunday’s victory is undoubtedly their best away from home after they beat England in Dhaka last October.The South Asian nation’s other Test successes have come against West Indies, whose glory days are long past and are no longer considered to be among Test cricket’s major players, and Zimbabwe.It was a great comeback for Bangladesh after they lost the opening Test at Galle by 259 runs to a side that blanked Australia 3-0 at home last year.“The way we are improving, down the line we will win some games,” Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was named player of the series, said.“We are having a very good time at home but it’s time for us to play outside (of Bangladesh) and play well. It’s a very good sign for our cricket that we are improving as a team.”Experienced opening batsman Tamim Iqbal anchored the chase with a stroke-filled 82 after home captain Rangana Herath had picked up two wickets in successive deliveries to reduce Bangladesh to 22-2.Tamim, who hit seven fours and a six, added 109 for the third wicket with Sabbir Rahman before the latter fell for 41.“I think this win started when we lost the match in Galle,” man of the match Tamim said. “We had a long chat with the coach, and the players stepped up.”Shakib, who set up the win with his 116 in the first innings, fell for 15 with Bangladesh still 29 runs away from a famous victory and there were more nervous moments awaiting the touring side.Mushfiqur Rahim was given out leg before but the Bangladesh captain managed to overturn the umpire’s decision on review with replays confirming the delivery was missing the stumps.Herath, celebrating his 39th birthday on Sunday, could not hold on to a return catch offered by Mosaddek Hossain, but later dismissed him for 13 with Bangladesh needing two for the win.“We are bitterly disappointed but it’s part of the game,” Herath said. “I think every single area, bowling, batting and fielding will need to improve.“But this is not the time to talk about it. We will have a discussion later with the coaches.”Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on 22 while Mehedi Hasan was not out on two after hitting the winning runs that sparked wild celebrations from the visiting team.SRI LANKA 1st innings 338 (D. Chandimal 138)Bangladesh 1st innings 467 (S. Al Hasan 116, M. Hossain 75, S. Sarkar 61, M. Rahim 52; R. Herath 4-82, L. Sandakan 4-140)Sri Lanka 2nd innings (Overnight: 268-8)D. Karunaratne c Sarkar b Al Hasan 126U. Tharanga b M. Hasan 26K. Mendis c Rahim b M. Rahman 36D. Chandimal c Rahim b M. Rahman 5A. Gunaratne lbw b Al Hasan 7D. de Silva c Rahim b M. Rahman 0N. Dickwella c Rahim b Al Hasan 5D. Perera run out (Roy, M. Hasan) 50R. Herath lbw b T. Islam 9S. Lakmal c Mosa. Hossain b Al Hasan 42L. Sandakan not out 0Extras (b-4 lb-8 w-1) 13Total (all out, 113.2 overs) 319Fall of wickets: 1-57 U. Tharanga,2-143 K. Mendis,3-165 D. Chandimal,4-176 A. Gunaratne,5-177 D. de Silva,6-190 N. Dickwella,7-217 D. Karunaratne,8-238 R. Herath,9-318 D. Perera,10-319 S. LakmalBowling: S. Roy 16 – 4 – 36 – 0(w-1),M. Hasan 24 – 0 – 71 – 1,M. Rahman 23 – 3 – 78 – 3,S. Al Hasan 36.2 – 9 – 74 – 4,Mosa. Hossain 3 – 0 – 10 – 0, T. Islam 11 – 1 – 38 – 1BANGLADESH 2nd innings (Target: 191 runs)T. Iqbal c Chandimal b D. Perera 82S. Sarkar c Tharanga b Herath 10I. Kayes c Gunaratne b Herath 0Sa. Rahman lbw b D. Perera 41S. Al Hasan b D. Perera 15M. Rahim not out 22Mosa. Hossain c Dickwella b Herath 13M. Hasan not out 2Extras (b-4 lb-1 w-1) 6Total (for 6 wickets, 57.5 overs) 191Fall of wickets: 1-22 S. Sarkar,2-22 I. Kayes,3-131 T. Iqbal,4-143 Sa. Rahman,5-162 S. Al Hasan,6-189 Mosa. HossainDid not bat: T. Islam, S. Roy, M. RahmanBowling:D. Perera 22 – 1 – 59 – 3, R. Herath 24.5 – 2 – 75 – 3,D. de Silva 2 – 0 – 7 – 0, L. Sandakan 6 – 1 – 34 – 0,S. Lakmal 2 – 0 – 7 – 0(w-1),A. Gunaratne 1 – 0 – 4 – 0last_img read more

Theron Fitzpatrick, 89, Neosho Falls: Nov. 24, 1923 – Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

first_imgTheron Fitzpatrick, 89, of rural Neosho Falls, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola. Fitzpatrick is the father of Ken Fitzpatrick of Wellington and grandfather of Heidi Theurer, Casey Fitzpatrick and Anna Lucas of Wellington.Theron was born November 24, 1923, in Geneva, Kansas, the son Edward Anthony and Anna Thresa (Mabie) Fitzpatrick. He grew up and lived his entire life in the Geneva and Neosho Falls communities.On August 22, 1948, Theron married Pauline Stovall. He enjoyed farming, raising cattle, and also ran a saw mill with a neighbor during the winter months. He liked to hunt and fish with family and friends. Pauline preceded him in death November 15, 2004.Theron served on the board of directors of the Piqua Farmers Coop and Woodson County F.H.A.SURVIVORS:2 Sons: Ed Fitzpatrick & companion Chris of Neosho Falls, KS and Ken Fitzpatrick & wife Rhonda of Wellington, KS1 Daughter: Patsy Mapes & husband, Dan of Skiatook, OK5 Grandchildren: Heidi Theurer & husband Travis, Casey Fitzpatrick, Anna Lucas & husband Nic, Emily Mapes & fiancé Terry Reed and Eli Mapes5 Great GrandchildrenHe was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Georgia Mae Cleaver.FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.VISITATION: Prior to the serviceBURIAL: Geneva Cemetery, northwest of IolaMEMORIAL: Geneva Cemetery FundMemorial gifts may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.Online condolences for the family may be left on this website, www.iolafuneral.com.last_img read more