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THREATS AGAIN DISRUPT JOHN KENNEDY’S CELTIC TESTIMONIAL

first_imgA Celtic Park tribute match this weekend for retired defender John Kennedy has been postponed following security fears surrounding manager Neil Lennon.It follows a disrupted testimonial match against Finn Harps in March when Lennon and several senior players failed to travel to Donegal due to security fears at that time.Now this Sunday’s match, which was to feature the current first team playing against members of the Celtic side that reached the 2003 Uefa Cup final under Martin O’Neill, has been postponed due to continuing security fears. Fans from Donegal due to travel to the match were told today that a new date for the game has not yet been agreed.Kennedy was forced to retire in 2006 because of a persistent knee injury.He picked up the cruciate ligament injury while playing for Scotland against Romania but was forced to give up the game after a series of operations and attempted comebacks.The match in his honour was due to take place the day after the Scottish Cup final against Motherwell. But the testimonial committee felt it would be inappropriate to play the game following a turbulent few months for their manager.Lennon has been targeted with bombs and bullets by loyalist bigots.A representative of the John Kenney testimonial committee told Celtic’s official website in the past hour: “The committee is very sensitive to everything that has gone on around the club and, in particular, the manager in recent weeks.“Therefore, we felt it would be best to reschedule the match for a more appropriate time.“We thank the many supporters who have already committed to the game and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. Please be assured the club will provide full refunds. “We hope the Celtic support will understand this was a difficult decision, but we feel it’s the correct one for all concerned in the current circumstances.“We look forward to announcing the new details in due course and staging the match when we can celebrate the great contribution to Celtic made by John Kennedy, Martin O’Neill and a host of Celtic legends.”THREATS AGAIN DISRUPT JOHN KENNEDY’S CELTIC TESTIMONIAL was last modified: May 17th, 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)last_img read more

Hughes: QPR have ‘real belief’ they can upset Arsenal

first_imgDespite being bottom of the table, QPR manager Mark Hughes says his team have shown they can compete with the Premier League’s best sides and are confident ahead of their visit to Arsenal. Click here for the Arsenal v QPR quizSee also:QPR man’s condition still causing concernFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Rooibos refreshes the agri-tourism industry

first_imgIn a little town in the middle of nowhere, the sisters, Sanet Stander and Marietjie Smit, opened a small sewing shop, NetMar. In this creative space, their lives changed forever. They started serving coffee to customers, which led to tea; and now they’re charging into the modern tourism market. NetMar is no longer just a sewing shop – it is South Africa’s only Rooibos Tea House. It is also home to the country’s first online rooibos tea tourism hub. (Image: Rooibos Route) • Sanet & Marietjie Founders Rooibos Route +27 27 482 1007 [email protected] • Research says rooibos beats stress • The business of making tea • Rooibos tea is good for you • Honeybush industry set for growth • Tea with MeleaMelissa Jane CookModern tourists don’t want to lounge around and read books when they’re on holiday; they want experiences. With this in mind, a pair of sisters has come up with a tool that helps tourists to plan and create individual and unique experiences that are relaxing and educational – all based on a plant discovered by the Khoi hundreds of years ago.Some three centuries ago, the Khoi people of southern Africa began using wild grown rooibos as a herbal tea. Today, this delicious cuppa has been elevated to a liquid luxury enjoyed around the world – and it now even has its own route. The Rooibos Route was launched by two creative sisters, a team of hardworking people, a website and the tourism industry.In a little town in the middle of nowhere, the sisters, Sanet Stander and Marietjie Smit, opened a small sewing shop, NetMar. In this creative space, their lives changed forever. They started serving coffee to customers, which led to tea; and now they’re charging into the modern tourism market. NetMar is no longer just a sewing shop – it is South Africa’s only Rooibos Tea House. It is also home to the country’s first online rooibos tea tourism hub.The Rooibos Route was officially launched in Clanwilliam, 200 kilometres north of Cape Town in Western Cape, on 14 August. It is a tourism website that acts as a one-stop-shop for planning a breath-taking holiday based on experiential offerings in the local rooibos industry.“What we realised with the Rooibos Tea House was that tourists don’t want to simply buy tea. They want to see and feel the tea plants in their natural state; they want to learn about the harvesting and curing of the final product, and they want to know everything about how the green plant becomes red tea in a bag,” says Stander. “We just wanted to make it easier for tourists who have an interest in the rooibos industry to plan a trip during which they can learn about the industry while still being pampered and relaxed in beautiful surroundings.”Rooibosroete bekend gestel / Rooibos route launchedTourist offeringInitially, the sisters approached their 10 main rooibos suppliers to get the website started. “All of our suppliers have something they could offer tourists – be it educational or experiential. We’ve created a website with an interactive map that shows you where the specific company or farm is, what they have to offer and how to get in touch with them,” says Smit. “Essentially we take out the legwork of planning your rooibos-based trip by giving you the available options and contact details.”The website has seven categories – cultivation, history, activities, restaurants, tea house, accommodation, and treats – so potential visitors have full control of where they stay and what they experience. “You simply click on one of the categories and all of the available options [is] shown to you – you can just pick from there,” explains Stander. For instance, cultivation options include large-scale farms with on-site processing plants so that tourists can see how a rooibos plant is harvested and turned into bagged or loose-leaf red tea. The history category includes destinations where tourists can learn how the rooibos industry has been shaped over the last three centuries.The Rooibos Route is centred on an interactive Google Maps system that is easy to use and is quite handy when planning a road trip. The website includes the history of rooibos, rooibos recipes, rooibos health facts and a tea of the month. “These will change monthly, so be sure to keep visiting the site,” says Stander.There is a special rooibos experience with a Seven Clan option: visitors can either visit a rooibos farm or production plant, and for the more adventurous, there are outdoor activities such as 4×4 tracks, jogging, walking or bird watching on rooibos farms. The more relaxed tourist can visit a historical building or the local museum, where there is an upgraded exhibition on the plant. Not to be missed is the rooibos baking or tea tasting at the Rooibos Tea House, where there are more than 100 flavoured and blended rooibos teas.The route covers a wide area in and around Clanwilliam, and the tourist can visit the different points in their own time and at their own pace. With the world renowned Cederberg Mountains, the Clanwilliam Dam and beautiful scenery, it is a wonderful experience for rooibos tea lovers and nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Clanwilliam is the heart of rooibos country and is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.For peace and quiet, try the Suid Bokkeveld and the Cederberg Mountains on a route that links Nieuwoudtville and Wupperthal via Moedverloor – it is also sometimes called the Moedverloor Route. Along the way is a group of authentic small-scale farmers that you can visit, guided hikes, rock art, medicinal plants, and courses on baking traditional bread and how to harvest your own rooibos tea.Environmentally friendlyRooibos Route is an environmentally friendly tourist route between Wupperthal and Nieuwoudtville. It encourages visitors to use local accommodation and enjoy the hospitality of rooibos farmers and their families, who can share their local knowledge and environment with them.In time gone by, the Khoi and San people cut the Aspalathus linearis bush (rooibos) high up in the mountains with axes, bundled it and carried the branches home. At home they chopped the branches and used stones to bruise the leaves. The foliage would be heaped up and left to ferment in the sun. After this oxidation process they would spread it open to let it dry, until it was ready to brew as a tasty herbal and aromatic tea.The Khoi also used rooibos tea to relieve allergies and help heal damaged skin.last_img read more

Curbside Recycling for Polystyrene Foam

first_imgFoam is “densified”After the foam is collected, it’s put in a cage 7 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and 5 feet long, and then dumped onto a conveyor. The conveyor feeds a device called a “densifier” that turns the foam, which is 98 percent air, into a solid block — the kind of compaction that would never occur in a landfill.It takes eight full cages of foam pieces, about 62 cubic yards, to make a single half-ton block, the newspaper said.Andrew Garrett, Valley Waste’s communications coordinator, told the newspaper there are ready markets for recycled polystyrene, including buyers in China, where it is turned into window molding, flower pots, and CD cases.The processing equipment cost about $40,000 (Canadian dollars). (For more information on EPS densifiers, see Recycling Expanded Polystyrene.)In the U.S., the EPS Industry Alliance, a trade group, says more than 127 million pounds of EPS were recycled in 2013, including 73 million pounds of post-consumer packaging. The average recycling rate for EPS is 15%, the group said, one of the highest rates for plastics.Citing “challenging transportation logistics and high contamination rates,” EPS-IA says there is limited collection of EPS at the community level. But the group has developed 200 collection sites around the country, and sponsors a mail-in recycling program. In a first for the province of Nova Scotia, a waste recycling agency has launched a curbside recycling program for expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, turning waste foam into blocks of condensed material that can be sold to manufacturers and turned into new products.Two years in the making, the program got off the ground in mid-November, according to an article in the The Kings County Advertiser and Register.The program will keep some 85 tons of foam out of a regional landfill, extending its capacity and reducing costs incurred by the agency, Valley Waste Resource Management, the newspaper said.last_img read more

Jennifer Gluckow on 5 Questions that Will Result in Better Sales – Episode #115

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:00 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAfter spending a lifetime in the industry, Jen Gluckow knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She talks with Anthony on this episode of In the Arena about how you can own your career as a salesperson and how to connect better with your peers and leaders. She also answers 5 main questions that will help you become a better salesperson and ignite your career. All of these insights and more are included in Jen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute,” available for pre-order now on Amazon and everywhere January 1. Be sure to check it out, and catch the full story on this podcast episode.After spending a lifetime in the #sales industry, @JENinaNYminute knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She shares her invaluable insights on this episode of #InTheArena, and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Listen now! @Iannarino Click To Tweet#1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader?Most salespeople enter into the business wanting to make a difference, either in their own life or in the lives of others. Why is it, then, that so many salespeople sit back and seemingly wait for marketing to send them quality leads? You cannot afford to rely on others to make your career happen, and you have to be diligently working on securing your own top leads. Start talking with everyone you meet, and don’t hesitate to act because you’re waiting for the “perfect lead” to appear that simply doesn’t exist.#2 – What can you do to become a better networker?Networking can change your life if you let it, but great networking is not about quantity. The ultimate goal of networking should always be about making quality connections with people who can either send you business referrals or add value to your life. How can you make those types of connections? Start by being specific and targeted in the meetings and groups you pursue. Then, become a value-provider for the people you meet. You can’t expect quality results from new connections if you don’t first convince them you’re worth building a relationship with.Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a #SalesLeader? @JENinaNYminute shares her answer to this critical question, and so much more, on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To Tweet#3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work?No matter what market you’re involved in, the temptation to make excuses for poor performance is always present. Making better sales starts with taking responsibility for your action – and inaction. Both Jen and Anthony believe in the power of a great mindset and attitude when striving for selling success. Take 10 minutes and identify your top excuses that you tell yourself and your boss. Then, figure out ways to crush those excuses. The minute you stop making excuses is the minute you start making better sales.#4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory?If you aspire to become the CEO of your sales territory, you can’t spend all your time analyzing every decision. Company CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink everything. Becoming a top sales leader is all about identifying your own style of leadership, committing to that method, and owning it.Excuses get you nowhere in #sales. Learn how to combat the temptation to become stagnant by listening to this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute. You won’t be disappointed. @IannarinoClick To Tweet#5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects and making better sales?No one enjoys getting those calls from salespeople that say, “Hey, I’m just checking in!” What that message actually conveys is a nagging need to know how the sale is coming along – not a desire to help the prospect make a good decision for their business. Jen encourages sales leaders to add value to their prospects’ lives instead. Send them interesting and relevant articles, connect them to professionals they need to know, etc. If you do that, you’ll not only make better sales but also grow a deeper network of industry peers.Outline of this great episode Jen Gluckow’s passion is helping others make better sales New York is different when it comes to sales, and it inspired Jen’s upcoming book #1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader? #2 – What can you do to become a better networker? #3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work? #4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory? #5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects?Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJen’s websiteFollow Jen on FacebookFollow Jen on TwitterFollow Jen on InstagramConnect with Jen on LinkedInJen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute: 212 Pages of Real World and Easy to Implement Strategies to Make More Sales, Build Loyal Relationships, and Make More Money”The Iannarino Sales Accelerator – 833-426-6274The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeCompany #CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink every decision. #SalesLeaders can learn from selling expert @JENinaNYminute all on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To TweetWhat’s the key to effectively following up with #sales prospects? Discover proven methods for selling success all on this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute @IannarinoClick To Tweetlast_img read more

10 months agoLe Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier: Hasenhuttl right manager for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Southampton ambassador Matt Le Tissier has no doubts about the ability of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.As well as the recent performances, Le Tissier has been encouraged by Hasenhuttl’s training sessions.“I’ve been very impressed with the training I’ve watched and the difference in the performance of the team since Ralph H has come in and am confident for the rest of the season,” he said.“I’ve loved watching training under the last four or five managers since Ronald [Koeman] was in charge and there’s definitely an intensity to it that I’d not seen before.“I didn’t see them train under Mauricio [Pochettino] but imagine it would have been pretty similar.” last_img read more

Missouri farmer charged in 140M organic grain fraud scheme

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — A Missouri farmer and businessman ripped off consumers nationwide by falsely marketing more than $140 million worth of corn, soybeans and wheat as certified organic grains, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.The long-running fraud scheme outlined in court documents by prosecutors in Iowa is one of the largest uncovered in the fast-growing organic farming industry. The victims included food companies and their customers who paid higher prices because they thought they were buying grains that had been grown using environmentally sustainable practices.The alleged leader of the scheme was identified as Randy Constant of Chillicothe, Missouri, who was charged with one count of wire fraud. He is expected to plead guilty during a hearing that is scheduled at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday.The charging document calls on Constant to forfeit $128 million to the government along with his interest in 70 pieces of farm machinery and equipment. His attorney, Mark Weinhardt, didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment.Three Nebraska farmers who sold their crops to Constant pleaded guilty in October to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing. One of their attorneys has said that Constant recruited them and that they turned a blind eye to his false marketing practices because they reaped higher profits by passing their grains off as organic.Constant was the owner of Organic Land Management, which held certifications through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grow organic corn and soybeans on farms in Missouri and Nebraska. He was also the owner of Jericho Solutions, which operated in Ossian, Iowa, and sold and marketed grain labeled as organic to customers nationwide.To be certified organic, grains must be grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and other substances that can be harmful to the environment. Organic farmers must go through a roughly three-year process to achieve certified status, which includes reviews by a USDA-accredited agent and on-site inspections.Constant told customers his grain was certified organic because some of it had been grown on his farms in Missouri and Nebraska. But the charging document alleges that at least 90 per cent of the grain being sold was non-organic grain that he either grew himself elsewhere or bought from other farmers.Constant was aware that farmers he purchased from used unapproved substances, including pesticides and nitrogen, to grow their crops, the document says.Constant sold more than $142.4 million worth of falsely marketed organic grain to at least 10 customers nationwide between 2010 and mid-2017, when he voluntarily surrendered a certificate to operate in the USDA’s National Organic Program. The scheme allegedly dates back to at least 2004 but additional sales figures weren’t available.Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kashmir integral part of India, can’t be separated: Shah

first_imgRaigarh: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and cannot be separated from the country till a single BJP worker is alive, irrespective of whether the party is in power or not. Addressing an election rally in Raigarh district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, he said when the Modi government is re-elected at the Centre, infiltrators will be identified across the country and deported. “Election is underway in Jammu and Kashmir and an ally of Congress, leader of National Conference Omar Abdullah had advocated for a prime minister in Kashmir. Do you think it’s possible that a country can have two PMs? I have been asking Rahul baba to clarify his stand on the (Abdullah’s) statement, but he is silent,” Shah said slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul baba listen carefully…Presently there is a government headed by Modi ji and it will be re-elected. But even if we are not in power, nobody can separate Kashmir from India till a single BJP worker is alive. Kashmir is an integral part of India and if anyone says that it will be isolated from the country, then people of the country will not tolerate it,” he added. Shah also accused the Congress and the National Conference of not being in favour of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Congress and National Conference don’t want to remove Article 370. But the BJP has promised in its poll manifesto that Article 370 will be scrapped,” he said. “Another issue is that of NRC (National Register for Citizen). Congress is saying do not bring NRC, but I want to urge you to again elect the Narendra Modi government at the Centre…infiltrators will be identified right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam, and deported,” he said. Describing infiltrators as “termites”, he said they are a threat to the nation’s security. “Our commitment is to throw them out of the country,” the BJP chief added. Shah also alleged that the Congress and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force’s strike on terrorist camps at Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack. “The Modi government has done the biggest work to safeguard the borders of the country. When terrorists attacked in Pulwama and killed our 40 jawans, there was anger and disappointment in the country. But the Modi government is not like the ‘mauni baba’ (silent) Manmohan Singh government. Barely 13 days after the attack, air strikes were carried out targeting terror camps in Pakistan,” he said. “At a time when the whole nation rejoiced, there was grief in Pakistan. But there was also sadness in the office Rahul baba and company,” Shah claimed. “The guru of Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, says some kids have committed mistakes and dialogue should be held with them. Do you think talks should be held with those who killed our 40 jawans? Our policy is clear that reply of the bullets will be given with shells. We will not hold talks with terrorists. BJP has a zero tolerance policy against terrorists.” The Congress ruled the country for 55 years, but it did nothing for development of poor, Dalits, tribals, villages and cities of the country, he alleged. In the five years of the Modi government, work has been done for the development of 50 crore poor. Shah also slammed the Congress government in Chhattisgarh and said Ayushman Bharat scheme has been stopped in the state which was meant for welfare of poor people. He also targeted Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for banning the CBI from investigating any fresh cases in the state without seeking the state’s consent. “Why was Bhupesh Baghel so afraid of the CBI that he banned it in the state immediatelyafter coming to power. What he has done?” he asked. The Congress had promised to provide unemployment allowance in the state, Shah said, adding, “Are you (people) getting it? No development work is taking place in the state. The law and order situation has collapsed.” Shah was campaigning for BJP candidate Gomtee Sai from Raigarh Lok Sabha constituency which will go to polls in the third phase on April 23.last_img read more