High Oleic Soybean Acres Needed in Northeast Indiana

first_img Facebook Twitter Looking for high oleic growersWanted in northeast Indiana: farmers to accept premiums for growing high oleic soybeans. Last week Monsanto gathered groundbreakers who will be the first to plant their Asgrow Vistive Gold beans in Indiana this year. They are paying premiums and more growers are needed, according to Sarah Vacek, Vistive Gold product manager.“It’s not too late to sign up and this year we have a 60 cent per bushel premium for every bushel of soybeans that are produced. In addition because of extra stewardship steps there’s an extra $12.50 per acre for the growers growing Vistive Gold soybeans this year.”Those stewardship steps are necessary while Monsanto awaits some key global approvals for Vistive Gold.Jim Schriver is an Indiana farmer and board member for the United Soybean Board. He told the groundbreakers that these new soybeans that produce zero trans fat oil will help soybean growers get back in the food service game.“We lost a large percentage, a great deal of our oil market because of the trans fat issue, and because of the requirement for labeling trans fats back in 2006. We lost about 4 billion pounds of oil from the marketplace which affected our price ability. So we’re trying to come into the market with high oleic to capture that market back, and the high oleic has a lot of properties that the frying industry likes.”He told HAT the product also has benefits at the cold end of the spectrum.“We’re not sure where that will go long range. There are a lot of people who think that the yellow grease market has more cold flow ability and a second use will be in the biofuels industry or some other industry of that nature. But this product has a lot of opportunity.”Tyson Franks of Fremont, Indiana is a farmer signed on for 2014.“I think it’s extremely important. I’m involved in social media and seeing a lot of the concerns out there with GMO’s and nutrition, and I think it’s important for us to show the  world and our neighbors and our landlords and those involved with us that we are trying to utilize these things for the betterment of everyone. Everyone’s health is at the top of the list and I think it’s interesting and exciting to be a part of such a thing that can revolutionize the food industry.” Home Indiana Agriculture News High Oleic Soybean Acres Needed in Northeast Indiana SHARE SHARE By Andy Eubank – Mar 12, 2014 Facebook Twitter High Oleic Soybean Acres Needed in Northeast Indiana Previous articleSeed Treatment Could End SDS ImpactNext articleAg Groups to Administration: Reject Japan’s TPP Offer Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Modern Method of Auction delivers in Worcestershire

first_imgA three-bedroom detached bungalow in a stunning rural location on the outskirts of Romsley village in Worcestershire sold for 21 per cent over the guide price of £280,000, following a successful auction through IAM Sold.The property was with the agent, Bloore & King, identifying auction as the perfect solution to the vendor’s requirements to sell quickly and maximise the true value of the property. It sold in under seven weeks for £75,000 over the starting bid, received 42 viewings and 57 bids.Jamie Cooke, Managing Director of IAM Sold, said, “The property is in a desirable position on a large plot, with huge scope for redevelopment. Given this potential, we weren’t surprised by the high volume of bids and eventual sale price of £355,000.“This is an excellent example of the Modern Method of Auction really coming into its own and fulfilling vendor requirements – whilst also opening up opportunities for keen buyers.”Chris Bloore at Bloore and King Sales and Lettings, in Halesowen, added, “We were delighted with this sale and so happy that the owners have had such a fantastic result. Once again the modern method of auction has proved itself to be an excellent tool to sell property in this market. We knew there was going to be a huge amount of interest in this home but even we did not expect the level of offers which achieved the best result we have ever had at auction.”modern methods of auction iam-sold auction Worcestershire July 10, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » Modern Method of Auction delivers in Worcestershire previous nextAuctions newsModern Method of Auction delivers in WorcestershireThe Negotiator10th July 20180363 Viewslast_img read more

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Napoli beat holders Liverpool in Champions League opener

first_imgAt the other end, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was also at full stretch, denying Mohamed Salah with his fingertips on 65 minutes.Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly had his hands full with Salah who had threatened to break the deadlock throughout the first half.Carlo Ancelotti’s side piled on the pressure early on, with Adrian pulling off a double save in the seventh minute from Fabian Ruiz before Hirving Lozano headed into the net from an offside position.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane dispossessed Insigne, forcing Meret into a save on 20 minutes with James Milner firing over.Salah finally managed to break free of the towering presence of Koulibaly, with Mane combining with Firmino who fired over.Firmino — making his 200th appearance for Liverpool — missed a chance to put the visitors ahead before the break with his header flashing wide.The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty after a VAR review.And Llorente pounced on Van Dijk’s loose pass to claim his first Napoli goal, sealing a famous win for the hosts. Mane missed chancesNapoli Liverpool Naples, Italy | AFP | Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late goals as Napoli defeated holders Liverpool 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening round of Champions League group stage matches.Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 loss at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds.Jurgen Klopp’s side are the first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.Both Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, and Napoli remain favourites to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk.Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool in Madrid in June.He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to pandemonium among the crowd at the Stadio San Paolo.Liverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup.Both teams could thank their goalkeepers for keeping the scoreline goalless for so long.Adrian made his Champions League debut in the Liverpool goal with Alisson Becker out injured, pulling off an impressive save from a Mertens volley just after the break. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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BSO Deputy fired after surveillance shows him striking a handcuffed inmate several times

first_imgBroward Sheriff Gregory Tony has announced the firing of a Deputy after the Deputy was captured on surveillance punching a handcuffed inmate.The incident occurred in the men’s jail on June 26th. Officials say Deputy Kevin Fanti was in the process of booking the inmate when the inmate dropped a paper. At that point, Deputy Fanti picks up the inmates paper and then shoves him before punching the inmate several times.In a news conference Thursday Broward Sheriff Tony commended his staff for bringing the issue to his attention and said it’s all about accountability:“This is my messaging, and we’re changing the culture that exists here. Too many of our good deputies’ reputation continue to get tarnished because, like every organization that exists here on this planet, there will be a bad seed that makes it through the recruitment and application process.”Deputy Fanti who was hired in April of 2018 and still under his probationary period, was fired on the spot Thursday after Sheriff Tony reviewed the tape.“What’s unique here is that this young man is on probation,” Tony said, “and he has failed to meet the standards that I have for all these deputies. He’s been terminated. He will not have any opportunity to be interviewed by my investigators because he didn’t deserve it.”last_img read more

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Fly by nighters

first_imgWell here we are at another opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The press box is packed and I mean really filled to the rim with folks that in a few weeks from now will probably not venture anywhere near PNC Park or its press box. The 2013 opening day was the first ever opening day start for Pirates right hander Sean Burnett. I was moved by the violin virtuoso performance of “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” But you know what? That was the extent of excellence for the Pirates in regards to ringing the opening bell for the 2013 season. At one point aside from giving up a walk and a double Burnett had recorded eight straight strikeouts. But in between those “K’s” the Cubs were hitting the ball hard. The 10 strikeouts by A.J. Burnett were the most by a Pirates pitcher on opening day since 1983 when John Candelaria struck out 10 at St. Louis. The Cubs starter RHP Jeff Samardzija had the Pirates number because he allowed only two hits through eight innings also only throwing 110 pitches including 71 strikes. He also struck out nine batters.The win was preserved by the Cubs right handed relievers Carlos Marmol and Kyuji Fujikawa to seal the deal by the score 3-1.Power FailureWhat is it about the Pittsburgh Power Football Club that causes most professional football aficionados to perceive that the team doesn’t seem serious? Well looking at the way the team has performed so far in the season the team, at least the offense anyway seems to be searching near and far for its “collective” groove.” The Power dropped their first game of the season 64-33 to the Utah Blaze. Now the loss to the Blaze was not really unexpected and not so unusual because Utah is a tough and talented squad. What was so unusual was that against the Blaze, the Power only gained 183 total yards offensively a dismal outing in Pittsburgh’s first home game of the season. In the AFL that may be as close to being shut down if not shut out that the Power should want to be. From the outset, Friday’s game against the Jacksonville Sharks did not bode well for Pittsburgh in light of the fact that they had lost both of the previous meetings against the Sharks. Both of the losses occurred at the Consol where the Power had been outscored, 129-79. At halftime the Power were losing to the Jacksonville Sharks by the score of 34-21 even though Pittsburgh had a time of possession advantage of 15:29 to 14:31 and Jacksonville only had a 15 yard advantage in total offensive yards. The second half only became worse because at the end of the third quarter the Power were down by the score of 42-28. The game ended with the Sharks prevailing by the score of 61-35. The “suspect” offensive line of the Power also allowed Jacksonville to record seven sacks. The offensive line for Pittsburgh had better improve in a hurry or it is going to be a long, long, season.Forty acres and a donkeyJust a few weeks ago I penned a column titled “50 Million Dollar Chattel.” I recalled that as I was viewing the latest smash hit, “The Bible,” that a myriad of sports and social issues were dancing around in my head, one of those being slavery. Hollywood depicts the inhumanity of forced servitude as almost being “noble.” As far as Black athletes are concerned they will probably never understand their true value because it will never be revealed to them. As far as I am concerned the NFL compensation process is biased, corrupt and flawed as it relates to Black athletes. There is nothing noble about it. Well as I have been preaching for over three decades the NCAA is far worse.On Easter Sunday as I viewed the Louisville, Duke NCAA Elite Eight faceoff late in the first half Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg at Lucas Oil Stadium that quieted me and all of my family members watching the game with me at home. Even coach Rick Pitino was caught on camera wiping away tears. A report by Associated Press writer Michael Marot stated that; “Ware’s right leg bent in such an awkward and frightening angle that CBS stopped showing replays shortly after the fall in the NCAA tournamentMatch up against Duke. “The bone’s six inches out of his leg and all he’s yelling is, “Win the game, win the game,’” Pitino said. “I’ve not seen that in my life…Pretty special young man. The bone was literally out. I saw white, it was literally out,” said Behanan, who collapsed to his hands and feet at the sight. The two spoke at halftime. “He said ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m good, I’ll have my surgery tonight,’” Behanan said. “Go win it for me.”I have been standing on my “soapbox for pay” in regards to paying athletes for performing in college. In a recent article penned Dr. Boyce Watkins, comedian Chris Rock had this to say. “I know a lot of Black intellectuals will say we can do so much more than play ball and we can. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reap the benefits from sports White kids that go to Syracuse and Georgetown do. These kids should be paid and allowed to get an education for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives. Black people not making money from college sports is like Arabs not making money from oil, insane. We have our reparations lottery ticket right in our pocket and were not smart enough to cash it in.” Maybe we had better forget about reparations and focus on compensation for performance in the year 2013.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Sports: Places to watch and play

first_imgYOUTH SPORTS BASEBALL Agoura PONY Baseball, (818) 707-6268 Antelope Valley Colt & Palomino League, (661) 948-2325 Burbank Hap Minor, (818) 238-5330 Camarillo PONY Baseball Association, (805) 388-0829 Canyon Country Little League, (661) 298-1451 Castaic Little League, (661) 702-0332 Chatsworth Junior Baseball League, (818) 709-6395 Crescenta Sports Association, (626) 568-4797 El Dorado Little League (Lancaster), (661) 946-2360 Encino Little League, (818) 771-5488 Glendale Little League, (818) 951-2984 Malibu Little League, (310) 317-2018 Mid-Valley Baseball Association (Encino), (818) 708-8988 Mission Hills Little League, (818) 893-0505 Moorpark Little League, (805) 529-2931 Newbury Park PONY Baseball, (805) 375-1954 Northridge City Little League, (818) 368-4654 North Valley Youth Baseball (Granada Hills), (818) 368-7663 Pacoima Youth Athletic Association, (818) 897-3388 Palmdale Little League, (661) 285-2166 Palmdale PONY League, (661) 947-7676 San Fernando National Little League, (818) 361-8317 Santa Susana Baseball (Simi Valley), (805) 526-1768 Sherman Oaks Little League, (818) 986-5003 Simi Valley Baseball League, (805) 581-3378 Sylmar Independent Baseball League, (818) 367-7211 Thousand Oaks Little League, (805) 370-8360 Tujunga Little League, (818) 352-9970 Valley Christian Athletic Association (Encino), (818) 781-8222 Westhill Baseball, (818) 346-2255 West Valley Little League (Encino), (818) 989-1566 William S. Hart PONY, (661) 254-9780 FOOTBALL Agoura Oak Park Youth Football, (818) 991-3549 Camarillo Roadrunners, (805) 388-8995 East Lancaster Jets, (661) 943-3062 Highland Bulldogs, (661) 305-7472 Moorpark Packers, (805) 529-1003 Newbury Park Steelers, (805) 498-5443 North Valley Athletic Club, (661) 257-3509 Oxnard 49ers, (805) 469-5292 Thousand Oaks Titans, (805) 289-4882 Valley Falcons, (818) 365-2961 West Valley Eagles, (818) 734-9955 GYMNASTICS Anti-Gravity Sports Complex (Valencia), (661) 702-0123 Crescenta Ca?ada YMCA (La Ca?ada), (818) 790-0123 Fun and fit (Burbank), (818) 845-0700 Fun and fit (Santa Clarita), (661) 255-7244 Golden State Gymnastics (Burbank), (818) 558-1177 Gymnastics Olympica (Van Nuys), (818) 785-1537 Gymnastics Unlimited (Valencia), (661) 257-2496 Junior Gym Home of Lyons Gymnastics Academy (Van Nuys), (818) 785-2177 Wallers’ GYMJAM Academy (Santa Clarita), (661) 251-3390 SOCCER AYSO Region 4 (Westlake, Agoura), (818) 707-8557 AYSO Region 8 (Granada Hills), (818) 325-2052 AYSO Region 9 (Thousand Oaks), (805) 497-8655 AYSO Region 29 (Winnetka), (818) 775-2929 AYSO Region 33 (Encino, Tarzana, Reseda), (818) 342-4266 AYSO Region 42 (Newbury Park), (805) 498-7284 AYSO Region 46 (Saugus, Santa Clarita), (661) 296-2976 AYSO Region 58 (Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks), (818) 907-8689 AYSO Region 68 (Camarillo), (805) 484-9982 AYSO Region 71 (Woodland Hills, west San Fernando Valley), (818) 700-2976 AYSO Region 91 (Lancaster), (661) 945-0207 AYSO Region 174 (Granada Hills, Northridge, Sylmar), (818) 366-7505 AYSO Region 254 (Burbank, Glendale), (818) 841-2976 AYSO Region 363 (Moorpark), (805) 529-7666 AYSO Region 393 (Palmdale), (661) 722-5386 AYSO Region 638 (Quartz Hill, Palmdale, Lancaster), (661) 943-7008 AYSO Region 677 (Canyon Country, Acton, Agua Dulce), (661) 252-2976 AYSO Region 678 (Valencia, Newhall, Castaic, Stevenson Ranch), (661) 255-6826 AYSO Region 795 (Chatsworth, Porter Ranch), (818) 885-1639 AYSO Region 1430 (San Fernando, Mission Hills), (818) 881-2976 SOFTBALL Camarillo Girls Softball Association (CGSA), (805) 484-5501 Crescenta Sports Association, (626) 568-4797 Glendale Little League, (818) 951-2984 Newbury Park Girls Softball League, (805) 499-5972 Northridge ASA Girls Softball, (818) 368-4654 Sylmar Independent Baseball League, (818) 833-4426 Thousand Oaks Girls Softball Association, (805) 493-2101 Valley Christian Athletic Association (Encino), (818) 781-8222 Westlake-Agoura Girls Softball League, (818) 597-8384 West Valley Girls Softball League, (818) 382-2966 Simi Valley Softball, (805) 522-0019 TRACK Chatsworth Chiefs, (818) 420-4200 Northridge Pacers, (818) 360-5769 Simi Valley Running Rebels, (805) 584-2467 United Track Club, (805) 497-2350 VOLLEYBALL Thousand Oaks Spectrum VBC (Thousand Oaks), (805) 778-0888, Ext. 207 WATER POLO Los Angeles Water Polo Club, (818) 503-2349 L.A. PARKS Branford R.C. (Arleta), (818) 893-4923 Sports offered: softball/baseball (winter-spring) D. Gonzalez/Pacoima R.C. (Pacoima), (818) 899-1950 Sports offered: baseball (spring), flag football (fall), basketball (winter), soccer (winter) Fernangeles R.C. (Sun Valley), (818) 767-4171 Sports offered: baseball (spring), basketball (spring and winter) Hubert Humphrey R.C. (Pacoima), (818) 896-6510 Sports offered: softball/baseball (spring), basketball (winter), flag football (fall) Lake View Terrace R.C., (818) 899-8087 Sports offered: basketball (winter, spring, summer, fall) Ritchie Valens R.C. (Pacoima), (818) 834-5172 Sports offered: Basketball, soccer, T-ball/softball Stonehurst R.C. (Sun Valley), (818) 767-0314 Sports offered: Basketball, soccer, baseball/softball Sunland R.C., (818) 352-5282 Sports offered: Basketball, football, wood-bat baseball/T-ball, softball Sylmar R.C., (818) 367-5656 Sports offered: Basketball, summer, winter; flag football, fall; baseball/softball, spring, summer Van Nuys Sherman Oaks R.C., (818) 783-5121 Sports offered: Karate, gymnastics (every 10 weeks); flag football (fall); basketball (summer and spring); baseball, softball (spring) Van Nuys R.C., (818) 756-8131 Sports offered: Baseball, softball (spring); boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer (fall); karate, gymnastics, ballet (every 10 weeks); ice skating (every 6 weeks) RECREATIONAL SPORTS SOFTBALL/BASKETBALL Burbank, adult league play, (818) 238-5300 Glendale, adult league play, (818) 548-2000 Lancaster, adult league play, (661) 723-6077 Palmdale, adult league play, (661) 267-5611 San Fernando Valley, adult league play, (818) 765-0284 Simi Valley, adult league play, (805) 584-4400 BASEBALL San Fernando Valley, adult league play, (818) 765-0284 HOCKEY Burbank, Pickwick Ice Center, (818) 845-5300 Panorama City, Valley Ice Center, (818) 893-1784 Valencia, Ice Station, (661) 775-8686 TENNIS Burbank, (818) 238-5300 Glendale, (818) 548-2000 Lancaster, (661) 723-6077 Palmdale, (661) 267-5611 San Fernando Valley, (818) 765-0284 Santa Clarita Valley, (661) 286-4000 Simi Valley, (805) 584-4400 WATER SPORTS Castaic Lake: fishing, swimming, sailing, skiing, (661) 257-4050 Lake Piru: fishing, swimming, skiing, (805) 521-1500 PROFESSIONAL TEAMS Los Angeles Dodgers, (323) 224-1448, www.dodgers.com Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, (714) 663-9000, angels.mlb.com Los Angeles Clippers, (213) 742-7555, www.clippers.com Los Angeles Lakers, (213) 742-7400, www.lakers.com Los Angeles Sparks, (877) 44-SPARKS, www.wnba.com/sparks Anaheim Ducks, (714) 740-2000, www.anaheimducksmightyducks.com Los Angeles Kings, (213) 742-7100, www.lakings.com Los Angeles Galaxy, (877) 342-5299, www.lagalaxy.com Club Deportivo Chivas USA, (877) 244-8271, www.cdchivasusa.com Los Angeles Avengers, (213) 480-3232, www.laavengers.com Lancaster JetHawks, (661) 726-5400, www.jethawks.com COLLEGE TEAMS University of Southern California, (213) 740-GO SC, www.usctrojans.com University of California, Los Angeles, (310) 825-2946, www.uclabruins.com California State University, Northridge, (818) 677-2488, www.gomatadors.com Pepperdine, (310) 506-4935, www.pepperdine/edu/athletics Loyola Marymount, (310) 338-5466, www.lmulions.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Donegal Rose of 2019 to be chosen this Saturday

first_imgTwelve young Donegal women are about to have their night in the spotlight as they compete to become the 2019 Donegal Rose.The Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town will host the Donegal Rose Selection in association with R McCullagh Jewellers this Saturday 25th May.There is much anticipation for the event as people wait to find out who will take on 2018 Rose Niamh Duggan’s role and go forward to represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee International Festival. This year’s Donegal representative will have a guaranteed interview in the Dome, as the Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates 60 years.The Donegal Rose hopefuls of 2019 are:Pictured in order L-R: Top RowAnila Devasia Sponsored by Indian AssociationEmma Rose Callaghan Sponsored by An Grianan Hotel BurtKara Meehan Sponsored by North Atlantic Basketball AcademyNadine McCarron Sponsored by The Harbour Inn BuncranaRachel Doherty Sponsored by Casey’s Super ValuRoisin Bonner Sponsored by Cara PharmacyBottom Row L-RBrid Cannon Sponsored by Teach MhicChloe Kennedy Sponsored by Rory’s Auto SparesClodagh Roper Sponsored by Slevins Department StoreDeyna Collins Sponsored by Allingham HotelRuth Gillespie Sponsored by Scoil Rince Tir ChonaillEllen O’Donoghue Sponsored by The Rusty MackerelThe women will have a big day on Saturday as they face interviews with the three Judges, both individual and group interviews, and in the evening all guests are invited to support the Roses whilst they are interviewed on stage with MC Lee Gooch.The Roses will be accompanied by their Escorts and also little Rosebuds.At the end of the evening the judges will then selected the 2019 Donegal Rose, she will receive the Donegal Rose Sash, Tipperary Crystal Jewellery including earrings, necklace and a bracelet and go forward to the Rose of Tralee Festival in August where she will enjoy the Rose Tour, be interviewed by a panel of judges attend Carnivals and of course all the events in the Dome with an interview on RTE with Daithi O’Se.Niamh Duggan was the Donegal Rose in 2018Once again this year in Donegal all of the Roses will wear jewellery from R McCullagh Jewellers and the wonderful team with Julian and Gareth Ball at the helm were on hand to help choose jewellery for the big event. There was great excitement this week as the girls selected their jewellery for the selection. The Donegal Rose Centre wish to thank R McCullagh Jewellers and all the Sponsors of the Roses.A spokesperson said: “A special word of thanks to Niamh Duggan 2018 Donegal Rose who will hand over her sash this weekend, Niamh has been an inspirational lady to many since she was selected last year, her passion for the Rose of Tralee and indeed her County Donegal and love of her homeland Tory Island has been conveyed through many trips to visit Roses around the World.“The friendships made in Tralee have continued and we look forward to welcoming a number of the Rose Class of 2018 to Donegal this Saturday along with Special Guest, the Reigning Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Maher who will be in attendance.“The Chairman of the Rose of Tralee Anthony O’Gara and his wife Oonagh will also make the trip from Tralee to attend the Donegal Rose Selection.” There were four Roses from Donegal in 2018The Rose Centre extends Special thanks to R McCullagh Jewellers and all of the Sponsors in the 2019 Donegal Rose Selection. Wishing all the Roses the best of luck on Saturday.Tickets for Saturday are available online or from any of the Roses.Banners of support are always encouraged to support your Rose and a prize will be given to the best bannerClick for Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rose-of-tralee-donegal-selection-in-association-with-r-mccullagh-jewellers-tickets-61610071382Show starts at 7pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal TownFor more information contact [email protected] Rose of 2019 to be chosen this Saturday was last modified: May 24th, 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 Rose of Traleelast_img read more

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Sponsorship boom for SA soccer

first_img28 February 2008The launch of the Nedbank Cup knockout competition on Monday marks the continuation of a trend – accelerated by the country’s upcoming hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – in which money from big business has been flowing into football in South Africa.With a total prize purse of R19.3-million, including R6-million for the winners, R2.5-million for the runners-up and R1-million for the losing semi-finalists, the Nedbank Cup has set a new benchmark for knockout competitions, much as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is setting the standard for soccer sponsorships on the continent.Five years, R400-millionNedbank’s deal overall is far bigger than the prize money on offer in the Nedbank Cup; it totals R400-million over five years.PSL CEO Kjetil Siem praised Nedbank’s support of local soccer this week, saying the knockout competition was “one of the most important events on our calendar, and with their support they are certainly raising the profile of this tournament.”As newcomers to the football industry, Nedbank should be further congratulated, Siem said. “They’ve taken giant leaps to make sure that their contribution will aid the development and further enhance the beautiful game in this country.“We are confident that the Nedbank Cup will become not only the number one tournament in the country, but the number one tournament on the continent.”R500-million, R1.6-billion moreIn August 2007, South African Breweries (SAB) and Absa announced a joint sponsorship of more than R500-million over the next five years for South African football. SAB is firmly behind Bafana Bafana, while Absa sponsors the PSL’s Premier Division.A lot of money from the sponsorships is also being channelled into the development of soccer in South Africa.On top of the sizeable sponsorships by Nedbank, SAB, and Absa, the PSL pulled off an astounding coup when it signed a R1.6-billion broadcast deal with SuperSport International in June 2007.The PSL, thanks to these sponsorships, is now placed seventh on the list of leagues with the biggest sponsorship revenue in the world. That’s some achievement – and perhaps surprising when one considers that Bafana Bafana is currently ranked a lowly 70th in the Fifa world rankings.Challenge to PSL teamsFor South African soccer lovers, the hope is that the big money in the game will help lift the standard of both the PSL and the national team.PSL CEO Kjetil Siem has recognised the gap between the money in the game and the performances of the clubs, and has urged the clubs to raise their standards.“Once again,” he said, “the ball is in the court of the respective clubs to display a higher level of professionalism befitting the rise in commercial partners for the PSL.“If the standards of professionalism improve, the standard of play on the field will improve, and with that comes financial rewards from our partners.”Bad patchThe amazing amounts of money pouring into South African soccer has made the PSL a financially sound and solid business. However, before Trevor Phillips took over as CEO for the second time in 2002, the league went through a bad patch.Joe Ndlela, who succeeded Phillips after his first spell in charge, was fired for questionable financial dealings. His successor, Robin Peterson, was at the helm when 43 people lost their lives at a match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, so he didn’t last long in the job.In fact, after Peterson resigned, the PSL functioned without a CEO for almost a year.Those days seem as if they are in the distant past – although they happened not long ago – thanks to the support of big business, and the boost that the 2010 Fifa World Cup has given local soccer.Nedbank CupThe Nedbank Cup is not a new competition; the financial institution has taken over the knockout cup from Absa, which has turned its attention to league football.The Nedbank Cup features 32 teams, made up of the 16 PSL clubs, eight clubs from the first division, and eight clubs from the amateur ranks. It thus captures the spirit of England’s world-renowned FA Cup, in which the minnows get to take on the giants and every year produces astonishing upsets.Besides the significant money the winners will take home, there is further incentive for winning the competition, with a place in the CAF Confederation Cup on the line.The Confederation Cup was previously known as the African Cup Winners Cup, and only once has a South African club won it. Kaizer Chiefs did the trick in 2001 when they beat InterClube of Angola 2-1 on aggregate in the final. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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African products sold online to fight malaria

first_imgBuying a pair of shweshwe pyjama pants – they come in five Afro-inspired colours – will help to keep families in Mozambique safe from malaria. The idea is that making a difference is as easy as sleeping, says Goodbye Malaria. Cash raised is used for spraying homes to kill Anopheles mosquitoes. A total of 41 000 houses were already sprayed thanks to the Goodbye Malaria’s fundraising which entails selling of beadwork and shweshwe pants online. (Image: YouTube) Melissa JavanShweshwe lounge pants, mashozi bears and bracelets are sold online by Goodbye Malaria to protect homes in malaria areas in Africa.Goodbye Malaria was started by African entrepreneurs – among them the founder of global restaurant franchise Nando’s – who believe that African creativity can solve one of the continent’s biggest problems. “The initiative helps to raises funds that go directly to support on-the-ground malaria elimination programmes in Mozambique, spraying houses to protect families from contracting malaria,” the initiative explains.“It also seeks to inspire people to join our fight against malaria by educating them that elimination is ultimately possible.”According to the initiative, malaria caused 584 000 deaths worldwide in 2013; it also says 90% of deaths from the disease are in Africa. Women may be at a greater risk of contracting it, especially when they are pregnant.Malaria is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes that have been infected through a previous blood meal taken from an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person, it takes in a small amount of blood that contains microscopic malaria parasites. The mosquito becomes infected, and passes on the disease to other people it bites. Anopheles mosquitoes are known as “night-biting” mosquitoes because they most commonly bite between dusk and dawn.Malaria symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma and death. The Anopheles mosquito usually feeds during the night, which is why the initiative encourages people to make a difference in their sleep. (Image: Screen grab via Goodbye Malaria)Spraying to save livesSherwin Charles, the Goodbye Malaria chief executive, says the campaign was launched in October 2013 in Mozambique.Speaking about indoor residual spray (IRS), the method used to control the mosquitoes, Francois Maartens, a malaria control field co-ordinator who works with Goodbye Malaria, says the first trial was done in September and December 2013. A total of 41 000 houses were sprayed. “We spray every six months. Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015. With 41 000 houses sprayed, 117 000 people were saved.”Maartens has 16 years of experience in applied malaria research and malaria vector control, including IRS training, entomological field data collection, parasite prevalence surveys and the implementation and co-ordination of integrated malaria control operations in several African countries.Spray operators are recruited from the community because they need to enter people’s houses, says a representative of Goodbye Malaria on YouTube. “We find that if we recruit people from the area, at least they are known to the house owners.”They spray six days a week, between 6am and 2pm, due to the heat in the afternoon. “The application method and technique is very important, so the spray operators are trained over a 10-day period.” Francois Maartens says they spray every six months. “Our recent IRS of that area was between October 2014 and March 2015.” (Image: Supplied)Maartens explains that a coating is sprayed on the inner walls of the house. “Generally, the Anopheles mosquito would sit on a wall first, before it goes to a human being. If the Anopheles sits on the wall, the coating kills it.”Night feedersThe Anopheles usually comes into a house to feed during the night. “Because it is associated with the evening, we think the pants are a good product,” says Maartens. “We want to tell people that making a difference is as easy as sleeping.”Robert Brozin, the founder of Goodbye Malaria and of Nandos, says the shwe shwe pants come in five Afro-centric colours and sell for R350 each. “They’re the perfect gift and can be purchased online,” he says.The Mozambican government is a partner in the project. Mozambique is on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), an American government programme. The primary goal in Mozambique of the PMI is to help the government, in collaboration with other partners, to reduce malaria mortality by 50%. This is done by rapidly scaling-up coverage of vulnerable groups with four highly effective interventions: artemisinin-based combination therapy, intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women, insecticide-treated bed nets, and IRS. Sherwin Charles [right] encourages businesses to invest in social causes like Goodbye Malaria. Here he is with Mo-T from MiCasa. (Image: Supplied)For Charles, Goodbye Malaria is evidence that the private sector and the government can work together. He says it is a fun, creative way to showcase African products. “It is a world-class product. We thought it would be great if we could have a cool item like this where you would feel good wearing it.”He encourages African businesses to support the programme. “If you want to make a difference, invest in a social cause like this.” He also warns people who will visit malaria areas to be prepared. “There is medication on the market [to fight malaria]. Also, you don’t have to live with malaria once you are affected. It’s totally curable.”South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an ambassador of Goodbye Malaria; others are the band, MiCasa, and the humanitarian adventurer, Kingsley Holgate.Watch Kingsley Holgate talk about being an Goodbye Malaria Brand Ambassador:Watch how the ten day training is done (and MiCasa being part of it):Watch how the mosquito infects the human:last_img read more

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first_img23 September 2015 The new minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, will be sworn into office today at the Union Buildings.This comes after President Jacob Zuma announced a minor cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday evening.Ngoako Ramatlhodi will take the role of Public Service and Administration minister which became available after Minister Collins Chabane died in a motor accident in March.Zwane is a Member of Parliament who has previously served as MEC in the portfolios of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the Free State provincial government.It means that Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who had been the acting Minister for Public Service, will now step down as Ramatlhodi takes up the position.President Zuma thanked Mthethwa for temporarily filling the post and wished both Zwane and Ramathlodi well in their new portfolios.Mining in South AfricaAs minister of mineral resources, Zwane’s role will be central to keeping stability in an industry that increases South Africa’s global competiveness. The country produces the highest amount of manganese in the world, and South Africa remains the largest gold exporter on the continent.Mining plays a vital role in the country. According to business news website, Moneyweb: “Mining accounts for more than half of the nation’s exports and employs about 440 000 people.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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