McAuley concern at IFA appointment

first_img The departures of Martin and Kennedy came after sports minister Nelson McAusland deemed the IFA unfit for purpose and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is thought to be uneasy about the former’s return to prominence. That is particularly relevant at the moment, with DCAL funding accounting for a large amount of the £25million needed to redevelop Windsor Park. A group of fans staged a protest against Martin’s proposed reappointment ahead of last month’s World Cup qualifier against Russia and now West Brom defender McAuley, a senior and influential figure in the dressing room, has weighed in. His interjection consisted of a single concise tweet, but the mere fact of a current international becoming involved in the debate is important. McAuley wrote: “The election of David Martin is a very worrying development for Northern Irish football.” IFA president Jim Shaw has played down the issue, but intends to keep in close contact with DCAL over the Windsor Park project. “No one has approached me with strong feelings about the election of David Martin and the fact is that there was a democratic process in place and David was elected,” he said. “At this moment in time there is nothing to suggest funding will not be forthcoming. Martin has been elected as the first deputy president just three years after he left the post of treasurer – a move which could yet have implications on the redevelopment of Windsor Park. Martin and the then IFA president Raymond Kennedy departed in 2010 when former chief executive Howard Wells successfully pursued a £500,000 unfair dismissal case against the governing body. “The biggest task the IFA has at this moment is to ensure the new stadium is built. Government funding is needed for the project and of course it is a concern if they money is not assured. “We will continue to work with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure it does happen. “DCAL will have its own views but we talk informally on a regular basis and I’m sure there will be more discussions sooner rather than later.” Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley has expressed concern at the controversial re-appointment of David Martin to the Irish Football Association board. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jamaica wants reggae placed on UNESCO Cultural Heritage list

first_imgThe Jamaican government is awaiting a response from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) as to whether the island has been successful in getting reggae music inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List.Submission being examined Culture Minister, Olivia Grange, said that UNESCO technical experts are in the process of examining Jamaica’s reggae submission and the island should have a response by next month.“We are awaiting the results and it will be a major achievement for Jamaica if we are successful in having the designation declared by UNESCO,” she said, adding that her Ministry has been tasked to establish an inventory of intangible heritage unique to Jamaica, “which is also one of the criteria” required by UNESCO.Jamaican entertainment zones Grange, responding to questions regarding the designation of certain areas across the island as entertainment zones, said that a list of locations will be available soon, which will include Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine in the initial stages.The minister, who was speaking at an event to launch 2019 Carnival, said that the collaboration between the Ministries for the staging of carnival “is essential if we are to create a more authentic tourism experience.She expressed satisfaction at the way “this entertainment product” has been evolving and attributed it to the “seamless fusion of dancehall and calypso/soca in parties and the road parades.”The Entertainment Minister welcomed the introduction of the new carnival band Rebellion, which has been added alongside others such as Xaymaca International and Exodus, to name a few.“This is an indication that more event producers here in Jamaica are adding the unique Jamaican flavor to what has been traditional in carnival,” she said.Grange added that the increase in bands represents the establishment of a value chain, complete with designers, tailors and seamstresses making body wear and artisans bending wires and producing beautiful feathers.Escalated carnival season“Carnival season is, therefore, alive with activities and provides economic activity for micro to large entrepreneurs,” she noted.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said that he wants to “build out Carnival in Jamaica to make it more remarkable for both visitors and locals. This is in keeping with strategic steps that we are undertaking at my Ministry to strengthen Jamaica’s competitiveness as an entertainment destination as we reposition and diversify our product and generate high growth rates in both visitor arrivals and earnings,” he added.last_img read more

Padres call up pitching trade target Adrian Morejon, report says

first_img MLB trade rumors: Phillies have ‘investigated the possibility’ of dealing for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke MLB trade rumors: Prospects Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, Braves should move but don’t want to Sources: Cuban LHP Adrian Morejon is promoted to Big Leagues with Padres. He is on his way to Chicago right now.— Francys Romero (@FrancysRomero10) July 20, 2019Adrian Morejon will join Luis Urías in Chicago tomorrow, sources tell The Athletic. Morejon, who has thrown seven consecutive hitless innings in Double A, will work out of the bullpen.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 20, 2019Morejon, 20, is the Padres’ No. 4 prospect and the No. 49 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.He is 0-4 with a 4.25 ERA with the Amarillo Sod Poodles this year (we didn’t need the name, but who wouldn’t want to write that out) after posting sub-4.00 ERAs in his previous two minor league seasons. Related News MLB trade rumors: Twins eyeing Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, other arms, report says And if the Padres want to land a guy like Noah Syndergaard who they have been connected to or maybe even a Trevor Bauer who pundits still seem to believe he could move, Morejon could be the one who seals that deal.Morejon was the No. 3 prospect in a stacked 2016 international signee class. He ranked behind only Luis Robert who is now the No. 5 prospect in MLB and Kevin Maitan who the Braves were forced to surrender their rights to and now resides in the Angels system. Astros pitcher Cionel Perez and Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. were also in that class.If Morejon pitches well before the July 31 trade deadline he could very well entice teams to make a deal for him. Or he could just be awesome and then the Padres have a great young lefty to anchor their rotation for a while. It’s a win-win for San Diego. This is an interesting call up for the Padres for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s exciting to see a 20-year-old get a chance to pitch in the major leagues, but also, San Diego could very well use this opportunity to preview just what type of arm he has.Several teams have inquired about Morejon in trades over the last year including the Indians who wanted him in a deal for Corey Kluber this offseason. The young lefty has a solid three-pitch mix with two offerings that grade out as above average. That is in very high demand in trades. The Padres are calling up a lefty a lot of teams want.Adrian Morejon will be joining top infield prospect Luis Urias in Chicago with San Diego tomorrow, according to Las Mayores and The Athletic.last_img read more

Elvedin Dino Begić is the new president of Football Federation of BiH

first_imgElvedin Dino Begić is the new president of Football Federation of BiH, and Darko Ljubojević and Ivan Beus are vice-presidents.After being elected president Begić said: ” The first and primary goal of new management of Football Federation of BiH is to qualify BiH for the World Cup, and also for the European Championship.” Prior to being elected, Begić was a vice-president of the Committee for Normalization of Football Federation of BiH, and before that he was the president of the Committee for security in the Football Federation of BiH. Before the election of president and two vice-presidents, 60 delegates in the Assembly picked 13 member of the Executive Committee, whose members are also two presidents of the Football Federations of RS and FBiH.Members of the Executive Committee are Mile Kovačević, Mato Jozić, Senad Islam, Ivan Perić, Ivan Beus, Elvedin Begić, Amer Halep, Nurdin Peštalić, Ibrahim Adilagić, Josip Bevanda, Muhamed Begagić, Milorad Sofrenić, Zlatko Spasojević, Darko Ljubojević i Dragan Kulina. With the election of president of the Football Federation of BiH, Commute for Normalization, led by Ivica Osim, will stop working.last_img read more

Thurston Solar Tour To Be Held on September 29

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston Climate Action TeamSeptember 9, 2012 – The annual Thurston Solar Tour will take place this year on Saturday, September 29 throughout Thurston County. The emphasis of this year’s tour is to show the community how solar works in Thurston County.  The self-guided tour is an opportunity for the public to visit local homes and businesses to see how solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies operate to reduce monthly bills and help reduce carbon emissions.There’s something for everyone on this year’s tour, including:13 sites that have never been on the tour before, including seven brand-new installations (2012)Three sites that feature electric vehicle charging stations – with a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf on display at Site # 17Two commercial sites, including the first Church to go solar in Olympia!“This year we’ve chosen to feature several brand-new installations on the Tour, so that tour participants can get a fresh perspective on the process of installing solar,” says Graeme Sackrison, chair of Thurston Climate Action Team, the Thurston Solar Tour’s fiduciary. “We will have docents available at each site to answer questions about how solar technology works, as well as experts from Puget Sound Energy on site at the Inspiration Home, to answer questions about net metering and connecting to the grid.”The Thurston Solar Tour is sponsored by several prominent local organizations, including: The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound; Generations Credit Union; Olympia Federal Savings; Puget Sound Energy; Scott Homes; South Sound Solar; Sunset Air, Inc.; and Titus Will Automotive Group. A full list of sponsors is available on the Thurston Solar Tour website.The Thurston Solar Tour is part of the National Solar Tour, now in its 17th year. This grass-roots event is coordinated nationally by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations.Because this year’s tour is self-guided, tour participants are encouraged to visit as many sites as they like, at a pace they enjoy. The 2012 Thurston Solar Tour is FREE and open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information about the tour sites, or about the Tour itself, please visit Thurston Solar Tour’s website.For more information contact:Graeme Sackrison, Chairperson, Thurston Climate Action Team – [email protected] Thurston Climate Action Team: The Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is local non-profit dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County by encouraging, coordinating and taking action on climate change. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Olympia Community School Announces New Location

first_imgFacebook66Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Olympia Community SchoolThe Olympia Community School, the area’s oldest alternative elementary school, will relocate into a new, more nature-inspiring facility for the upcoming school year, beginning September 2016. There will be an open house at the new site on Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.“Olympia Community School (OCS) recently signed a five-year-lease with local developer Greg Mueller for a customized facility on South Bay Road. The space will offer four large classrooms, an office, kitchen/gathering place, and playground,” Jane Zerbe, OCS Board president, said.“In addition, the facility offers access to forest and wetlands, which is prized given the school’s emphasis on learning through the natural world,” she said.“As another plus, the location also fits nicely with its new neighbor, Sequoia’s Treehouse Childcare and Preschool, which is an alternative preschool for children up to age 4. We share a similar education philosophy and see some good synergy happening,” Zerbe said. The Olympia Community School’s May open house event will be at the neighboring Sequoia Treehouse facility while its new facility is under construction.Olympia Community School offers two-year kindergarten beginning at age 4 through fifth grade to meet the demand for quality alternative education.Founded in 1973, Olympia Community School and its highly skilled teachers provide elementary education that inspires, motivates, and challenges students.The teachers empower children to reach their potential by nurturing their natural curiosity and desire to learn, their belief in themselves, and their ability to participate fully in their community with respect for self, others, and the earth. Scores of Olympia Community School graduates have gone on to thrive in the community, with some sending their children to Olympia Community School.“The school is currently enrolling students for the coming school year and expects to reach full enrollment by early summer,” Zerbe said.Open House: Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3318 33rd Lane NE, Olympia, WA, 98506.For more information, including enrollment questions, contact Janice Rosen, OCS Enrollment Coordinator at 360-866-8047 or at [email protected]last_img read more

St. Bernard’s baseball opens league play with sweep of reigning champion South Fork

first_imgMiranda >> For the first five-plus innings, the Crusaders were searching for the big hit that would get them out in front.Come the turn of the lineup card for a third time, it all changed for the better.Garrison Finck’s two-out, two-run double — on an 0-2 pitch, no less — in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference, as the St. Bernard’s baseball team opened league play with a 7-2 win over reigning Little 4 champion South Fork in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.Finck …last_img

Undefeated Loggers claim H-DNL championship

first_imgTwo swift goals by Klayre Barres propelled the Eureka Loggers to a Humboldt-Del Norte League championship against the Fortuna Huskies, winning 3-0 Saturday morning at Albee Stadium.The Loggers (16-0) held possession of the ball for a majority of the game Saturday morning. Just two minutes into playtime, Barres found the back of the net giving the Loggers an early 1-0 lead.Fortuna (13-4-1) did not let the early goal get to them. The Huskies put up a tough match for the Loggers as they kept …last_img

Frobose Meat Locker adding local flavor to community

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseMuch of rural and small town Ohio is built on the character of local agricultural businesses that have been woven into the fabric of the community — a bit of local flavor.There a few better examples of this local flavor than Frobose Meat Locker in the village of Pemberville in Wood County. The business includes, of course, a meat locker where customers can rent freezer space to house their meats, but the business is widely known for its vast array of brat recipes and high quality, locally produced meat products. The family business is also known for its role in the local culture.Bob and Elaine Frobose both grew up on area farms and now they operate Frobose Meat Locker with their children Ben, Jacob, Zach, and Abby. The family raises cattle and a few pigs to supply the business along with procuring poultry, pork and beef from area farms. The family owns the local IGA and a small drive through in Pemberville as well.Ben Frobose now runs the day-to-day operations at the Meat Locker — he also dresses like a giant bratwurst, occasionally makes public appearances in his swim trunks and generally lends some local flavor to the greater Pemberville community on a regular basis. His antics definitely help drum up business for the small business that has enjoyed unique success.“My dad worked for a family chain of grocery stores — Miller’s markets. He was their meat director. He was working in meats since he graduated from high school. My parents purchased the meat locker in 1999. Our location has been an active meat market since 1872,” Ben Frobose said. “As far as the farm is concerned, we are a fifth generation with sixth generation just around the corner. Grandpa retired in 1975 and didn’t want any of his kids to farm. When we were younger we had a few pigs for the fair, then a few extra pigs. Then we got some steers and a few more. When grandpa passed away, grandma wanted to fill the barn up with cattle again. Everything we have done on the farm supplements what we do at the Meat Locker. We have been able to continue the farm with what we do.”They raise 50 to 70 steers a year that are marketed through their businesses.“We get calves in the fall and they will be ready over a 10-month period. We also buy livestock from area producers and do custom work. We know their quality and management practices. We don’t just buy from anyone,” Frobose said. “The cattle are on a feedlot inside or on a covered lot outside. We buy the feed and hay and we get the majority of our hay and straw locally. We don’t raise any dairy breeds — all beef breeds. We don’t want any growth hormones or antibiotics from birth to slaughter. The cattle are fed a grain and hay diet twice a day. We feed by hand because we feel there is a better rate of gain. We also raise 20 to 50 hogs a year and rent out the rest of our crop ground.”They do not slaughter the animals, but they handle the rest at the Meat Locker.“Our beef goes to Ashland at E.R. Boliantz Co. and hogs go to Hasselbach Meats, Inc. in Fremont. Then the carcasses come here. We do everything but the killing and we break it down from there to a finished product. We have a smokehouse in the back too,” Frobose said. “In our busy time from late March until the end of the year, we usually do eight to 12 custom beef a week. We’ll do 2 to 4 of our own beef a week. Around two-thirds of what we do is custom and one-third retail. We’ll work with approximately 500 beef animals a year.”Beef accounts for the highest dollar value in sales for the business, but Frobose Meat Locker is well known for a wide array of bratwurst recipes as well.“In the summer we’ll sell more bratwurst. We make over 100 different kinds of brats we’ve developed through the years. We are known for our variety of brats. We call it bratwurst paradise,” he said. “I try to have 20 to 25 different kinds of brats in the case and some of all of them frozen all of the time. Our original brat with a traditional German flavor is the most popular. Our Hawaiian brat is pretty popular too, but they all sell.”Poultry is also a big seller.“Boneless skinless chicken breast is the No. 1 tonnage item for us. We sell Bowman & Landes turkeys for Thanksgiving too. People want lean meats,” Frobose said. “The consumer also wants something that is all but oven ready. They want easy, quick meals. That is something the entire grocery industry has geared itself toward.”Frobose Meat Locker also provides a connection back to the farm that customers crave.“The trend that has really picked up steam is the consumer really wanting to know where their food comes from. We have learned that the average meal for a family will travel 1,200 to 1,500 miles from the farm before it gets to the dinner plate. We hang our hat on people wanting a more local connection,” he said “We sell a large amount of Dei Fratelli products that are very local and we use their products in our recipes too. We try to tell our story through our family heritage and how we are producing these products. People want fresh products they know are coming directly from the farm. Our average age range of consumer is 28 and up with families and the popularity for those younger people learning to cook is growing.”The consistent quality, local sourcing, and local flavor have turned Frobose Meat Locker into a destination customers deem worth a visit.“At the locker the average customer comes from 10 minutes away or more. And it is 10 minutes or less at the grocery store,” Frobose said. “We are pulling from more than just the village.”Even with the added benefits they offer, pricing is still important for Meat Locker customers.“We feel like our prices are fair, competitive and consistent. We just sold a side of beef for $3.19 a pound and we have had that price I think for 3 years. Our ground beef prices have been steady for a couple of years now. We make changes with major market fluctuations, but it is painful for us to do that,” Frobose said. “People are looking for quality and flavor too along with a good price. We offer all of them all rolled into one.”There certainly are challenges. Labor can be one of them.“Labor is always an issue, especially with the economy we have and the unemployment rate being so low. The availability of the labor pool is so much shorter. We feel like we have an extremely good core group of employees that allow all of us to do what we need to do. The amount of cutting I do on an average day is very minimal because of our good group of employees,” Frobose said. “We employ a lot of college-aged kids and try to be flexible with them. We have about 50 employees between all of the businesses. We have eight family members that work full time for us. We have 12 to 14 full-time employees and the rest are part time.”And, at the end of the day, he is proud to promote his family’s high quality meat products, especially if it involves some local Frobose flavor.“I enjoy the marketing part of it. A couple of times a year we’ll have a day where if you wear a Hawaiian shirt in you get some free Hawaiian brats. We also have a brat tournament with brat recipes. I’ll get dressed up in a hot dog costume or jump into a snow bank in my swimsuit in the winter. We try to do things to get people to remember us,” he said. “The thing I like he most is that we are able to be as creative as possible with what we are doing. Other places won’t commit the time to do that. We put in the time to be creative — whether it is a new recipe or dressing up in a chicken suit to promote what we are doing.”last_img read more

The Only Two Business Strategies

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are really only two business strategies: caring and not caring.No CaringThe “no caring” business strategy makes everything transactional. This strategy is built on the idea of driving down costs as much as possible and charging the lowest possible price. Eventually everything must be sacrificed on the altar of lowest price. Every transaction, every interaction, needs to be done at a lower and lower cost. Even the customer experience must be sacrificed, because an excellent customer experience increases costs. And if you can’t–or won’t–capture a higher price, then you can’t allow your costs to increase.When you hear people complain that no one does good work anymore, that customer service is dead, or that no one really cares, they’re really making an observation about a lot of companies choice of business strategy. But when you demand cheaper and cheaper, you demand a “no caring” strategy.Many companies have unwittingly made this choice by selling price. But by driving towards lowest price, you are driving towards transactional. Transactional is “no caring.”CaringThe caring business strategy is completely different. This strategy is built on the idea of delighting customers and building lasting relationships. It is built on trust. Customers that choose the “caring” strategy are accountable for the promise of delivering something that is worth paying more to obtain. Caring is what delivers that promise.It’s “caring” in manufacturing in design. It’s “caring” in user experience. It’s “caring” in customer experience. It’s “caring” in execution. And it’s “caring” in results.The “caring” strategy is anything but the lowest-price strategy. Caring takes resources, including time and money. It requires that you hire people that care, and that you build a culture that supports–and insists on–caring. Nothing you do can be transactional. Value must be created and captured to deliver “caring.”When you hear people rave about an experience, a product, a service, or a sales organization, what they are raving about is “caring.”The middle between these two poles is purgatory. You are either driving towards “caring” or you are going to be driven to “no caring.”QuestionsWhat is your choice of strategy?Are you driving towards lower transaction costs and lower prices?Are you capturing the value you need to deliver real “caring?”How easy is it to tell which choice a sales organization has made?last_img read more