How to sell spades and avoid a knife in the back

first_img Share whatsapp Wednesday 27 October 2010 8:05 pm It was 6.30am and the teams were on their way to the Science Museum for their next challenge. “It’s either going to be something to do with science or museums”, decided Jamie, showcasing the kind of mind they could have used at Bletchley Park. In fact this was the chocolate teapot challenge: teams pick through Innovations catalogue rejects to find some impressive amateur inventions to pitch to (as the BBC have it) “major retailers”. Liz breaks recordsBut what to choose? The fitness contraption that splayed your legs and removed your dignity in one swift motion? The LED lined fencing mask that rejuvenates the skin?No wonder both teams pounced on the Baby Glow, clothes than change colour when the baby gets too hot. Apollo grabbed that one, along with the body-sculpting T-shirt that promised to banish love handles. It was an interesting mix, taking them to both the UK’s biggest online baby shop and the sex shops of Soho.On a more respectable note, Synergy took their choices (a two-handled shovel and an eco-shower) to Debenhams. A slight problem: Debenhams doesn’t stock showers or garden tools. Not to be deterred, Melissa ploughed on, choosing to overlook this minor detail. She later expressed surprise that the client thought she didn’t listen. Team leader Jamie decided it was best for him to take over the pitches. Melissa didn’t take the relegation well. Sounding like an aggrieved teenager on the back of a bus she spat, “Don’t set to out to do me, I’m not having it”, before reasserting her pitching prowess. She sold a total of six spades.With the emphasis on personal sales, the suspicion, rivalry and backbiting reached new heights. Despite some fine dirty tricks from Paloma, the star of the show was Liz, who suddenly burst into life after lying dormant for the first three episodes. She managed sales of £99,000 for the Baby Glow, breaking boardroom records and handed Apollo an easy victory.Melissa ended up in the boardroom and faced a barrage of criticisms and dodgy metaphors. “You’re like a firework… you’re like a machine gun”, fumbled Jamie while Lord Sugar compared her to a knock-off DVD. He promptly fired her but he might have to answer to a higher power. Reflecting on her persecutors she announced, “Karmically they will be retributed. The universe speaks louder than I do.” Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img How to sell spades and avoid a knife in the back KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Cadbury asks for police advice over protesters

first_img More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and Tuesday 7 December 2010 8:54 pm Show Comments ▼ CADBURY owner Kraft has asked for police advice to protect its factories from protesters after City A.M. revealed it may be targeted for moving parts of its business offshore.Kraft says parts of Cadbury will still be registered in the UK but that the ownership of most of the firm would move into line with Kraft’s other European operations in Switzerland.Philip Green’s flagship Topshop on Oxford Street was forced to close on Saturday after a group of protesters glued themselves to its window in response to his tax situation.Green has come in for criticism after saving an estimated £300m in tax by paying his wife, a resident of Monaco, a £1.2bn dividend. Sources close to Cadbury told City A.M. the firm is worried its staff may be put in danger by protests.A spokesman for protest group UK Uncut confirmed Cadbury could be a target but said it has not made any final decisions.Cadbury heiress Felicity Loudon added to pressure on the chocolate maker yesterday when she said Kraft, which snapped up Cadbury for almost £12bn in January, “doesn’t give a damn” about the UK. KCS-content Tags: NULL Sharecenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition Cadbury asks for police advice over protesters whatsapplast_img read more

SIC Insurance Comany Limited ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgSIC Insurance Comany Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about SIC Insurance Comany Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIC Insurance Comany Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIC Insurance Comany Limited (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSIC Insurance Company Limited is a leading insurance company in Ghana providing non-life products in the motor, marine and aviation, fire and accident sectors. The motor division covers accidental loss of motorbikes and vehicles and third-party accident, fire and theft. The Marine and Aviation division covers airborne cargoes, ships and fishing vessels, ports and harbour installations and aviation insurance covering aircrafts, cargo and passengers. The Fire division covers accidental destruction of properties including household, personal, commercial and industrial buildings and effects. The Accident division’s coverage ranges from personal and family accidents to cash-in-transit, banker’s indemnity and contractor’s all-risk insurance. SIC Insurance Company also offers workmen’s compensation insurance, general bonds and engineering and construction insurance as well as offering investment, asset and fund management advisory services. SIC Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. SIC Insurance Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Ecumenical greetings to ACC-16 from Roman Catholic Church

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Anglican Consultative Council, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 center_img Ecumenical & Interreligious Ecumenical greetings to ACC-16 from Roman Catholic Church Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Tags Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anglican Communion, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Posted Apr 12, 2016 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sent greetings to members of ACC-16Photo: Wikimedia /[Anglican Communion News Service] Father Tony Currer, officer responsible for Anglican Relations at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), brought a message of greeting to all the participants of the 16th Anglican Consultative Council Meeting, in Lusaka (8 to 19 April) from His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the PCPCU.Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord! On behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular of its Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, I send heartfelt greetings to all of you gathered for this 16th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic meeting between His Grace Archbishop Michael Ramsey and Blessed Pope Paul VI. A direct fruit of that meeting was the Joint Preparatory Commission which in turn led to the establishment of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), now in its third phase. We give thanks for those ground-breaking steps taken fifty years ago, which have greatly improved our mutual understanding and the warm friendship that has grown between our two communions.Working in tandem with ARCIC and, indeed, building upon its achievements, we now have a second commission jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office. The International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) works for the reception of ARCIC, that the agreements made between us will have a real transforming impact on our ecclesial life in dioceses across the world. The commission is made up of pairs of bishops, one Anglican and one Catholic, from each Anglican Province and corresponding Episcopal Conference where our two communities exist in significant numbers. The task of these bishops is to promote joint initiatives, particularly in mission and witness, and to be advocates of collaboration between our two communities.We will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Archbishop Ramsey’s meeting with Pope Paul with a meeting of these IARCCUM bishops. During this meeting the bishops will share their experiences and pastoral challenges, and strategize as to how our two communions can work together more closely in ecumenical witness to the world. This fiftieth anniversary celebration is one full of hope, therefore, and one that looks to the future. I ask for your prayers for this initiative, that it will bear much fruit and carry us towards the unity for which Christ prayed.Our theological dialogue has produced some very important agreements. A key theme recognised very early in its history, was the ecclesiology of communion. The co-chairmen noted the prominence of this theme in their preface to ARCIC I’s Final Report. ARCIC II devoted a whole document to it, and built upon the theme further in subsequent documents. God, through the missions of the Son and Spirit, has invited us into the communion of the most holy Trinity, and communion with God implies communion with one another. To respond with faith to God’s gracious invitation, always demands that we attend with care to the relationships between ourselves. Living in communion means that the wellbeing of each is the concern of all. And when we live this communion well we offer a vision to our world of the communion God wills for all of His creation.This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council is an important moment in your living of communion, and therefore of the witness that you, as Anglicans, give to others. Across the world and between different continents and cultures, there are profound differences in our understanding of the human person and morals. Christian communities with a worldwide reach such as yours can provide an example of how to talk and, most especially, how to listen across these cultural and regional differences. I am reminded of the words Pope Francis addressed to the fathers of the extraordinary Synod of bishops in 2014. He invited them both to speak honestly and to “listen with humility and welcome, with an open heart”. As Archbishop Welby has said, we need to show the world how to “disagree well”, which is to say, to disagree while listening with respect and care to the other. To “disagree well” means that we start from the presumption of goodwill: that each member of the communion is, in his or her context, trying to respond to the gospel summons with honesty and generosity; that divergent positions are reached with integrity. Finally, to “disagree well” means that we never give up in our search for agreement, but that we strive for to find a better and a larger consensus. Our very disagreement shows us just how much we need one another. It shows that I cannot, in the specificity of my culture and context, discern God’s will and His truth alone. It is the whole of His people that God guides on its pilgrim way and leads into truth. In our search for God we rely upon one another.All our effort in seeking Christian unity is based upon this careful, generous listening, a necessary virtue for all God’s faithful people. Our ecumenical endeavour is one of attending to our communion relationships even when our communion is partial or damaged. This meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, very much like our own recent synods of bishops, requires the virtue of careful and generous listening.My prayer for you as participants of this 16th Anglican Consultative Council is the same as my prayer for all your four of the instruments of communion: that through the exercise of each; that through faithful listening to the Lord in the scriptures; and by careful listening to each other, the bonds of the communion between the Provinces will be strengthened and deepened.Yours in Christ,Kurt Cardinal Koch Submit a Press Release ACC16, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

A selection box of Christmas fundraising products for 2017

first_imgA selection box of Christmas fundraising products for 2017 Due to popular demand we’ve just listed anorther 100 pairs of socks – get yours before they sell out again! #givesocksnotdogs this Christmas ?#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2017 @eBay_UK— Dogs Trust ?? (@DogsTrust) November 28, 2017Dogs TrustWe can’t resist a good pair of socks at Christmas, and Dogs Trust has created a fun line of festive feet warmers to encourage people to #GiveSocksNotDogs again this Christmas. The socks have been created to highlight the number of Christmas gift puppies given up by ill-prepared owners, which sees over 1,000 unwanted dogs handed in to the charity’s centres in the weeks following Christmas. The socks are selling on eBay for £3.50 a pair with 100% of the proceeds from each sale going to Dogs Trust.  231 total views,  1 views today Share the gift of Tove Jansson’s The Moomins. At least £4 from every £4.99 sale of The Invisible Child goes to OXFAM.— Waterstones Inverness (@WatInverness) September 26, 2017Waterstones, the Moomins & OxfamReleased before the festive season kicked in, but a good stocking filler, Waterstones has released a special edition of The Invisible Child in a collaboration between itself, the Moomins, and Oxfam. At least £4 of every £4.99 copy of The Invisible Child sold will support Oxfam projects that help women and girls around the world escape from poverty, abuse and neglect. The book is from Oxfam, Waterstones and Moomins shops. Here’s a selection of the Christmas goodies helping charities this month, from designer handbags to chocolates, books and toys. What would you like to find in your stocking? With #ChristmasJumperDay on 15th December it time to start searching for the perfect festive jumper. Head into your local shop to pick up one of our charity jumpers >— White Stuff (@WhiteStuffUK) December 2, 2017White Stuff & local charitiesWhite Stuff launched a range of Christmas charity jumpers with all profits going to its charitable foundation, as well as a yeti decoration and a yeti graphic t-shirt, with profits from these going to its local shop charities. The jumpers – the woman’s one a classy pale oatmeal with Christmas trees on it for £55 – have already sold out. John Lewis & Barnardo’sTying in with this year’s Christmas ad, John Lewis is selling Moz the Monster soft toys for £20.00, and mugs for £5, with 10% of the price of from both to be donated to Barnardo’s.  232 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 Grab the lovely Paddington & the Christmas Visitor in @marksandspencer for £3 -all profits come to us! #LoveTheBear— NSPCC (@NSPCC) November 18, 2017M&S & NSPCCThis year’s Christmas ad from M&S starring Paddington ties in with a special book: Paddington & The Christmas Visitor. £2 from sales of the £3 book will be donated to NSPCC’s Childline. We’re proud to sponsor the @NSPCC’s Letter from Santa campaign. This festive season, we will donate £2 each time you purchase a Lindt Green Jumper Teddy ?— Lindt Chocolate UK (@LindtUK) November 24, 2017Lindt & NSPCCLindt is partnering with the NSPCC’s Letter From Santa campaign and pledges to donate £100,000 to the charity this Christmas. For every special edition £5 Lindt Teddy 200g Green Jumper product that is purchased online or through Lindt stores, Lindt will donate £2 to support the NSPCC for the first 37,500 units sold and a further £25,000 through other fundraising activities. Looking for the perfect #Christmas gift for your friends and family? @Primark are donating £2 from every full priced boxed set of adult or children’s pyjamas from 25th November until 9th December to us to help grant wishes to seriously ill children Subject to availability.— Make-A-Wish UK (@MakeAWishUK) November 25, 2017Primark & Make-A-Wish UKFor every Primark Christmas jumper sold in any store between December 6- 12, Primark is donating £2 to Make-A-Wish UK. From 25 November to 9 December it is also donating £2 for every boxed pyjama set it sells. SPAR UK and Marie CurieSPAR UK has brought back its festive Turkey Feast sandwich this year and launched vegetarian option the Wensleydale and Spiced Carrot Chutney sandwich with 10p from the sale of each of sandwich going to Marie Curie. The sandwiches will be available in selected SPAR stores from 16th November until 1st January 2018.center_img Thorntons & SSAFAThorntons is supporting SSAFA this Christmas through sales of its Continental boxed product range. 2% of all sales from the range, made online or instore, will go to the charity. The partnership is the focus of this year’s Thorntons Christmas ad: Pass the Love on. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 Tagged with: christmas corporate Kurt Geiger & Save the ChildrenKurt Geiger is supporting Save the Children this Christmas by donating 10% of the purchase price of its best-selling leather Kensington handbag collection. For the partnership with Save the Children, twelve styles of leather Kensington handbags from the micro mini to the classic leather with gold or silver hardware, AW17’s must-have pillar box red to the XL butter soft grey leather Kensington will support the charity’s work. The campaign runs until 24 December in all free standing Kurt Geiger stores including airports nationwide and online via We can’t wait to come home with you on Thursday! ?#KevinTheCarrot #KevinAndKatie— Kevin The Carrot (@kevinthecarrot) November 19, 2017Aldi & Teenage Cancer TrustSoft toys of the stars of its Christmas ad, Kevin and Katie the Carrot, were available in-store last month for £2.99 each, with sales supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. 50p from each sale of its £1.99 Christmas card packs is also going to the charity, as are all profits from the sale of every Charity Paint Your Own Bauble Kit (also £1.99). Carlsberg UK & Northamptonshire Community FoundationCarlsberg UK’s first Christmas beer has launched in 29 pubs, bars and venues across Northampton, with sales proceeds going to local charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation. The limited edition beer is flavoured with Christmas spices, orange peel and cinnamon and will be served in a special festive design glass. Melanie May | 6 December 2017 | News Dobbies Garden Centres, WellChild & Action for ChildrenDobbies Garden Centres has partnered with WellChild and Action for Children this Christmas. 34 Dobbies Garden Centres will be holding events to raise money for the two charities, and an exclusive range of British designed Christmas decorations have been launched. £1 from the sale of each is split between the charities. Each store will also host a Wish Tree where customers can purchase a Christmas bauble to place on the tree – all proceeds will go directly to the charities. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Ag Blogger gives Consumers the Whole Truth

first_img Previous articleMarket and Acreage Outlook for 2016Next articleNew Agribusinesses Coming to Indiana in 2016 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Jan 4, 2016 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Blogger gives Consumers the Whole Truth Facebook Twitter Ag Blogger gives Consumers the Whole Truth Sawyer BlogA recent blog post by Kansas farmer Katie Sawyer explains why it’s important for farmers and ranchers to talk to consumers. Sawyer says when consumers hear the whole truth, acceptance follows.“A lot of the consumers I think want to hear that feel good glossed over truth of no we don’t do this and no we don’t have this practice on our farm, but I think with the truth comes a lot of respect and a lot of understanding that we are being as transparent as possible, and I think that transparency is what builds that trust.”Sawyer’s latest blog post followed a tour for moms and bloggers her family hosted on their farm. Telling consumers the truth about farm practices opens the door to understanding.“The reactions always catch me off guard because I really think they are standing there going I can’t believe they just told me that, or I can’t believe that I’m standing in a field that is sprayed by pesticides,” she said. “But that initial reaction is then followed by a lot of head nodding and OK, I understand, and there is a lot of big eyes, but it gets really quiet, and that’s when I think the real learning process starts, is the oh , I’ve been taught this, but here’s the real truth.”She says that in-person face-to-face interaction is the best way to promote agriculture’s story and gain consumers trust.“Always being willing to talk about what you do, always being honest about what you do, and then sharing not only the truth but the why that follows it. That ability to have the conversation, to ask the questions, and then to provide a comprehensive explanation of why and how I think is really the best thing you can do because that’s when you walk away knowing you’ve really made a difference.”Find the blog post online at SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bulgaria harasses independent media group again

first_img“Sometimes the oligarchs use tabloids, news sites and TV stations to smear opposition media. Sometimes the authorities resort to judicial harassment to stifle independent media voices. The constant controls, attacks and confiscations designed to prevent these media from functioning must stop at once.” Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest to go further A year after the authorities froze his assets and bank accounts with the apparent aim of silencing his media outlets, which also include the news website Dnevnik, prosecutors announced on 26 October that they intend to prosecute him in connection with the sale of one of his companies to a German group. Follow the news on Bulgaria News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Prokopiev insists that the allegations are unfounded and that this is a renewed attempt to silence the country’s independent media. He says he suspects a reprisal for a recent Capital report about the apparent misappropriation of state property by businessman close to the government. Immediately after the first investigative report was published in 2009, media owned by the oligarch Delyan Peevski launched a major smear campaign against Prokopiev and Economedia’s publications. This campaign has never stopped and continues to use the same false allegations although Prokopiev has brought many successful libel suits against Peevski’s publications. In a bid to shed more light on the judicial harassment of his media group and other independent media outlets such as the daily Sega and the news site ClubZ, Prokopiev is calling for international observers to be briefed about the judicial investigations, an exceptional procedure that could lead to more transparency about the grounds or motives. March 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Bulgaria was 36th in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index when it joined the EU 11 years ago but its position has fallen steadily since then along with the press freedom situation, and it is now ranked 111th out of 180 countries, the lowest ranking of any EU member state. RSF_en Organisation center_img BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies CorruptionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bulgarian authorities to stop harassing Economedia group owner Ivo Prokopiev, the publisher of the leading financial weekly Capital, who is to be prosecuted on money laundering charges, the prosecutor’s office has announced. News “Any opposition media outlet that dares to criticize the government or pro-government oligarchs is exposed to attack,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. Economedia was the target of a series of hostile actions from 2009 to 2013 prompted by the investigative reporting that its outlets conducted into the systems of corruption allegedly employed by the Bulgarian bank CCB. Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies CorruptionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment November 8, 2018 – Updated on November 9, 2018 Bulgaria harasses independent media group again When Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it was placed under the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (CVM), which the European Commission is supposed to use to monitor the pace of a newly-admitted country’s judicial reforms and efforts to combat corruption. Pending the Commission’s next report on the rule of law in Bulgaria, due on 13 November, RSF urges the European Commission – to extend the CVM monitoring and include, with special attention, monitoring of investigations against independent media. Prokopiev has also referred the seizure of his assets to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. February 11, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders calls for international press to be allowed to report from Ryongchon

first_img North KoreaAsia – Pacific “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad News Receive email alerts RSF_en November 18, 2019 Find out more to go further Reporters without Borders has said it is shocked by the stance of the North Korean authorities which have refused to allow journalists to report from the scene of the explosion of two trains at Ryongchon station, North Korea.It has written to the head of the North Korean permanent mission in Geneva, urging him to let the international press through to the scene of the accident.Pyongyang was also refusing to give precise information to aid organisations, the international press freedom organisation protested. It was only releasing information about the scale of the catastrophe in dribs and drabs, with complete disregard for the victims.North Korea took two days to officially admit that an explosion on 22 April had devastated a neighbourhood around Ryongchon station. The news was broken on the day of the accident by the South Korean press.Pyongyang declared a state of emergency in the town but at first gave out information minimising the extent of the accident. Although hundreds maybe even thousands of people had been killed and at least 30,000 inhabitants of Ryongchon reportedly “affected”, aid organisations had to wait several days to get access to the area.A representative from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) complained that the information given was “insufficient”.The dozens of foreign journalists who travelled to the Chinese town of Dandong on the North Korean border were not allowed into Ryongchon. Some correspondents said the residents of the border zone were too afraid to speak to them about the accident. There were no articles about the explosion in the local press in Dandong.The English version of the website of the official KCNA news agency put out the occasional article about the victims of the accident. However numerous solidarity messages sent by foreign governments to Kim Jong-il were prominently displayed.Reporters Without Borders has ranked North Korea as the worst country in the world for press freedom for two successive years. In its 2003 annual report, the organisation wrote: ” All the news media in North Korea were mouthpieces of the regime and lavished extensive praise on Chairman Kim Jong Il. The TV news programmes consisted largely of footage of the dictator visiting new companies or attending opening ceremonies, accompanied by lyrical comments on the greatness of Kim Il Sung’s son and successor. Three subjects absorbed the attention of the print media, radio and TV: the personality of Kim Jong Il, praise of the army, and criticism of the country’s foes, especially South Korea, the United States and Japan. Those running the news media, including the editor of Rodong Shinmun (Labour Daily), the chairman of the Korean Central News Agency and the directors of the state TV broadcaster, were all senior members of the party central committee and came under Kim’s direct supervision. Help by sharing this information Organisation July 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world April 1, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on North Korea Campaigns As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency April 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for international press to be allowed to report from Ryongchon News North KoreaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

HSE urging everyone to adhere to Public Health Guidelines

first_img Facebook HSE urging everyone to adhere to Public Health Guidelines DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Previous articleDisappointment as two flood projects for Twin Towns refused fundingNext articleFG & FF set to agree a framework document on grand coalition News Highland Google+ By News Highland – April 10, 2020 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The HSE is urging everyone to continue to adhere to the Public Health Guidelines.The Crisis Management Team (CMT) co-ordinating all HSE Services across the CHO 1 area which covers Donegal in the fight to identify, contain and stop the spread of Covid 19 has appealed to the general public to continue adhering to the public health guidelines over the Easter Bank holiday weekend.The Crisis Management Team includes participation from Letterkenny University Hospital and Sligo University Hospital.The CMT has moved to assure communities in counties Donegal that extensive preparations for the impact of Covid-19 are in place. Some of the measures activated include:Increasing bed capacity across our acute hospitals and community hospitals/residences to provide additional ICU beds, acute beds, intermediate and step-down beds.Operating Covid 19 Testing Centres and providing a Contact Tracing Service.Preparations for the opening of four Community Assessment Hubs for patients who are Covid positive and need a face to face clinical assessment which will begin to open next week.Infection Prevention and Control Team Covid Response Plan & Measures implemented across all ServicesIdentifying self-isolation units across the area, should they be needed and supporting Community Response Forums in each County which are being led by the Local Authorities.They are also reminding the public that they are still providing essential/vital services to the population and that visiting restrictions are in place in all hospitals and residential centres.Staff are doing everything possible to support patients and residents to keep in contact with family and friends. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Contrasting primary production regimes around South Georgia, Southern Ocean: large blooms versus high nutrient, low chlorophyll waters

first_imgDuring the austral summer of 2002, a large and persistent phytoplankton bloom was detected with SeaWiFS imagery in the Georgia Basin to the north-west of South Georgia, while waters to the east of the island were relatively unproductive. A British Antarctic Survey research cruise in January 2002 confirmed this west/east difference with production values of up to 2.5 g C m(-2) d(-1) and chlorophyll a (chl a) values up to 15 mg m(-3) at stations to the northwest of the island and 0.17 g C m(-2) d(-1) and 1.3 mg chl a m(-3) to the northeast. These differences were not attributable to light limitation as mixed layer depth never exceeded critical depth. Instead, substantial nutrient depletions to the northwest of the island compared with the northeast suggested a difference in nutrient use between the two regions. The exceedingly high nutrient depletions (to < 6.0 and 0.3 mmol m(-3) for NO3-N and PO4-P, respectively) measured to the northwest were associated with an anticyclonic eddy situated over the Northwest Georgia Rise. Furthermore, differences in NO3-N:PO4-P depletion ratios suggested a greater ability in the northwest phytoplankton to utilise NO3-N, and a greater dependence on NH4-N at the northeast stations. Three distinct station groups were identified around the island based on watermass and size-fractionated chlorophyll. To the east, waters were characterised by a high proportion of microplankton and low NO3-N:PO4-P depletion ratios, to the west, by either a high proportion of microplankton and high NO3-N:PO4-P depletion ratios, or a high proportion of nanoplankton and moderate NO3-N:PO4-P depletion ratios. We consider this to be indicative of greater Fe availability, promoting NO3-N use, to the northwest of South Georgia. However, an absence of microplankton over the western shelf regions may be due to size selective grazing by krill. Our field data, in conjunction with SeaWiFS imagery, indicated that the Georgia Basin phytoplankton most likely originated upstream of South Georgia. Subsequent interactions with the Northwest Georgia Rise and South Georgia's south-western shelf promoted increased growth that converged to the west of the island to form a large bloom in the Georgia Basin.last_img read more