Judge: Utah schools don’t need to offer girls’ football

first_img Written by Tags: Girls Football/Sam Gordon March 2, 2021 /Sports News – Local Judge: Utah schools don’t need to offer girls’ football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah girl whose football skills won her fame online has lost her court bid to have school districts create football teams for girls.A federal judge ruled against Sam Gordon on Monday, finding that school districts aren’t legally required to create a separate team because girls who want to play football can play with the teams traditionally filled with boys.Judge Howard Nielson acknowledged that schools and coaches could do more to encourage girls to play. But he also acknowledged concerns that without Gordon’s star power there might not be enough girls to sustain a program not offered by other U.S. high schools. Associated Presslast_img read more

Weekend Pick: Catch the Waypoints Fly Fishing Film Tour

first_imgWAYPOINTS | 2 MIN Trailer from CONFLUENCE FILMS on Vimeo.Steelhead, payar, golden mahseer, oh my! The world premiere of Waypoints, the latest fly fishing film from Confluence Productions, is coming to both Harrisonburg and Blacksburg, Virginia this Friday, November 8th. The film features destinations such as Alaska, India, and Chile. The folks from Confluence are anticipating somewhere between 50-100 screenings on this specific date throughout the country, so get ready for the biggest night of fly fishing!Tickets are $10 and available at both Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and Clementine’s in Harrisonburg. In Blacksburg, the screening will be held at Virginia Tech’s campus in the Squires Student Union room.From Confluence Films: “Following in the footsteps of Confluence’s earlier releases DRIFT, RISE and CONNECT, WAYPOINTS is the most exotic, ambitious and in-depth feature-length project that Confluence has ever created. Shot around the world in both fresh and saltwater, locations include flats fishing St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, trout fishing the wilds of Patagonian Chile, coastal Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, the Himalayan rivers of India for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for saber-toothed payara. Confluence has become known for great stories, interesting character profiles, soulful interviews, an amazing diversity of species, and the finest cinematography in the world of fly fishing. WAYPOINTS delivers on all of these things and more. An incredible travel-logue-style fishing film that truly showcases not only the fly fishing lifestyle, but the journey itself as seen through the eyes of anglers Oliver White, Jeff Currier, Greg Bricker, Gerhard Laubscher, Rooster Leavens, and several other interesting and unique characters.”Show starts at 7pm with plenty of food and drinks to go around. The crew behind Waypoints promises this to be their finest, most exotic, and ambitious project yet. If you’re still not convinced, take a peak at the trailer here.  This isn’t a film to miss!View Clementine in a larger maplast_img read more

The Grocer announces the Top New Talent class of 2019

first_imgIt’s back. This year, Top New Talent celebrates its sixth anniversary, and it seems the competition gets tougher every time. We had an enormous number of entries this year, which made choosing just 36 an incredibly difficult task. But here is our trailblazing class of 2019. This year’s contingent is made up of the cream of the crop of young professionals from across retail, wholesale, small brands, big brands and entrepreneurship. These victors hail from roles in sales, marketing, creative, buying, NPD, and even agronomy.Read on to find out why they won,Sarfaraz AkramAge: 33Job title: Chief operating officerWorks at: Lancashire Farm DairiesAkram worked for 10 years in financial services before joining Lancashire Farm Dairies and “must have been involved with 1,000 firms across the UK” in that time. It was the buzz he gets from bringing a new product to market – from initial concept through to end product – which led him to join the “innovative and fast-paced” yoghurt brand, which has grown ten-fold over the past decade.Akram, a self-confessed “foodie”, says when the opportunity arose to lead a dynamic food manufacturing firm, he “jumped at the chance”. His energy and drive have helped the business make sales of £37.9m in the most recent financial year.Lancashire Farm Dairies has turned into a worthy competitor to the bigger yoghurt brands, and Akram has played a “fundamental part” in this transformation. Ellie MinchAge: 26Job title: Sales managerWorks at: Miso TastyMinch is an “absolute firecracker” and a “superstar”, according to colleagues. She joined Miso Tasty two years ago and, in that time, has risen from being an assistant in the brand’s supply chain, with no experience, to sales manager managing all of its supermarket accounts. “I wanted to be part of a start-up so that I would have a chance to get stuck in with all parts of the business, learn as much as I could and help the business grow,” she says. And that’s just what she’s done. Daisy GibsonAge: 25Job title: Brand & creative managerWorks at: Mallow & MarshGibson got into the food and drink sector “completely by accident”, but now she “can’t imagine working outside the industry”. She joined Mallow & Marsh as a marketing intern two-and-a-half years ago and, at the start of 2019, she stepped up to lead the brand and creative team. She immediately set about implementing a “consumer-first mentality”, delivering campaigns both in-store and online, and launching three new product ranges. This activity has delivered more than £500,000 in incremental sales and 10% growth in brand awareness since she joined.The best part of her job, she says, is being able to “create designs that I can then go out and see on the shelf”. “The opportunity to develop at Mallow & Marsh is incredible and that definitely drives me every day. If there’s something you want to progress with, learn about or own, it’s yours for the taking.” Askar BulegenovAge: 24Job title: FounderWorks at: GrocemaniaBulegenov started up Grocemania whilst in his third year at university. During a placement as a financial analyst, he got so tired after work and university one day, he asked some of his friends to bring him strawberries and chocolates. Unfortunately, all forgot. Bulegenov thought: “why can’t I just order from a local store, pay a little bit, and get it delivered on-demand?”Inspired by Deliveroo’s success at the time, he decided to launch a pilot for a university startup project. He found a few local shops in Kingston, created a website and started offering deliveries for as low as £2.50 per drop.“Straight away, we started receiving some great traction,” he says. His proudest moment so far was launching a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, in which Grocemania pocketed £77k to pay for marketing and expansion. Emma KingAge: 30Job title: National account managerWorks at: KiddyliciousKing has been instrumental in the continued success of Kiddylicious’ UK market growth of 194% between 2016 and 2019. Colleagues say she has made an “invaluable contribution” to increasing the market share of the brand from 13% to 32.7% over the past three years. Building strong customer relationships, she has achieved coveted awards and opened significant new accounts. In 2019 she secured listings in both Co-op and M&S. Colleagues say that not only is she a “commercial superstar”, she also has a “fantastic eye for spotting great innovation”. “She inherently knows what will sell and uses her knowledge to masterfully influence those around her – leading to driving incremental innovation in the UK market,” says one. “With [King] on board, we are confident that, by Q1 2020, Kiddylicious will be the number one brand in the baby snacking category.” Harry ThuillierAge: 33Job title: DirectorWorks at: Oppo BrothersThuillier’s “analytical and level-headed nature” have been crucial in adding stability for Oppo during a time of high growth, say colleagues. Thuillier says the best part of his job at Oppo is “every time we get a letter or comment on social media telling us to keep doing what we’re doing as they love our ice cream”. “It makes all the sacrifices and anxiety that faces every start-up worthwhile.” To date, the brand has won four Great Taste Awards so “it seems the taste experts agree”. Tom HannawayAge: 31Job title: Founder and COOWorks at: Infinite SessionHannaway started up Infinite Session (a low alcohol beer) with brother Chris (a previous TNT winner), based on a desire to help “shape a category” and create and sell a product that has a “positive impact on people’s lives”. He adapted “instantly” to the world of start-ups and grocery, after spending 10 years as a chartered accountant. One of his proudest achievements so far is that Infinite Session is already number one in the alcohol-free beer charts on Amazon. Sasha McCaskieAge: 29Job title: Talent acquisition business partnerWworks at: PepsiCoMcCaskie joined PepsiCo last year and, within a year, had recruited more than 150 people within its field sales operation. Since she has been in her role, she has rolled out hiring manager training and new assessment materials, worked with managers to create LinkedIn profiles and built an online presence for the talent acquisition function. She has reduced the time to hire by over 60% and recruited all the roles directly, saving over £500k in agency fees. Her best attribute, she says, is motivating others to “push past their comfort zone”. Daniel KaminskiAge: 30Job title: Innovation directorWorks at: WheyheyKaminski was frustrated with the food and drink sector and its “misleading” healthy messaging. He wanted to make an impact. Joining Wheyhey was a big leap (he had just completed a Masters in psychology) but his proactive and optimistic nature stood him in good stead to achieve great things.He developed the first sugar-free, high-protein, low-calorie ice cream in Europe, and his ice cream innovation was even selected as a “game changer in food tech” in the US by Forbes magazine in 2016. He also works closely with the FA, developing bespoke products for the men’s and women’s national football teams for their recent World Cup campaign. He is described by colleagues as a “driving force” in tackling obesity and diabetes by “forcing change” in the health category.His latest innovation has been selected as a “healthy challenger brand” by Guy’s & St Thomas’ hospital. Adil HamidAge: 34Job title: Head of international salesWorks at: Typhoo TeaIn his first six months as head of international sales at Typhoo Tea, Hamid delivered a margin improvement of over 20%, launched the brand in China and South Korea, and sub-brand Heath & Heather into Australia, New Zealand and Italy. He is a “quick-thinker”, and a quick decision maker too.No wonder then that Typhoo has given him control over its entire export business – managing exports worth more than £5m to 45 countries. Formerly a Kantar research analyst, Hamid says he wants to make sure everything he does adds value, to both the business and the customer. His proudest achievement to date has been significantly improving the profitability of the export business in a short time scale.He’s now on track to increase sales by double digits in his first full year. Daniel JonesAge: 32Job title: Product development managerWorks at: Blue Sky BotanicsJones originally trained as a chef. Among countless achievements, he was a semi-finalist in the 2011 National Chef of the Year Awards, before founding his own chocolate business. He is described as always going “above and beyond” for customers. His knowledge on tastings and pairings for the botanical extracts is “out of this world”, and he says he loves to play with “complex flavour combinations”.“Nothing is impossible and he never stresses,” says a colleague. “A real inspiration to a demanding industry.” Danielle MendhamAge: 27Job title: Brand manager, QuakerWorks at: PepsiCoColleagues describe Mendham as a “rising star in UK marketing”. She joined PepsiCo in 2015 as a marketing assistant for Tropicana, but her ambition and passion earned her a rapid promotion to assistant brand manager for Naked, where she crafted the UK brand’s positioning to launch its first-ever marketing campaign. During this time Naked grew by 69% to become the “number one on-the-go smoothie” in the UK [Nielsen]. Mendham was drawn to PepsiCo because of its “iconic brands” and commitment to “sustainable growth”. In her current role, she is “proud to have led a cross-functional team to help [it] achieve one of its most successful innovation launches”. The numbers speak for themselves: the brand’s porridge-to-go range has doubled its penetration and delivered 77% YOY revenue growth in the past year. Jessica BarlowAge: 32Job title: Head of global communicationsWorks at: KarmaBarlow is a “rare breed” in the fmcg world: the “perfect blend” of creative and commercial. She joined Karma earlier this year because she wanted her work to have “value and purpose”. “It’s an incredible group of people working towards a shared (and important) goal: solving food waste,” she says.She was hired to manage the UK part of the business, but was quickly promoted to a global role after securing key wins, including landing an out-of-home and point-of-sale campaign which led to a significant number of new client acquisitions, as well as growing the company’s customer base by 220%.Her proudest moment, she says, was coaching Karma’s founder to speak at a high-level conference in Munich, where she spoke right after Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and just before former US president Barack Obama. Hannah FoxAge: 25Job title: Senior property manager – energy operationsWorks at: MorrisonsFox started out on the Morrisons graduate scheme, but she quickly rose through the ranks to run and manage the retailer’s energy portfolio, managing a budget of £180m and a team of 10. Her role allows her to really “influence, deliver and lead change”, saving operational costs and having a positive impact on the environment at the same time. Over the past few years, Fox has been involved in setting Morrisons’s new science-based target for carbon emissions, which has been supported by both the leadership team and the board. Nathan CoxAge: 24Job title: Operations managerWorks at: Sauce ShopCox has quickly risen through the ranks at Sauce Shop, going from working in production himself to managing a team of six, and is now a “vital member of the leadership team”.He oversees the dispatch of up to four tonnes of sauces and mayonnaise a week. Despite having his hands full managing the team and being very hands-on with the production, Cox still finds time to experiment and develop new sauces. He recently fermented a vinegar from scratch, which went into a limited-edition hot sauce for the brand’s fifth birthday. An “extremely hard worker”, Cox always “strives to learn, and challenges the status quo to make things better”, say his colleagues. He has made himself an “invaluable” part of the team, and is “never afraid of a challenge”. He was also integral to the business gaining its SALSA [Safe and Local Supplier Approval] certification. Daniel Whitelegge O’HigginsAge: 28Job title: Creative designer and art directorWorks at: Kraft HeinzAfter spending years working in-house on a single brand, O’Higgins was “craving some more diversity of clients and projects”. So he joined Kraft Heinz.For the past two years he has sat in Kraft Heinz’s offices as its first-ever in-house creative designer and art director, providing internal support for the global masterbrand and UK brand-build teams. His versatile nature means he has been well-prepared for working on everything from creative direction on campaigns to visualisation for innovation and packaging design, and even on Hogarth Worldwide’s creative team for last year’s Heinz soup TV ad. O’Higgins designed packaging for Heinz viral hits ‘ketchup caviar’, ‘Creme Egg mayo’, ‘saucy sauce’ and most recently illustrated the ‘tomato edchup’ label for its partnership with Ed Sheeran. Katherine AustinAge: 26Job title: NPD managerWorks at: Itsu GroceryAustin has been at the heart of Itsu Grocery’s success since she joined straight from university four years ago. A passionate and entrepreneurial team player who “loves a challenge”, she has become a “valuable asset to the company”. She is constantly travelling the world developing new gyoza recipes, deciding on changes to packaging, and cultivating strong relationships with supply partners which has allowed Itsu Grocery to accelerate growth beyond budget forecasts (38% CAGR for the past two years). Elena DoyleAge: 28Job title: E-commerce managerWorks at: Birds EyeIt was a passion for the fast-paced, innovative and self-driven way of working, along with a desire to work for a large blue chip business, that led Doyle to join Birds Eye in January 2018.At the time, the business was in the midst of overhauling its online operations, and starting to establish a renewed focus on shopper activation. Doyle has been “instrumental in driving our progress on Birds Eye online across the industry”, says one testimonial. A self-proclaimed “typical extrovert”, Doyle says her self-awareness is helping her to “sit back, evaluate other approaches and gain the best from the introverts around me”. This, along with her energy and determination, have allowed her to grow Birds Eye’s online business. “I’m proud to say I am responsible for the fast-growing channel within such a widely known brand,” she says. Phil WalkerAge: 30Job title: Global gifting directorWorks at: BeiersdorfWalker has made a “huge impact” at Beiersdorf since joining in May 2017, turning around the performance of the category development team to make it into one of the most trusted and insightful category partners within health and beauty. This achievement was recognised in 2018, when Walker was awarded Beiersdorf’s Commercial Person of the Year award after his first full year in the business. He has recently been promoted to a global director role, and is “really excited about working on a category that is all about delighting recipients”.center_img Charlotte JonesAge: 33Job title: Senior digital editorWorks at: Cedar CommunicationsJones, a journalist by background, joined Cedar Communications because she saw a great opportunity to develop the Tesco Real Food website. She loves a challenge, so this project was perfect. Since she started work on it, audience growth for the website has been phenomenal – reaching 21.7 million users and 78.5 million page views annually [Google Analytics], making it the “third biggest food content website in the UK”. Sophie DunnAge: 28Job title: Commercial managerWorks at: Birds EyeDunn’s “exceptional drive” and ability to engage customers to build mutually beneficial trading plans have earned her a deserving place on our list. In her current role, she’s seamlessly extended her portfolio from £17m to £29m after a vacancy arose in the team. She is always “fully prepared”, has bags of energy and creativity. More important, she also always follows up on everything in a thorough and timely manner. “Team members like [Dunn] don’t come along every day,” say colleagues. Matt CundrickAge: 34Job title: Head of convenience and formatsWorks at: McColl’sCundrick started out stacking biscuit and grocery shelves at M&S. It was just a Christmas temp job, but he found the pace and buzz “incredible”. “I loved the excitement, and knowing that my hard work made a difference to customers and the business,” he says. He joined McColl’s because it was an “amazing” opportunity to “build a team and deliver some real change projects”. In his current role, he has led and shaped the retailer’s ‘automated bake plan’, which is delivering double-digit growth. Tabitha Hunter-SmaleAge: 33Job title: Business development managerWorks at: Sugro UKHunter-Smale’s background is in the vaping industry, but she says she “jumped at the opportunity to work with a figurehead like Neil Turton when he needed maternity cover in his business development team”. Attracted by the variability of the role, and the idea of “adding value for so many members”, she made an “amazing impact” at the brand. Hunter-Smale has made a “significant personal impact” to grow relationships with both independent wholesalers and suppliers – leading to 5% business growth and 10 new members joining. In fact, she says, the best part of her job is the people. “We have great relationships with our members, suppliers and among the head office team.”“She has an amazing future ahead in wholesale and deserves to be recognised as a top new talent,” said one testimony. Eleanor O’LearyAge: 32Job title: FounderWorks at: The Better Brand ConsultantAuthentic, ambitious and successful, O’Leary set up the Better Brand Consultant to help “better” brands thrive through “better” PR and marketing. A particularly proud moment was working with Frank Green and Rapha. The collaboration saw limited-edition co-branded reusable coffee cups sell out in all global flagship stores, a 200% increase in online traffic at launch, and a significant amount earned. “You know you’ve made it when the cups are swapping hands on eBay at twice the price,” she says. Cameron RiggAge: 25Job title: Product developerWorks at: Co-op“I grew up eating Co-op food and following the brand,” says Rigg. And with a passion for food and drink, joining the Co-op seemed like a no-brainer. He’s not looked back. After just 14 months as junior product developer, he was promoted to product developer with responsibility for beef, lamb, poultry, breaded chicken, sous vide and ready-to-cook.During this time he’s landed a nine-month tender to bring on board a new partner supplier, and developed a number of first-to-market products (most recently ready-to-cook ‘complete meal for two’ kits – a first for the category and Co-op – which have been received well by customers). One colleague describes Rigg as “extremely well-organised and positive in his approach to all tasks”. Another says he is a “shining star” who has a “fantastic collaborative approach to work”. Kat MurrayAge: 26Job title: Technical project leadWorks at: Lucozade Ribena SuntoryMurray had a baptism of fire when she joined Lucozade Ribena Suntory just 15 months ago, immediately playing a major role in the development of two of the brand’s biggest 2019 launches: Lucozade Sport AJ Fruit Punch (4 March), which generated net sales of £4m by end of June, and Lucozade Energy Watermelon & Strawberry Cooler (6 May) which earned net sales of £2m by the end of June [IRI]. A “fantastic asset to the team”, according to colleagues, she is driven by the fact she loves to learn. Daniel HeadAge: 27Job title: Head of foodserviceWorks at: Visionary GroupHead is a real foodie who couldn’t imagine a future outside the food sector. “The pace and scale of the industry enthused and excited me to,” he explains. Colleagues say they’ve “never met such a hard working and driven guy, who goes to the end of the earth and back for both our business and the brands we work with”.Head specialises in ensuring young foodservice brands are successful. Having to balance the complexity of multi-sector relationships across a number of wholesalers and distributors in the UK and US is difficult, but it’s made even more challenging by the fact he has a young family at home. “Give this guy a brand/concept and he will assess the sector fit, analyse the commercial proposition, build an activation plan, sell it in and implement a successful launch all while travelling the lengths of the country, and with a smile on his face,” say colleagues. Elizabeth StaianoAge: 25Job title: Senior marketing managerWorks at: Real HandfulOver the past year, Staiano has delivered an award-winning relaunch of the Real Handful brand across all trade and consumer touchpoints. On top of that, she has supported the brand-building plan which has resulted in launches across Tesco, Waitrose and Asda and nearly 6,000 new distribution points. “I truly believe in the product,” she says. “It tastes delicious and the mission to make something that provides flavour and function resonates strongly with me.” Staiano counts determination among her best attributes, saying she enjoys setting her sights on something and unrelentingly pursuing it until it happens. Colleagues praise her ability to build effective relationships, adding: “Given all she’s achieved in her first year it’s frightening (in a good way) to think what she’ll achieve in the years to come.” Oliver ShortsAge: 33Job title: Co-owner and sales managerWorks at: Seed & Bean“My dad came home one evening and put a load of chocolate on the table and asked us what we thought,” says Shorts. “It was and still is the best tasting chocolate we’ve tried and that was my first foray into the world of food and drink.” Now he is co-owner of chocolate brand Seed & Bean, and an integral part of the team. As the only sales manager in the business, Shorts is responsible for establishing the brand all over the world – from Europe to as far as Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Chocolate, he says, is “something we can all relate to”. He is always calm under pressure, and will never give up on his mission to “build a company he is proud of and a brand people love”, even if he does get the odd knock-back. His ability to juggle co-running and developing the business with his duties as a new father make him hugely deserving of this accolade. Lucy SquiresAge: 24Job title: Marketing managerWorks at: Rubies In The RubbleA “true superstar” who “lives and breathes fmcg” is how colleagues describe Squires. In the short time she has been at Rubies in the Rubble, she has completely revamped the brand’s marketing department. Her can-do attitude and inside-out industry knowledge mean she’s made a huge impact on the business, with several big wins. Notably, she worked side by side with Seedrs to launch a crowdfunding campaign (which was exceeded by 164% in seven days) and supported the senior leadership team on broader fundraising activity which closed at £2m in July. Charlie ThuillierAge: 30Job title: Founder and directorWorks at: Oppo BrothersThuillier was always been fascinated by taste and flavour. He and his brother Harry broke a world record in Brazil for the longest distance travelled by kite (1,000km). “We started eating natural wild foods that we could find along the coast,” he says. “This sparked an idea: why can’t the most indulgent food also be healthy?” After many development trials, Oppo was launched in Waitrose in 2014, and Thuillier has been “instrumental” in its impressive growth of 170% year on year since its creation. Kimberly KhournsoAge: 28Job title: Project managerWorks at: Natural Sourcing International GroupSince joining NSI Group “by sheer chance”, Khournso has single-handedly developed over 50 private-label organic or natural food snacks.An advocate of “thinking outside the box”, and driven by accomplishments and high results, Khournso says that “no matter how big the fire is, I can always combat it calmly”.The best part of her job, she says, is the satisfaction of completing a project and seeing the product on the shelf. “She continuously shows ongoing initiative, leadership, and dedication in serving NSI Group’s mission: to provide natural and organic food to all,” says one testimonial.Khournso has also taken charge of the New Product Launch department, and used her experiences and skills as a project manager to “nurture it with continuous process improvements”. Craig WhiffinAge: 31Job title: Market, strategy and planning controllerWorks at: Hain DanielsAmbitious, tenacious and generous, Whiffin jumped at the chance to work for Hain Daniels when it arose. Since then he has truly excelled, and has been identified as a real talent within the business. He was one of just 38 (out of 3,400) employees selected for the Hain Daniels ‘management development programme’ – an exclusive course with Lane4.During his sales roles, Whiffin has managed the wholesale channel, including Booker Bestway and Today’s. He has also managed Ocado and Morrisons, delivering overall growth of 21%. “My current role within category has seen me working with Tesco to improve their promotional strategy on peanut butter, delivering market share improvements of 1.4% worth over £1m a year,” he says. He has also delivered merchandising improvements in the spreads fixture worth over £2m a year. Corin JacksonAge: 28Job title: National account managerWorks at: Valeo confectioneryJackson ran a “covert tuck shop” at high school. Food, he says, was “always in his blood”. He joined Valeo because it has a “fantastic senior management team” who “empower autonomous working”. Jackson was instrumental in revitalising the Barratt brand through targeting high street discounters. This helped propel Tangerine from fourth in the confectionery category to first in just two years, gaining £6.5m in the process [Kantar]. Tony HindAge: 35Job title: Head of acquisitions and developmentWorks at: Co-opSince joining the Co-op in 2015, Hind has overseen the development of more than 400 new stores. He was “hooked on grocery from day one”, and has been instrumental in making sure the Co-op opens “more stores than any other retailer”. “Under his leadership the Co-op is very much seen as the development partner of choice in the property industry,” says one of his colleagues. “The difference in the quality between the stores developed in the past four years with those predating this really demonstrates why [Hind] is a leader in his field.” Harriet ProsserAge: 33Job title: AgronomistWorks at: Lucozade Ribena SuntoryProsser was always fascinated by plant biology and entomology. Described by colleagues as “hard-working, committed and intellectual”, she revitalised Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s long-running farm stewardship programme, “bringing all farmers up to increasingly higher standards of conservation”. She is driven by a desire to maintain and build on the 80-year-strong grower/brand relationship, to ensure Ribena sources the most “delicious and environmentally-sustainable” British blackcurrants for another 80 years. One of her proudest moments was appearing on the BBC’s Countryfile in the summer, after a four-year research project she led – which looked at ways to mitigate the impact of warmer winters on blackcurrant yields – caught the eye of the show’s producers. Key findings from the study supported the 2019 harvest during one of the warmest winters on record.last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli lauds consistency of Indian cricket team bowlers after Adelaide win

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli, the skipper of the Indian cricket team, has heaped praise on his bowling unit after they toiled hard to help the side secure a 31-run win in the Adelaide Test and take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. The victory was the first time India had won the first match of a Test series Down Under and they now have a realistic chance of securing their first-ever Test series win in Australia. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Kohli said the performance of the bowlers with the Kookaburra ball was exemplary.“When the Kookaburra gets softer, it becomes difficult to get some assistance. Our fast bowlers still ran in and bowled with great heart. They have been able to sustain pressure. They are fitter and have more pace for a longer time. They can also contain. When you have four bowlers who can take 20 wickets and that too with a ball that does not offer so much, it is a proud moment,” Kohli said. In the last nine overseas Test matches, the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have bowled out oppositions twice seven times. In South Africa, the bowling unit picked up 20 wickets in all the three Tests while in England, they did not bowl the opposition out in Lord’s and in the Oval Test.Read More | Pant creates new wicketkeeping record in Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAshwin had specific roleRavichandran Ashwin has had an improved showing in overseas contests as compared to the 2014/15 season. He started off well in Edgbaston when he picked up four wickets to nearly set-up a win for India. In Adelaide, he bowled a lot of overs and maintained a magnificent economy while taking six wickets.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India secure historic 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide, take 1-0 lead in series“Ashwin was given a specific role. He was economical and bowled in the right areas to create enough chances and not give anything away. They were just looking for an opening. He controlled the game nicely and did not let it drift away. In the past, we have given away too many runs in one session. We did not give them a session where they got away from us. Awareness counts in this case,” Kohli said.Read More | India vs Australia 1st Test: Kohli’s side win by 31 runsPujara the differenceThe Adelaide wicket was a tough one for batsmen. However, Cheteshwar Pujara proved to be the stand-out player with 123 and 71 in both innings as he held the batting together. In the second innings, his partnership with Ajinkya Rahane proved to be the difference and Kohli acknowledged that Pujara’s knock made all the difference.“Pujara and Rahane, temperament wise and mindset, they are proper Test batsmen. Pujara was the difference. Rahane batted fearlessly and that is his template. He has confidence in his own space. We took a different approach in the second innings as we wanted to make Australia stay on the field longer. We learnt a lot from the first innings,” Kohli said.The Indian skipper was also critical of Australia’s defensive mindset but was full of praise for the fight shown by the tail-enders. “We did not allow them to gain momentum. If you do not play with positive intent, you will nick off at some time. We wanted to create that kind of situation. However, we did not take anything for granted. Their tail is in the top 3 when it comes to lower order averages. We expected them to fight,” Kohli said.The Indian skipper, though, was focused on the key task which the team wanted to achieve in the next game. “We need to build on this. We can’t be happy with just one Test win. We are happy with this win but we must capitalize,” Kohli said.The second Test of the series will be played at the New Perth stadium on December 14. last_img read more

Duncan, James set to break their Finals tie

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in overtime of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. San Antonio won 112-107 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MIAMI (AP) — Over the last 10 seasons, only one NBA player has been part of more wins than LeBron James.His name is Tim Duncan.Their numbers over that decade are incredibly similar. Duncan has appeared in 622 regular-season and playoff victories, James has played in 621. Duncan is shooting 50.2 percent from the field, James is shooting 50 percent. Duncan has won three championships over that stretch, James has two.Plus, when facing each other in the NBA Finals, both has won one, lost one.Here comes the tiebreaker — a Finals rematch that will have high expectations.Miami and San Antonio are the league’s last two teams standing for the second consecutive year, their next chapter starting on the Spurs’ home floor Thursday night. The Heat won a wild series last season for their second straight championship, needing a frantic rally to avoid elimination in Game 6 and then riding the strength of a 37-point, 12-rebound effort from James to top the Spurs in Game 7.“I think our guys, they actually grew from the loss last year,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I call it fortitude. I think they showed an unbelievable amount of fortitude. If I can compliment my own team humbly, to have that tough loss, especially the Game 6 and not have a pity party and come back this year and get back to the same position, I think that’s fortitude.”It’s the league’s first Finals rematch since Chicago and Utah played in 1997 and 1998.The teams have actually played three times since last season’s classic series ended, twice in the regular season, another being a preseason meeting in Miami where the Spurs acknowledged that the pain of losing Game 7 on that floor was still real.Then again, it’s almost like they wanted to feel that hurt at times. Popovich showed the Spurs clips of Games 6 and 7 early in training camp this season, not so much to open old wounds but rather speed up the healing process.“We were just trying to put it away, just get over that part of it, learn from it, and move forward from there,” Duncan said.Move forward, they did.San Antonio won 62 games in the regular season, the best record in the league. One of those wins was a 24-point romp over Miami, on the same floor where this series will start on Thursday.The Heat know what wanting revenge feels like. They lost the 2011 NBA Finals to Dallas, then opened the following season on the Mavericks’ floor and simply blew them away.Heat forward Chris Bosh called it “extra motivation” for the Spurs.“It’s just something that we have to deal with, and we know that they’re going to be very passionate, and they’re going to play some good basketball,” Bosh said. “So whoever we play, we just have to continue to keep our approach the same and play good basketball.”While the Spurs were punching their ticket by ousting Oklahoma City from the West finals on Saturday night, the Heat were getting a day off. James was taking his kids to see X-Men. James Jones went to a home-improvement store for some supplies. Bosh insisted he was going to do as little as possible, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t summoning his team to practice again until Monday.By then, James will be locked in on the Spurs.“It hasn’t really hit us that much yet because I think we’re in it,” James said Friday night after Miami beat Indiana and clinched its fourth consecutive East championship. “I think it will once we’re done and we’re able to look back at what we were able to accomplish as players, as a franchise. I think that’s when it will really hit us. We definitely don’t take it for granted to be in this position.”So for the next few days, all the highlights of last year’s finals will be played over and over again.The shot by Tony Parker — who missed the second half of Saturday night’s game with a left ankle injury — to win Game 1 in Miami for the Spurs. James’ twirl-on-the-rim dunk as the Heat pulled away in Game 2. San Antonio sharpshooter Danny Green’s Finals-record 3-point display. Bosh’s rebound that led to Ray Allen’s shot that saved Miami’s season in Game 6. The yellow rope, the precursor to a Spurs celebration that never happened.All made for an epic series.The encore could be even better.“Obviously we are very happy and pleased with the season we have had so far, but we are not by any means satisfied,” Green said. “We know we have a lot of work to do against a very good team. There is a reason why they’re back there and are two-time champs. We have our work cut out for us, but we are happy with going back — just not satisfied.”last_img read more

All Earth Dwellers Invited to Environmental Day

first_imgBy Jenna O’DonnellLITTLE SILVER – Earth Day is still a month away, but borough residents don’t have to wait until April to grow a little greener.The Little Silver Environmental Commission will host its annual Environmental Day this Saturday to give residents in the borough and surrounding area a chance to recycle old clothing and electronics, learn from experts at beekeeping, composting and gardening workshops and learn more about local environmental initiatives.The four-hour event, hosted at the Woman’s Club of Little Silver, 111 Church St., has grown each year since it began five years ago, according to Bonnie Winters Akey, who chairs the Little Silver Environmental Commission.“The goal of the day is to raise awareness of what’s available in town, and in the county and state, in terms of making all of us greener,” she said.Free demonstrations are scheduled throughout the morning inside the Women’s Club building and will include a compost workshop with Rutgers University Master Gardener Tom Matulewicz, a beekeeping discussion with local beekeeper Liz Hanson, and a planting demonstration by Bob Sickles of Sickles Market.Outside, those looking to clean out their closets can stop by recycling stations that will be set up in the Woman’s Club Parking lot. Old electronics, including TVs and “anything with a plug” will be accepted for recycling at no cost. Additionally, gently used clothing will be collected by the non-profit Lunch Break and SafeGuard Document Destruction will be on site with a document shredding truck to accept paper and books.“It’s really a good way to do spring cleaning,” said Akey, noting that with Lunch Break collecting the clothing, people can be sure the donations will go to those who need them, “which is important to us,” she added.Along with opportunities to stop by workshops and recycle household items, green demonstrations, displays and services will be available inside the Woman’s Club, said Akey. A few offerings include free energy efficiency audits from New Jersey Natural Gas to help residents find out how to save energy in their homes, and tree giveaways from the county Shade Tree Commission. Reusable bags will also be handed out to attendees.As spring starts to bloom and with Earth Day around the corner, Akey said Saturday is a great time for residents to come out to recycle and learn about how to make their community greener.“This is the perfect time of year for this,” she said. “It’s not just for Little Silver. We encourage everyone to come out.”The Little Silver Environmental Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Woman’s Club of Little Silver, 111 Church St. The event is free and open to the public.last_img read more

Wildcats score 15th place finish at 40-team UBC-O High School Volleyball Tournament

first_imgIt was a two steps forward, one step back weekend at the UBC-O High School Girl’s Ogopogo Volleyball Tournament for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats of South Slocan.The Cats looked like world-beaters during the preliminary round but then were rocked during the playoffs to finish 15th overall in the 40-team tourney held during the weekend in Kelowna at the UBC-O gymnasium.“On a very positive note, and important at that, we didn’t quit mentally or physically (which is) something to build on for this coming weekend,” said Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.Mount Sentinel opened the tourney with three wins during pool play Friday.The result advanced the Cats into the round of 16.However, facing some of the best teams in the province — Kelowna Christian, Penticton and France Xavier  of Edmonton,   Mount Sentinel struggled going winless.“We had hoped to improve on Friday’s performance on Saturday, but it was more of the same and unlike Friday the competition was not as forgiving,” Moreira explained.The Cats head right back onto the court Friday when the club one again travels to Kelowna, this time to compete in the Best of the West Volleyball Tournament.“Like the UBC-O tournament we have an opportunity to compete against very good teams,” said Moreira.“Our first test is against No. 6 ranked Single-A, White Rock Christian.”Mount Sentinel Boys return to courtIt has been a rather lengthy hiatus for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Boys.The Cats have been idle since the opening week of the high school season, a third-place showing in Creston at the Prince Charles Comets Tournament.However, Mount Sentinel returns to the net Friday as the team enters play at the UBC-O High School Boy’s Ogopogo Volleyball Tournament in Kelowna.Mount Sentinel is an honourable mention in the most recent B.C. High School Boy’s AA [email protected]last_img read more

FINNEGANS WAKE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES UNDER ESPINOZA; MILLER TRAINEE NOTCHES THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN AS HE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:00.88

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–With an eye catching move around the far turn, Finnegans Wake rallied from far off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes by one length while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.88.Previously based in the Midwest and fresh off a pair of Grade II stakes wins in the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Nov. 27 and the San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3, Finnegans Wake notched his third consecutive win for trainer Peter Miller and owners Donnegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch.“The horse ran great,” said Miller. “Victor gave him a tremendous ride. The horse is unbelievable. He just keeps firing. I wish I could take the credit. The horse really has blossomed out here…He’s got a great turn of foot and he’s a very ratable horse. Victor and the horse go together like six and seven.”Off at 9-5 in a field of eight older horses, Finnegans Wake, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Powerscourt, paid $5.80, $3.40 and $3.00. He improved his overall record to 27-6-3-3 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, Finnegans Wake became a millionaire, with earnings of $1,065,375.“I wasn’t ever concerned about catching (longshot pacesetter) Diamond Bachelor,” said Espinoza. “I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable. He runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California…distance is never a problem. I thought last time, going a mile and one eighth was a bit short for him but he took it well. Today, it was even better for him.”Pacesetter Diamond Bachelor, under Martin Pedroza sped to an early charge and went on to open a commanding lead. The Patrick Biancone trainee held on through the stretch but ducked out from a left handed whip late and moved into path of third place finisher Power Ped and was disqualified to fourth.Power Ped, ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Neil Drysdale paid $8.80 and $5.60 to place.Neil Drysdale’s other entry, Power Foot, ridden by Kieren Fallon paid $7.40 to show.The fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.27, 1:12.56 and 1:36.40.First post time for a nine-race card at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.–30–last_img read more

Arabic leaflet created to welcome Syrian refugees to Donegal

first_imgA new leaflet has been launched to welcome young people from Syria to Donegal and provide them with information about local services.The leaflet was created by the Donegal Youth Service and written in Arabic as part of an inclusiveness project for Syrian families.The DYS says it aims to help all young people to feel included and welcome to take part in any part of the service, regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexuality, or any other factor. Arabic Flyer now available at the Donegal Youth ServiceYouth Worker Frankie McGreevy has been working on the project for the past year. He said: “This leaflet is part of a larger welcome project that has given us an amazing opportunity to work with and learn from Syrian refugee children and their families, who have shown great strength and resilience having survived the Syrian war as well as the perilous journey to get to these shores.”The leaflet which is entirely in Arabic encourages young people to visit Donegal Youth Service and join any part of the service that interests them. Language doesn’t need to be a barrier, as advances in technology mean that staff can find a way to communicate with any young person who comes through the doors. Donegal Youth Service have worked with young people from all over the world, and make every effort to ensure they all feel welcome and included.The project was created in partnership with the Donegal Local Development Company Resettlement Programme, with funding from the Community Foundation for Ireland.The official launch took place on Wednesday the 23rd of October in Letterkenny.  Frankie McGreevy Youth Worker, Lorraine Thompson DYS Regional Director, Gareth Gibson Youth Information Manager, Eyad Meshael DLDC Resettlement Programme Intercultural Support Worker, Nadine Berri one of the Syrian cooks, Billy Banda BIC Project, Ciara Cronin DLDC Resettlement Project CoordinatorIrish Refugee Food Fair at the Donegal Youth Service in LetterkennyThe launch took place as part of the Irish Refugee Food Fair, an initiative from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in partnership with Slow Food Ireland which gave asylum seekers and refugees an opportunity to showcase their culinary talents, with events taking place all over Ireland. Donegal Youth Service was delighted to host the event in Letterkenny, with Syrian couple Nadine Berri and Bilal Abd El Jalil cooking an authentic Syrian feast for the local community.Syrian couple Nadine Berri and Bilal Abd El Jalil who cooked an authentic feast for the local community pictured with one of their children.For a copy of the leaflet, or for more information about DYS programmes and services then please contact DYS on (074) 91 29630, e-mail [email protected], visit www.donegalyouthservice.ie, or call in to us at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny.  Stay up to date on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Donegal Youth Service is a registered charity.  Registered Irish Charity Number: 20050696. Do you have a fundraising idea? We would love to hear from you!Arabic leaflet created to welcome Syrian refugees to Donegal was last modified: November 4th, 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:arabic leafletDonegal Youth ServiceSyrialast_img read more

Forest set to confirm Kane deal

first_imgNottingham Forest are expected to confirm the signing of youngster Todd Kane on loan from Chelsea later today.The 21-year-old right-back has been recalled from a loan spell at Bristol City and Chelsea are keen for him to play in the Championship.Stuart Pearce gave Kane a call-up when the Forest boss was in charge of the England Under-21s and is set to sign him for the rest of the season.Kane, who made seven appearances for City but only one league start, previously played in the second tier while on loan at Blackburn and before that was loaned to Preston.See also:Chelsea’s Kane expected to join ForestKane’s loan move to Forest is confirmedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img