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first_imgNow this is one act we’ve gotta see! Tony winners Andrea Martin and Chuck Cooper, Broadway vet Matthew Saldivar and more complete the star-studded cast of Act One, a new play written and directed by Tony winner James Lapine. Based on iconic writer/director Moss Hart’s autobiography, the Lincoln Center Theater production features previously announced Tony nominees Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana, who will both play Hart in varying stages of his life. Act One begins performances March 20, with opening night set for April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Chuck Cooper Cooper won a Tony Award for The Life. His many Broadway credits include Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow, Lennon, Caroline, or Change, The Life, Chicago, Getting Away With Murder, Passion, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Amen Corner. His off-Broadway credits include The Piano Lesson and Choir Boy. Andrea Martin Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 Martin won Tony Awards for My Favorite Year and Pippin, and garnered additional nominations for Candide and Oklahoma! Her notable film and TV credits include SCTV, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Wag the Dog and The Producers. She will star on the forthcoming NBC series Working the Engels. Act One Saldivar’s Broadway credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Peter and the Starcatcher, Grease and The Wedding Singer. He has appeared off-Broadway in All in the Timing, The Toxic Avenger, Sea of Tranquility, Julius Caesar, The Alchemist, June Moon, Spread Eagle and Timon of Athens. Act One chronicles Moss’ impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. This path led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once in a Lifetime. The production will feature set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier and original music by Louis Rosen. Star Files In addition to Shalhoub, Fontana, Martin and Cooper, Act One will feature Bill Army (Old Jews Telling Jokes), Will Brill (Tribes), Laurel Casillo (Evil Things), Steven Kaplan (The Exonerated), Will LeBow (Nocturne), Mimi Lieber (Brooklyn Boy), Charlotte Maier (The Columnist), Deborah Offner (The Maids), Matthew Schechter (Richard III), Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens) and Amy Warren (August: Osage County).last_img read more

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen singer Paul McCartney wrote a letter to fast food chain KFC in late July urging the company to ensure better treatment for the chickens it serves, it was just the latest media event in an animal welfare trend that University of Georgia animal behaviorist Bruce Webster has been watching unfold for years. “The issue of animal welfare has been around since the 1960s but until recently the U.S. meat and poultry industries were fairly unaware of it,” said Webster, a poultry scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Public pressure in Britain and Canada came to bear on the industry sooner than in the United States, he said, and “except for oddballs like me, few scientists here paid attention to this issue until recently.”The big change, Webster said, is public awareness.“Animal rights and welfare activists have captured the public’s attention,” he said.Although they’ve sometimes used smear campaigns, gross exaggerations or even untruths to do so, Webster said the idea that agricultural animals shouldn’t suffer unnecessarily has been commonly accepted.It’s all about who makes the most noise.“The louder groups get more attention and effect change,” Webster said.When animal welfare activists turn their attention to McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s, these companies have to convince the public that they are responsible corporate citizens. Even, Webster pointed out, if they aren’t directly responsible.After all, fast food restaurants don’t produce chickens.“They are just purchasers of product,” he said. “They didn’t want to think about these issues particularly but they were forced to think about them.”Many fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, have formed their own animal welfare advisory boards. Webster has worked with both Wendy’s and KFC, both in an advisory capacity and by performing audits on poultry companies when requested. Other chain restaurant companies are doing audits as well, he said.“They don’t need public image problems,” said Webster.In 2000, when McDonald’s Corporation began to require that their poultry suppliers use larger cages and phase out beak trimming, it used the issue to boost its image as a responsible corporate citizen.The issue now facing the poultry industry is to determine a national standard.“Since there is a huge array of companies that sell poultry products in the United States, the work now is to standardize the standards,” Webster said.Many suppliers and purchasers in the poultry industry have recognized the need for unified animal welfare standards and are working together to develop industry criteria.“This has produced a voluntary movement, unique to the U.S. in that it’s almost purely market driven,” Webster said.The United Egg Producers is currently at the forefront of the poultry industry, said Webster. “Last year [UEP] offered a certification program with audits and time lines that producers could follow,” he said. “The National Chicken Council (NCC) is developing a similar program.”On the purchaser side of the fence, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the Food Marketing Institute have developed the Animal Welfare Audit Program (AWAP). Audits are currently available for non-poultry slaughter (cattle, swine, lamb, etc.); chicken slaughter; egg production; chicken production and dairy production. Turkey slaughter and production, hog production, and feedlot audits are under development.For Webster, addressing the issue of animal welfare is the latest phase of the evolution of an industry.“The way we handle food animals has changed dramatically since World War II,” he said. “Essentially, federal and state governments and the electorate have strongly encouraged productivity. It’s been a society-wide effort and industry has responded and succeeded. Working animal welfare reform into that system is the new goal.”Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

first_img 79 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary Talent and Cultural Activism Awarded at DSC by: – April 21, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share DSC Awardees; Ms DSC Mas Jamboree, Markerah George, DSC’s Kaiso King Jamal “Black Diamond” Lloyd, 1st runner up Ameka Cognet and Ms Dominica Nadira LandoIt was a day of royalty at the Dominica State College on Wednesday April 18th, as students who actively participated in the 2012 carnival season were awarded for their involvement in local culture. Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Ms Deanna Noel, Lime’s Retention and Relationship Coordinator, reaffirmed LIME’s commitment to the 2 year old agreement with the college and pledged that LIME fully intends to support next year’s Mas Jamboree, with even bigger prizes. Ameka Cognet receiving plaque from Dr. PetersPresident of the Dominica State College, Dr Donald Peters, expressed his pride that DSC students made such meaningful and successful contributions during the carnival season, noting that the two top spots of the National Queen Pageant were claimed by DSC students, Nadira Lando, the reigning Ms Dominica, and Ameka Cognet, the 1st runner up. Similarly, Jamal “Black Diamond” Lloyd, affectionately dubbed DSC’s Kaiso King made tremendous waves in the calypso arena with his popular song Pit Toilet. Black Diamond receiving plaque from Dr. PetersDr Peters also announced that a program will soon be rolled out to train students in costume design and building. Participants of the Ms DSC Mas Jamboree pageant were awarded by LIME as well as DSC. Newly crowned Ms DSC Mas Jamboree, Markerah George, received one laptop with six months free internet compliments Lime, and one year free tuition. Octavia Prosper, 1st runner up, can now enjoy a new blackberry, with $100.00 credit and one semester’s free tuition, while 2nd runner up Micah Rodney also received $350.00 discount on tuition in addition to a $50 credit for three months. Ms Dominica, Nadira Lando receiving her plaque from Dr. PetersThe other contestants can all look forward to a $150.00 discount on their tuition fees. Entertainment was provided by the Dominica State College Glee Club, and the DSC Kaiso King himself, Black Diamond, who pleased his audience with a taste of Pit Toilet. By: Nadine RiviereLiterature Lecturer,Dominica State College Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgThe triumph of the West Indies under 19 cricketers in winning the region’s first world title at this level is a sweet experience worth savouring for the long suffering fans of West Indies cricket. Many of us have, in recent times, become despondent, resorting to cynicism and blind hope in our search of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for the region’s cricket. However, the manner in which this team went about its business in this tournament suggests that the hope might no longer be blind. The region’s cricket administrators now need to do everything in their powers to ensure that the core of this group makes the transition into the senior ranks sooner, rather than later. The tenacity, passion, commitment and basic cricket intelligence shown by this Shimron Hetmyer-led team has not been seen in any West Indies team at any level since the glory days of the 70s and 80s. There were some teachable moments during this tournament which left no doubt that these players possess some of the crucial qualities that have been missing from our cricket for many years. DESIRE TO WIN The ruthless desire to win, at first manifested in that now infamous run out of the Zimbabwean tail-ender by all rounder Keemo Paul to win the game and effectively keep the West Indies team in the tournament. Then there was that stumping by the wicketkeeper, which accounted for the first wicket against India in the final. Then later in the Innings when another Indian batsman was struck by a short rising delivery, the West Indies bowler was all business getting back at his mark ready to do more damage, even as the wounded batsman received treatment. There have been many West Indies senior teams in recent years that lacked both the awareness and killer instinct of these teenagers, to run out that Zimbabwean tail-ender, to stump the Indian opener; title-winning decisions made in the heat of battle. Our fast bowlers of recent years, would probably have been apologising to the injured batsman instead of keeping their eyes menacingly and uncompromisingly on the prize. These are but some of the conspicuous differences I saw with this team that should inspire genuine hope for the future. Even with elevated expectations, I urge caution as West Indies cricket overall is still in a pretty bad place, especially in the longer versions of the game. We must not forget amid our visions of grand turnaround, these Under-19s won a 50-over tournament and not a tournament of Tests. I posit that most of these young players will evolve and develop into T20 stars and not Test cricket stars. Natural athleticism, speed, power and flair remain the trademarks of Caribbean players, including the Under-19s, which make them a perfect fit for the shorter, more explosive format of the game. The reality is that these young players, like those before them, will more than likely be smote by the irresistible incentives of T20 cricket and will inevitably gravitate towards those goodies, therefore deepening our already substantial talent pool in that version of the game, as our Test and ODI relevance continue to diminish. It is downright foolhardy and naive to expect that this group of young players will behave significantly different from the current crop of international senior players, when faced with the reality making five or 10 times more the amount of money they can make as ‘T20 freelancers’ playing in the glamorous high paying T20 leagues around the world, compared to what they would make as international Test cricketers representing the West Indies. Those are the fundamental realities we need to ponder going forward, even as we raise our expectations thanks to the performance of the new Under-19 world champions, the West Indies.last_img read more

first_imgPast the finishing postCaymanas Park Results forApril 30, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACESARDINE SWEEPSTAKE1. PARTY CITY SEllis 55.02. LEILANI JInnis3 50.0 1 1/4:L3. DEMOLITION BOY ARobles 54.0 1/2L*4. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST BebHarvey3 52.0 HeadWIN: $405.00PLACE: $109.00, $104.00, $87.00Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : PHILLIP ELLIOTTBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $801.00 Ex: $1,285.00Superfecta : $4,604.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)MACKEREL1. PERSIAN BELLE SEllis 55.0*2. LEGENDARY PLEASURE LSteadman2 55.0 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO AChatrie 54.0 9L4. ABOVE THE RADAR HPottinger3 51.0 3 1/4LDNF #6 WATER WAVE DDawkins3 49.0 8/1WIN: $114.00PLACE: $51.00, $51.00, $55.00Final Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.2, 1:13.2,Winner : 6yo b horse – TRADITIONAL – EMERALD BELLETrainer : ANDERSON,MARLON C Owner : DIAMONDSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $183.00 Exacta: $510.00D/E: $577.00Trifecta: $129.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCEJUS QUENCH FLAVORED WATER1. DWAYNE STAR WHenry 50.5 5/1 318.002. CAMPESINO BebHarvey3 54.0 *1/5 2 3/43. SHINING LIGHT JInnis3 47.5 5/1 3/44. BRAWN RMcNaughton 51.5 4/1 3 1/4Final Time : 1:26.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:11.4,Winner : 4yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – AKIODATrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQu: $167.00 Ex: $627.00D/E: $1,500.00Trifecta: $4,600.00Rolling Triple: $6,701.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)CORNED BEEF1. SHINE HPottinger3 53.02. COMPUTERIZE OWalker 54.0 Neck3. STORMING WHenry 52.0 1 1/2L4. SIR BUDGET RLahoe 53.0 4 1/2LWIN: $258.00PLACE: $84.00, $133.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:28.0 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:13.0,Winner : 4yo colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SHE’S SO LOVELYTrainer : GRESFORD SMITH Owner : MICHAEL HUE & LOUIS CHIN & FITZGERALD ROBERTSBred by BRIAN,KIRK & LOUIS CHINQu: $1,864.00 Ex: $4,008.00D/E: $2,500.00Superfecta: $14,139.00Rolling Triple: $11,376.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)-FILLIES & MARESVIENNA1. WINESHA BebHarvey3 52.0 5/1*2. SOUND OF MIRACLE JErwin 55.0 3 1/2L3. TIMEFORACAT JPatterson3 48.5 6 1/2L4. VERONICA B DRobinson 53.5 3 1/2L5. LARUSA KParchment4 53.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #10 MONEYNEVERSLEEPWIN: $345.00PLACE: $202.00, $70.00, $130.00Final Time : 1:16.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.1Winner : 6yo ch mare – STORM CRAFT – POSITIVE VIBESTrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : NADONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $507.00 Ex: $969.00D/E: $2,900.00Trifecta: $1,862.00Hi-5 : $25,404.00Rolling Triple: $86,784.00RICOCHET CUPRace 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT-FILLIES (DIV.I)*1. ZEPHYR JInnis3 50.02. VELOCIDAD LSteadman2 54.0 1 3/4L3. OCEAN SEEKER AGray4 51.5 2 1/2L4. CROWN PRINCESS JErwin 55.0 2L5. FORMAL JUSTICE AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/4L6. ASHLEY CALL NBerger4 49.0 4LLate scratch : #5 RUNAWAY GALWIN: $132.00PLACE: $64.00, $87.00, $64.00Final Time: 1:02.0 Splits: 23.3, 47.3Winner : 3yo ch filly – NASHEET – RUSHING FORCETrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $600.00 Exacta: $740.00D/E: $1,162.00Trifecta: $829.00Hit-6: $50,827.00Rolling Triple: $13,350.00Super-6: $849,426.50Race 7 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)-F&MKETCHUP*1. PROLIFIC PRINCESS OWalker 53.02. SWEET DIMENSION RLahoe 52.0 4L3. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 2 1/4L4. ANGEL STAR AndrePowell4 51.5 3 1/2LWIN: $79.00PLACE: $59.00, $64.00, $79.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits: 23.1, 47.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – NUTTIN BUT REDTrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by CHERYL & KRISTI MARSHQu: $163.00 Ex: $221.00D/E: $224.00Superfecta : $876.00Rolling Triple: $2,409.00Race 8 1500 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)WESTERN UNION*1. ITALIANO OWalker 57.02. UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 57.0 3L3. FLYING MIRACLE DDawkins3 51.0 1/2L4. STAR NEW VISTA AndrePowell4 51.0 1LWIN: $110.00PLACE: $77.00, $159.00, $166.00Final Time : 1:34.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.2, 1:12.2,Winner : 7yo horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – PIK A TRIXTrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by OWEN & SOLOMON SHARPENOTE: HORSE #10 MIND SET CAME 5TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 8TH.Qu: $829.00 Ex: $896.00D/E: $98.00Superfecta: $9,684.00Rolling Triple: $398.00Pick-4: $3,280.00Race 9 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.IITHE J.V.M. ASSOCIATION WORLD VET DAY 2016 TROPHY*1. LORD EQUUS OMullings 51.52. BLUE MOON JInnis3 47.5 Nose3. POISON GAS HPottinger3 51.0 1 3/4L4. CLASSY AVIATOR WHenry 50.5 2 1/4L5. MISS MYRTLE NBerger4 46.0 NoseWIN: $76.00PLACE: $68.00, $133.00, $162.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 22.4, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – DANCINWITHTHESTARSTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $1,301.00 Ex: $1,446.00D/E: $195.00Trifecta: $5,317.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $125,759.40Rolling Triple: $216.00PlacePot 8: $5,609.00RICOCHET CUPRace 10 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT-FILLIES (DIV.II)*1. LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.0 1/1 107.00 66.002. HONEY DARLIN OMullings 53.0 2/1 1 1/2 73.003. DUTCHESS URIEL SEllis 53.0 5/1 Neck 113.004. PATCH RWilson 53.0 4/1 3 1/45. FRANCIA’S PRIDE RHalledeen 53.0 8/1 1 3/4WIN: $107.00PLACE: $66.00, $73.00, $113.00Final Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.3, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – JUST A FLUTTERTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A. DACOSTA & BRUCE D. LEVYBred by PETER STEWARTQuinella : (2,9) $110.00 Exacta : (9-2) $291.00D/E : (5-9) $169.00Trifecta : (9-2-3) $325.00Hi-5 : (9-2-3-4-13) $2,039.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-9) $474.00THE 77TH RUNNING OF THE JAMAICA OAKS (GR.IR)Race 11 2000 M (Purse $3,000,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY-FILLIES(FOR THE HILMA M. VEIRA TROPHY)1. A THOUSAND STARS RHalledeen 57.0*2. NUCLEAR AFFAIR SEllis 57.0 Neck3. GLYDER CBudhai 57.0 55/1 1 3/4L4. SORRENTINO’S STAR DGordon 57.0 NeckWIN: $281.00PLACE: $65.00, $54.00, $147.00Final Time : 2:12.0 Splits : 24.4, 51.0, 1:16.0, 1:42.3Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – HEART OF GOLDTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by ELIZABETH DACOSTAQu: $161.00 Ex: $1,592.00D/E: $1,734.00Superfecta: $11,996.00Rolling Triple: $2,821.00Race 12 1200 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCELISHOUS SUPER STAKE1. DREAMCOMETRUE OEdwards3 50.02. HOLOGRAM SHADOW JPatterson3 48.5 Neck3. MISS JUANITA DDawkins3 48.0 60/1 1 3/4L4. GOLDEN BULLET OWhite 50.0 1 1/4L5. KOBALT WHenry 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $298.00PLACE: 152.00, $264.00, $729.00Final Time : 1:13.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS SPACEDOUTTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner: PATRICK MCKENZIEBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $3,837.00 Exacta: $7,250.00D/E : $4,501.00Trifecta: $33,853.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $143,585.00Rolling Triple: $14,942.00Pick-4: $27,980.00Super-6: $113,695.80Pick-9: $6,510,579.50last_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ have sealed off an area in Burnfoot today after the discovery of a man’s body.The man – in his 40s and from the area – was found at Carnashannagh today.The scene has been sealed off pending a forensic examination and the man’s body has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post mortem examination. “He hadn’t been seen for a few days and people were worried about him,” said one local resident about the deceased man today.“The whole area is in a state of shock. He (the man) was well-known in the area.”Gardaí are investigating the death and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed.  GARDA PROBE AFTER MAN’S BODY FOUND was last modified: March 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAward-winning Donegal Chef Gary O’Hanlon has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to call on chefs across the country to participate in a Taste of Place training programme.Gary was recently appointed as Executive Chef of Château du Coudreceau – an exclusive 18th century residence in France. But the Ramelton man will be back home soon to deliver a programme that will arm chefs with insights into how food motivates the tourist, provide the latest tourism trends and culinary concepts and underline the business benefits of sourcing locally.Fáilte Ireland has identified a growing trend, at home and internationally, of tourists seeking out locally sourced dishes and the stories behind them. The Taste of Place training programme is designed to help chefs and culinary teams tap into this trend by providing stand-out local and seasonal cuisine to tourists. Over the two-day workshops chefs and cooks responsible for food preparation, presentation and menu development, will see first-hand a variety of dishes demonstrated using the best local ingredients.Fáilte Ireland is calling on chefs to sign up to take part in the two-day workshops this October and November by emailing [email protected] workshops will take place in the following locations:8 – 9th October, Athlone Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon15 – 16th October, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Jess Murphy22 – 23rd October, Cork Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon5 – 6th November, Airfield Estate, Cookery demonstration with Luke Mathews. Chef Gary O’Hanlon said: “Irish Food is the best it has ever been. Our natural produce is unparalleled internationally and today’s chefs need to work smarter than ever to ensure we put our best foot forward to deliver menus that are reflective of Ireland’s growing reputation. I am thrilled to help deliver Fáilte Ireland’s Taste of Place programme and I commend their vision and drive in promoting local produce through this programme. I’m looking forward to working with other like-minded chefs and culinary teams to reinforce the message about the many positive benefits of using quality locally sourced food and beverage.”Tracey Coughlan, Food Tourism Manager with Fáilte Ireland commented: “This new programme is designed to support Fáilte Ireland’s latest three-year food and drink initiative ‘Taste the Island’ by equipping chefs across Ireland with the knowledge on the power and benefits of using local produce to deliver an unforgettable visitor experience. We have found that there is a growing trend, at home and internationally, of tourists seeking out locally sourced dishes and the stories behind them. This growing interest in experiencing local food presents an ideal opportunity for chefs to create and deliver authentic food experiences that are reflective of the area. This new programme has been developed by Fáilte Ireland, to ensure that visitors to Ireland enjoy a real taste of place.”Chef Gary O’Hanlon serving up top tips for chefs in new food tourism programme was last modified: September 23rd, 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:chef gary o hanlonFood tourismtaste of placetaste the islandlast_img read more

first_imgOld Mutual CEO Julian Roberts, applauded the work of Brand South Africa for their crucial role in boosting the public’s perception of South Africa. He was speaking at the South African cocktail event at the world economic forum in Davos.He said the forum theme for 2013 “Resilient Dynamism” could have been created with South Africa in mind. “The country has a rich history of resilience – of facing up to problems, overcoming adversity, adapting and growing.  And its speed of change, development and growth is clear evidence that dynamism is part of the South African DNA”, Roberts said.Roberts said South Africa is a country with massive strengths that often get overlooked or dismissed.“There is a positive climate for doing business.  The country has greater stability and a higher level of fiscal discipline than many countries a lot closer to where we are this evening, here in Davos.  It has a strong banking sector – people forget, there has been no banking crisis in South Africa and our banks are at the top of the best capitalised in the world– and there are sound and deep capital markets”. Roberts said Old Mutual are very positive about the actions that the government is taking to improve regional integration and infrastructure which can only strengthen South Africa’s position as a launchpad, “not just for us, but for other global companies doing business in Africa. There is no better place to launch expansion into Sub Saharan Africa than using the skills and base of South Africa”.Read Julian Roberts’ full speech below:Julian VF Roberts –“opening words” for the South African cocktail event at Davos, 25 January 2013Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to have the opportunity of making a few remarks at the start of this session and am particularly delighted for my company, Old Mutual, to be partnering Brand South Africa at this excellent function.  I am sure you all agree that Brand South Africa are playing a crucial role in boosting the public’s perception of South Africa – both at home and internationally, and I applaud the work that they are doing.This year’s Davos theme of “Resilient Dynamism” could have been created with South Africa in mind.  The country has a rich history of resilience – of facing up to problems, overcoming adversity, adapting and growing.  And its speed of change, development and growth is clear evidence that dynamism is part of the South African DNA. But I think that, in 2012, South Africa got a bit of a raw deal from the International media.  No-one would understate the seriousness of the events in Marikana – the loss of life was appalling and tragic.  But, from wildcat strikes to rhino poaching, you didn’t have to go out of your way to find a negative story in the press last year.  Obviously – and I know this from talking to our investors – this had a negative impact on sentiment about the globe.  I think that, as a result, there’s a huge disconnect between people’s perceptions of the risk of doing business in South Africa and the actual reality of it.  And in this short time, I would like to address this.The fact is that South Africa is a country with massive strengths that often get overlooked or dismissed.There is a positive climate for doing business.  The country has greater stability and a higher level of fiscal discipline than many countries a lot closer to where we are this evening, here in Davos.  It has a strong banking sector – people forget, there has been no banking crisis in South Africa and our banks are at the top of the best capitalised in the world– and there are sound and deep capital markets. Economic and demographic trends provide a strong case for investment.  The country offers emerging market growth potential with developed world regulation – in fact, I’d go so far as to say that the evidence over the past five years suggest South Africa’s regulation is better than much of the developed world. It ranks near the top on nearly every measure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.Development is continuing apace – I see evidence of that every time I land in Johannesburg or Cape Town. And then there are the people.  There is a huge pool of talent across every discipline; in politics, in business, in sport  – and also in the arts.  Just last week I was at a dinner at Nedbank in Johannesburg.  During the meal we were treated to the most exquisite music from a violinist called Neo – she was just 13 years old, but what a talent.  This level of “human capital”, if you want to put a fancy term on it, is really fundamental to future development of South Africa and to ensuring it fulfils its potential as a pivotal economy in a dynamic and growing region. Yes, there are still weaknesses and challenges but they are known and action is being taken on them.  Things don’t change overnight – but they are changing.  I am confident that with the Government, business, unions and civil society working together we will see South Africa continue to grow and overcome its problems.Of course, South Africa doesn’t exist in a vacuum – it is part of a global economy and the big unknown at present is the extent of any contagion from events in the Eurozone, the Middle East and North Africa.  But I believe this is where South Africa’s resilience and dynamism will come into play.  Look at the evidence so far; even though over a third of South African exports go to the troubled Eurozone, it is still delivering GDP growth at levels that many countries would envy.  So we should look past these short term issues to the longer term. The National Development Plan, which I’m sure Rob Davies will make reference to in a little while, provides a clear, bold and compelling vision for South Africa, and a strong framework for action that will be equally as bold.I believe that companies simply cannot afford to ignore the opportunities for growth in Africa in general and in South Africa in particular.  This is a message that we, at Old Mutual, are taking out to investors and to the media at every opportunity.But may I say a few words about Old Mutual.  A key element of our strategy for growth is to expand our footprint in Africa –and South Africa is the launchpad from which we will execute that expansion.  We have skills and infrastructure in the country that are needed elsewhere and are exportable. We are very positive about the actions that the government is taking to improve regional integration and infrastructure which can only strengthen South Africa’s position as a launchpad, not just for us, but for other global companies doing business in Africa. There is no better place to launch expansion into Sub saharan Africa than using the skills and base of South Africa.Our strong South African businesses are developing products and services to meet the needs of consumers across a broad range of financial services, whether that be insurance against financial shocks or saving for a life goal including retirement and, of course, one’s “final expenses” – the cost of a funeral.  We have excellent asset management capability.  And we offer a range of banking services through Nedbank which is high performing, strongly profitable and well capitalised – not too many banks in Europe can say the same. A large part of our effort goes into serving the mass foundation market – those at the lower income level who are entering the formal economy for the first time. These people need support – and we can, and do, provide it. Old Mutual South Africa is deeply rooted in the communities that it serves and we will continue to work with those communities to raise the level of financial education and awareness.  For example, although there is a relatively high level of life insurance penetration in the country, over 40% of consumers still have no form of retirement savings, so there is still work for us to do. Today we employ around 47,000 people in South Africa and you could expect that number to grow as our business grows.  Last year, for example, we created 1,500 new jobs. We have a long history of commitment to South Africa and I see no change to that commitment:  Put quite simply, Old Mutual is an integral part of South Africa – and South Africa is an integral part of Old Mutual.Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m sure that, like me, you are looking forward to hearing from the Ms Chichi Maponya and Minister Rob Davies so at this point I will finish my opening words.  Thank you for your attention and I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening.Courtesy: Global South Africanslast_img read more

first_imgKenneth Tshabalala believes investing time in your students is the key to them succeeding. (Image: UCT)Two inspirational science teachers received the Stella Clark Teachers’ Award at a ceremony held at the University of Cape Town (UCT), during which their former pupils elaborated on the significant role their mentors had played in their lives.Kenneth Tshabalala from Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton, Gauteng, and David de Storie from Harold Cressy High School, in central Cape Town, were this year’s joint winners.Both have previously been recognised by their respective provincial education authorities for achieving 100% pass rates, but the Stella Clark Teachers’ Award has special meaning for the veteran teachers because it’s their former pupils who put them forward.At the ceremony, vice-chancellor Max Price said the number of nominations that came in made the selection committee’s job hard and provided insight into the many hurdles that teachers and learners faced on a daily basis.He said this annual award acknowledged the work of these talented teachers as the “unsung heroes” who went beyond the call of duty to motivate and inspire their learners.Stella Clark was an exceptional lecturer in theCentre for Higher Education Development (CHED). After her death in March 2005, family and friends set up the award in her memory to acknowledge her many years of dedicated service teaching students from educationally disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape and at UCT.INVESTING TIMETshabalala, who has won an award from the Department of Education in Gauteng for the past four years, said the secret of his success was “investing time”. “I teach in the mornings, I teach during the periods, I teach in the afternoons. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am there. I arrive the earliest and leave the latest. I don’t take my learners for granted.”Another of his techniques was to encourage the students to get involved in teaching each other as a way of bedding down their knowledge. “Knowledge sharing is powerful,” is his motto.De Storie said the award was “unexpected” but an honour for the profession and his school. He stressed the importance of helping learners find their inner motivation and connect the concrete with the abstract, the practical with theory, and the known with the unknown.David de Storie stressed the importance of helping learners find their inner motivation and connect the concrete with the abstract, the practical with theory, and the known with the unknown. (Image: UCT)He believes in “intrinsic motivation” which allowed learners to “master the subject, the world and themselves”.MOTIVATING WORDSAt the start of each academic year, Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) invites students to nominate high school teachers whom they believe helped make it possible for them to pursue their dream of getting to UCT. The two winning nominations this year were from Yameen Motala, a first-year BSocSci student who matriculated at Harold Cressy, and Blessed Ngwenya, a first-year BSc student who completed his schooling at Lesiba High School.About his former teacher, Ngwenya said: “Despite the multiple roles that he has to play in the system of the school (Tshabalala is also the deputy head of the school), he never fails his learners.“He is an educator, a father, friend, leader, guide and an inspiration to the youth. Personally, he has taught me a lot, along with my fellow [school] mates and, as such, he has made me a better person in society, which is why I believe he deserves recognition.“Mr Tshabalala is the reason why I managed to get a good distinction for physical science and the rest of my subjects. It was his motivation and wise words that kept us going as a class. When we were depressed, for example after a tough test, he was always there to cheer us up and remind us that failure should not act as a source of discouragement but should serve as a stimulus for success.“Due to the fact that most of us were from disadvantaged backgrounds, he even spent his own money buying us food every time we worked until late (especially on weekends) and for that, I will always appreciate his presence in the education system.“I’m very grateful to have found a teacher like him at high school because if it weren’t for him, due to lack of resources and proper information, I wouldn’t have made it to UCT.”ORAL HISTORYTo compile his motivation, Yameen Motala came away with an inspirational story and a 4500-word oral history on a man who was not his subject teacher, but who had stood out and provided him with guidance.“On finding out about the Stella Clark Teachers’ Award, [David de Storie’s] name immediately came to mind. Before I went ahead with this letter, I decided I needed to get the details as well as my facts straight. I therefore decided to pay him a visit at school, and interview him on his career for a little ‘project’ of mine,” he wrote. “This is the story of a behind-the-scenes legend, the story of a real hero [who] had made it his mission to bring education to those who would otherwise go without it,” he wrote.What he established was that De Storie, who grew up in Noordhoek, had completed school against his father’s wishes (who had wanted him to leave school and join his building business). He found money to study further at the University of the Western Cape but was only allowed to enrol for a BSc (even though he had wished to study medicine or pharmacy). He was the only member of his family to complete university, this against a backdrop of political upheaval in the 1970s.“He told me how he consciously decided to dedicate himself to help, develop and empower the youth, thereby continuing the struggle through education. This was linked to his realisation during the 1976 youth uprising that without education, the liberation of the country and its people would not be possible.”Motala wrote: “As a prefect I would often go to him for advice on how to deal with certain situations. He would even directly deal with certain learners that were difficult or that had problems facing them.“He assisted me with maths when my marks started dropping, and even played a role in bringing in outside assistance to help me and the rest of my maths class. Although we didn’t get the best marks, it was apparently the best our school has gotten in the past five years,” he wrote.“Besides currently still teaching physical science at Harold Cressy High School, he still continues to work with learners from disadvantaged backgrounds in various schools in the townships of Cape Town.“From what I know, he plans on retiring next year, and so I thought that this award could be a way of acknowledging him for his years of dedication to education.”Source: University of Cape Town websitelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Aerial drones will scout, track, and hopefully prevent crop diseases in a study conducted by The Ohio State University and supported by a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The study will include a system of plant disease surveillance drones that will be developed to monitor rice blast and maize dwarf mosaic, two devastating diseases in many countries like Tanzania, plant pathologist and principal investigator Enrico Bonello said.The drones will be mounted with spectral sensors capable of identifying plant pathogens from the air. It is hoped that the technology could allow crop managers to control the spread of disease even before plants show visual symptoms, said Bonello, professor of molecular and chemical ecology of trees in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant Pathology.“This is a very novel, out-of-the-box, high-risk, high-payoff approach to a very significant problem, in a globalized world in which plant diseases are constantly being moved around by human activity,” he said.Under the project, rice and maize will be grown in greenhouses and fields and then infected with rice blast and maize dwarf mosaic. Researchers will evaluate whether the spectrometers can distinguish between infected and uninfected plants.Bonello’s project, titled “Aerial Plant Disease Surveillance by Spectral Signatures,” is one of 34 projects that received a Grand Challenges Explorations Round 21 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The winners, who were announced this month, were asked to submit a two-page online application demonstrating a bold idea in a global health and development research.Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 1,400 projects in more than 65 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times per year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.last_img read more