i-focus finds new flavour

first_imgGlacéau vitaminwater has launched a strawberry and kiwi variant, called i-focus. It contains Vitamins A, B and C and is available in a 500ml bottle.i-focus is the second new flavour to join the range. The launch will be supported by a marketing campaign entitled ’Show us your vits’.”The vibrant pink colour of the new variant will increase shelf stand-out against the remaining seven colours of the glacéau vitaminwater range,” commented Jason Hood, head of glacéau at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He said growth in the functional stills sector has been led by glacéau vitaminwater with the brand now worth £8m in retail sales.last_img read more

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News story: Cyclists in Buckinghamshire set to benefit from new cycleway

first_img News desk enquiries Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Cyclists and pedestrians are set to benefit from a new traffic-free route, connecting Aylesbury Station and the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor.The Greenway Trail, funded by the Department for Transport, will allow cyclists and walkers to travel across beautiful countryside in a safe and vehicle-free environment.This £1 million investment given to Buckinghamshire County Council – provided through the department’s ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’ – will add to the hundreds of miles of cycle paths across England already paid for through the strategy.Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said: This kind of initiative is exactly why we launched our £1.2 billion cycling and walking investment strategy last year – a safe and easy way to get people on their bikes. And why wouldn’t they – this stunning route intersects the rich Buckinghamshire countryside and lands at the historical Waddesdon Manor. Cycling is becoming a popular activity for people of all ages — the last cycling statistics from the national travel survey show that number of cycling trips is currently 17 per person, per year.The government’s ‘Cycling and walking investment strategy’ outlines the government’s ambition to make cycling and walking a natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of longer journeys by 2040.This project is the first one of its kind run by the cycle-rail working group as part of station ‘community links pilot project’. Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

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AC Milan join Arsenal in race for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng

first_imgAC Milan join Arsenal in race for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng Advertisement Advertisement Commentcenter_img Jerome Boateng is expected to leave Bayern Munich this month (Picture: Getty/AFP)Arsenal are interested in signing Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich this month, but they will face competition from AC Milan who are also keen on the veteran defender.The 31-year-old has started eight Bundesliga games this season but has lost his place in the Bayern first team and they are happy to let him go if a suitable deal can be struck.Boateng has racked up 300 appearances for the German giants since arriving from Manchester City in 2011, and now earns around £196,000-a-week.Reports earlier this month suggested that Bayern are willing to let the defender leave the club for no transfer fee, just so they can relieve themselves of his hefty wages.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTUnsurprisingly, the chance to sign a player of his experience and quality for no fee has alerted the attention of some big clubs, with AC Milan and Arsenal showing most interest in bringing him in.Milan are really struggling this season, currently 10th in Serie A with eight defeats and just seven wins to their name.They are expecting a busy month in the transfer market with a deal to sign defender Simon Kjaer from Sevilla close to being done, but they still want to add more recruits at the back to reinforce their leaky defence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are also in need of quality at the back, especially with the long-term injuries suffered by Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney, both of whom are currently sidelined.However, a move is yet to be made as the Gunners do hold some reservations about the 31-year-old’s fitness and are concerned about his lack of playing time.Bayern Munich interim manager Hansi Flick is open to Boateng staying in Bavaria, saying last month: ‘I get along with him and we talk openly.‘Jerome has to make the decision about his future because it’s about his career.’MORE: Arsenal’s fighting spirit has grown since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager, believes SokratisMORE: Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos to have medical with FC Nurnberg ahead of loan move Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jan 2020 11:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link336Shareslast_img read more

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Goalless draw leaves Express, SC Villa title hopes in balance

first_imgBy UPL co ugExpress 0-0 SC VillaThe highly anticipated Kampala Derby between rivals Express and SC Villa ended in a barren stalemate at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku’s soggy pitch Tuesday.In a game watched a mammoth crowd, the two sides knew that nothing short of maximum points would leave their faint hopes of winning the league this season in balance.At the end of the day, a draw left Express with a minimal chance but must win their remaining games with bigger margins and hope KCCA and Vipers fail in their remaining two games as well.With 49 points, the Red Eagles best finish can only be 55 same as KCCA who lead the 16 standings.Like Express, SC Villa must also win their remaining six games and pray KCCA and Vipers falter to tie on 55 as well thus call in goal difference to separate them from the Kasasiro. Wasswa Bbosa, the Express tactician admits the race is over for his side but thanked his players for a spirited performance all season.“I must thank my players,” he told upl.co.ug after the game. “They have put up a spirited performance today (Tuesday) and the entire season. The title race now seems out of our reach but we shall keep on fighting in our last three games,” he added.SC Villa stand in Captain Henry Katongole welcomed a point that leaves his side stuck in 10th.“We played well despite the fact that the ground was poor. We played to plan game plan and a point isn’t bad at all for us.”What next?Express don’t return to action until May 24 when they host rivals KCCA at the same venue while SC Villa take on Soana at Nakivubo on Friday May 13 before visiting URA two days later at Mehta Ground, Lugazi.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Accidental Shooting Kills Second Teen in Two Weeks in Miami

first_imgAuthorities in Miami-Dade County have confirmed that two teenage girls were accidentally shot in the head just one week apart from each other.Most recently, 17-year-old Michael McGowan was arrested last Tuesday in connection with a Monday night shooting at an efficiency in the 2700 block of Southwest 20th Street.He is facing one count of manslaughter.According to the arrest report, detectives found two juveniles and two adults inside the home just before 8:30 p.m Monday.Police identified the victim as 17-year-old Giselle Rengifo. She was found on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.Photo courtesy: Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation/WPLGAuthorities found a black handgun and magazine on top of a desk near the front door.The arrest report states that all four people inside the home were questioned by. McGowan confessed to detectives that he was holding the gun when it accidentally discharged, shooting Rengifo in the head.The witnesses corroborated McGowan’s statement.McGowan’s death is the second accidental shooting of a teenager in Miami in recent weeks. On May 12, 15-year-old Arya Gray was also fatally shot in the head while with friends and her sister at an apartment in Miami’s Upper East Side neighborhood.Miami-Dade police arrested 17-year-old Thalys Gabriel Olivera, of Miami, on May 13, the day after the shooting. He is facing a charge of manslaughter with a deadly weapon.Police discovered that the gun he used in the shooting was reported stolen from Homestead on April 24.Olivera told police that he was playing with the gun and while “playing” with it, he pulled the trigger and saw a flash that struck Gray.Police Make Arrest in 15-Year-Old Miami Girl’s Accidental Shooting Deathlast_img read more

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Florida Doctors Preparing for More Cases of Children’s Illness

first_imgWith the coronavirus still occupying most of their time and attention, doctors in the Sunshine State are dealing with another challenge – a COVID-19-related illness that attacks children and teens.The disease, in which several body parts such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal tract, skin or eyes can become inflamed, has infected children and young adults under the age of 21. New York City has reported that 147 children have the condition.Known as MIS-C, the illness has made its way to Florida with seven confirmed cases, and medical professionals expect to see more.The condition, although rare, often appears quickly, requires hospitalization, and could become life-threatening if it affects the heart or kidneys.Officials at six of Florida children’s hospitals say they have admitted and are monitoring children with suspected MIS-C cases.“Only a small number of children experience MIS-C, but it can be serious and require a lot of support system,” explains Dr. Balagangadhar Totapally, chief of the division of critical care medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.The most common symptoms are persistent fever and abdominal pain and sometimes a rash or pink eye. Previous exposure to COVID-19 appears to be the main risk for becoming infected with the new illness.Most young people with MIS-C have antibodies against the coronavirus, instead of actually having been infected.Doctors believe that factor suggests that the syndrome could be the result of a delayed immune response that appears about four weeks after being exposed to the coronavirus.“MIS-C presents a few weeks after the peak of infection in a community, so that’s right about now,” Totapally adds.Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is creating a specialized unit for the treatment of children with MIS-C. It will include a four-room pod as part of the hospital’s 40-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.Totapally’s hospital reported its first case about 10 days ago. He believes Florida may have more cases of the children’s illness than what the state numbers reflect. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week created guidance to diagnose MIS-C, “borderline cases may not show up in the numbers,” Totapally says. At least 12 children in South Florida are being monitored for the illness.In young children, symptoms of the MIS-C usually resemble those of Kawasaki disease, which is a rare and milder inflammatory illness. However, teens and young adults seem to have a more inflammatory response to MIS-C. Researchers now believe that some children who were originally diagnosed with Kawasaki disease in the U.S. between January and May of this year may actually have had MIS-C instead.At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, a section within the COVID-19 unit has been created for children who are thought to have MIS-C. “There is an area now where we do have children undergoing testing to rule out as to whether they have MIS-C. If they all came in presenting the same way, life would be easier for everyone involved,” says Dr. Laura D’Addese, a pediatric cardiologist.She adds, “The biggest concern we have right now, especially in kids, is largely stemming from inflammation around the heart,” D’Addese said. In South Florida, children’s hospitals are sharing research and experiences.According to Dr. Paul Robinson, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Florida Chapter, the state’s pediatricians are on alert. “About 99 percent of the time the children have fevers and they look sick. It should be easy for a doctor,” he says. “If they have seen Kawasaki, they should be comfortable finding this and telling the patient to go to the hospital.Although there is no cure for MIS-C at this time, local doctors say their patients respond to treatment fairly quickly. Dr. Totapally, at Nicklaus in Miami, says children improve “usually within days.”As of this week, more than 20 states around the country have reported cases of MIS-C. At least four children, including three in New York and a 15-year-old girl in Maryland, have died of apparent MIS-C in recent weeks.UPDATED: Local Children Diagnosed with Illness Possibly Linked to COVID-19last_img read more

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Whitewater takes new direction with Nelsonite Malysh in ski school director’s chair

first_imgThe Nelson Daily staffSki School goes new school at Whitewater Ski Resort this year with a revamp of the program and several new faces in the mix.Nelson born Brent Malysh has been named Whitewater’s new Snow School director, along with veteran local snowboarders Peter Velisek and Dano Slater — Big Mountain competitors, judges and ski athletes — selected for the new Freeride Program. Malysh, 28, brings ski instructing experience from some of the world’s best mountains in Switzerland, Colorado and all over BC, and is a CSIA Level 3, as well as a Level 4 candidate. Malysh has re-designed the school’s children’s ski and snowboard instruction programs, making them more enjoyable and with an easier-to-understand curriculum. That curriculum carries over to the private one-on-one and group lessons, and the locals’ season-long programs like the Powder Room and the Board Room. After completing his Canadian Ski Instructor Association levels one through three at Silver Star, BC and Australian’s largest winter resort, Perisher Blue, Malysh accepted a teaching position with the Swiss Ski and Snowboard School (in 2002/03) at Flumserberg Resort. After three seasons there, he enrolled in Selkirk College’s Ski Resort Operations and Management program, then landed a job at the prestigious Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado in the Adult Privates school. After stints at Penticton’s Apex Resort, and Revelstoke, he took the Whitewater’s Snow School director job. The new Whitewater Freeride Program will be joined by new Powderhound Experience, Discover Cat and Heli programslast_img read more

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New Illustra DVD Released: “Call of the Cosmos”

first_img(Visited 697 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Illustra’s newest DVD showcases Psalm 19 in multiple ways.A new feature-length DVD has just been released by Illustra Media, producers of The Privileged Planet. Here is the trailer for “The Call of the Cosmos” —Psalm 19:1 famously says, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” The tools of modern astronomy enable us to see that glory as never before. As usual, Illustra brings ancient truths to glorious modern life through fantastic images, narration and interviews, and expansive music. The DVD includes seven episodes woven together that answer questions and explore mysteries about the universe and man’s place in it:How big is the universe?Are there really more stars than grains of sand?How could God care about humans on such a “pale blue dot” in a vast universe?Hear what a famous agnostic, author of God and the Astronomers, admitted about his agnosticism.Learn about beautiful auroras and how they connect to the earth’s habitability.Watch how a total solar eclipse unlocked secrets of the universe.What did astronauts say on the first trip to the moon?Be inspired by a collection of the finest space images, Scriptures and music.Those familiar with the short classic “Powers of Ten” will enjoy the opening presentation of a journey to the limits of the universe, with probably the most accurate portrayal of the large-scale structure of galaxy clusters and superclusters ever made. Each episode flows into the next seamlessly, allowing viewing by chapters separately or as one hour-long visual adventure.Quicksleeve cover. Obtain bulk copies on sale.DVD’s are declining in popularity, but not as fast as expected. There is still a significant demographic that enjoys having hard copy. There are two formats for obtaining this film in DVD format: (1) in a standard clamshell case, you can have it as part of your video library. (2) In quicksleeve format, you can obtain small copies in bulk for ministry handouts. For a short time, there is a sale on The Call of the Cosmos where you can buy 50 for $75.* Consider buying bulk copies to use as Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or handouts to unbelievers. You can also share this trailer with people on social media by embedding the link at the end.December 24 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 crews’ reading of Genesis 1 from the moon. This is a perfect time to enjoy and share The Call of the Cosmos with your friends, family, and acquaintances.*If you subscribe to RPI’s Newsletter and to Illustra Media’s John 10:10 Project, you will get notifications of when the sale prices are available. As of this writing, you can order at the sale price now at Go2RPI.com.last_img read more

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SMA Solar opens state-of-the-art factory in Cape Town

first_img11 December 2014A multimillion-rand manufacturing facility will be opened in Cape Town by SMA Solar Technology, a German manufacturer of solar inverters, on Friday, 12 December.The facility includes a production line and quality test centre for SMA’s Sunny Central inverters, warehousing, as well as the African branch of the SMA Solar Academy training centre.This is the third renewable energy manufacturing facility, supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to open in the country in the past four months.The factory would contribute to the drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base, the DTI said.Green economyThe green economy has been identified as a key focus area of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth.Minister Rob Davies said that Trade and Investment South Africa (Tisa), a division of his department, had facilitated investments to the value of R3-billion in the manufacturing of equipment and components for the renewable energy industry since the 2013/2014 financial year.“Investment in the green economy therefore contributed significantly to Tisa’s 2013/14 investment pipeline of R60-billion. The current pipeline for the 2014/15 financial year is at R27-billion, with a significant contribution from the green economy [at R10-billion],” he said.Supply chainSMA said it had made the decision to invest in South Africa’s manufacturing capacity in response to the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), through which 1484 MW of solar photovoltaic projects have been procured.Thorsten Ronge, the managing director of SMA South Africa, said the group chose to set up its manufacturing base in Cape Town as it was close to the existing solar supply chain.The company has already supplied inverters to the recently completed 40MW Linde PV plant in Northern Cape province, as well as to the 75MW Kalkbult project, also in the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Premium beef jerky is a hot seller for growing business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Katie Levesque has always really enjoyed beef jerky, but as a college student at the Ohio State University Lima Branch she did not always have the funds to purchase her favorite snack. To address this situation, she started making her own.“I found this article about how I could make jerky at home in the oven,” she said. “I had to support my jerky habit. It is hard to find good jerky and it’s expensive. I solved those problems by making my own.”During college, Levesque participated in a fundraiser that got her jerky a bit more notoriety.“Everyone else brought in cookies and cakes and I brought in beef jerky,” Levesque said.The beef jerky was a hit at the fundraiser and soon she was taking orders. She began selling her jerky.“I was a full time college student and I would spend all of my extra money on jerky supplies,” she said. “That would provide me income when I was studying the rest of the quarter.”Her jerky sales really took off from there.“I asked a couple of store owners if they would sell it for me and they said, ‘Yes.’ It went well, so I made more. Then I started renting out part of a kitchen in a pizza shop. That allowed me to make it in a commercial kitchen. Then I thought I was doing it right, but I still wasn’t. When you are 19, you take action and ask questions later. I had 50 stores in Lima selling my beef jerky and people were still calling me. I dropped out of school. That is when the Ohio Department of Agriculture showed up at the pizza shop. They shut me down,” Levesque said. “My customers still wanted my product, but I had to do it legally. Then I did two things: I found a co-packer and started a business plan. I found a local smokehouse. They had to take my recipe and make it and they would get me the end product. I didn’t have control of it, though, not really. The quality was not there. It didn’t meet my needs. It was a great learning experience, but it was the beginning of the end for that cycle. I went back to school to finish my engineering degree. That paved the way for all the years that followed. I worked in heavy manufacturing for the next several years and I learned so many things. I focused on marketing and customer service in those roles as well.”She enjoyed her work, but she also still really enjoyed beef jerky. Her career had taken her to the Columbus area and allowed her to save up some money.“I found out about the rental kitchens in Columbus, which opened the door again to allow me to do a market test. I did a test run at the North Market,” she said. “There are always bumps in the road, but I realized that the dream was still there. I jumped back in with all the enthusiasm. That is what I wanted to do, but there were definitely hurtles. I had to find a commercial space. I had to learn to navigate all the rules and regulations from the USDA.”After re-discovering the potential market for her premium jerky products produced in the proper manner, she decided to jump back into full time beef jerky and snack food production. She bought the necessary equipment and rented space in a Hilliard facility on the west side of Columbus. She now employs four people.“In December two years ago I bought all of the big equipment and we came here,” Levesque said. “I literally just bought commercial versions of the same equipment I used in college. We have not automated anything. Even our cooking equipment is just a larger version of what we had. I did it the same way now as I did it in college. The only magic, if there is any, is that I still make it the old home style way. Some people change the process and that changes the product. The magic is that we didn’t change anything. We use electric dehydrators. We use a standard manual meat slicer. We slice the meat, marinate for the different flavors, dehydrate then pack it in vacuum sealer.”While the recipes and methods are the same, the procedures have changed dramatically.“We get inspected every day. We have tons of paperwork and procedures to follow. Getting everything approved and remaining in compliance always keeps us on our toes. A lot of people don’t realize this when they are getting into the industry,” she said. “Being an engineer, I have a procedure for everything. When I talk to people about the Department of Agriculture and the regulations, you have to remember that they help us do what is right for food safety. I impart the seriousness of food safety on my staff. We could make a lot of people sick and we have to take that responsibility seriously. This is not a joke. We have fun, but food safety is not funny. The rules are there for a reason.”Katie’s Premium Jerky and Snacks now offers more than 40 different products (including traditional beef jerky, dried pineapple, and wild game in numerous flavors) and co-packs for several other businesses.“Beef is definitely the biggest seller but the other ones are growing. The dried pineapple is getting popular. We do bison, elk and venison. We are working on alligator,” Levesque said. “Sourcing our meat is tricky. We can’t use meat unless it is from a federal plant. We try to use local meats when possible. We get bison from Grassroots Bison in Covington and they get me elk from an Illinois farm. We mostly buy wholesale beef but we are working on local grass fed. We use all eye round for our jerky. There are a lot of other cuts you can use, but it is a quality thing for us.”Consistency is important with procedures and production.“We start production around 5:30 or 6 in the morning. We go for 12-hour days. The reality of day-to-day equipment failures is a challenge. When you have an unexpected shut down, you have to have back ups for everything. From a manufacturing standpoint we stay as steady as possible. Our product is shelf stable and has a long shelf life. We have the ability to stay pretty consistent because of our product. Our ebbs and flows are customer demand. Our lowest demand is in January and it climbs after that,” she said. “In January, people are not buying gifts, they are not outside hiking, touristy places have all died down, and everything drops off. As people get out and about more, they eat more jerky. They want high protein snacks to stay in shape. We start preparing for growing demand about a month ahead. The demand is a very steady climb from January though December — jerky is a great gift.”With solid production procedures in place, Levesque is now working to improve the marketing efforts of her business.“Ohio Proud helps tremendously. Their support and the time they have spent giving me ideas has been great. The number one thing they have done has been getting me into markets,” Levesque said. “Our beef jerky is sold all over the U.S. in different specialty stores and we ship off the website and through Amazon. We’re in places like Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati — that is a fun store to be a part of. That might be my top retailer. We are having a great response from health supplement store Supzilla. Specialty jerky stores are also good sales for us. We are in Kroger stores as well in the Cincinnati area.”Her favorite way of marketing her products, though, is face to face.“The best way to have an impact is to sell directly to your customers. There are so many farmers markets and festivals around here so there are chances to direct market. I also go to Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Louisiana to home shows, spicy food shows, health shows, gluten free shows, outdoor shows, and fairs. With people working for me now I can get out and travel for longer periods of time. I think a balance of the travel and the production are both important. I am probably gone at trade shows 30% of the time. I also work on new product development, purchasing, customer service, marketing, the website, emails, and literature.”Katie’s Premium Jerky and Snacks has won over 60 awards around the nation and internationally for her premium jerky made in central Ohio.Now by the book, Katie’s Premium Jerky and Snacks has succeeded far beyond the reaches of her former college beef jerky business. Her products have won over 60 awards in competitions around the country and internationally and she continues to move forward in expanding the business.“My favorite quote is, ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ I remind myself of that all the time,” she said. “You just handle one challenge at a time and move forward.”last_img read more

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