To make this year’s Final Four it took breaks, coolness down the stretch, and total effort. All 4 games came down to the final minute or overtime before they were decided.Only Virginia, who probably got the biggest break of them all in their overtime win over Purdue, is the only #1 seed left. They are joined by Michigan State and two teams who have never been to the Final Four before. They are Auburn and Texas Tech. It should make for some great watching this weekend.
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Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is seeking high school and full-time college students with an interest in the performing arts for our inaugural Young Arts Ambassador Program. Twenty students will be accepted into this program and will contribute to establishing a vital information link to their peers and the community regarding performing arts- locally, regionally, and nationally.The Young Arts Ambassador experience provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to develop leadership, workforce, and life skills in order to achieve their highest potential as citizens in the global community. The program also seeks to reinforce commitment to exceeding academic expectations, skill-set development, cultural opportunities and fostering new relationships and networks through volunteerism and arts exposure.Benefits to participating in the YAA program include a complimentary ticket to select main stage and black box shows; writing reviews for immediate posting, “tweeting” and status updating; the opportunity to earn at least 4 community service hours each month; and exposure to behind-the-scenes operations at a first-class arts organization.We encourage interested high school students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and full-time college students to complete an application for the Young Arts Ambassador 2014-15 Season. Please see general requirements and find the application on our website at www.washingtoncenter.org. For more information please contact Jill Barnes at [email protected] or 360-753-8585 x104. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0
By The Nelson Daily SportsSalmo Falcons, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and Stanley Humphries Rockers came away with titles as the West Kootenay Junior Volleyball season concluded Saturday with playoff weekend.In Grand Forks, the mighty Falcons shook off a pesky home side to claim the Junior Girl’s title. Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished third in the tournament.The Hawks ousted Mount Sentinel in a best-of-three thriller to claim the Grade 8 Boy’s Volleyball crown.Meanwhile, Stanley Humphries got past J.V. Humphries to capture the Grade 8 Girl’s title at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium in South Slocan. J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail finished third.There was no tournament for the Junior Boys. Stanley Humphries was the only team entered.Mount Sentinel Wildcats did not enter a team into the division as most players were playing senior [email protected]
Right forward: Pedro Centre midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko (from Monaco, £40m) 11 Left forward: Willian 11 11 Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – click the right arrow to see the predicted Chelsea line up 11 11 11 Centre back: David Luiz Centre back: Cesar Azpilicueta Centre midfield: N’Golo Kante The Premier League fixtures have been released, meaning Chelsea finally know who they will be starting their title defence against.The Blues, crowned champions last season, host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on the opening day and will be looking to get off to a winning start.SEE ALSO: Revealed – Chelsea’s full 2017/18 Premier League fixture listHowever, Antonio Conte will be without star attacker Eden Hazard when the Clarets visit west London as he had to undergo surgery on his ankle after suffering an injury while on international duty.But despite Hazard missing out, Conte is likely to field a starting line up featuring new signings made over the summer transfer window.Romelu Lukaku is Chelsea’s primary target, and the Everton striker appears close to agreeing a deal to move to the Bridge, though Conte also wants to improve the Blues’ midfield and wing back positions.So, just how could Chelsea line up on the first day of the 2017/18 Premier League season? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Blues XI in Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation… Left wing back: Alex Sandro (from Juventus, £61m) 11 Right wing back: Victor Moses 11 11 11 Centre back: Gary Cahill 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku (from Everton, £70m)
Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers around Ohio hose off the harvest equipment, it is now time to head out to the field again for check on the emergence of their winter wheat. According to Tate Cockerill, a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager in Southwest and South Central Ohio, after a good plating window, mild temperatures and some rain in his area, wheat is off to a great start. He visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what an ideal winter looks like for a successful wheat crop too in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “I think it’s a lot more physical here than the NBA,” said Dellavedova.“I think I play hard but sometimes the NBA is not into the physical side compared to the international game where you have to fight through screens.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPBA’s physicality was such a surprise for Dellavedova that what he saw during the games between NLEX and Kia, and Phoenix and Alaska made him reminisce his formative years in Australia.“Growing up in Australia it was always physical and that’s how I play,” said Dellavedova. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMilwaukee Bucks point guard Matthew Dellavedova knows a thing or two about being a physical player.Other NBA players and coaches once voted the 6-foot-4 point guard as the league’s dirtiest player, but it seems the gritty point guard found an even filthier style of play when he watched a couple of PBA games Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is still claiming his innocence as he sits in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial for murder.In a recent jailhouse letter he wrote to a fan and obtained by TMZ, the former NFL star said he is eager to prove that he’s not guilty and make a return to the sport he loves.In the letter to the pen pal, Hernandez writes, “I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘GOD’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this. The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down, especially when they say NOT Guilty and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap.”Hernandez also writes, “I know there is a reason Im going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord. I fell off especially after making all that money but when it’s all said and done ‘GOD’ put me in the situation for a reason!”Hernandez recently pleaded not guilty in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old, who allegedly had ties to the ex-football player. The young man’s body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.The former NFL player ends the letter optimistic about his athletic future saying, “Can’t wait to sign this again when I’m playing again and prove all the haters and down-talkers WRONG,” Hernandez reportedly wrote following his signature.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 15, 2017 – Nassau – Just over 60 Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas on Thursday morning during a joint exercise by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Immigration authorities.Shortly after 8:30 am, a Haitian sloop arrived offshore at Ragged Island. Defence Force and Immigration officials along with community members engaged in a joint exercise to take into custody the migrants, who were quickly located on the sparsely populated island. The undocumented migrants included 40 men, 10 women, and 14 children. The migrants will be transported to the Capital by a Defence Force patrol craft for further processing by immigration officials.This latest group of Haitian Nationals is the second apprehension within the past two weeks. On July 3rd, a total of 69 Haitian migrants were apprehended on the Great Bahama Bank by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Lignum Vitae.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to defending the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secure.Press Release: BISPhoto Captions:Migrant Photo 1 shows: Haitian migrants being escorted shortly after their arrival at the Defence Force Base.Migrant Photo 2 shows: The Haitian migrants seated at the Defence Force Base after they were apprehended at Ragged Island on July 13, 2017.(RBDF Photos by Leading Mechanic Al Rahming) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp