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MARINA PROVES SHE STILL HAS PLENTY OF HORSE SENSE AFTER 20 YEARS!

first_imgMarina in full flow at Fairyhouse.A Donegal woman who hadn’t ridden in a horse race in 20 years almost pulled off the comeback of a lifetime.Former jockey Marina Hamilton rolled back the years at the weekend after deciding to get back into the saddle to fulfil the dream of a lifetime.St Johnston woman Marina led the field up the home straight at Fairyhouse on Saturday before being edged out into third. She was riding the Willie McCreary trained horse Monte Wildhorn in a charity race for MS.It was first time Marina, well-known as a local artist, had ridden on a professional track.She cut her teeth on the local horse racing circuit, retiring nearly 20 years ago.“To be honest I’m still on a high, said Marina”. “I got a dream spin on Monte I was hoping to finish in the top 6 but never expected to lead and then get popped into third by a short head”“The winner was an odds on shot and I was 16 to 1 so the crowd of supporters I had with me got rewarded for making the long journey”“There was a bus load from Radio Foyle where my husband works and they had a great day out.”As it turned out Marina was the oldest rider in the race and finished ahead of another Donegal jockey Thomas McGettigan.She picked up a trophy afterwards. “It was one of the best days of my life and it was great to be able to raise two thousand euro for such a worthy cause, MS”“My licence runs for 18 months so who knows I may get a chance to ride in another charity race,“I really want to thank all those who sponsored me and those who made it happen including Donal Diver and his boss Willie McCreary.”MARINA PROVES SHE STILL HAS PLENTY OF HORSE SENSE AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:artistdonegalhorse racingMarina HamiltonSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Ukama Kitchen Incubator opens for home cooks and bakers

first_imgCariema 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.last_img read more

Hrithik Roshan busy teaching snowboarding to sons

first_imgBollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan is celebrating new years with his family in Dubai and is spending time snowboarding with his two sons.The 36-year-old actor is holidaying in Dubai these days and has taken time out to teach the snow sport to Hrehaan, 5, and three-year-old Hridaan at the mall of emirates.The two toddlers wanted to learn snowboarding for quite sometime but their superstar father was too busy with his films to be able to teach them.But this time when the whole Roshan family decided to celebrate New Year in Dubai, Hrithik also took out time to teach the kids.When contacted Hrithik said, “Starting them off on the challenges of life a little early. They need to fall a bit, get hurt a bit, that’s the only way to grow.”last_img read more

Colon Hurls Mets Past Bucs, 5-0

first_imgNEW YORK — It’s no secret: Bartolo Colon simply sticks with his fastball. He runs it, sinks it, spots it right on the corner or just above the hands.So the Pittsburgh Pirates went into the May 28th game well aware their mound opponent was relying on that heater some 90 percent of the time this season. Still, they couldn’t do much with it.Colon carried a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and the New York Mets got home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda in a 5-0 victory over the sloppy Pirates.“It’s impressive to watch from third base,” Wright said. “You look up at the scoreboard and it’s high 80s, low 90s (mph) fastball. He throws a lot of them, but he just knows exactly where it’s going and he just dissects hitters.”Pitching four days after his 41st birthday, Colon (4-5) struck out a season-high nine — seven looking — in his second consecutive win.Wright added an RBI single during an eventful afternoon in which he also stole a base, made two throwing errors and robbed Andrew McCutchen of extra bases with a diving play near the line.New York salvaged the final two games of a 4-5 homestand after firing batting coach Dave Hudgens and replacing him with minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson.“I didn’t expect anybody to kind of hang their heads about it,” Wright said. “Hopefully, the transition to LJ is going to be a smooth one. He’s off to a good start.”The Mets improved to 13-17 at Citi Field, winning the series against Pittsburgh for their first back-to-back victories at home since a three-game streak from April 23-25.They open a season-high 11-game trip the night of May 29 with a five-game series in Philadelphia and play 25 of their next 33 on the road until July 4. “We’ve played pretty good on the road, so we’re looking forward to it,” Duda said.Colon reached 2,000 strikeouts when he caught ex-Met Ike Davis looking in the sixth. The burly right-hander saved the souvenir, tossing the ball to injured ace Matt Harvey in the dugout.“Just amazing how he works both sides of the plate,” Wright said. “You just see, he freezes hitters.”Colon’s previous turn May 23 was washed out by rain after he yielded two runs in four innings against Arizona. In his last outing that counted, he went eight innings to beat Washington 5-2 on May 17.“He threw it where he wanted and we couldn’t put anything together,” Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker said.Colon was pulled this time after 121 pitches, his most in a decade, but Jeurys Familia needed only one to get out of the eighth. He got Davis to ground into an inning-ending double play with two on, then finished the six-hitter for his second major league save and first this season.“If they would have kept me in, I would have kept throwing,” Colon said through a translator. “I don’t get tired. I just want to keep going.”Charlie Morton (1-7) was chased in the sixth inning and Pirates pitchers walked eight batters. Pittsburgh fell to 7-16 away from home with another poor day at the plate and in the field. “The defense hasn’t been good,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve got work to do.”Duda drew a leadoff walk in the second and scored after second-string catcher Chris Stewart was unable to handle a pair of wild pitches by Morton.Pirates starter Edinson Volquez and reliever Jeanmar Gomez combined for four wild pitches with Russell Martin behind the plate in a May 27 4-2 loss.“We’ve got to tighten some things up and play better,” Hurdle said. “They had three trips around the bases in the last two days — it was one hit.”Wright had an RBI single in the third after an embarrassing defensive sequence for the Pirates handed Daniel Murphy a Little League triple.Murphy hit a grounder to third, and Pedro Alvarez threw high to first for an error. Murphy took off for second but the ball caromed hard off the dugout fence to Walker. He threw to second in time to get Murphy, but shortstop Jordy Mercer dropped the ball for another error that let Murphy scamper to third.Pittsburgh appealed that Murphy never touched second base, but he was called safe. “Sometimes he thinks he’s invisible, and you have to remind him that, you know, people can see you,” Wright said, drawing laughs.Wright opened the sixth with his fourth home run. Duda added a long, two-run shot off Bryan Morris in the eighth to seal the win for Colon.“Bartolo’s just a different animal,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He just makes his pitch. He doesn’t care how many he’s thrown.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Haitian Migrants apprehended in Ragged Island

first_img 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+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Conch season closed exports only… phew

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providenciales – The conch closed season came into effect over the weekend, but this closed season to my delight and many others does not affect local consumption of the delicious mollusk.   The DECR reminded in mid-June that the closed season for the export of conch would run from July 15 to October 14 and that means that no conch meat and conch products can sold or taken out of the country but there is a small exception.If you happen to want to take a conch shell out as a souvenir, then you can do so but it has to be within seven inches and if there are four conch shells or more that you want to export, then you must get a permit from the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources.    The DECR asks hotels to educate their guests about this closed conch season.#MagneticMediaNews#conchseasonclosed Related Items:#conchseasonclosed, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pochettino backs WalkerPeters to be a key man for Spurs

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino predicts a bright future for Kyle Walker-Peters after his impressive display against BournemouthThe 21-year-old defender made three assists for Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to hand Spurs a three-goal lead at Wembley.Harry Kane and another strike from Son sealed a 5-0 win for Pochettino’s side, who move up to second in the Premier League.Now the Argentine is expecting more from Walker-Peters, who bounced back from a mistake against Barcelona to star in his first league start of this season.The youngster’s error at Camp Nou this month led to Ousmane Dembele scoring the opening goal in a critical Champions League game.“It’s no surprise to me,” said Pochettino, according to Evening Standard.“I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.“I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football.“The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.“I think the most important thing is not to talk to too much about this type of situation afterwards and not only a young player but a senior player too.“It’s for us a mistake that is part of the game. When a player makes a mistake it’s not important for us.“What’s important is that you try afterwards. If you try and you play and you don’t think about the mistake you make, that’s the most important thing for us.“The problem is when you make a mistake and you are thinking about that mistake and you don’t play the football in the game.“That is the way we need to work with the players. For us they need to make the mistake because football is about making mistakes. That is the way we try to manage the squad and the players.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams drops big spoiler on Jimmy Fallon

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Foreign institutions invest 1575 million in July in Indian equities July car

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Sophie Turner – Joe Jonas wedding Priyanka Chopra grabs all the attention

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