Chiltern bread competition

first_imgEnvironmental charity The Chiltern Society has begun the search for the region’s best artisan bread producers.The Chiltern Society Real Bread Award 2016 is currently taking nominations from the public for the best bread stalls and artisan bakeries in the area.A judging panel made up of Chiltern Society members will visit nominees over the summer, ahead of an awards ceremony planned for September, though the location and date are yet to be decided.The awards categories are also to be decided, but Elaine Mason, Chiltern Society volunteer and competition founder, said: “We’re trying to have three or four winners, so we might do different loaves or sections of the Chilterns.”Real Bread CampaignMason was inspired to launch the competition after finding out about the work of the Real Bread Campaign and its members.She said: “Near where I live we’ve got an absolutely wonderful artisan bakery and I looked on their website and found out all about the Real Bread Campaign and got really into it.“Seeing the website really inspired me. I was very interested to hear about the difference between supermarket bread and traditionally produced bread.”The Chiltern Society is a charity aiming to preserve the countryside around the Chiltern Hills and encourage public awareness of the area.last_img read more

Rugby Africa cancels 2019 Gold Cup

first_imgUganda finished third in the Gold Cup last year (Agency Photo)The 2019 Africa Gold Cup will not take place due to loss of mani sponsors.This was confirmed through a statement signed by Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou on Wednesday, April 11th.The six-team tournament, which has the best teams in the sport, will not be part of the fixtures in 2019 because of a premature termination of Rugby Africa’s contract with title sponsors Kwese Sports, which has left a huge gap in the year’s budget.“In 2019, Rugby Africa must organize Olympic qualifiers for men and women for Tokyo 2020 Games as well as the first African qualifiers tournament for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, said Babbou in the statement.“We regret to inform you that the 2019 Silver Cup and 2019 Gold Cup tournaments are cancelled.Rugby Africa’s EXCO is currently working in conjunction with World Rugby to suggest other formats of 15-a-side competitions which will be financially viable in 2019 and won’t jeopardize the future of Rugby Africa’s competitions.The continental rugby body will now work on other modalities on the best way to run its qualifiers for various tournaments, which were hinged on the Gold Cup and the Silver Cup.“We are working on a new Rugby World Cup qualifier model, which needs to be sustainable, inclusive and attractive.“All Africa rugby unions will be consulted in this process with an aim to release the final fixtures for 2020 in October 2019, continued Babbou.Rugby Africa acknowledged that the abrupt decision will impact negatively on the teams’ preparations.“We will come back to you shortly about possible other options for men’s fifteen-a-side competition in 2019 as well as the final dates and venues for the Olympic Qualifiers,” the statement concluded.The 2018 Gold Cup was won by Namibia with Uganda finishing third on the six team table.Comments Tags: 2019 Africa Gold CupGold CupKhaled BabbouRugby Africatoplast_img read more

Suzuki cars back in South Africa

first_img27 February 2008Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced that it will resume selling its range of cars on the South African market from June, after an absence of four years, and has established a subsidiary company, Suzuki Auto South Africa, to act as its importer and distributor.While an agreement to distribute Suzuki vehicles through General Motors’ dealer network came to an end in 2004, the company says feasibility studies indicated that an expanded range of vehicles being sold by a dedicated dealership network would be well received in South Africa.In a statement earlier this month, Suzuki said the projected growth in the South African economy, and particularly automotive sales, had also prompted it to establish a subsidiary company in the country.“Suzuki Auto South Africa has been jointly established between Suzuki Motor Corporation, who owns 85% of the equity in the newly formed company, and Suzuki South Africa, the authorised importer and distributor of Suzuki motorcycles and outboard motors,” the statement reads.Kazuyuki Yamashita, who has been involved in sales and marketing in several international positions with Suzuki Motor Corporation, has been appointed MD for Suzuki Auto South Africa.“We are confident that the Suzuki automotive brand will do very well in the South African market and are looking forward to introducing the exciting Suzuki Swift hatchback, SX4 Crossover Vehicle, Jimny and Grand Vitara range of Sport Utility Vehicles to this market during 2008,” Yamashita said.“We intend to expand the model line-up during 2009 through importing strategic models from international assembly plants.”He added that dealerships would be established in most of South Africa’s major centres by mid-year, and that the buying public could expect to see the first Suzuki vehicles on the showroom floors by June.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A leading nation is a reading nation: World Book Day 2015

first_imgReading helped Thapelo Mokoena discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullestThe power of words and their ability to educate, inspire and uplift is celebrated on 23 April every year as World Book Day.This year, a handful of successful South Africans took to the stage at the University of Johannesburg’s Con Cowan Theatre to share with a packed audience their views on the importance of reading for pleasure and how books helped make them the people they are today.The speakers included social entrepreneur and founder of Miss Earth South Africa Catherine Constantinides, author Khaya Dlanga, businesspeople and news anchors.The event was hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Tebogo Ditshego, founder and head of public relations firm Ditshego Media. One of the company’s projects is the Twitter initiative Read a Book SA which, with its 30 000 followers, is the most followed project of its kind in Africa, encouraging people to read since its first tweet went out in 2012.“Knowledge is power,” Ditshego said. “Knowledge empowered me to empower other people.“South Africa is a beautiful country with awesome people and immense potential,” he said. “If you don’t read books and miss out on the knowledge that you can get from books, you’re going to be average. What’s going to make you special is the knowledge that you have.”Bongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambitionWORDS OF WISDOMBongiwe Pityi, the general manager of OR Tambo International Airport, told the students that reading helped fuel her ambition. “I was born in the Eastern Cape in a rural area,” she said. “I never thought that I would be heading up one of the most prized assets in this country.“Reading for leisure contributed to my drive to be a dedicated student at university and ultimately the business leader that I am today. I knew, from the books I had read, that getting my priorities right would be the catalyst to a future peppered with endless opportunity.“The most fundamental skill that one can learn is reading,” Pityi said. “Reading improves our attention span, confidence, discipline and through reading we gain knowledge.”She said reading had equipped her with other skills, such as a keen eye for detail that has allowed her to cement her place as a successful black businesswoman in an environment dominated by men.“The more knowledge we have the better the decisions we can make. The better the decisions we can make the more successful we can all become.”Reading is fun, but its benefits go far beyond an immersive pastime, she said. Reading allows people to expand their understanding of the world around them and the many different perspectives, challenges and backgrounds of the people in it.Actor and film producer Thapelo Mokoena told the audience he believed reading could allow people to reach what he called their “full P”, their full potential. Reading helped him discover who he was and the career that could allow him to express himself to the fullest.As a child Mokoena never really engaged with books, he said, and this had limited his views of the world and what it had to offer. It was during his varsity years that he discovered his love of reading. This love shed light on himself and helped him make the decision to pursue a career in filmmaking and acting.“I didn’t have the information I needed to decide what I wanted to do,” Mokoena said. “I was always that child who was artistically inclined, but growing up in a town like Ladysmith I had no extramural activities that fed my artistic bone.“I knew that I belonged to the arts. I knew that I belonged in performance and I was interested in film. But when I made the decision to come and study in Joburg, I really had no idea that one could study towards being a filmmaker, an artist, an actor, an editor, a writer, a director.“None of that information was shared with us.”Mokoena’s story illustrated how the knowledge gained from reading could fast-track our journey of self-discovery, and improve critical thinking and decision making, skills that inevitably lead to growth.“We need to invest a lot of time in words, in books,” he said, “and understand the power of words: how to use words and how to structure words to get the desired effect.”READING FOR AFRICAFor a continent so full of potential, Africa faces many challenges: poverty, disease and conflict. The event emphasised that education offers a solution to many of these problems. Harnessing the power that literature of all forms has to offer can go a long way to alleviating the troubles Africans face.Concluding the event, the host Ditshego summed up the sentiment: “If we want to create a leading nation, we have to create a reading nation. Do you feel your heart beating? That is your purpose, you are alive for a reason.”last_img read more

Video: Minnesota’s Carlos Morris Hits 3 To Tie Game vs. MSU, Misses Potential Winning Free Throw

first_imgCarlos Morris is fouled while hitting game-tying three vs. Michigan State.Vine/@MattNorlanderMichigan State nearly lost its game against Minnesota on one of the worst fouls you’ll see. Instead, the Spartans lucked out, and have a chance to redeem themselves in overtime. With his Golden Gophers down three and two seconds remaining in the game, Carlos Morris drilled a three-pointer and was fouled by Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling. Foul up three. But not like that. Izzo not even registering what happened.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 27, 2015With the game now tied at 78, Morris had a chance to win the game at the free throw line, but was unable to complete the four-point play. Instead, this great Big Ten battle has gone to overtime. Minnesota leads 81-80 with 3:32 remaining in the game.last_img read more

Mangok Mathiang’s Only Basket Of The Game Was The Game Winner For Louisville Against Virginia

first_imgMangok Mathiang scores game-winner.Louisville just finished its regular season with a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center. What made the Cards’ victory so remarkable was just how they got it done.After Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon put the Cavs up 57-56 on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play, Louisville had a chance to win it. The Cavaliers doubled UL point guard Terry Rozier off of a pick-and-roll, leaving big man Mangok Mathiang wide-open. Since January 31st, Mathiang had made just one of 16 field goal attempts. He had not attempted a shot in 14 minutes today. Naturally, he swished the foul line jumper off Rozier’s feed like it was second nature.Virginia’s foul-court inbounds pass landed out of bounds, and Rozier finished things off with a free throw. Louisville’s win clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.All thanks to the 6-foot-10 sophomore from Australia who found his way into the scoring column at the most opportune time.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: OSU Dubbed Over Evan Spencer’s Sugar Bowl TD Pass To Michael Thomas With A Van Gogh Quote

first_imgOhio State WR Michael Thomas TD Catch.Twitter/@OSUCoachMeyerOhio State fans wouldn’t be totally out of line called Evan Spencer’s double reverse touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama a “piece of art.” Apparently Urban Meyer (and/or whoever runs his Twitter account) agrees. Meyer tweeted out a video of the play, with a Vincent Van Gogh quote dubbed over it:“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”Embrace The Grind— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 8, 2015We have to say, that quote sums up the game of football very well. [Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthday

first_imgFRANKFURT — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling over how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The shared currency, launched on Jan. 1, 1999, was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II. Britain, notably, opted out, but today 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.The euro is credited with increasing trade between members. But countries have struggled to adjust to trouble after giving up two big safety valves: the ability to let their currency’s exchange rate fall to boost exports, and to adjust their own interest rates to stimulate business activity.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pair in custody after Peace Regional RCMP seize drugs firearms and stolen

first_imgPEACE RIVER, AB. – The Peace River RCMP General Investigation Section with the help of the Peace Regional detachment seized drugs, firearms, cash and stolen property from an apartment unit last week.According to Cpl. Dave Browne, on March 9th, 2018, officers executed a search warrant at an apartment unit during which they discovered and seized cocaine, numerous firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, over $1,000 in suspected proceeds of crime and stolen property including cheques and credit cards.As a result, 37-year-old David John Testawich and 29-year-old Charmaine Ominayak, both of Peace River, have been charged with the following offences: Possession of a controlled substanceUnauthorized possession of a prohibited weaponUnsafe storage of firearmsPossession of a stolen credit cardPossession of property obtained by crime under $5,000Possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000Testawich remains in custody pending his first appearance in Peace River provincial court on March 12th, while Ominayak is scheduled to appear in provincial court on April 9th.If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the Peace Regional RCMP at (780) 624-6611, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at read more