Breaking News: Signature H Vice President releases statement on New Errol…

first_img Reply Mama Mia Not happy IF this project is ‘dead’, then the city needs to ensure that the grounds are kept neat and clean and cut and bill Robert L. Klein, as PR of Larry’s estate, who is actually the sole manager of 5th Hole…and if bills are not paid then place a daily fine against the property, and if bills are still not being paid..then place LIEN’s on the property as you would do to any city resident…….some one needs to be held accountable for the current and future status….after two years of promises….imo New Errol Update from Signature HDear Errol Community:Signature H Property Group LLC and New Errol Partners LLC would like to provide the Errol Community with an update regarding the status of the New Errol project. I want to thank you for your patience and apologize for the lack of communication you’ve been given.Signature H and New Errol Partners remain committed to moving this project forward. We have partners in place for the financing, construction, and management of the New Errol project. However, commitments from these partners are expiring as we continue to be delayed by the Estate of Julian Klein. The delays have also pushed the development schedule to a point where opening the golf course and clubhouse in 2019 is in jeopardy – a potential death blow to the project.The key aspect for this project to move forward is for the property owner, 5th Hole Investments, LLC, taking action on their agreement to transfer the property, upon rezoning, to a new ownership entity (of which 5th Hole is a member), New Errol Partners, LLC. Without this authorization by the members and managers of 5th Hole, the company has no asset to develop.Unfortunately, it does not appear 5th Hole intends to comply with our agreements or at least shows no urgency to do so. We haven’t been provided any explanation by 5th Hole Investments as to why, and we fail to see any logic in their inaction. From our perspective, moving forward with the project is undeniably the best-case scenario for all parties involved, including the Klein estate, 5th Hole Investments, the community and the city.As this may be the last statement from Signature H to the Errol community, I would like to provide more detailed transparency regarding the past two months.Immediately upon the sudden passing of our partner Larry Klein, we were informed that Larry’s estate would now become the sole manager of 5th Hole Investments. Since management rights passing to an estate is not typical, we requested documentation to understand how this was possible. The family assured us they intend to move forward and would arrange an in-person meeting following the funeral and grieving process to formalize the transfer.Since then, we were told that Robert L. Klein, Larry’s son, had been appointed as the personal representative (PR) of Larry’s estate, despite being described by the family as “not having a strong relationship with Larry”.  We were then also told that two eminent domain attorneys from Minnesota and Wisconsin would be representing the Klein estate’s interest in 5th Hole Investments, LLC, as its sole manager. They immediately proceeded to take the unilateral actions of shuttering the clubhouse, banning us from the property and halting the project, all of which to our knowledge was done wrongfully. We reached out to the family and both attorneys multiple times in an effort to understand their actions, yet we were provided no logical explanation and only hostility. The attorneys for Larry’s estate continue to insist that the PR of Larry’s estate is the sole manager of 5th Hole Investments and as such, has the right to approve of all actions since he now controls the property. However, despite multiple requests, the estate never furnished any documentation proving that Robert L. Klein, as PR of Larry’s estate, is actually the sole manager of 5th Hole, something that is seemingly in contravention of the 5th Hole operating agreement.We have contacted the four living members/managers of 5th Hole, who to our knowledge are the only members and managers with voting rights, and provided them the agreements and an open line of communication. However, they have either been on vacation or unwilling to even discuss the project. We have encouraged these members/managers to contact their legal counsel to hopefully expedite this process, but they don’t appear to have done so.At this point, Signature H’s options are limited. When an abrupt stoppage occurs in the midst of a development process, and a resolution is not immediately forthcoming, it is typical for the property to be encumbered with numerous liens and litigation. This fact will only add more delay and further complicate the path to resuming the project.These unfortunate circumstances are not what we envisioned for this project. We have worked tirelessly for the past 2 years to make New Errol a reality for this deserving community. We had begun development on the golf course, completed our plans and architecture, secured our funding, were proposing a CDD to the City, but unfortunately, it appears Signature H’s involvement could conclude here. I am very sorry to write these words, and I feel disappointed for every community supporter who has believed in New Errol. I apologize for not being better prepared for this situation, as we had tremendous faith in the 5th Hole managers honoring not only all of our signed and ratified agreements but also the wishes of our beloved partner.As of today, we still remain committed to making New Errol a reality, but we’re truly running out of time. We need to gain immediate clarity on the intentions of the 5th Hole managers to save this project. Otherwise, the likely outcome is litigation involving liens and defaulted agreements, which could take years and will assuredly end the chance of Larry Klein’s vision of New Errol coming to fruition. As always, if there are further developments I will continue to keep the community apprised at the earliest possible time. Until then, I will refrain from any further comments as we transition into the legal stages of this resolution.Sincerely,Helmut J. Wyzisk III dan Reply August 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 October 18, 2018 at 11:10 pm Please enter your name here Reply Breaking News:Helmut Wyzisk III, Vice President of the Signature H Property Group, posted an update on the nextdoor.com site associated with the Errol Estate community in regards to the Estate of Julian (Larry) Klein and the suspended operations of the New Errol Project announced on July 18th.Signature H is the developer of The New Errol project.On the site, Wyzisk made this statement: Sharon Lee Please enter your comment! My wife and I moved here 9 months ago in hopes this project would go through. Beyond disappointed. The New Errol would revitalize this community. We hope all of the anticipation was not for nothing. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply I finally got to go vote early today, even though our truck is still in the shop. Before I decided on who to vote for on my sample ballot, I looked up each candidate’s name up on the computer, if I didn’t know them, or know anything about them…..well, one candidate, and I won’t reveal their name, strongly advocates FOR medical marijuana, and has been very vocal about it. This candidate opened their candidate campaign account for donations given and expenses to be paid out of at a well known bank, I am not naming the bank, and guess what? When the bank discovered this candidate was FOR medical marijuana, the bank closed the candidate’s account! Imagine…..!!! This seems strange to me!!! So candidates, beware, if you are FOR medical marijuana, then beware of a certain bank, because if you open a campaign account there, they may shut your account down, and you will have to go to another bank that does not have the other bank’s policy. You might want to keep that in mind if you decide to run for politics in the future. It is on the internet……center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter This is a breaking story and no other details are known at this time. The Apopka Voice will update this article as more information is learned. August 25, 2018 at 9:31 am TAGSErrol EstateHelmut Wyzisk IIILarry KleinNew Errol ProjectSignature H Previous articleDespite predictions of their demise, college textbooks aren’t going awayNext articleBlue Darters and Mustangs land in pre-season Top 10 poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here October 3, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply Is this post somehow relevant to Signature H and New Errol? If so, I don’t see how. Maybe you can delete it from here and out somewhere else. Wow…….. Reply August 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm August 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm Mama Mia 6 COMMENTS Jimcc Had a feeling this might happen after Larry death, was praying it would not come to this, but it looks like the family doesn’t care what he wanted. They badically have killed this project, hope something works out before the courts, if not in my lifetime. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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GHOST STORIES: Mobile storyteller brings haunted tales to Female Factor

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder GHOST STORIES: Mobile storyteller brings haunted tales to Female Factor Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 13, 2016 Outlaw shared several ghost stories with the ladies at Female Factor and the ghosts in her stories were all women.“Women are more emotional,” she said. “Emotions – intense feeling – connect people. And stories connect people.  Stories are personal. Stories told in the oral tradition give listeners the opportunity to internalize the story and what incredible relationships are formed between the characters in the story and the listener.”Outlaw encouraged the ladies at Female Factor to tell their stories and always be on the lookout for ghosts because you never know when one is waiting to find a place to “reside.”Outlaw’s book of ghost stories, “Haunted Baldwin County, Alabama” is available on Amazon.com and at bookstores. Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Skip Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like City to expand popular walking trail The walking trail at the Troy Recreation Center will be extended by 3,800 feet after the Troy City Council unanimously… read more Sponsored Content Female Facotr on Wednesday focused on ghost stories. Dottie Black (left) told fortunes of the ladies who attended. Harriet Outlaw (right), author of “Haunted Baldwin County Alabama,” told ghost stories from south Alabama. Inset: The cat lady asked not to be identified.The question was simple. “Do you believe in ghosts?”The answer was evasive. “I believe in ghost stories.”Harriet Outlaw smiled as she quipped the answer to the question. However, those who attended Female Factor at The Studio on Wednesday probably left saying “Yes, she does.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Outlaw, author of “Haunted Baldwin County, Alabama,” was the program guest at Female Factor and she was there to talk about ghosts and such. She has uncovered many stories of the supernatural events and colorful characters of Baldwin County. And, she is as passionate about ghost stories as she has been about everything else in her life from teaching to parenting.“I grew up in a town much like Troy,” she said. “A town with front porches where people gathered to talk and to share stories. It was wonderful sitting on the porch, watching fireflies and listening to stories.”Many of the stories that Outlaw heard as a child were family stories and, being in the South, ghost stories were told as “true stories.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “I grew up with ghost stories – stories that could not be explained,” Outlaw said. “As a child, I was afraid of many things. I was scared we were going to be bombed by the Russians. I was afraid of the bear behind my bed. I was afraid of clowns and dogs but never ghosts.”So, when a ghost came to live in the house with Outlaw and her family, she was rather comfortable with the uninvited guest and rather enjoyed the ghostly company.Having a ghost in the house placed Outlaw in a situation similar to that of Alabama’s premier storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham who had a ghost living in her house.Windham encouraged Outlaw to write her stories and share them with others. As she began to collect stories, Outlaw was amazed at the number of people that have ghost stories to tell.“Just about everywhere I go, someone will have a ghost story to share,” she said. “You can’t prove the existence of ghosts. You can believe they are there but you can’t prove it. I don’t go out trying the capture ghosts. I just tell their stories.” Print Article Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

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Screaming Goats That Sound Like Terrified Humans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Listen, I get it.You’re tired of watching the dang Harlem Shake video of dang Harlem Shake videos.Some of you (Sal) don’t even find the humor in it.Yet, we left it up for like 83 days.Why?Because I was sick.And because I hadn’t yet found a video of a bunch of goats screaming their little goat faces off.Thanks to Scott, I am now complete.And now YOU can witness goats in all of their terrified-human-like screaming glory.last_img read more

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Celtic suffer early Champions League exit

first_img(BBC) – Celtic suffered their earliest Champions League exit in 15 years after falling to a shock defeat at the hands of Ferencvaros in Glasgow.It seemed Neil Lennon’s side had recovered from David Siger’s early goal for the Hungarian champions, when Ryan Christie’s deflected strike levelled the one-legged tie.However, Tokmac Nguen’s breakaway goal snatched victory for Ferencvaros and ensured Celtic’s worst performance in the competition since Artmedia Bratislava knocked them out in 2005.The Scottish champions now drop into the Europa League third qualifying round, the draw for which takes place on Tuesday.Questions will likely be asked of Celtic and Lennon, just as they were before the game when it emerged that Odsonne Edouard was injured and Christie would be deployed in his place.The manager insisted that strikers Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala were only fit enough for the bench.Nevertheless, the hosts looked to have plenty of attacking threat as James Forrest forced an early parry from goalkeeper Denes Dibusz.Ferencvaros head coach Sergei Rebrov had sacrificed striker Franck Boli from their 2-0 win over Djurgardens in the previous round, but his side were not intent on sitting back and replacement Siger made an instant impact.Hatem Abd Elhamed was posted missing as Nguen, who scored a double against the Swedes, broke quickly and fed Somalia to win a corner. When it reached Siger, the midfielder was allowed too much to time to pick out the far corner from 18 yards.Ferencvaros’ lack of match fitness began to tell as they defended ever deeper and Celtic peppered their goal with shots that failed to seriously trouble the goalkeeper.Half-time allowed the Hungarians some respite, but the flow of possession continued after the break and a lovely spell of passing around the edge of the visitors’ box ended with Christie’s side-footed effort clipping a defender’s head and soaring over goalkeeper Dibusz.Dibusz turned a Ntcham volley off the underside of the crossbar and then a low Christie drive wide as Celtic turned the screw.But then came the goal that proved their downfall. Nguen outstripped Elhamed to a long ball out of defence, outmuscled the full-back, and slipped a finish past goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas from a narrow angle.last_img read more

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AH Shore Casino Rises Again

first_imgBy John BurtonLongtime banquet hall back in businessATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – There was never any question about coming back after Sandy, said Bernie and Kath­leen Sweeney, who own and operate the Shore Casino, a longtime banquet hall located at the municipal harbor.“A lot of people thought we would never be able to come back,” Kathleen said. She heard that from people who live in the borough who had the chance to see the extent of the damage.Kathleen Sweeney, seated in one of the newly renovated and repaired dining rooms, and her husband own and operate Atlantic Highlands Shore Casino. Their business is bouncing back from the effects of Super Storm Sandy.Bernie dismissed those assertions. “The day after the flood I was down here with 14 brooms and my family, cleaning up and ripping up rugs,” Bernie said of the significant damage his restaurant and catering facility experienced with the late October storm and his work to get the operation up and running again.The Shore Casino, 1 Simon Lake Drive, in the center of the harbor area at the end of the borough’s First Avenue, saw a large wave make its way over the bulkhead and engulf the building, bringing more than 4 feet of water through the structure, smashing all of the building’s 27 windows, all the wall mirrors, ruining much of the equipment, flooring, carpeting and electrical wiring, among other damage.Expressing amazement, Bernie said a 44-foot powerboat washed up with the tidal surge and crashed into the building. Beer coolers, filled with beer, floated from their stationary locations behind the bars and all the chairs were in the kitchen by the time the water was done.And a truck, which had been parked behind the building, was just gone, he said, still not sure where it wound up.“We just couldn’t believe that a wave could do all that damage,” he said.“All those years of work out to sea,” offered Kathleen, in her native County Kerry Irish brogue that hasn’t waned with her more than 50 years in America.The couple has been operating the Shore Casino here for 45 years. For the past 50 years they have also owned and operated Casino in the Park, located in Jersey City, where Bernie grew up. The Jersey City location experienced some flooding from an area lake, with the basement taking on water. But the damage was pretty minimal and Casino in the Park was operating again pretty quickly.It was not like the damage they had to address at the Shore Casino, he said. Just to replace the dance floors and carpeting cost approximately $100,000. When asked about the cost of the whole job, Bernie deflected the question, explaining, “Everything here is brand new… I’m almost afraid to try and add it all up.“We probably had every insurance you can imagine. But,” he continued, taking a breath, “we didn’t have flood insurance.“Nobody ever suggested flood insurance,” to him, he said. “But it was just stupidity, I guess,” not to think of it, he added.What probably saved the building, he suspected, was that he built it with concrete and steel. “If it had been made of wood, it would’ve been gone,” he said.Bernie shrugged. “Look I’ve been through worse,” he said. “I’ve been a paratrooper; I jumped out of planes” during the Korean War in the early 1950s, he said. “I got nothing to complain about. A lot of people had it so much worse.”But Kathleen shot him a look. “Tell the truth,” she demanded. “You were so sad.”“It’s a hard thing,” he conceded. “It takes a lot out of you.”Now they’re putting on the small finishing touches before getting completely back to business in their two rooms that are capable of seating 500 and about 160, respectively. They’ve already hosted the Monmouth County Republi­cans’ annual Lincoln Dinner in February, a wedding on St. Patrick’s Day and some funeral repasts for families with longtime connections to the casino. For the future, they said, they will again host a number of local schools’ proms and are looking forward to the coming summer.“It’ll just take a little bit of time, but the harbor will be beautiful again,” he said, pronouncing it “beaut-ee-ful,” leaving no doubt of his tough Jersey City roots.last_img read more

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Get set for the thrilling trolley dash at Home Store + More Letterkenny

first_imgA local woman will be aiming to be quick on her toes this Wednesday as Home Store + More in Letterkenny hosts its first trolley dash.Rosaleen Connolly from Letterkenny will have a big shopping list ready as she takes part in the unique competition this Wednesday 10th April at 12noon. The event is sure to attract a large crowd to cheer Rosaleen on during her dash through the homeware store.She will have just 4 minutes to run around the store as quickly as possible and pile as many items as she can into her trolley. Whatever is in their trolley at the end of the four minutes, Rosaleen will get to take home. With such a wide variety of great items for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and more, Rosaleen will have her pick of products! Rosaleen was the lucky grand prizewinner of a recent contest carried out on Highland Radio. Five daily winners won a €100 gift voucher for Home Store + More and were entered into a draw for the chance to take part in the exciting shopping spree.This is the third trolley dash to be held across the Irish branches of Home Store + More. Previous winners have picked up trolley loads worth €638 and a whopping €870, so Rosaleen can look forward to scooping a small fortune in stock this week!Diane Kenny bagged an impressive €870 worth of stock in her trolley dashWatch Diane Kenny bag an impressive €870 worth of stock last month: Home Store + More opened in Letterkenny on 21st of September 2018 and currently employs a team of 22 colleagues, headed up by the store manager Sheila. There should be a great buzz about the store this Wednesday and everyone is welcome to come down and watch Rosaleen’s dash from the entrance.Plus, Home Store + More currently have half price offers across all Rattan garden furniture, all gazebos and all towels for the month of April!Home Store + More Letterkenny is located on the Paddy Harte Road in the retail park, beside LIDL and is open 9am-9pm Monday – Friday, Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sunday 11am-6:30pmFor more updates and offers visit: www.facebook.com/homestoreandmoreInstagram @homestoreandmore.ie Customers can get in touch by phone on 076 888 6662 or at [email protected] set for the thrilling trolley dash at Home Store + More Letterkenny was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:competitionhome store + Moreretailtrolley dashlast_img read more

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Bite into the cheese festival

first_imgCreamy feta cheese at the 2008 SouthAfrican Cheese Festival. A cheese and dried pear stack Cheese with choice Cape cherriesand wine Blue Rock cheese(Images: Agri-Expo)Khanyi MagubaneThe often pungent, sometimes subtle, but ever-enticing taste of cheese is bound to tantalise the taste buds of cheese lovers who descend on the Bien Donné farm nestled in the Paarl countryside for the 6th annual South African Cheese Festival to be held from 25 – 28 April 2008.Visitors to the cheese festival will enjoy a large selection of well-known cheeses as well as discovering new varieties. Top chefs will also be sharing their expertise in cooking up great dishes using cheese as a main ingredient.France and Switzerland have also been invited to exhibit their top cheese varieties at the festival. The Department of Agriculture from Burgundy (France) will be showcasing their cheese and wine products, while the Swiss will also be bringing some of their top cheeses to be sampled by visitors.But cheese never travels alone. The country market setting of the festival will allow those attending to enjoy the cheese with delicacies such as olives and freshly baked bread, and of course the many wines made from grapes grown in the region.Since the annual festival started six years ago, more than 130 000 people have attended this increasingly popular event. The festival has been of such high quality that in November 2007 it received the prestigious Best Exhibition of the Year Award for Southern Africa – in the trade and consumer category for exhibitions larger than 12 000m² from the Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa.Dedicated to cheeseMariana Rabie, marketing manager of Agri-Expo, which organises the event, says the festival is so popular because they haven’t deviated from a winning formula.“ I think there are two things that make the festival special. The first one is that we have always stayed with the main feature of the event being cheese and have never diverted from that,” she says. “Seventy percent of the floor space has been dedicated to cheese, while the other 30% has been allocated to companion foods like bread and olives, as well as wine.”Secondly, Rabie says, the event makes for great family outings, as there is plenty to do for the entire family. She says it isn’t just a cheese tasting, but an entire experience.The different exhibition stands the public can attend include, the Checkers Cheese Emporium, the Absa Cheese & Wine Route, Cheese Market and Fair Cape Market Square, The Mall, Gourmet Lane and Ladismith Cheese Music Gazebo. Parents attending with children, call always send them to the Wilde Fruit Juices Kiddies Corner and Snack Food Lane.Growing cheese cultureAccording to South African Cheese, the governing body regulating the cheese industry, the popularity of cheese has grown significantly, due to the improved quality, wider variety and consumer education. Cheddar, mozzarella and feta in particular are still the most popular cheeses in stores countrywide but the organisation says demand is also increasing for new and exciting types of cheeses.Although the local market is still in its infancy, the quality of South African cheese is improving and the world is curious about our produce. South African cheeses entered in international competitions in the US and UK regularly return with bronze, silver and gold medals.Organisations such as Agri-Expo have already taken up invitations to organise tasting sessions of South African cheeses in Beijing, China and Manila in the Philippines. “We are invited to the major [international] cheese competitions more regularly and every time when we win gold and silver medals, people are curious where the cheese comes from,” says Rabie.Recognising excellenceIn South Africa, the Qualitè Award recognises dairy manufacturers who have achieved outstanding quality in their products and have also made their products visible to clients in the industry. The award is described by South African cheese as a “symbol of outstanding quality for dairy products and is only awarded to South African dairy champions, which have obtained a specific minimum point on the international scorecard”.Other awards given in the diary industry include the South African Dairy Product of the Year. Currently, the 2007 reigning product of the year is the Round Gouda manufactured by Clover South Africa. Its described by the judging panel as a “humble everyday cheese but of outstanding quality”.Useful links2008 South African Cheese FestivalSouth African Cheese Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

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Chefs gather to help the hungry

first_imgThe striking creation of food artist FransGroenewald, titled South African CulinaryDelights, is one of the fundraisinginitiatives associated with the 2011World Chefs Tour.(Image: World Chefs Tour)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bill GallagherSouthern Sun communications director+27 11 510 7500Lyndon JafthaIt started in 1993, when World Chefs Tour founder and patron Bill Gallagher, together with hospitality group Southern Sun and roughly 100 chefs, raised around R500 000 (US$69 000) for hungry children.The second tour, which took place in 2003, involved 140 chefs and saw R1-million ($139 000) being raised.And now the 2011 tour – the third edition – hopes to raise over R5-million ($693 000) to sustainably feed children in need over the next five years.“It costs R10 ($1.40) a day to feed a child, and with R5-million we can feed 300 children every day for five years,” said Gallagher in a statement, adding that the money would be used to develop feeding schemes and supply them with food, rather than just be dished out.The culinary genius is one of South Africa’s most renowned chefs, and is honorary president of the South African Chefs Association (Saca) as well as honorary president of the World Association of Chefs Societies.Originally from the UK, he emigrated to South Africa in 1973. Since then he’s notched up a string of awards including four gold and two bronze medals as leader of Team SA at the 17th Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 1988, and the Fedhasa Hospitality Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.Gallagher has been with Southern Sun since his arrival in South Africa and also serves as the group’s director of communications and public relations.International cooperationSupported by diversified food services and distribution company Bidvest, accommodation sponsor Southern Sun, and others, the Bidvest World’s Chef’s Tour was launched in Johannesburg in May 2011.The event sees over 250 chefs, in teams from 44 countries, travelling around South Africa until 30 August, giving food demonstrations, hosting gala dinners and interacting with the country’s children.Participating countries include Australia; China; Wales; Democratic Republic of Congo; India; Nigeria; Kenya; Norway; South Tyrol; Tanzania; the US; and many more. The chefs have travelled at their own expense.Some 700 local chefs are also participating.The group can be seen in action in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Vaal, Mbombela in Mpumalanga province, East London, Cape Town and Durban. A comprehensive schedule is available on the website.Daily struggleTimes are tough for many and it is often a struggle to feed the family. Charities and individuals face daily challenges, and at the launch of the tour it was revealed that two and a half million children go to bed hungry every day in South Africa.Bidvest’s CE Brian Joffee said: “Bidvest sees this as a heart-rending catastrophe that demands response.” And what a response it is – the 2011 World Chef’s Tour is regarded as the biggest single fundraising event in the culinary world.Proceeds will be donated to a number of causes, such as the Akani Diepsloot Foundation, the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS) and the Meals on Wheels community services, which feeds 10-million South Africans every year.ACFS provides 21 000 children with milk or cheese and a peanut butter sandwich daily, while the Akani Diepsloot Foundation is an aftercare, preschool and crèche for 750 children during the week and 500 children on weekends, all from the impoverished settlement of Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.Youngsters get a daily meal and take part in developmental activities including English literacy, reading, educational crafts, and games and sports. They are also given the opportunity to join clubs, such as drama or choir.The public can get involved by buying tickets for tour-related events, a chef’s hat costing R10 at the demonstrations, or seats or tables for the dinners.For those unable to attend any of the events, the tour’s official song “Sing Children Sing”, recorded for the 1993 tour and re-done in 2011 by local songbird PJ Powers, is available for just R10 by sending an SMS with the word “child” to 31755.Not just chefsIt is, however, not only chefs and sponsors that are involved in this project.Well-known South African culinary artist Frans Groenewald has painted South African Culinary Delights exclusively for the tour, and has made a limited number available for purchase as another way for people to help.Only 500 of these pieces of art, which colourfully illustrate the life of a chef, are available. Groenewald said that although he did not know of the tour when he was approached by Gallagher and former Saca president Martin Kobald, he considers it a pleasure and an honour to be involved with such a prestigious event.As most of his work is food related, Groenewald said it was easy to do a special commission for the project.The artist, who does charity pieces for the Stellenbosch SPCA and occasionally for Aids awareness and national cancer association Cansa, said: “My images are fun and uplifting, ideally suited for serious causes as they break the ice. My art also encapsulates the fun side of food.”Signed and numbered prints are selling for R499 ($69) unframed, and R999 ($138) framed. The original item will be auctioned at the official gala, taking place on 30 August at the Sandton Convention Centre. There will be auctions for canvas replicas at various events, and prints may also be purchased via the tour website.last_img read more

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Positive Climate Perspective

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDES MOINES, Iowa (DTN) — As Democratic presidential candidates traipse through Iowa talking about their plans to address climate change, a mixed group of farmers and biofuel advocates are stressing the role agriculture can play as a solution.Matt Russell, executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, also operates Coyote Run Farm with his husband near Lacona, Iowa, where they raise produce and grass-fed beef. Russel also has become one of the more vocal advocates among farmers in Iowa getting the message in front of candidates to incentivize farmers to sequester carbon. Russell’s profile was raised in May when he testified before a House Select Committee on Climate Crisis.Russell said he thinks farmers should be leaders in climate discussions.“Farmers are so well positioned,” Russell told DTN. “Nobody is as well positioned to do this as American agriculture. And it is ours to lose. As a person of faith, that is a great moral failure to have all of those gifts in our wheelhouse to be able to help solve the most pressing problem potentially in the history of humanity, to have the ability to have such a potential impact on an equitable, science-based democratic solution.”Russell is engaging with Democratic presidential candidates, including bringing former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke to his farm. During the first Democratic debates in late June, candidates were asked about climate change. Both O’Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg highlighted farmers as “part of the solution” to climate change.“First of all, rural America can be part of the solution instead of being told they are part of the problem,” Buttigieg said during the debate. “With the right type of soil management and other investments, rural America could be a huge part of how we get this done.”Russell noted, “We have farmers starting to talk about it and candidates starting to talk about it.”Through Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Russell holds meetings around the state about the role of faith in acting on climate change. He’s also actively recruiting other farmers to talk about climate change and consider the value opportunity in getting paid to sequester carbon in the soil.“We’re going to monetize carbon, and when we do that, there is going to be billions and billions of dollars in play,” Russell said. “What I don’t know is if that is going to be a carbon market or carbon taxes. I don’t know how that is going to look, but I’m pretty sure in the next five years it is going to be worked out, and in the next decade it is going to be as developed as the ethanol market is.”Conversations about carbon sequestration are picking up in different circles. In the Southern Plains, the Noble Foundation is working on a carbon sequestration protocol. Indigo Ag, a company focusing on microbiology and digital agriculture, launched the “terraton initiative” in June to remove 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through soil sequestration.Ethanol supporters are also tying into the Democratic focus on climate change, looking to heighten understanding compared to the 2016 election. A focus with candidates this time is to demonstrate how much Iowa has invested in advanced biofuels, but also pointing to the positive aspects of corn ethanol as well.“Four years ago, we could not get Hillary Clinton to say the word ‘ethanol.’ We sure as heck could not get her to say ‘corn ethanol,’” said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. “All she would say in her talking points was ‘advanced biofuels.’ And it was concerning, to be honest with you, because Iowa makes a lot of corn ethanol.”A USDA study on ethanol (https://www.usda.gov/…) released at the end of the Obama administration, “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol,” showed corn-based ethanol has 43% lower greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, based on an energy equivalent basis.The study looks at two views of the future, including a continuation of current trends, which would achieve that 50% reduction. A more ideal case looks at the most efficient ethanol plants and universal adoption of soil-health practices and nutrient management plans. That idealistic outlook could push ethanol to a 76% reduction of greenhouse emissions compared to gasoline.A coalition of groups has created Biofuels Vision 2020 to gauge and track candidate positions on ethanol and other biofuels.Shaw was concerned leading into this year that Democrats wouldn’t view the value of biofuels in a low-carbon energy future. Instead, most major candidates have embraced the message.“It has been a lot easier this year to get these candidates coming to Iowa to see that and to embrace it,” Shaw said. “I actually feel like we’re miles ahead of where we were at this point four years ago.”Shaw noted Democrats recognize they need to bridge the conversation with rural America, where President Donald Trump won his presidency in 2016.“They (Democrats) need to do better there and they want to do better there, and biofuels is a perfect way to start that conversation because it’s about jobs, it’s about economic opportunity, it’s about income — all of the things rural America needs on that side,” Shaw said.President Trump’s administration has a mixed record on ethanol. The president championed year-round E15 sales, and the Environmental Protection Agency got that rule approved this spring. Yet, since the Trump administration began, EPA also has granted refineries exemptions for roughly 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol, which has been a thorn in the side of biofuel advocates. EPA right now has 39 such applications from refiners seeking to receive exemptions from 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations.Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg, a Democrat and a co-chairman for Biofuels Vision 2020, has talked with Russell about candidates better connecting agriculture and climate solutions. That’s a different attitude and shifts the conversation away from trying to blame agriculture for its emissions.“I think everybody recognizes farmers are a big part of the solution, not just in renewable energy production in terms of biofuels or wind power or solar power, but in terms of land management practices that build the carbon content of the soil and retain nutrients, and making sure that farmers are getting compensated for the conservation practices that provide ecological solutions,” Hogg said.Hogg represents Cedar Rapids, which suffered $5 billion in damages from flooding in 2008 and losses in a 2016 flood as well.On Thursday, Hogg hosted New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who rolled out her 10-year, $10 trillion climate change “moonshot” to try to boost her lagging campaign. Gillibrand’s plan would tax carbon emissions at $52 a ton and invest $200 million in renewable energy.“Biofuels is a huge economic opportunity, not just for Iowa, but for the whole country,” Gillibrand said. “We want to make sure we invest in our biofuel producers, giving them money for research and development so they can do next-generation biofuels.”Laura Krouse, a vegetable farmer who owns Abbe Hills Farm and is a Linn County Soil and Water Conservation commissioner, told Gillibrand some farmers have slowly changed their perspective on how and why climate change is happening. Farmers are not only dealing with more extreme weather events, but also warmer summer nights and humidity, which have led to more pests and diseases, as well, she said.“Farmers, like many people, resist change,” Krouse said. “But we have got to have some cultural change real fast and technology change real fast. And the way to make that change happen is to incentivize the things that will work to accumulate carbon in the soil and help rural communities survive.”Though she is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Gillibrand also criticized the farm bill, and in particular crop insurance, calling it a “disgrace” that crop insurance companies are guaranteed a 12% profit margin in the farm bill. Crop insurance drives farmers to grow commodity crops rather than fruits and vegetables, she said.Gillibrand said more investment is needed in areas such as soil health and more diverse crops.“I think most farmers are very well aware how severe weather has harmed their industry, and I don’t think they are climate [change] deniers,” Gillibrand said. “They may not know the cause of it, but they know the flooding that has drenched their cropland and covered it with sewage and fuels and made it unproduceable, they know that was caused by flooding.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Sorry, Larry, But Oracle’s Cloud BS Is Wearing Thin

first_imgRuthless competitiveness is what Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison uses to win in business. So no one should be surprised that how he defines the cloud depends on what’s needed at the time. Inevitably, this sometimes shows the emperor has no clothes, or at least is down to his Armani skivvies.While something in Oracle’s massive portfolio may fit the industry definition of a cloud service, it is not the company’s new integrated hardware and software bundle that’s meant to provide the infrastructure for private clouds, according to David Linthicum, chief technology officer and co-founder of cloud consultancy Blue Mountain Labs. What Oracle is really selling, or in this case renting, is preconfigured application servers for the data center.“Now we know how Oracle is addressing this shift in the market: by renting its stuff and calling it a cloud,” Linthicum says.Oracle’s Cloud StrategyOracle’s cloud strategy has been challenged before. Charles Babcock, who has covered the cloud for years for IT trade magazine InformationWeek, named Oracle the number one “cloud washer” of 2011. That term refers to companies whose cloud products are mostly old technology with the word cloud added to the name.At the time, Babcock took aim at the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, “a name that contains so many contradictions of the definition of cloud computing that it threatens to render the term meaningless.”“It’s an old-fashioned appliance that’s been renamed ‘a cloud in a box,’” he wrote.Oracle Can’t Move Fast EnoughMulti-billion-dollar companies like Oracle can’t simply turn a switch and re-architect their technology to meet customer demand for something so dramatically different as cloud computing. This is why Ellison refused to acknowledge the cloud even existed until Oracle OpenWorld in September 2010. With startups eating away at his software business, Ellison needed to do something fast. Confusing customers with verbiage was the quickest way to buy time.Fast-forward two years to this year’s Oracle’s OpenWord conference in San Francisco, and cloud became Ellison’s favorite word to essentially describe renting Oracle data center technology, and letting the company handle the maintenance. Instead of real cloud computing, Ellison introduced what was mostly a new way of buying last-generation technology.What’s In StoreThis year should get really interesting. Oracle is expected to start feeling even more pressure from true public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace, as well as private cloud providers like Eucalyptus. If history is an indicator, then Ellison is likely to release the attack dogs in his marketing department to try to discredit rivals and confuse customers, while the company plays catch up.For example, Oracle responded last year to tough competition from IBM in the hardware business by releasing ads with unsubstantiated claims that Oracle servers were much better. Three times the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau pressured Oracle into removing the ads that appeared as full-page spreads in The Wall Street Journal and other publications.The last ad, pulled in November, claimed Oracle’s Exadata server would run five times faster than IBM’s Power Server “or you win $10,000,000.” The NAD found that the ad did not provide “any speed performance tests, examples of comparative system speed superiority or any other data to substantiate the message.”Ellison is sure to use this kind of bare-knuckles competitiveness in battling cloud rivals. It’s in his DNA. Let’s not forget that in January, Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup champion team owned by Ellison, was fined more than $15,000 for spying on the Italian team.So cloud watchers should sit back and get comfortable. Ellison is likely to provide quite a show and a lot more smoke and mirrors.Photo by ShutterStock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#cloud#Oracle Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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