News story: Millions to benefit from pay rise and tax cuts

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgOver 30 million people are set to benefit from the increase to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold this month, as the Chancellor delivers on a manifesto commitment one year early.Britain’s workers will also benefit from the biggest increase to the National Living Wage since it was introduced, rising by almost 5% to £8.21 per hour. This inflation-busting pay rise means a full-time National Living Wage worker will earn an extra £690 over a year.The National Minimum Wage has also increased faster than inflation. This includes increases to £7.70 per hour for 21 to 24-year olds and £6.15 for 18 to 20-year olds, with workers in the retail and hospitality sectors due to benefit the most. Taken together with the National Living Wage rise, in total 2.1 million people are set to get a pay rise.And a fuel duty freeze for the ninth year in a row and increases to work allowances in Universal Credit will go towards helping families with the everyday cost of living.Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: 32 million people in the UK will see their income tax bill reduced compared to 2015-16 2.1 million people are also set to benefit from this week’s National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases It’s good news for Britain’s businesses, too. The government’s plan for the High Street is cutting costs by £1 billion over the next two years by giving small retailers a third off their business rates bills. Together with other rates reforms and cuts introduced since 2016 this is saving businesses over £13 billion over the next five years.Alongside these changes, the government is increasing investment in key public services. The start of the new financial year means nearly £1.1 billion extra funding for the police, access to £1.3 billion more for local councils, and £1.1 billion extra for our schools.This is all part of the government’s balanced approach, getting debt falling while investing in vital public services and keeping taxes low for people, families and businesses.center_img Our Budget was unashamedly for the strivers and the workers who keep the country going. From this month we’ve introduced tax cuts, increased wages and boosted support for small retailers to ensure people keep more of the money they work hard to earn. Thanks to our careful management of the public finances and the hard work of the British people, we can afford to cut taxes for millions, increase the wages of the lowest paid, and cut business rates for small retailers. The economy is growing, debt is falling, and funding for public services and investment is increasing. Our balanced approach means Britain is well placed to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.last_img read more

Why Florida banned its ‘Gator Bait’ cheer amid movement against racial injustice

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgThe discontinuation of the “Gator Bait” cheer at UF sporting events is part of a three-part plan presented by Fuchs, who also personally committed to “removing any monuments or namings that UF can control that celebrate the Confederacy or its leaders.”Florida’s SEC East rival, Georgia, is also implementing change amid the global movement against racial injustice. Brett Bawcum, the acting director of UGA’s Redcoat Band, announced Wednesday the band will no longer play “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone With The Wind,” the 1939 film set in the antebellum South, at sporting events. It will be replaced by the school’s signature “Georgia on My Mind.””The current social climate has highlighted the urgency of addressing it and made me conscious of the message that could be interpreted by delay,” Bawcum wrote. The recognizable “Gator Bait” chant and correlating Gator chomp arm motion will no longer be heard and seen at University of Florida sporting events. The discontinuation of the cheer is part of what the school is calling The Decade Ahead plan to address racism and inequality amid a global movement. (Wikimedia Commons) “While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events,” Florida president Kent Fuchs wrote in a letter Thursday to the UF community, “there is horrific racist imagery associated with the prase. Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”The move has prompted backlash from Florida’s fan base. Which isn’t much of a surprise to Paul Ortiz, a history professor at UF who has shown his students some of the images Fuchs refers to in his letter.”I try to tell people in advance I’m not showing them because I’m trying to make anyone feel bad here,” Ortiz told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I do think it’s important to understand the brutality of the history.”It has kept people from going to Gator sports in the past. But it hasn’t risen to the level of something that people would actually protest just simply because there were so many other issues that were going on.”Ortiz indicated it’s not clear whether “gator bait” incidents actually happened. Publications that have written about it include the New Miami Times, which in 2014 cited multiple references documenting that black babies were used as alligator bait in north and central Florida during slavery and into the 20th century.From a Fraser’s Magazine excerpt cited by “Alligator hunting was very profitable in the 1800-1900s. The skins were used to make shoes, bags, belts and other items. However, white hunters often lost their arms and sometimes their lives as they rustled the swampy waters at night attempting to attract alligators to the surface, so they decided to use slave babies as bait.” Alligator bait postcard Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., features multiple illustrated images of black babies next to alligators. UCLA African-American studies professor Patricia Turner wrote in her 2002 book that these portrayals, presented as postcards, “depict more than just the presence of a negative stereotype; they implicitly represent a form of aggression in eradicating an unwanted people.”Added Ortiz, who first started studying the imagery while writing his dissertation on African-American history as a graduate student: “Initially I thought it was an anomaly or something. Then you see it over and over and over again.”last_img read more

Westinghouse girls basketball Coach Phyllis Jones is reinstated

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgWestinghouse High School girls’ basketball coach Phyllis Jones has been reinstated after receiving a one-year suspension in February for allegedly recruiting a Langley High School player.“I feel great. This should’ve been taken care of a long time ago and I’m ready to put this behind me and move forward,” Jones said. Jones was suspended by the City League at a hearing Feb. 27 when Langley officials accused her of attempting to recruit one of their junior varsity players. The suspension passed by a 5-3 vote from the athletic committee.Since the initial suspension, Jones continued coaching while the case was under review by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The PIAA granted Jones a stay of her suspension because they said she had not been fully prepared for the first hearing.“Because of the way it was done I didn’t know a lot of stuff that was going on,” Jones said. “I wasn’t properly prepared for the case in the beginning.”The appeal hearing was set to occur at the end of March, but was postponed until May and then postponed for a second time until July. Prior to the hearing, the PIAA decided to send the case back to City League District 8 committee for a hearing to be held in September.“A key word is patience,” Jones said. “This whole experience definitely taught me patience.”The reversal of the one-year suspension came after Langley officials retracted their allegations against Jones. The District 8 committee then voted unanimously to accept the letter of retraction and drop the case.“Langley dropped their charges and the district board accepted their dismissal,” said City League athletic director Mike Gavlik. “That’s the district’s decision and we obviously respect their decision.”A similar incident erupted in March of 2006 when Jones was first accused of recruiting and set to receive a one-year suspension. Though the penalty was reversed by the PIAA, Jones was suspended for the first five games of the 2006-07 season and placed on probation for two years.Jones has coached at Westinghouse for 19 seasons and has won two National Coaching awards and several City League championships, which includes the past three in a row. She has also been selected as the Courier’s Coach of the Year the past two years. HONOREE— Phyllis Jones was named Coach of the Year at the Courier’s All City Awards Banquet. last_img read more

Council sends out gritters as Met Eireann forecast snow overnight

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgDonegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters early on Saturday morning as temperatures are set to plunge overnight.Indeed Met Eireann has warned that snow could hit many parts of Donegal tomorrow morning.Gritters will be sent out on a number of primary routes by the council from 5am onwards. The situation will be continually assessed as the weather warning continues.Met Eireann says temperatures for Donegal will dip to zero degrees with snow forecast from 3am onwards.The following routes are those to be gritted with all motorists being asked to exercise caution in the morning.06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1 Council sends out gritters as Met Eireann forecast snow overnight was last modified: March 19th, 2019 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:councildonegalgritterssnowlast_img read more

Plenty of potential in going off the beaten track under new council project

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgLocal communities and business are being urged to get in touch with the new Donegal County Council led Trail Gazers Bid project which is set to help communities maximise the potential from the growing trend in walking and hiking trails.Loretta McNicholas, Project Manager with Donegal County Council believes that this project provides exciting opportunities for local and regional stakeholders including citizens, community groups, small businesses, tourism providers, schools, environmental agencies and public authorities to come together to collaborate on how to maximise the potential of walking trails in rural areas.“The last number of years has seen a growth in experiential travel, with people preferring to spend their holidays seeking out more meaningful and personal experiences in beautiful locations that are often perceived as ‘off the beaten track’ rather than in conventional or popular holiday destinations” says Loretta. “Travel is now more about appreciating the way of life these hidden gems can offer; learning about local history, cultural and natural landscapes and embarking on voyages of self-discovery that will stay with the person long after the holiday has finished”.She adds “research also indicates that local people are also using these amenities to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing, meet up with their friends and simply to enjoy all that outdoor life can offer”.Loretta McNichols believes that the growth in walking and recreational activity has huge potential to generate income for rural areas, helping to create more jobs in the hospitality and leisure sectors, whilst also enhancing the attractiveness of these regions as places to live, work and thrive.The new Trial Gazers projects will examine the contribution that investment in walks and recreational infrastructure makes to the local economy and develop new and innovative ways to encourage visitors off the paths and into the surrounding local and rural communities to immerse themselves in new cultural, culinary and life experiences. Loretta explains that “this is a new EU Interreg funded Atlantic Area Project with 10 partners from different regions in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and France and all are passionate about examining how the right type of investment in walks and recreational trail can grow small rural communities, increase the number of visitors and future proof destination management places to protect the area’s natural and cultural assets”.“We are keen to hear from local communities, businesses and any interested parties on how we can work together to introduce new initiatives that will encourage visitors off the trails to explore what the wider hinterland has to offer such as cafes, craft shops, artisan foods, hotels, pubs and historical places of interest and create new virtual tourism initiatives that will showcase all that the regions natural and cultural assets to wider audiences.  We also want to look at introducing sustainable destination management plans that will protect the very assets that visitors come to see.”If interested in finding out more about this project or how to become involved please contact Loretta Mc Nicholas, Trail Gazers Bid at [email protected] or call 074 91 72569.This project is co-financed under Priority 4 ‘Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets’; Programme Objective 4.2 ‘Enhancing natural and cultural assets to stimulate economic development ‘of the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme through the European Regional Development Fund.Plenty of potential in going off the beaten track under new council project was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Trail Gazerslast_img read more

Spirit and hope in SA: Oprah

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_img13 June 2005US talk-show host Oprah Winfrey says South Africans have more spirit and hope than any other people she has met. She’s also crazy about the South African accent, loves food from Spur and Nando’s, and says she has Zulu DNA.During her two-hour Live Your Best Life seminar at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday, Winfrey said she was particularly impressed by South African children, reports the Sunday Times.“I’ve never met a child here who doesn’t understand that education is their ticket to success,” she said. “I’m not lucky, but blessed. I’ve got where I have through education.”It was the first Live Your Best Life seminar outside the US, presented to 3 200 people during Winfrey’s second visit to South Africa in six months.Tickets to the event were snapped up within 48 hours of going on sale, with people travelling from Zimbabwe, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to attend.‘I am a Zulu’While in the country, Winfrey donated R160 000 to the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, a non-governmental organisation working towards peaceful and fundamental transformation in South Africa, and about R6-million to the Ithuteng Trust, a school for reformed delinquents in Soweto.She is also building a R175-million premier girls’ school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, on about 9ha of land at Henley-on-Klip in Gauteng.“I want to create the premier school for girls in the world – one I’d like to have gone to,” the Sunday Times reports her as saying. “We’ve got to the stage of choosing the fabrics [for the uniforms], and they’re what I’d happily have in my own home.”She mentioned that she had her DNA tested recently, reports News24.“I always wondered what it would be like if it turned out I am a South African. I feel so at home here.“Do you know that I actually am one? “I went in search of my roots and had my DNA tested, and I am a Zulu,” she said to loud cheers.“I’m crazy about the South African accent. I wish I had been born here.”She also revealed that she liked Spur chips and tucked into Nando’s chicken almost every evening in her fancy Johannesburg hotel room, according to News24.‘Speak out about Aids and poverty’Winfrey said it was vital that people spoke openly about HIV/Aids. She said Nelson Mandela had told her he believed Princess Diana had done a lot of good by being seen hugging Aids babies, and celebrity attention in the US had changed the way people viewed the pandemic.She urged South African celebrities to do the same and the media to make sure they covered the issue, reports the Sunday Times.Oprah said she was glad she’d been poor and was looked after by her grandmother: that was one reason she empathised so much with SA children, who were often in the same boat.“When I was 10, I saw Sidney Poitier win an Oscar,” she said. “It made me wonder what I could do. The same thing happened when I met a 16-year-old girl in Soweto this week who is the head of a household of six.”According to the Sunday Times, Winfrey believes poverty can be eradicated in our lifetime. It exists only because the world is not outraged about it, she said.During her tour of South Africa, Winfrey joined in traditional Zulu dancing on a visit to Soweto, reports the Star.Winfrey couldn’t contain herself as hundreds of pupils from Ithuteng Trust – a school for reformed delinquents in Klipspruit – welcomed her last week.She dedicated the day to the less fortunate children of Soweto, first visiting Aids orphans in Soweto and in Zuurbekom outside the township. She sat and talked with the children’s caregivers and helped distribute school uniforms.At Ithuteng, 900 schoolchildren – some reformed gangsters and drug addicts, others victims of abuse – sang songs and toyi-toyied, to Winfrey’s delight.A play performed by the children depicted domestic violence and rape. Winfrey couldn’t control her tears, the Star reports. Her bodyguard passed her tissues and sunglasses.Winfrey later tried to perform the ukusina, a traditional Zulu dance.The children showered her with traditional ornaments, including the Basotho grass woven hat, a gourd and a grass mat.Winfrey shared her history of poverty and abuse, revealing that she was raped by three family members. The last rape, when she was 13, resulted in a child, who later died.“I stand with you and understand where you come from,” she said.“All things are possible; there is nothing you cannot do. What I want you to do here is work on yourself.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Active citizens build South Africa’s brand

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgActive citizens can build South Africa’s nation brand. People are this country’s greatest asset said speakers at the Brand South African Nation Brand Master Class. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaNation branding is not about promoting tourism, culture or business; it is about the people who make up South Africa, according to Brand South Africa chief marketing officer, Wendy Tlou. It is up to us to take ownership of that brand and build it.Tlou was addressing students at the Brand South Africa Nation Branding Master Class held at the Vega School of Brand Leadership in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, 30 September. She said every South African carried the values of this country and had to find ways to bring them to life.We could not separate building the nation brand from the National Development Plan, she said, challenging her audience to act on the pride they felt for South Africa by creating positive perceptions about the country. “When we say be an active citizen, make yourself heard.”Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said its citizens were South Africa’s most important asset. It was up to these citizens to make the identity of this country tangible.Following these sentiments, Gordon Cook, the founder of Vega School, said South Africans had more power than they thought to change the course of the country. “Governments come and go, leaders come and go, but the people stay,” he stressed. Brand South Africa chief marketing officer, Wendy Tlou, challenged South Africans to create positive perceptions about the country. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Being young is a strengthBeing a young country was a strength that people should use to build a nation brand with a new identity, he said. And citizens should become more active in building this new nation brand. “We are young so we should be naughty and always question, always ask why.”For South Africa to have the universal recognition of a country like the United States, Cook said, it would need to create a brand that had global relevance, an esteem level and a perceived quality.History and cultureOn his recent travels to Kenya and Nigeria, Brand South Africa research manager Petrus de Kock found that those countries were attracted to South African music because its artists sang in local languages. It was then that he realised history and culture played an important role in building a nation brand.Cook also emphasized history and culture as an essential element in building a nation brand. “The more we build history and culture into our brand, the more difficult it is for it to unravel.” He spoke of how the United States had built a globally recognised nation brand on a culture that was largely adopted from Africa. “The reason why any African country has not spread its culture globally is because we do not promote our culture enough… Our problem is that we are mild and really don’t know how cool we are.” Gordon Cook, the founder of the Vega School of Brand Leadership, believes history and culture play a central role building a sustainable nation brand. (Image: Shamin Chibba)De Kock said building a nation’s brand into something identifiable would not occur in our lifetime; rather it may take several generations to do so. He took China as an example: the country had built its nation brand over the course of 5 000 years, the same duration as its existence. In South Africa, there were still many people who lived with the memory of apartheid. As a result, the process of shifting attitudes and the country’s identity was constant and long.However, to get the country to where it needed to be, it needed confidence. And this, he said, could come from our sense of freedom and openness. “South Africa’s culture is an incredibly open and free society. It helps us better understand who we are.”De Kock listed a number of important features that made up a nation’s identity; these included the preservation of historic homelands, common myths and historical memories, common mass public culture, common legal rights and duties, and a common economy for all.Media as narrative toolTlou said the media played a large role in shaping the narrative of South Africa. The story had to move away from creating an awareness about South Africa to how one experienced the country.Matola agreed, saying that building a nation brand was about what you did, not what you said. Using public relations and marketing to spread the nation brand message was not enough, he added. “You have to tell your story. If you don’t tell your story, the story will tell itself. And they, CNN and Hollywood, will tell it the way they see it.”De Kock asked the audience to be careful about what they read, saw or heard in the media as it could warp the perceptions of a country. In Nigeria, he found that not everyone was dying of Ebola as some media made it out to be. “The media only reinforces what people already believe; it makes a good reputation a little better, a bad reputation a little worse, but it does little to change people’s perceptions of a nation.”last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau News Update | June 26, 2019 | Ohio Working Lands Sign Up, disaster declarations and more

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Welcome to this week’s news roundup from Ohio Farm Bureau. Click here for our front page news and information, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.If you’re a member, thank you for your support. Be sure to take advantage of all of your member benefits, including the updated Ohio Landowner Toolkit.If you’re not a member (or need to renew your membership), this is your invitation to join. Learn more about membership or contact your county Farm Bureau.Current NewsOhio asks USDA for disaster declarationsGov. Mike DeWine has formally asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a disaster declaration following a devastatingly wet spring. Ohio Farm Bureau strongly encourages farmers who have had difficulty planting their 2019 crops to share their situation with the county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.Cover crop fields under prevent plant can be used in SeptemberIn an attempt to alleviate forage concerns due to the extremely wet spring, farmers who plant cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than this year than the normal Nov. 1 date. Ty Higgins has more info and for full details visit USDA’s Risk Management Agency’s website.New Market Facilitation Program Q & A from USDAIt was a confusing planting season even before the rains made #noplant19 the hottest hashtag north of I-70 and beyond. In late May, USDA announced a new Market Facilitation Program for 2019. That announcement, coupled with a decision about whether or not to plant a crop at all, led to a lot of questions for farmers. USDA released some of the answers to those questions in June.Livestock farm labor guide is availableEnsuring those employed on the farm have the best interests of the operation at heart is paramount when going through the hiring process. To help employers achieve that goal, Ohio Farm Bureau collaborated with Wright & Moore a few years ago to put together a comprehensive Livestock Farm Labor and Crisis Prevention Guide.Ohio Working Lands funds sign-upThe Ohio Department of Agriculture announced a second sign-up period for programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299 – the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. The sign-up period began June 17.Do you qualify for Social Security benefits?Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to helping protect your financial independence and is working with our No. 1 partner Nationwide to deliver a series of valuable online learning sessions designed to help you plan for retirement. The last seminar in the series is June 25 at 2 p.m.Keep agriculture provisions in state budgetFarmers are facing uncertainty. Challenges with wet weather have all but halted planting efforts. It is critical now more than ever for Ohio to have the resources necessary to implement solutions involving all nutrient contributors. Urge your legislators to support farmers through H2Ohio funding and the Business Income Deduction by keeping them in the proposed state budget.Enter the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes todayHave you entered the Ford Built Proud Sweepstakes? Grand prize is a two-year lease on a Ford vehicle. Ford is Ohio Farm Bureau’s automotive partner. OFBF members can always receive $500 Bonus Cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible Ford vehicle, and $750 Bonus Cash toward the purchase of an eligible Lincoln vehicle. Coming July 1 that amount increases with $500 Conquest Cash for a limited time.OFBF podcasts available on iTunes, Google PlayOhio Farm Bureau produces regular audio content that is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Listen to Town Hall Ohio, Legal with Leah, Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer podcasts and more.Upcoming events and remindersStatewide EventsExploreAg Camps, Columbus, Wooster and WilberforceMember Appreciation Weekend at Kings Island, June 29-30Clippers Family Days, Columbus, July 7, 14, 28, Aug. 11 and 25Ohio Sheep and Hay Day, Jackson, July 13Member Appreciation Weekend at Cedar Point, July 14-15Check your county web page for a list of events happening in your area.Reminders:Ohio Farm Bureau is proudly supporting the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show July 30 in the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center at the Ohio State Fair. OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp joins other local celebrities in the competition with one common goal of supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.The Columbus Clippers will be introducing Ohio’s Farm Team on Sundays all summer long at Huntington Park. There is a ticket discount for members as well to Ohio’s Farm Team days.Join the Ohio Farm Bureau Member Benefits Insider group page on Facebook for a first look at the latest, members-only benefits available.Growing Our Generation is an e-newsletter authored by young farmers. It is for anyone who is interested in what is on the minds of farming’s next generation. SubscribeDid you know Ohio Farm Bureau is active on LinkedIn? It’s just one more way to connect with your Farm Bureau.Ohio Farm Bureau has established the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program. The program will assist members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and determining the best ways to manage their energy resources.Farm Bureau has developed a set of steps landowners can take to address concerns about drainage and soil remediation caused by pipeline installation.One of the greatest challenges for many small businesses and sole proprietors is filling the need for health care for themselves and their employees. The Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan is available to qualified participants.Learn more about OFBF’s membership categories. Know a young person in agriculture age 18 to 24? Invite him or her to become a Young Active Member.Stay in touch by subscribing to Ohio Farm Bureau e-newsletters:Buckeye Farm eNews is for members who farm or have careers in food and agriculture. Current members can provide their email address via their account at ofbf.orgSubscribe to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter to hear from Farm Bureau’s young agricultural professionals.Sign up for the Our Ohio e-newsletter, and each month we’ll connect you with our favorite recipes, feature stories, local experiences and more.Follow Farm Bureau on social media Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Member Benefits Insider Subscribe to our podcasts Town Hall Ohio | Field Day with Jordan Howeischer | Legal with Leahlast_img read more

CLOSING MATTERS even if it means something different than it did in 1978.

Posted On Dec 9 2019 by

first_imgMy friend, Jim Keenan, provoked me with a video on LinkedIn. I responded with a video there, but I am sharing it here with you. If you need better closing skills, pick up The Lost Art of Closing here:

WATCH: Roger Who? Without ID, Federer can’t get past Australian Open security

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgEven @rogerfederer needs his accreditation 😂#AusOpen (via @Eurosport_UK)— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Roger Federer isn’t as famous as we thought.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rules are rules, after all.So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park … the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all … a man who’s spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other … and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet?A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement.In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.Federer didn’t argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That’s when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion D’Angelo Russell explodes for 40 as Nets come back to beat Magic LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park.He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he’s try to go at the Australian Open. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more