Blog: Life’s a funny thing

first_imgI think it could be said – and I would also have to agree – I should have thought it through a little bit more.A couple of years ago I sent two young lads to the Italian National Bakery School. They, of course, had too much of a good time and I am sure that the local watering holes in Bologna saw their profits rise uncharacteristically for that time of year.This sometimes happens when youngsters are let off their leads away from home. You naturally expect them to behave like 50-year-olds, all full of business politeness and etiquette, just like we were when we were 18 years of age (yeah, right). However getting blasted, when you are representing a business abroad, is not a good idea or a positive career move.On arrival back at base camp, they were duly grilled, balled out, decapitated daily for weeks after and, just to make their lives truly miserable, everybody in the bakery knew about it and the lads had to relive their misdemeanours daily; the shop floor here at Greenhalgh`s doesn’t take prisoners, it really is the survival of the fittest.The two lads were battered and bruised and, having had time to reflect on the error of their ways, were sent to all points of the compass, apologising to all their betters for letting the side down.The whole point to my ramblings is that this same Italian Bakery School put a call out for bakeries to host visits for some of their final-year students for a month. Well, you have to show willing and maybe I still was feeling a little guilty over the two lads, so I confirmed a place for one of the Italian lads, a young man called Davide Finatello.The deal was to find him a month’s work experience, pay him as everybody else, and generally make him welcome. Being August, Bolton University had rooms at ridiculously cheap prices, £58 per week, and bed linen was included, so we funded that. Davide was immediately well-liked by the lads in the bakery and by some of the young ladies as well – he is Italian, after all.They took him to Blackpool and Manchester for evenings out and made him feel really welcome. He spent two weeks in the bread department and then two weeks in confectionery. His time was over all too soon and, within no time at all, I was dropping him back off at Manchester airport. Prior to his departure I offered Davide a two-year internship, which he thanked me for and said he would consider.It was good to hear from him very shortly after his return home, confirming his acceptance, and that he intended to drive back in his Alfa Romeo – a bright racing red one, naturally. And, sure enough, Davide was soon returned to the bakery as if he had never been away.We now have two young men from the Italian Bakery School, Davide and now Luca, as Davide convinced one of his classmates to come across. Both are highly skilled and are working well within our business.It is quite comical when you sit and reflect on the sequence of events in the past 12 months, from two young lads having one too many in Bologna, which gave me two young skilled bakers in return; funny how life turns out, isn’t it?last_img

The String Cheese Incident Announces “Winter Carnival 2017” Tour At Intimate Venues


first_imgAfter revealing their involvement with the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary earlier today, The String Cheese Incident has confirmed plans for a major spring tour celebration. Through 13 dates, the band will hit venues in Colorado, Utah and Nevada for a Winter Carnival 2017 – Roots Revival tour.The shows will run from March 3rd at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO and run through the 19th at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV. Excluding the performance in Crested Butte, CO, all of the shows announced are part of multi-night runs from The String Cheese Incident. All of the venues chosen will be quite intimate, allowing for some up close and personal Cheese action!Take a look at the full schedule below. Tickets will be released via SCI Ticketing this Wednesday, January 11th at 11am MST, followed by a public on-sale on Friday, January 13th through venue outlets.last_img read more

The Section of the Community of Cultural Tourism was established in Split


first_imgA plenary session of the Section of the Cultural Tourism Association was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber.Tanja Tokić Vukušić, Redono doo, was elected president of the newly established ŽK Split Section, and Marijana Joka-Restović, Authentica doo, Dubravka Birimiša, Pira tourist agency, Branka Ćubelić, Dreamtime doo and Dina Jakšić Pavasović, Jakšić galerija doo Business Secretary were elected vice presidents. The section is Ana Brzić from the Tourism Department of ŽK Split.The session was attended by representatives of institutions, galleries and travel agencies interested in the promotion and development of cultural tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County. They presented the work of the National Association of Cultural Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, according to which the Section will operate at the county level.The discussion highlighted the need for networking of various sectors, private and cultural institutions and associations, with the aim of designing events, education and tourism products and services that will promote the cultural heritage of Split-Dalmatia County, but also protect and protect it from excessive commercialization.The session announced two significant international events that will be held in Split this fall: the Forum of Adriatic-Ionian Chambers of Commerce, Cities and Universities, 16-18. October, whose round table of sustainable tourism will deal with cultural and creative tourism, and the International Conference of Tourism of Special Interest Split B2B, 17-20. October, on the topic of history, culture and archeology and youth tourism.The participants welcomed the initiative to establish the Section, concluding that the cooperation of all stakeholders in this specific segment of tourism is needed in order to raise the quality of its offer.last_img read more

WBB : With Alexander in foul trouble, redshirt freshman Leary steps up, posts career highs in SU win


first_imgQuentin Hillsman said he never would have expected this result. Not with the way the game unfolded.Syracuse leading scorer Kayla Alexander was stuck on the bench with foul trouble. She didn’t make a shot from the field and finished with two points in nine minutes. The Orange’s go-to scorer in the low post had to watch from the sidelines.Enter Shakeya Leary.‘If you told me we would have a game where Kayla would have four fouls and we’d win by 20-something points, I wouldn’t believe it,’ SU’s head coach Hillsman said. ‘But Shakeya Leary stepped in and had a monster game today.’Leary had a career day as SU (13-2, 1-1 Big East) beat Seton Hall 75-50 in front of 1,135 at the Carrier Dome Saturday. The redshirt freshman tallied career highs with 13 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks in another personal-best 29 minutes of action. Leary went 4-for-6 from the field and helped the Syracuse defense stifle the Pirates’ attack. The Orange held Seton Hall (7-9, 0-3) to just 21.3 percent shooting.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘These kinds of games of (Leary) playing well don’t surprise me,’ Hillsman said. ‘But obviously these numbers are big. I thought that she got minutes, that she got into a flow and she played well.’Both teams struggled mightily on offense to start the game. Through the first four minutes of action, the Orange turned the ball over six times while the Pirates coughed it up on seven possessions.Alexander picked up two quick fouls trying to work through her defenders in the post. Less than a minute after the second call, the sophomore center hacked Seton Hall forward Kandice Green in the post, forcing her to the bench for the rest of the half with 13:02 left on the clock.‘It was great to get her out of there,’ Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan said. ‘But we can’t put the ball in the hole.’With Alexander out of the game, the Pirates repeatedly attacked the basket from the low post. But Leary wouldn’t budge underneath.If she didn’t send the shot back, the redshirt freshman simply held her ground and altered countless shots by Green and SHU center Tajay Ashmeade. And when those shots missed, Leary was right there to clean up the glass.She had 11 rebounds and six blocks by halftime.‘I just kept being physical,’ the soft-spoken Leary said. ‘Doing what coaches tell us to do.’While the Pirates struggled, sophomores Carmen Tyson-Thomas and Elashier Hall gave the Orange a spark it needed to end the first half on a 26-9 run. Tyson-Thomas came off the bench and knocked down knocked down three 3-pointers to give her 13 of her 15 points before the break. Hall added two 3s of her own in the first half and tallied nine of her team-leading 16 points in the first 20 minutes to help put SU up 39-21 at halftime.Alexander returned to the floor to open the second half but picked up her fourth foul trying to help on a drive to the basket with 18:37 left. The Orange’s leading scorer didn’t log any minutes after that, as SU didn’t need her on the court. Syracuse suffocated the Pirates’ offense and it never led by less than 16 after halftime.‘Just being everywhere,’ Hall said was key to SU’s performance on defense. ‘Playing hard, working hard, getting to the high post, getting to the corners. On every catch, we’re there. Just being aggressive and playing our principles.’And Leary continued her big day into the second half. She was the beneficiary of feeds from her Orange teammates underneath that resulted in easy buckets and was able to get to the free throw line nine times in the second half.And just as Hillsman said he wouldn’t expect a 75-50 win with Alexander on the bench in foul trouble, Seton Hall head coach Donovan said she was surprised by Leary’s performance, too.‘Clearly, Syracuse has some depth,’ Donovan said. ‘… Although I knew (Hillsman) had good players coming into the post, I didn’t expect (Leary) to come in and have that kind of double-double off the bench.’[email protected] Comments Published on January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

INSIGHTS: Weed is legal in Michigan


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn the latest Insights into Northeast Michigan, experts speak on new marijuana legislation. Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational use of the plant. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Insights into Northeast MichiganContinue ReadingPrevious New Year’s Baby Arrives Early in AlpenaNext Woman dies, boyfriend survives after snowmobiles fall through icelast_img

KP Boateng to return for Ghana for Zambia clash, Foh Amoaning predicts


first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng will return for Ghana to play in the potential World Cup qualifying group decider against Zambia later this year, ace commentator Moses Foh Amoaning has predicted.Boateng shocked the West African Nation when he called time on his international career after excelling for the Black Stars at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.The AC Milan star claimed combining club duties with the national team was taken a toll on his health and decided to hang his international boot.There have been calls for the 25-year-old to return to the team and boost their chances of qualifying to their third successive World Cup.The veteran broadcaster who has launched a campaign to have the player rescind his decision claims he will be involved at some point in the qualifying campaign and predicts he will score two goals against the Chipolopolo at home.“Kevin-Boateng will play for the Black Stars. He will play in the game against Zambia and will score two goals,” Amoaning predicted on Happy FM “The people who were unhappy with his decision to quit will be the same who will hail him.“We’re doing lots of work in the background and I know what I’m talking about.“I have said time without number that we need him in the team. I’m hoping he will even play in the return leg against Sudan.“The people who matter at the FA know we need him and if he doesn’t suffer any injuries I’m positive he might even play in the game return game against Sudan.”“The road to Brazil is difficult and we need all our best players in the team to ensure we secure qualification,” he added “Don’t forget we’ll be involved in the difficult play-offs if we top our group and so there is lots of work to be done.”Sulley Muntari has hinted his AC Milan colleague could stage a return to the Black Stars in the foreseeable future.The former Germany Under-20 midfielder has been a keen follower of the Black Stars since he retired from the national team two years ago.last_img read more



first_imgUnder the Wildlife Act it is illegal to set fires in growing vegetation from 1st March to 31st August. Coillte appeals to anyone doing so to stop and for everyone to be vigilant when they are out, near, or in its forests. The amount of forest destroyed in recent days is four times the national annual average over the last 10 years and 200 hectares more than  the total area burnt on Coillte property in 2010, itself the worst year on record. The costs include fire fighting, replacement of the trees lost and timber revenues foregone. Over the last few days fire crews, foresters and volunteers from the local communities have been fighting a number of dangerous forest fires in counties  Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork and Waterford. In summary provisional estimates for hectares of Coillte forest lost by county are as follows. “We work closely with all the emergency services and we thank them for their support. The Gardai are treating these incidents very seriously and will be looking to pursue the people who started these fires. We call on anyone who has any information on recent fires to contact us or their local Garda station. Commenting on the losses John O’Sullivan, Regional Director Coillte Forest said: “Forest fires put the lives of the people who have to fight them at risk, as well as causing major damage to property, wild life and habitats. These forest fires are mainly as a result of careless and dangerous burning of vegetation in close proximity to forests.center_img MORE than half of the forest lost in recent fires in the country were in Co Donegal, causing €2.5M worth of damage in this county, it was announced today.Recent forest fires across Coillte’s estate have destroyed 985 hectares (2,400 acres) of forests, with an estimated cost of approx €5 million.And Coillte revealed that 550 hectares – more than half of the area wiped – was in Co Donegal. CountyArea (Ha)Donegal 550Galway/ Mayo 250Sligo 40Roscommon 20Cavan 25Monaghan 80Cork / Waterford 20Total estimate to date 985DONEGAL FOREST FIRES COST €2.5M, REVEALS COILLTE was last modified: May 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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) “We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have been working with us – the Defence Forces, Gardai, Fire Services along with our neighbours, forestry contractors and Coillte employees,” he said.last_img read more

Syrian feast brings community together at the LOFT


first_imgIt has been said that ‘food is the ingredient that binds us together’, and the first event of the new ‘Food From The Holy Land’ project in Donegal did just that. People of all ages and from all over the world came together in the LOFT at Donegal Youth Service for a Syrian feast recently.The feast consisted of various types of authentic Syrian food, kindly cooked for the local community by two Syrian women Nadine Berri and Jawaher Kurdi who have recently come to live in Letterkenny with their families. Syrian Food Project participants from DLDC and DYS: Left to right: Eyad Meshael, Marie Corcran-Tindell, Michael Campbell, Frankie McGreevy, Bilal Abd El Jalil, Nadine Berri, Jawaher Kurdi, Obeida Abd Al Jalil“We had such a great day and we are extremely thankful to the people from Syria who put in so much effort allowing us all to appreciate their beautiful food,” LOFT Youth Worker Frankie McGreevy said.The Loft Youth Project, Donegal Youth Service and the Community Foundation for Ireland are delighted to host the new initiative in partnership with the Donegal Local Development Company Resettlement Programme. Donegal Youth Service is a countywide youth organisation, meeting the needs of young people all over Donegal.  For more information you can pop in to 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny, call 074 91 29630, email [email protected], visit and stay up to date with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Syrian feast brings community together at the LOFT was last modified: May 20th, 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:Donegal Youth Serviceloftsyrian food eventlast_img read more

Raiders 3 & Out: Yes, Oakland really ran ‘Spider 2 Y Banana’ for a touchdown


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Jon Gruden called NFL games for ESPN for nine years, and during that time, America came to understand that one of his favorite plays in the world is called “Spider 2 Y Banana”.It seemed as if there wasn’t a Monday Night Football game where the play wasn’t mentioned. Spider 2 Y Banana became an inside joke of sorts for football nerds.But it’s a real play and Thursday night, Gruden called it just …last_img

Josh Jacobs’ primary Raiders job: Giving NFL defenses a rude awakening


first_imgALAMEDA — First impressions are everything, and the Oakland Raiders are intent on making rude introductions every week.For whatever the Raiders lack in offensive explosiveness, they more than make up for by establishing an aggressive tone on the very first drive of the game.Luckily they have a willing-and-able Mr. Rude Awakening in rookie Josh Jacobs, the sparingly used Alabama running back who saved up his energy to provide the Raiders with strong starts and make his own early push into …last_img