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January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Bisciotti said he “100 percent” supports his players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players linked arms – and Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined them, standing between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. He called it a privilege to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of a competitive, team-oriented enterprise like football.“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful,” Kraft said in a statement. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’,” he said to loud applause.Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” defending Trump, saying the NFL has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin said. “They can do free speech on their own time.”Trump’s remarks provoked team owners and the NFL to stridently defend the sport and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick’s struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump’s comments.“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”At least seven team owners donated $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos , Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank , New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for,” York said. “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”This weekend’s games were sure to bring more protests, with Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson promising to make “a statement.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Baltimore Ravens players kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM / AP)The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.The statements, including those from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league’s game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years.ADVERTISEMENT “I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached PLAY LIST 01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers02:15Trump signs Anti-Semitism order at Hanukkah event02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam wrote that they didn’t want to let “misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify,” and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team wouldn’t be on the field when the anthem plays before the Steelers game in Chicago.He doesn’t want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.“We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAn East Canje resident was on Wednesday placed on $500,000 bail by Magistrate Renita Singh when he appeared at the Reliance Magistrate Court to answer to a causing death by dangerous driving charge.Mohandas Meekum also called ‘Marvin’ is accused of driving motor lorry BWW 1831 in a dangerous manner on September 21, 2018 at Adelphi thus causing the death of Rajendranauth Harold-Singh.At the time of the accident Harold-Singh, 52, of Lot 28 Reliance Abundant East Canje, was riding motorcycle with plates CF 1615 which is owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Meekum, 36, had just come out of his Betsy Ground East Canje yard when the accident occurred.An autopsy performed on the body gave the cause of death as multiple injuries consistence with a vehicular accident.It was reported that that Haroldsingh was on his way home from work when he collided with the canter driven by Meehum which was reversing out of a yard.The now dead man was reportedly flung into the air and landed on the roadway. He received injuries and was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention. Meanwhile, Meekum is expected to return to court on January 23.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“I see him every day in the training sessions, I see him every day practice penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence,” said Guardiola after he instructed Gabriel Jesus, who earlier replaced regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero, to hand the ball to Mahrez.However, Mahrez’s miserable record from the spot continued as City’s club record £60-million ($79 million) signing missed for the fourth time in his last six penalties by blasting well over the bar.Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.However, Guardiola admitted his plan for a slower tempo to stop Liverpool springing onto the counter-attack had worked.“If it is an open game at Anfield you don’t even have a one-percent chance,” said Guardiola.“Up and down they are the best team in the world. Running in these transitions there is no one better. They are built for that, Jurgen (Klopp) is built for that. In that situation they are much better than us.”But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season.“We were close more than ever to win here. (A draw) is better than last season when we lose,” added Guardiola as City’s wait for a first win at Anfield since 2003 continued.“I’m so comfortable (with) the performance we have done. I know against which team we are playing.”After starting the season with seven straight victories, Liverpool have now failed to win any of their past four matches.But manager Klopp lamented a gruelling fixture list that has seen his side face Chelsea twice, Napoli away in the Champions League and City in 12 days.“It was an unbelievably intense period of fixtures, crazy. It makes no sense to moan about it when you are in it. But now it is over so I can,” said Klopp.“If somebody had told me after eight fixtures, 20 points, I would say ‘yes’. But with this fixture list, I would definitely buy it.”– Goal-shy Salah –Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had another afternoon to forget in front of goal © AFP / Paul ELLISAhead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah’s slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.Salah had the first opening after just three minutes when he pulled his shot wide after jinking inside John Stones.City’s first penalty claim was waved away when Dejan Lovren appeared to trip Aguero inside the area, but the visitors quickly neutralised Liverpool’s threat by keeping possession for long periods.Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar.City had the golden chance when substitute Leroy Sane was too quick for the normally flawless Virgil van Dijk and this time Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.A message came from the City bench for Mahrez to take the spot-kick instead of Jesus.But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola consoles Riyad Mahrez after his missed penalty against Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Pep Guardiola took responsibility for placing his trust in Riyad Mahrez as the Algerian’s missed penalty five minutes from time cost Manchester City victory in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.The draw preserved both sides’ unbeaten Premier League records, but they failed to lay down an early marker in the title race as Chelsea moved into a three-way tie at the top on 20 points after eight games.last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 Sepp Blatter and Greg Dyke Football Association chairman Greg Dyke insists: “Sepp Blatter has to go as FIFA president.”Dyke’s comments came after FIFA endured the darkest day in its scandal-strewn history as US investigators blew the lid on “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption.Dyke told Press Association Sport: “Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in FIFA. There is no way of rebuilding trust in FIFA while Sepp Blatter is still there.“Sepp Blatter has to go. He either has to go through a resignation, or he has to be out-voted or we have to find a third way.“I think the time has come where the damage this has done to FIFA is so great that it can’t be rebuilt while Blatter is there so UEFA has got to try to force him out.”Football’s world governing body was plunged into crisis after a wave of arrests of football officials including two FIFA vice-presidents in Zurich on Wednesday on bribery, fraud and money laundering charges following an FBI investigation.The US Department of Justice indictment of 18 people said bribes totalling more than 150million US dollars (£98million) had been paid for television rights, sponsorship deals and World Cup votes. The crisis led UEFA to call for Friday’s FIFA presidential election to be postponed and the European body questioned whether its 53 voting associations should even attend the Congress.In a separate development, the Swiss attorney general also opened criminal proceedings over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, seized documents and electronic data from FIFA’s headquarters and will question 10 current FIFA executive committee members who voted on that tournament.UEFA’s statement has intensified the pressure on Blatter, but the world governing body has insisted the election will take place as planned.The arrests began at 6am as Swiss police swooped on the five-star hotel used by FIFA executives and arrested seven officials including Jeffrey Webb, a FIFA vice-president from the Cayman Islands who holds a British passport. Another FIFA vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo from Uruguay, was also arrested and Swiss officials said six of the seven are contesting extradition proceedings to the USA to answer indictments.US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: “The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and in the US.“It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.”The indictments implicate South Africa in paying 10million US dollars to disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner from Trinidad for votes to host the 2010 World Cup – with the money being channelled through a FIFA bank account authorised by an unnamed high-ranking FIFA official.It also alleges corruption and bribery extended to the 2011 FIFA presidential election, and to agreements regarding sponsorship of the Brazilian national team by a major US sportswear company. Nike has sponsored Brazil since 1996 and said it opposes bribery and is co-operating with the authorities.A warrant was issued for Warner’s arrest in Trinidad and he is facing an extradition hearing to the USA. His two sons have pleaded guilty to corruption charges, while Chuck Blazer, who is believed to have provided much of the evidence to the FBI, has admitted 10 charges.Warner later handed himself into authorities in Trinidad and was released on 2.5million US dollars bail pending an extradition hearing, according to a statement from Trinidad’s attorney general.FIFA reacted by provisionally suspending the 11 football officials among the 18 people indicted. Blatter issued a statement saying: “This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.“As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.”Russia 2018 organising committee head Alexey Sorokin insisted he was not concerned about the criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and said there was no point in even discussing the idea of a re-vote for the tournaments – something FIFA has also ruled out.He told Sky Sports News: “We have repeatedly stated that we’re not afraid of any investigation.“We cooperated with the investigation that was going on for about two years which was headed by Mr (Michael) Garcia. We submitted all the facts, all the papers, we submitted our testimonies – we did everything the process wanted us to do. We don’t know what else we can contribute to that.“We repeatedly said the process was transparent and that we’re not concerned with any investigations. It’s just strange there’s a chance to go through the same thing again, where everything was seemingly closed.”Asked if he was worried about a re-vote, he added: “No, because we are so deep in the preparation, we’ve done so much. Our government, our country, has done so much already for the preparation of an excellent World Cup, I don’t even want to discuss it with anyone.”On Blatter’s future, he said: “We wish the current president all the success in the elections.”Blatter will not attend this morning’s FIFA medical conference in Zurich and nor is he expected to attend the meeting of UEFA’s member association heads after that, a FIFA spokesman told Press Association Sport.last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Ryan Giggs After Garry Monk was sacked by Swansea, Dennis Bergkamp and Ryan Giggs have emerged as the leading contenders to replace him.Giggs, currently assistant to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, would be welcomed back to South Wales, while Bergkamp is assistant to Frank de Boer at Ajax.But the Drivetime team want to know – who would make the better manager? 1last_img

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Letterkenny Photographic Club has a proud tradition of producing some of the most breathtaking images from across County Donegal.Its members comes from all walks of life and all have different levels of experience.Their goal is simple – to help and encourage members to enjoy taking photographs. The group are now showing their latest exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre until November 4th.A visit is seriously recommended.Ends EXPOSED: DONEGAL PEOPLE CAUGHT ON CAMERA! was last modified: October 26th, 2011 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:Letterkenny Photographic ClubRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Diamond Park in Ballyar was the venue today for the Donegal Women’s Soccer League Under 14 finals. Fanad United who were managed by Madonna Friel and Tina O’Brien defeated Glenree United by 4 goals to 0 in the Paddy McBride Sponsored Shield Final. All the goals were scored in the first half. Fanad’s captain Mariead Coll scored a hat trick and their other goal  was scored by Mariosa Friel.In the Cup Final sponsored by Terry Leyden, Lagan Harps came out victorious over Raphoe Town by 6 goals to 2.Lagan went in at the break 4-2 ahead- Erin Coll scored two and Zoe McGlynn and Orla Friel with the  Lagan goals and Raphoe goal scorers were Aoife Page and Amy Boyd.In the second half Lagan extended their lead through Zoe Green and Erin Coll rounded of a player of the match performance with her third goal of the game. Afterwards Lagan Harps were also presented with the league trophy which they won earlier in the season. Donegal Women’s Soccer LeagueUnder 14 FinalsPaddy McBride Shield FinalFanad United  4-0  Glenree UnitedTerry Leyden Cup Final Lagan Harps  6-2  Raphoe TownGIRLS SOCCER SPECIAL: LAGAN HARPS AND FANAD UNITED TAKE HONOURS IN U-14 FINALS was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GIRLS SOCCER SPECIAL: LAGAN HARPS AND FANAD UNITED TAKE HONOURS IN U-14 FINALSglenreeRaphoelast_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMcDAIDThe death has taken place at her home of  Mary McDaid, Milltown, Kilmacrennan. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed later.BLAIR The death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of Mrs Margaret Blair, nee McBride, 3 Castleview, Raphoe, and formerly of Tullyvinney, Raphoe. Removal from Gibson Funeral Home, Broad Path, Convoy today at 3pm, going to her late residence. Funeral from there on Sunday at 2.30pm for service in Convoy Presbyterian Church, followed by burial in the family plot. Family time please from 11pm to 11am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Macmillan Cancer Care c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, Convoy.GROGANThe sudden death has occured of Angela Grogan, Glengad Mountain, Malin. Removal from the Chapel of Rest, Letterkenny General Hospital today at 4pm, going to her late residence. Funeral from there on Sunday at 9.45am for funeral Mass at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church, Aughaclay, Malin, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Foyle Hospice, c/o any family member.COLL The death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Denis Hugh Coll, retired principal, Upper Carrowcannon & formerly of Inisboffin. Removal from the hospital today at 3pm, going to his late residence. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 11am in St Finian’s Church, Falcarragh, with burial afterwards in Gortahork Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in desired to Medical 3, Letterkenny Hospital c/o Patsy Gallagher Undertaker or any family member. House private from after the Rosary to 10am.  DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 was last modified: January 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2010DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAYJANUARY 20last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Decades ago before the invention of plastic, Italian pasta makers wrapped their hand-stuffed ravioli in paper tied with a coarse string. Jay Beattie, a gourmet pasta manufacturer, jokes that he may have to revert to his ancestors’ choice of packaging. It would be cheaper than plastic, the material he has used for years to package his line of hand-cut fettucini, potato gnocchi and pumpkin ravioli. Of all the raw materials that have seen price hikes since hurricanes ravaged the Gulf Coast – including plywood, drywall and metal – few have been as sharp as the rise in prices in the plastics industry. Prices for the three most common resins used to make plastic have jumped between 20 percent and 30 percent since August – compared to post-Katrina increases of 1.8 percent in cement, 2 percent in plywood and 6.5 percent in structural steel, according to analysts and trade publications. The price hikes are being felt everywhere, from public works projects to grocery store shelves. “Plastic is a huge part of our business. And we’re seeing an increase in every single plastic thing,” said Beattie, rattling off the different types of containers he uses to package his gourmet goods at Cucina Fresca, the Seattle-based pasta business he owns. Raw materials of all kinds have been hurt by the spiraling cost of oil, which soared past $70 a barrel in the wake of the hurricane, and natural gas, which went from $10 per million British thermal units to over $14 per million BTUs. But plastic suffered from a triple whammy. The first blow came to resin factories, the majority of which are based in the Gulf Coast and were forced to shut down during the storms, creating a backlog. Second and third is the fact that plastic – unlike wood, cement and other raw materials – uses natural gas twice: Once to generate the power needed to run the plastic factory and a second time as the key ingredient used to make the plastic resin. Hit by all three, the Dow Chemical Co. plastics factory in Hahnville, La., on the outskirts of New Orleans, was forced to cancel more than 1,000 contracts to customers ranging from Rubbermaid to Clorox, which rely on the factory for the raw polyethylene and propylene pellets used to make their plastic wares and jugs. They were far from alone: One by one, resin factories run by Exxon Mobil, Chevron Phillips, Shintech Inc. and Formosa Plastics Corp. invoked their act-of-God clauses to get out of their contracts, raising prices and delivering weeks off schedule. The result is that three of the most common types of plastic resins have gone from between 55 cents and 64 cents per pound in July to between 70 and 80 cents a pound last week – with another 8-cent rise projected by the end of November, according to Plastic News, an Akron, Ohio-based trade publication. The ripple effect is being felt across the country in the cost of everything from plastic knives and forks to Styrofoam cups to polyethylene (PVC) pipes used in municipal sewer and water projects. “We haven’t seen any plastics spared,” said Mike Levy, the executive director of the Polystyrene Packaging Council, an industry group. In Montpelier, Vt., the makers of Cabot cheddar, prized by cheese enthusiasts worldwide, wonder: “Do we increase our prices? Or do we sacrifice our margins?” said marketing director Jed Davis. The Cabot Creamery uses plastic film to cover their cheddar. In supermarkets across the country, Folgers is back to selling its coffee in metal containers, just two years after the 150-year-old company did away with its signature metal cans in favor of plastic, which it says keeps the coffee fresher. “We don’t have enough plastic to fill the shelves,” said Tonia Elrod, spokeswoman for Folgers, a Procter & Gamble Co. brand headquartered in Cincinnati. Both Clorox Co. and Kraft Foods Inc. have slashed their earnings-per-share expectation for the year, citing rising commodity and fuel prices. In a press release, Kraft specifically cited the increased cost of packaging as one of the reasons for its revised forecast. The food and consumer products industries have long been dependent on plastic, but during the past decade the construction sector has also seen a shift toward plastic – with PVC pipes replacing concrete ones. Now in cities including Riverside, Calif., and Prineville, Ore., municipal water projects are being put on hold because of a near-doubling of PVC pipe prices. In desperation, some contractors are turning back to outdated technologies, such as fashioning the pipe out of cement – a far more labor-intensive technique, but one that now is significantly cheaper. For small, niche businesses – like Beattie’s high-end pasta – the increase has created an economic drama. Industry research has shown that even in a gourmet grocery store, consumers shy away from pasta products priced above the $5 ceiling, Beattie said. Even a 10 percent increase in the plastic tubs for his marinara and tomato vodka sauces will easily put Beattie above that mark, forcing him to consider a painful alternative: “If we want it to stay under $5, we need to eat the plastic cost ourselves,” he said. Many industries are considering alternative materials. Instead of gallon milk jugs made of plastic, dairy processors are substituting paper board. In the coffee business, some franchises are considering substituting waxed paper cups – which, although made of paper, still contain a trace of resin – with paper cups that are resin-free. But in Sun City, Calif., there is no easy alternative for the PVC pipe needed to complete a large water desalination project, which jumped from $1.9 million to $3.5 million after the storm. In Prineville and Portland, Ore., contractors are considering casting the pipe out of cement, after similar price hikes. But in Southern California, the soil is too corrosive and will eat through cement, said Peter Odencrans, senior public affairs officer for the Eastern Municipal Water District in Riverside County. “And you can’t make pipe out of paper,” he joked.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • Margaret Dingalo Director: Stakeholder Relations Brand South Africa of South Africa +27 11 483 0122 info@brandsouthafrica.comSouth Africa’s Cabinet has approved a new international marketing logo for the country. Inspired by the South African flag but evolved into a “trade-markable” form, the new logo is distinctive, dynamic and energetic, and stands out within its competitive environment.“This is a culmination of a comprehensive process of consultation among provinces, cities and national departments to align around one brand positioning and a single identity on the international stage,” Brand South Africa (formerly known as the International Marketing Council) said in a statement last week.Initiated and driven by BSA, the logo’s development costs “will be quickly offset by the combined impact of previously separate branding initiatives”.“The purpose of brand alignment is to avoid brand dilution when various South African entities market themselves internationally using different logos,” BSA said.“The intention is rather to combine the country’s various marketing efforts in order to enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness with regard to tourism, sports, arts and culture, trade and investment.”The new logo does not replace the government coat of arms or other institutional logos, but is purely for the purpose of country marketing initiatives.Its roll-out will be facilitated by an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself manual that will be freely available to anyone mandated to market South Africa internationally.At the same time, stocks of existing marketing “have been carefully managed in order to ensure a smooth and cost-effective transition,” BSA said.The new logo “builds on a renewed era in collaborative nation branding, and is timed to take maximum advantage of the global focus on South Africa in the light of our hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“The marketing of the nation brand of South Africa will be taken to new heights as we work together as Team South Africa, under one logo, to welcome the world to join us in celebrating the first World Cup on African soil.”last_img read more