By raising the flag Libertas with verses Hymns of freedom last night, the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival was officially opened in front of the Church of St. Blaise.The most prestigious cultural event in Croatia will traditionally be held until August 25, and in 47 days, at 20 ambient locations, approximately 2.000 artists from around the world will perform about 60.000 drama, music and dance performances in front of an international audience of 80 domestic and foreign visitors , folklore and other programs.The Zagreb Philharmonic, the WDR Children’s Choir from Dortmund, the Pro Musica Academic Choir from Mostar, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir, the Libertas Mixed Choir and the FA Linđo Women’s Choir performed as part of the opening ceremony, directed by Saša Božić and conducted by maestro Tomislav Fačini. Traditionally, the Folklore Ensemble Linđo participated, as well as the Festival Drama Ensemble, whose representatives this year were Nataša Dangubić, Nikša Butijer, Ozren Grabarić, Nika Lasić, Izmira Brautović and Krunoslav Šarić, who spoke the verses. Hymns of freedom. Students of acting and dance of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb also participated. Luciano Capurso – Luči with the hit of the Dubrovnik Troubadours caused special enthusiasm of the audience that sang with him. The music of the night.”The financial plan envisages a total budget of HRK 14 million, of which public funds are slightly less than HRK 9 million, and own revenue and ticket revenue amount to HRK 2 million, while sponsors and donors have supported us this year with almost HRK 3 million. The increase was primarily due to the donation of the Caboga Stiftung, but also to the increased sponsorship of Adriatic luxury hotels, with which we prepared two music festival programs in the Vala Beach Club of the Palace Hotel. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal sponsors Mastercard, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Tele2, Kraš, Ford, Croatia osiguranje and Croatia Airlines, as well as all other partners, sponsors and donors without whom the realization of such a large festival would be impossible.”Said the director of the Games Ivana Medo Bogdanović looking back at the stable financial construction of the 69th Games.The evening ended with spectacular fireworks, which celebrated the beginning of the new festival season, which will present approximately 25 artists from around the world at 20 ambient locations in the city of Dubrovnik until August 2.000.69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival with a new visual identityThe visual identity of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the work of designer Maro Pitarević in collaboration with the Šesnić & Turković studio, and shows the Gate of Ploče with two palm trees and the setting sun in neon colors, reminiscent of the entrance to a nightclub and as such provoked numerous reactions from the profession. but also the citizens of Dubrovnik.By the way, the programs of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival were seen by approximately 60.000 visitors, acFor the program of this year’s 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, see websites.
GUYANA National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) freelance journalist, Frederick Halley, was last Friday night honoured for his more than three decades of service to the field, both in his homeland Guyana and his adopted country, Canada.At a simple ceremony held at the Windies Sports Bar & Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario, Halley was presented with a certificate, compliments of Tracy MacCharles, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Pickering-Scarborough East.While the MPP was not on hand to present the prestigious award, the honour was done by Azeem Khan, president of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC), the association responsible for recommending Halley for the citation.The certificate from MacCharles read: “As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, I am honoured to congratulate Frederick Halley on your contributions to sports journalism on behalf of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs.“For more than three decades, your work with the Guyana National Newspapers Limited and the Guyanese-Canadian community has brought prominence, recognition and professionalism to the sport of cricket and sports journalism.“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on this occasion. Thank you for your ongoing significant contributions to our community.”Halley, who migrated to Canada in 2003, served as senior sports journalist at GNNL and was also the National Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Journalist of the Year in 1992. He was also the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) sports representative in Guyana.
11 February 2009The proposed adjustments to personal income tax schedules will provide middle and lower income earners with R13.6-billion in tax relief, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced on Wednesday.Delivering his 2009/10 Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town, Manuel said the adjustments to personal income tax would fully compensate South Africans for wage inflation.“The tax-free income threshold next year will be R54 200 for taxpayers below the age of 65 and R84 200 for those over 65,” he said.The tax-free threshold for the 2009/10 tax year will effectively increase from R46 000 for those below the age of 65, to R54 200.The revised estimate for tax collection for 2008/09 is R14.2-billion, which is less than the National Treasury planned in its 2008 Budget, he said.“For the year ahead, the main budget revenue estimate is R50-billion lower than we projected in February last year, against the background of slower growth, depressed trade and declining company profits.”Tax relief is also proposed for companies that invest in energy-efficient technology, with an additional allowance of 15 percent, on condition that there is proof of the resulting energy efficiencies as certified by the Energy Efficiency Agency.The minister, on the basis of a letter sent as part of the “Tips for Trevor” initiative, said he had also proposed a tax on companies using incandescent light bulbs, in an effort to get people to make use of energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.Taxes on petrol and diesel will increase by 40.5 and 41.5 cents per litre respectively, the minister announced, adding that road users would have to fork out an additional 23 cents and 24 cents per litre as well for fuel levies.“As road-users know, there is a substantial increase in spending on maintenance and construction under way, and we still face a heavy burden of road accidents and associated compensation claims.“These are costs that have to be covered, and so there will be increases of 17.5 cents in the road accident fund levy.”As per the 2009/10 Budget proposals, a packet of cigarettes will now cost 88 cents more, a 750ml bottle of natural wine will cost 10.5 cents more, a 340ml can of beer will cost 7 cents more, and a 750ml bottle of liquor such as whiskey will cost consumers R3.21 more, he announced.Manuel said that after discussions with both organised labour and the mining industry, and taking into account the impact of the economic slowdown on the mining industry, he proposed that the new mining royalties regime be deferred to 2010.“This provides a boost to the industry of about R1.8-billion [which would have been paid to government], which will assist in minimising job losses,” he said.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lima has long been a major manufacturing hub in Allen County and the area also continues to maintain a strong agricultural heritage. A true testament to the area’s dual character, Keystone Meats weds these two defining aspects of Allen county by delivering farm-fresh flavor from local livestock producers to a variety of consumers at home and beyond via its butcher shop and industrial canning facility.Keystone Meats is a family-owned and operated business with a tradition of producing all natural meat products that has been passed down through four generations of the Dorley family. The company was established in 1964 by Raymond L. Dorley and his son Raymond B. Dorley. Originally, the business raised beef on the family farm, and processed the beef to supply restaurants and grocery stores throughout Ohio and Indiana. In 1980, Dave Dorley became the third generation owner/operator. Dave built a new beef processing facility, upgraded the entire operation to USDA standards, and built a meat cannery.Today, headed by fourth generation CEO Pete Dorley, his father, Dave, and brother-in-law Steve Conrad, Keystone Meats offers a variety of butchering and processing services to the Lima community and beyond.“There are three integrated divisions of our company: we run a retail butcher shop, wholesale fresh meat, and operate a cannery and soup base business,” said Pete Dorley.The retail store and custom processing facility has been a staple in the Lima area for decades and local farmers and businesses have been long-time customers of Keystone Meats.“We have been the trusted local butcher for Lima for over 50 years. We slaughter cattle for custom processing, to supply our retail store, and to sell wholesale fresh beef to local businesses like Lima’s iconic Kewpee Hamburgers and other businesses throughout central and northwest Ohio,” Dorley said.The retail store, processing plant, and canning operation are all contained under the same roof, which contributes to the freshness and quality of all of their products.“Our retail store has a really great meat case filled with local meats that are processed right here. In that sense, Keystone is kind of a throwback to a time when the farmer, the butcher, and the consumer all knew each other,” Dorley said. “Our processing plant is a modern and efficient USDA-inspected facility. It’s a small butcher shop with the biggest fresh meat case around.”The Dorleys are clearly proud of their local roots and the longstanding relationships they have with livestock producers in the region.“We really enjoy being close to the agricultural community, close to the farm. We have multi-generational relationships with many of our suppliers and customers. Beef is our specialty in the retail shop and we buy all of our cattle from producers within 30 to 40 miles of here,” he said. “We source from all local family farms and always have.”Beyond the retail and wholesale meat operations is Keystone Meats’ prosperous canning business, which continues to expand and flourish.“Fast growth and broad distribution of our All Natural canned meats and soup bases are making Keystone an emerging brand in the category. We started making our canned meats decades ago to sell in our store and to sell to a few other grocery stores and butcher shops. They did pretty well, so we eventually approached some of the big retailers like Kroger and Walmart. They gave us a chance in a couple of local stores and, thanks to customers picking it up in those stores, it has continued to grow from there. Keystone All Natural canned meats can now be found throughout the entire Midwest in all conventional grocery stores,” Pete said.And Keystone produces a wide variety of quality canned meat and soup base products.“We sell canned beef, chicken, turkey, pork, corned beef hash, and ground beef, beef in broth, and chicken in broth products,” Pete said. “We also distribute beef and chicken soup bases and beef, chicken, and turkey broths. We are always working on new items, too.”The simple recipe and the prime cuts of meat used make the taste of Keystone Meats products unparalleled compared to most canned meats.“Our methods for canning are different from most canneries. At Keystone, the premium cuts go in the can. Trimmings never go in the can. We hand select and hand cut 95% lean — or better —whole muscle meats for our canned meats. The first ingredient in our soup base is the canned meat,” Dorley said. “We make our canned meats according to a very old small-batch slow cooking method with very lean meats and nothing artificial — it’s just meat and sea salt. This method does not lend itself to high volume output but it does make the most flavorful natural product possible.”The quality of the canned products and the increased consumer demand for them caused Keystone to expand their facilities and operation over the past several years, and they are again looking to grow the business.“As our distribution of canned meats has expanded throughout the Midwest and beyond, we have had to add on to our facility several times. We have another expansion operation planned for this year. The canning work is also very labor intensive, so we are hiring more people as well,” he said. “We have about 35 people working at Keystone and would like to add five to 10 more employees.”The canned products provide consumers with a fast, easy-to-fix meal with a robust, home-cooked flavor to it. This is what Pete Dorley believes has led to the increase in customer demand for his product.“It offers wholesome, flavorful convenience for cooking at home. It’s like a crockpot meal that is all done for you. The value and quality of our canned meats really should be compared to fresh meats at the butcher shop because that is really what it is — and it is already cooked perfectly. It has been really rewarding to see the customers’ response when they try it for the first time; they usually don’t believe that it came from a can,” Dorley said.The company’s website, keystonemeats.com, allows consumers to order bulk quantities of their canned products online, and also provides consumers with numerous recipes for preparing their savory canned goods. Illustrating the diverse and appetizing options afforded by these products, the hearty recipes range from beef stroganoff to chicken fajitas to crock pot pork carnitas.Clearly, Keystone Meats serves the needs of a variety of consumer markets, and the company is always interested in making new contacts, whether that be with people looking for work in the processing facility, or customers looking for top-of-the-line locally raised fresh meat, or businesses looking to expand their product offerings.Pete Dorley encourages anyone interested in what Keystone has to offer to call their customer service number at 1-800-589-5881 or to send them an email at email@example.com. The retail storefront, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 3585 Harding Highway on the outskirts of Lima.
Related Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#SMS Does the world need another messaging service? The team behind Chorus.im thinks so, and they’re banking on the browser as the future of anywhere, anytime costless communication. Chorus, an HTML5-based chat service that launches today, works on any device with a browser, and claims to let you reach anyone you could call or email, whether or not they’ve ever even heard of Chorus.Why HTML5? “If all of us are trying to overthrow SMS, it should use the network that’s the most ubiquitous,” says Steve Tran, the company’s founder and CEO. An HTML5 framework lets the app work in any browser, mobile or otherwise. “We think messaging is likely to be a core application in the HTML5 frontier,” he adds, noting that it offered the least restrictions.Founded roughly nine months ago and based in Mountain View, Calif., Chorus is basically a team of four, three of whom previously worked together on a voice application platform called BeVocal acquired by Nuance Communications back in 2007. The team has received angel funding, but runs as a self-described lean operation with no immediate plan for venture capital investment. Biting The Dead Hand Of Carrier SMSChorus claims its app is the only HTML5, browser-centric messenger out there. But it will have to demonstrate some immediate advantages, because it’s joining an all-out firefight in the instant-messaging market.A growing crowd of services — such as, for instance, WhatsApp and WeChat — aim to kill off carrier-bound SMS and its unreasonably high fees and lack of social media integration. Built-in smartphone features such as Apple’s iMessage have also been chipping away at the carriers’ grip on text communication.And it’s not just in the U.S. Just last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on the rise of Line, a messaging service popular in Japan that has joined the anti-SMS ranks, and also pointed out that “the rise of texting apps has taken away $23 billion in revenue from carriers as of the end of 2012….” Beyond Line, Samsung has ChatOn, Deutsche Telekom invested in Pinger, and Yahoo Japan purchased a 50% stake in the Japanese subsidiary of South Korea’s KakaoTalk.The point is that the war is raging, and to catch on and stand out in the field of messaging services is becoming almost as hard establishing a new social network. Almost FrictionlessChorus calls itself “frictionless” because users can jump in and out of conversations while moving, say, from a laptop to a phone to a tablet — and with no registration required. Though a profile goes a long way toward making things easier. With Chorus, it’s required if you want to initiate conversations. In other words, if somebody invites you to chat, you can accept and communicate, but you can’t start conversations yourself unless you register with a username, email and password. (Alternatively, you can sync an account from Google+ or Facebook.) The service has also launched iOS and Android apps for the sole purpose of enabling mobile push notifications, something smartphone browsers don’t allow at the moment. But random signups aren’t how the Chorus team expects users to dive in. If you know someone’s email address or phone number, you can pull them directly into a chat — again, no registration required on their part. And from there the new user can decide whether registering seems worth the trouble. Which means that Chorus effectively makes no distinction between its registered users and everyone else when it comes to chatting in the moment, a feature its team thinks will be key to its success.“A lot of the over-the-top messaging apps, they’re effectively all walled gardens. They’re creating their own network,” Tran says. With Chorus, there’s no wall, and the garden is more like an open field. But naturally, that has its pros and cons.Scaling The Walled GardensServices like Facebook Messenger or the popular mobile app WhatsApp are indeed walled gardens to varying degrees. But as Tran suggests, a service like Chorus will inevitably face the problem of pulling users away from ecosystems and buddy lists they’re familiar with. At the end of the day, messaging comes down to ease, and if there’s anything heavy mobile users are invested in, it’s in the tool they use to text. Through straightforward integration, Chorus also lets you bring in contacts from your phone, Facebook and Google all into one address book. That’s not new to the world of messaging services, though Chorus claims it lets you do so easily and in a way that saves you the hassle of building up yet another useless profile and trying to organize a contact list.“In our worldview, users already have a friends list — it’s called their address book. They shouldn’t have to create a new one and should have the flexibility to immediately send messages to whomever they want,” the company states in its official press release. Which is, effectively, the main draw of Chorus: its ability to let you reach anyone without having to worry about whether they’re on a phone or a laptop, or iMessage or Google Talk or Facebook. In a space where there’s so many different ways to communicate that it makes your head spin, to have a stripped down service that does what you want it to do is an ideal solution. 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Westcott’s brand-new Solix LED light is perfect for any filmmaker who needs a powerhouse light on the go. Here’s a quick look.Top image via Newsshooter.To challenge the Aputure 120d, Westcott has finally graced us with their new Solix LED light. The new light is easily customizable (which could be its main selling point) with magnetic barn doors. NAB‘s light releases have been somewhat tame this year, but this is a welcome addition to the list of “lights we might buy this year.” Let’s take a look at what this thing can do.One of the key features of this light is the speed ring that rotates a full 360 degrees, allowing you to attach softboxes, umbrella mounts — basically anything you can fit. As you can see in the video, this light is for shooters on the go — you can set up the light in no time and alter the power from 100-0 (about 15%, according to the video).The light has a CRI of about 96-97, and if you buy the kit, you’ll also get barn doors, a diffusion cap, a bag, and a stand. Here are the specs straight from Westcott:Versatile daylight LED light for photographers and filmmakers.Hassle-free design with magnetic mounting system and integrated speedring.Impressive light quality with high color accuracy.Dual-purpose dial controls power and dimming up to 2,125 lux at 1m.3.4 lb monolight is compact, lightweight, and AC/DC operable.Consistent flicker-free performance and quiet operation.Engineered to be compatible with most circular 8mm umbrella shafts.The price is about $450, so you might have to crack open the ole piggy bank for this one.Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows Off The EVA1’s Low-Light PerformanceNAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018: Edelkrone Pushes The Dolly So You Don’t Have ToNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LED