2 Sisters to invest in bakery, appoints new head

first_img2 Sisters Food Group has appointed Lochlain Feeley to the newly created role of bakery managing director.The position will see Feeley head up the company’s bakery team based at Gunstones Bakery in Dronfield, near Sheffield.Feeley brings a wealth of experience, having enjoyed a 30-year career in food industry management. His most recent position was that of managing director for Greencore’s Northampton food-to-go site.Commenting about the 2 Sisters role, Feeley said: “There’s a willingness to invest, both in terms of capital and people wherever potential exists. 2 Sisters has already announced major investment at several sites this year and I expect the bakery team will be taking advantage of this appetite for investment very soon, so watch this space.”He was also very clear on his reasons for choosing to join 2 Sisters:“I’m delighted to join the company particularly at this point in time. To be successful, food companies need to deliver value for all their stakeholders: customers, employees, suppliers, owners and investors,” he added.“For me this starts with organisational ambition and focus – a sense of purpose anchored in understanding customer needs. Then it’s about fully engaging people and creating excitement and passion for who we are and what we do. And then, importantly, delivering on our promises to stakeholders.“We are in a very challenging sector – there’s no doubt about it – but the opportunities are still there. What is great about 2 Sisters is the scale of ambition and ability to adapt quickly and respond to change and opportunities.”Feeley’s arrival at 2 Sisters is the latest in a string of new senior appointments at the company, including innovation director April Preston. It also follows capital investment announcements at a number of sites including Carlisle and Cambuslang earlier this year.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Set for James Lapine Movie & More

first_img Viola Davis Set for James Lapine Movie Two-time Tony winner Viola Davis has been tapped to star in indie film Custody, penned and directed by three-time Tony winner and Into the Woods scribe James Lapine. The Wrap writes that she will play a judge who is emotionally touched by a custody case in the courtroom drama. Davis, of course, has just come off killing it in the first season of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Role at Richard III’s Reburial Benedict Cumberbatch read a new poem at the reinterment service for (his very distant cousin) King Richard III on March 26 at the U.K.’s Leicester Cathedral, according to BBC News. As previously reported, the Oscar nominee and Olivier winner will play the monarch, who in 1485 was the last English king to die in battle, in an upcoming BBC drama. Richard III’s skeleton was discovered underneath a car park in Leicester in 2012. Al Pacino Heads to the London Stage Before Al Pacino returns to Broadway in David Mamet’s China Doll this fall, he’s allowing audiences across the pond a chance to get up close and personal with him. The two-time Tony and Oscar winner will appear in An Evening With Pacino at London’s Eventim Apollo on May 22; subsequent dates in Glasgow and Dublin will be announced imminently. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Lea Michele to Headline Sex Comedy With Kate Upton Former Glee star and Broadway baby Lea Michele is teaming up with Kate Upton to appear in road trip sex comedy The Layover. Deadline reports that the William H. Macy-helmed film will feature the pair as BFF’s who end up falling for the same man. Production is set to start soon.last_img read more

Obama’s trashy Karoo treasures

first_imgMagpie’s chandelier called Princess, which currently hangs in the Obama family’s private quarters in the White House. (Image: Sean Daniel) Sean Daniel and Richard Panaino are two of the bright sparks driving the Magpie Arts Collective. In their laps is one of their Blomme (Afrikaans for flowers), which are made from plastic bottle tops and discarded wine containers. (Image: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Magpie Arts Collective 27 Van Riebeeck St Barrydale 6750, South Africa [email protected] +27 28 572 1997 RELATED ARTICLES • Plastic-bag billboard a world first • E-waste pilot project delivers • Using waste to save the worldNicky RehbockWho would have thought that strings of plastic bottle tops and recycled trinkets gathered from the dusty streets of a Karoo village would one day hang in the Obama family’s private quarters of the White House … ?But they do – although not in isolation. This intriguing assortment is interwoven with shimmering glass beads and delicate crystal drops and encircled by rings of flickering candles to form not one, but two magnificent chandeliers.• See our gallery for more magnificent chandelier imagesThe creative force behind these objets d’art is Magpie Arts Collective – a partnership of four friends based in the hamlet of Barrydale, two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Cape Town.Magpie specialises in ornate light fittings, home décor and jewellery crafted from, among other things, recycled glass bottles, yoghurt containers, plastic, dog food cans, mosaic, bits of mirror, toys, charms and copper wire.Over the past two years four of their chandeliers have been snapped up by Anthropologie, a high-end chain in the US which sells clothes, accessories and home furnishings, and recently they’ve caught the attention of Michael Smith, a celebrity Los Angeles-based decorator tasked with redoing the Obama residence.Smith spied the almost 2m-high, Regency-inspired pieces at an Anthropologie store in New York and promptly bought two for the White House revamp.The decorator’s high-profile clientele includes filmmaker Steven Spielberg, actors Dustin Hoffman and Michelle Pfeiffer, model Cindy Crawford and media giant Rupert Murdoch.After being hired by the Obamas Smith said, “The family’s casual style, their interest in bringing 20th century American artists to the forefront and utilising affordable brands and products will serve as our guiding principles as we make the residence feel like their home.”Building the Magpie nestThe arts collective was formed 11 years ago in the bohemian suburb of Observatory in Cape Town. Friends Shane Petzer, a social worker and entrepreneur, and Scott Hart, a fashion designer, owned a house there with a particular zany style.“Lifestyle magazine House and Leisure heard about our home and decided to feature it in one of their editions,” Petzer recalls.“The journalist thought our chandeliers and light fittings were fabulous and said they would be commercially viable – not long after that the Magpie showroom was born in a tiny venue nearby and was used as a manufacturing base for home fineware and lighting apparel.“Because the article referred to us as the ‘Magpies’ of Observatory, we thought it was an apt name for our studio.”He adds: “We have always loved shiny things, things that catch and play with light – sparkle and throw light into all sorts of directions – that’s the excitement of chandeliers – they are extrapolations of our sparkly ideals of fantasy and ideals.“Our Magpie chandeliers are nests of ideas, borrowings and findings, clashing and complementing, shiny and matt – rather like life – they showcase a picture.”In 2005 fine artist Sean Daniel and Richard Panaino, who was in the film industry at the time, joined forces with Petzer and Hart and they moved their studio east to Barrydale, an area known for its wine and fruit and conveniently situated along Route 62 – a picturesque tourist byway that meanders between Cape Town and the Garden Route.Today Daniel and Hart concentrate on design and manufacturing, Petzer oversees the social responsibility aspect of the business and Panaino handles Magpie’s administration and marketing.Talking rubbishPetzer says they have always used a lot of recycled and re-purposed materials in their work, but since moving to Barrydale and seeing the vast amounts of litter and pollution in the area, they’ve upped their recycling drive.“We now have a collection bin on our veranda and basically people in the village bring us all their recyclable bits. Tins, plastic, all that sort of thing. Once they’ve been cleaned, we use them to make up bespoke pieces, which we send all over the world. Those little doppies [bottle tops] in the chandeliers, those are literally pieces that have come off the streets of Barrydale.“It’s quite funny that we’re turning trash into art and selling it to America,” he says, laughing. “There’s Barrydale dust in the White House.”As for inspirations, Petzer says they draw on the work of two rather eccentric Karoo artists: the reclusive Helen Martins who created of the now world-famous Owl House, and outsider artist Outa Lappies who is best known for his lighuisies – lanterns crafted from scrap metal and colourful shards of old glass, which he sells to local and foreign tourists.“Outsider artists function in mediums that are not conventional and they deal with issues that are not your run-of-the-mill, preconceived artistic ideas. For example, Outa Lappies always says, ‘if you work with your hands you’ll never be hungry’ – we love that message and the bearing it has on our work,” he adds.Designing pieces is not a “cut-and-dried” process, according to Petzer. “It seems that as commissions come in, we find ourselves using up the materials that we have in the storage bins in ways that we never thought possible. It’s always a surprise and fascinating to see how people’s trash, becomes people’s art. Sometimes we produce pieces from the studio and display them in the gallery and it sells!“Other times we might be following a specific brief from a client to do something, like build a chandelier or even help a client build a booth at a conference or trade show to sell their products. In those situations we stay true to our philosophy and incorporate re-purposed materials in the design and execution of that product.“Each chandelier is unique – some take a few weeks to build, while others take months. They vary in price from a few hundred to a few thousand rand. The chandeliers that Anthropologie buys from us take about four weeks to build. Some pieces have only unfolded and manifested into real objects many years after we first created them – different members of Magpie work on the pieces and they grow over time … we like the idea of the product to nestle in our minds,” he adds.Community outreachMagpie has a strong social conscience, using art to highlight pertinent issues in their community. “One of our focus areas is, of course, recycling and environmental issues, but we also take a strong interest in unemployment, HIV/Aids, TB and alcoholism, which are all rife in our community – particularly among Barrydale’s farmworkers,” Daniel says.Small enterprises are often pressed to respond to social issues around them, but many don’t know how to do this – to link social responses and concerns to their enterprise’s activities. This is the area in which Petzer helps Magpie shine.He’s an Ashoka Fellow, belonging to an international body of 1 800 social entrepreneurs and social change activists, and has worked tirelessly as an HIV/Aids activist for 22 years. He’s also one of the founders of the South African Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, better known as Sweat.“The social responsibility framework of Magpie works as part of our marketing strategy, and helps to showcase good practice for other small and micro enterprises,” Petzer says.Rooi Doppies is one of the team’s initiatives that gives support to non-governmental organisations in Barrydale. The name is Afrikaans slang for “red lids”, which are used to seal cheap bottles of wine sold in the district. Dop also means to be watchful, as in ek hou jou dop, which suits the project, as it means “I am watching over you”.Through Rooi Doppies a soup kitchen has been set up to feed the poor, and assistance provided to an afterschool project called Net Vir Pret (an Afrikaans phrase meaning “just for fun”), which encourages children to do their own recycling drive.“They pick up plastic bottles lying around and clean them. We then show the children how to cut the plastic to look like flowers and let them do a bit of painting with water-based paint,” Daniel adds.These painted plastic cut-outs are then assembled into elaborate balls with a bulb in the middle and sold as funky lighting. The proceeds from the sales are ploughed back into Net Vir Pret.Then there is an income-generation project for semi-skilled and unemployed residents in Barrydale. There are currently seven participants and they make catchy light bulb covers out of beads, knitted copper wire and fronds of plastic. Magpie then buys the product back from them to sell in their studio.“This project is in stark contrast to employment. We teach skills and independence along the lines of Outa Lappies’ saying that if you work with your hands you’ll never be hungry,” Daniel says.The participants work from home and do as little or as much as they want. “The bulb work is ideal because it doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be done by someone living in a shack. It also requires very little energy so people living with HIV or TB can also participate.”Christmas timeTo show its appreciation for the community’s support, Magpie builds an elaborate eco-Christmas tree each year in the town centre and puts on an exhibition of its work. This is followed by a well-supported fancy dress party that draws crowds from as far as Cape Town and Johannesburg.In 2007 and 2008 then Cape Town mayor Helen Zille commissioned the team to design similar Christmas tree installations and these were displayed in the city’s civic centre.After creating masterpieces for mayors and presidents, what do the four “Magpies” see for the future?“We have come from an idea born on a kitchen table to this great stage. We think we have the right combination now to make us a winning team,” Petzer says.“In the future we are keen to see ourselves become leaders in our field – in today’s business world it only means one thing: go global, act local. If you continue to plug and pursue your dream, you will succeed.“After 11 years of producing chandeliers and engaging in craft we are not about to down tools – if anything, we are keen to take up more challenges!”• Do you have any queries or comments about this article? 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15 Things I Would Train Salespeople On Instead of Social Selling

first_imgIf I could give salespeople training in only one thing, I would pick any of the fifteen things on this list before I would train them on “social selling.”How to Cold Call and Book Appointments: There isn’t anything higher on this list because cold calling is what would improve most salespeople’s results faster than anything else.How to Overcome Objections (or Resolve Concerns): No matter how good you are, without the language and rationale to deal with objections, you aren’t creating or winning an opportunity.How to Differentiate Themselves and Their Company: I’ve never asked a salesperson what make their company different and gotten a compelling response, even when their leadership team believes they know their differentiators.How to Leverage the Buying Cycle: Salespeople would benefit more from knowing how to serve their dream clients as they go through the stages of buying more than anything they might learn about Twitter.How to Understand What Makes an Opportunity: Unless and until your dream client agrees to pursue change with you, you don’t have an opportunity.Why They Need to Follow Their Process: Most companies don’t follow a process, and neither do their salespeople. I’d teach them why they should follow it and how it helps them win.How to Target and Nurture Their Dream Clients: Too little time, too many prospects. You have to focus on the clients for whom you create the most value. You need to nurture those relationships.How to Plan a Sales Call: Honestly, most salespeople don’t plan their sales calls at all. It’s a mistake to waste a client interaction.How to Open a Sales Call: Without the ability to open a sales call effectively, you quickly come across as an amateur and a time waster.How to Do Good Discovery: Without understanding your dream client’s most strategic needs, it’s difficult to be compelling, and it’s more difficult to frame your solution.How to Gain Commitments: First, most salespeople don’t know all the commitment they need, and when they do, they don’t have the language to gain those commitments. I’d teach them to close.How to Build Consensus: No one builds consensus on LinkedIn. Complex sales require consensus. Without it, you lose to the status quo.How to Think Like a Businessperson: In B2B sales, business acumen and situational knowledge are what allows you to create value. I’d teach this before I’d let the salesperson flounder around on Facebook.How to Tell a Story: One of the ways you prove how what makes you different makes a difference for your clients is through the stories you tell. Tweet that.How to Negotiate: Most salespeople crumble at the first question about price. I’d teach them to negotiate around value.I could extend this list by another 15 competencies salespeople need more than they need social selling. If you want to build a personal brand that stands the test of time, being good at what you do counts for more than being known.last_img read more

NBA Finals are set: Reigning champ Warriors vs newcomer Raptors

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “They’re the champions,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said of the Warriors. “We’ve got to go in, have the mental focus, enjoy the moment and take the challenge.”While it is the first finals trip for the Raptors franchise, many Raptors players have been there. Leonard and Danny Green got there with San Antonio in both 2013 and 2014, with Leonard winning MVP of the series against Miami five years ago. Serge Ibaka was with Oklahoma City for its appearance in 2012 and Raptors reserve Patrick McCaw was part of the Warriors for their title runs in each of the past two seasons.“We’re not satisfied,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “We want to win the championship.”For the Warriors, this has almost become an annual rite.Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have been part of each of these five runs to the finals by Golden State. Kevin Durant is going to his third in a row and fourth overall; if he wins Finals MVP — that would seem unlikely at this point, since he isn’t expected to play in Game 1 and it’s unknown if he’ll actually appear in the series at all because of a calf injury — he would join Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to win that trophy in three consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey Toronto Raptors fans react as they watch Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, on a screen outside Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)The first NBA game was in Toronto.And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Finally.The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it’ll be the first time on this stage; for the Warriors, it’ll be an 11th trip to the finals and fifth in a row, as they look for a fourth crown in the last five seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 1 is Thursday night in Toronto, which will become the first city outside the U.S. to play host to a finals game — a milestone that comes just about 73 years after Toronto was the site of the first game in NBA history.The Raptors weren’t around then: Toronto’s first NBA team was called the Huskies, a club that went 22-38 in its only season. The Raptors have been around since 1995, and in their 24th season they’re finally going to play for a ring. 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They’re leaving Oakland after this season for the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco.The Raptors swept the season series, though there are plenty of reasons not to make too big a deal out of that. For starters, the teams haven’t played since Dec. 12. And neither team was at full strength in either of those games — Durant scored 51 in a 131-128 loss at Toronto in a game where the Warriors didn’t have Curry, Cousins or Green; the Raptors won by 20 at Oracle even without Leonard two weeks later.Regardless, it can now be said: Toronto and the Bay lay claim to the NBA’s two best teams this season.All that’s left to decide now is who’ll be hosting the championship parade and hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next By the time Game 1 rolls around, the Warriors will have been off for 10 days. They scrimmaged Saturday to break up the monotony.“I think we try and be smart with it,” Iguodala said. “We got a few guys just trying to get back from injury and it’s given us some time to get that rest and take advantage of it.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr has a chance at his ninth championship. He won five as a player, has three already as a coach and is going to the finals for the 10th time in his last 13 seasons in either of those roles.“It’s not like we’ve come to expect it, but we’re veterans of this experience and this run and our guys know how to finish games,” Kerr said. “They know how to win playoff series, and so there’s a sense of confidence going into every round. There’s still a sense of joy and accomplishment getting to the finals. It’s so hard to do.”For Leonard, it’ll be the first trip to the finals since he was MVP of the series in 2014.And it only continues to prove that his first year in Toronto was a complete and total success.Traded to the Raptors last summer by San Antonio — DeMar DeRozan was the big piece the Spurs got — one of the major storylines entering this season was Leonard’s health and whether he’d fit in Toronto.Asked and answered. Leonard has averaged 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs, had a 27-point, 17-rebound, seven-assist effort in the win over Milwaukee that clinched the East on Saturday, and had perhaps the best moment of this postseason when his buzzer-beater hit the rim four times before dropping to beat Philadelphia in Game 7 of the second round.“He’s been great,” Kerr said of Leonard. “Not surprising, though. He’s got his finals MVP a few years ago. One of the best players in the league, so he’s been great.”Game 2 is in Toronto on June 2, followed by Games 3 and 4 at Oracle Arena on June 5 and June 7. View commentslast_img read more

Nebraska Unveils Helmet Decal In Honor Of Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska's student section honors Sam Foltz.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 10: Students of the Nebraska Cornhuskers honor deceased player Sam Foltz with a banner before the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has unveiled the helmet decal the Huskers will wear in honor of Sam Foltz this season.Foltz, Nebraska’s senior punter, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in late July. He was traveling from a kicking camp with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who also died, and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, who survived.Nebraska will wear this “SF27” decal on its helmets this fall.Huskers’ equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted out a photo of the decal this afternoon.This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L— Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016Nebraska head coach Mike Riley spoke about Foltz to Huskers’ Rivals.com publisher Sean Callahan.“We’ll have I think many reminders of Sam through the year. Whether it’s what we do with something on the helmet or our coaching hats or maintaining his locker. But what I hope our team takes is Sam’s love for what he did. That’s really what stands out to me [about him]. If I could have anything passed on from Sam to all of us in what we do, it’s the passion for how he did it and how much fun he had.”Nebraska starts practice on Thursday. The Huskers open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.last_img read more

Bale Benzema not for sale – Zidane

first_imgBoth Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema are not for sale in this summer’s transfer window, says Real Madrid manager Zinedine ZidaneThe duo are facing an uncertain future in the Spanish capital this summer with both players having been omitted from last week’s first leg against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League.Bale has struggled to establish himself under Zidane this season and has only made 21 starts for Real all season, while Benzema has had little success in front of goal this season with the striker having only scored five goals in 28 La Liga appearances.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We need them and I’ll do everything possible so that they’re not affected by what’s been said outside. They’ll stay with us,” said Zidane, according to SportsMole.“I know all our players want to play, but it isn’t possible. The message is for everyone, not just Bale and Benzema, that we’re sticking together because there’s a month left of the season and we have it all to do.“If any player isn’t 100%, he won’t be in the squad. Double or the Champions League? Everything has value, I can’t choose one or the other, but what we can win is the Champions League and we’re going to give everything for it.”last_img read more

Mickey Thomas says Bale should go to Man Utd

first_imgFormer Red Devils and Wales star Mickey Thomas is well aware of the situation Bale is in right now and has seemingly felt his fellow countryman could use an advice.He thinks Bale could only complete a perfect career with a Premier League title – something he will not be able to get while playing in Bayern Munich, who are reportedly more than interested in acquiring him.“He’s got enough money. Surely now it’s not how much he can earn. His CV would be enriched and complete with a Premier League winner’s medal. I’d argue that is worth more than all the money he gets,” Thomas said, according to Goal.“OK, I know he has won La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid, but he hasn’t won the Premier League.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I wouldn’t want to finish a career like his without a Premier League winner’s medal.”“Unfortunately, he’s had Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar blocking his path to becoming the best player in the world.”“If he came to England and started doing the ­business, winning trophies in this ­country, then it will have been the perfect career,” Mickey went on to add.“He could go to Germany and play for Bayern Munich, but it’s time to prove himself in the Premier League.”last_img read more