Treasure Coast Braces for “Nude Feud” Over Clothing Optional Beach

first_imgThe Treasure Coast may soon get its first official nude beach.The St. Lucie County Commission is expected to vote on it soon, but is prepared for a nude feud.Some people say Blind Creek Beach at 5460 South Ocean Drive is paradise, but others say they would never come here for any reason.Blind Creek Beach is already known to some as a nude beach. Now, the county may put up signs and officially designate it as such.The signs would also serve as a warning for families who may stumble upon the naked bathers by accident.The county sees financial benefits to having a nude beach because it might be a big tourist attraction.“It’s already been utilized as a clothing optional beach. Giving it an official designation would help separate people who might inadvertently go to that beach with their family and not expect to see naked people,” said Erick Gill, the spokesperson for St. Lucie County.The county commission is expected to take a vote on the matter before the end of the year.last_img read more

International trio head to Portugal

first_img22 Jan 2014 International trio head to Portugal Internationals Sarah-Jane Boyd, Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at next week’s Portuguese international ladies’ amateur championship. The 72-hole championship takes place at the Montado Hotel and Golf Resort from Wednesday, January 29, until Saturday, February 1. The Nations Cup will be played simultaneously with the first 54 holes of the event and the best two scores from three will count each day. Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro, image © Leaderboard Photography) is the reigning English amateur champion and was the 2012 winner of the British stroke play title, qualifying to play in last year’s Women’s British Open. She was the runner-up in the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit. Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, a year when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver and helping England to retain their crown at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) won the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. During the year she was runner-up in the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships and, like Gabriella Cowley, represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe.last_img read more

Eco-Smart employees live ‘waste not, want not’

first_imgLise Kuhle (centre) with some of the Eco-Smart employees: The bags and pencil cases the group manufactures are made from old building wraps and billboards used for advertisingOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure; for Lise Kuhle, founder and director of the Eco-Smart Group, the old adage is true; she’s turned waste into a profitable, socially responsible business, creating jobs, and smaller businesses, along the way.“I designed a recycling bin a few years ago and that recycling bin sold pretty well, so I started thinking of what would go into the recycling bin and all the stuff that couldn’t be recycled,” says Kuhle. Enter Eco-Smart, which uses salvaged, recyclable and non-recyclable waste materials to produce useful everyday items such as bags, dog beds, geyser blankets, lunchboxes, cooler bags and back packs.“So basically it’s looking at stuff that I can use as a raw material to make something else that’s substantial but isn’t a craft, which is what we don’t do,” explains Kuhle.The bags and pencil cases the group manufactures are made from old building wraps, post industrial waste chip and peanut packets, foam and fabric waste and billboards used for advertising. Depending on the order, the products are covered in alternative fabrics to disguise these waste elements.The raw materials like building wraps and billboards are often made from durable PVC, which is also used to make sewerage pipes, pool pumps and insulating sheaths for electric cables.EMPOWERING JOBS AND NEW BUSINESSThe labour-intensive process of turning waste materials into functional everyday items allows the group to hire relatively unskilled workers, generating much-needed employment for people living in the informal settlements around the Germiston industrial area, where the company is based.These employees are trained on the job, and can opt to remain with Eco-Smart as fulltime manufacturing employees, as trainers, or to branch out and open their own businesses selling Eco-Smart products, or as entrepreneurs in their own right.Eco-Smart employees learn how to use domestic- and industrial-grade sewing machines to make aprons and dresses using discarded materials like old pillow cases, or stitch bags and pencil cases made from PVC.Employees also learn carpentry.An Eco-Smart employee next to Kuhle’s colour coded recycling binsWHY WASTE?Kuhle says repurposing waste works very well because “you don’t pay for the raw materials; all the raw materials are donated, but there is still a value in waste and that value isn’t lost”.“We don’t have to pay for the raw material so our major cost is labour and that’s great for job creation.“Here with the skills development we train them [employees] to make things that don’t look like they were made from waste and have a retail value so that they can make money and also give some money to the centre because we trained them.”SUSTAINABLE AND EMPOWERING BUSINESSESThis pay-it-forward system makes the group sustainable, and provides funding to train new employees. It empowers employees to create their own source of income and reduces the organisation’s dependence on donations and sponsorships.To further assist employees, Eco-Smart has a daycare centre where employees’ children are cared for while their parents are at work.PLAY YOUR PARTTo view Eco Smart products, learn more about Eco-Smart, or find out how you can donate materials to support operations, visit its website, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Ram Bhandari repairs bats for Indian cricketers

first_imgTwo days before the India-New Zealand Test began on Friday, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and a few others got their willows repaired by India’s most trusted one-man bat repair shop. While Tendulkar’s new bat turned out to be slightly longer than the permissible length, Gambhir had two of his bats repaired by Ram Bhandari, the most trusted ‘Bat Doctor’ of Indian cricketers.”All batsmen and bowlers of the Indian team come to me to get their bats repaired. When Sehwag recently returned from Sri Lanka, he stopped over in Bangalore for a day and told me about what he required in his bats,” Bhandari disclosed to Mail Today.Left-handed Raina wanted a thick bat handle and 52-year-old Bhandari duly altered it to suit his grip. Off-spinner Ashwin is also very particular about his willow.He too got his bat repaired by the Bangalore-based ‘Bat Doctor’. Cheteshwar Pujara, who made a fine century in the first match on his comeback to the Test team, got the balance of his bat checked before the match began on August 23 in Uppal, Hyderabad.”I checked the balance and weight of his bat. He uses a single handle grip,” Bhandari told Mail Today. While Pujara had said that he uses bats weighing 1170-1180 gms- he admitted he didn’t know for sure- Bhandari, who turned to repairing bats eight years ago, said that his bat weighs 1100 gm.However, Tendulkar could not locate Bhandari to have his bat’s length adjusted. “He turned to an employee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association and he cut the toe as per instructions from the maestro.advertisementThe bat was just about half-an-inch longer [than the length specified by the Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardian of cricket rules],” a source told Mail Today. MCC rules state that “the length of the bat, when the lower portion of the handle is inserted, shall not be more than 38 inches/96.5 cm”.They also say that the width of the bat shall not exceed 4.25 inches/10.8 cm at its widest part.Gambhir was luckier than Tendulkar.Since the team had reached Bangalore three days ago, the Delhi batsman had enough time to have his favourite willows mended.”Gambhir asked me to check two of his bats and get the stroke back. He said that they were making a strange noise at the bottom when he was playing strokes. The reason was that when a bat is excessively used, it gradually loses stroke,” Bhandari said.”I took the bats home and first checked them with a hammer to ascertain what exactly was required and where. I discovered that the bats had become sort of ‘hollow’ from the place where the stroke comes.Then I ‘opened’ the portion of the bats where they required repair work, and used Fevicol and left them pressed in a machine overnight. I returned them back to Gambhir the next day,” he disclosed.Bhandari said that he also got the handle of Raina’s bat fixed.”He asked me to make the handles of two bats thicker so that he could use a single grip on them. I wrapped the tape heavily around the handles to help give him a comfortable grip,” he disclosed.”I never mention my remuneration. They pay me whatever is commensurate to my services,” says the simple man.last_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 2 Stoke City 1

first_imgBournemouth 2 Stoke City 1: Late comeback caps dream week for Cherries Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 2/4/18 Bournemouth - cropped Getty Images Joshua King and Lys Mousset both scored inside the final 20 minutes to rescue a late victory for Bournemouth at home to Stoke City. Bournemouth struck twice late on to continue their fine form in a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Substitute strikers Joshua King and Lys Mousset were both on target in the space of 10 second-half minutes to overturn Xherdan Shaqiri’s early opener and extend the Cherries’ unbeaten run to seven Premier League matches.Eddie Howe’s men, full of confidence after their stunning midweek win at Chelsea, were looking to shore up a top-half spot and pull further clear of the bottom three, but their plans were thrown into disarray inside five minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An unmarked Shaqiri nodded the visitors ahead and they retained that lead to the break despite Bournemouth’s sustained pressure.The relegation-threatened Potters were themselves seeking to maintain an undefeated start under Paul Lambert and might have extended their lead through a couple of Peter Crouch half-chances after the restart.However, King equalised with 20 minutes remaining and that opened the door to Mousset’s winner – his first Premier League goal making it four wins in seven top-flight fixtures for Howe’s side.FULL-TIME Bournemouth 2-1 StokeBournemouth fight back against an impressive first-half display by Stoke, goals from King and Mousset completing a comeback for Eddie Howe’s side#PL #BOUSTK pic.twitter.com/iwssQ8Kxlg— Premier League (@premierleague) February 3, 2018Lambert’s decision to draft in £14 million deadline-day signing Badou Ndiaye immediately paid off as the Senegal international swung in a fine cross for Shaqiri’s unlikely opener.Left unmarked on the penalty spot, the Swiss star coolly guided a rare header into the bottom-right corner to ignite an entertaining first half.1 – Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal was his first headed strike in 139 matches in Europe’s big five leagues, out of 24 goals in total. Nod.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2018 The Cherries’ early setback, which came just moments after Shaqiri had seen a shot cleared off the line, was soon compounded by a Steve Cook injury, with Howe turning to King in a tactical reshuffle.Jordon Ibe and Callum Wilson were both unsuccessful with ambitious attempts to restore parity, while Ndiaye scuffed a promising opportunity wide following Crouch’s clever lay-off.Bournemouth appeared certain to equalise when King’s low cross reached Ibe at the far post in the 35th minute, but Erik Pieters came from nowhere to block the winger’s point-blank finish.Jack Butland’s smart save from a Junior Stanislas free-kick and Wilson’s heavy touch at the end of the half meant the visitors reached the break with their lead intact. Bright start on his debut.City continue to lead at the Vitality Stadium.(0-1) #SCFC pic.twitter.com/Oa3YM3Flfu — Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 3, 2018 Howe’s men were back on the front foot immediately after the resumption as King tested Butland with a swerving effort and Ibe fired into a brave Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Crouch, who had come in for Mame Biram Diouf at the point of attack, issued a reminder of Stoke’s threat by fizzing a half-volley at Asmir Begovic and then skimming a header off the top of the crossbar.The bulk of the pressure continued to be applied at the other end, though, and Bournemouth were finally rewarded with an equaliser on 70 minutes.A one-two between substitute Mousset and Dan Gosling broke kindly for King, who swept a clinical finish inside the bottom far corner.And the quickfire comeback was complete when Mousset rose high to head home Ibe’s teasing free-kick for his first top-flight goal in English football. Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have enjoyed their first double over Stoke in their 13th season meeting the Potters in league competition.- The Cherries are unbeaten in seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run without a loss in the competition.- Ndiaye is the first player to register an assist on his Premier League debut for Stoke since Shaqiri in August 2015. read morelast_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-pieces

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount: We must do better at set-piecesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mason Mount admits they need to do better at set-pieces.Chelsea were undone by Liverpool due to set plays.Mount said: “It is set-pieces that are causing some trouble. Liverpool scored two and when you go 2-0 down then it is quite tough to get back into the game. I thought we were at the end but if you switch off at set-pieces at this level then you get punished.“It happened twice so that’s something we will look at and we have been looking at. We need to keep working on it.“I thought they didn’t create much in open play. So I think we just need to be concentrated when the ball goes out of play so we are switched on and ready for anything to happen.” last_img read more

G Grant Machum appointed ViceChair of Telefilm Canadas Board

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL, March 22, 2017 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that G. Grant Machum, Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee, has been named Vice-Chair of its Board. Mr. Machum replaces Elise Orenstein, whose mandate ended in December 2016.“We are delighted with this nomination,” said Michel Roy, Telefilm Canada’s Chair. “Over the last nine years, Grant Machum has been an invaluable member of the Board, providing steady stewardship and ensuring the sound governance of both the Board and the organization.”G. Grant Machum added: “I couldn’t be more honoured. This year, Telefilm Canada celebrates its 50th anniversary, and over these last five decades, the Canadian audiovisual industry has matured into a vital sector of activity at home and abroad. I am proud of the work we do to grow and support this industry, both today and in the future.” Hailing from Halifax, Mr. Machum is a partner of Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canada law firm. He has served in various leadership roles, including head of the Labour and Employment Group. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He represents clients from across Canada and has expertise in board governance.A graduate of Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Commerce) and the University of New Brunswick (LL.B.), Mr. Machum has served on numerous boards and is past Chair and Board member of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University where he also served as Chair of Governance and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Other current board appointments include Prescott Group, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Advisory Committee for Grafton Connor Group.About Telefilm Canada – Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at facebook.com/telefilmcanada. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

US fast food brand ChickfilA announces plans for Canadian expansion

first_imgTORONTO – A controversial fast food company that is known as much for its role in U.S. politics as it is for its chicken announced Wednesday that it will expand its Canadian presence over the next five years.Chick-fil-A Inc., which currently has a single Canadian location at Calgary International Airport, said it will open a restaurant in Toronto next year and has plans to establish about 15 locations around the Greater Toronto Area over the next five years.The Atlanta-based company’s expansion comes as a handful of foreign fast food chains are proving that they’re no chickens when it comes to Canada. In recent years, Filipino brand Jollibee and American chains Five Guys Burger and Fries, the Halal Guys, Wahlburgers and Blaze Pizza have entered the already-crowded Canadian market.Foreign brands are likely attracted to the country and Toronto because of the large population, international reputation and close proximity to the U.S., said food industry expert Robert Carter, who expects other large companies will watch Chick-fil-A’s expansion to guide whether they should head to Canada too.“Toronto is considered one of the more multicultural cities in North America, if not the world, so it is a great platform for brands expanding international to test out the Canadian market and then start to fine-tune some of the differences from the U.S. business model,” said Carter.“Chick-fil-A is a very beloved brand down in the U.S. with strong consumer loyalty and I think some of that brands’s awareness will translate for Canadians as well… When you look at loyalty, it is almost on par with a brand like Tim Hortons in Canada.”However, Chick-fil-A is unlike most of the homegrown fast-food brands or foreign ones that have come to Canada because it’s known for its religious and conservative values.The company is owned by the Cathy family, a billionaire evangelical Southern Baptist clan, which attracted plenty of attention in 2012, when its president Dan Cathy said he believes in the “the biblical definition of the family unit” and said those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation”.When the Supreme Court chose to support same-sex marriages in the U.S. a year later, Cathy posted on Twitter that the “founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation” and pronounced it a “sad day for our nation.”His remarks caused politicians to call for the chain to boycotted, but Carter suspects the furor will be a “non-issue” for Canadians because he said once issues like these “fall out of the consciousness of consumers, it is business as usual.”He thinks Canadians will find it “curious” if the company sticks to its U.S. policy of keeping its locations closed on Sundays as a way of giving staff time off, but he doesn’t believe it will bother customers too much because he said there are many smaller restaurants that also don’t open that day of the week.To resonate with Canadian audiences, Carter mused that Chick-fil-A could make some changes to its menu items, perhaps rolling out a coffee program or more breakfast offerings, which have proved to be a boon for McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in Canada.Breakfast is the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012, according to research companies NPD Group and Nielsen, and breakfast sandwiches make up a third of all orders placed during that time of day.Chick-fil-A will only boost the competition for morning meal dollars in Canada, Carter said, because the company offers a chicken breakfast sandwich, which he hasn’t seen other restaurants in the country roll out.He also considers Chick-fil-A’s expansion to come at an advantageous time because he has seen chicken recently become a “hot” and “go-to” menu item for Canadians.Chick-fil-A offers chicken nuggets, wraps and strips at its 2,300 restaurants in the U.S., which collectively brought the company more than $9 billion in revenue in 2017.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version claimed that Chick-fil-A would open its first Canadian restaurant in Toronto in 2019.last_img read more

Renault keeps Ghosn as CEO despite arrest in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — France’s Renault says it has decided to keep its CEO Carlos Ghosn on despite his arrest in Japan on allegations that he misused assets of partner Nissan Motor Co. and misreported his income.Renault’s board of directors announced late Tuesday that the No. 2 at the company, Thierry Bollore, would temporarily fill in for Ghosn.The French automaker said it would further consolidate its alliance with Nissan. The two automakers have a partnership, also, with smaller automaker Mitsubishi Motor Corp.There was no update Wednesday in Tokyo from prosecutors on Ghosn’s case, and no public word from Ghosn himself. It was unclear where he was being held.The Japanese and French governments have confirmed their support for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the industry leader with 10.6 million vehicles sold in 2017.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Celtics Big 3 Had Big Impact But Run May

The Big 3 was on top in 2008.If coach Doc Rivers had his way, the Boston Celtics’ Hall of Fame trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen would have another go at it. But Rivers likely will not get his way, now that the NBA model for success morphed into a collection of youth and speed.Boston’s Big 3 had talent and heart, but the years of wear and tear slowed them down. It was never more obvious than in Game 7 Saturday, when the Celtics seemed almost transfixed to the floor in the fourth quarter as Miami’s younger, energetic Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led an 18-4 run that decided the Eastern Conference championship.With Allen and Garnet, both 36, as free agents – and the fact that the currently constructed group did not get it done this year – it is likely general manager Danny Ainge will try to get younger and faster. But that does not take away what Pierce, Allen and Garnett accomplished.How is 327 wins, two conference championships and the 2008 NBA title? It is so good that Miami found it necessary to assemble its own Big 3, although it was achieved in a way that made critics surface. Ainge drafted Pierce out of Kansas and made trades to acquire Garnett and Allen. Bosh and James were recruited to join Wade as free agents.In any case, losing 101-88 Saturday might have been the Celtics’ trio final game together.“I wish we could have had healthy runs,” Rivers said. “I don’t know. Because of, really, Kevin’s injuries, I don’t know if we could have gotten any more out of the group. I would have loved to have seen this team if this whole stretch was injury-free. . . They deserved it with their will.”In a move he hopefully will regret, Garnett left the American Airlines Arena floor before the final buzzer, did not congratulate the Heat players or staff and departed the locker room before media arrived. Allen did the opposite and was even emotional about the team’s future.“Up to this point we’ve fought hard to keep it together,” said Allen, the NBA’s all-time three-point shooter. “Now, there are so many emotions. This one hit me hard. We wanted it so bad.”Said Rivers: “I just want to stick with this group for a little longer, whether it’s a couple days, a couple months.”But Allen faces offseason ankle surgery and Garnett’s body has been wrecked over so many years of playing so hard. The Celtics have point guard Rajon Rondo for the next three years under contract; he has emerged as a premier floor leader in the league. Forward Brandon Bass played strong in the playoffs and has an option to opt out of his contract. Role players such as Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling may be gone, too.If this is the end for Boston’s Big 3, it leaves behind a legacy of toughness and grit and will. And winning. Lots of winning. read more