News News CubaAmericas Organisation RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today deplored the sentence of three years of public service work passed on Cuban independent journalist José Manuel Caraballo by the people’s court of Ciego de Ávila province on 5 September for allegedly forging attendance certificates when he taught at a tourism training centre.The sentence was “clearly aimed at tightening the gag on the independent press,” the organisation said.The tourism training centre’s deputy director, the secretary and another teacher were also convicted on the same charge, but Caraballo was the only one not to have his sentence commuted. He has 10 days to lodge an appeal before the people’s supreme court.The editor of the APLA news agency in Morón (in Ciego de Ávila province), Caraballo said the trial showed that the authorities were intent on controlling his movements between his home and work and on preventing him leaving the province. “They will have to put my head in a vice, because I will carry on writing, even without hands,” he said.Reporters Without Borders said the authorities were using harassment and intimidation to maintain a climate of fear for the independent journalists still trying to practice their trade after the crackdown in March that led to the imprisonment of 26 journalists.”Many of the journalists still are large are being summoned for questioning by the state security agency, others are receiving visits at their homes from state security agents, and all are being threatened with sentences of up to 20 years in prison if they refuse to give up their work as journalists,” the organisation said.Caraballo was summoned questioning by a state security official in Morón on 10 June. During this interrogation, he refused to sign an undertaking that he would give up independent journalism. The official reportedly responded: “Dissidence must die now.” Caraballo was also summoned for questioning on 7 June and was threatened with a 20-year prison sentence if he did not stop being journalist. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet September 9, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist sentenced
Aideen Kirby of Brew Tea Co (top left), Vivien Wong of Little Moons (top right), Jonny Shimmin of Spoon Cereals and Pip Murray of Pip & NutThat first conversation with a supermarket buyer is as nerve-wracking as meetings come – and small brands can feel especially exposed.So how do you make sure you deliver the best possible pitch? The founders of Pip & Nut, Spoon Cereals, Little Moons and Brew Tea Co. share their top tips for food & drink entrepreneurs.Tip 1: Do your research“Apart from the obvious – why your product is amazing and the story – know the retailer and tailor your pitch to them,” says Vivien Wong of Little Moons.Here’s a quick checklist to bear in mind:Understand who you’re targeting and where you sit on-shelf relative to everyone else. You can only tailor the pitch by understanding on-shelf pricing and competition. “Store, shelf and product research make up as much of our pitch as our own products do,” says Jonny Shimmin of Spoon Cereals.Roughly know what margins the retailer is looking for and incorporate that into your pricing.Lay out payment terms, minimum order quantities, customer contribution, stores and SKUs count, so these roll up into one negotiation.Understand the available marketing mechanisms (vouchers, introductory discount, banner ads) – work out which suits your product best.Understand rebates, over-riders and other sales mechanisms so you’re ready for the conversation. “Be clear about all the commercial terms you need to agree, not just case price,” adds Pip Murray of Pip & Nut.Tip 2: Ask for helpAideen Kirby: “Ask for help from as many people as you can. Buyers have hundreds of other suppliers, so a conversation with someone in the industry on tactics can get you further.Vivien Wong: “We were lucky to have guidance from a fellow foodpreneur. It is useful to talk to others in the industry, which is why a platform like Young Foodies is so helpful.”Read more: 5 tips for budding food entrepreneurs from people who have made itJonny Shimmin: “Understand each retailer’s supply chain systems – they don’t always explain this up-front but investing our own time with supply chain teams was worthwhile.Pip Murray: “Fmcg mentors/investors are really beneficial when navigating the intricacies of supplying larger retailers.”Tip 3: Be human and interestingJonny Shimmin: “Tell your story! We have more interesting stories to tell than account managers who the buyers see daily.”Vivien Wong: “Share your delicious product. The buyer got our product immediately and really liked the texture of the mochi.”Pip Murray: “Set the tone at the start of any new buyer meeting: introduce your story, vision, mission and values. I’m passionate about what we are working towards and I want to bring any buyer into our world.”Aideen Kirby: “Let your buyer know you’re working hard. We used to send postcards from stores we visited and sampled in.”Tip 4: Appreciate the work once you’re on the shelfAideen Kirby: “A listing is the start of the hard work! Once your product is on the shelf, make sure it sells – meaning a lot of graft along the way.”Jonny Shimmin: “Plan getting your products off the shelf, not just on it. Rate of sale is important and your activation plan for making it work is key to getting on the shelf in the first place.”Pip Murray: “Lay out your marketing plans about how you are going to activate both in and out of stores to drive awareness of your brand and rate of sale. Whether this is through sampling in store, PR or point of sale, it’s key that buyers know that you are going to work hard to get products moving off the shelf.”Tip 5: Final thoughtsAideen Kirby: “Have agendas for discussions instead of ‘catch-ups’. Send your plan in advance so everyone is prepared and you don’t rely too much on busy buyers after the meeting.”Vivien Wong: “Getting listed takes time – manage your expectations accordingly. Don’t fret too much.”Jonny Shimmin: “Be honest about what you can realistically achieve. There is no point in having an amazing product you have slaved over if you cannot be a reliable and consistent supplier going forward. Don’t overpromise.”Pip Murray: “Pitching to a supermarket is not Dragon’s Den! You do need to know your numbers and tailor a presentation to that specific customer, but it’s not an interrogationAideen Kirby: Sell them the future. Small brands are a risk – but we’re more interesting, so that’s in our favour.”Thea Alexander is founder of Young Foodies, a community for early-stage fmcg brands
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The 2014 Wellington Fall Festival will be held Oct. 3-4 in conjunction with the High School Spirit Week and WHS homecoming which is September 29-Oct. 4. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the parade downtown. The pep rally and bonfire will follow at the Wellington High School.The students have been holding their Spirit Week activities throughout the week and businesses have decorated their store fronts and windows to show their Crusader Spirit as well. There is a prize of $50 in Wellington Bucks to the best decorated business. The WHS Homecoming game will be held on Friday against Andale.Â Â Prior to the game, the Chamber will host a tailgate party right outside the stadium entrance which will include the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Teams will pre-make their chili and then bring them down to Sellers Park on Friday to be judged and sampled.Tasting kits for the chili will be sold for $2 with a bottle of water costing $1 extra. Folks are encouraged to come down and hang out before the game, taste the various chili and then cheer on the Crusaders to beat the Andale Indians.Then….On Saturday the Barbecue Cook-off will get underway in Sellers Park by the Railroad Museum along with all the other activities including the Chamber Salsa Challenge, the Alzheimer’s Walk, the fundraiser food court, arts and crafts, kids games and bouncy’s and a lip synch contest by the Young Professionals.The Bank of CommerceÂ has graciously signed on as our Premiere Sponsor! The Chamber officials and members appreciate their dedication and commitment to the Chamber and the Crusaders!
Two of the country’s best known exponents of social change in Ireland and around the world are to speak at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Mark McMahon Children in Crossfire will be speaking at a special event on Community and Social Enterprise “ Making Social Change” on 8 November 6.30pm as part of the LYIT’s Adult Learners Open Evening.Children in Crossfire www.childrenincrossfire.org is an organisation which was set up by Richard Moore who was blinded by a plastic bullet and tackles issues which affect young children as a result of poverty across the world. Tracey Hannon, Clann Credo, which is a social investment fund which supports people in building stronger communities, will also be a guest speaker. The LYIT is offering a BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise part time this year, the evening aims to highlight the stories of social enterprises and to show how the degree has helped past graduates.Speakers will share their experiences on how they’ve applied what they’ve learned to their own organisations.Dr. Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law & Humanities LYIT explained “There are many misconceptions regarding social and community enterprise, social entrepreneurs are motivated by a cause or fixing an existing social problem and as a result many people benefit from the solution.“They aren’t motivated by profit or self advancement alone. That doesn’t mean that the best practice principles shouldn’t apply, often these organisations have to be more agile to succeed. That’s what this evening and the degree is about. We’re pleased to have some excellent case studies to show what can be done.” Marie Slevin, who studied the degree last year and is is Coordinator for the Unemployed Donegal, said the course will be hugely beneficial for those who join.“I think anyone who works with people, young or old and with community enterprises would get a lot out of it. The subjects are very relevant and topical, especially for Donegal people. It gives you great insight into the particular issues which this region faces. It really opens your mind.”Marie didn’t finish her Leaving Certificate and was a bit apprehensive about returning to education.“From the first lecture I was hooked, the subjects and the style of teaching really suited me. The tutors were really excellent. Everyone was so helpful and supportive and there were great discussions in the classroom about the issues. ”Dr Ramsey added “The BA Degree in Social and Community Enterprise offers a route for those who are currently in or considering working in community or social enterprise and wish to learn new skills such as leadership, management, legal aspects and marketing with an emphasis on community enterprise,” “It’s specifically designed to offer a framework for students to think in broader terms about their role in society but also to equip them with best practice organisational and communication skills.”The duration of the programme is four years part-time with six taught modules per year and a thesis in the final year. The programme will be delivered over 9 hours per week for 24 weeks per academic year.The Social and Community Enterprise degree will be of interest to people who are already contributing to their communities in the business, non-profit and the public sector or are interested in this area. Letterkenny IT will be holding a general Open Evening 8 November, 2011 6-8pm for anyone thinking about returning to education. “Making Social Change” Evening is a special event starting at 6.30pm, 8 November Room 1401. All welcome. Contact Dr. Lynn Ramsey or www.lyit.ie, for more details.Caption:L-R; Julie Hay, Richard Moore Founder Children in Crossfire, Mark McMahon fund raiser Children in Crossfire who will speaking at the “Making Social Change” Event Tuesday at 6.30pm at LYIT SOCIAL CHANGE EVENT TO BE PART OF ADULT LEARNERS OPEN EVENING AT LYIT was last modified: November 5th, 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:Adult Learners Open EveningChildren In The CrossfireLYIT
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Return to article. Long DescriptionLiving on Credit Cards by Images MoneyBe incredibly careful with paying bills on timeThose who are on the road to rebuilding credit must be scrupulous about paying every single bill on time, every time. It is probably advisable to put bills on auto-pay whenever possible, but don’t do this if it might result in overdrafts, and don’t forget to change these auto-pay setups if anything changes in your banking situation. Another way to handle it is to set up multiple reminders in electronic calendars and on cell phones (some companies will also send you reminders). If for some reason you know you will not be able to pay a bill, in part or in full, call the company ahead of time and speak to someone.Consider becoming an authorized user on someone else’s credit cardIf a secured credit card is not a possibility, or even if it is, another avenue towards beginning to reestablish credit is to become a secured user on another person’s credit card. It is important to understand that this basically gives you all the rights and privileges of the credit card with none of the financial responsibilities, so the card-holder must have a high degree of trust in the user that the user must not betray, or discord will inevitably follow. Becoming an authorized user also does not build your credit as well as holding your own card would. Build up an emergency fund so you don’t get in trouble all over againThe basic emergency fund is such a key financial tool, but it’s amazing how many Americans don’t have this cushion available. Such a fund is no doubt even more important for people coming back from bankruptcy. Although it may be hard to build up, it’s worth it. 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Unai Emery has been blasted for making little impact at Arsenal since taking over from Arsene Wenger, with Tony Adams questioning what the Spaniard has been doing in pre-season.After parting with their former long-serving coach, the Gunners turned to the ex-Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss for inspiration.Emery was given no transfer warchest with which to reshape his squad, but was expected to make Arsenal more competitive after two seasons outside of the top four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! An opening day clash with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City was always going to be a baptism of fire, but Adams feels there were no signs of progress under the new regime.The former Gunners captain told talkSPORT on the back of the 2-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium: “It was the same kind of performance. I was a little bit deflated and disappointed.”Coming from Arsene who always played open attacking football, I really wanted the new manager to come in there and tighten things up.”For the last 10 years now – [we’ve been] leaking goals, soft away from home.”I wanted him to put his new goalkeeper [Bernd Leno] in, work with his back four, have two screening central-midfield players, and keep a clean sheet.”It was crying out for it. But I didn’t see that. I thought he got a lot of selections wrong.”His three best players were his subs [Alexandre Lacazette, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira]. I don’t know why he didn’t start with them.”Things are not about to get any easier for Arsenal, with a trip to Chelsea next up on Saturday, and Adams has seen nothing to suggest that Emery can force the club back into title contention.He added: “I can’t see it. I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last six weeks.”He’s been rotating all of his players and giving them all a game. They’ve got some good results but it’s pre-season.”From minute one, I would’ve picked my own goalkeeper, my back four and put the two lads in that I want to screen those, and get a firm base that’s been missing for the last ten years.”You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it!”Arsenal fans up and down the country all want him to challenge for the title but at the moment we’re nowhere near.”