26 Dec

‘Hazard and Loftus-Cheek will not leave Chelsea this summer’, insists Blues boss

first_img getty 4 4 But Sarri has revealed will also keep the England international at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.“It was only a decision about the positions I chose to put on the bench to win,” Sarri added.“I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation, but only in December.”Centre-half Cahill has yet to figure in the squad this season, and it looks as though he might struggle to find a place in Sarri’s back four. Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will definitely be STAYING at Stamford Bridge this season, manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed.The Blues boss also said England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going nowhere this summer, but hinted he could end up leaving in January instead. 4 Hazard and Loftus-Cheek are STAYING at ChelseaSarri had great news for Chelsea fans on Friday.Belgian ace Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are still searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus.With the transfer window in Spain still open until August 31, there is still a chance the European Champions will try to tempt Hazard away from the Blues.But Sarri has insisted his talisman will not be sold, as he cannot bring in a replacement after the transfer window shut early for Premier League teams. Gary Cahill’s future at Chelsea is in doubt center_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping for regular game time in a Chelsea shirt this season The boss also revealed Hazard is in line to make his first start of the season on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.“I think Eden is ready for 50 or 60 minutes, I don’t know for 90 minutes, but he can start,” said Sarri of Hazard, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea this season.“I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, and so I think with such an important player I cannot sell without the possibility to buy another player at the same level.“So I think Eden will stay with us for the whole season.”The long-term futures of England duo Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill remain unclear, although Sarri revealed he has held talks with both.Midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, prompting rumours he could look to leave before the European transfer window closes. Getty Images – Getty 4 Sarri has insisted star man Hazard will remain at the Bridge this season There are even reports emanating from Turkey that the 32-year-old is a target for Galatasaray.But Sarri said: “With Cahill I think at this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training.“It’s easier for an offensive player, but for a defender it’s more difficult so at this moment he needs to have much more training with us.“I told him that he needs to be patient now but that he is very important for us.”last_img read more

19 Dec

Reuniting South African friends

first_imgWant to reconnect with old school, varsity or college friends – but don’t know where on Earth they’ve gone? If they’re South African, wherever they’re living now, there’s a website that can help you find them. Launched in 2002, SAReunited now lists over 36 000 schools, universities and colleges and over 31 000 cities and towns in its database, and has over 664 000 registered users.“South Africans, by nature, place great value on friendship”, says founder Themi Stergianos. “Our research has shown that, due to varying circumstances, many of us have become displaced from our families and friends that we grew up with. Yet no matter where you are, SAReunited can offer its reuniting service to each and every South African.“Overseas members, for instance, can upgrade to premier membership, whereby they can not only look for South Africans in their overseas city, but even search for those from a particular school who live in their city.”Around 70% of SAReunited’s users live in South Africa, while the majority of foreign users are in the UK, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada.One reason for SAReunited’s success is its South Africanism: it was conceived, designed and developed by South Africans, who understand their users’ unique requirements.Another factor is the ongoing evolution of the site. Since its inception, the developers have added dedicated sections for various professions, while providing a variety of special offers for members.South African expatriates can now publish their “confessions” on the site, while users looking for love can try their hand at an associated, innovative online dating site co-developed by Stergianos: yesnomayB.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

Farm to School Programs invest nearly $800 million in local economies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released today. That represents a 105 percent increase over the 2011-2012 school year when the first census was conducted, signifying the deepening commitment of schools nationwide to bring local food into the cafeteria and strengthen their local economies.“An investment in the health of America’s students through farm to school programming is also an investment in the health of local economies,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Nearly half of schools report that they intend to buy even more local foods in future school years, indicating that farm to school programs will continue helping our children and our communities flourish.”Schools report that farm to school programs can increase the number of students purchasing school breakfast and lunch, improve consumption of healthier foods at school, and reduce plate waste. The programs are often also heavily focused on nutrition education, helping teach children where their food comes from and exposing them to lessons about healthy eating. The census data show that school gardens, which can be both teaching tools and a sources of fresh produce, have nearly tripled over the past two years.At the national level, 42 percent of school districts that responded to the census are operating farm to school programs as of the 2014-2015 school year, and another 16 percent – more than 2,000 districts – have plans to start in the future. The census results show that farm to school programs exist in every state in large and small, rural and urban schools alike. These schools are incorporating local foods throughout the day including school lunch, school breakfast, supper programs, and/or snacks.The newly updated Farm to School Census website allows users to find information about farm to school programs in their state and in their particular school or district. The site also names three top school districts in each state that boast higher than average investment in local food purchasing. In addition, users can vote for a school that they believe administers a creative, innovative, and/or exemplary farm to school program for the “One in a Melon” award. Nominations will be accepted through April 15.In order to establish realistic goals with regard to increasing the availability of local foods in schools, USDA conducted the first nationwide Farm to School Census in 2013. USDA conducted a second Farm to School Census in 2015 to measure progress towards reaching this goal. In 2015, USDA surveyed over 18,000 public, private and charter school districts and 12,585 school districts responded for a response rate of approximately 70percent. Data were collected through an online survey and through a printable mail-in questionnaire. To view the full results, visit https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov.Farm to School is part of the Office of Community Food Systems and is one of many initiatives of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) aimed at improving the health of our next generation. FNS administers America’s fifteen nutrition assistance programs, including, but not limited to, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together these programs make up the federal nutrition safety net.The Farm to School program is a core element of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates USDA’s work to support local and regional food systems. F2S Census data and F2S grant award information is available on the KYF2 Compass Map, which identifies USDA investments in local foods and is updated regularly to reflect new information.last_img read more

9 Dec

You Have One Set of Values

first_imgI received an email from a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. She was unhappy with something I’d written about my childhood, and she asked me to please limit my email newsletter to business-related topics. But there is no personal life and professional life. There is just life. You are who you are, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.You don’t have one set of values when it comes to business and a separate set of values when it comes to your personal life. But even if you did, it wouldn’t matter. Your real values would still be the lowest standard you set for yourself.If you wouldn’t dare steal in your personal life but you do steal at work, you are still a thief. The location as to where the theft occurs doesn’t change it’s nature (or yours).If you are rude to people and treat them poorly at work while being a prince at home, you are still a rude person. The fact that you are polite to some people doesn’t change the fact that you are rude to others.If you are a gossip at work it’s likely you are a gossip at home, too. But even if you didn’t gossip at home you’d still be a gossip.If you have a substance abuse problem that doesn’t prevent you from showing up to the office, you are a still a person with a substance abuse problem, even if you are highly functioning. Substance abuse may begin as a value issue, but addiction that comes later is an illness. You are still ill, whether at home or at work.What you do on your personal time is your business, but it doesn’t change your values. Your standards for yourself are yours and yours alone. You are who you are, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more