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PREMIUMGovernment to develop coffee farming cooperatives, launch pilot project this year

first_img Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics : Google coffee-farmers SCOPI cooperatives good-agricultural-practices Cooperative-SME-ministry coffee-plantation robusta-coffee arabica-coffee Log in with your social account The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry is set to develop cooperatives for small scale coffee farmers in a bid to improve their productivity.Each of the cooperatives, located in 17 provinces, will combine individual farmers’ holdings to form at least 100 hectares (ha) of managed land. The government will begin the pilot project this year in partnership with non-governmental organization Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI).The two entities are still in talks to develop a plan and to find a location for the program to be launched.”Our problem stems from the limited land owned by individual farmers, which makes it difficult for them to improve their production,” said Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki during a public discussion in Jakarta on Jan. 30.Read also: Coffee aficionados turn to sp…last_img read more

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Benelux pension fund tenders infrastructure mandate via IPE Quest

first_imgFirms should also be signatories to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment.The pension fund wants at least a six-year track record but will accept an absolute minimum of three years.Managers must have at least one predecessor fund.Performance should be stated, net of fees, to 30 September 2016.Responses are invited until 13 January, and long list candidates will be contacted from 20 January.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Benelux-based pension fund is seeking an infrastructure manager for a €50m mandate through IPE Quest.According to search QN 2242, the pension fund wants a mandate with a mix of core and value-add assets from OECD countries.The mandate is targeting a minimum internal rate of return of 6.5%.Bidding managers should have at least €250m under management in infrastructure already and at least €1bn in total assets.last_img read more

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Churches ‘could be sued for refusing to agree to gay marriages’

first_imgIt also warns that the Government’s insistence that protections put in place for other religious groups who don’t want to marry homosexuals could be undermined by evolving European human rights law. Telegraph (UK) 15 Jan 2013The Prime Minister’s plans for gay marriage could leave churches facing legalaction unless they agree to same-sex unions, it emerged today.Legal advice reportedly sent to David Cameron warns that church could be sued under human rights legislation if they refuse to allow the services to proceed. The warnings, written by Aidan O’Neill, a leading human rights lawyer at centre-left Matrix Chambers, argues that churches that refuse to marry homosexuals would be banned from using council facilities such as village halls.Other legal opinions commissioned by opponents have argued that teachers could face disciplinary measures under equality laws if they refuse to promote same-sex marriage once the change has been implemented.Lord Carey warned the plans will lead to “serious and wide-ranging conflict between religious institutions and local authorities”.He also argued that the legal opinion “demonstrates why the legislation is unworkable”. He concluded: “These proposals are divisive, have no mandate and are poorly thought-out.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9801889/Churches-could-be-sued-for-refusing-to-agree-to-gay-marriages.htmlcenter_img Exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is “eminently challenge-able” in the European Court of Human Rights.last_img read more

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What your wife ‘really’ wants

first_imgLifestyleRelationships What your wife ‘really’ wants by: Familyshare.com – January 6, 2015 Sharing is caring! 432 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Guys, you might think you have no idea what your wife really wants, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not that difficult to figure out. Assuming you’ve married a good woman who is committed to her marriage, she wants what every other good woman wants:She wants to feel secureI’m not necessarily talking here about financial security. Many women these days are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves financially.However, if your wife is one of those women who has chosen to forgo her career in order to stay home and raise children, then she both needs and deserves your financial support. She wants a husband who works hard to provide for his family, who handles money responsibly and who sacrifices his own desires — like maybe a new Camaro — for the good of the family.Beyond that, whether she works outside the home or not, your wife wants to feel secure in your relationship. You’ll find that she’s willing to make great sacrifices of her own as long as she feels like the two of you are a team, working together toward common goals (financial and otherwise), facing and overcoming obstacles together.She wants to feel specialThe bane of every long-term marriage is “everydayness.” We all get so bogged down in the daily details of just living that sometimes we forget to step back and appreciate what we have.Your wife wants you to see her as a person, not merely a feature of the landscape. She wants you to tell her that she’s beautiful, that’s she’s smart, that she’s a good woman and a wonderful wife and that you love her just the way she is.You might think she already knows all these things, but trust me — she probably doesn’t. And even if she does, she still needs to hear you say them because there are plenty of days she doesn’t really believe them herself.She wants to be an equal partnerObviously, you and your wife will not agree on everything. Sometimes she will prevail, sometimes you will and sometimes the two of you will reach a workable compromise.Whatever the outcome, what your wife really wants is to feel that she is being taken seriously, that her input is valued and carefully weighed and that, ultimately, she has equal say in the decision-making process. Nothing angers an intelligent woman — and rightly so — more than feeling like she’s being ignored or patronized.Being partners also means, by the way, that you must share her burdens: childcare, housekeeping, taxi duty. If you think your job ends at earning a paycheck, you are not an equal partner and, eventually, might not be a partner at all.She wants you to have a backboneFew things are more inimical to a healthy relationship than a wishy-washy husband who won’t stand up for himself or what he believes — even if the person he’s standing up to is, on occasion, his wife.It’s a wise man who puts his wife’s happiness ahead of winning an argument. But there will be times, however rare, when you’re in the right, and your wife will not thank you in the long run for caving merely because you fear her wrath.She also expects you to stand up for her and take her side in disputes with others, including the kids. A husband who does not have his wife’s back eventually won’t have the rest of her, either.She wants your attentionAs I mentioned above, your wife wants you to take her seriously when she has suggestions or ideas. She wants you to really listen and not just pretend to listen.But she also wants you to pay attention to her in the sense that you stop what you’re doing and really tune in to her. Put down the newspaper, shut off your cell phone, close your laptop, turn off the TV and give her your undivided attention for at least 10-15 minutes every day.Occasionally, she needs even more of your attention than that. Take her out to eat and linger over the meal. Go for a walk. Take advantage of a long car ride just to be together. Few things make a married woman feel better about herself than knowing how much her husband values spending time with her.She wants a little “me time.”In addition to wanting to spend time with you, your wife also wants some time for herself, time she can spend exercising, being with girlfriends or just taking a long, hot (and uninterrupted) bath.You might not be able to provide this kind of time for her every day — although you can probably give her at least a few minutes. But you need to make sure she has adequate “me time” on a regular basis, at least several times per week.That might mean you need to take responsibility for the kids (remember, you’re not “babysitting” because they’re your kids too). Fix dinner, clean the kitchen, do the laundry, whatever, while your wife takes a little time off. This will help preserve not only her sanity but also, quite possibly, your marriage.She wants to be your “one and only.”Finally, a good woman who is faithful to her husband and her vows wants, needs and deserves a man who is just as faithful. That means she wants to be not just the most important woman in your life but the only woman of any real importance, excluding daughters and, perhaps, your mom (although, she wants to be more important than your mom, too).This includes, by the way, women that you don’t even know — by which I’m referring to women on a screen and, particularly, unclothed women on a screen. Nothing except actual infidelity is as destructive to a marriage, and to a woman’s self-image, than a husband’s pornography habit.Your wife also wants and expects to be more important than your male friends. When the traditional Christian wedding vows speak of “forsaking all others,” that is precisely what they mean: all others, including your childhood best buds, your ex-girlfriends and people at work.There are no truer words than the old saw, “happy wife, happy life.” Here’s hoping I’ve provided a blueprint for making your married life, and thus your entire life, just a little happier.last_img read more

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Fury vs Joshua would be Britain’s biggest sporting event since 1966 World Cup – Warren

first_img Promoter Frank Warren watched the Gypsy King destroy Deontay Wilder, the most feared puncher on the planet, on Saturday night with a career-defining performance to land the WBC world title. Joshua, 30, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts so a showdown between the two would decide the first undisputed champion since UK icon Lennox Lewis. Wounded Wilder has 30 days to activate an instant-rematch clause but AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn says they want to jump in and secure a summer thriller – if they can get out of a June mandatory defence with Kubrat Pulev. But Warren is not so sure Team Joshua are really that keen for the once-in-a-generation event after his alleged glass jaw shattered against Andy Ruiz Jr last June. Warren said: “That would be the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK since England won the World Cup. You would not be able to get a ticket for it. “The stumbling block is that he has to fight Pulev. The stumbling block for that fight is the old Waterford Crystal (points to chin) and we will see what happens with that. If anyone clips him he will go. The stumbling block for that fight is the old Waterford Crystal (points to chin) and we will see what happens with that “If I was him I wouldn’t fight Pulev, I would even vacate the belts to get the fight with Tyson on. “He should not take the risk. I’d prefer him not to take the risk, I’d prefer Wilder not to take the rematch and let’s get it on.” Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King RemakeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Loading… And Warren is happy to use Fury’s rocketing profile as a stick to beat down AJ’s value, especially after he landed his Ruiz rematch win after the 5ft 11in Mexican had ballooned up to 20st 3lbs. Warren said: “Is there not money on this side of the table? Who is the No1 heavyweight in the world? It’s Tyson. “Joshua is spoilt goods. We saw what happened in New York and he came back and beat a guy who trained in his fridge. He came back and fought like he was wading through custard. “I’m not taking anything away from Joshua, he trained well and did his job but, come on, this is different gravy with Tyson. “He is the No1 heavyweight and Joshua is in the slipstream. We would probably be generous and give him 70/30.” Beating Wilder was one thing, totally changing his usual technical style to smash a five-year champion around the ring until his concerned corner dragged him out, was something else. Fury marched forward relentlessly, threw his right hand with 19st 7lbs gay abandon and still never looked to be running out of gas even as the fight moved into the second half. And Warren insists those same tactics – and not the old herky-jerky point-scoring we had grown used to – will be the gameplan that dethrones Joshua again. Read Also:Tyson in wild celebration after Tyson Fury wins over Deontay Wilder The Hall of Fame matchmaker said: “They were the perfect tactics for this fight and they would be great for fighting Joshua. “You would jump on him and put him on the back foot because you know, if you clip him, he is going to go.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua would be the biggest British sporting event since England won the 1966 World Cup – if AJ dares to take it.last_img read more

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Award winning country/southern rock act plans Metamora stop

Photo: Tim DooleyMetamora, In. — The Metamora Performing Arts Association is bringing the Night Owl Country Band to the Opry Barn on Saturday, May 25. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m., tickets at the door are $8.The Columbus-based quartet has played various “spots” in Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry and the single, “Cool Gentle Wind” is available for download.For more information about the band click here.

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Povetkin stuns Dillian Whyte with sensational KO

first_imgDillian Whyte’s world title dream was left in tatters as Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas. But Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the fight in an instant.“I didn’t feel I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round,” Povetkin told Sky Sports.“I went down twice but it was OK. It was not too much damage.“I was watching his fights and I see that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right.“All my training I trained for those shots and it was definitely one of the best punches of my career.” Whyte, the WBC’s number one contender for over two years, knew he could not afford any mistakes behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.The prize of meeting the winner of the trilogy fight between current champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the line.There was a sedate start to the fight as Whyte began to establish his impressive jab and Povetkin struggled to make an impression.Povetkin was left off balance by a strong right in the third and Whyte troubled the Russian further as he worked well to the body.Whyte was getting more confident by the round and Povetkin took a count after being dropped to the floor by a right-left combination early in the fourth. Povetkin was looking out of his depth and he was sent tumbling to the canvas again by a short left uppercut close to the bell.It looked as if the end was near for the Russian but he landed a perfect punch from nowhere that left Whyte on the floor for some moments, although he was able to eventually get to his feet.Fury was quick to comment on Povetkin’s victory, writing on his official Twitter account: “40 & proud,” while IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington added: “Wow! crazy this boxing ya know….”Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed there was a rematch clause, which he will exercise before the end of the year, said: “I can’t quite believe it to be honest. When the punch landed I felt I was in some dream.RelatedPosts Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Fury wants Anthony Joshua in 2021 Dillian Whyte wants Povetkin rematch “The fight was over virtually after two heavy knockdowns, but this is the drama of the sport we love.“This is the drama of heavyweight boxing and one punch can change everything.”Tags: Dillian WhyteKOPovetkinlast_img read more

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Ulster scrape past Connacht

first_img Ulster had led 10-3 at the break, but the westerners came back and, although they made off with a losing bonus point, will be rightly disappointed at not getting more from this one in a game which saw both sides missing front-line Ireland players who had been rested. The result halted Ulster’s losing run of having been beaten in three of their previous four games, and got Neil Doak’s men back on track towards their aim of making the play-offs – even though the performance was well short of where it should have been. Connacht were out of the blocks first on another typically rainy night at the Kingspan, and Jack Carty nailed a fourth-minute penalty after the visitors had countered well from a Paddy Jackson high kick. The scores were then tied just before the 15-minute mark when Jackson slotted a penalty. Ulster launched a line-out maul four minutes later after winning a penalty and from this Jackson threw a wonderfully timed inside pass to winger Gilroy, who managed to spin his way through some weak Connacht tackling to cross the line. Jackson converted and Ulster had earned themselves a 10-3 lead, which really should have been 13-3 in the 26th minute but Jackson was off target with a penalty. Neither side scored in the remainder of the half, with Ulster defending their line right at the end of the opening 40 minutes and winning a penalty as Connacht expended a great deal of energy only to come away with nothing. The second half was largely a slog-fest as the weather worsened and the error rate spiralled, but the stalemate was finally broken when a gilt-edged opportunity presented itself in the 62nd minute after Connacht were undone at a breakdown, and Jackson stretched Ulster’s lead to 13-3. But the visitors struck next four minutes later after Gilroy was penalised for taking Matt Healy out in the air and, after Jack Carty put the ball in the corner with a great kick, Connacht threw to Willie Faloon at the back and trundled over with second row Muldowney getting the touchdown. Carty converted to cut Ulster’s lead to three points, but there were no further points scored – despite both sides applying some pressure towards the end. Press Association Pat Lam’s visitors could have even snatched their first win in Belfast since 1960, but a tight and fairly dire affair ended 13-10 in the hosts’ favour. The entire game on a wet and cold night saw just two tries, with Ulster winger Craig Gilroy getting over in the first half and then Connacht second row Aly Muldowney crashing over in the second 40 minutes. center_img Ulster got back to winning ways in the Guinness PRO12 and moved up one place to fourth but they were made to scrap every inch of the way by Connacht on Boxing Day. last_img read more

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Warnock sacking surprises Millen

first_img Just four months after beginning a second spell at the Selhurst Park helm, the 66-year-old was relieved of his duties having failed to carry on the stellar work done by predecessor Tony Pulis. Palace fans turned on Warnock during the embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day and the south London club’s board wielded the axe the following morning. Press Association “It is always a sad time and it is very difficult for all of us, the staff, because he kept us here and we were part of his backroom staff. “We’re all disappointed but we have got to move on very quickly with this big game tomorrow.” Millen will need to ignore the background noise if he is succeed at Loftus Road, with speculation already mounting over Warnock’s permanent successor. Tim Sherwood is the bookmakers’ favourite ahead of the likes of Alan Pardew, Tony Popovic and even Pulis, while Millen is as short as 5/1 to be given the reins on a full-time basis. That is not something he is even contemplating right now, though, saying they have “got to let the dust settle a little bit” and fully focus on getting a result against QPR. “I know this group of players and know what they’re good at,” Millen told Sky Sports News. “We’ve got to try and remind them of that. We’ve got to go to QPR tomorrow and be up for the fight because that is what it is going to be. “I am sure QPR will be ready for us and we’ve got to make sure our lot are ready. “That’s been our strength over the last few years. They’re resilient and we’re going to have to be tomorrow.” Neil Warnock has become the Premier League’s first managerial casualty of the season – a decision which surprised Keith Millen and means he is once again having to fill in as Crystal Palace’s caretaker manager. It has seen Millen installed as caretaker for the third time in little more than a year, meaning he has the unenviable task of leading out the embattled Eagles against QPR on Sunday. “It is not a nice position to be in again, I must admit,” Millen said. “It was a surprise this morning. “We have all been disappointed by yesterday’s result but the first-half performance was decent. “We’re just not taking our chances at the moment, so we’ve come into work this morning and I get the phone call from the chairman. “It has been a shock for us all, but we have got to try and be professional and try and concentrate on a massive game tomorrow.” Palace co-chairman Steve Parish felt he had no choice but to take the “unfortunate decision” to sack Warnock and informed him of that decision on Saturday morning. Parish says Palace have not got anyone lined-up to come in and, while they “want it sorted out as soon as possible”, confirmed Millen is likely to be in charge for the trip to the New Year’s Day clash at Aston Villa in addition to the QPR match. “Neil came in this morning and we had a quick chat,” Millen said. “He cleared his desk and his stuff. last_img read more

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Syracuse ice hockey suffers another late-game collapse in 2-2 tie against RIT

first_img Published on December 3, 2016 at 12:45 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan stormed out of the locker room, cut off the first question asked to him and began tearing apart his team’s effort. Midway through answering questions, he noticed he bled from a cut on his hand.“Ah sh*t,” Flanagan said, “… I smashed something in the locker room.”“Story of our year, blowing games in the third period … I can’t say anything good, to be honest with you.”Syracuse (4-7-4, 3-2-2 College Hockey America) tied Rochester Institute of Technology (3-15-1, 1-5-1), 2-2, in yet another third-period collapse. After going up 2-0, SU allowed two third-period goals and never managed a third goal to put away an RIT team that was physical with the Orange from the start.Halfway through the third period, as RIT searched for a game tying goal, SU goalie Abbey Miller gloved a shot during the rush. After the whistle, the Tiger’s Brooke Baker skated in and jammed her stick at Miller’s left hand, resulting in a trip to the penalty box. That was only one of several physical altercations between the two teams as the refs frequently had to separate players even after play stopped.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut as the third period wore on, RIT cut into Syracuse’s lead and eventually tied the game.“Hit, high stick, slash, needle, getting underneath (our skin), that’s my impression,” Flanagan said of what he thought RIT’s game plan was. “I thought it worked pretty well.”“I think they tried to get under our skin and they did,” redshirt sophomore defender Lindsay Eastwood said.The frustration boiled over when Kendall Cornine scored her second goal of the night to tie the game, beating Miller’s high glove-side. As the two sides squared up for the ensuing faceoff, Miller repeatedly bashed her stick into the post.SU spent 8:32 on the power play in the third period, including a 5-on-3, but couldn’t score the third goal.In the span of about 10 minutes, Syracuse had gone from searching for a dagger, to searching for a game saver. It never came.These late game collapses aren’t new to the Orange. It gave up three third-period goals to Mercyhurst to lose 4-3, took a 2-2 tie to Robert Morris thanks to allowing a late goal and saw two late goals on back-to-back days turn a potential win and tie versus Colgate into a tie and a loss.“It’s tough,” Allie Munroe said. “We’ve lost games we should’ve won this season and this was just another one, and everyone’s pretty disappointed.”The Orange started the night strong, with a two-goal first period that saw two unlikely faces — Munroe and Kelli Rowswell — score to give SU a two-goal cushion over the Tigers.Syracuse maintained that lead in the second period, but couldn’t tack on to its lead and possibly bury RIT, opening SU up to what seemed like an almost inevitable collapse.“One of the worst defeats I’ve been around,” Flanagan said. “It was an awful hockey game. Brutal. Just brutal.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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