Daily Telegraph small business awards

The Daily Telegraph is offering £20,000 in prizes to Britain’s best small businesses. There doesn’t seem to be anything excluding charities in the rules: it is open “to any businesses in the UK which employ less [sic] than 250 people.”Three awards are on offer – best new business, best growth through technology, and best Web site. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2001.Find out more from the Daily Telegraph. Advertisement Daily Telegraph small business awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 January 2001 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

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Interview with editor who was threatened by defence secretary

first_img Organisation July 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with editor who was threatened by defence secretary to go further News January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats and insults that defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president’s brother, made against Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz during a phone interview on 9 July. “We call on defence secretary Rajapaksa to stop threatening journalists who are doing their job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In many countries, a government official would have to resign for making such comments and would probably be subject to a criminal prosecution. The justice system cannot turn a blind eye when a secretary openly makes such grave threats.“As our interview with Jansz (below) indicates, recent developments and statements by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other officials show Sri Lanka moving steadily away from the rule of law and its leaders becoming more and more intolerant towards the media. We urge the international community to firmly condemn these verbal attacks on journalists and to put pressure on the government to ensure that they do not go unpunished. Otherwise, self-censorship will continue to increase and journalists who do not toe the line will continue to be exposed to physical reprisals.”During the 9 July phone interview, the defence secretary reportedly called Jansz a “pig” and said “people will kill you.” He then denied threatenig her. GR: People will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!FJ: On your directive?GR: What?? No. Not mine. But they will kill you – you dirty f…..g shit journalist.Jansz has been threatened several times in the past, above all in November 2009, when she gave Reporters Without Borders an interview about the media self-censorship that is widespread in Sri Lanka. Her predecessor as Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga, was gunned down in Colombo on 8 January 2009. Those responsible for his murder have never been brought to justice.This is not the first time that the defence secretary has targeted journalists and openly expressed his hostility to media freedom. He and his brothers, including the president, are on the Reporters Without Borders list of “predators of press freedom.”Following the latest phone threats, Jansz gave Reporters Without Borders an interview about harassment of the media by the Rajapaksa family-led government. Her replies reflect the deterioration in the media environment since the interview she gave in 2009.Reporters Without Borders: Why do you think Gotabaya Rajapaksa allows himself to threaten you so openly on the phone ?Frederica Jansz: Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the second most powerful man in Sri Lanka, next to his brother, the President. He enjoys complete immunity, coupled with the trappings of power inherent to the highest office in this land – that of the president. This is not the first time Rajapaksa has threatened journalists. In fact he has succeeded in cowing Sri Lanka’s journalists into submission. They are terrified of this man and will not dare challenge his abuse of power. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific What is working as a journalist like nowadays in Sri Lanka in both the state-run and privately-owned media ?You can survive as long as you toe the government line. And that is what most media organizations in Sri Lanka have decided to do. Both state and privately-owned media. If you choose to do otherwise the consequences are too big. It’s a price that media bosses don’t want to pay. Does this mean that the Rajapaksa family can do whatever they want and are subject to no restraints, either within Sri Lanka or from the international community ?This is Sri Lanka. My predecessor, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was murdered in broad daylight on his way to work three and a half years ago. His killers continue to roam free. In January 2010, the cartoon journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing. His whereabouts are still not known. The journalists Poddala Jayantha and Keith Noyahr were beaten and tortured to within an inch of their life. The perpetrators of these dastardly acts remain at large. White van abductions continue unabated. The abductors remain at large. So yes, to answer your question, the Rajapaksa family have proved over and over again that they can do whatever they want. There are no limits to what they can do. News News RSF_en Is there really no accountability for government officials ?Not where Gotabaya Rajapaksa is concerned. No. Help by sharing this information center_img Are the threats to be taken seriously ? And if so, why ?Yes. It is well within his power to do me harm, whether or not through abuse of the state machinery that lies at his disposal. Receive email alerts News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge What message would you like to send to the United Nations, the EU and international institutions in general ?Enough is enough. That is the line that they should be taking with this government. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial What can and should be done as a priority to improve the situation ?This country is now saddled with an apathetic opposition. Fear has taken a firm hold on civil society. And the media have been effectively cowed into submission. I honestly do not know what can be done in this situation. The fear of getting killed or abducted by a white van now runs too high for people to unite and stand together on issues such as this. And that includes the parliamentarians from the main opposition parties. July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Scotch pie winner sees sales surge

first_imgThe current Scotch Pie Champion 2015 Linda Hill of Murray’s Bakers has seen sales shoot up since winning the award. The Perth bakery scooped the gong in January and initially saw sales of its famous pie jump 20% to 30% before levelling off at 15% up on previously. Even before the award, the bakery was selling around 6,000 Scotch pies a week at 80p each – easily the business’ best-seller. Hill said around 50% to 60% of the business is generated by its pies.Most of the baking stops in the morning as the shop is replenished with products for the day, but Scotch pie-baking continues into the afternoon and, Linda said, they nearly always sell out by about 4.30pm.“We are so famous for our pies,” she said. “People don’t associate us with bread.”The fourth-generation baker has been in Perth for more than 100 years. It currently operates with five bakers, two bakery workers, who make the pie shells, and 10 staff on the shop floor.While at capacity, Hill doubts there will be a second Murrays Bakers site. “The selling point is that the bakery is attached to the shop,” she said, and if there were a second site, products would need to be transported between bakery and shop.Murrays Bakers scooped the Scotch Pie award from 567 entries by more than 100 bakers and butchers, assessed by 50 judges.last_img read more

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Asiatic rust

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA soybean disease has caused major problems for farmers in South America. And U.S. farmers need to be ready to handle it when it arrives here, says a University of Georgia expert.Asiatic soybean rust attacks a plant and defoliates it, severely reducing yields or killing the plant, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”This rust is an impressive and aggressive disease that infects and produces spores very quickly,” Kemerait said. “If it spreads, it could affect a large portion of the soybeans in the United States.”On the moveThe disease has been on the radar screen of the agricultural world for some time now. It has hurt soybean production in Asia, Australia and Africa. By 2000, it had jumped the Atlantic Ocean and landed in South America. It cost Brazilian farmers an estimated $1 billion in damage and control measures in 2003.”It went very quickly from not being a problem to being a major problem in Brazil in about two years,” Kemerait said.Asiatic soybean rust was reported last month to have jumped the equator into Colombia. Models predict it will keep moving north and eventually enter the United States, possibly through Mexico.A storm like Hurricane Ivan, which skimmed the coast of South America earlier this week, could pick it up and give it a much quicker airlift, he said.Handle at a costNo soybean varieties are resistant to this rust. But fungicides can control it, Kemerait said. Soybeans are a higher-value crop in the Midwest. So farmers there protect them with fungicides. Georgia growers usually don’t spray fungicides on soybeans. But this would have to change if this disease entered the state.”There’s no doubt we can handle Asiatic soybean rust in America,” he said. “The concern is how much additional production cost will it take.”Kemerait, UGA plant pathology department head John Sherwood and Extension Service soybean agronomist Phil Jost met this summer with representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to form a first-response plan for Georgia.UGA Extension Service county agents, along with other farm experts in the state, will train to identify and respond to the disease when it arrives.Asiatic soybean rust has at least one natural flaw that will help U.S. growers. It’s a tropical disease. Freezing temperatures kill it. It could spread in the United States during the summer, but it will have to fall back during winter to places that don’t freeze, such as south Florida and Texas.But once it gets to the United States, it will probably stay. “We won’t eradicate this disease when it gets here,” Kemerait said. “We’ll just have to contain and control it.”Other major Georgia crops aren’t at risk to the disease. But one of Georgia’s most infamous plants, kudzu, could be in trouble. The disease attacks and defoliates kudzu much as it does soybeans, Kemerait said.Georgia farmers grew about 250,000 acres of soybeans this year, about 60,000 more than in 2003.last_img read more

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