Everton star linked with move

first_imgChelsea are set to table a bid for Everton star Jack Rodwell when the transfer window opens next month, according to the Daily Mirror.The promising midfielder is said to be rated at £20m by Everton, who are determined to keep him at Goodison Park.The Mirror also suggest that Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are being offered big-money moves to Russia.Zamora’s future is in doubt.Malouda is said to be wanted by mega-rich club Anzhi Makhachkala while Kalou, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is believed to be a target for both Lokomotiv Moscow and billionaire-backed Anzhi, who would be willing to double his current wages.Metro say Bolton are ready to cash in on England defender Gary Cahill, who has been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.And Bobby Zamora’s future at Fulham remains under scrutiny, with the Daily Mail reporting that the striker has been told to train with the reserves.This page is updated throughout the day. Monday’s Paper Talk: Local clubs linked with swoopslast_img read more

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Fuel price: govt considers options

first_img13 June 2008The government is not considering cutting fuel levies, but is instead looking at other proposals to keep escalating fuel prices in check, government spokesperson Themba Maseko says.Briefing the media following a Cabinet meeting in Cape Town on Thursday, Maseko said the Cabinet had discussed the fuel levy proposal and noted that South Africa’s levy was a specific tax which was adjusted once a year and which remained constant irrespective of changes to the fuel prices.He said that this differed from a percentage-based duty that would fluctuate along with the changes in fuel prices.The current levy on diesel is 111 cents and 127 cents on petrol per litre, while the Road Accident Fund Levy is 46.5 cents per litre and the Southern African Customs Union levy is 4 cents per litre.“These levy amounts remain the same for a full year irrespective of changes in the price of fuel,” Maseko said.He said the meeting resolved that the ministers of finance and minerals and energy should consult with a view to identifying the best, most practical ways of mitigating the impact of the rising cost of fuel on food prices and other goods and services.Maseko said that a task team was looking at other ways to make the impact of escalating costs less, particularly on the poor.“We are looking at, for instance, the possibility of exempting certain foodstuffs from Value Added Tax,” he said.The ministers will present a package of proposals to Cabinet in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pickwick Place connects community with agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every small town has its landmarks, whether it’s the historic buildings in the town square, a unique house, or the rundown barn on the side of the road. They stand the test of time and become part of the landscape, providing roots for the community through decades of progress.The long brick barns of Pickwick Farms have become a landmark in the Bucyrus community. The history runs deep with beginnings in dairy cattle and a claim to fame as the Standardbred horse farm where artificial insemination gained significant momentum. But the horses left in the 70s and the barns recently hit a tipping point — they either needed rejuvenated, or they needed to go.Fortunately, local 16-year-old, Ethan Stuckey had a vision and his parents, Kent and Laura Stuckey, had the faith that they could make it happen. Now, after building on Ethan’s vision, the Stuckeys are working alongside two other local families — Greg and Rose Hartschuch, and Chris and Andrea Schimpf — to reclaim the barns and put The Pickwick Place back on the map as a farm market, event center, and a destination to connect with agriculture. Working as a team — or being part of the “farm-ily” as they like to say — combines the talents of each individual to make the venture more successful as a whole.“Ethan wanted to raise produce and we were looking for a spot to set it up, so we purchased this and decided to renovate it,” Kent said. “I grew up in the produce business; in Indiana my dad had about 5,000 apple trees and 30 acres of u-pick strawberries at one point. Ethan really encouraged me to purchase this property and go ahead with it.”While this year’s produce including bell peppers, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage, cantaloupe, cucumbers, green beans, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, and zucchini is being sold at the roadside stand, the south barn is being renovated to house the full farm market where they hope to include more local products.“What we want to do is showcase local people. Right now we have local maple syrup and honey. We want to have high quality, reasonably priced, local products. We want to showcase the community and make it a showplace for the community,” Kent said. “It’s also about transparency and knowing where your food comes from. That’s a theme Rose has built Acres of Adventure around — educating the public about what happens on the farm and why it happens. We want to carry that through on the retail side.”Acres of Adventure will find its home in the north barn with games and activities to educate students and the public about farming. Featuring a petting zoo and corn maze, this portion of Pickwick is an expansion of what the Hartschuhs were already doing on their own farm. Moving to Pickwick offers new opportunity and a location that is easier to find.“When I stopped teaching agriculture I knew I still wanted to be involved in education somehow, so we started a fall field trip program. It has really taken off over the last few years and we look forward to growing that here,” Rose said. “Any time that people can get out and see and touch and feel — really feel connected to farming — they’ll leave with a much better impression.”The building will provide a space for the hands-on learning activities as well as a new classroom space to better facilitate field trips and groups. Rose is also doing much of the marketing and outreach for the new venture and has been pleasantly surprised by the interest in the event space which will be housed in the center barn. The space is slated to open for use on June 1, 2016, and many dates have already been booked for next year with some interest for dates in 2017.The Loft at Pickwick Place features a rustic reception hall on the second floor of the barn that can seat up to 240 people. Renovations in this building will include dressing rooms for bridal parties