Owlet woos bakery firms with juices

first_imgOwlet Juices has just launched a new “bag in a box” of juice, which the company claims is suitable for bakery retailers. The juice, which has a 12-month shelf life, comes in a 10-litre pack size with a recyclable cardboard box and there is no glass packaging to recycle.The juices contain no sugar, artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives. The range includes single-variety apple juices, blends of apple varieties, pear juice and apple & berry blends.Owlet Juices are also available in a one-litre range packed in cases of 12, a 25cl range packed in cases of 24, as well as a five-litre catering pack.The company, based in Lamberhurst, Kent, supplies the Houses of Parliament and is a previous gold medal winner at the Great Taste Awards.[http://www.owletfruitjuice.co.uk]last_img read more

NFF Chief Hails Monimichelle over Siasia Stadium Turf

first_imgPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has given a pat on the back to Monimichelle over the state of the art pitches it is constructing in the country.Pinnick who spoke after inspecting the on-going job at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa was also full of praises for the Bayelsa State government for moving to get the stadium turf back to a playable condition.In his words: “I must commend Monimichelle for bringing the latest and safest artificial turf approved by FIFA to Nigeria. I also must give Bayelsa State government kudos for embarking on the project and giving it to a competent indigenous firm. This is what other states should emulate because of our terrain. There is so much rain in this part of the world and what we need is the kind of turf Monimichelle is installing.” He stressed that he looks forward to playing first at the new turf alongside his executive committee members.“I want to come back to Yenagoa as soon as possible to play here. I hope the project is completed in record time. I want the NFF and the rest of the world to play here during our extra ordinary congress and after that I will get the federation’s Technical Committee to endorse it for the Super Eagles,” Pinnick said.The NFF boss also had kind words for a former board member of the soccer federation, Dr Peter Singabele who he described as a worthy son of Bayelsa and a football buff with integrity.CEO of Monimichelle, Ebi Egbe, on his part assured the NFF boss that his company will continue with the good job it is doing in Nigeria stadia, stressing that the mission of his outfit is to eradicate bad pitches not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa.“From what we are doing, the turf will be as dry as a desert even when it rains heavily as it does always in the Niger Delta region. And we have a Limonta product that is safe and lush green. Our pitch here is made with cocoa-nut fiber and cork which makes it look like a natural turf.“It is cool and players enjoy playing on it. The Super Eagles did attest to this much when they played at the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina, a pitch that was installed by us,” Egbe observed with pride.The Samson Siasia Stadium has not been hosting football matches over the years because of the poor condition of the pitch.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers talk to Puig after his latest arrest

first_imgIn this June 16, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Going through Tiger withdrawal

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)I miss Tiger Woods. I miss dominant, inspiring, scary, invincible, healthy Tiger Woods.On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain. This is not the first tournament that Woods has had to withdraw from this year. Instead, Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on March 2, 2014 when a spokesman cited “lower back spasms.”  Later that month, Woods underwent a surgery to ease a pinched nerve in his back on March 31, 2014.On Sunday, Tiger was visibly hurting and it was painful to watch. I don’t want to see him with any kind of sickness or injury. I don’t like to watch him working his way back into game shape.  Instead, I like to watch Tiger Woods already in game shape. Winning. Dominantly.After his recent withdrawal on Sunday, Tiger Woods stated his back injury, “happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker.” He further explained, “I just jarred it and it has been spasming ever since.”Alexis CobbWoods has been plagued with injuries for the past several years. He underwent major knee surgery after his 2008 U. S. Open Championship. Also, Woods has had persistent knee issues, an Achilles injury, and an elbow injury, to name a few. Because of his physical ailments, Woods has been forced to withdraw from eight tournaments with 5 of them being within the last 5 years.Woods has been beleaguered with injuries and with each injury, Woods has become more and more human. He is no longer invincible and I don’t like it. He has become a mere mortal man just like you and me. And it is devastating.The only reason I follow golf is because of Tiger Woods. Golf was always my father’s sport. It didn’t interest me. However, when I discovered Tiger’s existence in the late 1990’s, I was riveted.This exotic, toothy, young man with a strong willed father and loving mother burst onto to the scene; he made grown men fear him. He made me fall in love with golf. I wanted to know everything about the game.  What was this infamous Eagle? So, why are we rooting for a birdie?  Okay, so Par is not terrible but it’s not wonderful either.  Please God, not a bogey!!I had to know more about this sport and the history. I studied Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and other golf greats.  All because Tiger Woods had opened my eyes to this sports. I decided that I didn’t like Phil Mickelson, also known as Lefty. He wasn’t that exciting. He didn’t keep my attention like Tiger.But no golfer has ever captured my attention or the attention of the nation quite like Tiger Woods. Not Phil Mickelson. Not Rory McIlroy. Not Bubba Watson. None of them.Currently, I find myself looking to see if Tiger’s playing before I can dedicate myself to watching golf. He did this to me. Tiger made me fall in love with his dominant game. He made me run to the fairways.I never cared about his personal life. It didn’t bother me that he went through an open and controversial divorce. I didn’t care.I just wanted him to continue to play.  I rooted for him play through the noise and chatter.  I wanted him to keep his mind focused on the game.But, now this problem of Woods dealing with physical pain is actually greater than any emotional or mental issues that could plague him. If Tiger’s body is not healthy, then he physically is unable to play to his potential.And so, while I refuse to believe that he will never win another major championship; I know that if he doesn’t take time to get his body healthy, he will be physically unable to surpass Nicklaus’ record.So, I am asking Woods to take time off. Take significant time off. Perhaps he can enroll in the Derrick Rose school of thought. (Mr.-They-can’t-force-me-to play-and-I won’t-play-until-I’m- physically-and-mentally-comfortable.)Certainly, I miss Tiger Woods. I miss his swagger. I miss his dominance. I miss his fist pumps. I miss his Sunday red shirts. I didn’t know that the last time I watched Tiger win a major championship would be the last time I would see him win a major championship for several years. I would have appreciated it more. I would have savored it. Rather than greedily looking for the next one.So get healthy, come back and take your rightful place among the Golf Gods.  You are not a mere mortal. Yes, I’m in Tiger Woods withdrawal. But, I would miss Tiger even more if his health precluded him from playing, forced an early retirement and permanent withdrawal from the game he made relevant.(Two sources for this story were AP and ESPN.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

Pharoah’s Weekend Morning Workouts a Hit

first_imgOCEANPORT, August 6 – Vincent Carlesimo, who was up early last Friday, looked across the racetrack, listening to the roar of the crowd and excitement that was running like electricity through Monmouth Park.“You asked how big is it. Do you hear that?” he asked. “This is the biggest thing to happen in horse racing in New Jersey. This is huge.”Carlesimo, a resident of Wall, who is part owner of his own thoroughbred racehorse, Gorgeous Sunrise, joined his co-owner, Manchester resident Anthony Petrocelli, along with an estimated 5,000 race fans starting at about 7 a.m. last Friday to witness the exercise session for Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah prior to the horse’s win on Sunday, taking Monmouth Park’s William Hill Haskell Invitational and its record $1.75 million purse.Rumson’s Lisa Wilson did the “Dawn Patrol,” as the track calls it, on Saturday and was duly impressed, by it all. “To be able to just drive up, park and be able to walk in for free and watch horses exercise it’s fantastic,” she said. “And to see American Pharoah was wonderful.”Wilson, like many others, offered her appreciation of the park as well: “It’s just a beautiful place and I’m grateful it’s still here and operational. It’s just a wonderful thing to have in the area.”Petrocelli saw the attention the champion 3 year-old thoroughbred was garnering in his stay at Monmouth Park and believed it could only help the racetrack, which has been struggling in recent years. “This will expose people to Monmouth Park who might not normally come,” he believed.“Hopefully, it’ll motivate politicians to do what needs to be done to save horse racing,” Carlesimo said. He was referring to the push by horseracing proponents and especially Monmouth Park supporters to get legislation passed that would meet federal court muster to allow for sports gambling at tracks as well as at casinos. Proponents believe the addition al revenue stream would mean life’s blood for tracks. And that influx would allow Monmouth Park operators to move forward with an ambitious plan that would hopefully make the park a year-round family destination.American Pharoah took his early morning run, twice around the length of the track and there was a palpable sense of excitement among track denizens and the merely curious.“He’s a rock star,” said Carlesimo, who watched the exercise session from the prime vantage point of a small viewing section by the stables. And only at a racetrack could the public get as close to the world-class sport’s super star, he stressed. “How close can you get to Derek Jeter?” he asked.Mark Rubenstein, a former horse owner, said, “This is the moment you look for, a once in-a-lifetime experience.”Rubenstein also was impressed by the crowd on hand. “That’s a good crowd for a Friday race day,” to say nothing of 7:30 a.m., he observed.“I can now say I saw a Triple Crown winner,” said Brandon Iribarne, a 22-year-old Long Branch resident who works as a “hot walker,” cooling the horses down after a run, and as a exercise rider. Having such a name entity here, “It’s good for the sport; it’s good for the track,” Iribarne maintained.“Just seeing him gives me goose bumps,” acknowledged Al DeVito, a former horse owner. “Amazing.”“It’s a real big deal. It hasn’t happened before,” what was going on at Monmouth Park, said a security guard, who asked not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.By that he meant no New Jersey track has had a winner of the coveted Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes) appear before.Prior to the first race post time, track attendees at about 12:50 p.m. had another chance to see American Pharoah, as he was paraded through the paddock area.Standing in the hot sun, pressed against the paddock’s fence, Highlands resident Alexis Rogel said, “It’s worth it.“To be so close and not come,” said Rogel, who was celebrating her birthday, “shame on you,” to miss it.American Pharoah’s assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes said the horse would have a light workout on Saturday and then rest for much of the day for Sunday’s race.American Pharoah won a comfortable victory over a field of six others at about 6 p.m. Sunday.The Haskell would be one of the horse’s final races. In the coming months, American Pharoah would run in possibly up to three more contests – including this year’s Breeder’s Cup – and then “he’ll definitely retire this year,” Barnes said.last_img read more