Ferrell To Announce Decision At April 25th Press Conference

first_imgThe NBA early entry deadline is Sunday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.According to multiple NBA mock drafts, Ferrell is projected to be anywhere from a second round pick to perhaps missing on a draft selection entirely.In his junior season at Indiana, the 6-foot Ferrell recorded 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game, earning a first team all-Big Ten honors. And according to Ferrell Sr., following his successful junior campaign, the family has heard from a few NBA teams who have expressed interest. Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell will announce his decision on whether he will enter the 2015 NBA draft on Saturday, April 25, his father Kevin Ferrell Sr. confirmed on Monday.Ferrell will make his announcement at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House on the northside of Indianapolis during an exclusive dinner, which will include friends and family.“We want to make sure that we give ourselves enough time to make a very educated decision and not rush into things,” Ferrell Sr. said. “This was a difficult year for him but he had an outstanding season, so we just don’t want to rush and make a hasty decision in that regard.”last_img read more

SA’s burgeoning berry industry

first_imgSouth African producers are becoming known for their ability to deliver blueberries of a more consistent quality. (Image: Trevor McKenzie) Lead time to the market is critical for raspberries, and South Africa is ideally located to supply the international demand. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor McKenzie  SABPA Chairperson   +27 21 808 6641RELATED ARTICLES • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • New centre to enhance food security • SAB first with UV purification • Paying it forward with goat farming • SA’s women farmers root out hungerWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s berry farmers, recognised internationally for producing some of the best quality berries in the world, have joined forces to establish a new organisation that will represent their interests.The South African Berry Producers Association (SABPA) is the berry sector’s first successful attempt to coordinate the various activities of the industry. “The industry decided to work together to achieve more and solve its common challenges,” says Trevor McKenzie, chairperson of the SABPA.McKenzie says that the association can play a major role in growing the local berry industry, promoting South Africa’s reputation as a top berry producer and increasing the sale and consumption of this high-end fruit.The South African berry industry is considered one of the smaller fruit sectors in the country, yet it is very successful. Berries are considered to be high-value crops, and since the many health benefits of berries have become more widely publicised, worldwide the demand for berries is growing.The new association is inviting membership to growers of perennial berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. McKenzie explains that although strawberries and gooseberries are also classified as berries, they are annual crops.The Industrial Development Corporation, which has been a driving force in developing the berry sector in recent years by funding various projects across the country, encouraged the establishment of the new industry association.Industry representation in the form of the SABPA will ensure that the industry remains sustainable and economically viable and establishes uniform grading regulations for berries produced in South Africa.The association will also facilitate research, exchange industry information between local and international berry groups, look at ways to promote sales and consumption of berries locally and internationally, and liaise with government about issues affecting the industry.Industry challenges“From a grower point of view, the registration of chemicals is a big challenge because the industry is small,” McKenzie says. Many chemical companies are reluctant to register certain chemicals as it is not economically viable.With the help of the South African Pesticide Initiative Programme (SAPIP), some of the major berry companies such as Eurafruit and Haygrove have been leading various initiatives to register chemicals for the industry.Advertising and marketing of berries are also a major focus of the industry. “We are doing a lot of work in the form of in-store promotions and tastings to increase the number of people who eat berries, and so far the industry’s efforts are proving successful,” he says.The marketing of berries’ health benefits is also helping increase local consumption.Berries are big businessSouth Africa has the advantage of counter-cyclical seasonality to the northern hemisphere markets. Local berries are in demand, particularly during the northern hemisphere winter when the market has a gap for southern hemisphere fruit.There are approximately 40 to 50 berry growers across the country, of which 12 to 15 are responsible for 98% of fresh production. The majority of South Africa’s blueberries and raspberries are exported to Europe and the UK, and the industry is also looking to increase its exports to new markets.The industry has also noted an increase in annual exports. A few years ago, only a few hundred tons of blueberries and raspberries were harvested, but McKenzie says that in 2011 about 1 000 tons of both berry types will be exported.Blackberries are produced mainly for local consumption. He explains that the reason for this is that South Africa does not grow blackberry varieties that can withstand the export process. However, this is changing. “Blackberry growers are in the process of planting new varieties which will hopefully make it possible to export blackberries in the future,” he adds.South Africa’s main competitor for blueberries is Argentina, but McKenzie says that South African producers are becoming known for their ability to deliver berries of a more consistent quality. This is strengthening South Africa’s reputation as a top blueberry producer, which is helping increase the country’s market share, particularly in the UK.Sean Tager, managing director of Haygrove Heaven, a berry production company, says South Africa produces a good quality raspberry that is in demand in high-end retailers overseas. “South Africa has been building a good reputation for its raspberries,” Tager says.South Africa’s main competitors in the raspberry market are Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mexico.Lead time to the market is critical for a highly perishable product such as raspberries, and South Africa is ideally located to supply the international demand. Other competitor countries rely on overland trucking to transport berries, but the South African product is transported directly to the market on overnight flights.Membership of the association would be limited to producers and both annual membership fees and a levy will be charged based on the area under production to fund various projects identified as high priorities for the berry industry.last_img read more

Shoplifter Fatally Shot at Mall by Police; 2nd Suspect Arrested

first_imgOfficers were responding to reports of a theft at the Macy’s at Park Meadows at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday, when a suspect, later identified as Kenneth Joseph Sisneros, 34, was shot and killed by police.Sisneros reportedly pulled out a gun as both he and a female accomplice tried to escape. It’s still unclear if Sisneros fired his weapon at the cops.A Colorado woman believed to be the second shoplifting suspect wanted following the shooting at the mall on Thursday has been arrested by Lone Tree police. Mercedes Cruz, 27, was arrested at a Littleton hotel at about 3 a.m. Sunday, City of Lone Tree officials said in a tweet just before 10 a.m. Sunday.   She faces charges of aggravated robbery and possession of meth amphetamines, police said in a news release.   [Source: The Denver Channel]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Stars Shine At 13th Annual FedExSt Jude Angels And Stars Gala

first_imgMore than 600 guests donned their best and boldest looks in support of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at the 13th annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami on Saturday, May 16.Gala co-founder Daisy Fuentes and patient StephanThe Gala was founded by Daisy Fuentes.This year, the event raised nearly half-a-million dollars in support of the children of St. Jude.Chilean-born television icon Don Francisco was recognized for his worldwide commitment to giving back to others. Don Francisco is the host of “Sábado Gigante,” Univision’s longest-running program that will end its successful on-air stretch of more than 53 years this coming September.“I feel very honored to have been recognized by this prestigious hospital,” said Don Francisco. “I was well aware of the amazing work that they do but even more impressive is the fact that St. Jude freely shares their breakthroughs. This means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.”Guests enjoyed an evening that included a special testimony by a St. Jude family, live and silent auctions, and a performance by one the most famous groups of Cuban reggaton in today’s music industry, Gente D’ Zona. The evening also featured additional live performances by Latin crossover R&B star Frankie J., and the man known as the “DJ of the Stars,” DJ Africa.Celebrity presenters for the evening included Alberto Sardiñas, Enrique Santos, Gaby Espino, Ismael Cala, Lili Estefan, Rashel Diaz, and FannyLu.In the past, the gala has honored some of the most recognized and celebrated artists in Latin music and entertainment for their humanitarian work, such as Romero Britto, Juanes, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Tommy and Thalia Mottola, Chef Adrianne Calvo and Coach Don Shula.This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, Sammy Sosa, Carnival, Visa, Zoological Wildlife Foundation, International Dermatology Research, Neutrogena, Fortune, Univision, Andreas and Kalkidan Kaiafas, Hola America, Ministerio de Fomento, YEZZ, The Al-Rashid Family, American Tower Corporation, Arven Financial, Arteasans Beverages, LLC., Powerful Yogurt, Leon Medical Centers, DDB Latina, Byblos Group, Ernst & Young, The Tamer Family, Bacardi, Nuage Designs, Casa Diris, Nassab A. Ahmadieh Graphic Design & Photography, People en Español, Amor 107.5 FM, Mix 98.3 FM, Radio Mambí 710 AM, Univision America 1140 AM, and The Dream Team Agency.last_img read more

Elton John To Bring Charity Tennis To Las Vegas

first_imgOn Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with Aid for AIDS of Nevada to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”“It is great to have Mylan WTT Smash Hits back in the U.S. and even better that we are making our first trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world,” said Billie Jean King. “Smash Hits is one of my favorite and most meaningful events of the year and we are looking forward to a successful and entertaining night this October at Caesars Palace.”Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 23rd. For information on tickets – including group sales and VIP ticket packages – click here or call (212) 586-3444 x111.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a Mylan WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The overall series is tied 11-11 between Team Elton and Team Billie Jean. Team Billie Jean won the 2014 event in London with a 22-16 victory.This will be the 13th Smash Hits appearance for Agassi. The 8-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 is well-known for his philanthropy, which includes starting the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. Agassi was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.This is the third Smash Hits appearance for Graf, a fellow Hall of Famer. Graf has long been considered one of the greatest players in tennis history, winning 107 singles titles, 22 Grand Slam singles championships, and an Olympic gold medal before retiring in 1999. Graf and her husband Andre Agassi have two children, daughter Jaz and son Jaden. Graf is very active with her charity Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence.Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 11th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 177 doubles titles.Roddick returns to Smash Hits for an 11th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.last_img read more

4th man to die in custody of Winnipeg police this year was

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe family of a man who died in the custody of the Winnipeg police say he was a “good guy” who loved his children.Randy Cochrane died July 14 after being confronted by Winnipeg police in the city’s notorious North End.“He was a good guy everybody does things that are not so good sometimes,” said Cochrane’s sister Kayla Barthelette. “But he was a good person he had 3 little girls he was a good dad to them he loved them so much.He loved everybody in his family. He had a big heart he always wanted to help everybody.”Cochrane is the fourth Indigenous man who has died in the custody of the Winnipeg police in 2019.According to a release by Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit who is looking into the incident, officers observed a man who appeared to be armed and bleeding.They started a foot chase and eventually Cochrane was taken into custody.Cochrane was the father of three girls.Police say he was agitated at the time of his arrest – and then he became unresponsive.Winnipeg Fire and paramedics were called and Cochrane was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.Monica Murdock, Cochrane’s cousin, says the Health Sciences centre told her family that Cochrane had a heart attack and had a high fever.She said they told here there were no other injuries on his body.“They took us into a room and they were talking to us and said they brought Randy in about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday unresponsive already with a fever of 40,” she said.Murdock says the family wasn’t allowed to see Cochrane’s body because they were told he died in police custody and the case is under investigation.“They wouldn’t let us see the body we were like can we see the body we were like can we just see him someone needs to identify him,” she said. “It’s Randy its his tattoos. I don’t know we said we won’t touch him we will just look at him.He’s all alone down there They said no.”The family is hoping his body will be released soon so they can hold a funeral.Since the matter involves a fatality in police custody, a request for a civilian monitor will be made to the Manitoba Police Commission.pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more