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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The new $7 million Santa Clarita Community Center in Newhall will open Saturday, with a ceremony planned for 10 a.m. Replacing a deteriorating facility in downtown Newhall, the new center at 22421 Market St. boasts 17,000 square feet. That means plenty of space for the community’s Ballet Folklorico and boxing programs. The city also offers special programs such as homework help, a toy-lending library and basketball. Tours will be offered starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The center replaces a 7,000-square-foot rented facility, too small to accommodate the community programs. The center first opened 10 years ago, and membership now stands at more than 2,000. last_img read more

Donegal liquor company in Good Spirits for Philadelphia showcase

first_imgDonegal-based Muff Liquor Company is one of two North West companies in Philadelphia this week to take part in a prestigious Irish American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Craft Drinks event. Muff Liquor Company from Donegal and Derry-based Baronscourt Brewing Company will showcase their products as well as connecting with drinks distributors and business leaders with a view to expanding their networks into the Greater Philadelphia region.The companies will travel along with representatives from the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal and Derry City and Strabane District Council to participate in the prestigious “In Good Spirits” event, following an invitation from the Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia. The event is part of the strategic Ireland Northwest initiative between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and their partners to develop in-market support for local companies to help them build relationships to support the development of export opportunities.The Councils have been working closely with the IACC and Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to promote the North West region and are delighted that Muff and Baronscourt Liquor can avail of the unique opportunity to further develop their exports into the US market.The two local companies will be joined at the event by Teeling Whiskey, Drioglann Local Measc Distillery, as well as distillers from Philadelphia.The “In Good Spirits” event will feature a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Terese Waldron, Director of Graduate Food Marketing Program at Saint Joseph’s University. There will be drinks experts from  Pennsylvania and Irish industry taking part including, Eve-Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, responsible for The Food Coast Initiative); John Teeling of Teeling Whiskey; Andrew Auwerda, President & Co-Founder of Philadelphia Distilling and John Cooper, Co-Founder of Mountain Laurel Spirits (Dad’s Hat Rye).The panel discussion will be followed by a tasting session featuring The Muff Liquor Company, Teeling Whiskey, Baronscourt Brewing Co., Lough Mask Distillery, Powers Irish Whiskey, Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, and Manatawny Still Works. The participants will get an opportunity to pitch their products and meet with industry experts who will assist the companies seeking market entry and develop local partnerships.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said the visit highlighted two important strands of their strategy in Donegal – the continued support to make Donegal famous for food and the emphasis on helping small businesses from the county to look beyond local markets.“We have an amazing cohort of businesses in Donegal and we are working hard now with our businesses to find out what really drives the people who are exporting so we can help others achieve that too.“This trip is just one part of that strategy and we are confident that the links we have been forging over the past few years in places like Philadelphia, Boston and New York through the Diaspora project will bear fruit for businesses here.” Welcoming Derry City and Strabane District Council’s participation in the event, Director of Business Stephen Gillespie said the visit is part of the Ireland Northwest’s strategic objectives, aimed at assisting local companies to internationalise their business, increase their business connections and exports.A key element of this visit is that it aligns with the objectives set out in the recently launched Council food and drink strategy.“This is a great opportunity for Baronscourt Brewing Co. and Muff Liquor Company to showcase their products and further develop their links with drink distributors in the US.“It’s a huge privilege for us to be invited to take part in this prestigious event and to be given a platform to promote the North West region as a food and drink destination. “The event will be attended by a range of influencers in the drinks sector and our participation at this showcase is a testament to the ongoing relationship we have developed with Philadelphia during our trade investment visits,” he said.Alanna M. Barry McCloskey, Business Manager and Marketing Coordinator with the Irish American Business Chamber and Network said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Irish American Business Chamber & Network, we are thrilled to welcome a delegation of Irish craft distillers and brewers and representatives from Derry City and Strabane and Donegal County Councils.“Our visiting companies will meet with various Chamber members, local business leaders, and government representatives with the goal of expanding their networks and expanding into the Greater Philadelphia region.“We are very much looking forward to introducing our visiting companies to the Irish Chamber membership at a special event, In Good Spirits: The Rise of Craft Distilling and Brewing in Pennsylvania and Ireland. This panel discussion and tasting session will feature both Irish and Pennsylvania companies and highlight the parallel track of the craft industries in Pennsylvania and Ireland.“Throughout the Chamber’s 20-year history, we have welcomed delegations of Irish companies and government representatives to the Philadelphia Region.“We actively work to promote the Island of Ireland in the Philadelphia region and conversely, highlight Philadelphia as a destination for Irish businesses, trade and investment.”The delegation departed to Philadelphia on Wednesday 15th May.Further trade missions are scheduled to take place to both Boston and Philadelphia in November when both Councils will be supporting a range of local companies to assess their readiness to export and gear up to target and explore new business opportunities in export markets.Donegal liquor company in Good Spirits for Philadelphia showcase was last modified: May 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lewis Howes: What Is Greatness and How to Be Great – Episode #68

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 48:29 — 38.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhat is greatness?Have you ever thought about it? We look at athletes and leaders and musicians and say they are “great,” but what do we really mean? It has something to do with skill and competence, but there’s more to it than that. It has to do with the character that has enabled that person to achieve the things they have, to attain levels of expertise or knowledge or ability that few others reach. On this episode Lewis Howes talks with Anthony about what it means to be great and what it takes to get there. You won’t hear a better conversation on the subject of greatness, so be sure you set aside the time to listen to this one.Lewis Howes on What Is Greatness and How to Be Great – on this episodeClick To TweetBecoming a great speaker, entrepreneur, and coach.Lewis Howes was a 20-something year old when he walked into an Ohio Toastmasters group where he first met Anthony Iannarino. It was there that Anthony saw Lewis mature into a truly powerful speaker who was aiming at the top – at greatness. The two of them quickly became friends and each think deeply about the subject of greatness – that’s why this conversation is so enjoyable. You’ll hear Lewis talk about his own pursuit of greatness as a speaker, business leader, coach, and athlete – and you’ll get to hear his thoughts on what truly makes a person great in any discipline.What does it take to achieve greatness?When asked the question Lewis Howes gives a few responses. First, in order to achieve greatness Lewis believes that you have to believe that you are worthy to reach the point of being called “great.” If you’re not able to believe that you deserve it you’ll likely never be able to accomplish it – and even if you do, you won’t believe you have. But more so, it has to do with belief in your ability to reach a point of greatness at all. If you want to hear more of Lewis’ insights into the topic this episode is for you.What does it take to achieve greatness?Click To TweetWhat is greatness? How would YOU define it?Naturally, every discipline or area has its own particulars as to what makes someone “great” in the field of competitors or participants. For that reason alone “greatness” cannot be defined by a set of acquired skills. It has more to do with the inner person, the character, discipline, and mindset they bring to the things they do. On this episode Lewis Howes shares his insights about the question, “What is greatness?” by retelling some of the stories and situations from his podcast interview series, “The School of Greatness.”Would you like to attend Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness for $100 off?Since Lewis and Anthony have been friends for so long Lewis was happy to provide a discount to his upcoming event – The Summit of Greatness – to anyone who listens to In The Arena. If you’d like to have $100 off the registration price all you have to do is go to Lewis’ event website mentioned on this episode and enter the code “Be Great” in the discount coupon field. It’s a gift from Lewis and Anthony to you. And by the way, you’ll get to meet Anthony there if you attend.Would you like to attend Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness for $100 off?Click To TweetOutline of this great episode How Anthony met Lewis Howes at Toastmasters. What Lewis does on his podcast and how he came up with the name. Lewis’ top interviews (in his opinion). What is greatness? People Lewis believes demonstrate greatness. Lewis’ book: School of Greatness – dealing with adversity. Dealing with the feelings and dialogue that go on inside. What mindset is necessary for greatness? How the results you produce depends on the energy you have physically. What Lewis is reading right now. The person who’s had the biggest impact on Lewis’ thinking. What job Lewis would be doing if he wasn’t doing what he’s doing now. What Lewis wants to be remembered for. Lewis’ event: The Summit of GreatnessOur Sponsors:Swag IQwww.PreOrder.TheOnlySalesGuide.comResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.LewisHowes.comwww.SummitOfGreatness.com  – use the coupon code “Be Great” for $100 off.The School of Greatness PodcastToastmasterswww.HowToPlanASalesCall.com098233320X 0143038419162336596107432267551938289536187842431900611224160307465357The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeBecoming a great speaker, entrepreneur, and coach ~ with Lewis Howes on this episodeClick To TweetWhat is greatness? How would YOU define it?Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Mizoram govt. taken to court over liquor losses

first_imgLiquor dealers in Mizoram have taken the Zoramthanga government to court for losses caused by extension of dry days initially meant for the Christmas season.In keeping with its election promise, the Mizo National Front government had banned the sale of liquor from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019. The ban was later extended till March 10.On Thursday, the Mizoram Liquor Vendors’ Association and each owner of the State’s three bonded warehouses filed separate lawsuits in the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court seeking to know how their losses would be recovered and whether the government has any prohibition policy in place.The court has set January 22 as the date of hearing and has asked the State government to produce the proceedings of the Cabinet meetings leading to the imposition of dry days.After the first Cabinet meeting on December 18, 2018, the government closed down nine State-run liquor outlets and declared dry days from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019, in view of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Republic Day and the local Chapchar Kut festival were the reasons cited for extending the dry day to March 10 after the second Cabinet meeting on January 10.Mounting expenses“The government has kept us in a limbo by not saying clearly whether we have to wind up. Extension of dry days has hit our business hard. We are maintaining our outlets, paying employees and taking care of other mounting expenses,” said Francis Sailo, an Aizawl-based liquor vendor. The liquor dealers said the State government should have come out with an exit policy with a time-frame to phase out the business. They said the uncertainty has led to piling up of liquor stock since the dealers have to honour their permits for purchase till March this year.Under pressure from the influential church, total prohibition was first imposed via the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act in 1997 when Lal Thanhawla was the Chief Minister. The move, however, did not help his Congress party win the Assembly election the following year.The Congress replaced total prohibition by controlled prohibition 18 years later through the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act of 2014. A few wine shops were accordingly opened in 2015 and the State government recorded around ₹70 crore in annual revenue through the sale of alcohol.Push from church An unhappy church commissioned a study on the effects of alcohol on individuals and the Mizo society. A team of academics concluded in 2018 that the social cost of liquor was higher than the revenue earned.Liquor dealers said the liquor stock unsold since the imposition of the Zoramthanga government’s dry day order was worth more than ₹40 crore. “The government should either buy this stock or compensate us,” a dealer said.last_img read more