This April 2, 2015 photo shows pretzels a Wawa convenience store in Philadelphia. Wawa and other Philadelphia-area purveyors are taking their regional brands far beyond the mid-Atlantic region. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) This April 2, 2015 photo shows pretzels a Philly Pretzel Factory location in Philadelphia. Philly Pretzel Factory and other Philadelphia-area purveyors are taking their regional brands far beyond the mid-Atlantic region. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PHILADELPHIA | The man intent on taking the Philly cheesesteak global saw a familiar sight from home on a recent trip to Florida: a Wawa.The hoagie-making, coffee-brewing convenience and gas chain from the Philadelphia area is pushing hard into the Sunshine State, opening more than 60 stores since 2012 with another 25 planned by the end of the year.Albie Misci, sales director at cheesesteak chain Tony Luke’s, knows the idea. This April 2, 2015 photo shows pretzels a Rita’s Italian Ice location in Philadelphia. Rita’s and other Philadelphia-area purveyors are taking their regional brands far beyond the mid-Atlantic region. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) He’s helping take Philly’s most famous culinary treat to Florida, California and even the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain.“The cheesesteak has grown from a Philadelphia sandwich, a local food, to a national sandwich. Everyone’s familiar with it,” Misci said in a recent interview. “When we’re in Las Vegas or in L.A., they’ll come up to us and say, ‘Hey, Tony Luke’s, you’re from Philly!’”Other staples from the City of Brotherly Love, including its beloved soft pretzels and water ice, are also going global, as their Philadelphia-based purveyors aggressively expand into national — and international — chains.Tony Luke’s has 22 stores, seven more in development and plans to grow to 360 locations within a decade.Philly Pretzel Factory, started in 1998 as a single stand by friends who hawked pretzels as kids on the side of a busy Philadelphia boulevard, has 150 stores and plans to open 350 more and break into the international market by 2020.Rita’s Italian Ice, already up to 600 stores in the U.S., is expanding into six Middle Eastern countries and is looking to Canada and Mexico for further growth.Rita’s chief development officer, Eric Taylor, said its Philadelphia-bred franchisees — and customers who’ve relocated from the city or vacationers hitting the beach, the theme parks or Phillies spring training — have an emotional connection to the product.“They want to bring water ice out to Arizona or Utah or wherever they are now,” Taylor said of the sugary frozen treat, which is more sorbet than snow cone. “They take pride in bringing a Philly staple back to their home market.”Wawa skipped straight from its footprint in five mid-Atlantic states to Florida, where census data shows 3 percent of residents are natives of Pennsylvania and 8 percent are from other northeast states.The company has stores in the Orlando and Tampa areas popular with retirees and tourists — including the one Misci saw near the Phillies’ complex in Clearwater. It’s opening three stores at once next week in Fort Myers.Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said the reception has been so strong in Florida, the company will continue to open 25 new stores there and 25 in the mid-Atlantic — further into northern New Jersey and south into Virginia — each year.Across the company and employee-owned chain, its made-to-order Philadelphia-style hoagies remain a top seller.“It speaks to the unique connection Philly foods have with people,” Bruce said.Philadelphia’s boom in gastronomic exports comes at a heady time for the city.It’ll host Pope Francis in September and the Democratic National Convention next July and a major soccer championship this summer.It’s also been featured prominently on the television shows “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Goldbergs,” which recreated Veterans Stadium — the former home of the Phillies and Eagles — for a recent episode.The brands built around the city’s iconic foods are following a trail blazed by every major chain before it — growing from a single store into a regional player before leaping into less familiar territory, said Penn marketing professor David Reibstein.Think Starbucks, which started as a single-store operation at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or one of its main rivals, Dunkin Donuts, which evolved into a global coffee and pastry giant from a small chain of shops in the Boston area.“Part of what it takes is, is that city or that region known for those particular products,” said Reibstein. “We can think about Italian shoes. That’s really well-known and if you say it’s Italian, that must be really good. But, if we saw Slovakian shoes, no one’s going to be really enamored with that.” This April 2, 2015 photo shows pretzels at a Philly Pretzel Factory in Philadelphia. Philly Pretzel Factory and other Philadelphia-area purveyors are taking their regional brands far beyond the mid-Atlantic region. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California lawmakers are hearing renewed discussions on a bill that would prevent parents from seeking vaccination exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday became the second legislative body to consider the measure that has sparked a debate pitting personal rights against public health.Supporters say the bill would increase the number of schoolchildren who are vaccinated in the wake of a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December.Carl Krawitt, of Corte Madre near San Francisco, told lawmakers he feared for his 6-year-old son’s life during the outbreak because the boy, Rhett, couldn’t be vaccinated while he was treated for leukemia.Opponents say the bill is unconstitutional and tramples on personal rights. Parents told lawmakers they would be forced to homeschool and that there’s no public health crisis.
A street light with a same gender pair is pictured in dowtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) The lights are being erected at 47 crossings and will stay up until June. Vienna hosts several events linked to tolerance during that time, including the Life Ball, Europe’s biggest charity event for AIDS and HIV research, and the Eurovision Song Contest, won last year by Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst.Pedestrians were neutral to positive when asked Tuesday whether they liked the concept.“I think this is a great idea,” said Clemens Bendtner. “The topic of equality and equal treatment is a very important issue, and it is getting some attention through the campaign.”But not all Austrians are amused. The Freedom Party has announced it is lodging a criminal complaint against Vienna Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou, who is in charge of traffic issues in the city.Party officials say the lights contravene traffic regulations and are a waste of taxpayers’ money at a cost of 63,000 euros ($70,000).The city in turn says that the lights conform to laws — and are meant not only to show tolerance. Municipal officials say they also hope the signals will draw more attention from pedestrians and reduce jay-walking. VIENNA | Some Vienna pedestrian traffic lights are suddenly not only red or green. They’re also gay or straight.And Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party is livid.Over the past few days, the city started setting up lights at pedestrian crossings that show pairs of figures instead of the usual stick men. Some depict a man and a woman. Others, two women. Still others, two men. All couples are complete with hearts. A street light with a same gender pair is pictured in dowtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) People wait at a street light with a same gender pair in dowtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) A street light with a same gender pair is pictured in dowtown Vienna, Austria, May 12, 2015. These lights were set up by city officials until June, just in time for the annual Life Ball, where celebrities will rub shoulders with party-goers dressed in little more than body paint and cross-dressers in wild costumes at the charity event supporting AIDS research. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
In this Oct. 18, 2016 photo taken in Anchorage, Alaska, Dan Perpich talks about his company, Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, which partnered with an Alaska Native corporation to grow produce inside an insulated shipping container in the northwest Alaska town of Kotzebue. The goal is to grow kale, lettuces and other greens year-round, despite the region’s unforgiving climate. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro) In this Oct. 19, 2016 photo provided by Will Anderson, shoots of crops are seen inside an indoor hydroponics farm owned by a local Alaska Native corporation in Kotzebue, Alaska. The goal of the venture is to grow kale, lettuces and other greens year-round, despite the region’s unforgiving climate. (Will Anderson via AP) In this May 28, 2016 photo provided by Will Anderson, members of a local Alaska Native corporation board from left, Martin Shroyer, Calvin Schaeffer, Claude Wilson, Harold Lambert and Kathy Sherman watch the first crop planting inside the corporation’s new indoor hydroponics farm in Kotzebue, Alaska. The goal of the venture is to grow kale, lettuces and other greens year-round, despite the region’s unforgiving climate. (Will Anderson via AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska | The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for northern-growing forests to take root.Amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the largely Inupiat community of Kotzebue.A subsidiary of a local Native corporation is using hydroponics technology to grow produce inside an insulated, 40-foot shipping container equipped with glowing magenta LED lights. Arctic Greens is harvesting kale, various lettuces, basil and other greens weekly from the soil-free system and selling them at the supermarket in the community of nearly 3,300. In this Oct. 26, 2016 photo provided by Will Anderson, employee Joe Carr stands outside a new indoor hydroponics farm owned by a local Alaska Native corporation in Kotzebue, Alaska. Arctic Greens is harvesting kale, various lettuces, basil and other greens weekly from the soil-free system and selling them at the supermarket in the community of nearly 3,300. (Will Anderson via AP) In this Oct. 19, 2016 photo provided by Will Anderson, Anderson, president of the Native Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp., stands inside his Native corporation’s new indoor hydroponics farm in Kotzebue, Alaska. The goal of the venture is to grow kale, lettuces and other greens year-round, despite the region’s unforgiving climate. (Will Anderson via AP) “We’re learning,” Will Anderson, president of the Native Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp., said of the business launched last spring. “We’re not a farming culture.”The venture is first of its kind north of the Arctic Circle, according to the manufacturer of Kotzebue’s pesticide-free system. The goal is to set up similar systems in partnerships with other rural communities far from Alaska’s minimal road system — where steeply priced vegetables can be more than a week in transit and past their prime by the time they arrive at local stores.There are other tools for extending the short growing season in a state with cold soil. One increasingly popular method involves high tunnels, tall hoop-shaped structures that cover crops.But the season can last year-round with indoor hydroponics, which uses water and nutrients to grow vertically stacked plants rooted in a binding material such as rock wool.Anchorage-based Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, which builds enclosed systems out of transformed shipping containers, partnered with Kikiktagruk. The 2-year-old company also sold the system to a farmer in the rural town of Dillingham.“Our vision is that this can be a long-term solution to the food shortage problems in the north,” said Ron Perpich, a company founder. “We’re hoping that we can put systems anywhere that there’s people.”But the operations have challenges, including steep price tags. Startup costs in Kotzebue were around $200,000, including the customized freight container and the price to fly it in a C-130 transport plane from Anchorage, 550 miles to the southeast.The town also relies heavily on expensive diesel power, so operations could eat into profits.In addition, moving tender produce from its moist, warm growing enclosure to a frigid environment can be challenging. And farming can be a largely foreign concept to Native communities with deeply imbedded traditions of hunting and gathering.Still, the potential benefits outweigh the downsides, according to Johanna Herron, state market access and food safety manager.Grown with the correct nutrient balance, hydroponics produce is considered just as safe as crops grown using other methods.“It’s not the only solution,” Herron said. “Hydroponics is just a piece of it, but certainly an excellent thing for communities to look into.”Alaska Commercial Co., which has stores in nearly three dozen remote communities, is carrying Arctic Greens in the Kotzebue store. This week, the Dillingham AC store is beginning to sell produce grown in the local farm’s hydroponics system. The chain will bring the Arctic Greens brand to more locations if expansion plans prove cost-effective, AC general manager Walter Pickett told The Associated Press.“The produce is fantastic, at least what we’ve been seeing out of Kotzebue,” he said. “The customers love it.”Lisa Adan is among the Kotzebue residents who regularly buy the produce. She said there are plans to start providing it at the local hospital’s cafeteria, where she is an assistant manager.Adan said the locally grown greens are superior to the produce that’s transported north.“It’s so much better,” she said. “It tastes like it just came out of your garden.”For now, the new business is operating as a prototype, especially as it enters the long, harsh winter season in Kotzebue, 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle.The town, the regional hub for northwest Alaska villages, is built on a 3-mile-long spit, and many there live a subsistence lifestyle. The community has a chronically high unemployment rate, with the school district, state and local hospital among its major employers.For now, the biggest selling point of the hydroponics produce is freshness. Prices are parallel with greens brought up from the Lower 48.But operators are trying to work out kinks and find ways to lower energy costs, possibly through such alternatives as wind power, according to Anderson.“We want to be a benefit to the community,” he said. “Not only do we want fresher produce, but affordable produce.”Nearly 400 miles to the northeast, the village corporation in the Inupiat community of Nuiqsut is considering acquiring one of the systems. Joe Nukapigak, president of the Kuukpik Corp., said he plans to travel to Kotzebue after Thanksgiving to see hydroponics in action.Unlike diesel-powered Kotzebue, Nuiqsut is just miles from the Prudhoe Bay oil field and taps into far less costly natural gas.Nukapigak envisions the oil industry as a possible customer if hydroponics takes hold in his village. He also likes the thought of same-day freshness as opposed to produce that’s sometimes ruined by the time it arrives.“If we have a local operation like that, it would not get spoiled as much,” he said. “It would be made locally, and that would help.”Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro
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The Garry Beaudry rink of Nelson got some payback against Senior’s zone winner Myron Nichol, defeating the Castlegar rink in the final of the Meat Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Beaudry’s rink of third Tim Schietel, second Will Burt and lead John Sherbinin brought home the bacon against the Kootenay Senior’s Champ.Brent Pihowich of Nelson won the “B” side with Ken Haynes of Nelson taking the “C” event.
By Martyn HermanJose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Premier League champions Chelsea on Thursday after a calamitous run of results left the west London club one point above the relegation zone.A club statement said Chelsea and the 52-year-old Portuguese had parted company by “mutual consent” seven months after he led them to the title by an eight-point margin.It concludes a spectacular fall from grace for Mourinho, rated as one of the world’s best coaches, who declared himself the “happy one” when he returned for a second stint in charge of Chelsea in 2013 after spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at surprise league leaders Leicester City on Monday, their ninth loss in 16 league games since the start of a season that has gone spectacularly wrong, proved to be the final straw for Russian owner Roman Abramovich.After that latest setback Mourinho accused some of his players of “betraying my work” – a verbal attack that appeared to be his last throw of the dice in halting the slide.“All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” a statement on the club’s website (www,chelseafc.com) said.“His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.“But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.“The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea.”Chelsea said they would not be making any further comment until a new appointment was made.INTERIM MANAGERDutchman Guus Hiddink is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over as interim manager, having done so successfully in 2009 when Chelsea fired Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari.Few could have foreseen Chelsea’s decline this season, especially as Mourinho was rewarded for the title with a new four-year contract in August.The squad is virtually identical to the one that dominated last season’s Premier League and won the League Cup.Yet the defeats have piled up, key players Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have looked distracted, Mourinho has twice fallen foul of the FA and there has been talk of dressing room unrest.Ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Sunderland, Chelsea have managed only 15 points during their worst start to a season since they were relegated from the top flight in 1978-79.Opposing fans have taunted Mourinho with chants of “You’re not special any more” – a cheeky reference to his opening statement when he first joined the club from Porto in 2004.“Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion, I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one,” he said at the time.When Chelsea beat Porto last week to reach the last 16 of the Champions League it seemed he had bought himself time, but defeat by Leicester put the club’s demise into sharp focus.After 16 games last season Chelsea had lost once and had 39 points while Leicester were bottom on 10.HOPES EXTINGUISHEDA year on and Chelsea are 20 points behind the east Midlands outfit and their title hopes, if not their top-four ambitions, have been extinguished before Christmas.“I’ve never known a capitulation like it from a football club,” former England striker and now BBC pundit Alan Shearer said as news of Mourinho’s sacking spread.“I have never known players to perform like they did last season and then be so bad now. It’s unprecedented.”Mourinho’s special relationship with Chelsea began when, fresh from Champions League success at Porto, he won back-to-back Premier League titles plus the League Cup and FA Cup, before falling out with Abramovich and leaving in 2007.He was welcomed back as a returning hero in 2013 after spells at Inter Milan, where he again won the Champions League, and Real Madrid and delivered a third Premier League title, but this season has been the worst of his career.Chelsea have lost the same number of league games this term as they did in the three seasons from 2004 to 2007.While thrashings by Manchester City and Liverpool were chastening, it was defeats by less glamorous clubs like Leicester, Southampton, West Ham United, Stoke City and modest Bournemouth that led to a sense of crisis.The strain has shown too with Mourinho twice being fined for his behaviour and receiving a one-match stadium ban after he was banished to the stands at West Ham on Oct. 24.His post-match interviews became increasingly unpredictable. One rambling answer after Chelsea lost to Southampton lasted seven minutes while on other occasions he was mono-syllabic.Acknowledged as the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history, and claiming they would not find anyone better, he retained the affection of many fans to the end but crucially seemed to have lost some of the dressing room.Despite the loyalty of the Blues supporters to their Portuguese coach, however, Abramovich had seen enough.
The three-day tournament which started yesterday has attracted a record 109 teams from 43 villages across the Central Province.President of the Central Netball Association, Iammo Launa said there are four divisions- Masters, Young Oldies, A Grade and B Grade.”We got off to a bit of a late start yesterday but are back on track. So far, so good.”The finals are scheduled for tomorrow but if time runs out, we’ll play them on Saturday morning,” said Launa.In today’s results in the Young Oldies division, Maopa Blue def. Moreguina 17-10, Pelagai def. Puiwa Paramana 13-5, Saroa def. Pelagai Grey 22-8, Maopa Red def. Gamoga 19-7 and Puiwa Paramana def. Gamoga 19-0.In the A Grade division, Kalo Red (1) drew with Saroa 14-14, Lalaura def. Gabone 8-4, Paramana Marlins def. Pelagai Grey 19-11, Papaka def. Kamali (1) 8-6 and Kalo Gold def. Keapara 10-6.In the B Grade division, Maopa Red def. Kemabolo 18-3, Paramana Marlins def. Saroakeina 19-6, Pelagai (2) def. Amazon Bay 11-10, Kalo Red (1) def. Moreguina 14-8 and Kalo Red (2) def. Saroa 23-5.”Prize money across all divisions is K1000 for first place and K500 for runners up,” said Launa.Launa finished by thanking sponsors of the Central Cup which include Governor of the Central Province, Kila Haoda, Vitis Industries, PNG Sports Foundation and Lae Biscuit Company.
BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBangkok Glass claimed its lone win in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at the expense of PSL-F2 Logistics Manila, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Thai club settled for 7th place while the host finished in eighth and last place. ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ashley Frazier led Bangkok Glass with 12 points while Thi Ngoc Hoa Nguyen and team captain Pleumjit Thinkaow added 11 points apiece.Jaja Santiago led the hosts with 11 points while Lindsay Stalzer added eight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “Today we are really happy we won our last game here in the Philippines, but today was really difficult,” said Bangkok Glass head coach Porncha Kittipong. “Everybody played good and we’re really happy we did a good job today.”Kittipong was impressed with how PSL-F2 Logistics played them in the blocking department.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Jett Manuel withdraws from PBA Draft to focus on UP 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila PSL-F2 Logistics scored on seven of its blocks while Bangkok Glass managed just four but the Thai club enjoyed a 47-37 advantage in spikes.Moro Branislav, the head coach of PSL-F2 Logistics, fielded in his seven local players in the third set to finish the match. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young
SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS With the popular Pick-5 set for races one to five, the Sunrise-6 will start at the second race on tomorrow’s 11-race programme at Caymanas Park. SQUIT should give punters a winning start in Race Two. The five-year-old horse has been at the top of the handicaps for most of his races and now gets some relief at 53kg, courtesy of apprentice Oneil Scott’s 2kg claim. The third for $180,000 claimers over 1500 metres is tailored for DUSSELDORF, who was just below Classic level in 2016. The five-year-old gelding had his last success on July 15 last year over tomorrow’s distance, and with his fitness not in doubt, he should score an easy win. Take ADORING LADY in the fourth, DADA’S NALA in the fifth, bank on Classic contender ANOTHER VIGOROUS in Race 6 and close the Sunrise-6 with newcomer VALDERRAMA in Race 7. The latter has not been showing a lot at exercise but is well-bred, Nuclear Wayne – Winniana – and can get off the mark in his first race. 2. SQUIT 3. DUSSELDORF 4. ADORING LADY 5. DADA’S NALA 6. ANOTHER VIGOROUS 7. VALDERRAMA