Kenolkobil Limited (KENO.ke) HY2011 Presentation

first_imgKenolkobil Limited (KENO.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2011 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenolkobil Limited (KENO.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenolkobil Limited (KENO.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenolkobil Limited (KENO.ke)  2011 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenolkobil Limited is an oil marketing company supplying, storing, distributing and retailing an extensive range of petroleum products for markets in Africa sub-regions. This involves trading crude and refined petroleum products including motor fuels, industrial oils, liquified petroleum gas, aviation fuels, lubricants and various specialist oils. Kenolkobil Limited also markets a range of lubricants under the Castrol and K-Lube brands and sells a cooking gas called K-gas; and supplies gas accessories such as burners, regulators, cooking grills, lanterns, cookers, gas poles and hoses and fuel management systems. Kenolkobil Limited was the first marketer in Kenya to commission a fully-electronic fleet fuel management system, called K-Card which offers holder’s highly discounted purchases at its service stations across the country. Formerly known as Kenya Oil Company Limited (Kenol), the company was founded in 1959 as a wholesaler of packaged Kerosene and later invested in service stations. Today, Kenolkobil Limited is Kenya’s leading indigenous oil marketing company with operations in Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenolkobil Limitedlast_img read more

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Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CRESTA.bw) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgCresta Marakanelo Limited (CRESTA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CRESTA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CRESTA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cresta Marakanelo Limited (CRESTA.bw)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCresta Marakanelo Limited operates in the travel and tourism sector, concentrating on the provision of hotel services to business travellers. In addition to accommodation, Cresta, as part of its services, offers customers restaurants, bars, safari tours, provision of conference facilities, outside catering, as well as other ancillary business activities carried out from the Hotels. In its operations, Cresta derives marketing benefits and support from the use of the “Cresta” brand, through its Management Agreement with Cresta Holdings.last_img read more

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No savings at 60? I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend shares for a passive income

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 | More on: DGE SGRO Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves If you’ve reached 60 years of age with no pension savings, there’s no need to worry. There’s still plenty of time to save for the future.Investing your money can be one of the best ways to build a substantial savings pot in a relatively short amount of time.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that being the case, here are two FTSE 100 stocks that could give you a passive income stream in retirement.DiageoGlobal drinks giant Diageo (LSE: DGE) isn’t a household name, but the company’s products are. The group owns some of the most recognisable alcohol brands in the world. This gives it a sizeable competitive advantage.As such, the company looks attractive as an income investment. The stock might not offer the highest dividend yield on the market, but the distribution is backed by robust cash flows from its alcohol business.The stock supports a dividend yield of 2.3%, and the distribution is covered 1.9 times earnings per share. That implies management has plenty of headroom to increase the distribution further in the years ahead.As well as this dividend yield, the company has also recently been returning cash to investors by buying back stock.These buybacks, as well as efficiency savings and revenue growth, helped Diageo achieve a 19% increase in earnings per share in its last financial year. Analysts are forecasting growth of around 7% per annum for the next two years. The dividend could grow at a similar rate.These numbers suggest the stock can provide shareholders with a growing passive income in retirement.SEGROA large number of retirees acquire property to provide a passive income in retirement, but a better option could be real estate investment trust SEGRO (LSE: SGRO).This business invests in logistics assets across Europe. Over the past six years, its growth has been highly impressive. SEGRO’s book value per share has grown at a compound annual rate of 17% since 2013.As the company has acquired and developed new logistics assets, it has been able to raise its dividend. For the past six years, the dividend has grown at a compound annual rate of 6%.As most of the firm’s tenants pay rent linked to inflation, it seems highly likely this dividend growth trend will continue. The development of new properties will also drive further book value growth, which suggests the stock could offer income as well as capital growth over the long run.The real estate investment trust currently offers shareholders a dividend yield of 2.2%, which is will hit 2.4% in 2020.Meanwhile, SEGRO is dealing at a price-to-book ratio (P/B) of 1.4, which is a bit on the pricy side. However, the company’s development plans coupled with its track record of creating value for shareholders, suggests the business deserves this multiple.Therefore, if you’re looking for a stock that has the potential to provide capital growth as well as a steady income stream, SEGRO could be worth your research time. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares No savings at 60? I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend shares for a passive income Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

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Hotshots: Meet Rebels flanker Sean McMahon

first_imgRW verdict: The flanker is certainly versatile and also has leadership skills. Wallaby in waiting? Keep watch.This Hotshot was first published in the December 2014 edition of Rugby World. Want to keep up to date with all rugby’s up and coming youngsters? Subscribe to the magazine here, or find out how to download the digital edition here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Why – are you heavier?I had to put on about five or six kilos (for Super Rugby). That was hard, learning how to carry that extra body weight for 15s.What are your aims now?Playing 15s is where I want to be right now, and hopefully that means heading one day into representing the Wallabies. Baby Wallaby: McMahon won his first senior cap against Wales in November How’s 2014 been for you?It’s definitely been a big year. I didn’t really get much of a break from rugby so I had been going in, and in, and in!Has it been tough?Going back to sevens for the Commonwealth Games after playing for Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby and captaining Australia at the Junior World Cup was a good change. There’s a lot more space on the field.Aged 20, isn’t that a lot of rugby to play?If Australia want me to represent them anywhere I’m always happy to take that opportunity. It’s my country; a great honour. Although I ended up being a little slower at sevens than I used to be.last_img read more

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Rugby World Cup guide to Matsuri in Kyushu

first_imgTuesday Sep 17, 2019 Rugby World Cup guide to Matsuri in Kyushu What is a Matsuri? ADVERTISEMENTA religious event that welcomes God and deepens the connection between God and people.There are many different forms depending on the season and location, and many people participate in the hope of health, safety and prosperity. In Japan, there are many festivals related to rice cultivation, such as praying for good harvest and celebrating good harvest.About Matsuri in KyushuDownload leafletThe westernmost area of Japan, the Kyushu and Yamaguchi regions have plenty that will wow you – majestically beautiful mountains, expansive coastal landscapes and other stunning nature as well as hot springs, fascinating history, culture and amazing food. Few places do matsuri (festivals) quite like Kyushu. Each area has an abundance of incredible festivals – including traditional events that have been held for centuries, rich cultural experiences, carnival atmospheres, and unique traditions steeped in local culture.ADVERTISEMENTAbout 40 festivals from nine prefectures in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi regions, all in one place! The extravaganza includes the “Big Five” festivals that have been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, such as the Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Yatsushiro Myoken Festival.The event also showcases the areas’ best foods, local specialties and tourist attractions!Matsuri All starsADVERTISEMENTA smorgasbord of the Kyushu and Yamaguchi area’s best festivals all together in Kumamoto city.Festival period: September 28 (Sat) – 29 (Sun), 2019Venue: Downtown Kumamoto CityMain venue: Symbol PromenadeSub-venues: Josaien, Kumamoto Castle; Shimotori Shintengai; 2-bangaiFloat exhibition: Sunroad ShinshigaiHere are some of the festivals you can enjoy at the venue.NOTICE: The program is subject to change without notice. Check the website for details. YAMAGUCHI: Iwakuni clan firearms troopSeptember 28 (Sat) – 29 (Sun), 2019Gunners dressed in traditional armour give an impressive performance using weapons from the Edo period (1603-1868) .The Iwakuni clan firearms troop perform traditional Ishida-style firearms displays. These are thrilling events, with the thunder of each volley drawing gasps from the audience.Performances are held throughout the year, including on New Year’s Day and during the Kintai Bridge Festival.FUKUOKA: HAKATA GION YAMAKASASeptember 28 (Sat)Hakata Gion Yamakasa is held from July 1 to 15 every year. Beautifully ornate Kazariyama floats are set up on the street corners in the city for display and you can take a look at them while strolling through the city. Many people wearing happi coats (toban happi and mizu happi) can also be seen during the festival. Yamakasa can be seen all over Hakata City right up until the thrilling climax of the main race, Oiyama, in the early hours of the 15th (Sun).The most popular Yamakasa events are Oiyamanarashi on the 12th, Shudan Yamamise on the 13th, and Oiyama on the 15th, in which you are actually able to see men run with Yamakasa on their shoulders. There are lots of other opportunities to see Yamakasa floats run through the town during Nagarekaki on the 10th and 14th, and at Asayama and Tanagaregaki on the 11th.Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a dedicatory Shinto ritual of Kushida Shrine, which has been held for over 770 years and takes place between July 1st and 15th every year.There are several theories on the origin of Hakata Gion Yamakasa, however, one popular account is that in 1241 Hakata was hit by a plague outbreak and Shoichi Kokushi, the founder of Jotenji temple, sprinkled the city with prayer water, cleansing it of the disease.Originally, men carried 15 metre high Yamakasa floats and paraded slowly down the streets of the town. However, due to the risk of getting stuck on electric cables and lights installed during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), it was decided that they were more suitable for display purposes only and called Kazariyama (tall decorated floats). Shorter floats to be carried were then made, called Kakiyamakasa.The official registration of Yamakasa on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List on December 1st 2016 has seen more people than ever take an interest in Hakata Gion Yamakasa.SAGA: 2019 SAGA INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTASeptember 28 (Sat)“Saga International Balloon Fiesta”, the largest international hot air balloon competition in Asia, is held every year for five days from late October to early November, with more than 100 balloon aircraft from around the world taking part. This year will be the 40th anniversary of the event. Many tourists come to see the spectacle of all the balloons taking off at once and the many character-shaped balloons. ”La Montgolfier Nocturne”, where balloons are illuminated by their burners in the evening darkness, also proves to be a very lively event.NAGASAKI: YOSAKOI SASEBO FESTIVALSeptember 28 (Sat)YOSAKOI Sasebo Festival is one of the biggest events in Sasebo. The energetic dance performances are a must-see! You can enjoy around 170 teams performing at more than 10 locations including the Nakiri Festival Square Main Stage. You will be amazed by their strong performances as men and women of all ages dance to exciting music while beating a traditional naruko (clapping noisemaker).KUMAMOTO: YATSUSHIRO MYOKEN FESTIVALSeptember 28 (Sat)The O-nobori Shink procession, the main event of the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival, is held every year on November 23rd. The procession departs Shioya Hachiman Shrine led by the shishi-mai (lion dancers), at 7:30 in the morning. Approximately 40 floats and other performances make up the procession, attended by 1,700 people, which travels about six kilometres to Yatsushiro Shrine.Excitement reaches a fever pitch in the afternoon as the procession is introduced at Tosaki-no-kawara near Yatsushiro Shrine with performances by the shishi-mai and Kida, as well as the horse runs through the river.A performance stage is set up at Tosaki-no-kawara. Both banks of the river are used for stands, filled by a large audience every year.This is the biggest highlight of the Yatsushiro My?ken Festival and where the festival reaches its climax, including the full lineup of kasaboko (parade floats), captivating performances by shishi-mai (lion dancers) and Kida (an animal with the head of a snake and a body of a turtle), and horses running through the river, splashing water as they go.12:30 Shishi-mai (lion dance)13:10 Hanayakko (manservants)13:20 Kinma (wooden horses) procession14:20 Kida14:30 Kazariuma (12 decorated horses)(The above times are approximate.)OITA: HITA GION FESTIVALSeptember 28 (Sat)Period: The first Saturday and Sunday after July 20 each yearMain venues: Mameda, Kuma and Takeda districtsHistorical background: Proper hikiyama floats have been built in the Mameda and Kuma districts since 1714, and the ones we see today have been built since the late Meiji period (1868-1912). Gion-bayashi, the traditional music played in the parade, was created in 1817 by Tokutaro Koyama, a detective in the local administration.The festival was designated as an Intangible Cultural Property of Oita Prefecture in 1984 and an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan in 1996.The purpose of the Hita Gion Festival is to ward off disease and destruction such as wind and water damage and pray for peace and safety.In late July every year, Hita comes alive with the sound of Gion-bayashi music and spectacular 10m-high floats pulled to the accompaniment of soul-stirring chants. Held on the first Saturday and Sunday after July 20 each year, the festival is a 300-year tradition to ward off disease and destruction such as wind and water damage and to pray for peace and safety. Lavishly decorated floats are pulled through the streets of the Mameda, Kuma and Takeda districts. The excitement reaches its peak when night falls, with an elegant lantern procession through the mountains. You can see a preview of all nine floats in front of JR Hita station from the Thursday before the festival starts.MIYAZAKI: TAKACHIHO KAGURASeptember 28 (Sat)Local people host and dedicate Yokagura (night dances) to pray for a bountiful harvest. Gods and goddesses are invited to Kagura-Yado where Yokagura takes place and 33 kinds of dances are dedicated to them throughout the night.KAGOSHIMA: KIRISHIMA KUMEN TAIKOSeptember 29 (Sun)Vows for the new year are made to the stirring accompaniment of taiko drums. The musicians wear masks of the nine Shinto deities to recreate a much-loved story from Japanese mythology.At midnight and 2:00am on New Year’s Day, you can watch taiko performances recreating the legend of Tenson Korin, the descent of the Shinto deity Amaterasu’s grandson Ninigi from heaven, in front of the shrine office of Kirishima Shrine. Wearing white and pale purple costumes with masks of the nine Shinto deities, the musicians play taiko drums and hora (conch shell horns) to depict the deities’ arrival on earth from Takamagahara, their sacred dwelling place in the heavens. The enchanting atmosphere will leave you spellbound, and you’ll have no trouble believing that the powerful drumming could be heard all the way up in the heavens.OKINAWA: YOMITAN FESTIVALSeptember 28 (Sat)The whole of Yomitan Village comes together to put together the events of this festival, including the Akainko Grand Concert of Traditional Ryukyu Music, a concert named after a legendary figure in Ryukyu music and performed by over 300 local Ryukyu dancers and fans of traditional music, Uketsugo Yomitan no Kokoro (“Let’s Pass On the Heart of Yomitan”), a huge concert performed by local elementary and junior high school students and Shinkosen, a recreation of the ship said to have brought prosperity to the Ryukyu kingdom created with folk crafts by each residents’ association. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Summer revival

first_imgLocal News Twitter Pinterest Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 612 Jefferson Ave., has scheduled a summer revival at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday.Guest speaker will be the Rev. D.D. Fincher of Logo Christian Fellowship in Dallas.Call the Rev. James Archie at 413-9293. Facebook By admin – June 4, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Summer revival WhatsApp Previous articleFree meals for all kidsNext articleBig Brothers Big Sisters getting close to goal adminlast_img read more

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Made to measure

first_imgOriginally, pizza dough was cooked outdoors on hot flat stones. Not entirely practical or indeed desirable in this HACCP age we live in, but you don’t have to brave the British weather to produce excellent pizzas. There are options to suit you, from counter-top to conveyor models. Here are just a small selection:== Smart cookie with versatile charms ==If you want a super-hot oven that heats up to 450?C, for Neapolitan-style pizzas, The Whirlpool Smart-Cook Pizza Oven has a patented double cylinder system that transforms it from a conventional convection oven to a pizza-hot oven. Electronic temperature control and two fan motors – one on the top and one on the bottom – are said to ensure uniform fast cooking of the pizza from the edges to the middle. What makes it all the more suited to cafes and food-to-go bakery retailers is its small counter-top size; it’s a free-standing model which, despite its compactness, can cook a large 34cm pizza in less than 90 seconds.[http://www.apuro.co.uk]== Nippy number offers automatic control ==Also pretty nippy is the SelfCooking Center, which now offers a group of features that make the Rational oven suitable for baking pizzas – at up to 100 pizzas in eight minutes. The ’Pizza’ control setting means the oven will create a suitable cooking climate for pizza and the unit’s LevelControl technology means it will automatically adapt the programme for fresh or frozen pizza. So all staff have to do is load it up, push the button and get on with other work.The specially-designed non-stick pizza dishes hold pizzas up to 28cm (11″) in diameter. There’s also a new grill and pizza tray; pizzas can be popped on to the flat side of the tray, which is also non-stick and designed specifically for pizza cooking, and then put into the oven. The reverse of the tray is ridged for grilled products.[http://www.rational-UK.com]== Hot air streams for even cooking ==For a single stack conveyor oven, Equip-line’s Bofi is suitable for pizzas but equally useful in general bake-off operations, making it a decent all-rounder for smaller catering outlets.The XLT 3240-TS uses vertical streams of hot air from four pairs of tapered ducts to cook items passing along the single conveyor belt. The ducts are adjustable and can be configured to suit the operator, to ensure even cooking. The conveyor, which is 199cm wide, can be set up to move either right-to-left or left-to-right, and cook times can be adjusted digitally. It runs on natural or propane gas and no installation is required.[http://www.equipline.co.uk]== Counter-top model that can earn its keep ==For a smaller model, the smallest EKA unit from Katermart, the KF412 electric convection oven, can sit comfortably on a bar counter, for baking pizzas and other morning goods. The compact unit has a 25kg capacity and a temperature range between 50?C and 300?C and is supplied with two trays, grills and grippers. The slightly larger, but still compact, EKA KF620 also earns its keep on the counter where it can warm up pizzas, croissants and frozen food in minutes.[http://www.katermart.co.uk]== Clear view to pizza display ==For displaying your wares, also from Apuro (see previous website reference) are the new 1,000-watt Ital Vetrinetta counter-top pizza displays. These stainless steel and glass heated cupboards have three round gridded shelves to maintain pizza temperature up to 90?C evenly throughout the cupboards, and are available in two sizes.last_img read more

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Bolton’s calling

first_imgBakers’ Fair, supported by Norbake, is back at the Bolton Arena this year and takes place on Sunday 3 October (9.30am-3.30pm). The event, now in its fourth year, is free to attend and is the UK’s only autumn exhibition for progressive and professional independent bakery companies, cafés and coffee shops. Whether you want some ideas for Christmas or a new mixer, you will find it here.More than 350 visitors attended the Fair in Manchester in October 2009 and this year looks set to be busier and better.The Richemont Club of Great Britain will be hosting its 7th Annual Competition, with live demonstrations and competition classes being judged throughout the day.There will also be a host of speakers and demonstrations at the Stage Area, including: Mike Holling of Birds of Derby and chairman of the NAMB; Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal; Edward Chatwin, Chatwins; Claire Brown, Epos Solutions; and John Robertshaw, Bako NW.There are several new exhibitors at the show this year, including specialist shopfitting, refrigeration and catering equipment company A-Cold Distributors and Polish equipment firm Masz, which is new to the UK market and is bringing its equipment all the way from Poland to the show.Among the other exhibitors are Reynards, Rank Hovis, Renshaw, Jiffy, CJ’s Specialist Vehicles and Mono Equipment, which are returning to the show this year.Sponsor of the Stage Area, Dawn Foods, will also be providing a wide range of finished goods.To register for the event or to find out more about it visit www.bakersfair.co.uk.The Richemont Club of Great Britain Annual CompetitionThe Richemont Club of Great Britain’s Annual Competition will again provide one of the highlights of Bakers’ Fair, with a combination of live demonstrations and competition classes. The competitions are open to Club members and staff within their businesses and see staff members from the same businesses pitched against each other.This year will see the return of the Live Cake Decoration Challenge, where a team of two will be required to work together to produce a celebration cake in three hours. However, the theme will only be revealed just before they begin. They will then have 15 minutes to come up with a design. The British Baker Trophy will also be up for grabs in a class open to all young bakers aged up to 21. Travel Location: Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 6LBThe Arena is situated in the Middlebrook Leisure & Retail Park, next to the Reebok Stadium. It is just 300m from J6 of the M61 and 200m from Horwich Parkway railway station. It has extensive parking, convenient hotel accommodation and direct motorway and rail links.All travel information can be found on the Bolton Arena website www.boltonarena.com Richemont Club Competition timings Show times 09:30 – 15:30All entries displayed by: 10:30Judging: 11:00 and 13:00Live demonstration: 11:00 – 14:00Prize-giving ceremony: 14:30 The Stage Area, sponsored by Dawn Foods 10.30am 10.50am:Mike Holling, Birds of Derby and chairman of the NAMB,Dealing with Business Disruption how an action plan can help cut recovery time if disruption occurs11.00am 11.10am: Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal,The Professional Innosealer the latest innovation in the world of tamper-evident bag closure systems11.20am 11.40am:Edward Chatwin, ChatwinsFirst Impressions Count how Chatwins has boosted customer numbers with revamped window displays and how you can do the same11.50pm 12.00pm:Claire Brown, Epos Solutions,How better cash, stock and price controls leads to increased profits12.10pm 12.30pm:John Robertshaw, Bako NW,Sandwich Demonstration John will be showing new and innovative ideas for this lunch snack, using a variety of fillings and breads2.30pm: Presentation of the Richemont Club of Great Britain 7th Annual Awards winners3pm: Presentation of the Richemont Club of Great Britain President’s Cup Exhibitor list: A-Cold Distributors AcrivarnBritish BakerCereform CJ’s Specialist Vehicles Dawn FoodsDCA EquipmentEPOS Group Frimovel Innoseal UK Ireks Jiffy Trucks Kraft Foods UK Link Print and Packaging Masz Mobile Enterprise System Monarch Catering Mono Equipment NAMB NorbakeRank HovisRedBlack SoftwareRenshawnapier ReynardsShowmore Shop FittingStevens GroupUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients = New Exhibitorlast_img read more

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The Trick Is To Surrender To The Shwirl: enchanted forest gathering 2016

first_imgNestled into the towering oaks way up in Mendocino County, California, enchanted forest gathering is an aptly named festival experience, rich in human connection, a superfluity of steez. An enigmatic group of fest-veterans have come together for the past six years, creating enchanted forest gathering to provide a warm respite from the massive festival scene that dominates so much of the landscape every season. In an era that is overrun with events that proclaim themselves “transformational”, this is an event that posts no bills, and exists as advertised. Having lived it for the first time, we can testify: EFG is a living, breathing, bountiful blueprint for the transformational festival experience. Hosted at the magnificent Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA, the site has a storied history in this community that extends over several generations. In 1987, Wavy Gravy asked Jerry Garcia to play here as a fundraiser, to help with the mortgage at the ranch which had fallen into arrears. Naturally, Garcia obliged, albeit with the caveat that the esteemed Bill Graham produce the event. The result was the very first Electric on the Eel festival, which saw the “dress rehearsal” debut of Garcia’s new acoustic quartet (the group would play a thirteen night run on Broadway that October), as well as an electric JGB set. Garcia roots planted, consider the spot smudged! Since then, Black Oak Ranch was home to the renowned Earthdance Global Peace Party for over a decade, and today it annually hosts the Kate Wolf Festival. enchanted forest gathering offered a smorgasbord of activation, and did so in a setting that was eye-popping with inspired art installations, yet intimate in its scope, feeling smallish, and connected. With no WiFi signal on site, people were forced to go off grid and surrender to the otherworldly vibes that permeated the ranch. The days were hot as July, the nights quite cool; the afternoon saw lots of skin and the scantily clad, by dark the hoodies, furs, and snuggies were en masse.  People took their time perusing a shakedown-bazaar rife with eclectic vendors; among them were the shanti-debutante fashions of Maddie Moon, a Brooks Brothers for burners at Om Gaia Tree, and the astonishing Bliss Emporium, where Jason Bear displayed numerous antiques and treasures of the sacred. One of the more remarkable aspects of EFG was its no-alcohol policy; the motto goes “Get saucy, not sauced!” I cannot stress how drastically this rule affected the vibes and energy, as the festival’s constitution was on terra firma. Forget the fact that people were not sloshed, violent or disrespectful; the positivity and sheer elation, the joy on steroids, was even more evident through clearer eyes. In full disclosure, a handful of folks kept some beer or booze back at camp; but it was never very visible, in fact, we rarely saw any drinking at all. Please don’t get it twisted, this was by no means a sober event, as psychedelics were prevalent, and ganja was in the air. There was even a medical marijuana dispensary onsite, Emerald Pharms. That said, intoxicants were far from a main vein at enchanted forest gathering, and the most popular beverages were without question the plethora of soothing and invigorating teas being served at The Hearth Tea House, or by RonJon Terlane, the legendary West Coast sommelier of sacred. I’d be remiss not to mention the delectable array of kombucha on tap (with ample room to enjoy it under a shade structure) at every stage. This new festival paradigm, one of a clear mind and open heart, is intoxicating in itself.   Soon thereafter, The Polish Ambassador took the pulpit clad in an altered, sleeveless version of his patented yellow and blue jumpsuit. Polish is heavily woven into the Enchanted Forest family afghan, and curated selections showcasing his sprawling career-arc. Sprinkling in some newness, cutting up his recent LP Dreaming of an Old Tomorrow, and hot-wiring the way-back machine for some stutter-step glitch-hop delirium, TPA delivered a dance party that drew one of the larger audiences of the weekend. This writer was forced to depart Warsaw mid-set, as {Clever Alias}, one the best kept secrets on the scene, was at the Saucy Spa simultaneously cranking out a clinic in low-end theory. Tough slotting against Polish, but the cagey professor, (government name Daniel Laureano), delivered his dissertation with deadly, icy calm. As the foam and suds ran rampant, bracketology class was in session. {Clever Alias} spoiled the bass tribe rotten, tossin’ tunes with that Linden Bully type of slang, on that rough n’ rugged, shanti-ratchet spirit-trill. Do not sleep on this beast from the east, because one day soon, he will be a king of the jungle. Over at the cozy and comfy Live Music Lounge, the arresting, seductive Cheraki was leading her band with confidence, panache, and commanding verve that betrayed her relative youth. This is a woman destined for success, as Heather Christie mixes folk, R&B, electronic elements, her Native American roots, and built-in pop-star sensibility. Cheraki had the assembly nestled in the palm of her band, and offered further evidence of the divine feminine, powerfully omnipresent all weekend. Later that evening on the same stage, the mythical legends of Hamsa Lila delivered a set double in length, and exponential in vibes. Mixing a myriad of world and indigenous influences by celebrating the musical and spiritual traditions native to Morocco, West Africa, the Middle and Far East, this band was something transcendental to behold.  Led by the venerable West Coast multi-instrumentalists Vir McCoy (Dogon Lights) and Evan Fraser (Dirtwire), Hamsa Lila unearthed rhythms and melodies from instruments like kalimba, kamale ngoni, jaw harp, melodica, and guimbri. Driving, focused grooves were embellished with harmonious melodies and meditative chanting, Hamsa Lila (translation: Inspiration and Intention) delved deep into the annals of their voluminous catalogue. They were unafraid to connect the contemporary; an spirited refrain on NAS & Lauryn Hill’s timeless NY hip-hop anthem “If I Ruled The World” nearly set Black Oak Ranch ablaze.  To greet the sunrise, we returned to the Mighty Oak, where British Columbia phenom aTYya dropped an eternal blessing draped in dark, erogenous grooves, and minimalist, binaural beat science. The rays began to peek betwixt the trees, the Audiowaska-helmed stage looked grandiose in the morning, People flocked to the dancefloor to embrace the daybreak, and the masses coalesced in a sea of rhythmic movement art, while Ty Clark delivered a priestly benediction for our unified bass tribe.  enchanted forest gathering is actually a music festival at its core, though it can be easy to forget with so much Yes going down elsewhere. On Friday, Nevada City’s Andreilien crushed the Swimmin’ Hole stage late afternoon, delivering his patented glitched-out, dub-iteration vibration to set things off. French femme fatale CloZee continued her meteoric rise in the pantheon of producers du jour with a prime, choice midday performance on the main stage christened the Mighty Oak. Later, the inimitable Thriftworks nearly put heads-to-bed super early, with a blistering-but-brief jam after sunset. Jake Atlas came with a drippy, Dilla-on-LSD mindfucking, as he’s wont to do under the NorCal moon around this time of year. Immediately thereafter, the sexy, sultry sounds of Pantyraid brought bombastic eroticism to the festivities. The Miami/LA duo blazed through most of their recent LP After Glow, before delving into some of the more seminal material that made their bones.  From jumpstreet, the real fireworks would be found at the Live Music Lounge. As Shabbat approached, EO and Krystyn Pixton performed a sublime duo set, before HÄANA took the stage in her usual hauteur. The radiant violinist/producer/priestess embarked with us on a sonic-bass journey through cumulus clouds of cinematic femtronica. Ms. Thiem’s transcendental compositions, and archangelic singing were augmented by entrancing movement art, as Metamorphosis ballerina Marlowe Bassett and the sassy, supreme Shay Butta graced the stage with a noblesse fit to match HÄANA’s regal flair. With her Nordic leanings, classical and orchestral elements, and a sophisticated, worldly air, HÄANA’s set was a magisterial presentation of preeminent performance art.  Photo: Marisa Pfenning-EyeRise Photography Video courtesy of HÄANAAfter an impressive set from Lila Rose, it was time for the lounge’s Friday evening main attraction, AmaeLovesLife. Fielding herself a large, vibrant live band, the singer, fashionista, and poetess, the First Lady of enchanted forest gathering Amae Love provided an expressive, emotional tour through all of the feels. In thanking the people of Black Oak Ranch and celebrating its Garcia-tinged history, Love led her band of troubadors through a rollicking take on the Grateful Dead’s timeless rebel yell “New Speedway Boogie”, an appropriate rallying cry in tortured, troubled times. Ably assisted by West Coast sax maven Christopher Boa (Sun Hop Fat, AfroMassive), guitarist Danny Stark, and a tight knit (if loosely rehearsed) crew, AmaeLovesLife put their stamp on the weekend with folky R&B, sultry crooning, and flashes of spirited jamming. By the stroke of midnight, Krystyn Pixton, HÄANA, Lila Rose, and Amae Love had built a firm foundation for the festival’s feminine power and prowess to flourish.   Predictably, Saturday was a scorcher; it was also sweltering hot in those Mendo foothills. The Swimmin’ Hole stage was a surefire respite from the humidity, and DJ Dragonfly continued his inspiring return to the scene (he’s been battling a serious illness) with a noontime session by the river. From there, we sauntered over to the Saucy Spa and Foam Party. All weekend long, at nearly any hour of day, festival goers could enjoy the Saucy Spa, a situation unlike any other I’ve experienced at a music festival, even by California standards. Think bliss, booty, boobs, and bass, all going off in a sea of beautiful people dancing furiously while drenched in Dr. Bronners foam. Like the kids say these days, It was everything. Guyuaki set up shop with an ice cold Yerba Mate bar, alongside Dr. Bronners, who facilitated the foam shower scene. It was at once Caligula, and good ol’fashion fun; hippies, lovers and aliens, splashin’ in the California sun.  One of the most rewarding parts of festivaling, for this writer/music nerd/dance enthusiast is the discovery of new artists. Case in point: Saucy Spa on Saturday afternoon- The Pirate out of Santa Cruz, and TreyZilla holding down Portland, OR and representing We Got This. First, The Pirate took the decks with an understated confidence and a moustache that would make Calico Jack quiver, before serving notice to take cover, my man was there TO take prisoners. Mixing dope, contemporary and underground hip-hop cuts from all over the map, The Pirate tossed tunes slow’d n’ throw’d in the thizzle tradition, beefed up on monstrous 808s, and swimming in blunted patois. Rudeboy rugged with his black dreads hanging like field hockey sticks, the homie Treyzilla then got on the wheels. Like his namesake, Mr. Martinez came through and stomped the buildings, unleashing a torrential assault of bass gymnastic atop tasty rap and R&B joints. The entire Saucy Spa soiree was sippin’ on some syrup, and TreyZilla’s brand of lean was certified organic, conflict-free, and most definitely trap-to table. Ayy!!Late in the afternoon, down at the river’s Swimmin’ Hole, Baltimore’s SOOHAN was sending dancers into a dithers with rowdy remixes that would make Stringer Bell sweat bullets. Dropping heaters from Made in Baltimore and Global Gate 808, he slipped in some obscure edits (Ace of Base!) and the usual panty-droppers (Missy Elliot). SOOHAN booty-smacked the people with that alienized, world-music crunk, an original style that’s apparently been torching parties across the USA for some time now. Eartha Harris provided a nutritional workshop and led a yoga practice at EFG, but everybody anxiously awaited her musical turn as Living Light, on the main stage as dusk approached. The people were satiated with a mystical melange from her recent efforts Tales from the Karman Line and Ecliptic Visions. Grrrl power was in full effect when HÄANA emerged with violin in tow, to add theatrical flourishes to “Strata.”  center_img After a brief nap in the shade of the towering black oaks, as the Cali summer heat encroached yet again, we started Sunday funday appropriately at the river. Nevada City svengali Brian Hartman set the vibrations aloft early and often with his ever-evolving blend of world-music, dub cumbia, and latino-sexy house jams. Shortly after, his good pal and Gold Country bredren Nadi assumed the captain’s chair at the Saucy Spa. Kyle Sanchez then proceeded to obliterate the foam party session with a finessed pizzazz, as a sea of dancers swarmed the scene with reckless abandon. In a freewheeling, white-knuckle ride, Nadi dropped the finest in Kingston-rudebwoy swagger, dripping in electropical waves and island chill, with a mainstream anthem (Jamie XX’s “Good Times”) for good measure every now and again. This selectah has a firm grasp on how to understand and command each unique dancefloor he is in charge of, he is a true master of Move The Crowd. A classic yin/yang, one-two Saucy Spa punch of SpacegeishA followed by Milton kept the flow in step through the oppressive heat of the day. The former’s Tipper-inspired blend of rubber band bass and post-dubstep thump was as psychedelic as it was sexy. Milton then took the sexy handoff, and it was as-they-say “curtains;” the spa got itself extra-saucy and super-sultry as Nevada City fam took over the foam party proper. One more time to the river was in order, as the libidinous sound sorcerer known as SaQi was throwing down at the Swimmin’ Hole. Luke Solman is a man of many talents, and earlier in the weekend he had hosted a traditional tantra workshop at the Namaste Yoga dome. On this afternoon, the time was here and mission clear, the people had come to dance. Early in the set SaQi delved into uptempo grooves, with interwoven James Brown breaks afloat. He then welcomed multi-instrumentalist KR3ATURE (Feral Fauna) onstage, and the duo upped the ante something tangible as Solman mined recent records The Muse, The Well, and Quests End. KR3ATURE riffed on chicken-scratch funk guitar, and his melodious sax offered the perfect foil for SaQi’s cherubic trumpet.  About halfway through the set, the dance floor was brimming beyond capacity and spilling over towards the river (and shade.) SaQi brought out the other half of Feral Fauna, Heather Christie aka Cheraki, and the trio delivered a bewitching, erotic take on SaQi’s remix of their trenchant hit “Tincture.” Production warned Solman “five minutes,” the venerable producer humbly requested ten, and our wish was SaQi’s command. Boy, were the music gods ever in our favor, as vocalist Worth appeared and the trio dove into the undisputed sexiest song of the weekend, SaQi and The Human Experience’s amarous aphrodesiac “Drippin’.” It was day three of oppressive heat, with a gang of beautiful humans villaging and celebrating around the clock, yet this tune brought the party and the saucy to its absolute apex. SaQi and krewe cemented their dancefloor decimation with one final salvo, this in the form of a spirited reimagination of Outkast’s timeless Aquemeni classic “SpottieOttieDopaliciousAngel.”The festival could have ended there; Dayenu, it would have been enough. Yet the genius of festival founder/producer Tulku D’etat apparently knows few boundaries, and the benevolent fella had one more magic trick tucked up into his trademark fedora-on-tilt. Case in point: the fortuitous booking of Ayla Nereo’s solo endeavor, and scheduling it on Sunday night. There are those artists that exist in that rarefied air, who can reach deep down inside of you, touching you in a certain special way, so that you are never the same again. That is how many of us would come away from Ms. Nereo’s set as the festival began to wind down.  Ayla Nereo- “Twirl Me”  “Show Yourself”Tour de force. Revival. Religious experience. Chance encounter with The Light. Sometimes, no matter how weathered, tried and tested a concertgoer you may be, an encounter such as this one will leave you in a puddle of tears, a seeking the womb of a hug, with a gigantic, swelling smile, while setting intentions to realize all of your potential in life. Sunday service was in session, and Ayla used her set to debut a number of songs to be included on her forthcoming sophomore LP, including the stirring ode to an occupied farm “Seeds.” But it was the material from Hollow Bone, her 2014 solo debut, that resonated the deepest, as many of these tunes are by now permanently etched in our hearts. “Life Bound Friend” first opened the floodgates, “Bonteka” was even more medicinal in the live setting, “Let It In” made us all believe that we can do anything in this life, “Show Yourself” the ultimate self-confidence building anthem. It would be her delicate, folk-sorceress rewiring of Wildlight’s “Twirl Me” that finally maxed out my own personal emotional quotient. There IS nothing to fear in moving on, after all. Photo: Zac Krohn/Clapping Porpoise Under the glorious Mendocino moonlight, to a packed, hushed, weeping and adoring audience, Ayla sang in front of a small band that included the serene Amelia Rae on keys and harp, and Brian Parks on drums. This was undoubtedly Ayla’s stage, but she graciously shared the spotlight with her crew. In utilizing their talents, along with incorporating minimalist production elements and tasteful vocal layering, Nereo created an intoxicating elixir. For it isn’t all the bells and whistles that make her the most impactful female performer I’ve witnessed since Erykah Badu, it is her essence, her verse, her vision, her verve; she is every woman, with a voice and an acoustic guitar. Ayla Nereo has long since transcended being known as The Polish Ambassador’s girlfriend, or the other half of Wildlight; but after Sunday night’s soul-quenching revue, she is officially a force of nature. I am firmly convinced Ayla is our generation’s Joni, our tribe’s Badu, a woman who is galvanizing us all to set this revolution in motion. Levitating away from the Live Music Lounge, I had never been more ready for anything in my life.  Stay Enchanted… and in Gratitude.Words: B. GetzPhotos: Jacob Avanzato (unless otherwise credited)Videos: Kenny Hoff Wisdom University was headquarters by day, for the activated and motivated. Stop in the Nourishment Lab for nutritional education, to discuss relationships and sexuality, health and wellness. Center Stage hosted comedy routines, deep discussions, and ritual magic workshops. Daily twelve step meetings were held for those who sought the blessing of fellowship, and safety in numbers. The Namaste Yoga dome hosted a who’s who of different schools and arenas of practice, while the Dance Temple welcomed festers to a variety of dance-centricities, most notably the Twerkshop, facilitated by Tristan St. Germain and soundtracked by [Clever Alias}. Among the most engaging workshops would be “Wild West of Dancefloor Politics”; ideas of consent, creepy dudes, and other awkward sociological situations that arise amongst dance-nation were fleshed out and forwarded.  Branches Mobile Gallery was a traveling fine art gallery, shade structure, and ultimate chill zone. Visionary artists also got busy all weekend on a collaborative mural. The sacrosanct Nectar Temple was a mystical, rapturous environment, with pillows and blankets strewn about the ambrosial arena, grandiose floral beauty courtesy of Anthony Flowers Ward.  Danceher Alive and a stream of dancers, chanters, musicians, artisans and freaks channeled the aurul Zen. Every night, from dusk til dawn, the Nectar Temple was home to his Live Downtempo Sacred Tribal Psychedelic ImproVibrationary performances. If you were lucky, you got “buffed” (a stroke of hippie ingenuity and a phenomenon that deserves its own article), or caught a stealthy nap in the shade. Looking for a prankster party vibe? Then Mendoland was the move. A collaborative effort between AcaCia BeaTs and Camp Higher Porpoise, Mendoland was a Burning Man-style theme-camp that went renegade rage with a stage, LED installation, and copious amounts of hilarity for the duration of the festival.  With well over a decade in the game, Long Beach’s Bluetech is a seasoned veteran of the West Coast festival scene. Egging on the sun at six in the morning, Evan Bartholomew sounded off a sublime awakening as people came running to the Mighty Oak as the (next?) day began/ended. Blessing the morning with ethereal downtempo and elastic bass gymnastics, Blueteh pulled material from Dreamed into Being, Spacehop Chronicles, Native Dubs, and Cosmic Dubs, as well as the self-released The 4 Horsemen of the Electrocalypse: The White Horse. Immediately following, in what might be the most definitive juxtaposition of the entire weekend, the Live Music Lounge welcomed the devotional music of Fanna Fi Allah. The resulting hour was blissful, spiritual ecstacy. Performing the ancient Sufi tradition of Qawwali with potent passion, this collective unified the audience, evenly split among the still-awake and the up-and-at-’em. The fire of divine love, or ishq, was expressed with ebullient and emphatic joy, by way of the mystical verses of Sufi poets passed down many generations through the songs of faith and devotion. Fanna Fi Allah urged us all to lift our hearts high, and exalt in our devotion to the divine; this was a magnificent way to end a wonder-filled waking day. last_img read more

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