October 21, 2020

Indonesia may import extra 130,000 tons of sugar from India to meet demand

first_imgAccording to the latest estimates from the Agriculture Ministry, white crystallized sugar consumption in the country stood at 2.8 million tons in 2019, while local production is projected to be around 2.2 million to 2.3 million tons. This leaves a space of around 500,000 tons for consumption-ready imported sugar if production is similar this year.Read also: Bulog seeks approval to import 200,000 tons of sugar ahead of RamadanIf approved, the proposed import could help prevent a price spike during the Idul Fitri holidays in May from a sugar supply shortage, as consumption typically skyrockets during the festivity, including sugar.The import request follows Indonesia’s recent lobbying attempt to prioritize imports of raw sugar from India in return for lower tariffs imposed by India on crude palm oil from Indonesia. Indonesia may obtain more sugar from India to gratify domestic needs as local supplies are unlikely to be sufficient to meet demand this year.The Food Resilience Agency (BKP) has proposed to import 130,000 tons of white crystallized sugar to offset a delayed milling period due to severe drought in 2019, agency head Agung Hendriadi said on Thursday. The BKP is currently awaiting a coordination meeting at the Coordinating Economic Ministry to approve the measure.”The sugar milling season will start in late June or early July. Usually, it occurs in May, but the long drought last year has pushed back the [sugarcane] planting season, thereby delaying the milling process,” Agung told reporters after a discussion with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in Jakarta. In this photograph taken on December 7, 2018 Indian labourers harvest sugarcane in a field along the Lucknow to Faizabad highway in northern Uttar Pradesh state. ( AFP/SANJAY KANOJIA)Indonesia recently changed the color-grading standard known as the International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis (ICUMSA) from 1200 to 600 to allow raw sugar shipments from India. Most Indian mills make raw sugar with an ICUMSA of less than 800 and could not ship to Indonesia, which had a level for imported sugar of 1,200.It also reduced import duties for Indian raw sugar to around 5 percent to further bolster the initiative.”It’s a barter. We get their palm oil [export] access,” Agung said.Earlier this month, the Coordinating Economic Ministry already agreed to import 495,000 tons of nonindustrial raw sugar from India to meet domestic demand.The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) had proposed to import another 200,000 tons of sugar but had yet to specify an import source as of Thursday.In this photograph taken on January 23, 2019, Indian workers pack processed sugar at the Triveni sugar refining factory in Sabitgarh village, in Bulandshahr district in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. ( AFP/Sajjad HUSSAIN)Meanwhile, India has expressed eagerness to resume shipments of its sugar to Indonesia after a long hiatus and a severe drought cut production in Thailand, normally the main supplier of raw sugar to Indonesia.“This is a golden opportunity for us to export sugar to Indonesia,” said Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd., a producers group, as quoted by Bloomberg.Read also:  India sugar shippers target ‘golden opportunity’ in Indonesia“Mills just need to shut white sugar production and start making raw [sugar] in the next two months before the crushing season is over.”Indonesian Sugar Association (AGI) adviser Yadi Yusriadi told the Post that the BKP’s latest import suggestion was “normal” to stabilize prices ahead of the Idul Fitri holidays, as retail sugar prices had already reached around Rp 14,000 per kilogram as of Thursday, exceeding the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12.000.He added that the short-term import setback would be less apparent than the yearly import quota, which has been blamed for threatening local producers with competitive prices and unfair practices.Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI) chairman Soemitro Samadikoen questioned the need for more imports, since prices had been “manageable” with the highest retail price (HET) pegged at Rp 12,500 per kg since 2016.“This has been four years. Four years. How many times have the electricity prices increased? How many times have minimum wages increased? How [high] has inflation been?” Soemitro said.“Does this country want to make its people prosperous or make them suffer instead? Is this [import plan] aimed at getting rid of sugarcane farmers, so they can continue to import?”AGI executive director Budi Hidayat also cast doubt on the necessity of more imports from India, with both the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister and Bulog having put forth import initiatives.”The domestic prices could be under pressure if imports and supply are excessive, as [the price of the imported sugar] would be below the price ceiling,” Budi said.Topics :last_img read more

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Ray Parlour names Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his Premier League Team of The Season

first_imgVirgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson are included in Ray Parlour’s Team of the Season (Visionhaus)Parlour then named Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne as his midfield trio.‘Jordan Henderson, he’s definitely in my team,’ said the former Arsenal midfielder.‘I think he’s really been a leader for Liverpool and England. Alongside him, [Kevin] De Bruyne. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Apr 2020 1:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link87Shares Dean Henderson will become Manchester United’s No.1, says Ray Parlour (Getty Images)Naming his back four, Parlour said: ‘[Trent Alexander-Arnold’s] like a winger, gets down the right-hand side, scores goals. He’s always a danger going forward.‘Got to be [Virgil] Van Dijk. He’s been a real leader at the back. A Rolls Royce of a player for Liverpool.‘Alongside him, now this was a tricky one. I looked at [Jack] O’Connell from Sheffield United, Conor Coady has been excellent for Wolves, but I’m going to go for [Caglar] Soyuncu.‘I think he has been a brilliant signing for Leicester. I am sure lots of bigger clubs are looking at him now, he’s got a big, big future in front of him.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 17 goals for Arsenal in the Premier League this season (Getty Images)Ray Parlour has included Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his Premier League Team of the Season.Aubameyang currently has 17 goals in the Premier League this season, two behind Jamie Vardy who leads the way for the Golden Boot.Parlour has included both in his Premier League season XI along with Sadio Mane, although there is no room for his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.Starting with his goalkeeper, Parlour told VBET: ‘It’s got to be [Dean] Henderson from Sheffield United, I think he’s really done well this season.ADVERTISEMENT‘When he’s had a couple of bad mistakes he’s really bounced back and played brilliantly.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m sure one day he will be number one for Manchester United.center_img Jack Grealish has been Aston Villa’s talisman this season (Visionhaus)‘The assists he makes, always one step ahead of everybody in that midfield.‘The other side of him, it’s got to be Jack Grealish. I think Jack has really been outstanding again for Aston Villa.‘If it wasn’t for Jack I think they would certainly be relegated and maybe relegated already.’ Ray Parlour names Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his Premier League Team of The Season Advertisement Ray Parlour’s Premier League Team of the Season (Metro.co.uk)Naming his attacking trio, Parlour said: ‘On the left I am going to go Mane, another Liverpool player, he’s been brilliant this year.’Up top Jamie Vardy, 33 years old, amazing. Really looking after himself but when he gets on that pitch his pace is still there.‘And I’ve got to try and get one Arsenal player in this, Aubameyang.‘He’s the one who has kept Arsenal going, he’s the one who has been scoring goals for fun.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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Registration for 2012 LIME National Basketball League open

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsSports Registration for 2012 LIME National Basketball League open by: – February 3, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img National Basketball Team. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe Dominica Amateur Basketball Association announces the beginning of its 2012 LIME National Basketball League featuring again the DOMLEC Premier Division and the Vitamalt / Loubiere Water 1st Division. The season is expected to commence shortly after carnival and teams are being asked to ensure that they are registered before registration closes.The DABA is preparing for an early start to the season in order to avoid the rainy season as well as to complete the season in time to prepare the Dominica National team for regional competitions. The DABA is expecting another exciting basketball season with a number of 3 on 3 Basketball competitions on the cards for this year as part of the 3×3 initiative that FIBA International has initiated globally in preparation for the upcoming 3 on 3 World Championships.The DABA is fortunate and grateful to again have the support of LIME as the National Sponsors and thanks DOMLEC and Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd for again partnering with the DABA by sponsoring the various Divisions.All teams are again reminded to collect their registration forms from Mickey Joseph at MVB or from any executive member.We take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the successful season we had last year and again seeks everyone support in ensuring that we can make 2012 an even greater success.Press ReleaseDominica Amateur Basketball Association Share 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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US House to vote on limiting Trump’s military actions

first_imgWASHINGTON –United States (US) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will introduce andvote on a war powers resolution this week to limit US President Donald Trump’smilitary actions regarding Iran.  “It reassertsCongress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if nofurther Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s militaryhostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” added Pelosi.(Reuters) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, joined by fellow Democrats, speaks during a news conference about legislation the House has passed at the Capitol in Washington, United States on Dec. 19, 2019. REUTERS/ERIN SCOTT center_img “Thisresolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in theSenate,” Pelosi said on Sunday.    last_img read more

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Daisy’s Doggie Daycare announces open house tailgate party

first_imgBatesville, In. — Daisy’s Doggie Daycare will hold an open house tailgate party and ribbon cutting Friday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. at their facility at 471 North Huntersville Road.There will be dog training demos, essential oils, hot dogs, chips and water. All proceeds benefit Ripley County 4-H Bow-Wows Club.last_img

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Roof boost for Hammers

first_img The first of 14 floodlight panels is to be removed later this week to allow the development, which is twice the size of that for the London 2012 Games, to press on in the spring. The cantilevered roof, which measures some 84 metres at its deepest point, will be the longest of its type in the world and will cover every seat at the 60,000 capacity venue, with the work scheduled to be completed by 2015 to host some Rugby World Cup matches. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady hopes all of the new innovations in the project will make for a smooth transition to the Hammers’ new home when they eventually leave Upton Park. “This marks a key milestone in the stunning, £200 million transformation of the Olympic Stadium – one that will culminate in an iconic new home for our club,” she said. “My team and I fought exceptionally hard on behalf of our supporters to ensure these modifications, which we knew were of paramount importance to our supporters, took effect. “The roof is a truly phenomenal design that will enhance the iconic status of this sporting arena and help to lock in the world-famous atmosphere that our supporters create when we play at home. “There will also be an innovative seating solution that will bring fans closer to the pitch, new hospitality areas and a bespoke ticket office and club store. “It was vital for us that this stadium offers an incredible viewing experience for West Ham fans and I think that will become ever clearer as the conversion progresses. “We are wholly committed to delivering a state-of-the-art home for West Ham by 2016 that will honour the Olympic legacy pledge. “Today represents another significant step toward that hugely exciting goal.” An agreement between the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and West Ham saw the Barclays Premier League club take on a 99-year lease, with the Olympic stadium to be transformed into a 60,000-seater venue in time for the 2016-17 season. However, a House of Lords report was published earlier this week which recommended West Ham and Leyton Orient work together with the LLDC, and even suggested the League One side be granted occasional use of the stadium, something for which they have long been pushing. Press Associationcenter_img Preparations are now underway to construct the new roof on the Olympic Stadium, which is set to be West Ham’s home from the 2016-17 season.last_img read more

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Munster secure home quarter-final

first_img Two Greig Laidlaw penalties kept Edinburgh in the hunt for an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final place, but those hopes faded as the Irish province registered their bonus point by the 57th minute. Captain Peter O’Mahony followed Conor Murray over the try-line and further efforts from Simon Zebo and Felix Jones made for a stylish six-try romp. Munster seem to save some of their best rugby for round six, as this was their fourth successive bonus-point success at this stage – adding to wins in previous years over London Irish, Northampton Saints and Racing Metro 92. Edinburgh silenced the capacity Limerick crowd in the opening minutes, Tom Brown almost reaching Greig Tonks’ cross-field kick although Laidlaw drew his first penalty attempt wide. Laidlaw made no mistake with his second place-kick, punishing a scrum offence by Dave Kilcoyne – but Munster were lightning quick to respond. Paul O’Connell rose to take the restart and after a neat spread of passes out to the left, number eight Coughlan – a notable absentee from Ireland’s Six Nations squad – cut in on a terrific angle to arrow his way over for the opening try. Ian Keatley’s conversion attempt came back off the left-hand post, but the pattern has been set and Munster gained the upper hand in the scrum as their push for tries gathered pace. The Edinburgh defence splintered far too easily in the 22nd minute – back rowers David Denton and Roddy Grant both missing tackles – as winger Murphy, fed from a scrum, stepped clean through and in behind the posts. Press Association Munster motored their way to a home Heineken Cup quarter-final as they brushed Edinburgh aside 38-6 at Thomond Park. Rob Penney’s men gained revenge for their first-round defeat at Murrayfield, comfortably securing the bonus point which gives them home advantage in the last-eight in April. Man-of-the-match James Coughlan and Johne Murphy touched down in a first half which ended 12-6 in Munster’s favour, with Edinburgh flanker Cornell du Preez seeing yellow in injury-time. Keatley added the extras for a 12-3 lead before Laidlaw hit back with a second left-sided penalty, and the second quarter was quite an even affair. Replacement Zebo, on for the injured Keith Earls, combined with O’Connell to bring down Laidlaw just short of the try-line, following a promising set of phases from the Scots. However, Edinburgh lost the services of Du Preez after referee Wayne Barnes sin-binned him for ‘recklessly leading with the head’ when attempting to clear out O’Connell at a ruck. The second half was just four minutes old when scrum-half Murray plunged over from a close-range ruck for his try, with Tommy O’Donnell and Coughlan tearing through the Edinburgh defence in the build-up. Keatley’s pinpoint conversion from the left put Munster 13 points clear and some neat touches from Zebo kept the province on the front foot. The bonus point was in their grasp by the hour mark, skipper O’Mahony showing great strength to barge past three defenders and stretch over by the posts, with Keatley converting. Murray then fed Zebo for a simple finish in the left corner and Edinburgh crumbled further under the weight of forward pressure, ending the game with replacement prop Geoff Cross in the sin-bin. Zebo’s lovely delayed pass sent full-back Jones over in the right corner and Keatley’s cracking conversion was a fitting way to end a Munster-dominated second half. last_img read more

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NC Central, Coppin State meet in conference play

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNC Central (10-12, 6-2) vs. Coppin State (7-17, 3-6)Physical Education Complex, Baltimore; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Coppin State plays host to NC Central in a MEAC matchup. Both squads won this past Monday. Coppin State earned a 64-56 road win against Howard, while NC Central won 69-63 at home against Norfolk State. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: This will be a Maryland homecoming for NC Central senior C.J. Keyser, who is averaging 9.5 points. Jibri Blount, who has put up 19.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, and Jordan Perkins, who has averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 assists, have helped Keyser with leadership duties this year. Coppin State has been led by Koby Thomas, who is averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.MEAC IMPROVEMENT: NC Central has scored 69.1 points per game and allowed 58.3 points per game across eight conference games. Those are both solid improvements over the 59.3 points scored and 74.7 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.JUMPING FOR JIBRI: Blount has connected on 36.2 percent of the 47 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 7 over the last three games. He’s also converted 74 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: NC Central is 0-9 when it allows 66 or more points and 10-3 when it holds opponents to anything under 66 points. Coppin State is 0-10 when they score 62 points or fewer and 7-7 when they exceed 62.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The NC Central offense has recently used assists to create baskets more often than Central. Coppin State has an assist on 40 of 77 field goals (51.9 percent) over its past three outings while NC Central has assists on 46 of 78 field goals (59 percent) during its past three games.STINGY DEFENSE: NC Central has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 26 percent of all possessions this year, the sixth-highest rate among all Division I teams. NC Central, Coppin State meet in conference play February 6, 2020center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Rules to live by in your bracket pool

first_imgStill need money to buy that history textbook for your upcoming midterm? Concerned you forgot to budget for $8 beers and detox fees during your spring break trip to Panama City? Want to upgrade that case of Keystone to a keg of Keystone?Well, the weather is nice again, so you can make that trek to the blood bank and let them siphon off your plasma twice a week.For the more belonephobic penniless college kids, however, the month of March presents an easier way to bump the bank account into triple digits once again. Just win your neighborhood March Madness pool.Now, I know you have probably read that winning brackets are mostly luck — everyone knows at least one mom who has cashed in despite not knowing what state Butler resides in — and sure, gambling is technically illegal. But following these guidelines will make winning your bracket easier than taking home the Pac-10 title.[Ed. Note: The Badger Herald is not responsible for any losses accrued following Bleach’s advice. The Herald fully expects Bleach to live off ramen noodles for the foreseeable future after he crashes and burns over the next two weeks.]Pro Potential PaysWhile Cinderellas such as 2006 George Mason can make a miracle run to the Final Four, only a few select teams are capable of winning six straight games to cut down the final nets.There is one simple test to determine which teams are capable of hanging around for the last dance:Pro potential.For the past ten tourney champs, every team except Syracuse in 2003 boasted at least three future NBA draft picks. And that Syracuse team had Carmelo Anthony, who may as well count for two picks all on his own.This means any inkling you had of talking yourself into West Virginia, Georgetown, Kansas State or a resurgent Villanova should be put to rest. The only possible teams that can win this year come from the small pool of Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State and Syracuse or Duke, if you believe three future NBA picks come from those rosters.Any other pick is just throwing away money.Read the Kenpom BibleSince stat guru Ken Pomeroy started publishing his efficiency stats in 2004, each National Champion has finished in at least the top 16 of defensive efficiency and top four of offensive efficiency.Going off the evidence from past six teams to finish the season on a winning note, only Duke (No. 1 offensive, No. 4 defensive) and Kansas (No. 2 offensive, No. 5 defensive) have a shot this year — though it should be noted Kentucky and Syracuse are top 20 in both categories.At this point, you have a choice between the Jayhawks or the Blue Devils. Considering Kansas won it all just two seasons ago and Duke hasn’t advanced past the Sweet 16 since 2004, picking the Jayhawks to Rock Chalk their way to another championship may as well be money in the bank.Like the walk home Thursday at 2 a.m., you need balance!Although nailing down the national champion in Kansas is a good start, a winning bracket requires finding a few upset specials as well. While there is no hard and fast rule for what to look for, beware of teams that rely on one player to carry them. Though James Harden, Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo and Kevin Durant all made for high draft picks, all of their teams underachieved in the tourney when the stars suffered a down game. Having the balance of two or three good players offers protection that one great player cannot.This year’s star dependent teams include No. 2 Ohio State (Evan Turner at No. 6 nationally using 34.1 percent of his team’s possessions), No. 4 Maryland (the Terrapins go has loco Greivis Vasquez goes) and No. 6’s Marquette and Notre Dame.When looking for a team to get upset, schools dependent on one stud are not a bad place to start.Games slow downThis one is pretty self-explanatory: possessions are more valuable. Coaches will stress for days over inbounds plays. They need to control pace. Running teams start to walk it up and slow teams won’t shoot until the shot clock hits single digits.Vulnerable teams here include Washington (10th fastest), Villanova (11th fastest) and Kansas State.In games that often come down to which team can impose their will on the pace of the game, the walk it up — or in Wisconsin’s case, crawl it up — style often prevails.Notre DameI am just throwing everyone a bone here. I have never picked Notre Dame correctly once in my life.I am going to pick them to win their first two games.Do yourself a favor and take Old Dominion in the first round.With rules like these, tournament pools no longer become gambling. They are more, “just hand me my winnings now” pools.So go ahead, book that plane ticket to Mexico.You can thank me later.Michael is a senior planning on quitting school to celebrate his newfound money. Want more gambling advice? Think he needs gambling advice? He can be reached at mbleach@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Spanx founder named 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

first_imgBlakely encountered a crucial aspect of sales throughout her years of failures and rejections.  The USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies honored Sara Blakely, CEO and founder of Spanx, as 2019’s Entrepreneur of the Year at Town and Gown Monday. Blakely spoke about her experience in business and discussed how femininity inspires her company’s image. Blakely’s goal with her business is to balance femininity and masculinity in fashion. She said the world’s issues between men and women are less about gender and more about energy. “One of the most important things in being a great salesperson is being a great listener,” Blakely said. Greif Center Executive Director David Belasco moderated the discussion with Blakely, which was attended by nearly 500 people. Belasco led the conversation by asking Blakely about her history as an entrepreneur. “He was redefining failure for me,” Blakely said. “So, failure for my brother and me didn’t become about the outcome, it became about not trying.”  Blakely realized this after her father provided her with tapes on motivational speaking in the wake of the death of her friend. She would carry this understanding throughout her career, inspiring creativity and innovation. “We all have male and female energy inside of our bodies … and I feel like the feminine has been suppressed  for a while, probably for about 3,000 years. I feel like everyone will all be better served when the feminine and male is more balanced,” Blakely said. Blakely focused her business of solving clothing issues that women had previously encountered. In fact, she acknowledged at a young age that she wanted to help women and said she was inspired by her mother and grandmother. Belasco recognizes the ties between this realization and how she founded Spanx. “Money just makes you more of who you already were,” Blakely said. Blakely remained confident in the face of these failures and even embraced them. She attributes this steadfast determination to her father, a trial attorney, who raised her and her brother to embrace failure. “Sara’s larger purpose is woven into the fabric of her company,” Belasco said.  In 2012, Forbes named Blakely the world’s youngest, independent female billionaire. During the same year, Time recognized her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, Blakely signed onto the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic organization founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, promising to donate half of her wealth to charity. “I realized that I had just spent  16 years of my life in school being taught what to think, but no one had ever taught me how to think. It never dawned on me that I could actually control how I think,” Blakely said. Listening allowed her to think critically about the needs of the customer and to approach business as a way of thought. Blakely commented on the difference between schooling and business in their approach to thought. Eventually, Blakely became inspired to create her clothing brand, Spanx, after cutting the feet off a pair of pantyhose to wear to a party. After some difficulties getting off the ground, her product and the eventual brand became a household name.  Sara Blakely, the CEO of Spanx, was recognized as the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Monday evening, during an event hosted by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan) Blakely concluded the discussion by providing her thoughts on how money affects a person. Blakely, a Florida native, started her entrepreneurial career by going door-to-door selling fax machines. According to Blakely, she was met with years of rejection and failure, but that did not discourage her from continuing her sales venture.last_img read more

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