Developing a firm grip on his new company

first_imgWHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I designed one of the grips for myself, and I liked the results so much, I had a hunch that other golfers would also want one. When I showed my neighbor and he wanted one, that validated my concept and I immediately got busy developing the plan and launching the business. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I originally wanted a golf towel that featured the Sinclair tartan to pay tribute to my mom’s heritage. There were many towels with plaid patterns, none with the specific Sinclair design. I already used a C-Thru putter grip with the Pepperdine Waves logo, so I contacted them to investigate creating a custom design featuring the Sinclair Tartan. I was so pleased with the outcome, I became an authorized distributor for C-Thru Grips and developed my own custom tartan-based designs. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Two-and-a-half months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Built the first generation of the Web site and shopping cart, got my reseller sales tax and business licenses, learned Web development and began marketing the site. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $2,000 from savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My Pepperdine MBA, my CPA for tax and tactical business formation advice and my wife for design decisions. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The amount of time it would take to develop and maintain the Web site and shopping cart. I’d never done any Web development. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? Conservative estimate is $10,000-$12,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To expand the product line to include the “Solid Impact” line of solid colors and custom text, to increase awareness by advertising at Scottish Highland Games and Celtic festivals, to launch a business-to-business initiative to Scottish-themed golf facilities and other businesses and to expand the product offerings to include golf accessories and other tartan-themed merchandise. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: TartanGolfGrips.com BUSINESS ADDRESS: PO Box 3484, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 PHONE: (805) 630-7977 E-MAIL: TartanGolfGripsDotCom@gmail.com OWNER: Scott Tesar ESTABLISHED: March 2006 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: TartanGolfGrips.com is an online retailer of specialized golf grips from C-Thru Golf Grips, featuring tartan designs with custom, personalized text. As an authorized distributor for C-Thru Grips, I develop “Artans,” which are Scottish, Irish and Universal tartan designs under putter and full-swing golf grips that feature personalized, custom text. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes last_img read more

Sustainable soil health

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest J.W. Lemons“A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.We have learned some harsh lessons about how to treat our soil. While most of us are aware of the problems of the past, some agricultural operations in the world are not heeding those lessons.We all know that healthy soil is essential to feed the ever-increasing population of the world. However, many agriculture practices continue to damage and deplete our natural resources — of which soil ranks among the top. These practices have caused reductions in soil productivity due to soil loss through erosion and changes in the nutritional balances in soil. This has resulted in nutrient depletion and increased our dependence on synthetic fertilizers. Because of the low efficiency of many commercial fertilizers, we have over-applied many nutrients to maintain or increase crop production levels.Although these increased inputs have led to higher yields to meet the demand for food production, the over-application of nutrients has resulted in continuous environmental degradation of soil, water and vegetation resources. In some areas, organic matter levels are declining due to improper tillage and nutrient management, resulting in a depletion of naturally available nutrients in our soils. All of this leads to even higher chemical inputs, including the use of synthetic fertilizers.With continuous additions of chlorides, hydroxides, and other potentially harmful fertilizer byproducts, we have witnessed soil salinization and degradation of fresh water quality. Excess application of manures and acid-causing synthetic fertilizers has adversely affected soil structure, soil pH, and overall productivity of the soil. Over-application of synthetic fertilizers can also result in nutrient leaching into groundwater or off-site movement into surface waters.Nutrient pollution does major damage to our ecosystem. It can result in irreversible damage to aquatic life — both plant and animal. The damage extends from our fresh water sources to our coastal environments. Nutrient pollution can lead to coral reef degradation, and aquatic sea plant death. It can also be tied to the decline of aquatic biodiversity and algal blooms resulting in massive fish deaths. Groundwater and surface water contamination by nutrients has also been associated with a number of human health issues including reduced amounts and quality of drinking water (ex. Toledo, 2014), infant brain damage, methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome), and even death.Plants only absorb and utilize the nutrients they need at any given point during the growing season. Excess nutrients may remain in the soil; however, it is likely much of the excess will be leached through the soil or be tied up in the soil where it is unavailable. Two of these major nutrient pollutants are nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P). The main sources of N and P in groundwater are manure and synthetic fertilizers.Another result of our practices is the loss of natural biodiversity of soil organisms. Soil is a complex mixture of minerals, air, water and organic materials. We know our soil can benefit from bacteria, fungi, insects, and other organisms living underground. They help build soil tilth and increase land performance. Decomposition of the organic matter is essential to releasing nutrients to a plant. Included in organic matter are up to 2,400 pounds of fungi, 1,500 pounds of bacteria, 133 pounds of protozoa and hundreds of pounds of arthropods, algae, and even small mammals, per acre of soil. The pH and byproduct content of some commercial fertilizers can reduce populations of fungi, nematodes and protozoa. Additionally, many fertilizer (especially nitrogen) stabilizers have components that adversely affect soil microbes to accomplish that stability. Maintaining a healthy living environment for these organisms is critical for the sustainability of agriculture.AgroLiquid’s goal is to prosper the farmer while safeguarding the environment. Lower-grade raw materials can contain byproducts that are harmful to plants, soil, the environment and even human health. Using formulation technology that protects nutrients from loss to the environment and allows those nutrients to work with, instead of against, the biology of the soil to make them more usable by the crop.Intensive research, development and product testing have resulted in a full-line of nutrient products that don’t solely focus on N-P-K. As AgroLiquid Vice-President of Operations and Organizational Development, Nick Bancroft, said, “we use nutrients to make nutrients better.”For example, a phosphorus product needs more than just phosphorus to be effective.“It should not only contain phosphorous, it should contain nitrogen, it should contain potassium, and it should contain micronutrients.” Bancroft explains those nutrients work in harmony with phosphorous in the processes that phosphorous affect in the plant to make uptake, translocation, and utilization in the plant more efficient. This equates to more plant growth with less applied fertilizer.Again, using phosphorous as an example, one gallon of Pro-Germinator is significantly more efficient than conventional fertilizer sources when used at the recommended application rate. Less applied fertilizer means less leaching or off-target movement potential. The crop safety of Pro-Germinator allows it to be placed in the soil or on the plant, reducing the potential for pollution due to erosion. Many AgroLiquid products are also formulated to provide usable nutrients to the plant over the growing season, and not just for a short time after application, enabling the plant to utilize those available nutrients.AgroLiquid continues to advance our full line of fertilizers by considering the soil as a dynamic living organism. We strive for Responsible Nutrient Management to provide environmental stewardship, cost effective crop nutrition, and sustainability of agriculture for the future.Soil health helps determine sustainability in agriculture. A healthy soil will better perform to potential. By addressing the needs of the plant with efficient fertilizers and fertilizer placement, we can manage many of the adverse effects discussed here. The sustainability of agriculture is of utmost importance, and we are constantly and continuously researching, developing, testing and perfecting our products with the future in mind.last_img read more

60 govt school teachers in U.P. suspended for getting job using fake qualifications

first_imgAs many as 60 government school teachers have been suspended for allegedly using fake B.Ed. degrees to get the jobs, a Uttar Pradesh Education department official said on Wednesday. District Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Chandra Shekhar said the teachers, all of who were earlier transferred from Mathura to other districts, will also face legal action. The official said over 4,500 government school teachers across the state who got jobs on the basis of fake B.Ed. degrees or other certificates have been identified so far. Efforts are on to take speedy action against them, Mr. Shekhar said. The BSAs of different districts are identifying location of such teachers by sharing information, Mr. Shekhar said, adding that the number may swell further as probe is on.last_img read more

#InquirerSeven: Things to know about Jeff Horn

first_img2. He is an Olympian Pacquiao is usually given the de facto home court advantage, be it in Las Vegas or Dallas. This time, however, the Pacman will walk inside Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium facing a hometown hero.Horn was born in Brisbane on Feb. 4, 1988 and has resided in his birthplace ever since.Come Battle of Brisbane, it’s safe to say that there will be more than 50,000 people in support of their boxing son.ADVERTISEMENT Both fighters are family men, and both also have lovable dogs.Quite some time ago, Pacquiao’s pooch Pacman reached headlines when it dogged the Filipino icon during his runs. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Horn was called “gay” constantly during his growing up years.The verbal abuse held so much magnitude that the young Horn almost thought of suicide.“I got called ‘gay’ a lot. Words like that shouldn’t hurt me, but I was a kid. It cuts deep, especially when it’s every day. You don’t know how to stop it,” Horn told Sydney Morning Herald.“Day by day, it takes a bit of you. I know the lows you can feel. I’ve had those feelings, like suicidal thoughts. I can remember some days that I felt that because of the bullying.”6. Like Pacquiao, Horn also has a canine companion What ‘missteps’? Beneath his enigmatic identity is a man who battled demons en route to becoming a professor of the beautiful sport.Despite owning WBO and IBF’s secondary titles, Horn is still considered an unknown in comparison to the icons Pacquaio has faced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo to shine a little bit more of the spotlight on Horn, here are seven tidbits about the Aussie.1. Horn is Brisbane’s own son Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Juggling life as a schoolteacher and as a professional boxer can take a toll, and Horn does that looking for flushes, full houses, and pairs.As per Ring Magazine, Horn’s concept of a vice is playing poker. And that’s only his vice.Horn hasn’t forgotten his nerdy side as he regularly, according to The Australian, plays Monopoly every Saturday.He also likes to play a role-playing board game called Settlers of Catan. Horn, too, has a dog and it’s name is Lexie who, according to The Australian, likes to hang by Horn’s legs whenever the Aussie fighter watches television.7. Horn’s vice is poker Growing up, Horn wasn’t the fighter Australians now adore.He was the one wearing the glasses and playing board games and with such silence, Horn became a target of bullying.According to a story from The Australian, Horn was the victim of a lopsided beating when 30 bullies ganged up on him after school.Horn stood up against a bully, and what he got was a physical beatdown that changed his life.This harrowing experience led Horn to take up boxing and he’s then used that bullying episode every time he steps inside the squared circle.5. He got called ‘gay’ growing up LATEST STORIES Ross wins Best Player award; Rhodes top importcenter_img Horn’s pathway to professional boxing was his short, but memorable, run in the 2012 London Olympics.The Aussie had three fights in the London Games, taking dominating wins against Gilbert Choombe of Zambia, 19-5, and Abderazzak Houya of Tunisia, 17-11.Horn, however, fell to Ukrainian Denys Berinchyk, 21-13, in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Horn holds a Bachelor of Education degree to teach secondary school from Griffith University and he’s also worked at a child care center.4. A victim of bullying Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Boxer Jeff Horn of Australia poses for a photo following a press conference with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)Australian pugilist Jeff Horn does not have the same notoriety as Manny Pacquiao’s previous opponents.Horn, whose “The Hornet” nickname gives him some semblance of flare, actually isn’t a typical run of the mill boxer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 3. He’s a teacher Horn has built an impressive boxing resume going undefeated, 16-0-1, and strapping himself with the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental welterweight titles.He’s also the no.2 welterweight under WBO and on July 2 has a chance to become the World champion as he battles Pacquiao (59-6-2).Outside of his expanding boxing career, though, Horn rolls up his sleeves and tightens his tie for his job as a high school teacher.last_img read more