Greek soccer player banned for life for Nazi salute

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Greek soccer Player Giorgos Katidis

As difficult as it is to believe, racism still exists in the world. Even in places you wouldn’t believe so. Such is the case of Greece, and particularly of a Greek soccer player who has been banned for life for displaying a Nazi salute after scoring a goal during a match.

Player Giorgos Katidis was banned for life by the Greek Soccer Federation after scoring the game winning goal between his AEK Athens team and Veria. The 20-year old midfielder scored the goal bringing the score to 2-1. But it was his gesture of a Nazi salute that overshadowed his game winning goal, and got the player banned from the game for life.

Greece’s soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that Katidis’ gesture “is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”

In his defense, Katidis took to the Twitter-sphere and claimed that he was unaware of the implications his gesture represented. Since making that statement, his Twitter account has been removed from the site.

Learn more about the incident here. What are your thoughts on Katidis’ gesture, and the Greek soccer federation’s response to it? Weigh in with your comments.

 

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The war on words: do you mean what you say when you say it?

In business…and in life, words matter. Do yours?

Let’s face it, words do matter. Not just in business, but in life as well. But when the words come from your mouth, do you really mean them? Do you understand their importance? Check out this article from ProducersWEB on the importance of what we say…and how we say it.

As always, we welcome your comments.

A “Just Do It” pep talk for 2013

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Fingers crossed for a great year ahead…

We can stand on the sidelines and cheer on others, or we can get into the game and participate! Yeah, I know, but platitudes aside, here is a piece from ProducersWeb that hopefully will light a fire in your belly, and make you want to seize the year by the…(fill in the blank on your own here)

Happy National Butterscotch Pudding Day to one and all!

It’s a big day for all you butterscotch pudding fans out there. If you are thinking its National Butterscotch Pudding Day, you’re correct! For you true pudding aficionados out there, you won’t need it, but for those of you who are huge fans of this sweet treat, follow this link to learn more about the origins of your favorite dessert.

For those of you who’d rather experience it for yourself, rather than read about it, here is a recipe for your sweet treat, courtesy of FoodNetwork.com. Either way…enjoy your special day!

Butterscotch Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups whole, 2 percent fat, or 1 percent fat milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

In a large saucepan, combine the milk and cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside. In a large, heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar, raise the heat to medium-high, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring constantly, to caramelize the mixture. You’ll smell a characteristic nutty-caramel odor when the butter browns, signaling that the mixture is ready.

Whisking constantly, gradually add the butter/brown sugar mixture to the hot milk/cream mixture. If the mixture isn’t smooth, blend for 20 seconds with a hand blender or pour through a fine sieve. Put the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture. Whisk in the cornstarch and salt until dissolved. Whisk the cornstarch mixture back into the hot milk mixture in the saucepan. Whisking constantly, cook over medium-high heat until thick and just boiling. When the mixture thickens, the whisk will leave trail marks on the bottom of the pot and the mixture will have a few large bubbles boiling up to the top. Turn off the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour into 6 to 8 custard cups, ramekins, or mugs and chill, uncovered, at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve chilled.

 

 

Don’t let the business blahs derail your plans

Okay, so it’s true confessions time. Here at Emphasis there have been a few weeks of malaise. To many hats to wear at one time, too much work on the plate at once, feelings of being a bit overwhelmed…but hey we’ve all been there right? Still, with the fall and winter months approaching, time is of the essence. The end of the year means planning for next year, but we’re still hovering around our mid-June plans right now. Which raises the question; will we ever catch up?

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss how to get back on track with our business. The simple way is to get back our passion about what we do. Sounds impossible, right? Well it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to get our groove back!

Here, courtesy of Entrepreneur.com are some tips on how to get your work mojo back, and get back in the swing of things. What do you do when you have the business blahs? Share with us in our comments section.

 

US Bronze Medal winning rower want to set the record straight on his “excitement” level over Olympic win

U.S. rower Henrik Rummel, his teammates and his “lil’ friend” on the medals podium at the Olympic games

Typically in this blog, we try to steer clear from pandering to the lowest common denominator, and posting salacious tidbits. Typically we do this…but this one was too good to keep. Before you choose you enlarge the photo to the left for a better reference, you may want to close your office door, or shoo the kids from the room. This is definitely an “adults only” post, and should be treated as such.

When U.S. rower Henrik Rummel and his teammates realized that they had won a bronze medal in the Olympic games, one can only imagine the excitement. But when Rummel and his teammates; Glenn Ochal, Charles Cole, and Scott Gault took to the podium for the medal ceremony, the press took notice of his “extra” excitement over the moment. Upon seeing the photo, Rummel was quick to take to the Twitter-sphere to clear up the question of his “enthusiasm” over their team win.

“This is me and I swear it’s not erect,” Rummel said in his post. “I don’t know why it ended up in this position, but there you go.”

While many news outlets chose to show a more edited version of the photo, many chose to let the photo run “as is.” Judging from how snug the U.S. rowers’ uniforms are, the imagination is not really left much to ponder.

What do you think of the photo? Share in our comments section below.

Today join “Starbucks” and other retailers in support of National Marriage Equality Day

Chick-Fil-A is out, Starbucks and other retailers in on support for National Marriage Equality Day August 7th.

Last week’s “Customer Appreciation Day” event held at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country called for by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee last week was a “record breaking success” according to the controversial food chain. In a direct response to that event, August 7th has been declared “National Marriage Equality Day” at Starbucks outlets across the country. Kirsten Ott-Palladino, the editor of an online same-sex wedding magazine, Equally Wed, who, along with her wife, started the equality day effort as a way to return the salvo fired by Chick-Fil-A supporters last week.

“It felt like the right wing groups were showcasing Aug. 1 as ‘This is how America feels,'” says Ott-Palladino.  “We are wanting to say, ‘This isn’t all of America and we can come out and support our businesses too.’”

Ott-Palladino said in an interview with ABC News that the day was originally set to show support for Starbuck’s policy of offering benefits to same-sex partners, and their ongoing support for the cause of marriage equality. But store managers of the more than 7,000 location coffee juggernaut called on Ott-Palladino to expand the net of support, and add other companies to the scope of support; something she gladly did.

“In the end I think that I’m happier with it becoming this because it’s not just supporting businesses that support marriage equality, but also non-profits that are working tirelessly and sometimes thanklessly to support marriage equality in this country,” she said. “At the end of the day it’s not just about seeing how many lines we’re wrapping around Starbucks.”

Check out a list of companies the support the cause of same-sex marriage by following this link, and see if your favorite retailer is taking part in today’s “National Marriage Equality Day” today. Patronize them to show your support, and then share your thoughts or experience in our comments, or on the social media site of your choice.