Thursday, March 14, 2019

Spanish Ham for Gourmets





"Maladúa" is the world's most expensive ham and costs 4,100 € the thigh. Spanish brand "Dehesa Maladúa" was recently appreciated at Europe's leading organic food fair declared this unique dry ham as the best product. The excellence of the product has already been confirmed by Córdoba's Food Science and Technology Department. 

The award-winning ham comes from a rare breed of pigs called "Manchado de Jabugo", whose name refers to the dark spots on the animal skin.  Dehesa Maladúa's creator and owner, Eduardo Donato, managed to protect this breed from extinction 25 years ago when he settled in the province of Huelva in southwest Spain.

"Manchado de Jabugo" ham gets its amazing delicious taste due to the fact that pigs do not eat animal feed, but only natural fruits and herbs from the pastures.  They wander freely over Donato's woodland adjacent to Picos de Aroche UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  The ham’s color is dark red and glossy; its fat is white and fine.

Donato owns 80 hectares of "dehesa" with acorns and green fodder in the forests of Huelva.  A Manchado de Jabugo pigs need up to three years to reach the optimal weight, while others can be processed into ham when they are from 14 to 18 months.  Then another six years are needed before the ham is cured.

Maladúa, NW of Sevilla, Close to the Portugal Border
Donato decided to purchase an old farm in Maladúa, a small village near Cortegana, in this area in 1990, which had been forgotten by God and the people. So he started intensively with a sustainable pig breeding and ham maturation. Now he runs an almost one-man business, supported only by his family.

Donato offers the international market with less than 100 hams per year, while they are now sold all over the world. For the "famine" of high-quality Iberian hams like Maladúa and the high production costs, customers have to pay the price. They not only buy a unique product and help to save a rare breed. Manchado de Jabugo ham tastes wonderful, but it is also good for your health. The ham is high in unsaturated fatty acids, rich in protein, vitamins B1 and B6 and healthy minerals. A portion of 100 grams of naturopathy against anemia costs about € 50.

The history of La Alberca, today a popular tourist town not far from the Portuguese border, has always been connected with the rearing of pigs. Here, in the midst of huge "dehesas", Mediterranean pastures full of cork and holm oaks, the black bristly Iberian pigs thrive.  From them comes the Jamón Ibérico, highly appreciated by gourmets, now an integral part of the international avant-garde cuisine.  It's also a million-dollar business that benefits a poor region.

Star Chef as Ambassador
Embutidos Fermín is the flagship company for this specialty in La Alberca, and with a hundred employees it is also the largest employer in the town. The family business, which emerged from a small butcher's shop in 1959, is now one of Spain's most important exporters of fine ham.  Spanish star chef José Andrés, who runs seven Tapa restaurants in Washington and now no longer has to worry about supplies.

Only one in ten of the 40 million hams produced every year can be called Iberian. The pig that goes with it has complicated rearing conditions thrives only in the complex ecosystem of the Dehesas and, since it is free-range, takes up an enormous amount of space.  "Sometimes we can hardly keep up with demand," admits Martín in La Alberca's flagship company.

For the Japanese, the meat of the Ibérico pig is just as high-quality as that of the Kobe cattle, the most expensive and exclusive slaughter animal in the world, because of its high content of unsaturated fatty acids.  They are easily prepared to pay the high price. The health-conscious Asians not only order hams and shoulder hams, but also other pieces of meat such as loins.
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What is so special about Spanish ham?

The Taste
The meat of the semi-wild Ibérico breed has an unmistakable intense taste. The secret lies in the ability of the pigs to form intermuscular fat. The meat is then covered with fine fat strips, which makes it extremely aromatic and juicy. The free-range Ibérico pigs gain a large part of their weight from acorns, which leads to a unique nutty taste.  The more acorns on the diet of an Ibérico pig, the higher the Omega 3 content of the fat.

The Ibérico Breed
Ibèrico ham comes 100% from the Ibérico breed or a cross between the Ibérico and Duroc breeds.  The proportion of the Ibérico breed must be at least 50% for a ham to be sold as Ibérico ham.  But why the cross at all? The Ibérico breed grows less quickly than the Duroc and the meat, fat content is lower. And we all know that fat is a flavor carrier.

Free-Range
The true secret of Ibérico is the Dehesa de Extremadura. Dehesa is the Spanish name for grazed oak groves. Dehesa in Extremadura now covers 1 million hectares. A unique environment in which Ibérico pigs grow up free-range and with lots of exercises. A luxury that, due to the high demand, only accounts for 3% of all Ibérico pigs.

Tradition, Craft, and Microclimate
Hams have a long tradition in Spain. It is the knowledge of the craft, as well as the microclimate that ultimately makes up the taste of ham.

The variety of factors that all influence the price and quality of ham make it difficult even for professionals to keep an overview. In order to help customers with their purchases, the Spanish Royal Family has revised the classification of Ibérico ham in 2014 and issued a Royal Decree:

Black (negro, de bellota 100% ibérico)
Red (rojo, de bellota ibérico)
Green (verde, de cebo de campo ibérico)
White (blanco, de cebo ibérico)


Beautiful Tradition
In the small Spanish village of La Alberca, the inhabitants have paid homage to the pig since time immemorial.  And since the Middle Ages, there has been a beautiful tradition: all year round a cheerful specimen roams freely through the streets of the village, the so-called "Cerdo de San Antón".  It is fed by all inhabitants and given to a needy family after successful fattening.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Top 100 Companies With the Highest Number of Part-time/Remote Jobs




As more companies accept and integrate telecommuters into their business models, 2019 is an ideal time for job seekers to pursue their search for a better, more flexible job.
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Some of the fastest-growing remote career categories are therapy, virtual administration, client services, tutoring, and translations.  FlexJobs released its annual list of the top 100 companies with the highest number of part-time or entirely remote job openings:
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https://www.vipkidreview.com/tag/applying-to-vipkid/
https://join.appen.com/
https://www.conduent.com/
https://www.rev.com/freelancers
https://www.liveops.com/
https://www.ttecjobs.com/
https://www.amazon.jobs/
https://www.sykesassistance.com/
https://jobs.dell.com/
https://workingsolutions.com/
https://www.languageline.com/
https://careers.kellyservices.com/ca/en/

See the complete Flex list here:
https://www.flexjobs.com/

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Authors in Canada, UK, and Australia: ENTER



Why not use the cold winter days (or the hot ones in Australia) 

to prepare for any of the many writing competitions? 





CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition
is open to all Canadian residents. The competition is for original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1800 words & carries a grand prize of CA$6.000
Entries close 28 February
https://cbcliteraryprizes.submittable.com/submit/129834/2019-cbc-nonfiction-prize

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Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships 
$38,000 a year. 5-7 fellowships available each year for poets, fiction writers, and a playwright. Madison, WI,
Deadline March 1
https://creativewriting.wisc.edu/fellowships.html

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James Jones First Novel Fellowship
A prize of ***US$10,000*** is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel
Entry Fee $33  Deadline March 1
https://wilkes.edu/academics/graduate-programs/masters-programs/creative-writing-ma-mfa/james-jones-fellowship-contest.aspx

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Craft Short Fiction Prize
Open for stories up to 5,000 words. The writers of the top three stories will receive: $2,000 award for first prize.
$20 Entry Fee
Opens March and closes April 30, 2019.
https://www.craftliterary.com/short-fiction-prize/

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Luck of the Irish: The IFM Bursaries & Writers Residency
In addition to the cost of air flights and accommodation, the Bursary entails an honorarium of €1,300.
The Ireland Funds Monaco Residential Bursaries have been established to enable literary and academic writers born or living in Ireland to pursue a current project during a one-month residency at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.
Deadline March 30, 2019
https://irelandfunds.org/chapters/worldwide/monaco/bursaries/

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Ljubljana City of Literature
A writer in the Park International Residency Program
Offers two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Swisshouse Creative Centre. Applicants must have published at least one book.
Deadline March 30, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/events/1239114336253768/

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Alpine Fellowship

Open to all nationalities, the winner receives £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. £3,000 go to the second place, £2,000 to the third place. Maximum of 2,500 words per entry.
Awarded for the best piece of writing on the topic of ‘Identity’. NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 30, 2019.
https://alpinefellowship.submittable.com/submit/133506/af-2019-writing-prize

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Black Travelers and US Racism





Last year I found an image of a book cover from the New York Public Library. The title was partially covered by a sticker, and I wondered what the full title had been. Now I found out the history of this book - or travel book series, in fact.

African Americans were involuntary road trip pioneers who wanted to travel in their own country in the middle of the 20th century. They had to reckon with hostility and rejection in so many places that traveling was a risk. Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postal employee,  found that staying at home was no solution.

From 1936 he published an annual guide entitled "The Negro Motorist Green Book". Because, as the introduction to the last issue in the early 1960s should say: "Most people who go on holiday (...) are looking for a place to relax, unwind and take refuge from the worries of everyday life. Black travelers (...) are no exception."

Green was mainly aimed at those who wanted to go on road trips. The own car offered the chance to escape the segregated buses and trains. But dangers at stops remained on the way. In the worst case, there was the threat of open violence in so-called "sundown towns", places where black people should not appear on the streets after sunset. That white local and hotel owners rejected non-white guests was the order of the day anyway.

Green gave tips on where everyone was welcome, and according to the Washington Post his travel guides became the "Bible of black travel" in times of racism. Or as the Australian Smith Journal puts it: "For almost 30 years, the handy guide helped African Americans find safe places to eat, sleep, dance, have a haircut or manicure, refuel the car, have a suit made, or buy a pair of shoes."

Long before the great civil rights movement came into being, Green decided to get involved - motivated by the hope that things could get better.

The postman initially obtained his information pragmatically from colleagues. With their help and local knowledge, ever more extensive mailing lists were created. Interested business people, regardless of skin color, should also report themselves in order to be named in the next issue or to place advertisements. Green asked his readers to mention on the spot that they had reached the address via the tip. At the best times, the "Green Books" reached around 100 pages and a circulation of 15,000 copies - and one can assume that these went through many hands.

 "Carry your Green Book with you-you may need it".

Green always tried to avoid a feeling of fear, the editions were full of cheerful illustrations and emphasized the positive. Black travelers should also, as the optimistic Green put it in one of his guides, see themselves as "ambassadors of goodwill for our race to those who may not know us. "The day will soon come when this guide no longer has to be published," he wrote in 1949.

Green could not experience the legal breakthrough in equal rights in the USA through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, the theme of his books made it to Hollywood: It became the Oskar “Film of the Year”.
The movie “Green Book”, a ‘60s-era Deep South road-trip story won not only the Oskar but also the coveted People’s Choice Award - among other prizes. 

A Peter Farrelly movie about a black pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his white driver (Viggo Mortensen) in the Jim Crow South pleased also crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall.



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Monday, February 4, 2019

111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos






Dreaming of becoming a YouTube star? Looking for new and creative ways to drive traffic to your business and your social media accounts? Then this is the book for you!
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Your audience needs to be intrigued, inspired and informed by an outstanding viewing experience.  Walt Disney once said: "I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained."
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Find more than 111 tips on how to create professional videos that enchant your viewers, and how and where to market them for maximum success.
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Rather than focusing too much on equipment, the focus of this book is on the art of creating videos that viewers want to watch over and over.
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No matter if you produce leisurely or educational videos, marketing or business communication videos, or movie and book trailers: you will not only find hundreds of free music and image links but also lots of valuable ideas and suggestions how to create your next video like a pro.


111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos: 
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos 

Print Book Edition ISBN: 978-1-988664-24-8
Electronic Book Edition ISBN: 978-1-988664-23-1

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More Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:

111 Tips To Make Money With Writing
The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer 

111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free:
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success  

111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews:
Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews  
plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links  


111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer
How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos  

Book Marketing on a Shoestring:
How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money  
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Geflüchtete Lehrerin Darf Nicht Unterrichten



Die syrische Lehrerin Nour darf nicht in Deutschland unterrichten – trotz Lehrermangel. Nour spricht fließend Deutsch. Den Deutschkurs hat sie mit C2-Niveau abgeschlossen hat – Muttersprachniveau. Trotzdem darf sie in Deutschland nicht als Lehrerin arbeiten.
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Damit ist Nours Fall in Symbol für Chancen von Geflüchteten in Deutschland – und die Mauern, denen sie begegnen.  Nour hat einen Aushilfs-Job, sie ist versorgt, sie ist in Sicherheit.  Aber sie bleibt auch hinter ihren Möglichkeiten zurück.  Und das, obwohl Lehrerinnen wie sie dringend gesucht werden.

In den nächsten Jahren rechnet die Kultusministerkonferenz mit einem durchschnittlichen Einstellungsbedarf von etwa 31.900 Lehrern und Lehrerinnen pro Jahr (KMK 2018).  Im Schnitt bleiben jetzt schon 700 Stellen unbesetzt.  Besonders an Grund- und Berufs-schulen fehlen Lehrer.

Read the whole story: 
https://www.bento.de/politik/lehrermangel-warum-darf-eine-gefluechtete-in-deutschland-nicht-unterrichten-a-67ece405-0b61-49ef-8710-8854845341f6#refsponi

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Entrepreneurs as Authors




Books are becoming popular marketing tools for the self-employed. An estimated more than one million titles, written by entrepreneurs and other non-traditional authors were published in the U.S. 

Entrepreneurs in most cases are not actually looking to produce best-sellers.  Instead, most are taking advantage of new forms of publishing, including electronic publishing and print-on-demand, to generate a marketing tool and additional income at the same time. 
Income which might stem from speaking, consulting, press and new customers. It's not about selling copies.  
The National Speakers Association, a trade group in Tempe, AZ, USA, reports that about 70% of its 3,200 members are authors and more than 60% earn $100,000 a year on average just from giving presentations.

The trend wouldn't have been possible without the emergence of print-on-demand publishers and the advent of digital books. The electronic-book market and in general the Internet, have eased the distribution process for authors. Within only minutes one can now upload a file and have a book.

There are many ways to get attention, but writing and publishing a book is not only one the best way to get attention -- it's one of the most under-utilized by entrepreneurs - and even more by employees.

A book is great for getting attention because it's a multi-purpose marketing tool with unique and special abilities to create attention that you can turn into almost anything else you want -- sales, media, word of mouth, authority.

A book is the New College Degree
A book sets you up to be judged. It's really easy to skirt by and get a college degree. You can't really fake your way into writing a good book. Either you know what you're talking about or you don't.

Amazon is the No. 1 search engine when looking for products and services. This is where people will find your book - if you use the right keywords. Your book can save you taxes through write-offs of all deductibles from the book production.
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Don’t focus on making money directly from book sales. It is your PR tool. Once you have a book, media coverage is 10 times easier to get. Books will get you and your company attention. Attention gets you money.

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Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:

111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos
https://www.books2read.com/u/3GYnpa

111 Tips To Make Money With Writing
The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer
https://books2read.com/u/bWZMjz

111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free:
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success
https://books2read.com/u/bMre1a

111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews:
Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews
plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links  

https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5 

111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer
How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos
https://books2read.com/u/mVZkjr

Book Marketing on a Shoestring:
How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money  
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp


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