QPR wanted Sanchez, report claims

first_imgAston Villa will beat QPR and Everton to the signing of Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed that Rangers wanted the 28-year-old, who looks set to move to Villa Park from Spanish club Elche for £1.5m.It is suggested in the Daily Mail that Clint Hill will get the nod ahead of Nedum Onuoha and Richard Dunne to play alongside QPR’s new signings Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker at the back.The Mail also reports that Thibaut Courtois must become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper if he wants to continue as Belgium’s number one.It comes after Belgium boss Marc Wilmots was quoted as saying: “Courtois will remain my number one. But I know he could end up on the bench at Chelsea. In that case I will reassess.”Meanwhile, Ghana winger Christian Atsu has been widely tipped to complete a loan move to Everton.And the Daily Star say Kostas Mitroglou is ready to rejoin his former club Olympiakos on loan – less than six months after his big-money move to Fulham.For more transfer gossip, including speculation about Nedum Onuoha’s future and QPR being linked with Middlesbrough’s George Friend, see Tuesday’s round-up.See also:QPR linked with Boro star FriendFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

US accolades for South African brandy

first_img10 April 2013South African luxury brandy producer Oude Meester, which forms part of the Distell family brand, gained traction in a US market untapped by local producers when it won three medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in March.The most senior of the Oude Meester range, the 18-year-old Oude Meester Souverein, won a gold medal, while the Demant and Demant 12 Year Old Reserve both won silver medals.The Oude Meester 12 Year Old Reserve also won the best brandy title at the New York International Spirits Competition at the end of last year.“South African brandy has established a powerful reputation in the UK and Europe, but our connoisseur offerings are still something of a novelty in the US,” Oude Meester’s global marketing representative, Lee-Anne Lotz, said in a statement.“Since Oude Meester’s exposure to American trade and consumers last year in New York, market response has been extremely encouraging.“Connoisseurs are thrilled by the sense of discovery and the levels of excellence they are encountering in a specialty segment of the deluxe brandy market hitherto unknown to them,” Lotz said.The San Francisco World Spirits Competition saw 1 407 spirits from 63 countries around the world being evaluated by 34 judges. The winners were announced on 27 March.“Judges were drawn from among well-respected spirits buyers and consultants representing high-end restaurants and hotels, mainstream outlets, as well as spirits journalists,” Lotz said.“Their vote of confidence in Oude Meester suggests very exciting market potential for the brand in the US, coast to coast.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Fewer South Africans going to bed hungry

first_img19 June 2014South African households’ access to food has improved dramatically since 2002, although it has remained more or less static since 2011, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey.Conducted annually since 2002, the survey measures changes in the living conditions of South African households, including access to services and amenities including housing, water, electricity, food, health care and education.According to the 2013 survey, released on Wednesday, the percentage of households that experienced hunger dropped by more than half, from 23.8% to 11.4%, between 2002 and 2013, while the proportion of individuals that experienced hunger fell from 29.3% to 13.4%.However, the figures are more or less static between 2011 (11.7% for household hunger, 13.1% for individual hunger) and 2013 (11.4% and 13.4% respectively).A separate, more complex measure of access to food, the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale – which asks households about modifications they make in their diet because of limited available food sources – was added to the survey in 2010.According to this measure, the percentage of households with inadequate access to food dropped slightly, from 23.9% to 23.1%, between 2010 and 2013, while the percentage of individuals with inadequate access to food dropped from 28.6% to 26.0%.According to the survey, difficulties with getting food in 2103 were worst in North West province, where 37.3% of households struggled, followed by the Northern Cape (31.7%), Eastern Cape (29.4%) and Mpumalanga (29.4%).The survey also showed that almost one-fifth of households in the country were involved in cultivating crops or raising livestock in 2013 – the great majority (87.8%) in backyard gardens rather than on farmland (14.2%).Of these households, the survey found, more than three-quarters (76.9%) were farming for an additional source of food.Of all the households involved with agriculture, 51.7% cultivated grains, 45.2% grew fruit and vegetables, 40.8% farmed poultry, and 51.5% also raised livestock.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Resource Discovery: Parenting for Service Members and Veterans

first_imgBy Christina Herron, MSFlickr [No title by Minnesota National Guard, April 1, 2015, CC BY-ND 2.0]Are you looking for resources on parenting for service members and their families? Then look no further! Military Kids Connect is a online community built by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services in partnership with the Department of Defense Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). They support military service members and their families by providing resources on parenting through online courses, handouts, flyers, tip sheets, websites, and even a mobile app!The online resources feature topics such as:Typical Children’s Behavior in Response to DeploymentHelping Your Child with Difficult Emotions & BehaviorsMilitary Youth Coping with SeparationManaging Stress and Emotions as a ParentAlso included are links broken down by age groups that cater to specific ways of coping with parental deployment and includes personal stories of military kids!Don’t forget to check out their mobile app, Parenting2Go! This app helps you utilize the tools and ideas featured in the online course. And it’s FREE! Find out more information, here.This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Wilson, Alonso Help Mets Escape Shaky 9th, Beat D-Backs 3-2 (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK — Justin Wilson watched Mets first baseman Pete Alonso dive for Ketel Marte’s line drive and thought maybe the game was over. Then Alonso smothered the ball, and nobody at Citi Field was sure what the Polar Bear would do next.“Your mind goes a mile a minute in that situation,” third baseman Todd Frazier said.On days when closer Seth Lugo can’t pitch, New York will take its saves any way it can.Zack Wheeler pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Wilson navigated four difficult outs for his first save since April and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night.New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)New York has taken the first two games in this key four-game set between NL playoff contenders and closed within three games of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. Arizona, which had won 11 of 12 before the consecutive losses, remained 2½ games behind the Cubs.Frazier drove a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Mets.“Right now, we have to win that day,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “We’ll do anything to do that.” With Lugo unavailable after a two-out save Monday, Wilson got his first save try since April 2, when he recorded five outs to finish off Miami. The left-hander allowed two singles in the ninth before Marte hit a one-out rocket toward Alonso, who knocked the ball down, stepped on first, disregarded the runner heading for second and instead tried to back-pick the lead man at third.His throw there was too late, leaving Wilson to face Wilmer Flores — a former Met who holds the record for walk-off hits at Citi Field. Wilson struck him out to wrap up his second save.“Everybody was thinking it would be a great story and a great ending, but it wasn’t,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.Callaway commended Alonso’s decision to throw to third, preventing that runner from scoring the tying run. Frazier said Alonso should have tried to tag the runner at first before stepping on the bag, but he was glad the throw came his way, too.Former Mets closer Edwin Díaz was warming in the bullpen during the ninth but did not pitch after a pair of stunning blown saves last week, including a week ago in Washington when his meltdown capped the Nationals’ seven-run ninth inning rally.Callaway cited those struggles as the reason Wilson was asked for four outs, even on a day when the veteran lefty didn’t have his best stuff.“He just kind of willed that game, that save,” Callaway said.Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen (3-5) pitched three-run ball over six innings, becoming the second NL pitcher to begin his career with 14 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Montreal’s Steve Rogers had 18 such consecutive outings in 1973.Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Eduardo Escobar homered off reliever Brad Brach and drove in two for Arizona. He has 112 RBIs.Wheeler (11-7) struck out seven and allowed seven hits and two walks. The right-hander, set to become a free agent after the season, has a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts.Gallen struck out nine, including three each against All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Alonso atop the Mets batting order. Gallen is the first pitcher to strike out McNeil three times in a game. He has a 2.66 ERA this season.“I thought he was fantastic outside of a mistake or two,” Lovullo said. “He was pounding the zone.”BIG CITY DRAMABefore the game, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said it was “unfortunate” his complaints to New York’s front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations. He said he would be fine with pitching to Ramos going forward. The New York Post reported on Syndergaard’s frustrations Monday.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw a 14-pitch bullpen. He’s hoping to throw an inning for Arizona before the end of the season, but manager Torey Lovullo was uncertain if that would be possible. … RHP Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) threw a bullpen and felt good. The team hasn’t decided if he’ll need another before returning to game action.Mets: New York recalled RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Syracuse.UP NEXTDiamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03) hasn’t lost a start since July 28. He’s been dealing with a blister on his left middle finger but felt good to go after a bullpen Monday. He’ll face Mets left-hander Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00), who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six straight starts.By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nokia 7.1 launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you should know

first_imgHMD Global launched a long time awaited Nokia 7.1 in India on Friday for Rs 19,990. The key highlights of the Nokia 7.1 are the HDR PureDisplay, Carl Zeiss based rear camera, AI based selfie cameras, and the glass design. The new Nokia 7.1 – which is the successor to the Nokia 6.1 – comes with dual camera setup on the back panel, while there’s a single sensor on the front which sits on the notch at the top centre edge of the phone. In India, the Nokia 7.1 will be available in two colours — Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel.The new Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology, which HMD claims are capable of delivering “stunning HDR10 cinematic quality entertainment.” Commenting on the launch of the Nokia 7.1, Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head, India of HMD Global said, “We know a lot of our fans in India enjoy creating videos and watching content on their smartphones. That’s why it was important for us to bring both ZEISS optics and PureDisplay technology together in a versatile device that offers a superior content experience, regardless of whether you’re taking photos for your social media or watching the latest series on your favourite streaming service. With real-time SDR to HDR conversion, more fans can enjoy a premium viewing experience across content. And with the integrated ZEISS optics, fans can take advantage of rapid auto focus and capture incredible HDR photography as well. We’re thrilled to bring such an impressive device, created with the help of best in class partners to our fans in India.”advertisementNokia 7.1 specsDisplay: The Nokia 7.1 comes with a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.Processor: On the hardware front, the Nokia 7.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.RAM: 4GB RAMStorage: 64GB. The storage is expandable to 400GB via microSD card.Rear camera: On the rear panel, the Nokia 7.1 sports a dual camera setup with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel paired with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel.Front camera: On the front, the Nokia 7.1 sports a single camera setup. The phone includes an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.Battery: The Nokia 7.1 comes with a 3060mAh battery.Software: Nokia 7.1 runs Android 9 Pie based on Google’s Android One programme.Nokia 7.1 features–Notably, the Nokia 7.1 is the first phone from HMD Global to come with a PureDisplay screen which the company explains supports HDR for better contrast and quality. With HDR10 support, the Nokia 7.1 offers a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with good amount of details and pretty vibrant colours. HMD claims that the Nokia 7.1 is capable of “revealing the detail in both light and dark areas with stunning vibrant colours”.– Quite similar to all other recently launched Nokia phones, the new Nokia 7.1 also comes with a premium design language with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back. The Nokia 7.1 is clearly one of the best looking phones available under Rs 20,000 in India right now.–The phone comes with Carl Zeiss lens on the rear cameras, much similar to the Nokia 7 Plus. On the camera front, the Nokia 7.1 packs a configuration of 12MP + 5MP on the rear side paired with two phase detection support for faster autofocus. The cameras of the Nokia 7.1 also come with HD support which HMD says will let the users click crisper and sharper images. The camera of the phone also comes with EIS support which will basically help with stabilisation while recording videos. The Nokia 7.1 comes with several camera modes like – bokeh, Pro mode, bothie, among other features.– Like almost all other Nokia phones, the Nokia 7.1 also comes with Google’s Android One software based on Android 9 Pie. This is one of the few Nokia phones that come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box in India. Furthermore, running on Android One software means that the Nokia 7.1 will get regular software updates and the user experience will keep on improving with every passing day.Nokia 7.1 price and availabilityThe new Nokia phone will be available from December 7 at a “recommended best buy price” of Rs 19,999. In India, the Nokia 7.1 comes in two colours — Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel. The Nokia 7.1 will be available across top mobile retailers across India and on Nokia.com/phones.ALSO READ | Nokia 7.1 with 5.84-inch PureDisplay, Zeiss-branded cameras launched in India for Rs 19,999HMD is offering several offers as a part of the launch of the new device. Some of the offers include — Airtel prepaid customers buying the Nokia 7.1 will get 1TB of 4G data on eligible plans starting Rs 199 while the Airtel postpaid customers can get additional data of 120GB along with three months of Netflix subscription and one year of Amazon Prime subscription on plans starting Rs. 499. Additionally, buyer getting the Nokia 7.1 using HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards on EMI transactions done through Pinelabs terminals in offline stores will receive a 10 per cent cashback.advertisementlast_img read more

Small LNG Seagoing Ships to Be Loaded at Wilhelmshaven

first_imgGermany’s Wilhelmshaven LNG Terminal will enable the loading of small LNG seagoing vessels and barges as a result of the newest cooperation between Uniper SE and Titan LNG.The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate the growth of LNG as a fuel in the downstream markets for industry, shipping and road fuel in Germany.The duo is planning to develop a user-friendly technical interface and commercial products for small-scale LNG players from the Wilhelmshaven floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for LNG.Apart from the loading of seagoing vessels, several truck loading bays are planned to enable the onward transport of LNG by road.With its proximity to the Jade Weser Port, Bremerhaven and the German Bight, Wilhelmshaven is said to be a suitable location to supply LNG for all downstream markets and in particular for marine fuels. As a fuel, LNG already meets the more stringent environmental requirements for ocean shipping.“The agreement … is another important step for the FSRU Wilhelmshaven project… With Wilhelmshaven, we offer a first-class location for supplying the shipping and road fuel markets with LNG. With this cooperation, the FSRU Wilhelmshaven project can make an important contribution to reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions,” Keith Martin, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Commercial Officer of Uniper SE, said.“Titan LNG is pleased that we can contribute the know-how we have built up over the last six years to this project for the LNG downstream market. We believe that the short distances to the markets will help to boost LNG as a fuel,” Niels den Nijs, Chief Executive Officer of Titan LNG, commented.Uniper is currently developing a FSRU at its Wilhelmshaven site. The FSRU will have a natural gas send-out capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year and an LNG storage capacity of more than 263,000 cubic meters. The terminal is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2022.In December 2018, Uniper signed an MOU with the Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Line (MOL). MOL will own, finance and operate the FSRU. Uniper is currently coordinating the permits for the operation of the facility with the relevant authorities.Image Courtesy: Uniperlast_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the South Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgIn the North Peace, we could see the same thing as late afternoon rain turns to snow.  Fort St. John could see only 5 to 10 cm of snow.  A special weather statement also remains in place for the North Peace, Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and the Alberta Peace.  The weather statement says those regions could see 5 to 10 cm of snow.Below is the full warning for the South Peace.Warnings4:57 AM PDT Tuesday 11 September 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A cold front will drop southward out of the Northwest Territories today bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to northeastern BC. Rain will develop this afternoon over the BC South Peace as the front approaches and quickly change over to snow this evening as the front passes.Snowfall accumulations of about 10 centimetres are expected tonight across the BC South Peace and along Highway 97 between Pine Pass and Chetwynd. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace.The forecast calls for up to 10 cm of snow as a cold front moves through the region Tuesday afternoon.  As the front moves into the area, rain will develop Tuesday afternoon and turn to snow by Tuesday night.Environment Canada says the South Peace and Pine Pass could see up to 10 cm of snow by Wednesday. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Discussion about death still a taboo for some

first_imgWhile death could be a pain-free event, people are most worried about loved ones being in pain or frightened in the final hours or minutes of life, says a poll that suggests most people know nothing about dying. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that topic remains taboo for some, said the survey. About 60 per cent of the people feel they know little or nothing about the final hours of life, showed the survey of around 1,000 British adults. “It is striking that six in 10 people feel they know very little or nothing about what happens to a person at the end of life, despite half of people having been with someone when they died,” said Robert Lechler, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Britain. “Not knowing what may happen to a loved one as they die can exacerbate fears at the hardest times of our life. It may also mean that people struggle to think clearly about how best to fulfil the wishes of a dying family member or friend, let alone know what to ask doctors and nurses,” Lechler said. One third of the public opted not to answer questions about end of life, suggesting that the topic remains taboo for some, said the survey released recently. The poll also revealed that those who know at least a little about what happens at the end of life are as likely to get their information about what happens at the end of life from documentaries as they are from medical professionals. Interestingly, information from films, dramas and soaps (16 per cent) also falls in the top five sources of information.last_img read more