Derby day at Loftus Road

first_imgQPR and Fulham go head-to-head at Loftus Road this afternoon in what promises to be a spicy west London derby.It is a crucial game for Rangers, who badly need a win as they battle against relegation. They will also want to avenge a 6-0 defeat against their neighbours at Craven Cottage earlier in the season.Zamora will face his former club.R’s manager Mark Hughes and striker Bobby Zamora will face their former club – meaning a victory would be particularly sweet for Fulham fans.Hughes stands by his decision to quit Fulham last summer after suggesting they could not match his ambition.He was subsequently dubbed “a strange man” by Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed but this week defended his record as Whites boss.‘I’d back my record at Fulham against anybody else’s,” said Hughes.“Eighth in the Premier League for Fulham was an outstanding job. I don’t consider that to be a lack of success.”You can keep in touch with today’s action by following West London Sport on Twitter.Meanwhile, Chelsea face Bolton at Stamford Bridge, where they will be looking for their first win in six matches and one that would ease the pressure on under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas.And Brentford travel to Scunthorpe, where Bees boss Uwe Rosler has warned that they can expect a tough physical battle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in South Africa

first_imgChocolate lovers who choose the newFairtrade-certified Dairy Milk bar can restassured that they are doing their bit tohelp small-scale farmers in Africa.(Image: CHEF! magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS • Susan BrunnerPR manager, Cadbury South Africa+27 11 253 4232 or +27 83 779 6803Christel JordaanFor the first time ever, South Africans will be able to indulge their love of chocolate, and at the same time know that they are helping small-scale farmers and communities to improve their living conditions.Global food manufacturer Cadbury has introduced its Fairtrade-certified Dairy Milk chocolate slabs onto South African shelves.The launch of the product coincided with the country’s first National Fairtrade Week, which took place from 14-20 November. The success of the inaugural event has convinced the organisers, Fairtrade Label South Africa, to make it an annual campaign.The availability of Fairtrade chocolate followed an announcement in June 2011 from Kraft Foods South Africa – owner of the Cadbury brand – that Cadbury Dairy Milk had earned Fairtrade certification, becoming the first chocolate slab in South Africa to to do.Making the announcement, marketing director Mike Middleton expressed the company’s pride in its achievement, and said that the accreditation meant that all cocoa used in the making of the popular confectionery will be sourced from certified Fairtrade producers.“Now, thousands of West African farmers will receive internationally agreed Fairtrade prices for their product.”Commitment to fair pricesSouth African consumers, who snack on 14-million plain chocolate bars every year – that’s over 4 000 every day – should look out for the distinctive blue, black and green Fairtrade logo on packaging.The Fairtrade label will be carried on Cadbury’s plain Dairy Milk slabs and bars, in the 20g, 35g, 100g, 145g and 200g sizes.Greg Banach, Kraft Foods South Africa’s category leader for chocolate, stated, “We are proud to be the first major business to achieve Fairtrade certification in this country. It demonstrates our commitment to fair prices and improved living standards for farmers and their communities.”The Faitrade partnership, he said, will help ensure a sustainable supply of top quality cocoa, and please the country’s millions of chocoholics at the same time.Importantly, Fairtrade certification will guarantee that Africa’s cocoa producers will receive at least US$2 000 (R16 000), or world market price if this is higher, per ton of cocoa beans.Producers will also receive $200 R1 600) per ton for a compulsory investment into economic, social or environmental projects that will benefit their communities.Raising consumer awarenessSouth Africa’s inaugural National Fairtrade Week aimed to increase consumer awareness around Fairtrade locally. The theme of the accompanying campaign, Taste the Change, encourages all consumers to learn the benefits of Fairtrade and how it is changing the way of doing business in South Africa and in Africa.The campaign also intends to create a positive change and foster a better understanding between farming communities and the consumers who ultimately eat their products.Established in 2004, the Fairtrade movement is a non-profit association of 25 member and associate member organisations. Members include South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium.Fairtrade International’s mission is to secure better living and working conditions for the 75-million small-scale farmers and workers in 60 developing countries around the world, while aiming for the sustainable supply of raw materials.last_img read more

Cartoon: Mommy, Where do Hashtags Come From?

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… You know those time-lapse videos that compress days, weeks or years into minutes? The ones with flowers budding, blooming and then withering in seconds? Or late-1990s Silicon Valley startups getting venture capital, blowing it on espresso bathtubs and Dr. Pepper fountains, and vanishing into receivership?I think Twitter may be the same thing, except for language. In spoken English, it can take decades – even centuries – for new words to emerge, become part of common parlance, and then fade into disuse.But on Twitter, hashtags can live that entire lifecycle in the course of a day or two. A news story breaks, and competing hashtags vie for dominance. Then a few influential folks adopt the same one. Suddenly the conversation coalesces around it, the term trends, the spammers start using it, and then the conversation peters out as we move on to the next topic.Is that the pattern? And how closely does it map onto the ways that words and phrases earworm their way into spoken language?Maybe some up-and-coming linguistics student is already mapping the ways hashtags rise and decay, and getting ready to publish a dissertation… in 140-character increments.Meanwhile, people, seriously – “snowicane”? More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts last_img read more

NCP wants Sharad Pawar to contest from Madha

first_imgA day after he hosted opposition leaders at his house in Delhi, leaders of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday unanimously insisted that party president Sharad Pawar contest the Lok Sabha elections from Madha. Mr. Pawar has earlier represented the seat in 2009. “We all have asked Sharad Pawarji to contest from Madha Lok Sabha seat. We have not only requested, but insisted that he listen to us. We are sure that he will accept our demand. We are not making any official announcement as of now, but will do so soon, when he asks us to,” said former Union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel after the party’s meeting to finalise candidates. Madha is held by NCP’s Vijaysingh Mohite-Patil. According to party insiders, Mr. Pawar, known for his cordial relations across parties, could turn out be the ‘gathering point’ for all in case no party reaches the majority mark. The party is thinking that his entry to Parliament in 2019 should be through Lok Sabha ensuring his absolute control over the proceedings in a post-poll scenario. Mr Patel said Mr. Pawar received feedback on his candidature from all party leaders at the meeting that he should contest the Lok Sabha polls. “This is not going to be an ordinary poll. The number does count and in addition his candidature from Madha will surely impact neighbouring Lok Sabha constituencies as well,” said party spokesperson Nawab Malik. Former deputy Chief Minister and Mr Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar said that while he has not announced his decision yet, he is sure that NCP chief will be contesting the Lok Sabha poll. “He said that he respects the opinion of all of us, but final decision is yet to be taken,” said Mr Pawar. Mr. Pawar’s possible candidature from Madha raises the allegation of dynastic politics against the NCP. His daughter Supriya Sule currently represents Baramati Lok Sabha seat and will be the candidate for 2019 polls as well. Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar is said to be interested in contesting from Maval seat. Ajit Pawar represents Baramati assembly constituency, while Rohit Pawar — one of the grandsons of Sharad Pawar — is also said to be interested in contesting the 2019 assembly polls. Meanwhile, NCP leaders in their meeting on Thursday cleared the alliance with Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). The development takes place after Ajit Pawar’s meeting with him on Wednesday. “I informed the party about our meeting. We are positive about taking MNS along and have agreed for it. We will be talking to Congress over the matter and soon a decision would be reached,” he said.last_img read more

French Open: Need to learn from US Open defeat to Kei Nishikori, says Andy Murray

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray will carry the lesson of last year’s US Open quarter-final defeat to Kei Nishikori into Wednesday’s French Open last eight clash against the Japanese, the 28-year-old has said.Murray was tipped to seal the US Open title in 2016 after winning the Wimbledon and an Olympic Gold medal but Nishikori stunned the Briton in an intense five-set match.While Nishikori has no recollection about the victory, Murray had no problems remembering the match.”Obviously we played at the US Open and that was five sets, a match that got away from me a little bit, so I need to learn a bit from that,” Murray told Eurosport.”There’s a good chance it’s a long one. He returns well and he’s very solid off both wings. He’s always a tough guy to play against.”I’m happy with where my game’s at. Everything is going pretty well just now. I’m feeling good going into the middle part of the second week.”Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has backed the Briton to beat Nishikori.”He played very well (against Karen Khachanov) and he’s playing better and better. Now a lot of things are possible. Andy knows what he has to do,” Ivanisevic said.”I don’t see Nishikori beating Andy. Nishikori doesn’t have the mental side. He’s going to crack, Andy is too good.”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep retain top spots in men’s and women’s singles rankings

first_imgRafael Nadal retained the top spot in the latest men’s singles Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings ahead of Switzerland’s Roger Federer.Austria’s Dominic Thiem moved one place up to seventh while Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who was seventh earlier, went down a spot to No.8. Thiem’s win at St. Petersburg Open on Sunday helped him gain a spot in the men’s rankings.Thiem claimed his 11th career title and his first on indoor hard court by winning 6-3, 6-1 over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in just one hour and eight minutes.Meanwhile, Gilles Simon of France jumped 10 positions to be ranked 29th, after winning the Moselle Open title on Sunday. Simona Halep was knocked out of the US Open in the first round (Reuters Photo)In the latest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) women’s singles rankings, Romania’s Simona Halep maintained the No. 1 spot ahead of Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki.Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic climbed one spot up to seventh over Japan’s Naomi Osaka, after defeating her 6-4, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, reports Efe.Germany’s Julia Goerges entered the top-10 list after qualifying for the second round of the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in China, by beating Markela Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).Further down the rankings, Kazakh Yulia Putintseva jumped 16 positions to be ranked 45th, thanks to being a runner up at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.The current top-10 ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 8,760 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,900advertisement3. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6,4454. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 5,9805. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,8906. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,7157. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,8258. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,7559. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 3,59510. John Isner (US) 3,470.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 8,061 points2. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 5,5063. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5,2954. Caroline Garcia (France) 4,7255. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 4,5856. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 4,5557. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 4,4758. Naomi Osaka (Japan) 4,3909. Sloane Stephens (US) 3,91210. Julia Goerges (Germany) 3,730.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Huddersfield v Manchester City: match preview

first_imgTopics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Manchester City Christopher Schindler is Huddersfield’s best defender and the German makes a timely return from suspension, but it will still take something special for Huddersfield to neutralise the fearsome attacking power of Manchester City. David Wagner’s side have already toppled Manchester United at home this season but a repeat performance is a tall order against a City team who have won all of their away matches this season. Paul DoyleKick-off Sunday 4pm Venue John Smith’s StadiumLast season n/aLive Sky Sports Premier LeagueReferee Craig PawsonThis season G10, Y33, R3, 3.6 cards per gameOdds H 18-1 A 3-14 D 7-1Huddersfield TownSubs from Coleman, Green, Cranie, Malone, Sabiri, Whitehead, Schofield, Van La Parra, Mounié, Hadergjonaj, QuanerDoubtful NoneInjured Billing (ankle, Jan), Hefele (achilles, Jan), Stankovic (knee, Jan)Suspended NoneForm LLWLWLDiscipline Y25 R1Leading scorers Depoitre, Mooy, Mounié 2Manchester CitySubs from Bravo, Mangala, Touré, Adarabioyo, Díaz, B Silva, Danilo, Agüero, Foden, GündoganDoubtful NoneInjured Stones (hamstring, Jan), Mendy (knee, Apr)Suspended NoneForm WWWWWWDiscipline Y21 R2Leading scorers Agüero, Jesus 8 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Premier League Match previews Huddersfield Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Guardiola eyes more trophies after lifting Carabao Cup

first_imgManchester City Guardiola sets sights on further silverware after ‘outstanding’ Carabao Cup triumph Matthew Scott 03:45 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guardiola - cropped Getty Images Manchester City League Cup Guardiola Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva ensured a first crown for Pep at City, and he is keen for more trophies this season Pep Guardiola has set his sights on ending the season laden with silverware after earning his first trophy as Manchester City boss in the EFL Cup final.The Premier League champions-elect swatted Arsenal aside at Wembley on Sunday, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.Defeat to League One Wigan Athletic ended any talk of City sweeping their way to a quadruple this term, but they will look to restore their 16-point lead atop the Premier League table when they visit Arsenal on Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A place in the last eight of the Champions League also looks secure, City 4-0 up against Basel, and Guardiola will not rest with just the League Cup as he looks to resume the kind of dominance he has previously enjoyed at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”It was so important to win this one after the defeat in the [FA] Cup,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.”It’s a pity because we played 45 minutes 10 against 11. The FA Cup always is difficult but we played good but, unfortunately, we could not go through.”But now we have to focus absolutely in the Premier League to try to win the games and hopefully arrive good in the quarter finals of the Champions League.”Aguero capitalised on slack Arsenal defending to open the scoring before City hit their stride to pull clear in the second half – with Guardiola elated at their ability to move through the gears.#PEP: It was so important to win this one after the defeat in the [FA] cup [against Wigan]. We played good then but we could not go through. We have to focus on the Premier League to try and win the remaining games.— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 25, 2018″The first half we were not as good,” he said. “A lot of mistakes in the simple passes.”The second half we played with more courage, personality and that’s why we played much, much better. In the second half we were outstanding.”last_img read more

Celebrity Game Entertaining Curtain-Raiser

first_imgA host of celebrities, Touch Football Australia sponsors, Australian Touch Football representatives and TFA staff and Board members took to the field before the second day of the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series to battle it out on the Sharks home ground, Remondis Stadium. Former League star and NRL Ambassador, Ben Ross, former Bulldogs player and now Steeden Sales Manager, Luke Patten, as well as representatives from TFA sponsors, X-Blades, BLK and Steeden were a part of the day, as well as several Cronulla Sharks players who ‘coached’ the teams. Australian representatives Jessica McCall, Scott Buckley, Leah Percy, Simon Lang and Patricia Michaelopoulos also took part in the game. Cronulla Sharks Mermaids, Lauren and Elyse were on the sidelines and also took to the field during the game, with Mermaids touchdowns resulting in four points as an incentive.David Fifita, acting as one of the coaches, told the crowd at half-time that his team should focus on bringing the coaching staff more ice blocks in the second half, due to the warm conditions.  Nothing could separate the two teams at full-time, with game finishing at 11-all, with plenty of fun had by all. Former Sharks player and the NRL Footy Show’s Beau Ryan also made an appearance and was a popular addition to the event, with many photo opportunities taking place with spectators and even the Australian and New Zealand teams in the lead up to the day two games. Ryan said although he couldn’t take to the field he enjoyed the experience. “It was pretty intense, I wish I could have been out there playing but it’s great to be back here around the guys. I’m really excited to watch Australia play New Zealand, it’s pretty full on, it’s a good day for Touch,” Ryan said on Saturday. “I’ve got a lot of appreciation for Benji (Marshall) and the guys that used to play Touch, we used to go watch them play all the time in Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. I do appreciate how hard it is and how fit they are. Because I can’t play League anymore, who knows maybe I can play Touch (in the future).”Sharks player, Fa’amanu Brown was one of the several Sharks players involved on the sidelines helping out the teams and said it was fun to be a part of the day. “It was quite exciting, there a lot of celebrities here like Ben Ross, Beau Ryan and Luke Patten, he was a legend that I used to watch when I was a bit younger.”Australian Women’s Open representative, Leah Percy, who was also at the Youth Trans Tasman helping out the Australian Women’s 20’s team, also enjoyed her time on the field. “It was really good fun, it was a nice friendly game and it was a bit competitive too so it was good.”Please visit the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia for photos from the event and stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus for highlights from the game. Related LinksCelebrity Gamelast_img read more

Radon Results For Public Buildings Available

first_imgGovernment has completed the second round of radon tests on nearly 600 public buildings in Nova Scotia, as part of a five-year program. More than 5,000 radon tests were completed by this month in public housing, schools, health-care facilities and provincial buildings. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. “The province has been working since 2007 to comply with the new national guideline for radon in indoor air,” said Pat Wall, chair of the interdepartmental advisory group on radon. “Building owners and homeowners should test for radon gas and take proactive steps to reduce radon levels where necessary.” Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer, said radon doesn’t pose an immediate health risk, but there is an increased risk of lung cancer when exposed to elevated levels over a lifetime. “The best way for Nova Scotians to protect themselves and their children from elevated radon levels is to test their homes, whether their house is old or new,” said Dr. Strang. The national guideline recommends that radon in the indoor air of buildings and homes not exceed 200 becquerels per cubic metre. Rooms in 109 buildings exceeded the national guideline. Rooms where radon exceeded the guideline will be re-tested and, depending on the results, appropriate remediation will be done to reduce radon gas. Building owners should remediate within two years if levels are between 200 and 600 becquerels. If the levels are more than 600 becquerels, building owners should remediate within one year. Radon is a naturally occurring odourless and colourless radioactive soil gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Smokers are at six times greater risk. The risk of lung cancer increases when people are exposed to high levels over a lifetime. Radon does not pose an immediate health risk. Typically, radon seeps into buildings through cracks and openings in foundations. Radon concentrations can vary from property to property, even from room to room in large buildings. Testing devices for radon gas, including mail-in laboratory analysis of the unit, can be bought locally or on the Internet for $60 to $100. A summary of test results are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp .last_img read more