Focus on New York Jets: Are Raiders facing Jets at the wrong time?

first_imgIf there was ever a bad time to be facing the New York Jets, the Raiders just may be experiencing it this week. At second glance, the once-laughable Jets may no longer deserve the scorn they’ve been drawing most of the season.If you’re like most NFL fans, you haven’t bothered to notice the Jets are now riding a two-game winning streak. And, judging by how difficult it was for Oakland to dispose of the winless Bengals on Sunday, beating the Jets might not be an easy task.For the first time …last_img read more

SA scoops World Wine Awards

first_imgSouth African red and white wines have taken top honours at the prestigious Decanter 2009 Wine Awards. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Melina JostKaapzicht sales and marketing manager +27 21 906 1620• Schalk Joubert Beaumont media and marketing +27 83 300 9187 RELATED ARTICLES • SA wine brings comic relief• Wine-tasting in the township • Wine on the wild side • Black, female, and making great wine• SA wine a US presidential hitJanine Erasmus South Africa wines have trounced all international competition in both the red and white single varietal categories at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, held in London under the auspices of Decanter magazine.While the results are released to the trade earlier in the year, the rest of the world has to wait for the traditional September award issue to find out which are the wines to seek out.Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 was named the world’s top red single varietal over £10 (R122), while Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 took the trophy for the best single white varietal over £10.South African wines scooped 11 regional trophies and 23 gold medals. Local wines also came home with 130 silver medals, 246 bronze medals, and 131 commended certificates.Home-grownSouth Africa’s own home-grown Pinotage grape variety has come into its own in recent years. The grape was created in 1925 by the chemist Abraham Izak Perold, also first professor of Viticulture and later Dean of Agriculture at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Perold bred a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, both varieties of Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine.Cinsault is known as Hermitage in South Africa, hence the blending of the names of the two parents to form Pinotage.The first Pinotage wine was made in 1941 by CT de Waal, a lecturer at the Elsenburg Agricultural College in the Stellenbosch district.However, it was only in 1959 that a Pinotage from winemaker Pieter Krige “PK” Morkel of Bellevue estate won the first of many awards for the variety. Morkel’s wine took the coveted General Smuts trophy for the best young wine at that year’s Cape Young Wine Show (now known as the South African Young Wine Show).Bellevue estate, still run by the Morkel family, continues to produce award-winning wines, among them the famous Pinotage.Farmers subsequently stampeded to plant Pinotage vines, but even so the variety never quite took off until 1991 when Kanonkop’s Pinotage earned winemaker Beyers Truter the Winemaker of the Year award at the International Wine and Spirit competition in the UK. Truter was the first South African to achieve this.Making historyFittingly, Kaapzicht’s award for the Steytler Pinotage 2006 award comes 50 years after that first Cape Wine Show coup.Kaapzicht estate lies between Stellenbosch and Kuils River and since 1946 has been in the capable hands of the Steytler family.Kaapzicht’s reds are no strangers to international recognition. In 2004, at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, the estate’s Steytler Vision 2001 became the first Cape Blend (a 40% Pinotage blend) to win the title of overall world’s best red blend.Grapes from those same vines have now been used to produce the 2009 Decanter winner. Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006 lay for two years in new French oak barrels before going to the bottle.“Pinotage is a very versatile red wine variety,” commented cellarmaster Danie Steytler, “and the Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage from those vineyards is a shining example of the serious, well-oaked, full-bodied style to be enjoyed with food, especially venison, red meat and traditional South African dishes and cheeses.”Decanter judges agreed, commending it for its “voluptuous, heady nose with very precise black fruits, plums, mocha and tar. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, ripe and supple fine-grained tannins with plenty of spice to enliven the finish”.Made from the oldest vinesThe winning white single varietal Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 is a Chenin Blanc made, as the vineyard claims, only from fruit harvested from the oldest vines.The winery is located in Bot River in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. For the past few years Beaumont has concentrated solely on producing Chenin Blanc, having discontinued its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The results speak for themselves. Named after the matriarch of the Beaumont clan, Hope Marguerite Beaumont, the winning wine, was glowingly described by Decanter judges as having a “stylish spicy floral character, supple orchard fruits, white almond and grass. Soft and broad on the palate, lifted citrus fruits with some glycerol and honey at the end”.“Our Chenin really illustrates the diversity of the grape as well as its strong roots in the Beaumont soils,” commented winemaker Sebastian Beaumont.Hope Marguerite is matured in 400l French oak barrels using only natural yeasts.“We allow the grape to express itself in very hands-off wine-making – this has been the essence of the Hope Marguerite,” Beaumont added.Leading wine magazineDecanter magazine, the UK’s leading wine magazine, is sold in 92 countries and for the past six years has presented the prestigious World Wine Awards. A record 10 285 entries from 2 240 producers poured into the Decanter offices for the 2009 event, more than for any other wine event.Wines compete according to region and in eight price brackets, ranging from less than £4.99 (R61) to over £40 (R487). Once the initial rating has been given, the gold medal-winning wines are re-tasted for confirmation, and then go forward to the regional taste-off.The regional winners then compete for an array of international trophies, which are judged in two sections for each wine style, under £10 and over £10.The judging panel is chaired by veteran British wine consultant and journalist Steven Spurrier, who is assisted by a number of regional chairs. This year the South African section was chaired by the respected John May, a senior wine master in the UK.South African regional trophy winners:Beaumont Wines Hope Marguerite 2008 – South African White Single Varietal over £10 TrophyBouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak, Pinot Noir 2008 – South African Pinot Noir over £10 TrophyCederberg Private Cellar Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – South African Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10 TrophyCederberg Private Cellar Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008 – South African Sauvignon Blanc under £10 TrophyKaapzicht Estate Steytler Pinotage 2006 – South African Red Single Varietal over £10 TrophyPaul Cluver Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2008 – South African Sweet over £10 TrophyPerdeberg Rex Equus Shiraz 2007 – South African Red Rhone Varietal over £10 TrophyPongracz Desiderius 2001 – South African Sparkling over £10 TrophyRustenberg Chardonnay 2007 – South African Chardonnay over £10 TrophySchalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Hat Trick 2006 – South African Red Blend over £10 TrophySwartland Winery Indalo Shiraz Nature’s Way 2006 – South African Red Rhone Varietal under £10 TrophyQueries or comments? 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Champions League T20 format and match schedule announced

first_imgThe format and match schedule for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and qualifying event has been announced, with a record 13 teams from around the world a chance to claim the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.According to a press release, the tournament returns to India this year with matches in Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as a qualifying event in Hyderabad. The main tournament will run from 23 September-9 October with the qualifier immediately beforehand from 19-21 September. With seven teams already qualified, a six-team qualifying event will be held for the first time to determine the final three participants. The six teams will be divided into two pools and the top team from each pool qualifies for the group stage, with the third team to be the next highest ranked team based on points and then net run rate. The group stage of the tournament follows the same successful format as 2010. The 10 teams have been divided into two groups for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals. The qualifier will be held in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, while Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, and Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host group stage matches. Bangalore and Chennai have been awarded a semi-final on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October respectively, with Chennai also selected to host the 2011 CLT20 final on Sunday 9 October. Chennai Super Kings, the defending CLT20 Champions, have been drawn in Group A along with Cape Cobras (South Africa’s Pro20 Series Champions), 2009 CLT20 Champions NSW Blues and Mumbai Indians. The fifth team from the group will be the team that finishes top of Pool B in the qualifier. Group B contains Royal Challengers Bangalore (2010 IPL runner-up), Warriors (2010 CLT20 runner-up) and South Australian Redbacks (Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash Champions). The remaining two places will come from the qualifier (the top of Pool A and the next highest qualifier). The tournament starts in Bengalore on Friday 23 September with a Group B clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the second time that the venue has hosted the CLT20 opener.  Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team to have qualified for the past three tournaments while their opponent was the surprise of last year’s event, using its home ground advantage in Port Elizabeth to great effect in the group stage on their way to the Final. Group A action gets underway the following day with a double header in Chennai with Cape Cobras and NSW Blues in the early match followed by an IPL battle between MS Dhoni’s all-conquering Super Kings and Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians. Teams that emerge from the qualifier won’t start their group stage matches until 25 September, giving them time to regroup and prepare for their campaign. The seven teams already qualified have consistently shown over the past three years that they are the world’s elite. Among them are former CLT20 champions and finalists, as well as teams that have proved their pedigree at home and on the CLT20 stage. The addition of the qualifier adds another dimension to this year’s tournament. While half the teams will go home disappointed before the group stage, the three that qualify will be match-hardened and a legitimate contender after surviving CLT20’s unique pressure. Key featuresadvertisement6 Teams divided into 2 Pools of 3. Three Teams to advance to Group StageTop team from each Pool after round robin matches qualifies for Group StageNext highest ranked Team in terms of points, then run rate, also qualifiesGroup Stage10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Cape Cobras, NSW Blues, Mumbai Indians, 1st Pool B QualifierGroup B – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, South Australian Redbacks, 1st Pool A Qualifier, Next Highest Ranked Qualifier7 Double HeadersSemi Finals in Bangalore and ChennaiFinal in ChennaiCompeting TeamsQualifier: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), Auckland Aces (New Zealand), a club from Sri Lanka, two clubs from England Group StageSouth Australian Redbacks (Australia), NSW Blues (Australia), Warriors (South Africa), Cape Cobras (South Africa), Chennai Super Kings (India), Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Mumbai Indians (India), 3 x Qualifier (teams to be announced)last_img read more

14 days agoLaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga president Tebas hopes to see Neymar return to Spainby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas admits he’d like to see Neymar return to Spain.The PSG star was a target for Real Madrid and former club Barcelona, though ultimately remained a PSG player when the summer market shut.However, Tebas still retains hope of seeing Neymar in the LaLiga again.”Neymar, Mourinho, Guardiola … There is room for everyone,” he said. “Neymar is currently at PSG, and his arrival seemed unrealistic at the time, and I think the transfer window is not ready for him yet.” last_img read more

Sale of Rotterdam Terminal Affects Odfjells Earnings

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Odfjell Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE suffered a net loss of USD 120 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to a loss of USD 4.7 million seen in the same period of 2017.EBITDA stood at USD 37.2 million in Q2 2018, against an EBITDA of USD 41.4 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, the results reflect the impact of the sale of the Rotterdam terminal, while underlying results from Odfjell Terminals improved compared to the previous quarter.Earlier this year, Odfjell Terminals entered into an agreement with the Netherlands-based Koole Terminals to sell its 100% ownership of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (ODR). The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.The move followed the announcement by American private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg (LG) on the sale of its 49 percent shareholding in Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV) and Odfjell’s decision on an outright sale of OTBV subsidiaries OTR and Odfjell Terminals Maritiem (OTM).Odfjell has agreed to acquire LG’s indirect shareholding in the Antwerp terminal for USD 27 million subject to certain conditions related to LG’s exit.“The sale of our Rotterdam terminal will further strengthen Odfjell SE as a company. The planned increase in our shareholding in our j/v terminal in Antwerp will ensure a foothold in Europe, with Antwerp being the most important port for chemicals in the EU,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, commented.Odfjell further said that the chemical tanker market softened during the quarter, but the company’s TCE performance remained stable due to strong contract nominations.“Chemical tanker spot rates weakened further during the quarter, but we continued to outperform the market indexes due to strong contract coverage,” Mørch added.During Q2 2018,  Odfjell Tankers took delivery of three vessels while two time chartered vessels were redelivered.One of the company’s vessels, Bow Jubail, leaked over 200 tons of fuel oil in the Port of Rotterdam following the collision in June. Odfjell said it worked together with Dutch authorities and its insurance company to mitigate consequences of the spill.When speaking about the future prospects, the company said it expects the challenging market to continue in the coming quarter. Time charter rates in Q3 are also expected to be in line with Q2 2017.“We continue to believe that we will see a gradual improvement for chemical tankers towards the end of the year,” Odfjell said.last_img read more

Facebook to verify identities require labels for political ads Update

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the network will hire “thousands” of new employees to verify the identity of political advertisers Facebook announced Friday it will require political ads on its platform to state who is paying for the message and would verify the identity of the payer, in a bid to curb outside election interference. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The social network, which is under fire for enabling manipulation of its platform in the 2016 election, said the new policy would require any messages for candidates or public issues to include the label “political ad” with the name of the person or entity paying for it.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said the change will mean “we will hire thousands of more people” to get the new system in place ahead of US midterm elections in November.”We’re starting this in the US and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.”These steps by themselves won’t stop all people trying to game the system. But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads.”A separate Facebook statement said the changes would help improve transparency and accountability of the network around political campaigns.”We believe that when you visit a page or see an ad on Facebook, it should be clear who it’s coming from,” the statement said.To get authorized by Facebook, “advertisers will need to confirm their identity and location,” the statement said.”Advertisers will be prohibited from running political ads—electoral or issue-based—until they are authorized.”Facebook made the announcement as Zuckerberg prepared to appear before Congress next week to answer questions about the harvesting of personal data on 87 million users by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.The move also comes amid concerns that Russian-sponsored entities delivered Facebook ads designed to create discord and confusion ahead of the election and that firms like Cambridge Analytica created messages based on psychographic profiles gleaned from the platform to influence voters.Sandberg’s apologySeparately, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg offered fresh apologies to users for failing to do enough on privacy and data protection.”We know that we did not do enough to protect people’s data,” Sandberg told National Public Radio. “I’m really sorry for that. Mark is really sorry for that, and what we’re doing now is taking really firm action.”Sandberg said Facebook first became aware in 2015 that Cambridge Analytica had obtained user data from a researcher who put up a poll on the social network.”When we received word that this researcher gave the data to Cambridge Analytica, they assured us it was deleted,” she said.”We did not follow up and confirm, and that’s on us—and particularly once they were active in the election, we should have done that.”Sandberg was asked by NBC television’s “Today Show” if other cases of user data misuse could be expected.”We’re doing an investigation, we’re going to do audits and yes, we think it’s possible, that’s why we’re doing the audit,” she said.Sandberg said Facebook also should have been more proactive in dealing with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”That was something we should have caught, we should have known about,” she told NPR. “We didn’t. Now we’ve learned.”The firestorm over the improper data shared has sparked calls for investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.In Brussels, a European Union spokesman said Facebook confirmed that up to 2.7 million people in the EU may have been affected by the personal data scandal.”We will study the letter (from Facebook) in more detail, but it is already clear that this will need further follow-up discussions with Facebook,” spokesman Christopher Wigand said. © 2018 AFP Facebook moves toward revealing political ad backers Citation: Facebook to verify identities, require labels for political ads (Update) (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-identities-political-ads.html read more

Port operator DP World now firmly in hyperloop business

The Dubai-based port operator DP World put its name Sunday on the hyperloop technology it has already spent millions of dollars to develop as work continues to make it operational across the grand plans of its designers. Hyperloop One’s former chairman and co-founder, the venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, took a leave of absence after facing a series of sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied. There have been others to leave its board in recent weeks as well. Russian billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, a board member and early investor, faces unrelated charges accusing him of embezzling money from Russian government infrastructure contracts.Asked about the boardroom challenges, Branson only said that “the previous chairman has left and I stepped in.””I’m ready for a new challenge and it’s a very exciting new challenge,” he said.As one of the world’s largest port operators, DP World has looked at the potential of using hyperloop technology to speed cargo from its Jebel Ali port operation in Dubai to storage areas further out into the surrounding desert to free up space. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem talks during the Hyperloop One presentation aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 29, 2018. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said Sunday that Virgin Hyperloop One would launch a freight service called DP World Cargospeed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Citation: Port operator DP World now firmly in hyperloop business (2018, April 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-port-dp-world-firmly-hyperloop.html Hyperloop TT, another firm based in Los Angeles, announced plans earlier this month to build a test track within a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) property near Abu Dhabi’s border with Dubai. Its partner is the largely state-owned developer Aldar Properties.However, there’s been a sense that the Emirates had been pumping the brakes slightly on the idea. Recently, Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Authority issued a statement denying any plans to build a hyperloop track between the emirate’s new Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport.”There is no specific route for operating the hyperloop system in Dubai or between Dubai and other emirates,” the RTA said. “The RTA is closely following the developments in this technology and will study several options for determining the route which will be announced in the future.”Branson, who Forbes Magazine estimates has a net worth of $4.9 billion, became Virgin Hyperloop One’s chairman in December. Richard Branson, center, talks next to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem during the Hyperloop One presentation aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 29, 2018. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said Sunday that Virgin Hyperloop One would launch a freight service called DP World Cargospeed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Richard Branson walks to the stage during the Hyperloop One presentation aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 29, 2018. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said Sunday that Virgin Hyperloop One would launch a freight service called DP World Cargospeed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Richard Branson talks next to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem during the Hyperloop One presentation aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 29, 2018. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said Sunday that Virgin Hyperloop One would launch a freight service called DP World Cargospeed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) The cargo system being designed alongside possible passenger service by Virgin Hyperloop One will be called the DP World Cargospeed, the port operator’s CEO and chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told journalists and others gathered for a glitzy announcement alongside billionaire Richard Branson.But it remains unclear what, exactly, the branding means. At the least, it shows how much money DP World has poured into the company over different funding rounds.When the hyperloop will become operational is an open question as Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One has faced shake-ups in recent months on its board of directors as well.”Today things are changing. Today our role is not in the port,” bin Sulayem said. “Our role is from the time the cargo leaves the factory before it reaches the consumer’s door.A hyperloop is a mode of cargo and people transportation that involves levitating pods powered by electricity and magnetism that hurtle through low-friction pipes at a top speed of 1,220 kph (760 mph). Tesla co-founder Elon Musk first proposed the idea in 2013. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Dubai, Hyperloop One to study potential for Abu Dhabi line Bin Sulayem refused to say how much DP World has spent across three different funding rounds with Virgin Hyperloop One. However, he did describe the port operator as “the largest investor in hyperloop.”Virgin Hyperloop One in total has raised some $276 million in funding rounds, according to the business information website crunchbase.com. Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Emirates’ vice president and prime minister, left, next to Richard Branson watch the Hyperloop One presentation aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, April 29, 2018. DP World’s chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said Sunday that Virgin Hyperloop One would launch a freight service called DP World Cargospeed. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Speculation the UAE would have the world’s first hyperloop system has been stirring for years. Hyperloop One officials in 2016 then suggested the travel time by hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi would be only 12 minutes—significantly down from the hour-plus journey it now takes by car between the two cities. However, that would depend on how many stations such a system would have. The idea has been floated around the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms, since similarly glamorous events in 2016. Hyperloop firms hungry for start-up money have pitched the idea to sheikhdoms like skyscraper-studded Dubai that strive to be on the cutting edge of everything.Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the Emirates’ vice president and prime minister, also made an unannounced appearance at Sunday’s event, showing the importance his government puts in the new technology.”Dubai is on the cutting edge of everything,” Branson said.The launch spared no expense. Models in white jumpsuits and capes stood at every winding turn on the way to board the Queen Elizabeth 2, which only just became a floating hotel after nearly a decade-long dockside wait. Slick graphics bearing an April 29, 2025 date showed pods coming in from a series of tubes and racing past a Dubai skyline featuring a solar panel farm.However, no one ever offered a date for such a service to begin in Dubai. Officials said they hoped to start construction on a test site in India next year. read more