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first_imgSouth Africa’s wine industry is booming – it’s more professional, more transparent, and gaining credibility in leaps and bounds in international markets.A recent article in the New York Times said: “It took a little longer than the winemakers predicted in 1994. And, indeed, not everybody is up to speed. But the best wines are exceptionally good and there is every reason to expect that dozens, no, hundreds of Cape wines will improve exponentially in the years to come.”That’s to top the success of Cape Wine 2004, the country’s biggest ever wine trade exhibition, that showcased 4000 wines over four days to more than 1200 people with a specialist interest in wine. It represented nearly all of the country’s exporters. Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch says it was one of the most successful exhibitions yet.“It has provided an outstanding opportunity to show international trade and media the scope and depth of our industry,” said Birch.And despite dire predictions about wine exports on a strong rand, South African wine producers almost doubled the number of cases they sold in the £5 (R59) price category in the UK last year – selling 7.6-million nine-litre cases of wine in all price categories, an increase of 227% over 2002.But where do you turn to if you want to get in on the boom? Fortunately the industry has several outstanding online resources to help you on your way:Wines of South AfricaWosa, a non-profit organisation, represents all South African producers of wine who export their products. It has over 320 exporters on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It operates independently of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognised by government as an export council.SA Wine Industry Information & SystemsSawis is a non-profit company under control and direction of the South African wine industry. Its main functions involve the collection, processing and dissemination of industry information and administration of the industry’s Wine of Origin system. South African Wine.co.zaSA Wine.co.za, South Africa’s online wine information centre, is a useful resource with up-to-date news, links, resources, and contacts. Cape Winemakers GuildThe guild aims to set a global standard for South African wines. Agricultural Research CouncilThe ARC aims to promote agriculture and related sectors through research and technology development. SA Society for Enology & ViticultureThe aim of SASEV is to serve as a forum for making the latest relevant scientific knowledge available to all South African wine and grape producers and to optimize the quality of South African grapes, wines and related products. Cap Classique Producers AssociationThe CCPA was established in 1992 by a group of like-minded producers who share a passion for bottle-fermented sparkling wines, made according to the traditional method (Methode Champenoise). Their vision is to promote South Africa’s premium Methode Cap Classique wines, as well as the common interests of the producers. Cenin Blanc AssociationThis website provides you with an introduction to the Chenin blanc community in South Africa. Pinotage AssociationThe Pinotage Association is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Pinotage. SA Wine & Brandy CompanySAWB was established in 2002 by representatives of the wine producers, cellars, labour and wholesale merchants. It is a non-profit company. Its mission is to “enhance the strategic environment for the benefit of the South African wine industry’. South African Wine Industry TrustThis website still under construction, but relevant contact details are available online.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week. His Cleveland Cavaliers  teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Rugby 7s, golf may feature in 2016 Olympics

first_imgRugby Sevens and golf virtually secured their spots as the two new sports for the 2016 Olympic Games when the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board voted in their favour here on on Thursday.The decision, taken by secret ballot, is not binding as it has to be rubber-stamped by the entire IOC membership in a vote in Copenhagen in October – if successful it would take the amount of sports to 28.Seven sports had been vying for inclusion to the 2016 Games, the venue for which will be voted on when the IOC meets in Denmark, with baseball, softball, rollersports, karate and squash all missing out.For the five sports who lost out there is no hope of continuing their fight as IOC president Jacques Rogge has said they cannot come to the vote as an alternative option should one of the recommended sports be voted down.Rugby, which in its traditional 15-a-side format featured at the Olympics four times at the start of the 20th century, had always been the front runner.After failing in their previous bid to get into the 2012 Games the sport’s powerbrokers mounted an aggressive and effective campaign, with International Rugby Board (IRB) president Bernard Lapasset making it the priority of his first term of office.His intention was to make it a truly global sport, ‘reaching out’ as he termed it, and as IRB chief executive Mike Miller pointed out the Sevens format is ideal for television as it is ‘fast and furious’ and also has the habit of producing upsets.Golf, which also appeared briefly at the Games in the early 1900s, had attracted a certain amount of scepticism even from golf lovers, in that it was too elitist and also several members hardly espouse the IOC value of sexual equality as they belong to male-only golf clubs.Also as Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy declared at one point ‘we are not members of a team we are individuals and we decide where we play’.2016 is also a Ryder Cup year.Several potential Olympic contenders who may be on the cusp of qualifying for either the American or European teams could well prefer to play in another tournament so they can garner enough points to make their respective Ryder Cup teams.Softball produced a very passionate campaign led by their Korean War veteran, president Don Porter, who had been stunned when they were voted out of the Games in Singapore in 2005.Indeed in a poll in the extremely influential Olympic publication ‘Sports Intern’ they topped the poll of IOC members, experts and specialist journalists – golf was fifth.However, in the end that meant little as Rogge once again showed he is without doubt the master of the IOC – having initially begun his regime looking a bit shaky – and his will prevailed.advertisementlast_img read more

16 days ago​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembele

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​BVB, PSG challenge Arsenal for Celtic whizkid Dembeleby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund are joining Arsenal in the race to sign Karamoko Dembele from Celtic.The 16-year-old has become one the hottest properties in Europe over the past few months.The Sunclaims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of Dembele and wants to add him to the squad.But it appears that he will have competition. PSG are interested, while Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are “hot” for the youngster as well.Dembele has not played this season for the Celtic first team, but is rated very highly by everyone in the game. last_img read more

Video: Did Michigan State Get Away With A Foul On Melo Trimble’s Last Second Heave?

first_imgMelo Trimble "fouled" at the end of Michigan State game.Vine/Andy WittryMaryland struggled down the stretch this season, but played Big Ten favorite Michigan State very tough in today’s conference semifinal. With 0.8 seconds left, down 64-61, the Terps had a chance at a long Melo Trimble heave to tie the game, and on the play it appears that he may have been fouled by Michigan State’s Eron Harris while shooting. A call would have put Trimble, an 86-percent free throw shooter, on the line with a chance to tie the game, but the referees swallowed their whistles, giving Sparty the win.Was it the right call? You decide:Last shot by Maryland. Close call on if it’s a foul or not. Michigan St. wins and will play Purdue tomorrow https://t.co/lCScEB2jwb— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) March 12, 2016Twitter certainly doesn’t have a consensus.Don’t think that was a foul on Harris but WHY IS HE THERE???— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 12, 2016That was a foul on the last shot but #Terps had their chances.— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) March 12, 2016LOL Maryland got screwed on the last play. Clear foul.— Peyton Manning GOAT (@mranieri17) March 12, 2016Maryland didn’t deserve a foul at the end. They got too many of them the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half. So no, Terp fans can’t complain— Adam Ruff (@AdamMRuff) March 12, 2016Terps nation: dont complain about the “foul” at the end. Complain about the coach that doesn’t prepare our team or make any adjustments— DLee (@dmvDLEE) March 12, 2016At any other point in the game that’s a foul. Basketball is dumb— Alyssa Goins (@AlyssaGoins) March 12, 2016“I swear to god I didn’t see it” as CBS shows him losing it because it was clearly a foul— Anthony Valle (@Ant_Films) March 12, 2016That was probably a foul at the end of the Maryland-Michigan State game, but a referee is never going to call that.— Justin Howard (@JustinHoward44) March 12, 2016At the same time, if you’re stupid enough to contest a 3/4-length shot and make contact, you should probably be punished with a foul.— Jesse Yomtov (@JesseYomtov) March 12, 2016“If that was a foul, I will tell you some other ones on our side that were fouls.” -Tom Izzo #goat #V4MSU #bigtentournament— Jerry VanDorpe (@JDVanDorpe) March 12, 2016That is 100 percent a foul.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) March 12, 2016Calling a foul there would be very rough, but Harris can’t put himself in that position. Michigan State might’ve gotten a little lucky today.More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more

Work Commences on two AGRO Parks

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says work has commenced on two of the eight proposed agro parks to be established island wide, being undertaken over the next three years at a cost of US$8 million, Dr. Phillips was speaking at the signing and launch of the $240.7 million (€2.25 million) Economic Partnership Agreement Capacity Building Project, at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in Kingston, on December 11. The Minister said he has been informed by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Roger Clarke that work has started on the parks at Amity Hall, in St. Thomas and Ebony Park, in Clarendon, to improve the irrigation infrastructure and to put in other facilities. “This will enable private producers, with the support and co-ordination of the Government, to get involved in modern 21st Century agriculture, so that we can meet the targets, not only of displacing imported food supplies, but capturing export markets, which are hungry for Jamaican products,” Dr. Phillips argued. Noting that the Ministry of Agriculture is moving “full speed ahead” with the parks’ development, being advanced under the recently enacted Public-Private Partnership Policy (PPP), the Minister explained that these facilities will help to “stabilize” the agricultural supply chains, “deepen” inter-industry linkages, increase competitive import substitution, and incorporate what he described as “under-utilized” rural labour force into productive activity.     The Agriculture Minister, who announced the parks’ development in the House of Representatives in September, advised that these will be established in St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Trelawny.                                                                                                           He indicated that the initiative represented a “pragmatic approach” to enhancing Jamaica’s food security and reducing the country’s food import bill. Focus, he informed, will be placed on producing onions, Irish potato, yam, honey, small ruminants, hot pepper, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and aquaculture. Mr. Clarke assured that the parks will be equipped with the requisite infrastructure to ensure sustainable production and enhance post harvest activities. These inputs include: irrigation, drainage, storage, and packing house facilities. The Capacity Building Project, being funded by the European Union (EU), aims to create an enabling environment to support increased compliance of Jamaican agriculture and agribusiness exports, with international quality standards, to EU and other markets. This will be done  by strengthening the capacity of infrastructure supporting the country’s export sector. The project is designed to enhance Jamaica’s food security focus and competitiveness goals, as outlined in the National Export Strategy (NES), and the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, being administered by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Project activities are slated to get underway this month with the commencement of an initial 18-month undertaking, for which €600,000 has been earmarked. This phase is slated to run until May 2014. Welcoming the project, Mr. Clarke said it will have a “far-reaching” impact in facilitating the country’s adherence to international food safety standards, regulations, and practices. “This (project) will assist the Ministry to outfit our labs with critical pieces of equipment and the technical capabilities that will make them much more efficient, as well as making an array of testing sites available to the trading public,” he pointed out, while citing the benefit of access to global markets accruable to exporters, by virtue of their products receiving accreditation from internationally recognized testing facilities. Arguing that food safety “is everybody’s responsibility,” Mr. Clarke expressed gratitude to the EU and other stakeholders who have partnered with the Ministry to safeguard the quality and integrity of food consumed locally, as well as those exported. “The Ministry signals its commitment to ensuring full compliance to global standards, through strengthened policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks and the provisions of technical support services where required,” the Minister assured.last_img read more

CBC head defends coverage after Scheer suggests too much focus on US

first_imgOTTAWA — The CEO of the CBC is defending its coverage of American politics after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer suggested the public broadcaster places too much emphasis on the United States and should focus more on Canadian stories.Appearing before a committee of MPs today, Catherine Tait was asked by Liberal MP Wayne Long to respond to Scheer’s comments, which he says he found concerning.Tait says the CBC’s primary focus is local, but that it’s important to also cover news from around the world so Canadians can see how international events could affect their lives in Canada.Scheer told The Canadian Press earlier this week that if he is elected prime minister, he would like to scrutinize the national public broadcaster to ensure the CBC tells enough Canadian stories.Tait stresses the importance of the CBC remaining independent of government or politics, calling this the key difference between a public broadcaster and state-run media.Tait also says the Crown corporation’s revenues have been declining by $20 million a year, despite a major cash infusion from the Trudeau government — the result of government funding not being tied to inflation coupled with a decline in advertising and subscription revenues. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Eldorado Gold suspends work at Skouries project in Greece amid government dispute

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek governmentThe company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project.Eldorado (TSX:ELD) also says the company also initiated legal action.The company says it will re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Eldorado has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government and accuses it of delaying key permits and licenses. In September, it threatened to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece, but backed off when it began talks with the government.Elsewhere in Greece, Eldorado says work at its Olympias project continues, while exploration drilling at its Stratoni project to extend the mine life are positive.last_img read more

Pedestrian Injured in Motor Vehicle Collision

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On January 22, 2019, at approximately 7:45 am the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle incident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian at 86th St/85th Ave, Fort St John, BC.The youth was crossing the street, westbound on 86th Street when he was struck by a white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.  The youth sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported by EHS to the Fort St John Regional Hospital where he was later flown to Vancouver for further medical attention.The driver of the pickup truck remained on scene and was cooperative with police. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended to assist in the investigation.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has dash camera footage of the collision to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

Khawaja hits century before India stop Australia to 2729

first_imgNew Delhi: India staged a decent comeback to restrict Australia to 272 for nine after Usman Khawaja continued with his imperious form by hitting his second hundred of the series in the decisive fifth ODI here Wednesday. Khawaja, who had not scored a century before arriving to India for this series, hit an exact 100 off 106 balls and shared two big partnerships at the top of the order. Australia were placed comfortably at 175 for one in the 33rd over and set for a kill in slog overs, but the script changed for the hosts when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid off Khawaja in the last ball of the that over. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The visitors added only 97 runs after that in 17 overs, surrendering the advantage, which was well-earned by Khawaja and his top-order colleagues. The left-hander, who hit a century in Ranchi as well, first raised a 76-run stand with Aaron Finch (27) after his skipper elected to bat in hazy and overcast conditions and followed it up with a 99-run partnership with Peter Handscomb (52). Bhuvneshwar took three wickets for 48 runs while Ravindra Jadeja (2/45) and Mohammed Shami (2/57) accounted for two batsmen each. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The Feroz Shah Kotla wicket did not have much for either spinners or pacers but was far from usual low and slow track as the Australians easily worked the ball around. Khawaja was yet again impressive with his footwork, handling the Indian spinners nicely before being caught at shot extra cover by Kohli off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The left-hander hit 10 fours and two sixes before driving straight to Kohli. Jadeja then got rid of Glenn Maxwell (1) and Shami sent back Handscomb as Australia lost three wickets in the space of 14 balls. The tide turned in India’s favour with Australia managing just 27 runs in overs between 34 and 40. Jadeja, who replaced Yuzvendra Chahal, made a strong case for himself for inclusion in the World Cup squad with figures of 10-0-45-2. Jasprit Bumrah was exceptional in his first eight overs giving just 14 runs but Jhye Richradson (29) spoilt his figures by creaming off four boundaries from his ninth over, providing one last push to Australian innings. It turned out to be a forgettable day for chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who bled 74 runs in his 10 overs but dismissed dangerous Ashton Turner (20) cheaply. Earlier, it was only Mohammed Shami who initially tested Finch with away-going and in-coming balls but once the Australia captain got his eye in, he went about his business without fuss. Khawaja continued with his rich form, striking boundaries easily. His straight boundary, punched on the up, off Bhuvneshwar was a treat to watch.last_img read more