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Carles Pérez, the last battered

first_imgPérez also feels mistreated by the entity, because overnight he seems to have forgotten the effort he made to accept a clause for which he had first team token, after playing seven games, but that would remain on horseback of the first team and the subsidiary. A totally anomalous and unfair situation, but that Pérez assumed, thinking especially about the interests of the entity. And the club has paid for the services provided in this way: inviting you to look for a club. In any case, The technical secretary, Eric Abidal, informed him that it was a personal and unilateral decision of the new coach and in no case of the club. Now Pérez and his agent have six days ahead to find a team. Any offer they hear will have to be in the form of assignment or a transfer with a repurchase option because the player is convinced that he has not yet said his last word in Barcelona. It seems that Rome is already waiting … “He’s screwed, but that’s really screwed”. In this way as descriptive as it was expressed a person from the closest environment of Carles Pérez to the newspaper AS. Fucked by the surprise of seeing how the new coach, Quique Setién, told him that he doesn’t have him with only six days left to close the market and screwed up because the young forward has seen his dream of consolidating in the first team truncated in a thousand pieces.It wasn’t until Friday after the afternoon session that Setién gave him the lunge after discarding it from the list for the match against Valencia. The excuse wielded by the coach is that the imminent return of Ousmane Dembélé, which is expected by mid-February, would close the doors to play on a regular basis, so he preferred that will take off on another team because a player of his age, 21, needs minutes.Nevertheless, from the environment of the striker they consider that it is a maneuver of the club to seek economic resources in order to finance the possible signing this winter of a 9 after confirming the loss of Luis Suárez for the remainder of the season.last_img read more

Six straight for STETHS!

first_img Wedderburn was elated with the win, but as usual, was reserved as he praised his relatively young team for the record-sustaining victory. “It was a fabulous performance today! This is pedigree at its best, and while we take nothing away from Manchester, who I thought gave it their all, we just had more today, and we proved once again that once we play hard football, it is going to be difficult to beat us,” stated Wedderburn. Six titles in as many years has cemented STETHS as the undisputed kings of the Ben Francis Cup, and Wedderburn was not shy in calling it as he sees it. “You can almost call this the STETHS Cup,” he told The Gleaner. “It is an awesome feeling! Several of my players are 16 years old and have no experience of winning a title, so this is one for them,” he said. For Manchester, it was a third loss in the final against STETHS, who also bettered them in 2011 and 2013. “I am very disappointed. We got our chances and failed to take them, and such is the game,” Duckie said. “I believe two of the STETHS goals were erroneously allowed when fouls in the build-up were not called by the referee,” reasoned Duckie. Pleasing performance WESTERN BUREAU: “This is certainly STETHS’ era,” declared Omar Wedderburn, the St Elizabeth Technical head coach after his team slammed Manchester High 4-1 in the ISSA/Flow Ben Francis Knockout final yesterday at the Juici Field in Clarendon to fashion a sixth-straight hold on the title. Romeo Wright, the bustling central midfielder, was the surprise star for the champions with a double strike to stun Donovan Duckie’s team into submission as STETHS retained the title they have now won since 2010. STETHS was into the swing of the action early when Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr netted from the penalty spot in the sixth minute, the result of an infringement inside the area. It was Kerr’s 29th goal of the schoolboy season. Wright, meanwhile, was having the time of his life alongside Kerr in an attacking role for STETHS. But it was another reliable STETHS asset in Shawn Genus, who gave them back the lead when he stooped low down to head them in front at 2-1 in the 59th. Duhaney Williams had equalised for Manchester in the 17-minute and the teams held that score into the half-time break. Come the second half, and it was all STETHS as Wright exploded. His first of the evening put STETHS 3-1 ahead in the 71st minute when he slid the ball into the back of the net, beating Manchester goalkeeper Nicholas King at his near post. He then made the game effectively safe for his team with a long-range effort that crashed against the far upright before nestling in the net at 4-1 in minute 80.last_img read more

Jagdeo, PPP join with nation praying for President’s full recovery

first_img…APNU, AFC confident of full recoveryOpposition Leader and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said that his Party was extremely pleased that President David Granger, who was diagnosed with cancer, was in fine shape and expected to recover fully.He made these comments at his press briefing on Thursday when he noted that the PPP was joining the nation in praying for the Head of State’s recovery.According to Jagdeo, “on behalf of PPP/C, I wish the President a full recovery and our prayers are with him, the entire nation, for his safe return and full recovery. This is not a political matter and politics aside, we should let him know in Cuba that he has our full prayers … he is the President of Guyana.”President Granger has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the white blood cells which form part of the body’s immune system, and was currently receiving treatment in Cuba. He and First LadyPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra GrangerSandra Granger departed Guyana on October 30, for Cuba so that he could undergo a medical investigation.In a statement, the PPP added that it was hoping for the President to soon return to Guyana’s shores and offered words of prayer to his family members.“The nation is comforted by the Government’s assurance that the President will make a full recovery. The Party is also urging that no effort be spared in ensuring that the President receives the best medical care,” the PPP observed.As President Granger battles with cancer, several individuals in the political arena and others from all walks of life are wishing the Guyanese Head of State well and keeping him in their prayers. Since the announcement that the President was suffering from cancer and was being treated for his illness in Cuba, several social media websites have seen an outpouring of well-wishes being posted.Since the diagnosis was disclosed, politicians from all political parties, but mainly the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU); the Alliance for Change (AFC) and the PPP/C have moved to Facebook to express their support to the President and his family. A visit to Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s Facebook page saw that his cover photo was updated Wednesday to one featuring the President. Guyana Times spoke briefly to People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) General Secretary and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, who said that the President was “well and alive” and that she had no further comments to make.The AFC, in a brief statement issued late Thursday afternoon, extended its best wishes for a full and complete recovery to the President, noting that it was pleased that he was receiving medical treatment and was in “good spirits”.“All Guyanese are aware that President Granger is a man of immense faith and fortitude, and the AFC is confident that he will successfully overcome this hurdle and return to his duties as Head of State in due course. The party will hold His Excellency, First Lady Sandra Granger and their relatives in prayer at this challenging time,” the AFC noted.It, meanwhile, sought to highlight that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is an “AFC Elder Statesman”, was serving as acting President during this period and “all Guyana can be assured of stability and continued astute leadership. The AFC looks forward to President Granger’s early return to Guyana and the resumption of his duties as Head of State.”The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has also said that it was deeply saddened by the news that President Granger has been diagnosed with cancer, but it was “confident that given his fighting spirit” and “the infinite care of his doctors”, he would recover fully.“President Granger is not just the leader of Guyana, he is also as human as any of us …. We pray for our President to get better and for the affairs of the State to return to normal,” the PSC added in its statement.The PSC also extended good wishes to the First Lady and the rest of the President’s family and prayed for fortitude and strength for them. PSC official Ramesh Dookhoo also posted on social media that expressions of well wishes for President Granger were prominent at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) meeting being held in Guyana.After the President and the First Lady did not return in time for Local Government Elections (LGE), held on Monday, November 12, concern was raised as to the state of his health. An official statement from the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in the Republic of Cuba, by Ambassador Halim Majeed, was released on Wednesday night confirming the lymphoma prognosis.Moreover, the Ambassador explained that Granger initially underwent a surgical procedure and on Wednesday, began a second phase of treatment, whereby he was expected to stay at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) in Cuba for two to three more days.Majeed had also outlined that during this time, the “President has been working and resting in accordance with the advice he has been receiving from his doctors. He is in fine form and a good frame of mind. He is expected to fully recover under the supervision of his doctors”.last_img read more

Donate a toy and the City will forgive your parking tickets this holiday season

first_imgIt’s Toys for fines time. Until the end of December, parking fines can be paid for with new, unwrapped toys. At yesterday’s council meeting, mayor Bruce Lantz joked that the parking ticket exchange program was a “favorite” of his.During the election Lantz came under fire for his more than $700 worth of unpaid parking tickets, which would be the equivalent of two XBox 360s and a copy of Guitar Hero 3, if he hadn’t already paid the fines off.- Advertisement -Toys must be unwrapped and be of equal or greater value to the fines. The items will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families.In the past, this program has brought in between $1,500 and $2,000 in toy donations.last_img read more


first_imgA family which paid €170,000 for a Presbyterian Church in Ballyshannon is to convert it into a home, they said today.The church had been on the market since 2009.New owner Louise McMahon said she will use it as her family home and will be moving in with her husband and five children. Before the church was placed on the market, the bodies of two ministers had to be exhumed from the churchyard and moved to new graves.Speaking to the BBC in the North, the minister, Reverend Stephen Richmond, said it was a very sensitive time.“The families of the two ministers were contacted and gave their consent,” he said.“It was the only option as the church was moving out of church ownership. Ballyshannon Presbyterian Church held its last service in 2007 because of falling numbers.At the time there were just 10 families in the congregation.New owner Louise McMahon said she bought the church on an impulse but plans to turn it into a family home eventually.“It was pure impulse. There was no rational reason behind it. I just saw it on the website and it just drew me in.“It’s like finding a shell on a beach. There was a creature living inside it once. We only bought a shell but we plan on putting something very nice inside of it,” she said. The church, which was reroofed and contains an orchard, was sold after considerable interest from all over the world.There was huge interest from around the world in the property including a woman in Holland who came and sat in the church for hours before deciding against purchasing it.EndsFAMILY TO TURN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH INTO HOME was last modified: October 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannon Presbyterian Churchlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man raped his ex-partner in front of their infant child, the Central Criminal Court has heard.During that attack the man tried to rape the woman seven times before succeeding. He will be sentenced next month by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan.The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to rape of the woman at his home on February 26, 2010. He has several previous convictions including theft, assault and burglary. A local detective garda told prosecuting counsel, Mr Paul Coffey SC, that the man and the victim lived together and had a child before they separated in 2009.They took turns to mind the child and on the day of the attack the woman was leaving her with her partner at his home. They both washed and played with the child before putting her to bed in her cot.The man then attacked his ex-partner and held her on the bed. He tried to rape her several times before succeeding. The baby was in the room at the time.During the rape, the victim was shouting to stop and he threatened to tie her to the bed. Afterwards he refused to return the child to her and threatened her with revenge if she went to gardaí. She promised not to and he let her go. When the victim got home her mother noticed she was pale and asked what was wrong. The woman said she had been raped and gardaí were called. He was arrested and denied having any sexual contact with the woman. DNA evidence was later found linking him to the rape.Defence counsel, Mr Conor Devally SC, said his client “misread the situation” and had the impression the sex was consensual. He said he stopped once he realised the woman wasn‘t consenting.Mr Devally called it a “once-off, spur of the moment incident” and said the man pleaded guilty to spare his partner the ordeal of trial.He said the man is of ‘limited intelligence’ and fell into drugs after dropping out of school. He said he is now in a new relationship and expecting a child.Mr Justice Sheehan said he wanted time to consider a sentence and remanded the man in custody until next month. EndsDONEGAL MAN RAPED PARTNER AFTER THEY PUT THEIR CHILD TO BED was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTrapelast_img read more


first_imgA WOMAN out walking on Sliabh Liag on Sunday had to be rescued after a fall.The elderly woman slipped on the sea cliffs.She was airlifted to safety by the Sligo 118 Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Mountain rescue teams from Donegal and Sligo had cooperated in the search. ELDERLY WOMAN PLUCKED TO SAFETY FROM SLIABH LIAG was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA man was described as the ‘perfect predator’ in court after he was found guilty of viciously attacking another man for no reason.Charles McFadden head-butted his victim before kicking him in the head before slipping back into a crowded bar.McFadden, 45, was drinking in the Gweedore Bar in Falcarragh on March 17th, St Patrick’s Night last year when he spotted Paul McGinley. He summoned McGinley over to him in the bar but when McGinley called over, McFadden lunged at him and viciously assaulted him.Mr McGinley told Letterkenny District Court he had never met McFadden before the incident and didn’t know him.He said he was left in shock and had to receive hospital treatment for facial injuries.Directly after the incident McFadden was escorted form the premises for his own safety through the kitchen as Mr McGinley’s friends were looking for him.Giving evidence, McFadden of Moyra, Falcarragh, who was facing a Section 3 Assault charge, said it was Mr McGinley who was staring at him and initially pushed him first.However Mr McGinley said it was he who was set upon.“I thought he had broken my nose. I felt gritty bits in my mouth. I looked upwards and he was gone – he was the perfect predator.“He ambushed me and then moved back in as if nothing had happened. It was like a professional attack,” he said.After hearing the evidence from both men, Judge Conal Gibbons said he had no doubt that it was McFadden who started the incident.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said McFadden had never been in trouble in his life and was a good stepfather to five children.He had worked in the construction industry all over the country and in the UK but work had dried up.He said his client had never been in trouble and still can’t believe he had used his head on the night in question and had never been involved in such behaviour.Mr Gallagher pleaded with Judge Gibbons to consider having a probation report done on McFadden and not to send him to jail.He said he had plenty to offer the community by means of community service never-mind the expense of sending him to prison.However Judge Gibbons said he was seriously thinking about a prison sentence in the case.He said Mr McGinley could have been even more seriously injured.“He was downed and sent back by this attack. His head was seriously injured and thank God it wasn’t worse. We do know of cases where worse outcomes have occurred and that is tragic. I’m sure he and his family are thankful but it’s no thanks to your client,” said Judge Gibbons.He added that he was not making any promises and that he saw the assault as “most sinister.”He adjourned the case until July and warned that “all options are on the table.”ATTACKER DESCRIBED AS THE ‘PERFECT PREDATOR’ AFTER VICIOUS ASSAULT was last modified: April 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultCharles McFaddenFalcarraghGweedore BarPaul McGinleylast_img read more

Trojans rediscover rhythm

first_imgSEATTLE That breeze blowing into Husky Stadium from Lake Washington was nothing compared to the sigh of relief USC quarterback Matt Leinart exhaled Saturday afternoon. No, the No. 1 Trojans (7-0 overall, 4-0 Pacific-10) didn’t dodge an upset, or win in anywhere near as compelling a fashion as last week’s classic with Notre Dame. But they rediscovered former offensive coordinator Norm Chow’s system, which brought equal satisfaction. And Leinart delivered some critical comments of the current offense during an otherwise nondescript 51-24 rout of lowly Washington before 64,096 at Husky Stadium. Leinart praised the decision to go back to Chow’s preferred method of short, quick passes instead of the deeper balls that defined the first six games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We did the things we’ve done best the last couple of years,” Leinart said. “Sometimes we want to beat defenses right away and we don’t get in a rhythm. We do that instead of going with the three-step (dropback) stuff, the things we do best the last couple years.” He then added: “I just fell back on track. You finally establish a rhythm with completions by dumping the ball off and getting 10 yards. The first two games, we did whatever we wanted, and in a way we got away from the stuff that got us here.” After weeks of less-than-Leinart-like performances, the Heisman Trophy winner completed 20-of-26 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns. OK, it was against Washington (1-6, 0-4), but even his teammates acknowledged the wisdom of returning to Chow’s philosophy. “We went back to the stuff that put us in this position and got us here in the first place,” tailback LenDale White said. Wide receiver Steve Smith, who along with wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett benefited most from the home run attack, said, “It gets the quarterback more in sync and confident when he can dink the ball.” These remarks answered the season-long question of whether the Trojans’ offense changed under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian. But before jumping to that conclusion, USC head coach Pete Carroll weighed in and naturally differed slightly, even though he changed the offense. Carroll said he wanted to get back to a shorter-pass offense earlier, but penalties prevented the Trojans from running it. “To get into that rhythm, you can’t play with a bunch of mistakes,” he said. Penalties weren’t a problem Saturday, so it looked like 2004 or 2003 again when USC had the ball. The fullbacks and tight ends caught six passes, and White caught two. “We needed to make some changes and be back in the rhythm we know so well,” Carroll said. “We went overboard (against Washington) to make a rhythm be fast just to get everyone involved and feel that style. That doesn’t mean that we stop throwing the ball downfield, we just didn’t. We believe so much in what we are doing, we just went back to the principles.” As an example of that quick-paced attack, USC scored 37 points in the first half on 25 plays, including a Heisman-worthy 84-yard punt return from tailback Reggie Bush that saw him emerge from a group of Washington players, elude several tacklers and race untouched down the sideline. “I’ve been waiting to break one since the beginning of the year,” Bush said. “All I had to do is make a couple people miss.” In seven minutes, USC went from trailing 10-7 to leading 34-10. Leinart threw three touchdown passes, and Bush scored the other two. “One of our goals this week was for (Leinart) to relax and not worry about a lot of things. He wasn’t having fun,” Sarkisian said. “He wanted to have fun. We tried to keep it simple and go back to what works.” Jarrett caught three touchdown passes, including a one-handed stab in the third quarter that will compare to those made by Mike Williams and Dominique Byrd the past two seasons. Bush said USC wanted to send a message against the Huskies after nail-biters with Arizona State and Notre Dame in the past three weeks. “We wanted to make a statement, and I think we made one that we were dominant,” Bush said. Unless you watched the defense closely. USC stopped the Huskies on three-and-out series only two times. Even though Washington isn’t fooling anyone these days, the Huskies moved the ball effectively as quarterback Isaiah Stanback completed 14-of-18 passes for 201 yards. It being Washington, however, Stanback also threw a lateral that was recovered by USC and fumbled a handoff. Both led to Trojan touchdowns. “It was somewhat of a lucky break,” USC nose guard Sedrick Ellis, a Chino High School grad, said of the turnovers.” There was nothing to suggest USC’s defense isn’t still vulnerable. “We take punches, but we’re still standing,” Ellis said. Carroll acknowledged the defense’s shortcomings. “We’re pasting it together a little bit, but that’s OK; it’s keeping us up late at night,” he said. One bright spot was converted cornerback Josh Pinkard, who replaced injured John Walker and thrived enough for Carroll to say the safety’s move to cornerback would be permanent. “We might have gotten a little better there today,” Carroll said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Association of London held their awards night in the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood.Donegal TV was there to capture all the action. Simply click to play.  DDTV: CATCH UP WITH THE DONEGAL ASSOCIATION OF LONDON’S ANNUAL AWARDS AND GET TOGETHER was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVDonegal Association of Londondonegal tvlast_img read more

More Complexity in Simplicity Found

first_imgPrimitive things aren’t.  That seems to be a common thread in some recent stories that found more complexity in simple living things.Box jellyfish eyes:  Jellyfish are among the simplest of animals, so why do box jellyfish have two dozen eyes but no brain?  Some of these eyes have now been found to detect features above water so that the animal can stay in its mangrove habitat (see New Scientist, Live Science and PhysOrg).    It is baffling how an animal lacking a central nervous system can receive visual input and respond with coordinated movements.  One marine biologist told New Scientist, “We have an under-appreciation for how sensory systems in simple organisms are used for fairly sophisticated adaptations.”  Another agreed in the Live Science entry: “This shows that the behavioral abilities of simple animals, like jellyfish, may be underestimated.”  See also 05/13/2005 about the box jellyfish eyes, and 11/19/2009 on the lack of an evolutionary explanation for this phenomenon.Innate immune system:  “Compared to the sophistication of the acquired or adaptive immune system, the innate immune system was considered a rather simple and blunt instrument,” said an article on MedicalXpress.  No longer; Scientists at Max Planck Institute were astonished to find that neutrophils, part of the innate system, are able to spread elaborate networks of DNA-histone filaments to capture intruders.  “When scientists can’t believe their eyes, it is very likely that they are on to something quite extraordinary,” the lengthy article began.    Neutrophils were found to form NETs (Neutrophil Extracellular Traps) when summoned to an infection site.  “Under the scanning electron microscope, the NETs appear as fine fibers and particles that link the threads to form more complex structures,” the article said.  “This causes the formation of a ball in which the bacteria become engulfed.  The main ingredient of this ball is chromatin.  This mixture of DNA and proteins is normally found in the cell nucleus and contains genetic information.”    The unexpected discovery of complexity in a “simple” system subsequently led to other fruitful leads about how the immune system operates, and how serious diseases ensue when mutations muck up the works.  The adaptive immune system is even more complicated.Proteasome:  The disposal of protein “trash” in the cell is the job of a complex machine called the proteasome.  What could be more mundane than trash collection?  Even there, sophisticated mechanisms work together.  PhysOrg described a new finding that shows that “two different mechanisms are required to determine which targets to destroy.”    The “recognition tag” and “initiator tag” both have to be aligned properly to enter the machine’s disposal barrel.  “The proteasome can recognize different plugs,” a researcher at Northwestern University said, “but each one has to have the correct specific arrangement of prongs.”Speaking of cell machines, a new video of actin filaments was produced by scientists at Yale and Grenoble, France (see PhysOrg).  “Thread-like actin filaments, strong as commercial plastic, are the muscular workhorses of our cells — pushing on membranes to move cells to the proper location within tissues and applying pressure within the interior to keep all working parts of the cell where they need to be,” the caption said.  “These filaments do their jobs through a mysterious process of continual splitting and reassembly.”  The video shows the splitting process.Essay question: which world view expects more simplicity in the lower forms of life?  Which world view is usually wrong?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Western Cape

first_imgIf three pyramids are the symbol of Africa’s far north, then a flat-topped mountain is the symbol of its far south. Cape Town nestles in the curve of Table Mountain at the start of the hook-shaped Cape Peninsula, which ends in the jagged cliffs of Cape Point.The Western Cape lies on southern tip of Africa. The most-southern point is not, as some maps suggest, at Cape Point; it is in fact at Cape Agulhas, some 200km east of Cape Town.The province is one of the country’s most beautiful, attracting the lion’s share of foreign tourists. It is a region of majestic mountains, colourful patchworks of farmland set in lovely valleys, long beaches and, further inland, the wide-open landscape of the semidesert Karoo.Two oceans meet on the coast of the Western Cape: the cold Atlantic Ocean is in the west, while the warmer Indian Ocean lies on the southern coast. The plankton-rich cold Benguela current flows along the west coast and is considered to be one of the world’s richest fishing grounds.Where the two oceans really meetThe land and its peopleWith a total area of 129 370 square kilometres, the Western Cape is roughly the size of Greece. It’s the country’s fourth-largest province, only slightly smaller than the Free State, taking up 10.6% of South Africa’s land area and with a mid-2006 population of 4.7-million people.A potpourri of diverse cultural backgrounds gives the province a cosmopolitan flavour, creating a demographic profile quite different from the national pattern. Centuries of trade and immigration have created a population with genetic and linguistic links to different parts of Europe, southeast Asia, India and Africa. Afrikaans is spoken by the majority, with isiXhosa and English being the other main languages.The Western Cape is topographically and climatically varied. It has a temperate southern coastline fringed with mountains; here the typical vegetation, especially in the western section, is the famed fynbos. To the north it stretches deep into the Karoo plateau, while the west coast is extremely dry.The Mediterranean climate of the peninsula and the mountainous region beyond it is ideal for grape cultivation, with a number of vineyards producing excellent wines. Other fruit and vegetables are also grown here, and wheat is an important crop to the north and east of Cape Town.South African wineA Cape Dutch style farmhouse in the Western Cape’s Hex River Valley (Image: South African Tourism)The southern coastal area is also fertile, while fishing is the most important industry along the west coast. Sheep farming is the mainstay of the Karoo, and other forms of husbandry take place in the better watered parts of the province.Visitors to the Western Cape can disembark at international airports in Cape Town and the city of George, or at the ports of Cape Town, Mossel Bay or Saldanha.Saldanha, north of Cape Town, is South Africa’s only natural harbour, and notable harbour for iron exports and the fishing industry. Other towns include Worcester and Stellenbosch in the heart of the winelands, George, a centre for indigenous timber and vegetable production, Oudtshoorn, known for its ostrich products and the world-famous Cango caves, and Beaufort West on the dry, sheep-farming plains of the Great Karoo.TourismThe Western Cape’s unmatched natural beauty, famous hospitality, cultural diversity, excellent wine and rich cuisine make it one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions.Perched between the ocean and the mountain, and with a national park as its heart, Cape Town is wild and wonderful. Among its attractions are climbing, surfing and diving along with vibrant nightlife, excellent wine and endless shopping.Destination Cape TownThe Western Cape is home to the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is characterised by fynbos and the protea family, and contains more plant species than the whole of Europe.Cape flora on World Heritage listThe kingdom is one of the Western Cape’s two Unesco World Heritage Sites, places of “outstanding value to humanity”. The other is Robben Island in Table Bay near Cape Town, used for centuries as a prison for dissidents and outcasts. Now an essential stop for visitors to the region, it was on this island that South African statesman Nelson Mandela spent the bulk of his 27 years in prison.Robben Island remembersTo the east, the region around Knysna and Tsitsikamma has the country’s largest indigenous forests, a fairyland of ancient tree giants, ferns and abundant birdlife. Products of the forests include sought-after furniture made from the indigenous yellowwood, stinkwood and white pear trees.IndustryThe Western Cape economy contributes roughly 14,5% to South Africa’s GDP, growing at an average of 3,2% a year. More sophisticated sectors such as finance, real estate, ICT, retail and tourism have shown substantial growth, and are the main contributors to the regional economy. The value of residential property has increased significantly.Many of South Africa’s major insurance companies and banks are based in the Western Cape. Most of the country’s petroleum companies and the largest segment of the printing and publishing industry are found in Cape Town.After Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape’s manufacturing sector is the third-largest contributor to the national manufacturing sector. The clothing and textile industry remains the most significant industrial source of employment in the province.Cape Town remains the economic hub of the province, encompassing industrial areas such as Epping, Montagu Gardens, Parow and Retreat.Investing in the Western CapeAgricultureThe sheltered valleys between mountains are ideal for the cultivation of export-grade fruit such as apples, table grapes, olives, peaches and oranges. A variety of vegetables is cultivated in the eastern part of the Western Cape, while the wheat-growing Swartland and Overberg districts are the country’s breadbasket.The inland Karoo region and the Overberg district around Bredasdorp produce wool and mutton, as well as pedigree Merino breeding stock.Other animal products include broiler chickens, eggs, dairy products, beef and pork. The Western Cape is the only province with an outlet for the export of horses, earning millions in foreign revenue.The province is also a leader in the export of ostrich meat to Europe, with its abattoirs turning out R1-billion in export products every year. In addition to meat, fine leatherware and ostrich feathers are also exported to destinations all over the world.The rich fishing grounds on the west coast are protected from exploitation by a 200km commercial fishing zone and a strict quota system. Snoek, Cape lobster, abalone, calamari, octopus, oysters and mussels are among the delicacies produced in these waters.South African reporter, incorporating material from the South African Yearbook Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Beck’s – Hybrid Corn Breeding

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EU and Japan working on trade deal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Negotiators from the European Union (EU) and Japan are working to seal a trade deal that would lower tariffs on EU pork to levels discussed in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to travel to Brussels in July to meet with EU negotiators, including European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. The National Pork Producers Council continues to urge the Trump administration to initiate bilateral trade negotiations with Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy.last_img read more

Fresh Tracks: Hear June’s Best New Royalty Free Music

first_imgLooking for more royalty-free music playlists? Check these out.Rococo Romance: Give Your Video a Classical Cinematic SoundIn the Shadows: The Changing Nature of Horror MusicRoyalty-free Music to Power Your Sports VideosLevel-Up Your Gaming Videos with the Perfect Royalty-Free SoundtrackStrike the Right Balance: Choosing Music for Tutorial Videos Electrify your footage with our music team’s favorite new royalty free tracks.This is as fresh as it gets. Feast your ears on the latest and greatest additions to PremiumBeat’s ever-growing library of best-in-class royalty-free music. With new tunes from established contributors and emerging artists alike, every song on this playlist is a hand-picked favorite of our in-house music team in June.The playlist leads off with “Ambitech” by Dr. Hollywood. Pulsing, chill, and mysterious, with haunting, subtly warped electro elements. The perfect soundtrack for a midnight cruise through a neon wasteland.Image via Grisha Bruev.“Barn Burner” by Flash Fluharty takes a different approach. It feels a little dangerous with its slinky beer-bottle slide guitar and roadhouse attitude. Slip this one into the tape deck of your vintage hot rod and floor it.Meanwhile, “Acid Wash” By Elliot Middleton somehow manages to feel contemporary and nostalgic at the same time, with bittersweet synth lines and guitar tones worthy of the Smiths.Image via optimarc.In addition to these standout tracks, you’ll find club-worthy cuts, hard-charging rock anthems, shimmering indie pop, and so much more. Be among the first to use one of these vital new releases with a simple $49 Standard License that lets you use the track in as many of your videos as you want. In the meantime, explore June’s best in the playlist below. Enjoy. Cover image via Alena Ozerova.Header image via jackbolla.Playlist header image via Alexander Daviduyuk.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Ant Queens Rob Their Own Cradles

first_imgWhen looking for mates, some ant species don’t venture far from the family tree. In colonies of an ant from the Philippines, pictured above (Cardiocondyla argyrotricha), newly mature males will fight to the death to mate with their sister-queens. But often, there aren’t enough males to go around. So to form new colonies, virgin queens mate with their own sons, researchers report in Naturwissenschaften. To make the discovery, the scientists set up 31 artificial ant colonies with an unhatched queen and a set of sterile female worker ants and watched for the emergence of unfertilized male and fertilized female pupae. In all the colonies, queens could not lay female eggs until after a son was ready to reproduce. They even filmed one mother-son pair in the act of mating. Such coupling in ants, wasps, and bees is rare because it usually produces large numbers of sterile males. But these Oedipal insects seem to have found ways to avoid that problem.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more