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Martinez earlier insisted at his Thursday morning press conference that he was not worried about the speculation surrounding Stones, but acknowledged the player has been affected by the situation. Asked whether Chelsea’s interest had affected Stones, Martinez said: “Yes – and it is something where you hope you learn from it and you get more mature and those experiences are good experiences. “Clearly John is one of the outstanding young talents that we have in the squad and you are going to get that sort of interest from the outside.” Martinez also revealed he wants to bring three more players in before the end of the transfer window and overall cut a relaxed figure on Thursday as he previewed his side’s 2015-16 Premier League opener, Saturday’s home clash with promoted Watford. He expects Stones and winger Kevin Mirallas to be available for the Watford game despite the pair picking up ankle knocks in last weekend’s friendly against Villarreal. But forward Gerard Deulofeu is a doubt due to a hamstring problem, while striker Romelu Lukaku, who has had a hamstring issue of his own, will be assessed over the next 48 hours. Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson, Muhamed Besic and Aiden McGeady all miss out due to injury. Martinez – whose team finished 11th last season – is keen to add a trio of new personnel to his group. He said: “In order to be competitive for the next 10 months, we need three new signings and that is what we are going to work extremely hard on between now and the deadline.” Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley and David Henen have already arrived this summer and teenage River Plate midfielder Tomas Andrade looks set to be signed up on loan. “He is a young man with a terrific talent, who is already with us,” Martinez said of Andrade. “Hopefully we are going to agree a loan to allow him to get used to the British game. He is one for the future, not for the first team straight away.” Press Association Terry’s fellow centre-back Gary Cahil and manager Jose Mourinho have also spoken openly about their admiration for Stones. The Merseyside club have not reported Chelsea to the Premier League, but Martinez believes Terry has broken Premier League guidelines in publicly discussing the Blues’ pursuit of the England international. “That is wrong; that is illegal,” the Spaniard said of Terry’s comment, as quoted in several national newspapers. “The rules don’t allow you to comment on players who are registered at other clubs in that open manner. That is disappointing.” Martinez continued: “We have a fantastic relationship between the two clubs. In the past we made our biggest investment in Chelsea (signing Romelu Lukaku). We all know there are rules and regulations and it is something we don’t want to see when other clubs speak about your players. It is wrong and it shouldn’t happen. As clubs we have a good understanding of where we are.” The Everton manager insisted his club were under no pressure to sell the highly rated youngster. “The whole John Stones situation has come through the media because a club made a bid and made it public,” he said. “We have never been in a situation of commenting. We have a very talented young player who really has the potential to be the best centre-half England has produced, so you are going to get that attraction. That is natural, healthy and very, very positive. “But a player can make a decision when the clubs say he can make a decision. There is nothing to make a decision on. There is no negotiation. There is no relationship between the clubs in terms of trying to find a deal. “The modern game has gone in such a way that sometimes there are things you cannot control. But what you can control is your own finances and we are not a football club that has to sell to balance the books. If you think we need to sell John Stones to balance the books, that is not the case.” There has been talk of the Barclays Premier League champions preparing a third bid for 21-year-old defender Stones after so far having £20million and £26million offers rejected by the Toffees this summer. And Chelsea captain Terry added fuel to the fire earlier this week when he told Sky Sports: “One day I won’t be in the team but Chelsea are looking to the likes of John Stones for the future, so the club will continue to grow and do well.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez has accused John Terry of being part of a Chelsea campaign to lure John Stones.
1 Jordan Larsson, son of Henrik, scores for Helsingborg His dad scored an incredible 242 goals for Celtic and won trophies in Scotland, Spain, the Netherlands and England during a glittering career.Now, though, Henrik Larsson’s son, Jordan, is making his way as a professional footballer and the 17-year-old was on hand to score a goal for Helsingborg in their 2-2 Swedish Cup clash against Syrianska.The touch shown by Larsson jr had flashes of his old man, who did this to Rangers back in 2000 during Celtic’s 6-2 Old Firm win.
Donegal is set to bask in hot sunny weather this Tuesday as temperatures soar to 26C highs.Tuesday is set to be a dry day full of sunshine in the north west. Temperatures will heat up to 20-26C.Donegal will be treated to a hot start to the week, with Met Eireann forecasting very warm and humid conditions. There is a risk of thundery downpours on Tuesday night.A forecaster said: “Tuesday will be another warm and mostly dry day. After a cloudy start, sunshine will develop quite widely as the day goes on. Top temperatures of 20 to 26 degrees. Light to moderate southeasterly breezes will be fresh and gusty near west and southwest coasts.“Showers will spread from up from the southeast on Tuesday evening and night, bringing the threat of a few thundery downpours in the east and north. Meanwhile, outbreaks of rain will push in off the Atlantic to affect the southwest and west. Lowest temperatures will be around 14 to 17 degrees in mainly light to moderate southerly or southeasterly breezes.”The weather is expected to become less warm and more unsettled as the rain returns from midweek onwards. Weather: Donegal set for a summer scorcher this Tuesday was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Robbie Keane on loan.The 32-year-old striker, currently with LA Galaxy, is expected to make another temporary move back to England now the MLS season has finished.Last season he scored three goals in six league appearances during a loan spell with Aston Villa.Redknapp believes the Irishman, who played under him at Tottenham, could make a similar impact at Loftus Road.Redknapp wants new faces.Struggling Rangers are short of attacking options as Bobby Zamora is unavailable and Andrew Johnson’s season has been ended by a knee injury.“Robbie had a good season, scored goals and did well,” said Redknapp.“He’s a good pro and he would be the ideal type to have around for sure because he would give us something.”Redknapp also wants to bring in at least one centre-back, with the club planning to try again for Michael Dawson and Chris Samba.Dawson, who was also with Redknapp at Tottenham, opted to stay at Spurs rather than move to west London in the summer.Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes was hopeful of persuading Dawson to make the switch in January and was also planning another approach for Samba.Congo defender Samba, 28, played under Hughes at Blackburn, while Redknapp expressed an interest in signing him while in charge at Spurs.After being pursued by Hughes, Samba opted to join Anzhi Makhachkala but is unsettled in Russia and believed to be open to the idea of a return to England.The same applies to Nicolas Anelka, whose future at Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua is unclear.Redknapp would be interested in signing Anelka if he becomes available and is currently giving a trial to the French striker’s former Chelsea team-mate Tal Ben Haim.Click here for the Wigan v QPR quizSee also:QPR boss expects to spend in JanuaryRedknapp ponders move for ex-Chelsea duo See also:Redknapp: No decision on Ben 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Many of South Africa’s most successful wines are grown and produced in the Durbanville valley. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com)South African wines have performed impressively of late at numerous prestigious international wine awards. Against strong competition from overseas, the local wine industry has proved yet again that wine is one of South Africa’s most successful exports.SA Wines Online MD Kevin Gallagher says in the past five years South African wines have grown in quality and offer outstanding value for money.“South African wines are able to compete with any other wine producing region in the world,” he says.Michelangelo International Wine AwardsWines from estates in the Western Cape’s Durbanville Wine Valley claimed top honours at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards. This competition started in 1997 and although it’s a home-grown event, is distinctive in the industry as all the judges but one are international.The aim of the competition is to find South Africa’s best wines that will also be well accepted in the international market, and, say the Michelangelo organisers, any local wine that’s been commended by 15 international wine experts should have no problem in overseas markets.Diemersdal won the trophy for the year’s top producer, and its estate wines received six gold medals and five silvers. The gold awards went to: the Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Chardonnay Unwooded 2010, Diemersdal Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Diemersdal Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009.Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw says the accolade shows that their wines are well up to international standards. He commended the entire Diemersdal vineyard and cellar team, including his father Tienie and co-winemaker Mari van der Merwe for their success.“We can produce such good wines because we put a lot of effort into making them,” Van der Merwe says.The geographical location of the Durbanville area is another major advantage for winemakers and the area is known to produce top Sauvignon Blanc wines. It is close to the Atlantic Ocean, the soil is very fertile, and the climate is ideal. Annual rainfall of about 700 mm also affords good soil moisture for grape cultivation.The Louw family, who have owned the Diemersdal estate for six generations, also attribute their success to minimal cellar intervention. This approach conserves the “prominent varietal character” in their wines.Other member farms of the Durbanville Wine Valley also walked off with top awards. Altydgedacht won the Sue van Wyk Pinotage Trophy and a Grand D’Or (double gold) for Altydgedacht Pinotage 2009. This estate is one of the oldest in the country.Bloemendal took home the Michelangelo Grand D’Or for its Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc.Durbanville Hills’ reputation for producing extraordinary wines across a range of varietals was further entrenched with its three gold medals. The 2009 single-vineyard Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and 2009 Rhinofields Pinotage took top honours.De Vallei won gold for its 2010 De Vallei Sauvignon Blanc, and Nitída received gold for its 2009 Woolworths Limited Release Semillon.Durbanville Wine Valley Association chairman Righard Theron agrees that the Durbanville area’s viticulture terroir (the sensory attributes of wine in relation to the environmental conditions where grapes grow) contributes significantly to the area’s winemaking success. The altitude of the surrounding hills brings both cooler and warmer weather and this makes it possible for farmers to produce different varieties. It is also possible to produce different styles of wine from the same variety.The 2010 Tri Nations Wine ChallengeNederburg’s 2005 Private Bin Edelkeur received the trophy for top dessert wine in the 2010 Tri Nations Wine Challenge which, like its rugby counterpart, was contested between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.This accolade is a big honour for South Africa, as it proves that local wines are being noticed. Wines in this competition are submitted by invitation only.In a statement, cellar master Razvan Macici says the 2005 Edelkeur has a luminous golden colour and a fragrant blend of peach, apricot, honey and spice. “Its honey-type sweetness contrasts with a lively, refreshing acidity to give it a pleasingly harmonious balance.”Current Nederburg winemaker Tariro Masayiti says this dessert wine should be celebrated, as it is part of South Africa’s wine heritage and was first produced by the estate’s legendary Günter Brözel, who was appointed as winemaker in 1956. The wine was released at the inaugural Nederburg Auction of Rare Cape wines in 1975, and today is still only sold through the auction.Nederburg’s international brand representative Lynette Harris has been quoted as saying that the award affirms the producer’s status as a top producer of dessert wines. “The winery consistently outperforms its competitors on international and domestic shows,” she says.Anthonij Rupert Wines did the nation proud by being the only South African gold medal winner in the”‘other red varieties” category with its Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2006. This range is produced at the L’Ormarins estate where the team attributes their winemaking success to selection of the best fruit, and cellar production techniques such as the gravity feed process.In a gravity flow winery, neither the grapes nor wine are moved by pumps. Instead, grapes fall naturally into the fermenting tanks, and wine then moves from the fermenters to the aging barrels. The winery setup usually consists of multiple levels, making it possible to use gravity to move the grapes and wine through processing.Accessible to consumersSA Wines Online, an online retailer that sells South African wines in the UK, was honoured by the Decanter World Wine Awards with its Specialist Merchant of the Year accolade. In this category, the judges assess wine merchants on criteria such as quality, value, range, innovation and customer service.It is one thing to produce good wines, but for the wine industry to grow, more people have to become familiar with wine, and buy it. SA Wines Online took top honours in this category for designing their website to be accessible to consumers, and offering expert advice on the South African wine industry.Kevin Gallagher, MD of SA Wines Online, says although the company is virtually unknown to the average South African consumer, it has grown so much that wineries are approaching them to sell their wines in the UK.“This is another reason why we have the biggest selection of South African wines on offer to the UK and the European customer,” he says. The company stocks more than 1 000 wines from 135 wineries, and sells the largest range of South African wine in the UK. Fully 80% of its customer base is British.At the awards ceremony Gallagher said that it is encouraging that so many South African wines are available to UK consumers. “Local wines are becoming serious contenders on the world wine scene,” he said.Progressive wine industryThe South African wine industry has proven to be progressive in discerning what local and international wine consumers want.Van der Merwe thinks that South Africa’s wines are so exceptional because there are many new winemakers entering the industry. “They are keen to experiment and take the time to investigate what makes a good wine,” she says.Gallagher says that the South African wine industry made a remarkable comeback when it re-entered the international wine scene in the early 1990s. Many winemakers realised that they had fallen behind the rest of the world, but they were quick to travel and study winemaking methods of other wine producing regions. New grape varieties were also introduced.“Even now, young winemakers are still travelling to other wine producing regions, partaking in the harvests and seeing alternative techniques and methods of wine producing,” he says.South Africa is one of the few wine producing regions that enjoys copious sunlight throughout the year, and this is particularly favourable for growing grapes. “South Africa’s wines are found to have a high flavour and varietal expression and our climate allows for this,” says MasayitiHe says there is also no shortage of good quality, easy-to-drink wine to enjoy with a meal, or simply on its own. The market for wine is changing, and more people are expressing an interest in tasting wine and drinking something that they like.South African wines are also becoming more popular in other international markets and the African region. Gallagher says the UK is the biggest export destination for South African wines and large quantities are shipped to the rest of Europe. Alternative destinations such as the rest of Africa, the Far East, and North America are becoming increasingly important to the industry. South Africa is also the biggest supplier of wines to Sweden.“A large number of wine experts foresee China and Japan to be the next great market in terms of growth potential for the international wine industry,” he says.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Scott Irwin, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of IllinoisThe U.S. ethanol industry faced considerable headwinds in 2018, including the lowest prices over the last decade, policy setbacks in the implementation of the RFS, and political resistance to granting a year-round RVP waiver for E15. The impact of these headwinds on ethanol production profits is certainly of interest to those in the ethanol industry, as well as policymakers and legislators interested in the financial health of the U.S. renewable fuels industry.A model of a representative Iowa ethanol plant was used to track the profitability of ethanol production. The model is meant to be representative of an “average” ethanol plant constructed in the last decade. There is certainly substantial variation in capacity and production efficiency across the industry and this should be kept in mind when viewing profit estimates from the model.Ethanol prices started 2018 at historically low levels of $1.25 per gallon, rose to a peak of $1.43 in April, and then fell most of the rest of the year, reaching a low of $1.06 in late November. The November low was the lowest weekly price for ethanol in this time period. DDGS prices were a bright spot for the ethanol prices for most of 2018, with prices generally ranging from 1.1 to 1.3 times the price of ethanol. This was a major turnaround in DDGS prices from 2017. The rise in DDGS prices was not enough to lift total revenue in 2018 above 2017 levels. Total revenue in 2018 averaged $1.75 per gallon compared to $1.76 per gallon in 2017.The cost of corn is the major input cost, about 70% of variable and fixed costs on average, and since the price of corn was relatively stable again in 2018, average total variable costs for the year of $1.55 per gallon was only slightly higher than in 2017.Net profits in 2018 averaged a loss of -$0.02 per gallon, compared to gains of $0.03 in 2017, $0.12 in 2016 and $0.07 in 2015. In reality, the pattern of net profits in 2018 was a tale of two periods. The average net profit from January through July was a respectable $0.05 per gallon. Mirroring the sharp decline in ethanol prices, returns from August through December averaged a loss of -$0.11 per gallon.Net profits turned negative in the second week of August 2018 and have remained so through the most recent week of available data. This is a run of 26 consecutive weeks of losses and counting.The shutdown price for an ethanol plant price equals variable costs minus non-ethanol revenue (DDGS and corn oil). The market price dipped below the shutdown price for the representative plant in late November 2018 for the first time since December 2012. The market price has remained very close to the shutdown price through early February 2019.There is no mystery as to the cause of the steep ethanol production losses in 2018. The U.S. ethanol industry was rocked by low prices in 2018, especially in the second half of the year when prices reached their lowest levels in over a decade. The real argument is the driving force behind the low prices. The ethanol industry has placed much of the blame for the low prices on small refinery exemptions (SREs) granted under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the U.S. EPA. While there is no doubt that SREs have opened a backdoor mechanism for the EPA to reduce the statutory and obligated RFS volumes, the evidence shows that the physical use of ethanol has declined little if any during the last year. Instead, the evidence points to overproduction as the most likely explanation for the low ethanol prices.While domestic and export use for U.S. ethanol have increased since 2014, both production capacity and actual production have increased even faster. For example, ethanol production in the U.S. looks to have topped 16 billion gallons for the first time in 2018 and this has simply been too much for the domestic and export fuel markets to absorb. The result is that ethanol stocks have risen sharply and this has led to declining ethanol prices and profits.The 2018 net loss of -$2.2 million for the representative ethanol plant was the first annual loss since 2012 and only the fourth annual loss over 2007-2018. With the loss, the total cumulative (pre-tax) return to equity holders for the 2007-2018 period stands at $122 million, slightly less than the assumed equity investment for the representative plant of $126.6 million. We can use the average net loss for the representative plant to make a rough estimate of profit for the entire U.S. ethanol industry in 2018. Assuming all plants in the industry earned a net loss of -$0.02 per gallon and that total ethanol production for the U.S. was 16.1 billion gallons in 2018, aggregate ethanol industry (pre-tax) losses can be estimated at -$354 million.Finally, the percent return to equity holders provides useful information on the attractiveness of investment in ethanol plants relative to other investments. The average return was 8.3% over 2007-2018 and the standard deviation, a measure of risk, was 13%. By comparison, the average return for the stock market over this period, as measured by the S&P 500, was 8.7% and the associated standard deviation was 17.7%. The ratio of average return to standard deviation provides one measuring stick of an investment’s return-risk attractiveness, and on this measure the ratio for ethanol investment, 0.62, continues to compare favorably with the ratio for the stock market as a whole, 0.49. This provides important context when considering the losses experienced by ethanol producers in 2018. Even with this loss included in the data, ethanol plants have a more than respectable record of investment performance over the last dozen years.In 2018 the ethanol industry experienced its first losing year since 2012, thereby ending a run of 5 consecutive years of positive returns. The estimated loss for a representative Iowa ethanol plant in 2018 was -$2.2 million. While large, the 2018 loss was still far less than the -$6.7 million loss in 2012. The evidence points to overproduction as the driving force behind the low prices and financial losses experienced by ethanol producers during 2018. The fortunes of the U.S. ethanol industry are unlikely to improve until production and use are better balanced. This will require shuttering some production capacity, additional demand, or some combination of the two. The most optimistic scenario is additional demand for U.S. ethanol exports as part of a trade deal with China.
A local court here has sentenced a former Indian Air Force sergeant to death for the murder of a 27-year-old corporal in February 2017. Additional District and Sessions Judge Kanwaljeet Singh Bajwa sentenced Sailesh Kumar to death for the murder of Vipin Shukla of U.P. when both were posted at Bhisiana Air Force Station. The verdict was pronounced on Friday, officials said. The court also sentenced Kumar’s wife to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for destruction of evidence. The corporal had gone missing in February 2017. After thirteen days, his body was found chopped and packed in polythene bags, as per the police’s investigation. The Sessions Judge observed the accused, a member of the armed forces, should have shown courage in some other field, “in place of butchery”. He said, “It would be a mockery of justice and the conscience of society would be shocked, if death penalty was not awarded to him as his act was abhorrent and dastardly.
Indian cricketer KL Rahul thinks that his captain and superstar batsman Virat Kohli needs to calm down, and go on a holiday.Rahul expressed his views in an episode of Karan Johar’s celebrity chat show “Koffee with Karan” season 6.When Karan asked him who he thought should go for therapy, Rahul said: “I think Virat. He needs to calm down. I keep telling him, he’s just, he has never had a holiday mode. He’s always like ‘work, work, work’.”Rahul appeared on the show with teammate and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The episode will air on Star World on Sunday.When Karan asked whom would you take fitness advice from? Pandya said “Virat”.Award for the best prankster? Then also he chose “Virat”. And the award for the most romantic? Rahul said: “Again, Virat”.Something’s brewing @klrahul11 @karanjohar pic.twitter.com/umQlQIYKVJhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 9, 2018The cricketers have a soft spot for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Karan asked them about the better captain, Pandya said: “MS Dhoni because I made my debut and it was fantastic”.Rahul added: “In terms of achievement, yes MS Dhoni”.Kohli, Rahul and Pandya are currently in Australia for the Border-Gavaskar series which India lead 2-1. The tourists are in a dominant position in the fourth and final Test with Australia 386 runs behind India’s first-innings total of 622 for 7 declared.The hosts ended the third day’s play at 236 for 6 as bad light and rain forced an early stumps.Kohli is currently the third highest scorer in the series with 281 runs including a hundred while Rahul has struggled with his form as opener.advertisementAlso Read | How Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami set up Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissalAlso Read | KL Rahul receives praise from umpire for sportsman spiritAlso Read | Still a bit sore, hopefully I can sleep well after this Test match: Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See:
TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:Adonni Garland, anya williams, Bjorn Griffiths, Demardo Clare, immigration task force, Lorenzo Wilson, Tito Forbes, Velika Brooks, Wendy Seymour DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 14 Oct 2014 (TCIG Press Release) – In the October edition of the Deputy Governor’s regular articles that mark and celebrate the contribution of public servants to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the head of the civil service this month turns the attention of the ‘spotlight’ programme to the Immigration Task Force.The Honourable Anya Williams said:“The Ministry of Border Control & Labour’s Immigration Task Force plays a very vital role in the Turks and Caicos Islands and in my belief is second only to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force in terms of ensuring our national security.“Although it clearly has many important functions, I wish to spotlight those key tasks associated with the preservation of national security. These functions act as deterrent to people who arrive on our shores without adequate documentation and people who try to do this are being increasingly detected, arrested and repatriated as necessary.“Clearly, the Immigration Task Force is essential to the operations of the Border Control & Enforcement Department, culminating the efforts of intelligence, compliance and investigation. “Theirs can be a challenging job, yet the team conducts its operations in a professional, lawful and humane manner, with desperate people who have often risked everything that they have to try and get here illegally. The Immigration Task Force works closely with other key agencies such as the Police, HM Customs and the Employment Services department towards the benefit of the Turks and Caicos Islands.“It is to their credit that their work is driven by intelligence and evidence, always ensuring that their efforts are complaint with our ordinances. “So, on behalf of their fellow public servants and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands I would like to recognise and sincerely thank each and every member of the Immigration task force for everything that they do on our behalf.”ENDS Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp