Exclusive – Warnock: Captial One Cup not on Crystal Palace’s radar

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Neil Warnock claims the Capital One Cup has arrived a ‘bit early’ in the season for his side.The Eagles face Newcastle on Wednesday night, fresh from a 3-2 victory at Everton in the Premier League.But Warnock, who joined the club last month, insists the league cup just gives him a chance to rotate his squad.When asked whether the club were looking to win the Capital One Cup, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show; “Not this one. It’s a bit early for us.“I’ve been there three games and I haven’t seen seven or eight players perform yet, so I’ve got to give them a chance to play.”last_img read more

Oregon to boost cougar hunting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event SALEM, Ore. – Oregon wildlife officials are going to start hunting more cougars – at least in areas where high densities of the big cats threaten people and livestock. The cougars’ numbers – including in some areas inhabited by people – have been increasing since 1994. Oregon voters approved a law that year prohibiting hunters from using dogs to track cougars – widely considered the most effective means of killing the cats. With the rise in the cougar population has come increasing pressure on state wildlife managers to approve more hunting of the cats in places where there are reports of conflicts with people and livestock. On Thursday, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan that calls for holding cougar population at or above 3,000 – the population at the time voters approved the restrictions. 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

Retailing giant derided

first_imgChu characterized the Rosemead Wal-Mart fight as a battle between million-dollar corporate attorneys and 70-year-old retirees, like those who formed the grass-roots Save Our Community group to oppose the more than 200,000-square-foot project. “Wal-Mart does not bring a low-price guarantee to Rosemead; it brings a low-class guarantee,” said Chu, adding that when Inglewood’s City Council was successful in shooting down a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter in that community, the company set it sights on cities where the local government might be more amenable. “They found that in Rosemead, and that is why it is important to recall these council members,” Chu said. Jim Flournoy of Save Our Community said he had an e-mail from Wal-Mart officials promising not to open the new store until after Sept. 12, the date on which an L.A. County Superior Court judge has set a hearing on a lawsuit by Save Our Community and the Garvey School District against Wal-Mart. That suit argues that the environmental documents prepared for the project were flawed and that the store should not open until sufficient measures are taken to reduce the impact the project will have on nearby homes and schools. But Jorge Lopez, the store’s general manager, said the store would open only when it is “ready to serve the public.” Backing away from an earlier statements that the store would open in early September, Lopez said only that the company hopes to open in early fall. “We want to open in time for the holidays,” Lopez said, refusing to say how much the new store would pay starting workers with no experience. In a previous interview, Lopez said it would start inexperienced employees at $8.50 an hour. Patricia Lynn Radford, 36, who will work as the new store’s service deli manager, said she left her old job at a corporate cafeteria because Wal-Mart paid her better and provided benefits for her two children. “I don’t have to go to a free clinic anymore,” said Radford, who lives in Rosemead. She said Wal-Mart covers a portion of her benefit costs, but she could not say how much. “But it is still enough to pay for my expenses,” Radford said. “I did not take a pay cut to come here.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAmong the more than 200 people that crammed into the Rice Elementary Auditorium for the anti-Wal-Mart rally were Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte; state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles; Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park; Rosemead Councilman John Nu ez; and council hopefuls Polly Low and Victor Ruiz. Romero criticized the old City Council for refusing to put the Wal-Mart development up to the voters, and praised the community for putting two anti-Wal-Mart candidates, Nu ez and John Tran, into office. “This is sending out the message to communities that it is bad business to do business with Wal-Mart,” Romero said, urging residents to vote yes on the Sept. 19 recall and oust Mayor Gary Taylor and Councilman Jay Imperial, who have both been strong Wal-Mart supporters. A spokesman for Taylor and Imperial did not return calls seeking comment on Sunday. Solis criticized Wal-Mart, which she described as the No. 1 retail company in the world, for how it treats its workers. “They have the audacity to say they don’t have enough money to pay their workers a decent wage or to give them adequate health care?” Solis asked. “It’s not enough to pay minimum wage, $6.75 an hour, in the city of Los Angeles, in the city of El Monte, in the city of Rosemead, where it costs $800 to $1,200 to rent a one-bedroom apartment.” • Photo Gallery: Opposing Wal-Mart • Audio: Opposing Wal-Mart ROSEMEAD – Those battling against the Wal-Mart Supercenter in south Rosemead got some high-profile support Sunday night as local, state and federal officials joined a national anti-Wal-Mart campaign in a raucous rally against the new store. The “Change Wal-Mart, Change America” bus tour stopped by Rice Elementary School in Rosemead, across from the Wal-Mart Supercenter site at Rush Street and Delta Avenue, as part of its 35-city, cross-country tour to denounce Wal-Mart’s business practices, which tour organizers say shortchange employees and devastate communities. Wal-Mart officials had employees at the store who defended the company’s practices, saying it would bring 600 new jobs to the city and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue. last_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsValley Industrial Association BASH Event, 6 p.m., Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive. Call (661) 294-8088. 19th Century Ventura County frontier life event, 6:30-9 p.m., Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 498-9441. Artist Donna Weil’s “Weil Wild West” art exhibit, 7-9 p.m., Palmdale Playhouse Art Gallery, 38334 10th St. East. Call (661) 267-5684. Bayanihan Philippine National Dance performance, 8 p.m., College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4317. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. FRIDAY Primatologist Jane Goodall will lead the ChimpanZoo Conference, 8 a.m. daily through Sunday, Los Angeles Zoo, Witherbee Auditorium, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Halloween Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, Los Angeles Pierce College Farm, 6498 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 999-6300. LA Canstruction Canned Food Sculpture Competition on display at Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. Winners to be announced at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (310) 738-5252. 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

Manchester City midfielder on verge of sealing Turkey switch

first_img1 Turkish giants Galatasaray are closing in on the signing of Manchester City midfielder Fernando.The 29-year-old is expected to leave the Etihad this summer after struggling for regular first-team football under Pep Guardiola.Fernando made just 27 appearances last season and, alongside City’s transfer business too date, it has been suggested that they are wiling to let the Brazilian leave.City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco this summer and are believed to be interested in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, which would leave Fernando well down the pecking order at the Etihad.According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Galatasaray now have agreed personal terms with Fernando and are close to finalising a three-year deal worth just under £2m-per-season.A transfer fee, however, is yet to be reached but given City’s desire to let Fernando leave, Galatasaray are confident of wrapping up the deal fairly swiftly.The Brazilian was not included in City’s squad for their pre-season trip to the USA, further suggesting his time at the Etihad is up.Fernando is set to be joined at Galatasaray by Sofiane Feghouli, with the West Ham midfielder also on the verge of completing a move to the Turkish side.last_img read more

Leitrim/Longford Masters face Kildare in Plate final

first_imgThe Gaelic Masters season draws to a close tomorrow as the Leitrim/Longford combined team face Kildare in the plate final.The game will throw-in at the Downs GAA Club in Mullingar at 2.30pm.Last weekend, Mayo narrowly beat Sligo in the Cup final in front of a big crowd at Ballymote, while the Shield final went the way of Tyrone, who beat Galway at Stenson Park in Carraroe.Elsewhere, Leitrim’s U16 footballers will contest the Fr Manning Plate final tomorrow.They will face Louth in Longford’s Pearse Park at 11.30am.last_img read more

VIDEO: Must-Try Halloween Treats at Disneyland for 2019!

first_imgShare This!Guy is back, and this time he’s checking out the must-try Halloween treats at Disneyland for 2019. Which of these foods would be on your must-try menu?last_img

Cape olive oil among world’s best

first_img22 November 2005Fine wines have been produced in South Africa’s Western Cape province for centuries, but few know that the region is slowly making inroads into the global market for another exclusive liquid – olive oil.The Cape winelands are home to a growing number of boutique oil-makers, who say their product can compare with the best oils that Spain, Italy and Greece can offer – and they have the awards to prove it.Morgenster olive oil, produced by Morgenster Estate in Somerset West, was named the Southern Hemisphere New Season Extra Virgin Olive Oil of 2004 in a competition between oils from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. It was also – some years back – the first South African olive oil to receive the prestigious Orciolo d’Oro award. Willow Creek in the Nuy Valley won a coveted Grand Mention Diploma at the Leone d’Oro dei Mastri Oleari olive oil awards in Perugia, Italy in 2005, putting the oil on a par with the best in the world.“South African producers are going really big – it’s going to be an exciting industry in a couple of years,” Paul Robinson, marketing and sales director for Willow Creek, told the Washington Post in an article published in July.The Willow Creek Estate is home to the Rabie family, who have been farming there since 1793. Traditionally a wine farm, the estate began producing olives in 1999.Willow Creek’s production is still small relative to European standards, according to the Washington Post. It exported about 4 000 litres last year, mainly to Britain, Finland and Germany.Local demandAccording to John Scrimgeour, chair of the SA Olive Industry Association, South Africa’s total olive oil production was 490 tons in 2004, compared with total world output of about three million tons.“But it’s a growing industry, make no mistake,” he told the Washington Post. “We’re exporting very little – we’re battling to meet local demand.”But he says consumers must be taught the difference between high quality and mediocre oils. Most of South Africa’s output is extra virgin oil, with less than 0.8% fatty acids.According to the International Olive Oil Council, extra virgin and virgin olive oil are completely natural and unrefined. All other oils can be assumed to be refined or to contain a proportion of refined olive oil. These are usually sold as pure olive oil, olive oil or light olive oil.“You won’t get any benefits from third-rate olives,” says Carlo Costa, whose grandfather established South Africa’s first commercial olive operation in the Paarl district.“There’s olive oil and there’s olive oil,” he told the Washington Post. “An olive mustn’t smell like dirty socks.”South African producers complain that olive farmers in Europe are heavily subsidised, so an imported Spanish or Italian oil can cost half as much as a South African oil in local supermarkets, according to the newspaper.But South African oil is worth the extra money because it is fresher than the imports.Jan Pretorius, oil maker at the Olive Shed near Stellenbosch, holds olive oil tastings in which he first passes around an imported oil for visitors to smell, then follows it with his own products pressed from three different cultivars – Frantoio, Leccino and Mission.“Europeans like the slightly sweeter taste of South African oil,” Pretorius told the Washington Post. The Olive Shed exports small quantities to Switzerland and Denmark, after tourists toured the mill and liked what they found.The southern advantageOne advantage South African producers have is latitude. They press their oils in the European off-season, when oil is scarce and northern demand for “fresh-from-the-mill flavour” is high.“We have competition from Chile and Australia, but that’s good,” Costa told the Washington Post. “Our oils do very well in international competition.”Kloovenburg Estate in Riebeek Kasteel won a prestigious mention in 2004 in the Italian world olive oil guide published by Cucina and Vini, which named it as one of the best 15 oils in the world.“We exported last year for the first time, to Europe and America,” says Annalene du Toit, the estate’s marketing director. “Not very much – about 1 500 litres – but there are lots of possibilities.”There’s also local demand for olive trees, especially because South Africa is prone to drought and the plants have modest water requirements. Willow Creek’s Robinson says people are ordering 10 000 or 20 000 trees at a time, and planting is increasing rapidly.“The key is marketing,” Robinson told the Washington Post. “There’s a little bit of surprise in Europe that South Africa produces olive oil. But people know South Africa makes good wines, so we have been able to ride on wine’s coat tails.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Swiss, Dutch delight in A1GP SA

first_img23 February 2009Jeroen Bleekemolen of the Netherlands and Neel Jani of Switzerland secured victories in the sprint and feature races of the South African A1GP at Kyalami on Sunday. Unfortunately for the home fans, luck was not with Adrian Zaugg and Team South Africa.Bleekemolen, with a sharp start, jumped into the lead by the first corner of the Sprint, with Switzerland’s Jani on his tail after he too enjoyed a good start. Portugal’s Felipe Albuquerque dropped a place, while Narain Karthikeyan moved up to fourth from fifth at the start.India, however, surrendered her place quickly when Monaco’s Clivio Piccione exerted some pressure and made a clean pass. Shortly after that, championship leader Ireland, with Adam Carroll at the wheel, also overtook India.Mandatory pit stopAfter a mandatory pit stop Zaugg was next after India in the standings in the South African car, “Vulindela”, followed by New Zealand, Malaysia, and France.Portugal’s Albuquerque was pushing hard and on lap nine recorded the fastest lap of the race with a time of one minute 29.072 seconds.Bleekemolen went on to victory as the Netherlands scored its first win in 45 races. Previously, it had won the South African A1GP in Durban in the first season of competition.Portugal’s Albuquerque, in second, and Switzerland’s Jani joined the Dutch driver on the podium, with Ireland’s Carroll passing Monaco’s Piccione on the last lap to take fourth place.‘It all just went amazingly’“It all just went amazingly,” Bleekemolen said after his win. “It was a very hard race for me though, because in the beginning I could feel there was some kind of pull with the fuel pick up. It didn’t cost me any time but I could just feel it coming.“And then after the pit stop the car just stopped and I feared the race would be over, but it started working again,” Bleekemolen said. “I lost about one-and-a-half or two seconds, but luckily we were still able to win.“In the beginning we were really quick, I don’t know why we were so much faster, but everything worked. The car worked really well until the problem came, but then it still was exciting for me.”‘I’m really happy’Portugal’s Albuquerque said: “The team did a very good job and I managed to pass Switzerland. I’m really happy with the fastest lap and second place.”In the main race, Neel Jani raced to victory. It was his ninth win, which lifted him equal with Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg for the most wins by a driver in the history of A1GP racing.Despite starting from fifth on the grid, the Swiss ace comfortably knifed through the field to take a convincing victory by 13 seconds over second placed Felipe Guimaraes, the 17-year-old Brazilian. Clivio Piccione, who had earned Monaco its first ever pole position, completed the podium finishers.Jani enjoyed an incredible start to the Feature race, rocketing from fifth to second by the first corner. Ireland’s Adam Carroll, meanwhile, made contact with Fairuz Fauzy of Malaysia and ended up in the gravel and out of the race.Second contactAs the race took shape, Malaysia and New Zealand, with Earl Bamber at the wheel, battled it out for third place. Fauzy was once again involved in some contact and this time Bamber was sent spinning off the track.Fauzy paid the price when he needed to pit with a suspected slow puncture. By the time he returned to the track, he was in sixteenth position. A few laps later, he made a mandatory stop and changed all four tyres.Fast work by Team Switzerland enabled Jani to leap-frog Piccione and take the lead. Team Australia, however, suffered some misfortune. John Martin had entered the pits in third, but Martin stalled when another car crossed in front of him. The result was that he dropped from third to fifteenth in the standings.South Africa’s Adrian Zaugg had been going well, rising six places from 15th to ninth, but on lap 17 his race was done due to gearbox problems and he coasted quietly into the pits.Daniel Morad of Lebanon passed Germany’s Michael Ammermuller to take over seventh position. The top three, in order, were Switzerland, Monaco, and Brazil.Up to secondBrazil’s Guimaraes then began to haul in Monaco’s Piccione. When Monaco made a mistake on lap 24, he pounced and took over second place.By the time the cars started coming in for a second round of pit stops, Jani had Switzerland in a 10-second lead and another clean stop saw him exit pit lane with a comfortable advantage.Malaysia, realising that Fauzy was out of the running to score a point by finishing in the top 10, sent him out to try to record the fastest lap, for which he could earn a point. Utilising PowerBoost, he clocked one minute 28.306 to claim the point on offer.Jani took the chequered flag for Switzerland, ahead of a delighted Guimares, who recorded Brazil’s best result of the season and become the youngest ever A1GP medal winner. Clivio Piccione finished third, getting Monaco’s its first ever podium place in its debut season.Switzerland’s win and Ireland’s failure to finish the race lifted the Swiss to the top of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport standings.‘A replay start from Taupo’Afterwards, Jani commented: “It was a little bit of a replay start from Taupo, from fifth to second. I was a bit worried starting from fifth, because I knew the first two turns would be very close and you could get knocked off easily, so my strategy was to just try the outside and it really worked and was a fantastic start.“I then tried to follow Clivio (Piccione) and I struggled a bit. But then we had a great pit stop and I had good pace. I think Monaco had a bit of bad luck in the pit stop so that helped us too. But after it I could really keep up my pace.”Brazil’s Felipe Guimares said: “I am so happy as it’s the first time I have been on the podium. Yesterday I had the big crash in qualifying and I didn’t think that today I would finish on the podium! But I had a great start then during the race the car was good.“It was a bit worrying at the end because the engine was losing power, but we managed to keep going to the finish thankfully. I was pushing hard but not taking any risks and we brought it home in second. I really wanted to do a good job today and I have.”Strange noisesA1 Team South Africa’s Zaugg, who endured a difficult home event, said: “The first laps were not bad at all and we were able to actually get past France as well. But already from lap six onwards I started to hear strange noises in the engine, especially in second gear. And I also then started to feel like a drop in power accelerating in second gear. But I just carried on.“I informed the team but they just told me to carry on. And that’s what I did and eventually I started to get misfires. Eventually on the breaking and changing down to second gear, the engine just went off. I kept rolling and the engine went back on and eventually I tried to continue, but it carried on misfiring, so in the end I just had to give it up.”Taking about racing in front of his home crowds, Zaugg continued: “That really boosted me, especially this morning when I saw the people there and after the drivers’ parade – all the people cheering for me. So I feel really sorry for all of them.“They all came here to see us race and do well and unfortunately we couldn’t finish the race. But I want to just say thanks to all the supporters. We have had a really difficult season so far. But I think we really improved with lots of things this weekend and I hope we can carry on positive from here.”SPRINT RACE RESULTS1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands)2. Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal)3. Neel Jani (Switzerland)4. Adam Carroll (Ireland)5. Clivio Piccione (Monaco)6. Narain Karthikayen (India)7. Adrian Zaugg (South Africa)8. Earl Bamber (New Zealand)9. Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia)10. Nicolas Prost (France)11. Edoardo Piscopo (Italy)12. John Martin (Australia)13. Ho Pin Tung (China)14. Michael Ammermuller (Germany)15. Felipe Guimaraes (Brazil)16. Salvador Duran (Mexico)17. Marco Andretti (USA)18. Zahir Ali (Indonesia)19. Danny Watts (Great Britain)20. Daniel Morad (Lebanon)FEATURE RACE RESULTS1. Neel Jani (Switzerland)2. Felipe Guimaraes (Brazil)3. Clivio Piccione (Monaco)4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands)5. Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal)6. Daniel Morad (Lebanon)7. Danny Watts (Great Britain)8. Marco Andretti (USA)9. Zahir Ali (Indonesia)10. Edoardo Piscopo (Italy)11. Michael Ammermuller (Germany)12. Narain Karthikayen (India)13. John Martin (Australia)14. Ho Pin Tung (China)15. Fairuz Fauzy (Malaysia)16. Adrian Zaugg (South Africa)17. Earl Bamber (New Zealand)18. Nicolas Prost (France)19. Salvador Duran (Mexico)20. Adam Carroll (Ireland)POINTS STANDINGS1. Switzerland 732. Ireland 703. Portugal 644. Netherlands 565. France 416. New Zealand 367. Malaysia 328. Australia 309. Monaco 2310. Great Britain 2011 USA 1912 South Africa 19SAinfo reporter and A1GP.comlast_img read more

Open Source: The Coming Flood

first_imgCompanies specializing in Open Source service and support are entering the marketplace at a rapid pace, and Bernard Golden, author of “Succeeding with Open Source” is predicting that it will soon turn into a flood. And that flood will inevitably be followed by a wave of consolidation.Businesses have been held back in adopting Open Source because of worries centered on support. What if something goes wrong? A lack of a service level agreement (SLA) or guarantee to assist if problems arise is a major roadblock for OS software adoption.But that’s changing. Companies are filling the need by building strategies around Open Source that wrap the technology with service level agreements that spell out specific levels of support. These Open Source support companies are giving enterprises the reassurance they need to make a decision in favor of Open Source. Companies buying these services are the real winners here — they are getting great software and quality support for very reasonable prices.On the other hand, companies providing support services are entering a very tough and competitive business. It’s difficult to differentiate one operation from a dozen other companies that provide similar guarantees and services. The intellectual content of the Open Source is what enables these companies to exist, but the ready availability of Open Source significantly lowers the bar for competitors to enter the market.Open Source has definitely changed the rules of the software game. Open Source is now on the radar screen of almost any company involved with software, and many software companies now include Open Source in some aspect of their business strategy. But it is also fair to say that Open Source is still an experiment in the making and that no one is sure they know what the future holds for Open Source.last_img read more