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Hughes ponders changes for replay

first_imgMark Hughes is set to make changes for his team’s FA Cup replay against MK Dons – QPR’s second match in as many days.The new manager, an FA Cup winner with Manchester United and Chelsea, will assess the condition of several players ahead of his first home game in charge.He plans to include at least a couple of players who did not feature against Newcastle, with Hogan Ephraim poised for an outing and DJ Campbell also hoping to be involved.“It’ll give me a chance to look at players that didn’t get a chance to influence the [Newcastle] game,” said Hughes.“There won’t be as many changes as people might think though. I always treat the FA Cup with respect – it’s a competition that’s been good to me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Red Bluff High girls swimming places fourth; boys sixth

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff High swim teams each finished top six at the Eastern Athletic-Sac River League championships Thursday at Enterprise. The varsity girls finished fourth, the boys sixth overall. The Spartans are back in action Oct. 26 at the Northern Section Division I championships hosted by West Valley in Cottonwood. Red Bluff girls Sophomore Jayne Brandt led the way with two league titles. Brandt won the 100 freestyle in a time of 56.13, which is the 2nd fastest time ever …last_img

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Sponsors get behind SA football

first_img28 August 2007With the core of the Bafana Bafana team that won the 1996 African Nations Cup in attendance at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Monday, SA Breweries and Absa announced a joint sponsorship of South African football worth R500-million over the next five years.Coming hot on the heels of a massive R1.6-billion broadcast deal for the Premier Soccer League with SuperSport International, the R500-million sponsorship for the SA Football Association (Safa) is yet another reflection of the positive spin-offs of winning the bid to host the World Cup in 2010.Logical“SAB, through Castle Lager, has supported and invested in South African soccer through all its highs and lows for almost 50 years and, after Safa’s readmission to Fifa in 1992, it was only logical to sponsor the national team,” said SA Breweries (SAB) marketing director Ian Penhale.“Now, with the World Cup on the horizon, it seemed only logical to up our commitment significantly for the coming historic chapter.”The marketers came up with a clever slogan for the deal, calling it “the new ABC of South African soccer – A for Absa, B for Bafana and C for Castle.”For the members of the 1996 Bafana side in attendance, including former captain Neil Tovey, Shaun Bartlett, Andre Arendse, Doctor Khumalo, Mark Williams and David Nyathi, the announcement must have come as welcome news.Ascending the ladderSince the heady days of 1996, when South Africa ranked inside the top 20 of the Fifa world rankings, Bafana Bafana have slipped some way down the standings – to 61st, according to the July 2007 rankings – and those proud players would, no doubt, be happy to see this considerable investment as a means of helping South Africa start climbing the ladder once more.Safa president Molefi Oliphant said the money would not be used for Bafana Bafana only, indicating that all national teams would benefit. “You can’t build an imposing pyramid without a solid foundation as its base,” Oliphant said.However, he recognised that the success of the national soccer team was crucial to the development of the game and its popularity.‘Historic moment’“This is a historic moment in the history of Safa,” said Oliphant. “We have developed a strategy for Bafana that began with the appointment of Carlos Alberto Parreira [as coach] last year.”Part of that strategy, as put forward by Parreira, is to play international friendlies against stronger opposition. He hopes this will help to turn Bafana Bafana into a competitive and dangerous host side at the World Cup.The extra financial muscle will help ensure the international friendlies he is interested in arranging take place.Bafana’s performance crucialLooking ahead to the World Cup, SAB’s Penhale said the overall success of the tournament would depend greatly on the performance of Bafana Bafana.Considering past history – in 1995, when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup, and 1996, when Bafana won the African Cup of Nations – his assessment has merit; both the aforementioned events were extremely well supported by the South African public.Oliphant’s thoughts echoed those of Penhale. “It’s a great privilege for South Africa to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” he said. “A well-organised event, world-class infrastructure, as well as a successful home team, are key ingredients to the World Cup’s success.Ground-breaking“We believe this ground-breaking co-sponsorship arrangement will ensure Bafana Bafana exceeds all South Africans’ expectations at the 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.”Steve Booysen, Absa’s chief executive, said the joint deal broke new ground. “The partnership of two of South Africa’s major brands, unthinkable 40 years ago, heralds a new era for South African soccer,” Booysen said.“It will spark the nation’s energy and excitement, and further turn the spotlight on Bafana Bafana.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Icynene Has a New Foam With a Higher R-Value

first_imgIcynene is now offering a low-density polyurethane foam insulation with a slightly higher R-value, which the company says will help builders meet stricter energy code requirements.The product is called Icynene Classic Plus. The manufacturer says that the two-part spray foam insulation has an R-value of 4 per inch, compared to R-3.7 per inch for its Classic and Classic Max open-cell foam products.Sprayed into a 2×6 wall, the foam would provide a total of R-22 in stud cavities. (Whole-wall R-values would be lower because of thermal bridging at wall studs, headers, and other framing members.) The company’s other low-density polyurethane foams have R-values of 3.7 per inch, meaning that 2×6 wall cavities with these older formulations would have a total R-value of 20.35.The new product that attains R-22 has a high enough R-value to meet the International Code Council’s 2012 energy requirements (explained in a blog by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay). But Icynene said that most states are using the 2009 energy code, which requires R-21 in Climate Zones 7 and 8, and some jurisdictions that have adopted the 2012 requirements have modified it so that it, too, calls for R-21 in wall cavities.“We initially developed the Classic Plus to meet the 2009 code, but have seen other climate zones adopt the R-21 value as well, so we can satisfy all areas in the country that require R-21 (even R-22) in 2×6 wood stud walls,” a company spokesman said by e-mail.Like other open-cell polyurethane foams, Classic Plus is vapor-permeable. But it has slightly higher density than other Icynene open-cell products, 0.7 lb. per cubic foot (pcf) vs. 0.5 pcf. It’s also water-blown, so it has minimal global warming potential, Icynene says.last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injured

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.” last_img read more

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Maple Leaf shares fall after most turbulent quarter extreme market conditions

first_imgMaple Leaf Foods Inc. shares fell more than five per cent as the company’s most recent earnings report fell below analyst expectations in a quarter the CEO called “anything but typical” with extreme market conditions.“Our third quarter may best be described as good performance that steadied our results inside markets that were likely the most turbulent that we’ve ever experienced,” said Michael H. McCain in a conference call with analysts Thursday after the company released its results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30.The company earned $26.6 million or 21 cents per diluted share compared with a profit of $37.6 million or 29 cents per diluted share a year ago. Meanwhile, sales totalled $874.8 million, down from $908.4 million.On an adjusted basis, Maple Leaf Foods earned 29 cents per share, down from 39 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 33 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s shares fell $1.73 or 5.31 per cent to $30.85 in late afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“The unprecedented shock of all globally traded agricultural markets from highly unpredictable global trade instability tied to volatile disputes that you’re all well aware of, and they had a very material short-term impact,” said McCain.Hog prices fell more than 35 per cent within a six-week period, he said, hitting the company’s top and bottom line during the quarter.“I would observe that there is nothing normal or structural in nature about this,” he said.The company’s outlook is long-term rather than quarter-to-quarter, said McCain, reassuring investors with similar time frames that this is just noise. Instead, McCain highlighted the company’s agenda to become the world’s most sustainable protein company, and brand and food renovation, as important to the business.Still, he acknowledged the potential for more quarterly volatility in part thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump’s penchant for prolific tweeting.“When a tweetstorm can have that impact in the third quarter, who’s to say that there isn’t another tweetstorm in the fourth,” McCain said.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)last_img read more

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DolceGabbana goods pulled in China over alleged insults

first_imgBEIJING — Dolce&Gabbana goods have disappeared from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grows over remarks insulting China that appeared in the company’s Instagram private messages but that it blamed on hackers.Searches for Dolce&Gabbana turned up no items Thursday on major online retailers such as Alibaba’s Tmall and JD.com. Both companies didn’t respond immediately to requests for comment.Haikou Meilan Airport Duty Free Shop posted a photo of empty shelves on its social media account, saying that they have pulled all Dolce&Gabbana goods. It wrote in another post that “Even if our power is small, we have to show our stance.”Analyst Shaun Rein of China Market Research Group said he expects the luxury goods company to have a tough time in China over the next 6 to 12 months.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

first_imgLahore: The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers — especially children — face in Pakistan. Police said Uzma died after blows to the head with a kitchen utensil. She had been working for the family in Lahore for eight months when she was killed in January this year. Her employer and two other women remain in custody as a police investigation into the murder and allegations of mistreatment drags on. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I will not give up, I prefer death, I will not let them go, I want to see them pay for what they did,” Uzma’s distraught father, Muhammad Riaz, told AFP. The teenager earned just 4,000 rupees (USD 28) per month. In Pakistan, 8.5 million domestic workers — including many children — labour for wealthier families according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). “Parents often see their children as a way to lift their families out of poverty,” explained Arooma Shahzad, general secretary of the Domestic Workers’ Union, the country’s first — and still its only — such organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls But domestic workers often face exploitation, violence, and sexual abuse. Pakistan’s patriarchal culture, with its rigid social class structure, often prevents them from having a voice. Children are particularly vulnerable, and Uzma’s case is the latest in a growing number of incidents involving minors. In 2016 a Pakistani judge and his wife were imprisoned for torturing their 10-year-old maid, while in 2017 a famous TV presenter was charged for forcefully detaining her teenage maid. “Minors who become domestic workers often find themselves in a very vulnerable position, the target of abuse and exploitation by their employers,” warned Shahzad. Theoretically it is illegal to employ anyone under the age of 15 in Pakistan, but it remains a common practice. Saba, 15, had to leave school to work as a maid in Lahore. “I do not really have a choice, I have to work in two homes every day (to help) my family,” she said. Her younger sister is expected to follow in her footsteps soon. Details of Uzma’s murder were sensationally revealed during a popular TV show, during which presenter Mukarram Kaleem made a passionate plea for justice. The tragic story gave rise to a torrent of outrage on social media with many using the #JusticeforUzma hashtag, and a broader debate on the rights of domestic workers in Pakistan, including children. For Shahzad, such incidents denote a lack of “humanity”. “We do not even consider our servants as human beings,” she lamented. In December 2018, the increasing number of cases of ill-treatment led the parliament of Punjab province to set regulations for the employment of domestic workers, which theoretically grants them rights such as sick leave and holidays. Lawyer Sheraz Zaka admitted it was only a “first step”, but hopes it will pave the way for more controls and a “better balance” of power. The law is still in its infancy and does not cover the other provinces of Pakistan. Because servants are often illiterate, many are unaware of such changes to their rights, or unable to insist employers adopt the new rules. For Kaleem, it is urgent for Pakistan to re-examine how it treats domestic workers. He said: “People are starting to realise and talk about it. There is more awareness among people that it is not the way to treat servants, and that they have to change their ways.”last_img read more

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