Half-time: Stoke 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgJohn Terry had a goal disallowed in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Britannia Stadium, where Diego Costa hobbled off just after the half-hour mark.Chelsea skipper Terry skilfully back-heeled Willian’s right-wing cross into the net but was denied by an offside flag.Earlier, Baba Rahman found Ramires with a clever pass and the Brazilian whizzed around Jack Butland but was unable to apply the finish from an acute angle, shooting into the side netting.And before that, Stoke keeper Butland produced fine saves to deny Costa and Oscar as Chelsea made an impressive start.At the other end, Marc Muniesa went close with a spectacular bicycle kick that landed on the roof of the net.Costa was involved in a tough physical battle with the Stoke defence before being replaced by Loic Remy, who returned to the squad having recovered from an injury of his own.Baba, Oscar and John Mikel Obi started in place of Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and the suspended Nemanja Matic, while Blues keeper Asmir Begovic is playing against his former club.Begovic was called into action in first-half stoppage time, when he saved from Jonathan Walters after the Potters forward had been found by Mame Diouf.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa (Remy 31).Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs make season-high six errors in 10-4 loss to Healdsburg Prune Packers

first_imgArcata >> Even as the Humboldt Crabs racked up wins in the first few weeks of the season, first-year manager Robin Guiver was quite aware of how his team’s defense had a propensity to come and go.The Crabs’s sometimes-shoddy defense showed its bad side in their return to the Arcata Ball Park.Humboldt committed a season-high six errors in its 10-4 loss to the Healdsburg Prune Packers, as the Crabs saw their 4-2 lead — and seven-game winning streak — vanish into thin air, and rather quickly, …last_img

Going wild over indigenous silk

first_imgJanine ErasmusSilk is one of the most luxurious and desirable fabrics we know – but it does not come cheaply. A pilot project that has been running under the auspices of the North West provincial government has found that silk from the cocoons of the African wild silk moth Gonometa postica is of a very high commercial quality, certainly good enough for the discerning fashion and home décor industries.Partners in the project include the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which supplies technical support, the Department of Trade and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), while relevant regional government will be consulted as the project moves from region to region.Gonometa postica and its close family member, Gonometa rufobrunnea, feed on the mopane tree (Colophospermum mopane), well known in Southern Africa. The wood of this tree is heavy and extremely termite resistant, and is becoming popular as a material for crafting musical instruments. It is best known, however, for its role as a food source – not only for the two Gonometa species, but also for the mopane worm, the large plump caterpillar of the moth Imbrasia belina. These caterpillars are a rich source of protein and the mopane worm industry provides an important source of income for rural communities because it forms the basis of a lucrative food industry.It is hoped that the collection and processing of the African wild silk moths’ cocoons will do much the same in providing people with an income. And because the cocoons are collected only when the moths have already emerged, the moth population is not affected – unlike the culinary mopane worm industry, which has led to overexploitation of the insects and a resulting decline in their numbers in certain areas. The caterpillar of the wild silk moth, although inedible, nonetheless has the potential to make as great an economic impact as its lepidopteran relative.The wild silk project could create thousands of badly needed jobs because it could potentially be extended to all areas of the Southern African region. Says the CSIR’s Sunshine Blouw, leader of the research team, “Gonometa postica, the African wild silk moth, is commonly found on camelthorn trees which are quite widespread, and so this project need not be limited to the regions where only mopane trees are found.“So far we have been focusing on Ganyesa in the North West, but we envision the project becoming a regional initiative. Once we have the Ganyesa project up and running at optimal capacity, with all issues ironed out, we will roll it out to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, as well as other areas in South Africa.”Unido has been brought on board, says Blouw, because they are already running a similar project in Madagascar, with excellent results. “We are going to refer to the model they have used because we believe we will achieve the best results in this way.”And it’s not only worms that are under the spotlight.“We are planning to develop the local cashmere industry in a similar way,” says Blouw. “Already some of our cashmere garments have been successfully shown at Paris Fashion Week, so an opportunity exists that must be explored.” Cashmere, gathered from the soft undercoats of indigenous goats, is a highly sought-after material especially in luxury clothing, because it is soft, warm and delicate. Local goat breeds suitable for the cultivation of cashmere include the South African Boer goat and the Savannah, among others.last_img read more

Consumers may not recognize costs, consequences of demand for “clean” food

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eating “clean” is all about avoiding foods with additives, preservatives or other chemicals on the label. Considering the numerous studies linking certain foods with health ailments, clean eating makes sense, right?While it may seem well intentioned, Ruth MacDonald and Ruth Litchfield, professors of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, warn of the consequences in terms of food waste, safety and cost. Clean food advocates suggest avoiding foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. MacDonald says several food manufacturers, restaurants and grocery stores have responded by removing additives to fit the definition of clean.The ISU professors say just because an ingredient or additive has an unfamiliar name does not automatically make it bad for you. The decision to remove additives appears to be driven more by market demand than consideration of the benefits these additives provide and the potential food safety risk, they said. Removing nitrates from deli meats and hot dogs is just one example.MacDonald, who has spent more than 25 years investigating links between diet and cancer, says nitrates play a necessary role in preventing the growth of Clostridium botulinum, a deadly bacterium that causes food poisoning.Therefore, completely removing nitrates would be problematic. MacDonald says food labels boasting “no nitrates” are typically referring to the synthetic version. If the package says “naturally cured” or “uncured” it likely includes celery juice — a natural source of nitrates — as an ingredient. The nitrates in celery juice are not chemically different from synthetic forms, she said.last_img read more

Land’s end

first_imgOddly, the high point of my trip to Zambia wasn’t watching nearly extinct white rhinos from 30 paces or seeing so many hippos in a river that I lost count, or walking next to zebras or the National Geographic moment when a leopard in a tree ate a freshly caught impala.The spectacular roar of the Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River. It is among the most amazing natural wonders of the world.Not even the private island or the surprise bubble bath with a river view. It was dancing half the night with local folk in a village after helping them gather firewood and then sleeping in their huts. Zambia is where you go in Africa for a more intimate experience; after you’ve done the wildebeest migration with 30 other safari cars on the Masai Mara.My group of friends wondered initially about splitting the trip between a game park and Victoria Falls but in the end, it was a perfect combination. First, you watch game, which means getting up before dawn and going out again at dusk, sometimes not finishing dinner till quite late. It can be exhausting. Then you go to Livingstone (a ‘stone’ like the rock). Here, you make your own schedule, sleeping, partying late or tasting the array of wild adventures. Two halves of a single coin.One of the most elusive species of the Big Cats, the leopard makes for a loving parent, perched on a tree with cubsAny trip that starts with an elephant sauntering past the front door of your lodge promises to be good. And it was. “A couple of weeks ago, we had an elephant up on the deck drinking from the plunge pool,” said one of the staff at Robin Pope Safaris’ Luangwa Safari House. “He was very careful not to step on the cushions.”That evening, we were supposed to celebrate the end of the day with drinks in a ritual known across Africa as a sundowner. But the animals had other plans. “Um, you want to see a couple of leopards eating an impala in a tree?” asked our guide Jacob Shawa. Okay, it’s not exactly a Disney moment but it is life and death in the bush. And we were there, watching, as a female leopard gnawed on the deerlike impala while hyenas waited below. A group of tourists get up close and personal with wild elephantsThe next day, we went to the village of Kwaza. Robin Pope Safaris arranges stays, which run $70 (Rs 3,169) a night and include lodging and food (www.robinpopesafaris.net). Our huts were small, with mud walls, pounded dirt floors, thatched roofs and comfy foam mattresses on cots. You can do a day or several and you can help villagers with the daily chores-carrying firewood, planting, cooking dinner. Or making moonshine, should you wish. The liquor is amazing-a handmade clay pot to make the steam, a cut-down bike tyre with a pipe to siphon off the condensing liquid and an old bottle to catch the final product. I’ve had moonshine that would peel paint off metal. This stuff smelled a bit grassy but was sweet and went down smooth.A pair of rhinos grazing in the bushOf course we bought a bottle for that night’s celebration. The high point of our stay was tribal dances. But then the ‘jazz band’ showed up with homemade instruments that included a huge drum attached to an oversized finger board made out of a bicycle rim and bits of metal on strings.Everybody got into the act, one little girl bouncing and vibrating so fast, we could hardly see her hips. Jumping, singing, drumming, bouncing, well into the night. This was village life for real. No kids with their hands out, no men pressuring you to buy carvings. Just local folk doing their daily thing.Next, it was the walking safari. It’s different when you are on foot. The animals let you get closer. We practically walked into a group of zebras. Elephants just went on drinking. Impalas shone like gold against the shimmering sand of the dried up Luwi River. We were in the 3,500 square mile South Luangwa National Park in central Zambia. This place is a garden of Eden-elephants, baboons, giraffes, birds of all kinds and in front of Norman Carr Safaris Kakuli Bush Camp, more rhinos than anywhere else in southern Africa(www.normancarrsafaris. com). I lost count at 100.Interiors of a cottage at the Tongabezi Lodge. The cottages are furnished using local materialsThe animals are more varied here, said our guide, Shaddy Nkhoma. In East Africa (think Kenya) it tends to be huge herds of one animal. (Norman Carr originally was an elephant control officer and learned to love the walks in the bush.) Before the 1950s, it was thought you had to be in a vehicle to be safe but Carr wanted to share the wonders of walking on the wild side and worked out how to do it safely. We went out with a guide to explain things and a scout who carried the gun.We ate dinner on the river sand, visited villages and then we were off to Livingstone and Victoria Falls. Yes that Livingstone. Don’t miss the museum in town and the room devoted to David Livingstone’s expeditions, which were unbelievable slogs through the wilderness. “When I first came here the shops just had plastic plates, vaseline and peanut butter”, said Ben Parker, owner of Tongabezi Lodge (www.tongabezi.com).An outdoor bath glows in the twilight shadeParker was among the first to build a lodge in the mid 1990s. Today there are 15 A-class lodges, though most were built only in the last decade.Next, we moved towards Victoria Falls. The locals call it ‘The’ Victoria Falls. It is a mile wide and 360 feet high. But you don’t really get a feel for this at the lip. It wasn’t until I flew over it in a helicopter that I realised the falls, unlike Niagara, is a long, thin rip in the earth. And though the first thing you’d think of at a place with a gigantic waterfall is honeymoons, that’s not the half of it. I thought Swakopmund in Namibia was Africa’s adventure capital but Victoria Falls gives it a run for its money. Whitewater rafting, game viewing from canoes, walks with lions by your side, flights in microlights (think glider with a lawnmower engine), bungee jumping, some craziness that involves swinging on a cable like a pendulum over the falls.Tribals, sporting colourful beads, encourage tourists to join in the local danceAnd, of course, Devil’s Pool. You take a boat to Livingstone Island, which is where Livingstone first saw the falls on November 16, 1855 and named it after Queen Victoria. Devil’s Pool was discovered by fishermen around 1970 but didn’t become a tourist spot until the mid ’90s. You hike a bit, swim through a shallow pond and scramble over some rocks. Then you jump into 30 feet across and 15 feet deep pool with a sturdy rock lip at the very edge of the waterfall. Our guide and his buddies scrambled over the rocks like they were crossing the street. We, meanwhile, let the current push us against the rocky rim where we clung, watching the rainbow sparkled water literally thunder from our shoulders to the chasm below. The guides stood on the lip where their ankles formed a sort of fence. It was tempting to grab a foot but, well, it’s such bad form to knock your guide over the edge. So we just hung there and gawked.We did a few more things in Livingstone including a rhino walk but after two weeks, Zambia was all done. I had as many photographs as memories. Along with the animals, it was the people who made this special.When to goMay through July is dry and cooler. August through November is dry and hot. December through April is wet. Game viewing is better in the late dry season since animals come to the limited number of water holes. But bird watching is better during the rainy season, plus the land turns green and beautiful. For Victoria Falls, go July through September. The rest of the year, it’s either too dry or too wet.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Asian Cup hosts UAE punished for shoe, bottle barrage

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Qatar’s defender Salem Al Hajri, right bottom, lies on the pitch after shoes and bottles where thrown in by United Arab Emirates fans during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The United Arab Emirates were fined $150,000 and ordered to play a match behind closed doors after home fans pelted Qatar players with shoes and bottles in ugly scenes during an Asian Cup semi-final defeat.The tournament hosts were punished following January’s combustible 4-0 loss in Abu Dhabi, when plastic water bottles and footwear — a traditional insult — were hurled at the Qataris, the eventual Asian Cup champions.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jordan Clarkson, Cavaliers celebrate first Filipino Heritage Night The Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary and ethics committee handed out the sanctions for infringements related to spectator conduct and match organisation.Along with the fine, the UAE were told to their play next home qualifier for the 2023 Asian Cup “without spectators” in an empty stadium, a statement said late on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Asian Cup was held in the midst of the transport and diplomatic blockade of Qatar by several countries, including UAE, who accuse it of supporting terrorism — a charge Doha denies.As a result Qataris are generally barred from UAE, meaning the Maroons were largely devoid of their own fans as they romped to their first Asian crown — three years before hosting the World Cup in 2022. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more