Sterling earns farcical penalty, Man City wins 6-0 in CL

first_imgPellegrini shines as Roma beats CSKA 3-1 in Champions League Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling duels for the ball during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England—Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the sublime in helping Manchester City to a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.The England winger provided the main talking point in another convincing victory for City when he stubbed his toe in the turf as he attempted a shot in the 24th minute and toppled over. Referee Viktor Kassai awarded a penalty despite there being no contact with a defender — much to the amazement of Shakhtar’s players, some of whom even laughed at the decision — and Gabriel Jesus converted the spot kick for 2-0 and the first of his three goals on the night.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal After City’s latest attacking masterclass, it was the penalty decision — given by a referee who has officiated in a Champions League final and in World Cups — that will best be remembered. It led to Sterling trending worldwide on social media.It was so obvious that Sterling tripped himself over, rather than being fouled by chasing Shakhtar defender Mykola Matvyenko, that Guardiola covered his face with his hands after the incident before wagging his finger toward his own bench , indicating the penalty should not have been awarded. Sergio Aguero, a substitute sitting just in front of Guardiola, had a smile on his face.The official behind the goal — used in UEFA-run competitions instead of a video assistant referee — appeared to have a good view of the trip but somehow didn’t spot it.“The referees, I said a long time ago, must be helped,” Guardiola said. “They want to make a good performance, they don’t want to make mistakes. But today the game is quick, fast; the players are more skilled.“It takes three seconds, four seconds, 10 seconds, for someone involved to say it’s no penalty, carry on.”ADVERTISEMENT “We don’t like to score a goal in that situation,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “It was really clear.”Sterling showed much more poise in scoring City’s third goal, by picking up the ball 40 meters out, powering through two would-be tacklers and curling a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 48th. It was the run and finish of a man in form, with Sterling having scored twice in the Premier League this past weekend as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJesus made it 4-0 in the 72nd, again from the penalty spot after David Silva was tripped by Taras Stepanenko, before Riyad Mahrez and Jesus — with a goal that completed his hat trick — wrapped up the scoring. Silva had put City 1-0 ahead with a close-range finish in the 13th.City stayed in first place in Group F, but moved three points ahead of Lyon after the French club drew 2-2 against Hoffenheim. The English champions need one more point from their last two games to be certain of a top-two finish. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sterling looked slightly sheepish as he walked away from the spot where he fell, and didn’t tell the referee there had been no contact from an opponent.Asked if Sterling could have owned up, Guardiola said “he could do that, yes” before pointing to a goal City had wrongly disallowed in the second leg of last season’s quarterfinal against Liverpool.City has scored 23 goals in its last six games in all competitions, heading into a derby against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Floods hit Moccasin Creek, main access road impassable

first_imgA resident making his way toIntense rainfall over the weekend has left several acres of vegetables under more than three inches of water in the community of Moccasin Creek on the Upper Corentyne River.This farming area is home to more than 100 residents, half of whom are children. The main road in the village has been rendered impassable, and villagers are forced to wade through more than six inches of mud to get in and out of the community. Many children have not attended school for the term, and the only vehicles that could traverse the road are tractors.During a visit to the area by this publication, Prenita Budwa, a mother of nine, who has been living in the area for the past 22 years, said it has been very difficult, especially for her children.“Some of them are small. For this whole term I did not send them to school, because the dam is bad and the rain falling. If I send them and they fall down half-way, they will have to come back home; so I don’t send them,” she explained.The Moleson Creek Primary School no longer functions.The Regional Administration had taken a decision to close the school five years ago because no teacher had wanted to take up the appointment to work there. Children are expected to attend the Crabwood Creek Primary.Suresh Prasad, another resident, has said the road is the most important infrastructure in the community.“Every May/June this is the suffering here. One night my wife got sick and I had to get neighbours to fetch her out to get her to the hospital. We are having a very hard time in this place. I am glad if the Government could help we.”He disclosed that his 8-year-old son had not attended school since April. “We can’t transport any produce from here,” Prasad added.Still another resident, Jacklyn Thomas, a mother of three, has said that for the 37 years she has been in the village, “every rainy season you’re forced to endure the hardships”.“I have two kids at school. I don’t let them go to school when the road is like this, because when they go out there they are not good for nothing. They would not be allowed in school. I went to the teacher and explained to her why they are not coming to school. It is not very easy for me,” she declared.Rice farmers in the community are also being affected, the flood waters are damaging scores of acres of young rice plants. And cash crop farmers are calling on the Regional Administration to clear a canal which has been blocked, which they claim is the main contributing factor to flooding in the farming community.Addressing the issue at the Regional Democratic Council’s statutory meeting on Thursday, Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop said the Regional Executive Officer (REO) has been made aware of the situation and request. He noted that the decision now rests with the REO.The Access road to the villageA tractor stuck along the main access road to the village of Moccasin Creeklast_img read more

Jagdeo to file complaint with ERC over Govt’s threats to divide Guyanese

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Government to task over comments made by one of its senior Cabinet and party officials at a recent political rally.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo has said he plans to file an official report with the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the international community, as the comments seek to divide Guyanese.He was making reference to an online news report wherein Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, remarked that the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) will target Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) supporters and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) that sabotage Government.“The incendiary nature of his speech, that could affect ethnic and political harmony, and we would like the ERC to have a full-fledged investigation of this matter…” Jagdeo said on Monday.Harmon was quoted in the reports as saying, “The foolishness got to stop! No NDC, because it’s controlled by the PPP, will take Government money and just spend it on PPP areas.”The Minister went on to say, “It’s got to stop, and we are going to work and fix that.”He further said APNU/AFC supporters on the ground have complained of suffering because a lot of PPP people are stymieing the work of the Government.“Stymieing the services which are to come to people, and they are still there. Well, no more of that; no more of that, comrade; no more ‘Mr Nice Time’ business. We got to fix these things,” Harmon is quoted as saying.The PPP General Secretary has said the minister’s comments point to a direct threat to a large section of people based on their political affiliation.Jagdeo dubbed a lie Harmon’s comments about the PPP-controlled NDCs disrupting the Government’s ability to deliver services to Guyanese. He questioned how the PPP could prevent the Government from doing its job when in fact Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has insisted on approving the budgets at the NDC level.Another issue which he said continues to fester is that overseers report directly to the minister and his ministry, rather than coordinate with the elected officials at their respective NDCs.“As far as I am concerned, it is not the PPP-controlled RDCs that are the problem; it is the REOs. They work at variance with the elected officials,” he concluded.Jagdeo did not stop there, but went on to state that Minister Harmon’s excuse is baseless, especially given that the Coalition Government controls Region 10 and Four, and Georgetown.“What is his reason for the failures to deliver in those areas? Who is styming the work there? They control those area…they cannot blame the PPP,” he asserted.He also made reference to media reports about the Auditor General’s Report, and pointed to officials from Linden disregarding Tender Board Laws in 2017 to award 14 contracts allegedly to friends.“We are seeing unbelievable levels of corruption. It is all being done with the complicity of the Government… It is incompetence, bullyism and corruption,” Jagdeo stated.Jagdeo also used the opportunity to blast the coalition for their poor showing at the recently concluded Local Government Elections, which he described as a massive defeat.According to the Party General Secretary, his party almost doubled the margin of votes between PPP, APNU and AFC combined, which moved from about 24,000 at the 2016 polls to over 45,000 in 2018.last_img read more

Taliban leader says bin Laden planned Cheney-visit attack

first_imgThe attacker did not try to penetrate even the first of several U.S.-manned security checkpoints at Bagram, instead detonating himself among a group of Afghan workers outside the base. Dadullah insisted bin Laden was alive and well. “Thank God, he is alive. We get updated information about him. Thank God, he planned operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” he told Al-Jazeera in excerpts that were translated into Arabic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said it was “an interesting claim but … I haven’t seen any intelligence that would support that.” A U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the information’s sensitivity, said al-Qaida would likely have used more than a single explosion outside the base’s main gate if it were targeting Cheney. In addition, the official said, it takes bin Laden significant time to communicate from where he is hiding. That wouldn’t offer him the flexibility to order an attack on Cheney, whose stop at Bagram was kept secret in advance of his arrival, the official said. The U.S. military had said previously that it was unclear whether the Taliban knew about Cheney’s visit or whether the timing of the attack was a coincidence. The Feb. 27 bombing killed 20 Afghan civilians, a U.S. soldier, a U.S. contract worker and a South Korean soldier outside Bagram while Cheney was meeting with officials inside the base. The Taliban claimed the attack was aimed at Cheney, but officials said it posed no real threat to him. CAIRO, Egypt – A top Taliban commander said al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was behind the February attack outside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, according to an interview shown Wednesday by Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera. Bin Laden planned and supervised the attack that killed 23 people outside the Bagram base while Cheney was there, said Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s main military commander in southern Afghanistan who has had close associations with al-Qaida. “You may remember the martyr operation inside the Bagram base, which targeted a senior U.S. official. … That operation was the result of his wise planning. He (bin Laden) planned that operation and guided us through it. The operation was a success,” Dadullah told Al-Jazeera. He did not say how he knew bin Laden planned the attack, and it was not clear when the interview took place. last_img read more

Mammoth patrollers die in gas vent fall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe three and another member of the experienced patrol team were inspecting the mountain after heavy snowstorms and were fencing off the vent, a natural hazard, when the snow around the opening collapsed at 11:29 a.m. and the patrollers fell 21 feet, Lynch said. Other ski patrollers began rescue efforts and were assisted by local firefighters and paramedics, but only one of the four survived, Lynch said. The resort and local officials did not release names of the victims. One of the dead, however, was identified as Walter Rosenthal, a researcher for the University of California, Santa Barbara, said UCSB spokesman Paul Desruisseaux. Rosenthal, who was in his 40s, worked at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Laboratory in Mammoth Lakes and was an expert in snow hydrology and remote sensing of snow. MAMMOTH LAKES – Three members of the Mammoth Mountain ski patrol were killed when they fell into a volcanic gas vent on the 11,053-foot peak in the Eastern Sierra Thursday. One victim was identified by colleagues as an avalanche expert and university snow researcher. A number of rescuers were overcome by gas and suffered minor injuries, said Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort spokeswoman Joani Lynch. She did not know if gas was the cause of the three deaths. The tragedy was the latest in a string of accidents at Mammoth, where four skiers have died in a season marked by a record 52 feet of snowfall since October. Accounts of the accident differed on whether all fell in the vent or whether one died attempting a rescue. “He apparently jumped in to try to help with the rescue effort of those who were on the patrol and as a result, he died,” Desruisseaux said. Rosenthal was also president of the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, said Allan Pietrasanta, a director of the organization. Pietrasanta said Rosenthal and others started the avalanche center in the winter of 2004-05 to release information about snow stability and “increase the public’s awareness of snowpack stability.” Mammoth Lakes Mayor Rick Wood said the police detective working on the case indicated there was a significant amount of gas involved in the accident at the 10,000-foot level of the mountain.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

Reasonable doubt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The result of all this would be a windfall for Girardi and other lawyers who would reap millions in legal fees. And because there appears no other logical reason for a lawsuit, it adds to the appearance that Lockyer’s actions are at least worthy of further scrutiny. On its face, this doesn’t pass the smell test, particularly the timing, since the trial is well under way and Lockyer has had years to act. At the least, Lockyer appears to be cavalier in his dealings in this matter despite his role as the state’s chief law enforcement officer and the public’s weariness with politicians doing favors for the people who contribute to their campaigns. What should happen is that outraged lawmakers call for hearings to examine Lockyer’s actions. But that’s unlikely since so few of them are in any position to question anyone else’s ethics. That leaves the matter to the judge in the case, Ronald Prager, to look into the issue to preserve the integrity of this trial. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s actions regarding an ongoing legal battle involving Sempra Energy raise serious questions about whether he’s looking after the public interest, private interests, or both. Lockyer, of course, claims his intent in meddling with the trial is benign – to help Californians get a better settlement in the antitrust trial stemming from the state’s energy crisis. Pay no attention to the fact that his political contributor and ally Tom Girardi, and other lawyers, could reap tens of millions of dollars from the effort – a handsome return on the more than $250,000 Girardi contributed to Lockyer’s campaign, not counting several personal gifts that were thrown in. Here’s how it all happened: Currently, there’s a class-action antitrust trial under way in a San Diego Superior Court claiming that executives at Sempra Energy engaged in a “massive conspiracy” to manipulate electricity supply in California, prompting the energy crisis of 2000-01. The state of California is not a plaintiff in the trial, but it is trying to get concessions through a parallel mediation case going on, which Girardi is managing. Because of this, a threat by Lockyer to file a lawsuit is inappropriate, and appears to be an attempt to pressure the jury into awarding an even higher settlement. 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

La Liga: Barcelona, Real meet in season’s first classico

first_img Tags: barcelonaLionel Messireal madridSpanish La Liga Barcelona are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Real Madrid. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Barcelona vs Real MadridEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaWednesday, 18-12-2019 @10pmRef: Alejandro HernandezRearranged from October due to civil unrest in Catalonia, this Wednesday’s showdown between Barcelona and Real Madrid is easily the biggest and most eagerly awaited game of the La Liga season so far; not least because both sides are currently neck-and-neck at the top of the table, with a two-goal difference the only advantage held by Ernesto Valverde’s charges over Los Blancos.There’s effectively a six-point swing on the line at Camp Nou alongside the usual bragging rights, and although we’re only halfway through the campaign, Wednesday night’s result could prove pivotal in this season’s title race.Real Madrid finished a mile behind champions Barca in 2018/19 after losing 12 league matches, including a 5-1 drubbing here, so they will be delighted to be on terms going into this week’s encounter, losing just once in 16 matches this time around. This will undoubtedly be their toughest assignment to date, though, with Barca back to their ruthless best on home turf this season. The Catalans have also dominated the head-to-head in recent meetings.It’s fair to say Barca haven’t quite been at their best on the road this season, with three defeats suffered and just 14 points accrued from nine La Liga games – Real Sociedad being the latest team to take the game to Valverde’s side as they fought back to earn a 2-2 draw in San Sebastian at the weekend.The Catalan giants have been a different animal altogether at home, however, winning a perfect seven from seven and smashing in 30 goals in total. Valverde’s men have won all but one of those matches by a three-goal margin or more, including successes against Valencia (5-2) and Sevilla (4-0).That’s pretty frightening form, even by Barca’s exceptionally high standards, and they will be in bullish mood going into Wednesday’s game, having won four and drawn two of their last six meetings with Los Blancos. Alongside their aforementioned 5-1 trouncing of Real in last season’s corresponding fixture, they also dumped them out of the 2018/19 Copa Del Rey at the semi-final stage, netting 17 goals in the last half dozen clashes between the teams.Only goal difference separates these two heavyweights of Spanish football at the top of La Liga going into the first El Clasico of the campaign. Leaders Barcelona have a perfect home record so far this term, winning seven from seven and netting 30 goals in the process. Real haven’t tasted victory over their arch-rivals since lifting the Supercopa de Espana in August 2017; Barca are unbeaten in the last six meetings, winning four and drawing two.Lionel Messi will be hoping to add to his record tally of 26 Clasico goals, while Ousmane Dembele remains sidelined while Arthur continues to struggle with injury – something with which the club are understood to be particularly unhappy after a couple of snowboarding sessions impacted his recovery. Nelson Semedo is available having returned from injury off the bench at the weekend, and his inclusion could be the only change from the draw with Sociedad if Jordi Alba is deemed ready to start two matches in quick succession following his own recent absence.Real Madrid will still be without their marquee summer signing Eden Hazard for this match, with the former Chelsea player forced to wait for his first taste of the Clasico due to a foot injury. Hazard is one of a number of absentees for the visitors, with Marcelo, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez also sidelined through injury for this match. Zinedin Zidane will have Ferland Mendy back available after suspension, though, with the full-back expected to replace Nacho in the side. Casemiro will also come back into the team after being rested at the weekend, while Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale are among the other players pushing for a start.Comments last_img read more

Coláiste na Carraige wellness week a huge success!

first_imgStudents and staff at Coláiste na Carraige held a week, beginning 15th January, dedicated to everybody’s wellbeing through eating healthy food and exercising! There were visits from football players, sports events and competitions, with healthy foods being sold and promoted every day.It was a joint effort between the Home Economics and Physical Education departments, enjoyed by all. It began on Monday with a visit from G.A.A county star and past pupil Ryan McHugh. Ryan delivered an inspirational talk on the importance of balancing sleep, exercise and studying.He stressed all of these factors, emphasising how none should be ignored in favour of others. Eating healthy should never be forgotten either though! In addition, Ryan explained how important it is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet for everybody and later refereed a football match for first years at lunchtime.On Tuesday, Dr. Doherty organised sports hall athletics for second years. All were exhausted but enjoyed themselves immensely.Every lunchtime throughout the week, from 1.40-1.55 a rowing competition was run which required students to try and “move” as far as they could in one minute. Lewis Mooney (6th year) won with a distance of 342 meters but there was some very strong competition. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm that everybody had, including spectators. For the 3rd years, on Wednesday there were half court competitive basketball games refereed by Mr.Patrick McShane and Mr. Waugh. All the players who took part followed the rules, with no cheating or disagreements. It was a fun and amicable event with a great atmosphere. Coláiste na Carraige has a strong winning tradition in basketball and this evident throughout the matches.There was basketball organised for 5th years on Thursday by Mr. Kevin Barnes (Parents’ Committee). Matches were very competitive hence fast-paced, action packed games all around!Breege Hudy visited the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to deliver Strength and Condition fitness classes. There was a high turnout for each fitness class. Coláiste Na Carraige would like to acknowledge the tremendous work and commitment Mr. Kevin Barnes and Ms. Breege Hudy carries out for the school on a ongoing basis.The school’s tarmac league was run as usual, because even with all these events running there were plenty of people who wanted to play their good old soccer. It had great attendance which says a lot about Coláiste na Carraige’s love of football.Ceili dancing sensation Mr. Clement Gallagher came in on Thursday and Friday to teach the TYs, 5th and 6th years dancing. The dances were fast paced, fun and everybody enjoyed them. There was a lot of enthusiasm on show and people were laughing and joking throughout. During morning break-time the Home Economics department prepared and sold nutritious snacks like, healthy flapjacks, oatmeal cookies and fresh fruit kebabs. The students loved the tasty delights! A draw was held for a new Donegal Jersey, won by Liam Gavigan (5th Year).Overall it was a very enjoyable week with the whole school body participating with enthusiasm.Well done all staff for taking part in the staff wellbeing classes, yoga and personal training classes.A big thank you to Killybegs rowing club for the use of the rowing machines. Ms. Tracey Floyd (PE Teacher) and Ms. Louise McGoldrick (HE Teacher) would like to thank all staff and students for participating in all the events.Coláiste na Carraige wellness week a huge success! was last modified: March 7th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Colaiste Na Carraigepicture specialwellness weeklast_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

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first_imgTell us how you Play Your Part in contributing to positive change in South AfricaAre you a patriotic South Africa who makes a positive social change in your community, have you made a difference in the lives of the people of South Africa? If that’s you, Brand South Africa would like you to share your story and encourage others to play their part in their communities.Play Your Part is a nationwide programme, driven by Brand South Africa, created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to encourage South Africans to use their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Send us your story accompanied by a picture or a video and we will feature it on our websitelast_img read more