21 Dec

Chelsea ‘ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barca striker’

first_imgChelsea are ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barcelona striker David Villa, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed interim manager Rafael Benitez is planning a £12m raid for his fellow Spaniard.The Daily Mail say Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle remains a serious target but Villa is available, possibly on loan until the end of the season, which means he would not interfere with Chelsea’s long-term pursuit of Radamel Falcao.Frank Lampard has been told his Chelsea career is over and that he can find a new club in January, according to The Sun.A source is quoted as saying: “Frank is absolutely distraught. He wants to keep playing for Chelsea but they’ve told him to find another club in the January transfer window.“He can’t believe it. All he wants to do is play for Chelsea. This club means everything to him.”The Daily Star say John Terry’s contract will not be renewed because club owner Roman Abamovch has not forgiven the captain and Lampard for failing to back former boss Andre Villas-Boas.Meanwhile, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is determined to deliver the signing of Newcastle striker Demba Ba for manager Harry Redknapp, the Mirror reports.It is claimed Fernandes is prepared to include a clause in any deal allowing Ba to leave for a minimal fee if he joins Rangers and they are subsequently relegated.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

19 Dec

Reuniting South African friends

first_imgWant to reconnect with old school, varsity or college friends – but don’t know where on Earth they’ve gone? If they’re South African, wherever they’re living now, there’s a website that can help you find them. Launched in 2002, SAReunited now lists over 36 000 schools, universities and colleges and over 31 000 cities and towns in its database, and has over 664 000 registered users.“South Africans, by nature, place great value on friendship”, says founder Themi Stergianos. “Our research has shown that, due to varying circumstances, many of us have become displaced from our families and friends that we grew up with. Yet no matter where you are, SAReunited can offer its reuniting service to each and every South African.“Overseas members, for instance, can upgrade to premier membership, whereby they can not only look for South Africans in their overseas city, but even search for those from a particular school who live in their city.”Around 70% of SAReunited’s users live in South Africa, while the majority of foreign users are in the UK, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada.One reason for SAReunited’s success is its South Africanism: it was conceived, designed and developed by South Africans, who understand their users’ unique requirements.Another factor is the ongoing evolution of the site. Since its inception, the developers have added dedicated sections for various professions, while providing a variety of special offers for members.South African expatriates can now publish their “confessions” on the site, while users looking for love can try their hand at an associated, innovative online dating site co-developed by Stergianos: yesnomayB.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

Farm to School Programs invest nearly $800 million in local economies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Schools across the United States purchased $789 million in local foods from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in school year 2013 – 2014, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Census released today. That represents a 105 percent increase over the 2011-2012 school year when the first census was conducted, signifying the deepening commitment of schools nationwide to bring local food into the cafeteria and strengthen their local economies.“An investment in the health of America’s students through farm to school programming is also an investment in the health of local economies,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Nearly half of schools report that they intend to buy even more local foods in future school years, indicating that farm to school programs will continue helping our children and our communities flourish.”Schools report that farm to school programs can increase the number of students purchasing school breakfast and lunch, improve consumption of healthier foods at school, and reduce plate waste. The programs are often also heavily focused on nutrition education, helping teach children where their food comes from and exposing them to lessons about healthy eating. The census data show that school gardens, which can be both teaching tools and a sources of fresh produce, have nearly tripled over the past two years.At the national level, 42 percent of school districts that responded to the census are operating farm to school programs as of the 2014-2015 school year, and another 16 percent – more than 2,000 districts – have plans to start in the future. The census results show that farm to school programs exist in every state in large and small, rural and urban schools alike. These schools are incorporating local foods throughout the day including school lunch, school breakfast, supper programs, and/or snacks.The newly updated Farm to School Census website allows users to find information about farm to school programs in their state and in their particular school or district. The site also names three top school districts in each state that boast higher than average investment in local food purchasing. In addition, users can vote for a school that they believe administers a creative, innovative, and/or exemplary farm to school program for the “One in a Melon” award. Nominations will be accepted through April 15.In order to establish realistic goals with regard to increasing the availability of local foods in schools, USDA conducted the first nationwide Farm to School Census in 2013. USDA conducted a second Farm to School Census in 2015 to measure progress towards reaching this goal. In 2015, USDA surveyed over 18,000 public, private and charter school districts and 12,585 school districts responded for a response rate of approximately 70percent. Data were collected through an online survey and through a printable mail-in questionnaire. To view the full results, visit https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov.Farm to School is part of the Office of Community Food Systems and is one of many initiatives of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) aimed at improving the health of our next generation. FNS administers America’s fifteen nutrition assistance programs, including, but not limited to, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together these programs make up the federal nutrition safety net.The Farm to School program is a core element of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates USDA’s work to support local and regional food systems. F2S Census data and F2S grant award information is available on the KYF2 Compass Map, which identifies USDA investments in local foods and is updated regularly to reflect new information.last_img read more

3 Dec

Court issues NBW against Zakir Naik

first_imgThe Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in cases of money laundering.On April 12, advocate Hiten Venegavkar appearing for Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the court that Mr. Naik is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has been served with four summons dated January 1, January 24, February 2 and February 24 but has yet not appeared before the court, therefore it is ground for the agency to seek a non-bailable warrant against him.Shell companiesThe agency states that Dr. Naik had floated shell companies in India as well as abroad wherein, he had nominated directors who were not even aware of the activities of the entities. Out of the six companies he floated, Dr. Naik had appointed his confidante Aamir Gazdar as a directorof one such company. Mr. Gazdar, who was arrested last month, claims he has no knowledge of this and that Dr. Naik has been controlling all the activities. The agency further said that these companies were used to camouflage the diversion of funds received by Dr. Naik through his provocative speeches.Investigations have revealed that there were huge amount of cash transactions without leaving any trail about its origin or utilisation.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered an FIR against Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, the president of Islamic Research Foundation which has been declared unlawful by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The FIR reveals that Dr. Naik and his associates indulged in unlawful activities through provocative utterances, promoting enmity between different religious groups in India. Last month, ED had also attached properties worth ₹18.37 crores under the PMLA.last_img read more

28 Nov

London Olympics: Beijing silver medallist Lucie Decosse wins gold in wmen’s 70kg judo

first_imgFrance’s Lucie Decosse took the women’s 70kg judo gold at the Olympics on Wednesday, beating Germany’s Kerstin Thiele by waza-ari in the final. Decosse won silver in the 63 kg class in Beijing four years ago and has since taken two World titles in the 70 kg class, and was the clear favourite against Thiele, whose greatest achievement to date was a European silver medal in 2009.Colombia’s Yuri Alvear and Dutch judoka Edith Bosch won the bronze medals after both coming through the repechage.Alvear took bronze by waza-ari against China’s Fei Chen, while Bosch won her medal on a referee’s decision after finishing level with South Korea’s Ye-Sul Hwang on one yuko each.For Bosch, it was her second Olympic bronze in two Games after she received the same prize in Beijing four years ago.last_img read more