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West Ham United news: Cheikhou Kouyate pens new five-year deal

first_imgCheikhou Kouyate has signed a new five-year deal at West Ham United. The 26-year-old midfielder joined the Irons in 2014, from Belgian club Anderlecht, and his new deal will keep him in east London until 2021. The Senegal international has made 64 appearances for the Claret and Blue, 32 of those coming this season.He has scored four goals this term as the Hammers look on course for a top-six finish.“I am happy to have renewed my contract with West Ham,” Kouyate told the club’s website.  “I am very happy and would like to thank everybody here at the club, the manager, the fans and also my parents. I think that it is the start of the next chapter for us to go on and discover the new Stadium.“It means that the club trusts me and that means a lot for me. There is a lot of work for me still to do and I need to continue working hard and prepare for the move to the Olympic Stadium and most of all to keep on entertaining the fans.” 1 BREAKING: @PapiCheikhou has signed a new contract until 2021! ⚒🇸 🦁 ➡️ https://t.co/AwbKtmyu7c #CheikhouSignshttps://t.co/adiMxD1wwC— #ImForever (@WestHamUtd) March 18, 2016center_img Cheikhou Kouyate, 26, joined the east Londoners in 2014 last_img read more

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SA small-scale farmers take on hunger

first_img25 October 2013 The government has set aside R2-billion to support the Fetsa Tlala (End Hunger), President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the food production initiative in Batlharos outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape on Thursday. Fetsa Tlala seeks to promote self-sufficiency by helping communities to produce food – including maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes – on communal and under-used land. The initiative aims to help small-scale and smallholder farmers put one-million hectares of land which has been lying fallow under production over the next five years, as well as to help small businesses process the crops once they have been harvested. Zuma said that Fetsa Tlala also aimed to shift perceptions about the importance of agriculture and farming in general, noting that agriculture was one of six job drivers – along with mining, tourism, the green economy, manufacturing and infrastructure development – identified in the government’s New Growth Path. Encouraging people to go back to farming “We are encouraging people to go back to farming. We are encouraging every household to develop a food garden. We want to see women’s co-operatives and community groupings focusing on vegetable production, livestock or chickens to earn a living and fight hunger and poverty.” Zuma said that, while South Africa’s overall food insecurity figure was declining, there were still families that lived in poverty. At the same time, the country remained a net importer of food. The worst poverty is concentrated in South Africa’s former apartheid “homelands”, which account for 13 percent of the country’s land and were home to half of the black population before 1994. “These areas have remained extremely poor and underdeveloped, and are heavily dependent on remittances from workers in industrial South Africa,” Zuma said, adding that South African agriculture continued to be characterised by a racially skewed distribution of assets, support services, market penetration, infrastructure and income. “Some 36 000 large-scale farmers control over 86-million hectares of farmland, while 1.4-million black farmers have access to about 14-million hectares of farmland.”Support, markets for small-scale farmers Zuma said there was a significant amount of land that still lay fallow in South Africa’s rural areas, some of which had been freed up through land reform. Smallholder farmers, communities and households would be given assistance in developing this land through the provision of mechanisation support, distribution and technical services. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, addressing a business breakfast briefing in Johannesburg last month, said her department had already brought 200 000 hectares of land under producbtion on seven province – the goal being one-million hectares by 2019. “Once the food is produced and harvested through Fetsa Tlala, we will then ensure that there is sufficient support for SMMEs [small, medium and micro enterprises] in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries processing sectors to mill the meal or pack the vegetables.” Joemat-Pettersson said the department would also work with the Department of Trade and Industry to establish markets for small-scale farmers, fishers and foresters. “This is no dream; it is already happening on the ground, where thousands of hectares have been successfully placed under production – some for consumption, and some for sale, stimulating local economies. “Government runs hospitals … we have the South African National Defence Force, school feeding schemes, and prisons. Smallholder farmers and producers should have a market in these organisations,” she said. “Government should be buying food straight from our smallholders and creating viable markets for them. This is what Fetsa Tlala is about. It is about unlocking the economies of rural areas.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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First Look: TweetDeck Now Supports Foursquare and Buzz [SCREENSHOTS]

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The app has also added support for location, including geotagged Tweets, Buzz entries and Foursquare updates. By adding their Foursquare account to a column within TweetDeck, users will be able to view their friends’ location-based updates, as well as visualize their locations with an embedded Google Map within the column. Additionally, Twitter-compatible APIs may also be added, allowing the client to interact with services like Tumblr, WordPress and StatusNet. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… chris cameron Rich media will also be given a front-row seat in the latest release, as uploading and recording videos to 12seconds or TwitVid is integrated into the client. Updates can also be scheduled for a later date and time, and global filters will let users automatically remove feed entries across all columns based on any terms. This latest release will also provide users with the ability to incorporate their own custom URL shortening service. Popular cross-platform social app TweetDeck is announcing an update to its desktop client this morning which will add Foursquare and Google Buzz to its arsenal of supported streams which already includes Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook. In addition, the version 0.34 update will allow for the addition of any Twitter-compatible APIs, including WordPress, StatusNet and Tumblr, as well as a slew of other features such as global filters and scheduled posts. The company will also announce financial news this morning, confirming that it has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding.TweetDeck, which was invited to test the Google Buzz API announced Wednesday, is wasting no time in integrating the service into its desktop client. Users will be able to send updates to Buzz, as well as view, like and comment on their friends’ posts directly from a stand-alone Buzz column in the app. TweetDeck maintains most of the Buzz experience within its column system, letting users collapse and expand comments for a streamlined experience. After a quick test of a pre-release of the latest version of the app, I found that the Buzz and Foursquare integration worked smoothly. When trying to add a Twitter-compatible API, WordPress failed to sync up but Tumblr was successful. I was able to publish text entries on Tumblr, but adding photos or videos did not seem to transfer the way I had hoped they would.With this update TweetDeck is taking enormous steps toward becoming a complete social dashboard – at least on the desktop. To be honest, I had largely given up on the app because of the sluggish feel of Adobe Air applications, but the integration of Foursquare, Buzz and other services may just draw me back to it. The securing of additional funding means we can expect only bigger and better things from the company in the near future. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Interview with Dr Julie Reeder, following a plant-based diet

first_imgJulie is Dr. Reeder, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Health Authority, WIC Are you vegetarian or vegan?I am vegetarian because while I obviously do not eat meat, poultry or fish and I do not eat eggs, I do have dairy occasionally especially when on the road and a slice of cheese pizza or grilled cheese sandwich might be my only option.How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?More than 10 years.Why did you decide to become vegetarian/vegan?If I can do something that improves my health, and health of the environment and decreases the suffering of animals why wouldn’t I do that? It is a complete win-win for everyone. To me, it is a no-brainer.What benefits do you receive from being a vegetarian/vegan? I get to eat a ton of delicious food. Often people think that being veg means eating less variety but I actually eat so many more different foods than the meat-eaters I know. Just this week I’ve made a delicious roasted bell pepper and lentil curry, authentic Mexican enchiladas with potatoes and carrots, grilled tofu steaks with chimichurri sauce and mashed root vegetables. When you can’t just grab that same old turkey sandwich every day or go through a fast food drive-thru, you automatically eat a much great variety of foods. And a ton of fiber too.Are there any difficulties with being vegetarian/vegan?Not really. Sometimes you’ll be stuck in a hotel or airport where choices are slim, but I always find something. Portland, Oregon where I live is very vegetarian-friendly. You wouldn’t have a social gathering here without having a veggie option.Once you became vegetarian/vegan what there anything you missed?What would I possibly miss? The fundamental aspects of your life are still the same, you’re just 100% plant-powered after becoming vegetarian.What is the best advice you would give for anyone thinking about becoming vegetarian/vegan?Give yourself the treat of a vegetarian diet. You will feel better, you may save money, you will be introduced to so many new foods, and show your love for animals. There are lots of great recipe resources out there. Check your local library for vegan cookbooks and start with just one recipe per week. You’ll be on to the next recipe in no time because you will love the food.Tune in Jan 23, 11:00 am ET for this free webinar “Plant-based Eating: Enhancing Health Benefits, Minimizing Nutritional Risks”. Register on the event page. Dietitians earn 1 CEU. This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open

first_img“Good for a change, yes, after all these years,” Federer said. “If I can help him, great. If he can help me, even better.”Federer rolled into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, extending his bid for a 20th career Grand Slam title by downing Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 36-year-old Swiss third seed, seeking a record sixth title on New York hardcourts, could meet world number one Nadal in a Friday semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the one Slam where they have never played.“For many years Rafa and me, we’ve tried to play against each other here, and it just didn’t work out,” Federer said. “Now this week, I don’t feel necessarily the pressure’s there. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Rafa, he has been such a wonderful champion and a good friend of mine on the tour, one of my big rivals for life, that it’s just nice to be able to spend some time with him and support him,” Federer said.Federer, who would be the oldest US Open champion in the Open Era (since 1967), was also excited about the chance to spend time with 61-year-old Swedish legend Borg, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who captain’s the European side.“For me to spend time with Bjorn, it’s quite rare,” Federer said. “He doesn’t spend so much time on the tour. When he shows up, it’s short. I feel every minute you get with him is a privilege.“Here we are, he’s going to be stuck with us. So it’s going, I think, to be very special for all of us, particularly me. I mean, I have incredible respect for him.”Federer said if he could turn back the clock and face one all-time icon from another era, it would be Borg in his prime, when he was winning six French Open and five Wimbledon crowns from 1974 to 1981.“If I could play one player ever going back, I feel like it would be Bjorn,” Federer said. “I feel he’s that incredibly good, for what he did for the game. If I look how he played, what he brought to it, it’s crazy.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Roger Federer of Switzerland (left) and Rafael Nadal of Spain (right) shake hands after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer is as curious as tennis fans around the world to see if he will finally play against Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open.But even if not, the two career leaders in men’s Grand Slam titles will have the chance to bond as teammates and possibly even doubles partners later this month in a new Europe versus The World team event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m happy I’m still around. Rafa fought well through again today. I’m happy for him, too. We’ll see if it gets done or not. I’m curious to see myself.”Federer is having a banner season after some suspected he might never lift another Grand Slam trophy, taking the Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns.Nadal has done the same at age 31, winning his 15th Slam title by capturing his record 10th French Open crown.But the long-time rivals will team up on September 22-24 for the Laver Cup in Prague, a new three-day team event pitting Bjorn Borg’s European squad against a World lineup guided by John McEnroe.Federer and Nadal will work together alongside Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Czech Tomas Berdych, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Croatia’s Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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More police officers expected to testify at Dennis Oland murder trial

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — This is day 17 of Dennis Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder of his multi-millionaire father, Richard.Testimony continues to be dominated by Saint John, N.B., police accounts of their investigation, after Richard Oland’s battered body was found in his uptown office in July 2011.Oland’s defence team is raising questions about the police work, saying it was sloppy, undisciplined and motivated by a rush to judgement about Oland – the last known person to have seen his father alive.The trial, before judge alone, is expected to last until mid-March in Court of Queen’s Bench.It could take several more months for a verdict to be handed down.Oland, 50, is free on bail while the trial is under way.The Canadian Presslast_img

Zuber talks for the first time after joining Stuttgart

first_imgThe former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim footballer feels like at home with his new German Bundesliga club and hopes to show good quality football.A week after leaving German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for VfB Stuttgart, Steven Zuber talked to the press for the first time.“Stuttgart are a big club who obviously shouldn’t be in the position they’re in at the moment. Their current position in the table is of no great importance to me,” he told the club’s official website.“Being near the top or further down the table doesn’t affect my personal approach. I always look at things on a game-by-game basis and want to win every single one.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You start from scratch every matchday, and each time there are three more points up for grabs. The discussions with Michael Reschke and Markus Weinzierl were much more important [in persuading me to join the club]. They totally convinced me,” he explained.“I’ve already looked at a couple of flats here in Stuttgart and think I’ll move into one of them soon. I think I’ll feel at home quickly.”“I’m also on the right track in sporting terms after my ankle injury. I was able to participate in parts of training yesterday and hope to be able to train normally again this afternoon,” he added.“I obviously want to settle in quickly and give my all right away, but I need to wait for permission from the doctors and physios, who need to keep my enthusiasm under control.”last_img read more

Marcelo Pay me up and I will leave

first_imgReal Madrid left-back Marcelo recently made a stunning revelation about his future suggesting he will leave this summer if the club wants him to.Marcelo, 30, has enjoyed a decorated career with Los Blancos having won 20 trophies including four Champions Leagues over more than a decade at the Bernabeu.But has fallen down the pecking order with coach Santi Solari preferring youth team graduate Sergio Reguilon at left-back.The Brazil international has been regularly linked with a move to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. And he recently opened up about a possible exit.“If I am on the list of players [Madrid] want to sell, then they can pay me up and all is sorted,” Marcelo said via ESPN.“I trust in myself, in my work, but if a day comes when Real Madrid do not want me, I’ll go. I will be sad, but I’ll go. But I am sure I will not be kicked out.”Rumours are rife Ronaldo is trying to engineer the move to Juve, but Marcelo played down the prospect when asked again about the possibility of a move to Turin.Marcelo on when Cristiano told him he was leaving: “F*ck, we were training for the Champions League Final and he told me, ‘I’m leaving!’ Juve is a spectacular club with a great history but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I love being at this club.” [Esporte Interactivo] pic.twitter.com/7JxrwTtexJGerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…— SB (@Realmadridplace) February 11, 2019“I have seen mock-ups [of me] with the Juventus jersey, and they are a spectacular team,” he said. “But I am at Real Madrid, I have a contract here.”Marcelo has been under scrutiny for his below-par performances at the club, something he attributed to injuries.“The level I have been showing is difficult to always maintain,” he said. “I am a little below that level at the moment, but my career has been like that, some little dips, and unfortunately this season I had three injuries in two months. I went through a difficult period in my football and within the club.“But that phase is over now, I need to play to get back to my usual form and confidence. But I feel good now, physically good, I am training strongly. I need to play to get back my confidence, but physically I am good.”Solari is expected to keep faith with Reguilon for Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg at Ajax.last_img read more