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Goalkeeper Knight comes up big in UWI win at Frome

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: THANKS to goalkeeper Amal Knight, UWI FC won their first away game in the 2015 Red Stripe Premier League season, a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex yesterday. Knight was superb in goal for UWI, pulling off no less than five fantastic saves – without which the home team would easily have won the fixture. In between his spectacular performance, however, UWI grabbed the lead against the run of play when Patrick Brown toe-poked home his effort from the top of the area in the 15th minute for the opener. Forward Girvon Brown then took his chance to score his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, before second-half debutant Anthony Grant netted in the 72nd minute. FC Reno replied through substitute Alburn Facey, who tucked in his effort after Knight had saved brilliantly off a sizzling free-kick from Roshane Sharpe. “I am really pleased with my performance and that of the team today. I think it was an excellent performance from the team on a whole,” said Knight. “We have been playing good football since we have settled in the League, and now we are looking towards greater things,” he said. Knight told The Gleaner he believes UWI can challenge for a place in the final four and that it is not beyond them to believe or show they can do so. “With the table congested the way it is, I believe we stand a great chance if we remain consistent,” he stated. FC Reno, meanwhile, are still searching for goalscoring answers after another sub-par performance. However, they could be in for some good news after club officials revealed that top striker and last season’s Golden Boot winner, Craig Foster, will be making his way back to the club. Coach Michael Graham said Foster’s return and some January signings will help rejuvenate the club, which has lost four of their last six matches.last_img read more

Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return to Croatia’s Borna Coric during their men’s single tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament on April 18, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said it was “great” to deal with the emotions of a “real battle” again, after saving 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal made a “positive” return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene.Djokovic, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in the second-round clash.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “It feels like I gained more power, especially on the serve. I gained more angle,” he said.“The racquet is the most important tool that we have, but it’s not more important than our body and our mind, our movements. So it is a tool that helps, but it doesn’t play for you.”Nadal makes ‘positive’ startNadal started his bid for an 11th Monte Carlo title with a comfortable victory over Slovenia’s Bedene.The 16-time Grand Slam winner, like Djokovic, is looking for a record 31st Masters title, and he swatted aside Bedene for the loss of only four games.The 31-year-old Spaniard said he still needs more time on court after playing his first tour match since an injury-hit Australian Open quarter-final exit in January.“It’s a positive start, of course. It’s important for me to win matches… I need days on court,” said Nadal.“Since Shanghai last year, I (have) spent not enough time on court competing.“Every match that I have the chance to win is great news because it’s confidence and is a chance to play another day, and that’s what I need.”Japan’s Kei Nishikori continued his comeback from injury with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win over Russian Daniil Medvedev. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “It was a real battle. I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again,” said the 12-time Grand Slam champion.Djokovic is working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda for the first time in almost a year after splitting from Andre Agassi, and the 30-year-old has looked rejuvenated in Monaco after early exits in Indian Wells and Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Serbian will next face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem with a possible quarter-final against defending champion Nadal, who plays Karen Khachanov in the last 16 on Thursday, up for grabs.But Djokovic insisted he wasn’t looking past the clash with Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist in each of the last two years. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments Paul, Green spark Rockets in rout of Timberwolves in Game 2 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The former world number four, who has struggled over the last year with a right wrist injury, followed up his first-round victory against Tomas Berdych with a solid display on centre court.“The first set was a real battle, he was playing a little better than me I think at the beginning,” said Nishikori.“I just tried to stay calm and not do anything too crazy and stay calm at the baseline.”Second seed Marin Cilic safely negotiated a potentially-tricky opener against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).The former US Open champion will take on Canadian Milos Raonic in round three on Thursday.Russian Khachanov cruised past Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2, while last year’s runner-up Albert Ramos-Vinolas slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Philipp Kohlschreiber.Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi came from a set down to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and progress to a tie with Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ “It’s disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic’s tennis… To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal,” Djokovic added.“Last year in Roland Garros he beat me in straight sets. He’s definitely (a) top-three player in the world on clay.”Djokovic came through a tight first set in a tie-break and moved a break clear in the second, before late drama as he missed nine chances to close out the match.The ninth seed rediscovered his composure, though, to finally complete the job at the 10th time of asking as the 39th-ranked Coric sent a backhand flying long.Two-time Monte Carlo winner Djokovic said that he has gained power since changing to a lighter racquet to try and take pressure off his troublesome elbow.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Marcial assured of bronze in Asian Games boxing

first_imgSouth Korea’s Kim Jin-jea (red) fights with Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial (blue) in their men’s middle (75kg) quarter-final boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOCeEumir Marcial assured himself of a bronze medal after he dominated Republic of Korea’s Kim Ninjea in the quarterfinals of the men’s middleweight division in the boxing event of the 2018 Asian Games Wednesday at JIExpo in Jakarta.Marcial, a two-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games, scored a knock down that seemed to be the cherry on the top of his performance with all five judges giving the Filipino the victory in their score cards.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firms PBA: Alaska douses Phoenix to take first seed DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Four of the five judges gave Marcial identical 30-27 marks with only Romanian judge giving the Filipino a 30-25 score after the three rounds.Marcial joins flyweight Rogen Ladon and light flyweight Carlo Paalam in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Staying positive

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments The Azkals need maximum effort if they want to thwart Vietnam in its home field and advance tothe Suzuki Cup title duel. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTS.HANOI—Encountering challenges even off the pitch, the Philippines will have to dig deep to overcome Vietnam in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals here.The Vietnamese side not only has a 2-1 advantage following the first leg at Panaad Stadium, it also had the luxury of taking a chartered flight from Bacolod to Hanoi, giving it more recovery time.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum What chemistry (or mask) will Gilas try next? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Azkals, on the other hand, needed three flights to reach the Vietnamese capital via Hong Kong.It’s these fine margins that could spell the difference from delivering a strong or subpar performance in what has been a grueling competition.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 ChrissAzkals captain Phil Younghusband admitted the travel that lasted for 17 hours from Bacolod has left the team drained and tired.But the Azkals’ all time leading scorer stayed positive, saying that the squad was hoping to get in a good recovery in the next couple of days before the match on Thursday at My Dinh Stadium. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “It’s been a long day,” said Younghusband, who assisted on Patrick Reichelt’s goal. “The boys are very tired after a tough game against Vietnam last night. We left our hotel in Bacolod at 4 a.m. and 17 hours later, we are here. Hoping to get in a good recovery in the next couple days before preparing for the second leg of the semifinals.”Younghusband reiterated that the battle is far from over, saying the Azkals are ready to take the game to the Vietnamese side: “There is still 90 minutes to play and a lot can happen.”On social media, players like Stephan Schrock and Martin Steuble also kept things light within the camp, poking fun at the long travel that the squad had to go through. It was clear however that the players were hoping for a better way to reach Hanoi. They’ve already called for more support even before the first leg in Bacolod.But while attendance was up at 5,500 for the match, it may have been because of the influx of away fans from Vietnam who paid 700 US dollars to get on a chartered flight to Bacolod to watch the match.The Azkals took time out to be with the Filipino community in the Vietnamese capital which hosted an afternoon snack at the team hotel.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Defending champ Devin Booker up against Curry brothers; Dirk Nowitzki in 3-point contest

first_imgFILE – Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 22, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPDefending champion Devin Booker will go up against Curry brothers Stephen and Seth as well as NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki in the All-Star weekend three-point contest later this month, the league said Tuesday.Phoenix Suns star Booker won last year’s three-point contest with a record 28-point final round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kyle Lowry has big half amid trade rumors as Raptors hold off 76ers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers He has also been voted a starter for the All-Star Game.The field includes 2019 NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers as well, along with Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets as well as Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors, Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings.In other All-Star Saturday action, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, Atlanta Hawks forward-center John Collins, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo and New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will showcase their aerial artistry in the Slam Dunk contest.ADVERTISEMENT He defends his title in a field of 10 sharp-shooters that will include Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his brother Seth — who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers and is shooting an NBA-high 48.5 percent from three-point range this season.The three-point contest will be on All-Star Saturday on February 16, on the eve of the All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 23, 2019, Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates from the bench in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. – Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and his younger brother Seth will battle in the NBA All-Star weekend three-point shooting contest, US media reported. “The three-point shootout will be fun with the Curry brothers,” Stephen Curry told ESPN. “I know he’s going to be gunning for me, though. That’s the problem.” Seth Curry, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, is shooting 48 percent from three-point range this season — second-best in the NBA.Stephen, who is third all-time in made three-pointers, is making 44.4 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. This year’s All-Star weekend February 16-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be a homecoming for the Curry brothers. Their father, Dell, played 10 seasons for the Charlotte Hornets. (Photo by Rob Carr / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)It will be a homecoming for the Curry brothers, whose father, Dell, played 10 seasons for the Charlotte Hornets.Stephen Curry will be appearing in his sixth three-point contest. He won it in 2015, but skipped the event the past two years. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Crime Chief warns about purchasing SIM cards for others

first_imgAn unsuspicious act of purchasing a mobile SIM card for a friend, associate or even a relative, can land persons in jail if the phone number is linked to any criminal activity.Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lyndon AlvesThis is according to the country’s Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lyndon Alves, who bears responsibility for law enforcement in the Guyana Police Force (GPF).During an interview with Guyana Times, he explained the implications of purchasing a SIM card and giving that SIM to another person instead of using it for your own purposes.“If you go [to] the service providers to obtain a SIM card, they require your proof of address, photo identification and such, just like it is in any other country. Now, SIM cards are commonly used in the execution of criminal activities all over and we know this. Therefore, the person under whose name such SIM cards are registered under will have to be held accountable,” the Crime Chief said.He said that there are many cases where persons try to assist a relative or friend in obtaining a SIM card for their cellular phone, and the person(s) in need may not have met the requirements for purchasing a SIM card at the time that he/she needs it. However, the Deputy Police Commissioner advised that persons be cautious if they choose to do this as part of assisting others.“People unconsciously go out and buy a SIM card to help people out without thinking it through. There are implications that they [purchaser] can face if those SIMs are used to even send threatening messages to others and reports are made to the police about that. Even if the persons bought the SIMs and are not using it they will be investigated and have to deal with the police so that their stories can be verified but they can end up in trouble too if the police cannot verify their explanations,” Alves noted.Globally, criminals continue to exploit prepaid SIM cards as an anonymous channel of communications for their illicit activities and this has resulted in some countries implementing revised limits to reduce the security risks associated with the anonymous use of prepaid SIM cards.Fraudulently registered prepaid cards have been used to perpetrate criminal activities including unlicensed moneylending, cheating scams, vice-related and gambling-related activities. For example, unlicensed moneylending syndicates have been found to make use of prepaid SIM cards for communication with debtors and among syndicate members in support of their illegal activities.In some cases, SIM cards purchased in one country and are on the roaming service have been recorded as being used in acts of terrorism in other countries.last_img read more

49ers visit Stockton in pursuit of crown

first_img“We want to get it done as soon as possible,” Aaron Nixon said, after scoring 27 points in only 28 minutes during Long Beach’s 102-77 nonconference victory over UC Davis on Saturday in the Walter Pyramid. “There is a lot riding (on the game). We’re playing on national TV, we want to wrap up the league and we want to take a (winning) streak into the (conference) tournament.” Long Beach was guaranteed no worse than a co-championship (with three games to play) when Cal Poly beat host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, 90-80. The 49ers had little difficulty while beating the Tigers (92-64) when the teams met in Long Beach on Feb. 3. Long Beach coaches threw a bit of a surprise at UOP, pressing the Tigers full court and then falling into a 1-3-1 zone in half court (instead of their usual man-to-man). The move kept the Tigers from getting the ball inside to post players Anthony Brown (14.5 points per game) and Michael White (8.9 ppg) as frequently and in as good of position as coach Bob Thomason would have preferred. With a national television audience looking on (or whatever kind of viewing crowd ESPN2 can muster), the 49ers will take 19-7 overall and 9-2 conference records into the Spanos Center against a UOP team that is 11-15 and 5-6 after its 76-73 loss at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. If the 49ers win in Stockton for the first time in five years, they’ll return to Southern California on Tuesday morning with the BWC title all to themselves for the first time since 1996. LONG BEACH – The Long Beach State men’s basketball team got a helping hand from its Cal Poly counterpart Saturday in order to clinch a share of the Big West Conference regular-season championship. But it will be all on the 49ers tonight to win the thing outright when they visit Stockton for a 9 o’clock game with the University of Pacific Tigers. center_img And UOP’s perimeter players didn’t do much in the way of responding with jump shots while hitting just 7 of 23 shots behind the arc. Long Beach coach Larry Reynolds expects the Tigers to be much better prepared for that defensive approach this time around – assuming the 49ers employ it. “They’ve got a great coaching staff and I’m sure they’ll make adjustments,” he said of Thomason and his assistants. “So it will be up to us to make adjustments to their adjustments. “And I’m sure we’ll see a different UOP than the one we played here (in the Walter Pyramid).” The 49ers play their final home game on Thursday night against UC Irvine, then wrap up the regular season Saturday evening at UC Riverside. The Big West Tournament gets under way on March 7 in the Anaheim Convention Center. But the 49ers have clinched a bye until the March 9 semifinals. 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

Drinking is only half the fun

first_imgBrad Ring, the publisher of WineMaker magazine, estimates there are about 1 million active hobbyists who make their own wine at least once a year. While home winemakers don’t need vineyards or grape stompers, a bit of equipment is needed. Wine can be made from any fruit, but beginners usually start out with wine kits – available at home brew stores and online – that contain juice concentrate. “Sales of winemaking equipment have been growing at a fairly good clip, up about 20 percent a year,” over the past several years, says Ron Hartman, president of LD Carlson, a brewing and winemaking wholesaler. He estimates the wine kit retail business alone is worth about $30 million to $50 million a year. Kits contain everything needed to make wine: buckets used for fermenting, a hydrometer used to measure the amount of sugar in wine, an airlock to let carbon dioxide out, a siphon to transfer the wine and wine bottles and corks. The process usually takes one to two months. Once bottled, it could take one or two years for the wine to mature. Home winemakers usually spend about $250 to $500 a year on the hobby. When Larry Cox opens a bottle of wine while dining at home with friends, he is especially eager to hear their opinion. “Good friends will tell you if it needs more fruit or less fruit,” Cox, an estimator for an asphalt company, explained. “Good friends will tell you the truth.” He is interested in their opinion because the wine didn’t come from the local wine store or winery, Cox made it himself. Cox, 46, who lives in Fulton, Mo., began making his own wine four years ago. Cox is one of a growing number of home winemakers in the U.S., where wine consumption has grown by a third since 1995, according to The Wine Institute, an association of California wineries. “It’s really a messy business,” laughed Debra Reiter. Reiter, 50, a project manager for BP Amoco and wine aficionado, recently picked up the hobby as a way to learn more about wine. “The best way to learn something about what you love is to do it yourself,” she said. Reiter, who lives in a suburb of Chicago, first took a winemaking class at a local home brew shop and then mixed her own first batch in October using concentrate from Tuscan grapes from Italy. She started a winemaking club last month, Corkers Without Borders, which quickly gained 15 members. “It’s really intriguing, there’s a lot more chemistry and a lot more science to it than I originally thought, as well as art,” she said. “But we’ve been making wine since the time before Christ, so it’s not rocket science.” Reiter plans to make her next batch from a concentrate of grapes from Oregon and says she is amazed at the diversity of wine kits available. As demand has grown, the quality of wine making kits has improved. “There’s probably never been a better selection of winemaking kits,” says John Pastor, 41, owner of Grape and Granary, a home brew and winemaking shop in Akron, Ohio. Pastor’s grandfather came from Italy and regularly made beer and wine at home, like many Italian immigrants. Pastor got into home brewing in college, and later opened a home brew shop. “When we started the business in 1992, beer brewing was really growing, and peaked around 1996 and 1997,” he said. “Now the growth is more in home winemaking. More and more equipment is becoming available.” Brew shops are making an increasing amount of revenue from pricier wine equipment, according to Bill Metzger, the editor of the Home Wine & Beer Trade Association Advocate, a trade magazine for home brew and winemaking supply stores. “Homebrew shop owners say a lot of income is coming from winemaking kits,” Metzger said. “They love it. Home brewers are notoriously thrifty, they’ll go in and buy a package of yeast. Wine kits are $100 an item.” Valerie MacDonald, a brand manager for RJ Spagnols, one of the largest wine kit makers, says quality of wine from wine kits has “drastically” increased over the past 10 years. “Due to technology and the sophistication of the market, our consumers are looking for something that’s a higher quality,” she said. “A lot of manufacturers of wine kits are owned by either wineries or major juice suppliers, so they have access to the same types of products that commercial vineyards do.” RJ Spagnols, for example, is owned by Vincor International Inc., Canada’s largest wine producer. Cox, in Missouri, began making wine with a kit and then began making wine from different types of available fruit – including fruit from his own trees – in his cellar, where he can maintain a constant temperature. Above all else, making wine takes patience, he said. “My first batch, it was terrible,” he said. “I tried it too quick. I was trying it in three or four months and it should have sat for a year before I tried it.” He now keeps about 100 gallons of homemade wine in his cellar, sharing it with friends and entering competitions that are popular with many home winemakers. His wine made from Cayuga grapes won Best in Show at the 2006 International Amateur Wine Competition. “Its a good hobby, it’s not an expensive hobby, and it works really well for winter months when you can’t do things outside,” he said. “We do buy wine from the store and it’s still amazing how high the quality you’re able to make at home. With the right equipment you can make high-quality wine.”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

Video: QPR fans on the summer signings and Defoe’s possible arrival

first_imgQPR fans give their thoughts on how the club’s summer signings have performed so far and whether signing Jermain Defoe would be a good move.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Qantas jumps into bed with Airbnb

first_imgAnother shot has been fired in a growing battle for customer loyalty with Qantas Frequent Flyer members now able to earn points when they book accommodation with Airbnb as part of a world-first partnership between the two companies.The Australian airline group’s  11.4 million frequent flyer members can earn one Qantas point for every dollar they spend when they book their Airbnb accommodation through Qantas.com.Airbnb has been one of the great success stories of the Internet revolution and now offers 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.  The popular peer-to-peer service allows property owners to make money from short-term rentals of all or part of their properties while providing a wide range of often cheaper accommodation to travellers.However, it has not been without its controversies with the traditional hotel industry lobbying for stricter regulations on its operations, crackdowns by some local authorities and allegations of users applying disciminatory practices.The Qantas partnership marks the first time Airbnb has worked with an airline in this way to and is part of a move by the Australian carrier to form partnerships with innovative digital and technology businesses.Others include include a strategic stake in Data Republic, a secure data sharing platform, and launching  health insurance venture Qantas Assure with partner nib.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said Qantas had always looked for ways to reinvent the airline and executives were excited about the potential for the partnership.“The way that people around the world plan, book and experience travel is changing rapidly with the digital revolution,” Mr Joyce said in a statement.“We know many of our customers are just as likely to arrange an Airbnb as they are to book a hotel, and we wanted to recognise and reward them for that.’’Airbnb boss and co-founder Brian Chesky said the announcement with Qantas highlighted “the rapidly growing movement towards the personalised and unique experiences available through the Airbnb community”.“We’re focused on connecting people with the hospitality of locals, welcoming travellers into their communities so they can truly belong anywhere,’’ he said “There are just a handful of global brands who understand that travel is now changing for the better. Qantas is one of those brands.”Qantas is running a competition to highlight the new partnership and QFF members who book on Airbnb via its website by the end of October can win a business class trip to San Francisco with add-ons that include first class lounge access, cash and accommodation.Frequent flyers can earn points by visiting qantas.com/stay, choosing the Airbnb option and entering their Frequent Flyer details when prompted. Members are then redirected to airbnb.com.au to complete their booking.The QFF announcement comes after rival Velocity Frequent Flyer announced that it teamed up with ticketing company  TEG Live to give members exclusive access to concerts and other events while earning points.Both loyalty programs are broadening their base as they become significant contributors to the airlines’ revenue streams.QFF reported record underlying earnings of $A346 million in 2015-16, up 10 per cent on the previous year, as revenue increased 6.7 per cent.About 45 per cent of the revenue growth came from new ventures.last_img read more