Mourinho refuses to comment on glum Ronaldo

first_img“I am ready to talk about everything. I have answered in depth and sincerely. But don’t ask me about Cristiano. You have to understand. Please don’t insist,” Mourinho said.The 27-year-old Ronaldo confessed to being “sad” when asked why he had not celebrated either of two goals he scored in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday.Ronaldo has still not explained why he is unhappy, saying only on Sunday that it was professional, not personal. “People know why,” he was quoted as saying.The striker took to his Facebook page and Twitter on Tuesday to deny financial motives for his misery.“That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir,” Ronaldo said. “I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case.”cl/djw/ak0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain Sept 6 – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he won’t make any comment on forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise declaration that he’s unhappy at the club.“I am not going to say anything about that”, the Portuguese coach said when asked about his compatriot and star striker’s troubles during an interview with sports daily AS published Thursday.last_img read more

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Mayor eyes AQMD

first_imgTonia Reyes Uranga, a Long Beach councilwoman and the current representative for the eastern region, will take over the western region, leaving her position open. Officials say restructuring the board was necessary to give smaller cities a stronger voice. “It’s been a long-term problem, like the 800-hundred pound gorilla,” said Alfonso Sanchez, a legislative consultant for state Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, who authored the bill. Because of the population size of the city of Los Angeles, the western region’s representative nearly always has been a Los Angeles City Council member, Sanchez said. “This allows for better representation, giving cities an opportunity to serve on the AQMD and not always having to rely on Los Angeles to represent these smaller cities’ interests and concerns,” McLeod said. Lujan said the realignment will allow the San Gabriel Valley to be represented more cohesively. Of the 35 cities in the eastern region, only four – Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita – are not in the San Gabriel Valley, he said. Officials with the California League of Cities, which is handling the election process, did not return calls for comment Thursday. It is unknown how many other candidates are vying for the open position. Lujan said he expected the competition to be tough, but said his track record in City Hall and his interest in environmental issues make him a good candidate. “My mother has severe asthma,” Lujan said, “so I recall a lifetime of seeing my mother in and out of hospital. I know firsthand how air quality can affect someone’s health.” Lujan said he did not feel there were any problems with the current board, but said he wants to see more equality when hearing out environmental issues. “Industry has its concerns … and then the environmental groups have their concerns,” Lujan said. “Both have different viewpoints on air-quality issues, but my real strong belief is they are not mutually exclusive.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – Nearly a month after taking over the city’s top position, the mayor wants another job: board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Louie Lujan is seeking letters of support for the position, which will be vacant next month. That’s when new legislation increasing the number of board members and realigning districts goes into effect. If elected to serve on the AQMD board, Lujan can continue as mayor. “I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues,” Lujan said, “specifically air quality issues in the San Gabriel Valley.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonUnder previous legislation, the South Coast Air Quality Management District – which governs four major Southern California counties – split up Los Angeles County into two separate regions, AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood said. Each region – an eastern and a western region – has its own representative. But the city of Los Angeles, historically lumped with the western region, will be designated as a separate region when Senate Bill 886 goes into effect Jan. 1, Atwood said. As a result, the city of Los Angeles will have its own representative – which will increase the total number of district board members from 12 to 13, according to the bill. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry will represent the city of Los Angeles. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMoondance and swing music, Pershing Square, 6:30 p.m., 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. Call (213) 847-4968. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. WEDNESDAY AARP driver safety program Part I, 1-5 p.m., Providence Health Center-Hollywood Way, Conference Room 104, second floor, 3413 W. Pacific Ave., Burbank. Fee: $10. Reservations required. Part II: Aug. 16. Call (818) 847-4550. Children’s water carnival, 6 p.m., McCambridge Park Pool, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. Free. Call (818) 238-5330. Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys, 6:30 p.m., Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. Free. Call (818) 548-3248. 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

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Four receivers catching fire
first_imgNEWHALL Don’t feel bad if you’re just learning about Hart High’s receivers. It’s that way for a lot people, as Hart’s anonymous foursome of Brandon Ardnt, Michael Davis, Michael Vairo and Steven Heirshberg is just beginning to make a name for itself. But make no mistake. These kids can play. It’s just taken them a while to find their place in the football world, and they’re getting better every week – as has Hart (4-4, 1-1), which has won three of its past four heading into Friday night’s Foothill League matchup against Golden Valley (0-8, 0-3) at Canyon High. “They’re definitely on the upswing,” quarterback Alex Pettee said. “Plus, all of my receivers are my good friends.” Pettee is glad Heirshberg came back. “Actually, he didn’t get in there too much his first two years, but I always thought Steven was a decent player,” Pettee said. “Then he started lifting (weights), and got a lot bigger and stronger last year, so I told him, `Hey, if you come back, I think you’ll get in there.”‘ Heirshberg is averaging 20.1 yards on 10 receptions – including three catches for 112 yards in an early nonleague game at Westlake that gave him an important dose of confidence. Vairo leads the group with 25 receptions and two touchdowns, followed by Arndt (29 receptions, four touchdowns) and Davis (22 receptions, two touchdowns.) “The whole receiving corps has really improved throughout the season,” coach Mike Herrington said. “They’re playing their best football right now and looking pretty good.” Davis, who’s just 5-foot-8 but probably the fastest in the group, was eager to continue Hart’s passing tradition. And he knew if he could emerge, then he could make a major impact this season – especially since Hart’s top returning receiver, Taylor Embree, moved out of state before the season. “Having good receivers helps a lot at a place like Hart, and I thought I had a good shot this season,” Davis said. “I worked hard to get this spot.” The important thing was to come together as a unit, Vairo said. “I think by now we’ve developed some chemistry as a group,” Vairo said. “We all know what they other ones are doing, and we’re on the same page.” Most important, Vairo and Co. believe in their quarterback. “Oh, you have to have a lot of faith in your quarterback, because that’s where it all starts,” Vairo said. “Alex has a great arm.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system They’re seniors, but none saw much action last season. Vairo and Davis spent most of last year on the sideline, Arndt is a converted defensive back, and Heirshberg took a year off after spending his sophomore season as a JV reserve. It wasn’t surprising that the group dropped its share of passes during the early going, as Hart lost three of its first four games. But the important thing is they’ve come around just in time for the stretch run and perhaps beyond, as the Indians, ranked No. 7 in the Northern Division, hope to return to a section final after finishing as the Div. II runner-up last December. It was during Hart’s playoff run last year that Heirshberg decided to rededicate himself to football. “I’d been playing football my whole life, and I was a little tired of it,” Heirshberg said. “But, yes, I did miss it. I figured this was going to be my senior year, and I didn’t want to have any regrets. Then when Hart beat Mission Viejo in the semis, then played Canyon in the Home Depot Center in the final, I thought to myself, `Oh, what did I do?”‘ last_img
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NEW DEAL! Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings sign new long-term contract

first_img Tyrone Mings could leave on loan Defender Tyrone Mings has committed his future to Bournemouth by signing a new long-term contract, the Premier League club have announced.The Cherries have not revealed the length of the deal for the 24-year-old, who arrived at the Vitality Stadium from Ipswich in the summer of 2015.Mings, who suffered a serious knee injury on his Bournemouth debut and was also suspended for five matches last season following an incident involving Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has made 13 appearances for Eddie Howe’s side.“It was an easy decision for me because I’m very settled down here,” Ming’s told the club’s official website.“The first two years of my time wasn’t an easy one, with trying to get in the team and getting injured on my debut.“But I came out of it the other end, had a bit of a run in the team last year and feel like I am in a good place now.“I’m over the moon to be staying.”Mings has featured twice so far this season, playing in the Carabao Cup tie at Birmingham and the Premier League match at home to Manchester City.He becomes the latest player to extend his stay with Bournemouth following new deals for Steve Cook, Harry Arter, Adam Smith and Dan Gosling.Cherries chief executive Neill Blake said: “He had a very tough start to life here with a serious injury but has come out the other side a better player and person for the experience he has been through.“Tyrone is a player of huge talent and potential, an exceptional athlete and someone who has a very bright future at this club.” 1last_img read more

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Coyle intentionally hid nose break from Keillor-Dunn

first_imgOwen Coyle said he deliberately hid the news of Davis Keillor-Dunn’s suspected broken nose from the player to help keep him focused.The winger scored one goal and set up another two in Ross County’s 4-1 win over Dundee on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership.It was a vital result for the Staggies as they ended a run of no wins since the beginning of November and closed the gap at the bottom of the table to three points.Alex Schalk was on target twice and Tim Chow added a fourth late on, but it was the performance of Keillor-Dunn that left Coyle tipping him for higher honours. “I was told at half-time that he had a suspected broken nose which I told the physio and doctor not to tell him in case it put him off his game,” the manager said. “He’s a great kid, had been out injured and I think he should be in the next Scotland under-21 squad.”The 20-year-old joined Ross County’s development squad in summer 2016 and played his part in leading them to the league title.He made his first-team debut in August and has gone on to be a regular, scoring three goals in 25 appearances so far.last_img read more

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Future of three Donegal community hospitals awaiting costings report

first_imgA campaign to save three community hospitals in Donegal has been given a major boost.The future of the hospitals in Lifford, Ramelton and Stranorlar, have been under threat in recent months.However, an estimate of costs on the future of the hospitals is now being completed by a Galway firm. The findings of the costing report will be released soon and the local lobby group formed to save the hospitals, Save Our Services, will be the first to see the report.Minister McHugh in a meeting with a delegation of the SOS executive (John O Connor, John Quinn and Whitby McClay) in Letterkenny on Friday last outlined the current stance of the proposals.He said there are some hurdles still to overcome but he felt that these can be addressed to get what is required for the three hospitals.The HSE have confirmed that they are exploring different options on the actual costing and they will be factoring in new data and information that will strengthen the case for the retention of the hospitals. Interim chairperson Tom Murray said “the information we received is that this is progressing well. HIQA have completed their review of the three hospitals in the last 10 days and the initial finding suggest that all is going very well.“As Ramelton and Stranorlar continue to perform strongly and indeed Lifford has been commended on the level of care they are providing, we believe that we are in a strong position at present.”In a reply to Fianna Fail Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher question in early March, the HSE reiterated that they were completing their own internal review by the estates department.This information will feed into the overall report of assessment.In a mid February meeting the SOS executive met with Sinn Fein Oireachtas members along with part spokesperson on Health Louise O’Reilly who reaffirmed the party’s commitment to seeing retention and upgrade of services in the 3 Hospitals. The SOS executive believe that initial funding required is in the region of €4 to €6million.This is a suggested figure at present to allow for variation in costed solutions and amendments therein, but we are confident that the proposal being put together to the Department will be successful. There are hurdles to overcome but we are liaising with the relevant personnel in the Department and HSE and the Local GP’s to ensure that we strengthen the case and overcome pending issues.We have scheduled a meeting with the CEO of the HSE John Hayes and having already met with the HSE locally we are assured that this is the appropriate and best way to secure the hospitals future.“What we have always maintained is that we are fighting to maintain and secure the services well into the future and not just for the next number of years” We are confident that by July when all reports are considered and proposals are submitted that we will have the good news that the 3 hospitals deserve. We expect that an official announcement will come around September as this is when the HSE and Department have indicated their capital budgets will be finalised.Mr Murray said “The HSE, HIQA, the Department of Health, Ministers and deputies are all on the same page and confirmed their continued work to save the services, so we remain confident to that end. The SOS executive appreciate the Dail question by Fianna Fail Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Ceann Comhairle, the recent meeting Sinn Fein Oireachtas members and Deputy Lousie O’Reilly commitment to the campaign and in particular Fine Gael Minister Joe McHugh’s and colleagues for their continued efforts on our behalf.”We are aware that Minister Joe McHugh spoke for over two hours with An Taoiseach on Saturday regarding the prioritising of the three Community Hospitals, amongst other matters, and we welcome this.“We are today in a new space and a step closer to securing the necessary funds. There is still a lot of work to be completed and many meetings will be held, but the local people in East and North Donegal can rest assured that we are continuing the work behind the scenes which is paying dividends for the future care of our communities.“If we had a more exact timeframe this would help, but we remain buoyant that everything we are doing is having a significant effect and all the sounding we are hearing back are very positive. The executive will be meeting again very soon upon which a prospective meeting with Minister for Health will be discussed and continued negotiation with high ranking officials will continue.”Future of three Donegal community hospitals awaiting costings report was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:COMMUNITY HOSPITALSdonegalSave Our Serviveslast_img read more

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CK helping businesses capitalize on tourism

first_imgWith Chatham-Kent’s tourism season getting underway, the municipality is holding an event to help local businesses prepare.Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Chatham-Kent Tourism Development, Community Attraction and Promotion will host a Tourism-Ready Business Overdrive event June 13 at Tru’s Grill House from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.The education session will provide tourism operators with advice on how to leverage local and international resources.It will include such topics as:Introduction to economic development and the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre; Overview of Chatham-Kent tourism services; Tourism Ready 101: Top tourism must-dos for business; Opportunities through CK Tourism for promoting a business or event in top local and provincial event listings, including how to become a part of the CK Today Travel Guide; Overview of municipal grants; Funding opportunities with Community Futures Development Corp. “I have been busy working with businesses across Chatham-Kent to get ready for their seasonal rush and the response has been excellent,” said Shannon Paiva, tourism development supervisor, in a media release.“Chatham-Kent Tourism can help with everything from customer service training, to helping businesses learn how to develop their story, and of course working with businesses to understand where to tell their story. This event will touch on all of these tools, and more.”There are so many things to do in Chatham-Kent. Here is your chance to share some of your favourite ideas with @VisitCK This includes businesses that support tourism! https://t.co/7ssyagbLed— CK EcDev (@CKEcDev) May 27, 2019Taylor Hughes, economic development officer, said there has been a growing trend of businesses looking to access the millennial market because “they recognize that this demographic is spending more money on experiences rather than traditional purchases.“We are hoping through this event that businesses will gain a better understanding of resources they have available to them and pick up some tips and tricks along the way.”Hughes said the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre works with businesses of all sizes, from those in the planning stages to those that have been in business for years and are looking to grow.For more information about the event and to register, visit www.investck.ca. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

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Dani’s Best Week Ever August 11, 2016: Creating Your Own Epcot Food and Wine Festival Experience

first_imgShare This!The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival kicks off in just about a month, September 14, 2016. But you don’t have to wait until it’s festival time to taste your way around the world. Personally, I feel it is a better experience and a better value to make your own food and wine festival type experience at Epcot. That’s exactly what I did on my recent visit, and it turned out to be one of the best visits ever!Though there was rain in the forecast, blue skies provided a lovely backdrop to the iconic view of Spaceship Earth as I arrived. I made a bee line through Future World; my stomach growled and would wait no more. World Showcase holds so many culinary treasures, even when it is not Food and Wine Festival time. Beverages and snacks at Epcot are very easy to come by. Practically every pavilion has at least one full service restaurant, one counter service restaurant, and at least one cart or stand along the promenade offering snacks or drinks, or both.When it comes to exploring World Showcase from a culinary perspective, there is some debate as to which direction to start, either Mexico or Canada. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. On this visit I headed toward the Canada pavilion because I had a 2:00 PM FastPass+ selected for Frozen Ever After and planned to my Epcot trip there.United Kingdom and Canada PavilionsStarting off with the Canada Pavilion is a bit rough if you arrive before 12:00 noon. The outside snack and beverage cart does not open until about 12:00 noon and the relatively new Trading Post Refreshments is currently unavailable – slated to reopen by the end of August. So really, there aren’t any snacks or beverages to enjoy here until later in the day. Personally I wanted something savory, something that felt like brunch. I headed for Les Halles Boulangerie Patteserie and perused the menu. The quiche tempted, as did the croque monsieur , but alas the simple, flavorful tartine de fromages won out. A rich tomato sauce is brushed onto a large slice of French bread. A generous layer of cheese blankets the bread and sauce, then crowned with a medallion of rich, tangy goat cheese, sprinkled with herbs, and baked. When paired with the next delightful thing I am about to share with you, it is a simple way to enjoy some flavors of provincial France.MUST DO: The $20 Wine WalkThis is a must-do if you are making your own Food and Wine Festival experience. The Wine Walk is $20 with tax and includes stops at three pavilions: France, Italy, and Germany. You receive two wine samples at each pavilion, a pre-selected red and white, 2 oz each. For $20 you get to enjoy 12 oz of wine (just over two standard glasses). It’s a pretty good deal, especially considering most wine samples during the festival are $3.50 – $6.50 for each 2 oz sample.You receive a Wine Walk page with a simple map and space for each of the three pavilions. At each one stop show your page with the receipt attached and the Cast Member will provide a brief explanation of the two wines and will stamp your page. You can purchase the Wine Walk at any of the three participating pavilions. Let Freedom Ring. 🎶❤️ pic.twitter.com/2FFVbIxwYr— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) August 7, 2016After another riveting performance by the Voices of Liberty I encourage you to visit the American Adventure show. It is an Epcot classic and I fear someday in the near future it may no longer exist. It is an impressive combination of film and audio animatronics. I also recommend that you sit no more than five or six rows back because they level of detail on the animatronics is simply stunning. It is a stirring experience.Germany PavilionAh, Deutschland, my Mother Land. Here you can pop into the Karamel Kuche for delectable desserts made with caramel, you can enjoy a giant German pretzel, or visit Sommerfest for a bratwurst, if it’s a little chilly out, I recommend the Nudel Gratin ($4.29). Site of Trading Post Refreshments slated to come back soon More importantly, here is where you will find what many consider to be a hidden gem inside Epcot: the Weinkeller. Tucked into the back left corner of the pavilion, the Weinkeller is typically not too busy and offers a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy German wine, and a small selection of beers.Best of all you can enjoy an artisinal cheese plate for only $5.00 (including tax). This is a great value with a decent size portion of three cheeses, plus a small serving of ham, and pretzel crisps. This pair perfectly with the two Riesling wines presented as part of the Wine Walk. If your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied then I highly recommend L’Artisan de Glaces. I have a hard time choosing between the ice cream martini and The Croque Glaces. The crepe kiosk is also a decent choice because crepes are about $4.50 and a full serving, whereas during the Food and Wine Festival you’ll likely pay $4.50 – $5.50 for a dessert half the size. Wrapping it upIn total I spent $53.52 and had a very fulfilling experience. I sampled flavors from six countries and felt very satisfied. Each serving was much larger than what I would have received at a Food and Wine Festival Kiosk. There is no way I could get this much food and drink for this price at the festival kiosks.The walkways were not clogged with large social groups getting together to indulge in the festival. There were plenty of places to sit in each pavilion and relax. No crowding around trashcans being used as tables. Stop and explore each pavilion while you drink and dine. Or look along the waterline for beautiful, and often quiet, seating areas.Waterfront seating at United Kingdom pavilionWaterfront area in France PavilionBenches in Germany pavilionThe finale to my great afternoon at Epcot was a trip aboard Frozen Ever After. This was my first time on this much-discussed Frozen themed ride. The last time I set foot on these beloved Viking ship style ride vehicles was just a few days before Maelstrom closed down. I got to ride first row then, and received first row again on this trip. Overall Frozen Ever After impressed me. I still have mixed feelings about the heavy use of a story that did not take place in Norway, but the ride itself is impressive. Frozen Ever After was a great way to wrap up one of my best visits to Epcot ever!center_img My goal in creating my own food and wine festival experience wasn’t to sample something from each pavilion. So I had no qualms with skipping over the Canada and United Kingdom pavilions in order to enjoy something a little heartier and satisfying in the France pavilion.France PavilionIf you want to see me at my happiest when visiting Epcot look for me at France; I practically walk on air. One of my dreams is to spend an entire day in this pavilion, but that’s a story for another time. The France Pavilion actually has the most food and beverage outlets of any World Showcase pavilion. There are two wine and beer stands, an ice cream and crepe kiosk, an artisan ice cream shop, a boulangerie and patisserie, and two full service restaurants. If you do want to be sure to try something from the Canada pavilion I recommend a La Fin Du Monde beer from the outside cart or, if Trading Post Refreshments is open, an ice wine. Both will give you a taste of some of the best beer and wine produced by our neighbors to the North.The United Kingdom Pavilion is also not ideal for sampling food, but there are plenty of great beers to sample. The Rose and Crown Pub and the neighboring beer kiosk open at 11:30 AM. Here you will find one of my favorite spots to sit and relax. It is a beautiful outdoor seating area with shade, strings of lights, and a beautiful waterfront view. When it is Festival time it is impossible to grab a seat here, which is another reason why creating your own Food and Wine Festival experience during “off season” is so wonderful. China PavilionThe last stop on my make-your-own-food-and-wine-festival experience was the China Pavilion. Many guests overlook the Joy of Tea kiosk, but I recommend giving it a visit. There are some decent snacks here, but the real attraction is the nice selection of teas and a few nice specialty beverages. I selected the Curry Chicken Pockets ($4.50) and the Mango Gingerita ($8.95), so $14.00 for a cocktail and a substantial snack. There are two pockets in each serving, great for sharing. The sesame topped pastry and the curry sauce made this snack!The Mango Gingerita is unfortunately a premixed, slushy style drink. I am not in a hurry to order it again. Still, on a hot day it is a decent choice and has a nice exotic flavor combination of mango and a hint of ginger. My favorites wines came from the France pavilion. The red is smooth, but dry, perfect example of a French red wine, and the Chardonnay is buttery, but not heavy, slight oak, and crisp. I am not a big Chardonnay fan but I’d gladly buy a bottle or three of either wine. Both wines are great on their own, but paired with the tartine de fromage, it made for a beautiful moment of French flavors as I sat in the pavilion, taking it all in.At the Italy pavilion I recommend purchasing a piece of dark chocolate or chocolate with hazelnuts. This little treat will amplify the sweet, fruity flavors of the sparkling Rose Regale that is served as part of the Wine Walk. The Germany pavilion has a nice advantage over France and Italy, though, which I will get to later in the post.Morocco PavilionOn this visit I did not stop at this exotic pavilion. If you want to sample something here I would recommend visiting the dessert counter inside Tangerine Cafe and select one of the varieties of baklava, and pair it with a Turkish coffee. You can also pop into Spice Road Table which has a large bar (no seating). There are some specialty drinks available, though they are all pretty sweet, but a nice wine and beer selection is worth a stop. Plus, with their full bar they can make practically any drink you desire.Spice Road Table’s bar is a quick and easy stop for a beverageJapan PavilionWelcome to another one of my favorite pavilions, the Japan Pavilion. Here you have a large variety of places to grab a snack and drink. My personal pick is the Sake Bar tucked into the back corner of the impressive Mitsukoshi store. There is an outdoor sake and beer kiosk, but most of the prices are more reasonable at the indoor Sake Bar. On a previous visit I enjoyed a sparkling sake. Sweet fruit flavors dominate this sake, but the bubbles make it refreshing. This time I tried a different sake that the Cast Member recommended. The Hana Awaka is delicious, light, and refreshing. At $7.00 including tax for a 4 oz glass, it is a decent value. I would definitely order this again! It was the perfect palate cleanser after my rich snack and wine in France.If you are looking for a snack, I recommend the Kakigori kiosk. The Kakigori (shaved ice) is a nice treat, but there are also small portions of sushi available for $5.00, as well as edamame for $4.00. A great way to try these traditional flavors of Japan for the first time or to satisfy a craving.American Adventure PavilionThough I did not sample any food or drink at the American Adventure Pavilion, I could not resist the call of Voices of Liberty. They are simply stunning. I highly recommend that you stop and pay them a visit. Their 15 minute performance always brings tears to my eyes,… always.last_img read more

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PetroSA, Sinopec partner on refinery

first_img22 May 2012 PetroSA Group CEO Nosizwe Nokwe said the JSA (Joint Study Agreement) with Sinopec would significantly advance the realisation of Project Mthombo. In September 2011, PetroSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sinopec Group aimed at creating the conditions for cooperation in the areas of developing a crude oil refinery, exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon opportunities and downstream activities. Sinopec was ranked 5th in the Fortune Global 500 index for 2011. It specialises in industrial investment, the marketing and comprehensive utilisation of oil and natural gas, oil refining and transportation of petrochemicals. In preparation for the studies, PetroSA says they have also established a steering committee to guide and manage the process. A working group will also be set up to work closely with SEI. “This JSA will align the partners and develop an integrated owner’s team, in line with best practices for the planning and executing of this mega project. Project Mthombo will significantly gain from the experience and expertise of Sinopec,” Nokwe said. The agreement has made it possible for PetroSA and Sinopec to contract Sinopec Engineering Incorporation (SEI) to conduct the studies on behalf of the two companies. The two phases are expected to last 18 months. FEED refers to the basic engineering which is conducted after the completion of a conceptual design or feasibility study of a project. At this stage, before the start of engineering, procurement and construction, various studies take place to figure out technical issues and estimate rough investment cost. The first phase will focus on market studies, the review and selection of a business case, while the second will develop a business case that is expected to prepare Project Mthombo for the important Front End Engineering Design (FEED) stage. Market studies, business case She added that as PetroSA, they are convinced that the results of this important study will be key in the development of the 20-year Liquid Fuels Plan and the work of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission. The US$11-billion refinery in the industrial port of Coega near Port Elizabeth will have a 400 000 barrels a day capacity and will ensure security of fuel supply in South Africa. Liquid Fuels Plan Source: BuaNews Construction on project Mthombo project, which will be the biggest refinery in Africa, is expected to start this year, with the refinery to come on stream by 2015. The agreement, according to PetroSA, will involve the commissioning of studies over two phases. State oil company PetroSA has partnered with China’s Sinopec Group to work together in pushing the building of the proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery project, PetroSA said on Monday.last_img read more

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