Cheeseburger Challenge Results Released

first_imgCheeseburger Week is over for 2016, but you can still enjoy a great burger at any of the participating restaurants. For address, menu and other information visit www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com.Cheeseburger Week is a Pasadena Restaurant Week and California Restaurant Month event presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger Week is generously sponsored by the City of Pasadena. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Photo Gallery Cheeseburger Challenge Results Released Article and Photos courtesy of PASADENA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 5:54 pm Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena celebrated all things cheeseburger during Cheeseburger Week January 10th to 15th. Visitors enjoyed food created especially for the event, took advantage of great deals and meals, followed cheeseburger crawls and voted in the 2016 Cheeseburger Challenge. In all, 1246 votes were cast in the challenge to determine favorites in 14 categories ranging from Favorite Burger to favorite Dessert after a Burger.Here are the results of the 2016 Cheeseburger Challenge. Thank you to all the restaurant participants and everyone who voted in this year’s Challenge.Congratulations to those named Favorites in these categories.Cheeseburger Challenge results:Favorite Place for a Cheeseburger1. Dog Haus/Dog Haus Biergarten 15.73%2. Umami Burger 13.64%3. The Counter 12.4%Favorite Lunch Counter Burger1. The Counter 37.5%2. Pie ‘n Burger 27.08%3. Tie: Clearman’s Galley / Twohey’s 12.92%Favorite Traditional Cheeseburger1. Pie ‘n Burger 24.76%2. Dog Haus 24.21%3. The Counter 23.44%Favorite Sliders1. Tie : Dog Haus / Ruth’s Chris Steak House 16.62%2. The Counter 14.67%3. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 9.25%Favorite Gourmet Burger1. Kings Row Gastropub 31.84%2. La Grande Orange Café 26.12%3. Tie: Alondra Hot Wings/Del Frisco’s Grille 22.86%Favorite Alternative Burger1. Umami Burger Ahi Tuna Burger 33.79%2. a/k/a Bistro Portobello Mushroom and Brie 22.83%3. Lucky Baldwin’s Pub Salmon Burger 15.98%Favorite Turkey Burger1. Umami Burger 32.88%2. Green Street Restaurant 22.07%3. Tie: Pie ‘n Burger/ Rounds Burgers 16.67%Favorite Sit Down/White Tablecloth Burger1. Green Street Restaurant 27.36%2. a/k/a Bistro 20.28%3. Central Park Restaurant 17.45%Favorite New Restaurant For a Burger1. Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub 35.21%2. Magnolia House 27.23%3. Alondra Hot Wings 18.31%Favorite Bar Burger1. Dog Haus Biergarten 8.14%2. Kings Row Gastropub 5.42%3. Lucky Baldwin’s 4.75%Favorite Veggie/Vegan Burger1. Umami Burger 30.2%2. The Counter 22.77%3. Pie ‘n Burger 11.39%Favorite Draught Beer with a Burger1. Dog Haus Biergarten 8.29%2. King’s Row Gastropub 5.8%3. Lucky Baldwin’s 5.46%Favorite Dessert after a Cheeseburger1. Pie ‘n Burger 48.66%2. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 16.96%3. Twohey’s 15.63%Favorite Cocktail with/before/after a Burger1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 30.94%2. La Grande Orange Café 24.22%3. POP Champagne and Dessert Bar 12.11%Here are our participants for the 2016 Cheeseburger Week in Pasadena:·         a/k/a Bistro·         Alondra Hot Wings·         Bacchus’ Kitchen·         Big Daddy’s Fire Grill·         Brookside Golf Club (lunch only)·         Cameron’s Seafood·         Central Park Restaurant·         Clearman’s Galley·         The Counter·         Del Frisco’s Grille·         Dog Haus·         Dog Haus Biergarten·         Du-pars·         dusit D2 hotel constance pasadena·         The Eatery·         El Portal Restaurant·         Gale’s (lunch only)·         Green Street Restaurant·         Grill 168 at the Hilton Pasadena·         Kings Row Gastropub·         La Grande Orange Cafe·         Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Pub and Cafe·         Lucky Baldwin’s Pub·         Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub and Cafe·         Magnolia House·         Meat District Company·         Pie ‘n Burger·         POP Champagne & Dessert Bar·         Real Food Daily·         Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ·         Rounds Premium Burgers·         Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Happy Hour menu·         Slater’s 50/50·         Twohey’s Restaurant·         Umami Burger·         Vertical Wine Bistro·         Yahaira’s Cafe·         The Walrus and the Hedgehog faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Klopp wins Premier League Manager of the Season award

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Season award.The German guided the Reds to their first Premier League title in an historic season for the Merseyside club. It ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight title. Liverpool finished 18 points clear of closest challengers Manchester City.Their title success made Liverpool reigning European, World and Premier League champions.Klopp’s men had secured the Premier League title with seven games remaining, which broke the previous record of the earliest a team win the league.Liverpool equalled a number of records last season, including winning 18 consecutive games, winning 32 matches overall and picking up 57 points from a possible 57 at home.The German beat Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder of Sheffield United and Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers to the award. News of Klopp securing the Premier League Manager of the Season award comes a day after Trent Alexander-Arnold was named Premier League Young Player of the Season.Klopp and his Liverpool side lifted the Premier League trophy at Anfield last month.There were concerns that the coronavirus pandemic, which saw games played behind closed doors after the restart, could see the season declared null and void.However, the Premier League’s Project Restart was a huge success and the season was completed.After Liverpool won the title, Klopp promised to celebrate with the fans when it’s safe to do so. He said: “What can I say? If you don’t see that we do it for you I can’t help you, really.“Five years ago I asked you to change from doubters to believers. I said the minute before the press conference, I had no idea when they asked it that they would ask it.“But you did it. You made us happen, really. Thank you very much.“We all together should celebrate. At home, safe, drink what you want.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom EPL: Salah nets hat-trick as Liverpool beat Leeds in seven-goal thriller “But you have to prepare for a party. I don’t know when this bull**** virus will be gone, but then we will have a party, all together.“Make sure you are ready then. Thank you very much.”Tags: Brendan RodgersChris WIlderEngilsh Premier LeagueFrank LampardJurgen KloppLiverpool Football Clublast_img read more

Real Madrid players  agree to 10-20 percent wage cut

first_imgMADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s playing and coaching staff have voluntarily agreed to take a wage cut of between 10 and 20 percent this year to help the club deal with the stoppage caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the La Liga side said in a statement on Wednesday.The club said the exact amount would “depend on the circumstances that may affect the closing of the current 2019/20 sports season.” Club directors have also agreed to a wage cut as have members of its basketball team, it said.The club said the move followed negotiations between the team captains — Sergio Ramos for the senior soccer side — and club directors. It said the decision would save having to cut the wages of other employees.Spain has been badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak with a death toll of 14,555. La Liga, as with most football around the world, is currently suspended and it is not known when, or even if, the season will re-start.“This decision, taken by players, coaches and employees, avoids traumatic measures that affect the rest of the workers,” said the statement.It said it would also help deal with “the reduction in income that the club is suffering these months as a result of the suspension of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities.”The players at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also taken pay cuts and La Liga has asked other clubs to follow suit. The Spanish sports daily Marca said that a 10 percent cut would save the club around 50 million euros.last_img read more

Henry suffers defeat on Monaco return, PSG seal perfect 10

first_imgIt was proving a miserable debut for Henry, as just two minutes after being brought on as a substitute, Grandsir was given a straight red card for catching Anthony Goncalves in the hip with a high boot, with the Strasbourg winger collapsing to the ground holding his face.As the visitors pushed for an equaliser, they were hit on the counter-attack in the 84th minute as South African international Mothiba raced clear before a cute lob gave him his seventh goal of the season for club and country.Tielemans pulled one back with an injury-time spot-kick after Moussa Sylla was brought down in the area, but it proved too little, too late.– PSG make it 10/10 –Paris Saint-Germain continued the blistering start to their Ligue 1 title defence as Kylian Mbappe scored again earlier on Saturday.Coach Thomas Tuchel left key men Neymar, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier out of the squad altogether at the Parc des Princes with Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli in mind, but PSG had more than enough to see off Amiens.“Everyone thinks that Ligue 1 might be too easy to prepare for the Champions League, but it’s not like that,” insisted Tuchel, who took over the reins from Unai Emery in the close-season.“That would mean you’re blaming the other teams, but we focus on ourselves. Nobody won 10 games in a row, and we did it.”Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos nodded the hosts into a 12th-minute lead and Adrien Rabiot made it two shortly before half-time.Germany winger Julian Draxler grabbed the third headed goal of the game, and the 19-year-old Mbappe fired in late on to score his ninth goal in just six league outings this season.Moussa Diaby came off the bench to complete the rout as the capital-city giants maintained their eight-point lead over Lille at the top of the table.Share on: WhatsApp Thierry HenryParis, France | AFP | A “positive” Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, while Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 10th straight victory to start their title defence.The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference.Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Amiens at the Parc des Princes despite resting several key players.A dreadful error by Monaco’s third-choice goalkeeper Seydou Sy gifted Strasbourg midfielder Adrien Thomasson an early opener, and substitute Samuel Grandsir was sent off midway through the second half.Lebo Mothiba doubled the advantage, and a late Youri Tielemans penalty was a mere consolation for the 2017 Ligue 1 title-winners.“It wasn’t easy, we tried to put something in place which worked at the beginning, and then we conceded that goal that I don’t need to describe… Human error, I don’t want to wipe the floor with anyone,” said the 41-year-old Henry.“Then we tried to change the game, and unfortunately Sam (Grandsir) is sent off. After that it was even harder, but we still tried to keep playing.“But I want to keep positive despite the negatives… The game could have turned in our favour, but it didn’t. In addition, we lost (Radamel) Falcao at the beginning. It wasn’t the dream scenario.”– Miserable bow for Henry –Henry — a World Cup winner and Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer who started his playing career at Monaco — made four changes to the team which lost to Rennes before the international break, with former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic restored up front.But his new side got off to the worst possible start as they handed Strasbourg a 17th-minute lead.Kenny Lala’s long ball forward was nodded hopefully towards goal by Thomasson, but Senegalese ‘keeper Sy — who was only playing due to injures to Diego Benaglio and Danijel Subasic — comically fumbled the ball over his own line.A disappointing first half ended poorly for Henry and Monaco, as captain and star striker Radamel Falcao was forced off injured.last_img read more

MAN UNITED VS NORWICH CITY

first_imgMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, BLIND,CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN,MATA, ROONEY, YOUNG,MARTIALJEROME,BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND,TETTEY, O’NEIL,OLSSON, BASSONG, MARTIN, WISDOM,RUDDNORWICH (4-2-3-1)Manchester United suffered a poor week when they were knocked out of the Champions League and then lost 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Barclays Premier League.Interestingly both goals conceded by United at the Cherries came from corners; it is the first time that has happened since January 2014, against Chelsea. It was also United’s 13th defeat against a newly promoted side in the Premier League, their first since losing 5-3 to Leicester last season.They face a Norwich City side that held Everton to a 1-1 draw last Saturday, their fourth league game without a win and that saw them drop into the relegation zone.Norwich have lost on their last five league visits to Old Trafford. In a total of seven Premier League trips there they have lost six and drawn one. Overall, they have won just three times in 28 visits, while losing 19 and drawing six. They last won there in August 1989 in the old First Division.last_img read more

Weekly notes for all that’s happening in Raphoe

first_imgRaphoe Weekly notesRaphoe Family Resource Centre Clg.Raphoe Family Resource Centre provide Computer and internet access, photocopying, CV preparation and weekly employment lists via email. If you need any help on these areas, please call in to us or give us a call. If you are interested in any of our following courses or programmes or would like to join in on any of our groups, please call in to see us or contact us on 0749145796 / 0873641503. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction ClassesRaphoe Family Resource Centre are hosting a Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Class starting on Tuesday 29th October at 7pm for 6 weeks. Cost is €20. Limited places available. For further information or to book a place contact Melanie or Laura on 074)9145796 or 0873641503.Raphoe Boxing ClubCongratulations to Georgia Mae Doherty who is the newly crowned Ulster Novice 36KG’s Champion and her club mate Ryley Doherty will box in the Ulster 9 County Novice Final at 46kg’s next weekend in Belfast. On Friday morning next the Raphoe boxing club select team will travel to Humberside, England for a major dinner show at the K.C. Stadium, Hull when they will face the cream of boxers from St. Pauls Boxing Academy, Hull and many Irish and English champions will feature on the 14 bout programme. Best wishes to boxers Aaron Mc Daid, Liam Mc Monagle, Daire Feeney, Tom Doherty and Dennis Lafferty who now boxes for the Lifford Boxing Club and to coaches Gary Mc Cullagh and Gerard Keaveney for every success at this bumper tournament.Peter O’Donnell Carnone Annual Autumn Sale & AuctionThe annual autumn sale and auction will be held in Carnone Hall on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30PM. Usual stalls and teas available. Everyone welcome.Harvest Dance – CarnoneThe Harvest dance will take place in Carnone Hall on Friday 25th October. Dancing from 9PM. Admission €8 including supper. Everyone Welcome.Something Special Group – Drop-In Support MorningIf you are a parent/guardian of a child or children with a physical/sensory/intellectual disability; Autism Spectrum Disorder; dyslexia/dyspraxia; or delayed communication and feel you need to talk to others in similar situations please feel free to come along. Types of support given are listening ear, help with applications, information sharing, and signposting to other support services and interventions. If you would like any further information, contact Laura on (074)9145796 or 0873641503. Our next morning will take place on Friday 25th October at 10 am.Toddler Group Little Smiles with Big Dreams Toddler Group will meet every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon in the Presbyterian Hall, Meetinghouse Street, Raphoe. Anyone who is in the care of a child parent(s)/guardian/aunt/uncle/child-minder or grandparent is welcome. Toddler groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of similar age. A light snack is provided for the kids while adults can enjoy a wee cuppa and chat! Cost €2 per family.Helping Hands SchemeDo you live alone or are no longer in a position, due to age or disability, to carry out odd jobs? Raphoe Family Resource Centre, supported by DLDC Tus Scheme have a helping hands project were odd jobs can be carried out such as grass cutting, path clearing, tidy ups, painting etc. Only outdoor work is permitted. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 0749145796/087364150350/50 Bonus BallThe winner of last week’s bonus ball was Leo Mc Granaghan, winning number 11, congratulations Leo! To enter the bonus ball please call in!Raphoe Walking Group Raphoe Walking Group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am, here in the FRC. Come along and join the group for a walk and a cuppa!!Seniors Alert SchemeRaphoe Family Resource Centre is registered under Pobal’s Senior Alert Scheme to provide personal alarms to those over 65 years living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. The purpose of the scheme is to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind providing them with a free personal monitored alarm which can be worn as a pendant or around their wrist like a watch. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this scheme please contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074) 9145796 or 0873641503 for more information or to make an application.Are you interested in up skilling? Would you like to learn about computers?Are you from the Raphoe area? Donegal ETB will be starting a beginner’s computer course on Tuesday 24th September from 10am-1pm in the Volt House, Raphoe. On this course you will build your knowledge and skills, and gain more confidence in working with computers. This is a part-time course, free of charge and delivered to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere. For more information call Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796 or call Georgie 0877002294 or apply online today through: http://www.fetchcourses.ieCo-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Weekly notes for all that’s happening in Raphoe was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalNotesRaphoelast_img read more

Prospect Smith to fight for first pro title

first_imgHarrow boxer Mitchell Smith is poised to fight for his first professional title.Smith, an ABA champion in 2011, is set to face Scott Moises for the southern area super-featherweight belt on 21 September.The bout will be at the newly named Copper Box Arena, which staged handball and modern pentathlon during last year’s Olympics.Moises, 25, from Norfolk, has a record of 7-7-1 and has been nominated to face Smith for the vacant title after champion Michael Devine opted to move up to lightweight.Smith (6-0) will be in action for the first time since a blistering first-round stoppage of Gavin Reid at Wembley Arena in April.He was due to fight at Wembley this weekend but had to withdraw for medical reasons.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crystal Mysticism Invades Astrobiology

first_imgMystical ideas about the life-giving power of crystals usually go with New Age movies and storefronts.  Science is above all that, right?  Then what is a reader supposed to think of this opening line by Leslie Mullen on Space.com?One of the greatest mysteries about the origin of life is how the necessary ingredients consistently came together in a workable way.  On a planet full of raw chemical materials, what happy accident of nature led to the first tiny glimmer of life?To Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith, that glimmer may owe something to the sparkle of a crystal….Proponents of intelligent design (ID) have long argued that the specified complexity of the DNA code differs from the repetitive order of crystal structures.  Cairns-Smith (U of Glasgow) recognizes that repetitive patterned order is more common in the inorganic world than in living cells.  He knows that DNA is not repetitive.  It contains highly-specific sequences, like language.  “One of the miracles of life, to my mind, is the accuracy with which DNA gets itself replicated in the cell,” he said.  “It has to be that unbelievably accurate, otherwise we’d all die out in no time.”  So far, the evolutionist agrees with the ID position.  In the Space.com piece, though, he compared the replication of crystals with DNA replication – the basis of heredity.  Where did the genetic information in DNA come from, though?In 1949, the Irish scientist J.D. Bernal suggested that clay minerals may have created a meeting place for life’s first molecules.  Such a scenario could explain how the randomly dispersed molecules of life managed to come together in the diffuse primordial soup.Cairns-Smith’s idea takes Bernal’s theory a step further.  In his view, clay mineral layers not only attracted certain chemicals from the environment to their surfaces, the mineral layers also acted as the first genetic information carriers, much as the base pairs in DNA do today.Cairns-Smith attributed the origin of genetic information to random stacks of clay crystals that were able to make copies of themselves.  Mixed-layer crystals might have acted as primitive information carriers, he proposed.Cairns-Smith doesn’t think the clay mineral crystals were “alive” anymore than a DNA sample is thought to be alive.  Instead, by acting as the first genetic materials for early life, clay mineral crystals created a link between the worlds of inorganic and organic chemistry.At some point, life launched free of its inorganic genetic origins – the organic substances that evolved from chemical interactions on the mineral layers became stable enough to live apart from their birthplace, and complex enough to replicate themselves into the future.Some mineral layer combinations probably worked better than others when it came to marshalling the organic molecules that were to eventually become genetic materials.  One of his favorite contenders for life’s early mineral template is authigenic chlorite, which can create complicated shapes that resemble brussels sprouts.  Such chlorite crystals growing inside sandstone often coat the sand grains and do not block the flow of solutions within the rock – a potentially important quality for the very first evolving systems.  However, rather than one particular mineral layer sequence leading to life, Cairns-Smith thinks many different mixed layer structures might have contributed to life’s evolution.Why has Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith rung this bell since the 1960s?  Mainly, because the other theories that focus on sugars, amino acids and RNA are too incredible.Cairns-Smith thinks such a chain of events was improbable on the early Earth – the nucleic acid and protein system of life is too complex to have sprung outright from simple ingredients.  Even the RNA world hypothesis, which envisions RNA playing dual roles that today are carried out by DNA and proteins, is a relatively advanced and sophisticated process.He can live with crystals – but not with an intelligent Creator.“A simpler kind of evolution came first, and then what are now the molecules of life came to be produced in a consistent way,” says Cairns-Smith.  “Of course there was no foresight here, but as soon as an evolutionary process was underway, the world would have changed and nature would have had a new set of toys to play with.”Space.com envisioned this vision illuminating the cosmos.  “If Cairns-Smith’s theory is correct,” Leslie Mullen ended, “then the spark of life may be shimmering on crystal surfaces throughout the universe.”We hope you were entertained by this clown act.  This is the kind of clown act where one clown carries a 2×4.  As he turns, he whacks the other clown in the face.In case you needed program notes, here’s what happened.  Cairns-Smith, as the fortuneteller Chlorite the Magnificent, looked into his crystal ball and saw brussels sprouts emerging from the sparkle of randomness.  He told his witless, breathless customer, Leslie Mullen, that he could visualize her emergence unfolding in the crystal, from random bits, to codes, to cells, to brussels sprouts and Space.com reporters.  As she rushed off to write this all down, he picked up his scepter to leave, put it over his shoulder, turned, and inadvertently whacked Gerald Joyce in the face with it, who had just come in to complain that Chlorite the Magnificent is a fake (02/15/2007, 11/29/2007, 07/11/2002).(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nigerian firm increases SA invesment

first_imgSouth Africa’s Sephaku Holdings has concluded an agreement with the Dangote Group that will see the Nigerian manufacturing conglomerate investing a further R779-million and increasing its ownership in Sephaku Cement from 19.8% to a controlling 64% stake. 26 August 2010 “We look forward to bringing our experience and expertise to the project and to producing cement by the end of 2012 as we seek to become the largest cement producer in Africa by 2014,” he said. Debt financing guarantees In terms of the agreement, Dangote will provide the necessary guarantees for the debt financing; fund any project overruns up to R265-million with a loan on commercial terms; and fund Sephaku Cement’s limestone exploration project in the Western Cape and Limpopo provinces up to R35-million, also with a loan on commercial terms. “Having completed the early works on site, we are now well positioned to start the main construction on our projects by the end of July this year, with completion scheduled for the third quarter of 2012,” Sephaku Cement CEO Pieter Fourie said in a statement this week. The capital injection follows Dangote’s initial R350-million investment, and will fully fund the equity requirement for Sephaku Cement’s R3-billion expansion project, which involves the construction of two new cement manufacturing facilities – a clinker and cement producing facility in the North West province, and a cement grinding facility at Delmas in Mpumalanga province. Fourie added that with adequate funding in place, Sephaku Cement would become a significant cement producer at a time when continued economic recovery would see a resurgence in construction activity and increased demand for the company’s cement products. Dangote Group CEO Alhaji Aliko Dangote told Business Report this week that the group was delighted to increase its pan-African footprint to include an enhanced presence in the South African market. Major continental producer SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

India are in England with a mission to win ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said India are far ahead of other teams at the moment and it will be very tough for Pakistan to beat them in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday. India and Pakistan reached the final of the elite tournament with victories over Bangladesh and England respectively.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.”I am seeing teams around the world and I see them the way they play and I see them desperate enough to win this tournament. But when I see India, I feel they have come on a mission to win this competition,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive chat.Virat Kohli once again proved his class with a fluent 96 not out to help India to a comfortable victory over Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.Kohli now averages 130.00 in successful chases in ICC tournaments. He also became the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC events.The India skipper has so far scored 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in the ongoing tournament. He also became the quickest player to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Harbhajan Singh said Kohli is a too good a player to match.”He’s a kind of a player who likes that kind of a pressure. Whenever there is pressure, Virat Kohli gets bigger than the pressure. He’s been tremendous, he has been brilliant not only with the run chases but with his responsibilities as well. He is too good a player to match,” Harbhajan said.advertisementWATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly also praised India’s collective performance on the field.”India are too far ahead. They have looked a solid team. No holes, no weaknesses in this Indian side. Yes in the past it was like, India have a strong batting line-up but the fast bowling people would say India are not good enough to pick wickets but Indian fast bowling has just been superb,” he said.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma continued their rich vein of form as the duo struck a 87-run partnership against Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston to power India to a nine-wicket win.”They set the Champions Trophy up for India. They did it last time as well. They have really been remarkable. Congratulations to Dhawan on becoming the highest run-getter,” Ganguly said.Dhawan, who now has 370 runs in the 2017 edition of the tournament, overtook Ganguly to become India’s highest scorer in the history of Champions Trophy.Dhawan, who played his first Champions Trophy tournament in 2013, took it by storm, slamming hundreds against South Africa and West Indies. Four years ago, he scored 363 runs from five matches as India went on to win the cup in style.”He has a final to go and a few more Champions Trophy to play in his career. He is a young boy and remarkable one day player. He will go a long way and his performances at world championships have been outstanding. Both him and Rohit Sharma have complimented each other,” Ganguly said.Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh also praised India top order and said India will have the psychological edge over Pakistan going into the final.”I have played with Shikhar, Rohit and Virat, they are brilliant players. In this era, they are the top batters to bowl to. Rohit is a class player, he reminds me of Inzamam-ul-Haq,” Harbhajan said.”When you keep beating one team again and again, you definitely have an advantage. Pakistan will hope to do better but India definitely have advantage,” Harbhajan said.last_img read more