Hughes backs Crouch after Stoke beat Fulham

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes believes Peter Crouch can get his Premier League season going after the striker’s goal steered the Potters into the Capital One Cup fourth round.The Ealing-raised former QPR star’s inclusion was one of eight changes ex-Fulham boss Hughes made for the game at Craven Cottage, where the visitors won 1-0.Stoke are yet to win in the league this season and Hughes said: “It was an opportunity for some of the players who haven’t played yet, and some of them certainly did their cause no harm whatsoever.“Pete needed that game. He’s struggled in pre-season because he had an operation that didn’t go quite as planned, and it set him back somewhat.“He’s been behind where he needed to be for quite some time, probably all of pre-season, so it’s only now that he is getting up to speed. It was important he got game time tonight and I thought he did really well.“He scored a goal which, of course, as a striker you want the benefit to scoring goals. It was a good finish and he’ll start to progress this season I’m sure.”See also:Fulham edged out by Stoke in cup clashSymons praises ‘excellent’ Fulham after cup defeatFulham v Stoke player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand SA congratulates David Tlale

first_imgBrand South Africa has congratulated award-winning designer David Tlale, who this week became the first South African to showcase a collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.“I want to tell a beautiful story about South Africa because I believe as South African designers we have so much to offer to the world.” (Image: Design Indaba)Brand South Africa reporter“New York Fashion Week is a significant platform in the global world of fashion, on which designers profile their collections for the forthcoming season,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement on Thursday.“Brand South Africa congratulates David Tlale on his successful showing at the 2013 New York Fashion Week, and we are proud of him for flying our national flag in New York.”‘Knack for showmanship’Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week describes Tlale’s work in glowing terms: “Renowned for his undeniable knack for showmanship and elaborate designs, Tlale’s work is both daring and dramatic – a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, colour and texture.”Describing his 28-piece women’s 2014 Winter Collection, Tlale told Brand South Africa before departing for New York: “The inspiration comes from the 1950s, and although it is not hardcore African, it has new-age Ndebele geometrics.“It is epitomised by a line of lightning. Colours range from bubble gummy, mint and coral to grey and lemon, capturing a ‘midday sun ray’.“There is a lot of craftsmanship, with beadwork,” Tlale said. “The silhouette is for the office, but also the red carpet with pencil skirts, beautiful shorts, and box-pleat, knee-length skirts, with layers. There’ll be black couture dresses, with beadwork. It will make women feel sexy.”David Tlale brandTlale first launched his brand in 2003 when he won the Elle New Talent competition.His numerous career highlights since then include being named the most stylish designer at the South African Style Awards, South Africa’s Star Designer of the Year, and Designer of the Year at the Africa Fashion Week Awards. The Arise African Fashion Awards also named him Fashion Designer of the Year in 2010.The following year he closed the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg when he presented his Made in the City Collection in celebration of the elder statesman’s 92nd birthday. In 2012, he presented a collection at New York Fashion Week for the first time.Play Your Part AmbassadorBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola praised Tlale for his contribution to making South Africa a better place. “In addition to being an inspirational South African, David is part of new a South African movement as a Play Your Part ambassador.“The campaign encourages South Africans to actively participate in creating the country we would all like to live in, a country of which we can be proud,” Matola said.“We invite other outstanding South Africans who do ordinary things, extraordinarily, to join this movement for social change.”David Tlale “Plays his Part” for the South African economy by using only South African materials in his designs. All his creations are made in South Africa – creating jobs and opportunities in the process.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Dairy groups support Trump Administration examination of India, Indonesia compliance under generalized system of preferences

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted a petition from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) to examine India’s failure to follow through on its obligations to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market” for dairy products. In addition, Indonesia, which has also been pursuing dairy trade distorting policies, will be included in USTR’s review to assess that country’s compliance with its market access obligations.India has for many years maintained unjustified market access barriers to U.S. dairy products, despite receiving preferential access to the U.S. market under a special duty-free trade arrangement called the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). India abruptly began denying dairy exports in 2003, citing safety concerns and demanding revised government-issued health certificates. The U.S. industry and U.S. government have worked in good faith over the last 15 years to remove this intractable barrier, but have been met with a shifting litany of demands not founded on sound science.Meanwhile, since last year Indonesia has been advancing a policy aimed at mandating that importers and manufacturers in its country purchase local milk or contribute monetarily to support the local dairy industry, even though this runs counter to its WTO commitments.GSP benefits come with the expectation that the trading partners using the program comply with a baseline level of requirements, including those related to reasonable market access terms. USTR has rightfully determined that a thorough examination of these countries’ adherence to these terms of the deal is necessary.Industry officials praised USTR’s decision to review India’s and Indonesia’s GSP status, and are hopeful that the move will force the countries to halt unfair trading practices that harm U.S. farmers.“Dairy farmers across the country applaud the White House and USTR for taking this step and holding these countries accountable for their unlawful actions,” said Jim Mulheron, NMPF president and CEO. “We’ve been wrongly blocked from the Indian market for more than a decade, and Indonesia has recently been heading down a similar route. If these nations refuse to embrace free and fair trade, there must be consequences.”“We export dairy products to more than 100 countries and our products are universally recognized as safe,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and CEO and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Exports are essential to rural America’s future, and our government must prioritize the removal of trade impediments like this to foster an open and healthy market.”The two organizations thanked the Trump Administration for sending a strong message that trade should be a two-way street. They said USTR has the opportunity to lead on other key dairy trade issues, such as tearing down policies erected by Canada that are harming U.S. dairy exports and run counter to what is needed from a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.USTR indicated that a public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India and Indonesia will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.last_img read more

CBI wants Kalmadi, Bhanot to quit CWG OC

first_imgFile photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started cracking on the 2G spectrum allocation scam suspects, it has been finding it difficult to make headway in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) contracts scam. Sources told Headlines Today that the agency wants CWG organising committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi and its second-in-command Lalit Bhanot be moved out of the body as they were allegedly obstructing the investigation. The CBI has complained to the Union cabinet secretary that Kalmadi and Bhanot continuing at their posts in the OC was proving to be a hindrance to the probe. Sources said CBI wants the two moved out of the OC as soon as possible and a formal request in this regard has already been sent by CBI Director A.P. Singh to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar. But Kalmadi’s removal might not be that easy as the OC is registered as a society in 2005. All decisions of the society are taken by the members of the society. Soon after the Games, the government had asked the sports ministry to decide on the OC’s term.last_img read more

4th Test: Peter Handscomb in awe of Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav

first_img4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Full ScorecardAustralia batsman Peter Handsomb has praised India star bowlers Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah for their performance in the Test series Down Under. Japsrit Bumrah consistently troubled the Australian batsman throughout the four-match series while Kuldeep Yadav, who missed the first three matches, bagged a five-wicket in the ongoing Sydney Test.Kuldeep Yadav picked his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket and first on Australian soil, as the home side were bowled out for 300 in their first innings. Kuldeep Yadav returned 5 for 99 and Peter Handscomb praised him as well as Jasprit Bumrah as two toughest bowlers to face in this Indian bowling attack.”Obviously both are world class bowlers in their own right. Bumrah coming in can crank it up to 150 km/h and is always pretty tough with his accuracy. He has not missed his mark too much and has been able to swing it both ways, which is quite impressive with that action, and also adds to the fact how hard he is to pick,” Peter Handscomb said.”Kuldeep has obviously been very impressive as well. He was very accurate and hard to get on top of. With the pace that he bowled, it was hard to get down to the wicket and force through the field. He was accurate and used the footmarks well, giving it a good spin.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Bumrah was fired up after this one!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019He said Kuldeep has become more consistent after playing more international cricket and honing his skills since his debut in 2017.’DRAW STILL POSSIBLE’The series is virtually in India’s pocket after Australia were enforced a follow-on for the first time in 31 years at home but Handscomb Sunday said they will try to salvage some pride by saving the fourth Test on the final day on Monday.Handscomb said the nearly-washed out day four of the fourth Test at the SCG has given his side a great chance to draw the match and restrict India’s margin of series win to 2-1. The home side finished at 6 for no loss in their second innings, when bad light intervened with only 25.2 overs possible through the day.”We will be coming out tomorrow and drawing this game, and then we will assess where we need to improve and get together as a team. We know that as a batting group we can take some confidence out of tomorrow if we can last the day, showing the country and the world that we are not far off from clicking as a really good team,” said Handscomb.The Australian batting line-up has come under severe criticism through the series, with not a single batsman being able to score a hundred, and more will be heaped on them after they were made to follow on in Test cricket for the first time since 2005 and first at home since 1988.Handscomb said they will try to change the momentum on an intriguing Day 5 on Monday.”Obviously it hurts, you never want to follow on in any Test match for obvious reasons. It is huge for us to push for the draw and we have got a really good chance to shift some momentum back into our camp. Not just for the ODIs coming up but also there’s a World Cup and the Ashes. So this movement can really start tomorrow.”It will be really nice if someone scores a hundred because we have not scored one this series which is obviously a big thing. Someone can come out tomorrow and score a hundred that would be great, or face 200 or 300 balls in a Test-saving knock. It will also give a lot of confidence going forward,” he signed off.Also Read | Australia slack and not desperate enough: Ponting furious after Lyon chooses not to use DRSAlso Read | Mistakes made in South Africa, England helped us in Australia, says Bharat ArunAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearslast_img read more