Win a VIP suite for 12 at Loftus Road

first_imgEver dreamt of watching QPR from the luxury of your own VIP box at Loftus Road?Well, this could be your chance.Top betting magazine Citibet* have teamed up with QPR to offer one lucky winner and 11 of their mates the use of a VIP suite at Loftus Road for the match against Derby County on 2 November.The winner will receive the full VIP treatment with unrivalled views of the action on the pitch in your own private area restricted for just you and your guests.Your party will also be treated to a two-course meal, plus half-time and full-time refreshments, served by your own personal match hostess.You will also have access to your own private bar.Whether you want a treat a QPR-crazy loved one or you’re a season ticket holder intrigued to experience the VIP treatment on a match day, make sure you’re in it to win it!How do I get involved? We hear you scream.All you need to do is enter via, which will take less than a minute, and you’ll be in the hat to watch the rampaging R’s take on Steve McClaren’s side in style.Be lucky!*Citibet is a FREE betting magazine distributed across London every Thursday. If you work in the City and want one delivered weekly to your desk for FREE, sign up at full terms and conditions click here. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UC Davis exotics specialists help return bald eagle to the wild

first_imgIn early May, a Good Samaritan in Northern California found a wounded 6.8 lbs. male bald eagle on the side of a rural highway in Modoc County, about 75 miles east of Mount Shasta. The bird was taken to a local California Department of Fish and Wildlife game warden, who delivered him to Shasta Wildlife Rescue. Knowing the eagle needed more care than SWR could provide, he was transferred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.Once at UC Davis, the eagle was examined by the Companion Exotic Animal …last_img

Cape Town to offer free wifi on buses

first_imgCape Town commuters will soon be able to connect to the internet – for free – while on the go.“The city has issued a tender for a service provider to install and operate a wifi internet access service on all MyCiTi buses,” Pierrinne Leukes, spokesperson for Mayor Patricia de Lille, said on 9 July.The plan was for passengers to be able to connect their own devices to the internet using the wifi on MyCiTi buses.“We want the service to be available on every operating MyCiTi bus at all times while in service,” she said.Basic use of the service will be free. Each passenger will have use of a limited amount of data for a limited amount of time each day at no charge. The minimum no charge data allowance per day per passenger will be 50MB.“We anticipate that the tender process will be completed in the latter part of the year. Thereafter, it is our hope that the successful service provider will operate the wifi access service on a pilot basis for six months, after which wifi will progressively become available on all MyCiTi routes and buses over the following six months.”Solid evidence from many sources worldwide showed there was a positive correlation between the availability of internet access and the social and economic upliftment of communities, she said in explaining the motivation for the step. Internet access and digital literacy were widely recognised as enablers of economic participation and improved educational outcomes.“This initiative also forms part of our efforts to incentivise residents to get out of their cars and into MyCiTi buses.”Having wifi on the bus, allowing a commuter to be productive, read the news or contact friends while travelling, was expected to make public transport more attractive.Transport for Cape Town manages about 300 MyCiTi buses, to be increased by 80 buses this year. MyCiti has three trunk routes with 35 stations, serviced by 22 feeder routes with 322 stops. On average, 75 000 individual passenger trips are undertaken on weekdays.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Meet South Africa’s Queen of Boerewors

first_imgLimpopo butchery manager Queen Mathebula is the winner of the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition, the annual heritage event dedicated to finding the country’s best boerewors recipe while benefiting local communities.Limpopo butcher and boerewors innovator Queen Mathebula won the 2017 Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors competition at a braai-off event held in Langa, Cape Town during September 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe competition, now in its 25th year, celebrates South Africans’ diverse heritage in their shared love of boerewors, pitting some of the country’s best boerewors innovators at a braai-off charity event to benefit youth development programmes.Mathebula, from Jilongo Village outside Malamulele, won the grand prize of a new 4×4 and the honour of having her winning boerewors sold at Shoprite Checkers stores nationwide. The two finalists were James Lebepe from Atteridgeville, Gauteng and Moses Mathebula (no relation), also from Limpopo.A four-year veteran of the event, Mathebula said of her win “it is fourth time lucky for me. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top.”Boerewors and rugby for a good cause(Image: Shoprite Checkers)The final braai-off was held in Langa in Cape Town, at the beginning of Heritage Month, September 2017. The event included a charity rugby match between former Springbok players and up-and-coming rugby talent.Proceeds will be used to benefit youth sport and education upliftment programmes in the area, including the Vusa Rugby Academy.(Image: Vusa Rugby Academy)Shoprite Checkers supports the academy, supplying the 80 children in the programme with daily meals. The next step for the partnership will be the establishment and maintenance of a community food garden for four local schools.In addition to grassroots rugby development, Vusa offers academic bursary support for outstanding players.Queen of the worsMathebula believes her win came from sticking to three essential rules of good boerewors – quality meat, a good blend of spices and patient braaing until tender and juicy.Her special spice blend? Mathebula won’t give away her secret, but said the right amount of coriander made the difference. She believes, despite the trend of more modern side dishes for award-winning boerewors, good old fashioned pap and sauce will always be an indispensable ingredient to the entire experience.While the honour of the win was a testament to her boerewors-making talent, the 4×4 grand prize, she said, would make it easier for her to get her children to school on time, which was much more important to her.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigns as MLA

first_imgSenior Congress leader in Maharashtra and former Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on June 4 submitted his resignation as a member of the Lower House.The development comes amid reports that he will be joining the BJP along with some Congress MLAs and may be inducted in the Devendra Fadnavis-led Ministry.Mr. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s son Sujay Vikhe Patil had switched to the BJP from the Congress before the Lok Sabha Polls. Mr. Sujay Vikhe Patil won with a margin of 2.81 lakh votes from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha constituency.Mr. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil quit as the Leader of the Opposition in March 2019, days after his son joined the BJP.The Congress leader submitted his resignation as an MLA to Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade at his office in Mumbai, an official said.last_img read more

Spot-fixing high on agenda at ICC executive board meeting

first_imgSpot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players and the Future Tours Programme from 2012 to 2020 are the main agenda items that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) executive board will discuss at its two-day meet, beginning in Dubai on Tuesday.Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were provisionally suspended by the ICC after allegations surfaced that the two pacers took bribes for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England, while Butt acted as the facilitator.”The ICC board, which has a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket, will be updated on the spot-fixing allegations against three Pakistan players during a recent tour to England,” an ICC release said.”In accordance with the provision of the code, all three have appealed that provisional suspension and the independent hearing will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 30 and 31 October and will be chaired by the head of the ICC code of conduct commission, Michael Beloff, QC,” it added.The board will also consider the recommendations from the ICC chief executives’ committee (CEC), which met in Cape Town last month.These recommendations seek to give context and content for international cricket within the Future Tours Programme (FTP) after 2012 and also to consider future ICC events. According to the ICC, the board will consider a lot of the recommendations including that the FTP should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches.The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off.The other recommendations include that the play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such playoff in 2013.advertisementAnother recommendation is that the FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion.This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup. Another proposal sees the World Cup consisting of a 10-team format from 2015 and the World Twenty20 consisting of a 16-team format from 2012, with the women’s event continuing to run alongside.The board will also hear reports from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on cricket development in China while New Zealand Cricket, which has a principle partnership agreement with the United States Cricket Association, will report on progress in America.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more