What are the odds of Fulham getting promoted this season?

first_imgIt was an unhappy season back in the Premier League for Fulham, but the chances of an immediate return to the top flight look good.Casinos often offer sports books with competitive odds for football and that’s the case at Slotsia.com, who are offering a no deposit bonus.And if you’re tempted to place a bet on who’ll win promotion from the Championship this season, the smart money could well be on Fulham, who will surely be among the division’s heavyweights.The Whites generally range from 3-1 to 6-1 to make it back to the Premier League at the first time of asking – they’re rated as one of the favourites and with good reason.Aleksandar The GreatStriker Aleksandar Mitrovic – so crucial to Fulham’s promotion the season before last – was widely tipped to leave Craven Cottage this summer following the club’s relegation back to the Championship.Several clubs were linked with the Serbian, who seemed certain to move on. His decision to commit his future to Fulham by signing a new long-term contract was a major boost for the club – and led to the odds of a promotion being shortened.Mitrovic is a proven Championship goalscorer and can surely be counted upon to get 20-plus goals during the coming season. It’s hard to see how defenders at that level will cope with him.Awesome front threeAs if Mitrovic staying wasn’t an ominous enough sign for the rest of the Championship, he has been joined by Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Anthony Knockaert, giving Fulham a front three that will definitely strike fear into defenders. Cavaleiro, signed from Wolves, was previously outstanding in the Championship, as Knockaert was for Brighton. So there’s more to Fulham’s attack than Mitrovic – much more.Parker’s the right manThe decision to show faith in Scott Parker could ultimately make all the difference. He was unable to halt the slide while in caretaker charge last season but the club rightly judged that the rot had set in long before he took over and that he ought to be trusted with the manager’s job.Parker has urged the club to make significant changes in order to win their Premier League place back and the Fulham hierarchy have listened – and massively backed him in the transfer market.His signings look shrewd and his calm sense of what needs to be done is exactly what Fulham needed after the disappointment of relegation. It won’t be easy, but the chances of them bouncing straight back to the Premier League look good. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoNutrition Expert10 Natural Ways To Get Back a Perfect Vision FastNutrition ExpertUndoAmazingWomanMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldAmazingWomanMagUndoTrips ShopPeople from Hong Kong cannot believe these flight pricesTrips ShopUndoEldelperiodico.com你應該停止使用橡膠木塞的5個理由Eldelperiodico.comUndoHealth & Human ResearchDon’t Ignore These 7 Subtle Signs of PrediabetesHealth & Human ResearchUndoTripsInsiderAmazingly Cheap Flights in Hong KongTripsInsiderUndolast_img read more

Could Germ Toxicity Be an Environmental Effect?

first_imgListeria becomes nasty when starved of oxygen, reported EurekAlert.  “Limiting oxygen produces bacteria up to 100 times more invasive than similar bacteria grown with ample oxygen supplies.”Could this imply that a world with different atmospheric or soil conditions could have been less prone to disease?  Could the bacteria we fear most have been placid or even beneficial in such an environment?    One instance doesn’t make the case, but this surprising finding is food for thought.  Pasteurize before consuming.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Recollections of 16 June 1976

first_imgA planned, peaceful protest in Soweto against Afrikaans as the teaching medium in schools on 16 June 1976 became one of the most pivotal days in South Africa’s history. After the police opened fire on the mainly child protestors, the march quickly changed from peaceful to chaotic. Those who were there shared their memories. The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum commemorates the events that took place on 16 June 1976. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Cape shipwreck adds another chapter to slave trade story • Black Sash making its mark for 60 years • 21 freedoms all South Africans enjoy today • 21 monuments for 21 years of freedom • Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom Priya PitamberThe events of 16 June 1976 went down in South Africa’s history books because the schoolchildren of Soweto took to the streets to protest against being taught in Afrikaans. Things turned ugly, though, when police opened fire on them on Maseko Street.Hector Pieterson was just 12 on the day. He was not first to be shot – that was probably 15-year-old Hastings Ndlovu – but he was the first to die.The picture taken by news photographer Sam Nzima of Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo, his sister, Antoinette, running at their side, became a global symbol of apartheid oppression. It prompted the international community to put in increased pressure on the government to end apartheid.Today, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is a testament to the children of 1976 and their contribution to the struggle to end apartheid. Nzima’s photo is central to the monument.On the groundAfter the march, many student leaders and protesters were forced into exile or faced jail time. In their candid chats with various media – soon after the events and in later years when Youth Day became an official public holiday – they described what happened.“The main thing is not to provoke the police. We have to keep telling everyone to be disciplined, that we’re marching to a particular place and then we’ll disperse,” Tsietsi Mashinini, the chairperson of the Action Committee (renamed the Soweto Students Representative Council or SSRC), told his friend Murphy Morobe, a fellow organiser of the march.“We were singing and it was jovial, the mood was exciting and with the placards we started going. The guys had made placards the previous night – I personally did not make one but most of my friends and classmates made some,” recalled protestor Phala Modise about the start of the march.“Our original plan was just to get to Orlando West, pledge our solidarity and sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” explained Morobe. “Then we thought we would have made our point and we would go back home. No one envisaged a process that would go beyond June 16. Little did we expect the kind of reaction that we got from the police on that day.”“Police dogs were released and the brave guys among us started stubbing the dogs and we started stoning the police and teargas was fired into the crowd,” said Modise. “For the first time in my life I heard the word ‘teargas’ which we started inhaling. Things just got out of hand after that because some of the brave among us started charging police with dustbin lids trying to protect themselves from being shot. And police started shooting live ammunition. I could see one learner falling and all hell broke loose.”“We were channelling the anger. And I think for us, a demonstration was the notion that immediately came to mind. But even as we thought of a demonstration, there continued to be memories of what happened in Sharpeville, even though in fact what happened subsequently [on] June 16 was not really part of our plan, the students, but the fact that it happened was in itself at that point a reflection of the intensity of the situation on the ground,” said Morobe during the commemoration of the protests in 1993.Journalist Nomavende Mathiane described the bloodshed that continued the next day. “On June 17, I watched as bodies were dragged out of what had been a shopping centre on the Old Patch Road (sic). I saw figures running out of the shop, some carrying goods. They ran across the veld like wild animals, dropping like bags as bullets hit them. I saw billows of smoke shoot up as the white vehicles burned. I thought the world had come to an end. I saw leaders inside and outside Soweto plead for reason and I saw people detained and killed.”last_img read more

China fuels October pork exports, beef exports down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Strong demand from China bolstered U.S. pork exports in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Export Federation (USMEF), while October beef exports were below the very high totals posted a year ago.October pork exports increased 8.5% year-over-year to 225,376 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 10% to $592 million. January-October export volume was 5% ahead of last year’s pace at 2.13 million mt, while value increased 3% to $5.48 billion.Pork export value averaged $48.13 per head slaughtered in October, up 4% from a year ago. For January through October, the per-head average was down 1% to $51.12. October exports accounted for 24% of total U.S. pork production and 20.9% for muscle cuts only, up from 23.6% and 20.7%, respectively, a year ago. January-October exports accounted for 26% of total pork production and 22.6% for muscle cuts, both up slightly year-over-year.October beef exports totaled 108,017 mt, an 8% decline from last year’s large volume, while export value ($649.1 million) was down 11%. Through the first 10 months of 2019, beef exports were down 2.5% in volume (1.1 million mt) and value ($6.75 billion) from last year’s record pace.Beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $284.56 in October, down 10% from a year ago, while the January-October average was down 4% to $308.04. October exports accounted for 12.9% of total U.S. beef production and 10.5% for muscle cuts only, down from 14.1% and 11.6%, respectively, last year. For January through October, exports accounted for 14.1% of total beef production and 11.5% for muscle cuts, each down about one-half of a percentage point from 2018, when a record percentage of production was exported. October pork standouts: China, Oceania, Central AmericaAlthough still saddled by China’s retaliatory duties, October pork exports to the China/Hong region reached 61,062 mt, up 150% year-over-year, while export value climbed 127% to $141.3 million. For January through October, exports to China/Hong Kong were up 55% in volume (468,576 mt) and 34% in value ($974.8 million). Exports to the region already exceed the full-year totals of 2018.“China’s efforts to rebuild its domestic swine inventory, which has been hit hard by African swine fever, are gaining traction, but there are still excellent opportunities for pork-supplying countries,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “As U.S.-China trade talks continue, we remain hopeful that access for U.S. red meat in China will return to a level playing field with our competitors.”Pork exports to Mexico fell below year-ago levels in October, with volume down 18.5% to 54,639 mt and value declining 9% to $97.3 million — the lowest since April. January-October exports to Mexico were down 11% from a year ago in volume (584,415 mt) and declined 9% in value ($1.02 billion).“Increased demand in China is pulling some pork cuts and offal away from Mexico as well as other markets, but October shipments to Mexico were nevertheless disappointing,” Halstrom said. “The U.S. industry is still feeling the effect of Mexico’s retaliatory duties on pork, which were in place for about one year, and rebuilding pork demand in Mexico remains a top priority.”The outlook for pork exports to Japan in 2020 and beyond brightened significantly this week as the Japanese Parliament ratified an agreement that will bring tariffs on U.S. pork in line with those imposed on major competitors. The tariff disadvantage was evident in October, as pork export volume to Japan was down 16% from a year ago to 29,622 mt and value fell 17% to $122.3 million. Through October, exports to Japan trailed last year’s pace by 7% in both volume (307,974 mt) and value ($1.27 billion).January-October highlights for U.S. pork include: Fueled by strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand, pork exports to Oceania are on a record pace in both volume (95,218 mt, up 39%) and value ($272.9 million, up 37%). The region is an outstanding destination for U.S. hams and other muscle cuts used in further processing.Exports to Central America were 16% above last year’s record pace in volume (76,861 mt) and 19% higher in value ($187 million). Exports to Panama were one-third higher year-over-year and mainstay markets Honduras and Guatemala have both achieved double-digit value growth.While October export volume to South America slowed slightly from a year ago (13,934 mt, down 2%), value still increased 12% to $35.9 million. Led by steady growth in Colombia and a strong uptick in demand from Chile and Peru, January-October exports to South America remained on a record-shattering pace at 128,469 mt (up 21% year-over-year), valued at $323.8 million (up 25%). October beef exports lower year-over-year in most marketsTariff relief for U.S. beef is also a key component of the new trade agreement with Japan, where competitors currently enjoy a significant tariff rate advantage. The rate for U.S. beef muscle cuts is 38.5% but will drop by nearly one-third when the agreement enters into force, mirroring the 26.6% rate imposed on Australian, Canadian, Mexican and New Zealand beef. Another rate reduction will come April 1, when the Japanese fiscal year begins. October beef exports to Japan were down 21% in volume (21,315 mt) and 19% in value ($135.5 million). Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume fell 6% to 263,054 mt while value was down 7% to $1.64 billion.“Japan’s 38.5% tariff rate is the highest U.S. beef faces in any major market,” Halstrom said. “It was a burden even when all suppliers were paying it but now it is especially important that both U.S. beef and pork receive tariff relief. Japanese customers are very excited about the new trade agreement, and USMEF and our industry partners are ramping up 2020 promotions and strategies to reclaim red meat market share in Japan.”Beef variety meat exports to Japan (mainly tongues and skirts) have been a bright spot in 2019, increasing 21% in volume (53,432 mt) and 13% in value ($320 million, which is 40% of the worldwide total). Japan’s tariff rate for U.S. beef variety meat is 12.8%, but under the new agreement it will drop to 5.8% for skirts and 5.7% for tongues upon implementation. The rates fall to zero by 2028 for tongues and 2030 for skirts.U.S. beef exports to South Korea slowed in October but remain on a record pace as Korea solidifies its position as the top growth market for U.S. beef in 2019. October volume dipped 3% year-over-year to 19,637 mt, while value declined 10% to $138.4 million. But through October, exports to Korea were still up 7% in both volume (215,194 mt) and value ($1.55 billion).Beef exports to Taiwan following a pattern similar to Korea, slowing in October but remaining on a record pace. Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume to Taiwan was up 8% from a year ago to 52,968 mt while value increased 3% to $470.3 million. The U.S. holds nearly 75% of Taiwan’s high-value chilled beef market.January-October highlights for U.S. beef include:In Mexico, the third-largest destination for U.S. beef exports, volume was slightly below last year at 196,431 mt (down 1%), but value increased 4% to $916.4 million. This was largely driven by a sharp increase in the per-unit value of beef variety meat exports to Mexico, most notably tripe. Despite being up just 1% from a year ago in volume (80,789 mt), variety meat value to Mexico jumped 17% to $219.1 million.Similar to Mexico, U.S. beef variety meat is commanding stronger prices in Egypt, the leading destination for U.S. beef livers. Through October, variety meat exports to Egypt were up 1% from a year ago at 53,504 mt but climbed 14% in value to $62.3 million.Led by surging demand in Indonesia and solid growth in the Philippines, beef exports to the ASEAN region were 30% above last year’s pace in volume (51,758 mt) and 15% higher in value ($251.5 million). Split fairly evenly between muscle cuts and variety meat, exports to Indonesia soared 72% in volume (19,889 mt) and 43% in value ($71.8 million) from a year ago.Led by strong growth in Panama, beef exports to Central America were 7% above last year’s pace in volume (12,802 mt) and 13% higher in value ($72.7 million). Export value also trended significantly higher to Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. October lamb exports trend higherOctober exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,193 mt, up 3% year-over-year, while value increased 17% to $2.3 million. For January through October, exports were 28% above last years pace at 13,254 mt, while value increased 13% to $21.5 million. Lamb muscle cut exports were 11% below last year in volume (1,801 mt), but still increased 4% in value to $11.5 million. Mexico has driven lamb export growth in 2019, but other markets showing promise include Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Guatemala.last_img read more

Bengal Governor ‘rescues’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from Jadavpur University

first_imgKolkata’s Jadavpur University campus turned into a battle ground on Thursday after students of the university surrounded Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo in the afternoon and did not let him leave the campus.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who is also the Chancellor of Jadavpur University, managed to rescue Mr. Supriyo on Thursday nightWhile Mr. Dhankar could get the Union Minister out of the campus, his convoy was stopped for about an hour in front of the university gate with Mr. Supriyo onboard. Mr. Dhankar and Mr. Supriyo could finally leave the campus later at night.The university witnessed rounds of fights on Thursday between students affiliated to both left and right wing political parties. Students’ union offices were ransacked by supporters of RSS’ students’ wing ABVP and members of Durga Bahini.According to eyewitnesses, the commotion started early in the afternoon when students formed a barricade trying to stop Mr. Supriyo from entering the campus, who had come to address the freshers and attend a seminar on governance in India. However, even as Mr. Supiyo managed to enter the university, he was asked to apologise by the students when he tried to leave.The Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials of the campus fell sick and were admitted to a south Kolkata hospital.While it is not clear which students’ body led the protest, Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist [CPI-ML] condemned the incident. Red flags were also visible in the protest.“We have always opposed political leaders from entering the campus, we are opposing such plans now as well. We don’t know how the Minister was allowed to hold a programme in the campus and why the authority gave the permission,” a student said. The students, few hundred in number, surrounded Mr Supriyo and shouted “go back” slogans. The university gates were blocked from inside.“His security men manhandled the students, including girl students and the Minister used choicest words to abuse us. His security was fully armed. He has to apologise,” another student alleged. Mr. Supriyo said that that the campus had no security arrangement.“If an untoward incident takes place State Government will be responsible,” he said. Mr. Supriyo further told the journalists that “television cameras should show agitating students, they should be identified and rusticated.” This further aggravated the situation and students refused to let him go out without an apology.Meanwhile the Governor issued a statement arguing that the Union Minister is under “gherao…by a section of the students.” He asked the Chief Secretary Malay De, to initiate “prompt” action. Mr. Dhankar spoke to Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and told him that “it was improper for him [Mr. Das] not to have taken prompt steps in the matter.” The Governor’s statement further indicated that the “detention” of Mr. Supriyo was “unlawful” and a “serious reflection on the law and order of the State and on the conduct of the law enforcing agencies.” Meanwhile Mr. Das — who was admitted to a south Kolkata hospital — said that he will not let police enter the campus. Mr. Das’ predecessor faced massive student ire by letting police enter JU campus in 2014.Soon after making the statement Mr. Dhankar arrived with a large police force and rescued Mr. Supriyo at around 8.15 p.m.Once Mr. Supriyo left the campus, ABVP supporters entered the campus and damaged the union room of the students. They damaged the furniture of the union room, painted ABVP in pink on the walls, next to a painting of Che Guevara. They set some furniture and wooden material on fire, adjacent to the Gate 4 of JU.Later at night, CPI-ML issued a statement saying that the Minister entered the campus with “fire arms” and “brutally attacked the students.” The statement alleged that the Minister “manhandled” a female student.“This is planned hooliganism to create space in JU,” the CPI-ML State Secretary Partha Ghosh said. Both Trinamool Congress and CPI-M leaders independently said both the Minister and the students are “responsible” for the flare up. Protests are planned in the university on Friday.last_img read more