Ottey: Usain is a legend

first_img Ottey, 56, who went on to represent Slovenia between 2002 and 2012, added that she can relate to Bolt’s weariness, while sharing her own thoughts on the 100m and 200m world record holder. “I think he’s had enough. He has won everything and I mean, what else is there to do? But whatever he does in the future, I know he will be successful. I think he will always put his best forward every time,” said Ottey. “I know what he is going through. I got a bit tired. In the beginning, I was just going out there to run to see how fast I could run and I got to the point where I said I was satisfied and it was time to walk off,” added Ottey, who anchored Slovenia’s 4x100m relay team at the 2012 European Championships at the age of 52. “For me, just to watch him run is amazing. It’s a pity he has to retire soon, but I am very thankful and very grateful to Usain, he is a legend.” Ottey, who shared that she plans to travel to Jamaica for next year’s Boys and Girls Athletics Championships noted that she was convinced of Bolt’s special talent when she saw him compete at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, where he won gold in the 200m. “When he was about 15, I saw him at the Junior World Championships, I thought to myself that this is a star. People tend to forget about his earlier years and they probably recognised him in 2008, but Usain was already born, he was a champion from before that,” said Ottey. Ottey speaks about Bolt LONDON, England: Legendary Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey says she is looking to return to the sport and believes Usain Bolt is calling time on his career at the end of next season simply because he has had enough of life as a competitive athlete. The evergreen sprinter told The Gleaner that she would welcome the opportunity to get involved in coaching or to play an ambassadorial role in advancing and promoting the sport. Ottey, who won three silver and six bronze medals at the Olympic Games, enjoyed a long career, which saw her setting several records, including most appearances by a track and field athlete at the Olympic Games (seven) with her 14 medals being the most at the World Championships. “I am in Switzerland, I just moved there two years ago. At the moment, I am not doing anything, but I want to get back involved in the sport. A coach, an ambassador? That is something I would do, but I will see where the opportunity presents itself,” she told The Gleaner on the red carpet for Bolt’s I am Bolt premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London last night. SHE CAN RELATElast_img read more

Jagdeo accuses Govt of sneakily altering debt ceiling

first_img– warns amendment could increase Govt’s liability riskA recent decision made by Government to raise the current debt ceiling guarantee to $50 billion has been criticised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who claimed that this move will increase the Government’s liability risk. Jagdeo said although the decision was made in Parliament, he noted that it was done sneakily.The Opposition Leader claimed that after Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland indicated that Private Members Business was done for the day, he packed up and left, only to find out later that the issue was reopened. “What they did last week in Parliament, surreptitiously, at the last hour,” he explained.According to him, the amendment could be applicable to the loans that Government has taken. “I suspect this is to facilitate the $30 million bond and maybe the bridge across the Demerara River (New Demerara River Crossing),” he stated. But Jagdeo said he is still convinced that these are huge financial risks.While Finance Minister Winston Jordan tried to convince the National Assembly during its last sitting that Government will do better in repaying this $30 million bond, Jagdeo argued that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government managed to secure a lower interest rate for Marriott.“In the case of Marriott’s failure to service the loan, then the Government will have to step in and service the loan. The intention was to sell that project in the first place. So once you sold that property it was the private developer’s responsibility to service the loan and not the Government,” he added.Jagdeo, an economist, explained further that in that case, the hotel’s assets would be used to collateralise the loan. And in case where the person who owns fails to pay, the bank can levy on the property.He said, “But he (Jordan) has now brought that into the Treasury. The loan was collateralised using the assets of the Marriott by taking the loan and bringing it to the Treasury.”The former Head of State is suspicious that Government will do the same for the $30 million bond that they are negotiating for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).During the last sitting of the National Assembly on May 11, Government used its one seat majority to pass a motion that extends the ceiling for the State to guarantee debts, to up $50 billion, for any project upon which the Government wishes to embark upon.While the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was in Opposition, it had rejected a motion to raise the debt ceiling to the required level with respect to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project and as such, the project was killed.Jagdeo outlined that in relation to the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the PPP Government was not guaranteeing a debt but was guaranteeing contingent liability. In other words, Government would have only become liable if the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) refused to buy the power or pay for the power bought under a Power Purchase Agreement.Jagdeo said by providing a Government guarantee through the debt ceiling amendment, the Finance Minister has shifted the liability onto the Treasury.His party in a press statement on the issue had said that the passage of the bill paves the way for Guyana to once again be on the road towards “financial and economic bankruptcy.”In February 2018, it was disclosed that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICILs) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was seeking $30 billion in loans via a syndicated bond to support GuySuCo and its remaining estates.The funding, it was outlined, would cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmount and Uitvlugt.The monies are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid. Government has since secured this loan.Additionally, in early April 2018, Minister Jordan said “Guyana has not received any loans from the Islamic Development Bank [IsDB]”; however he noted that “the IsDB has a resource envelope of US$900 million that is potentially available from which the Government of Guyana can borrow.”In response, Jagdeo said that the coalition Administration was pawning the future of Guyana. He said the debt accumulated from 2015 to 2018, plus the $30 billion from Republic Bank, coupled with the US$900 million which the PPP predicts Government will borrow from the Islamic Development Bank, doubles the total debt which the PPP had left after 24 years in Government. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

$9.9 million for park approved

first_imgThe board approved the park expenditure at Tuesday’s meeting as part of the third phase of the park’s development. The park, originally named Lake Los Angeles Park, was renamed for sheriff’s Deputy Stephen Sorensen, who was shot to death in August2003 while investigating a routine trespassing case outside Lake Los Angeles. The park is about 100acres, and 3acres initially were developed in the 1990s as a grassy area with picnic tables, a small playground, horseshoe pits, restrooms and a parking lot. The second phase, completed in August, included construction of two lighted outdoor basketball courts, a lighted multipurpose field and baseball field, concrete walkways, landscaping, irrigation improvements and additional parking. The gym and community building also will contain a multipurpose room, classroom, lobby area, restrooms, kitchen, and storage, custodial and utility rooms. Once the project is finished, parks and recreation department officials anticipate one-time start-up costs of about $25,000 for sports and safety equipment, furniture, office and classroom equipment, and maintenance supplies. LAKE LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County supervisors have approved spending more than $9.9million to expand Stephen Sorensen Park by adding a 14,100-square-foot gymnasium and community building. Construction is scheduled to begin in May2008 and be done by fall ’09. “We have a lot of different entities like the Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council and the park board. The seniors are meeting hit-and-miss wherever they can find a spot. This will give them a place of their own,” said John Jones, a Lake Los Angeles Town Council member and former park board member. “It will be a place for the kids to get in and play in the wintertime when it’s too cold. It’s going to be a good thing for the community.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

The kids are alright as Weah nets in USA romp

first_img0Shares0000Tim Weah, celebrating with Josh Sargent after the latter scored, also found the net in his USA debut © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mitchell LeffNEW YORK, United States, May 29 – Teenager Tim Weah scored a goal on his first start as a youthful United States team defeated Bolivia 3-0 in a friendly international match on Monday.Weah, the 18-year-old son of Liberia legend George Weah, tucked away a deft side-footed finish in the 59th minute of a comfortable win for the Americans at Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium. Paris Saint-Germain forward Weah was one of several new faces in an experimental line-up named by caretaker coach Dave Sarachan.The New York-born forward had previously played only a few minutes for the US, appearing as a substitute during a friendly win over Paraguay in March.Sarachan took charge following the departure of Bruce Arena after the United States’ shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Weah’s goal came just seven minutes after Europe-based teenage debutant, Josh Sargent, had made it 2-0.Sargent, who is on the books of Bundesliga side Werder Bremen but who is yet to make his full professional debut at club level, pounced on a blunder from Bolivia goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra to score on 52 minutes.There appeared to be little danger when Viscarra attempted to chip a pass over Sargent from inside his own area.The 18-year-old US striker cleverly hooked the ball down before rifling home a low shot.Earlier, centre-back Walker Zimmerman had headed the US into the lead in the 37th minute, powering in his finish after an outswinging corner from Joe Corona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP Cheney powers Bruins to big win

first_img No. 24 CS Dominguez Hills 2, CS Stanislaus 1: Yvonne Vasquez scored in the 73rd minute to lead the host Toros. Kelly Matosian gave CSDH (12-2-3, 7-2-2 CCAA) the lead just 18 seconds into the game. Corrie Horikawa (North Torrance High) assisted on both Toro goals. Adrienne Sorenson scored the lone goal for the Warriors (9-7-2, 7-3-2) in the 24th minute. Women’s volleyball Christal Morrison racked up 17 kills and 10 digs as No. 5 Washington swept No. 4 USC, 30-26, 30-28, 30-19. Stevie Mussie added 13 kills and 13 digs for the Huskies (18-1, 9-1 Pac-10). Asia Kaczor led the Trojans (17-3, 6-3) with 14 kills, while Jessica Gysin chipped in 10 kills and 16 digs. Taylor Carico (Mira Costa High) had 36 assists for USC. No. 7 UCLA 3, Washington State 0: Kaitlin Sather posted 17 kills and 10 digs as the visiting Bruins earned a 33-31, 30-18, 30-23 sweep. Rachell Johnson added 16 kills for the Bruins (16-4, 6-3 Pac-10), while Ali Daley chipped in 10 kills and 14 digs. Tara West led the Cougars (9-14, 0-9) with 11 kills. Long Beach State 3, UC Santa Barbara 0: Alexis Crimes racked up 15 kills and nine digs as the host 49ers cruised to a 30-14, 31-29, 30-17 victory. Ashley Lee added seven kills and 15 digs for Long Beach (13-5, 7-1 Big West). Lauren McLaughlin (South Torrance High) had nine kills and seven digs for the Gauchos (7-13, 2-6), while Rebecca Saraceno (Redondo High) posted three kills and 10 digs. CS Monterey Bay 3, CS Dominguez Hills 1: Brittany Etchings had 14 kills and 13 digs as the visiting Otters won, 30-19, 30-26, 22-30, 31-29. Sophia Lopes racked up 24 kills and 21 digs for the Toros (2-21, 1-11 CCAA). Christine Ricketts added 15 kills for CSMB (9-15, 6-6). Men’s soccer Humberto Lopez snapped a scoreless tie in overtime as No. 17 Cal State Dominguez Hills defeated visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 1-0, giving Coach Joe Flanagan his 200th career win. The Toros (13-3, 9-2 CCAA) held a clear advantage in shots, 20-5, against the Warriors (12-5, 8-3). UCLA 4, Oregon State 1: The visiting Bruins erupted for three goals in the second half. Mike Zaher scored in the 15th minute for UCLA (6-5-2, 2-1-1 Pac-10) before Mason Webb tied the game in the 37th minute for the Beavers (4-8-0, 1-3-0). Jason Leopoldo snapped the tie with a goal in the 54th minute. Maxwell Griffin and David Estrada added insurance goals. San Francisco 2, Loyola Marymount 1: Bryan Burke scored in the 70th minute to give the visiting Dons the victory. Brad Stisser scored the lone goal for the Lions (2-8-1, 0-4-0 WCC). Jeff Russell scored the first goal for San Francisco (5-6-0, 1-3-0). Men’s water polo Colin Mello scored with 19 seconds left to lift No. 9 UC Irvine to a 7-6 home victory over No. 6 Long Beach State. Mello, Tim Hutten and Cole Bitter each scored two goals for the Anteaters (9-7, 2-1 MPSF). Ash Blythen scored three goals for the 49ers (13-7, 0-2).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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Valerie Henderson had four saves for UCLA. The Cardinal (10-2-1, 1-1-0) could only muster eight shots on goal. Freshman Christen Press (Chadwick High) had one of those shots. No. 10 USC 3, No. 19 California 0: Marihelen Tomer scored in the 29th minute to put the visiting Trojans ahead for good. Karter Haug and Lauren Brown added goals for USC (11-1-1, 3-0-0 Pac-10) in the 42nd and 57th minutes, respectively. The Golden Bears (8-4-0, 0-2-0) mustered just two shots, both by Caroline Lea. No. 18 San Diego 3, Loyola Marymount 1: The host Toreros scored three unanswered goals in the second half to end the Lions’ nine-game winning streak. Jamie Bell scored in the eighth minute for LMU (9-4-1, 1-1-0 WCC). San Diego’s defense then held the Lions to just four shots, while the Toreros (11-1-2, 2-0-0) got goals from Leigh Ann Robinson, Amy Epsten and Ashley Shoughro. Cal State Fullerton 1, Long Beach State 0: Jenae Gibbens scored on a throw-in in the 62nd minute to give the visiting Titans the win. Gibbens threw the ball in from the 15-yard line and it went untouched past 49er goalkeeper Liz Ramos. Fullerton (8-6-1, 3-2-0 Big West) had eight shots, while Long Beach (10-5-1, 3-1-0) had 13. From news services Lauren Cheney scored on a penalty kick in the 37th minute as the top-ranked UCLA women’s soccer team defeated No. 2 Stanford, 2-0, in Palo Alto on Friday night. Cheney was tripped up in the goal box, and she blasted a shot past goalkeeper Kira Maker for her 14th goal of the season. Christina DiMartino added an insurance goal in the 75th minute for the Bruins (10-1-2, 3-0-0 Pacific-10). Cheney picked up an assist. last_img read more

McGettigans Hotel Brides Day Out – Picture Special

first_imgMc Gettigans Hotel Letterkenny invited all brides-to-be to join them for the Ultimate Brides Day Out on Sunday February 12th.It was the perfect opportunity for future brides to view the chandelier-lit ballroom fully set for a wedding and enjoy afternoon tea and unlimited Prosecco.The event was filled with demos and talks on how to put your own stamp on your wedding, with an exclusive wedding panel sharing their wealth of knowledge in many areas from room décor, wedding dresses, mother of the bride and bridesmaid’s dresses, bridal hair and makeup and advice on wedding rings. Check out the sparkling scenes in the gallery below: McGettigans Hotel Brides Day Out – Picture Special was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bridalMcGettigan’s Hotelwedding fairlast_img read more

GOVERNMENT PASSING BUCK TO REVENUE – McLAUGHLIN

first_imgBuncrana town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin has said the government cannot shift blame for the property tax debacle onto the revenue commissioners.After Revenue Commissioner Josephine Feehily answered TDs’ questions on the property tax, Mc Laughlin said Ms Feehily quite rightly pointed out the limitations Revenue faces in implementing this tax on family homes.“The government rushed through this legislation because it knew it was unpopular and unfair.They cannot now shift the blame onto revenue for their rushed legislation. “Sinn Féin remains opposed to the tax and will repeal it in government. In friday’s committee labour and fine gael TDs tried to pass the buck on this shambles and take ownership of the problem and refused to take responsibility for the mess. This charade will not fool the tens of thousands who will struggle to pay this unfair tax now or next year.“This is a tax proposed by fianna fail and implemented by the labour party and fine gael.No amount of shifting blame onto civil servants can hide that fact . The government must take full responsibility and repeal the property tax.” GOVERNMENT PASSING BUCK TO REVENUE – McLAUGHLIN was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinRevenue Commissionerlast_img read more

DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN TO HOST ITS PARISH AGM NEXT TUESDAY

first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 14th Feb 7.30-9.30 pm. Leaders on duty this week Patricia Guthrie, John Guthrie, John Conaghan. Hoodies now available to those who have paid their €20. Thanks to our leaders Sandra and Lauren for the cookery demonstration last week. This Friday is games night so please remember to bring your board game. Parish CommitteeThe AGM of the parish committee will take place on Tues 11th Feb at 8:00 pm in the parish hall. New members are welcomeJiving Classes Jiving classes continue in the parish hall every Monday from 9pm-10pm. For more information contact Aaron on 086 2431359.St. Mary’s GAABingo continues in Hall at 8.30 Lotto result KE,DN,CW,KY 1 matched 3 Charlie Kavanagh Townparks Convoy Next Weeks JP €2550 The Annual dinner dance will now be held on 22nd Feb in Jacksons with music by the popular Beef Steak Dancers, tickets €25 and are available from any committee member. The National GAA Draw tickets are now on Sale priced at €10 ALL money goes directly to your Local GAA Club there are great prizes to be won from All-Ireland Football and Hurling packages AND trips to Australia and New York . Ticket sellers from St Marys Club will be calling around the Parish soon. Underage training from 6-7 on Fri Bring €2 and Drink Can all parents please ensure that their child keeps on the Footpath and that they are collected from the Playing Field after each session. A fundamentals course will take place on 21st /22nd Feb and can all coaches /helpers please return their Garda Vetting forms by Friday to Conor or Any of the CoachesDrumkeen Utd FCCongratulations to our U-16 team who won the East Donegal league on Saturday last.Lotto numbers this week were 1 .5 . 6. 20. Celine Mc Glynn and Sheena Mc Namee matched 3 numbers and won €50 each. Next weeks jackpot is €3200. Lotto’s only €2 on sale in Jameson’s Bar Drumkeen. Patton’s shop or the clubhouse. Draw will take place at 11pm on Sunday night in Jameson’s Bar.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 05th Feb 08, 17, 19, 21. No jackpot winner. 1 winner. Mark Mc Cafferty, Drumkeen. €100 Next weeks jackpot €2,025. Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen Notes Anyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN TO HOST ITS PARISH AGM NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: February 8th, 2014 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Evolutionists Caught in the Act – of Exaggerating

first_imgA headline on Science Daily and PhysOrg announced breathlessly, suggested that mistakes are a gold mine for creative Darwinian power: “Mutations are the raw material of evolution.”    The press release went on to glorify Darwin: “Charles Darwin already recognized that evolution depends on heritable differences between individuals: those who are better adapted to the environment have better chances to pass on their genes to the next generation,” the article explained up front in classic Darwinese.  “A species can only evolve if the genome changes through new mutations, with the best new variants surviving the sieve of selection,” it continued in neo-Darwinese.    Experiments were done on the lab plant Arabidopsis thalliana.  Did the scientists find any beneficial mutations that might help this little herb graduate into something bigger and better, say, an orchid?  No.  In fact, they found that it was a degenerate sibling of a more-fit cousin that can live for years instead of months.  The only suggested benefit they mentioned was possible resistance to pesticides.  That kind of “improvement,” however, might turn out to be a loss of fitness overall – just as a man can become resistant to handcuffs by cutting off his hands.    Of some concern is the mutation rate they measured.  A large population of Arabidopsis plants can expect to have a mutation at every point in its genome.  “If you apply our findings to humans, then each of us will have on the order of 60 new mutations that were not present in our parents.”  Michael Lynch tried to spin this as a benefit for Darwinism: “Everything that is genetically possible is being tested in a very short period.”  The press release ended on a note of novelty: the finding represents “a very different view than perhaps the one we are all most familiar with: that evolution reveals itself only after thousands, if not millions of years.”Did anyone see evolution here?  Did anyone see this little mustard plant growing into something bigger, stronger, or substantially different because of all the mistakes nature throws at it?  Most of the mutants probably died.  The others are probably straining under mutational load (04/09/2007, 12/14/2006, 10/17/2007 bullet 4).     “Everything that is genetically possible is being tested in a very short period of time,” they said.  Evolutionists apparently think that shooting bullets at a computer more rapidly will lead to faster progress.  Who is doing the testing?  By phrasing it in subjunctive voice, they left you wondering.  We know who it is; it’s Tinker Bell, the fairy goddess of the Darwin Party.  She zaps organisms with her mutation wand at random.  Only the ones that turn into orchids, or eagles, or elephants, or scientists, live to reproduce.  That’s the reigning myth of our elite academic culture.    A more reasonable conclusion from this study is that living things have not been suffering under a mutational load this heavy for millions of years, but for a much shorter time.  That they can still survive is due to amazing systems of DNA repair (see next headline).  To say that these mutations are the “raw material of evolution” is like calling terrorists entrepreneurs.  Get real.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA wine back on growth track

first_img7 January 2008South African wine exports are on the rise again, reflecting a 16% volume increase for the first 11 months of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006, says Wines of SA CEO Su Birch, commenting on the latest data from industry body SAWIS.Birch expects exports for the full year to exceed the 300-million litre mark, which would be a record for the country.Confident of continued growth this year despite the highly competitive nature of the international market, Birch is projecting an increase in export volumes of at least 6%. “Although a conservative estimate, all indications are that the temporary setback in sales experienced in 2006, when volumes dropped some 5% on 2005, is now well and truly behind us.”Another positive trend, Birch adds, is that the country’s global reach has widened, significantly diversifying risk. “Whereas five years ago, 72% of our packaged exports went to just the UK and the Netherlands, the net has widened so that the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the US currently account for 70% of total export volumes.”She says that with the exception of the Netherlands, where sales are characterized by heavy discounting, all other major markets have shown sound growth in demand for local packaged wines. “In the Netherlands, we are currently addressing the higher-priced segment of the market, where margins are more attractive for producers, and we are advising local wineries to move their focus away from extreme value business.“The UK remains our biggest export destination, where we have reversed the negative trend of the past two years. Not only are packaged wines showing a growth of 6% but we are growing ahead of the market’s 4%, which means we should begin to increase market share again from next year. We are also particularly heartened by the fact that much of this growth is taking place in the more premium segment of the market.”South Africa has also succeeded in retaining three trademarks on the UK multiple grocers’ Top 20 list of bestsellers – Kumala, FirstCape and Namaqua.Birch says Wines of South Africa is continuing to pursue opportunities to grow profitable trading relationships, not only among the multiple grocers but by giving greater attention to the independent retailers and the on-consumption channel.Sweden has become South Africa’s second biggest market for packaged wine. “We are now number two in Sweden, behind market leader Australia,” says Birch. “The entire Scandinavian bloc offers very exciting potential. We have shown double-digit growth not only in Sweden, but also Denmark and Finland, and we haven’t even begun to tap Norway.”One of the strongest growth markets has been Germany, where volumes have jumped over 40%. According to Wines of SA’s representative in Germany, Petra Mayer, South Africa is now the fifth biggest supplier of imported wines to the country, up from ninth position in 2000.Another star performer is Canada, with Quebec proving a fast-growing market for South African producers, historically most active in Ontario. Volumes to Quebec grew 76% to reach sales of 175 000 cases with a value of CAN$22-million in the 12 months to September.Local wineries not already in this market are being urged also to develop a presence in Quebec, which accounts for 40% of Canada’s total wine consumption. All four provinces have upped their purchases of local wines, says Wines of SA’s representative in Canada, Laurel Keenan, with total volumes for Canada up 11%.Exports to the US are over 9% higher on last year.Russia also offers excellent opportunities, Birch believes. After an initial foray by Wines of SA earlier this year, sales have risen fourfold on a year ago, albeit off a low base, and there is widespread optimism for further market penetration.Birch does, however, sound a note of caution. “With exports of red wines growing at nearly three times the rate of whites, we could be experiencing shortages of reds by 2010. As it is, there are currently some shortages of certain white cultivars, notably Sauvignon Blanc.“Although shortages might mean higher prices for grape suppliers, the situation will not be to the advantage of our industry. South Africa is still a very young exporter in global terms, and to be unable to meet market demands could make us vulnerable.”Source: Wine.co.zalast_img read more