No headaches for wine lovers

first_imgSouth Africa’s wine industry is one of the most prolific and successful in the world. Exports are up by 35% for the first quarter of 2008, compared with the same period last year. (Image: Hein Von Hörsten, SA Tourism image library) Wine lovers will now be able to enjoy their favourite beverage without worrying about the side-effects.Janine ErasmusUV technology company Surepure, based in Cape Town, has developed a method of wine purification that eliminates the need for use of sulphur in the winemaking process. The sulphur content is one of the main causes of headaches and other undesirable side effects.Former Springbok rugby player Guy Kebble, CEO of Surepure, says that the internationally patented Surepure technology makes it possible for winemakers to reduce or completely omit sulphur in their red and white wine products. The process also eliminates the need for sterile filtration, a technique that removes spoilage organisms from wine – but it can also strip wine of its flavour and attenuate the aroma.“We use ultraviolet (UV) technology to purify liquids, ridding them of harmful microbes so that it is now possible to bottle wines without adding this chemical,” he says. The company claims a world first in the wine industry.Surepure is best known as a developer and supplier of UV purification solutions to the dairy industry to reduce the need for pasteurisation. Now it has adapted its technology for the liquid egg, cheese, juice and wine industries. The company is in the process of establishing overseas distribution channels for its products.A number of respected wineries, among them L’Ormarins, Steenberg and the Stellar Organic Winery in Namaqualand, Northern Cape, have successfully tested the technology on batches of young wine during the recent harvest. Kebble says that winemakers have reacted positively to the new technique – described as “revolutionary” – which has generated much interest in the industry.South Africa is a major producer of wine for the local and international market and the industry could find itself a nose ahead of the rest with this technology, says Johan van Rooyen, CEO of the SA Wine Industry Council. “By being the first country to offer wines af lower sulphur levels to the discerning international wine market could be a massive boost for our reputation as a technologically advanced wine nation.”Using sulphur judiciouslySulphur, in the form of sulphur dioxide or SO2, acts as a preservative in wine by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria, and by slowing down the oxidation process. Oxidation happens when the wine reacts with oxygen, which alters its colour and odour with the result that the wine becomes darker and dryer.While too much oxidation will ruin a wine, controlled oxidation can add character and complexity and in some cases, such as with certain sherries, is a crucial part of the production and aging processes.In South Africa, legislation states that dry white wine produced after January 1995 may not contain more than 160 mg/l sulphur. Off-dry and sweeter wines may contain up to 200 mg/l while Late Harvests are allowed up to 300 mg/l. The limit for dry red wine is at 150 mg/l. Organic wines still contain sulphur, albeit at very low levels – however, if the level of sulphur is below 10 mg/l, the product may be labelled “no sulphur added”. The shelf life of these wines is necessarily limited.The Surepure technology blasts microorganisms with UV-C light at a wavelength of 254.1 nm (nanometres). This affects their DNA and causes the organisms to become inactive, preventing them from proliferating. The process, says Surepure, is non-thermal, chemical-free, fast and reproducible, and leaves no effect on the wine.Wine lovers who suffer from sulphur intolerance will now be able to once more enjoy a good bottle of red. Says Kebble, “Many people avoid wine altogether because of the sulphur levels in the liquid. The Surepure system has, however, made it possible for wine to be bottled with no added sulphur or at substantially lower sulphur levels of between 20 and 50 parts per million.”Not only does Surepure cut down on the need to add sulphur, bit it also eradicated the Brettanomyces yeast that is typically found in red wines. Brettanomyces at low levels can impart a positive effect on the wine, but has the great potential to spoil the wine. It is therefore seen as a wine spoilage yeast, and its presence in wine is classed as a wine fault.Once the yeast has found its way into a winery it is hard to eradicate, but it is particularly sensitive to SO2, the traditional method of control.Useful linksSurepureSouth African Wine Industry CouncilSouth African wineStellar organic wineryWines of South AfricaWine-of-the-Month ClubSouth Africa tourism – official sitelast_img read more

Playoff: Rising from the Ashes

first_imgA series of resounding victories put India at the top of world cricket. T-20 world champions in 2007, ODI world champions in 2011, No. 1 in Test cricket. There was no summit Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys did not scale. And then it went downhill from April 2011. A humiliating defeat in England, an even worse disaster in Australia. Where does Indian cricket go from here, with masters of the game looking like a shadow of their former selves? Two men who helped India win the World Cup for the first time since 1983 know the answer best. One is a bowler with a heart of gold, another is a batsman whose talent is astounding. With them is a former captain of the England cricket team who knows a thing or two about tenacity and the ability to rise from the ashes. Can India do what Australia did after a serious downturn culminating in a 3-1 defeat to England in the Ashes series of 2010-2011? Can Team India revamp itself and return to its winning habit?Speakers: ? Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricketer? Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer? Nasser Hussain, former captain, English cricket teamModerator: Vikrant Gupta, Sports Editor, Aaj TakMarch 16, 2012; 10.45-11.45 hrslast_img read more

Rain washes out 3rd day of Bangladesh-South Africa Test

first_imgHeavy rain washed out the entire third day of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Saturday.No ball has been bowled on the last two days, making a win for either side unlikely with two days left. Also read: Cyclone Komen crosses Bangladesh coast Bangladesh is 246-8 in its first innings after electing to bat first, including 65 by Mushfiqur Rahim.  Nasir Hossain is undefeated on 13.The first test ended in a draw after the last two days were washed out. Friday’s play was similarly washed out after heavy rain in Dhaka.last_img read more

Vipers Strike In TFSA Finals

first_imgIn the B Division, the Northern Vipers went into the game as underdogs with the Central Scorpions previously undefeated in the season. However it was the Vipers who started well gaining an early advantage over their more fancied opponents to take a 2-0 buffer into half-time.Not to be outdone the Scorpions scored first in the second half to cut the deficit to one (2-1) however the young Vipers rallied and hit straight back to score twice in quick succession to extend their lead to 4-1. Despite a late touchdown by the Scorpions it was too little too late as the Northern Vipers claimed an upset win to claim the B Division championship, 4-2.SA Heat 18’s hopeful, Ned Davies starred for the Vipers scoring three touchdowns whilst Pat Organ also crossed the line, while for the Scorpions Paul Avers and Emily Gale were the scorers.The A Grade final also featuring the Northern Vipers and Central Scorpions was billed as a clash of the titans with both teams playing out a 7-all draw in their minor round clash. Many predicted a tight contest and the game certainly lived up to expectations and did not disappoint.In one of the most exciting TFSA League finals in many years both sides attacked hard in the first half but the defence of both teams was strong ensuring a tight, tense contest. It was the Central Scorpions who enjoyed most of the attack in the first half and when they broke the deadlock right on half-time they went into the break with a slight advantage leading 3-2. After the break it was the Vipers who struck first to get the crucial first touchdown which tied the game up again at 3-all, after which a highly entertaining tense nine minutes of defensive play by both teams ensued which was only broken by an unfortunate injury to Central Scorpions playmaker, Jess Ryan.The break gave both teams an opportunity to catch their breath and reload. The brilliant touches on each team’s score lines continued however the Vipers managed to break through at the 13 minute mark to hit the front for the first time in the match, 4-3. With the momentum seemingly shifting to the Vipers late in the match the Scorpions needed to dig deep and they did just that with Luke Thornton making a great play as half to set up his teammate on the wing to level things up once again with 90 seconds remaining, 4-all.No side managed to score in the last 90 seconds and when the siren sounded scores were locked away at 4-4 sending the final to a drop off.The Vipers had the tap when the game resumed and put together an amazing first set of six complete with a monster long ball from Tim Glazebrook which found its target and the Vipers scored on their last touch to put them 5-4 up and in a commanding position.However the drama of this match was not over just yet with the Central Scorpions getting the ball across the line on their last touch however a brilliant touch by the Vipers defence brought the referees together for a conference and rightfully so a touch was called sparking celebrations from the Vipers players who claimed the championship 5-4 in amazing fashion.The Vipers celebrations continued when they were announced as Regional Champions, making it back-to-back TFSA league championships for the Northern Vipers.Three Vipers players were also named series MVP’s with Shane ‘Kiwi’ Marshall from the Eastern Stingrays also featuring in the MVP’s. Mixed TFSA League Most Valuable PlayersB Grade MVP Female – Amanda Sheeky (Northern Vipers)B Grade MVP Male – Shane Marshall (Eastern Stingrays)A Grade MVP Female – Kelly Rowe (Northern Vipers)A Grade MVP Male – Tim Glazebrook (Northern Vipers)The Mixed TFSA League was a resounding success and the final matches demonstrate the improvement in game standard within South Australia with few blow outs occurring this series and a very even playing field. It was great to see so much youth participating in the series with most regions fielding up to 15 under 16’s in their teams which has enormous benefits for the development of the game.TFSA congratulates all teams and thanks its referees, regional coordinators, SOAP members, selectors and players for their efforts this season.This series marked the end of standalone Mixed TFSA League competition with TFSA League expanding to incorporate one large series annually incorporating Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions to occur from November to February. This move has been brought about through growth in player numbers.To find out more about TFSA, please visit their read more

a month agoBarcelona boss Valverde satisfied with win at Getafe

first_imgBarcelona boss Valverde satisfied with win at Getafeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was satisfied with their 2-0 win at Getafe. It wasn’t a great performance but it was an important win. “It was important not to make mistakes early on like we have done in other games,” Valverde said. “That was fundamental. The goal calmed us down and, from there, we imposed ourselves well. We didn’t give much away and had chances to score more.”If you want to win La Liga you have to win a lot of games away from home, not just your home games. Getafe were a tough rival, it’s a hard place to come and we’ve played well. Now we have three days to prepare for Inter.” Clement Lenglet was sent off late on and, with Samuel Umtiti injured, it means Barcelona will be short in defence for the home game against Sevilla next weekend. “We have players from the B team who can help,” said Valverde, who’s likely to pair Gerard Pique with Jean Clair Todibo. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 9 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Feb. 28 will be approximately $12 million.last_img

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 13 in April to 562 billion

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian manufacturing sales unexpectedly fell in April as sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries dropped.Statistics Canada said Friday factory sales dropped 1.3 per cent to $56.2 billion in April, following two consecutive monthly increases.Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Manufacturing sales in volume terms fell 1.9 per cent.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said, on the whole, the Canadian manufacturing sector remains on shaky ground.“Not only did sales pull back significantly, contrary to expectations, the decline was not at all a price story,” Dolega wrote in a report.“In fact, volumes were far more disappointing than shipments measured in current dollar terms which effectively wiped out the March gain.”Statistics Canada said sales fell in 10 of 21 industries, representing 49.6 per cent of the manufacturing sector.Sales in the petroleum and coal products industry fell 10.9 per cent to $5.2 billion on lower sales volumes as the sector was hit by partial shutdowns at a number of Canadian refineries for maintenance work during the month.Transportation equipment sales fell 2.3 per cent to $10.9 billion in April, largely due to weaker sales of other transportation equipment.Dolega noted that the weakness was highly concentrated, both geographically and sectorally.“Moreover, it appears to be largely related to temporary shutdowns related to refinery maintenance and a return to normal levels after a one-off shipment of armoured vehicles to the Middle East,” he wrote.“Taken together, these facts offer hope that the May/June numbers will see a bounce-back as shipments rebound as activity is restarted.”Excluding the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries, manufacturing sales rose 0.4 per cent.Sales were up in 11 industries with the largest increases in the primary metal manufacturing and food products industries.Regionally, sales were down in six provinces, led by Quebec and Alberta.Quebec sales fell 3.4 per cent to $13.3 billion, while Alberta saw sales fell 5.3 per cent. Saskatchewan posted the largest monthly increase in April as sales rose 6.7 per cent.last_img read more

UPDATE Missing Grande Prairie woman found

first_imgUPDATE: RCMP Sergeant Shawn Graham says that Betsey Peecheemow has been located safe and unharmed.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grand Prairie are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.37-year-old Betsey Monica Peecheemow was last seen at the Eastlink Centre in Grande Prairie on August 24th. Peecheemow is described as First Nations, standing 5’10” tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.There is a concern for Peecheemow’s well and the RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at read more

Martinez warns World Cup rivals Belgium are 100 ready

first_imgBelgium boss Roberto Martinez has warned their rivals that they are “ready for the World Cup” after defeating Costa Rica 4-1 in their final warm-up gameThe Red Devils had a scare early on when Bryan Ruiz handed Costa Rica a surprise lead at the Heysel Stadium on Monday night.But Dries Mertens then equalised for Belgium with Romelu Lukaku then adding a brace to increase his international tally to 36 in 69 games.The Manchester United forward then assisted substitute Michy Batshuayi for their fourth of the game.After their goalless draw against Portugal on June 2, Martinez felt vindicated by the strength of the performance that his players had shown against Costa Rica and is now feeling confident ahead of the World Cup.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We are 100 per cent ready for that first game,” said the Spaniard, according to SportStarLive.“You saw the differences with the first match against Portugal – for example, the interaction between [Eden] Hazard and Mertens was much better.“We have worked every day to make progress, but we also need to grow in those three group games. Only then will we be able to see exactly how far we stand.“But I can already say that we are ready for the World Cup.”Belgium will face Panama on Monday next week in their Group G opener at the World Cup.last_img read more

Valladolid can stop Barca if…

first_imgReal Valladolid boss Sergio Gonzalez is confident he has all it takes to stop Barcelona through cutting off Lionel Messi and ‘exploiting the things they do least well’.After four years, Valladolid returned to La Liga but won 1-0 the last time they hosted Barca as Ernesto Valverde complained about the state of the pitch at Jose Zorrilla.“The fewer balls he receives, the less time he has on it, the better,” the Coach said at a Press conference via Football Espana.“We’ll look to exploit the things they do least well. The pitch can’t be an excuse for any team.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“After the arrivals of our new forwards this week, our attack won’t be the same as before. We want a boost.“We always want more and we’ll keep looking around for new players. It’s exciting that the club want to extend my contract.“That means they’re happy with me. An extension would allow us to work more calmly, towards a project.”last_img read more