Kenny Jackett is unsure whether Wolves midfielder Karl Henry will join QPR.West London Sport reported last week that Rangers are interested in the 30-year-old, who has three years of his contract at Molineux left to run.Former R’s assistant boss Jackett, recently installed as Wolves manager, is overhauling his squad and is keen for several players to move on.QPR have also been offered the chance to sign Jamie O’Hara, who played under Rangers boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham and is another player Wolves have made available.“Karl Henry had some conversations with QPR. I don’t think it’s come to a head but he’s been there,” the Birmingham Mail quote Jackett as saying.“At present he is still a Wolves player. QPR are interested in him and no deal has been done.”See also:Wolves’ Henry could be QPR’s next 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer was willing to forgive a few of the mistakes his team made in its first game back following the Christmas break and not judge his players too harshly after three days away.That included the play of Tomas Hertl, who had an up-and-down game Thursday in centering the Sharks’ third line against the Anaheim Ducks.In what was one of his few starts in the middle over the past season-and-a-half, Hertl won nine of his team-high 18 faceoffs against the Ducks. But …
In a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. We find out more from beekeeper, Owen Williams.Being involved with Gift of the Givers gives Owen Williams a sense of purpose. (Image: Owen Williams)Sulaiman PhilipSouth African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, the largest African organisation of its kind, has brought aid and comfort to people in need in 43 countries.It has ongoing feeding programmes in South Africa, humanitarian missions in war-torn Syria and has helped to free South African hostages in Yemen and Mali. The group, founded and led by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman, has helped to deliver water to drought stricken areas of South Africa and fed refugees in Somalia.William’s met Dr Sooliman while trying to rescue bee colonies that had survived the Knysna fires. (Image: Honeywood Farms)Owen Williams: BeekeeperI met Dr Sooliman for the first time on 15 June 2017 as Knysna was dealing with the fires that devastated the area. In hindsight it seemed that our paths were destined to cross.The day before, I got a phone call from Grant [Liversay, one of my partners in Honeychild Honey] asking how he coud help with protecting our hives. We had saved a few hives but the bees were starving; we needed to get sugar to make syrup to feed the surviving bees. We abhor artificial feeding, but it was either that or lose the colonies we had rescued.Despite his efforts – and Grant is not a man who understands the word no – we were only able to find a few broken bags of sugar from local supermarkets. Remember, the region had gone from extreme drought to a fire storm and back again. We were not the only beekeepers in dire straits.Grant had heard of this humanitarian organisation whose station was located in the mall. So he went up to them to ask if there was any chance they could spare a few bags of sugar. I can only imagine their thinking when faced with this manic, slightly built redhead asking for sugar. After explaining his need, Emily [Thomas], felt it was important enough to speak to Doc.I feel I should point out that Gift of the Givers was working around the clock but Doc wanted to know more about, as Grant said, “this bee story”. I don’t believe in co-incidence, but when the call came Meagan [Vermaas, William’s partner] was giving free therapeutic massages and I was delivering basic goods donated by the community.We met Doc, explained the need and how unique the Cape Honey bee was. Immediatley he wanted to know how Gift of the Givers could help, but he also wanted to see the bees. Back at Honeychild me, Meagan and Doc were all kitted out in beekeeping gear inspecting a colony I had rescued from the side of the N2.We pulled a frame from the hive, and right there in the middle of the comb was the queen. The sun was just beyond the apex and Doc’s face was lit up by the sun. I could see through the veil as he watched the queen and bees working. He looked so amazed and serene.Doc wanted to know how his organisation could help; he wanted to know our objectives. He suggested we set up an NPO – Hope for the Honeybee – and then Gift of the Givers donated R250,000. We ordered pollen substitute, bought sugar for syrup, collected data on losses, designed a strategy for feeding stations and contacted renowned bee scientists.From what I can tell, Hope for the Honeybee and the support from Gift of the Givers is a world first. In the middle of the kind of human suffering that we saw in Knysna, that they took the time to consider the plight of honey bees speaks to the aura of love and caring that surrounds them. I remember that look on Doc’s face when he was inspecting the hive, and my vision became clear. What we are doing is about the survival of the honeybee and benefits humankind as a whole. There are no personal agendas, just this aura that comes from giving.Through Hope for the Honeybee we are tools that spread the help that springs from Gift of the Givers. I read about the landslides in Freetown; hundreds have died. In the past I would have said a silent prayer. This time I found myself wondering if Gift of the Givers might be headed there and if there was a way I could go along.Williams joined the Gift of the Givers humanitarian mission in Knysna after meeting the team. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Read the next profile on Emily Thomas, who works in logitistics at Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.Ahmed Bham is the head of search and rescue. Read his story here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Fishermen busy with their daily choresArms thrown out, failing to balance myself, I gingerly trod up the moss-covered boulders that rose in a strange formation on the beach. The surface was slippery, washed by giant waves. Any minute, I could land into the water below. But I wasn’t bothered. In front of me, a few feet below in a crevice, a fierce fight was on: two large palm-sized crabs were having a vicious go at each other. As I watched, slowly one of them began gaining the upper hand, and the other, quickly realising he just wasn’t cut out, slowly slunk away.I was disappointed that my free entertainment had come to an end. Ordinarily, I am no fan of combat sport. And on any other day, a crab fight would not even have registered as a blip on my mindscape. But this was no ordinary day. Faced with a long weekend, and wanting to go neither very near nor very far from Bangalore, Sri Lanka seemed tailor-made. And so, just an hour’s flight out of Bangalore, a further 90-minute ride, and I was at Bentota, south of Colombo, a stunningly beautiful beachside location, made further sweet by Taj Exotica which stood facing the vast expanse of water.The Deluxe Room at Taj Exotica overlooks the seaA sprawling structure, Taj Exotica personifies its title: red-roofed and set amidst grassy stretches with golden sands and the sea for an enviable background, it is indeed exotic. The entire hotel speaks about space and luxury, especially the invitingly large lobby area populated with plus sofas and chairs. My room was an extension of the same theme: spacious with lovely furniture.Strangely, even though I had mentally stamped this trip as my bolt hole, with nothing on the agenda except lounging around. I was up early in the morning and decided to become a beachcomber. A couple of hotel guests as well as a few locals were on the beach. The sea seemed like a comfortable companion: spread out in a soft blue expanse, waves gently discharging their energy on a shore, the water cool but not cold. A cluster of boulders beckoned and as I climbed up and lay down to let the sea’s rhythm wash over me, I became a spectator at the crab fight-fest.advertisementJiva, the spa at Taj ExoticaFight over, and with the sun rising into the sky, the spell was broken and I headed back into the hotel for a lovely breakfast at the shaded restaurant overlooking the sea. I opted instead for local delicacies such as hoppers, spicy chicken curry, an assortment of sambols. A lot of it looked familiar, but was distinctly different on the tongue and left me with that pleasant feeling.In the mood for some more pampering, I made my way to Jiva, Taj’s signature spa, which was like an oasis of calm and serenity. It is styled like a traditional Kerala house, with a huge central courtyard, and the verandah lined with comfortable wicker sofas and loungers. I chose a relaxing massage and my petite masseuse mixed a range of aromatic oils and got to work. The soothing music in the background further added to my sense of ease, while the masseuse coaxed out the stubborn knots and chased away my aches and pains. I felt like a new person.The sprawling Taj Exotica property at BentotaInvigorated and strangely hungry again, I was debating what cuisine to choose from, when Resident Manager Sandeep Kachroo, who I knew as chef when he was back in India, took the decision out of my hands. “I want you to taste something that we have been planning to put on our menu.” ‘Something’ turned out to be a three-course Sri Lankan ‘thali’, a veritable feast for the senses at the Sea View Restaurant. Many things stood out–Seared Prawn Salad, kottu (shredded Sri Lankan parantha mixed with slivers of veggies and meats and grilled), mildly spiced cashew, pea and carrot curry, a fiery fish, Ambul Thial (creamy curry), all of which was accompanied by fluffy Samba rice. For dessert, I had Coconut Wandu, a creamy concoction with treacle syrup.In the evening I went for a leisurely stroll, watched fisherfolk repair their nets and prepare for the next day, and gaped at a sunset that was breathtakingly beautiful. As darkness fell, I made my way to the S.H.A.C.K, the hotel’s seafood restaurant designed to look like one. A tempting array of seafood was out on an ice-bed and I feasted on an assorted platter of prawns, lobster and fish.advertisementA toddy tapper at Bentota beachThe next morning I wanted a change of scene so I drove to Taj Samudra in Colombo, also located near the sea. Located conveniently in the middle of the capital’s business hub, the hotel is also far enough for a leisurely holiday. Set amidst landscaped gardens, the hotel faces the sea. Since it is a business cum leisure hotel, the ambience is one of understated luxury: high ceilings and comfortable furniture. Almost all the restaurants are located on the ground floor. The hotel has over 290 rooms.For lunch, I opted for a meal at the Golden Dragon restaurant, the signature Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine, and thoroughly enjoyed the steam boat experience. Though full from the meal, I was keen to check out the shopping scene, but was not interested in the run of the mill. “Then go to these places,” Niranga, the hotel’s communications executive told me, handing me a list, and I set out for some serious shopping. Seared Prawn SaladAt Paradise Road (yes, that’s the name of the shop) I was taken in by the charming boutique housed in a lovely white building which was crammed with locally made items like cane and bamboo artefacts, spices, handwoven fabrics and an array of things just too many to name. At the end my hands were groaning from the weight of my shopping.Back at the hotel I rushed down to Navaratna, considered to be the best Indian restaurant in Sri Lanka. I soon realised the title was not unjustified. The fare was traditional and done in the way it should really be done–fluffy rotis, delicious kebabs, aromatic spicy mutton biryani, and the best thing of all, the raan, with the meat so tenderly cooked that it was almost falling off the bones.The suite at Taj SamudraThe next morning, it was time to head back home. It was a lovely and relaxed trip. As usual, as at the end of every vacation, I was a tad wistful about leaving. And then I reminded myself that Colombo is only an hour’s flight away, and I could just hop when the mood overtook me. I was wistful no longer. Fact fileParadise Road, a lovely boutiqueGetting there: Sri Lankan flies to Colombo from major Indian cities. Fare from Bangalore is Rs. 15,000 (approx). Visa is on arrival.When to go: Throughout the year.Plus saysStay: Taj Samudra, Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo; tel: +94 11 244 6622Taj Exotica, Bentota; tel: +94 34 227 5650Eat: Sambol, kiribath (milk rice) and lunu miri (red onions and spice mix).Shop: Artefacts from Paradise Road boutique.See: Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. It is one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Colombo.Hot DealTaj Samudra at Colombo is a spacious property with lots of greeneryEnjoy Sri Lanka: Stay for 2 nights each at Taj Samudra and Taj Exotica at Rs. 25,999 per person with return airfare and Colombo city tour. Tel: (011) 4620 6600FYIadvertisementTravel tips: There are certain things you need to be careful about while travelling around the country. One of them is practice of never showing your back to a deity in a Buddhist temple. So, you must not stand and pose in front of a Buddha statue for a photograph.
FILE – In this May 8, 2018, file photo, New York Liberty’s Tina Charles attends a preseason WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Charles has produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his record store and label _ known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)NEW YORK — Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume.The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records, respectively — and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.ADVERTISEMENT Red Sox manager Alex Cora won’t visit White House Lee gave Charles two DVDs. One was “4 Little Girls,” which he directed, and the other was a Kobe Bryant DVD. He signed them saying, “Do your damn movie” on one and “All the best Tina” on the other. They’ve served as inspiration for her during the filmmaking process.Charles did not play overseas during the past two WNBA offseasons as she usually has, instead spending nearly every free moment working on the film. In addition to filming and researching in New York, she flew to Trinidad and Tobago to interview famous Calypso performers. She even landed an interview with Prime Minister Keith Rowley.Charles had no background in making movies, but she was fortunate to meet Jane Rosenthal — one of the founders of the Tribeca Film Festival.“She took me under her wing and sealed the deal on the documentary,” said Charles, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA draft after an outstanding college career at UConn.“She was sort of like coach (Geno) Auriemma, that she got the best out of me and not let me be complacent,” Charles added. “Not settle on the depth of creativity.”Charles was used to being interviewed, having played professionally since graduating from UConn and knew how to get the best responses out of her father and other people she spoke to for the film.Charles’ teammates from the Liberty took in the premiere Friday night. The documentary had special meaning for guard Kia Nurse.“I called my grandparents right after because they are from Trinidad. My dad is from there as well. I told them there’s this whole movie, you’re going to love it,” she said. “These are all songs that we listened to with my grandparents at Christmas. I didn’t know the whole background to it, but as they were playing the music through the movie I was like, My grandma loves these, we dance to them at Christmas. It’s her happiest time of year.′ I can see how happy his music makes people even when they are far away from home and that’s really special to me.”Charles thinks she isn’t done being a filmmaker.“In my mind, thinking what can I do next?” she said. “I know there are so many other unsung heroes out there like my father. WNBA players doing great things off the court that’s not documented. A lot of things are going through my mind. How can I continue to put individuals out there?” SPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsShe was so happy that her dad enjoyed the film.“He was speechless, didn’t have any words,” Charles said. “He saw the hard work I had put in, he was with me every step of the way, so he saw everything I was doing.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Charlie’s Records opened in 1972, five years after his arrival from his native Tobago. He wanted to create a place where immigrants from his area could hang out and where Calypso music, an Afro-Caribbean style that originated in Trinidad, could flourish. The store continues to operate on Fulton Street in Brooklyn — a few minutes’ drive from where the filmmaker’s WNBA team practices now. Mementos from his daughter’s basketball career adorn the walls of the store.“He’s an unsung hero. It was really neat for me to tell the story,” the New York Liberty star said.Charles, who is the youngest of her father’s six children, was just a child during the record label’s heyday. She was hanging out at her father’s store in 2017 when former UConn teammate Kalana Greene suggested that Charles make a documentary about her father.She initially thought the project would be a good one for Spike Lee and the WNBA All-Star was able to get a meeting with the director to pitch the idea. Lee remembered hearing the music blasting on Fulton Street as he was growing up.“When I told him about it, he saw how passionate I was,” she said. “He said, ’You know you have to do your own movie. You have to go through this. Nobody else is going to tell your father’s story the way it needs to be told other than you.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ “I put my heart and soul into this and was so excited to let the world know about my father,” Charles said in a phone interview Sunday.Charles acknowledged she was nervous and excited before the film “Charlie’s Records” premiered Friday night. 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