Robert Bolick (Photo from PBA)Though it may seem as a shock to some, Robert Bolick has emerged as a solid cornerstone for Cignal-San Beda this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Under the guidance of coach Boyet Fernandez, the 6-foot-1 guard has been a vital cog so far this conference for the Hawkeyes, averaging 11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Cignal shakes off slow start, nabs 5th straight win Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon “We still have to improve our defense as well as our fluidity in offense,” he said. “Sometimes, we’re not able to follow our gameplan so we have to really follow coach Boyet’s orders.”“Hopefully in the next games, we can continue improving,” he added. “It’s also a credit to our coaches for preparing us well in our games.”Cignal seeks to extend its five-game winning streak as it braces for Victoria Sports-MLQU, JRU, and league leader Racal to finish its eliminations schedule. /atmADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And on Thursday, Bolick weaved his magic anew, leading Cignal to an 85-71 victory over Tanduay as he finished with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a block in his 23 minutes on the floor to keep his team at second place with a 5-1 record.But for the 21-year-old, his good showing should be attributed to him playing within Fernandez’s tried and tested system.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I just played within our offense and within the flow of our attack,” he said. “I know I can do that and I just played through my strengths. Happily, that’s what happened to me.”As positive as this stint is for Bolick, he knows that he still has tons to improve on his game as he and his fellow Red Lions use this Cignal campaign in preparation for San Beda’s NCAA Season 93 title retention bid. View comments
LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Monaco’s Radamel Falcao applauds during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Monaco and Dortmund at the Louis II stadium in Monaco. APMONACO — Monaco’s top scorer Radamel Falcao looks set to stay at the French league leaders next season.The Colombia striker, who has one year left on his contract, gave reassuring signs he will stay in an interview with sports daily L’Equipe – and there was plenty of support too from Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim ahead of its Champions League semifinal against Juventus.ADVERTISEMENT The first of Monaco’s 146 goals this season was scored by Falcao way back on July 27, against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.At that point, few were backing him to reach 28 overall for the season and rediscover the form that made him one of Europe’s most feared strikers before a serious knee injury in 2014. He has netted 19 in 26 league games this season for French league leader Monaco, even more impressive considering seven of those have been as a substitute.“It’s been a great experience to play alongside him,” Monaco’s Brazilian center half Jemerson said Tuesday. “When he plays, he is often decisive for us. Defenders are a bit wary of facing him and it’s important to have players like that in your side.”Falcao has fought back from disappointing loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea in the past two seasons and is close to his best.Although he missed a penalty at Manchester City in the first leg of their Round-of-16 contest, he also scored two well-taken goals in that game. In the return leg against Borussia Dortmund, his excellent diving header made it 2-0 and put Monaco on course for a semifinal spot after a 3-1 win made it 6-3 on aggregate.ADVERTISEMENT “Before his injury, Falcao was one of the best strikers around,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Tuesday through a translator. “He’s coming back very strongly.”Falcao has formed a superb partnership with 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, who has netted 24 times.Mbappe’s pace, power and brutally direct style gels perfectly with the guile, movement and experience of Falcao. The Colombian rocketed to international fame after scoring 70 goals in 91 games with Atletico Madrid before joining Monaco in the summer of 2013.The 31-year-old forward has 234 goals in 397 career games, having also enjoyed productive spells with River Plate and Porto.A miserable five goals in a combined 41 games for Manchester United and Chelsea failed to shake his self-belief.“It’s one of my best seasons,” Falcao said. “If we win the two competitions we’re involved in, it will be the best, for sure.” Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Baron is UAAP MVP; Jaja reaps three awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Falcao turned down a lucrative move to the Chinese league in January and is happy to extend his contract, he told L’Equipe on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), providing the club pledges to be ambitious next season.“I feel very good, we’re all happy and the results are good. All will depend on the club’s objectives,” Falcao said. “If Monaco still has the objective of winning trophies in France and in Europe — which is why I came here — then I will be delighted to stay.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAhead of the first leg match, Jardim made it clear that the club wants to keep its top striker.“We want the big players to stay with Monaco and Falcao is one of those,” Jardim told a pre-match news conference. “Everyone wants him to stay.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead
an unemployed man of Alexander Street, Lacytown, Georgetown, was Thursday granted 0,000 bail for breaking and entering by Magistrate Faith McGusty when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Leon Obermuller, 43, of 117 Alexander Street, pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on April 27, at Croal Street and Brummell Place, Stabroek, Georgetown, he broke and entered a store belonging to Vishal Ramnarine with intent to commit a felony.Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman, in his facts, told the Court that on April 26, Ramnarine secured his business and left for home.However, on April 27, while at home he received a call from MMC Security personnel informing him that his store had been broken into, since the alarm had gone off.Ramnarine made his way to his business where he was confronted with Obermuller, who was armed with a dangerous weapon and attacked him. Ramnarine retaliated by discharging three rounds with his licensed firearm aimed at the accused. The suspect was subsequently apprehended and charged for the crime. Obermuller showed no visible signs of injury while in the prisoner’s dock.Prosecutor Blackman objected to bail based on the nature of the offence committed and the punishment which it attracts and the fact that the defendant was a flight risk. . There was also material evidence submitted.However, after granting the defendant bail, Magistrate McGusty ordered him to return to Court on June 2.
LNG Canada has worked towards FID since it first identified Kitimat from a list of 500 potential sites in British Columbia as the ideal location for an LNG export facility. LNG Canada’s export plant has been designed to achieve the lowest carbon intensity of any largescale LNG plant operating in the world today.LNG Canada achieved this through a combination of using renewable hydropower from BC Hydro and highly-efficient gas turbine engines. With demand for LNG expected to double by 2035 compared with today as a result of global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, LNG Canada will provide natural gas to countries where imported gas could displace more carbon intensive energy sources and help to address global climate change and air pollution.“We look forward to helping Canada take its place on the global map of LNG exporting countries and want to recognize the important role played by all levels of government, First Nations and the many people that supported LNG Canada to help us get to an FID,” said Calitz. “We also thank our joint venture participants for their trust in our ability to deliver a cost-competitive and reliable source of LNG for their global portfolios.”LNG Canada is advantaged by access to abundant, low-cost natural gas from British Columbia’s vast reserves and the relatively short shipping distance to North Asia, which is about 50% shorter than from the US Gulf of Mexico and avoids the Panama Canal. The LNG Plant will be constructed on a large, partially-developed industrial site with existing deep-water port, roads, rail and power supplies.Advertisement VANCOUVER, B.C. – LNG Canada today announced that its joint venture participants, Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS, have taken a Final Investment Decision (FID) to build the LNG Canada export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation.“The Final Investment Decision taken by our joint venture participants shows that British Columbia and Canada, working with First Nations and local communities, can deliver competitive energy projects,” said Andy Calitz, CEO of LNG Canada.“This decision showcases how industrial development can co-exist with environmental stewardship and Indigenous interests.”- Advertisement -The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada said, “Today’s announcement by LNG Canada represents the single largest private sector investment project in Canadian history. It is a vote of confidence in a country that recognizes the need to develop our energy in way that takes the environment into account, and that works in meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities.”Each joint venture participant will be responsible to provide its own natural gas supply and will individually offtake and market its share of LNG. The FID is for two processing units or “trains,” with first LNG expected before the middle of the next decade.“The project LNG Canada is bringing to northern B.C. symbolizes the kind of balanced and sustainable path forward British Columbians are looking for,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan. “We welcome the unprecedented commitment shown by the LNG Canada partners to work within our province’s ambitious climate goals. The critical importance of this project is what it represents – the intersecting of economic development, jobs for local workers, partnerships with Indigenous communities and forward-looking climate leadership. We’re delighted the global business community sees British Columbia as a natural home for this kind of investment.”Advertisement
Arsenal’s lack of a talented defensive midfielder is a familiar gripe among the club’s fans and one that was even more prevalent following the Gunners’ toothless defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this week.Once a position that provided such a source of strength for Arsene Wenger’s sides, it has turned into something of an Achilles heel, as fans and commentators alike accuse the Gunners of lacking any ‘backbone’ and ‘fight’ in the middle of the pitch.That was no more apparent than on Tuesday evening, when Mikel Arteta – albeit returning from injury – struggled to impose himself on the game and on Dortmund’s constantly busy midfield, leading many to claim that the Spaniard’s days at the club could be numbered.But what is the solution? There have been a number of suggestions that Wenger will reignite his one-time interest in Southampton bruiser Victor Wanyama, but by the time the Gunners are able to attempt to bring him to the club, it could be too late.Arsenal need to address the issue sooner rather than later, leaving the club with few real options. One such option is the return of a player who left the club nearly seven years ago – Lassana Diarra, who is currently without a club, after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow. But is the Frenchman worth a punt? Lassana Diarra is currently without a club 2 2 As far as ability goes, Diarra’s statistics suggest that he is still perfectly capable of doing a job at the Emirates.Once heralded as the ‘new Claude Makelele’, there are instant similarities between the two when looking at Diarra’s numbers. His passing stats alone show that he is comfortable in possession and regularly finds a teammate, wherever he is on the pitch.Another area of real promise is in his tackling. While he has never been a socks-down, rough and tumble tackler akin to Mathieu Flamini, Diarra is relatively effective a breaking up player, something Arsenal need.However, there remain a couple of serious questions that need to be asked of this player. One is his attitude. For all of his apparent talents, there must be a reason why Diarra has played for six clubs in the past eight years.Mitigating circumstances aside – Anzhi Makhachkala transfer listed all of their players following financial problems – Diarra is seemingly unhappy when not playing regularly, and Arsenal have seen this particular side of him following his unsavoury exit last time around. With that in mind, would Wenger want to deal with that potential bombshell again?Another – perhaps more pertinent question – regards his fitness. Diarra’s last match came in May 2014, four months ago, and while he passed a medical ahead of his ultimately failed move to Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day, he will be nowhere near ready to step into first team football immediately.Herein is arguably the most important factor. If Wenger is to address his apparent problems immediately, he needs a player technically competent who can step in immediately. While Diarra’s talents alone make him worth offering a short-term deal, there is no telling how long he will take to get up to speed.Arsenal fans, is Lassana Diarra worth the risk? Comment below…
Footballers like Kaka, Lucas Moura and F1 driver Felipe Massa joined Neymar and former PSG ace Nene for a charity match in Brazil where the sell out crowd were treated to the Barcelona star’s tricks.The match, staged in Nene’s hometown of Jundiai, just outside Sao Paulo, was contested by ‘Neymar’s friends’ and ‘Nene’s friends’ to raise funds for under-privileged families at Christmas. Proceeds will go on food, which will then be divided equally between the Jundiai Social Solidarity Fund and the Neymar Jr Project Institute in Praia Grande.And just look at the flick and goal scored by Neymar…
Antonio Conte says Chelsea are a team transformed, but is adamant it is too soon to consider his side’s Premier League title chances.Chelsea extended their winning sequence to seven Premier League games, coming from behind to win 2-1 and prolong Tottenham’s 26-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge.The Blues in September lost to Liverpool and Arsenal, but, since Conte adopted a 3-4-3 formation, his side have scored 19 goals, conceding just once.“Now we are another team,” Conte said.“If we were the same team (as) against Arsenal, Liverpool, today we lose the game. For sure.“We have another type of confidence. We are working a lot.“I’m pleased for the players. They enjoy this type of football.“It’s normal in this type of game you can’t dominate for the whole game.“Today it wasn’t very easy. Today or this period if you talk about this (the title) it’s not right.“It’s not right because we have to improve a lot and we have a long way in front of us.“It’s important to stay humble, to continue to work, to trust in our work, above all after this type of game.“Today we won a game against a really strong team. On Saturday we’ll have another strong team (Manchester City) and we don’t forget that against Arsenal, Liverpool we lost.”Not since Gary Lineker scored the winner in February 1990 have Spurs won at Chelsea.And the visitors suffered their first loss of the season as Conte’s Blues responded from conceding a first Premier League goal in 601 minutes, since the 40th minute of the loss at Arsenal.Pedro’s sublime strike cancelled out Christian Eriksen’s superb opener and Victor Moses struck what proved to be the winner for Chelsea, who returned to the top of the table ahead of next week’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s City.Conte is already looking ahead.He added: “When you win this type of game, a derby, a special derby, you must be pleased, but from tomorrow it’s important to think the next game against City, another very strong team. We have to continue.”Leaking a goal for the first time in two months was a new challenge for a rejuvenated Chelsea, who finished 10th in defence of the Premier League title, but had a say in the destination of the trophy by drawing with Spurs in May.“It was a big test,” Conte said.“I always speak with my players after the first half and because it’s right to say the right things and the bad things that we are doing.“But sometimes it can happen that the opponent started better than you.“In that moment we had to improve as a team, not as a single player.“In the second half we exploited situations we didn’t exploit in the first half.”
Dele Alli, who impressed in the weekend win over the Hammers after being urged to show who the ‘real Dele’ was instead of his brother, has hailed the arrival of Mourinho.“It was funny. It was the first thing he said to me,” Alli recalled. “I laughed. He’s said a few other things since.“A few others have said [I’m not playing at my level]. It was nice for someone to say it to me rather than behind my back.“His achievements speak for themselves. It’s a pleasure to have him here. We haven’t had much time to work with him.” GETTY AFP Zlatan is a free agent but won’t be joining Spurs “Is he leaving? Is he staying? Let’s talk about his commitment for the club and for his colleagues and for the project and he’s with us.“My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not select, will be based on a perspective of a future.“I cannot hide that. It will also be based on a perspective of a future.“We have a present and in football we have to focus on the present, in this case the game tomorrow, but it’s a club where you have to think about the future.“These important decisions obviously they have an influence on my decisions as a head coach, but the important thing is that Christian staying or leaving, he’s that type of guy who easily I could understand“A proper guy, loves the club, loves his colleagues, amazing colleague in the dressing room. So it doesn’t matter what, he’s one of us until the last day.”Mourinho’s reign got off to the perfect start as they beat London rivals West Ham, and he is now targeting a good result in his first match at home on Tuesday night, when Spurs resume their Champions League campaign against Olympiakos. Jose Mourinho has ruled out signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Tottenham.The veteran Swedish striker worked under Mourinho at Manchester United and has been linked with a switch to Spurs following his departure from LA Galaxy. LIVE on talkSPORT Mourinho insists Eriksen will ‘remain one of us’ until he leaves Tottenham 3 Eriksen is delighted to be back in management with Tottenham 3 3 AFP The 56-year-old will be managing in Europe for the first time since losing to Valencia during his time with Manchester United in December 2018.“Our stadium is the best stadium in the world and we have great support, so we are going to try to have a good result and qualify,” he said.“We have to qualify first, that is our focus. Give me time, give me time to develop my ideas and we will have no problem going to play any team in Europe. We are not afraid of anyone.”Mourinho has won the Champions League twice before, first with Porto in 2004 and then again in 2010 with Inter Milan, and is hopeful of taking Spurs one step further.“I love the competition as much as everyone in football. It’s something that everyone dreams of winning,” he said.“We have two matches to qualify and we need to focus on these matches first.“Every Champions League campaign there are details around your success or failure….. How many times I lost on penalties or in the last minute. Details make the difference.“In my case the season where I lost the semi-final on penalties with Real Madrid I think that was the strongest Real Madrid of the past 15-20 years. We won the league but lost on penalties because three of the best penalty takers in the world, Kaka, Ramos, Ronaldo, missed. We were the best team.“As for Spurs last season they had little details for them. VAR was with them, it was the right decision, but they fought for it. The Lucas goal in Amsterdam. To arrive in the final is an achievement but not history.” But Mourinho, speaking ahead of his first home match in charge of Tottenham, said on Monday a move for the 38-year-old makes no sense when he has Harry Kane.“I have more than a connection, amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance,” said Mourinho when asked about a potential move.“We have the best striker in England. It doesn’t make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane.”Mourinho also commented on Christian Eriksen, revealing he has chatted with the playmaker in private, although Amazon were listening in too as they continue to film their behind-the-scenes documentary.Eriksen said he was ready to leave Spurs for a new challenge in the summer and is out of contract at the end of the seasonHe was named on the bench for Mourinho’s first game as Spurs manager, the 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday, but was introduced late on.Mourinho says his decisions about selecting the Dane will be ‘based on a perspective of the future’.“I’m not going to tell you what we said. Just me and him – and Amazon,” he said about his discussion with Eriksen.“The important thing is that he’s committed with us so let’s not talk about his future, let’s not talk about what is going to happen. 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Fri., Sept. 1CHEQUAMEGON7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 22at Rib Lake/Prentice (at Prentice)7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 13at Edgar7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6MARATHON7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8TOMAHAWK7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16*°PESHTIGONoon Fri., Aug. 25°at Antigo7 p.m. The reigning conference champion Stratford Tigers attempt to stay on topBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford Tigers are coming off a season where they won their first outright Marawood Conference title since 2007 and reached the second round of the playoffs, finishing 9-2.Six first-team all-Marawood players have graduated, three of which are moving on to play NCAA Division II football. But as is the case most of the time in Stratford, the cupboard is far from bare.The Tigers bring back six all-conference players, including first-team inside linebacker Aiden Hoffman, and they expect to compete with the likes of Edgar and Marathon for another Marawood crown.Two-time Marawood Back of the Year Kamren Bornbach and stout offensive linemen Tanner Weinfurter, Tyson Kauffman, and Ethan Fabry are gone, but Jason Tubbs said he likes what he sees from those ready to step in.“Our seniors have done a nice job working in the offseason,” Tubbs said. “They definitely aren’t the same size, but their quickness is going to be apparent on the field. Our junior class is a nice group of kids that will mix in some spots, and our sophomores are a good team that is pushing kids to get on the field right now. It’s going to be a fun year. I want to say we’re a young team, but I want to see what we look like at the end of the year.”Stratford junior Eli Drexler returns as the Tigers’ quarterback this season.Four running backs who ran for more than 150 yards last year are back for the Tigers. Juniors Kade Ehrike (287 yards, five touchdowns) and Derek Marten (163 yards, four TDs) and seniors A.J. Schoenfuss (171 yards, three TDs) and Jordan Becker (255 yards, two TDs) return to a backfield led by quarterbacks Eli Drexler, a junior, and Mark Handrick, a senior.Drexler stepped into the starting role early last season as a sophomore and threw for 532 yards and a pair of scores and was a rushing threat as well.Tubbs said senior Connor Multerer is ready to step in at one tackle spot, Luke Barten will play guard, and returning starters Aiden Hoffman and Dylan Schoenherr will return to the offensive line. The opening is at right tackle, where he said one of the younger guys could find a spot in the lineup.Barten on the defensive line and senior defensive back Dilan Dehlinger were both second-team all-conference picks, and Becker, Drexler, and Ehrike were honorable mention choices that also return to the defense.“It’s going to be hard to replace Kam and Ethan. But other than that, we’ve got a lot of guys back,” Tubbs said. “We have a lot of guys that played in our system, and I feel confident in our defense will be strong. We have to find someone to replace Cole Hoffman, our strong safety, and have some guys that are competing there.”Barten said he is excited to see what the new Tigers will lend to the team on the field this fall as they try to contend for a 26th-straight trip to the WIAA playoffs.“We have a bunch of great sophomores coming up to replace a really great senior class,” Barten said. “We have all the same goals as last year. It’s a great tradition and a great program to be in. I’m just really glad to be a part of it and keep winning every year.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 STRATFORD FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Fri., Sept. 29at Auburndale7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 18°STANLEY-BOYD7 p.m. Home games in CAPS, at Tiger Stadium*Homecoming°Nonconference
Musa Mkalipi Nick Wilkinson, SA Olive chairperson says that consumption of olive oil in SA has grown by roughly 20% per annum over the past eight years.(Image: Suidwes) The olive oil industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural activities in the South Africa.(Image:fornobravo)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nick Wilkinson SA Olive chairperson +27 82 688 0578 RELATED ARTICLES • SA olive oil is the best, study shows • SA olive oil hit in Italy • Paying it forward with goat farming • Kilimo Salama farmers’ safetyFive locally produced olive oils were named the Absa top five olive oils at this year’s South African Olive Oil Awards. The oils were judged by a panel of qualified olive oil tasters. The top five places were taken by Porterville Olives, which claimed two positions, followed by De Rustica Olive, Gabrielskloof and Rio Largo Olive Estate. All the oils were in the intense style, which is characterised by a bitter and spicy taste. Other styles are medium, which is semi bitter, grassy and clean, as well as the delicate style, which is a milder oil used for delicate dishes.The competition gave recognition to and rewarded producers that attained different technical levels of quality with bronze, silver and gold medals. A total of 43 oils received gold medals, 13 for intense quality olive oils, 24 for medium and six for delicate style; 39 received silver medals while 14 received bronze medals. “We can say unequivocally that the vast majority of locally produced extra virgin olive oils are of a superior standard,” said Nick Wilkinson, the chairman of the SA Olive Industry Association (SAO). SAO is a non-profit association that represents the common interests of the South African olive industry. The tastings and awards were made over a period of four days in August. Marbrin Olive Growers, nestled in Robertson in the Breede River Valley in Western Cape, was one of the winners, bagging a total of three gold medals. Briony Coetsee, the marketing manager at the farm, was pleased with the win; however, she said that the olive oil industry was not without its trials. “The success is not financial yet as South Africans do not appreciate locally produced products.” Another big winner was Oakhurst Olives from Tulbagh, also in Western Cape. It was the recipient of two gold medals as well as two silver medals. Pieter du Toit, the managing director of Oakhurst, said that this showed the farm was producing good olive oil. This year’s South African Olive Oil Awards had a record number of more than a hundred entries, representing a 58% increase over 2012. It was the highest number of locally produced oils to compete in the competition since its inception eight years ago. “The judges follow an internationally recognised method of scoring the oils within categories of delicate, medium and intense. The oil is judged for its aroma, bitterness and pungency as well as the balance between these characteristics,” explained Wilkinson. The entries went through a series of blind tastings by the panel of judges using an internationally recognised method of scoring the oils. “Olive oil must have a great smell and must smell like something green such as grass or olive leaves. It must also be free of any defects,” said Benedetta Lami, one on the judges. Other categories included the Lifelong Achievement Award, given to the judging panel for their contribution to the local olive industry. Recipients included Gerrie Duvenage, Reni Hildenbrand, Louise Rabie, Robert Claasens, Leonard Arangies, Lami and Anna-Marie Ferreira. Lastly, the Mentorship Award was given to individuals who mentored the new generation of olive growers. All entries included a chemical analysis of the oil. A booming industry South Africa is one of the leading olive oil producers in the world based on quality, taking top positions at international olive oil competitions, says the Olive Oil Times. Production in the country has doubled in the last four years and with current trees planted growth will continue annually, with the expectation of import replacement. Consumption of olive oil has grown by roughly 20% a year over the last eight years says SAO. Approximately six million litres is consumed, of which two million is produced locally. Olive farming is one of the fastest growing agricultural activities in the country, with over 70 registered producers. South Africa produces 3 000 tons of olives each year, while 2 000 tons are imported. Wilkinson said: “A small percentage of South African production is exported but this is increasing annually due to the superior quality of South African production. The retailers are the biggest importers, either directly or through their respective agents.” Challenges in the industry The olive oil industry is not without challenges. South African olive oil prices are higher than those of imported oils. Coetsee said this was due to the incorrect labelling of internationally manufactured oils as they were not always entirely extra virgin. South Africa follows International Olive Council guidelines in ensuring that the best oils are produced. A large percentage of imported oil that claims to be extra virgin olive oil is not always the real deal. SAO said that testing carried out on two occasions of randomly selected extra virgin olive oil labels showed that up to 60% of the imports were either inferior quality olive oil or adulterated oil, namely containing a blend of seed oils or deodorised oil or pomace oil. SAO added that the European Union subsidised its producers, effectively keeping their nationals in employment. South Africa received the lower quality of European production, but it was often superior in packaging, which often pushed consumers to think that the content in the bottle matched the quality of the label. Wilkinson said the South African producers had applied for a countervailing duty equal and opposite to the European Union subsidy so that the country could compete on price on a level playing field. “We need to educate the consumer into the benefits of using quality extra virgin olive oil as against the poorer quality and fraudulent oils which have questionable health benefits. In the end you get what you pay for.” Location, location, location The first olive trees in South Africa were planted by Jan van Riebeeck, first founder and commander of Cape Town, at his farm Boschenheuvel in the Cape in 1661. Olive farms are still mainly situated in the Western Cape province, because of its climate, which is very similar to that of Mediterranean countries, with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. There are, however, farms in Gauteng, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. The Cape Olive Route covers a large area of Western Cape, including the Breede Valley, Paarl region, Stellenbosch and Helderberg, Durbanville and the Overberg region. About 200 olive cultivars are found around the world, with 20 different cultivars grown in South Africa. The average olive tree takes about three to five years to grow to maturity. According to upmarket food and goods retailer Woolworths, the average 750ml bottle sells for about R90. Woolworths offers a wide range of olive oils sourced from a different manufacturers, a number of them in the Western Cape namely: Willow Creek ,In the Nuy Valley, Morgenster, a wine and olive estate in Somerset West, as well as Costas Estate in Paarl, to name a few. Olive oil is good for you The health benefits of olive oil are wide as it is a good source of vitamins A, K and E, which is a powerful antioxidant, as well as of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. SAO pointed out that olive oil contained high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, which maintained the healthiest cholesterol balance. “Extra virgin olive oil is the top grade of olive oil and is produced by mechanical process below 28 degrees and must meet certain chemical criteria with no taste defects,” said Wilkinson. He added that it should contain the highest level of vitamins, antioxidants and polyphenols, which were the underlying attributes for the health benefits of using olive oil in your diet. Olive oil, especially extra virgin, contains tyrosol phenolic compounds such as oleuropein, an antioxidant derived from olive trees, and oleocanthal, a natural organic compound found in extra virgin olive oil. Together with vitamin E, they assist with fighting off cancers, inflammation, coronary artery disease and diabetes, among other ailments, according to Natural News.