Cook announces retirement from playing

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesLee Cook has announced his retirement from playing. Speaking on The Loftcast, QPR’s in-house podcast, the former R’s winger confirmed his decision to hang up his boots.The Hammersmith-born 34-year-old was a popular figure during his spells at QPR and has since had a short spell at Greek club Apollon Smyrni and played for Barnet, Leyton Orient and Eastleigh.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Xhosa knitwear design goes global

first_img8 September 2010When Laduma Ngxokolo, a textile graduate from South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, decided to create a range of men’s knitwear as part of a research project for his studies, he had no idea his love of knitting would cause such a stir in the fashion industry.“It feels like a dream some days,” Ngxokolo says when asked how it feels to go from being a student to an internationally acclaimed men’s knitwear designer.Ngxokolo’s distinctive pure kid mohair and Merino wool jerseys celebrate traditional Xhosa heritage and have put the spotlight on South African design talent.The fashion world first took notice of Ngxokolo’s designs when he entered an international competition initiated by the Society of Dyes and Colourists.He won the national leg of the competition, earning him a trip to London, some money and the Veronica Bell Trophy.He then went on to compete against eight other countries and, much to his surprise, was named the overall winner.Since then, one of his knitwear pieces was nominated for the 2011 Design Indaba Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa competition.Research project with a differenceAlthough wool and mohair garments have come to be associated with high-end fashion, Ngxokolo’s original intention for the jerseys was far much more practical.“For my BTech research project, I wanted to develop a Xhosa-inspired range of knitwear for amakrwala Xhosa for new initiates,” he says.In Eastern Cape Xhosa communities, boys between the age of 18 and 23 undergo circumcision as part of a manhood initiation ritual. After initiates return home from initiation school, they are guided through a six-month process where their elders teach them manhood protocol. Xhosa initiates are traditionally called amakrwala during this process.Before amakrwala attend circumcision school, all their old clothes are given away, which symbolises the end of boyhood. Their parents have to buy them new clothing, including high-quality men’s knitwear. This is where Ngxokolo saw a gap in the market.Amakrwala buy imported knitwear brands, but he says these bear no resemblance to Xhosa traditions. For this reason, Ngxokolo wanted to develop knitwear using only traditional Xhosa designs and colours.He says that amakrwala are influenced by urban, western styles and it was important to create contemporary garments that are still in keeping with Xhosa culture. He also wanted to use long-lasting fibres. “One of my main considerations was to use high-quality materials so that the items could be passed down to the next generation,” Ngxokolo adds.Finding design inspirationThe designs and patterns for each jersey are well researched. “I draw inspiration from traditional Xhosa beadwork. I add my own interpretation of each design and then develop the knitting motifs. This makes each jersey distinctive,” he says.The recurring zig-zag, arrow and diamond motifs found in Xhosa beadwork designs are structured geometrically, making them ideal for knitting.There is no sense of mass-production associated with Ngxokolo’s garments. Designing, sourcing of wool, dyeing and production can take up to a month. Once he has found motifs that he likes, he develops computer-aided knitwear designs resembling those of traditional Xhosa beadwork.Colour is important in Xhosa culture and the palette of each jersey is well thought-out.“Orange is one of my favourite colours. I select light, medium and dark colours so that they can be mixed and matched to form exciting colour combinations,” he says. The patterns on each jersey are attractively arranged, using various shades of red, orange, green, brown and even a touch of blue.Natural fibresNgxokolo is a purist and big supporter of using local and natural fibre in fashion. “Consumers are becoming more discerning about what they buy and wear and natural fibres are much more popular these days,” he says.All his jerseys are knitted using only pure wool and mohair from the Eastern Cape. “I enjoy working with mohair and wool because both fibres are durable, breathable and they have good colour fastness.”The Eastern Cape is a leading producer of high-quality wool and mohair, producing the majority of the world’s mohair. The absence of a thriving textile industry means the majority of mohair is exported.Ngxokolo says that in utilising the fibre, he can indirectly contribute to the sustainability of local farmers and small-scale black community farmers.Building a businessThanks to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) incubator initiative, a programme that helps promising graduates turn their creative ideas into viable businesses, Ngxokolo is on his way to building a thriving business.The NMMU Fashion and Textile Department provides him with a rent-free workshop and he is training four apprentice knitters to help with the growing demand for his knitwear. Ngxokolo also hopes to launch a female knitwear range in early 2012.The response to his work has been overwhelming and he says he has his mother to thank for first getting him interested in knitting. “She taught me everything I know,” Ngxokolo says.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Opera Enables Unite in Latest Alpha of Opera 10.10 and It’s Actually Pretty Good

first_imgOpera currently only makes a small set of services available (you can find them here), but developers will be able to create their own services as well. In our tests, Unite worked just as advertised. We were able to stream our music, access our photos, and serve up a simple website. We didn’t test all of the available services, but there is also a file uploader that allows you to quickly upload a file to your machine at home, as well as a file-sharing service that allows users to host their own files. Another neat app is the “Fridge,” where you can post sticky notes for other users to see. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting You can make your services publicly available for everybody on the Internet, password protect them, or make them available only to you when you are logged in with your Opera credentials. There are obviously some security concerns to be considered when you run a service like this on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, though Opera obviously argues that Unite is secure.If you want to give it a try, you can download the latest beta of Opera 10.10. Just remember that this is beta software, and things will inevitably break. Today, just a few days after the release of version 10 of its desktop browser, Opera has already released a new beta alpha version of the next iteration of its flagship product. This version includes a few bug fixes, but most importantly, it also enables Opera Unite, the hyped and then quickly forgotten browser-based web server that Opera announced in June. Given that Unite will soon be part of the default install of Opera, we thought that now would be a good time to have another look at Unite and see if it lives up to its promise to “reinvent the web.” A Web Server on Your DesktopWhen Opera announced Unite, the company’s PR material said that it would “reinvent the web.” This is where Opera’s PR went wrong and may be the main reason why people quickly lost interest in Unite. Here is what Unite really does: it allows you to easily turn your desktop into a web server and run a number of web services like photo-sharing, file-sharing, messaging, forum, web server, and online media player right from your machine and access all of these services from anywhere. If you are currently using Simplify Media or a similar service, you are already familiar with the basic idea of how Unite works. Just like with Simplify Media, you can access these services only when the program is actually running on your computer, so it’s not a replacement for a hardware device like the Pologplug. center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Arellano Eyes twin NCAA titles Last Friday, the visitors included Japanese and Britons. They spent big amounts for taxi fares just to be with the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion who knocked out Mexican Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 3.According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer and manager, the foreigners brought along boxing gloves, shirts and other mementos for Ancajas to sign. They also posed for pictures with the southpaw being hailed as the next Filipino ring superstar after Manny Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs a result of Ancajas’ fourth straight KO victory, Jimenez’s stock as trainer also rose, with Chinese and Australian boxers wanting to hone their skills at the makeshift gym.Jimenez said they are still waiting for matchmaker Sean Gibbons to finalize details of Ancajas’ next title fight against mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan. On Monday, Ancajas will start light training. —ROY LUARCA After an impressive initial foray in the United States, Jerwin Ancajas gained local following and international acclaim.Proof is a steady stream of media outfits and fans, including foreigners, trooping to his secluded Survival Camp in Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite province.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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IPL-5 ticket sales generated Rs 131.68 mn in play-offs

first_imgThe 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) was a roaring success at box office. The income from sale of tickets broke all records as spectators packed the stadiums throughout the tournament.Franchisees made a killing from the league matches through the sale of tickets – at box office as well as online while the broadcasters too laughed their way to the bank after the final was telecasted in 192 countries. The IPL/BCCI too generated huge revenue from the four play-off matches – Rs 131.68 million to be precise.The IPL made this income from Qualifier 1, Qualifier 2, Eliminator and the final. The revenue from these games goes directly to the Board while the franchisees keep the income from the league matches.Except for the Qualifier 2 in Chennai on May 25, the stadiums hosting the play-off matches were packed to the hilt. Interestingly, the Madras High Court permitted the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to open three stands, comprising about 12,500 seats, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium for the Qualifier 2 and the final, and it resulted in additional revenue.Sources said the revenue would have been much bigger, had the IPL not been forced to pay entertainment tax. “The IPL made a total revenue of Rs131.68 million and after paying Rs 28.24 million entertainment tax, the net revenue was Rs 103.44 million,” a source told Mail Today.The entertainment tax in Chennai was paid at a rate of 25 per cent and in Pune and Bangalore, where the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator were played, it was 10 per cent.Rajeev Shukla, chairman of the IPL governing council, said spectators’ patronage was a proof of the unqualified success of the tournament. “The spectator response was excellent as they thronged to the grounds. It was so because their entry to the grounds was hassle-free and they were treated well by the franchisees, the police and the security,” Shukla told Mail Today. “Earlier, spectators found it difficult to purchase tickets. This time we made more tickets available online.”advertisementThe Qualifier 1 in Pune earned a total revenue of Rs 35.60 million, out of which tickets worth Rs17.80 million were sold at box office and exactly the same amount was generated through online sale. After paying Rs 3.62 million as entertainment tax, the IPL got Rs 31.98 million – the highest net revenue among the four knock-out games.For the Eliminator in Bangalore, tickets worth Rs 29.02 million were sold (Rs 23.86 million at box office and Rs 5.16 million online). After paying Rs3.55 million as tax, the IPL received Rs 25.47 million.Chennai hosted Qualifier 2 and ticket sale generated Rs 26.93 million (Rs 24.01 million at the window and Rs 2.92 million online). IPL earned a net revenue of Rs 18.09 million after paying Rs 8.84 million in taxes.For the final, between champions Kolkata Knight Riders and hosts Chennai Super Kings, tickets worth Rs 40.12 – the highest income before paying taxes were sold. Of this, Rs 33.81 million was generated from box office – the highest at this outlet amongst the four matches – and Rs 6.32 million from online sale. After paying Rs 12.23 million as taxes, the IPL made a cool Rs 27.89 [email protected]last_img read more

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