Round-up: Signings close for Chelsea and QPR

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Bertrand Traore has completed a move from Chelsea to Lyon.The Burkina Faso international, 21, joined Chelsea in 2013 and impressed when given a chance in the first team.However, he did not feature under Antonio Conte, spending last season on loan at Ajax.Forward Traore has signed a five-year contract with the French champions, who have paid Chelsea around £8.8m. Bakayoko signing closeEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea are close to completing the signing of France international Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.The 22-year-old midfielder is among Chelsea’s top transfer targets this summer and is expected to finalise his move in the coming days.Bakayoko joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014 and made his France debut in March. England Under-19 squad namedEmbed from Getty ImagesSix Chelsea players have been named in England’s squad for next month’s European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.They include Reece James (pictured), who was part of the squad that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this month.Trevoh Chalobah, Jay Dasilva, Jacob Maddox, Mason Mount and Dujon Sterling have also been called up, as have Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Tayo Edun.England will begin their Group B campaign against Bulgaria on Monday 3 July and will also face Netherlands and Germany. Scowen agrees terms with QPRJosh Scowen has agreed personal terms with QPR.The midfielder, 24, is available on a Bosman free transfer and looks set to complete a move to Loftus Road when his Barnsley contract expires at the end of the month.Rangers recently offered a contract to Scowen, who is keen to move this summer.He has accepted the offer, paving the way for a return south after two-and-a-half years with Barnsley.The Hertfordshire-born Scowen joined the Tykes from Wycombe in January 2015 and has made 96 league appearances for them, scoring 10 goals. Talks over Bowler continueEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Everton remain in talks over the possible sale of Josh Bowler.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers had turned down an offer from Everton for Bowler, subsequently revealed that they would offer him a new contract and later that their offer had been rejected.Bowler’s refusal to sign a new deal left Rangers resigned to losing the 18-year-old winger and talks with Everton have therefore continued.He is under contract until the summer of 2018, having signed an 18-month deal in February this year.Sky Sports News HQ, meanwhile, believe a deal is close to being agreed. R’s looking to offload BorysiukEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are looking to tie up a deal for Ariel Borysiuk to leave on a permanent basis. The Poland international, signed from Legia Warsaw last summer, failed to impress R’s boss Ian Holloway and was made available in January.He returned to his former club Lechia Gdańsk on loan for the remainder of the season. They appear to be interested in keeping him, while other clubs have been made aware of his availability.Rangers are in talks with Blackburn over the potential sale of Ben Gladwin, while a number of clubs are interested in Michael Doughty, including Peterborough United.Gladwin, Doughty and Borysiuk were all left out of the QPR squad that travelled to Portugal at the weekend for a pre-season training camp.last_img read more

Quigley scores 23 points, Arcata girls top Shasta for Harlan Carter tournament title

first_img“A … PALO CEDRO >> Two tournaments, two titles for Arcata’s girls basketball team.For a team that’s been to NorCals three straight years, the Tigers are looking like they could extend that streak to four.Arcata captured its first Harlan Carter Invitational Saturday night at The Palace with a 54-44 win over Shasta, the two-time defending Northern Section Division III champs.The Tigers swept their own tournament last weekend and came to Foothill High for the 43rd Harlan Carter hot.last_img

Vuka Scuta races into Africa

first_imgThe stylish Vuka XT150, a nippyperformer with a powerful engine that isideal for freeway cruising.(Image: Vuka Scuta) The Vuka RT 125 is to be launched inAugust 2009. (Image: Vuka Scuta)Janine ErasmusNot content with revolutionising the way South Africans commute, local developer Vuka Scuta is now branching out into other African countries. The company has started marketing its motor scooters in Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Launched in 2006, the  Vuka (an isiXhosa word, meaning “wake up” or “get moving”) two-wheelers have become increasingly popular, especially in light of the unpredictable cost of fuel, high interest rates, and often unbearable congestion of South Africa’s urban roads.The stylish motorcycles and scooters are manufactured in China but assembled in South Africa and have been developed for South African and African conditions. Features include improved rubber components, stronger shock absorbers, and more durable instrument panels for the African sun.Vuka evaluated more than 30 Chinese motorcycles and scooter models before deciding on the right models for the African climate and road conditions.The company has recently spent considerable time developing a motorcycle specifically designed for African road conditions – the Vuka RT 125, which will be launched in August 2009.Vukas arrive in a semi-knocked-down state in crates from China, and after years of perfecting the process, assembly staff can put a vehicle together in less than an hour.All vehicles are extensively tested before moving on to the retailer, and the mostly manual assembly and testing processes have enabled Vuka to create a number of new jobs.Ideal marketThe first outlet to sell Vuka scooters beyond South African borders opened in Maputo in June 2009. The company has already received and several bulk orders for motorcycles and scooters from Angola, Zimbabwe and the DRC.Vuka seeks to follow the example set by a number of South African retailers and manufacturers, who have moved out across the continent. Mobile provider MTN, brewing giant SABMiller, fast food chains Nando’s and Steers, and retailers Woolworths, PEP Stores and Shoprite Checkers, among others, have all set up shop in other African countries.Vuka Africa MD Tinus Lamprecht said in a statement that the company foresees a large and potentially lucrative market in the African continent, since it offers a viable transport solution to people looking for ways to ease the effects of the current global economic downturn.“We felt that it is essential to develop and establish potential new markets to enable Vuka to continue its growth and to broaden our brand footprint,” said Lamprecht. “Although each African country presents its own challenges and requirements, we feel confident that we have the necessary experience and products to tackle these markets successfully.”Mozambique is the ideal market in which to launch an African operation, he added, because fuel in that country is expensive, roads are becoming increasingly congested as the economy gathers momentum, and many people in rural areas travel long distances to get to work in the cities.Initially the cost-effective vehicles will be sold to government departments, NGOs and the agricultural industry. A second Vuka outlet is due to open before the end of July in Inhambane, located 470km northeast of Maputo in southern Mozambique.Taking over the continentVuka has plans to begin operations in the east African country of Kenya, as well as Angola and other West African countries.In the Southern African region, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe may soon see the colourful Vukas zipping around their streets, as the company is following up a number of enquiries.  Vuka recently participated in the South African International Trade Exhibition and attracted enquiries from Zambia, Tanzania, Cameroon, Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and the DRC.As in the case of South Africa, Vukas will be adapted for the specific market, fuel and road conditions found in other African countries.The company will also follow the trend it has set in its South African operation by establishing assembly plants in various other regions. It will train technicians in these countries to the levels required to ensure that Vuka customers continue to receive Vuka’s excellent after sales service.Changing the lives of commutersCape Town-based Vuka Scuta captured a 20% market share in its first two years of business. Vuka states that its goal is to “revolutionise personal mobility” and change the lives of hard-pressed South African commuters by selling top quality scooters at the lowest possible prices.The company is wholly owned by the Luna Group, a 23-year-old diversified business founded by entrepreneur Barney Esterhuyzen and his family trust; as well as Titan Nominees, part of the Titan group run by retail masterminds Dr Christo Wiese and Renier van Rooyen Jnr. A small stake is held by Vuka’s Hong Kong agent.Scooters are sold all around South Africa through a network of 32 outlets and dedicated dealers. In mid-2008 the company claimed to be selling one scooter every 26 seconds during normal business hours. All retail outlets are backed up by trained and accredited service centres that carry a wide range of spare parts and can competently attend to any problem.Vuka’s cheapest model is the economical and fuel-efficient EL90, which sells for US$696 (R5 499). The flagship RM 200 sells for $1 643 (R12 999). There are four motorcycle models in the range, two scooter models, and a semi-offroader.Vuka scooters have been developed and tested to ensure a comfortable ride and excellent stability. Quality checks at licensed manufacturing plants overseas are followed by equally stringent tests at the local assembly facilities. Each vehicle offers storage areas and quirky but useful features such as a red light that blinks to alert the driver of an incoming mobile call.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSA one of Africa’s innovatorsSouth African inventionsUseful linksVuka ScutaLuna GroupIOL Motoringlast_img read more

New Ohio state record bowfin arrowed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new Ohio record Bowfin taken by bowfishing has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. The new state record Bowfin, weighing 9.20 pounds, was caught by Tim Makowski of Massillon, Ohio in Mogadore Reservoir. Makowski arrowed the Bowfin July 2. The record Bowfin is 29-5/8 inches long and 14-1/2 inches in girth. His catch replaces the previous state bowfishing record Bowfin that was arrowed in East Harbor (Lake Erie) by John Ehrman on April 30, 1989, weighing 8.79 pounds and measuring 31 inches long. Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Biologists Phil Hillman, Chris Aman and Curt Wagner from the Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 office in Akron confirmed the identification of Makowski’s catch.For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email [email protected] , www.outdoorwritersofohio.orglast_img read more