Herrera not surprised by Van Gaal exit

first_img“It wasn’t a comfortable time, but we are professionals, and so we didn’t allow it to distract us,” he told Marca. “I must say that the coach remained strong throughout.“He never showed signs of surrender and, in the end, we won the FA Cup. Van Gaal is an honest guy and has always put Manchester United above all else.”The former Netherlands coach was eventually shown the door, despite United’s FA Cup final triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley last week, and Herrera insists few were surprised.“Nothing surprises you in football today,” the 26-year-old continued. “United have to fight for every title and, when they lose that fight, this is one of the outcomes.“In many ways I think he has done a good job. I’m grateful to him because he signed me and so gave me the opportunity to play more than 70 games, in two years, at arguably the world’s largest club.”Speaking about the incoming Jose Mourinho, Herrera is relishing the opportunity to work with one of the most successful managers in the game.“I’ve had great coaches: Marcelino, with whom I made my debut; [Javier] Aguirre, [Marcelo] Bielsa [and Ernesto] Valverde; who taught me how to handle the locker room and is a fantastic guy,” the Spaniard said.“Then came Van Gaal and ‘Mou’ now, who is the most successful coach, alongside Pep Guardiola. He has won the league in four countries, the Champions League with Inter and Porto and led Chelsea to become champions twice. So for me this is a unique opportunity that will push me the maximum.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Herrera admits it was difficult for the team to keep their focus amid ongoing speculation surrounding the Dutchman’s future in the last few months, but they soldiered on- PHOTO/AGENCIESMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, June 1- Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is not surprised by Louis van Gaal’s departure from Old Trafford as such things are expected in football.Herrera admits it was difficult for the team to keep their focus amid ongoing speculation surrounding the Dutchman’s future in the last few months, but they soldiered on.last_img read more

AXED! Ian Hendon becomes latest Football League manager to lose his job

first_imgIan Hendon has been sacked as manager of Leyton Orient.Reports emerged on Saturday night that Hendon had been axed by the League Two club’s owner Francesco Becchetti following the 3-1 defeat to Exeter City at Brisbane Road.Orient have now confirmed his departure, with assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler taking caretaker charge.“The club can confirm that Ian Hendon has been relieved of his role as Head Coach of Leyton Orient,” read a statement on their official website.“The club would like to thank Ian for his commitment and passion during his time at Leyton Orient and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours. “Assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler will be assuming Ian’s duties on an interim basis as Caretaker Manager. Leyton Orient will make an announcement at such time as a new appointment is made. “The coaching and management team will continue to focus on realising the full potential of the team and will be working intensively to enhance the club’s performance and position in the League.”Hendon, part of Sam Allardyce’s coaching staff at West Ham last season, had been in charge of Orient since May.He led them to five wins in his first five games at the helm and the O’s were top of League Two at the end of August.But their form has dipped and four victories in their last 21 matches has left the club in 11th, two points adrift of the play-off places. 1 Ian Hendon last_img read more

Smart development along stretch of I-5

first_imgBURBANK – Long overlooked and neglected, a 30-mile stretch along the Golden State Freeway is now turning heads for its sizzling, economic development potential. The I-5 corridor, spanning from Glendale through Santa Clarita, could become the region’s promised land – sculpted into a vibrant cluster of biomedical, entertainment, technology and business service sectors, San Fernando Valley officials say. And key to broadened economic prosperity in the region will be creating a collaborative and comprehensive strategic plan targeting the corridor for smart development, according to a report released today by the Mulholland Institute, a San Fernando Valley-based public policy center. “It’s the only place where we have available land left,” said Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, a sponsor of the report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s begging to have revitalization. It’s begging to have attention paid to it.” Economists and officials from jurisdictions along the corridor are scheduled today to strategize on plans to help the area achieve its potential. First step While the economic impact of better, coordinated strategies for development along the corridor is unknown, officials said the area is already booming. From 2001 to 2005, payrolls in the corridor grew 26 percent and the average salary for workers along the corridor rose 20 percent – both nearly twice the increases seen statewide and in Los Angeles County. With a 9.2 percent office vacancy rate and 1.6percent industrial vacancy rate in Los Angeles County, there’s a crying need to develop land, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. And for Los Angeles residents, that could mean good-paying jobs are on the way. “People will say it should be used for retail,” said Kyser. “No. You need to put it to use as it will create good, quality jobs.” Already, the freeway corridor has seen job growth expand about 5percent from 2001 to ’05 – while job growth rose just 1.8percent in California during the same period, according to the Mulholland Institute report. But that could be boosted even further by coordinated development of the corridor, which today has seen piecemeal planning as landowners have come and gone and some sites – such as gravel pits – have been abandoned and never redeveloped. The corridor needs an overarching vision to best develop it for businesses and neighbors, said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. “We want to channel it to a direction that’s good for the Valley and the people – as well as Los Angeles,” said Blake. “This is a first step to bringing it to the surface, getting it on people’s radars and taking an inventory of what’s out there.” The study notes that Santa Clarita, at the north end of the corridor study area, has a vision for industrial and commercial growth – and a well-developed entertainment cluster that could complement the regional entertainment cluster at the other end in Burbank and Glendale. Renaissance coming Meanwhile, it notes that the east San Fernando Valley – in between Santa Clarita and Burbank/Glendale – offers complementary opportunities for economic expansion of both entertainment and technology industries. And it adds that with a less than 2percent industrial vacancy rate, the East Valley will experience a renaissance as much of its current heavy industry becomes obsolete and its mining and landfill activities phase out over the next three years. The study also recommends expanding housing along the corridor, with a focus on increasing moderately affordable units and expanding investment in transit. It recommends boosting capacity on the I-5 and other regional highways by adding high-occupancy-vehicle lanes and high-occupancy toll lanes. And it calls for more rail and dedicated busways. It also calls for toll alternatives for trucks and commercial traffic on roads. The freeway corridor gets heavy truck traffic to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which annually handle more than $290billion in cargo. Half of that cargo heads out of state, leaving the region by train, according to the report. The corridor study emerged out of an earlier report from the Mulholland Institute. The institute studied the corridor for five years, with the help of experts, community leaders and more than 1,000 volunteers. Although over the years community leaders have commented on visions for the area, today will mark the first time they all have gathered together to collaborate, said Bob Scott, project director for the Mulholland Institute. “It hasn’t happened until now,” said Scott. “It sounds simple, but it has not been happening.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com, 818-713-3746 — INTERSTATE 5 STRATEGIES EMPLOYMENT: Promote key assets including diverse work force; research and development, scientific and medical institutions; good movement capabilities; Long Beach and Los Angeles ports. INDUSTRY: Identify and track key industry clusters. RECRUITMENT: Implement a targeted campaign to recruit businesses to complement existing industries along the I-5 corridor including entertainment, technology, aerospace and business services. TRANSPORTATION: Pursue rail-based strategies for freight. PARTNERSHIPS: Undertake collaborative special redevelopment initiatives and partnerships. DIALOGUE: Conduct meetings with community groups and chambers of commerce on identifying, retaining and expanding key companies. NORTH AND EAST VALLEY STRATEGIES LAND USE: Develop new sites and redevelop existing properties into modern industrial space for expansion of key employers. REDEVELOPMENT: Identify and assemble large redevelopment sites for a variety of new uses. INCENTIVES: Offer incentives such as business-license-tax waivers and special districts. LOCATION: Identify and evaluate town center development sites. SOURCES: Mulholland Institute, Valley Economic Alliance160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgNaomh Colmcille Jigs and Reels Tickets are now on SALE.Tickets will be on Sale at the Club House in Páirc Colmcille on Tuesday & Thursday nights from 8pm up until the main event on the 4th August 2012 or you can pick up tickets in Orchid Beauty main St. Newtowncunningham (Tue – Wed: 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Thu – Fri: 10:00 am-8:00 pm and Sat:10:00 am-3:00 pm; Tel:+35374 91 08845 to reserve tickets.   Naomh Colmcille presents a unique opportunity to get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal and clothing and help your local GAA Club. All you have to do is bring the listed items below to Gerard (Diesel) Mc Daid’s farm yard on the following dates: Saturday 7th July 2012 between 9 am and 5pm Saturday 14th July2012 between 9 am and 5pmIf you need assistance with collection/transportation of any materials please contact any of our committee below and arrangements will be made to assist you:Kieran Friel – 086 6056655All clean clothing including Household Textiles, Clothes, Shoes, Handbags, Belts, Curtains, Bed Linen as well as soft and hard back booksAnything that may contain Copper, Brass, Iron, Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Lead  etc in it.e.g. Electric Cables,  Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Microwaves, Tumble Dryers, Swings, Lawnmowers, Strimmers, Rakes Etc, Gardening Equipment, Car Parts, Alloy wheels (No Tyres), Car batteries, Go Carts, Trampolines, Swing Frames, Goal Posts, Steel Oil Tanks, Coal Buckets,  Boilers, Steel Garden Furniture,  Gas Cookers, Sheep Wire, Fencing Wire, Barrels, Wheel Barrows, old Cars, Car Doors/Bonnets etc, Corrugated Iron, Old Farm Machinery, Trailers, Hay and Silage Bailers, Ploughs, Transport Boxes, Toppers, Agitators, Slurry Tank Gates, Cement Mixers, Horse Machinery, Water Pumps, Electric Motors, Engine Parts, Milk Cans/Buckets, Milking machines, Milk Coolers and Car/Tractor/Lorrys. LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

£50m Nottingham Forest takeover could be completed this month, claim reports

first_img1 Nottingham Forest’s USA takeover could be completed this month Nottingham Forest’s potential £50million takeover by an American consortium is making good progress and could be completed this month, according to reports.It is hoped the dealto buy the Championship club – led by former owner of Major League Baseball franchise San Diego Padres John Jay Moores – could go through sometime during the forthcoming international break.The bid needs to be ratified by the English Football League and an Owners and Directors Test would have to be passed for Moores, and his long-time business partner Charles Noell.Completing the deal would finally end the American duo’s search for a British club, following unsuccessful attempts with Everton and Swansea.It is understood the deal would see current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi relinquish full control of the club and not retain a 20 per cent stake as he had previously suggested.Since Al Hasawi purchased Forest in July 2012 the club has lurched from one controversy to another under his stewardship, with the Kuwaiti businessman overseeing a succession of managers, late payments of bills to other clubs, agents and suppliers, as well as winding up orders.Supporters called for him to leave during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Reading, which was a sixth loss in the last eight league matches and left Forest 20th in the table.Such form might leave current manager Philippe Montanier, appointed over the summer, vulnerable under the prospective new owners and the Frenchman will be desperate for only a second win in 11 Championship games when his side host QPR at the City Ground this weekend.last_img read more

License to kill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips SAUGUS – With wide-open eyes, Megan Thorpe stares at the opponents on the other side of the volleyball net. The Saugus High outside hitter looks for the spot where she will smack the ball for a kill. At 5-foot-8, the Centurions’ senior doesn’t seem intimidating. But what she lacks in size she makes up with the power behind her every shot and smacked ball. “Megan is not the biggest, not the strongest,” said Zach Ambrose, the Centurions’ second-year coach. “She’s pretty quick, but she’s got that ultra competitiveness that really helps her achieve just as well as any other taller volleyball player. “By far it is our biggest push,” Ambrose said about this weekend’s tournament. “It will prepare us for Valencia.” Thorpe and teammates have been working to improve their game and be in top shape for the Oct. 4 Foothill League showdown with the Vikings. “Winning league is definitely one of the biggest things for me,” Thorpe said. “Because Saugus was nothing, and now this team is a winner. Zach has brought us through every level. My goal is to win league.” Thorpe’s other goal is to be recruited by a four-year university. She has interest in the University of San Diego, where she would major in journalism or liberal studies. But for now, Thorpe will focus on her senior season with hopes of repeating the results of her sophomore season with Ambrose as the junior varsity coach. That season, Ambrose led the Centurions to a league title by beating Valencia. Most of the girls from that team are now on varsity and have the same objective as Thorpe: beat the Vikings, winners of four straight Foothill League championships. This might be the year for the Centurions behind Thorpe and Stephanie Shardlow. The 5-foot-10, senior setter is responsible for many of Thorpe’s kills. Shardlow has 307 assists this season and has her sights set on breaking her own record of 739. “Very intense,” Ambrose said to describe Shardlow. “She wasn’t intense when she first started. If it’s not Megan, it’s her making everyone step up.” Shardlow, who struggled with bad wrists and an ankle injury earlier in her high school career, and Thorpe create one of the area’s dangerous attacks. “There’s nothing stopping her when she’s gonna get a kill,” Shardlow said of Thorpe. “She has the eyes to look for the blockers and she puts it down every time we get it (the ball) to her. I can put the ball up there and she’ll hit it the hardest she can and there’s no doubt about it.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “A lot of girls have the ability, but there’s very few that have the passion.” That passion has translated into Thorpe placing the ball where she wants, prompting defenses to try to keep the ball away from her. But the Centurions have been able to utilize Thorpe and her passion and translate it into wins. Behind Thorpe’s 129 kills this season, Saugus has won 14 straight matches leading into tonight’s match against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Saturday’s Royal tournament, where Ambrose’s girls will take on some of the best teams in the region. The Centurions’ only loss came in the season opener against Buena. last_img read more

Pot dispensary to stay open

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER The Whittier City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday night to allow the city’s only medical marijuana dispensary, the Whittier Collective, to remain in operation until Oct. 31, 2008. City Attorney Dick Jones said that period would allow the business enough time to recoup its costs. The dispensary is located in an area not allowed for such businesses under an ordinance approved in January by the Whittier City Council. The Whittier Collective can’t be forced to move or close immediately because it was in existence before the city’s medical marijuana law was approved in January.last_img read more

Montrose area drawing prostitution

first_imgMONTROSE – This tree-covered community in the San Gabriel foothills lined with vintage cabins and quaint shopping – a home for those looking for a slice of Mayberry in the city – has become a haven over the past year for women exchanging sexual favors for money. Just two weeks ago, Glendale police following an anonymous tip arrested a 42-year-old woman on suspicion of prostitution in the 2900 block of Honolulu Avenue, where an unmarked office housed a massage clinic – the sixth person nabbed on suspicion of the misdemeanor in the La Crescenta-Montrose area since December. “It gives new meaning to the term `bedroom community,”‘ said John Drayman, president of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, a trade group representing some 200 restaurants, antique shops and other merchants. “They view the Montrose-La Crescenta area as quiet and unobtrusive, that they can operate undisturbed. Our area is often mentioned with the name `Mayberry.’ It’s so contrary to our image up here.” That’s why prostitution operations appear to be drawn to the area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“Illegal solicitation for prostitution is not something you would want to advertise,” said Glendale police Lt. Gary Montecuollo, who investigates vice crimes. “The attempt is to keep it below the radar of discovery by the police and the city groups who would keep an eye out for them. “They don’t want to set a sign that says `Illegal massage done here.”‘ Authorities said Xiaoyan Zhao, who is believed to be a transient living out of various hotels, was arrested Aug. 28 after offering an undercover police officer sex for money. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Glendale Superior Court on Sept. 29. The clinic is listed as SL Acu-Care in phone directories, though there were no signs on the building, and no business permits were filed for the location, police said. Inside is a clinic waiting room, its walls decorated with a diagram of human acupuncture points. A woman who only gave her last name as Li answered calls to the clinic on a recent day. She said she had just started working there, answering a classified ad for a masseuse in a Chinese-language newspaper, and was unaware of any illegal activities or the arrest. The clinic’s owner was not available. Police had raided two other acupuncture/massage treatment clinics along Honolulu Avenue in December, arresting four women on suspicion of prostitution from the Royal Acupuncture Clinic, housed in a medical office building in the 2500 block, and the Integrative Pain Clinic in an office building in the 2200 block, in the Montrose Shopping Park. Feng Wen Liu, 56, and Li Juan Sun, 48, both of Monterey Park, Qing Wang, 46, of Fontana and Mei Ling Yu, 45, of Montrose were cited on suspicion of prostitution. A fifth woman, Hui-Yuing Liang, 37, of Alhambra, was arrested in January. Investigators said the women, who solicited undercover officers, were part of a prostitution ring operated from the two clinics, which have since closed. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Grand opening for Cascades Casino Chatham

first_imgHundreds showed up to Thursday’s grand opening of Cascades Casino Chatham.As people filled the gaming floor on one side of the building, local politicians and executives from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., Cascades’ parent company, spoke to a crowd inside the Match Eatery before the ribbon cutting at the casino’s official opening.Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls said it was a “beautiful day inside Cascades Casino.”Steve Rowbotham, the casino’s general manager, said he was proud of the 200 jobs the casino created, many of which are employees coming over from Cascades Casino Dresden, and the $36-million investment Gateway put into the casino.The casino is the first completely new, ground-up build that Gateway has done in Ontario. The company’s three other current casino locations were built or renovated in existing structures.“This property allowed us to actually build what we would build, what we wanted to build, and showcase the features as we would,” said Bradley Bardua, Gateway’s CEO. “This property is key for us in Ontario. It’s the first of a series of new builds.”Bardua said the grand opening was meant to introduce the facility to the community and guests. He said there will be more events going on at the casino in the coming days and weeks.“It’s really all about bringing the community to the site this week,” he said.NHL players Max Domi and T.J. Brodie will be at the casino on Friday for a meet and greet. They will also accept a cheque for $2,000 from Gateway Gives, the company’s charity organization, for juvenile diabetes research.The Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation was selected by the employees of the casino to be the beneficiary of all the grand opening ceremonies. From Aug. 8 to Sept. 6, $2 from every Tropic Thunder pizza and $1 from every Sons of Kent draft beer sold at the casino will go toward the hospice foundation.Mayor Darrin Canniff said it was a great coming together of the community, Gateway and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Association (OLG).“We worked so well together to create this wonderful facility,” he said.The OLG donated $884,638 to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at the grand opening.Jim Bultje of Chatham said the casino was “pretty spectacular.” As a local home builder, he’s glad to see the 200 jobs come to the city.“We hope to build some houses for people who are moving to Chatham for the casino,” he said. “We’re not into gambling, but we’re definitely into eating and the food here is just fantastic.”Jeanine Foulon, a Chatham resident, said she enjoys the convenience of the casino.“I was here last Friday and the place was just a hoppin’,” she said. “It’s very welcoming and I’m glad it’s here.”last_img read more

SA olive oil a hit in Italy

first_imgThe spectacular Willow Creek estate in the Western Cape. (Image: Willow Creek) Olives grown in South Africa produce oil of exceptional quality. (Image: Willow Creek) Olive oil judges at the 2009 L’Orciolo d’Oro competition in Italy. (Image: Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth African olive oil producer Willow Creek Olive Estate has taken top honours in the prestigious L’Orciolo d’Oro olive oil competition in Gradara, Italy – the world’s second biggest producer of olive oil. The competition took place at the end of June 2009.Willow Creek’s flagship Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil won the intensely fruity category at this year’s competition, edging out the second- and third-placed Spanish oils that were its closest rivals.This is a top international honour for an olive oil and reflects the outstanding quality of South African oils and the increasing respect they have garnered in the global industry. Local products have walked off with many trophies and certificates in recent years.The Directors’ Reserve is a limited edition created by the Willow Creek directors once the last press of the season has taken place. It is generally a blend of three Tuscan olive varieties – Coratina, Frantoio and FS17 (Favoloza) – and is described by the producer as a robust, intense oil.Situated in the Nuy Valley at the foot of the Western Cape’s Langeberg mountains, Willow Creek has been cultivated since 1793. The first olives were pressed in 2002 by current MD Andries Rabie, a direct descendant of that first farmer, Johannes Stephanus Rabie. Today a range of products including oils, whole olives, tapenades and pestos are available.Rabie attributed the success of the 2009 batch of oil to the cool summer, which played a role in the development of a very high level of polyphenols in the olive fruits. He also said that because the area does not suffer from the rainy winters of the coastal region, optimum moisture levels at the right time is possible through careful irrigation.Furthermore, the soil is rich in calcium, which keeps the pH at the slightly alkaline level preferred by olive trees, and the seasonal variations in temperature allow trees to enter a rest period which is necessary for the development of flowers.Tough competitionThe local brand was up against tough competition from major olive oil-producing countries such as Spain, Greece and Italy. Agronomist Giuseppe Fontanazza of the Olive Research Institute in Perugia and L’Orciolo d’Oro chair Marta Cartoceti convened the judging panel of 28 olive oil experts drawn from all over the country.The L’orciolo D’oro was established in Italy as a national competition 16 years ago, and opened to international producers in 1999. The competition takes place under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and is organised by the Enohobby Club dei Colli Malatestiani. It is open to regular and organic extra virgin oils.The competition’s Italian name refers to the large terracotta jars that were used to store oil in days gone by. The jars are now given as trophies.The top three oils receive gold, silver and bronze awards in three categories of fruitiness – light, medium and intense. Certificates for honourable mention and distinction are also given, and there is an award for the most artistically designed label.Oils are tested for chemical properties as well as sensory effects such as taste and aroma.Worldwide acclaimIn the past decade several South African olive oil producers have shone at this and other olive oil competitions, fairs and food festivals around the world. Among them are Willow Creek, Olyfberg, Vesuvio Estates, and Morgenster in Somerset West.In 1999 the latter producer’s extra virgin olive oil, a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, and Favoloza cultivars, became the first oil of South African origin to receive the distinguished L’Orciolo d’Oro award. Morgenster oils have won L’Orciolo d’Oro awards in every year since the inception of the international leg of the competition.Morgenster received an honourable mention in the intensely fruity category at the 2009 L’Orciolo d’Oro ceremony, as well as an honourable mention and a distinction in the medium category.Stealing the limelightWillow Creek’s Directors’ Reserve extra virgin olive oil also scooped a gold medal at the 2009 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competition, in the intense-robust category. To win gold in this category an oil must score a minimum of 86 points out of 100.Three other Willow Creek products stole the limelight in Los Angeles. The Frantoio-Leccino blend of extra virgin oil took a gold medal in the medium category, while the Parmesan-infused and basil-infused oils won bronze medals in the flavoured-delicate category.Morgenster’s blended Frantoio-Leccino-FS17 also won gold in the robust category.The Los Angeles event is now in its 10th year. No less than 318 producers from all over the world submitted 477 entries for consideration, and 96 gold medals were awarded.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSouth African food  South Africa’s big cheesesWine tourism network grows Useful linksInternational Olive Oil CouncilEnohobby Club dei Colli MalatestianiWillow Creek Olive EstateSA Olive Industry AssociationLos Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitionlast_img read more