Tomic can’t ‘find any motivation’ at Wimbledon

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection He has not advanced as far as the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event since losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011 — when at 18 he became the youngest man to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker defended his title in 1986.Tomic, who reached a high of No. 17 in the world rankings in January 2016, entered Wimbledon ranked No. 59 after reaching the quarterfinals in Eastbourne, where he beat Zverev 6-3, 6-2 last week in the second round.“Some weeks I play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments … but now it’s a roller coaster, and I just can’t seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies,” Tomic said.Zverev broke Tomic late in the first set and again early in the second set, after which the Australian said he mentally “wasn’t there.” Tomic also admitted that when he called for a medical timeout, he did so to “try to break a bit of momentum” — although Zverev said later that he believed Tomic was injured.“It kind of made it almost tougher for me, because I didn’t know what to expect, because between points he was walking slowly, and he definitely acted like something was wrong,” Zverev said. “But then he would still, you know — if the ball is within reach, he would still hit the ball hard, especially with the forehand, place it well, and hit a lot of winners.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Australia’s Bernard Tomic looks on during his Men’s Singles Match against Germany’s Mischa Zverev on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — After all the hard work and dedication it takes to get to Wimbledon, at least one player couldn’t be bothered with actually trying to win.Bernard Tomic, a 24-year-old Australian who reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2011, said Tuesday he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Zverev finished with 18 aces, compared to Tomic’s four. He also had 11 fewer unforced errors than Tomic, who committed 25.“I feel like Bernie has been playing Wimbledon since he was about 11,” said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian who lost to Juan Martin del Potro in his first-round match. “Maybe he’s bored. I’m not sure. I do know he’s skillful and hopefully he gets it together because he’s a good player.”After acknowledging his lack of interest, Tomic was asked about whether he would give back his prize money because of his performance — a question he quickly shot down. He also disagreed with a suggestion that he didn’t give his best effort against Zverev.“While I do feel a bit of guilt and I’m like, maybe I could have played four or five sets,” Tomic said, “in my opinion, he played well and I was just playing terrible and I just couldn’t find any rhythm, and he deserved to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I felt a little bit bored out there,” Tomic said, “to be completely honest with you.”Tomic was playing at Wimbledon for the eighth time. He lost to Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Tomic has won three titles in his career, the first in Sydney in 2013. He then won consecutive titles in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014 and 2015. Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Kangana has come out stronger amid controversy: Mother

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Bollywood star Kangana Ranauts mother today came out in support of her actress daughter, saying the controversy surrounding her alleged relationship with actor Hrithik Roshan is “nonsense”.Asha Ranaut today turned up at the 63rd National Awards to cheer for her daughter, who was honoured with the best actress recognition for her dual role in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.Asha said amid Kanganas personal turmoil, her rise in Bollywood is remarkable.”I am proud of her and her achievements. I am very happy that she is at the peak of her career and has got till here only with her hardwork.”The whole controversy is nonsense. We wouldnt want to comment on it. Our lawyers will only talk about it. She is coming out stronger in these testing times,” Asha told PTI.Also present at the awards were Kanganas father, sister and brother.The 29-year-old stars father Amardeep Ranaut said it was a proud moment to see his daughter receive her third National Award from President Pranab Mukherjee here.”… I am very happy. I am a proud father and it is a matter of great pride,” he said.The actress stood out in an off-shoulder shimmery dust blue gown.She teamed her gown with a classic bob, which is similar to the look that she will be seen sporting in her upcoming film “Rangoon”.Unlike the traditional attire opted by Indian celebrities for such events, Kangana usually goes for international cotour. She had opted for a dust pink gown by India-born designer Bibhu Mohapatra in the 2014 National Awards where she was honoured for her role in “Queen”.advertisementHer first National award was in the best supporting actress category for “Fashion”.As she arrived, Kangana greeted Amitabh Bachchan, who was seated next to her and later met his family.Bachchan won the best actor honour, his fourth National Award, for his role in “Piku”.The ceremony was a welcome respite for the actress, who is engaged in a bitter fight with her “Kites” co-star Hrithik Roshan. Both the stars have slapped legal notices on each other besides engaging in a public row.Hrithik says he never had a relationship with Kangana after she referred to him as a “silly ex” in an interview. The actor claims that the actress was corresponding with his imposter.Kangana, however, maintains they had a relationship while accusing the actor of engaging in slut-shaming by releasing her private emails to him. PTI PSH JCH ZMN BKlast_img read more


first_imgVijender, who holds the distinction of being Indias Vijender, who holds the distinction of being Indias first Olympic and World Championships medallist, won his first six pro bouts via knockouts before being stretched to a 10-round win in the WBO title clash against former WBC European champion Kerry Hope. Beard said that Vijender had to battle a few niggles in the run up to the fight. “It was just hard for him with the injuries, this is psychological. He was stressed…He was not scared of the opponent it was more about the occasion, about fighting in India and how India would respond to it. The opponent was nothing, the attention was the factor,” Beard said. “What Vijender did was huge, because he performed despite all that he went through in training. I pushed him really hard. He was doing 10-12 rounds every day with three different quality opponents, who were trying to destroy him. They were not doing him any favours, they were pushing him,” he said. “On Saturday, he needed to stay in the middle, he needed to take his time. Vijender got tired in the fight. They were both tired. But Vijender is a very smart man, he is a thinking fighter. He doesnt rush things all the time. He was more in control of the pace of the fight.” On his personal equation with the reticent Haryana-lad, Beard said he has been bowled over by Vijenders humility. “I have got 5-6 guys in my gym, one of them is an 18-year-old boy called Jason. I like the way Vijender is with him. Jason is a very very quiet boy but Vijender always talks very good with him. “When you have got a three-time Olympian in the gym, you worry about their ego but it is not like that with Vijender and Jason is an example of that. Jason is irrelevant to Vijender but he shows affection for him which I really like. I have a very good bond with him. The communication with him is very good. I know how to calm him down,” he said. “Our equation now is such that when V walks in, I can look at him and tell him whether he is feeling strong or not. I can understand when something is not right.” Asked about his India experience so far, Beard said he was amazed to see such a huge turnout for Vijenders fight even though most fans in the arena simply had no clue about the sport. “Most people I spoke with on Saturday didnt even understand what was going on. They were going crazy about every punch Vijender was throwing. I was talking to a few fans when the undercard was on and I was asking them, who do you think will win? They simply said we dont know, we are here for Vijender, I was amazed. They love the man but they didnt know what was happening,” Beard chuckled. PTI PM BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, Indias young billiards star Dhvaj Haria surprised sports enthusiasts by defeating former World No. 2 and former Asian Billiards Champion Alok Kumar. Dhvaj, who has already made a mark at international level, registered a overwhelming victory by more than 300 points after four excellent breaks of 106, 88, 65 and 88 points. Alok could not latch on to initial chances coming his way and struggled to get hold of the match, and eventually lost out to Dhvaj. Pankaj, on the other hand, recorded his second triumph of the day by defeating Indias two-time World Champion Rupesh Shah. Pankaj missed a golden opportunity to score double century break when he ended it on 193 after he failed to pot a yellow in bottom pocket. Rupesh had to score 285 in his last chance, but failed and in his next visit Pankaj scored the remaining 55 points to win his second match of the day. PTI BDN BS BSlast_img read more

Videos: West Virginia Fans Storm Court After Mountaineers Knock Off No. 1 Kansas

first_imgWest Virginia fans storm court after win over Kansas.Vine/ESPN College BBallThis college basketball season continues to be pretty unpredictable. No. 1 Kansas traveled to Morgantown to face No. 11 West Virginia tonight, and left with a 74-63 loss, just the Jayhawks’ second of the year. Moments after the final buzzer, Mountaineer fans stormed the court in a big way.West Virginia students casually strolling down the stairs from the rafters for the court storm.— OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 13, 2016Cue up John Denver, because West Virginia just knocked off No. 1 Kansas:— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 13, 2016Torcida de West Virginia simplesmente SENSACIONAL após o fim do jogo!!— NBA NA TV (@NBANATV) January 13, 2016 No one is safe atop the polls this season.last_img read more

Our New Favorite Cologne Inspired by Great American Landscapes – Source Adage

first_imgWe get a lot of pitches for fragrances.But when we found out our friend Christopher Draghi (along with his partner Robert Dobay) were launching their own line, we were intrigued. Based in the small, historic town of Hudson in upstate New York, source adage is far from the scent capital of Paris. When we saw the onyx bottles and candles and unusual font, these colognes really stood out among the usual clutter of the fragrance world.Of course you can’t write about fragrance without trying them out, so Christopher sent us a box and we were instantly hooked. While we are greedily keeping the colognes close at hand, we gave the ambient fragrances (read room spray) testers to friends over the holidays and won many gift points. The Southwest candle is seriously one of the best we have used as it still gives off a faint scent of precious dried wood, black peppercorn, fennel seeds and vetiver even when it’s not lit.The colognes are called aka’ula and c’i’aan and each is destination-driven, like the collection of ambient fragrances. The island spice and volcanic aka’ula was inspired by Hawaii and the resin, wood, and fresh arctic notes of c’i’aan were inspired by Alaska. The name given to each of the fragrances is derived from the native languages of the regions that inspired them.While we find these scents very manly, they are indeed unisex so you may want to hide these before they mysteriously move to your ladies side of the sink.We spoke to Christopher to hear a bit more about the brand:What is your background in fragrance?Our background is as creative directors/branding designers with the addition of photography to my resume. Over the years we have worked with fragrance and hospitality companies that gave us an introduction to fragrances from a creative angle. Our own personal interest matured because of it and, from it, we were fortunate to meet professionals in the industry who helped us execute our own point of view for a fragrance line.Why Hudson?Hudson wasn’t planned. We visited once, by chance, on an upstate weekend in the Catskills and immediately felt at home. We were impressed by the high level, curated retail and lively atmosphere in a picturesque setting. On the same day we went on a walk through tour of a building that was for sale on the main commercial street. The realization that we could launch the fragrances and brand in a retail setting vs. wholesale was compelling. We moved on buying the building, sold our place in Brooklyn and renovated what now is not only our flagship store but also our house.Why focus on American scents and places?The American landscape/region inspired fragrances concept came to us immediately. We were excited by the broad inspiration we could draw from with varying landscapes, vegetation, cultures, climates etc. within the US. It gave us a deep well to draw from to individualize the scents themselves. The American states have no lack of awe inspiring nature even today, but there was always an underlying desire to imagine, through scent, the landscapes unspoiled. We wanted to honor a “true” nature in a respectful tone, stripped of a modern lens. The name, “source adage,” being a derivative, albeit conceptually, of that respect; “source of a common truth (adage).”What’s next? We have recently created two new signature ambient fragrances for interior designers and gallerists that fit in to our candle collection. We enjoy the creative process and collaboration with these “special edition” products. In 2017 we’ll introduce more of these collaborations.Our newest creations are the first two eau de parfums, aka’ula and c’i’aan, in a collection that maintain adage’s destination inspired theme. We have applied the same approach as our initial room scents focusing on quality and process to create truly unique fragrances that make statements. We don’t want “nice.” Our third, but not last, eau de parfum is in the final stage of development with a launch in early spring!With the introduction of the personal fragrances underway, we are looking towards the potential of a mens/unisex fragrance + skin care line – from adage’s unique point of view, of course. Somewhere in there will be more travel for inspiration!Check out the brand here and if you happen to find yourself in beautiful Hudson, go check out the flagship on the main thoroughfare at 314 Warren Street. How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Editors’ Recommendations Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt last_img read more

New Belgium Releases a Dank New Beer Called the Hemperor HPA

first_imgHemp beers are nothing new. Craft breweries — especially west of the Mississippi — have been making hemp beers for years. However, these brews are not typically found beyond each brewery’s market, leaving the rest of the country searching for beers that have qualities similar to that of cannabis.  Now, though, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing is working to change that with its new release: The Hemperor HPA, an ale made with hemp that will be distributed nationwide by summer 2018.As we said, plenty of craft breweries have done hemp beers before, but not many made it into wide distribution (Humboldt Brewing’s Hemp Ale being one of the few). For a company with international marketing such as New Belgium, the push to make Hemperor was to showcase cannabis-like flavors and aromas as much as it was to bring awareness to a crop that is underappreciated and underutilized thanks to government regulations, according to Ross Koenigs, New Belgium’s research and development brewer.“This beer has been over two years in the making, most of the time spent learning and reacting to laws that really suppress this crop’s usage,” Koenigs said. “Due to misinformed laws governing the use of industrial hemp, we had to take a creative and long-winding road to get to this point. We’re happy with where we landed, and we’ll be working to change federal regulation so that one day we can brew The Hemperor HPA with hemp flowers and leaves as we originally envisioned.”Fun fact: Hemp generates higher revenue per acre than other crops thanks to farmers’ ability to use multiple parts of the plant. It has also been an integral part of U.S. history. Not only was Henry Ford’s Model T designed to run on hemp fuel, but the first American flag and early paper money were both made from hemp. But enough about the government — back to the beer.An ale that weighs in at 7 percent ABV, Hemperor HPA is brewed using Pale, White Wheat, and Midnight Wheat malts and hemp hearts (the meat of the hemp seed, sans shell). The beer is then dry-hopped with Simcoe and experimental HBC 522 hops to create a dank-as-f*ck aroma balanced by a sweet, mildly bitter finish.Hemp leaves and flowers are restricted from use, hence why New Belgium resorted to using other parts of the plant that would create that distinctive aroma (caused by compounds called terpenes). Because the leaves and flowers are not used, there is no t etrahydrocannabinolor (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) in the beer.The Hemperor HPA will be available on draft starting April 2 and will be out in 12-ounce bottles nationwide starting in late May.If you want to learn more about hemp (or the regulatory process that governs hemp and hemp products), you can visit The Hemperor HPA’s website. In addition, New Belgium has partnered with GCH Inc. (which was founded by Willie Nelson) to raise awareness for the Hemp 4 Victory campaign. One dollar from every barrel of The Hemperor HPA sold will be donated to Hemp 4 Victory in support of its mission to raise awareness and promote pro-hemp bills in the U.S House of Representatives and Senate. Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Editors’ Recommendations The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Introducing a New Look for The Manual Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Levellast_img read more

Former Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal Dwight Nelson has Died

first_imgThe Minister and staff of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security express condolences to the family and friends of the late Dwight Nelson, former Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. Mr. Nelson was appointed to the tribunal in 2015, a position he held until the time of his passing.Mr. Nelson was a true Nationalist who lived a life dedicated to service. He was a stalwart in the trade Union Movement and has left an inedible mark. He is fondly remembered for his wit and impartiality.As we mourn his death, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.last_img read more

Pete Seeger To Be Awarded Woody Guthrie Prize

first_imgAn award that honors those who embody the spirit of legendary folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie will be presented to American folk singer Pete Seeger during an inaugural event Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.The Woody Guthrie Prize will be given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life’s work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America.“We hope that the Woody Guthrie Prize will shed an inspirational light on those who have decided to use their talents for the common good rather than for personal gain,” said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie. “With his dry wit, Woody always preferred to call himself a ‘common-ist.’ His quote from John Steinbeck’s character, Tom Joad, says it pretty simply: ‘Wherever children are hungry and cry, wherever people ain’t free, wherever men are fightin’ for their rights, that’s where I’m gonna be.’ There are so many people who are living this credo, and they’re the ones we will be honoring.”The event will include the Woody Guthrie Prize presentation, a one-on-one Q&A with Seeger and GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, a musical performance by Seeger and Arlo Guthrie and an additional musical performance by Tony Trischka. The prize will be presented by the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla., in conjunction with The GRAMMY Museum.Proceeds from the event will support the Woody Guthrie Center, a 12,000-square-foot center that features state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits on Guthrie’s life, art and creative legacy. The center is home to Guthrie’s comprehensive archives, including the original, handwritten version of Guthrie’s landmark anthem, “This Land is Your Land,” which is available for viewing at the center.“We are honored to present the first Woody Guthrie Prize to Pete Seeger, whose incredible career pushes the boundaries of how music can make us think, feel and act,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “We can think of no better recipient than a colleague, friend and confidant of Woody himself. Pete and Woody are arguably two of the most prolific folk musicians of their lifetimes.”The Woody Guthrie Archives were brought to Tulsa by George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), which purchased them in 2011 from Woody Guthrie Publications in New York. The foundation is underwriting the Woody Guthrie Prize.“Our foundation is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating opportunities for children born into tough circumstances to realize their full potential,” said Ken Levit, executive director of GKFF. “Woody Guthrie spoke up for people who had little voice, and as one of Oklahoma’s most prolific and significant artists, he served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of musicians, artists and everyday people. The Woody Guthrie Prize will continue to honor those who keep his legacy alive today, and we are proud to support it.”For more than 70 years as a performer, Seeger has embodied the ideals of folk music – communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity and inclusiveness. The songs he has written, and those he has discovered and shared, have helped preserve America’s cultural heritage, imprinting adults and children with the sounds, traditions and values of our global past and present. A fearless warrior for social justice and the environment, Seeger’s political activism – from the Civil Rights movement and anti-McCarthyism to resistance to fascism and the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East – has become the template for subsequent generations of musicians and ordinary citizens with something to say about the world.While his frequent disagreements with government policies have perhaps cost him a greater and more superficial popularity through media and performance blacklisting during the ‘50s and ’60s, 94-year-old Seeger’s fearless contributions have nonetheless earned him a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and even membership in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Guthrie was born in Okemah, Okla. in 1912 and wrote 3,000 songs in his lifetime. Guthrie’s iconic “This Land Is Your Land” has become the unofficial American national anthem. Guthrie also recorded many children’s songs and tunes devoted to telling the story of the disenfranchised and working class of his era. He was also an artist, writer, radio show host and activist during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.Tickets for the event are $40 or $50 and can be purchased by calling (212) 864-5400 or visiting For additional information on the Woody Guthrie Center, click here.last_img read more

Thunder Bay police officer now off duty as investigation into Saturdays incident

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe Chief of the Thunder Bay police service says a female officer who was filmed yelling, and then pushing down on a patient strapped to an ambulance gurney is “off duty.”Sylvie Hauth says the officer, who has not been named, is also being investigated.According to a release from police, officers received a call at 7:25 pm e.t.“While on scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside the residence. While being readied for transport to hospital, a female Uniform Patrol officer is seen to be in physical contact with the youth,” said the release.Hauth says the officer has been informed that an investigation is taking place.The 21-second video starts from the outside steps of an apartment building where a paramedic and officer are responding to a person who is laying on a stretcher, wrapped in blankets.“I don’t know why she decided to start being combative here,” the officer is heard saying at the beginning of the video. The officer’s leg is visible standing next to the gurney.“F**k you,” the teenager can be heard replying back.“You’re just going to the hospital, you’re going to the hospital,” she says to the young girl, who is 17-years-old according to Latisha Hardy, who posted the video to her Facebook account.Then things turn angry.“That’s enough. Do not spit on me,” the officer can be heard yelling immediately after what looks and sounds to be a hard slap to the head 13 seconds into the video.“You do not spit on me,” the officer continues to yell as her right hand covers the victim’s mouth, pushing down with force.Nishnawbe Aski Nation confirmed the teen is from Nibinimik First Nation and student of the Matawa Learning Centre.The person who recorded the video wants to remain anonymous.That’s when the video, which is pointed towards the ground, pans up just in time to see the officer strike the young woman.“We are outraged by the actions of the officer depicted in this video. We do not know all of the details that led to this incident, but there is simply no justification for such violent and callous treatment of a youth in a defenseless position,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in a press release. “Such actions by the police, whatever the cause, must be fully independent authority and the results made public by the Chief of Police.”Hardy told APTN News police had been called to a party on the city’s north side on Saturday around 6 p.m. because someone was bleeding and needed medical attention.They said first responders were taking the teenager in the video to the hospital because she was too intoxicated.APTN was told the officer hit her so hard she started to bleed and the young girl was taken to hospital. She has since been released.“She’s doing good right now, she said she has anxiety about this whole thing,” Hardy said.Thunder Bay police did not return calls to explain what the term “off duty” meant.Police have not said where the province’s special investigations unit has been informed of the read more

Moroccos Cereal Output and Animal Industry Record Marked Rise

Rabat – Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, announced record expectations for Morocco’s cereal output and a noticeable increase in quality and production in the animal industry. Both announcements were delivered during opening ceremonies for the 9th Agricultural Conference, Monday in Meknes.Cereal output is expected to hit a record 11.2 million tons this year, up 203 pc from the previous season. At the same time, Morocco’s Green Plan has created more than 300,000 farms as well as a marked increase in sheep and cattle herd head counts.“This year’s cereal output is expected to hit record levels between the three main cereals: 5.4 million tons for common wheat, 3 million tons for barley and 2.5 million tons for durum wheat.” Akhannouch made the statement during the opening ceremony of the conference, held under the theme “Agriculture and Food Security Through water.” “The current season was marked by good rainfall, well distributed in space and time, with a moderate temperature, which has allowed for the supply and use of inputs,” the minister pointed out.Sales of certified seed, therefore, increased dramatically by 52 percent over the previous year, while the area sown with autumn cereals exceeded 52 percent, Akhannouch noted.He added that remarkable growth was recorded in the production of all agricultural sectors, namely citrus fruits, with a harvest of 2.4 million tonnes (up 20 percent) and dates (117,000 tonnes).Akhannouch also provided an update on Morocco’s Green Plan, which has created more than 300,000 farms, noting that a “… significant progress has been made in Moroccan agriculture’s mechanisation by raising the ratio of tractors per 1,000 hectares, which has reached 8.03 compared to 4.9 before the Green Plan.”A critical part of the Green Plan’s objectives concern improving the quality and productivity of the animal industry. To that end, Akhannouch announced an increase in the head count for sheep flocks of 4 million (+18 percent) totaling 26.1 million head. Beef cattle increased by 1 million (+43 percent), for a total of 3.3 million head.“Thanks to the first statistics of the general agricultural census, we have noted the transformation of 700,000 hectares from agricultural systems to high value added farms (fruit trees) and the exploitation of 20% of non-exploited dry lands,” the minister added.The 9th Agricultural Conference kicked off on Monday with the participation of Alpha Condé, Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Guinea, the distinguished guest for this year’s edition. read more

First batch of infantry troops from Burkina Faso join AfricanUN force in

An advance party of 134 soldiers arrived in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, with another 133 scheduled to arrive next Tuesday, according to the mission (known as UNAMID). The remaining members of the infantry battalion – totalling more than 800 soldiers – are expected to be deployed by mid-September in El Geneina and Foro Baranga in West Darfur state.Today’s arrival means UNAMID now has 13,651 military personnel deployed across the region, or nearly 70 per cent of the authorized number of staff under the 2007 Security Council resolution setting up the force.The mission also reported today that more troops from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt are expected to be deployed in Darfur later this month, further boosting its strength.The Security Council authorized the deployment of UNAMID to try to quell fighting and protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 have been killed and some 2.7 million others displaced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen against rebel groups. 4 August 2009The first infantry soldiers from Burkina Faso arrived today in Darfur to serve with the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission to the troubled Sudanese region, as more blue helmets from three other countries prepare to join the force soon as well. read more

UN to provide school kits to thousands of Palestinian refugee children

23 September 2010About 30,000 Palestinian refugee children across Lebanon will receive back-to-school kits this week as part of a United Nations push to reduce the financial burden for families struggling to equip their children for the new school term. “Getting students back to school marks an important step in the lives of children in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon,” said Ray Virgilio Torres, representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon.The kits, which include pens, drawing equipment and books, will give even the poorest students an equal footing and encourage sometimes reluctant parents to enrol their children in school.“I am always delighted when we are able to provide concrete support of this kind,” Mr. Torres said. Nevertheless, “I am also a little saddened that simple challenges such as the lack of pens and paper often prevent children from receiving the quality of education they deserve.”The programme – a collaboration between UNICEF and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – was largely funded by contributions from the Italian public. It was officially launched this week at the Bireh Primary School near the Burj Barajneh camp for Palestinian refugees.Bireh is expected to receive almost 500 students aged six to 12 this year this year but, like most UNRWA schools, it suffers from underfunding and mass overcrowding.Another challenge is that “the demand for school places is huge, especially in the first grade,” said Bireh head teacher Mowaffack Maarouf. As a result, “we have actually had to turn away pupils because we simply do not have enough space.” That, in turn, has led to increasing drop-out rates almost nationwide, and those with special needs are slipping through the net. read more

Peiris briefs Japan on developments

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo today and briefed him on the developments in Sri Lanka.The External Affairs Ministry said that Minister Peiris provided his Japanese counterpart with a detailed account of the current developments in Sri Lanka in respect of all aspects of revival of the economy and the continuing reconciliation process. Gemba meanwhile said Japan appreciated the progress made by Sri Lanka in many sectors since the end of the conflict, and stands ready to work closely with Sri Lanka in addressing the tasks that lie ahead. He also thanked the government of Japan for its consistent support of Sri Lanka during the sixty years of diplomatic relations. Japan’s Foreign Minister also referred to the scope available between the two countries in such areas as tourism, with tourism from Japan having increased by 45% last year, maritime security, solar power projects, and digital broadcasting.The two Ministers discussed in detail specific programmes of collaboration to cement an already strong relationship, with Japan’s Foreign Minister assuring his colleague of the resolve of his government to work with Sri Lanka in a spirit of sustained partnership. read more

5 Things to Remember about famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2013 11:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 5 Things to Remember about famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter CHICAGO – Five things to remember about acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, who died Tuesday:1. HE WASN’T ALWAYS INTERESTED IN FOOD AND DIDN’T GO TO CULINARY SCHOOLCulinary arts didn’t pique chef Charlie Trotter’s interest until college, when his roommate would prepare different courses for friends. Trotter was self-taught. After he graduated from college, Trotter travelled the U.S. and Europe to dine at fine restaurants. His first job was as a cook at the Chicago-area restaurant Sinclair’s, owned by famed chef Gordon Sinclair.2. TROTTER WAS GROUNDBREAKINGHe is credited as being one of the first chefs in the U.S. to prepare and serve all-vegetable tasting menus. He also was in the forefront of using organic food, naturally produced meats and seasonal philosophies of cooking.3. HE CLOSED HIS RESTAURANT LAST YEAR TO GO BACK TO SCHOOLTrotter closed his famed Chicago namesake restaurant Charlie Trotter’s last August after 25 years. He said he was going back to college to enrol in a master’s degree program in philosophy.4. HIS KITCHEN WAS A TRAINING GROUND FOR THE FAMOUSDozens of the nation’s top chefs, including Graham Elliott and Grant Achatz, worked under Trotter.5. HE REALLY LOVED BEING A CHEFTrotter talked to The Associated Press in August 2012 before he closed his restaurant saying, “I completely love what I do. I pinch myself every day going: ‘I make a living doing this. This is unbelievable.’” He also said, “The minute I started working in a restaurant formally as a cook or on the road to becoming a chef was like the greatest day of my life.” read more

Best of 2017 coverage of Ohio State athletics

Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State is one of the most polarizing athletics programs in the country, which makes for some great coverage throughout a year. With 2017 closing, The Lantern compiled nine of the most significant stories or some of the best writing during the year.1) Self-reported NCAA violations prevent Ohio State from recruiting 5-star prospect Micah ParsonsMany who follow the Ohio State football team wondered why the Buckeyes stopped recruiting five-star defensive end prospect Micah Parsons. In documents obtained through a public records request, sports editor Colin Hass-Hill found that Ohio State self-imposed a ban on recruiting Parsons following NCAA infractions during the recruit’s official visit in September.The report garnered national attention with the early-signing period taking place the next day.2) Thad Matta out as Ohio State men’s basketball head coachThis was shocking news that dominated the college basketball news cycle for an entire week. Ohio State fired its winningest men’s basketball coach in school history on June 5, 2017 after 13 seasons. Despite four straight Sweet 16 berths and five Big Ten championships, Ohio State went in a new direction after two straight years of missing the NCAA Tournament.The Lantern published eight articles in the two days after the announcement relating to Matta’s firing.3) Ohio State hires Chris Holtmann as men’s basketball head coachThe coaching search ended with then-Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. Just four days after Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith addressed the media about Matta’s departure, Holtmann signed an eight-year deal to become Ohio State’s next head coach. The change in the basketball program was the biggest story in Ohio State athletics in 2017, and one of the largest college sports stories of the year.The Lantern published eight stories relating to the initial report of Holtmann’s hire and his press conference on June 12.4) Ohio State sweeps BYU, wins NCAA men’s volleyball championshipOSU men’s volleyball captains raise their second-consecutive national title trophy on Saturday at the NCAA national championship game. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe most dominant program in 2017 at Ohio State was the men’s volleyball that ended its historic season with a national championship on its home floor in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won in straight sets against BYU to win its second consecutive national championship. They also broke the school and conference record for most consecutive wins with 42. Ohio State ended the season 32-2.5) J.K. Dobbins emerging as potential standoutLooking back, this story predicted one of the biggest storylines of Ohio State’s football season. The article foretold the impact freshman running back J.K. Dobbins would have on the Buckeyes’ offense. Running back coach Tony Alford said in August that Dobbins understood the offense “faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years.” Dobbins ended up breaking the school’s freshman rushing record with 1,403 and averaging more than 7 yards per carry.6) Hurricane Harvey impacting Houston-native Ohio State athletesHurricane Harvey and the damage it brought about was one of the country’s biggest stories in 2017 — and its impact extended into Ohio State’s athletic department. In this story, Lantern sports editors Colin Hass-Hill and Ed Sutelan explained how, speaking with four Buckeye athletes from the Houston area. The story shed light on the difficulties of witnessing personal tragedies from afar and illustrated that no matter how distant an event might seem, it is likely impacting people in our local community.7) Ohio State’s championship hopes fade away in loss to IowaUrban Meyer paces the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBefore anyone could figure out how or why it happened, it was clear what Ohio State’s 55-24 meant: the Buckeyes were probably not going to the College Football Playoff for a second straight season. While hope resurfaced, especially after winning the Big Ten title, the 31-point road loss was a key reason — if not the reason — Ohio State found itself on the outside the top 4. In this story, Lantern assistant sports editor Ed Sutelan captures the significance of the loss — and why in the years to come, this game, perhaps more than the Penn State thriller or another Michigan victory, will stand out in any lookback at 2017. 8) Ohio State beat itself, then beat Penn StateWhile the loss to Iowa would tarnish some of the shine Ohio State acquired after knocking off then-No. 2 Penn State, Lantern sports editor Colin Hass-Hill skillfully demonstrates in this story just how resilient the Buckeyes were in overcoming self-inflicted wound after self-inflicted wound. It’s a terrific piece of writing on one of the season’s memorable and entertaining games. 9) Bo Jordan alters training regimen in hopes of staying healthyIn one of the sports sections’ best written stories this year, Lantern reporter Jeff Helfrich chronicles how redshirt senior wrestler Bo Jordan has altered his approach to training in order to avoid the injuries that have hindered him for four seasons so he can go out on top as a national champion. With Jordan boasting a 14-2 record through Dec. 17 and a No. 3 ranking in his weight class, so far, so good. read more

What ended the Mycenaean era

first_imgA new study conducted by the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), a research partnership between Stockholm University, the Academy of Athens and TEMES SA reveals that the end of the Mycenaeans, the civilisation dominating western Peloponnese in the Late Bronze Age was most likely brought on by an extensive drought.Researchers Martin Finne and Karin Holmgren, alongside archaeologist Shari Stocker following the analysis of a stalactite from a cave on the islet of Schiza, found that when the palace was destroyed it had already gone through a 20 year long dry period between 1200 and 1180 BC.The morphology of the layers of the cave stalactite provided a clear picture about the climatic conditions in the eastern Mediterranean at the time with great accuracy. While NEO agrees that Mycenae suffered from 20 to 80 years of droughts before Pylos saw its demise, the team argues that lack of water was only a “critical component”, not the sole reason for the loss of the civilisation.“Evidently the centralised administrative system controlled by the palace could survive a relatively short-term dry period and remain in control. Some 50 years later, however, when the pronounced period of aridity started to develop, the system would crumble,” the paper states explaining that the climatic conditions made it hard “for social elites to re-form and for the palatial system to be re-established.”“The period of drought around 3,200 years [ago] could have contributed to the destabilization of the political and economic order. Increased aridity could have led to reduced agricultural output affecting the finely tuned economic system of a society that was close to, or already, overextended, rattling the very foundations of the fragile palatial economy.”Acropolis of Mycenae Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geek Deals Lifetime Access to the Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle for 49

first_imgAt its most basic, Excel lets you create and manipulate tables and graphs. But if you’re willing to put in some work to learn the ins and outs, Excel can become one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal to really crank through your workload. And with today’s deal from SkillWise, you can save upwards of 96% off the sticker price. • Lifetime Access to the Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle for $49 (List price: $1380 — Coupon code: BESTOF17)With your purchase, you’ll get these four courses: 1. Microsoft Excel ($345 value) 2. Business Analysis ($345 value) 3. PivotTable ($345 value) 4. Advanced Excel ($345 value)When you put all of them together, that’s a $1380 value with hundreds of individual lessons and more than 70 hours of instruction. With today’s coupon in play, that’s a ton of content for just 49 clams.Once your payment is processed, you’ll get lifetime streaming access to all of the content in these courses. Of course, there’s always a chance that they’re just not a good fit for what you need. If you’re not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you’ll have 15 days to return these courses in exchange for store credit. That way, you can find some other courses on SkillWise that delivers what you really want.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the SkillWise website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Seahawks clinch playoff berth by outlasting Chiefs 3831

first_imgSEATTLE — Doubted before the season began, questioned even more after a 0-2 start, the Seattle Seahawks are back where they’ve spent most seasons since Pete Carroll arrived.The Seahawks are in the playoffs and perhaps as the type of opponent no one would like to see in the postseason.“You hear it. You hear the noise. You hear the 4-12 predictions, the 5-11 and that stuff motivates you,” Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said. “We kept believing.”Seattle clinched its spot in the NFC playoffs after toppling Kansas City 38-31 on Sunday night, thanks to three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and a pair of TD runs by Chris Carson.Wilson got the better of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and helped lead Seattle back to the postseason after missing the playoffs a year ago. Seattle’s now made the playoffs in seven of the nine seasons with Carroll in charge, and six of seven with Wilson at quarterback.It was an unexpected accomplishment after Seattle overhauled its roster in the offseason. But the discovery of the best run game in the NFL, coupled with vets like Wilson, Bobby Wagner and Doug Baldwin was enough for Seattle to navigate its way into the postseason.last_img read more

Manchester United goalkeeper ruled out of the 2018 World Cup

Manchester United goalkeeper ruled out of the 2018 World Cup

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been removed from this summer’s World Cup.This is because the South American stopper sustained a knee injury while training with the Argentina squad ahead of the tournament which makes him unfit enough to take part in Russia.He represented his country in a friendly against Spain 2 months ago, fought his way back to feature in United’s final Premier League match of the season and impressed by keeping a clean sheet against Watford.“Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“The player of Manchester United today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery” according to a statement on the Argentinian Football Association’s website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Nahuel Guzman has been called up as a replacement.Romero was expected to be Argentina’s first choice ‘keeper at the World Cup.Chelsea’s Willy Caballero and Franco Armani will now battle to be number one, with Guzman providing back-up.Romero was named in Argentina’s 23-man squad last Monday along with other fellow goalkeepers Willy Caballero and Franco Armani.last_img read more