27 Nov / 2019

Perfect match

first_imgThe pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick,The pout in the mirror is distracting, the lips stained the colour of fresh strawberries. A longstemmed glass of white wine balances precariously on the edge of the sink as its owner throws her glossy, platinum mane back, impatiently clicks her smooth, creamy heels and gives her rock a quick dekko in the mirror.She then saunters out of the non-descript restroom at SW19 and prepares to enjoy a spectacle like none other. She is an A-lister and has a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon. Here the game is as much about the celebrity quotient as it is about the two fiery contestants- Federer and Djokovic, who are preparing to battle it out for the men’s title. To go to Wimbledon means doing it as the English look book dictates; if you have a ticket to view one of the big games on centre court you must obviously play the part.The sun-streaked grey swings crisscross patterns across the bare, tanned shoulders of the rich and famous as they turn up in their Sunday best. The Royal Box is being given the once over by Vogue’s formidable Anna Wintour as she pulls the lapel of her python-print coat close together. A Cartier-clasped wrist is raised to the mouth in awe as Federer serves an ace. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Givenchy glares reflect the mood of the moment. Every year, this is where royalty happily rubs shoulders with Hollywood, other athletes, musicians and anybody who is anybody. Here at Wimbledon, sport and excess hook up to create the year’s biggest ‘It’ event that is a serious crowd puller. When Wimbledon arrives in England, you know the season has turned. The smell of cut grass, the promise of strawberries fresh from Kent and sunshine, bare feet, fancy hats, red-soled heels, shorts, Burberry, wine-all the trappings of an extraordinary British summer.advertisementAnd chasing the Wimbledon dream is a brand that’s the official wine of the tournament: Jacob’s Creek. Bringing a touch of Australian whimsy and lassitude to the game for four years running, it represents a perfect marriage between the two. Wine spitzers line a neat tray waiting to be picked up as we make our way into the Jacob’s Creek hospitality marquee before the game. We are pleased as punch as the hint of wine, crushed ice and sweetness hits our throat. Much like the event, the wine brings about a sense of freedom and indulgence and depending on who’s drinking it, plays all tunes going from Bohemian rhapsody to Tchaikovsky. Versatility defines this wine and the game.The special ‘all white’ edition Wimbledon wine has lined the shelves at supermarkets across Britain in the run up to the game and is a worthy piece of memorabilia; it also helps that it tastes so darn good. Made from grapes grown in Australia’s Barossa valley, the chardonnay is easy on the tongue, its velvety fragrance reminiscent of the valley. Its pale straw hue with flecks of green is also the best accompaniment to strawberries and cream that have come to be regarded as one of Wimbledon’s rituals and a symbol of all that’s quintessentially English. The chardonnay works well if you want to taste some sunshine while sitting courtside but if the allure of the red is greater, the shiraz is an eager pleaser without being too rich or heavy. It has tasting notes of spicy berry, hints of dark chocolate and decadence. We are also served an elegant Wimbledon blend to be enjoyed at the marquee exclusively-sharp and sweet on the tongue with a touch of acidity, it offsets the well-curated meal. The wine sparkles like a bauble, the bubbles fraught with pre-game excitement and nerves.Jacob’s Creek wine maker takes us on a quick journey from vineyard to glass as we tuck into the goodness of flaky salmon and toffee cheesecake. We go the entire range from the red Sangiovese to the 2011 Reserve Barossa Shiraz which is a hit with many diners. The 2012 Reserve Reisling and the 2013 Fiano lead the whites but I am smitten by the Wimbledon blend which has the right amount of sparkle. The meal polished off, we make our way to our seats to watch the nail-biter unfold. Wimbledon is all things English and the dapper crowds are some of the more restrained cheer parties I have ever encountered.Silence and hushed moans of disappointment aside, the spectators measure their passion in wine-sized glasses and are never unruly. Halfway through the third set when it looks like all is lost for Federer, a round of Jacob’s Creek wine coolers is passed around, glasses iced to the rim and filled with wine and elderflower. The drink eases the blow and ignites some summer loving. It is evident that the brand has found a comfortable spot in England. Four years into its association with Wimbledon, it is equally at home in the Royal Box as the stands outside where picnic baskets laden with the choicest goodies are chased by a glass or two of this Australian delight.advertisementAs Federer turns away desolate after Djokovic is crowned king, we head to the marquee for our last hurrah. An English tea of scones, clotted cream, strawberries and bite-size sandwiches await us. I automatically reach for the crimson JC instead of Earl Grey, the shiraz rounding off the day in a way tea cannot hope to emulate. The agony and ecstasy of Wimbledon.last_img read more

first_imgYeng Guiao sees silver lining in latest election loss: ‘I can focus more on basketball’ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gilas’ first game in the pool stage is against Japan on Friday at 4:30 in the afternoon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Janine Pontejos lit up for the Filipinos with 11 points, eight of which came from long distance, while Afril Bernardino added six points.Clare Castro and Jack Danielle Animam rounded out the scoring for the Philippines with three and two points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippines’ 17-point winning margin was its second highest in the tournament after it obliterated Samoa 21-1 in its opening game and set the record for the largest victory in Fiba 3×3 history.Pauline Malanga led Vanuatu, the 15th ranked team in the event, with three points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Gilas Pilipinas women’s team shines in Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup. Photo from FibaMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s 3×3 completed an incredible sweep of the Qualifying Draw A after a sweet 22-5 dismantling of Vanuatu in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Thursday in Changsan, China.The Philippines, ranked 10th in the tournament, topped the group with a 3-0 record and advanced to Pool C main draw where it will face with the no. 3 seed Japan and sixth seed Sri Lanka.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 match 111 will see Haryana Steelers host UP Yoddha on Saturday, September 28. The PKL 2019 season 7 match Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana. Haryana Steelers will eye to kick start their home-leg in style. UP Yoddha, on the other hand, who have won six of their last seven matches will look to continue their winning run. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha will commence at 7.30PM.The Haryana leg of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 kicks off on Saturday. On the opening night, Panchkula will see two high-octane battles. At 7.30PM, Haryana Steelers will welcome UP Yoddha followed by Gujarat Fortunegiants taking on Tamil Thalaivas at 8.30PM. Haryana Steelers led by Dharmaraj Cheralathan will look to show their skills to the home crowd. Meanwhile, UP Yoddha will eye solidifying their position in the top 6. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha match start?The 111th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 7.30PM. The match between Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha clash on TV?The PKL 2019 season 7 Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Haryana SteelerspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 28, 2019, 4:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira has died aged 25, the Premier League club announced.The Brazilian joined the club in 2014 and made two first-team appearances before joining Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.”Dionatan was a hugely popular member of our squad and it’s difficult to comprehend that he has passed away at such a young age,” Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes said in a statement.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to his young family and friends at such a difficult time.”Media reports claimed the player died from a suspected heart attack.last_img read more

16 Nov / 2019

Heisman Voters

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Corie BrianneI’m not entirely sure how you go from “Heisman front-runner” to “possibly not even in the top ten” in the span of 17 days, but those who vote on such things have managed to do it to Brandon Weeden and the 693 yards + 3 TD he put up over that period.There are a few Heisman blogs heavy in the prediction business this time of year, and they all have Robert Griffin winning the Heisman. One blog, specifically, does a great job aggregating real votes by real voters to give a snapshot of what the overall picture is going to look like. Kind of like what Fox News does with the presidential race except, you know, accurate.Here’s how it stands as of this post (with 122 of the 600+ ballots collected):Griffin – 268 pointsLuck – 132 pointsRichardson – 100 pointsBall – 47 pointsHoney Badger – 44 pointsBarkley – 17 pointsMoore – 4 pointsWilson – 5 pointsLaMichael – 2 pointsWeeden – 4 pointsKeenum – 2 pointsKlein – 1 pointI bet you’re interested to know where those 4 Weeden points came from. Fittingly, they came from probably the only three voters in the country who watched the Baylor-OSU game.Bob Barry Jr. – 1st – Griffin | 2nd – Weeden | 3rd – LuckJenni Carlson – 1st – Luck | 2nd – Richardson | 3rd – WeedenJohn Helsley – 1st – Luck | 2nd – Honey Badger | 3rd – WeedenI don’t agree with Luck over Weeden, or Luck over Griffin or Barkley for that matter, but just remember these three as some of the only people in the country backing our guy before the next time you say everybody at the Oklahoman is “just in love with OU all the time.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgIt is on again! The annual charity touch footy day to raise money for the “Westmead Children’s Hospital” and “Gosford Hospital Children’s Ward” When: Friday, 22 August 2008 Time: First game 9am sharpWhere: Woy Woy Oval #2Cost: $40 for players and spectatorsKids free (excludes t-shirt).Includes:–          commemorative t-shirt (if you pay before the day)–          food and refreshments all dayIf you have never been to one then get along and see what it’s all about and help raise some money for the kids!There will also be a raffle and a sports memorabilia auction. For more information contact:Billy Mac Umina Fire Station‘B’ Pltn(02) 4344 6293William.maclean@fire.nsw.gov.auThanks to William Maclean for providing the article content.last_img read more

first_imgWe love raw cookie dough.It reminds us of our childhood, when we used to like the spoon clean after our mothers would make a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. We almost like it better than when the cookies are actually baked. But, eating raw cookie dough isn’t exactly safe. There are raw eggs in there, and we all know what that could mean. Salmonella! The stomach flu! Not exactly worth it if you ask us.Kristen Tomlan came up with a genius idea during a girls’ weekend in Philadelphia. She stopped by and grabbed a tub of cookie dough with her friends, but instead of scooping out the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and popping it in the oven, they ended up devouring it all. Tomian turned into something that we all can enjoy. She opened DŌ in New York’s Greenwich Village. “I love the process of trying new flavors and recipes — the journey of taking raw ingredients and transforming them into a delicious creation that can be shared,” said Tomlan. “I find joy being in the kitchen and baking treats to share with the people in my life. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy the joy of sharing DŌ with your loved ones.”DŌ offers a number of classic flavors, including signature chocolate chip, sugar cookie, brownie batter, oatmeal M&M, and commando — a basic dough with nothing added. There’s also seasonal flavors like red velvet, cake batter, and sugar and kisses. From there, you can add extra ingredients, like chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, salted caramel, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more.Simply pick a flavor, add any extra toppings, and have it served in a cone or a cup, and there you go, everyone’s favorite treat ready for you to eat.For more information, visit cookiedonyc.com. Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartarelast_img read more

first_imgzoom Norway-based Link Mobility Group ASA revealed it will develop and integrate custom mobile solutions for Maersk Tankers, part of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk.Link said it is working on creating a dynamic mobile app framework, which is expected to strengthen the digitalization of internal processes and workflows at Maersk Tankers.The framework is scheduled to be launched during 2017. Moreover, Link is currently developing a mobile app as a front-runner for the framework which is expected to support the Maersk Tankers’ strategy.“We are proud to announce that Maersk Tankers has chosen Link to assist them in their digitization of their business going forward… Maersk is a central player in the shipping business – a sector that is in need of digitalization,” Arild Hustad, CEO of LinkMobility Group ASA, said.Link Mobility Group is a Scandinavian company that develops SMS content and mobile apps.With a fleet of around 100 vessels, Maersk Tankers is involved in transport of refined oil products.last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton: Rohit Sharma is leading India’s charge in the match as he as upped the ante with some glorious boundaries. Earlier, South Africa ended their innings ends at 227/9 in 50 overs. Chris Morris was the pick of the batsmen with 42 while Andile Phehlukwayo and Kagiso Rabada also chipped in respective good innings. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal scalped four while Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets each.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img

first_imgPrince Harry visited Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, this week to learn more about the range of support available within the field of military mental health.Prince Harry visits Help for Heroes’ Hidden Wounds serviceCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKHelp for Heroes Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or early stage alcohol issues. The service has helped 1,000 beneficiaries to access support since it began.The visit began with an overview of one element of Help for Heroes’ Psychological Wellbeing offering: the Hidden Wounds service at Tedworth House Recovery Centre. Hidden Wounds is a psychological support service helping Veterans and family members. The service allows people to make contact by phone, Skype or online, to speak to an experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), and after an initial assessment, they are given the support which will ultimately enable them to self-manage their issues.This boosts their resilience and confidence that they will be able to lead fulfilling lives after leaving the military. Prince Harry spoke to a PWP to learn what happens when someone gets in touch, and what a difference having this conversation can make.Help for Heroes is a member of Contact, a Charity Partner of Heads Together. Contact is a collaboration of military charities, the NHS, the MoD and top academics working together to make the most effective mental health support easily accessible to the Armed Forces community.The Prince had the opportunity to learn more about the wider programmes available within Tedworth House, designed to promote wellbeing. First, he met some of those involved in a programme to build an Iron Age Round House in the grounds of the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, giving time for reflection, team work and space to be outdoors before visiting the garden, where again beneficiaries can come and work outdoors giving space for quiet reflection, understanding the value of nutrition in wellbeing, and the opportunity to be creative.Commitment levels for participation in both programmes range from a few hours to working towards City and Guilds qualifications. Here, he had the opportunity to speak to beneficiaries about how their involvement with the programme has helped them deal with tough times they have faced.At the end of the visit Prince Harry sat down for a chat with some Help for Heroes beneficiaries, and the people who have supported them through tough times they have faced, to hear how having an open conversation and reaching out for support has made such a difference.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy — Hats off, Bogie.The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials by pushing into high-end fashion, streetwear and even sportswear.The recent troubles of the company, which has been rescued financially by a private equity fund, underline the difficulties facing Italian companies — not only fashion brands — seeking scale to stay competitive and grow in the age of globalization.Entering new markets, targeting new demographics and expanding retail presence all require cash. And even the best-laid business plan can be complicated by a company’s bad baggage, and Borsalino came with plenty of that.The 162-year-old hat maker, arguably Italy’s oldest fashion brand, was founded in the northwestern Italian city of Alessandria by Giuseppe Borsalino, whose family sold control decades ago. By the time the Swiss-Italian private equity firm Haeres Equita was approached about investing in 2015, the company had been mismanaged and bled dry by the previous owner.“What surprised me at the time is that Borsalino was profitable,” said Philippe Camperio, Haeres Equita’s principal. “It was very small. I thought there would be a much bigger company in terms of revenues, given the power of the brand.”The company was making 12 million euros ($13.5 million) in revenues, with profits of between 600,000 euros and 800,000 euros. But it had fallen out of many of the world’s big-name department stores, supplying mostly hat-making shops and not keeping pace with fashion trends.Camperio’s first step was to take over the historic factory and submit a business plan to bankruptcy court. In his first year, 2016, revenues increased 20 per cent and profits doubled.Still, the business plan was rejected more than once as the courts sought better deals for creditors. The last time it was rejected, in December 2017, the judge put Borsalino into bankruptcy, and false reports spread around the world that the maker of the Bogart fedora was no more.“Eventually we settled,” said Camperio. “We have the intention of relaunching this brand.”Haeres Equity, which also owns the Fogal brand of Swiss hosiery, is looking for other investments in Italian fashion, if possible another “sleeping beauty like Borsalino,” Camperio said.In recent months, several fashion companies have turned to outside investors to expand. Versace has been bought by Michael Kors’ Capri Holdings Limited as the cornerstone of a new fashion group, while Missoni, Cavalli and Trussardi all recently did deals with private equity investors to get cash infusions.Camperio expects a few possible targets to be up for sale soon as the owners who founded them in Italy’s postwar boom look to secure the companies’ future. That can include handing the companies over to the family’s next generation or selling them to foreigners, as Versace did.The marketing power for many of these brands is the Made in Italy tag, viewed as a guarantee of quality in the fashion world.Borsalino’s hats are handmade by 80 workers, many of whom have worked at the factory for decades. Giuseppe Borsalino’s original machinery uses hot water and steam to transform rabbit fur into highly prized felt that is then dyed and moulded. A felt fedora can take weeks to finish.To relaunch Borsalino, Camperio has brought in a team of fashion experts, including former Gucci CEO Giacomo Santucci. The expansion plan foresees selling more in the United States and Asia and developing new collections to appeal to younger generations and to women, two key growth markets.Borsalino’s new looks include corduroy baseball caps with the Borsalino logo prominently displayed, or felt travel hats that roll up neatly.The goal is to increase annual production from 150,000 hats to 500,000 in five years — still far from the 2 million Borsalino churned out every year during its postwar heyday, when men regularly wore hats.“Borsalino should be the leader of the hat business,” Santucci said. “The power of the brand is going to stay forever.”Colleen Barry, The Associated Press read more

MEXICO CITY — For the first time, Mexico’s Senate has approved a law requiring written contracts, paid vacation and annual bonuses for domestic workers.The bill has already been approved by the lower house. It opens the way for domestic workers be registered in Mexico’s social security system, which also provides health care.The new law will prohibit hiring domestic workers under 15. It requires defined rest periods of at least nine hours per day, at least 1 1/2 days off per week and an annual bonus.The bill was passed on a 117-0 vote Tuesday and goes to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be signed into law.It remains unclear how the law will be enforced. Middle class Mexican families hire maids, often from provincial towns, on verbal contracts.The Associated Press read more

Addressing a ceremony in the district’s administrative capital, Same, Deputy Special Representative Shigeru Mochida congratulated the small nation on its achievement, pledging the UN’s increased support, including the mentoring of Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) members, to face remaining challenges.“To the communities of Manufahi, please know that we are all here to work with you for a better future,” Mr. Mochida said.“With your support, we trust that your district will be a safe and prosperous one.”The PNTL was established in March 2000 by the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which was set up to assist the country during its transition to independence, which it attained in 2002.In the aftermath of the violence that erupted in 2006, a UN police force was established to maintain law and order in the country until the national police could be reorganized and restructured. The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was set up to oversee the process.UN Police will maintain their presence in the districts where the PNTL have resumed responsibilities to monitor, advise and support the national police, including in the area of human rights protection.The resumption process is being implemented jointly by the Government and UNMIT on a district-by-district basis following an assessment of the PNTL’s readiness to assume primary policing responsibilities.In addition to the districts that have been handed over since the process began last May in the district of Lautem, the PNTL has assumed responsibility for the administration and management of the Police Training Centre, the Maritime Police Unit and the Police Intelligence Service. 24 September 2010Timor-Leste’s national police force today resumed primary policing responsibilities in Manufahi, the tenth to be handed over from the United Nations since the gradual transfer of security functions began last May. read more

David Tolbert, the deputy registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), said that the lifting follows Mr. Miloševic’s compliance with previous restrictions issued by the court.Mr. Miloševic can now contact by telephone or receive visits from anyone except the media, a spokeswoman for the ICTY said today. Previously he had been restricted to legal counsel, diplomatic or consular representatives and immediate family members only.Mr. Tolbert said that if Mr. Miloševic tries to communicate directly or indirectly with the media, or takes any actions that were “likely to frustrate” the mandate of the ICTY, or violate its detention rules, then the communications restrictions will be reinstated.Mr. Miloševic is on trial facing charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the wars that engulfed Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo during the 1990s.In a separate development, the Tribunal announced today that the United Kingdom has become the 10th Member State of the UN – but the first common law country – to sign an agreement on the enforcement of ICTY sentences.The agreement, which will enter into force in 30 days, means the UK joins Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, France, Spain, Denmark and Germany as countries which may house people who have been convicted of crimes and sentenced to jail terms by the UN court. read more

“These needs are realistic as they affect the lives of all Liberians on a day-to-day basis. In areas where the environment has been severely degraded, this (repatriation) will bring additional pressure to bear on an already strained environment,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Liberia, Moses Okello, said when he inaugurated the centre recently. At the centre, returnees, their communities and students in some schools will be shown how to plant trees in degraded areas and sustain tree plantations and woodlots. They will also be taught fuel conservation methods and how to produce and use “eco-stoves,” which, with combustion chambers and insulation, use about 40 per cent of the energy usually consumed in cooking. Centre workers will also guide partner agencies in incorporating environmental issues in their reintegration programmes, UNHCR said. The agency said it will enlist the help of local leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community development committees in the target areas and set up environmental clubs in 30 schools across the country. “Changing people’s attitudes and behaviour remains a major challenge and this takes time and patience,” Mr. Okello said. UNHCR said it expected to build four more environmental protection centres this year. read more

“Historically, only the violin, flute and piano were considered to be feminine,” McAneney said. The trumpet, trombone and tuba are almost exclusively male preserves, while the harp is the only instrument skewed in the opposite direction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Colliery bands were male, and it took a long time for women to get involved… Anne McAneney of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is the only female out of 103 trumpet players in the study, which looked at the make-up of the top 20 symphony orchestras as ranked by Gramophone magazine. There is only one female trumpet player in the world’s top 20 orchestras, according to a survey which found that playing musical instruments professionally is split along gender lines. read more

first_imgCLARE BEAT CORK 5-16 to 3-16 in a thrilling All-Ireland final today.There were star performers on both sides, with a number of candidates vying for the man-of-the-match award.RTE’s The Sunday Game will officially announce the winner of the award later this evening, but before then, let us know who you think deserves the accolade? Conor McGrath (302) Stephen McDonnell (132) Poll Results: Shane O’Donnell (1413) Anthony Nash (77)center_img Tony Kelly (137) Sheamus Harnedy (2370) Anthony NashShane O’DonnellSheamus HarnedyTony KellyStephen McDonnellConor McGrathOtherVoteIf other, please let us know in the comments below.LIVE: Cork v Clare, All-Ireland senior hurling final replayHere’s the round-up of today’s key GAA club action Other (286)last_img read more

first_imgEven with the Qwikster debacle and significant price rise, we all know that Netflix remains a very popular service, and one that is quickly becoming a major drain on network bandwidth as more people stream content.Just how much of a drain the service is has been revealed in Sandvine’s The Global Internet Phenomena Report: Fall 2011. Netflix tops the chart in terms of network bandwidth for North America, achieving 32% of peak downstream traffic. After that you have HTTP traffic, YouTube, and then BitTorrent. Those four together make up 64% of the total bandwidth used. That’s not actually too surprising when you consider how data intensive each is as a service.The other statistic that may surprise you is the fact only 45% of Internet traffic now goes to PCs and laptops. The other 55% majority is being pulled down by settop boxes, games consoles, and of course those tablets and smartphones we all keep buying to surf the web and watch Youtube on. Clearly, the priorities for the Internet as a whole are changing and entertainment is fast becoming the dominant form of traffic.Network providers in the UK take note, with Netflix launching there early next year, it’s going to put more than a little extra strain on your infrastructure.Check out the Sandvine infographic below for a visual summary of why your connection might seem a bit slow at peak times. This data also suggests that unless networks have a regular upgrade schedule in place, everyone could end up suffering as the Internet grinds to a halt under the load.via MediaBeatlast_img read more

first_imgQuatre rhinocéros de Java redonnent espoir au WWFAlors que les rhinocéros de Java sont aujourd’hui une espèce extrêmement menacée, les images de quatre rhinocéros en Indonésie, dont deux petits, redonnent espoir au Fonds mondial pour la nature WWF.Les images datent de novembre et décembre 2010 et ont été prises par les caméras du parc indonésien Ujung Kulon. Elles montrent deux femelles rhinocéros de Java accompagnées de deux petits. Une très bonne nouvelle pour le Fonds mondial pour la nature WWF qui a diffusé l’information ce lundi 28 février. Le chef du programme WWF pour l’Ujung Kulon Adhi Hariyadi a expliqué à l’AFP : “C’est une nouvelle formidable parce que jusqu’à présent nous n’avons eu que douze naissance de rhinocéros de Java enregistrées ces dix dernières années. La population dans l’Ujung Kulon est le dernier espoir de survie pour une espèce qui est sur le point de disparaître”. Auparavant, il était possible de trouver des rhinocéros de Java en Indonésie, en Birmanie ou encore en Thaïlande. Le nombre d’individus de l’espèce a progressivement diminué et cela notamment parce que les rhinocéros de Java ont été fortement victimes de la chasse et que la surface de son habitat forestier a diminué. L’animal est également menacé par les croyances populaires qui l’entourent et notamment la force accordée à son unique corne.Le 28 février 2011 à 20:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUne récolte de miel en hausse pour la première fois depuis des annéesPour la première fois depuis des années, le premier bilan de la saison apicole est positif. Grâce à un printemps très favorable, les récoltes de miel de colza, d’acacia, de lavande et de tournesol sont satisfaisantes, annonce la Fédération Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles (FNSEA). “Alors que la floraison du tournesol s’achève, apiculteurs et agriculteurs se réunissent pour un premier état des lieux de l’année : le bilan 2011 est positif” se réjouit dans un communiqué la Fédération nationale des syndicats des exploitants agricoles (FNSEA). Non seulement les récoltes de miel sont en hausse cette année, alors que les abeilles d’Europe et d’Amérique du Nord sont victimes d’une inquiétante surmortalité, mais en plus les relations entre apiculteurs et agriculteurs se sont améliorées, affirme la Fédération.À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)Ce premier bilan est positif dans toutes les régions de France, assure le communiqué. Grâce à un printemps très chaud et ensoleillé, les floraisons ont été précoces et “les récoltes de miel de colza, acacia, lavande et tournesol sont satisfaisantes”. Apiculteur possédant 1.500 ruches en Vendée, Julien Delaunay évoque “une année de rêve pour un apiculteur : une bonne sortie d’hivernage, une saison intense avec de la production et surtout peu d’accident ou de mortalité”.Des inquiétudes demeurent C’est en octobre 2011 que sera établi le bilan final de la récolte de miel. Et pour la première fois depuis des années, une augmentation de la production nationale est attendue. Elle devrait être de l’ordre de 1 à 3.000 tonnes, précise la FNSEA. Toutefois, le communiqué fait part de la grande inquiétude qui anime encore les apiculteurs malgré ce bilan très encourageant : l’autorisation de l’utilisation du pesticide Cruiser OSR sur le colza. Une décision prise le 3 juin dernier par le ministère de l’Agriculture. L’Union nationale de l’apiculture française (Unaf) avait aux côtés de l’organisation France Nature Environnement (FNE) déposé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat pour faire annuler cette autorisation. Mais cette requête a été rejetée vendredi dernier, le Conseil se déclarant incompétent. FNE a alors annoncé son intention de déposer un nouveau recours, cette fois devant le tribunal administratif (voir notre article).Le 2 août 2011 à 09:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more