Lady Warriors get newfound joy under Roque

first_imgView comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mary Ann Mendrez, who had 21 points against the Golden Tigresses, said Roque just let them have fun on the court.READ: Roque says Vicente left UE for ‘personal reasons’“Coach Roque just told us that we should always have fun, we shouldn’t let go of the enjoyment when we play,” said Mendrez in Filipino. “Because when you’re not having fun, you’ll just end up working miserably.”For libero Kath Arado, her dreams of changing the public’s perception of UE is slowly coming into fruition.“It started in the first game, I really wanted to change the peoples’ perception of UE,” said Arado in Filipino. “I’m really speechless right now, and with the help of the coaches and my teammates, we’re slowly changing our image.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It took Vicente 47 games to get to two wins but Roque, who is also UE’s athletic director, has steered the Lady Warriors on a journey that uses happiness and camaraderie as its fuel.The visibly jolly Lady Warriors defeated University of Santo Tomas, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: UAAP Volleyball: UE pulls off another stunner, keeps UST skiddingRoque said that he fully embraced the Lady Warriors’ flaws when he took over the team back in late February and instilled a positive mindset on a squad that lost five straight games before he sat at the bench. Read Next “I noticed that they were scared of committing mistakes, and if you’re scared of committing those mistakes you’ll end up playing worse,” said Roque in Filipino.“Nobody’s perfect, and it’s normal to commit mistakes. What’s important is to get back up when you did something wrong and I saw that they’re doing that. That’s why I’m very happy, I love these ladies.”READ: UE upsets Adamson for 1st win Roque’s first order of business with the Lady Warriors was have them watch game tapes, something Vicente didn’t do.This off court study sessions gave another avenue for the Lady Warriors to build the camaraderie they needed to win their first string of two games since 2012.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ginebra seals semis spot, ousts Rain or Shine MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus In just his third game as University of the East’s interim head coach, Rod Roque has already matched the win total of his predecessor Francis Vicente.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Indian Davis Cup team retains Leander Paes

first_img COMMENT India will go in with two specialist singles players in Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramnathan Veteran tennis star Leander Paes was today retained in the Indian Davis Cup team for next month’s Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.The tie, which will be India’s first with Mahesh Bhupathi as the non-playing captain, will also see the return of Rohan Bopanna.Bopanna had been ignored for last month’s tie against New Zealand, which India had won. He did extremely well at the just-concluded Dubai ATP 500 event, where he ended runner-up with partner Marcin Matkowski. En route the summit clash, he also got the better of Paes and his partner Gracia Gulliermo-Lopez in the semifinals.India will go in with two specialist singles players in Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramnathan. SHARE SHARE EMAIL File photo of Indian team player Leander Paes.   –  PTI × Published oncenter_img SHARE March 06, 2017 tennis COMMENTS File photo of Indian team player Leander Paes.   –  PTIlast_img read more

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China rejects UN-backed tribunals verdict on South China Sea

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 12 (PTI) An angry China today rejected as “null and void” the verdict of a UN-backed international tribunal which struck down its claims over the South China Sea saying Beijing has no “historic rights” in the disputed area.China “neither accepts nor recognises” the ruling of a tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the request of the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.”The award is null and void and has no binding force,” it said in a statement minutes after the five judge tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration delivered its judgement striking down Beijings claims of historic rights over the area, strongly disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea (SCS) shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards. China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, the statement quoted by state-run Xinhua new agency said.”China has territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea,” said a separate statement titled Statement of the Government of the Peoples Republic of China on Chinas Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests in the South China Sea.”China is always firmly opposed to the invasion and illegal occupation by certain states of some islands and reefs of Chinas Nansha Qundao (the Nansha Islands) (called by Philippines as Spratleys), and activities infringing upon Chinas rights and interests in relevant maritime areas under Chinas jurisdiction,” it said.advertisementChinas strong reaction came after the tribunal struck a blow to its claims over almost all of the SCS, saying that its much touted nine-dash line has has no legal basis.Striking down the core of Chinas claims over the 90 per cent SCS based on historic rights, the tribunal ruled there was no legal basis for China to claim “historic rights” to resources within the SCS falling within its claimed nine-dash line, which is based on a Chinese map dating back to 1940s.It concluded that “to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the SCS, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention” (UN Convention on the Law of Seas.”The tribunal also noted that, although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands inthe SCS, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over thewaters or their resources,” it said.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality, has been asserting that its emperors have discovered the islands hundreds years ago and have been exercising control over the area throughout the history.But its claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they hardly have exclusive economic zones (EEZ) provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise. MORE PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZHlast_img read more

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Dwayne Bravo has a new song and it’s about Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Asia

first_imgThe ‘champion’ West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo has released a new song titled ‘Asia’ in which the all-rounder lists out cricketers from subcontinent – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.DJ Bravo, as he is known in this avatar, signs about the famous cricketers from the Indian subcontinent, including the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi shared the song from his social media handles, and wrote that he hoped that the new song, ‘Asia’ does better than ‘Champion’.”Well @DJBravo47, this is definitely an improvement on the Champion’ song, especially since you’ve included me in the lineup. Wishing you all the very best with this new number, & I hope it gets just as popular,” Afridi wrote on Twitter.Well @DJBravo47, this is definitely an improvement on the Champion’ song, especially since you’ve included me in the lineup . Wishing you all the very best with this new number, & I hope it gets just as popular! pic.twitter.com/VvK0RzsW8JShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 7, 2019Bravo, a true T20 legend, has toured the world offering his services with bat and bowl. Be it in India, Australia or in the West Indies, Bravo is one the first names when one sits down to select a T20 team. Bravo has played for Chennai Super Kings (IPL), Gujarat Lions (IPL), Lahore Qalandars (PSL), Melbourne Renegades (BBL), Melbourne Stars (BBL), Mumbai Indians (IPL), Peshawar Zalmi (PSL), Sydney Sixers (BBL), Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL), Winnipeg Hawks (Canada).advertisementBack in October of 2018, Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket but said he will continue to play franchise T20 cricket around the globe.Bravo has scored 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 in Test cricket along with 86 wickets. He scored three centuries in whites. He made 2986 runs in ODIs and took 199 wickets.In T20Is, he has scored 1142 runs and taken 52 wickets and he was also a part of the West Indies squad that won the T20 World Cup in India back in 2016.Also Read | Who is a better T20 batsman Virat or Rohit? Harbhajan Singh has this to sayAlso Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Shakib ruled out with broken finger, Guptill returnslast_img read more

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England suffer injury scare as Mark Wood limps off against Australia

first_imgEngland suffer injury scare as Mark Wood limps off against AustraliaBefore Mark Wood, England captain Eoin Morgan had suffered a small flake fracture to his left index finger on the eve of the warm-up match against Australia.advertisement Asian News International SouthamptonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 22:19 IST Mark Wood celebrates after taking the wicket of Australia’s captain Aaron Finch during the World Cup warm up match against Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland kick off its World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The OvalWood dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch before leaving the fieldWood headed for the Ageas Bowl pavilion after experiencing discomfortEngland suffered a scare as fast bowler Mark Wood walked off the field with a left foot discomfort against Australia during a World Cup warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.”He will continue to spend some time with the medical team before a decision is made on whether he will return to the match,” ICC quoted an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement.Wood dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch for 14 in his third over before leaving the field in the middle of his fourth over.The fast bowler has been troubled by ankle injuries throughout his career. England will kick off its World Cup campaign against South Africa in the curtain raiser on May 30 at The Oval.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Injured Eoin Morgan to be fit for opener vs South AfricaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mark WoodFollow Englandlast_img read more

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Mercator Lines Inks Deals to Sell Five Bulkers

first_imgzoom Singapore-incorporated Mercator Lines has entered into Memoranda of Agreements to sell five bulk carriers, the company’s judicial manager said.The vessels in question are M.V. Sri Prem Veena, M.V. Garima Prem, M.V. Garv Prem, M.V. Gaurav Prem and M.V. Aarti Prem which are secured to the syndicate lenders.Mercator said that the vessels are sold on an arms-length basis to related companies of the syndicate lenders at market value for total net proceeds of USD 32.2 million. The proceeds from the sale have been used to cut the debt owing to the lenders.As informed, the bulkers are expected to be delivered to their new undisclosed owners by February 2016.The sale comes in the wake of Mercator Line’s decision to exit dry bulk businesses as part of its restructuring endeavors.As a result the company plans to divest its dry bulk fleet of 11 bulkers, ranging between 70,000 and 92,500 dwt built from 2001 to 2010.MLS has a debt of Rs 1000 Crore and has reported a loss of USD 125 million for 2015, resuming a losing streak from the last three years.last_img read more

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Ensuring this public good

first_imgAir pollution is a silent killer, causing over seven million deaths every year globally due to poor outdoor and indoor air quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 9 out of 10 people worldwide today breathe air which is unsafe, with most of these people living in low- and middle-income countries. While the adverse health effects of polluted air affect everyone, regardless of their age, economic status or where they live, our most vulnerable populations — children, the elderly, and the poor — are hit the hardest. There are many air pollutants such as sulfates, nitrates, and black carbon but exposure to tiny particulates smaller than 2.5 microns, known as PM2.5, which penetrate the lungs, is generally used as an overall measure of air quality. High levels of air pollution can aggravate respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, accelerate aging of the lungs, and cause diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. An estimated one-third of deaths globally from stroke, lung cancer, and heart disease are caused by air pollution. Toxic air has now also been linked to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and declining mental health. These impacts are so significant that the international community working on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases has recently added environmental risk factors to its list of the traditional four risk factors for these diseases — tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity. Air pollution is the deadliest form of pollution and has serious health and economic costs. The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the economic case for action, a joint study of The World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, estimated that premature deaths caused by air pollution cost the world $225 billion in lost labour income and a staggering $5 trillion in welfare losses in 2013. India is among the most polluted countries, with most places in the country exceeding WHO defined safe air quality standards multiple times over. Nearly half of the worst 50 polluted cities in the world are in India. An estimated 1.2 million deaths in India are caused by air pollution, both outdoors and in households, which is now the second-most serious risk factor for public health in the country after malnutrition, contributing to 6.4 per cent of all healthy years of life lost in 2016, according to India: Health of the Nation’s States Report. The country is experiencing high rates of development and urbanisation, so it is imperative that these economic ambitions are balanced with a sustainable environment. “The government is very committed to the issues of clean air and sustainable environment and we are undertaking several efforts. We have just launched the National Clean Air Programme which, I feel, is going to be a game changer. People’s health and well-being are our priority and we would like to achieve this in partnership with the people,” says CK Mishra, Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and former Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is time for citizens to step forward and own the agenda for clean air. After all, clean air is a public good and the adverse health effects of polluted air affect everyone. Let us make clean air a top priority and an election issue. Let us all make a resolve and play our part to ‘Beat Air Pollution’. (Prerna Makkar is director of Health Compact and Sarman Singh is director and CEO of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Monica Lewinsky To Keynote 2018 National Conference On Bullying

first_imgThe School Safety Advocacy Council, the nation’s leading organization in school safety training and services, announced that Monica Lewinsky will be the featured keynote presenter at their 2018 National Conference on Bullying held March 7-9, 2018 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada and co-hosted by the Nevada Department of Education and the Washoe County School District.The conference will feature world renowned keynote speakers, offer over 30 breakout sessions presented by practitioners and experts in the field and a free pre-conference session presented by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on addressing race and sex-based harassment and discrimination. School Safety Advocacy Council President Sean Burke stated, “With the announcement of Monica Lewinsky and our unmatched lineup of educational content, we currently have over three times the registrations we did last year and expect to fill quickly.”Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a consultant. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience + reputation, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality. Monica’s lens for these societal issues is focused by her myriad unique and profound experiences: working in government — both in the White House and the Pentagon; the investigation that resulted from her time in Washington, D.C.; involvement in media projects as both producer and subject; as an entrepreneur and designer; and lastly, education. Curtis Lavarello, Executive Director of the School Safety Advocacy Council, stated, “We are proud to have Monica share her view of her very public experiences with our attendees” and “We feel our attendees will benefit greatly from Monica’s experience with online victimization.”Today Monica works with several anti-bullying organizations, including as an Ambassador to both the Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Program in the UK and Bystander Revolution in the US. Monica sits on the board of the Childhood Resilience Foundation. She advocates for people to #ClickWithCompassion.For more information on this release, the School Safety Advocacy Council, or the 2018 National Conference on Bullying please contact the School Safety Advocacy Council President Sean Burke or Executive Director Curtis Lavarello at 888-485-2440 or 189253@email4pr.com.last_img read more

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Canada vows to aggressively defend lumber sector after duties confirmed by US

first_imgThe federal government vowed to aggressively defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry after the U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously voted that American producers have been harmed by imports of subsidized Canadian lumber.“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the forestry sector in Canada,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told reporters in Ottawa.Carr called the duties unnecessary and said Canada has already launched challenges under both the North American Free Trade Agreement and at the World Trade Organization. The NAFTA dispute panel has to make a ruling by next fall. The WTO process could take years.“We have fought them before and we’ll continue to defend Canada’s interests,” Carr said.He added the government is helping the industry by offering a support package, including loan guarantees at commercial rates, and working to expand export markets and transform the industry.In a 4-0 vote Thursday, the agency sided with the U.S. lumber coalition, which complained that Canadian lumber was subsidized and that it was dumped into the American market at artificially low prices.Most Canadian producers will now pay a combined countervailing and anti-dumping rate of 20.83 per cent, down from 26.75 per cent in the preliminary determinations issued earlier this year.Canadian producers have paid about $500 million in deposits for the duties thus far.The duties have added to the cost of building a home in the United States. Canadian unions and lumber companies fear the issue will eventually cause layoffs.West Fraser Timber (TSX:WFT) pays the highest duties at 23.7 per cent. Canfor (TSX:CFP) is next at 22.13, followed by Tolko at 22.07, Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) at 17.9 per cent and J.D. Irving at 9.92 per cent.A Resolute Forest Products spokesman said the U.S. will now hold large industry deposits as “ransom” in hope of pushing the Canadian government to sign a “bad deal.”“Sorry U.S., that’s not going to happen. Canada is not going to be bullied into submission,” Resolute’s Seth Kursman said in an interview from Washington, D.C.He added that the financial health of American firms is clear evidence that no injury has been suffered.“The U.S. industry has been crowing about its prosperity for over a year. It is making more money than at any previous time in history.”The B.C. Lumber Trade Council said the ruling, while not unexpected, is “completely without merit.”Council president Susan Yurkovich said the process is biased in favour of the U.S. industry.“We are confident that this latest decision by the ITC will again be reversed,” she said in a news release.ITC decisions in the two previous softwood lumber trade disputes didn’t survive appeals, Yurkovich noted.Between 2001 and 2006, when the last softwood lumber dispute took place, it’s believed about 15,000 jobs disappeared in the softwood industry.Yurkovich said the U.S. Coalition’s claims of injury “ring particularly hollow” given the strong financial performance the U.S. industry is facing and Canadian imports are lower than in 2006 when imports were deemed non-injurious.New Brunswick Trade Policy Minister Roger Melanson said the province remains “deeply disappointed” by the vote.“Our government strongly feels that these duties against New Brunswick and Canada’s softwood lumber producers are unfair and unwarranted,” he said in a statement.British Columbia Premier John Horgan said the province believes an independent tribunal will determine the U.S. allegations are unfounded.“Today’s ruling, though not unexpected, means that B.C. and Canadian forest companies must continue to pay unfair and unwarranted duties, to make U.S. lumber companies and land owners even richer at the expense of Canadian exporters and American consumers and builders,” he said in a news release.The U.S. Lumber Coalition, which launched a petition nearly a year ago, applauded the vote.“The evidence presented to the ITC was clear — the massive subsidies that the Canadian government provides to its lumber industry and the dumping of lumber products into the U.S. market by Canadian companies cause real harm to U.S. producers and workers,” stated co-chairman Jason Brochu.“Now, with a level playing field, the U.S. lumber industry, and the 350,000 hardworking men and women who support it, can have the chance to compete fairly.”Fellow co-chairman Joe Patton added U.S. lumber mills will be able to make investments to expand production to meet demand.Reasons supporting the vote are expected to be released by mid-January, the commission said Thursday.Trade data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the amount of Canadian softwood imported was down eight per cent for first nine months of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016.Trade data from Statistics Canada shows British Columbia producers are bearing the brunt of the drop, with softwood exports to the U.S. down about 33 per cent. The value of those exports was down 28 per cent.British Columbia’s wildfires last summer cut exports in July and August to about half what they were a year earlier.Quebec exports to the U.S. actually went up three per cent and Ontario exports are up 11 per cent so far this year.Quebec and Ontario wood exporters rely almost exclusively on U.S. markets, with 99 per cent of Ontario shipments of softwood and 98 per cent of Quebec’s going to the United States.In 2016, about 81 per cent of B.C. softwood was exported to the United States, while in 2017 that fell to 63 per cent.last_img read more

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China suspends tariff hikes on 126B of US goods

first_imgBEIJING — China has announced a 90-day suspension of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth.The tax agency said the suspension that takes effect Jan. 1 is intended to carry out the agreement reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping during a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina.The agency said Beijing will suspend a 25 per cent import charge on $66 billion of cars and trucks and a 5 per cent charge on $60 billion of auto parts.Trump agreed earlier to suspend planned U.S. tariff hikes due to take effect Jan. 1 on Chinese imports while the two sides negotiate.The Associated Presslast_img

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Morocco Ranked 21 Most Expensive Team in World Cup

Rabat – Morocco has some valuable players. The national team is the 21st most expensive team out of the 32 that will compete in the 2018 World Cup, according to the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory.It is actually the attacking midfielder Amine Harit, who plays in the German club Schalke 04, who costs the most in the national team, representing 18% of the estimated value of the Atlas Lions, with EUR 138 million.CIES estimated ranking according to players’ transfer value. “The sports performances of both players and their home clubs are included in the algorithm. In addition, other variables such as age and duration of contract are taken into account, as specified in this research note.”. Morocco’s team is ahead of its Group B rival Iran (30) as well as host country Russia (22), South Korea (23), Iceland (24), and Japan (25).At the bottom of the rankings are three non-European countries with very few players employed in the most competitive leagues:  Iran (30), Saudi Arabia (31) and Panama (32).As for the top countries, France came first, estimated at EUR 1.141 billion, thanks to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker, Kylian Mbappé. Mbappé’s cost alone constitutes 13% of the total value of the team.England follows very closely with an estimated value of EUR 1.39 billion. Third place went to the Brazilians led by Neymar, who alone accounts for 15% of the team’s value, estimated at EUR 1.27 billion.Morocco’s rival Spain takes the fourth spot with Atletico’s Madrid player Saul Niguez worth EUR 965 million.Argentina’s Lionel Messi ranks 5th with EUR 925 million, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo 8th with EUR 656 million.“The transfer value of all the players who will take part in the World Cup is EUR 12.6 billion,” explains the statement.The Moroccan national football team arrived in Russia on Sunday morning and has already started the training sessions for the 2018 World Cup, which will kick off on June 14.Morocco, which is returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1998, has been placed in Group B of the World Cup. The national team will face Iran on June 15, Portugal on June 20, and Spain on June 25. read more

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Goldcorp shareholders vote in favour of takeover by Newmont Mining

VANCOUVER — Goldcorp Inc. shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the company being taken over by U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Corp.Vancouver-based Goldcorp says its shareholders voted more than 97 per cent in favour of the deal that will see them receive 0.328 of a Newmont share plus two cents in cash for each Goldcorp share they own.Some Goldcorp shareholders, including the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., had raised concerns that the deal will result in a boosted payout of US$12 million to Goldcorp chairman Ian Telfer that they say isn’t in the interest of shareholders.Newmont shareholders are set to vote on the proposed deal on April 11, after which it is expected to close later this quarter.Some Newmont shareholders had raised questions about the proposed premium being paid for Goldcorp, prompting Newmont to announce a special pre-merger dividend for its shareholders.  Barrick Gold had also tried to scuttle the deal with a proposed merger with Newmont, but instead the two struck an agreement to combine their extensive operations in Nevada under a joint venture. Companies in this story: (TSX:G, TSX:ABX)The Canadian Press read more

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Sustained peace in Sierra Leone inconceivable without regional peace Annan

Mr. Annan’s report to the Security Council covers the prevailing situation in Sierra Leone and the progress made in downsizing UNAMSIL, whose mandate was extended in March due to the continuing fragile security situation in the country.”Tangible progress has been made in the efforts to consolidate peace, including the reintegration of some 48,000 out of the 57,000 disarmed ex-combatants, the completion of the resettlement of internally displaced persons and the acceleration of the repatriation and resettlement of Sierra Leonean refugees,” Mr. Annan states.He says the conflict in Liberia and the new dimension added to the instability in the subregion by the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire remained of serious concern.”It is inconceivable to contemplate sustained peace in Sierra Leone in an unstable neighbourhood,” Mr. Annan states. “The international community must, therefore, provide the necessary support for the ongoing peace negotiations on Liberia and the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement in Côte d’Ivoire, which promise to pave the way for the return of stability to the subregion.”He adds that, “in the long term, the destabilizing impact of the circulation of ‘freelance’ fighters and small arms among the countries of the West Africa subregion underlines the need for an effective, concerted approach by Governments and all stakeholders towards promoting peace and development in the subregion.”In analyzing future options in the UNAMSIL drawdown process, Mr. Annan notes that delayed withdrawal would be desirable only in the event that either the internal security situation or the conflict in Liberia deteriorates to a level that would require a prolonged presence of the UN Mission to protect the Sierra Leone Government and the territorial integrity of the country. read more

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Ohio State seeking board approval for athletic facilities facelift

Ohio Stadium and other university athletic facilities could see multi-million dollar renovations. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOn Friday, Ohio State announced its plan for construction on several athletic venues across campus, including Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center.OSU is seeking approval from the Board of Trustees for several multi-million dollar construction and renovation plans. The board is set to meet next week.The university proposed a $39 million dollar facelift to Ohio Stadium. The construction plan includes the laying of new concrete on the C-deck, plus the addition of new suites and boxes for fan seating. The estimated time of completion is set for before the beginning of the 2020 football season.A university spokesman could not comment on whether renovations would add seats to the already 104,944-seat stadium.“Ohio Stadium is the crown jewel of our athletic operations,” said Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation-endowed athletics director, in the press release. “These renovations will improve the fan experience and continue to make it one of the best facilities in the nation.”Another project awaiting approval from the Board of Trustees is a $31.5 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center. The project would expand the concourse, improve the team store and athletic ticket office, as well as add natural lighting to the venue. Construction is estimated to take a full year and be completed in Feb. 2018. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally announced last fall to be located on the corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, is being moved north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and will be combined with the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility. The Covelli Multi-Sport Arena, originally reported as a $30 million investment, costs north of $49 million with the addition of the Jennings Family Wrestling Practice Facility.OSU women’s and men’s volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s fencing teams will compete at the 3,700-seat venue, scheduled to be completed in 2019.“Innovation and creative planning helped find a new opportunity for the Covelli Multi-Sport/Jennings Family Wrestling Facility,” said Alex Fischer, Trustee and head of the Master Planning and Facilities Committee, in a press release. “Combining the arena and the practice facility will ultimately realize a cost savings on both projects.”The Biggs Facility that is attached to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will be replaced with the Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Center. The new facility will include around new athletic offices and a “state-of-the-art” athletic training facility. The project’s cost is estimated at $43 million. There was no date given in the press release for completion of the project.All athletic construction projects are self-funded by the Athletic Department through revenue and fundraising. read more

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Analysis Taking an early positionbyposition look at the 2018 Ohio State defense

From left to right: redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32), freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) and sophomore defensive lineman Robert Landers (67) run onto the field during the second quarter at the at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorHere is a position-by-position breakdown of Ohio State’s defense in 2018. The years provided by the players indicates grade in the 2017 season. Defensive tackleGraduating: Michael Hill, Tracy SprinkleReturners: Dre’Mont Jones, Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell, DaVon Hamilton, Haskell Garrett, Malik Barrow, Jerron CageAdditions: Taron Vincent, Antwuan Jackson Jr., Tommy TogiaiThe situation: Redshirt seniors Michael Hill and Tracy Sprinkle will graduate, leaving a hole in the middle of Ohio State’s defensive line. But that crack will enlarge if redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones leaves early for the NFL draft and the Buckeyes are forced to rely on less experienced linemen. Redshirt sophomores Robert Landers, Jashon Cornell and DaVon Hamilton have played substantial snaps, but none has made an impact similar to that of Jones. They will be joined by freshman Haskell Garrett, a former highly rated prospect, who could earn an increase in snaps and push for a starting position. Redshirt freshman Malik Barrow suffered a torn ACL and missed the 2017 season. Freshman Jerron Cage has not played much outside of special teams. Transfer Antwuan Jackson Jr. offers Ohio State possibly its most intriguing option, with the talented junior-college product having two years of collegiate experience. Five-star prospect Taron Vincent could push for early playing time. Projected starters: Robert Landers, Dre’Mont JonesThe Reasoning: Landers served Ohio State well as a rotation piece in 2017 and deserves a starting role next season with the departures of Sprinkle. He offers a unique blend of quickness at a defensive line position known for size and girth. Jones would retain a starting spot if he decides to return and work on improving his pass-rush skills. Jackson will push for a starting opportunity and has the talent to earn the spot.Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) celebrates after taking down USC’s quarterback in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive endGraduating: Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn HolmesReturners: Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Chase Young, Jonathon CooperAdditions: Alex WilliamsThe situation: This season, Ohio State’s depth has been its biggest strength at defensive end. That will not be the case next year because redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis and senior Jalyn Holmes will graduate and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard is likely to declare early for the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Buckeyes will not experience any dearth of talent at the position. Sophomore Nick Bosa will return and remain as a starter, but will play many more snaps next season due to the NFL-bound defensive ends. Freshman Chase Young, a former five-star prospect who looks more like an NFL player than a freshman, has earned first-team snaps this season and has an opportunity to win a starting spot next year. Redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper was lost in the shuffle due to Ohio State’s loaded upper class of defensive ends and Young’s hype, but the former four-star Ohioan will be expected to rotate with the returners on the line. Earlier in the season, defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he did not like playing true freshmen in disadvantageous situations. That might not be an option in 2018, with Ohio State likely having just three nonfreshman defensive ends. Alex Williams and, potentially, another 2018 defensive end recruit will add to the minimal depth.Projected starters: Nick Bosa, Chase YoungThe Reasoning: Bosa and Young, both former five-star prospects, have lived up to their billing, but have yet to bear the workload of a full starter. Next season, they are likely to be the starters and will have an opportunity to cause havoc in opposing backfields. The potential loss of three starters will take its toll on the depth, and Cooper will be the lone defensive end available to spell Bosa and Young.Ohio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning (5) attempts to stop a Scarlet Knight in the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLinebackerGraduating: Chris Worley, Zach TurnureReturners: Jerome Baker, Dante Booker, Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Justin Hilliard, Keandre Jones, Nick ConnerAdditions: Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant, K’Vaughan PopeThe situation: Redshirt senior Chris Worley will graduate, which means Ohio State is losing a starting linebacker and leader of the unit for the second year in a row. Junior Jerome Baker also stands a good chance to exit early for the NFL draft, meaning the Buckeyes will be left with two vacancies at linebacker. Redshirt freshman Tuf Borland started for the second half of the season and has a good shot to open the season at the starter in the middle. Redshirt junior Dante Booker started the majority of the early season, but, once again, was injured and lost his spot. Sophomore Malik Harrison has played a considerable amount of snaps and the athletic linebacker could slide into a starting position. Freshman Baron Browning, a former five-star prospect, is one of Ohio State’s most physically gifted linebackers. Freshman Pete Werner garnered praise from Meyer for his special teams plays, but the first-year player did not see many snaps on defense. Redshirt sophomore Justin Hilliard and sophomore Keandre Jones will be in the mix for increased playing time, but both mainly played special teams. Redshirt sophomore Nick Conner has dealt with a multitude of injuries and has not played this season. The Buckeyes will add a talented group of linebackers, led by Teradja Mitchell, but none are likely to earn consequential reps.Projected starters: Baron Browning, Tuf Borland, Malik HarrisonThe Reasoning: The athleticism of potential first-year starters Browning and Harrison, combined with Borland, might be too much for Ohio State to pass up. Harrison has the inside track to earn a starting position considering the important snaps he has played this year, but Browning will have to beat out a multitude of talented players. Browning earned compliments from defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and teammates for his bowl practice showings. Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorCornerbackGraduating: Denzel Ward (NFL draft early entrant) Returners: Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade, Amir Riep, Marcus WilliamsonAdditions: Sevyn Banks, Tyreke JohnsonThe situation: With junior Denzel Ward becoming an early entrant into the 2018 NFL Draft, Ohio State will likely enter next season with a similar crop of cornerbacks minus this year’s best. The Buckeyes will count on major offseason improvements from redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, both of whom had shaky 2017 seasons. A sizable group of current freshmen will push them for playing time. Former five-star Jeffrey Okudah played ample snaps and fellow former five-star Shaun Wade has a shot to earn more playing time after recovering from an abdominal injury. Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson have not played much outside of special teams, but each could enter the rotation next year. Incoming recruits Sevyn Banks and Tyreke Johnson are unlikely to play much.Projected starters: Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Okudah, Damon ArnetteThe Reasoning: Given the physique and athleticism of Sheffield and Okudah, Ohio State will be unable to keep them off the field. They could cover the outside while Arnette covers in the slot. Though Arnette has struggled with the responsibility, he will be in his third season as a key contributor and must play at a higher level in 2018.Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) awaits the snap during the second quarter at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorSafetyGraduating: Erick Smith, Damon Webb (starter)Returners: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah Pryor, Wayne Davis, Jahsen Wint, Brendon WhiteAdditions: Josh Proctor, Marcus HookerThe situation: Senior Damon Webb, a two-year starter, and senior Erick Smith, who began the season as a starter but missed multiple games for undisclosed reasons and relinquished his starting position, will graduate. Sophomore Jordan Fuller will remain a starter for the second year. Freshman Isaiah Pryor was Webb’s backup since the opening week of the season. Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as Fuller’s backup while Smith was suspended, but has not played much other than on special teams. Redshirt freshman Jahsen Wint also has not seen much playing time on defense. Freshman Brendon White has played multiple positions since arriving at Ohio State in the spring, but has been with the safeties since fall camp. He is a gifted athlete and will find snaps at some point, no matter what position he ends up playing. Four-star Josh Proctor have a chance to earn early playing time, but must first make an impact on special teams. Though Marcus Hooker, younger brother of former Buckeye safety Malik Hooker, is listed as a cornerback, he will to play safety in college and might redshirt.Projected starters: Jordan Fuller, Isaiah PryorThe Reasoning: Fuller will retain his spot as a starter and Pryor will likely slide into Webb’s starting spot due to lesser competition at the position. Fuller impressed in his first season as a starter and could enter 2018 as one of Ohio State’s most talented defensive players. Opposite Fuller, Pryor has the upper hand, but that position battle could go through spring camp and into the fall without a starter named.Check out the preview of Ohio State’s offense. read more

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Supremely brave Second World War hero denied a Military Cross is cleared

Despite his supreme bravery, and injuries that left him with debilitating pain until his death in 1992, Lees was denied the Military Cross for disobeying last-minute orders to cancel the mission. Destroying the Nazis’ seemingly impregnable headquarters in Italy, and overcoming fearsome fortifications known as the Gothic Line, the operation helped to end the war and save countless Allied lives. In the spring of 1945, Captain Michael Lees carried out one of the most daring raids of the Second World War. He was never told the reason, nor did he know that he was vilified as “insubordinate” by his superiors, even while fighting for his life in a hospital, having been shot five times.  Now a faxed…

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Du graphène contre la soif dans le monde

first_imgDu graphène contre la soif dans le monde ?L’équipe de Jeffrey Grossman de l’Université de Technologie du Massachussetts (MIT) vient de mettre au point une alternative économique aux méthodes de desalinisation de l’eau de mer utilisées habituellement. Il s’agit de membranes en graphène qui permettraient, à terme, de rendre potable les 97% d’eau salée du globe.Trouver des solutions à l’épuisement des ressources terrestres, notamment l’eau potable, est urgent. Une de ces solutions serait le dessalement de l’eau marine, qui consiste en 97% des ressources en eau de la Terre. Des chercheurs de l’Institut de Technologie du Massachusetts (MIT) viennent de montrer dans la revue Nano Letters que des membranes fabriquées avec du graphène seraient plus efficaces et moins coûteuses en énergie que les membranes employées actuellement.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La technique courante de dessalage de l’eau de mer utilise le phénomène d’osmose inverse avec des membranes poreuses. Or, celles-ci nécessitent une pression très élevée et donc beaucoup d’énergie. C’est pourquoi les chercheurs du Département de Science et Génie des Matériaux de MIT ont eu l’idée de remplacer les membranes habituelles par des membranes au graphène, mille fois moins épaisses et nécessitant moins d’énergie. Le graphène se présente en effet sous la forme d’une couche d’épaisseur égale à un atome de carbone. De plus, il est l’un des matériaux connus les plus résistants.David Coehn-Tanugi, un des membres de l’équipe qui a réalisé les travaux, explique comment se sont passées les recherches, sous la houlette du professeur Jeffrey Grossman : “En utilisant un outil de calcul appelé Molecular Dynamics, nous avons modélisé le comportement de l’eau salée qui s’écoule à travers les membranes de graphène à l’échelle atomique. Nos simulations montrent que le graphène pourrait permettre à l’eau de traverser la membrane avec une perméabilité supérieure à 100 fois celle des membranes existantes, tout en rejetant toujours le sel. Le moyen d’y parvenir consiste à introduire de petits pores de l’ordre d’un milliardième de mètre [soit un nanomètre NDLR] dans la structure du graphène. […] Et parce que le graphène est l’un des matériaux les plus résistants, cette membrane est capable de résister aux pressions nécessaires au dessalement de l’eau”. Malgré leurs grandes qualités, les membranes en graphène simulées par l’ordinateur présentent deux problèmes à leur réalisation concrète. Tout d’abord, il faudrait réussir à produire du graphène en grande quantité de manière peu coûteuse. Ensuite, on ne sait pas encore fabriquer des feuillets de graphène avec des pores aussi petits. Mais l’équipe de recherche qui a réalisé l’étude, consciente de ces difficultés, est optimiste : “Il reste encore beaucoup de travail à faire sur ce sujet, mais nous sommes très encouragés par les résultats existants et nous sommes impatients de voir le rôle que le graphène nano-poreux pourrait jouer dans l’avenir des ressources mondiales en eau”. Pour Joshua Schrier, professeur adjoint de chimie à Haverford College : “Les prévisions sont assez excitantes pour qu’elles puissent motiver les ingénieurs chimistes d’effectuer des analyses économiques plus détaillées de dessalement de l’eau … avec ces types de matériaux”. Pour l’instant, les chercheurs ont fait des simulations informatiques du processus afin de déterminer ses caractéristiques optimales mais ils vont “commencer à travailler sur des prototypes cet été”, d’après le professeur Grossman. Le 9 juillet 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Conceição Porto under no pressure at all

first_imgFC Porto manager Sérgio Conceição insists the target remains the same, despite a qualification spot for the last-16 up for grabs tonightThe Primeira Liga leaders will host Schalke 04 in Portugal for a Champions League match needing just a point to book a place in the knockout stages.Currently, Porto leads Group D with 10 points from four games with Schalke trailing them by two points and third-place Galatasaray a further four points back.But, for Conceição, it makes no difference where they are in the standings as the goal remains the same as always – to win.“We look at every match with the same goal: getting the three points and put on a good performance,” Conceição told reporters on the club website.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“A victory will allow us to end the group stage in the lead and we know how important that is, but we are not under pressure at all.“We don’t think of the “what ifs?” in football. What matters is what we control, which is our performance.”Aside from striker Vincent Aboubakar remaining sidelined, Conceição has a fully-fit squad available for tonight.The Porto-Schalke match will begin at 21:00 (CET) at the Estádio do Dragão.last_img read more

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Michelle Obama blasts Trump in new book

first_imgMichelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” In her book “Becoming,” set to come out on Tuesday, 13 Nov she denounces the president for bragging to a TV host in 2005 about sexually assaulting women. Photo: APFormer first lady Michelle Obama blasts president Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.”She also denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from growing up in Chicago to confronting racism in public life to her amazement at becoming the country’s first black first lady. She also reflects on early struggles in her marriage to Barack Obama as he began his political career and was often away. She writes that they met with a counselor “a handful of times,” and she came to realize that she was more “in charge” of her happiness than she had realized. “This was my pivot point,” Obama explains. “My moment of self-arrest.”Obama writes that she assumed Trump was “grandstanding” when he announced his presidential run in 2015. She expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a “misogynist” over Hillary Clinton, “an exceptionally qualified female candidate.” She remembers how her body “buzzed with fury” after seeing the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.She also accuses Trump of using body language to “stalk” Clinton during an election debate. She writes of Trump following Clinton around the stage, standing nearby and “trying to diminish her presence.”Trump’s message, according to Obama, in words which appear in the book in darkened print: “I can hurt you and get away with it.”The Associated Press purchased an early copy of “Becoming,” one of the most anticipated political books in recent memory. Obama is admired worldwide and has offered few extensive comments on her White House years. And memoirs by former first ladies, including Clinton and Laura Bush, are usually best-sellers.Obama launches her promotional tour Tuesday not at a bookstore, but at Chicago’s United Center, where tens of thousands of people have purchased tickets — from just under $30 to thousands of dollars — to attend the event moderated by Oprah Winfrey. Other stops on a tour scaled to rock star dimensions are planned at large arenas from New York City’s Barclays Center to the Los Angeles Forum, with guests including Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker. While some fans have criticized the price as too high, 10 percent of tickets at each event are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.In “Becoming,” Obama shares both pain and joy. She writes lovingly of her family and gives a detailed account of her courtship with her future husband, whom she met when both were at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP; she was initially his adviser. Secretaries claimed he was both brilliant and “cute,” although Michelle Obama was skeptical, writing that white people went “bonkers” any time you “put a suit” on a “half-intelligent black man.” She also thought his picture had a “whiff of geekiness.”But she was more than impressed after meeting him, by his “rich, even sexy baritone” and by his “strange, stirring combination” of serenity and power. “This strange mix-of-everything-man,” when she finally let him kiss her, set off a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfilment, wonder.”But throughout her husband’s life in politics, she fought to balance public and private needs, and to maintain her self-esteem. She agonized over what she feared was a cartoonish, racist image. She remembered being labeled “angry” and, by the Fox network, “Obama’s Baby Mama.” At times, she feared she was damaging her husband’s 2008 presidential campaign, especially after conservatives seized on a line from one of her speeches — taken out of context, she notes — that for the first time as an adult she was “really proud” of her country.The remarks faded from the news, but she sensed lasting damage, a “pernicious seed,” a “perception” that she was “disgruntled and vaguely hostile.”As the first black first lady, she knew she would be labeled “other” and would have to earn the aura of “grace” given freely to her white predecessors. She found confidence in repeating to herself a favorite chant: “Am I good enough? Yes I am.”“Becoming” is part of a joint book deal with former President Barack Obama, whose memoir is expected next year, that is believed worth tens of millions of dollars. The Obamas have said they will donate a “significant portion” of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.Widely praised as a gifted orator and communicator, Michelle Obama has long said she has no interest in running for office, although she held a few campaign-style rallies before the midterms urging people to register to vote. The rallies were part of her work as co-chairman of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization When We All Vote.Last year, she launched a program to help empower girls worldwide through education. The Global Girls Alliance aims to support more than 1,500 grassroots organizations combating the challenges girls encounter in their communities.last_img read more

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Buchón cantina Spritz cocktails to dine for

first_imgBuchón was the first place I tasted the Aperol Spritz, months before it became fashionable around San José.In fact, I tried it before they even officially opened their doors in May 2017. Their first guests were friends, and friends of friends, like me. The memory of that first Aperol Spritz is so vivid that I can still taste the cocktail’s bubbly tanginess.The Spritz is fizzy because of prosecco — Italian white wine that’s usually sparkling — and you can keep it casual and mix it with some other Italian aperitivos like the Aperol, Campari or a digestive like the Lazzaroni… or you could misbehave with some classic recipe and add it to an American Negroni.“A Spritz is a cocktail with low-alcohol. You could use any amaro, or almost any liquor. There’s not a fixed formula, you can bend the rules,” said owner and chef, Luis Protti. “A little prosecco can water down the drink, and make it refreshing and bubbly.”Those bubbly memories also include the bocas I ordered: a cheese and meat platter, toast and pâté and some olives.It’s easy to write about drinking without having to write about the food at most bars, but I can’t explain the Buchón experience without mentioning the food. I eat a lot in there — and I mean it in actual quantity, not frequency. Photo courtesy Diego Matarrita“We still don’t know if we cook food to drink or we mix drinks as an excuse to eat,” Protti saidSo, last time I went over for a drink I asked for the steak and fries — they recommend you add a fried egg over most of their hot dishes and I usually like to follow sound advice. But I didn’t order alone: I invited two friends who had never visited Buchón.One of them ordered their special meatballs in tomato sauce over fries, wisely accompanied by the fried egg topping. The other friend asked for chorizo and toast with Brie cheese and homemade red onion jam. We shared the whole feast, which later included an order of fries and fresh burrata with bread.Then came the cocktails: the now famous Aperol Spritz, a gin and tonic, and, for me, a Lazzaroni Spritz. The latter is a not-yet-on-the-menu cocktail that uses prosecco and soda just like the Aperol Spritz, but the Aperol is replaced with Lazzaroni amaretto and tangerine juice.All three are delicious to savor while dining.Right after we finished eating, we continued drinking some of their most popular cocktails. The waiter, Javier, brought an Americano, an old-fashioned and a Negroni, all of them prepared with Protti’s three-ingredient rule — classic cocktails don’t need anything more than the best few ingredients, he insists.I seldom complain out loud that I don’t like that much the Negroni but this time I said it: it’s too sweet and too bitter. I was hoping for the waiter to frown, but all he did was bring prosecco to mix it with. The negroni at Buchón (Photo courtesy of Diego Matarrita)“It’s called Negroni sbagliato,” Protti later said, adding that it translates as “imperfect” or “incorrect” Negroni.Protti hopes they will have five new cocktails over the next few weeks. Even though not all of them will have bubbles, they were all designed to be the perfect companion to a hearty meal with a fried egg on top.“We want more bubbles,” Protti said about Buchón’s mission.“Maybe, for generations, we have kept them for special occasions. Now we realize there is a whole range of bubbles we can’t drink whenever we want to.”I’m not speaking for every palate, but for me and my friends, bubbles were all we needed to have a lovely dinner with plenty of Buchón’s greatest dishes.My take on fizzy cocktails is that they are great for dining, that’s about it.Natalia Diaz is a freelance journalist. She likes her reading the same way she likes her music: with a side of gin tonic. Natalia just started this new liquid diet and she’s writing all about it. You can follow her on Twitter @natdiaze. Facebook Comments Related posts:Can it still be agua de sapo if El Portón Rojo mixes it with rum? Cabra Negra’s warm rompope foams its way until Christmas Two winning drinks with Costa Rica’s best bartender at Mil948 A hangover, brunch and a classic bloody mary at Mazalast_img read more

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