Wouldnt have my career without horseriding: Kaley Couco

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 11 (PTI) “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco credits horseriding for making her “centred” as a person, which she says has helped in her acting career. Cuoco-Sweeting, 29, said she would not have her career without the sport, reported Female First. “I have six horses, and they have been the biggest blessing in my life. Horseback riding is why Im so centred, especially in this business. I wouldnt have my career without it.” PTI PSH CPSlast_img read more

Shawn Porter: After Errol Spence, I want Manny Pacquiao

first_imgView comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue FILE PHOTO – Shawn Porter looks on against Andre Berto during their WBC welterweight eliminator bout at the Barclays Center on April 22, 2017 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter wants Manny Pacquiao next if he goes on to topple undefeated IBF champion Errol Spence in their title unification clash on Sunday (Manila time) in Los Angeles, California.The 147-pound division has plenty of talent to offer but as it stands, the only fights that pique Porter’s interest are against Spence and Pacquiao, who is the WBA (Super) champion.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own mancenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES A fight with Amir Khan has also lost its appeal to Porter.“Khan was a great fighter, and a fight between me and him a couple of years ago would’ve been certain to get people talking,” he said.“He’s still about now and he’s doing okay for himself, but he doesn’t have anything I want at the moment.”ADVERTISEMENT South Korea World Cup visit to Pyongyang confirmed “The fights that matter to me are the ones that will make me the best welterweight on the planet, and that starts with Errol Spence in my next fight. After that I’d like to take on Manny Pacquiao,” Porter told Sky Sports.“Boxing for me right now is about looking at the guys in my weight class who can get me motivated and want to get in the gym and give my all every single time. Errol Spence is a fighter that does that for me and that’s where I want to be at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Porter (30-2-1, 17 knockouts) doesn’t find any point to level the score with Kell Brook, who dealt him his first loss in 2014.“Would I want to fight Brook again? I don’t think so. His career has gone off in a totally different direction to mine after he beat me, and I don’t think me beating him now and leveling things up would bring a whole lot of credit. He’s been beat by GGG and then he lost to Spence, and I don’t even think he has anything lined up at the moment,” Porter said.last_img read more

Tsitsipas Makes History, Becomes First Greek Male to Win an Australian Open Match

first_imgNo.14-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek male to ever win a main draw match at the Australian Open with a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory over Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in front of a rowdy crowd on Court No.3, tennisnow.com reports.MONDAY’S KEY RESULTSMen’s 1st round: No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5; No. 5 Kevin Anderson beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Reilly Opelka beat No. 9 John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5); No. 14 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4)Women’s 1st round: No. 2 Angelique Kerber beat Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2; No. 5 Sloane Stephens beat Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-2; No. 30 Maria Sharapova beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0.?? @StefTsitsipas toughs it out against #Berrettini 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 7-6(4) to earn a second round berth #gamesetmatch #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Bse7JBcYCE— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts after winning a point against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)TweetPinShare116116 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan suffers finger injury ahead of Australia warm-up game

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan will undergo a precautionary X-ray after injuring a finger on his left hand, less than a week before the start of the ICC World Cup 2019.The England and Wales Cricket Board says Morgan was hurt during catching drills in a practice session on Friday ahead of a warmup game against Australia in Southampton on Saturday.The World Cup starts on Thursday, when host nation England plays South Africa at The Oval.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Counter attacking Jasprit Bumrah not a great idea, says Brian LaraAlso Seelast_img read more

Tennis players want more money? It’s not as absurd as it sounds

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Read more Topics In golf however, the best men earn astronomically more than their female peers: Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Read more In 2017, the 100th best female tennis player last year took home US$368,628 – helped by playing a mixture of singles and doubles – compared to US$98,261 earned by the 100th best golfer on the US LPGA tour. Respectable sure, but not so much that your dreams of retiring off your child’s earnings are going to come true.Indeed the parity of earnings for men and women in tennis is quite clear – only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal really stand out as earning greatly more than their equivalent ranked women in 2017 (of course we’re not counting sponsorships) Anya Alvarez More money? This from a man with career earnings above US$110m while playing at a tournament where the loser in the first round earns A$60,000.But such numbers hide the real story of professional tennis.The sport is built on hundreds of players winning bugger all, and leaving the sport due to costs and an inability to actually earn a living. Professional tennis, like all professions, is made up of workers who are mostly unobserved by the broader public.Rather than Melbourne Park centre court, most players find themselves in places such as glamorous Elizabeth playing in the “City of Playford Tennis International” which, if they win will earn them $10,800. Lose in the first round – as half the field always does in a tennis tournament – and the cheque is for $780.While the money in tennis is great for those at the top, the drop off is stark and very much so compared to other high profile individual sports.Running around some tennis court being watched by no one except a few local members is not the usual image of professional tennis, but it is the foundation of the tour. All players come through the Futures and Challenger circuits before getting their ranking high enough to get entry into the qualifying draw of an ATP tour event. But doing so costs a lot of money.In truth, it is a hell of a life. Why anyone does it is beyond me. Barely more than 200 men a year earn more than the average Australian full-time earnings, and yet without those masses of players living out of a suitcase and playing in small tournaments around the world, the ATP tour would atrophy.And the drop off in earnings for players is stark – especially when you compare it to another individual sport like golf: Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Tennis I’ve never been a big fan of the “men play best of five, they should get paid more” argument. The reality is if you took women out of the tournament, the grand slams would quickly lose any lustre. The reason people who don’t normally care about tennis tune in for these two weeks is the importance of the event – and that event is important because both men and women are there.It’s similar to how athletics is always the biggest event in the Olympics, but if you took away the other smaller events you would just have an athletics world championships which most people give barely a stuff about.The case for tennis players earning more money is well worth considering. But as with all cases of income, the issue really isn’t the top earners, but inequality. And while tennis has done very well with inequality across genders, the disparity between the top and the poorest remains massive. And for that, joining a union is a very smart step.Greg Jericho is a Guardian Australia columnist In 2017, 42 men on the ATP tour earned over US$1m, compared to 102 on the USPGA. And that is not including the European golf tour, which had 40 players earn over $1m.On the PGA tour in 2017, the 150th highest money earner Michael Thompson, earned US$568,991, by contrast the 150th highest earner on the ATP tour last year was German Yannick Hanfmann – he took home US$144,674.Now, yes, that still is a lot of money – more than double the average male full-time earnings in Australia. But whereas Thompson won his money travelling around the USA, Hanfmann spent his time in 2017 playing in 16 different countries – from his home of Germany to the USA, Japan, China, Mexico, Kazakstan and Panama. Travelling to Panama is a long way to go to earn US$860.It’s enough to make you think you should dream of your future child becoming a golfer rather than a tennis player.But not so fast … first you best not assume your child will be a boy. If she is a girl, tennis is the way to go.Female tennis players consistently earn more than their golfing peers Forty-one men on the PGA tour earned more than the top earner on the LPGA, compared to only three men on the ATP tour earning more than Venus Williams in 2017.There is not much that can be done to change this. Men and women have always played at grand slams concurrently, in a way that is not possible for a golf tournament. And it is not really an issue unless you are a male player who thinks he deserves more than a woman. One hundred and thirty men on the USPGA tour earned more than did the 50th best players on the ATP tour in 2017. Australia sport Business Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Share on Messenger Why golf should follow tennis and adopt equal pay for US Open Grogonomics Income inequality is not normally an issue that arises much thought during the Australian Open, but this week inequality, as it is in much of the rest of society, has reared its head in tennis, and with it has come talk also of the need for a stronger unionisation of workers.It is easy to scoff when talk arose this week that Novak Djokovic had reportedly called for a formation of a new players union that would split from the ATP – an organisation that both represents the players and also organises the tournaments – in order to get the players a greater share of the tournament revenue. Australian Open 2018 Share via Email comment Golf … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Novak Djokovic denies calling for boycott of next year’s Australian Open Read more Share on LinkedIn Australian Open Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Norman Manley Int’l Airport Operation Divested

first_img A 25-year concession agreement was signed today (October 10) at the Office of the Prime Minister by Chairman of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), which owns the NMIA, Hon. William Shagoury; President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Audley Deidrick; and GAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Raul Revuelta Musalem; and Head of the entity’s subsidiary, PAC Kingston Airport Limited, Saul Villarreal Garcia. The Government has divested the operation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) to Mexican entity, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. De C.V. (GAP). Story Highlights The Government has divested the operation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) to Mexican entity, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. De C.V. (GAP).A 25-year concession agreement was signed today (October 10) at the Office of the Prime Minister by Chairman of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), which owns the NMIA, Hon. William Shagoury; President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Audley Deidrick; and GAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Raul Revuelta Musalem; and Head of the entity’s subsidiary, PAC Kingston Airport Limited, Saul Villarreal Garcia.The formalities were witnessed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague.Under the agreement, GAP will be responsible for improving the airport’s land and air operational efficiency, and financing and completing a modernisation programme, at an estimated cost of over U$110 million.Additionally, the Government will receive a guaranteed percentage of the airport’s gross revenues. The entity has the option to extend the arrangements by an additional five years.The GAP emerged the preferred of three bidders, which included two consortia of foreign and local investors.Their selection followed the public opening and evaluation and Cabinet’s subsequent approval in September of the three bid submissions received by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in July. The transaction value for GAP’s bid totals over US$2 billion.Prime Minister Holness said the transaction represents another successful public-private partnership (PPP) deal, coming on the heels of similar arrangements with the Kingston Container Terminal and North-South Highway.“The successful outcome of this public-private partnership attests to the transparency and equity of the process as well as the professionalism, accountability and integrity of all stakeholders involved,” he said.Mr. Holness argued that this type of investment modality is critical to the Government’s economic growth strategy, adding that “it is evident that PPPs are excellent vehicles for unlocking the value of assets, reducing debt and mobilising local and foreign investment in our economy.”In his remarks, Mr. Montague noted that NMIA has played a critical role in Jamaica’s economic development for many years.He said the aviation sector’s critical role to tourism and the services sector “made clear the need for [the] modernisation and development of our airports.”“Through a thorough analysis, the Government decided that privatisation was the best available option for mobilising the considerable resources that would be required to achieve our objective,” the Minister noted.Mr. Montague said the transfer of financing and operational responsibilities to GAP now enables the AAJ to focus on managing the concessions at NMIA and the Sangster International Airport inMontego Bay, which the Mexican entity manages through subsidiary company, Desarollo de Concesiones Aeroportuaris.For his part, Mr. Musalem said GAP welcomed the opportunity afforded to manage the NMIA’s operations.“You can be assured that the group I represent will contribute to the achievement of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 [of] transforming the country into the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business,” he added.GAP has concession management agreements, some totalling 50 years, for 13 airports in Mexico.The entity has been managing the Sangster International Airport operations since 2003. The formalities were witnessed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague.last_img read more

National Ballet of Canada Announces a New Initiative See The Music Hear

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The National Ballet is one of the few companies in the world to have its own orchestra, admired for the range and versatility of repertoire it performs as well as the theatrical insight and colour it brings to the company’s work onstage.See the Music, Hear the Dance takes place at 6:25 pm in the auditorium and is free to all ticket holders for the March 8 and June 16 performances.The Sleeping Beauty is onstage March 8 – 18, 2018 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Facebook Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced a new initiative within the popular pre-performance Ballet Talks series, See the Music, Hear the Dance. Led by Principal Conductor and Music Director David Briskin and featuring The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the new series invites audiences to deepen their knowledge of the musical language of ballet.See the Music, Hear the Dance will take place prior to the opening night performance of The Sleeping Beauty on March 8, 2018 and on June 22, before a performance of Paz de la Jolla & The Man in Black & Cacti.“The relationship between music and movement is something that is inherent in the experience of a dance performance,” said Mr. Briskin. “See the Music, Hear the Dance is a quote by the great choreographer George Balanchine who was renowned for his musicality and the perfect title for our new Ballet Talks series. The Talks will give audience members a greater understanding and appreciation for the music they are about to experience as well as spotlight the talented musicians in the National Ballet orchestra.” Advertisementlast_img read more

BC man under RCMP investigation for online dead Indian comment was once

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Terrace, B.C., man who was once a gay wedding trailblazer is now under an RCMP investigation for a possible hate crime after posting on social media that the “only good Indian is a dead Indian.”Terrace RCMP said Thursday an investigation is under way into the comment posted by Howard Boake on the web page of the local Terrace Standard newspaper. The RCMP said the investigation was triggered on Tuesday after they received a complaint from a “concerned citizen” over the comment.Boake wrote on Facebook that, “the only good Indian is a dead Indian…Let have open season on em (sic).”RCMP Const. Angela Rabut said the investigation is exploring whether there is a public safety component to the online comment.“First and foremost is public safety. Is the public safe? We are going to make sure of that,” said Rabut.Rabut said the investigation’s findings will be forwarded to local Crown counsel who will then determine whether there is enough to lay hate-crime related charges.“We have to decide the criminal element of the comment,” she said.Rabut would not say whether they contacted Boake because it was an “active investigation.”APTN National News phoned and messaged Boake on Facebook seeking comment.Boake’s comment was quickly deleted by the newspaper but not before someone captured an image of the racist words. The screen capture was shared widely over social-media and first reported by WestCoast Native News.Boake’s publicly available Facebook page shows he posted a comment on an August 2014 story by the Terrace Standard about the Gitxsan Treaty Society delivering an eviction notice to CN.“WHY do first nations THINK they OWN CANADA? (sic),” posted Boake.Boake is Facebook friends with a man named Jimbob Harris-Boake. On July 23, 2003, the Terrace Standard led with a front-page story about the gay wedding of Jim Harris and Howard Boake beneath a headline saying it was the community’s first such nuptials.The story said the two men were to be married on Aug. 9 of that year. The story described Boake as a retired truck driver who is now likely in his 70s. The pair made a lifelong commitment to each other two years earlier.Photo from Aug. 9 wedding of Jim Harris and Howard Boake. (Facebook)The marriage occurred before the full legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada.Harris could also not be reached for comment.Last week, Maclean’s magazine created a stir after it published a front page story declaring Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada and that the country had a worse race problem than the U.S.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Qatar Makes Plans for Gaza Power Line, Further Aid for Palestinians

Rabat – A Qatari technical commission held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday June 18. The commission discussed the funding of a new power line between Qatar and Gaza, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid endeavors for Palestinians.In recent years, Qatar has funnelled millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-dominated Gaza, in an  effort to alleviate the deprivation caused by the ongoing conflict with Israel. Spearheading the Qatari drive has been envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi, a Qatari economist and businessman. This time, Al-Emadi was accompanied by Qatari electricity and water experts. The Qatari experts met with the Israel Electric Corporation in Tel Aviv on Sunday, and in Gaza with energy officials, to discuss the Qatari offer to pay for the completion of a new Gaza electricity line.“It will make a difference,” said a Palestinian official. “Maybe we will not have electricity 24/7, but people may begin to feel there isn’t a power crisis anymore.”The new line, known as Line 161, would provide 100 megawatts to Gaza, which currently gets a total of 120 megawatts from Israel, short of the 500 megawatts to 600 megawatts that Palestinian authorities say the blockaded territory needs.Read also: Joint Agreement Forges New Economic Future for Morocco and PalestineBesides preventing some of Gaza’s chronic blackouts, an improved electricity supply would also benefit power sewage pumps and hinder water contamination afflicting two million Palestinians.So far, the intervention is approved by Israel but has gone largely unacknowledged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, alongside U.S.-allied Arab leaders, has criticized Doha for its close ties to Iran and Islamist groups like Hamas. An Israeli official said that the power line’s construction would take three years to complete and that it remains unclear whether the Netanyahu government will approve it. The prime minister’s office had no immediate comment. read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1563494 up 1669 points

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,634.94, up 16.69 pointsDow — 22,405.09, up 23.89 pointsS&P 500– 2,519.36, up 9.30 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,495.96, up 42.51 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 80.13 cents US, down 0.19 of a centPound — C$1.6716, down 0.12 of a centEuro — C$1.4742, up 0.70 of a centEuro — US$1.1812, up 0.27 of a centOil futures:US$51.67, up 11 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,284.80 per oz., down $3.90(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $21.803 per oz., $700.97 per kg.) read more

Global partnership to promote genetic improvements to cassava UN agency says

FAO described the Global Partnership for Cassava Genetic Improvement as a “very positive development” that reflected the urgent need to support the genetic improvement of the tuber to help millions of the world’s hungriest people.The tropical root crop cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and corn, according to FAO. More than 600 million people depend on the crop in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where cassava is grown by poor farmers for whom the crop is vital for both food security and income generation.FAO said that the importance of cassava is not reflected in the investment in research to improve the crop, which has made it lag behind other basic food crops. In the past 30 years, cassava productivity increased less than 1 per cent annually compared to 2 to 5 per cent in rice, wheat, and corn.Bacterial and viral diseases, insect pests, weeds, and drought have combined to limit cassava production, which, in Africa averages 8 tons per hectare, compared to potential yields of over 80 tons per hectare, the UN agency said. Attempts by farmers to market their cassava products have also fallen short of their potential because of rapid post-harvest deterioration and inadequate starch and protein content in the roots.New tools such as advanced molecular biology and biotechnology can, however, change this situation by offering new approaches which will make cassava much more productive, nutritious and profitable to grow, according to FAO.The participating institutions have agreed to co-ordinate their research efforts, share findings, incorporate the views of farmers into the planning process, respect safety regulations in research, and strive to build scientific capacity in national institutions in cassava-growing countries. read more

Sudan UN witnesses arms handover by governmentbacked group in Darfur

The team also visited camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), inspected hospitals and therapeutic centres for children, and held talks with relief workers, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, heads the verification mission, which is determining whether Khartoum is making progress on its promises to disarm the brutal Janjaweed militias and improve security for Darfur’s massive population of IDPs.The mission is expected to wrap up its visit tomorrow, two days before the expiration of a Security Council deadline for Khartoum to prove it is taking steps to alleviate the crisis in Darfur.Mr. Dujarric said Mr. Pronk is likely to brief the Council next Thursday on his findings. The Council has threatened Sudan with possible measures under Article 41 of the UN Charter, including economic penalties, if it does not show progress.At least 1.2 million people are now IDPs and another 200,000 have fled to Chad as refugees because of the Janjaweed attacks and fighting between Government forces and two rebel groups.Last month the Sudanese Government and the UN agreed to set up a Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM) to monitor the situation and make sure the two sides meet their promises to alleviate the humanitarian crisis. read more

On Day to Combat Desertification UN urges action to protect every hectare

“We need to change course and start securing every hectare of land that can provide food or freshwater and rehabilitate all the degraded land that we can,” urged Mr. Ban, who assured that by doing so, the international community will be able to make rapid steps towards controlling climate change.With No such thing as a free lunch: Investing in healthy soils as the theme, this year’s Day is intended to promote public awareness of the issues of desertification and drought, and the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.“Our lives and civilizations depend on the land. Let us invest in healthy soils to secure our rights to food and freshwater,” Mr. Ban added.When a plate of food is served in front of you, what comes to mind? Few of us actually think about it, but it is the endpoint of a long and complex process…Without the land, there is only an empty plate,” underscored Monique Barbut, who is the UNCCD Executive Secretary. Noting that 70 per cent of the Earth’s grasslands, 50 per cent of the savannahs and 45 per cent of its temperate forests have been cleared to feed generations gone by, she expressed her deep concern that resources are treated like disposable goods.“We degrade the land through unsustainable farming and walk away when it cannot produce anymore. Today, one third of previously fertile farmland lies abandoned. With a population of 9.6 billion expected by 2050, we will need to clear 3 million hectares of new land every year, on average,” she explained, warning that “we are heading towards a tipping point.”“If we do not change how we use our land, we will have to convert an area the size of Norway into new farmland every year to meet future needs for food, freshwater, biofuels and urban growth,” underscored Mr. Ban.A number of organizations from the UN system are involved in the fight against desertification, as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which has established a number of regional Drought Monitoring Centres in Africa, for example.Over the last four decades, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Director-General Irina Bokova said, has contributed to global efforts to combat desertification through such scientific programmes as its Man and the Biosphere Programme and International Hydrological Programme.For his part, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Braulio F. de Souza Dias, said the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 offers solutions, “in particular Aichi Biodiversity Target 5, which aims to at least halve and bring as close to zero as possible the rate of loss of natural habitats, and Aichi Target 15 which aims to restore at least 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems, seek to reverse the negative trend of land degradation.”In addition, he expanded on the proposed sustainable development goal on land for the post-2015 agenda, which is based on three simultaneous actions: avoid degrading additional land, recover as much as we can of that which is already degraded, and, for every hectare of land we degrade, to rehabilitate a hectare of degraded land in the same ecosystem and the same timeframe.“A world where all rights to food, water and human security are guaranteed is possible,” the UN Secretary-General assured. read more

Kazan 2018 Surprising QF participants – Greece and Iran in Qatar out

On Friday, we saw in Kazan decisive matches for the qualification in the last – “knock out” phase of the WCh. At the end of the day, it is clear that this Championship brought new wave of Scandinavian Beach Handball in the world’s top teams. DEN with both teams and SWE in male competition are news while NOR female team is for while one of the participants of decisive matches. New “facts” are Greece female and Iranian male team in the decisive matches. It is now clear that increase of the number of participants from 12 to 16 brought new quality. Quarter final matches will be played on Saturday morning and matches of the semifinals in afternoon/evening session.9:00 (QF – male) IRI – SWE9:00 (QF – male) ESP – BRA9:50 (QF – female) PAR – BRA9:50 (QF – female) POL – NOR10:40 (QF – male) CRO – DEN11:30 (QF – male) RUS – HUN 12:20 (QF – female) GRE – RUS12:20 (QF – female) ESP – DEN(all times are UTC + 3)All matches can be followed via Internet live stream on the IHF (IHF.info) and Championship (handballrussia2018.com) web sites.  X.Q ← Previous Story VIDEO: Where is the ball? Next Story → SEHA 2018/2019: Without Celje PL and Gorenje, Izvidjac IN read more

Phosphatases alcalines PAL définition rôle comment analyser les résultats

first_imgPhosphatases alcalines (PAL) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Présentes dans la majorité des tissus, les phosphates alcalines, ou PAL en version abrégée, sont des enzymes très largement impliquées dans le métabolisme osseux ainsi qu’au niveau du fonctionnement hépatique. Leur dosage permet de dépister différentes pathologies.Les phosphatases alcalines, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Les enzymes sont des protéines spécifiques puisqu’elles permettent la survenue de réactions chimiques au sein de l’organisme. C’est le cas, entre autres, des phosphatases alcalines qui contribuent, par leur action, à la minéralisation des os en contribuant à la production du tissu osseux et des cartilages. Il existe deux types de PAL qui sont classifiés en fonction de l’acidité du milieu dans lequel elles provoquent une réaction chimique. On retrouve ainsi les phosphatases alcalines « classiques » qui sont principalement contenues dans le foie et les os et les phosphatases acides prostatiques (PAP) qui sont présentes dans les milieux acides. Naturellement transportées par le sang, ces protéines ont la particularité d’être éliminées par la bile.Le dosage des phosphatases alcalinesLa mesure du taux de phosphatases alcalines est principalement réalisée à partir d’un échantillon sanguin prélevé par ponction veineuse dans le pli du coude. L’examen est généralement prescrit par le médecin en cas de suspicion d’une atteinte du foie ou d’une pathologie osseuse. En présence de symptômes d’atteinte hépatique, le dosage des PAL s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un bilan plus complet comprenant l’évaluation d’autres enzymes telles que l’alanine aminotransférase (ALAT) ou encore l’aspartate aminotransférase (ASAT). En outre, le taux de phosphatases alcalines peut également constituer un outil de diagnostic de la cholestase (diminution de la sécrétion biliaire) ou d’une obstruction des voies biliaires. La concentration de phosphatases alcalines est considérée comme normale lorsqu’elle est comprise entre 30 et 100 unités internationales par litre (UI/l).Taux de phosphatases alcalines trop bas : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?À lire aussiColle à viande : pas de thrombine en FranceLes variations à la baisse du taux de phosphatases alcalines indiquent généralement une insuffisance hépatocellulaire sévère pouvant être secondaire à une cirrhose, à une inflammation du foie, à une hépatite ou encore à une hypophosphatasie (maladie héréditaire). Face à la multiplicité des causes possibles, le médecin devra poursuivre ses investigations afin d’affiner son diagnostic.Taux de phosphatases alcalines trop haut : qu’est-ce que cela signifie ?Lorsqu’elle est associée à une élévation des gamma-GT, l’augmentation du taux de phosphatases alcalines laisse présager une cholestase, d’une pathologie hépatique ou d’une maladie osseuse. Il faut néanmoins préciser que la concentration de phosphatases alcalines varie naturellement à la hausse au cours de la grossesse.Le 25 avril 2017 à 11:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Super Nawettan Can Gunjur plot a BacktoBack

first_imgBy Sulayman BahAll roads led to South Coast last year this time when Gunjur gunned down City Boys Banjul to grab the FIB sponsored Super Nawettan title that has until 2016, stayed within the Greater Banjul area.A last-gasp spot-kick driven home by a certain Malang Jassey sent the stadium to cacophonous celebrations, delivering a sigh of relief to the impressive turnout of Gunjur fans who traveled over to Bakau as dozens wept in joy, unashamedly.That penalty, unleashed six minutes to end of regular time and that had the Banjul keeper going the wrong end, would break the jinx of sides outside of greater Banjul area failing at the death with the title right under their noses.Pic: Gunjur in celebration after scoringEast, Banjul, West and Bakau had shared the title these years but Jassey’s spot-kick brought dead to that hoodoo, having Gunjur believe the impossible in fact means I’m-possible.But as the tournament resumes in six days, the question on the lips of enthusiasts is whether the South Boys can redo the feat. That we will only get to know at this October’s end. With the fixture soon to be made official, the champions meanwhile –like all other zones including the new entrants Foni and Kombo East – have begun training.Pic Gunjur players kneel in prayer after scoringDefending the trophy will be the dream but they must ward off serial winners SK East, SK West and Banjul. East’s Nawettan remains on and aren’t expected to make a firm intent for the title owing to late preparations but there is Banjul who could pose the biggest threat to Gunjur. The first zone to finish off its Nawettan, the capital boys won’t have excuses should they fail.last_img read more

EC cracks down on Mahadev Sarkar over comment on Mahua

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Friday barred BJP leader from Nadia district Mahadev Sarkar from holding any public meetings, processions, public rallies, road shows, interviews or public utterances in social, print and audio visual media, for a period of 48 hours. The timing of the ban on Sarkar, who is the Nadia district president of BJP, will be in effect from 4 pm today (Friday) till 4.00 pm on Sunday. The stringent action by the Commission comes in the wake of Sarkar violating the model code of conduct, by making offensive and sexually coloured remarks against Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress candidate from the Krishnanagar seat, during a public meeting at Krishnanagar Government College on April 22. The Commission has strongly condemned the statement in its order. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Bengal had issued a show-cause notice to Sarkar and after the latter gave his reply, it was sent to the Commission’s head office in Delhi. Dissatisfied with the reply of the BJP leader, the Commission took action against him. “He has not denied making the alleged comments that have been ascribed to him in the complaint made by Mahua Moitra. He has, however, maintained that the alleged matter does not come under the MCC,” the order copy of the EC read. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that the Commission has already issued a direction to all political parties to refrain from any deeds/actions that may be construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women. Moitra had filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court, pointing out certain offensive and sexually coloured remarks by Sarkar against her. The bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, disposed her plea on Thursday by directing the Commission to pass ‘necessary’ orders in the matter ‘forthwith’. “I am happy that the Commission has taken strong action. BJP leaders have often been found making objectionable comments during election rallies. They should take this as a lesson and be careful before making such remarks during political meetings and rallies,” Moitra said.last_img read more

Were Ignoring the Only Industry We Cant Do Without

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 11, 2019 7 min read Enroll Now for Free By 2025, the planet will have a population of over 8.1 billion people. If we were to imagine that number in an easily consumable unit such as donuts, we would have enough donuts to form a chain so long that it would wrap around Earth’s equator 20 times. Unfortunately, that same number of donuts would only keep everyone on the planet satiated for about one hour.The harsh reality is that if earth’s population continues to soar, our agricultural practices are going to need to make significant advances in order to support everyone. It’s not all doom and gloom though. There is one industry working this challenge head-on: agritech. For three years in a row First Round’s State of Startups Survey has reported that founders list virtual and augmented reality as the most overhyped startup industry and agritech the most underhyped. Google trends data also supports this. In recent years the searches for virtual reality have been so high that those made for agritech look like small potatoes.Related: Five Trends to Watch out for in the Agritech Industry in 2019Despite the lack of attention, it gets, the work being performed within the agritech industry is incredibly innovative and highly impactful. New startups are finding ways to increase the shelf life of proteins, create farms in cities, and use artificial intelligence to save the amount of water and energy used in food production.So, if agritech is so critical, why does no one care?The technology is not ‘sexy.’ Most agritech companies are based around solving a problem, not about making a headline, which is often a significantly less attractive proposition for VCs. After all, the vast majority of VCs are created with the primary goal of making money rather than accomplishing a social drive or mission. Generally, VCs would rather invest in flashier companies that interact with consumers directly in their day-to-day lives.However, it’s not just VCs that are leaving agritech in the lurch: the broader consumer world just doesn’t seem to have an interest. Wearable technology that helps people track their fitness? Cool. Sensors attached to cows that help farmers track their health? Not so much.Related: Why Warren Buffett Is Investing in Wearable TechThe truth is that the future of farming relies on a lot of the same technology that has become massively popular in recent years: drones, bots, smart technology, data-driven efforts. The key difference between the application of the technology in farm fields versus in the home, however, is the distance from the nearest consumer. While these technologies will ultimately have an impact on everyone’s lives, the average person won’t necessarily interact with them at all, which makes it tricky for people to care about them.Agriculture is often viewed as old-school and unchanging.While the agricultural industry has actually undergone a great many innovations throughout history, these changes have multiplied the distance between most individuals and where their food comes from. Consider that 200 years ago, 90 percent of Americans lived on farms while today less than 2 percent of the U.S. population produces food. With this separation of the consumer from the source, an inflexible supply chain has been established which makes change difficult.These views of the agricultural industry have created a perception among most people that there is little to improve about modern agriculture. In fact, the opposite is quite true – there are many ways the industry could be improved, all of which will ultimately end up impacting the consumer. To name a few:Agriculture contributes about a third of all greenhouse gases;A large amount of fresh food is destroyed globally each year;Climate change will impact how crops are produced in many parts of the world; andObesity is ultimately impacted by the practices of our agricultural industry.Related: Stephen Hawking: The Obesity Epidemic Is a Problem ‘Beyond My Understanding’Agriculture doesn’t operate like a standard B2B or B2C industry. The target audience for agritech is often small farms – which means that the go-to-market strategy is much different than for a consumer goods company like Warby Parker. The standard tenets of branding and advertising just don’t hold. Relationships and proving your worth are much more valuable in the agricultural community.This typically makes most agritech investments a harder pitch from the get-go; it’s simply easier to sell someone on the idea of how Uber is going to impact their day-to-day than on how increased corn yields from a new agribot are going to affect them.Growth in agritech can be slow at first.At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that plants grow slowly, and livestock grows even slower. This makes experimentation with new agritech a fairly lengthy practice. You can’t just launch an app and start getting new users the next day. Time must elapse to measure the efficacy of new agritech in the real world.This means that iterations on technology and improvements can take many growing seasons, even years, to fully work out. Although the impact of these technologies can be huge, the truth is that the current tech industry is so obsessed with rapid growth and improvement they often aren’t willing to consider an industry that may be considered slower growing.So, what are we going to do about it?Agritech has a perception problem that is hurting its future in the world at large, but it doesn’t have to. There are actions startups, VCs, and consumers can take to shed some light on such a critical and innovative industry.New agritech startups need to increase awareness to help consumers realize that the future of our food is something we should all care about. One agritech startup that is excelling is Freight Farms, a company that makes hyper-efficient farms that are entirely contained within a standard shipping container.Freight Farms has done a great job at the branding game with their distinct green and white shipping containers with the words “This is a Farm” emblazoned on the side. Freight farms puts its containers in busy urban areas like parks and street corners, and atop buildings to gather public attention. Another successful firm in the agritech-sector is Ida, which tracks the health and behavior of cows using artificial intelligence.A great deal of the onus of this lies on VCs to publicly laude these successes but also on startups to leverage their successes. It is notable that while the amount of funding given to agritech startups has grown slowly and steadily since 2006, public awareness of agritech has remained low. This is in large part due to the fact that, while these early agritech startups have seen success, they have largely been backed by a small group of agritech-centered VCs, such as Anterra Capital.It’s not just VCs that can help these startups. The broader consumer world can do more to help guide these organizations towards success. Consumers should demand more information about how and where their food is grown. We should all push for more sustainable practices and explore avenues to reduce the distance between ourselves and our food.What if every school had a Freight Farm where students could not only learn how to produce their own food but how to use cutting edge technology? By leveling the playing field for startups, these programs ensure that it’s not just the sexy ideas that stay alive.Agritech startups are imagining a great, bright future for our planet’s food supply, and it’s time for the rest of the world to get on board. Apart from the environmental, socioeconomic, and health-related dangers of not investing in agritech, we also risk missing out on some of the most important and innovative technology of our time. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more