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first_imgBen Clark, Tom Hands, Freddie Powell, Ben Stride and Barny Thorold were named to the Summit League Honor Roll. ELMHURST, Ill. – Drake University men’s tennis team was recognized for its excellence in the classroom on Tuesday as the the Summit League Academic Honor announced its 2017-18 academic honor roll. To qualify for the Summit League Honor Roll, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average for the specified term (Fall 2017/Spring 2018) and used a season of competition to be nominated for the honor roll. Print Friendly Versionlast_img


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first_imgVineyards in the Durbanville Wine Valleyin the Western Cape, with Table Mountainin the distance. South Africa’s wineexports rose 32% in volume and 42% invalue from 2007, to 45.2-million casesvalued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of five wine-producing countries to join forces to form the New World Wine Alliance. The alliance plans to challenge European Union (EU) rivals under this banner. Europe is currently the world’s largest wine producer and exporter.So-called New World wines are produced outside the traditional European wine-cultivation areas in countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Chile, the US, New Zealand, Mexico, and Australia, which is the current market leader in the UK.The new alliance includes South Africa, New Zealand, California, Chile and Argentina – all of which will use their partnership as a marketing tool to further penetrate the global wine market and see off competition from European countries.This does not negate the fact that the five countries are still competitors in the market, but an alliance spokesperson said that all members will ultimately gain by sharing experience and best practice.“We have already benefited from each other enormously by exchanging viticultural and cellar research as well as innovations in packaging, marketing and logistics,” said the spokesperson.Official launchThe group will be officially launched at the next Prowein international wine and spirits trade fair, taking place over three days in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March 2010. In a world first, they will also exhibit their wines there as a joint force.The annual wine showcase, one of the most important trade shows on the wine calendar, attracted around 3 000 exhibitors in 2009, along with about 35 000 delegates and visitors from some 50 countries. Press coverage was extensive, making Prowein the ideal platform to launch the new wine alliance.Not only will the partners be exhibiting at the same pavilion, but together they will hold talks, seminars, presentations and workshops with relevant experts in the field.The pavilion’s theme, Down to Earth, suggests the main issues to be covered: sustainable wine production, management of scarce natural resources, management of climate change, cool-climate viticulture, organic wines, as well as market-related topics such as branding, building consumption sales, and icon wines, or wines of exceptional quality.Eastern focusAustralia has not joined the alliance because it has shifted its focus to the East. China is the world’s biggest single wine market in terms of population, as it is for beer, and the demand there for wine is growing. It is also the world’s sixth-largest wine producer.A 2008 report issued by China Wines Information predicts that wine imports into China will top US$870-million (R6.8-billion) by 2017 – a five-fold increase from the 2007 figure of $184-million (R1.4-billion).Challenging the EUMeanwhile, the New World Alliance will stand together as a unit to rattle EU winemakers. In 2006 the EU proposed a shake-up of its wine sector, prompted by growing competition from the New World, dwindling wine consumption in the region, and a fear that imports would eventually outstrip exports.New regulations were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in April 2008, and are set to revamp the way the EU wine market is managed. The main focus areas are the reduction of the large quantity of unsold wine, which a few years ago was the equivalent of an entire year’s production, and the productive reallocation of funds to boost the competitiveness of European wines.For instance, the EU plans to stop paying producers for surplus cheap table wine and will instead divert this large slice of the EU wine budget into producing and marketing quality wines.Steady growthThe five partners of the alliance have all seen recent growth in exports despite the world-wide recession, and will continue to focus their efforts on the promotion of the New World as a source of top-quality wines and oenological innovation.In the period 2007 to 2008 all alliance members reported healthy export figures. South Africa’s exports rose 32% in volume and 42% in value from 2007, to 45.2-million cases valued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, Argentina’s 23.8-million cases exported were an increase of 14% in volume and 28% in value from 2007, and Chile’s exports rose 10% in value but decreased 3% in volume. Nonetheless, the 65.4-million cases were worth $1.4-billion (R11-billion).New Zealand saw 10.9-million cases leaving the country, an increase of 19%. The Antipodean country is famed particularly for its Sauvignon Blanc, and in June 2009 the country’s Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc became the top seller of its kind in the US.Exports from the US, of which 90% came from California, totalled 55-million cases worth $1-billion (R7.8-billion), an increase of 8% in volume and 6% in value.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWine on the wild side Wine exports break new recordsSA wine a US presidential hit Useful linksWines of South AfricaWines of ChileWines of ArgentinaNew Zealand wineCalifornia Wine InstituteEuropean UnionNew-World WinemakerProweinlast_img read more


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first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra, who plays the role of Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom, says she has not tried to imitate the boxer on screen as her focus was on representing Mary’s spirit and personality.”We did not want to imitate her. We are making a Hindi film and we wanted the reach of the film to be wide. I am speaking a lot more in Hindi than Mary speaks and not in Manipuri. And I knew my face would never look like her we did prosthetics and lot of test. I don’t look like Mary. I don’t have the features like her, but I have given blood and soul for this film to make sure I represent Mary’s spirit and her personality to the best of my ability,” Priyanka said in an interview here.”Sanjay sir (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, producer of the film) said the film had to be about the spirit of Mary Kom and the story needs to be told. The fighting spirit of Mary is there in the film. Mary has seen the film and she has cried at some places…situations. She has given me her affirmation.For me, that is the biggest test won. Audience is god. They will decide the fate of the film,” she said.Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra’Mary Kom’ is being touted as one of the much-awaited films of the year, though Priyanka says she never keeps any expectations from her films.”I never keep expectations from my film. I believe in destiny… I feel destiny and hard work go hand in hand. You can do the best and leave the rest. Every film has its own destiny. Off course I want people to love the film and get inspired. The film has personally inspired me a lot,” Priyanka said.advertisement”I am promoting the film because it needs promotion.But if I don’t talk about the film then how will people know about the film and her. I promote all my films irrespective of whether they will do well or not. I believe in commitment. For me, every film of mine is my ‘Mughal-E-Azam’. None of them will get less or more (attention) from me. I enjoy the process of film and the work that goes behind it,” she said.”The story that Saiwyn Quadras wrote on Mary Kom was amazing. It was his idea to make a film on Mary Kom and I give him credit for that. Writers are not given much importance and they don’t get good salary also which I think is tragic. When I heard the story of ‘Mary Kom’ I judged it for its story,” she added.To get into the skin of the character of boxer Mary Kom, Priyanka said she had to work on different things.”Being an actor I am supposed to train, but I am very lazy. It is horrible. I look fit and athletic and that is because my parents genetically look fit and they did not put weight till they were 45 years old. I am blessed that way. I had to go to gym for this film which was my punishment. I did hate going to the gym and I wanted to kill my trainer,” she said in a lighter vein.”This is not fitness. Fitness is very different from being an athlete. For us, fitness means healthy living, eating healthy and walking but this was about determination, focus, diligence, it is a lifestyle, a religion to be a sportsperson.For me, this experience was spiritual. I will never be a sportsperson…it will never happen to me again. I will never be able to represent my country in a competition where my ability will be tested. As an actor I got this opportunity to portray that,” she added.Priyanka reveals as she put in her 100 per cent efforts to play Mary Kom, thanks to the training she got for this film she can now play the sport.”To learn boxing was a religion. Today, I can play the sport as I know the rules, body posture, foot work, I can hit, I can defend I know the game and that was the big take away for me from the film. I did not have to act like a boxer, but I had to become one and that was spiritual,” she added.last_img read more


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first_imgPosted on January 25, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Christopher Lindahl, of the MHTF, recently wrote a post for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases on the links between maternal health and neglected tropical diseases as global health issues. Be sure to check it out.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img


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first_imgRoma captain Daniele de Rossi: Retirement ever closerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma captain Daniele de Rossi admits he senses his career is coming to the end.The 35-year-old has been out since October 28 with a cartilage injury, and is unlikely to be fit to face Juventus on Saturday.“When I was young I’d have signed in any way to play half the Serie A games I have,” De Rossi told DAZN.“I’m a lucky guy, I’ve done the job I love, in the city I love, with the people I love. It weighs on me to look over the ravine, because I know the end is near, especially with this injury.“I’ve tasted what it means to be away from the squad, and I know it’s going to hurt me when I stop doing this job.“Whether that’s six months, a year, or three years, time is running out on my career.“This is the most serious injury of my career, it’s a cartilage problem, I’ve suffered a serious injury. It would be very serious if I were to tear it again at 35.“It takes time, I’ve started running and kicking the ball but I’m still behind.“The future? I have this dream of being a Coach, and if I have to think about all the things a Coach has to do what scares me most is doing 100 interviews a week!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgNation to NationA series of announcements in the last few weeks, and several more expected any day, suggest the Trudeau government is rolling out its Indigenous rights framework by piecemeal opposed to the failed plan of one large piece of legislation.Those pieces appear to include the recently revamped K-12 education funding formula for First Nations across Canada. It is set to improve funding for First Nations as of April but also open the door to a self-government type of system for a single nation, or group, to negotiate with the federal government.The same concept is expected with Indigenous child welfare legislation, to be tabled in the House of Commons any day. There’s an opt-in clause expected in that legislation, meaning nations can do nothing, and remain status quo, or decide to negotiate a deeper deal with Ottawa to control the welfare of their children.That’s all similar to the idea of the Indigenous rights framework that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Feb. 14 in the House of Commons.The Trudeau government gave itself a deadline of last December to table a large bill that would likely to encompass all these new agreements in the hopes of doing away with the Indian Act.But it was going to provide First Nations with a clause to opt-out of the Indian Act. No nation was going to be forced out from under it. But if they opted out then they could negotiate what it actually meant regarding, such things as, title and taxation.Faced with still opposition, by many First Nations and regional governments, the Liberals backed away from tabling the bill.The idea was for Canada to “renew its relationship with Indigenous peoples, one based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”That’s not from Trudeau speech, even though it sounds awfully similar, rather it comes from a Jan. 16 press release issued by Crown-Indigenous Relations marking the signing of a “protocol for consultation and accommodation” with the Huron-Wendat Nation.Similar language was used in an announcement involving the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on Jan. 23 to solve issues of around border crossings. There’s another on Jan. 15 with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and working towards a “Tripartite Framework Agreement” to recognize and implement the rights of the Mi’kmaq.“What we heard resoundingly from First Nations, Inuit and Metis is take the time to do it right and listen to us which is an obvious approach but novel for governments,” said MP Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on Nation to Nation Thursday.But Conservative MP Cathy McLeod said it can only been seen as a failure, or an over-promise, under-deliver situation by Trudeau.“The Prime Minister has failed in terms of standing up in the House a little over a year ago making a big commitment and not getting it done,” said McLeod, who is the Conservatives critic on Indigenous affairs.But what those that were against this approach in the first place?“It just shows that this government is not following through on its promise to have respectful dialogue,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more


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first_imgLiving with a smoker after age 20 is associated with a 15 per cent greater risk of developing high blood pressure, warn researchers, adding that avoiding smoky environments can reduce the risk of hypertension. Passive smoking at home or work was linked with a 13 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Exposure to passive smoking for 10 years or more was related to a 17 per cent increased risk of hypertension and men and women were equally affected, said the researchers at “EuroHeartCare 2019″, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology, in Milan, Italy on Friday. Also Read – The Puja carnival”Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke regardless of whether the smoker is still in the room,” said study author Professor Byung Jin Kim from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. “Our study in non-smokers shows that the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) is higher with longer duration of passive smoking – but even the lowest amounts are dangerous,” Kim added. This is the first large study to assess the association between secondhand smoke and hypertension in never-smokers verified by urinary levels of cotinine, the principal metabolite of nicotine. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraIt included 131,739 never-smokers, one-third men, and an average age of 35 years. Participants with hypertension were significantly more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work (27.9 per cent) than those with normal blood pressure (22.6 per cent). Hypertension was significantly more common in people exposed to passive smoke at home or work (7.2 per cent) compared to no exposure (5.5 per cent). “The results suggest that it is necessary to keep completely away from secondhand smoke, not just reduce exposure, to protect against hypertension,” said Professor Kim.last_img read more


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It was that all too familiar feeling. After a dominant 34-25 scoreline heading into the break, the question lingering in the back of every Buckeye fan’s head was slowly becoming a reality – could they really lose this game? I wanted to believe I went colorblind, or that Ohio State started the half wearing Kansas’ jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank, but that wasn’t the case. A common sequence transpired for the next 20 minutes. Kansas responded, breaking hearts in Columbus, eliminating the Buckeyes from the Final Four, 64-62. So there is a new question for Buckeye fans – what could be next for the OSU men’s basketball team? It can be expected that changes will be made when a team travels the distance OSU did in the tournament. Between coaches wanting to find a new home and players graduating or entering the next level of competition, it is a common chain of events. The question can be summarized as a big “what if?” but a prediction is necessary with all the talent surrounding the team. Former guard William Buford will be the only player leaving the roster due to his senior status. Forward Evan Ravenel and guard Alex Rogers will be the only seniors on the roster beginning next year. The leading scorer, former sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, is officially out. The sophomore announced his departure on Wednesday, opening up the center position for the Buckeyes. Satch Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s father, weighed in on the topic to WBNS-10TV’s ‘Wall to Wall Sports’ following the loss on Saturday: “The one question that I’ll have for Jared is, at this point, coming back, what do you have to prove?” The All-American didn’t have much more to prove. Sullinger led the team in points and rebounds for the past two years. If health was a major concern, it was no surprise that we saw the last game Sullinger plays in the scarlet and gray. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas will have until April 10 to make his decision on entering the NBA Draft, according to the NCAA. With Buford and Sullinger gone, and the possibility of Thomas joining them, there will be a void that needs to be filled. When it comes down to it, the Buckeyes are young. Freshman forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Jordan Sibert are prepared to take the two open positions. Thompson played in each game this season and has impressive athleticism and ball handling. On the other hand, Sibert appeared in 24 games this season, but offers good size alongside sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Bearing in mind the departure from Sullinger, Ravenel would be a solid replacement. Ravenel was the only other player to start for the Buckeyes this season providing plenty of minutes off the bench during the tournament as well, but don’t be for certain he is the answer. Enter freshman center Amir Williams. The soon-to-be-sophomore stands in at 6-foot-11. Sitting behind Sullinger, he didn’t see much action this season, but Buckeye fans took notice when he stepped in against Syracuse in the Elite Eight. With the youth on the bench and the talent to fill the void; the team should be able to make another strong push into the tournament. read more


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OSU players return to the field after halftime in the Orange Bowl against Clemson at Sun Life Stadium Jan. 3. OSU lost 40-35. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This wasn’t how it was supposed to end.As Clemson redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd took a knee to run out the clock in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl — signaling his team’s 40-35 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes (12-2, 8-1) — a harsh reality was setting in for OSU seniors.Despite winning 24 straight games under coach Urban Meyer, the 2013 senior class has no postseason victories to their name, unless they were redshirted during their Buckeye career and were thus a part of the team of 2010 Rose Bowl champions.Between a loss in the Orange Bowl this season, a bowl ban in 2012-13 season, falling short in the 2012 Gator Bowl and getting the 2011 Sugar Bowl win vacated, something will always be missing from a group that had championship expectations.“It’s always going to be hard. My college career did not end the way I thought it would or I wanted it to,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said following the loss to the Tigers (11-2, 7-1).Regardless of the team’s postseason shortcomings in recent years, that’s not how Mewhort and company want to be remembered.“I think we’re very resilient. I think we’re hard workers, good people. Good football players, even better people,” Mewhort said. “I’d like to take that to be the legacy. Obviously we dropped a few tough ones here at the end. We would have liked to go out on top, but I think we set a standard for these younger guys.”From the depths of a 6-7 season in 2011 capped with the Gator Bowl loss to Florida, this year’s class of seniors will be remembered fondly by its head coach even though the group fell short in this season’s biggest games.“Senior class, we just said an emotional goodbye to them,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “It’s not because they’re seniors, it’s because of what they’ve done. I tried to make that perfectly clear. Just because you stay some place for a couple years doesn’t mean you deserve that respect. It’s what you did, and how you did it.”The seniors on the offensive side of the ball turned in a record-setting season in their last year at OSU, setting school records for points (637), points per game (45.5), yards per game (512.0), passing touchdowns (38), first downs (361) and rushing yards (4,321).The Buckeyes had chances to win both postseason games late, but ultimately fell short. It is that unwillingness to give up that sets them apart, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the loss to the Tigers.“(We have) great leadership, especially the senior class. It’s a tough football team. A team that will never give up,” Brown said.When Meyer’s reign began in 2012, a change in the culture came along with it, something Mewhort said was not an easy adjustment.“I know it looks like immediately the next season after going 6-7 we came back and go 12-0, but it was not immediate — at all,” Mewhort said. “It started at 5 a.m. in January of last year. Every day we came to work and we grinded hard.”Aside for Ryan Shazier — who declared for the NFL Draft Saturday — OSU will be leaning on juniors like quarterback Braxton Miller, tight end Jeff Heuerman, defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer in 2014 to follow in the footsteps of a class who Meyer thinks has a bright future.“It will be great. A student-athlete at Ohio State University, (will) get a great degree, and go on and build for the future,” Meyer said. “It’s going to sting for a while, probably a long while, because we just didn’t finish, and it was right there to finish.“This year’s senior class … When I looked around the room, every one of them could impact that play. And that’s the sign of a decent senior class.”No matter how it ended, Mewhort said being remembered for getting the program “back to where Ohio State should be” is the most important thing.“Talking about the last two games, obviously we would have liked to come out on top of those but I think our seniors did a good job of setting the template of how to come to work every day,” Mewhort said. “Do things the right way on and off the field. Hopefully we’ll be remembered for that.” read more


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Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more