Anastasia Gerolymatou, 81, succeeded in her effort to enter the Guinness World Records when she arrived at the beach in Kyllini at 18:02 on Saturday on her windsurf, having covered a distance of 18 nautical miles from Kefallonia.The 81-year-old windsurfer had set off from Skala, Kefallonia and was tossed on the waves of the Ionian Sea for six hours before reaching her destination. During her journey, she was accompanied by two support boats.In an exclusive statement to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on her arrival in Kyllini, Gerolymatou appeared visibly moved as she said: “I very much enjoyed what I did, it was a lifetime dream for me, ever since I was a small child. I was on the sea for roughly six hours but hardly realised how the time passed.”“I am now handing over the baton to young people with a message to never quit in their lives, no matter what difficulties they face. I call on them to love the sea and my goal is to teach young children to windsurf,” she added.She also thanked the people waiting for her on the beach in Kyllini: “I am terribly happy, I thank all the people that supported me and waited for me to finish. People have from as far as Ioannina for me and that has moved me greatly.”TweetPinShare2929 Shares
Oklahoma State’s coaches and players talk about the first loss of 2015.1. Mike Gundy on his team’s effort“I thought our guys fought. They never gave up. Their attitude was good, and they played with a lot of effort. We made some adjustments on defense and slowed them down a little bit, but we couldn’t effectively stop the run when we needed to. We also weren’t able to rush the ball and stay balanced. We’ve got to rally these guys, get them back tomorrow and start getting ready for the next game.”2. Mike Gundy on coming from behind“When we did get some stops on some turnovers, we didn’t take advantage of it on offense. Then we let the game spread out a little bit, and the catch-up routine was not a very good fit for us based on what we were trying to do in the game. We got behind, and we became one-dimensional. That wasn’t effective for our team. They were able to run the ball behind those big guys, and then they were able to throw down the field to those fast guys. When they’re hitting on that segment of their offense, they’re tough to deal with.”3. Glenn Spencer on Baylor“We couldn’t stop anything. They’re hard to stop and very good, and evidently, they’re a lot better team than us. When you get hit on a couple of deep balls, you find something to do there and then you leave something open somewhere else. They’re a balanced team and executed a lot better than us. They have good skill kids that can match up and beat you at any time.”4. Spencer on Baylor’s 303 rushing yards“There were a couple situations in the backfield that were really bad. They broke tackles and broke containment a couple of times. They were always falling. We’d hit them for a gain of two, and they’d fall for five. Whether we were stopping our feet or not getting an extra body to the ball, there were a lot of reasons we gave up so many.”5. Spencer being Spencer“It was a Greek tragedy. I’m a big boy though so I’ll take responsibility.”6. David Glidden, shooting straight“They’re a good team, and they made a lot more plays than we did today.”7. Glidden on Bedlam“Hopefully, we come out with a little more fire than we did this week. It’s Bedlam for a Big 12 championship so that should say enough.”8. Seth Jacobs on Baylor“You have to give them credit, they’re a really good team. What they do, they do really well. There were times when we didn’t execute and times when we didn’t make plays when we really needed to, but you have to give credit to them. They are a very talented team, and they came out here and played well.”[1. Good on our guys for giving them credit.]9. The General on his first loss of 2015“As far as a Big 12 contender, there’s nothing better you can ask for. Playing for the Big 12 title and having the chance to say you’re the top dog in a Power Five conference is great. I think we’ve done a really good job this year of showing that we are a real contender. Next week we’re going to be very fired up for the opportunity.”10. Art Briles on the W“It was a hard-fought game against a really good football team. I have so much respect for Oklahoma State. They’ve been behind in some games and have come back three or four times this year. They’re very composed and never panicked. They stay within their system, and I just think they’re an extremely well-coached football team. They’re a really tough team to beat. It’s an extremely tough place to win with the environment, but it’s also because they’re an extremely good football team. They’re always a good team.”11. DL Andrew Billings with some truth“[Oklahoma State] had a lot to lose. We knew they were going to come out and play hard, and we had to match that. We had to double their energy because we already had a loss. We had to throw that out and beat OSU.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
BOX SCOREWhoooooo boy. I felt like my heart rate on that final Kansas State drive could have powered electricity to the entire city of Stillwater for a month if you could somehow figure out how to channel it.OSU survived a three-turnover day in Manhattan and walked away with a 43-37 win over the SnyderCats to move to 7-2 (8-1 depending on your attorney) on the season.Let’s get to the 10 thoughts on this one.1. You aren’t supposed to beat KSU when you turn it over three timesSince 2000, Kansas State is 25-0 at home when it wins the turnover battle 3-1 or better (i.e. 4-1, 5-0, 3-0). It won it 3-1 on Saturday (and only because Jordan Sterns intercepted Jesse Ertz on the final play of the game) and somehow lost.On the flip side of that, Oklahoma State is now 2-9 on the road under Mike Gundy when it turns the ball over three times or more and its opponent turns it over one or fewer. The only other win? At Texas last year.The bottom line here is that OSU stole a game it probably doesn’t win I’ll say seven out of 10 times. But Mike Gundy noted earlier in the week that all he wanted was to be close in the fourth quarter of OSU’s last four games. They did so in what might be the roughest pre-Bedlam tilt and sneaked back to Stillwater with a W.2. Mason Rudolph was pretty freaking greatRudolph had one really (REALLY!) bad throw on the pick six, but man he was stout the rest of the way. He finished 29/38 for 457 yards and five TDs. His other INT (a deep ball to Jhajuan Seales) could have gone either way. It’s a pass you make with Seales one on one with a KSU defender 100 times out of 100.His 457-yard performace ranks No. 2 in his career to the 540-yard performance against Pitt earlier this season. The five TDs tied a career high (TCU last year).Here’s the odd thing about Rudolph though. When he threw the pick-six, Twitter just melted down. This is absurd, of course, because he has now thrown four picks in nine games (!), but it’s also not absurd because of how many of his overthrows could have been picks.So not to go all Gundy on you, but I can see both sides of it.Regardless, if we’re lacing ’em up on a random Saturday and I have to pick a QB to go at your defense for 60 minutes, he’s a dude I want to roll with. His sideline-to-sideline throws open up the field for Justice and Chris Carson and really wear down the will of a defense.Texas Tech’s defense should be worried next week (so should Oklahoma State’s defense).3. Chris Carson was a manThat should read “Chris Carson is a man” lest he read this and eviscerate my being, but the point is that he was everything we have ever wanted him to be on Saturday punctuating a day in which he ran for 9.9 yards a carry (!) with a beastly touchdown even Kansas State’s faithful could be proud of.I’m all in on Justice Hill — make no mistake of that — but Gundy has been preaching the importance of multiple RBs all season (specifically Cars0n), and on Saturday against a bruising KSU squad we saw why. Also, if you haven’t read this profile on Carson by Chandler Vessels, you definitely should.4. Blueprint for how to lose to KSUHalfway through the second half, it felt like Oklahoma State was trying to draw up the blueprint for “how to lose to Kansas State” and then hock it on okstate.com after the game for $19.99.Unforced turnovers? Check.Poor discipline leading to absurd penalties? Yes.Special teams mistakes? All of them.Big, lumbering, white QBs for Kansas State having their way? All night!Gundy preached it all week (see below) and Oklahoma State still couldn’t help itself. Maybe that’s a little OSU. Maybe that’s a little Bill Snyder’s grad assistant tearing the pages out of some Harry Potter books on the sidelines and piecing them together to cast a spell over Gundy and Co. Who knows? What are we doing? Why are there not 8 guys in the box?— PFB_Nate (@PFB_Nate) November 5, 2016That being said, I actually thought Vincent Taylor, Sugar Loaf Daniels and Co. did a terrific job sans Vili Leveni who is out for the year after leaving in the first half with a leg injury. They rallied the troops for a final stand at the end and weren’t provided a lot of air cover by the dudes behind them all day.That was such a curiosity to me — why not load up and dare them to beat you with what they do poorly than daring them to beat you with what they do well? It would be like daring OSU to beat you with Mason Rudolph and James Washington instead of with its inconsistent RBs over the last two years. That would be absurd!I like Glenn Spencer, but it felt like a lousy game plan that was actually executed pretty well.9. The ending!Couple of #realtalk (not by Ramon) moments here for me. Is that all right?• I don’t get nervous that much anymore during these games. It’s just the nature of running a site like this. I’ve seen so many different things over the past five years, and to be honest there are times when I just want games to be over so I can write about them and go hang with my kids.• I was literally shaking in my shed after this game. Partly because I’m glad OSU won and partly because the best thing that can happen for this blog is close conference games in which OSU comes out on top (maybe that makes me selfish).Kansas State and OSU have played their share of those in the last six years. The 2011 Earthquake game was a doozy. Oklahoma State won by four in 2013 in Stillwater. It had to drive for the game-winner last year in Stillwater (and completed a fourth down on the final drive to do it!) And now this.The final drive felt like I’d just run a lap as fast as I could and my heart was going to literally come out of my rib cage. And then somebody told me I had to run another one. And two more after that. And each time I thought I was done.As for the flag at the end of the game with four seconds left (who knew the CMU game wouldn’t be the end of it!) — according to this article, clock runoff is only eligible on penalties that explicitly prevent the next play from starting.Also eligible for a runoff: a false start, snap infraction, or other dead-ball foul that prevents the next play from starting.So it doesn’t seem like there should have been any runoff after the offensive pass interference. The bigger-picture thing is that Kansas State was saved by the fact that there was a penalty. Without it I don’t think Kansas State was going to get a play off.The way OSU’s year was going, it felt like KSU was definitely going to score, didn’t it? Thankfully Jordan Sterns got the pick, and I was able to peel myself off the floor and walk like a college student coming home from the strip back to my computer.10. Pokes control their own destinyDon’t look now but with Baylor getting housed in Waco by TCU, Oklahoma State now controls its own destiny in the Big 12. Beat Texas Tech and TCU in the next two games and no matter what else happens, you’re playing OU in Bedlam for the Big 12 title.For everything that has happened this season. For all the wild ups and downs and crazy endings and crazy hair and absurd, hilarious things Mike Gundy has said, that’s a pretty shocking reality. It would be the fourth time in six seasons Bedlam would be for the Big 12 title.There is still much work to do before that potential title match, but Oklahoma State has at least put itself in a position to take down the champs in their own backyard with 75 percent of the schedule complete.On to the Fightin’ Kingsburys.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Gundy “They stole 150 yards from us in penalties and returns. I talked about that all week. Apparently I need someone else to talk about it”— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 5, 2016But OSU snapped out of it just in time, though, and the instigator of the final push came from probably the least-expected place on the field …5. … Did Mike Yurcich win that game for OSU?With Oklahoma State down nine points and eight minutes left in the game, a call was made for a short pass to Jalen McCleskey (or McCluskey as the announcers called him) that went for 10 yards. The play after that might have flipped OSU’s season.Here’s our intern Caleb Deck capturing what Gundy said about it after the game.Also, on radio show Gundy said Yurcich made the call to throw [the 82-yard bomb] to Washington, and Gundy told him no and said something like “there’s no way they are dumb enough to let us throw it over their heads.” But Yurcich wanted to take the shot so Gundy finally agreed….That’s for all the Mike Yurcich haterz out there, and it was confirmed by Tulsa World writer Mark Cooper.Gundy said he didn’t like the play call on the long TD to Washington – didn’t think K-State would let him behind them. Yurcich was right.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) November 5, 2016That’s a monstrous call (and play) in that situation. One that might have saved the day for the Cowboys.6. Blake Jarwin was a beastUnderrated, underused and undervalued. Jarwin had two catches for a career high 96 yards and a TD on Saturday. That little seam route Rudolph tosses to him gets the juices flowing for me.I’m going to miss me some Air Jarwin when he’s all done in Stillwater.Mason Rudolph’s 54yd TD to Blake Jarwin gives #OKState its first lead 14-13 with 13:42 remaining in 2nd Q. Airing on @KTULNews. pic.twitter.com/TVg2hXfZKU— John James Laws (@TheJohnLaws) November 5, 20167. The underrated run gameIt got overshadowed by the face that Rudolph nearly hung half a G on the Cats, but Oklahoma State displayed a really good run game on Saturday. It rushed for 6.9 yards per carry which is the most it has rushed for in a single game since the 2013 (!) Iowa State game.Here are the per-player numbers:Barry Sanders — 11.1Chris Carson — 9.9Rennie Childs — 7.0Mason Rudolph (!) — 5.2Justice Hill — 4.9I think this is largely based on the fact that Rudolph actually ran it five times for 26 yards instead of taking five sacks for -26 yards. He was pretty solid in that role as well although I’d rather watch my daughter walk across I-35 in peak rush hour traffic than watch No. 2 try to navigate a group of Big 12 linebackers without getting injured.Also of note: OSU ran for more yards per carry than Kansas State (6.9 to 6.2). I don’t think Mike Gundy planned on getting 12 offensive possessions against KSU, and the Cowboys effectively wore them down by the end.8. We need to talk about the defense.Ohhhh that defense. Oklahoma State allowed 2.50 points per drive to KSU on Saturday. KSU came in averaging 2.44 which is No. 41 in the country but No. 6 in the Big 12.The Cats also rushed for, gulp, 345 yards on, gulp, 56 carries for, gulp, 6.2 yards per carry. It was like watching a real bulldozer roll over a Hot Wheels car even though you told the owner of that Hot Wheels car exactly what the bulldozer was going to do and when it was going to do it.Here is my issue with the defense on Saturday (and it is not a unique issue as you can see below): How are you not committing to stopping the run?If Jesse Ertz (Jesse Ertz!) beats you through the air, fine, whatever. But if he beats you with those delayed QB draws that take longer to develop than Mark Mangino at a Panda Express buffet line, I mean you know this is what’s going to happen! It’s not like Snyder is going four verts on you!I just don’t understand the strategy. You have 6 guys in the box. 2 LBs shooting gaps while QB waits patiently to see when hole opens up.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) November 5, 2016
Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Lacazette double enough for Gunners as Barry breaks Premier League record Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 04:52 26/9/2017 Getty Images Alexandre Lacazette scored twice to give Arsenal a 2-0 Premier League win over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal moved into seventh place in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over West Brom on Monday.Alexandre Lacazette scored both goals at the Emirates Stadium to give Arsene Wenger’s side a third league win of the season and a seventh in a row at home to the Baggies.Tony Pulis’ side won the last meeting between these teams in March and had their chances to claim at least a share of the spoils, with Jay Rodriguez hitting the post and Jake Livermore failing to convert the rebound before Lacazette headed in the opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing West Brom, for whom Gareth Barry made a record 633rd Premier League appearance, continued to threaten an unconvincing Arsenal defence but their lack of composure in attack was compounded when Lacazette’s penalty doubled the lead.The goal made the Gunners’ club-record signing the first man to score in his first three Premier League matches at home and allowed them to ease to the win, which lifts them back to within six points of league leaders Manchester City.They now turn their attentions to Thursday’s Europa League trip to Belarus, where they will meet BATE in their second Group H match. Compliments galore…#ARSWBA pic.twitter.com/tdsxYiVimX— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 25, 2017Alexis Sanchez, starting in support of Lacazette in attack, flashed a free-kick narrowly wide of the right-hand post early on but West Brom should have taken the lead inside 10 minutes.Rodriguez raced in behind Shkodran Mustafi, who floored him with a poorly timed tackle inside the penalty area, but the forward chose to play on and saw a low shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech, before Livermore scuffed the rebound wide.It was a miss for which West Brom were made to pay. From another free-kick, Sanchez saw a shot tipped onto the crossbar by Ben Foster, allowing Lacazette to head home the rebound and become the first Arsenal player to score in his first three home league appearances since Brian Marwood in September 1988.3 – A. Lacazette is the first Arsenal player to score in his first 3 home league apps for the club since Brian Marwood in Sept 1988. Gunner. pic.twitter.com/9Q8pwxwTEc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2017The Gunners were comfortably in control but Rodriguez missed a terrific chance to snatch an equaliser before half-time, heading Grzegorz Krychowiak’s cross beyond Cech only to see Nacho Monreal hook his rather weak effort off the line.West Brom’s pressure continued and Rodriguez again failed to convert from close range after Barry cushioned a header back into his path, but only a timely block from former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs stopped Lacazette slotting home his second of the match five minutes after the break.Arsenal began to assume greater control and they were rewarded for their more positive approach with 66 minutes played. Allan Nyom bundled Aaron Ramsey over near the byline after the Wales man surged past him into the box, allowing Lacazette to fire his penalty just past Foster’s reach and into the bottom-right corner – the Gunners’ 100th converted spot kick in the Premier League.Nyom sarcastically applauded Bobby Madley’s decision, with West Brom players clearly still aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty of their own in the same area, and their resistance appeared to have been broken at last as the hosts cruised through the closing minutes to claim the points. Key Opta Facts:- Arsene Wenger has won all 11 of his home games vs Tony Pulis, including all 10 in the Premier League (one FA Cup game at Highbury in 2005).- West Brom have lost more away Premier League games versus Arsenal (10) than against any other side.- Each of Arsenal’s last seven home wins in all competitions have come on a different day of the week, with Monday’s victory completing the seven-day set.- Gareth Barry made his 633rd appearance in the Premier League, setting a competition record in the process.- Alexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s 100th penalty goal in the Premier League – only Liverpool (112) and Chelsea (107) have scored more penalties in the competition than Arsenal.- Tony Pulis became the eighth manager to take charge of 100 games for two different Premier League sides (West Brom and Stoke) – the other managers to achieve this are Sam Allardyce, Mark Hughes, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Martinez, David O’Leary, Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp. read more
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands after the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Bob Stoops stepped down as Oklahoma head coach in June 2017. The timetable assured that his offensive coordinator and protege Lincoln Riley would take over the job.Riley did just that and ran with it, engineering an offense in which Baker Mayfield won the Heisman. The Sooners clinched the College Football Playoff, losing to Georgia in a dramatic Rose Bowl semifinal game.If there was any doubt that the Sooners were now Riley’s program, it went away following Saturday’s loss to Texas.After his defense gave up 48 points in a loss to the hated Longhorns, Riley fired coordinator Mike Stoops, Bob Stoops’ brother and longtime assistant.Bob Stoops was asked about the decision recently, and had a very even-keeled response.From an interview with the Dallas Morning-News:Asked about his successor, Lincoln Riley, firing his brother, Mike, after the Sooners’ 48-45 loss to Texas last week, Bob said, “You know it’s not for me to comment on. That wouldn’t be fair to Lincoln, wouldn’t be fair to Mike. That’s not my job anymore. So to have anything out there that I’ve got to say wouldn’t be right.”Any reaction to the game?“Again, you’re not gonna get me . . . . That’s gonna be blasted all over the place. I don’t have a comment on it.”Thoughts about Texas?“Again, I’m not gonna expound on the game or anything this year. It isn’t my place, and I’m gonna stick to what’s my place.”Stoops hired Riley away from ECU in early 2015, and fast-tracked him to one of the top jobs in the sport. Riley was just 33 when he took over the Sooners.It didn’t take long for Riley to look like one of the country’s best coaches. Now, if there was still any Bob Stoops shadow lingering over him, Riley has fully stepped out from under it, and Stoops is probably fine with that.[Dallas Morning-News]
ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff national title game on Monday evening. This is the third time in four seasons that the Crimson Tide and the Tigers will meet in the national championship.“Is Alabama-Clemson bad for college football?” has been a popular question in the college football world heading into Monday night’s game.Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney were both asked this question during this morning’s press conference.Neither, unsurprisingly, seem to buy into that idea.“Dabo says if Bama-Clemson IV isn’t good for CFB then we should just go back to the old bowl system and “elect” someone national champion in the 2 polls,” Stewart Mandel tweeted.Dabo says if Bama-Clemson IV isn’t good for CFB then we should just go back to the old bowl system and “elect” someone national champion in the 2 polls.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 6, 2019“I don’t get too concerned about a lot of other programs,” Saban added.Nick Saban on if Alabama-Clemson playing again for national title is good for college football: “I don’t get too concerned about a lot of other programs”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 6, 2019Alabama-Clemson in the national title game every year probably isn’t “good” for college football, but you’re obviously not going to hear Saban or Swinney admit that.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Monday night.The game will be on ESPN.
zoom Oil tankers experienced a tough start to 2017 as freight rates for all crude oil and oil product tankers continued their decline following the brief lift at year-end, according to international shipping association BIMCO.Although average earnings stood at USD 18,853 per day by April 7, 2017, down from USD 63,284 per day reported on December 16, 2016, the very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may not yet have bottomed out.Looking at the supply side, the 2016 low demolition trend seems to be changing. Namely, last year 2.6 million dwt was sold for demolition, while a total of 0.9 million had left the fleet for recycling at shipbreaking facilities by the end of March 2017.Although slightly busier than 2016, this has been a slow start to what BIMCO expects will be “a busy year for tanker demolition.”As cargo volumes are not expected to grow that much in 2017, the increase in demand must come from longer sailing distances, and changes to the volumes from one country to the next, BIMCO informs.China rules the crude oil tanker market, as in many other shipping markets, having been solely responsible for the incremental crude oil tonne mile demand growth since 2010. The country is set to do it again in 2017.However, BIMCO said that “the US could spoil the party.” As supply cuts from OPEC dropped from their highest supply level ever at 33.9 mb/d in October 2016, the US witnessed an increase of supply. This lifted US crude oil stocks to their highest level ever, while global stocks sidestepped.“A continuance of that could prove difficult to uphold. 2016 was an abrupt break of trend that has seen US seaborne crude oil imports drop consistently since their peak in 2005,” BIMCO said.The shipping association added that 2017 “is proving to be a year of change for oil tankers, as was indicated during 2016 with freight rates coming down. After two years of solid demand growth, 2017 is a year of tepid demand growth around 0–2%. As fleet expansion is also slowing down, though still at a higher growth rate than demand, the shipowners have their work cut out.”
Citing World Bank statistics, the report notes that between 1990 and 1999 the total number of the world’s people living in extreme poverty fell by about 125 million, but this welcome trend has been uneven. “Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of people living in extreme poverty,” the report states, adding that “the number of people in extreme poverty continues to increase.”Based on progress in the 1990s, East Asia and the Pacific is the region most likely to halve the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. For the other regions, “concerted efforts” are needed to accelerate poverty reduction, the report states.Examining the best way to reach this goal, the report notes that promoting gender equality in the work force and empowering women are important contributors to moving people out of poverty. It also cites anecdotal evidence regarding the usefulness of other measures, such as enhancing access to education, fostering civil society institutions, empowering communities, promoting microcredit, and protecting the environment. At the same time, the report urges further study of what works to eradicate poverty.While hailing better prospects for halting the decline in official development assistance (ODA), the report cautions that for many developing nations and those with economies in transition, “development partners are urgently needed.”The report calls for governments to make good on the pledges made at recent UN conferences. “A genuine effort to translate the agreements produced at such gatherings into concrete action is essential if the millennium development goals are to be reached by 2015,” it states. “Unless this situation changes, the lesson learned by 2015 may be that, owing to a lack of international cooperation, the goals could not be met.”
The 14th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) got underway here today and will end on 9 December, one week before finance and trade ministers from around the globe gather in Hong Kong for pivotal World Trade Organization talks.ICASA participants will explore the impact of recent international developments in trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) on public health and how new provisions can reduce the prices of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) in Africa. These discussions are likely to continue at the Sixth World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference from 13 to18 December in Hong Kong.Following on its leadership development programmes in countries, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has organized ICASA skills-building sessions to boost knowledge of how to mainstream HIV/AIDS into local and district government programmes, how to deliver more comprehensive responses to the epidemic and how to promote community dialogues about the disease.The Executive Director of Programmes at the Nigeria Television Authority and a representative of the newly established African Broadcast Media Partnership against HIV/AIDS, Peter Igho, will chair a UNDP forum highlighting the success of UNDP’s Leadership for Development programme in Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Senegal. The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) will highlight the leadership roles of HIV-positive women in calling attention to the issues that concern them. UNIFEM is also using the opportunity provided by the ICASA conference to launch a new campaign called “Who Cares for the Caregiver?” which will put a spotlight on the roles that women and girls play as the main or only caregivers for those living with HIV/AIDS and the severe impact of this burden on their education, food security, health and livelihoods.
All the rumors and speculation stopped today as Phil Schiller got up on stage and showed us what the real iPhone 5 looks like. And it turns out the leaks were true, but the iPhone 5, which rose up out of the stage as an introduction, still had a few secrets left to surprise us with.The iPhone 5 is made with a glass and aluminum, and Apple is touting it as the world’s thinnest smartphone with good reason. They’ve managed to fit everything inside a 7.6mm thick case (18% thinner than the iPhone 4S). The weight has also been cut down to just 112 grams (20% lighter than the iPhone 4S).Both those stats are impressive, but Apple has achieved that while at the same time making its iPhone 5 bigger. As expected, the smartphone uses a 4-inch 16:9 display with a resolution of 1136 x 640, which is 326ppi. Apple has also managed to integrate touch directly into the display, which it claims makes it the most accurate touchscreen on the market. Add to that the fact the display looks better with color saturation increased by 44%.A 16:9 display present a longer screen, and Apple is taking full advantage of that. There will be a 5th row of icons displayed in iOS, and you will see more in your apps, e.g. more mails, more days on your calendar. Any apps that haven’t been updated will have black borders down the sides, but Apple says devs are now applying 16:9 updates very quickly so it should be a temporary issue.Moving on to the internals and the iPhone 5 has a new processor at its heart. Details are still sparse , but Apple is claiming the A6 chip offers 2x both the CPU and GPU performance of the A5 found in the iPhone 4S. The knock on effect of that is a claim of console quality games, but also just about everything you want to do on iPhone 5 will happen twice as quickly.The iSight camera has also been improved. It’s 25% smaller, but 40% faster at taking pictures. It is 8MP (3264 x 2448), backside illuminated, has a hybrid IR filter, five element lens, f/2.4 aperture, and a Panorama mode capable of capturing 28MP images. Add to that a dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, and a sapphire crystal. It can also capture 1080p video, has face detection, better video stabilization, and captures images while recording video. Impressive stuff.Communication is getting a lot faster, too. HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE are supported with one chip, one radio, and a dynamic antenna. Apple also managed to squeeze in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for 802.11n compatibility. You won’t be waiting very long for anything to download on the iPhone 5.Audio hasn’t been overlooked, either. The speaker is 20% smaller, but outputs better wideband audio and takes advantage of a 5 magnet transducer. Three microphones are built in, located on the front, back, and bottom of the phone, and the earpiece is also noise canceling. Apple also slipped in that FaceTime calls can be made over cellular networks, depending on your network of course.The 30-pin dock port on the bottom has gone, replaced with the smaller Lightning port we all heard about earlier today when the cable leaked. Apple is working on an adapter for peripherals that use the old 30-pin port, but it isn’t ready yet.So a larger screen, better wireless, and better sound must come at the cost of the battery, right? Wrong. The iPhone 5 is actually better on battery for some things than its predecessor, achieving 8 hours of 3G talk, 3G browsing and LTE browsing. 10 hours of WiFi browsing, or video, and 40 hours of music playback. On standby it will go 225 hours between charges.On to the software and the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6. Highlights detailed so far include built-in turn-by-turn navigation along with 3D satellite imagery and flyovers through an updated Maps app. Safari now has a fullscreen mode and something called iCloud tabs, which makes it easy to instantly access all the content you have open in the browser.Siri has been updated to read out sports scores, and she will also tell you a lot more about movies, even going so far as to recommend one to watch apparently. You’ll also get to use an app called Passbook, which handles all your event tickets as well as digital boarding passes, all of which can be accessed from the lock screen on the iPhone.So when can you get your hands on it and how much will it cost? You can pre-order the iPhone 5 from September 14, available September 21, and it will be the same price as the iPhone 4S was on contract: $199, $299, and $399 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively. The iPhone 3GS is not officially dead, the iPhone 4S drops to $99, and the iPhone 4 is going free on contract.One final note: existing Apple gadget owners can upgrade to iOS 6 on September 19.Thanks to The Verge for the images.
94 Comments Updated Mar 1st 2019, 10:55 PM A MAN WHO was shot dead in west Dublin today has been named locally as David Lynch.Gardaí were called to reports of multiple shots being fired in the Foxdene area at 2:15pm this afternoon.Lynch (42) was shot dead in the front garden of a house and was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly after the incident a Peugeot Partner type van was found on fire at Buirg an Rí Glen in Clondalkin. A firearm was recovered in the vicinity of the van.At 2.30pm a silver Toyota Corolla was then found on fire at The Paddocks Rise, Lucan, Co Dublin .The fire service was called to the vehicle beside the Lucan Community National School. The vehicle is believed to be connected to the incident and is now being examined. Source: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ieThe scene of the shooting remains preserved and is the subject of an examination by garda crime scene investigators. Gardaí in Lucan are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Lucan Garda Station on 01-666 7300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.With reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Garreth MacNamee at the scene. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Friday 1 Mar 2019, 10:55 PM https://jrnl.ie/4519654 181,836 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share357 Tweet Email Mar 1st 2019, 2:54 PM By Hayley Halpin Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL Man shot dead in front garden of west Dublin home named locally David Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene.
Today marks the anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. The volcano’s catastrophic eruption in 1980 claimed 57 lives. On the 30th anniversary, The Columbian asked people to tell share their memories and photographs from before, during and after the eruption.Now, 31 years later, check out the stories and photos submitted by victims, rescuers and survivors.
VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Center reports that a small earthquake has hit the Prince William Sound region of Alaska.The Fairbanks-based center says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck at 11:48 a.m. Sunday about 24 miles (39 kilometers) northwest of Valdez, which has about 3,900 residents. The center adds that residents of Valdez felt it.The earthquake had a depth of 11 miles (18 kilometers.)The center says that at 10:31 p.m. Saturday, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the Andreanof Islands region of Alaska, which is about 11,200 miles west of Anchorage. This earthquake had a depth of about 8 miles (13 kilometers).At 7:39 p.m. Saturday, a magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit a spot 4 miles (7 k9ilometers) southwest of Sterling, a town of about 5,600 people. The center says the earthquake had a depth of about 22 miles (35 kilometers) and was felt in Sterling.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Did you the know the late State Rep. Jim Miceli’s Office is still offering constituent services?Miceli’s Chief of Staff Dave Robertson and Legislative Aid K.C. Fussell are ready, willing and able to assist Wilmington and Tewksbury residents in need.Robertson and Fussell can be reached at the State House via phone at 617-722-2305 or via email at David.Robertson@mahouse.gov and KC.Fussell@MAHouse.gov.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Selectman Mike McCoy, Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, 9 Others Have Pulled Nomination PapersIn “Breaking News”STATE REP RACE UPDATE: 2 Previously Unreported Candidates Pulled Papers Friday Afternoon, Total Up To 13 (& Counting)In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: State Rep. Jim Miceli Has Passed Away (UPDATED)In “Breaking News”
People Got High on Cannabis At Funerals 2,500 Years AgoTrying to Get Pregnant? Stop Smoking Pot Stay on target Roger Stone is bad. This is known.The depths of the veteran Republican strategist’s consummate shittiness are like a rotting onion. Layer upon layer of dirty political tricks and cons from a conspiracy theorist and serial liar who has found his way behind the scenes into most of the major political controversies and scandals of the past 40-plus years. The Nixon acolyte been allegedly involved in everything from Watergate and the 2000 Florida recount to the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal and of course, his decades-long friendship and association with President Donald Trump (and alleged back-channel involvement with WikiLeaks in the current Russian hacking scandal).Stone has routinely made racist, sexist, and Islamophobic statements in public and on Twitter, which led to a ban from appearing as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC. Stone showed up to President Trump’s inauguration in an outfit that can only be described as 19th-century robber baron Mr. Peanut meets Oswald Cobblepot. He has a website called the Stone Zone. These trifles alone are irrevocable proof of his objective shittiness.AdChoices广告Nonetheless, Roger Stone may be one of our best hopes for marijuana legalization in this the Year Of Our Lord 2017…at least while Donald Trump is still running the show.Roger Stone as babadook on Inauguration Day #WikiStoneLeaks pic.twitter.com/bTK6mdsft5— Kat ☙ O’Shaughnessey (@graces_anny) April 1, 2017Stone gave a keynote speech at Cannabis World Congress this week, a marijuana trade show in New York City that’s equal parts business tech conference and stoner hypocrisy. Stone has actually been a cannabis legalization advocate for more than 30 years, and has worked to reform what he has called New York’s “draconian drug laws.” Stone announced a new non-profit organization called the United States Cannabis Coalition to reform federal drug laws and push for nationwide marijuana legalization. He also said he’s lobbying President Trump to declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, change restrictive banking regulations for cannabis-related businesses, and get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to back off his renewed war on drugs.“The essence of old-fashioned Barry Goldwater-style conservatism is I don’t want the government telling me what I can smoke,” said Stone. “To me, when the government tells you how to live, what you can ingest, well that’s the essence of big government liberalism, which I oppose.”Check out some of the more interesting and downright weird things Stone said during his Cannabis World Congress keynote.On Lobbying Trump For Legalization“I am going to be working with a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, Progressives, and Libertarians, Liberals and Conservatives, to persuade the President to keep his pledge,” said Stone. “To remind the President and the voters that the President took a strong and forthright position on this issue in the election, and in all honesty, it’s time for him to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut the shit!”“The bi-partisan coalition will have several purposes,” Stone explained. “One: to get the President to keep his pledge. Secondarily, President Trump could do what President Obama should have done on his way out the door but didn’t—change the schedule of marijuana from Schedule 1 so doctors across the country can prescribe it for people who need it and who it can help. While we’re at it, the federal bank regulators could lay off on banks that want to do business with a legitimate industry that is legalized and paying massive taxes in states.”“I’d like to remind the administration in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that this legal industry is generating. You reinforce federal laws against marijuana, and you bankrupt the states of Colorado and California and a handful of other states, and you bankrupt the counties.”“In addition to urging him to change the schedule so doctors can prescribe cannabis, we’re also going to urge the Trump Administration to support additional federal funding and adequate levels for unbiased scientific research into the medicinal properties of cannabis.”The United States Cannabis Coalition“What happens if we are unable to persuade the President to honor his pledge? What if we’re unable to persuade the President that the support of legal cannabis in 29 states is not only good public policy, it’s also good politics? Well then, it’s incumbent on us to build a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Libertarian-reminded Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate for the purposes of legalizing cannabis once and for all,” said Stone. “We have the votes. The votes probably exist in the house today for a legalization bill. The votes in the Senate would be tougher but not impossible. This is the next stage of the fire.”“This has to be a bi-partisan movement. I recognize that I have disagreements with people in the crowd on many other issues. We can disagree about anything you like: immigration, trade, war. That’s fine…I think we can find common cause around this issue.”“I have agreed to work with the United States Cannabis Coalition, a non-profit with an extremely narrow focus. Our focus is to persuade the President to keep his pledge, move marijuana from Schedule 1, and get us more federal research.”He’s Not a Fan of Jeff SessionsThroughout his speech, Stone kept coming back to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others pursuing renewed enforcement of federal marijuana regulations.“Presently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are talking about a crackdown on legal cannabis,” said Stone. “They’re talking about undoing the famous Holder memo in which the Obama administration did something I strongly agreed with, which was to essentially stand down on federal laws pertaining to possession and distribution in the 29 states where cannabis is legal in some form. That was good public policy.”“Now, the Attorney General talks about a crackdown. The other day, the AG went to Congress to ask for approval for such a crackdown. Then I saw an interview in which Secretary Kelly said ‘marijuana is a gateway drug.’ What planet does this guy live on? By definition, if everyone who used marijuana moved on to other drugs, we’d have millions of heroin addicts today. Where are they?”“Attorney General Sessions said, I quote, ‘good people don’t use marijuana.’ No, Attorney General, sick people use marijuana. Millions of them.”“Now we have a bunch of drug warriors like Jeff Sessions, like John Kelly, like Chris Christie—who would like to be the drug czar, god forbid—they would like to reunite the war on drugs,” said Stone.“I’m not focusing the campaign I have in mind on Jeff Sessions. I think I might as well target the campaign at this wall,” said Stone. “I like Jeff Sessions, but he comes from a southern conservative tradition. I’m willing to bet Jeff Sessions has never smelled marijuana in his life. He has no idea what it’s like. But he has heard from the time he was in school that one puff will turn you into a heroin addict.”A Jab At Hillary, Of Course“I’ve looked, I can’t find Hillary Clinton ever coming out for the legalization of cannabis, and this astounds me. I salute Bernie Sanders because he had the courage to say it. I salute Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein; they had the courage to say it. Donald Trump had the courage to stand up for medical marijuana on a states’ rights basis. Where was Hillary?”Stone Is Growing His Own Weed Strain“With partners, I am farming a new strain of marijuana. We’re doing this with all of our state permits in Yorba Linda, California. The name of the strain is Tricky Dick. Some people say when you smoke this you become paranoid and you want to go to a Chinese restaurant…that’s not true. We hope to have our first harvest this October.”Did you know Roger Stone has a Richard Nixon bong? You do now.Happy 420! #NixonBong https://t.co/s4va13DjE2 pic.twitter.com/7ROnOyvPpP— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) April 20, 2017One thing’s for sure: Stone definitely has the president’s ear. Stone publicly and reportedly in private urged Trump for weeks to fire now-former FBI Director James Comey, which Trump did. That’s working out great.Let us know how we’re doing
Fruit Ninja, the popular mobile game that has the player use swipe movements to slice assorted fruits in half, is finally ready for the Kinect. Back in January, we saw a live-action Fruit Ninja video from a duo of, well, unskilled fruit ninjas. Apples, oranges, limes, and lemons were literally hurled at the guys who then tried to slice them in half with real knives. Needless to say, they had more apple-shaped bruises the next day than they would have liked. However, thanks to a new version for the Kinect, there’s now a safer way to play Fruit Ninja while using your hand movements instead of real knives.Fruit Ninja has over 20 million registered downloads on a variety of mobile platforms. The goal of the game is not only to slice a piece of fruit in half, but to slice it into multiple pieces, giving more and more points for each slice. If a fruit falls to the bottom of the screen, you lose one of your three lives. To spice things up a little more, there are also bombs that fall onto the screen. If one hits you, though, it’s game over.Halfbrick, the creators of Fruit Ninja, decided to create a version playable with Microsoft’s motion-sensing technology. In the mobile version, you use just one finger to slice the fruit, but the Kinect version needs your entire body, which is superimposed on the screen. You use your hands to do the slicing, just like a real ninja would.Staying in the middle of the screen is key, so don’t try any roundhouse kicks or anything like that. The game is best played in a larger living room, since standing further back from the TV helps. Your shadow remains permanently on the screen, which makes it easy to gauge where to move your arms. Only rapid arm gestures are registered as slashes, so even if you’re moving other parts of your body, the game will only pay attention to your karate chops.Kinectaku’s Damien McFerran tested out the new Fruit Ninja Kinect game and liked what he saw. He said the biggest difference over the touchscreen version is that you can perform two attacks at once – one with each arm – making it even easier to do those multi-slashes. The Kinect version will definitely give you more of a workout than simply moving your index finger around on a screen.Another new addition to the Kinect version is the “challenge mode,” which features various objectives spread throughout the entire game. The most exciting new feature, though, is the two-player “party mode,” which lets you go face off with a friend. Just make sure you’re standing far enough away from each other so you’re not smacking your friend by accident.In addition to “classic mode,” the game also features a time-based “arcade mode,” where the goal is to score as many points as possible before time runs out. The bombs also don’t end the game, they just subtract from your total points.The pomegranates, which were just recently added to the iOS version, also make an appearance. When one pops up, quickly slashing it will cause the camera to zoom in while you go slash crazy, racking up a boatload of points. The magic bananas also appear in the Kinect game and create effects like slowing down time and triggering the pyrotechnic mode.Just like in the mobile versions, Fruit Ninja Kinect also offers unlockable bonuses, which include new colored blades, new backdrops, and the ability to change the texture of your on-screen shadow.The game will launch on Xbox Live Arcade later this year.Read more at Kinectaku
Gilbert Arenas’ NBA career was cut short from injuries, but there weren’t many that filled it up more than Agent Zero in his prime. He also earned a buttload of cash.Arenas proved he can still make it rain in more ways than one in a three point challenge against his former Wizards teammate Swaggy P, by putting up $100,000 in a three-point contest against against Young. Swaggy previously said he would take down Arenas, any place, any time, and Gilbert took him up on it. In true Arenas form, he showed up to the contest with $100k in cash money and proceeded to hit a ridiculous 95 out of 100 threes. Swaggy was a no show, and he probably saved himself from getting embarrassed by the old man.Watch Arenas put his money where his mouth is and prove he’s still got range. Straight cash, homie.Explicit Language Advertisement
Last season, the Arizona Cardinals led the league in yards and finished second in the NFL in points scored.They accumulated the second-most passing yards, trailing only the New Orleans Saints, and notched the eighth-most rushing yards, too.In summation, their offense was good. Very, very good.Their offense was also incredibly diverse, with contributions coming from many different players. Nine different players caught at least one touchdown pass, while four different running backs reached the end zone. QB Carson Palmer threw 35 touchdown passes and also ran for a score. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires So, when ESPN’s Bill Barnwell decided to produce a piece ranking the NFL’s offensive triplets, it’s understandable if you’d have a difficult time guessing who he chose for the Cardinals.His parameters were that a QB had to be chosen for every team, while the other two spots were up for grabs between the other skill positions.For the Cardinals, he chose Palmer along with receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, and then ranked that trio fifth in the entire NFL behind the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.You could swap out Brown for Michael Floyd or promising halfback David Johnson, but any grouping of Arizona’s triplets has to include Fitzgerald, who underwent a career renaissance after moving into the slot on a more regular basis. Fitz was up to 66 targets in the slot last year, with those targets producing 52 catches (for a ridiculous 78.8 percent catch rate) and three touchdowns. Fitzgerald averaged 75.9 receiving yards per game, topping 75 yards per game for just the second time since his career season in 2008. You might expect Palmer, 36, to decline after a standout 2015 campaign, but that seemed to be the case after 2014, when Palmer played well before tearing his ACL, and he only got better instead. Even if Palmer doesn’t lead the league in Total QBR, as he did with an 82.1 mark last year, the Cardinals should be a devastating downfield attack yet again under Bruce Arians.One of the more exciting aspects of the Cardinals’ offense, at least in terms of how 2015 may impact 2016, is that the only changes to last year’s group are along the offensive line. Every player who threw a pass, caught a ball or ran for yards has returned, which lends credence to the idea that the Cardinals could reasonably take another step forward. Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Of course, while head coach Bruce Arians is excited about having everyone back because everything runs smoother, he is also careful to make sure he does not try to change too much just because everyone returned.“You have to watch from overloading that part and ask them to do too much; just refine what we do and do it a little bit better — a few tweaks here and there,” the coach said. “And they understand because they’re watching themselves from all of last year and what we did really, really well, and what we did not so well.“So it’s more of a tweaking that part than adding more stuff. You can overload them and then I don’t want them re-learning, or learning new stuff. That’s why I thought we practiced so fast this spring.”
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories That one more year was cut short when Palmer broke his arm against the Rams in Week 7, causing him to miss the rest of the season.Palmer’s decision was heavily influenced by his family.“I just knew. It was time,” he said. “It was time to stop taking hits. It was time to go to soccer games. I miss so much and my wife has carried the load for so long. I’m so excited about this next phase and this next chapter to be the assistant hockey coach, or who knows, but to just be around and be involved and not miss any of ’em anymore.”The 15-year veteran said it wasn’t until the end of the season when the idea of retiring was fully realized.Palmer said his choice of an open letter over a press conference was more of his style and also cited his former head coach Bruce Arians’ retirement happening just a day earlier.“I don’t know if there’s a right way, I don’t know if there’s a wrong way, I think you just do it and it’s just kind of how it worked out,” he said. Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer joined the Not Just Sports with Suzy Shuster and Rich Eisen podcast to talk about his thought process on his retirement and more.“My wife and I talked after last season,” Palmer said. “It just felt like it was one more left in me and she had one more left in her.”It was Palmer’s first interview since the announcement came via a letter on the team’s social media and website. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) waves to the fans as he jogs off the field after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 11 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
ABU DHABI, UAE – Back for the second year running, Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2010 has been extended to 15 days, due to the overwhelming response at the successful launch edition. The epicurean festival will run from the 5th to the 19th of February 2010, featuring a stellar line up of Michelin Star chefs, celebrity personalities and exciting new venues, attracting the worldwide private jet set, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Newly built hotels participating in this gastronomic odyssey include the five star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, and signature Yas Hotel, overlooking the Grand Prix circuit, bringing the total number of hotel and restaurant partners to 10 participating hosting establishments.For 2010, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), organiser of Gourmet Abu Dhabi is pleased to provide a first glimpse of the line up of internationally renowned chefs, comprising a total of 15 Michelin Stars between them.The Star Studded Luminaries and Personalities…Chef Alain Passard thrusts Mother Earth, with her gifts of abundance and purity of flavor in all vegetables – into the spotlight of modern cuisine by making them the focus and priority at his three Michelin Starred restaurant, L’Arpege in Paris.With a deep passion for the land, Chef Alain Passard is inspired by but also respects the range of the produce. He interprets ingredients and their flavours with absolute authenticity, preserving their natural colours and aroma. This produces a palette of extraordinary flavours within a vegetable that is extremely satisfying.Restaurant Regis et Jacques Marcon began as a humble local eatery in the Haute Loire region of France. Chef Regis Marcon and his wife have lovingly built it up the small establishment into a three Michelin Star restaurant with an adjoining hotel. His cuisine, born from traditional French recipes takes on a new dimensionin its simplicity and modernity. He combines ingredients in a personal style that emphasizes brilliant flavours in unaccustomed and delightful ways.Two Michelin Starred Chef Heinz Winkler is the founder of‘Cuisine Vitale’, a concept that combines gastronomy and well-being. His delicate, French-style gourmet cuisine combines the lightness of black truffles, pears, with leeks, and shellfish. He focuses on what nature has to offer in its simplest form, not only as ingredients for his impressive cuisine, but also for their powerful anti-aging properties and as a foundation for physical and spiritual well-being.Chef Alfonso Iaccarino and his family together run the two Starred restaurant and boutique hotel Don Alfonso 1890 in Sorrento, Italy. He and his son Ernesto manage the restaurant while, while mother Livia and son Mario, welcome the guests. A true family affair, Chef Laccarino has been internationally lauded for his signature Mediterranean style, quality of ingredients and attention to seasonality.Having trained under French culinary greats such as Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and Jean-Paul Lacombe, Chef Claude Bosi is now at the helm of the two Michelin starred London restaurant Hibiscus, where his innovative cuisine makes it one of the city’s most highly acclaimed restaurants. His adventurous style of modern French cuisine combines boldness and purity made possible only by using the freshest ingredients.Chef Vineet Bhatia is out to conquer the world. Besides his Michelin Starred flagship Rasoi in London, he has also set up restaurants in Mauritius, Dubai, Los Angeles & Moscow, gracing them with his classic Indian cuisine. He was also one of the first Indian chef restaurateurs to be awarded the coveted Michelin Star in 2001.Chef Masayasu Yonemura’s cuisine is a unique fusion of French and Japanese. His menu at Kyoto’s fashionable Michelin-starred restaurant Yonemura is an arrary of colourful French cuisine accented with a touch of Japanese flair. Chef Masayasu Yonemura has a deep understanding of flavours and produce. Inspired by the time of year, he takes in the sights, sounds and flavours of his surroundings translating seasonal local ingredients to create something truly special.Born in Tokyo, Roy Yamaguchi has built an empire, bringing his Hawaiian fusion cuisine to 37 restaurants across the United States, Japan and Guam. His cuisine blends the influences of three continents, Europe, Asia and North America specifically, the flavours and fresh ingredients of Hawaii. The New York Times has described him as “the Wolfgang Puck of the Pacific”; while Food & Wine Magazine has dubbed the original Roy’s in Honolulu the “crown jewel of Honolulu’s East- West eateries.”Presenting world class desserts are skilled Pâtissiers…Hugues Pouget, an award winning French dessert chef, who earned top honours at the 2003 desserts of France championship. His world of experience brings him to the Far East, where he currently consults for Swiss company Barry Callebaut, the world’s biggest chocolate maker. He has been tasked to charm the Chinese into cultivating a penchant for the creamy texture of chocolate – with confidence. Chef Pouget does this by enticing them with familiar flavours such as peanut, mango and strawberry, expertly incorporating them into the gourmet chocolate.At a youthful 28 years of age, Loretta Fanella is a pastry prodigy whose creations are closer to works of art. Her training at legendary Cracco-Peckin Milan and Bulli of Roses in Catalunya under famed brothers Albert and Ferran Adria has paved the way to international recognition. Following the overwhelming success of her debut at the launch edition of Gourmet Abu Dhabi, this Patissier is back by popular demand at Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2010.Special Guests and Celebrities…At a ripe old age of 82, Dr. N. K. Yong a retired cardiologist is Singapore’s best known wine connoisseur. Dr. Yong is deeply involved in both local and international wine circles. He served as Chairman of the World Council of Management of the International Food and Wine Society in 1992 for four years. He was also admitted into the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin of Burgundy in 1988 and into the Commanderie du Bontemps de Medoc et des Graves in Bordeaux, as well as the Jurade de Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion in June 1989. His passion for wine has lead him to pen column for The Business Times, Singapore and serve as editor of Wine and Dine magazine, as well as consult for Singapore’s Raffles hotel and World Resorts Sentosa. Dr. Yong has numerous awards to his name, including André Simon Silver and Gold Medals in 1989 and 1998 respectively, ‘Officier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole’ by the French government in 1989 and ‘Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite’ from the President of France in 2004.Bob Blumer, better known as The Surreal Gourmet is the creator and host of The Food Network programme of the same name. The show is also a two-time Gemini award winner for Best Information Show. In his new show, “Glutton for Punishment”, Bob puts himself through physically daunting epicurean adventures. A great entertainment host with a penchant for inspiring and whimsical culinary presentations, he will headline a one-night only signature event, the ‘Surreal Evening with Bob Blumer’ at the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.About ADTA:Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was established in September 2004. It has ranging responsibilities for building and developing the emirate’s tourism industry. These include; destination marketing; infrastructure and product development and regulation and classification. A key role is to create synergy in the international promotion of Abu Dhabi through close co-ordination with the emirate’s hotels, destination management companies, airlines and other public and private sector travel-related organisations.