Inside DeMarcus Cousins’ dominant performance against Denver

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Just as DeMarcus Cousins walked off the floor, the Warriors’ center stared down toward the Nuggets’ bench.He placed his right hand above his eyes. He squinted. He shook his head dismissively.Cousins had just spent an entire evening devouring the Nuggets in every way possible. So minutes before the Warriors’ officially cemented a 116-102 victory over …last_img read more

49ers moved into two more prime-time slots vs. Packers, Rams

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Fresh off losing for the first time this season in a Monday night madhouse, the 49ers got assigned two more prime-time kickoffs at Levi’s Stadium in the coming weeks.— Their Nov. 24 game against the Green Bay Packers was flexed into NBC’s Sunday Night Football slot at 5:20 p.m., after originally scheduled for 1:25 p.m. on Fox. It replaces Seahawks-Eagles as the late game in Week 12.— Their Week 16 game against the Los Angeles Rams will take place on Saturday night, Dec. 21, at …last_img read more

Wine tourism network grows

first_imgStellenbosch is just one of thebreathtakingly beautiful wine-makingareas to be found in the Cape winelands.By Vuyiseka GezaSouth Africa’s wine lands located in the Cape floral kingdom boast the most beautiful geographical surroundings. It is this natural beauty that has boosted wine tourism in the Western Cape. Famous for producing new-world wines, a rather peculiar term for an industry that has been around for more than three centuries, the Cape wine lands rank among the best in the world, and so do the wines they produce.The secret to these flavoursome wines lies in the diversity of soils along with that of climate, forming the perfect “terroir”. It is for this natural gift that the wine routes have incorporated hospitality into winemaking, creating a combination of natural beauty, upmarket accommodation and world-class restaurants.“Our wineries are diverse, offering many different wines and experiences and we work on each member’s strengths. There is a lot of sharing of information and knowledge,” says Bonita Malherbe, manager of the Robertson Wine Valley.Linking-up with the Great Wine Capitals Network, the Cape wineries have mixed traditional with cutting-edge technology. Quoted in Winescape magazine, Clarence Johnson, Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayor, says, “The network provides an important forum for the public and private sectors to explore business and investment opportunities. Through the exchange of information and expertise, we can enhance not only wine tourism, but also South Africa’s global competitiveness.”Unique ambienceDue to soil, climate and cultural diversity, the Cape wine lands are a combination of Bilbao-Rioja (cultural sites, cuisine and food), Florence (scenery, olive groves and art galleries), Melbourne (seaside resorts, mountains and diverse climate), and San Franscisco (golf resorts, food and wine festivals) all in one. They are purely for you to enjoy, relax and be inspired.The winemakers have taken responsibility for land conservation by supporting the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative to conserve over 50 000 hectares of land. This will be achieved by conserving one hectare as a natural habitat for every hectare of vineyard farmed by 2010.Lush vineyards surrounding first-world wine cellars at the foot of the mountains, sea views and the beautiful valleys all create a unique ambience. And each of the destinations makes a unique contribution to wine tourism.Where to stop on the wine routeAt the Robertson Wine Valley you can enjoy the half marathon mountain biking challenge, boat cruises, sunset game drives, live music, wine tastings, children’s activities, hiking, picnics and wine museum tours. The Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend, at the beginning of June, is already booked out for this year – but don’t miss it next year. In 2010 the festival will take place from 4- June before the World Cup.Only 10 years ago Durbanville Hills celebrated its first wines, and they now constitute one of the most popular premium ranges in the country – for those with expensive taste. This is no surprise, as their chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at Veritas.At Tulbagh you can look forward to experiencing the heritage and magnificent country living, tranquillity being the operative word. They host the most beautiful and memorable country weddings. You can also indulge in cheese, chocolate and olive tastings, enjoy cape cuisine and see art museums.The Wonderful Wines of Darling is what the wine evenings are called at Darling Wines, where you can enjoy the wines with gourmet braais.South African brandy is made from distilled wine, so it makes sense that the wine routes would comprise of brandy routes as well, which make a different contribution to the panorama. Brandy and chocolate complement each other, which is why the Western Cape and R62 Brandy Routes offer exclusive brandy and chocolate tastings.In Stellenbosch, South Africa’s first dedicated house of sparkling wines – JC Le Roux – situated in the heart of the picturesque Devon Valley, has reopened its doors after extensive refurbishments. Here you can expect insightful cellar tours and tastings in the ultra-modern cellar, fun-filled picnics in the sun and mouth-watering meals at the deli-style restaurant. The new oyster bar, with sea-fresh oysters and the finest bubblies, is the ultimate hotspot for a pick-me-up pampering.At Santé Wineland Estate you will be pampered at their wellness centre with vinotherapy (using products made from grapes).With all this on offer, what more could one ask for? Lest you forget! After the Winter Season festivals, Springtime is Sauvignon Blanc time and you know the Western Cape is where it’s at. A toast – to variety!Useful linksGreat Wine Capitals NetworkCape WinelandsWines of South AfricaRobertson Wine ValleyDurbanville HillsTulbaghStellenboschSouth African Tourismlast_img read more

Researchers find alternate path for Listeria to sicken people

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue University scientists have found another pathway that Listeria uses to enter the bloodstream, suggesting that forms of the foodborne bacteria considered benign may be more dangerous than once thought.About 600 million people around the world contract listeriosis each year, with 420,000 dying, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., 1,600 people are infected each year, causing 260 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnant women, newborn children, adults 65 and older and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk. The pathogen is found most often in deli meat, hot dogs, dairy products and produce.To infect someone, the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria must cross the epithelial barrier, a wall of cells in the gut that generally protects the bloodstream from harmful pathogens. It has long been believed that a protein called Internalin A, found in many forms of Listeria, is required for breaking through that barrier.Arun Bhunia, a Purdue food microbiology professor in the Department of Food Science, and his team fed Listeria to mice that have a non-functional receptor for the Internalin A protein. If Internalin A is required for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria to reach the bloodstream, these mice should not have been infected. But they were.“As soon as we feed the mice this bacterium, it goes through the intestine and crosses this epithelial barrier and into the blood circulation, liver and spleen,” Bhunia said. “This suggests there is another way in which Listeria monocytogenes gets through these cells and into the bloodstream.”Bhunia’s findings, reported in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, show Listeria adhesion protein (LAP) interacts with heat shock protein (HSP) in mice, then the epithelial cells move apart to give the bacterium access to the bloodstream. But that is just one path the bacteria might use to infect a host.Since the Internalin A receptors are sandwiched between epithelial cells in humans, they are inaccessible to the Internalin A protein.“When LAP interacts with HSP, those cells move apart, not only giving the bacterium access to the bloodstream, but also exposing the Internalin A receptors and allowing transport of Listeria monocytogenes into the bloodstream, which likely happens in humans,” Bhunia said. “Now that we know the mechanism, we can look at how to block this pathway to prevent the infection.”The findings are also important because Listeria strains that have the defective or nonfunctional Internalin A protein haven’t been considered dangerous. But if the bacteria have another way through the gut and into the bloodstream regardless of Internalin A, that’s no longer true.“We cannot just think that because most of these bacteria that are found in food are Internalin A mutants, we can tolerate it. We can still get infected,” said Rishi Drolia, a graduate research assistant in Bhunia’s lab.Next, Bhunia’s team is working on development of a vaccine that blocks LAP, which could be a method for keeping Listeria from reaching the bloodstream. The Purdue AgSEED program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Purdue Research Foundation supported this research.last_img read more

US college screens ‘Sholay’ to kick off ‘Year of India’

first_imgAn American colleg e, which has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations, screened the 1970s bollywood blockbuster Sholay as it hosted a ‘Year of India’ during the 2012-13 academic year that will also see presentations to explore India .Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is hosting a ‘Year of India’ with exhibitions, a film series, and performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and everyday life in India.Presentations will explore India – its society and politics, arts and culture, math and science, religions and economics – as well as its influence in the South Asian region and the world, and its diaspora in the US, according to a press release by Queens College.Sholay, the most successful Hindi film of all time, was screened on September 12, to kick off the “Representing South Asia on Film” series, which includes 16 titles including “Lagaan”, “The Namesake”, “Awara” and “Aparajito”, as well as three panel discussions on topics raised in the series.A day before that New Age guru Deepak Chopra made a presentation.”Hindustani Music of North India”, a concert scheduled for October 12, will feature noted tabla player and Yale faculty member Samir Chatterjee and flautist Steve Gorn. This concert at the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens College is the first performance of the Aaron Copland School of Music’s Chamber Music Live fall season.Queens College’s ‘Year of India’ will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by professors from the college and their partner institutions in India, and programmes by members of the Indian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead three study tours to India for faculty, students, and staff.An exhibition titled “Art from the Land of the Peacock” will spotlight India’s distinctive and diverse artistic traditions while drawing upon the collections at Queens College’s Art Library. It will run from November 1 to June 27, 2013 at the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library in the campus.The Indian Consulate of New York is hosting a reception on September 20 for Queens College celebrating what the college calls “a vibrant, diverse country with a complex history and globally significant economy”.The college, located in America’s most diverse county, examines each year the history, art, and culture of a different country. China and Turkey have been featured before.Queens College of CUNY, founded in 1937, has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations and gets cited every year by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 ‘Best Value’ colleges.advertisement- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Streetsmart look of Dil Chahta Hai heroes sets the trend for Indian urban males

first_imgIf one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in,If one had to pick out a single symbol that reflects the changes in the Indian urban male’s style book, it would be the refreshing, streetsmart look of the heroes of Dil Chahta Hai.Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan have set a trend that has found clones in college canteens, nightclubs, movie halls, even in boardrooms.Here are the basics of the DCH look: a spiffy, sharp haircut, like that of one of the heroes in the movie; short-shirts with slits in the sides, in orange, purple, bright blue or green; loose-fitting trousers or bright pyjamas; and sandals.Literally on the cutting edge of men’s style today are the trio’s trendy, close-cropped haircuts, courtesy Juice, the hair salon run by Adhuna Bhabani, who is married to DCH director Farhan Akhtar. “The response has been overwhelming,” she says. “Fifty per cent of the men who walk in demand the DCH look.”Man in The Mirror: Vishesh Bhatt and Shubham Agarwal getting the DCH cut at Nalini and Yasmin’s, MumbaiThe most prominent, inexpensive and easy way to look in vogue is growing the soul patch or zap that Aamir sports on his chin. And all that it takes is a new shaving routine. Gaurav Gupta, a 24-year-old Mumbai doctor, dons one and calls it “mosquito”.The new look is even finding its way to advertisements, such as the Onida Black ad, which features actor Rajat Kapoor (who incidentally acted in the movie) with an Aamir-style zap.The sartorial style that the DCH trio represents is markedly androgynous. A change largely envisaged by New York-based designer Arjun Bhasin, who experimented with bright, feminine colours like lilac and yellow, and designer Aki Narula, who relished the creative freedom to dress the heroes in two-toned shirts and sheer shirts as outer swimwear.advertisementFashion stylist Yogendra Tripathi cautions that the upbeat DCH look may just be a passing fad, but the way men look now, it seems it will stick around for a while yet.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee — a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass.“I’m happy for this very positive start. I had good feelings on court,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNadal collected the opening five games of the afternoon in 17 minutes as he set the tone for another dominant display in the principality.He was equally in control during the second set, where he saved three break points in the fourth game and two more in the sixth. Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who lost to Nadal in Paris last June, beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4.Thiem, who won the Indian Wells title over Federer, made a successful switch to his favourite surface as he prepares for the pre-French Open sequence of events.Fourth seed Thiem won with a break in the final game after Klizan held a 40-0 lead.Upbeat ZverevAlexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.The German, locally based, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semi-final last month.The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.That may be starting to change.“This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week.“I’ve been training well but haven’t been able to take that into matches. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments “I live just 500 metres from here, I’m comfortable on this court. I’m starting to feel better about my game.“I’m really ready for the clay season.”Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes.The third seed will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon withdrew because of back problems.Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5.“I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I’m on the court,” Tsitsipas said.“If all these are combined, then I have nothing to fear and I have nothing to be afraid of when I’m on the court.“This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It’s been a long hardcourt court season before the clay.”Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert stunned 2018 finalist and fifth seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at then end of their tennis match on the day 5 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 17, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a great start, it’s good to be back here,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said, keeping talk of his knee to a minimum.“I can’t pretend to not have pain at all, but professionals normally play with pain,” Nadal said.“It’s part of the sport at the highest level and it’s no limitations at all. I was able to move well and be confident with the things that I did.”Bautista Agut has now lost to his Spanish countryman in all three of their meetings, while Nadal improved his incredible record here to 69-4 as he takes aim at a fourth consecutive title at the event.“This is just the first match and it’s been a very positive start,” Nadal said. “The results say that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Scorpions

first_imgWhat would you say are the strengths of your team? I’d say our strengths are the combination of young players and experienced players, as well as having coaches who are current players and extremely knowledgeable. It has allowed us to share ideas and experiences and I think this really makes us strong. Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents? Every team is going to be our toughest competitor. Every game and every team poses a different threat and so I think that this, as well as the nature of the Elite Eight series, makes it impossible to say which team will be our toughest competitor. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series? It would be so awesome to win the Elite Eight series and it would be a credit to all of the hard work the girls and our coaches have done in the lead-up to the series. Also to say that we have won the first Elite Eight series would be incredible! To overcome all of the talent that will be on display would be a great achievement.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event? The Scorps girls have been training really well and we’ve had a lot of fun. Tash (coach – Tony El Takchi) is teaching us a lot and keeping us all together so it will be interesting to see how we go in a proper game.center_img In the eleventh edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sarah Peattie speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series? It feels so great to be a part of a new tournament and concept for elite Touch. It is going to be really competitive and a real challenge for every team.last_img read more

540 Participants Graduate from Youth Enrichment Programme in St. James

first_img The initiative, which was implemented in July, is the brainchild of Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, and a Board comprising well-thinking residents and stakeholders of the parish, who share a common interest – advancing the welfare of Jamaica’s youth. The 540 youth, aged 17 to 35, were trained in food preparation, barbering, business process outsourcing, nail technology, and as waiters and waitresses. They are now ready to take their place among Jamaica’s employed labour force. Story Highlights The first cohort of participants in the Youth Enrichment Programme (YEP) in St. James, recently graduated after completing five weeks of comprehensive training and development in various skill sets. The first cohort of participants in the Youth Enrichment Programme (YEP) in St. James recently graduated after completing five weeks of comprehensive training and development in various skill sets.The 540 youth, aged 17 to 35, were trained in food preparation, barbering, business process outsourcing, nail technology, and as waiters and waitresses. They are now ready to take their place among Jamaica’s employed labour force.The initiative, which was implemented in July, is the brainchild of Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, and a Board comprising well-thinking residents and stakeholders of the parish, who share a common interest – advancing the welfare of Jamaica’s youth.Their endeavours have been significantly underpinned by strategic collaborative support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in the overall quest to ensure that the programme will, as its motto affirms: ‘Leave None Behind’.This underlying support has manifested through, among other things, partnerships forged with several secondary and tertiary institutions in western Jamaica to facilitate training of the initial student cohort.The participating institutions were: Anchovy High School, Cambridge High School, Green Pond High School, Hopewell High School, Irwin High School, St. James High School, and the Western Hospitality Institute.The Custos notes that the Principals of these institutions were among the many stakeholders embracing YEP.Bishop Pitkin, who provided a programme overview during the inaugural graduation ceremony at Faith Temple Assemblies of God Church in Montego Bay on August 15, noted that while the initial goal was to enrol 1,400 participants, the 540 students accommodated was a “great achievement”.“[The fact that] we could have kept 500 young people off the streets of St. James for five weeks… that’s success,” he contended.Similar sentiments were echoed by the graduates who expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the initiative.Among them was Kaylia Hemmings, who enrolled in the food preparation course.She noted that she learned much over the five weeks, including fundamentals of kitchen hygiene and etiquette, while declaring that “I enjoyed the experience”.Bishop Pitkin tells JIS News, that while the programme does not currently have a job placement component, he is looking to change that soon.“We are hoping that those [students who are] 18 years and older, we can assist them in finding a job. We are looking at directing them into areas of their choice where they can be gainfully employed… thereby empowering themselves… [and] can go back to school later on and further their education,” he states.Meanwhile, work is underway to diversify the initiative’s offerings to target younger children, through a values and attitudes programme which Bishop Pitkin says is on the horizon.“The planning committee [of YEP] met to look at how we can implement a programme in the infant and primary schools. If we are going to develop our education system in Jamaica in a way that we leave none behind, as is our slogan, we have to start at that level… the foundation,” he emphasises.Bishop Pitkin also advises that YEP’s delivery over the initial five weeks will be evaluated and research undertaken to determine how best it can be expanded.He hints that, to this end, there is the possibility that additional courses such as commercial food preparation and cosmetology could be introduced.The next set of YEP courses will begin at the end of September.last_img read more

Canada Post rotating strikes spread to Winnipeg and Brandon Man

first_imgOTTAWA – Manitoba is the latest province to be hit by rotating strikes by members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.CUPW says 1,500 members walked off the job in Winnipeg at 10 p.m. local time Sunday and that workers in Brandon, Man., set up picket lines at 12:01 a.m. Monday.The union also reported on its website Sunday night that strikes were continuing in Niagara Falls, Ont., and in IIes-de-la-Madeleine, Que. Those job actions began on Friday and Saturday respectively.CUPW members have been conducting rotating walkouts across the country as special mediator Morton Mitchnick tries to resolve the labour dispute.Nearly 9,000 CUPW members walked out for two days last week in the Greater Toronto Area, creating delivery delays for tens of thousands of Canadians awaiting letters and parcels across the country.The union has said that Canada Post needs to come to the bargaining table ready to talk about the issues that matter — health and safety, equality for (rural and suburban mail carriers) and an end to precarious work.”For its part, Canada Post says it has made “significant offers” to CUPW — which include increased wages, job security and improved benefits — and has not asked for any concessions in return.last_img read more