Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight, according to a statement on his website Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top.Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs Ward released a statement on his website titled “Mission Accomplished ” thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement.“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” he wrote. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWard is currently rated the best “pound for pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts.“People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t seethe grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,” he said. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.”Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends.Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final.Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen.Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimousdecision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round.Kovalev said Ward’s retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow “good and strong” fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn’t concern himself with the possibility that Ward’s retirement won’t stick.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I don’t think about him at all because I’m looking forward (to reaching) my goals,” he said, adding that his last two fights are “history” and “I forgot it already.”He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games.“They did before second rematch,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t care at all.”HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts.“Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,” HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Man behind Maggi ban moved out of FSSAI, shifted to Niti Aayog

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) Food safety watchdog FSSAIs CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik, the man behind the ban of global giant Nestles popular noodle brand Maggi, was today moved out and shifted as Additional Secretary in Niti Aayog. Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer in Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Health and Family Welfare Ministry, only in September last year. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet(ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Malik as Additional Secretary in the Niti Aayog, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said. He has been appointed in the newly created post by cancelling the appointment of Keshni Anand Arora, his batch mate from the same cadre. It was during Maliks tenure that samples of Maggi noodle samples were subjected to lab tests which found that it contained added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit. FSSAI had on June 5 banned the instant snack that has had a level of global resonance thats unprecedented for the Indian food regulator. However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court with the condition that manufacturing and selling would be allowed only after fresh tests. The ACC also approved appointments of Kavita Gupta and Kiran Soni Gupta as Textile Commissioner and Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports respectively. PTI AKV SKL GSN GSNlast_img read more

15-year-old Coco Gauff Beat Jelena Ostapenko to Win First WTA Title at Linz

first_imgLinz: American teenager Coco Gauff won her first WTA title by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to capture the Upper Austria Ladies on Sunday. The 15-year-old Gauff, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and third round at the US Open, bounced back after losing a one-sided second set to win comfortably.Gauff had earlier called Linz “my little lucky place” and its charm held for the teenager through the final despite a late wobble. After racing out to a 5-0 lead in the deciding set, Gauff dropped two late games to Ostapenko before closing out the match. Even as Gauff showed great character throughout the match, the final was played more or less on Ostapenko’s racquet. It was the Latvian’s inability to stand tall in big moments and barrage of unforced errors that helped the 15-year-old take the title.The match came to a dramatic conclusion when Ostapenko was serving and Coco challenge the line call on match point. The hawk eye showed the ball out and Coco’s face lit up with joy. While it was all smiles for the American, Ostapenko was seen burying her head in the towel after the loss.🏆 @CocoGauff is your @WTALinz champion! 🏆The 15-year-old defeats Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to claim her first WTA title! pic.twitter.com/i8ArqH6RnG— WTA (@WTA) October 13, 2019 Coco, who was already guaranteed to make her Top 100 debut after the first couple of wins this week, is expected to rise inside the Top 75 in the WTA rankings on Monday.15-year-old Gauff became the youngest WTA singles title winner since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic won at Vancouver and Tashkent by the age of 15 years and 5 months in 2004.Gauff also became just the second player in the last two seasons to claim a debut WTA singles title as a lucky loser, matching the feat of fellow teenager Olga Danilovic, who was a lucky loser when she hoisted the trophy at the Moscow River Cup last season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Coco GauffJelena OstapenkoLinz Opentennis First Published: October 13, 2019, 7:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

When India can reclaim top Test spot from Pakistan?

first_imgRain washed away most of the 4th Test in the Caribbean and with it India’s top spot in Test cricket. What’s more, arch rivals Pakistan climbed to the summit following their 2-2 drawn Test series in England. But all’s not lost. In just over a month’s time, Virat Kohli and team can wrestle back the No.1 spot from their neighbours.Pakistan currently hold the narrowest of leads over India, just a point difference in the rankings table with Australia 3rd and England in 4th spot. (India lose No.1 ranking to Pakistan after rain ruins final Test vs West Indies) Having given up the top spot for now, skipper Kohli did not make a big deal of it in the post series press conference.Kohli said, “We didn’t play for ranking, it just happened (becoming No.1). Had Pakistan not won, had we completed the last game then rankings would have been different again. That is not something in our control. As I’ve said before that is a very short term incentive. It is very short-lived because we understand points table is very close. As a team we can assess ourselves at the end of the season and not one Test match at a time.” (Ashwin breaks Sehwag’s record for most Man of the Series awards for India in Tests)Anyone who knows Kohli knows that he will not accept having to concede the top position even though the team’s fate was sealed due to rain. The Indian Test skipper settles for nothing less than being the best, he strives for it in every match and he will have an opportunity to take back the top spot when India take on New Zealand in the three-Test series starting on September 22 in Kanpur.advertisementEven a 1-0 victory in the series will be enough for the hosts to re-conquer the summit, while a 2-0 victory would keep them there till the time the Aussies take on the South Africans at home in November. Pakistan too play their next series in New Zealand in November. But by then England would come calling and Kohli and Co. will have another chance of a home series win and an opportunity to open the gap further. (Pakistan rise completes journey from isolation to triumph) Kohli knows that and will surely turn his focus to his ultimate goal when India get ready to welcome the Kiwis. He added: “I wasn’t too excited when we became No.1 because I knew it was pretty close and teams have played more games than us and we need to play as many games as others to be able to compare after the whole season is done. It’s fine rankings keep going up or down, we don’t play for rankings but you obviously want to be a very strong side in the world and that has always been our aim to be the best side in the world.” (India don’t play for rankings, says Virat Kohli) During the series, star batsman Rohit Sharma had revealed Kohli’s message to the team when he took over the reins of the Test team. Rohit revealed: “When MS Dhoni retired, we knew that Virat was going to be the next captain. The message was clear from him that we needed to play in a way where we look for results and not draws. There is a way to do that and the guys are sticking to it. This team has decided to play in a certain way. I know it is not going to be easy to do that. Our immediate goal is to be the No.1 Test side in the world and we’re not too far away from that.” While rain may have played a spoilsport in the West Indies, once back on home soil expect Kohli and Co. to topple Misbah-ul-Haq’s Pakistan and get back on track to becoming the No.1 Test team in the world.last_img read more

When Jo Durie reached the French Open semi-finals out of the blue

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Facebook Jo Durie beat Tracey Austin 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in the quarter-finals. Photograph: Jacques Langevin/AP Twitter Missed volleys led to indecision on going to the net; passing shots failed where before they succeeded; and Jausovec began to dominate. Durie hung in there, though, coming from 3-5 down to level things at 5-5. But when she let a 30-15 lead slip in the crucial 11th game, double-faulting to go 6-5 down, she was in big trouble.After losing the second set 7-5, Durie was blown away 6-2 in the decider, giving Jausovec the opportunity to lose to Chris Evert in the final. Durie was not done at the tournament though; she made it to the last four in the women’s doubles with Anne Hobbs, but also fell short of that final. So near and yet so far.When asked about whether nerves had affected her against Jausovec, Durie was adamant that she had not choked. “I was losing my way. I was a bit confused about what I was trying to do,” Durie explained. “I don’t think I blew it, but I realise I am just not tough enough with myself.” Jones spoke like a coach who knew his player had let an opportunity slip: “I don’t think Jo really knows how close she was to winning, but this will do her good.”She would never again get past the third round at Roland Garros, but a semi-final appearance in the 1983 US Open and a quarter-final at Wimbledon in 1984 gave British tennis fans something to cheer in an otherwise bleak decade. Her run to the semi-finals also assured her of a top-20 place in the world rankings – a lot higher than she charted with Wimbledon Lawns, the single she recorded with the backing band The Rackets. It did not even trouble the top 100.• This article appeared first on That 1980s Sports Blog• Follow Steven Pye on Twitter “I kept my head during that dispute,” she said later. “It would have been easy to panic, but I knew I just had to keep in control because she wasn’t doing anything I felt could hurt me.” Putting the moment behind her, Durie capitalised on several unforced errors from Austin and won the third set in just 22 minutes.“I feel fantastic,” said Durie after her victory in the quarter-final. “I haven’t got the words to really describe my emotion. Just look at my grin.” She even found time to joke about her wobble in the second set: “I lost the second because I needed the clay court practice.”“I still can’t believe it,” admitted her coach Alan Jones. “I always reckoned by the time she was 25 she might have a shout on grass. Now at 22 she plays like this on clay.” Having never gone further than the second round, Durie was now just one victory away from the French Open final. “Durie breathed life and hope back into the ailing body of British tennis in the warm Parisian sunshine yesterday,” wrote David Irvine in the Guardian.For the first time in her French Open run, Durie was not facing an American. Yugoslavia’s Mima Jausovec had only beaten one seed on her way to the semi-finals, but her clay court pedigree was not in doubt. She had won the French Open in 1977, reached the final in 1978, and also won the German and Italian Open on clay.However, Durie did not let Jausovec’s reputation get to her, once again storming out of the blocks. Conceding just six points in her opening five service games, Durie won the first set 6-3. When she went 2-0 up in the second, the final was within touching distance.It was never going to be that easy, though. Jausovec was streetwise and she started to change the pattern of play, forcing Durie to make the running. From 2-0 down, Jausovec won nine consecutive points and doubts started to flow into Durie’s game. The past is indeed a foreign country. Before Johanna Konta’s exploits at Roland Garros this week, the last British woman to reach a French Open semi-final was Jo Durie in 1983. Things looked very different in the spring of 1983. Manchester City had just been relegated, Brighton had almost beaten Manchester United in the FA Cup final, Aberdeen had just lifted a European trophy and a female Prime Minister was about to increase her majority in a general election.Durie’s previous appearances at Roland Garros didn’t suggest a run to the semi-finals was likely. She had never gone further than the second round in her three previous visits to the French Open so was only hoping to win “a round or two” in 1983. The draw handed her a relatively sedate start. She began with a 6-4 6-3 win over Candy Reynolds and then lost just three games against Alycia Moulton in the second round.Durie’s next opponent, fifth seed Pam Shriver, looked more daunting. The 22-year-old had never beaten Shriver in their seven previous encounters, but the American was making her debut in the French Open and Durie took charge from the start. With Durie 4-2 up in the first set, the match was delayed for six minutes after Shriver, playing in a pair of trainers borrowed from compatriot Eliot Teltscher, turned her ankle. Durie won the next two games to close out the first set before Shriver conceded the match.Another American – and another seed – awaited in the next round. Kathy Rinaldi succeeded where her counterparts had failed in taking a set off of Durie, but the Bristolian clinched the decider 6-1 to set up a quarter-final with Tracy Austin. Austin’s flame was beginning to burn out, injuries and the constant tennis treadmill having an impact, But Durie’s 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory in 94 minutes was stunning nonetheless. Hitting winners in eight of the first nine points, Durie came out of the traps flying. In just 25 minutes, Britain’s No 1 was already a set up.The second set seemed to be running just as smoothly. Serving at 4-3 up, Durie thought she had moved within a game of the match when an Austin shot was called out. But when the decision was overruled by the umpire, Durie was furious. Losing her cool, she disputed the point for two minutes. She lost that game, and then the next two, and suddenly her temperament was under scrutiny. Johanna Konta Support The Guardian Guardian Sport Network Topics features Share on WhatsApp French Opencenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Tennis Since you’re here… Read more Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Pinterest When Kapil Dev hit 175 and inspired India to their first Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoWatford captain Deeney: Liverpool still miss Coutinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford captain Deeney: Liverpool still miss Coutinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney feels Liverpool still miss Philippe Coutinho.The Reds sold the Brazilian play-maker for £142million a year ago to Barcelona.Deeney told BBC Radio 5Live after Liverpool’s loss to Man City on Thursday night: “The big difference between the two [teams] is Liverpool lose a Coutinho, Man City don’t lose players. Man City, they let you go when they’re good and ready.”They don’t lose players, I think that’s a huge ingredient as well where if they had a Coutinho they would play him in front of those two holders and then it’s a different dynamic to that whole midfield.”Because all of the players that have been mentioned can get across the ground, they can all cover the distance but have they got that little bit of magic that a Coutinho might have?”Can he whip a free-kick in the top corner that changes the game on its head? So that’s a big difference as well that City don’t lose players, people go on their terms, we’re talking about one per-cent here.”We’re talking about the best two teams in our league, if not in Europe and you can’t make arguments for them being the best.”They lost one player to make a better team but do you add to that to get more quality but you lose the team effect? It’s a real tough situation.” last_img read more

Team Nawabzade win Free Fire India Today League, to represent India in Brazil

first_imgTeam Nawabzade win Free Fire India Today League, to represent India in BrazilFree Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade won the grand finale at Siri Fort. Nightmare finished 1st runners-up while Namooney took the 3rd positionadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 12, 2019UPDATED: October 12, 2019 22:51 IST Team Nawabzade with the winners trophy. (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTeam Nawabzade emerged the winner of the Free Fire India Today LeagueNawabzade took home Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd and 3rd team won Rs 4 Lakh and Rs 2 Lakh respectivelyTeam Nawabzade will represent India in a global tournament called the Free Fire World SeriesTeam Nawabzade won the Free Fire India Today League grand finale on Saturday to take home a whopping prize money of Rs 8.5 Lakh. They will next represent India in a global tournament called the Free Fire World Series that will be held in Brazil in November.After some rigrous e-gaming that ran through 8 maps, team Nawabzade emerged winner with maximum number of points (2235 points) from the 12 teams, consisting 48 players, that participated in the Free Fire India Today League.Nightmare finished 1st runners-up with 2060 points while Namooney took the 3rd position with 1085 points.The 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed teams will get Rs 4 Lakh, Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 1 Lakh, respectively.Incidentally, Nawabzade finished on top despite securing 0 kills in the first and the last series. The tactic of one of Nawabzade’s players talking to water in the final series backfired. They finished 9th in the final series, helping build tension at the Siri Fort. However, they held on to the winning lead thanks to some fine performances in the previous series. Team Namooney were the first team to claim Booyah in Map 1 (Bermuda) with 10 total kills and 500 points whereas Team Nawabzade got second Booyah on Map 2 (Purgatory) with 560 points and a total of 13 kills.Team Nawabzade got the second Booyah on Map 2 (Purgatory) with 560 points and a total of 13 kills followed by Namooney, Nightmare, Hawk’s, No Mercy, Mossaad, Kingz God, Royal Beasts, Valerian, WAG, Thugs of India and Punisher YT.Team Punisher YT were the one to claim Booyah in Map 3 (Bermuda) with 7 kills and 440 points. Team Nightmare then clinched two successive Booyahs in Map 4 (Purgatory) with 7 kills and 440 points.advertisement Team Nawabzade took their second Booyah in Map 6 with 19 kills and 580 points while Team No Mercy won their first Booyah in Map 7.Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju was also present at the final held at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi where, he, along with Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief India Today Group, unveiled the Free Fire India Today League trophy.”The launching of Free Fire India Today League.. I can clearly foresee the shape it will attain in a few months. The staggering prize money in Brazil.. the fact that this game can generate so much money.. Our players are going to become rich also. My best wishes to the entire team and all the best for your game. I complement the India Today Group for the initiative. As Sports Minister, I am there with you,” Rijiju said at the event.The Biggest Free Fire Battle Royale League in India was launched together by India Today and Garena. With Battle Royale games gaining huge popularity in the country, the Free Fire India Today League is seen as a massive push to promote esports.Also Read | Aroon Purie, Kiren Rijiju unveil Free Fire India Today League trophyAlso Read | eSports can be a career option, say Free Fire India Today League finalistsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

Bags that are out of the box

first_imgBags that are out of the boxMail Today tells you why the box bag is this season’s hottest accessory.advertisement Simi Kuriakose October 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 12:01 IST ETRO & OSCAR DE LA RENTARemember in 2015 when designers and celebrities started favouring the box bag? Well, it almost feels like the year that went by is back as the box bag takes precedence in the accessory department all over again. For their fall 2019 collections, global designers have made cuboids their favourite shape and swapped the bucket bag for a box-like piece.Brandon Maxwell took the vinyl trend so seriously, he added the clear box bag to his line. While we’re not sure if we want the world to see what our bag entails, such a piece is perfect for those who like to experiment with their looks. You can carry it while sporting a structured evening dress or even with a rocker-chic look of distressed denims, a tank top and a cropped jacket paired with sneakers.Oscar de la Renta’s heavily embroidered piece added to the already-boho vibe of the label’s collection. In fact, this festive season, we think you must swap the potli for a similar piece that has a shorter strap. Keep the jewellery to a minimum as this bag is already a statement making piece.At Etro, the designers opted for larger boxes as bags with paisley motifs on it. We love how, despite it having a similar print as the outfit, it helps amp up the ensemble, and brings that edge to it. In fact, we suggest that such a piece is perfect for those looking to ditch the tote bag and hold on to something funky.advertisementAt Roksanda, the feminine silhouette of the tiered hem works perfectly well with this elegant black box bag. Looking to add this cuboid arm candy to an outfit you’re going to wear on your next date or when you’re off to an evening party? Trust us when we say that it works just well. And with a colour as elegant as black, you can team this with any outfit.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Nextlast_img read more

Clearly Tasty: Hornitos Releases Cristalino, Its Newest Tequila Expression

first_imgAs with many spirits, we tend to observe them visually before anything else, judging them off of previous experiences. If we see something clear, we know it’s usually an unaged product, going from still to bottle in a short period of time. For whiskies, we know that the colors we see come from time spent in a barrel. Sure, there are products that use artificial colors to get a desired effect, but for the most part, what we see is what we get.There is an exception to this rule, however: cristalino tequila. While it may look from the outside like a blanco tequila (you can find some of our favorites on this list here), cristalino (Spanish for “crystalline”) actually falls on the opposite end of the spectrum. Cristalino is an añejo (aged) tequila that has been filtered to remove the coloring from the product before being bottled. Hornitos is the latest to jump into this category with their own Cristalino expression.To make their Cristalino, Hornitos uses añejo tequila (made from 100 percent blue agave) that has been aged at least 12 months in traditional American white oak casks. The tequila then undergoes a process that filters and stirs the spirit, not only stripping the color, but also uncovering some of the herbal notes that you might find in a typical unaged tequila. These flavors then blend with the traditional cooked agave and caramel flavors (among others) that you’d find in an aged tequila product. (Need more premium tequilas to add to your cabinet that have those flavors? Check them out here.)What you get in the end is a tequila that combines floral notes and honey with vanilla and oak. The cooked agave on the back-end rounds out the flavor profile and an enjoyable sipping experience. If you want to up your game a little bit, topping the Cristalino off with a little club soda is a great way to experience the spirit.Cristalino was released to coincide with Hornitos’ latest campaign, “A Shot Worth Taking,” which debuted on Mexican Independence Day and is aimed at showcasing what happens when people take a shot at trying to do something great. You can check out one of the spots from the campaign here.Hornitos Cristalino is 40 percent ABV and will retail for around $30. Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenders last_img read more

H1N1 Summary Dec 6 to Dec 12

first_img The percentage of emergency room visits with influenza-like illness has decreased to six per cent, down two per cent from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. The percentage of patients with influenza-like illness has decreased to two per cent from three per cent, as reported by physicians around the province. Nova Scotia continues to experience H1N1 activity across the province. For the reporting period of Dec. 6 to Dec. 12, there have been: No new lab-confirmed H1N1 cases, compared with 12 for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. No new hospitalizations of people with lab-confirmed H1N1, compared with five last period. “As Nova Scotians gather with their friends and family this holiday season, I urge them to take preventative measures to protect themselves and those closest to them from H1N1,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. “Getting vaccinated is safe, effective and the best defence against H1N1.” As of Dec. 11, the province has distributed enough vaccine to immunize 60 per cent of the population, or more than 560,000 people. “Although mass immunization clinics are closing by the end of this week, the H1N1 vaccine will still be available to those who want to get immunized through most physician offices and workplace clinics,” said Dr. Strang. “We will continue to monitor demand for vaccine and the need for further public health clinics.” Other highlights include: The province publishes a report on respiratory illnesses, including H1N1, every Wednesday. It can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/h1n1/flu-activity.asp . Healthlink 811, Nova Scotia’s 24-hour telecare service, received more than 3,000 calls for the week of Dec. 6 to Dec. 12. The website, www.nshealthlink811.ca , had more than 400 visits.last_img read more

Check it out Home Depot reverses homelessness

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Home Depot is showing that homeless youth have a past and a reason they are where they are in its most recent effort to support the Orange Door Project.The spot, created by a team at Publicis Toronto and directed by Duane Crichton of Partners Film, starts with a young homeless man sitting alone, looking at his empty bag. It then runs in reverse to show his backstory, including being robbed on the street and fleeing an abusive home. The spot ends the same way it began – with the youth looking at his empty bag – except in this case, he’s contemplating his decision to leave in the first place.center_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Winnipeg police concerned for missing Aboriginal sisters

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police need the public’s help in locating two missing Aboriginal sisters who have been missing a week.Police said Mary-Anee Hudson, 12, and Nakita Hudson, 14, were spotted in the St. James area in the afternoon of Aug. 26, but there has been other spottings of the sisters in the last couple of days.Investigators say they’re “concerned for the wellbeing” of the girls who are known to frequent the city’s north end, shopping malls and the Polo Park area.Mary-Anne is described as 5-foot-5 and 110 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.Nakita is 5- foot-4 about 100 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnipeg police missing person unit at 204-986-6250.last_img

West Fraser says worst of its BC mill cuts done

first_imgRBC Capital Markets analyst Paul Quinn, characterizing the second quarter as a “ferris wheel of issues, said lumber earnings were below his expectations, made worse by worse-than-expected export duties of $51 million.While there is no quick recovery expected in B.C., West Fraser said its fortunes are looking brighter in the U.S. south that it started expanding into 15 years ago in the height of B.C.’s mountain pine beetle outbreak. The region now accounts for over 70 per cent of its lumber production.“Going forward, we expect a less disruptive half across many of our businesses, particularly in the U.S. south,” said Ferris. VANCOUVER — Mill cutbacks in British Columbia are still happening, but West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. said Friday that the worst of the pullback is behind it.The company, like many in B.C.’s lumber industry, has cut back and closed mills in recent months in response to limited log supplies and a plunge in lumber prices from record highs last year.Canfor, for example, announced late Thursday it was indefinitely suspending operations at its Mackenzie sawmill and permanently cutting a shift at its Isle Pierre mill to reduce output For its part, West Fraser CEO Ray Ferris said the company’s already announced cuts should put it on a more stable footing in the province going forward.“From a strategic standpoint, much of our heavy lifting in British Columbia is now behind us,” Ferris told a conference call Friday to discuss the company’s latest financial results.West Fraser announced plans late last year to cut shifts at its mills in Quesnel, Fraser Lake, and in the last quarter announced it would also cut a shift at 100 Mile House and close its mill in Chasm in response to the squeeze on margins. The permanent reductions totalled about 614 million board feet.“These permanent reductions, coupled with the impact of the temporary curtailments in the first half of 2019 by approximately 250 million board feet, have been disruptive, costly, and extremely difficult for our employees, our log contractors, our suppliers and our communities,” said Ferris, who stepped into the chief executive role July 1.The shift in fortunes compared with last year were clear in West Fraser’s results, which showed it lost $17 million, or 25 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with earnings $397 million or $5.19 a share last year.The results were also well below analyst expectations of adjusted earnings of nine cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

UNHABITAT signs pact with Arab agency to build Palestinian medical centre

19 July 2007The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development have signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a Medical and Rehabilitation Centre in the West Bank. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development have signed an agreement paving the way for the establishment of a Medical and Rehabilitation Centre in the West Bank. “The Centre will provide medical services to more than 30,000 people living in Taqua and its 12 villages surrounding Bethlehem,” UN-HABITAT said in a news release. These will include emergency medical services to poor women, children, the elderly and persons with chronic diseases. The Arab Authority will provide $354,000 to finance the first phase, including the construction of the first two floors of the proposed six-floor facility.The land for the Medical Centre was provided by the Medical Charitable Society of Taqua at a total cost of $60,000. The total cost of the remaining phases is estimated at $1.35 million. read more

Senior UN envoy meets with Lebanese Prime Minister

14 November 2008A senior United Nations envoy met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora today and conveyed to him Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s strong support for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria. Mr. Ban is following this issue with very close interest, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said after the meeting. Mr. Williams added that Mr. Ban was also very encouraged by the national dialogue on a defence strategy that Lebanese leaders have engaged on this year and by the reconciliation initiatives that have taken place in Lebanon in recent weeks. Last month Mr. Ban welcomed the move by Syria and Lebanon to establish full diplomatic relations as a “landmark event” that will benefit both countries. “This joint effort between two nations reinforces the sovereignty, stability and political independence of the Lebanese State in accordance with the Taif Accord and relevant Security Council resolutions,” he said in a statement, referring to the agreement that ended Lebanon’s long-running civil war. read more

Ban calls for continued aid to Libyan civilians as crisis continues

9 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued international efforts to help the Libyan people “end their suffering,” but warned “there is no quick fix” to the crisis. In a message to the third meeting of the Contact Group on Libya in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Ban said: “The people of Libya deserve to live in peace under a democratic system. Let us all continue working together, as a united international community, to end their suffering and help them build a future that meets their legitimate and strongly felt aspirations.”However, he said that “clearly, there is no quick fix to the crisis; the problem will not end quickly.”“Democracy, human rights and social justice are at the core of the grievances being voiced by the Libyan people,” he said in remarks delivered by B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Mr Ban said that a UN humanitarian needs assessment mission in and around Tripoli and other areas reported: “Food stocks are getting depleted; there are fuel shortages, concerns about access to water services, and an acute lack of medical personnel owing to the departure of most foreign nationals.” Up to 25,000 Chadians remain stranded in the town of Gatroum, in south-western Libya. Some 950,000 people have left Libya, of which 278,000 are third-country nationals and 250,000 are nationals from neighbouring countries, he said. Mr. Ban said his Special Envoy to Libya, Abdul Elah al-Khatib, continued to lead efforts to get the parties to end the military confrontation and work for a political solution.In Tripoli, earlier this week Mr. Khatib met with the Prime Minister and the Chair of the People’s Congress, urging them to share their views with the UN regarding a transitional period that would allow for a political process that would meet “the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people.” Mr. Khatib also visited the opposition-held city of Benghazi where he discussed the same issues with the Transitional National Council Chairman. Mr. Khatib’s objective is to determine how best to help the Libyan parties agree on a transition linked to a political process that would end the current fighting in the country. The Special Envoy also briefed the Security Council today by video link.In Geneva today the UN-ordered panel investigating human rights abuses in Libya presented to the Human Rights Council a report that claims both Government forces and the opposition have committed war crimes. The report of the International Commission of Inquiry said “crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed by the Government forces of Libya,” according to a news release issued in Geneva.“The commission received fewer reports of facts which would amount to the commission of international crimes by opposition forces; however, it did find some acts which would constitute war crimes,” the report said.In presenting the report, Cherif Bassiouni, chairperson of the commission, said it was the result of meetings with more than 350 persons and the study of a large number of reports, submissions and other documentation, amounting to more than 5,000 pages, over 580 videos and at least 2,200 photographs.The commission found that what had started as a series of peaceful demonstrations was met with violent opposition by the Government and those supporting it, which then escalated into a civil war in which opposing forces fought battles in cities and for the control of territory.“In these contexts, there had been acts constituting murder, unlawful imprisonment and other forms of severe violations of fundamental rules of international law. These included torture, persecution and enforced disappearance, committed by Government forces and their supporters as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population with the knowledge that the attack was directed against part of the Libyan population,” Mr. Bassiouni said.The Libyan representative at the “interactive dialogue” between the Human Rights Council and the commission of inquiry said that Libya had cooperated fully with the commission and that “despite the tension and turmoil,” Libya remained committed to its international obligations, including a firm commitment to ensure rights and freedoms.Libya presented a written report to the commission saying that no widespread and systematic violations of human rights had taken place under the orders of the Libyan authorities and denying widespread and systematic attacks against civilians, torture and other violations. Yesterday the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) said investigators are gathering evidence that the Libyan leadership is using rape as a tool of war and repression and had acquired large quantities of drugs for its soldiers in an apparent bid to make them more likely to commit sexual assault.“We have information to confirm that it was a policy in Libya to rape those who were against the Government,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC Prosecutor, told reporters at United Nations Headquarters. “We are getting some information that [Libyan leader Muammar al-] Qadhafi decided to [use] rape. Rape is a new aspect of the repression,” he said.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said that investigators were finding indications of acquisition of Viagra-type medications “to enhance the possibility to rape.”The contact group, consisting of United States, France, Britain, Italy, Qatar, Jordan and Kuwait, held its first meeting in Qatar and a second in Rome. read more

ECOSOC resolution would boost UN emergency aid efforts

Entitled “Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations,” the terms of the text calls on belligerents to comply with their obligations under humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. It also urges all States to take necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel.Under a section that deals with how best to transition relief efforts to sustainable development, ECOSOC stressed the importance of improving the institutional capacity of least developed countries affected by conflict and natural disasters. This would include the provision of adequate support for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, poverty reduction and where appropriate, peace-building efforts.ECOSOC Vice-President Valery P. Kuchinsky said the resolution, adopted at the end of a segment on humanitarian affairs, benefited from the expertise and perspectives expressed by the Member States, the UN Secretariat and specialized agencies, and humanitarian partners. The two-and-a-half day segment had included three panels – on humanitarian financing, the transition from relief to development and on the effects of HIV/AIDS and other widespread diseases – as well as five information briefings.The resolution also calls upon UN organizations to improve and increase consistency in assessing humanitarian needs. This improvement would take place, among other things, by enhancing the quality, accuracy and transparency of needs assessment as well as including States and other humanitarian actors in assessment missions.In addition, the text urges the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to develop a global humanitarian financial tracking system and to refine the comprehensive system for the collection and dissemination of data on humanitarian needs and contributions. In this connection, donors were encouraged to consider taking steps to harmonize reporting requirements as well as to enhance reporting to the financial tracking system. read more

UN SecretaryGeneral extends greetings for Eid Al Adha

“Eid Al Adha is a celebration of sacrifice for the common good, family and community, and compassion and solidarity with the least amongst us,” said Mr. Ban in a video message for the occasion. “At a time when societies face complex challenges – violent conflict, displacement, division – let us draw on our common humanity to build a better world for all,” he added. Similarly, in a separate message, Tadamichi Yamamoto, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and the head of the UN mission in the country (UNAMA) also extended his best wishes on the occasion. “Eid Al Adha is a time of peace, which Afghans richly deserve,” said Mr. Yamamoto, in a news release issued yesterday by the Mission. “The UN remains a committed partner and supporter of Afghans in their efforts to achieve stability, prosperity and a lasting peace,” he noted, expressing hope that all Afghans will be able to celebrate the occasion with family and friends. read more

Whats open and closed for Family Day weekend and Reading Week

Brock University’s administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day and Tuesday, Feb. 19 for the Brock President’s Holiday.Some areas of the University will have varying hours from Wednesday, Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 22 for winter Reading Week.Campus Security ServicesOfficers are available 24-7 by phoning x3200, via emergency phones on campus, by emailing security@brocku.ca or through the Brock Mobile App.  Campus StoreThe Brock Campus Store will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 19, as well as Saturday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 24.It will be open:Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. James A. Gibson LibraryThe James A. Gibson Library will be open every day from Saturday, Feb. 16 to Friday, Feb. 22, with the exception of Family Day on Monday, Feb. 18. Hours of operation are as follows:Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday, Feb. 18: CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Walker Sports Complex / The ZoneThe Walker Sports Complex, including The Zone, will be open every day from Saturday, Feb. 16 to Friday, Feb. 22, with the exception of Family Day on Monday, Feb. 18. Hours of operation are as follows:Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday, Feb. 18: CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.Food establishmentsSeveral on-campus food establishments will remain open over the Family Day holiday weekend and winter Reading Week. Hours of operation are listed below:Guernsey Market Friday, Feb. 15. from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 16 CLOSEDSunday, Feb. 17 CLOSEDMonday, Feb. 18 CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19: CLOSEDWednesday, Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 23 CLOSEDSunday, Feb. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Hungry Badger Friday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Monday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 19: from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Lowenberger and DeCew Residence Dining HallsFriday, Feb. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 16: CLOSEDSunday, Feb. 17: CLOSEDMonday, Feb. 18 CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19 CLOSEDWednesday, Feb. 20 CLOSEDThursday, Feb. 21 CLOSEDFriday, Feb. 22 CLOSEDSaturday, Feb. 23 CLOSEDTower Tim HortonsFriday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 16: CLOSEDSunday, Feb. 17: CLOSEDMonday, Feb. 18 CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19 CLOSEDWednesday, Feb. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 23 CLOSEDThistle Tim Hortons Friday, Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 16: CLOSEDSunday, Feb. 17: CLOSEDMonday, Feb. 18 CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19 CLOSEDWednesday, Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 23 CLOSED Parking ServicesZone 1 and Zone 2 are free on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on weekends. Parking is prohibited between 2 and 5 a.m. on any day.Daily and hourly parking is available in a number of locations throughout campus. Vehicles with valid permits can continue to park in their designated lot.The Parking Services office will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 19. Normal hours of operation resume on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Rodman Hall Art CentreRodman Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 19. Hours of operation are as follows:Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 5 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon to 5 p.m.Monday, Feb. 18: CLOSEDTuesday, Feb. 19: CLOSEDWednesday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.Friday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Student Health ServicesUrgent care:Students can call 1-833-BROCK-33 (1-833-276-2533) for personal counselling 24-7, 365 days a year.Urgent care walk-in clinics will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 19. During Reading Week, all urgent care walk-in clinics will operate out of Harrison Hall. They will be open Wednesday Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 22 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. each day.Booked appointments:Students will not be able to book appointments between Saturday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 19. Available appointment times are Wednesday, Feb. 20 to Friday, Feb. 22 from 8:50 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. each day. read more