Harden scores 25 in return, Rockets defeat Bulls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college To start off, she found five volunteers at her local sports club to train the Al-Rafidain — “the two rivers” —whose name pays tribute to Iraq’s mighty Tigris and Euphrates.‘Tribes rule’ Today, the team has about 20 members aged from around 15 to 30 who train three times a week in two-hour sessions after school.On a broad blue mat with a red circle at its center, the wrestlers tumble with determination under the watchful eye of Dhaher, wearing a grey tracksuit.The gym’s windows are thrown wide open to ease the stifling heat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Little by little’ As the sport gained popularity across the country, “little by little, people finally accepted us”, said Alia Hussein, the team’s star who sports a stylish short haircut.In September, she won a silver medal at the Women Classic International Tournament in Beirut in the under 75-kilo category.Alongside her budding wrestling career, the 26-year-old hopes to finish her high school diploma after having put her studies on hold to help her family.After graduating, she hopes to study physical education at university.Her mother, who has adorned their modest family home with Alia’s trophies alongside paintings showing revered Shiite imams and figures, has always been supportive.“We’re sure of what we do, so people can say what they want — we don’t care, we haven’t done anything wrong, so no one has the right to say anything,” she said.Wrestling federation chief Ahmad Shamseddine has been supportive of Iraq’s women wrestlers since day one.When Al-Rafidain first got started in 2016, the federation was only able to give it “a very small budget”, with about $40 (35 euros) a month allocated to each member, he said.But in 2019, he added, “they will have more because the team has had good results”. NVG Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Taking on a sport largely reserved for men in a region with strict traditions was quite a challenge but one that both Dhaher and young female sports fans embraced.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Recruiting wasn’t a problem,” said Dhaher, a tight blue hijab framing her round face.“On the other hand, it’s been difficult to convince society because our traditions aren’t really headed in this direction,” the 52-year-old told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDhaher was working as a school sports teacher and trainer at a sports club but never imagined that one day she would be coaching a group of young female wrestlers in her conservative city of Diwaniyah.But when the Iraqi Wrestling Federation approached her two years ago with the opportunity to lead the team due to her proven track record with women athletes, she leapt at the chance. 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RELATED STORIES:Women wrestlers take on Japan’s big boysJapan bullfighting lifts ‘men-only’ rule Dressed in an assortment of shorts, tights and T-shirts, the young women alternate between stretches and sparring drills.But when training ends, the wrestlers file out of the building in long robes, most of them wearing headscarves, seamlessly blending into the city where most women are cloaked in black.“Here, the tribes rule the lives of all. I’ve received direct and indirect threats but we’ve managed to win respect,” said Dhaher.To do so, they had to put in more effort than the average coach, according to Dhaher’s assistant, Nadia Saeb.“We’ve built bonds of trust with the wrestlers’ families,” she told AFP.“We look after the girls, picking them up from their home before practice and returning them afterwards,” she said.“We even follow up on their schooling,” added the 47-year-old proudly.The approach has paid off.At first unsure what to make of the sport’s new female competitors, today people in Diwaniyah come out to support the team during competitions, according to Dhaher.Al-Rafidain’s success has pushed others elsewhere in Iraq to try the same, with women’s teams popping up in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, north of the capital, and in Basra in the country’s far south. 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Like most everyone else who follows Major League Baseball, Dennis Eckersley was shocked this summer to see the lightly regarded Oakland Athletics charging their way toward the postseason.And now that the A’s are set to face the Yankees in a do-or-die American League Wild Card game in New York on Wednesday (5 p.m. PT, TBS), he wouldn’t mind seeing them extend their magical run.“They took the baseball world by storm and it would be a great story if they can keep it going,” says Eckersley, who …
Nothing beats beer tasting out on the lawnon a sunny day. Birkenhead brewmaster Andy Mitchellinspects the copper kettle after brewing. Birkenhead Breweries’ range of boutiquebeers.(Images: Birkenhead Breweries)Jennifer SternThe world is waking up to the fact that South Africa produces great wine, with Barack Obama toasting his inauguration with Graham Beck sparkling wine and Eric Asimov, The New York Times’s wine guru, singing the praises of Western Cape wines.What is less well known is that the country also has excellent independent breweries. And we’re not talking about the giant SAB Miller here; we’re talking small boutique breweries tucked away in pretty country towns.There aren’t many of them, especially compared to wineries, but there is a decent smattering, and South Africans are slowly starting to realise there is more to beer than Castle Lager. As a nation, we are starting to appreciate the art of brewing, almost as much as we appreciate the art of wine making.KwaZulu-Natal even has its own beer route, which encompasses about half a dozen micro-breweries, as well as good old SAB Miller and – interestingly – the National Sorghum Brewery. No brewery tour of Zululand would be complete without tasting traditional homemade sorghum beer.The Cape can’t compete in terms of numbers, but the tradition of micro breweries goes back quite a way in that part of the world. Mitchell’s Brewery, started in Knysna in 1983, was one of the first micro breweries in the country. Initially, the beer was only sold in locally, but demand soon necessitated a satellite brewery in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, and now distribution is quite wide.They stayed pretty much the only competition to South African Breweries for a long time (not that SAB was exactly nervous). It was only in 1998 that the Western Cape’s second micro brewery started up.The little town of Stanford, between the coastal towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, is the ideal place for a brewery. That’s mainly because it has the one really essential ingredient – a reliable source of pure water. The Stanford Eye, the second biggest aquifer in South Africa, supplies all the water for the brewery, as well as enough to for a bottled water line and the town of Stanford’s drinking water.It was to take advantage of this amazing resource that the Birkenhead Brewery was established in Stanford. They started off making 12 different beers, but that was a bit much. When the new owners took over in 2002, they cut it down to three, and it’s slowly been built back up to six. Well, six and a half.A wide rangeThe six beers are Pride (an English-style bitter), Honey Blonde Ale, Malt Stout, Birkenhead Pilsner, and Premium Lager. The half a beer is not actually half a beer, perhaps it’s a beer and a half. It’s called Red Reloaded – a lager base with added taurine and caffeine – basically beer-flavoured Red Bull.Brewmaster Andy Mitchell explains why they decided to produce such an unusual drink. “There was a crowd in the UK called Red Square who got us to do it under licence, and then they didn’t want it so we carried on making it here. It has a slight citrus flavour. It’s not a big seller. About 1 000 litres a month.”The brewery use a variety of hop cultivars, says Mitchell. “The main one is the Southern Promise from SAB Hop Farms in George. We also import Goldings and Fuggles from Kent, Saaz from the Czech Republic, and then Cascade and Perlé from Germany.“About 80% of our beer is sold as draft,” he says. “And, except for Reloaded, they are all pure beer – no additives, all natural. We do pasteurise our beer, which gives it up to nine to 12 months’ shelf life.”While beer is the flagship product, they do a lot more.“We bottle a cider,” says Mitchell. “We have it made in Grabouw on an apple farm. It’s a real cider made from 100% pure apples. It’s brought here by tanker, we filter and bottle it. It’s called Birkenhead Troopship Cider.“We also do mineral water. We pull directly from the Stanford Eye.”They’re also doing wine – or halfway to doing so. It seems strange to drive through a vineyard to get to a brewery but, when the new owners took over in 2002, they planted vines.“We’ve had two harvests so far, with the third one coming up,” says Mitchell. “We are currently not making the wine here, we’re making it at Raka [a nearby winery], but they’re our vines. Once we get to 80 tons we’ll put our own cellar in here. At the moment it’s about 50 tons. So probably in two years time.”Birkenhead Beer is obtainable in many places in the Western Cape but – sorry folks – not further afield.The full experienceThere’s a lot more to a visit to the Birkenhead Brewery than tasting and buying beer – although many people may wonder if there can be more to life than beer, anyway. There’s also a restaurant and – the best part – you can do a tour of the brewery and find out how beer is made.First the barley is malted, then it’s mashed up with that wonderful water from the Stanford Eye, then it’s lautered – basically sieved out to separate the liquid from the grain. The liquid, which is called “wort,” is then boiled, and hops are added. It’s the hops that give beer its flavour.After cooling, it’s fermented, matured, filtered and packaged into bottles or kegs. The fermentation is the most important part. This is done by adding brewer’s yeast to the wort, and carefully controlling the temperature so that it ferments but doesn’t go rotten. The fermentation process converts sugars into alcohol, which gives beer the kick, and carbon dioxide, which gives beer the bubbles.That’s the mundane description of fermentation. The 19th century chemist, Friedrich Woehler, had a far more interesting explanation, documented in the Annals of Chemistry, Volume 29, 1839.According to Woehler, “Beer yeast, when dispersed in water, breaks down into an infinite number of small spheres. If these spheres are transferred to an aqueous solution of sugar they develop into small animals. They are endowed with a sort of suction trunk with which they gulp up the sugar from the solution.“Digestion is immediately and clearly recognisable because of the discharge of excrements. These animals evacuate ethyl alcohol from their bowels and carbon dioxide from their urinary organs.“Thus one can observe how a specifically lighter fluid is exuded from the anus and rises vertically whereas a stream of carbon dioxide is ejected at very short intervals from their enormously large genitals.”I’m not sure how much tasting he’d been doing before he came up with that one. But I think I’ll stick to wine, anyway. Just in case.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] linksBirkenhead Brewery KwaZulu-Natal Brew Route Mitchell’s Brewery
Brand South Africa in partnership with Partners for Possibility will be hosting a breakfast engagement session about a cutting edge leadership development process and opportunities to making meaningful contributions to education in South Africa, on Tuesday, 06 March 2018 in Nelspruit.The Partners for Possibility Leadership development programme was established in 2010 by Symphonia for South Africa. It is a co-action, co-learning partnership between school principals and business leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between business, government and civil society.The primary objective of this partnership is to support both principal and school development to improve the quality of education provided for learners, and thus to improve the educational outcomes. Symphonia for South Africa provides this transformational leadership programme to create leadership capacity and allow for a significant development of social cohesion.Media is invited to participate in an engaging programme as follows:Date: Tuesday 06 March 2018Time: 09h00-11h00Venue: Mercure Hotel, NelspruitContact/RSVP: Ntombi Ntanzi on 081 7041488 and/or [email protected] For more information about Partners for Possibility go to http://www.pfp4sa.org/ Issued by Brand South AfricaHoughtonJohannesburg
Gun-rights groups perceive President Barack Obama as a threat to unfettered access to firearms. They once had qualms about Mitt Romney, too. But times and circumstances have changed for Romney, the GOP presidential nominee now in tune with the National Rifle Association and similar organizations, whose members are motivated voters.In the tight White House race, every bit of support helps, especially in the most closely contested states and particularly from groups that claim millions of members nationwide.Romney’s prior embrace of weapon-control proposals had put him crossways with the NRA and others. These days, Romney is on their good side by opposing renewal of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons, additional regulations on gun shows and suggested federal gun registration requirements.The NRA and some less prominent organizations are spending big money on mailings, radio ads, TV commercials and booths at game fairs to promote the former Massachusetts governor and portray Obama as hostile to gun rights.Gun groups are an important part of an outdoor enthusiast network that neither side is willing to concede.There are “Sportsmen for Romney” and “Sportsmen for Obama,” all playing to the largely male hook-and-bullet crowd that is protective of recreational passions. Neither candidate is considered an avid outdoorsman, though each has made mention of fishing rods or been photographed casting a line.Romney and his allies underscore his hands-off stance when it comes to guns, and say he would move to open more public land to hunting. They also promote the bona fides of running mate Paul Ryan, who has a permit for just about every season in Wisconsin, his home state.Last month, Ryan reminded a gathering of sportsmen in Ohio of the hours he has logged in duck blinds, deer stands, pheasant fields and fishing boats. Then came his critique of Obama: “I wonder, I shudder as a gun owner, seeing his record when he was in the Illinois state Senate, what would he do if he never has to face the voters ever again?”It’s the type of message that resonates with voters such as Stan Glover of Bowerston, Ohio. Glover said Romney’s past stands gave him pause, but he’s more nervous about Obama.”The uncertainty of politics in Washington, as regards hunters/gun owner rights, has caused undue fear amongst folks that enjoy the shooting sports,” said Glover, a manufacturing plant sales director who plans to vote for Romney.The Obama campaign emphasizes steps by his administration to promote habitat conservation, set aside land and preserve access to land used for recreation. Supporters point to Obama’s “American Great Outdoors Initiative” to coordinate conservation and natural resource efforts in all 50 states, whether it’s restoring wetlands in Iowa’s duck-rich Prairie Pothole Region or filtering phosphorous harmful to fish and fowl in Grand Lake St. Marys in Ohio.For Obama, minimizing Romney’s apparent advantage among voters who place a premium on outdoors issues is the name of the game.In Iowa and other states, that task falls to people such as Dick Dearden. He’s a Democratic state senator and leader of a group of pro-Obama outdoors enthusiasts working to combat negative portrayals of the incumbent among the shotgun crowd.”The president is not a threat to people who hunt and fish. He’s an asset,” Dearden said. “I’m a member of the NRA and they are beginning to more and more embarrass me. I’m a Second Amendment person, but I have not seen anything this president has done for the last four years that has hurt anyone’s Second Amendment rights.”Obama’s campaign highlights a law he signed in his first year as president that allows people with weapons permits to bring loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refuges. The change drew rebukes from gun-control advocates.But groups working to defeat Obama sound alarms about his support of reinstating an assault weapons ban if one made it through Congress. They also are stoking fears that the president would use a second term to appoint federal judges with restrictive views toward gun ownership. The Supreme Court has been closely divided in recent gun cases, and the balance could shift if Obama had the chance to pick any new justices.Romney told the leader of the NRA’s lobbying arm in a question-and-answer piece published last month that he would appoint “wise, experienced and restrained judges” and fill his Cabinet with “people who agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right.”His own views have shifted from when he ran for the Senate and was governor in Massachusetts. In his failed 1994 Senate campaign he backed a waiting period on gun sales and an assault weapons ban that he said were “not going to make me the hero of the NRA.” As governor, he signed a state-level assault weapons ban that he argued was part of a brokered deal between the sides in the gun debate.In the NRA interview published in September, Romney unequivocally opposed new gun restrictions, including one on semiautomatic weapons. The group endorsed him in Virginia in early October and has since reserved more than $1.3 million in TV ad time in in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, acknowledged some hesitancy about Romney but said gun-rights activists were mollified by his selection of Ryan as a running mate.advertisementadvertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rob Holding admits feeling pressure from Arsenal supportersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Holding admits he has felt pressure from Arsenal supporters in recent weeks.Gooners have been waiting for Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to return in order to shore up Unai Emery’s defence.The aforementioned trio took part in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, and Holding was pleased with how he dealt with the pressure.”I was speaking with Kieran – we were saying there is actually a bit of pressure on me, Hector and him,” he said.”Obviously the fans have been putting a lot of pressure on saying: ‘We need those three back, hopefully they can perform’.”So we had a bit of pressure going into [the Forest game] and the way we performed and dealt with it was great.”It is a healthy pressure. It’s not a sort of draining pressure if you know what I mean. It is a nice pressure and it is the competition. It is pushing everyone to be better.”
Wolves captain Coady takes blame for Southampton equaliserby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady held up his hands and admitted his mistake against Southampton.The defender was not happy with his performance as Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux against the Saints.He missed a clearance that allowed Danny Ings to step in and score the first goal in the game.Speaking after the game with reporters, captain Coady said: “It was a tough game, but I felt we let them off the hook a bit with individual errors – mistakes at the back that cost us a little bit.”I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. We need to know when to not try and play out from the back.”I need to improve, it is as simple as that. From my point of view, it is just something where I lost concentration of the ball.”I was trying to look at what was ahead of me to start a counter-attack because I felt it was quite an easy ball to control.”These things happen and we need to move on with two big games ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
joel klatt cardale jones fox sportsSaturday, Ohio State, for the first time this season, will be starting sophomore J.T. Barrett over junior Cardale Jones at quarterback. Most college football analysts are applauding the move, given Jones’ struggles this year. Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt agrees, and even went one step further when he joined Dan Patrick Friday morning.Klatt, using a Thanksgiving analogy, implied that Jones was given too much credit for last year’s national title. He believes that Barrett did most of the work in leading Ohio State to the promised land.Klatt’s right, but he is discounting the fact that Jones, who had never started a college football game, beat Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in his first three games. Regardless, Barrett is set to lead the offense, and it has Ohio State fans excited.
Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, Information Officer at ODPEM, Joyce Reynolds-Robinson said that the youngsters are engaged in areas such as administrative/clerical duties, maintenance and repairs, records management, inventory and monitoring, warehouse management, logistics management, geographic information systems and telecommunications. The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) has partnered with Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) to facilitate a six-month apprenticeship programme aimed at providing training and work experience for young persons. In May, five young adults who have completed their secondary-level education began on-the-job training in the administration, human resources, information systems and preparedness and emergency operations departments at ODPEM. The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) has partnered with Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) to facilitate a six-month apprenticeship programme aimed at providing training and work experience for young persons.In May, five young adults who have completed their secondary-level education began on-the-job training in the administration, human resources, information systems and preparedness and emergency operations departments at ODPEM.Speaking with JIS News, Information Officer at ODPEM, Joyce Reynolds-Robinson said that the youngsters are engaged in areas such as administrative/clerical duties, maintenance and repairs, records management, inventory and monitoring, warehouse management, logistics management, geographic information systems and telecommunications.She hailed the apprenticeship programme for providing an avenue for the development of fully rounded individuals who have the social, academic and technical skills to become productive members of the society.“This structured programme allows them to earn, understand the work environment and obtain core and technical skills,” she noted.Kimany Graham, who is assigned to the administration department said that the apprenticeship programme has widened his knowledge and exposed him to new areas and procedures.“It is my first time working, and the experience has been great, so far… . I will become a better professional and also manage my time better,” he told JIS News.He noted that it is difficult to be employed without adequate experience, “so a programme like this will allow you to gain experience while working in a stable environment and is also a stepping stone for my future career in teaching”.David Brown, also in administration, said he is enjoying his tasks of inventory management and stock balancing and is looking forward to “gaining more experience, in order to become a better person in life”.“There are a lot of young adults out there who are not doing anything, so this programme can help with this issue,” he pointed out.Sanasha Dennis, said she was very happy to be placed in the human resources department, as this is the area that she will be pursuing at the tertiary level.“This programme will allow me to understand what HR is all about and become familiar with the overall operation of the department. I have introduced a few persons to the programme, as it definitely helps in terms of your plans and goals and is a plus on the résumé,” she said.Launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness in May 2017, HOPE is aimed at providing educational and job opportunities for young people, aged 18 to 24, who are not employed or enrolled in a school or programme of training.Its National Coordinator is Colonel Martin Rickman.The HOPE programme is guided by the principle that every Jamaican youth will be provided the opportunity to work to learn, work to earn, work to give service to the nation and work to save for their future – Learning, Earning, Giving, Saving (LEGS).The programme will promote and optimise growth and development of Jamaica’s youth, so that they can become well-adjusted and responsible citizens while contributing to Jamaica’s development and prosperity.
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will go on tour starting Nov. 20 to stump for the Trans Mountain pipeline, but is resisting opposition calls to wield a big stick against its opponents.Notley will speak in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton over the next three weeks on the importance of the pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast through Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) project will expand an existing pipeline so Alberta can get a better price overseas for its oil.The line was approved last year by the federal government, but is opposed by B.C.’s governing NDP, and Burnaby officials have been accused of delaying the project by dragging out permit approvals.Notley has joined Kinder Morgan to ask the National Energy Board to cut the red tape with Burnaby, but refused suggestions from the Opposition United Conservatives to threaten consequences against opponents who try to block a legally approved project.Notley says they will continue to focus on selling the benefits of the pipeline expansion, noting that such action got the project approved in the first place.