Flavor of Georgia

first_imgCategory winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2018 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. For more information about Goodson Pecans, visit goodsonpecans.com. The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with Gourmet Foods International, Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name and town.Grand Prize Winner and Miscellaneous Category: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, LeesburgFinalists’ Choice Award and Honey Category: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, StatesboroBarbecue Sauces: Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, BethlehemBeverages: Olympus Greek Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, LawrencevilleConfections: Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, AtlantaDairy Products: New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, NewbornJams and Jellies: Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnMeat and Seafood: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates Condiments and Salsas: Sourwood Balsamic Vinegar, Built by Bees, AtlantaSauces and Seasonings: Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, LLC, SpringfieldSnack Foods: Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy SpringsShowcase events like the 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many participants have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. David and Melody Goodson, co-owners of Goodson Pecans of Leesburg, Georgia, have taken the grand prize at University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with the Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter.The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.In addition to the grand prize, Goodson Pecans also won first place in the miscellaneous category.Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulated the category and grand prize winners during Flavor of Georgia Day, part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.“We had over 125 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 12-year history,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “The 33 products represented are truly the best of the best.” The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development with support from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Nadine’s Wardenga Enterprises Inc., the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, Gourmet Foods International, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. For more information about the contest, visit www.flavorofga.com or follow @FlavorofGA on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Sanders to chair subcommittee that overseas LIHEAP, health centers and seniors programs

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is slated to be named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. Part of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, the panel that Sanders will head is responsible for several areas that are among his top priorities, including community health centers, home heating assistance, seniors programs, pensions and dental care.Sanders has been a champion in Congress for community health centers, securing $11 billion in last year’s health care reform law to increase the number of patients served in the next five years by 20 million. That infusion of support came on the heels of another $2 billion that he added in the 2009 stimulus bill.The centers provide affordable primary and dental care as well as low-cost prescription drugs and mental health counseling. In Vermont, Community health Centers now serve over 100,000 Vermonters.The subcommittee’s oversight of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will allow Sanders to continue to fight for the much-needed program. ‘During these very difficult times, seniors on fixed incomes and families with children shouldn’t have to make the choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table,’ Sanders said.Sanders led the effort in Congress to double funding for LIHEAP to $5.1 billion annually since 2008. Unfortunately, President Obama proposed cutting the program in half for next year and House-passed legislation would slash $400 million from the program this year. Vermont’s congressional delegation has pledged to fight such cuts.Sanders’s panel also has jurisdiction over the Older Americans Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. Its programs include ‘meals on wheels,’ congregate meals, and senior center programs.Sanders’ panel is one of three subcommittees of the H.E.L.P. committee. The full committee is chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).last_img read more

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Olympics: Jamaicans sweep 200-meter dash

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2012 LONDON – Winning the men’s 200-meter dash was easy as 1, 2, 3 for Jamaica – or more precisely, as easy as gold, silver and bronze. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir saw their country’s flag flown high and anthem played as they were the first three runners to finish the premiere track event. Bolt, who already claimed gold in the 100-meter dash and earned the title of “fastest man on alive,” cruised to an easy victory in 19.32 seconds, followed by Blake (19.44) and Weir (19.84). “That was for all those people who doubted me, all the people who were talking all kinds of stuff that I wasn’t going to do it and I was going to be beaten,” Bolt said of putting his index finger to his lips at the finish. “I was just telling them: You can stop talking now because I am a legend.” Jamaica became the first country other than the United States to sweep the men’s 200- meter dash, and Bolt became the first Olympian to claim gold in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in consecutive Olympics. This naturally led to Bolt being compared to the sport’s all-time greats, including Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin Games in 1936. “Jesse Owens, I have a lot of respect for,” Bolt, 25, told reporters. “He is a great athlete and he’s done great things for his country. He has really pushed athletes to their best.” Everyone, however, is talking about Bolt – and why shouldn’t they? He has won seven of the past eight major individual sprint titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Olympics and world championships. The one he didn’t win? The 100-meter final at last year’s world championships, when he was disqualified for a false start. Blake, 22, won that race and has claimed silver in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and is hot on the heels of his countryman. Soon, it could be his turn to be on the top step of the podium. “Definitely, he’s a legend. He motivated me a lot,” Blake told reporters. “It’s his time. It’s going to be my time soon.”last_img read more

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Ecuador Sets the Regional Pace in Counter Narcotics River Operations

first_imgBy Dialogo September 12, 2012 The Napo River winds eastbound across the Ecuadorean landscape, from the Central Andes to the Port of Francisco de Orellana, in El Coca, where it joins the Coca River as a major artery to the Amazon River in neighboring Peru. In 1541, Gonzalo Pizarro led an expedition of Spanish conquerors through its waters in search of gold, but found the imposing Amazon Rain Forest instead. Known as Jatunyacu in the region’s Quichua language, it means “Big River”, for a reason: It represents a major life source for the many indigenous cultures that inhabit the area, as well as serves as a major transportation and trade route that extends across the South American continent. Some 50 to 80 kilometers north of its waters, the San Miguel and Putumayo Rivers, which also feed into the Amazon, flow parallel to the Napo, but these two delineate part of the 728-kilometer border between Colombia and Ecuador in a porous area that formerly had little state presence or control. In 2000, in fact, there were less than 2,000 Ecuadorean Military troops operating along the country’s northern region under many commands, according to data gathered by the U.S. Military Group Army Mission in Ecuador. It was a territory where coca plantations thrived and armed camps belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) existed with relative impunity. Its strategic equatorial location by the Pacific Ocean on the west and wedging into two important cocaine producers on the rest of its circumference has made it an attractive transit country for drug traffickers and the myriad illegal activities that derive from this scourge, including transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, environmental damage, and human rights violations. Today, however, that grim picture has changed to much brighter colors. The Ecuadorean Military has strengthened its presence in the area, thanks to an investment of US $3 billion in infrastructure, equipment vehicles, boats, and sustainment of troops in the area by the country’s government. It has since established a force of 11,000 personnel to operate along the northern border, all under the single direction of the Northern Operations Command No. 1 (OPCMD 1N), said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ricardo Marquez, riverine program manager and watercraft engineer with the U.S. Army Mission in El Coca. During Diálogo’s visit to the 19th “Napo” Jungle Brigade based in El Coca, in August 2012, Brigadier General Celso Andrade, commander of the IV “Amazonas” Division of the Ecuadorean Army (IV-DIV), explained that the Ecuadorean Armed Forces reestablished their focus from the eastern and southern borders with Peru to the northern border with Colombia in 2005. “Our border is definitely porous. Colombian citizens living in the border areas [and linked to the FARC] cross the boundaries to set up support networks for the FARC’s logistics systems,” he said. With the added support to the area, they work closely with their Colombian counterparts to control the effects that sharing a permeable boundary can cause. In addition, an inset of support in the form of $100 million from the United States in the last twelve years has also helped the country’s Armed Forces reinforce and expand control of their sovereignty and national security along the northern border, as well as fight drug trafficking with a tougher hand. Specifically, the United States has backed the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Riverine Program, through a total package approach destined to the purchase of individual equipment, tactical vehicles, riverine tactical boats, infrastructure projects, logistics, operations, maintenance, and riverine and tactical training. The Counter Narcotics Riverine Program is run by the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Counter Narcotics Program and executed by the U.S. Military Group in Ecuador through support of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida. As part of the program, there are 52 boats (as well as all their related maintenance, upgrades, supplies services and training courses) stationed along different locations of the northern border – including the “Amazonas” IV-DIV in El Coca, the 55th Jungle Detachment in Putumayo, the 53rd Special Forces Group in Lago Agrio, the 56th Jungle Battalion in Santa Cecilia and the Marines Battalion in San Lorenzo – to navigate and patrol the waters along the Napo, Coca, Putumayo and San Miguel Rivers in support of counternarcotics operations against illegal armed groups, such as the FARC, and specifically their 48th Front. The patrol boatsare all designed to carry a crew of between eight and 12 Soldiers specialized to execute operations to protect the safety of the populace and sovereignty of their country over Ecuadorean waterways. Captain Oscar Abad, of the Ecuadorean Army’s Jungle and Counterinsurgency School, told Diálogo that seven fully armed and equipped crewmembers ride on each boat for a given patrol mission: three per side ready to shoot, and one machinist who handles the .50 caliber machine gun strategically positioned at the helm of each boat. “Each member is trained in the same skills, to be readily available to replace a fellow member that may be disabled in case of an emergency or attack,” he explained. In addition, he added, each mission requires the deployment of four boats at a time in order to execute thorough searches and actions. All four models have been specially designed or upgraded to have low-drive technologies with jet drive engines positioned underneath to facilitate better access through shallow, winding waterways that commonly carry debris like garbage, logs, roots, foliage, etc. Ecuador is only one of the countries to establish a stronger military presence along their waterways in recent years, and subsequently to be confronted with countering drug-trafficking. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama are undergoing the same efforts. It is for that reason that representatives of the military and public defense forces of these countries visited El Coca to witness a demonstration of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces’ achievements in this regard in August, 2012. During the event, Ecuadorean Army Colonel E. Acosta, commander of the 19th “Napo” Jungle Brigade, told Diálogo, “It is very important to be the regional pioneers in this respect. It’s significant to have our neighbors and partner nations visit our facilities and see what we do because it allows us to exchange information and become better professionals in this common fight.” Commander Efrain Mann of the Honduran Navy, explained that Honduras has an established riverine program of their own. “We employ boats with external turbo propulsion engines [that work better in deeper waters], so we are interested in assessing the possibility of incorporating the same type of boats in our rivers”. For his part, Belize Defense Force Major Charlton Roches told Diálogo that Belize is soon to receive two “Pantano” model boats for use in their riverine program. “We need to have a clear understanding of the employment of these vessels … their weaknesses and strengths,” he explained. More than countering transnational organized crime, like other countries, the focus of Belize’s river operations lies with the local transit of marijuana, said Maj. Roches. According to data presented by the Ecuadorean Armed Forces, as a result of Ecuador’s successful program, the northern border area has been essentially cleared of permanent armed FARC camps in the country because they are no longer able to operate with impunity. Their previously safe refuges have been reduced to simple crossings in small unarmed groups. Additionally, the camps that the Colombian rebel group formerly set up for rest and relaxation of their troops have been greatly reduced, coca plantations are largely non-existent in the northern border area and –as a cherry on top, according to Brig. Gen. Andrade, “the Ecuadorean and Colombian militaries have established a positive and cooperative relationship that allows us to exchange information, intelligence and support for each other through regular coordination meetings to counter drug trafficking jointly.”last_img read more

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Governor Cuomo awards Environmental Funding for New York State

first_img“When we support grassroots efforts to build a greener, healthier, and more sustainable New York, everyone benefits,” Governor Cuomo said. “This newest round of Community Impact Grants will make a positive difference in the lives of all New Yorkers through innovative and successful initiatives that promote environmental justice and a better quality of life.” Some of the programs that will be receiving funding in the Southern Tier include: The grant funding is provided by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of New York’s Environmental Justice agenda. The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition will be receiving $97,017.94, which is a project through Binghamton Community Power: promoting environmental protection, fiscal stability, and public health in environmental justice neighborhoods, which will measure the rate of energy poverty, its impact on residents, and the barriers to adopting energy conservation practices. Another program receiving the grant will be Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, Inc. for its project, the Community and Home Gardens: Growing Safely in the Greater Binghamton Area. This project will help build five new community gardens on vacant properties, in three different Southern Tier places including Binghamton, Johnson City and the town of Union. This will help people be able to safely grow food for themselves and their families. The projects will address environmental and public health concerns. The funding supports initiatives in low-income communities that have historically been burdened by pollution and other environmental challenges. (WBNG)- On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will be awarding $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants for 21 community based projects. Governor Cuomo stated, New York State has awarded an estimated $11 million in grants to environmental justice groups across the state since 2011.last_img read more

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Stroke of luck: Asante goes from unknown recruit to explosive scorer at Syracuse

first_imgThe two weren’t supposed to meet that night.Tony Asante had already committed to a local community college when he laced up his cleats for a summer league game at the Metropolitan Oval in Queens, N.Y. Marcus DiBernardo, the head coach of nearby Monroe College, went to the same game in Queens to watch one of his star players line up across from Asante.But as the game went on, DiBernardo couldn’t take his eyes off Asante — and what Asante was doing to his team’s best player.“Tony absolutely abused him,” he said. “As soon as he scored one or two goals, I thought this was a kid we needed to get. This is a kid that’ll go on to be something special.”DiBernardo knew then what Syracuse knows now, and ended up convincing Asante to abandon his previous commitment and play for him at Monroe. After two National Junior College All-American seasons playing for DiBernardo, Asante transferred to SU and quickly became the focal point of this year’s turnaround season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAsante has brought a heightened level of offensive energy to a team that sorely lacked it last year. Two years after his former head coach found him in that summer league game and brought him to Monroe, the Ghana native leads an explosive Syracuse offense — which leads the country in goals with 19 — in goals and points.“When he crosses the white line, he’s an animal,” said senior forward Louis Clark. “He could play five minutes of every game and still get a goal or two.”Two men saw the scoring potential in Asante that few others did. The first, DiBernardo, coached Asante’s cousin years earlier. That created an immediate bond between the two, and that meant a lot to Asante. Without that support, he said, his first day at Monroe would’ve been a lonely one.And from that support, DiBernardo and Asante grew even closer.Two years ago, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre flew to Tyler, Texas, to watch Asante at the NJCAA semifinals. On that trip, McIntyre became the second coach to see Asante’s talent.Monroe chose a formation that fielded only one forward, so McIntyre got a long look at the prospect showcasing his skills in a unique game plan.That’s when McIntyre’s plan first came into focus. If he could convince Asante to come to Syracuse, he’d have the electric, speedy player he could turn the program around with.“He said he saw a lot in me,” Asante said about his postgame interaction with McIntyre. “So I came down to visit, and I saw myself on this team. I knew I could be a big part of SU Soccer.”Asante’s mother, Georgina Ryan, agreed to McIntyre’s offer right away.Ryan had seen Asante struggle to make friends and transition to life in the United States when the family moved from Ghana in 2010. She had hoped that living in New York City would bring out the best in her soft-spoken son. But despite his good grades, he only got scholarship offers from small community colleges before DiBernardo found him that night in Queens.Asante was most comfortable when he was playing soccer, and when Syracuse offered to extend his playing career — as well as his education — she said she “couldn’t believe her luck.”“I still have to think about it and how far he’s come,” Ryan said. “He was just playing pickup games in the city two years ago. I’m so proud of what he’s doing on the field and even prouder that he can get his degree from Syracuse. It’s not easy to move around like he’s done, but he’s done it.”What separates Asante — and what makes him one of the most talented scorers SU’s fielded in years — is his ability to make difficult situations look routine. At Monroe, the team played under a “get-Asante-the-ball” motto, not an offensive system like Syracuse deploys that gets its players equal touches.Weightlifting was another foreign concept to Asante during his two years at the junior college level. But in his two assists this season at Syracuse, he absorbed contact from bigger defenders before centering the ball to his waiting teammates.“Heading to the weight room here was a little different for me,” Asante said with a smile. “I had to get used to being a little sore.”There hasn’t been a learning curve for his goal scoring, though.In the first half of SU’s last home game, Asante nearly chipped the Colgate goalkeeper for a score to end the first half. He leaned back as he watched his ball land over the cross bar, trying to reel the ball closer to the goal with his body language. When it didn’t happen, Asante put his hands on his head and smiled.He wouldn’t make the same mistake again.Six minutes into the second half, Asante capped a three-goal run by chipping the goalkeeper. His smile was even bigger this time around.McIntyre can’t help but smile, too. His prized prospect is only improving with each passing game.“He’s been the best player at every level he’s played at,” McIntyre said. “He’s made that jump happen and he has the talent to do that. It’s exciting to think about what he can do when he improves even further.” Comments Published on September 12, 2012 at 3:03 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Panelists discuss the role of women in media at Annenberg

first_imgThe event panelists discussed women in journalism and the importance of pushing for diversity not only in the newsroom, but also in content produced and the audience it’s being produced for. (Maansi Manchanda | Daily Trojan)Leaders from different parts of the news media industry gathered at Wallis Annenberg Hall for the Media’s Gender Revolution panel on Wednesday to discuss the role of women in journalism.The panelists included Marsha Cooke, senior vice president of content strategy at VICE; Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Cindi Leive, a senior fellow in Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and former editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine moderated the panel.The discussion emphasized the need for more women and women of color in newsrooms and leadership roles in the news media industry. According to Leive, the number of women in newsrooms has risen 1 percent since 2001. What’s more, women of color compose 8 percent of print newsroom staff and 6 percent of local radio staffs while two-thirds of women journalists globally said they’ve experienced abuse or harassment. “It has to change, not just for women’s sake but for the sake of a free press, which can’t plausibly do its job if half its members are kept from being able to flourish,” Leive said. “If you believe in what journalism does, then you need every person who is talented and committed to be able to grow and not to need to quake with fear when called into her boss’ office, not to worry that her male peers are being paid more than her and not to have positions denied to her.”During the nearly quarter century she worked in broadcast news and at CBS, she never saw a woman in a major leadership position, Cooke said. Now at VICE, where her new boss is a woman, Cooke said there is a push to increase diversity in the staff and that it should be applied to all newsrooms. “She wants to see diversity not just from the content that we produce, but we have to take a look at who our audience is,” Cooke said. “If we’re not recognizing our audience and not having our staff reflect the audience and the content that we produce, we’re not going to succeed.” Masters, who helped break stories on sexual harassment at Amazon and other corporations and industries, said that some people have told her they are bored with coverage of sexual harassment allegations in various industries. Still, she said it’s important for journalists to tell these stories to end the culture that allows powerful men to harass women. “We have to do what we can to root out the culture that has been so dominant in the entertainment world, the media world, and I think the world period,” Masters said. “We can’t let up. If people don’t want to read it, too bad.” Bay said she remains optimistic about the future of women in the news media because she sees more companies seeking out qualified women to fill leadership positions and increase gender diversity. This past week, Bay said seeing journalist Christiane Amanpour take over Charlie Rose’s spot at PBS after he was ousted over sexual harassment allegations and seeing Beth Mowans, the first female play-by-play announcer to call a game on Monday Night Football were “glimmers of hope” for the future of women leaders in media. Bay also said she sees employers recruiting more diverse groups of students for their young workforce.“Looking at a generation of young women that is equipped beyond our wildest imaginings with the mindset and skill set to take advantage of these doors being opened, I believe this is a moment of powerful change,” Bay said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s going to be bumpy and uneven, but I truly believe that this is a sign of hope and is a sign of change.”last_img read more

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Dzumhur: The Goal is to stay in the First Group, I want to get into the Top 60

first_imgThe best BH tennis player Damir Dzumhur held a press conference at the premises of the Olympic Committee of BiH, at which he talked about the performance of the team on Davis Cup.Moreover, Dzumhur became the ambassador of the Museum of War Childhood. The aim is to promote partnership between top-level sport and culture.“As for the Davis Cup, we finally managed to go in the first group after seven years. This time we had the chance, we played well throughout the season, and their best player Berankis was injured. Our goal is to stay in the first group. We will play against Poland in the first round and I think it’s an opportunity to make a spectacle. I think we can do it, and even if we lose we have the opportunity to correct that score against Hungary. We will try to pass and fight for a duel with the Netherlands,” said Dzumhur.“I am satisfied with my season. I achieved a lot of things that I wanted. We are constantly improving and I think that everyone in my team can see that and be satisfied. I have had a tough schedule in recent weeks, I traveled a lot. It is the end of the season, and a bit of fatigue is present which can be seen in the results, but I hope that I will succeed to sort it all out and to make a few results that will “push” me in the Top 60,” said Dzumhur.“I was hoping for a better result, but a lot of the things influenced on that day I was not in the best shape. The Olympics came at a bad time. I came to the second part of the season without a break. I got sick on the first day, and I was on antibiotics. I wanted to achieve victory and I am very sorry for that. I hope to achieve a better result in Tokyo, which is my goal,” said Dzumhur.“After a few days of rest in Sarajevo, I am traveling in Morocco. I will play two Challenger tournaments in Moscow. Later will follow Moscow, and Vienna, and the last is Masters in Paris. I hope that this will be my last tournament of the season and that I’m going to end the season with it. I did not want to go to Asia because I thought that I will not be able to achieve a good result due to the long trip. I am defending 80 points by the end of the year and those are only points from Casablanca. I am the only player between 60th and 100th place who defends 80 points, so that chances to fix my placement are really good,” said Dzumhur.Damir has become an ambassador of the Museum of War Childhood.“Museum of War Childhood has been created for a year and a half ago and we expect it to be open in the next few months. The museum is a continuation of the book that we wrote earlier. Today, we already have 3,000 items in the collection. The first ambassador of the museum is Damir Dzumhur, which makes me very happy. He belongs to our war generation, and we want to promote professional sport. Among other things, we want to say that peace has no alternative and that the future is in the sport, in this example, in museums and on the tennis courts,” said Jasminko Halilovic.“I would like to thank Jasminko, who recognized me as one of the ambassadors. Many of you already know that I was born in 1992 in the war, and thank God I do not remember these things, but I’ve heard a lot of things and there is a connection. I hope that we will present ourselves in the best way possible in sports and culture.”(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Talking college weekend, high school classifications, Pelini and more

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Sept. 29…1. College weekend… Sorry for the lateness of this column. My wife and I just got home from TCU in Fort Worth after visiting our oldest son on parents weekend.Despite dodging Texas drivers — the worst, most despicable group of low-lifers to ever get behind steering wheels —  we had a great time. The Super Target Store was doing brisk business as groups of three: Mom, kid and Dad usually in that walking order behind a shopping cart — stocked up on the essentials of bottled water, laundry detergent and packaged junk food that will stay in a freshman’s dorm room by about the time parents get home from the big weekend. Taking your kid, especially your oldest, to college gives you a forgotten perspective on your own college life. As adults we remember the fun times, the hard classes, and just living the college life. What we seem to forget is just how scary of an experience it is to be a freshman and leaving home for the first time. It’s a feeling you don’t really remember until you are sending your own loved one away. Then it all comes back to you.Is there ever a time you will experience such a sudden dramatic change in your life from being a high school student to a college freshman? Yes marriage, becoming a parent, starting a career, and watching your kids grow up are all big time daunting changes in your life. But, really, are these changes as dramatic as that first year away from home? I’m not sure anything is. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Br Ba fan · 358 weeks ago I’m gonna miss Breaking Bad….was hooked from it’s beginning. It was sad to see it go but they did the finale right; tying up all the loose ends. There was cheering at certain points in the hour & 15 minutes….especially when a certain show-favorite made his get-away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down E Bodge · 358 weeks ago Hey Tracy, watch what you say about the Ft. Worth drivers…they are much better than the ones in DALLAS…..A transplanted Kansan now living in Texas on the best side–the Ft .Worth side. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 358 weeks ago The Crusader mascot on horseback – you dont have to reveal his name. He took his helmet off. Lol. Good job, deputy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 4. Breaking Bad finale…Tonight’s the finale of Breaking Bad – a television show that the world is officially going to stop and watch. My son said everyone is going to be watching – except for me. I’ll be watching the New England vs. Atlanta football game.Well, at least, I’m more hip than my wife. She didn’t even know the show existed.Last week, if you remember, I was worried about losing my grip on pop culture after I legitimately thought “We’re the Millers” was a PG family movie.But I’m proud to say, that is not the case. I have not only started using Twitter, I finally started watching Duck Dynasty for the first time this month. I also can do a pretty mean twerk — except it makes my back sore. 5. Shout out of the week…My shout out goes to the guy in the Crusader uniform on the horse who ushered in the Crusader football team this Friday before the Collegiate game. I’m not sure I’m supposed to reveal his name, so I won’t. I’ll try to get more information about it, but Steve Sturgis has an excellent video of it on Facebook.center_img 2. Classifications…The nerd in me is always fascinated with how Kansas divides the schools up into classifications based on enrollment figures. See story here http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-to-be-class-4a-div-1-andale-in-class-4a-dii-collegiate-in-class-3a/.I’m always intrigued by how some schools grow and others dwindle. When I first moved to Wellington, the Crusaders were on the cusp between Class 5A and 4A. Now 20 years later we are right in the middle of Class 4A and will now be teetering between the new Class 4A Div. 1 and Div. 2.Here are a few things that intrigued me about this year’s classifications.•They keep talking about making a third high school in Andover, yet Andover Central fell from Class 5A to 4A this year. Is this a sign that growth east of Wichita is slowing?•Belle Plaine was playing Wellington in Class 4A just six years ago. Now I noticed that Belle Plaine has 136 students and is significantly smaller than Conway Springs, which has never been in Class 4A, with 164 students. What is up with that?•When I moved here, South Haven and Argonia were the only schools playing eight-man football in Sumner County. Now there are four schools playing eight-man and three of those are now playing in the smallest division. Even with Argonia combining with Attica, those schools remained in division 2.•And here’s how things are going in western Kansas. Hays, Kans. – the big wig western Kansas town with Fort Hays University is now in the same Class 4A classification as Wellington. We might be losing population. But we aren’t losing population at a rate like western Kansas. 3. Bo Pelini…I know I’m more than a week late on the Let’s-have-a-cow-because-Nebraska-head-coach-Bo-Pelini-called-Cornhusker-fans-*@#$ing-idiots-two-years-ago-while-being-secretly-taped controversy (see story here). Still I’ll weigh in nevertheless.I have always hoped for the worst for Pelini. As the Nebraska defensive coordinator more than 10 years ago, he introduced himself to K-State fans by running over and screaming at head coach Bill Snyder after the Cats supposedly ran up the score on the Huskers. His sideline antics since becoming the head Cornhusker coach hasn’t made me change his mind. He appears to be a bully.But I’m going to side with Pelini on the audio tape controversy. First of all, who the heck is the person so vindictive that he/she would hold onto an audio tape of Pelini on an off-the-record rant for two years before releasing it to some Internet hack? Really, why are we are talking about a hissy fit thrown in 2011? Why is that news… now?Also, why shouldn’t big-time football coaches be allowed to say inappropriate things like the rest of us? I know Nebraska fans are supposedly the nicest people in the world. But I’ve been around a bunch of them during a football game, and I think the “*@#%ing idiots” comment is a pretty accurate description.last_img read more

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Woods announces return to action in November

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed on Monday.The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron. During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.The golf superstar has also battled demons in his private life, and was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving following the May incident.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.The plea deal requires Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours’ community service, and complete “DUI (driving under the influence) school”.Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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