first_imgAMSTERDAM—Insecure about your height? You may want to avoid this tiny country by the North Sea, whose population has gained an impressive 20 centimeters in the past 150 years and is now officially the tallest on the planet. Scientists chalk up most of that increase to rising wealth, a rich diet, and good health care, but a new study suggests something else is going on as well: The Dutch growth spurt may be an example of human evolution in action.The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that tall Dutch men on average have more children than their shorter counterparts, and that more of their children survive. That suggests genes that help make people tall are becoming more frequent among the Dutch, says behavioral biologist and lead author Gert Stulp of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.”This study drives home the message that the human population is still subject to natural selection,” says Stephen Stearns, an evolutionary biologist at Yale University who wasn’t involved in the study. “It strikes at the core of our understanding of human nature, and how malleable it is.” It also confirms what Stearns knows from personal experience about the population in the northern Netherlands, where the study took place: “Boy, they are tall.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For many years, the U.S. population was the tallest in the world. In the 18th century, American men were 5 to 8 centimeters taller than those in the Netherlands. Today, Americans are the fattest, but they lost the race for height to northern Europeans—including Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, and Estonians—sometime in the 20th century.Just how these peoples became so tall isn’t clear, however. Genetics has an important effect on body height: Scientists have found at least 180 genes that influence how tall you become. Each one has only a small effect, but together, they may explain up to 80% of the variation in height within a population. Yet environmental factors play a huge role as well. The children of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, for instance, grew much taller than their parents. Scientists assume that a diet rich in milk and meat played a major role.The Dutch have become so much taller in such a short period that scientists chalk most of it up to their changing environment. As the Netherlands developed, it became one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of cheese and milk. An increasingly egalitarian distribution of wealth and universal access to health care may also have helped.Still, scientists wonder whether natural selection has played a role as well. For men, being tall is associated with better health, attractiveness to the opposite sex, a better education, and higher income—all of which could lead to more reproductive success, Stulp says.Yet studies in the United States don’t show this. Stulp’s own research among Wisconsinites born between 1937 and 1940, for instance, showed that average-sized men had more children than shorter and taller men, and shorter women had more children than those of average height. Taken together, Stulp says, this suggests natural selection in the United States pulls in the opposite direction of environmental factors like diet, making people shorter instead of taller. That may explain why the growth in average American height has leveled off.Stulp—who says his towering 2-meter frame did not influence his research interest—wondered if the same was true in his native country. To find out, he and his colleagues turned to a database tracking key life data for almost 100,000 people in the country’s three northern provinces. The researchers included only people over 45 who were born in the Netherlands to Dutch-born parents. This way, they had a relatively accurate number of total children per subject (most people stop having children after 45) and they also avoided the effects of immigration.In the remaining sample of 42,616 people, taller men had more children on average, despite the fact that they had their first child at a higher age. The effect was small—an extra 0.24 children at most for taller men—but highly significant. (Taller men also had a smaller chance of remaining childless, and a higher chance of having a partner.)  The same effect wasn’t seen in women, who had the highest reproductive success when they were of average height.  The study suggests this may be because taller women had a smaller chance of finding a mate, while shorter women were at higher risk of losing a child.Because tall men are likely to pass on the genes that made them tall, the outcome suggests that—in contrast to Americans—the Dutch population is evolving to become taller, Stulp says. “This is not what we’ve seen in other studies—that’s what makes it exciting,” says evolutionary biologist Simon Verhulst of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who was Stulp’s Ph.D. adviser but wasn’t involved in the current study. Verhulst points out that the team can’t be certain that genes involved in height are actually becoming more frequent, however, as the authors acknowledge.The study suggests that sexual selection is at work in the Dutch population, Stearns says: Dutch women may prefer taller men because they expect them to have more resources to invest in their children. But there are also other possibilities. It could be that taller men are more resistant to disease, Stearns says, or that they are more likely to divorce and start a second family. “It will be a difficult question to answer.”Another question is why tall men in Holland are at a reproductive advantage but those in the United States are not. Stulp says he can only speculate. One reason may be that humans often choose a partner who’s not much shorter or taller than they are themselves. Because shorter women in the United States have more children, tall men may do worse than those of average height because they’re less likely to partner with a short woman.In the end, Stearns says, the advantage of tall Dutchmen may be only temporary. Often in evolution, natural selection will favor one trend for a number of generations, followed by a stabilization or even a return to the opposite trend. In the United States, selection for height appears to have occurred several centuries ago, leading to taller men, and then it stopped. “Perhaps the Dutch caught up and actually overshot the American men,” he says.last_img read more


first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Despite early exit, Philippines shows it can compete against world’s best 3×3 teams Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Filipino bet Merwin Tan took home the gold in the 20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships Saturday in Sarawak, Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: PH Youth bowl squad in World title huntThe 19-year-old Tan, a national team mainstay, ruled the Boy’s Singles event with a six-game total of 1,352 pinfalls in the opening day of the biennial meet.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue READ: Positive thinking pushes young Tan to boys crownWilliam Clark from Australia claimed the silver with 1,334 while Park Sang-hyeok of South Korea registered 1,326 to settle for bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Apr 27 (PTI) Remembering him as the coolest and the most charismatic star of Indian cinema, Vinod Khannas friends and colleagues such as Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth, Lata Mangeshkar, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt paid tributes to the actor and called his death the end of an era.Khanna was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and breathed his last at 11.20 AM today due to advanced bladder carcinoma. He was 70.Rishi, who played the actors younger brother in hit film “Amar Akbar Anthony”, thanked him for always being by his side.”Will miss you Amar. RIP. Remembering the good times with you, Vinod. Thank you for being my friend,” he tweeted.Superstar Rajinikanth posted, “My dear friend Vinod Khanna… Will miss you, RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the family.””Vinod Khanna ji, one of the best talents in the film industry, is no more. I am deeply saddened by the news. His demise is a big loss to the film industry. May his soul rest in peace,” Mangeshkar tweeted.Dutt remembered watching Khannas films as a child and called his death a big loss.”It is saddening to hear of the demise of Vinod Khanna ji. I have watched him as a child and throughout my life I was always fascinated by his style and charisma.”He was always a thorough gentleman. A big loss to the fraternity. He is and always will be family to the Dutts. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Kavita bhabhi, Akshaye, Rahul and Sakshi,” Dutt said in a statement.advertisementAkshay called Khannas demise “an end of an era”.”Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir, one of the most charismatic actors… Truly an end of an era. Condolences to the family (sic),” he tweeted.Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote, “His screen presence is unparallelled even today… His super star swag is what we grew up on… RIP #VinodKhanna… Thoughts and prayers…”Veteran singer Asha Bhosle said, “Very sad to hear about Vinod Khannaji. A decent man and a star till the very end. My condolences to his family.”Actor Varun Dhawan, who worked with Khanna in his last film “Dilwale,” wrote, “#Vinodkhanna will always remain the coolest and most good looking actor to grace the Indian screens. The industry has lost a legend today.””Your charisma and charm will always be unmatchable… Will miss your flamboyant walk. #VinodKhanna,” Manoj Bajpayee tweeted.Calling Khanna a magnetic person, actor Anupam Kher posted, “He was kind, affectionate and helpful. Loved his panther like walk. Will remember #VinodKhanna ji for his larger than life performances and his graciousness. There are very few people like him. Will miss you Sir (sic).”Paresh Rawal said, “Truly uncomplicated and loving human being… Aum Shanti Vinod ji”.Director Sujoy Ghosh said he became a fan of the actor after watching him in “Patthar Aur Payal”.”My dad made me see a film called PATTHAR AUR PAYAL… I came out becoming a fan of the villain. Thank you Vinod Khanna for the films (sic).”Actor-director Ajay Devgn shared a picture of Khanna and him and wrote, “They dont make them like that anymore. RIP Vinod Sir.”Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Sonakshi Sinha, Arshad Warsi and filmmaker Kunal Kohli also paid their tributes to Khanna on Twitter.Besides film stars, several sports personalities expressed their sorrow on Khannas passing.Cricketer Virender Sehwag wrote, “Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of one of the most charismatic actors #VinodKhanna ji. Om Shanti! (sic).”Mohammad Kaif said, “Unbelievable loss. Deepest condolences on the passing away of a wonderful man and such a jubilant being #VinodKhanna ji. RIP.”Boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, “Rest in peace #VinodKhanna Saab big fan.” PTI SHD JCH JCHlast_img read more


first_imgTransfers Wenger calculates Alexis Sanchez could cost Arsenal £140 million Last updated 2 years ago 00:59 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Manchester City Premier League A. Sánchez The striker may leave the Gunners on free transfer and his manager admits the club may lose out on a transfer fee and have to spend to replace him Arsene Wenger concedes the decision to keep Alexis Sanchez could cost Arsenal upwards of £140 million.The Chile international is in the final year of his contract with Arsenal and was rumoured to be angling for a move to Manchester City for much of the summer.Alexis 25/1 to be PL top scorer Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing After a possible deal between the two clubs fell apart at the transfer deadline, Sanchez was reportedly furious over the move and his future with the Gunners beyond this year is in doubt.The gamble that Wenger has taken in keeping Sanchez and potentially losing him for nothing is not lost on the manager, as he admitted to beIN sports the decision could cost Arsenal a huge transfer sum — the money he would have brought in and the fee for finding a replacement.”You take a Sanchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice £60-£70m income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger told beIN Sports.”It has a huge price so at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two.”Exclusive: #Wenger says it will cost £70m to replace #Sanchez at #Arsenal next season.#PL #AFC pic.twitter.com/60fu5QRnWB— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) September 6, 2017Wenger attributes the situation to a pair of factors — the natural rise in wages but also a transfer market that has seen fees skyrocket over the past few seasons.However, the manager sees the situation as difficult to overcome, as it means inflated prices for players who are not difference makers.”We have today 107 players in England who go into the final year of their contract,” Wenger said.”It’s a complete rotation and change in the way people see their career for two reasons.”One, all the players expect higher wages because they anticipate inflation.”All the clubs, because the transfer market has gone up so much, the clubs do not want to pay so high prices for all the transfers for players who are good players, but will not change their life.”Specifically, Wenger singled out Ousmane Dembele’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona as an example of how the market drastically changed quickly without much actual change in a player’s ability or development.Wenger on Dembele quote gfx“The amount of money is completely disconnected to reality and the truth,” Wenger said.”One example — no matter how well you work as a football coach, Dembele last year was €15m, this year €150m.”No matter how well you work on the football pitch, you cannot make a player go from €15m to €150m.”The calculation between investment and what you can get back, that has gone. It’s just, ‘can you afford to buy or not?'”last_img read more


first_imgUEFA Champions League Memorable night of firsts for Coutinho in Liverpool rout Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Robert Firmino Mohamed Salah Liverpool Clive Brunskill/Getty Images UEFA Champions League Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva The Brazilian playmaker made a little history at Anfield while also managing a first for the club in a 7-0 rout of Spartak Moscow Philippe Coutinho’s night against Spartak Moscow could hardly have gone better — it started with an Anfield record and resulted in a memorable first for the attacker.With Liverpool needing a result to secure qualification into the knock-out stages, Coutinho picked up his first-ever Liverpool hat-trick in a 7-0 win in the Champions League Group E finale.It started just four minutes in as Mohamed Salah was brought down in the area for a penalty. Coutinho stepped up and converted the spot-kick — the fastest goal ever scored at Anfield in a Champions League match. 3:51 – Philippe Coutinho’s penalty was Liverpool’s fastest goal in a Champions League game at Anfield. Rapid.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Coutinho notched Liverpool’s second not long after, completing a nice team move by sliding a pass from Robert Firmino past the keeper and inside the far post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Brazilian’s night got even better early in the second half when he scored once more off a deflection to complete his hat-trick, his first in a Liverpool shirt, and the Reds’ fifth on the evening. 3 – Philippe Coutinho has scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions. Sublime.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Coutinho wasn’t the only Brazilian to have himself a night. Roberto Firmino also enjoyed his evening, assisting on Coutinho’s second and then getting a goal himself for Liverpool’s third.Firmino’s goal was the sixth of this year’s group stage. That mark is the most a Liverpool player has scored in the group stage. 6 – Roberto Firmino has scored six goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage campaign in the competition. Stage. pic.twitter.com/pOrnBgkkZa— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017The victory means Liverpool win the group and will head to the Champions League knock-out stages for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


first_imgIn order to create a holistic approach in striving towards these strategic targets, the 2016/17 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) funding will focus on providing affiliates with the financial resources to grow or start up junior competitions.The TGP provides affiliates with the opportunity to put forward their ideas for growth and development within the Touch Football community with a specific focus on junior participation.The TGP also aims to provide TFA with the opportunity to work closely with affiliates in assisting them to achieve their goals for growth and development. For further information on the TGP please read the attached documents below. Please contact targetedgrowth@touchfootball.com.au for further information. Targeted Growth Program WebinarsTargeted Growth Program Webinar 1Date: Wednesday 20th JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/c1bab4Targeted Growth Program Webinar 2Date: Thursday 21st JulyStart time: 7pm, AESTFinish time: 8pm, AESTAccess link; http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/2bec39Please note that both webinars will contain the same content. Attendance at both webinars is not required. Instructions:1) Click on the access link to register for the webinar. This is FREE and the main purpose is so TFA can have an understanding of who participated in the webinar. Registration can be done at any time prior to the webinar commencing.2) Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email. Please read this carefully to see how you can add this webinar to your calendar, how to check your computer systems compatibility to the webinar and importantly how to join the webinar.       3) To join the webinar click ‘Join Now’ on your confirmation email.4) You will then need to enter the email address you used in the registration process to join the webinar.Should you have difficulties with this process please email targetedgrowth@touchfootball.com.au or call 02 6212 2820 Should you miss one of these webinars, are unable to join for a certain reason, or the registration process means you miss part of the webinar (remember that the registration process can be completed at any time prior the webinar commencing) please email targetedgrowth@touchfootball.com.au as there may be opportunities to arrange further webinars. Related Files2016-17_tfa_-_targeted_growth_program_funding_application_form-docx2016-2017_target_growth_program_summary_document-pdftargeted_growth_program-_faqs_and_tfa_clarifications_v2-0-pdfRelated LinksTargeted Growth Program Touch Football Australia (TFA) has entered a new strategic cycle in 2016-2020 with three of the key strategic targets being 1,000,000 participants, 15 percent penetration into the school and junior market and 400 affiliate locations around Australia.Touch Football Australia and its Board has made significant investment into the school and junior space for this cycle, focussing on the following programs:·         Field Officer WorkforceEnabling state bodies and their affiliate’s access to a workforce who are able to promote and deliver Touch Football programs in schools across Australia.·         Ambassador ProgramEncouraging growth and unity within the TFA workforce in a collaborative effort to promote and deliver the sport of Touch Football.·         Improve Resources and MarketingDeveloping resources that facilitate the delivery of Touch Football within school and affiliates as well as create targeted marketing material for more efficient promotion. ·         Targeted Growth ProgramOutlined below last_img read more


first_imgProud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girlRitika Sajdeh’s cousin sister Seema Khan, wife of actor Sohail Khan, confirmed the news on her Instagram account.advertisement Rohan Sen MumbaiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 12:19 IST Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh got married in 2015 (Photo: @mipaltan Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSRitika Sajdeh gave birth to a baby girl in MumbaiRohit is currently touring with the Indian team in AustraliaRohit made 63 not out in the Boxing Day Test which India won by 137 runs on SundayRohit Sharma and his beautiful wife Ritika Sajdeh welcomed a new member in their family on Monday as Ritika gave birth to a baby girl.Ritika’s cousin sister Seema Khan, who is the wife of actor-producer Sohail Khan, confirmed the news on her Instagram account with the caption “Baby girl, masi’s again,” and tagged Ritika in the Insta story.Rohit and Ritika had managed to keep the news of the pregnancy hidden from the rest of the world for quite some time but the Indian cricketer recently revealed that he was going to be a father.Rohit opened up about his wife Ritika’s pregnancy in a chat with former Australia captain Michael Clarke in a promotional video for Hublot.”I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life,” Rohit told Clarke. Actor Sohail Khan’s wife, Seema, confirmed the news on her Insta story (Seema Khan Instagram)The Indian limited-overs vice-captain even added that his teammates tease him about being a father due to his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things while travelling with the team.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.advertisementThe 31-year-old is currently in Australia with the Indian team where they just registered a historic win in the third Test on Sunday to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Rohit scored a patient 63 not out in the first innings as India hammered Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing Day Test in Australia for the first time in history.Rohit came back into the Test side after missing the second Test in Perth due to injury.The fourth and final Test between the two sides will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3.For 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Ritika SajdehFollow Indian cricket teamFollow India vs Australialast_img read more


27 September 2007The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today condemned the latest murder of a journalist in Iraq, calling it “an unacceptable attack on the human rights of the people” in a country where over 150 media workers are reported to have been killed since the United States-led invasion in 2003. Jawad al-Daami, a well-known poet who worked on cultural and social programmes for the independent Cairo-based television channel Al-Baghdadia in Baghdad, was shot in the head in the south-western neighbourhood of Al-Qadissiya on Sunday. “There can be no excuse for the killing of writers and poets, and I call on the authorities of Iraq to do all in their power to stem this intolerable blood-letting,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. Mr. al-Daami, who had gone to Baghdad to attend a cultural conference, is the second employee of the channel to be killed in Iraq. So’oud Muzahim al-Shoumari, an Al-Baghdadia correspondent, was found dead in Baghdad’s southern district of Doura in April 2006, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The CPJ says that at least 112 journalists, not including Mr. al-Daami, and 40 media support staffers have been killed in Iraq since March 2003. Eighty-five percent of those killed were Iraqis. Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world. read more


“Efforts to achieve a ban on the weaponization of outer space must continue so as to protect the space assets of all nations in the interests of international peace and security,” Jayantha Dhanapala, the Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, said in his opening remarks to a panel discussion on “The Outer Space Treaty at Thirty Five” held at UN Headquarters in New York.The current international legal framework for outer space activities is comprised of five treaties, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. Among its provisions, the accord bans the orbiting and stationing of nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction. It also provides that the Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes, and prohibits the establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any kind of weapon and the conduct of military manoeuvres on celestial bodies.”The treaties have been successful so far in ensuring that weapon systems with strike capabilities remain de facto, if not de jure, banned from space,” Mr. Dhanapala said. “While the regime by itself does not guarantee the prevention of an arms race in outer space, it plays, however, a significant role in achieving that end. Yet, it is obvious that we must proceed beyond this.”Recent developments have increased concerns about the dangers weaponizing space and have led to various proposals to prevent this outcome, the Under-Secretary-General noted. Only the determination and unified will of the international community to strictly enforce the underlying principle of the Outer Space Treaty – that space is to be used “for the benefit and in the interests of all countries” – can prevent such a development, he said.”Deployment of weapons in space by one country will spur others to follow,” Mr. Dhanapala warned. “The resulting arms race would lead to incalculable consequences for development and human security and could very well deprive humanity of all the benefits of the peaceful use and exploration of space.” read more


The Building Rural Entrepreneurial Capacities: Trust and Opportunity Project will target at-risk groups such as women, indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, youth and families displaced by internal conflict, and will create mechanisms to improve food security and increase their incomes by as much as 31 per cent, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said in a news release.“The Trust and Opportunity Project provides the Government of Colombia with an unprecedented opportunity to build peace and enhance social inclusion, and to reduce inequalities in the country,” said IFAD’s Associate Vice President, Kevin Cleaver, during a ceremony last week in Rome.He added, “The project introduces a number of innovations, including the use of mobile banking in remote rural areas, the establishment of a special fund to support youth enterprise development, and the piloting of new data-gathering technologies for monitoring project progress and impact.”To finance the $69 million project, IFAD has loaned $50 million to Colombia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, while the Colombian Government will provide $5.76 million, and an additional $13.7 million will come from joint funding from project participants for savings mobilization, insurance and funding for microenterprises.In the Colombian countryside, some seven million people live below the poverty line and two million are considered to be extremely poor, according to IFAD. In addition, about 13 per cent of the population do not have sufficient incomes to meet their basic food needs, and approximately 3.6 million people have been displaced by internal conflict.Since 1981, the UN agency has contributed some $93 million to rural empowerment projects in Colombia. read more


Only four days after they lost home match 22:30, THW Kiel have found power to raise form and beat same rivals at their “FLENS ARENA” – 26:25 (17:13). Team of Alfred Gislason put off tremendeous pressure from the stands full of fans of eternal rivals and celebrated in another fantastic EHF Champions League derby match.THW Kiel’s goalkeepers, Andreas Wolff and Niklas Landin made clear advantage on side of away team, while Niklas Ekberg scored six goals for the winners. On the other side, Anders Eggert netted seven, but he, as his team-mates, missed some important shots in the last 10 minutes.STANDINGS: 5. THW Kiel8404176:182(-6)8 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt8413179:166(13)9 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…7601220:189(31)12 6. Orlen Wisla Plock7214182:192(-10)5 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg7205184:194(-10)4 4. Telekom Veszprém7322186:183(3)8 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen7007183:224(-41)0 2. FC Barcelona Lassa7601199:179(20)12 ← Previous Story Qatar to host Handball World Schools Championship 2018 Next Story → 7 reasons to join Masters Handball World Cup 2017 and play HANDBALL AGAIN! read more


first_imgHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Enda and Eamonnnnnnnnn, happy birthday to you!Today the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste turn 62 and 58 respectively, and we’ve got all the inside scoop on their joint birthday party… jelly, cake, tantrums and all.The arrivalEnda plays coy, Eamon’s delighted with himself. They’ve got a stack of cards already.The thank you speech“No, I’m going to do this bit” Who invited Micheál and Gerry?Especially after this dig? “No I am” Enda gave Michael Ring a go on his new bikeAnd showed his new tablet off to LucindaMichael D’s here! Now the party can really get going! Remind you of anything?Video here: YouTube/Maggie HandThe lads row over who’s going to blow out the candlescenter_img Home timeJulien Behal/PA WireAll images Photocall Ireland unless otherwise indicated. If you could write anything on a cake, what would it be?Hot Irish cats are waiting for you>Fake Oxegen Twitter account fools thousands> Bust a move Enda!GANGNAM STYLE!Hanging out with the lads You can guess who won by the smug face…last_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos admits he has no influence over Julen Lopetegui’s future at the club despite rumours circulating that he may be axed.Madrid hit an all-time low as they continued their winless streak following Levante’s shocking win at the Bernabeu.“It’s a very bad run that Madrid can’t afford to be on,” the defender told Football Espana after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Levante, which piled the pressure on Lopetegui.“Without a goal in our last three [League] games, the team gave everything but didn’t have the rub of the green.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The decision on our Coach goes beyond us. The players don’t make those decisions. For me, as captain, Julen Lopetegui has the support of the dressing room and players.“Individual mistakes have condemned us, but we mustn’t point the finger at anyone. The only way to turn things around is to be united.“Lopetegui is a very motivating and convincing person, and we must believe in him. He’s the first to believe. We need unity.“If I’m asked for an opinion then I’ll give one, but I don’t think it can influence a decision as important as whether a Coach stays on.”last_img read more


first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use Share your voice 36 Photos Originally published June 14, 5:24 a.m. PT.Update, 5:55 a.m.: Adds background on Huawei. What is going on between Huawei and the US? Huawei Samsung This comes after Samsung paused its release of the Galaxy Fold this spring. The $1,980 foldable phone was scheduled to go on sale in the US on April 26, but Samsung hit the brakes right before the phone’s launch due to numerous screen problems on review units. Samsung said a new release date for the phone will be announced in “the coming weeks.”The Mate X delay is just the latest challenge for Huawei, the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 phone manufacturer. In May, the US blacklisted networking gear from Huawei and President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the Chinese company due to national security concerns. As a result, some tech companies have cut ties with Huawei. Peng said the Mate X delay wasn’t due to the supply-chain issues, according to the Journal.The foldable phone was unlikely to launch in the US. In May, UK carriers Vodafone and EE said they were pulling the Mate X from their device lineups for their 5G network launches.center_img The Mate X was previously scheduled to go on sale this summer. Juan Garzon / CNET Huawei is reportedly delaying the release of its $2,600 Mate X. The Chinese tech giant is pushing the foldable phone’s launch date from this summer to September, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Huawei is delaying sales of the Mate X, in part, to improve the quality of the phone’s foldable screen, Vincent Peng, a senior vice president at the company, told the Journal during a tech conference in Hong Kong. “We’re doing a lot of tests,” Peng told the Journal, adding that Huawei aims to release the phone as soon as it can.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei 4:59 Tags Post a comment Mobile Foldable Phones 0last_img read more


first_imgLucknow: A journalist and his brother were shot dead during a fight between two families in Madhonagar area in Saharanpur on Sunday, police said. The deceased have been identified as Ashish, who worked for a Hindi daily, and his brother Ashutosh. Superintendent of Police (City) Vineet Bhatnagar said, “As per the information we have, two families living opposite each other got involved in a quarrel regarding throwing of cow dung. “After a while, they started fighting with sticks. Some person believed to be from the other family shot Ashish and his brother.”last_img


first_imgChittagong city Awami League president and former city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury`s body was taken to Laldigi Maidan in the port city in the afternoon. Thousands of people gathered there to pay last tributes to their leader. Photo: Shourav DasBangladesh Awami League (AL) leader and Chittagong city unit president ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was buried on Friday with full state honours beside his father’s grave at Chasma Hill family graveyard in Chittagong.His namaz-e-janaza was held after Asr prayers on Laldigi Maidan in the port city. Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away at city’s Max Hospital early Friday at the age of 74.He left his two sons, two daughters, wife and a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and political fellows to mourn his death.President and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock and grief at the death of the renowned politician.Speaker of the parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, deputy leader of the house Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, state minister for public administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique and Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued separate condolence messages.They expressed profound shock and condolence at the death of Mohiuddin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.Recalling his contribution to the country and its people, they said the loss in his death is really irreparable to the country’s political arena.Chowdhury, one of the organisers of 1971 liberation war had been suffering from heart and kidney complications for long. He was put on life-support at the Max Hospital at Mehedibagh in the port city on Thursday evening.last_img

first_imgI must have driven passed Villa Oro a thousand times before I finally went in. Every time I passed the “Comida Taiwanesa” sign out front,my curiosity grew, until I finally gave it a try. Villa Oro’s owners market the restaurant as a Taiwanese tearoom, but I didn’t have any tea on my visit. I did have some amazing dumplings and rich beef noodle soup though.It’s one of very few of its kind in the country. At least, I haven’t had this kind of Taiwanese food anywhere else in Costa Rica.There was a great selection of different teas too. They would be the perfect accompaniment to one of their famous pineapple cakes, baked in-house, in the traditional Taiwanese style. I tried one and can see why they have earned such a loyal following. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Dessert comes last, right? Be patient, we’ll get to the desserts. (William Ayre / The Tico Times)There’s no print menu at Villa Oro and their offerings are very limited. Mayra, the sole waitress who’s been there since day one, was happy to explain the few options at our table. Although she is Costa Rican, she was able to describe the traditional Taiwanese dishes in great detail and even pronounced the names of dishes such as Niu Lo Mien and Lurou Fan like a real pro. There were five different plates to choose from on my visit, which I understand to be the norm. To start, we ordered the dumplings, which can be steamed or fried, with a filling of either pork or shrimp. We ordered steamed pork and absolutely loved it. It was served with a soy-based dipping sauce, as well as a house made, fermented hot sauce. The hot sauce tasted like it was spicy chilis mixed with some sort of black bean paste. It was different, for sure, but I enjoyed it. The dumplings at VIlla Oro (William Ayre / The Tico Times)The remaining four options are Niu Lo Mien and Lurou Fan, as previously mentioned, plus a chicken curry dish served with rice and a fried rice dish with pork, hard boiled egg and radish. Mayra told me the name of these last two, as well, but it sounded so foreign that I can’t even begin to guess how to write it. If you’re scared of the unpronounceable, maybe eat somewhere else.The owners, an older couple from Taiwan who have spent most of their lives in Costa Rica, are also the ones in the kitchen. As always, this ensures authentic recipes and it almost always means the food is prepared with love. I could taste the love even though I wasn’t personally able to talk with them. I’m not sure if they are shy or if they were busy working, but they seem to prefer staying confined to the kitchen in the back. Fine by me, everything that came out of there was great.My friend and I decided to try the Niu Lou Mien, which is a beef noodle soup that Mayra admits is the most popular of their five offerings. It had a very rich broth with hints of five spice and while the noodles were admittedly not homemade, their texture was damn close to it. The chunks of beef were fall-apart tender, only achieved through a long, slow cooking process. To add balance, a touch of freshness, and a bit of crunch; there was some bok choy and green onion to top it off. I am already craving my next bowl, though I would have preferred a hotter temperature for the broth. The Niu Lou Mien (William Ayre / The Tico Times)Lurou Fan, which I left for my next visit, is another different pork dish served on rice. According to my research, it’s also one of the greatest hits of Taiwanese cuisine.Now it’s time for dessert. The pineapple cake reminded me of shortbread and had a candied pineapple filling. These are famous all over Taiwan and Villa Oro is sharing that tradition with Costa Ricans who otherwise might have never been able to try one. These are sold individually, or can be boxed up nicely as a gift for someone at home. I recommend you do so.I wasn’t able to get the specific prices of each item. There were no menus to review and now that I think about it, I didn’t get a receipt of my purchase. But two bowls of beef noodle soup, an appetizer of pork dumplings to share, and no drinks came out to about 18,000 colones (bout $30). That’s not as cheap as similar restaurants in the center of San José, but it still seems very fair to me considering its location in Escazu. The food quality was great, with delicious flavors and acceptable portions and so, the price is justified.The garden view also helps.Villa Oro is located in what looks to have once been a private residence. Now, the front yard has been opened up to a grassy parking lot and a beautiful garden area.  I grabbed one of the two tables on the front patio and was able to enjoy looking out over the greenery, breathing fresh air while I enjoyed my meal. With summer weather just around the corner, I can see this becoming one of my spots to grab lunch and enjoy being outside while stuffing my face with exotic foods.Looking to getaway? Win a trip for 2 to Peru & Bolivia, Japan, Tanzania, or Mexico with Tourradar.There are more tables inside, but on my visit, none were occupied. Actually, when I first walked in, there was nobody at all, not even staff. It didn’t take long to get Mayra’s attention though. I imagine it could get hectic if they get busy, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for them.Located along Ruta 105, one of Escazu’s main roads, Villa Oro can be found just north of Avenida 28, on the east side of the road.Villa Oro is open every day except for Mondays, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Reservations are not required. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. Private parking is available. Vegetarian options are not. Beer is the only type of alcohol being served. Search “Villa Oro” in Waze or Uber to arrive conveniently.William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Off the eaten path: Soda Lima Off the eaten path: Bar La Selegna Off the eaten path: Pad Thai Off the eaten path: Al Masri Cocina Egipcialast_img read more


first_imgAssociated PressOSLO, Norway (AP) – Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize speech explored her views on the ideals of peace, the seeds of war, the bonds of our common humanity, and the rare power of kindness. Here are the highlights.POWER OF THE PEACE PRIZE“Often during my days of house arrest it felt as though I were no longer a part of the real world.” Winning the Nobel Peace Prize “made me real once again. It had drawn me back into the wider human community. And what was more important, the Nobel Prize had drawn the attention of the world to the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. We were not going to be forgotten.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family IGNORING OTHERS’ SUFFERING FUELS WAR“The First World War represented a terrifying waste of youth and potential, a cruel squandering of the positive forces of our planet. … And for what? Nearly a century on, we have yet to find a satisfactory answer. Are we not still guilty, if to a less violent degree, of recklessness, of improvidence with regard to our future and our humanity? War is not the only arena where peace is done to death. Wherever suffering is ignored, there will be the seeds of conflict, for suffering degrades and embitters and enrages.WE LIVE IN AN ENLIGHTENED AGE“We are fortunate to be living in an age when social welfare and humanitarian assistance are recognized not only as desirable but necessary. I am fortunate to be living in an age when the fate of prisoners of conscience anywhere has become the concern of peoples everywhere, an age when democracy and human rights are widely, if not universally, accepted as the birthright of all.”PERFECT PEACE MUST BE OUR GOAL“Absolute peace in our world is an unattainable goal. But it is one towards which we must continue to journey, our eyes fixed on it as a traveler in a desert fixes his eyes on the one guiding star that will lead him to salvation. Even if we do not achieve perfect peace on earth, because perfect peace is not of this earth, common endeavors to gain peace will unite individuals and nations in trust and friendship and help to make our human community safer and kinder.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories THE PEACEMAKING POWER OF KINDNESS“Of the sweets of adversity, and let me say that they are not numerous, I have found the sweetest, the most precious of all, is the lesson I learnt on the value of kindness. Every kindness I received, small or big, convinced me that there could never be enough of it in our world. To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart. Kindness can change the lives of people.”IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT REFUGEES“Ultimately our aim should be to create a world free from the displaced, the homeless and the hopeless, a world of which each and every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace. Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution. Let us join hands to try to create a peaceful world where we can sleep in security and wake in happiness.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more


first_img33 More Brokerages Join Zillow Pro for Brokers Beta Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Zillow 2012-11-15 Tory Barringer November 15, 2012 409 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img “”Zillow, Inc.””:http://www.zillow.com/, a leading real estate information marketplace based in Seattle, Washington, announced that 33 additional real estate brokerages have signed on to participate in Zillow Pro for Brokers. In total, the number of participating brokerages is at 48.[IMAGE]Zillow Pro for Brokers, now in beta, is a free, five-point program designed to improve listings accuracy and increase the visibility of listing agents. In addition, it provides better reporting and a powerful contact follow-up system.[COLUMN_BREAK]The new partnerships include several branches of “”Coldwell Banker””:http://www.coldwellbanker.com/, “”Prudential””:http://www.prudentialproperties.com/, and “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/, among others.””As Zillow continues to forge strong partnerships with real estate brokerages across the country, we’re happy to welcome these new partners to Zillow Pro for Brokers,”” said Greg Schwartz, Zillow’s chief revenue officer. “”We look forward to welcoming many more partners in the weeks and months to come.””””As one of the original brokerages in the program, our agent’s responses have been extremely positive. They are thrilled to see their branding and contact information prominently displayed on their listings,”” said Dan Forsman, president and CEO of “”Prudential Georgia Realty””:http://www.prudentialgeorgia.com/. “”We also are updating our listings on Zillow multiple times a day, so our agents don’t have to worry about compliance issues or potential complaints from a client.””Zillow is currently accepting inquiries from interested brokerages at partners@zillow.com. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgAugust 01 , 2018 Opinion: Foretelling the Mexican mango season wind … You might also be interested in The Packaging Pitch: Why the museum of ice cream i … Opinion: Poland and Turkey have much in common wit … center_img By Fresh Produce Marketing founder Lisa CorkBack in 2015 when the USA replaced the food pyramid graphic, the fresh produce industry rejoiced. Released as part of ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’, the pyramid was gone and in its place was…a plate. Using the new plate icon, what to eat daily became simplified: make ½ the plate fruit/veg, ¼ the plate protein, ¼ the plate grains and add a small amount of dairy to the side. Easy-peasy.What worked about the plate diagram was its visual simplicity. It is not hard to imagine what is required to ensure 50% of every meal is filled with fruit and veg. Think of what you ate at your most recent meal. You may not know how many ‘servings’ or grams of a fruit or veg you ate, but I am sure you would be able to estimate what percentage of your total plate was fruit or veg. Was it 50% or more? Pat yourself on the back. Was it 50% or less? You’ve got some work to do.The half the plate concept does not require a kitchen scale or a measuring cup. It is a simple, visual icon that anyone can see, understand and embrace. It is a hugely positive tool for our industry.As the fresh produce industry, we are also in an enviable position about owning 50% of the plate. At the moment, there is no real argument against half the plate being fruit or veg. Yes, our industry has some contentious issues (chemicals, GMO, plastics, labour), but for the most part fruits and vegetables are seen as wholesome and good. This consensus definitely does not carry over to the other half of the plate!Back in March, I had a chance to attend SXSW as part of a group from PMA USA. SXSW is a thought leadership conference covering hundreds of topics and bringing in attendees and speakers from around the world. As part of attending various sessions within the food stream, one thing became very clear to me – there is huge debate about the other ‘half of the plate.’ And I mean huge debate!One of the SXSW sessions I sat in on was about plant based diets. This session had speakers from Memphis Meats (growing meat in vats using animal cells) and Beyond Meat (plant based meat patties). The gist of the session focussed on plant-based and vegan diets and showcased the various diets and meal delivery kits that made converting to a vegan life style easier.An example used was Beyoncé/Jay-Z’s investment into a diet plan called 22 Days. 22 Days focusses on providing meal kits and recipes to move people from consuming animal proteins to consuming a more plant-based diet. It includes foods like Beyond Meat’s plant based protein patties, grains and legumes. The mental analogy I formed in the session was – half the plate is fruit and veg and the other half of the plate is vegan and uses foods like grains and plant based proteins to replace meat.Just one hour after the plant-based protein session had concluded, I attended another food session. This one featured the developer and supporters of what is called the Whole 30 Food Plan. Within the Whole 30 plan, which is more like Paleo, the diet discourages legumes and grains and encourages more meat and plant consumption (e.g. vegetables). The belief is that legumes and grains create gut issues and diets with higher protein and fat are better for the body. In this session, my mental picture was more 75% of the plate had mainly veggies with an animal protein making up the other 25%.With these two contrasting mental pictures in mind, can you see where this column is heading? The good news for our industry is there is almost no debate about our ‘our half of the plate.’ But there is huge debate about the other half of the plate. What this says to me is we need to own our half proudly…and boldly. We need to continue to promote that whatever diet you follow, whatever the other half of your plate looks like, one half needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables.Being bold extends to your marketing and branding. If you are still using a grower name or farm name brand, I strongly believe now is the time to make a change – especially if you package your product in some way. There has never been a better time to create bold, clever names as a tool to get cut through and attention and promote fruit/veg’s ownership of half the plate. Bold branding is my specialty – contact me if I can help.Explore: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/dietary-guidelines for plate icon to be used as a graphic? Opinion: Inaugural Global Grape Summit gathers the …last_img read more