first_imgFood and non-alcoholic drink exports rose to more than £12bn (£12,152.4m) in 2011, according to the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).It said the 2011 results showed an increase of 11.4% on 2010, which had been a record-breaking year for food exports.Export growth has been fuelled by a strong performance in new and emerging markets, including Eastern Europe and the Far East, explained the FDF.China entered the top 20 export destinations for the first time with a 55% increase on 2010, partly due to changing tastes and an increasingly Westernised diet. South Korea increased by 37% and Hong Kong by 41%.Established non-EU markets also performed well, with exports to the US rising by 25% between 2010-2011. The non-EU share of the £12bn total was 23% compared to 77% for the EU. The UK’s traditional EU customers also remained loyal, with Ireland remaining the top export destination closely followed by France and the Netherlands. Dutch interest in UK products increased, with a 30% rise echoed by Belgium (29.9%), and Germany (15%). Melanie Leech, FDF director general, said: “While the domestic market is growing at a steady rate, we are seeing very strong performance from food and drink exports. There remains considerable interest in British heritage brands and around our health and wellbeing innovation. Companies understand the importance of developing new markets, competing successfully in many cases against other experienced exporters in France, Germany and Spain. “We were delighted to work with government on the export action plan, launched earlier this year, which should be of benefit in particular to SMEs, which are by far the biggest sector of our industry and have the potential to grow in existing and emerging markets.”last_img read more

first_img Published on May 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham BALTIMORE — No. 8 Loyola Maryland (12-4, 7-1 Patriot) led a fourth-quarter comeback to top Syracuse (9-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 15-13 at the Ridley Athletic Complex in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Led by senior Pat Spencer’s historical offensive performance, the Greyhounds weathered two hot starts to halves by the Orange to hang around and nearly shut the Orange out in the final 20-plus minutes. Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss.CollapseWith 9:14 left in the game, SU’s offense mobbed junior Jamie Trimboli in the midfield as it celebrated its 11-7 lead, the largest of the game. It felt like the Orange were poised to make the Greyhounds finally submit. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut a combination of losing faceoffs and untimely penalties let the Greyhounds finish on an 8-1 run and end the Orange’s season.Less than a minute after Trimboli’s tally, sophomore Kevin Lindley buried the Greyhounds first goal since 5:53 remaining in the first half, closing the lead to three. SU responded, seeming prepared to stave off Loyola, but then guns went silent.The Greyhounds won a majority of the faceoffs in the fourth quarter, putting the ball in the stick of the ever-dangerous Spencer. Then, two penalties, on sophomores Brett Kennedy and Jared Fernandez, on back-to-back possessions led to two-straight extra-man goals for the Greyhounds and the eventual end of Syracuse’s season. Pat Spencer: Making historyOn the end of the Loyola attack is Spencer, a Tewaaraton finalist and one of the most dangerous players in college lacrosse. Prior to Saturday, he ranked fourth in the country with 6.27 points per game. All told, he finished with three goals and six assists while being primarily guarded by SU’s star cover defender, Nick Mellen. Spencer used a combination of size and quickness to impose himself on Mellen. With the ball in his stick, Spencer met Mellen behind the cage numerous times. The attack’s favorite move from that spot was backing down Mellen to roughly the middle of the defensive zone before spinning back to face Porter with Mellen on his hip. When he faced Mellen from up top, Spencer nimbly ducked under and around Mellen’s stick to get a step and shoot on Porter. In the fourth quarter, Spencer flipped the ball from the top of the alley to senior P.J. Brown, who rifled a shot to tie the game at 12. It was Spencer’s 226th career assist, the most in NCAA history, passing the 225 mark set by Albany’s Lyle Thompson.Strong startsThrough the middle part of the season, Syracuse was plagued by slow starts. It’d fall behind early and piece together heroic late comebacks to salvage victories against sometimes lesser opponents. On Saturday, the Orange started each half in attack mode.In the first half, SU jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Jakob Phaup won four of the first five faceoffs against Loyola sophomore Bailey Savio, ensuring Syracuse the possessions it needed to build its lead. And though Loyola came back to make it 9-7 at halftime, in favor of the Orange, SU, again, came out hot. After trading defensive possessions for the first portion of the third quarter, senior Nate Solomon and Trimboli scored about two minutes apart to stretch the lead to four, the largest of the game for either team.Because of Syracuse’s hot starts, it was Loyola, not the Orange, playing from behind most of Saturday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgStephen Curry said he was back in his “happy place” as he made up for lost time on his long-awaited Golden State Warriors return in a defeat to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.The two-time NBA MVP had been sidelined since suffering a broken left hand during a clash with the Phoenix Suns last October. Curry scored 23 points in his first match for just over four months but was unable to prevent the Warriors from slumping to a 121-113 loss against the defending champions at Chase Center.The superstar guard was just pleased to be back on court following such a lengthy absence in a season to forget for injury-hit Golden State.Asked how he coped with being out for so long, Curry replied: “You kind of deal with the new reality as it comes.”Coming into the season, obviously four games in I was excited about trying to help lead the team where we wanted to go, chase the playoffs and all that but it was taken away.”You’ve got to be productive in all aspects while you are out, with the rehab and the opportunity to appreciate life outside of basketball as well. I’m happy to be back in my happy place, for sure, but a lot of good happened over these last four months.”you can foul himbut you can’t stop [email protected]— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 6, 2020Curry said he felt comfortable as he hit the ground running, having not known quite what to expect in his comeback.”It felt great, it was a lot of energy, anticipation for tonight and just getting back out there on the floor and seeing what was going to happen.” said the three-time NBA champion. “It was kind of a cool moment, just the excitement and energy in the building and I didn’t really know what to expect, how to handle the minute restriction and all that, I just tried to get my first shot and just get comfortable out there.”But throughout the 27 minutes I felt good, so I’m excited to be back out there.”We had some good moments, obviously Toronto is a championship team that has a lot of chemistry and they know how to win, so for us it was a good step in the right direction. Everybody just competing and we can build off of this.”last_img read more

first_imgWijnaldum’s versatility has been invaluable to Klopp, who will hope the Dutchman can use his athleticism and power to set the tempo in midfield.For Tottenham, Christian Eriksen will be looking to run the game too, but more quietly, the Dane’s craft and vision will be essential if Spurs want to break down Liverpool’s stubborn defence.If Eriksen is denied space to thread balls for the likes of Kane, Son and Dele Alli to find, Liverpool could be halfway there.Liverpool v ExpectationIt has been a long time since Liverpool last went into a European final as favourites and much could depend on how they handle the pressure.Liverpool finished 26 points above Tottenham in the Premier League this season, beat them home and away, and have lost to them only once in the last 13 matches.They also know what it feels like to play in a Champions League final, with most of this team there in Kiev last year, when they were beaten by Real Madrid.That experience should be an advantage but expectation can create tension too. Liverpool must not blink.Tottenham v NervesTottenham are the underdogs but there is never nothing to lose in a game of this magnitude.For some of their players, it is likely to be their only shot at winning club football’s biggest prize and for all of them except Toby Alderweireld, it will be their first Champions League final.Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris, who won the World Cup with France last year, will be among those trying to keep their team-mates calm because against Liverpool, notorious for fast starts, there will be no time for adjustment.After three weeks to stew, Spurs have to ensure nerves do not strangle their performance.Share on: WhatsApp Champions League trophy. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeagueMadrid, Spain | AFP | Tottenham and Liverpool play for the biggest prize in club football on Saturday as the two Premier League teams go head-to-head in the Champions League final.Liverpool are aiming to win their sixth European Cup in Madrid while a surprise victory for Spurs would earn them their first.Here, AFP Sport looks at five key battles that could decide the contest.Pochettino v KloppMauricio Pochettino has said he expects this match to be a battle of emotions, not tactics, but his duel with Jurgen Klopp could go a long way to settling the final.For Pochettino, the big call will be around Harry Kane, who could be fit enough to start but will he be sharp enough to merit the risk?Klopp’s biggest selection dilemma is in midfield, where he has to pick three from Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Fabinho.His choice could offer a clue as to Liverpool’s approach, whether they want a fast, open game, the kind they usually favour. It is the kind Tottenham, with their speed in attack, might be happy with too.Salah v RoseMohamed Salah played only 30 minutes of last year’s final, forced off after a collision with Sergio Ramos, and the Egyptian will surely be eager to make up for lost time.Even if his season has not had the explosiveness of last, Salah remains Liverpool’s deadliest threat and how Danny Rose handles him will be key to Tottenham’s hopes.Rose was outstanding during Tottenham’s quarter-final triumph over Ajax, showing the kind of form that once made him one of the finest full-backs in Europe. A repeat this weekend would give Spurs a good chance.Eriksen v WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum was the star of Liverpool’s incredible comeback against Barcelona in the semi-finals and Klopp is likely to rely on him again in Madrid.last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is not afraid to admit mistakes.That became clear when Opening Day right fielder Michael Reed was designated for assignment after eight at-bats. It was obvious when Opening Day left fielder Connor Joe was cut less than a week later after 15 at-bats.Zaidi has made impressive strides and several successful transactions in his first year on the job, but on Tuesday, he owned up to another failed evaluation.After watching …last_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Here’s how the Raiders graded out in a 34-14 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings:PASS OFFENSE DThe numbers for Derek Carr (27 of 34 for 242 yards, 2 TDs and one interception with a 103.7 passer rating) far exceeded his actual performance. His numbers didn’t start picking up until the Raiders trailed 21-0 and he started giving a steady diet of completions to tight end Darren Waller (13 receptions for … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Trivia time: Name the team Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first touchdown pass against in his 49ers debut?Hint: It was to Louis Murphy … a 10-yard strike on a 10-step rollout by No. 10 … as time expired in that Nov. 26, 2017 game … in late relief of an injured C.J. Beathard.The 49ers lost 24-13 that day to the Seattle Seahawks, who, nearly two years later, return to Levi’s Stadium on Monday night to face Garoppolo for the first time since then.San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If a horseshoe crab is neither horse nor crab, what is an evolutionary explanation?Horseshoe crabs are prime examples of “living fossils” that have evolved little since their appearance in the fossil record hundreds of millions of years ago,* but now some evolutionary paleontologists want to shout that a fossil horseshoe crab “illuminates the evolution of arthropod limbs.”  Indeed, Derek Briggs and his Yale gang, publishing in PNAS ( September 11, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205875109), are convinced that we can all learn oodles of wisdom by observing that some relatives had single legs and others had split legs.  Of less concern to them is why horseshoe crabs (Limulus) remained basically unchanged for 445 million years (or more, if Cambrian arthropods with similar body plans are considered).  Joined or single limbs might seem minor compared to eyes, guts, muscles, nerves, sexual organs and all the other complex features of these enduring animals that appear abruptly in the fossil record.PhysOrg jumped right on the evolutionary bandwagon, posting the Yale press release uncritically and with a jazz riff by Briggs himself:“This fossil provides remarkable confirmation of the loss of a limb branch during horseshoe crab evolution, a change predicted by the common presence of two branches in the arthropods that appeared earlier, during the Cambrian explosion,” said Derek E. G. Briggs, director of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and lead author of a paper to be published online the week of Sept. 10 in the journal PNAS. The fossil dates from the Silurian period, about 425 million years ago.What apparently was not as remarkable to Briggs was that this creature, threatened by man today, survived all the major mass extinctions that wiped out 90% of organisms in the Permian and all the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous, and other mass extinctions in the evolutionary timeline.  Yet somehow it never evolved much in far more Darwin Years than it took for cows to become whales and chimps to become humans.  Evolution works in strange ways.What in particular “illuminates the evolution” in this fossil?  PhysOrg was just thrilled to explain, it’s “the evolution of these ancient arthropods—the transformation of two-branched legs into nearly identical but separately attached limbs, one of which was destined to disappear.”  Oh.  Interesting.Speaking of disappearance, one poor little Limulus recorded its “death march” in stone, BBC News said.  The last drunken walk of this creature, asphyxiating in a lagoon lacking oxygen, was revealed in stunning clarity in Lagerstaette (fossil beds of exquisite preservation) on the England-Wales border, “a site rich in well preserved, soft-bodied fossils,” according to PhysOrg.  If you want to follow its death march, Live Science in its coverage added a photo gallery to help you pity the creature’s last gasp.  Since this was a death story, none of these articles mentioned the e-word evolution.  Remarkable how identical the critter looks to living horseshoe crabs after 150 million years.Speaking of crab legs (although Limulus is not a crab), another article about legs shows how no matter what observations the evolutionists have to concede, they play the victor.  Intelligent design is their straw man to knock down without debate.  PhysOrg posted a press release from the University of Dublin asking a design question then immediately throwing the score to Darwin: “Are our bones well designed? Insects and crabs have a leg up on us.”  Even though this would seem a foul for Darwin, since humans are further along the evolutionary ladder, the deceptive play apparently fooled the referee:“Like all Arthropods, grasshoppers and crabs have so called exoskeletons made from a very special material called cuticle,” said Professor David Taylor, of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. “This exoskeleton protects the animal like a knight’s suit of armour. Recently we have shown that this cuticle is in fact one of the toughest natural materials.““In terms of evolution, having your bones on the outside has been a pretty good concept,” said his colleague Dr Jan-Henning Dirks. “Since millions of years animals with exoskeletons such as insects, spiders and crustaceans can be found basically in every ecosystem in the world.“The article went on and on about how fine exoskeletons are.  My, why would evolution throw out such a “good concept” (don’t say “design”) when it came to mammals?  The reason the Darwin Team scored on this one is that the judges are Darwinians, too.   The fighting Irish even presumed to play intelligent designer, just for the irony of it: “Using the same amount of bone material and taking into account its mechanical properties, the human thighbone could be ‘redesigned’ as an exoskeleton to be twice as strong as it is now.”Then, unfortunately, Taylor fouled out by using the d-word design in the same sentence with the e-word, thus winning Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:“Of course there are numerous other factors determining the evolutionary advantages of endo- and exoskeletons,” said Taylor. “However, we think that by taking a design engineer’s view on the problem we’ve been able to shed some light on the evolutionary development of skeletal forms.”* “Horseshoe crabs are often referred to as living fossils, as they have changed little in the last 445 million years” (Wikipedia).More evidence that Darwinism is going to be viewed someday as the funniest losing act in the show, “Science’s Got Talent.”    You don’t have to wait for the audience to get the joke.  If you laugh out loud now, you might start something like the wave at a football stadium, initiating what everybody wanted to do anyway, but were afraid to start.  Even the Darwin-leaning judges will have a hard time letting the act continue if the whole audience is yucking it up hysterically.last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is pleased to announce the National Training Squads for the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides. The sides to compete at the 2005 All Nations in New Zealand this October, will be selected from these squads and this is an important step in preparation for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Please note that there have been 18 members selected in each squad, with several still yet to finalise their paperwork. When this has been done their names will be added to the website. The actual sides (of 14 players) will be announced after each squad holds its training camp midway through this year. Congratulations again to the selected players and good luck with your preparations for the All Nations tournament. Please also note that the date for the announcement of the Australian Senior sides for the All Nations tournament is April 29 on the ATA website. The National Training Squads: MENS OPEN: Matt Curran – ACT Drumayne Dayberg-Muir – Qld Ash Farrow – Qld Chris Farrow – Qld Phillip Gyemore- Qld Nathan Jones – Qld Trent McDonald – Qld Scott Mitchell – NSW Turoa Needham – Qld Ben Roberts – Qld Steve Roberts – NSW Ben Robinson – Qld Gavin Shuker – Qld Garry Sonda – NSW Jason Stanton – NSW Jamie Stowe – NSW Jarod Tump – Qld Anthony Ziade – NSW Coach: Tony Trad WOMENS OPEN: Bo de la Cruz – NT Sharlene Harriman – NSW Renee Henderson – Qld Rachael Holden – NSW Amanda Judd – NSW Kristy Judd – NSW Shelley Matcham – WA Dominique Maher – NSW Kelly McGennity – Qld Melissa Pitfield – NSW Rachel Reid – Qld Peta Rogerson – Qld Sharyn Williams – Qld Louise Winchester – NSW Claire Winchester – NSW Roxy Winder – Qld Kelly Woods – NSW Coach: Kerry Norman MIXED OPEN: Kate Adams – Qld Andrew Baggio – NSW Ricki Best – Qld Troy Clark – Qld Beaudene Currie – Qld Brad Davids – NSW Amy Fong – Qld Belinda Grech – NSW Jarah Jennings – ACT Teena McIlveen – NSW Ben McCullen – Qld Justin Mitchell – Qld Stacey Lapham – NSW Matt Tope – NSW Hayley Rogerson – Qld Daniel Rushworth – NSW Stephanie Sorrensen – NSW Dean Wilbow – NSW Coach: Gary Madders Any media enquiries, please contact Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2014/15 Targeted Growth Program. All of the successful applicants will look to implement growth initiatives in areas of junior, school and female participation growth during the summer season. The following affiliates were successful in receiving funding in the 2014/15 Targeted Growth program:Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthThe Lower Blue Mountains will aim to provide a number of junior development clinics targeted at primary aged school children in the Mid to Upper Blue Mountains region. Port Lincoln Touch Association – School to Affiliate LinkagesPort Lincoln will promote the sport through local schools, as well as provide in-school clinics to entice school children to play at their affiliate. At the end of the junior season, they will also host a family day to stimulate interest in the families of participants.Dubbo Touch Association – Female Participation GrowthThe Dubbo Touch Association will look to establish relationships with the local League Tag, Netball, Soccer and Hockey clubs to cross-promote alternate team activity for female participants. Milton/Ulladulla Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthMilton/Ulladulla will utilise their funding to provide a number of junior clinics at their venue to attract new junior participants to their affiliate. Tamworth Touch Association – School Competition and Affiliate LinkagesTamworth will look to develop an interschool competition with all of the local high schools, while also promoting the community pathway. This initiative will complete the pathway between their primary school competition and adult participation. The following affiliates were also successful in receiving $300 Advertising Assistance grants to promote competitions for this coming season:·         Doyalson Touch Association·         Ryde Eastwood Touch Association·         Wallsend Touch Association·         Whyalla Touch AssociationRelated LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more