Big East Media Day Lacks Celebrity Coaches But Not Ambition

Actor Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan) is 43. Guitarist Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies is 43. Country singer Chely Wright is 43. Actor Craig Robinson (The Office) is 42. Singer Jerome Jones of Immature is 32. Singer Katy Perry is 29. Singer Austin Winkler of Hinder is 29. Singer Ciara is 28. Oct. 26: Actor Bob Hoskins is 71. Actress Jaclyn Smith is 68.

Celebrity Chef Highlights Lack of Safe Ingredients in Vietnam

Every game is going to be a battle. That was true last year; thats going to be true this year. Marquette Coach Buzz Williams , whose Golden Eagles were picked by the leagues coaches to win the 2013-14 regular season title, proclaimed the Big East one of the best two or three conferences in the country. Georgetown was picked second, garnering two of the 10 first-place votes. And Creighton , which boasts the leagues unanimous preseason player of the year, senior forward Doug McDermott, was picked third. Every coach is going to say they play in the best league, said Marquettes Williams, whose team reached the NCAA tournaments region finals, but if you objectively study the numbers, I think what this league has done the last five years speaks for itself. I think this year that will hold firm, too. Mere proclamations dont land leagues a place among college basketballs elite, however. Nor can they conjure passionate rivalries to replace those that stoked the Big East of old, such as Georgetown-Syracuse . Those things are earned on court, over time. Ackerman, the former WNBA commissioner who took the reins of the Big East on July 1, insisted the new league was up to the task, committed to proving that a league that makes basketball rather than big-money football its calling card can be financially viable and nationally respected. Theres no doubt: The eyes of the basketball world and the eyes of others in college sports are definitely on the league, said Ackerman, a former standout at Virginia. But I think everybody in our league uses that as a source of motivation. When Georgetown opens its season Nov. 8 against Pac-12 power Oregon in South Korea, it will be without do-it-all forward Otto Porter Jr., last seasons Big East player of the year, who was chosen by the Wizards with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft, and junior forward Greg Whittington , who tore an anterior cruciate ligament during the offseason. Thompson said it was impossible to gauge Whittingtons readiness to return and, as a result, was preparing as if he wouldnt be available.

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His menu also includes clams which have been farmed using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. The pre-dominant message was overfishing, but the event also highlighted a problem facing Vietnamese consumers often aired in the local media. What Im experiencing as a chef of 18 years is I have no idea where any of the products are coming from. You can say the beef is from the U.S. and has a stamp on it but it might not be,” he said. “Recently in Vietnam we discovered that 80 percent of the noodles were laced with toxic chemicals to keep them white. So its really time for a change. Vietnam is one of the worlds top seafood exporters, with exports of catfish accounting for 90 percent of the global market. While not all exported goods are labeled with information which includes whether that product is certified or not, industry experts recognize that labels with more information are more popular with consumers, said Ngo. Tien Chuong, Aquaculture Coordinator at the World Wide Fund for Natures Vietnam office. He said the general trend is for authorities to make production for export more sustainable while less attention is paid to domestic consumption. Lack of information on food sourcing and ingredients is a big issue for Vietnamese consumers, many of whom worry about the overuse of pesticides in vegetables, and excessive use of antibiotics and formaldehyde in meat. Last month some residents in Lao Cai province were hospitalized after eating dried fish, which was later found to contain high levels of histamines, local media reported. Poisoning cases have been blamed on poor enforcement of hygiene standards but so far there is no certification process in place for consumers at home. Chuong said certified products and high quality products in Vietnam are mainly sold for the export market. But with a population of 90 million people, the countrys domestic market should not be ignored.