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SA win World Masters Surfing title

first_img7 April 2008 Team South Africa continued its reign as the undisputed champions of world masters surfing by trumping the world’s best 35-years-and-older surfers to win the overall team crown at the 2008 ISA World Surfing Championships in perfect point break waves at Punta Rocas in Peru at the weekend. Led by individual gold medalists Heather Clark (Masters Women), Marc Wright (Kahunas) and Chris Knutsen (Grand Kahunas), South Africa blew away the competition to take their second consecutive team world championship. They topped the standings with 10 500 points, 1 100 ahead of Australia in second, with Brazil, on 9 041, finishing in third, and hosts Peru rounding out the top four with 8 766 points. Saturday’s final day of competition offered solid one-to-1.5-metre waves for the “Masters Olympics of Surfing”. Former World Championship Tour surfer Heather Clark got the ball rolling for the South African team by blasting her way to victory over Peru’s Rocio Larranaga, Sandra English of Australia and Brigitte Mayer of Brazil in the final of the Masters Women’s (over-35) division. South Africa’s most decorated female surfer was in a league of her own; netting 15.83 points in the final to end the event with the four highest heat tallies and the five highest single ride scores in the women’s event. “I’m absolutely ecstatic,” Clark said. “In 2003 I was in contention for the title on the World Tour, so it’s always been my dream to win a world title. I’m over the moon.” Chris Knutsen was the next winner for South Africa, mixing his trademark rail carves with a radical forehand approach to defeat Peru’s Paco Del Castillo, Australia’s Frank Hayter and Puerto Rico’s Rene Gonzalez in the Grand Kahunas (over-50) division. Knutsen was crowned Kahunas (over-45) world champion in Puerto Rico last year and followed that up with the gold medal in the Grand Kahunas this year. Durban’s Marc Wright completed the South Africa trifecta by snatching a last minute victory over fellow countrymen Nick Pike to nab gold in the Kahunas (over-45) division. Sitting in second place with a minute remaining in the 30-minute final, Wright snared a wave set and produced a series of classy frontside manoeuvres to post a heat-winning 8.33. Pike took the silver with Punta Rocas’ local Jorge Posso getting bronze and Australia’s Rod Baldwin the copper. 1988 Pipeline Masters champion Rob Page of Australia rekindled his competitive surfing career by reaching the finals of both the Grand Masters and Masters divisions. In the Grand Masters, the Wollongong charger out-pointed Peru’s Magoo De La Rosa, Brazil’s Jo Jo Olivenca and South Africa’s Andre Malherbe to capture gold. Puerto Rico’s Juan Ashton was the only Latin America title winner, netting his second successive Masters’ title. He scored a sensational 17.50 out of 20 – the highest score of the day – to defeat Ricardo Toledo of and the Australian pair of Rob Page and Jay Sharpe in the only final that did not feature a South African competitor. ISA President Fernando Aguerre awarded the surfers their medals in the event’s closing ceremony. He was ecstatic about the success of this international event stating. “I would like to thank the Peruvian people and the Peruvian Surfing Federation for welcoming us with open arms,” he said. “The 160 visitors will be leaving the country with a Peruvian warmth tattooed in our hearts; we are new ambassadors for Peru. The proverbial fountain of youth is closer than we might think: It’s the waves of the world…We don’t stop surfing because we get old, we get old because we stop surfing…So don’t stop!” The location of the 2009 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships has not yet been chosen but locations in South Africa and Brazil are in the running. Source: Surfing South Africa  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The right time for fertilizer application pays (because the wrong time is so costly)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to understanding the right time to apply nutrients, it is important to know when it is the wrong time.Several years ago it had been a wet and frustrating fall for getting any field work done in the Lost Creek Watershed in northwest Ohio. It was followed by a fairly cold winter and there was an extended period of frozen conditions in February that provided a great opportunity to catch up for lost time.“We got a nice window and pretty much every dealer in the area was working on spreading fertilizer on frozen ground. There was about four inches of snow cover. Less than a week later we received a three-plus-inch rain event that melted the snow and allowed for major surface runoff on the frozen ground. There was rain/snow in the forecast, but no one was forecasting a three-inch rain. So the farmers and dealers that were spreading weren’t really in the wrong. However, those conditions create a high risk for nutrients to leave the field and in this case that happened. It warmed up and we got a big rain and the toilet flushed,” said Clint Nester, with Nester Ag, LLC in Williams County. “It was the one of the biggest phosphorus levels Heidelberg University has ever recorded in the water monitoring of the watershed. Those applications were made at the wrong time — everything else was right — and we lost nutrients big time.”In many ways, the right time is the easiest of the 4Rs to understand, but one of the hardest to actually do. Hindsight can make the wrong times to apply fertilizer seem very obvious, but the process of determining the right time can be quickly convoluted by weather uncertainties, changing soil conditions, farm work logistics, and just plain old bad luck.“If you are a really good weatherman you can avoid a lot of those spikes you see with phosphorus loss from fields, but we know how well that works. That big rain event in the Lost Creek Watershed really opened some eyes in the area, including for our business,” Nester said. “Until that time we still had customers that took that opportunity to spread on frozen ground because it worked well for the logistics of getting things done. After that, guys backed off of doing that. Farmers don’t want their money floating down the river. And when that happens you never know what you really lost and don’t know how much to re-apply. In many cases, you have to assume you lost it all and you end up re-applying the whole rate. That gets expensive.”Senate Bill 1 sets some fairly clear, common sense guidelines for applying nutrients at the right time in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed. Specifically, for applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) in the Western Lake Erie Basin, a person may not apply:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil;2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation;3. When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12-hour period for granular fertilizer or one-half inch in a 24-hour period for manure.These requirements can be exempted if the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop. This is the law for all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio.For businesses certified through Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, these SB 1 rules are a good common-sense start to avoiding costly nutrient loss by applying at the right time, said Chris Horning, the North Data Operational Lead for Sunrise Cooperative. Sunrise was among the first 4R Certified businesses.Chris Horning“We have a yearly applicator training that covers the 4Rs and usually the auditors will be out talking to the nutrient applicators when they are doing the audit. They incorporate a lot of the 4Rs into the two-day training session,” Horning said. “The applicators know that if they are in the field, 95% of the time the weather forecast is not going to tell you about a three- or four-inch gully washer. If they are sitting there and the sky is black, they know they need to check back with the office and make sure they are still on track with the operation manager and the grower as far as the timing goes. If there are any questions on field conditions or the way the weather looks, they need to check back in. We do a lot of things ahead of time to try and not get in that position sitting in the fields in the spring waiting to putting fertilizer on, but rainfall is one of the biggest issues that creates challenges. Most guys don’t want you out there in saturated soils anyway and the frozen ground we know to avoid.”Sunrise has seen a big shift to spring application away from putting on nutrients in the fall. The cooperative also works on more applications of smaller amounts of nutrients.“We are geared up with equipment to split those applications up with in-crop dry applications and we are working with farmers with Y-Drops, using different nitrogen models to determine the right rate for the growing season. And for the fall applications, we are putting down just a one-year supply of nutrients and not two or three,” Horning said. “We have been working closely with the 4R guidelines and if we are spreading in the fall, it is incorporated within 24 hours and that takes a lot of pressure off.”Horning said another very useful tool for nutrient applicators is the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) app. The app was developed with input from Ohio State University Extension in Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state recordkeeping requirements for both SB 1 and Senate Bill 150. ONMRK helps farmers comply with state laws by recording their fertilizer or manure application as well as the current weather conditions and forecast for the next 24 hours.“That is really handy. It gives you the 12-hour and 24-hour forecast for the spot you are sitting and really helps you meet the guidelines. It also helps with documenting it as well. You can get that app for free on your phone. It will even tell you if an application is recommended or not,” Horning said. “It really helps us to be compliant.”The requirements of SB1 create a base to further refine nutrient application recommendations from Nester Ag that has also been certified through 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.“Guys are paying big dollars to put those nutrients out on the land and when we make recommendations we don’t put a fudge factor on there for what is going to the ditch. We want the nutrients they apply to the field to stay in the field. Those laws are in place but it also makes sense with economics to keep those nutrients in the field,” Nester said. “Those laws are only for nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you wanted to spread potash when a rain is coming there is no law to say you can’t do that, but we tell guys it is a high risk time to apply those and that they need to avoid any potential for the nutrients to leave the field. That just makes sense economically and environmentally.”Beyond those basics outlined in SB 1, there are still many right (and wrong) times to apply nutrients to fields. There are clear advantages to minimizing nutrient loss by applying the right rates of nutrients as close to the time when the plants need them as possible during the growing season.“If a guy can apply in the spring I would say that probably reduces the risk of losing those nutrients because you don’t have them out there during the winter months when you can get those two- or three-inch rains on frozen ground and soil is moving,” Nester said. “But, on the acres that some guys cover, they just can’t do it all in the spring. In some cases, they will do some of their acres in the fall and leave their leakier fields — the fields that are more prone to leaching — to get to in the spring. With nitrogen we still tell our guys to break that total nitrogen up if possible so maybe they’ll be putting a little on with their broadcast fertilizer, maybe some ammonium sulfate. Then they could come in with some starter on the planter and then come back with some weed and feed either before or after the planter, based on their program. Then we can come back with sidedress and some guys are now coming back with the Y-Drops for a fifth trip.”But even with the extensive effort to put nitrogen on at the right time for the plant, loss is still possible.“Nitrogen loss is very weather dependent. This year there was not much loss in this area. In 2015, though, we saw an example of too much rain and definite nitrogen loss in the corn crop,” Nester said. “We have seen instances when you get early spring rains and if you have put everything out up front, you get problems. Having it split up reduces the risk of losing huge amounts of nitrogen. If you lose 10% of 10% it is a big difference compared to losing 10% of your total nitrogen.”The right time for phosphorous applications involves considering an entirely different set of factors. There are plenty of wrong times to apply phosphorous, but there are some things that can be done to expand the windows of “right time” opportunities.“Phosphorus is a whole different animal and it is hard to pinpoint because we have such a large pool of phosphorus available in the soil that is not available to the plant. It is always cycling. We have tried to put out phosphorus plots to learn more. You can not spread phosphorus one year and you won’t see a yield decrease unless you have critically low P levels. We can’t show much data about timing of phosphorus applications making a difference one way or another,” Nester said. “We do know if we can avoid putting it on the surface in the fall it reduces the chance to lose that dissolved reactive phosphorus over the surface or though the tile.  Incorporating it can be a viable solution to try and keep it in the field.“No-till situations can lead to bigger pores and more pathways for it to get to the tile. Strip-tilling phosphorus in the fall can work too as a pretty safe way to apply. You put it right in the soil at the root zone where the crop will need it. We work with guys who strip-till and we have been able to reduce rates by about 20% and we checked it with strips in the field and we are not taking any yield hit with that 20% reduction. Strip-tilling it in in the fall is very efficient. You are getting it incorporated in the soil and we can apply less fertilizer and keep yields up. It saves money and doesn’t allow for much runoff to the streams.”Cover crops are also a great tool for making more opportunities to apply at the right time.“We preach cover crops to our customers for a multitude of reasons. Hopefully they get a yield gain, they reduce erosion and they help keep nutrients in the field,” he said. “The ideal situation in the fall is to apply to a cover crop — something that is going to overwinter. Some guys plant radishes or oats and as soon as we get the first freeze they are done. There was some research that showed radishes alone as a cover crop were bringing nutrients to the surface and really concentrating them there to the point that it was more of a detriment to planting radishes only than getting a benefit. If you are going to run one cover crop it should be something that will stay green all winter. And, if you are going to apply when conditions are a little iffy, a cover crop definitely reduces that risk factor.”Ultimately, the right rate of the right product at the right place does little good if applied at the wrong time.“You can do three things right with the 4Rs and still be wrong,” Nester said. “You have to do them all and follow those four key principles. You can’t just do one.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org.last_img read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: #10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, look for “2017 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2017 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months.As we count down the last days of the year, we’ll also count down the 10 most popular stories of 201710. Is Dannon guilty of marketing flimflam?There has been quite a bit of buzz in the dairy industry about Dannon recently and attorney Leisa Boley-Hellwarth delved into the legalities of the issue. Dannon claims they are merely giving the consumers what they want. Many in agriculture disagree and assert that Dannon’s actions are merely “marketing flimflam” and “fear-based marketing.” What do you think?last_img read more

Meet The First Miners of the New Social Graph

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#NYT#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick “I have a couple of friends that are in the VC business around New York city,” Marshall told us. “They wanted make sure that they knew about any new deals and companies at least as fast as their competitors. So this is all just one tool to help with that sort of thing…without having to constantly check who their competitors are following manually.“It actually feels a little like an invasion of privacy when you start getting the alerts though, because you get to see when people you are interested in start or stop following other people. But from a ‘business’ point of view, I think it’s really powerful.”The Low Hanging FruitNo potential privacy violation would be complete without politics and advertising. Sure enough, our third miner of the new social graph focuses on those two parts of the world.Peter Bray lives in Portland, Oregon and built FollowerWonk.com. Follower Wonk displays common followers, as well as people that users are following mutually. It also offers some visualizations and the ability to search inside users’ Twitter bio fields. Bray thinks this technology has real potential to change the world, in the short term even.“As Follower Wonk matures, we imagine an application where a political campaign or a brand can slice & dice followers into highly leveragable segments. For example, a Democratic candidate might be able to find cross-over votes by targeting Twitter users who follow the competing GOP candidate, but also, say @sierra_club or @barackobama. Campaigns, or brands, can find and utilize these natural ‘tension points’, not only in terms of actual individual users, but also what interests (environment?) or messages might be potent. As social media matures, these sorts of strategies, already so common in the world of list management, are naturally going to play a significant role.”We asked Mr. Bray, if these tools were so darned potent, why aren’t more people excited about them yet?“In the universe of Google users, the percentage using, say, Google Analytics or Website Optimizer is teensy,” he replied.“Similarly, the total number of Twitter users that are going to find value in slicing & dicing their followers is small. But I think that the benefits of such user profiling and tracking are potent, and increasingly evident among brands and campaigns.“We’ve seen this in one of our other applications, Versionista.com, where the McCain site used our Web page tracking and versioning tool to highlight changes to Obama’s policy pages. Who would have thought that tracking changes to a campaign Web site would reveal important talking points? And similarly, you’re right that few people right now realize the power of Twitter, and social media generally, in terms of the ability to find and engage a receptive audience through advanced profiling and analytics. Or the ability to deduce new messages and arguments.” Henry Copeland, the creator of 8-year old blog ad network BlogAds, is building Twiangulate on the side, late at night. Copeland is the one who told us about Tony Fratto, based on the Twiangulate map of common connections among those three media stars. He also points to a map his service created of the most inter-connected, yet otherwise obscure, friends of actress Demi Moore. That’s kind of creepy. A more benevolent use case? Say you’re a reporter covering New York city schools. Who might be a good source to contact? Here’s what Copeland recommends: Look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s list of followers on Twitter. See which ones look like education-related organizations. Use Twiangulate to see who both that organization and the Mayor are following. Look for an education-related organization on that list and add it to your comparison. Repeat, until you’ve replaced the Mayor and are just looking at a list of who is being followed by 3 of the most-connected education organizations in the city. There’s a good list of people to be in contact with. That’s pretty hot stuff.Freaky Geeky StuffWhy are services like this not taking off like wildfire yet? “Right now we’re each building a fascinating tool, but we haven’t quite shaped the handle right so it fits in the user’s hand,” Copeland says of the three companies we looked at doing similar kinds of work.“Then, what exactly does the customer look like? In many cases the right user doesn’t yet exist. There is not yet 10k people designated as blahblahblow specialists at companies across America. There are geeks and aficionados and crazy people with visions of something that might be palm trees on the horizon… or might be a mirage.“People need to develop habits of thinking about this stuff. They need someone to explain it to them. They need to develop an easy-to-use vocabulary set for understanding it and communicating about it. Right now ‘social network analysis’ just doesn’t trip off the average person’s tongue.”It may not roll of the average person’s tongue, but there’s clearly some very serious interest in it. Kevin Marshall is the creator of a bundle of social graph analysis tools called Wow.ly, including one much like Twiangulate, called HiveMind or Grou.pe. HiveMind will show you who you aren’t following that a group of selected Twitter users are – and it will email you when that list changes.center_img Related Posts Using People to Find PeopleName 3 people whom you admire, despise, work with or otherwise pay attention to and tools like HiveMind, Follower Wonk and Twiangulate will quickly calculate who all those people are following in common on Twitter. Tell those services who you are and they’ll expose the people from that list that you aren’t yet following yourself.Services like this stand in an interesting place online: they aren’t too hard to build and they delivery huge value to their users, but so far they have had a hard time getting people to try them out.Using social network data is easiest with Twitter today, because of its more open nature, but this kind of work is being done on top of Facebook as well. (See this week’s article The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul for example.) When it comes to using people to find people, it’s almost literally a 2.0 version of what some of the biggest companies in Web 1.0 did.Adam Lindemman, CEO of a synaptic web company called Imindi that burned up trying to enter the earth’s atmosphere last year and has since been mothballed, put it very well: “This is essentially collaborative filtering used in recommendation, for people as the object rather than Books, CDs or Movies (Amazon) or search results (Page Rank). In other words we are seeing the emergence of something like the kinds of tools that helped us navigate the information and e-commerce glut in Web 1.0 and using them to help us manage the main glut of Web 2.0 – which is the abundance of people and the need to literally mine that noise for signal.”We spoke with the creators of those three services in particular (Twiangulate, HiveMind and Follower Wonk) to find out what they’re thinking as they build and promote social graph analysis tools on top of Twitter.The Fabulous Uses of Friend Network Analysis Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Can One of These Visions Come to Fruition?These are three men have built different tools that do roughly the same things but in different ways, and with different go-to-market visions. There are others, too, like Tickery and Klout. Will any of them be able to popularize something where there’s a level of strategic thought required in order to capture substantial value from a social networking world all-too-often dismissed as trivial? It’s a complicated but thought provoking question. One that will be discussed on Twitter no doubt. Even there, Henry Copeland, Kevin Marshall and Peter Bray will take different approaches, though. There is not a single person that all three of them are following! There also wasn’t anyone else that was following all three of these trailblazers, either. Until I just did.Is this kind of analysis a privacy violation? How can privacy on sites like Twitter, Facebook and whatever comes next be balanced with interests in innovation and profit? These are the kinds of questions that the web will need to ask if services like these three become popular. They offer so much value, it seems inevitable that they will.You can find and follow the ReadWriteWeb team on Twitter here and on Facebook here.Disclosure: Color commentary above was provided by CEO of Imindi, a company the author has had a consulting relationship with in the past. It was also quite articulate. George Stephanopoulos. Wolf Blitzer. Ana Marie Cox. Three powerful people that you might want to get in touch with, especially if you’re in D.C. One man who has the ear of all three of those powerful people is Tony Fratto, known as @TonyFratto on Twitter. Managing Director at Hamilton Place Strategies, the founder of RooseveltRoom.net, a CNBC Contributor and a former US Treasury & White House official, Mr. Fratto is the least well-known (in Twitter terms) of the mere 41 people that all three of our sought-after stars have opted-in to following on Twitter. He could be the diamond in the rough, the guy you want to know. He’s probably got some important things to say, too.These days, it’s all about who you don’t know. That’s the theory behind a group of very interesting software projects being built on top of the giant graph of friend/follower connection data that Twitter exposes about its users. These tools unearth potential connected influencers like Tony Fratto.last_img read more

The Bigger Why Always Wins

first_imgThe bigger why always wins.“I have to make calls today because people are counting me.” You have to take care of you and your family. Not making your calls puts that outcome in jeopardy. That’s a big “why,” isn’t it?“I’m going to browse the web because I want to read all the reviews of the big game/the big television show/the big political event because I have to know what happened.” That’s a small “why” that people sometimes make a bigger “why.”“I have to get up and exercise so I have the health, energy, and vitality I need.” Your health is a seriously big “why.” If you don’t take care of you, you can’t achieve all that you want to achieve and you can’t make the biggest contribution of which you are capable.“I’ll just hit the snooze button a few more times because I really need the rest.” From time to time this is true. But if it is every day, if you hit the snooze button every morning, you are making 9 minutes of comfort a bigger “why.”“I’ve got a serious issue with a client that I must deal with now because they are counting on me to help.” Engaging in serious challenges and issues because you have a duty and responsibility to your clients–even when you have to give them bad news–is a big “why.” It’s one of the ways you earn trusted advisor status.“I want to wait until my client cools down and this issue passes because . . . “ Because why? Problems don’t age well. It’s fear that drives the decision to avoid dealing with a bad situation of your making. You are making avoiding a conflict a bigger why, and that will make you a smaller you.In all cases the bigger “why” wins. But you are the one who decides which is the bigger “why.”QuestionsWhat are you avoiding?What are you making the bigger “why?”What should be your biggest “why?”last_img read more

When You Must Be a Subject Matter Expert

first_imgAs the solutions we sell become more and more complex, serving your prospective clients can require that you bring a subject matter expert into the mix. The subject matter expert (SME) has deep knowledge in some area around your solution, something domain specific, like information technology or risk management.The subject matter expert answers questions that are beyond the capabilities of the salesperson. In many cases, however, salespeople have become dependent on subject matter experts and in doing so have become irrelevant. They’ve absolved themselves of their responsibility to become the advisor part of “trusted advisor.”If you are in business-to-business sales and the sale is complex, strategic, and potentially full of risk, you must be a subject matter expert in your own right. If you are not, you are irrelevant.Do You Know as Much or More Than Me?It may not be necessary for you to have the same depth of knowledge or experience as a subject matter expert inside your company, but you can’t be too far off either. You can’t be a trusted advisor and a consultative salesperson and also an “know nothing.” You have to bring more value than simply knowing who to call to get questions answered.Your prospective client has questions. They expect that you have the depth of knowledge necessary to answer their questions. If you don’t know as much or more than your prospective client knows, it is difficult for you to create value for them.Your goal should be to know as much or more about the areas where you help your clients than any of your prospective clients—and far more than any of your competitors.Are You Relevant? Do You Have a Point of View?It’s also important that you know enough to be relevant. Relevance requires that you have a point of view. That you have ideas about what is right, what is wrong, what is possible, what is now, and what is next.The more senior the person you are working with, the more important it is that you have a point of view that creates value for them. It’s important that you have an arsenal of ideas and experiences that allow you to disrupt their current thinking and provide them with the new lens through which to see their future.Your goal should be to become the person that your clients and prospective clients call to help understand what they should be doing to drive their business forward and create greater results. What do you need to know to be able to deliver that level of value?Product knowledge is not enough by itself. You need to be world-class in your space if you are going to be relevant, credible, and irreplaceable. You are going to need to be a subject matter expert.last_img read more

In managing water, Surat takes lead

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90-year-old cycling champ fails doping test, loses crown

first_imgIn light of the other test, Grove lost only his results from the day of his positive test. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Dream the impossible SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Carl Grove, a 90-year-old American cyclist, has been stripped of his age-group title and world record from the US Masters Track Championships after failing a doping test due to a food supplement he was taking. AFPCarl Grove, a 90-year-old American cyclist, has been stripped of his age-group title and world record from the US Masters Track Championships after failing a doping test.The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a public warning Friday to Grove for a violation they said likely came from consuming meat contaminated with a banned substance.ADVERTISEMENT Grove had won the 90-94 age group individual pursuit crown in a world record 3mins 6.129secs last July 11 at Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. He was the lone competitor in his age group.The resident of the small town of Bristol, Indiana, about 120 miles east of Chicago, tested positive for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone in a urine sample taken after his run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionGrove provided USADA with information the doping watchdogs said led them to find that “the source of his positive test was more likely than not caused by contaminated meat consumed the evening before competing.”Grove had passed a doping test after competing the day before even though USADA later found a supplement he was using before the competition date had the presence of the banned substance clomiphene, although it was not listed in the ingredients. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Queens again

first_imgThe Lady Eagles celebrate their third crown in six years. —SHERWIN VARDELEONThe UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball crown was Ateneo’s destiny—and, as University of Santo Tomas found out, there was no changing that.The Lady Eagles, dominant at the start and steel-nerved at the finish, turned back the Tigresses, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, in Game 3 of their championship series and soared to their old perch Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo thus bagged their third title in six years after they won their last one in 2015 while also spoiling the Tigresses’ bid to win their first in nine years.And for Sisi Rondina, the UST senior who wanted to leave in the din of a championship celebration, it was destiny.“This [championship] was really Ateneo’s destiny,” said Rondina in Filipino. “We just tried to stop it.”But the Tigresses couldn’t.Ateneo pounced on an erratic UST in the first set and took the best that the Tigresses could offer in the next two, using their vaunted defense anchored on lanky stars Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon to log 14 kill-blocks and blunt their foes’ 37-27 edge in spikes.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ateneo looked to cruise in the third, taking a 19-15 lead on Madayag’s emphatic block on UST’s Eya Laure but the Golden Tigresses managed to storm back and tie it at 21-all on a Rondina kill.Madayag shattered the last tie with back-to-back points to put Ateneo at championship point. Jules Samonte then finished things off with an off-the-block kill.Tolentino finished with 15 points to lead Ateneo’s offense while Madayag had 10 points.Rondina had 18 points to lead the Tigresses while Laure had 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next My dream marathon: Running in the most famous of all road races Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “It’s because of our faith and courage,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “It’s really written, the Lord has plans, no matter the challenges, whatever it is, He will really give it to you.”It’s also about talent, about Ateneo’s seniors showing up and establishing right in the first set that no bunch of young upstarts led by a fiery graduating veteran was going to take away their moment of glory.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, logistics“It’s not how you start, it’s how you end,” added Almadro, whose wards lost their first game of the season to La Salle, the opening match of the Final Four to FEU and the start of the championship series to the Tigresses.But the Lady Eagles were not to be denied. View commentslast_img read more