Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes

first_imgDines Dumaan won the Philippines’ 24th gold medal in tanding – men’s class A in the pencak silat competitions of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 2.The 22-year-old stopped his Indonesian foe Firman in the Finals to win the 45-50 kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies PH squash team nets two more bronzes View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took home bronze in the event.Dumaan’s win capped off a successful day for the Philippine pencak silat team after Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega, and Jefferson Rhey Loon all bagged bronze medals in their events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Placing third in the 55-60 kilogram division, Ortega came away with the bronze medal in the tanding – men’s class C.Loon, meanwhile, settled for a bronze medal in tanding – men’s class D, finishing third in the 60-65 kilogram division. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more

BC OGC says recent report ‘unfairly characterizes’ the Commission’s reputation

first_imgThe OGC goes on to the say that because of the dedication and hard work of its staff, British Columbia has some of the highest environmental standards in the world and is an internationally recognized regulator from the many advancements the Commission has implemented over the years. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has issued a statement in response to the report released earlier this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.In the report, the group is asking the Provincial Government to find a new agency to oversee the oil and gas industry in British Columbia.The report’s author, Ben Parfitt, accused the Crown corporation of serving the interests of the industry and a provincial government that promotes fossil fuel development ahead of the public interest.- Advertisement -In a statement from the OGC, they feel the report unfairly characterizes the reputation of the Commission and its expert and committed staff.The OGC says they are an independent regulator that is responsible for applying laws and regulations for the industry and plays an important role in protecting public safety.“We believe the recently released report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives unfairly characterizes the reputation of the BC Oil and Gas Commission and its expert and committed staff. The Commission is an independent regulator, responsible for applying B.C. laws and regulations related to energy industry activities and plays an important role in protecting public safety, respecting those affected by oil and gas activities, conserving the environment and supporting responsible resource development.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Makwata ready for sentimental Ulinzi reunion

first_img“This will be a big game for me because Ulinzi raised me and opened the doors for me to leave the country and move abroad. It will be a good match for me to play and I am happy because I will be meeting my friends who I played with, the coaches, the management,” Makwata told Capital Sport.He added; “But for me, the most important thing for me is my team and we want to win.”The forward, formerly with Nairobi City Stars has been in good form this season. In seven matches, he has already tasted the net four times and he hopes his form can guide Ingwe to quenching a two decade wait for the league title.Ulinzi Stars striker John Mark Makwatta celebrates after scoring against Kakamega Homeboyz in their final match of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League first leg.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.“Our target this season is winning the league. The momentum of the team is coming up well and we have a good squad. I believe it is a good year to challenge for the crown. The other years the team has been starting poorly but now I believe we have what it takes,” he stated.“We lost the first game and there was a lot of pressure. But now after we bounced back, the players are more focused and settled and we are working together to achieve our targets in every game.On a personal level, Makwata hopes to break the 20 goal mark in the league this season to surpass his best scoring form of 15 goals from three seasons ago. Also top on his agenda is getting back into the national team.“I think I am a better player now. I have picked up experience from playing outside the country and I am thankful that I came back and the form is still there. I want to keep working hard and hopefully make the squad for the 2021 African Cup of Nations. That will be a dream come true for me,” he stated.AFC Leopards’ head coach Cassa Mbungo shouts instructions on the touchline during the Mashemeji Derby against Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on May 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC have been in unstoppable form this campaign and after losing their opening match to Kakamega Homeboyz have responded positively to win four games and draw two, taking their tally to 14 and second spot in the standings, one shy of leaders Gor Mahia.They come up against an Ulinzi Stars side that has equally started the season positively.Unbeaten in the last four, the military side has won three, drawn a similar number and lost one of their last seven matches this season to sit sixth in the standings with 12 points, two shy of Ingwe.In 22 meetings between the two sides, Ingwe has a small edge having won 10 and drawn eight while four have ended in draws. Last season, Ulinzi won the first leg 1-0 while the return fixture in Machakos ended in a similar score line in favor of Leopards.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards forward John Mark Makwata celebrates one of his two goals against Sofapaka during a KPL match at the Narok Stadium. PHOTO/Kelly Ayodi/AFC LeopardsNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – AFC Leopards forward John Mark Makwata says he is ready for a sentimental return when Ingwe hosts his former side Ulinzi Stars at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday evening.Makwata left the military side in 2017 for Buildcon FC in Zambia, having served them in Nakuru for three seasons and finishing up as the top scorer in the league in his final full season in 2016.last_img read more

JUDGE SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN GARDA AS FIVE NEW MEMBERS ARRIVE

first_imgA Donegal judge has sympathised with the family of murdered Garda Anthony Golden while welcoming five new Gardai to the county.Judge Paul KellyJudge Paul Kelly made his comments at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court. He said his thoughts were with the wife and family of Garda Golden as his funeral takes place this today.He said the murder of Garda Golden in Co Louth once again highlighted the dangers Gardai face while carrying out their duty on a daily basis.He also welcomed the arrival of five new Gardai to Letterkenny and wished them well in their careers.Garda Inspector Denis Joyce thanked Judge Kelly for his remarks and noted that Donegal had lost two Gardai, Gary McLoughlin and Robbie McCallion, in the line of duty.JUDGE SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN GARDA AS FIVE NEW MEMBERS ARRIVE was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGardaiJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

Good response to Garda text alert seminar

first_imgA good crowd last night attended a seminar held by Gardaí in the Letterkenny District for locals involved in Community Alert / Text Alert schemes in Letterkenny Garda District.The area encompasses the area from the border at Killea south to Ballybofey & Glenfin and west back towards Letterkenny Town.The seminar took place at the Station House Hotel and was attended by a cross section of community members. The seminar was chaired by Superintendent Michael Finan Letterkenny Garda station and also included the following presenters:> Ms. Vanessa Clarke Development officer with Muintir Na Tire for Community / Text Alert.> Mr. Myles Connor Send mode Text Service provider.> Sgt Paul Wallace, Divisional Crime Prevention Officer. > Community Gardai Mc Grath & Meave Logue will also be in attendance to deal with queries.The seminar explored the operation of the schemes in Letterkenny District prior to the onset of the Winter season.The crowd who attended last night’s seminar.Good response to Garda text alert seminar was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kurtenbach: There’s only one perfect Baseball Hall of Fame ballot — here it is

first_imgAs I have not been a card-carrying member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since I was 20 years old, I do not have a Hall of Fame ballot.And to be honest, I’m not all that interested in ever getting one. I’m not much for clubs.But my bosses, bless ‘em, were interested in who I would vote for on this year’s ballot — hence this column.Luckily, I have spent a lot of time thinking about this year’s voting, because, for the life of me, I cannot understand some of the ballots that I …last_img

Whose Side Is Unenlightened?

first_imgHere’s an opportunity for readers to compare arguments on both sides of the debate about origins and the nature of science. Donald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Science, wrote an editorial last week that claims the sunrise of the intelligent design movement threatens “twilight for the Enlightenment.”1 He wrote that the “retrogression to the pre-Darwinian zoologist William Paley” is undermining the heritage of David Hume and “developing conviction that substituted faith in experiment for reliance on inherited dogma.” Chuck Colson in his Breakpoint commentary for April 8 puts the shoe of enlightenment on the other foot. He countered that the Darwinists have been in the business of suppressing the weaknesses of their theory. He quotes Rodney Stark, who wrote that evolution “has primarily been an attack on religion by militant atheists who wrap themselves in the mantle of science in an effort to refute all religious claims concerning a creator—an effort that has also often attempted to suppress all scientific criticisms of Darwin’s work.”1Donald Kennedy, “Twilight for the Enlightenment?”, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5719, 165 , 8 April 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112920].Kennedy could enlighten all of us by explaining how molecular machines, DNA transcription and replication with all its error-correcting mechanisms, and the human brain arose from mindless, undirected process of chance and natural law. He could further explain how refusing to hear honest questions about Darwinian evolution exemplifies a conviction that substitutes faith in experiment for reliance on inherited dogma. What science needs today is not another Enlightenment, an era that produced a mixed bag of atheists and forgotten skeptics as well as deeply spiritually-minded scientists. It needs to go back further in time to what made enlightenment possible, to the period where brave men challenged establishment dogma at the risk of their lives. It needs a Reformation.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Froome’s SA roots recalled by coach

first_img23 July 2013When Chris Froome became the first African-born rider to win the Tour de France on Sunday, it came as no surprise to his first coach, who revealed that the Kenyan- born, South African-educated 28-year-old had paid his dues and more in his formative racing years in South Africa.Robbie Nilsen, a Johannesburg attorney, became Froome’s first coach when his son Rory and Froome raced on the Cycle Lab Supercycling club’s Hi-Q Academy team, the road racing youth development squad of South Africa’s largest cycling club.“Chris raced largely for fun when we first came across him on a rival youth team in 2003. He was studying a B.Com with the aim of becoming a chartered accountant, and enjoyed cycling, but it wasn’t his primary focus at that stage,” Nilsen recalled on Monday.Under-23 team“There were some changes in the youth team structures in Johannesburg at the end of that year and Chris asked if we’d consider creating an under-23 section to include him and some of his teammates at the Hi-Q Academy. We were only an under-16 and junior academy at that stage, but we felt adding some under-23s would be good for the academy as that had been the original plan.”Nilsen and Gavin Cocks, the academy sponsor, whose son Edwin was also in the squad, had decided that the South African road racing landscape was too focused on the short, flat races that are so popular in the country. Nilsen put the academy riders onto periodised training plans that focused on proper endurance and strength training. Part of that strategy had them racing for only six months per year.“This worked well because for part of the year we’d still let the riders do races, but there was no pressure on them to get podiums. This made a big difference because they got to enjoy racing and when the races were longer or harder, they were hungry for success, physically strong and they excelled,” Nilsen explained.‘A super-domestique’“It’s hard to believe now, but Chris initially struggled to finish in the main peloton in the South African races, which are mostly short (around 100km) and flat. Our first goal, when I started coaching him, was to ensure he finished in the main pack. Our next goal, because Chris is so light and not a great sprinter, was to make him a super-domestique.“He was great at this and would go off on long breaks, often solo, forcing the other teams to chase and softening the finale up for the sprinters on our squad.“We focused heavily on deep endurance in training because we knew that Chris’s future was in Europe and not in South Africa. He would train for hours and hours and hours. Always calculated training, though, not just wasted mileage. He’s a smart guy and he always wanted to know exactly how the training I prescribed would benefit him,” added Nilsen.When Froome moved on to race for the South African-based Konica Minolta team in 2007, Nilsen continued to coach him.Team Barloworld“We needed Chris to race overseas, where the races suited him better. At that time, Konica Minolta was the only South African team with an international racing programme. He did really well and from there went on to attract the attention of the Barloworld team, which was South African sponsored, but Italian based.”Froome rode his first Tour de France in 2008 on Team Barloworld. He climbed many of the big mountains with some of the sport’s best ascenders and finished 16th in the 53km individual time trial on the penultimate day.“Chris only found out 10 days before the start that he was included in Barloworld’s Tour de France team. He wasn’t properly prepared for it, but the way he rode confirmed that he was indeed destined for success in this race,” said Nilsen.“I continued to coach him when he raced for Barloworld, but when he was approached by Sky, a team with a huge budget and the best sports science backing you can get, I was happy for Chris to be guided by that kind of expertise.“We are still quite close. Chris does his own contract negotiations and sometimes bounces some things off me when he needs another opinion,” Nilsen revealed.HumilityFroome’s calm temperament and humility off the bike was commented on regularly by the media during the 2013 Tour de France.For Cocks, one of Froome’s earliest sponsors, his temperament has always been an asset and the main reason he’s so well liked.“Chris has always had great manners and so much empathy. When he stayed at our home a few years ago when Team Barloworld did a race in our part of South Africa, he would help my wife wash the dishes and always made his own bed in the morning,” Cocks said on Monday.“Watching his TV interviews during the Tour de France, where you see a quiet confidence and humility, it’s the same Chris Froome as we got to know a decade ago. He is still grounded despite his amazing success,” added Cocks.“Of all the athletes I’ve coached, Chris stands out as the most disciplined and the toughest,” Nilsen reckoned. “He knows how to manage suffering, but I always was impressed with his ability to recover rapidly, an essential quality for stage racing success.Richly deserved“His victory in the Tour de France is richly deserved. But it didn’t come easily. Chris paid his dues but never let anything obscure his progression. He chased his dream, even when it seemed out of reach to others,” Nilsen said.“When Chris joined Sky in 2010, he told me he wanted to be a Grand Tour contender within five years,” said Cocks. “The following year he was second at the Tour of Spain, then second at last year’s Tour de France. And now, he’s a Tour de France winner.“It happened a lot quicker than five years, which isn’t really surprising. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Chinese travel and displaced abomasa

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This was my eighth trip to China. You may have read accounts of my previous exploits in this column. This trip I noticed that the smog In China has gotten worse. It hung over my travels, all the time, limiting visibility to about a half mile.In previous trips to China, as well as South Korea, Japan and Ukraine, I have consulted for a major U.S. pharmaceutical company. When the company learned I was in Beijing, the team leader asked if I could visit a dairy farm for them before I returned to the U.S.I quickly agreed. After all, I had already seen the tourist sites that were on the agenda for the meeting I traveled to China to attend. So, when the meeting concluded, I caught a bullet train to the farm with representatives of the pharmaceutical company. The trip sounded simple enough. The speedy train would turn the thousand-mile journey into a three-hour jaunt.But they left out a few details. At the end of the train trip, we had another three hours of travel to go: 150 miles of heavily travelled, crooked roads, in a van driven by a farm employee. The farm was in Bembu, a remote town in central China that I had never encountered in my previous travels.The roads were shared by an interesting mix of vehicles: overloaded 18-wheelers, dual-wheel tandem-axle straight trucks, cars, bicycles, electric scooters (they’re replacing gas-powered scooters in the government’s push to reduce pollution) and many old Gravelly-style garden tractors pulling trailers that carried bagged feed and supplies. In many cases, wives and small children rode in the trailers or on the back of scooters.This mishmash of vehicles turned into a cyclone in town squares. Cars, bicycles and scooters dodged recklessly in and out around 18-wheelers. Horns continually blared to clear the way, as if signaling, “Watch out, moving violations are happening all around you.”But I never saw anyone flash the bird over a perceived driving transgression. And, believe me, there were plenty of opportunities.Somehow we made it to the dairy farm, which is the largest in China. At any given time, the operation has a shade over 36,000 lactating cows and plans to add another 10,000. A couple other impressive stats: The farm employs 650 and contracts corn growers in about a 40-mile radius.The cows are milked three times a day, their milk is piped directly into the farm’s own processing plant. The farm, which markets its own brands of dairy products, advertises the milk as the freshest on the market. That’s because it’s pasteurized and processed within two hours of milking.The cows also pay their way by enabling the farm to operate energy self-sufficient. A methane digester derives methane from the manure to power the farm. The farm sells excess electricity to the power company.Now the reason for me being called to the farm: in the previous two weeks 60 cows required surgery to correct twisted stomachs, a condition also referred to as displaced abomasum.In 99.44% of these cases, twisted stomachs are related to issues with the ration just prior to or shortly after calving. But the farm managers couldn’t determine what had gone haywire with their nutritional program.I soon knew the problem, because I had worked with this farm’s nutritionist at another dairy. He held tight to some stubborn ideas on how cows should be fed. So I gave him a refresher on providing adequate fiber and lowering the late pregnancy cows’ energy intake. But I could see my advice entering one ear and exiting the other.Nonetheless, the farm staff asked me for recommendations regarding cattle with other health problems. This took up most of the afternoon and early evening.I was ready to call it quits long before they ran out of questions. But they were very hospitable. They invited us to stay overnight in the farm’s dormitory. And the company chef served us an eight-course meal with all the trimmings, Chinese style.The next morning we headed out for the 150-mile return drive to catch the bullet train back to Beijing and my flight home.Thanks to a tail wind, I had a “fast” 15-hour flight to Detroit, where I had to clear customs before catching the last leg home.My wife, Kris, was getting anxious. To celebrate my return, she took me to Culver’s for a Concrete Mixer ice cream treat on the way home. The perfect welcome back for her favorite globetrotting dairy vet.last_img read more