‘The future looks very good’

first_imgDr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.last_img read more

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A’s Mike Fiers throws no-hitter against Reds

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing the gallery in your mobile device.OAKLAND — When we last saw Mike Fiers at the Coliseum, the Toronto Blue Jays hit .500 against him and beat the Athletics 10-1.So Fiers, moved up in the rotation a day by manager Bob Melvin, was eager to erase that memory as well the bad feelings from a few other recent starts. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams Tuesday night, beating the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 with the 13th no-hitter in franchise history.It was the …last_img

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Wheat Tour Final

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterMANHATTAN, Kan. (DTN) — The Kansas winter wheat crop could produce an average yield of 47.2 bushels per acre (bpa), according to the final estimate of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour. That’s up from USDA’s final yield of 38 bpa last year, when dry conditions hampered wheat yields early in the season.The wheat tour’s final estimate is an average of three days of wheat yield estimates produced by crop scouts who scouted and measured wheat throughout Kansas as well as southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma. On the first day, crop scouts produced a yield estimate of 46.9 bpa, on the second day 47.6 bpa, and on the third, 46.2 bpa.Overall, the 74 participants on this year’s HRW wheat tour visited 469 fields. Muddy boots and wet pants quickly became routine, as scouts encountered unusually ample soil moisture in many parts of the state, although dryness has crept into some southwestern counties.In addition to yield, the tour’s participants each ventured a personal estimate of Kansas’s total final winter wheat production, for an average projection of 306.5 million bushels of wheat, up from USDA’s final estimate of 277 million bushels last year.Tour organizers and wheat industry leaders stressed that the yield and production estimates should be viewed as a useful snapshot of the crop’s potential at this particular moment — but much could change between now and harvest.“It gives an assessment of the crop at this point in time,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. “It’s the potential. If all things were to remain equal, this is what the number may be at the end of harvest. The problem is that, between now and then, we could have floods, rains, drought, hail, wind, disease, pests, and that wheat crop could have a lot to go up against.”Nearly half the crop is already battling the consequences of late planting: Many fields are short and running weeks behind normal development. One farmer in Marion County told scouts his fields weren’t planted until Nov. 1 — and they got 4 inches of snow a week later. His wheat field wasn’t at flag leaf yet this week, when it would normally be in boot stage or heading at this time of the year.Low prices have discouraged many growers from investing in these late-planted fields. In the south-central counties of the state, crop scouts viewed some fields that had been sprayed out with glyphosate, in order to plant to a different crop. Winter wheat acres, pegged at 7 million planted acres by USDA, could drop significantly before harvest.There is reason to remain optimistic, however. The spring has provided plentiful moisture and moderate temperatures so far, and if that trend continues — as forecasts suggest it will — it could benefit grainfill.“Winter wheat is a cool season grass,” Harries noted. “We have our biggest yields in Kansas when it stays nice and moderately cool in May and we have good rainfall, because that encourages the plant to produce more starch, which increases the yield.”These conditions do appear to be on the menu for the Southern Plains in the coming month, but the serving might be larger than desired, noted DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.“I think the weather pattern over the next couple weeks is going to be less than ideal for the Southern Plains wheat crop,” Anderson said. “The forecast is cool and wet, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation. I don’t look for heat-related stress on the heading crop, but these conditions will keep the environment favorable for fungus and rust development that could affect the final yield prospects.”Disease is one of the biggest remaining wild cards for the crop, particularly for the late-planted fields, where producers may not be inclined to invest any more inputs.“Diseases will often build up to higher levels on that late-maturing wheat,” said Erick DeWolf, Kansas State Extension plant pathologist. “The amount of yield loss that occurs to the crop is also related to the time the disease begins damage. The earlier it gets established, particularly on the upper leaves, the greater the yield loss.”“The weather conditions we experience in the next couple weeks will really influence the amount of disease — and yield loss from it,” DeWolf added.Beyond the final yield and production numbers, the HRW Wheat Tour and its summer counterpart, the Hard Spring Wheat and Durum Tour, serve another purpose: to bring together the various arms of the grain industry, said Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council and tour organizer.The 74 participants of the tour represented wheat industry groups, millers, bakers, grain marketing companies, universities, seed companies, federal and state government representatives and members of the media.You can reach Emily Unglesbee at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(CZ/BE)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Death of Kashmir schoolteacher in police custody probed

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday started an inquiry into the death of a youth in police custody.According to the police, Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody and died during the night of March 18-19. Pandit was a schoolteacher by profession.”Pandit was held in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation,” said the police.A magisterial inquiry is underway in the case under Section 176 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the police said.The police also initiated a separate case of alleged violation of police jurisdiction. Pandit was allegedly lodged in the Cargo Camp of the police Special Operations Group in Srinagar.The authorities closed the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora on Tuesday. All the examinations were postponed due to precautionary measures.last_img read more

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Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEarlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Kazakhs have a 7-centimeter average height advantage over the Philippines with only Jaja Santiago serving as the hosts’ lone towering figure as the lanky hitter stands at 6-foot-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Tomorrow will be our last game in the tournament so we really have to take a strong win before we head to the SEA Games,” said Frances Molina in Fiipino at Alonte Sports Arena.The 59th-ranked Philippines will face Kazakhstan, the no. 21 team in the FIVB rankings, for the seventh place in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMolina said they will look to bounce back after their earlier loss to the Kazakhs in the preliminaries where they got swept 25-23, 25-20, 25-19.“We were prepared for them in our last game but we just couldn’t get over their height advantage,” said Molina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines is looking to end its campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship with a win ahead of its campaign in the Southeast Asian Games.The Philippines were fresh off a three-set loss to Chinese-Taipei, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19, in the classification stage that took their chance away to take the fifth seed.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Vietnam overcomes Kazakhstan, guns for 5th place in AVC Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ind vs Aus T20 World Cup: Dhoni puts blame on showers

first_imgForget five, Mahendra Singh Dhoni used eight bowlers in 14.5 overs and still couldn’t prevent Australia from steamrolling India on Friday.And after the game, the captain defended his bowlers, saying the spell of rain that intervened at the start of the Australian innings made it impossible for them.”We did well in the last match (against England). The bowlers can’t be criticised for one bad game. The rain came at the wrong time, and once the ball started getting wet, there was no real grip for our spinners,” Dhoni said.”They (bowlers) couldn’t put any pressure on them. But we needed to bat better. We collapsed from 70 for two to 74 for five.” On Virender Sehwag’s omission from the XI, Dhoni said: “Once we decided on playing five bowlers, we had only two options. We have to go with horses for courses, and pick players on the basis of who is doing well in what format. But (given the defeat), it would be difficult for me to justify any decision.” Asked why Irfan Pathan was not given the new ball, Dhoni said it was due to a strategy to bowl spin at one end. “We had planned to have Ashwin bowling at one end, and Zak (Zaheer Khan) bowls well with the new ball,” he said.Aussie skipper George Bailey was proud of his boys.”It was impressive performance, set up by some good bowling. Pat Cummins was outstanding, the best we have seen him bowl in this tournament. We were probably behind the eight ball after six overs but came back very well,” Bailey said.”The absolute beauty of those two openers (Shane Watson and David Warner) is that when they are on song, there are no better hitters.”advertisementlast_img read more

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