first_imgIn a given year, an estimated one to two million wildlife-vehicle collisions occurs in the United States alone.A meta-analysis comparing data on the effectiveness of road-kill mitigation efforts found that fencing yields the best results.Although the most effective road-kill reduction measures can be the most costly, the study emphasizes that they have high returns on investment. The United States alone has over four million miles of roadways, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Wildlife is threatened along every mile of this road network, as well as roads around the world, but policy makers and researchers are working on prevention methods to lessen the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVCs).In a study published in November 2016, Dr. Trina Rytwinski and a multi-institutional team of researchers analyzed data from 50 studies in North America, Europe and Oceania on the effectiveness of road mitigation efforts.  Forty-one studies were conducted in North America.A 2008 FHA study reported that the United States crash database records contain about 300,000 WVCs. However, the study estimates that the real number of collisions is between one and two million, as many go unreported.Two elephants block the roadway in Kruger National Park, Kenya. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri.WVCs can have consequences for both the motorist and the animal. Impacts on people include vehicle damage, emotional distress, and travel delays. Although injuries and fatalities caused by WVCs are rare, they do occasionally occur when the vehicle strikes larger animals.Animals are more often faced with death when WVCs occur, and deaths can seriously impact wildlife populations. The FHA reported that road mortality is one of the major threats to 21 threatened or endangered species in the U.S.Comparing wildlife-vehicle collision prevention methodsThe analysis compared the relative effectiveness of different strategies in reducing WVCs, as well as the effectiveness of the various methods in protecting particular taxa.Avoiding WVCs entails strategic approaches in influencing both the motorist’s behavior and the animal’s behavior along the roads, and the current study analyzed the effectiveness of both techniques.The published studies reviewed by the researchers described or implemented over 40 types of WVC mitigation methods. The data collected came mainly from assessments of crossing structures (under- and over-passes), fencing, reflectors and animal detectors.Roadway structures are set up to reduce wildlife road mortality by either blocking wildlife movements across roads or assisting in them. Technologies such as wildlife reflectors and mirrors, lighting, and the more costly animal detection systems, which include radar detection and laser tripwires, focus on reducing collisions with large mammals.The analysis also examined if combinations of methods, such as the use of both fencing and crossing structures, are more effective than single methods.Certain methods, such as motorist warning signs, speed reducers such as speed bumps, reflectors or repellants, might be chosen because they are cheaper to set up and maintain, but they may be ineffective. More expensive measures, including fencing, crossing structures and animal detectors, may more effectively reduce collisions but may be too costly or lack public support.In Canada, an example of a motorist alert sign warns against the possibility of moose, bear and wolf crossings. Photo credit: Antony Stanely, Creative Commons.Despite the efforts of many localities to reduce the WVCs, the effectiveness of their mitigation actions is largely unknown.According to the study, previous analyses of approaches for WVC avoidance lacked research methods such as baseline data collection, comparisons between areas with the mitigation measure and control sites, and comparisons of different areas using the same methods.The lack of knowledge of the most suitable mitigation strategies for particular situations or taxa makes it difficult to determine which would best suit an area’s individual purposes.ResultsAnalysis from the 50 studies revealed that areas using at least one mitigation method experienced 40 percent fewer WVC incidents than control sites where no methods were used.The researchers found that, between target and control areas, fencing alone reduced road-kill by 86 percent.However, when fencing was combined with the crossing structures, they found that the road-kill rates reduced by a much lower 51 percent. In contrast this combination showed a far greater reduction in wildlife mortality than crossing structures alone, which surprisingly showed a 23 percent increase in roadkill.“One could argue that crossing structures without fencing are not intended to reduce road-kill in any case, but rather to increase movement of animals across roads,” the study said. “However, the fact that some researchers measure road mortality before and after the installation of a crossing structure without fencing means that reduced road-kill was at least part of the objective for the structure.”Along the Trans-Canada highway in Banff, Alberta, an example of a wildlife crossing structure is built over the road. Photo credit: m01229, Creative Commons.Although these results could be skewed by differences among the contributing studies, they could also indicate that adding fencing to crossing structures would improve reduction rates and that there is no added road mortality benefit in adding crossing structures when fencing is already installed.Additionally, the researchers found that animal detection systems resulted in a 57 percent decrease in road-kill. In an interview with Mongabay-Wildtech, Rytwinski suggested that this technology should be installed in conjunction with fencing, at a gap in the fence or at its end.The inexpensive option of wildlife reflectors resulted in only a one percent reduction rate. According to the study, wildlife initially reacts to the reflectors, but animals eventually become habituated and their response declines.“While manufacturers often claim that reflectors are a scientifically proven method for reducing deer-vehicle collisions, their long-term effectiveness is rarely considered and road planners should not take these claims at face value,” the study said.Reducing road-kill successfullyOverall, the study’s results provide evidence that wildlife fencing should be included in any attempt to reduce road-kill. However, cost is often a factor when communities are deciding on the best road-kill reduction strategy.More costly options such as fencing, typically made of page wire or cyclone fence, can have customized designs in areas that experience more deaths of climbing or burrowing animals, better excluding these animals from the roads.A python lays along the roadside in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri.“For example, for species that climb, some fences have been designed with a flat surface, or a ‘floppy top’ or ‘overhanging lip’ to prevent them from climbing over,” Rytwinski said. “Some studies have also used electrified mats to discourage animals from entering roadway at designed breaks in fences.”Fences are also often equipped with wildlife jump-outs or escape ramps, in case the animal is stranded on the road between fences.Rytwinski said that the cost of crossing structures will vary depending on their design, dimensions and materials used. However, they are generally more costly than fencing.“The cost-benefit of measures should also be considered because many of the more expensive measures (e.g. animal detection systems, crossing structures with associated fencing), have shown high returns on investment, with the ongoing benefits exceeding their costs over time,” the study said.To enhance the effectiveness of fencing, Rytwinski recommended that they be properly and regularly maintained. Additionally, she said that tactics for reducing road-kill for a single species, such as a loose mesh fence for large ungulates, should be avoided, as it would be more cost-effective and beneficial to a wider range of species to install a single fence with different sizes of mesh.According to the study, more comprehensive research needs to be completed to better understand how to minimize road-kill.To best benefit the various animals moving across a given stretch of roadway, the research team suggests performing a detailed analysis of the most threatened animals in an area and decide which species to target in the roadway management plan.Banner image is of a Sandhill crane crossing a road. Photo credit: Adam Buzzo, Creative Commons.CitationsClark, L. L. (2015). Wildlife Vehicle Collisions Improved Information to Monitor and Mitigate Collision Risks and Enhance Conservation Management. Master’s Capstone Theses. Paper 28.Mastro, L. L., Conover, M. R., and Frey, N. S. (2009). Deer–vehicle collision prevention techniques. Human–Wildlife Interactions. Paper 75.Rytwinski, T., Soanes, K., Jaeger, J. A. G., Fahrig, L., Findlay, C. S., Houlahan, J., … Van Der Grift, E. A. (2016). How effective is road mitigation at reducing road-kill? A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 11(11). Analysis, data, Human-wildlife Conflict, low-tech, Research, Technology, Wildtech Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by dbettermannlast_img read more

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first_img31 May 2011Ajax Cape Town missed out on winning the PSL title on the last day of the season, but the Urban Warriors’ midfielder, Thulani Serero, bagged a whole lot of silverware at the annual PSL Awards dinner on Sunday.By the time the evening was over, the 21-year-old had walked away with four awards and was considerably richer.It was quite a haul for Serero who was named Footballer of the Year, the Absa Premiership Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, and the Red Hot Young Player of the Season.One regretHowever, Serero admitted he had one regret and that was the one award that he missed out on, that of PSL champion.“Every player wants to be a league winner,” he said in an interview with the PSL. “That’s what we play for. I am very happy for these awards but the league title is what I really wanted and what the club wanted.“I am honored though, and I do cherish this. I did not expect to win all of this, but, yes, it’s a great feeling.”The futureLooking ahead to his future with Ajax Cape Town’s big brother club, Ajax Amsterdam, with whom he signed a contract after the season, Serero said: “I hope I can continue like this next season and win things for the club and not just myself.“It’s a big move, a big step up and I am excited and nervous. I’ll be away from home, but I will be playing for Ajax Amsterdam and this is a dream come true for me.Touching on what made him so successful this past season, Serero said: “Hard work is what you need to succeed. I was focused and I have to thank the club, the players, and the fans for being supportive. I will miss that, but I am looking forward to the new challenge.”Nedbank Cup Player of the TournamentOrlando Pirates’ midfielder Andile Jali, who was edged out by Serero in a number of categories, walked away with the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament.He told the PSL: “I am pleased with this award, but what makes me happy is that we won three trophies this season for the club. That is what we wanted and that is our history. Winning individual awards is good, but winning with the club is great.”Kaizer Chiefs’ striker Knowledge Musona was named the Telkom Knockout Cup Player of the Tournament. He also picked up the award for the season’s top goal scorer.Coach of the YearNot surprisingly, given the success of his side – winning the MTN 8, PSL, and Nedbank Cup titles – Orlando Pirates’ Ruud Krol was named Coach of the Season.The Chairman’s Award went the way of Orlando Pirates’ captain Lucky Lekgwathi, who has played over 300 games for the Buccaneers and is the only member of the current team who was part of the 2002/03 PSL winning side.AWARD WINNERSPSL Footballer of the YearThulani Serero (Ajax) – R150 000Absa Premiership Player of the SeasonThulani Serero (Ajax)- R150 000Players’ Player of the Season Thulani Serero (Ajax)- R150 000Red Hot Young Player: Serero – R50 000Thulani Serero (Ajax)- R50 000Coach of the SeasonRuud Krol (Pirates) – R75 000Goal of the seasonTlou Segolela (Pirates) – R50 000Goalkeeper of the SeasonPatrick Tignyemb (Celtic) – R50 000Top Goal ScorerKnowledge Musona (Chiefs) – R25 000Telkom Knockout Player of the TournamentKnowledge Musona (Chiefs) – R200 000MTN8 Player of the TournamentSiyabonga Nomvethe (Swallows) – R150 000Nedbank Cup Player of the TournamentAndile Jali (Pirates) – R100 000Nedbank Cup Young Player of the TournamentTlou Segolela (Pirates) – R25 000Chairman’s AwardLucky Lekgwathi (Pirates) – R100 000Referee of the SeasonDaniel Bennett – R50 000Assistant Referee of the SeasonZakhele Siwela – R40 000Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When browsing the Internet and Facebook, I often see advertisements in which people are looking for a miniature horse for their children. The advertisements often read similar to this:“In search of a miniature horse for my young child. My child is a beginner. We need a very safe horse that leads and rides and is trustworthy. Nothing more than 13 years old.”I usually become frustrated when I read these advertisements because I believe that due to a lack of knowledge about miniature horses these folks are often overlooking older miniature horses that can be active and work for many years to come.I never understand their unwillingness to consider older or even senior miniature horses, because in my experience, miniature horses can often live longer and more actively into their senior years than their larger equine counterparts.I myself have miniature horses of all ages, but I greatly appreciate and rely on my horses that are nearer in age to 20 than 10.As it turns out, I’m not alone in my appreciation for senior miniature horses. These healthy and active 19- and 23-year-old miniature horses still enjoy their jobs at Double Diamond D Farm.Double Diamond D Farm of Ashtabula, Ohio, uses two senior miniature mares in their farm programs.“Lil Girl is 23 years old, and we still use her for single and double driving along with walk-trot barrels,” said Traci Chudzik of Double Diamond D Farm. “Cookie is 19 years old, and we use her for single and double driving.“Our farm participates in parades and gives driving lessons,” she said. “We have also done a couple parties, and we regularly use these mares. They are hard to come by and great to work. They are worth their weight in gold by being kid safe.”The owners of the senior miniature horses used at Double Diamond D Farm are not the only senior miniature horse owners that have no reason to believe their senior equines will not be slowing down anytime soon.Ashley Harris, of Brookville, Ohio, owns and trains miniature horses on her farm, Versatility Farm and Training Center.She and her family own Iona Excalibur, “Cal, “ a 21-year-old miniature horse that continues to excel in the show ring at the world and national levels despite the fact that some people would consider his age advanced.“Cal” is a six-time World Champion and four-time Reserve Champion. He is currently shown at miniature horse shows in jumping classes.“Cal” receives regular conditioning and care at home, and he still enjoys going to shows so Ashley continues to show him.“I don’t regularly practice jump him at home,” Ashely said. “I practice him at home once before the season starts and once before the World Show. He loves the crowd attention and thrives on applause.”Cal is a 21-year-old miniature horse that still enjoys being show in jumping classes.Last year, as a 20-year-old he was the AMHA 2015 Reserve World Champion Open Jumper.“Everyone asks when I am going to retire him,” Ashley said. “My answer is always the same…when he tells me he is ready to retire. He sure hasn’t told me that yet and until then, we will continue to show him in his favorite classes until the day comes.”As with any horse, health, body condition, dental care and soundness are important to consider regardless of age. Every horse is an individual but in general, miniature horses often seem to be more active and more able to maintain their body condition without extra care to a more advanced age than many larger equines.“Mini horses, like all horses, will have increased nutritional needs as they age,” said Christa Scarbrough, a sales specialist for Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. “However, mini horses are so efficient to begin with, that they may not show signs of these higher nutritional needs until much older ages than larger horses.“If you are feeding a miniature horse, find a product that fits your horse’s age and lifestyle and make sure you are feeding it at the proper amount for their ideal weight.  If you have an aging mini that is starting to lose condition or not maintaining muscle on the amount of feed that it used to do very well on, then it might be time to consider a senior diet,” she said.So be sure to not overlook older miniature horses when you are searching for the perfect new addition to your herd. Anything can happen to any equine at anytime that can change the course of their health and lifestyle, but for miniature horses, the odds are that they can often be very active and competitive well up until their mid- to late-20s. Even miniature horses in their late-teens and early-20s could quite possibly have close to a decade left of being able to complete normal activity levels without compromising their health.Instead of worrying about a miniature horse being “too old,” take a look at their over-all health, soundness and activity level. Senior miniature horses just might surprise you at how well they can often keep up with the younger horses and provide a very experienced partner for a beginner.last_img read more

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first_imgAt a time when late night talk show hosts in the US are battling it out for TV time slots, news like this is just one more reason to wonder how long it will be until more big-ticket cultural phenomena move beyond seeing the web as a sideshow for stirring up popular support (“I’m with CoCo” Twitter avatars, etc.). Will there will be a major exodus onto the web as the main stage? TV execs have got to be feeling nervous.For the rest of us, for media consumers, a post-scarcity media landscape where competition for viewers isn’t made easy by captive audiences and advertisers could be a very good future. Of course the future is hard to predict, people thought television was going to be a major force for democracy.Live sports and other events on the internet could very well prove to be for consumers, as they say in cricket, a batsman’s paradise. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick YouTube has announced an exclusive deal to broadcast live online the entire cricket season of the upstart Indian Premier League this year. “[This is] the largest and most extensive live streaming that we’ve ever done, I think that’s ever been done on the internet before,” Shailesh Rao, Managing Director, Google India said yesterday. The season will be shown everywhere around the world except inside the United States.YouTube streaming live sporting events? That could really shake things up. The UK Guardian said today that the deal is “casting into doubt the value of British TV broadcast rights.” Contrast this cricket deal with Major League Baseball’s $110 per year online subscription service.YouTube has only done live streaming for a select few special events in the past, like the US Presidential Inauguration. For how long will the distinction between live and recorded video make sense, though? Tags:#New Media#NYT#web#YouTube Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The old ninth hole is now No. 8, and the Bye Hole is now No. 9. The 135-yard par-3 is what the makers of Erin Hills consider their answer to one of the world’s most picturesque golf holes — the short, downhill seventh at Pebble Beach.“We didn’t have the ocean, so we put in erosion bunkers,” said writer/architect Ron Whitten, who helped design Erin Hills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey also designed a rolling, multi-sectioned green that, in places, is near-impossible to hold, along with a tee box on an exposed, wind-swept hill.As is the case at Pebble Beach, where the seventh measures 109 yards, on most days the shot requires nothing more than a pitching wedge. But where No. 7 at Pebble Beach ranked as the third-easiest hole at the 2010 U.S. Open, No. 9 at Erin Hills is designed to cause more trouble than that. “Guys are going to get a little upset with that if the ball hits the middle of the green and it rolls all the way off the green and maybe 10 yards down into a chipping area,” Steve Stricker said. “I think at some point that may need to get a little softened.”Rain might do that, but during summer in Wisconsin, rain almost always means wind, too, and picking a club while playing downhill with a helping or crossing wind will be hard.Osborn said he expects more players than not to end up short of the green, in part because the bunkers that guard the back are tougher — filled with uneven lies, uneven distribution of sand and little dimples of scrub and turf that protrude into the traps themselves.All part of the plan.“You could have a side-hill lie, a lie that might be in one of those little fingers where you can’t even get the club on the ball,” Whitten said. “You might have a lie where you can’t take the club back. You might have to turn sideways or turn backward.“But if you were in the water, it’d be even worse.”No. 9 offers the most extreme example of the architects’ philosophy across the course: Use the natural form of the land to turn bunkers back into hazards.“They shouldn’t be so cushy and consistent and uniform from hole to hole,” Whitten said.The bunkering will increase the degree of difficulty on what is already the longest layout in U.S. Open history, at 7,741 yards.And yet, it’s the shortest hole that could give these players the biggest fits. 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 Johnson hopes timing is right for another US Open title “Not super long,” Noren said, “but it’s probably one of the hardest greens I’ve ever seen.” View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “Honestly, there are a couple spots where you just do not want to be,” said Garrett Osborn, a onetime regular on the Web.com Tour who qualified for his first U.S. Open this year.No. 9 has been described — and we’ll keep it just to the printable things — as the shortest par-5 in golf, the hole with the scariest second shot at Erin Hills (if you miss the green on the first) and, as Alex Noren of Sweden said, “a hole where there’s no way you can just hit a decent shot to get on there, you have to hit a super-good shot to have a chance.”During his practice round Wednesday, Noren tried to simulate what happens if the shot is not “super good.”He randomly dropped a ball in one of the seven bunkers that surround the severely pitched green. He stepped in, leaned down and took a mighty hack. The ball stayed in. He leaned down again and got it out on the second try, then walked to the ball, picked it up, looked at it and threw it toward the stands. The ball had an inch-long gash just above the Callaway logo from his first failed attempt.Not that avoiding the bunkers guarantees success. The middle of the putting surface pitches severely right and funnels downhill into a tightly mowed collection area that can leave a tricky flop shot for a second.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The ninth hole is seen during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — One of the many quirks at Erin Hills is what was originally called the Bye Hole — a devilish, downhill par-3 positioned between the old ninth and No. 10. It was initially built to be just for fun and wasn’t supposed to count on the official scorecard.By the end of the U.S. Open, a lot of these players might wish the course architects had kept it that way.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Amelia Watkinson didn’t deny that her below par showing last year haunted her going to the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.After finishing sixth in a tough field last year, the Kiwi triathlete bid her time to atone for her poor performance as she sought to have a better outing this time out.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rain or Shine set to trade Jeff Chan to Phoenix LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Last year was a bit of an A-race. It wasn’t really my day. I struggled little bit, a little bit sick, and nervous,” she reflected.Fortunately for Watkinson, her third time in the country was indeed a charm as she made up for that forgettable performance and more.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 starsThe 26-year-old came out hot off the gates as she established an early lead against her fellow female pros in the swim course before further extending the gap in the bike and run tracks to win at Shangri-La Mactan here.Topping the list in her category, it’s just the comeuppance Watkinson was looking for as she finally won her first race this year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “You always take something from the bad races, so it’s not a hindrance to come back and try to be better than last year,” she said.It was quite an impressive showing for Watkinson, who clocked in almost six full minutes ahead of her closest competitor Jacqueline Thistleton.“You always strive for the podium, definitely. I’ve had a bit of a slow start to the year so I wasn’t quite sure if my fitness can hold it up,” she said. “But as I’ve said, I was pretty upset about my sixth place finish and I try to learn from it and this year, I’m always motivated to win. Winning is pretty special because not everybody gets to win.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgCommunities in Schools (CIS), the national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future, is delighted to welcome NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal as the newest member of its national board of directors.“Over all the years I’ve known Shaquille, he has always shown himself to be a man of integrity and principle for whom giving back to his community is a top priority,” says Communities In Schools National Board Chair Elaine Wynn. “We are privileged to have him among the volunteer leaders of Communities In Schools.”Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA basketball player and Hall of Fame inductee, is currently a sports analyst on the television program, Inside the NBA, and is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. O’Neal’s athletic accomplishments include a 19-year NBA career, four NBA championships (three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat), and 15 All-Star game selections. He is one of only three players to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP, and NBA Finals MVP in the same year.Rivaling his athletic accomplishments are O’Neal’s off-court undertakings, which include success in acting, music, television and gaming. Inspired by positive childhood experiences at the Boys and Girls Club in Newark, NJ, O’Neal has a long career of partnering with youth organizations and giving back to his community.“Every kid, no matter where they’re from or how much money their parents make, deserves the opportunity to get a good education,” said O’Neal. “My education was critical to my success on and off the court. Being in school gave me self-discipline and showed me the importance of hard work. I always knew that when my playing days were over, nobody could take my education away from me.”“Even more than Shaquille’s extraordinary athletic career, it’s really his passion and dedication to ensuring young people opportunities for success that makes him such an incredible role model,” said Communities In Schools Founder Bill Milliken.The Communities In Schools National Board of Directors is comprised of passionate supporters of the CIS mission, and leaders in a variety of fields including finance, education, marketing, law, civil rights and more. Click here to see full list of the board of national directors.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remote First Nation of Garden Hill in northern Manitoba has been working hard to tackle food insecurity.The Meechim Farm is a self-sustaining community project.It’s creating jobs producing affordable food and teaching youth traditional food practices.It’s even caught the attention of a documentary filmmaker.APTN’s April Johnson has this story.last_img

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first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One on 7 September, 2018, as he travels to Fargo, North Dakota, to speak at a Joint Fundraising Committee. Photo: AFPDonald Trump had to be tricked out of killing a US-South Korean trade deal? He threatened to move a US missile defence system from South Korea to Oregon? He ordered a plan for a pre-emptive attack on North Korea?These supposed moves by Trump, detailed in journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, will cause bafflement and worry among government officials in Seoul. But, for many South Koreans, they just add more pieces of evidence to an established picture of an erratic US leader who thinks little of an alliance forged in the turmoil of the Korean War and often described here as a “bond of blood.””South Koreans have already seen Trump’s childish behaviour many times,” an editorial writer for the conservative Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s most-read newspaper, wrote in a column Friday about Woodward’s book, comparing the president to a “rugby ball that could bounce anywhere” if not watched by others.South Korea, before Trump, had become used to regular, glowing declarations from US leaders of both political parties about the eternal strength of their alliance. The country, after all, is a global success story, rising from the poverty and destruction of the war into Asia’s fourth-biggest economy; it’s a regional bulwark of democratic, capitalist values and a leader in culture, trade and good works.So long before Woodward’s book, South Koreans were shocked at Trump’s open complaints about the costs of maintaining the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea as protection against North Korean attack; at his decision, after his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to abruptly shelve major US military exercises with South Korea; at his claim that the “horrible” US free trade pact with South Korea destroyed US industry and his insistence that Seoul renegotiate.When asked by The Associated Press whether he has ever seen a US president who was so openly dismissive of the US-South Korean alliance, Kim Sung-han, a former South Korean deputy foreign minister, said, “No.””He’s the first and hopefully the last exception,” said Kim, whose last posting in the South Korean Foreign Ministry was in 2013 and who has never met Trump. “He doesn’t approach alliances with a strategic mindset, but only evaluates their transactional value. He constantly questions whether the United States needs any alliance. He thinks that if a partner wants to keep an alliance, it should pay 100 percent of the costs.”Many of the most explosive excerpts from the soon-to-be published book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” deal with the Koreas.Trump reportedly ordered a plan to pre-emptively attack the North; he suggested that a US missile defence system in the South meant to guard against North Korean attack should be moved to Portland, Oregon; and a former Trump economic official allegedly swiped papers from Trump’s desk so he wouldn’t sign an order killing the free trade agreement between the countries.In a statement provided to The Associated Press, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it has been following the reports, but that it would be inappropriate to comment about a book that hasn’t been published yet. It refused to say whether it considers any of the stories true. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy couldn’t immediately comment on the trade deal allegations.”South Korea and the United States have been maintaining close communication and consultation on major issues such as the North Korean nuclear problem, security, economy and trade,” the Foreign Ministry said.In spite of the behaviour described in Woodward’s book, Trump’s administration has avoided policy moves that would have created major repercussions with South Korea.The United States and South Korea plan to sign a renegotiated free trade deal during the UN General Assembly in New York later this month. The missile defence system – the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) – remains in Seongju, South Korea. Washington and Seoul have so far cooperated in diplomatic efforts in the nuclear standoff with North Korea.Still, experts say that Trump’s attitude doesn’t bode well for South Korea.It’s possible that the alliance will end up looking much different depending on the outcome of nuclear diplomacy among Washington, Pyongyang and Seoul. Experts say Kim Jong Un, who initiated the diplomacy after a stream of nuclear and missile tests last year, sees a rare opportunity in a US president who seems eager to prove his deal-making skills and thinks less of the traditional alliance with Seoul than his predecessors did.North Korea has been demanding the United States agree to a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which some see as a precursor for pushing for the withdrawal of US troops in South Korea.”Trump will continuously cause trouble and the alliance can be persistently shaken,” said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Choi said South Korean government officials will be anxious about the descriptions in Woodward’s book, which he says show the United States as “dysfunctional.””I have never seen a situation like this,” Choi said.Most experts say the alliance will probably survive the Trump presidency. South Korea, along with Japan, has served a crucial role in protecting US interests in the region, a role that both Seoul and Washington may need more of in the future to check a rising China, said Lee Daewoo, an analyst at South Korea’s Sejong Institute.Kim, the former diplomat, said South Korea’s government should make stronger efforts to show the value of the US-South Korean alliance to the American public.”Whether there’s two years left or six years left, that’s more than enough time for (the Trump administration) to cause serious damage to relations with South Korea,” Kim said. “Efforts to persuade the US public are crucial, because if Trump is afraid of anything, it’s American voters.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The upcoming Panchayat polls in West Bengal are rapidly emerging as a warm up match for the BJP ahead the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the saffron party pulling out all stops to reach out to the people, political observers say. With nearly 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal located in villages and semi-urban areas, administered by Panchayats, an absolute control of the rural bodies is a must for political parties to have an upper hand on rivals in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe battle is interestingly poised as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is planning to play a bigger role nationally after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the BJP aiming to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC in the state.West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said the results of the Panchayat polls to be held next month might not have a direct impact on Lok Sabha polls as the elections in rural bodies were held under the state administration, but it would surely give an indication in which way the wind was blowing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The Panchayat polls will be a warm up match for us not only to galvanise party workers but also to reach out to the people against the TMC’s misrule ahead of 2019,” he said.BJP president Amit Shah had recently said the party is aiming to win 22 seats in Bengal.According to a state BJP leader, with the BJP facing anti-incumbency in some North Indian states, the saffron camp was well aware that any reduction in the number of seats needed to be compensated with seats from West Bengal and Odisha. “We need to win maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha in order to compensate the shortfall and also to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC,” the BJP leader said.”If we have to win more than 20 seats, then it is important that we have a good presence in Panchayats across the state and for that, we have to fight the TMC and win as many seats as possible,” Ghosh told PTI.The recent clashes between the BJP and the TMC in various parts of the states were a clear indication that the BJP would not yield a single inch without putting up a fight, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.Even as the Congress and the CPI(M) failed to open their account properly in filing nominations across the state, the sheer number of nominations filed by BJP, which is just second to the TMC, showed how the saffron camp was serious in contesting the TMC.”The people of Bengal wants the BJP as they have seen the rule of the Congress, the TMC and the CPI(M). With each passing day, the BJP is gaining strength in Bengal despite terror tactics of the TMC,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya claimed.The TMC leadership too accused the BJP of aggression in filing nominations and of bringing in “outsiders” to disturb the peace in the state.”They are trying hard to gain ground by use of violence but will not succeed as people of the state are with the TMC,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told PTI.The Panchayat elections will be held across 48,650 seats in 3,358 Gram Panchayats, 9,217 seats at 341 Panchayat Samitis, and 825 seats at 20 Zilla Parishads in three phases in the first week of May.The counting of votes will take place on May 8.The TMC now not only controls all the Zilla Parishads of the state but also 90 per cent of the Panchayat seats.In 2013, the TMC had won 34 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in a stellar show in Panchayat polls.The TMC’s victory in South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore Zilla Parishads in the 2008 Panchayat polls first signalled the fall of three-decade-old Left regime in 2011.According to political parties, the victory in these elections is important to reach out to the people as those living in rural areas depend on Panchayats for basic amenities such as drinking water, agricultural land, schools, social and government benefits.Galvanized after its performance in the recent Ram Navami celebrations across the state, the West Bengal BJP, which has been increasing its vote share in all the elections since 2016 Assembly polls, hopes to emerge as an opposition to the TMC by edging out the Congress and the CPI(M).Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, however, claimed, “The divisive policy of the BJP will not work in Bengal and only the Left Front can fight against misrule of the TMC.last_img read more

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