Crop Killer.

first_imgIn the midst of their worst losses ever to tomato spotted wilt virus, Georgia tobacco growers need some good news about this killer disease. And University of Georgia scientists are certain they have it. Help, they say, is on the way. Preliminary results from a second year of studies are confirming what the first year’s research revealed. Treating tobacco plants early with a combination of two chemicals will dramatically reduce infections of spotted wilt. In fact, it can almost eliminate it. “We’re quite confident of what we have with this treatment,” said Alex Csinos, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. One of the products, Admire, is an insecticide already labeled to control flea beetles and aphids in tobacco, Csinos said. The other, Actigard, is an exciting addition that isn’t yet labeled for tobacco.Plant Defense Activator “We believe it will be labeled for use on tobacco next year,” Csinos said. “It’s not a pesticide. It’s a plant defense activator. It doesn’t kill anything, but acts much the way a booster shot for flu works with people.” Most plants have natural defense mechanisms to ward off diseases. Actigard boosts those natural defenses. “It gives the plant the opportunity to defend itself,” Csinos said. Because it’s not a pesticide, it’s an extremely safe product, too. Labeled in Europe for use on wheat, grapes and some vegetables, “Actigard has no effect on humans,” Csinos said. Actigard alone greatly reduced spotted wilt in the UGA research. But the one-two punch of the two products together was deadly.Admire, Actigard: Deadly Duo The UGA studies were conducted at four locations each year. Each trial compared plants left untreated with those treated with Admire alone, Actigard alone and a combination of the two. The scientists gave the treated tobacco seedlings a “tray drench” treatment in the greenhouse first. They added three weekly sprays after the seedlings were transplanted to the fields. “At one location, 30 percent of the untreated tobacco plants were infected with spotted wilt,” said Hanu Pappu, a UGA molecular virologist who has worked with Csinos on the two years of research. “With the Admire treatment, the rate was 12 percent. It was 5 percent with Actigard and only 1 percent with the combination.”‘Possibility of True Control’ The second-year figures, Pappu said, are based on plants with symptoms of spotted wilt. His exhaustive studies of plant samples will eventually show the precise percentage of infected plants, with or without symptoms. The early results are enough, though, to confirm what the scientists found in the first year’s results. In every case, he said, the combination was better than either product by itself. “This gives us the possibility of true control for the first time,” said Paul Bertrand, a UGA Extension Service plant pathologist. “All we’ve had to this point is some moderate level of suppression of the disease.”1999 Disease Damage Heavy Suppression certainly hasn’t been enough this year. Bertrand figures the virus has killed 35 percent to 45 percent of the state’s tobacco plants. Tobacco growers are allotted a certain number of pounds of “quota” leaf they can grow. They usually plant 10 percent to 20 percent more than that to be certain they can make their quota. But the buffer hasn’t been big enough this year. “More tobacco farmers are filing for crop insurance than in the past 10 years,” Bertrand said. “The crop isn’t in yet, but I suspect that 50 percent to 60 percent of the growers won’t make their pounds.” Drought and other diseases have hurt the crop, too. “But spotted wilt is responsible for 80 percent of the shortage,” Bertrand said.Could Save Millions of Dollars In 1997 — the worst year yet — spotted wilt cost Georgia growers $12.7 million, or about 8 percent of the $158 million crop. This year, the losses could be much higher. Had growers been able to use the Admire-Actigard treatment this year, though, losses could have been much lower. “If these studies held true, we’d be looking at a 5-percent to 10-percent stand loss and no loss of pounds,” Bertrand said.last_img read more

Sailing in a paradise not lost –Thailand’s marine sector promotes a…

first_imgAn old sea dog takes his OK dinghy for a spin around the bay.Much as I disdain power boats, jet skis and other mechanical forms of marine activities, these contraptions do, no doubt, contribute much to the tourism sector.  Tourism, because of the political problems in the kingdom, is coming under increasing pressure, but the marine sector is still flourishing and is continuing to draw hard currency into the nation’s coffers.A fully-fledged sailing boat is somewhat akin to a floating billboard and regattas are therefore a magnet for both local and international sponsors who wish to have a craft’s sides and sails festooned with their company’s own name and logo.  The sailors themselves also do their bit and just last month at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, a huge regatta featuring some 250 boats took place and 1,000 sailors from all corners of the globe added millions of baht to the Thai economy.The solar-powered “Heliotrope” provides a new, environmentally conscious blueprint for boat builders worldwide.Regattas are held annually up and down the coastlines of the kingdom, from Phuket to Pattaya, and the recently concluded Koh Samui Ragatta contributed greatly to “full house” signs going up around the island, with regatta organizers having to scramble to find accommodation for all those involved in the event.The welfare of less-advantaged citizens, especially youngsters, can also benefit from the sport of sailing.  An example of this is the annual “Pattaya Mail PC Classic” yacht race held off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in south Pattaya.  For the past two decades this race has been sponsored at various times by the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Jomtien Pattaya Rotary Club and numerous hotelier groups and businesses from the private sector.  This event alone has raised millions of baht for many charities around the region, and especially to help the two groups at the opposite ends of society – the young and the aged.Thailand is producing more and more champion junior sailors in the worldwide Optimist series.On the subject of the environment, a classic case of sailing doing its ‘bit’ is the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, held in July each year, which promotes a clean and green event.As regatta organizer Byron Jones explains: “We are excited to lead the way in South-East Asia and introduce the Clean Regatta program to our event.  We are keen to help preserve the coastal areas of Phuket and ensure the marine environment is left in a better state for future generations.”The Clean Regattas program is a global certification system that encourages regatta organisers and yacht clubs to manage and run environmentally-responsible events.  Its main initiative is to reduce marine debris and preserve coastal land and waters.Buoyed up (to use a nautical term) by these environmental-protection measures, which add so much to the joy of sailing and guarantee its continuation, thousands of yachting aficionados from the temperate and cold northern climes of Europe, North America and elsewhere are lured here by tales of Sailing in Paradise, carried back first-hand by those who have participated in events here.Sailing a boatOwning a yacht is always regarded as the prerogative of the wealthy – a “rich man’s sport” so to speak, and it certainly is that.  Compared to the usual paraphernalia required to participate in active sports, a yacht is an extremely heavy investment and beyond the means of most ordinary folk.  But, there are ways of joining the fray.Opportunities abound to crew on someone else’s boat and enjoy all the action, fun and adventure without the expense.  To be out on the sea, matching your wits with Mother Nature’s forces of wind, climate and tide and enjoying the fresh air, the tang of the sea, and the huge dome of the heavens above is rather hard to beat – even as a crew member!Juniors: the momentum for sailingCuriously, when the sport of sailing was in its infancy many years ago, a well-to-do Thai’s idea of a day on the sea might have been to drive his or her limousine down to an air-conditioned launch, do a few circuits of the bay and then reverse the journey.  A “hard day at the sea” he or she would recount to colleagues ashore of the weekend’s activities.Sailing offers great fun and the chance to reconnect with the natural environment.Perhaps this ideal of a day on the briny still goes on, but nowadays Thais are excelling on the world yachting stage, from local events right up to Olympic standards, and the nation is producing some top-class sailors.Much of the new popularity of sailing is nurtured in the junior (under-16) ranks, where Thai and ex-pat children compete frequently – and successfully – in the worldwide Optimist dinghy series.  Thailand has improved so much that the kingdom’s teams have gone on to become world champions on several occasions.  The main problem for Thai youngsters who compete overseas is that the waters elsewhere are invariably colder than at home, and there is also no khao-pad readily available!There are numerous sailing groups up and down the kingdom that cater specifically for children; the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, the Royal Thai Navy at Sattahip, Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, while both Koh Samui and Phuket conduct vigorous training and racing programs for juniors.A racing fleet under full sail in the waters off Phuket.At this year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, some 150 boys and girls from all over Thailand competed in the Optimist National Championships.  Some of these sailors were as young as seven years old yet all thrived in the fickle weather conditions.  These youngsters know that a few hours sailing in the fresh air, the beauty of the environment and the challenge to their young minds certainly beats hours in a noisy, cluttered shopping mall, competing with television fare and brain-numbing game machines.Tales of survival (or otherwise) at seaOf course, there are horrendous stories of sea-borne disasters (Titanic, anyone?)   Nevertheless, facing the challenge of the sea, despite being fraught with peril, is inherent in our nature.  The sea is a hard master, but putting aside the usual Hollywood glorification of survival in films such as Robert Radford’s “All is lost;” and Tom Hanks in “Castaway”, there have also been real life heroic epics of adventure, such as the ongoing single-handed trans-oceanic races.Over the last two years, in fact, two teenaged girls have sailed single-handedly around the world.  First Dutch girl Laura Dekker, and then an Australian girl Jessica Watson, both displayed incredible stamina and adaptability as they faced some 250+ days at sea – all alone!Feats like these represent the triumph of the human spirit as the two girls took on stupendous odds, fighting for survival in the treacherous Southern Ocean with winds raging at 80-knots and sea swells as high as city skyscrapers.There are also any number of family groups who regularly take to the seas, sailing around the globe to educate their children, both onboard and at visiting ports.  One such marine “globe-trotter” and his family made landfall at Phuket some years ago.  The captain was cajoled, urged and likewise press-ganged into joining the ongoing regatta.  He unloaded all excess materials to make his craft race-ready; this included a live-aboard resident pet dog, which was deposited into the anchored dinghy.  After the race, he returned, but no dog!  Both he and the family were heart-broken.At the prize-giving, our sailor went up to receive his second place prize which, along with the usual silverware, included a huge box.  And out jumped his beloved dog!  One of the competitors had seen a dog swimming alone in the Andaman Sea, picked it up and brought it ashore.HM the King:Imprimatur of sailing in the KingdomSpeaking of single-handed sailing, as we all know, the King of Thailand, an avid sailor, boat-builder and competitor has set a number of sailing records.I have had the extremely good fortune of having sailed with His Majesty out of the Klai Kangwon Palace, where the King keeps a flotilla of sailing dinghies.  First through the Bangkok Post and then through successive issues of the Pattaya Mail I have written a number of first-person narratives of these treasured encounters.The King’s love of the sea and sailing has been legendary and is inherent in the development of the folklore of sailing in Thailand.  For example, on 19 April, 1966, the King sailed the OK dinghy he had built himself across the Gulf, from the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin to the Royal Thai Navy base at Sattahip.  This distance of 60 nautical miles required tremendous stamina and determination for some 16 hours of concentrated helming.  At the time it was mooted as the longest single-handed dinghy crossing, out of sight of land, in the world.On another occasion, on 16 December, 1967, His Majesty was awarded a Gold Medal by Queen Siirikit, as the winning helmsman (OK dinghy) in the then South East Asian Peninsular Games (now the SEA Games).  Actually, sailing history was created when the King’s daughter, HRH Princess Ubolratana, came in equal first.  This day has since been celebrated as Thailand’s National Sports Day.Besides having his own yacht club at the Klai Kangwon Palace, the King is also Royal Patron of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the centre of most of Thailand’s sailing activities.  With full support from the Royal Thai Navy and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna has hosted innumerable world, national and local championships in its 60-year history.In the early days of sailing, the King and Queen, together with members of the Royal family, frequented the then Varuna Marine Club, located on a pristine beach in south Pattaya, now unrecognizable as a sea-front restaurant.Many times the Royal family entertained visiting dignitaries at the old Varuna Marine Club.  On one particular weekend, in March, 1965, there was a gathering of Sweden’s Royal Family, the UK Royal Consort, Prince Phillip, Prince Bhisadrj Rajani, the incomparable Prince Birabongse Banubandh and the Portuguese Ambassador.  Of course a race around Koh Larn eventuated and The King won, but, for matters of protocol, Prince Phillip’s placing was not mentioned!His Majesty has always looked on sailing as a marvelous escape from his Royal duties, while nurturing both the environment and a healthy lifestyle.Sailing infrastructureThe growing popularity of sailing has seen the inevitable build-up and development of related marine infrastructure around the kingdom.  Marinas, boat yards and chandleries have evolved around all the main venues: Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and, as noted before, the Ocean Marina at Jomtien.Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien offers one of the finest sailing facilities in Southest Asia.Boat-building in the kingdom has also seen an exponential development.  The world’s largest production yacht, the Mirabella, was designed, built and launched from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in September, 1991.  And earlier this year the same venue saw the launch of the world’s first “solar-powered catamaran” the Heliotrope – a craft eventually capable of trans-navigating the world by solar power.  The environment wins big around here as the rich boys with their rich toys can help Mother Nature along the way.This, then, is a ‘superficial’ view of some of the pros and cons of sailing.  I could write much more, but I pity the readers and also I must hurry, for my yacht will be leaving the Ocean Marina very shortly for a jaunt around the bay.  Incidentally, my ‘yacht’ is a 3-metre open dinghy, a replica of His Majesty’s OK dinghies.  But, nevertheless, in a short time, I, too, will succumb to the joys and freedom of “sailing in a paradise not lost.”NB:  For more information about sailing opportunities in Pattaya, go to website: http://varuna.org or www.oceanmarinayachtclub.com.The pristine waters of Thailand are the nation’s treasure and can still offer a veritable paradise for sailing enthusiasts. (Photo/ArtAsia/Everingham)The Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya. To play somewhat on the title of the masterpiece by British bard John Milton, I shall attempt in the following article to show how sailing, and its related water-borne activities, can greatly contribute to protecting and saving the environment and also help to promote a healthier and better lifestyle. According to authors Beard and McKie, in their riotously funny book A Dictionary for landlubbers, “Sailing is the fine art of getting wet, and becoming ill while going nowhere at great expense.”  While admittedly, sailing is not for everyone – for only a few, in fact – there are some most positive aspects, which I shall try to emphasize here.His Majesty the King of Thailand has been a driving force in the development of sailing in the kingdom.Environment & EconomicsSailing is both environmentally-friendly and economically sound.  Many years ago, when I first entered this delightful country, I wrote an article, entitled “Sailing: a panacea for tourism.”  Now, a decade or two down the line, the environment is under constant siege and the ‘fixes’ have reached a greater urgency and are much more expensive to implement, but not impossible, and sailing can help.last_img read more

Playoff hockey returns to NDCC Arena as Saints host SFU in BCIHL Final

first_imgNelson hosts Games one and two of the best-of-three series.Puck drop is 7:30 p..m. both nights.However, if a Game three is needed it will be played Sunday in the Castlegar Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. The Saints enter the Finals as the BCIHL’s top-ranked team after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 21 wins and 3 losses.Selkirk, advancing to the final after defeating defending champion UVIC last weekend in Castlegar, set records for both wins and points this season and picked up victories in all four games against SFU.But the second-place Clan is no pushover, as their roster features a number of former WHL and BCHL players including goaltender Graeme Gordon, who led the Vernon Vipers to a National Championship in 2010, and former Trail Smoke Eaters sniper Nick Sandor.SFU placed four players in the Top-10 in league scoring and outscored Thompson Rivers University 11-3 in a first-round series sweep last weekend. The games in Nelson will represent a homecoming for Saints forward Connor McLaughlin, who was a member of the Nelson Leafs’ 2009 KIJHL championship-winning squad.He spent three seasons in the Green and White, appearing in 136 games. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 in Nelson and Game 3 in Castlegar will be available at the door on game night or in advance from Mallard’s Source for Sports or the gymnasium at Selkirk’s Castlegar Campus.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and Selkirk College students and staff. Playoff hockey is returning to the NDCC Arena.Only the home team will not be wearing Green and White.The Selkirk Saints will be the new home team as the squad opens the BCIHL best-of-three championship Friday in the NDCC Arena against Simon Fraser University.The venue move was necessary after Castlegar Rebels defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Game seven of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Finals.The Rebels now advance to the Kootenay Conference Final which begins Friday in Castlegar.last_img read more

Shaban Lubega: PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 16

first_imgRashford was directly involved in three goals against Fulham (Photo by Agency)Liverpool moved top of the Premier League thanks to a 4-0 victory away to Bournemouth. The game saw Muhammad Salah strike his first treble of the season and Steven Cook scoring an own goal.For Man City who has led the way for the better part of the season, they lost 2-0 at Chelsea. Ngolo Kante put the Blues ahead on 44 minutes before David Luiz sealed the victory late on in the game.At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal scrapped to a 1-0 win over a spirited Huddersfield Town side. Lucas Torreira scored the only goal off an acrobatic-kick, six minutes from time. Victory keeps Arsenal fifth on the log, level on points with Chelsea who remain fourth.At Old Trafford, Man United registered their biggest victory in the league this season to climb into 5th on the table. Jose Mourinho’s side ran out 4-1 victors over ten-man Fulham with the goals coming from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku.In the late-kick off on Saturday, Harry Kane-less, Tottenham defeated Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. Son Heung Min and Dele Ali struck the goals for Pochettino’s side.Elsewhere, Wolves, West Ham, Cardiff and Burnely registered big wins in their quest to fend off the relegation dog-fight.Here are the IX players who stood-out for me in Game Week 16.GK. Alison Becker (Liverpool).Another weekend after which i struggle to find a keeper for my team of the week. But i will settle with Liverpool’s Alison who once again registered a clean sheet as his side moved top of the League after a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth. The Brazilian has now gone 16 League games since his debut minus tasting defeat, the most by a Kop at the start of their career.RB. Matt Doherty (Wolves).The Irishman struck in the 90th minute as his Wolves side won 2-1 away to Newcastle on Sunday evening. He has scored three goals already this season, more than any other defender i the division.CB. James Tarkowski (Burnely).One of the most underrated defenders in the Premier League. Tarkowski scored the winner and was at his absolute best as Burnely defeated Brighton 1-0 on Saturday.CB. David Luiz (Chelsea).Just days after doubts were starting to be raised about Luiz’s role at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, the Brazilian comes up with a masterpiece of sorts against the best team in the land. Luiz not only defended with his life but also scored the second as his side defeated Man City 2-0 on Saturday evening.LB. Ashley Young (Man United).Young scored and assisted in the same Premier League game as United defeated Fulham 4-1 on Saturday. It was the first time since April 2015 that the Englishman had achieved the fate.MF. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).An acrobatic volley brought victory against Huddersfield and was what the Uruguayan deserved after another all-action display.MF. Ngolo Kante (Chelsea).Kante scored with his only shot against Manchester City, and no Chelsea player created more chances than him. I think on Saturday, Kante played his best football in the advanced role under Maurico Sarri.MF. Juan Mata (Man United).Mata is only the third Spanish player to both score 50+ goals and register 50+ assists in Premier League history after Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. He reached both milestones in the game at home to Fulham on Saturday.FW. Marcus Rashford (Man United).Rashford was involved in three goals in a Premier League match for the first time since February 2016 against Arsenal – his debut in the competition. The young Englishman set up both Ashley Young and Juan Mata before completing the route with a superb shot from out-side the area in the 4-1 win over Fulham.FW. Son Hueing Min (Tottenham).Scored the first and set up Dele Ali’s second as Spurs defeated Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power on Saturday night. Son was also directly involved in six of Spurs’ seven shots against Leicester (four shots, two chances created)FW. Muhammad Salah (Liverpool).Salah has scored the opening goal in more Premier League games than any other player this season (seven).On Saturday, the Egyptian not only scored the opener against Bournemouth but registered his first Hat-trick of the season.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weektoplast_img read more

HIV test challenge to South Africans

first_img6 April 2010 South Africans from all walks of life have been called on to rally behind the country’s biggest ever HIV Counselling and Testing campaign, to be launched on a date soon to be announced. Mark Heywood, deputy chairman of the SA National Aids Council, said the campaign could save millions of lives, and urged every South African to support it. “We need everyone to give us a chance to succeed in this campaign,” Heywood said. “We can’t afford for this campaign to be a failure.” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, outlining his department’s readiness to implement the campaign, said: “We need to stand up and confront our challenge as South Africans.” Through the campaign, the department is targeting South Africans aged 12 and older, with the aim of reaching at least 15-million people by June 2011. Motsoaledi said a number of activities would take place, including the dissemination of information, education and mass mobilization. Other activities will include massive voluntary HIV counselling and testing, wide provision of female and male condoms, and mass skills education for scholars and student. A plan to introduce medical male circumcision on a large scale will also be discussed. “The counseling and testing shall take place at all government hospitals and clinics, all universities and FET [Further Education and Training] campuses, and mobile units will be deployed to villages, rural areas and other remote areas of the country,” Motsoaledi said. He added that the campaign was not only for counselling and testing, but also for blood pressure, hypertension and blood sugar measurement. People will also be screened for tuberculosis. Motsoaledi stressed that HIV testing was confidential, and that people did not need to disclose their status publicly, although he encouraged them to disclose their status to their friends and family. “We are trying to avoid a situation whereby a minister or celebrity discloses his or her HIV status, then the media start chasing other people asking them to disclose,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Women’s doubles badminton final: Jwala-Ashwini take 1-0 lead

first_imgStarting the hunt for possible three gold medals at stake for the Indians on the final day of the Commonwealth Games, the showgirls of Indian badminton — Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa — made a good start in the women’s doubles finals on Thursday morning. Playing at a comparatively packed Siri Fort Stadium, the Jwala-Ashwini combine took an 11-10 lead in the opening game against Singaporean pair of Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei. Earlier, the Indians had a disappointing start as they conceded 0-3 lead to the favourites Shinta-Yao. However, a confident Jwala continued with her attacks finally giving India a lead that continued till the end of the game. They won the first set 21-16.last_img read more

Shoe shortage hits Indian hockey team ahead of final against Pakistan

first_imgThe India hockey team is facing an acute shortage of shoes ahead of the summit clash against Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos on Sunday as most of the players have only one pair of shoes for warm-up sessions as well as for matches.Manjit Kullu, the left half back in the Indian team, has been playing with warm-up shoes in the tournament after his only pair of hockey turf shoes had split into two.Playing with warm-up shoes is akin to running on ice wearing normal shoes and Manjit is lucky that he has not injured himself till now.The other Indian player who is without turf shoes is Harpreet Singh.The turf is slippery here at Ordos and both the players are at constant risk of slipping, which can cause serious injury to them.Both Manjit and Harpreet have just made it to the senior national team and it is difficult for them to afford shoes as a good pair costs around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000.Sources in the team say that the pair provided by the Sports Authority of India are not of good quality and so they don’t last long.On an average, a player uses 3-4 pairs every year.last_img read more

Alysa Liu takes women’s title at nationals at age 13

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The women’s competition was without several big names, with Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu and Gracie Gold all missing it for various reasons. Now Liu looks like she could provide a boost for American figure skating. The U.S. hasn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s figure skating since 2006.“To handle the pressure like she did, and to push the technical envelope as far as she’s pushing it, at such a young age, is truly mind blowing,” Lipinski said. “I think she’s the future of U.S. ladies’ figure skating.”The U.S. nationals are being held in Detroit for the first time in 25 years. The 1994 event is best remembered for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan after a practice, but there was a 13-year-old who shined that year too — Michelle Kwan, who finished second.The 4-foot, 7-inch Liu had already turned heads in August, when she became the youngest woman to land a triple axel in international competition. On Friday, she showed poise and ability on a big stage, although international stardom may have to wait a bit. Under the current age restriction, she’s not even eligible to compete at worlds until 2022.“I’m not too worried about that part,” Liu said. “Because I get more time to work on my jumps, skating skills, spins, and just trying to learn more.”Liu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third. Bell was the only skater left after Liu, and she fell during her routine.Tennell stepped out of a triple loop in a combination early in her program, and she fell attempting a triple lutz.“Obviously, it wasn’t my best skate, and I’m disappointed,” Tennell said. “There’s always something to be learned from skates like this, so I’m excited to get back home and work harder than ever to fix what I made mistakes on.” Alysa Liu reacts after her score was announced in the women’s free skate during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Detroit. Liu won the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Alysa Liu was already a phenom. Now she’s a national champion at age 13.Liu stole the show Friday night, breezing through a free skate that included two triple axels and dethroning 2018 winner Bradie Tennell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Liu became the youngest winner of an individual title at this event, and after her score was posted, she put her hands over her face, overcome with emotion .ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘The matches you live for’: Greatest rivals Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal square off Earlier Friday, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue took a step toward defending their ice dancing title, finishing atop the standings after the rhythm dance. Hubbell and Donohue will compete for their second straight national championship in the free dance Saturday.Madison Chock and Evan Bates were second after the rhythm dance, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.The ice dancing competition was one of the most anticipated events of the week, in part because the top teams have plenty of ties to Michigan. Hubbell was born in Michigan, and she and Donohue used to train there. Chock and Bates are from Michigan as well.Those two teams now train in Montreal under the same coaches — with Hawayek and Baker there as well.“We’re pretty lucky that we get to train with the best in the world,” Donohue said. “We’re pushing each other. … We’ve got such a unique, incredible atmosphere where we all love each other, we all want to beat each other.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program,” Liu said.Liu had already landed a triple axel in the short program Thursday, and she was in second place behind Tennell entering Friday. Tennell fell during her long program, and Liu, skating immediately after, seized the opportunity. Her first triple axel was in combination with a double toe loop. Then she landed another triple axel, and by the time she finished her performance — set to “Witches of Eastwick” by John Williams — she was beaming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTara Lipinski was the youngest women’s champion at nationals after winning at age 14 in 1997, and Scott Allen also was 14 when he won in 1964. Now a commentator with NBC, Lipinski was there Friday when her record fell.“Records are made to be broken,” Lipinski said afterward. “It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10 months agoLazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazar Markovic agents working on Liverpool exitby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazar Markovic’s agents are on the lookout for a new club for the Liverpool midfielder.The Serbian midfielder has spent the first-half of the season with the club’s U23 squad after being informed by manager Jurgen Klopp he was not a required player.There had been talk of a move to Fiorentina, but that trail has run cold after their swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.However, Markovic remains determined to find himself a new club and a return to Portugal has been mooted.The midfielder joined the Reds from Benfica four years ago. last_img read more

12 hours agoDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany in contact with Barcelona

first_imgDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany in contact with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveDumped Valencia director Mateu Alemany is in contact with Barcelona.RAC1 reports Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been in contact with Alemany about taking up a role at the Camp Nou. Marcelino and Alemany worked together at Valencia to bring the club its first trophy in 12 years when they won the Copa del Rey last year. But both have now been discarded.Alemany is currently negotiating with Valencia to let him leave his contract as the breakdown between the executive and owner Peter Lim has broken beyond repair. That would allow him leave Valencia and join another top flight team. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more