Some US rowers fall ill at Olympics test event

first_img On July 30, the Associated Press (AP)published an indepen-dent analysis of water quality that showed high levels of viruses, and in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where the rowing competition took place. US coach Susan Francia, a two-time Olympic gold-medal rower, said in an interview with the AP that 13 athletes and four staff members – including herself – suffered various gastrointestinal symptoms during the team’s two weeks of training in Rio. Dr Kathryn Ackerman, the US team physician, said athletes from several other countries stayed in the same hotel as the Americans, but did not seem to get as sick as her rowers. “I don’t know if it was the water bottles in the boats, or hygiene precautions that some athletes are really good about and others weren’t,” she said. Officials did not rule out that the Americans could have gotten ill from food or drinking water. “We’re not really sure. My personal feeling is, I think it’s from the lake,” Ackerman said. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Thirteen rowers on the 40-member United States (US) team came down with a stomach illness at the World Junior Rowing Championships – a trial run for next summer’s Olympics – and the team doctor said she suspected that it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place. The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away. The Americans were by far the hardest hit at the regatta that concluded over the weekend, with reports of vomiting and diarrhoea. Other teams in the competition reported some illnesses, according to World Rowing, the sport’s governing body, but those were about as expected at an event that featured more than 500 young rowers. poor water qualitylast_img read more

Favoring Japan-style game, Okumu helps Lady Maroons discover inner strength

first_imgSEPTEMBER 12, 2018: UP celebrates after outlasting FEU in 5 sets to claim the PVL Collegiate Championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonWhen he took over as University of the Philippines head coach, Godfrey Okumu only wanted to implement what he described as Japanese-style volleyball: fast-paced, systematic and not overly reliant on size.What the Lady Maroons learned in the process was another trait the Japanese are known for: zen-like demeanor.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Calm and composed in the midst of storm, UP captured its first ever title on Wednesday night, beating heavy favorite Far Eastern University in a topsy-turvy title series, 2-0.“When I was serving, I didn’t feel nervous at all,” said setter Ayel Estrañero in Filipino. “I felt that every one of us inside the court believe that we can win despite the long comeback we mounted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissShe was referring to her serve at championship point which catapulted the Lady Maroons’ rally from 6-12 in fifth set of Game 2, where they blew a two-sets-to-none cushion, and an 8-0 lead in the third.With what happened in Game 1—where UP shed off its finals novice tag when it clawed back from two sets down to defeat FEU via five-setter—the Lady Maroons could have also easily succumbed to grinding pressure. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “For us to be here today it took us time, months. We lost many games and by losing, we learn how to win and we learn how to play together. Instead of going apart when you lose, you learn. The losses brought us together. So that’s strength that kept us together,” added the mentor.For that mind-set alone, the Lady Maroons, who haven’t won in the collegiate scene for 36 years, are a formidable force in the coming UAAP season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philippines falls to Iran, stays in top 3 of Group F in World Cup qualifiers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But UP remained steadfast.“The pressure is there like the pressure we had today. But what do you do when you have pressure? We try to relax. We take it out and we don’t think about it so much,” Okumu said. “I told the players to embrace the moment.”It was a double victory for UP as Isa Molde, the 19-year-old star from Catmon, Cebu, won both conference and finals MVP awards.“I would like to dedicate these awards to my teammates; of course I can’t achieve this without their help,” added the 5-foot-7 open hitter.Okumu, a Kenyan English teacher in Japan before he transitioned to coaching volleyball, said his players stayed mindful during the toughest moments of the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Donegal soldiers among those forced to take cover during Israeli bomb attack

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces from Donegal were among those forced to take cover during an attack from the Israeli Amry last week in South Lebanon, it has emerged. It is understood that nearly 50 Donegal soldiers, who are part of the UN peace-keeping force, were required to take four hours of refuge during the cross border attack between the Israeli Defence Forces and Iranian-supported Hezbollah.The Irish soldiers responded to the codeword “Groundhog” directing them to take cover in bomb shelters and to don helmets and body armour as the incoming fire from the Israeli forces fell in their area. The Defence Forces tweeted that Irish personnel were “out of shelters” and “resuming routine” on Sunday evening, several hours after announcing that they had taken shelter “as a precautionary measure” after the rockets were fired on Sunday afternoon last.Donegal soldiers among those forced to take cover during Israeli bomb attack was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RFS tinkering would deal a substantive blow to farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new economic analysis by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University backs up what corn farmers have been telling the Administration — that manipulating the RIN market mechanism would reduce ethanol blending and impact corn prices. A drop of 25 cents per bushel in corn prices, as CARD economists project from a RIN price cap, would devastate farmers and stagger rural communities.This spring farmers will begin planting knowing they face their fifth growing season with corn prices hovering at or below the cost of production. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, we lost 12,000 farms in 2016. This decline must be stopped. The CARD analysis clearly shows an artificial cap on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP waiver allowing year-round sales of E15 would be a bad deal for rural America and the nation’s consumers.Providing regulatory parity for E15 and higher blends helps address concerns about RIN values. Allowing the RIN market to operate freely with year-round sales of E15 would increase the production and consumption of renewable fuels, increase the supply of RINs available for compliance and lower RIN values. Combining RVP parity with a RIN price cap is counterproductive and would lower ethanol blending.At the Commodity Classic, corn farmer delegates in the National Association of Corn Growers Corn Congress unanimously passed a resolution urging President Trump to retain the current RIN market mechanism without change. This analysis supports our resolution.last_img read more

Twice to beat or not, Tigresses ready for tough showdown vs Lady Spikers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart semifinal View comments MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas is heading into its first Final Four in three years, and against the defending champion at that, but head coach Kung Fu Reyes isn’t letting that inexperience get in his team’s way.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img UST finished the season as the third seed at 10-4 but could become the no.2 team if the Lady Spikers, 10-3, lose their final elimination game against Far Eastern University and lose the second-place playoff against the Golden Tigresses.Nevertheless, Reyes isn’t looking at that twice-to-beat advantage.“We’re going to fight, regardless of what the outcome is what’s important for us is we got to secure our 10th win,” said Reyes. “This will be another story for us, this will be a different trend, this will be a different fight.”“If they [the Lady Spikers] get the twice-to-beat so be it. We’ll work in the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Golden Tigresses will enter a potential semifinals matchup against De La Salle and Reyes is already eyeing a firework of a series in the Final Four.“It’s a pleasure with us to play with the defending champions,” said Reyes after his Golden Tigresses wrapped up their elimination round with a four-set win over National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We were 1-1 during the season so we’ll know who is the better team once and for all in the semifinals,” added Reyes.The Golden Tigresses took first blood in the season series with a sweep 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 but La Salle got retribution in the second round, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more