first_imgIn October 2012, as part of a gift made by the Hutchins Family Foundation at the direction of Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83, to support the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard, a fundraising challenge was established to encourage alumni and friends of the University to join him in supporting the Harvard Houses — the foundation of the undergraduate experience — through House renewal, one of the priorities of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences.Home to dining, advising, and student programming, the Houses are hubs for academic and social learning at Harvard. They bring together undergraduates, faculty, graduate students, and mentors in communities that encourage exploration beyond the classroom, expand opportunities for collaboration and discovery, and allow students to experience the full breadth of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education.“I am pleased to support Harvard leaders in fostering the world’s finest undergraduate education,” says Hutchins. “To my mind, the Houses form the vital core of the college experience at Harvard. This is why we created the Hutchins Family Challenge.”The result of the challenge, now completed, was more than $50 million for House renewal from 40 generous gifts. Through this initiative, Hutchins and his family showed that there are many others who feel just as strongly about the important role that residential education plays in the lives of Harvard undergraduates.“Winthrop was my home while at Harvard, the place where I discovered new things about myself and met lifelong friends. The challenge was a great way for us to be a part of this new vision for the Houses,” said John D. Avery ’86, who made a gift with his wife, Jill, that will name an advising community in Winthrop House, the next slated for renewal.In the late 19th century, the growth of Harvard’s student body was fast outpacing its dormitory capacity. This meant that by 1900 only 27 percent of undergraduates lived in University housing, and living in nearby apartments was considerably more expensive.In an attempt to provide a more robust residential College experience and remove the social barriers that came from the variety of local housing options, President A. Lawrence Lowell embarked on an acquisition and building campaign that inaugurated the Harvard House system. Since their inception, the Houses have become models for residential life. Today, 97 percent of upperclassmen live in one of the 12 undergraduate Houses.Some of the Harvard Houses are now nearly 100 years old and, while they have served generations of Harvard students well, they are in need of improvement to better meet the social, technological, and programming demands of 21st-century students. Seeking to enhance academic and social support, planners are designing spaces that maximize community interactions and include everything from “smart” classrooms to art rooms, music practice spaces, and areas for socializing.“House life provides truly transformative experiences. Our Houses are special places, communities second to none, where learning becomes understanding,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.To date, portions of Quincy House (Stone Hall) and Leverett House (McKinlock Hall) have been completed, and Dunster House — the first complete House to undergo renewal — welcomed its newest residents at the start of this academic year.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to Halloween treats, self-restraint from parents and children can be tricky, but it may be necessary.To children, Halloween might seem like the one day a year that they can eat as much candy as they want, but this could have negative mental and physical effects for them. A lot of anything can be bad for you — especially sugar.A typical chocolate candy bar contains around 12 grams of sugar. If a child only has two, that alone would add up to be what a child’s daily intake of additive sugars is supposed to be.“Halloween candy is a significant source of added sugar and saturated fat with few of the nutrients we need, like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s nutrition and health specialist, Alison Berg. Some fun-sized candies have more than 10 percent of your daily allotment of added sugar or saturated fat.”A better idea might be to space out how much candy children can eat per day. The FDA suggests on Halloween day, parents should feed their children before they go trick-or-treating, so they won’t be hungry when they leave home. Make sure they return home before they start picking out candy to eat.Once Halloween is over, letting your child pick out one or two pieces to eat a day is a good idea that won’t overload them on sugar. The key here is moderation. If they have 5 or 6 pieces in a day, what follows could be a high blood sugar rush followed by a crash, and fluctuations in mood.Safety is another important factor when it comes to moderating your child’s Halloween diet. Children should not eat candy that has not been commercially wrapped, and parents should try and encourage them not to accept any noncommercially wrapped candy. It is also crucial to keep an eye out for suspicious looking candy. Discoloration, small holes in the packaging and expiration dates are all signs of candy that should be avoided.Candy that has been safely handled and is eaten in smaller portions can be a great addition to the spooky holiday.“Enjoy your candy, but don’t eat too much of it,” Berg said. “Keep Halloween to a couple of days, versus letting it go on for weeks at a time which can result in unwanted pounds and likely a few cavities.”For more tips on cutting back on sugar or eating a more nutritious diet, visit read more

first_imgFor many student athletes, freshman year is a time spent on adjusting to the collegiate level of play or improving mentally and physically with the hope of contributing in later seasons. For Hanna Grinaker, freshman year has been a chance to do all these things as well as solidify her spot as one of the top runners in the nation. Heading into the last lap of the cross-country season, Grinaker has already been awarded the Big Ten Conference Co-Runner of the Week honors and has been the top UW finisher in three races, but she remains focused on her main goal — helping the cross-country team win the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. “The main goal is just to win the Big Ten Championship,” Grinaker said. “It’s not everyyear that you have the chance to win it and I think this year we have a chance. Helping the team win is my first goal and anything personal is just a bonus.” There are many reasons why Grinaker is excited to participate in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, but she mentions team goals and the opportunity to run with her teammates as the most important, far above any personal accomplishments.It’s easy to see why Grinaker is excited to be a part of the ninth ranked cross-country team in the nation, the highest ever under third-year head coach Jim Stintzi, when you look at her background.Growing up in the small town of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Grinaker was a three-time high school sectional champion and voted into the All-State team each year, but her team never qualified for any championships. Grinaker received the same coaching as the rest of her high school teammates but also kept in close touch with her aunt Mary Grinaker, a UW alum and former Big Ten champion and current high school coach at nearby Madison Memorial, who provided advice and support and always believed in Hanna’s abilities. While Mary Grinaker’s past accomplishments as a Badger had some pull on Hanna’s decision to come to the UW, Hanna credits the chemistry between her fellow cross-country teammates and the abilities of head coach Jim Stintzi as the main reason she committed to the University of Wisconsin and canceled the rest of her college tours.In joining the Badger women’s cross-country team, Grinaker praises being on the team with all her fellow teammates, but specifically credits the leadership and work ethic of senior runner ‘A Havahla Haynes and captain runners Katrina Rundhaug and Amanda Ganser among others, in helping the Badgers reach their current ninth place ranking. “So far I have worked hard and tried to emulate those girls, but I believe everyone on the team is a leader in their own respect and everyone brings something to the table,” Grinaker said. “Whether they are a vocal leader or lead by example. Katrina definitely is both types of leaders, especially when a race or practice doesn’t go as well; she’s still helping us out.”Along with helping her become more accustomed to collegiate running, Grinaker considers her teammates to be her best friends and credits them for helping her quickly find a community on the large UW campus, as well as handle the stress of being a student athlete.Grinaker is currently undecided as to what her major will be, but knows that she wants to pursue a career in running after she is finished at the collegiate level.”After I finish college I want to pursue a career in running or be in the athletic world working in running,” Grinaker said.Whatever she decides to do after college, her newly begun college career has been very promising and if she can remain healthy it appears she will be a fixture as a top cross-country runner for the next several years, but for right now she is only concerned about finishing out this year strong. “I always focus day-by-day or year-by-year. I can’t really say what I’d like to accomplish in my college career but I do want to stay healthy and do the best I can today and this year,” Grinaker said. “If I just keep working hard, keep everything in perspective and listen to my body, I think anything is possible and anything could happen as long as I keep listening to my coach.”Along with improving in any way she can, Grinaker did mention that she would like to help the cross-country team win as many championships as possible. If she keeps improving on her already spectacular numbers, she might not have to wait long.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin57 Notice the Plywood (#1) vs. particle board (#2), and the soft-close under-mount hardware (#3) vs. side-mount rail.  Once again, the value is strength and durability: The stapled construction will not hold up if drawers are slammed. Submitted by Cabinets by TrivonnaI often hear that the word on the street is that Cabinets by Trivonna is one of the more expensive places to buy cabinets.  Many people look at our beautiful showroom and draw that conclusion.  But there is some truth to the rumor.  There are two primary reasons why we might be more expensive than other design centers:We have a level of quality of the cabinet construction that we will not go below.  Thus, there are cheaper cabinets out there.  Today, you get what you pay for!Trivonna designs to “create a nurturing environment”, that is, she designs a kitchen that will function well for the family that will use it.This month, we will look at the first reason – the quality of the cabinet construction.  In order to make a comparison, I will show pictures of our basic cabinet next to a typical less expensive cabinet.First, the box construction – Our Bellmont 1600 cabinets are 5/8 inch, high density particle board (#1) vs. economy cabinets: lower density ½ inch particle board (#2).  Our cabinets have a solid top, and the top, sides and bottom are doweled and glued. The economy cabinets typically are held together with plastic corners and staples. The value of the Bellmont cabinet box construction is strength and durability. No wood product can stand up to a major flood, but the cheaper particle board can be severely damaged by a small leak.  Also, there is a greater tendency for hinges to come loose in the softer particle board. Bellmont 1600 cabinets are full-access (#1), while the economy cabinets have a face frame (#2). This, combined with the under-mount drawer glides results in over three inches more space in every drawer!  This increase in usable space is significant, especially in a small kitchen. In the simple kitchen design pictured below (with only four small drawers), that’s almost a cubic foot of additional storage space.   Notice also the value of full extension drawers (#3) vs., ¾ extension (#4) – You can easily see and reach items in the back of the drawer. Finally, the full overlay doors of our product give a much cleaner look than the partial overlay doors of the economy cabinet line.  To see pictures of full kitchens showing this difference, check out our website. (You may have to look at before pictures to see the partial overlay look.) Our drawers are made of plywood with dovetail joints (#1), vs. stapled particle board (#2). We use under-mount glides (#3), vs. side-mount (#4). For price comparison, we will use the typical “box store” 10X10 kitchen design. In this very simple kitchen, our cabinets would sell for $2650.  The same design in the economy cabinets would cost $1759.  But that is just the cost of the cabinets.  Add an inexpensive granite countertop (everyone wants granite or quartz these days) at about $1500-$2000.  Add new appliances ($1500 or more), a new floor and labor to tear out the old and install the new, some plumbing and electrical modifications, and the total cost of the remodel could easily be $15,000 to $20,000 (assuming the work is done by professionals).  When taking into account the quality difference in the cabinets and the total cost of the remodel, the $900 additional doesn’t seem like that much!Next month, we’ll look at designing for function so that your new kitchen can be the “Nurturing Environment” that you desire.Cabinets by Trivonna360.359.5057www.cabinetsbytrivonna.comlast_img read more

first_imgHe made his test refereeing debut in 1996 and became the most-capped referee in history in November 2008 when he took charge of the clash between France and Argentina in Marseilles. It was his 47th test match. “SA Rugby is presently busy with a recruitment campaign and we are looking for the Jonathan Kaplans of the future to ensure that South Africa continues to produce world class match officials,” Watson said. 13 March 2009 “At the time, I was very green in terms of test match experience so it really tested my ability,” remarked Kaplan. “Jonathan started out whilst still at school and his desire to get better and better eventually took him to the top of the sport. ‘Humble’“I cannot think of a nicer and more humble guy to achieve this remarkable feat. He has always shown the potential to become a ‘great’ and he has achieved this status while he is still active, which makes him a living legend in my view. I trust the rugby world will join me in raising a glass to salute Jonny,” he added. The success of referees like Jonathan Kaplan has helped the SA Rugby Referees recruitment campaign, which was launched in 2008, with the aim of increasing the number of amateur referees in South Africa. South Africa’s Jonathan Kaplan will make rugby history this weekend when he becomes the first referee to take charge of 50 internationals. SA Rugby’s manager of referees, Andre Watson, commented: “This is equal to a player playing 100 tests for his country.” “People interested in taking up refereeing can send their details to [email protected] or visit” Mark Lawrence hoped that players would recognise Kaplan’s contributions too. “50 Not out! Congratulations on a remarkable achievement. We hope you have a memorable match and that the players will stand back and make you run on to the pitch, first, so that the spectators can give you a standing ovation on our behalf.” “Since the launch of the campaign there has been a marked increase in the number of new referees,” said SA Rugby Manager of Referees Andre Watson. SAinfo reporter Kaplan will celebrate his half-century when he takes charge of the Six Nations clash between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on Saturday. Kaplan’s achievement, says Watson, is “truly remarkable”.center_img Best test experienceHe regards his best test experience as the Bledisloe Cup showdown between New Zealand and Australia in Wellington in August 2000. In an enthralling tussle, Wallaby captain John Eales kicked a last-minute penalty to win the game and the Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations for Australia. “Players play on average 12 test matches a year, whereas referees get on average four, maybe five, appointments a year. This indicates how long Jonathan has been around on the world scene. Louis Mzomba said: Congratulation JK, you earned your innings. ‘One is never born great. It is the determination and the action that make one great. Status is not achieved by chance, but by deliberate effort and labour.’” A match between two of rugby’s lesser lights also was a special one for Kaplan. ‘The scenes after Japan drew with Canada at the 2007 World Cup were hugely emotional for Japanese players and support staff, with many of them openly crying their eyes out and then proudly carrying a huge flag around the field,” he recalled. Apart from his vast experience at international level, Kaplan has also refereed four Currie Cup finals – the biggest stage in South African domestic rugby. PlayersThe list of players he has enjoyed refereeing, and the reasons for that, make for interesting reading because it indicates just how long Kaplan has been at the top. He said: “I enjoyed refereeing Todd Blackadder, as he was a very humble man for what he achieved; George Gregan and Andrew Mehrtens, who were pretty smart players; John Eales, who always carried himself with grace; and Tana Umaga, with whom I had a strong mutual respect, with and for. Other memorable moments that Kaplan recalls are the 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and France, at which he says there was an “awesome atmosphere”; all Bledisloe Cup matches, British and Irish Lions tests in Australia and New Zealand, and “breaking the test match record in November last year”. “In South Africa, I enjoyed Corne Krige, Naka Drotske, John Smit, Helgard Muller, Victor Matfield and Tiaan Strauss for their leadership and the rapport that we have or had.” Kaplan’s fellow referee, and also one of the world’s best, Craig Joubert, commented on the SA Referees website: “JK, a significant milestone and number that was once thought to be unattainable. Your 50th test match this weekend is a tribute to your longevity at the very top level for the better part of the last decade.” Asked about humorous moments in his career, Kaplan says they occur every time he gets knocked over by players. Role modelKaplan is a role model for young referees, said Andre Watson, and those wanting to take up refereeing. “He is an example to young referees, not only for achieving the magical number 50, but the way he performs weekend in and weekend out. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo –— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian.— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival: abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field LeaderIt is no secret that 2019 will go down in the history books as one of the most challenging years for production agriculture in much of the country. Flooding and frequent rain events delayed and, in many cases, prevented planting on millions of acres across the Corn Belt.“I’ve never seen anything like it, this is a year for the record books,” said Joe Nester, a certified crop advisor from Williams County who has worked in agriculture for over 42 years and as an independent consultant at Nester Ag for the past 28 years. “We went into the season already wet, and then had rain every other day. Even the crops that were planted are not going to yield near what farmers typically expect.”He estimates that of the acres they work on through Nester Ag, at least 65% were not planted. Statewide in Ohio there were 1,485,919 prevented planting acres in 2019, with the bulk of those in the northwestern part of the state, according to the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.“Typically, we see this happen in pockets, but never this widespread,” Nester said. “This was the first spring we had three separate weeks we couldn’t even find a place to soil sample because it was just too wet. I probably have more questions this year than I have answers.”Soil quality and soil health are extremely important to Nester’s brand of conservation-focused farming, and he stresses it with all his clients. Regular soil sampling is a foundation to the work he does. Nester works with farmers to develop a plan based on the results of their individual soil test results. This year was so challenging that he even sampled some fields twice.“We sampled the fields the first of May, and then had all the rain and flooding. We knew this was not good for the soil, but wondered if we could quantify any change, so we re-sampled the same locations the first of July,” he said. “In those 60 days we found that the calcium numbers declined 10% and the potash numbers dropped 11%. You have to know where your phosphorus and potassium levels are going forward — it’s a must.”Nester’s theory is that the fields were saturated for so long that itweakened the negative charge in the soil, and the calcium and potassium leached out of the top four inches of the soil, and into the subsoil. As they pulled the soil samples, they found that the hard clay had turned into chunks like a road bed. Nester thinks that when the calcium leached out, it left the topsoil with a higher magnesium-calcium ratio which enabled increased soil compaction.“Aggregate stability, and implementing practices that promote aggregate stability in clay-based soils is so important,” he said. “This year we lost ground.”Soil health has also been negatively impacted.“The saturated soils’ lack of oxygen killed-off a lot of the microbial life,” Nester said. “And with the heat we experienced in July on the bare soil, we literally baked the crust and microbes.”Nester took a temperature reading on one of those 100-degree days and found that the soil surface temperature was actually 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In the absence of a crop to canopy and shade the soil, the temperatures rose higher than normal, which was detrimental to the soil life. Without a cover crop’s root growth, improved soil microbial health and ability to hopefully pull some of the calcium and potassium back up into the topsoil this year, Nester thinks 2020 will be a “recovery crop year.”“Farmers need to try to establish a cover crop which will cover the soil to provide shade to keep it cooler, and also grow the roots to break-up the soil compaction,” he said. “This season the microbial population took a severe hit. Where your microbial life goes depends on where you started. Microbial life can come back relatively quickly if you have some to start with. Even planting treated soybeans can be used as a cover crop and will help.”Different seeding techniques may be needed based on the soil conditions.“Some farmers may need to use vertical tillage to fracture the soil ahead of attempting to plant a cover crop. Others may be able to broadcast the seed and then incorporate it with light tillage,” Nester said. “Others in tough situations may need to use a no-till drill. Timely planting of cover crops is a key in successful establishment. Farmers should have time this fall on the prevent plant acres. If crops did get planted late, though, the opportunity for cover crop may be slim.”Weeds also become more of a challenge without cover crops. The main concern at this point for farmers is to make sure the weeds do not go to seed. The use of 2,4-D is a good option he said, but farmers need to be aware of the replant restrictions if they intend to plant cover crops soon.“Weeds do not make a good cover crop. They do not promote good soil quality,” Nester said.Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension State Weed Specialist, in a presentation made to the North Central Soybean Research Program, said the top priority for farmers now is preventing weed seed production.“Spraying, tillage, or chopping all are options for preventing seed production,” Loux said.Beyond this fall, prevented planting acres from 2019 will require careful consideration. Many variables in the fields have changed in the past few months. Soil tests need to be done or possibly re-done, and plans may need to be modified. Nester is also concerned regular soil testing will fall behind since there was very little opportunity to sample last fall and this spring due to the weather, and with the late planted crops, there my not be much opportunity in the coming fall after a late harvest.“If you had a cropping plan in place for 2019, you can’t just hit the pause button now and then resume next spring,” Nester said. “Soil test results may actually have changed more as a result of all the water than they would have from growing a crop this year.”With reliable soil test results serving as the basis, implementing variable rate technology with the use of management zones can save money, place the nutrients where they are most needed and can be used most efficiently with minimal risk of loss. Nester uses strip-tillage combined with variable rate technology as an example. Utilizing a prescription from the soil test results, the variable rate application will make sure that the correct amounts of nutrients are applied in the right zones, and the strip-tillage will put it in a place where it is less likely to leave the root zone and more likely to be used by the plants. This can be especially economically advantageous for phosphorus and potassium.“This year after all the rain, potassium levels may also be in the tank,” Nester said. “Studying those soil test results, and looking at any drop in the potassium level is also important. This also can be addressed with the variable rate application combined with strip-tillage.”Nester also recommends that farmers try to stick to their crop rotation as much as possible.“Most rotations have been altered based on what was fit, or wasn’t fit to plant and the date on the calendar this spring,” he said. “Try to get your rotations back in order.”When it comes to getting the soils back in shape, Nester suggests considering variety of practices.“As farmers attempt to help their soils recover, there is no silver bullet,” he said. “Practicing basic agronomic fundamentals is going to be the key.”This has definitely been a year for the record books. In 42 years, Nester has never seen a year like this one, and hopefully won’t see one challenge that record anytime soon.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit can be a number of challenges with soil biology and structure from long periods of excessive moisture.last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just received a designpatent for Google Search’s homepage. It took the US Patent Office over five years to approve this patent (D599,372) for the design of a “graphical user interface for a display screen of a communications terminal,” but Google’s request was finally approved yesterday. The company already owned a patent for its search results pages. In addition, Google also received a patent for a server-based spellchecker yesterday, as well as another one for “collaborative web page authoring.” We don’t assume that Google will soon start a patent fight with Yahoo over this, but Yahoo Search’s current homepage obviously looks quite similar to Google’s, though without the two prominent button’s underneath the search box. We are obviously not lawyers, but as far as we know, design patents are basically just a form of making sure the design of a functional item is protected and not so much an acknowledgment that this is a completely new invention. Design patents have to be for a new designs though, and we just have to wonder if somebody else didn’t offer a similarly minimalist search interface before Google.Tip of the hat to Ryan Tate at Gawker for first noticing this patent. Tags:#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Kid Santos’ Facebook account.Philippine sports lost a legend in Florentino “Kid” Santos, who died Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 67.Santos had a celebrated volleyball career as a player and coach for Far Eastern University, which won majority of its men’s and women’s titles under his watch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go “A father to me and to many.. one of the pillars of Ph Volleyball.. SALAMAT po sa lahat,” wrote UP libero Pia Gaiser. —MARK GIONGCO, INQUIRER.NETcenter_img PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES Heartfelt messages and tributes poured out in the wake of Santos’ death.“Sad news for the volleyball community, Coach Kid Santos joined our Creator. Not only a great mentor but a second father to many….,” former La Salle star Ivy Remulla wrote on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Learned so much about handling athletes from Kidd Santos. Great coach, even better person and father to all FEU athletes. You will truly be missed. RIP Coach Kidd,” posted FEU athletic director Mark Molina on Twitter.“You inspired and touched the lives of so many people, including me. Salamat sa lahat Coach Kidd RIP,” said FEU spiker Jerrili Malabanan. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe curtains comes down on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tonight and India can feel reasonably happy with their showing. By rough projections, by the time the final medal tally is arrived at, India would have finished with close to 60 medals.It is the gold medal count which decides the standings on the overall table but there is no cause for remorse as preparations this time have not been as elaborate as they were before the scandal-ridden Games in New Delhi in 2010.Freeze frames from the New Delhi CWG invariably remind us of chaos and confusion, be it over the Games Village dirt or rain ruining the stadia. That, however, did not stop the athletes from winning in a variety of disciplines. There was pessimism in the air before the teams left India for Glasgow. But looking at the glow from various arenas, the Indians have done well despite impeding factors.Without sounding cliched, we are still not a sporting nation like South Africa or New Zealand, so to hopefully finish ahead of them this time in the medal tally is a plus which one can be proud of. Then again, for a country which wants gold medals as if it’s buying them at a souk in Dubai, the funding for athletes has not been as lavish as it was four years ago.Agreed, for each medal India wins in the international arena as a result of sweat, toil and tears, there is invariably government funding with a few corporates chipping in.advertisementWithout getting into the nitty-gritty of counting where each rupee goes, let’s be sure that barring cricket, in each sport, an Indian athlete wins a medal as a result of the taxpayers’ money being spent. If you take a shooter — from his weapon to bullets and foreign coaches being hired, it’s all thanks to sarkari paisa. The story is the same in many other disciplines as well.So where does the government go from here in terms of supporting athletes? The Asian Games are just six weeks away and, in less than two years, the Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Without getting miserly, the government needs to fund the disciplines where medals have come from. This concept of ear-marking a few crores in the annual budget will not work.Sport needs to be given the same priority as infrastructure development as then alone can we dream of more medals in multidiscipline sporting events. Reflecting on the last ten days, it was sheer joy to see new faces winning medals in a variety of disciplines from wrestling to weightlifting and boxing to gymnastics.Shooting was a bit of a disappointment as the gold medal count is low compared to the performances achieved before this in New Delhi, Melbourne 2006 and Manchester 2002.The good thing about shooting is that new talent is being thrown up and we find youngsters like Malaika Goel, Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul winning medals.The way wrestlers and lifters have performed is a pleasant revelation as these are disciplines where allegations of drug abuse have been painful in the past. In weightlifting, it’s almost a new crop which has started delivering and in wrestling, Haryana’s contribution is awesome.Likewise, it’s very heartening to see Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal succeed in women’s doubles squash. These girls have worked hard for years in an unheralded sport, and their gold medal will work wonders for youngsters who love the sport.I am aware some people are still not happy with the number of medals won by India but considering that events like archery and tennis were not part of the Glasgow programme, one can feel happy. Also, the pairs event in shooting was done away with in Glasgow and has now again been reinstated for Gold Coast 2018.Medals in judo from Navjot Chana, Shushila Likmabam and Kalpana Devi and Dipa Karmakar winning bronze in artistic gymnastics are out of the blue for many of us. What it goes to show that there is talent, depth and drive among the Indian youth and winning medals is possible.In hockey, the much-maligned men’s team is in the final and faces powerhouse Australia once again. Riled and ridiculed after the poor showing in the FIH World Cup, the team is trying hard and should be encouraged.Looking ahead, if people think India will win the same number of medals in the Incheon Asian Games in Korea, it would be foolish. Apart from the hosts, China and Japan, even smaller countries from the Middle East have the power to win medals in a variety of disciplines. The biggest lesson to be learnt from Glasgow is that today Indian sport does not depend just on the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt. The new crop has arrived and needs to be encouraged.advertisementAs for the cynics, they have to stop comparing India with sporting powerhouses. Even today, the youth of the nation is forced to think twice before jumping into serious sport thanks to the pressure of the taxing academic [email protected]last_img read more