US$7M rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre handed over to Govt

first_imgAfter months of rehabilitation works, the newly refurbished Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) was on Thursday handed back over to the Guyana Government in a grand ceremony that paid homage to the former Guyanese Head of State.President David Granger and Ambassador Jianchun, along with Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo following the unveiling of the newly rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre on ThursdayFormer President Arthur Chung, who served as Guyana’s Head of State from 1970 to 1980, would have celebrated his 100th birth anniversary in January, thus making the commemoration much more symbolic.Upon the completion of construction back in 2006, the Chinese Government handed over the Conference Centre to Guyana. The facility was then renamed after Guyana’s first President in 2015 when the coalition Government took office.Having funded the construction of the Conference Centre, the Chinese Government in late 2016 retook possession of the facility and under the 2011-2012 Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Guyana and China, rehabilitation works were carried out.The US$7 million project was undertaken by China Railway Group, the same Chinese company that constructed the facility over 10 years ago. It was completed within the 18-month timeline.In reflection on the work of the former President during the ceremony, his niece, Leila Walker, recalled his early life and his journey in the Public Sector serving Guyana.President Granger testing the new equipment in the main conference room at the refurbished Arthur Chung Conference CentreMeanwhile, President David Granger said the occasion is even more symbolic as it pays tribute to an eminent citizen and true patriot, who guided the country amidst uncertainly and was the face of a newborn Guyana on the international front.“His appointment was historic… He became President at an important stage in Guyanese history. It was a period of international turmoil and national transformation… And he helped with his own character and personality to shape the identity of our new republic amidst all that was taking place in our country and around the world,” President Granger noted.According to the Head of State, former President Chung had cemented the foundation of relations between China and Guyana, which has strengthened over the years and is evident in the many contributions the Asian nation has made towards local development.“The Arthur Chung Conference Centre now, and for generations to come, will ensure that the contributions of Arthur Chung… and of the People’s Republic of China will be remembered and sustained,” the President posited.These sentiments were shared by Chinese Ambassador, Cui Jianchun, who said his Administration will continue to support and deepen its relation with Guyana. In fact, he noted that while much has been done over the years, there are much more avenues for Chinese to lend assistance to Guyana, something which he is committed to work on.Among the works done at the facility are upgrades to the exterior and interior of the building, and the main and smaller conference rooms were also refurbished, with the former now being equipped with a new digital conference system and interpretation booth that can process up to three languages simultaneously. There is also a new WiFi system that will make the ACCC an Internet hotspot as well as an IT room upgraded with 20 new computers.last_img read more

McCONALOGUE DEMANDS HONESTY FROM GOVT ON MEDICAL CARDS

first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of misleading medical card holders about a deliberate decision to cull tens of thousands of discretionary cards this year.Charlie McConalogue TDHe has also said the Government continues to mislead medical card holders about the impact of dramatic cuts to next year, by falsely claiming that ‘everyone who deserves a medical card will have one’“People are sickened by the Government’s denial of its own decision to remove thousands of medical cards this year. How can the Taoiseach and his Fine Gael and Labour colleagues continue to trot out this line, when the figures clearly show that more than 1,000 people a month are losing their discretionary medical cards?” asked Deputy McConalogue. “In Donegal alone, I know so many cases of people with serious illnesses or disabilities who have inexplicably lost their medical card without notice or have had their cards pulled from them pending a ‘review’.“These stories are very real, and they are replicated right across the country. The HSE’s service plan for this year clearly stated that as a result of a policy decision made by this Government, there would be a reduction of 40,000 medical cards this year. The Government signed off on this plan in January.“On top of this year’s sneaky cuts, next year Fine Gael and Labour want to take 35,000 medical cards from the over 70s and slash a further 100,000 discretionary medical cards. It means that thousands of older people, sick children, people with long-term illnesses and people with disabilities in Co Donegal will lose their medical cards next year.“This is a shameful policy decision and it is even more shameful that the Government is trying to deny it and downplay its impact. I know of many people here in Donegal who ‘deserve’ a medical card, but who have lost their card in recent months because of Government cuts. “It’s high time we saw some honesty from the Government about what is going on here. It is disgraceful to expect medical card holders to pay for the Health Minister James Reilly’s mismanagement of his health budget, and to then attempt to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.” McCONALOGUE DEMANDS HONESTY FROM GOVT ON MEDICAL CARDS was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Charlie McConaloguemedical cardslast_img read more

Rain, rain, go away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nearly every USDA NASS rainfall checkpoint in the state of Ohio is in the plus category for rainfall totals since April 1, and the rains keep coming. Van Wert is leading the state in rainfall totals with a staggering 28.24 inches of rain since April 1 which puts the location more than 15 inches of rain above normal. Those totals were compiled before another series of heavy rains early this week.Darke County flooding after 5.1 inches of rain by Scott LabigThe most recent round of rains put down in excess of five inches in some areas following an ominous orange-looking sky and severe thunderstorms. A Fairfield County farmer reported three inches of rain falling in less than a half hour from the downpour. Some areas experienced strong winds and hail as well from the strong front that turned daylight into night as it moved through on Monday.The big rains once again swamped soggy crop fields, flooded roadways and thwarted any attempts to make hay. Temperatures have also been cool and sunlight has been scarce around Ohio.Jim Noel, with the NOAA, expects these weather trends to change in the second half of July.“Overall, weather, climate and hydrology conditions will improve in Ohio after the start of this week into the end of July,” he said in this week’s CORN Newsletter. “After a wet start to this week we expect a drier Wednesday and Thursday. However more showers and storms will return Friday into the weekend. But the pattern looks to be heading toward amore summer-like pattern where the rainfall pattern becomes more scattered and typical after this week.“At the same time, temperatures will become warmer than normal. With all the moisture in the ground, we continue to see daytime temperatures kept down some and nighttime temperatures elevated and this will continue with the overall tendency toward slightly warmer than normal temperatures.”Moving forward Noel’s forecast is for slightly above normal temperatures (mostly from overnight lows) with highs mostly in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Rainfall is predicted to be more normal and scattered with two to four inches over the next three weeks. August temperatures are predicted to beWind damaged corn east of Greenville. Photo by Thomas Shawnormal and slightly above normal rainfall.Beyond that, Noel is warning farmers of the potential for a strong El Nino.“El Nino is in full swing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and is likely to strengthen in a significant El Nino for fall and winter. El Nino will likely persist into spring growing season next year and will play havoc with our weather, climate and hydrology patterns in Ohio,” he said. “Our research shows during El Nino events crops are stressed in Ohio from significant changes in our weather patterns. Impacts are greatest to wheat and corn and to a lesser extent soybeans.”Photo of ominous skies by North Star Hardware & Implement Co. in Darke Countylast_img read more

Can Atmospheric Combustion Work in a Spray-Foam-Insulated Attic?

first_imgLet’s say you bring the attic inside the building enclosure by putting spray foam insulation at the roofline (the case with the two furnaces in my previous article on this topic). Now, let’s put some numbers to it. (Yes, we’re going to do math, but it’s just simple arithmetic. I know some of you were hoping for partial differential equations, but you’ll just have to console yourself today by memorizing some more digits of Pi, I guess.)If the attic has a floor area of 800 square feet and an average height of 4 feet, for example, the volume would be 3,200 cubic feet. Divide that number by 50 to find the maximum capacity appliance you could put in the attic, and you get 64,000 BTU/hr.That would be a medium-sized furnace. But you could put only one in this attic. Put two of them up there, and the codes say you don’t have enough air for them. And an 80,000 BTU/hr or 100,000 BTU/hr furnace, neither of which is uncommon in homes, would be right out.One way to get more volume of indoor air for your atmospheric combustion appliances would be to connect the space they’re in to other spaces in the home. You could put a couple of grilles in the wall separating a mechanical room from the conditioned space, for example. The codes specify how you should do that and how big the openings have to be.Another way to get more air is to count infiltration. Again, check the codes if you’re planning to do that. Another method specified in the code is to use a single opening. The image at left shows a basement mechanical room attempting to satisfy the code requirement this way.With both the high-low vents and single opening methods, the building codes specify the amount of vent area required. As with calculating volume when you use indoor air, the vent area required is based on the total capacity of the combustion appliances.Here are the rules for the two-permanent-openings method:1 square inch per 4,000 BTU/hr  –  vertical ducts1 square inch per 2,000 BTU/hr  –  horizontal ductsWhen using the one-permanent-opening method, you need:1 square inch per 3,000 BTU/hr  –  vertical or horizontal ductHow many code violations do you see?Now go back and look at the two photos I opened the article with (at the top of the page). Both use the one-permanent-opening method and would require 1 square inch for each 3,000 BTU/hr of capacity. The first one is a 4-inch-diameter duct, so the area would be about 12.6 square inches. Code would allow it for a maximum capacity of about 37,700 BTU/hr. In other words, it’s probably too small because there aren’t many furnaces that small.There’s still the issue of the tape covering the louvers, of course. And there’s another code violation as well. Combustion air vents are supposed to have a minimum clearance of 6 inches from the front of the combustion appliance.The furnace in the second photo comes closer to meeting code. If it’s a 6-inch duct, it would have an area of 28 square inches and meet the requirement for an 84,800 BTU/hr furnace. If it’s an 8-inch duct, it could meet the requirement for about 150,000 BTU/hr in total capacity. It still doesn’t meet the 6-inch clearance requirement, though.But will it work?Whether any of the methods above will work is debatable and depends on what criteria you use to gauge acceptability. Here are a few pitfalls:Using indoor air still means using outdoor air. Each cubic foot (or cubic meter) of indoor air that gets pulled into a combustion appliance will leave the house with the exhaust gases. When that happens, another cubic foot gets pulled in from leaks through the building enclosure.Air doesn’t always follow the arrows we draw on diagrams. You can put all the vents you want into a mechanical room, but whether air moves in the direction we’d like it to depends on the which way the pressure difference pushes it. Wind, stack effect, and other mechanical systems could cause air to flow the “wrong way.”Bringing combustion air in from outdoors can waste energy and lead to comfort problems. We know the old saw about how “a house needs to breathe” is a myth. Houses need to be able to dry out and they need good indoor air quality. They don’t need extra leaks. It’s the people who need to breathe.Occupants sometimes seal them up because they don’t understand why there’s a hole in their house. It happens, just like they sometimes caulk the weep holes in a brick wall.As I’ve said before, it’s time to put atmospheric combustion appliances on the pile of obsolete technologies. Let them take their rightful place as relics of a bygone era, along with steam engines, typewriters, and slide rules. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Some older homes, though, have a type of furnace that isn’t made anymore: the natural draft furnace. The photo at left shows what they look like. Notice that there are two places where this furnace pulls in air, and these guys pull in a lot of air. They’re also easier to backdraft, but that’s not our focus here.Where does the air come from?So if you’ve got any type of atmospheric combustion appliance, you need to make sure it gets air for combustion. The two options are:Indoor airOutdoor airLet’s take a look at them separately.Using indoor air for combustionIf you’re going to use indoor air, there’s got to be enough of it inside the house. Two building codes that address this issue are the National Fire Protection Association Standard 54 (NFPA-54) and the International Residential Code (IRC).Both say the same thing about using indoor air for combustion. The space that the atmospheric combustion air can draw from has to have at least 50 cubic feet of volume for each 1,000 BTU/hour of appliance capacity. Using outdoor air for combustionThe other way to provide air for your combustion appliances is to bring it in from outdoors. The standard way to do this is with “high-low vents.” The image at left shows an example. Two ducts are open to this mechanical room in a basement. One of them terminates near the ceiling, the other near the floor.[Image credit: International Code Council]The image at left and the image below are from the 2012 IRC and show two ways to do the high-low vents with vertical ducts. It’s OK for the ducts to pull combustion air from the crawl space or attic as long as those spaces communicate directly with the outdoors. In the first diagram, the low vent is connected to the vented crawl space, and the high vent is connected to the attic.[Image credit: International Code Council]In the diagram at left, both vents are shown connected to the attic. That’s why the furnace in the image at left has louvers in the cover. It allows air from the surrounding space to be pulled in for combustion. This is what we call the standard efficiency furnace. If you buy a new furnace these days and want to get the cheapest one you can, this is probably what it’ll look like. A while back I wrote about the incompatibility of putting an atmospheric combustion furnace in a sealed attic. Most often the attic is sealed by installing spray foam insulation at the roofline, thus bringing the attic inside the building enclosure and turning it into conditioned space (directly or indirectly). The good news is that some installers understand this problem and seek to address it. The bad news is what a few of them do.Combustion air retrofitsThe photo at right is a case in point. The furnace was up in the attic before the spray foam was installed. The homeowner hired a spray foam contractor to improve the building enclosure but the budget didn’t include enough money to change out the furnace at the same time.I don’t know if the combustion air retrofit you see above was done by the spray foam installer or the HVAC contractor, but in either case, this one’s almost certainly not going to work. Here are the main problems:Inadequate duct size. They used a 4-inch flex duct that you usually see on bath fans (which have their own problems), and it ran at least 20 feet to the place where it exited the attic. This would not meet the code requirement for combustion air inlets, as you’ll see below.Poor duct installation. The duct wasn’t pulled tight, further reducing the air flow through the duct.Tape over furnace louvers. The louver area is designed to allow the proper amount of combustion air to enter the furnace. By covering some of them with tape, the installer of this retrofit may be guaranteeing the opposite of what they were aiming for: less combustion air, not more.[Photo credit: Nikki Krueger]The image at left shows a better installation. The duct looks like it’s 6 inches or 8 inches in diameter, and it’s made of rigid metal. Both of those things will allow more air to move through.And that air might even move toward the furnace instead of away from it. Of course, there’s no guarantee of that. As my friend David Richardson likes to say, combustion air doesn’t care which way we show the arrows pointing on our diagram. Air flows from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure. Under some circumstances, air might flow out through that inlet rather than in.The need for airNow let’s go a little further. Let’s look at what building codes say is the right way to do it. The image at left shows the burners in a particular type of furnace. When you pull the cover off of this furnace, you could stick your fingers right there in the flames. (I said you could do it. I certainly don’t recommend it, though.)What that means is that the flames are open to the air inside the furnace cabinet. Since we know combustion is the chemical reaction of a fuel (natural gas in this case) with oxygen, there’s got to be a supply of air to keep it going. The air in the furnace cabinet itself would be exhausted quickly, so more air has got to come in somewhere, right?last_img read more

A Tale of Two Bubbles: Why Cryptocurrency Isn’t the Next Dot-Com

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Economic bubbles aren’t new. From the tulip bubble of the 1630s, to the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, to the big-tech mania we’re seeing today, overvaluations happen — but not all bubbles pose the same risks or offer the same rewards. Every few years, it seems we’re warned of another looming “bubble” about to burst. Most recently, pundits like Warren Buffett and George Soros have compared the rise of cryptocurrency to the dot-com bubble, wondering aloud if we’re on the precipice of a big bust.The similarities are fairly obvious. Cryptocurrency startups, much like the dot-coms, are experiencing an influx of capital that’s boosting the valuations of solid, innovative companies along with their relatively worthless counterparts — Dogecoin comes to mind as a cautionary tale. But while the dot-com boom produced plenty of duds, let’s not forget that it also gave birth to Amazon, Google, and eBay. Similarly, there are resilient, well-managed cryptocurrency companies that will be able to withstand drastic market fluctuations.Sure, the current state of cryptocurrency bears some resemblance to the ’90s tech boom, but there are important differences to consider. Understanding the following factors can help you to mitigate long-term damage as the market naturally begins to self-correct.1. Say hello to regulation: Cryptocurrencies, unlike the early dot-coms, are shaking up the U.S. monetary system and offering an alternative to worldwide fiat currency. Early internet technology was groundbreaking, but decentralized currency is truly revolutionary. Most governments don’t quite understand what’s going on, much less how to deal with it.Recent fluctuations in the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were the direct result of new regulations announced by the South Korean government, and other regulatory agencies across the world are guaranteed to make similar moves. They will eventually make examples of nefarious players, helping to weed out more “shadowy” companies from the industry.Be ready to work with government agencies and adapt to new regulations when they inevitably arrive. Private companies that behave like public companies are more likely to come out on top. In that same vein, be sure you’re not taking a ton of money from unaccredited investors — or investing it in secretive ways. The industry may not yet be fully regulated, but you need to start running your company as if it were.2. Just say no…to casual investing: Yes, some venture capitalists in the dot-com era would throw money at any startup that showed signs of life, but the risks seem greater for those entering the crypto space with insufficient knowledge. More than 1,000 cryptocurrencies are active right now, and quite a few are hoping to ride the wave without doing their homework first.Perceived bubbles are funny: They can propel even the worst companies to the top of the stock charts. You need to understand how to capitalize on the bubble — raising as much capital as you can (without destroying the structure of your company) and then managing that cash (knowing it won’t always be there).Be able to effectively communicate your long-term value to shareholders. The blockchain is a brilliant invention, with applications we’re just beginning to discover, ranging from the financial space to healthcare, cybersecurity, retail, and beyond. It will transform the world as we know it, making a handful of companies and their investors extremely wealthy in the process. To find investors who will stay with you for the long haul, showcase realistic, revenue-generating applications of this technology and prove it can outlive the hype.3. Abandon geographical boundaries: While the dot-com bust had some ripple effects on the world economy, the rise and fall of Silicon Valley was far more localized. Cryptocurrency is traded across the world, and countries are taking vastly different approaches in their adoption and regulation of it. South Korea only recently started exploring regulation, for instance, while Sweden has been offering derivatives in Bitcoin since 2015.The international scope of this marketplace presents both unique challenges and an array of opportunities. Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, argues that blockchain offers particular value in parts of the world where people can’t yet trust their institutions — places such as Africa, India, and Eastern Europe. Blockchain, he argues, resolves the issue of market manipulation from the top-down.All that’s to say: You must invest in a capable management team that can see the big picture. Nobody will predict every little twist and turn in the market, but the better your understanding of how your company could succeed on an international scale, the higher your chances of success.When looking for dynamic and adaptable management teams, focus on candidates with a track record of success — those who can navigate an ever-changing technology landscape while incorporating traditional financial market tactics. At Neptune Dash we did just that, incorporating a well-versed technology team with adept financial leaders with proven success on public markets.Finding footing on shaky groundThe ’90s tech boom was followed by a solid bust. In November 2000, an index of 280 internet stocks was down by $1.7 trillion from its 52-week high. Contrast that with recent fluctuations in digital coins, and the difference is obvious. Its value may rise and fall, but anyone who bought Bitcoin a year ago has earned more than a sixfold return on investment, for example.The highs may be higher and the lows may be lower than in other industries, but the underlying technology is here to stay. Despite the common misconception, not all bubbles are created equal. An overvalued startup that does nothing for the world is destined to crash, but just as the Googles of past eras have survived, so will the very best cryptocurrency companies. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Cale Moodie is CEO and director of Neptune Dash, a cryptocurrency company that constructs and operates masternodes of Dash, a digital currency built on the blockchain. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Cale Moodie Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#startups Related Posts last_img read more

New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russia misses doping deadline

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks open new year with a bang “With its suspension from the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Russian Olympic Committee has served its sanction,” wrote Bach.WADA personnel travelled to Russia in December but were unable to extract all of the promised data.WADA said at the time its team could not complete its mission “due to an issue raised by the Russian authorities that the team’s equipment to be used for the data extraction was required to be certified under Russian law”.With WADA waiting and the December 31 deadline looming, RUSADA chief Yury Ganus asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene to stave off another ban that put Russia “on the brink of the abyss”.However, the Kremlin said RUSADA’s concerns about new sanctions were “without foundation.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion WADA said the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will now consider the next step in the long-running saga at a January 14-15 meeting.The end-of-year deadline was set in September, when WADA lifted a ban on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports after a report which uncovered a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionWADA’s confirmation of the missed deadline came as US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart described Russia’s return to the sports fold “a total joke and an embarrassment”.However, in his New Year message, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach insisted sporting superpower Russia had been sufficiently punished. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this file photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA head Yuri Ganus leaves the office in Moscow, Russia. The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency has asked President Vladimir Putin for help in getting key doping data released to World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors. Ganus in a letter released Thursday. Dec. 27, 2018 appealed to Putin to reverse the decision and allow to hand over the data to WADA inspectors. Ganus warned that the refusal to do so would hurt Russia’s efforts to clean up its sports from doping.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Russia faced the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed the country had missed a December 31 deadline to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory in Moscow.“I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed by the date agreed,” said WADA president Craig Reedie.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening – ‘WADA being played by Russians’ –Reedie added on Tuesday: “WADA has been working diligently with the Russian authorities to meet the deadline, which was clearly in the best interest of clean sport. The process agreed by WADA’s ExCo in September will now be initiated.”That process will now see the independent Compliance Review Committee meet on January 14 and 15 to examine the developments before a recommendation is made to WADA.That could lead to RUSADA again being declared non-compliant.Tygart said Russia missing the deadline should come as no surprise.“In September, WADA secretly moved the goal posts and reinstated Russia against the wishes of athletes, governments and the public,” Tygart said. “In doing this WADA guaranteed Russia would turn over the evidence of its state-supported doping scheme by today.“No one is surprised this deadline was ignored and it’s time for WADA to stop being played by the Russians and immediately declare them non-compliant for failing yet again to meet the deadline.”Last month, the governing body of world athletics (IAAF) said they were maintaining Russia’s ban from track and field over the state-backed doping controversy.Russia’s athletics team was barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics and also missed the IAAF World Championships in London a year later.A number of Russian athletes, however, have been granted permission by the IAAF to compete as neutrals after meeting the exceptional eligibility criteria, essentially demonstrating that they have come through transparent anti-doping testing.The IOC lifted its ban on Russia at the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Later Tuesday, the athletes commission of the UK Anti-Doping Agency called for Russia to be declared non-compliant.“The Russian state need to prove unequivocally that they have learned from the biggest doping scandal under WADA’s watch,” said a statement.“And that they will be committed to a drug-free, transparent regime across international sport.“Otherwise WADA..must now declare RUSADA non-compliant.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Tiger Woods brings buzz to golf and to the PGA Championship

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue He has golf buzzing again after putting together the final piece on a captivating comeback by winning the Masters. Eleven years since he last won a major, two years after a fourth back surgery and with no guarantees he would play again, Woods ushered in a new era of Tigermania.For years, Woods was talked about in the past tense. Now it’s about the future.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, logisticsAnd the wait for the next major is shorter than ever.“We were very excited about the May change before Tiger made his fireworks in Georgia,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America. “We think we made a great decision, but we’d rather be lucky than good, in terms of what he did in the Masters. We thought it was smart. It looks brilliant now.” Even as memories are fresh of those impulsive chants from a Sunday unlike any other at Augusta National — “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!” — the 101st PGA Championship is set to begin May 16 on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York.For all the talk about whether Woods authored the greatest comeback in sports, perhaps the bigger question is how much he has left. Anticipation now is based on results, not just wishful thinking.He is the betting favorite at the PGA Championship and for the first time in five years has a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 in the world. The more significant number is 18. That’s the number of majors Jack Nicklaus won, the record Woods — who won his 15th at the Masters — can contemplate again.“It took him an entire career to get to 18,” Woods said. “So now that I’ve had another extension to my career — one that I didn’t think I had a couple of years ago — if I do things correctly and everything falls my way, yeah, it’s a possibility. I’m never going to say it’s not.”Woods made his comments to GOLFTV, the Discovery-owned channel with whom he has an endorsement. His only other public comments since the Masters were at the White House Rose Garden when President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.ADVERTISEMENT Woods said at the ceremony his Masters victory was “the highlight of what I’ve accomplished so far in my life on the golf course.”Bethpage Black brings back strong memories.The public course on Long Island is where Woods first chased the calendar Grand Slam in 2002, winning the Masters and then going wire-to-wire in the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open on a sloppy Bethpage course that took on so much rain it took five days to get in 72 holes.The common denominator at both was Phil Mickelson settling for second at the two majors held at Bethpage.Mickelson made a strong bid to overcome a five-shot deficit to Woods, and he was tied for the lead with five holes to play in 2009. Cheers alone suggest Mickelson is the people’s choice for majors in the New York area. He missed the cut in his lone appearance ahead of the PGA Championship but still comes in with confidence from a pair of runner-up finishes in majors at Bethpage.“I think the best thing for me is the way the people there treat me,” Mickelson said. “They treat me so well, and I feel that is an advantage. If I can get my game sharp and play well, there is a good chance that energy can get me to the finish line.”Brooks Koepka is the defending champion and will try to join Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958. Woods did it twice. Koepka held off a noisy charge by Woods at Bellerive in St. Louis last year to win by one. At the Masters, Koepka finished one shot behind Woods.“I got the better of him at St. Louis and he got the better of me at Augusta,” Koepka said. “I texted him on the way home on Sunday, on the flight home. Just said, ‘Congrats.’ That was awesome, fun to see. He responded with, ‘We’re 1-1.’ Hopefully, we’ll make that 2-1 very shortly.”Adding to the anticipation of the PGA Championship is that it’s more than just Woods and Koepka.Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, also was a runner-up at the Masters. That might have been the toughest major for Woods to win because it was the first time he had a half-dozen players to contend with on the back nine. In his previous 14 majors, he never had to worry about more than one or two players, if any. Jordan Spieth would love to be in the mix this time around, considering what’s at stake.This is the third time Spieth comes to the PGA Championship with a chance to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. Rory McIlroy missed his fifth attempt at the Masters. Mickelson gets his fifth chance at the U.S. Open next month at Pebble Beach.Recent form would suggest a struggle for Spieth. He hasn’t won in his last 43 events worldwide. He hasn’t been in contention since he played in the final group of the British Open last year.“I think I’ll be flying under the radar compared with previous years, just based on results of the last year or so,” he said. “But I don’t mind that.”Maybe it helps that the PGA Championship is no longer the last major of the year, in August when temperatures approach triple digits and the season already feels long. The forecast next week is for temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s, which might make this feel more like the West Coast Swing.Bethpage Black is still a tough. There’s a reason it has a sign posted on the first tee that says, “Warning: The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers.” In two majors, only six players have finished under par.It might be different for the PGA Championship, although Kerry Haigh, who sets up the course for the PGA, says the fairways will be the same width as they were for the U.S. Open except on No. 18.What likely won’t change is the energy outside the ropes. Bethpage is notorious for its vocal crowds, and if bringing a major championship back to their public golf course isn’t enough, they now have the Tiger Woods they were used to seeing. 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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ FILE – In this Sunday, April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods goes for his next major on May 16 when the PGA Championship starts at Bethpage Black. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The PGA Championship agreed to move to May for the first time in 70 years to help the golf season end before football and to energize a century-old major that was looked upon as the last and the least of the Grand Slam events.Tiger Woods took care of the latter.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more