Batangas eyes 2-0 edge

first_imgThe Athletics looked comfortably ahead at 64-54 in the last four minutes before the Cagers mounted a fightback that fell short.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Challenge accepted MOST READcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments After watching a late lead almost slip away in Game 1, Batangas City-Tanduay knows there’s little room for error as the Athletics try to move on the brink of the MPBL Anta Rajah Cup crown on Saturday.Batangas battles Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort anew at Batangas Sports Coliseum, two nights after escaping with a 70-64 win in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Wet weather swamping early May

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyIt is nice and soggy over here. When we started planting two weeks ago, it took us all day to get the problems worked out of the corn planter. We did get 100 acres of corn planted and that was it. It started raining that evening and we have not been out in the field since. As of yesterday and today we mowed an awful lot of grass. That is all we have been able to accomplish. The corn has spiked through, but it is pretty slow going. Between yesterday and today I am guessing it will jump up a little bit more.We haven’t set out a rain gauge. We can measure it but as far as we are concerned it is just too wet and we really don’t want to know how much rain we have gotten. If we did have a rain gauge out it would have probably washed away by now anyway.We did not spray our bean stubble when we did burndown, just the corn stubble. The corn stubble is looking fine but the bean stubble fields are looking pretty bushy right now.The people I have talked to are not depressed or anything yet, but we are getting anxious. It is going to get done. Back in 2011 we had a year resembling this right now and we got done and in fact had a pretty good year that year. We had some record yields for fields that year. As we are waiting, I am doing a parts inventory so if something were to go down when we are in the fields we’ll be able to go to the shelf, grab it and go. Hopefully that will help us keep moving when we are able to get in the fields.Yesterday and today are about the only days where there are no chances for rain. Tuesday and Thursday are our next big chances for rain. I heard someone say they are friends with a meteorologist who said it really doesn’t look good for the rest of the month until the beginning of June. But, of course, that is a meteorologist and we know how they can be.We’ll get it done one way or another. We always seem to find a way. We are not trying to push the envelope, though. It still is just the beginning of May.Dylan Baer – Wood CountyWe are stuck in the Black Swamp. I do not know the exact amount of rain we have gotten but last Saturday was day 9 of consecutive rainfall. When it rains a little every day it adds up. There is no real flooding, just wet holes everywhere that never get a chance to dry out. There has not really been any field work.Before that 9 days of rain there was a day and a half where we did some ATV spraying to kill a neighbor’s wheat field that didn’t make it. We are hoping maybe tomorrow we can start on some pre-emerge. Yesterday and today are the first days we’ve seen sunshine in a while.The wheat does not look good. This is officially the latest we have not gotten our wheat topdressed. There were a couple of days where it was maybe dry enough to go, but it was windy. We should have gone out, but we didn’t. But then again, with 8 or 10 inches of rain in the last 3 weeks, if you have all that nitrogen out there, you could really lose a lot.We only need 8 or 10 days of good weather to get everything in. It is still just the first part of May and we are trying to keep ourselves from looking at the calendar and just watch the weather. With the markets the way they are, there is just not as much excitement to get into the fields anyway.There are a couple of corn stalk fields with some peppergrass showing up and some dandelions. Most of our fields are hanging in there pretty well. We have an adequate stand of rye in our bean stubble ground and they are still pretty clean. It has just been wet. In the next couple days we will hopefully dry out some. We’ll get our window. We always do.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyOn April 24 we got 32 acres planted in a cereal rye field that was systematically tiled 4 or 5 years ago. Everybody else was pretty wet. The cereal rye and the drainage really helped that field dry out. We were able to at least get that one field of soybeans planted to get things worked out with the planter so we are ready to go. It was kind of a rolling field anyway. The rye did a nice job of pulling out the moisture. There was one damp spot in the field where the stand of rye was pretty thin right in that area. Nearly all of the field was in perfect condition.I have not checked the beans in the last day or so. Last Thursday, about 8 days after they’d been planted, they had a good sprout on them. If the weather holds this week, I hope we’ll have some beans out of the ground.The beans planted March 24 were planted at 2 inches deep. I thought that would keep them in the ground longer to avoid frost, which it did. But, being 2 inches deep, there was not enough warmth to actually get them up and out of the ground once they germinated. Next year I’ll hopefully try planting early again in another plot and I’ll shallow up my planting. I learned a lot from the experiment.We are wet and pastures are wet, but guys are running out of hay. It was tough to make hay last summer because of the wet weather and now people are running out. If you run out of hay you have to do something. Guys are going ahead with grazing, trying to keep the cows out of the low areas and stay on the high ground to do the least amount of damage possible.Wheat looks really good. I am surprised it does with as much rain as we’ve had. We are getting ready to go out and pull tissue samples and we are thinking about spraying some fungicide next week. We think with the weather we’ve had we may have lost some nitrogen. The tissue samples will help us to know where we are at, at least within the plant.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe have water sitting lots of places. I do not know a rainfall total, but we are a lot wetter now than we were two weeks ago. We’ve been doing some burndown spraying. The fields are starting to green up pretty good now. We finally started on that the last day or two. But other than that, there has not really been any field work.The hay seems to be coming right along and it looks pretty good. It has some good growth to it.The temperatures have been up one day and down another. It is supposed to be 75 today and then start cooling down again some. It is hard to get fields warmed up with this weather. A lot of the days when we don’t get rain there is still no sun or warmth and we don’t really dry out any, even when we aren’t actually getting rain.There is a lot of concern about the calendar and the weather forecast doesn’t look good either. I don’t know how backed up we are going to get. There is a high percentage chance for rain a couple of days this week.The milk price has been bumping up the last month I guess. Maybe there is little hope there. It still has a little ways to go and there is a lot of ground to be made up.We have been able to haul enough to keep ahead of the manure. Some people are getting really backed up, though. Since the end of last summer spreading manure has been a real challenge.last_img read more

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Work-Life Integration

first_imgWe all know people who hate their jobs and count the days until Friday or retirement. And we know folks who live for expensive hobbies and passions that consume their paychecks, or who count their worth by the size of their compensation package.When I think about being a builder, I like to look back on the farmer I worked for as a teenager. He was defined by his job, and he really ran a tight ship with a small herd of carefully bred cows that gave his life a rhythm that had nothing to do with 9-to-5. Rather than counting the days to retirement, he was counting the days until his son was mature enough to become a partner and eventually to take over the farm.When I think about sustainable business, I look back in time for inspiration.I want to be a builder the way that man was a farmer, or perhaps the way Paul Revere was a silversmith, riding around shouting “peak oil is coming!”I don’t turn my cell phone off at five. Today I’m on vacation in England, photographing plumbing and electrical connections and awesome metal and stone details. Next month I’ll be at Joe Lstiburek’s building science summer camp.My sister worries that I work too much — but the reality is that my hobby pays my bills.Passing the lottery testThe test I use for work-life balance is how little my life would change if I suddenly had an extra five million in my checking account. Like the farmer who won the lottery and said he’d just keep farming until it’s gone, my retirement dream is to build ever-wilder stuff until they put me in a box.While getting the designs out and maintaining work flow and my clients’ budgets can be a chore, I find at the end of the year that I’m doing what I love and making a go of it. I do track my hours per week and days spent away from the job. My Builder 20 Club competes to see who can run a well-managed business with the fewest hours per week and the most days away from work.I really agree with Michael Strong’s recommendation to leave your crew in charge of the business for extended periods, to build their leadership skills and self-reliance and to empower them to eventually take over the business. I also love Beverly Koehn’s concept of “living your brand,” where you strive to embody the core principles of your business in your day-to-day life.So here I am at 1:00 pm in the Heart and Hand pub in Brighton, England with pen and paper, a camera full of construction photos, a Dark Star Sunburst Ale in front of me with my twelve-year-old daughter drawing plans for our next project beside me. Nothing wrong with that at all. I say to hell with work-life separation — replace it with work-life integration and inspiration!Drink plenty of waterIf you love the work you do, thank your lucky stars and feed that passion on whatever schedule works for you.Chase excellence with all you’ve got. But hold family and mental health first — for you as well as for your employees. Take time off for the school recital or vacation trip or just to drive your teenager to the mall with the cell phone and the I-pod turned off. Track your hours and days-off as a self-check so you know actually how crazy or sane you’re treating yourself.Work safely, too — drink plenty of water and remember there is no nobility in working through the pain of injuries or sickness.Integrate work and life deliberately and with integrityThis business is a bit like alchemy. We may not turn lead into gold but we do turn sticks and earth into beautiful homes that perform economically and elegantly — and there is magic in that beyond the nine to five.last_img read more

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Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

first_imgHe went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it, though he added there has been no further damage.Snyder said he has until the end of the week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he’ll receive his replacement.“It wasn’t too big of a deal,” Snyder said. “But since they’re giving me a new one, it’s kind of cool.”Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some Olympic-related facilities.Nine months later, many of the venues are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still owes creditors about $30 millionGreg Massialas, a national coach for the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to AP that the silver medal his son, Alex, won is damage free. He added that he hasn’t heard about any issues with other American fencers.U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer Claressa Shields, along with men’s tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend This photo provided by Kevin Snyder show Kyle Snyder’s damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The medal will soon replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. APMore than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is also among the group; she says her bronze medal is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well.The USOC learned about the problems in December and reached out to all the American sports federations in January to begin the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals.“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s not uncommon for medals to be passed around at post-Games parties and handled by hundreds. But this amount of damage is unusual.Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn’t hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won’t consider locking them up because people are inspired by them.“They’ve offered to replace them. I’m not sure if I want to swap it out,” Walsh-Jennings told The Associated Press, adding the reason was “100 percent sentimental.”USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals.Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with the award the day after he won it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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