SA woman surfer shines in Peru

first_imgSouth Africa’s Bianca Buitendag clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career on Sunday when she defeated Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard in the final of the ASP six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru. DominantBuitendag, who has based herself in France, where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (under-20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru. The victory moved Buitendag, the 2011 ASP World Junior Surfing champion, up to fifth place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, which makes her the highest ranked surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). SAinfo reporter Semi-finals Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 16.25 to 15.50 Alana Blanchard (Haw) def. Sarah Baum (RSA) 13.95 to 11.40 ‘An incredible feeling’“I never thought that I would make it past the quarter-finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the semi-finals. So to make it to the finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. 30 July 2012 Final Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Alan Blanchard (Haw) 15.00 to 12.90 Baum up to number 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings with her third place finish. She overcame ASP number eight ranked Paige Hareb of New Zealand and ASP number 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard. “This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to back up my score, but Bianca was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.” ThirdCompatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP six-star event. She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP women’s world champion, Sofia Mulanovich to move into the round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. ASP WOMEN’S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9 730 pointsMalia Manuel (Haw) 8 280Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Sage Erickson (USA) 6 750Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 6 663Rebecca Woods (Aus) 6 530Pauline Ado (Fra) 5 980Paige Hareb (NZ) 5 910Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 5 640Alana Blanchard (Haw) 5 400 In the final day one-on-one heats, Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth-born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up. “I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With eight of women ahead of her in the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT – five of whom will probably re-qualify – Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT, with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year. Competing in excellent one-metre waves at the left hand point break of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0). “Alana surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week, and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.” RESULTSlast_img read more

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Zion Williamson-Tacko Fall matchup highlights NCAA 2nd round in East

first_imgPagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’ PLAY LIST 03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’01:50IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Count on both players continuing what has them a step away from the Sweet 16.Fall, a senior, had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in helping UCF (24-8) to its first-ever NCAA victory, 73-58, over eighth-seeded VCU .Williamson had 25 points and put on a dazzling, dominant show in the second half to lift Duke (30-5) to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State.Williamson knows Fall, with an armspan of 8 feet, 4 inches, will be a hurdle like none the Blue Devils have faced before.“I got a lot of respect for him because for him to be that size and be able to move the way he does and have as much skill as he does, he’s a great player,” Williamson said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fall will do all he can to do what most other opponents haven’t this season — limit Williamson’s effectiveness down low.“I’m going to be out there and be aggressive and be the (rim) protector that I am,” Fall said. “Zion is obviously a very talented kid, great kid.”But, Fall continued, “he’s going to do his job and I’m going to do my job and whatever happens, happens.”FAMILY TIESDuke coach Mike Krzyzewski will see a few friendly and familiar faces on the UCF bench Sunday. The Knights are coached by Johnny Dawkins, one of Krzyzewski’s first stars at Duke who played for the Blue Devils from 1982-86 and coached there from 1998-2008. UCF assistant Vince Taylor was a Duke standout when Krzyzewski first arrived in 1980-81 season. And UCF starting guard Aubrey Dawkins is Johnny’s son who spent much of his youth hanging around the Duke program with his dad.Krzyzewski does not like going against ex-Duke assistants or players. “Why would you want to?” he said. “They’re family.”The two have met once before with Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils defeating Stanford, where Dawkins was head coach, in November 2014 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Dawkins believes that took away many of the awkward feelings if this were the first time. “You still don’t relish it,” he said. “But it’s still something you’ve already experienced.”PICTURE PERFECTDuke freshmen RJ Barrett and Williamson enjoy each other — and enjoyed seeing their excitement captured in an amazing photo from Friday night’s win over North Dakota State. The picture shows Barrett holding the rim after a dunk and Williamson in the background leaping almost as high in celebration.“We like to celebrate for each other,” Williamson said. “So whenever one of us gets it done, you’ll probably see the other one in the background jumping just as high as him.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Serena Williams withdraws, No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses, Roger Federer wins at Miami DO IT AGAINVirginia Tech and Liberty played way back before the season even started in a charity game to raise money for hurricane relief.The Hokies (25-8) won that game 86-70 but came away impressed enough that it was no surprise when the 12th-seeded Flames (28-6) upset Mississippi State in the first round to earn a rematch.“We kind of predicted as a team that we were going to end up playing Liberty because we thought they were going to get overlooked by Mississippi State, and that’s kind of what happened I think,” point guard Justin Robinson said. “We just know they’re a good team, they run good sets and it’s going to be a battle. It’s so long ago. We’re a whole different team and they’re a whole different team so it’s not really what you can take from that game.”Robinson scored 20 points in that game for Virginia Tech and figures to be a key piece again in the rematch after returning from a 12-game absence from a foot injury. Robinson came off the bench in the fourth-seeded Hokies 66-52 first-round win over Saint Louis.The key for the Hokies will be slowing down Caleb Homesley, who scored 30 points in the first round to key the comeback from 10 points down in the final seven minutes. LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Central Florida’s Tacko Fall (24) dodges a loose ball with VCU’s De’Riante Jenkins and Corey Douglas (4) defending during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tacko Fall really hopes the UCF-Duke NCAA Tournament game is not all about the Knights’ 7-foot-6 center and the Blue Devils’ explosive freshman star Zion Williamson.Sorry, Tacko, it’s way too late for that with excitement strong for the East Region’s marquee matchup Sunday between college basketball’s tallest player vs. its most dynamic performer in Williamson.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director “Obviously, it’s very exciting,” said Fall, a full 11 inches taller than Williamson. “You got a guy who’s 7-6. You got a guy who’s a freak athlete, very talented. But at the end of the day, it’s a ballgame. It’s basketball. We can’t make it bigger than what it really is. I don’t want it to be like a freak show between Zion and I.”Already, Fall has pledged to stand tall and not let Williamson dunk on him.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, logisticsChallenge accepted, sort of.“What is he supposed to say?” Williamson responded. “He said the right thing.” View comments MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

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Alzheimers Association Congratulates Julianne Moore On Best Actress Academy Award

first_imgThe Alzheimer’s Association congratulates Julianne Moore on winning the Oscar for Best Actress at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.Playing the title character in the film “Still Alice,” Moore’s poignant portrayal of a woman diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease illustrates the impact of Alzheimer’s, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, on individuals and their families.“On behalf of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 15 million caregivers, huge congratulations to Julianne Moore for winning an Academy Award,” said Angela Geiger, chief strategy officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “Her beautiful and thoughtful performance in ‘Still Alice’ resonated with filmgoers and helped to elevate awareness and foster much needed conversation about Alzheimer’s disease.”The Alzheimer’s Association has seen the power of Julianne’s performance in “Still Alice” through social media response. To enhance the conversation occurring around the movie and the disease, the Association asked constituents to celebrate friends and family members living with Alzheimer’s by sharing photos using #mybrain and #still[name]. Thousands responded, creating a meaningful online gallery.As The New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova was adapted into film, the Alzheimer’s Association was proud to provide guidance to Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and the wonderfully talented and thoughtful screenwriting and directing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, who were meticulous in their pursuit of accuracy, speaking with Alzheimer’s Association scientists, care experts and volunteers, including people with the disease and their family members.“I was so impressed by Julianne Moore throughout the process of the film; she truly listened and wanted to know everything about how it feels to live with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Sandy Oltz, Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisor (diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 46). “I am so proud and impressed by how she brought the Alzheimer’s disease experience to life with ‘Alice.’ As someone who is on the same journey, all of the awards an accolades that have come to Julianne for her performance, including the Oscar, are so well deserved and so important to all of us with Alzheimer’s disease.”The facts about Alzheimer’s and women are illustrated in the film through the depiction of Alice and her daughter Lydia, who helps to care for her mom. Alzheimer’s disease affects women disproportionately: More than two-thirds of people living with Alzheimer’s are women, and 3 in 5 unpaid caregivers are women.An amazing group of women intent on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and changing these dramatic numbers played an integral role in the creation of the film. In addition to the artistry of Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, the power of women helped propel this film forward, including award-winning journalist and “Still Alice” executive producer Maria Shriver, producers Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns and Pamela Koffler, bestselling author of “Still Alice” Lisa Genova, Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisor Sandy Oltz and Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer, Maria Carrillo. These women were a force behind the production and development of “Still Alice,” and they are intent on galvanizing women behind the Alzheimer’s cause through the Alzheimer’s Association My Brain initiative, a movement harnessing the power of women to wipe out Alzheimer’s.“Julianne Moore and the women behind ‘Still Alice’ have helped ignite a national conversation with the film, and our hope is that their amazing work inspires others to join My Brain to truly change to course of Alzheimer’s disease for millions,” said Geiger.last_img read more

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Minister Mickenzie praises staff of NSWMA

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 16, 2016 – Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has commended staff of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for their role in improving the operations of the agency.  He said that despite “trying circumstances”, the workers have “brought significant difference” to the NSWMA operations.  He also hailed the board under the chairmanship of Dennis Chung for “putting in place the necessary management structure to ensure that there is efficiency within the organisation”.The Minister was speaking at the NSWMA’s annual Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony and Concert at Mandela Park in St. Andrew on December 15.   Mr. McKenzie also expressed confidence in the competence of the agency’s newly appointed Executive Director, Audley Gordon.  “Your organisation has got someone who is committed and will be able to undertake the work that is required to be done,” he told the staff in attendance.Mr. Gordon in his remarks, pledged the NSWMA’s commitment to fulfill its mandate to keep the country clean, vowing to make this Christmas  “the cleanest ever”.   In a previous interview with JIS News, Mr. Gordon informed that he would be working to further improve the agency’s operational efficiency, with particular focus on financial and human resources management.The Executive Director noted, as well, that he would be placing focus on improving communication with the public in order to enhance transparency and raise awareness of the work of the entity.  Mr. Gordon said the intention is to “be more open and transparent, to communicate more and keep the public informed, so that they will know what the agency is doing every step of the way”.The mandate of the NSWMA is to ensure a clean Jamaica by managing solid waste effectively through public cleansing, adherence to public health and environmental standards, public education and enforcement programmes. Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Kolkata Metro to receive Chinamade rakes from December

first_imgKolkata: The Metro Railway will start receiving delivery of 14 rakes from Chinese manufacturer Dalian from December, while four other rakes are awaiting safety clearance, Kolkata Metro general manager P C Sharma said. Trials are over for four rakes delivered by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Perumbur and fitness certificate for these are awaited, he said. “We are in touch with RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Oeganisation) for clearance and are trying our best to get it at the earliest,” Sharma said here on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said that the first of the 14 rakes ordered from Dalian is scheduled to arrive in December and three more will come in the next three months of the current fiscal year 2018-19. The remaining 10 rakes will arrive by the end of next financial year 2019-20, Sharma said. The Kolkata Metro has been saddled with several old rakes, which have been in service since its inception in 1984. Of the 26 rakes in operation, 13 are old and non-AC. The first of the 16 rakes ordered from ICF was delivered in July 2017, with three more were received by the Metro later. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed However, these are yet to be introduced for passenger service pending RDSO’s safety clearance. Kolkata Metro had ordered 40 air-conditioned rakes from different manufacturers to augment its services. While 16 are from ICF, 14 are from Dalian and the rest 10 rakes are from CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Company of China, according to Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee. The Kolkata Metro at present runs between Kavi Subhash in the southern end of the city to Noapara in the northern outskirts over a route length of 27.22 km.last_img read more

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