Petron wallops Foton, goes 3-0 in Superliga

first_imgCourtney Felinski top-scored with 11 points while Selime Ilyasoglu chipped in 10 markers for the Tornadoes, which dropped to 1-1 win-loss card.Meanwhile, PLDT Home Fibr flirted with disaster before escaping with a thrilling, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8 victory over a crippled Generika-Ayala Lifesavers in the second game.American imports Grace Lazard delivered 22 points while Kendra Dahlke came through with 21 markers as PLDT took advantage of Lifesavers’ import Nikolle del Rio of Brazil, who crashed with an ankle injury in her debut game.In another match, Cignal HD Spikers caught fire, torching Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors in the second and third sets before going for the kill in the fourth to pull off a 23-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-23 victory. Erica Wilson had 23 points for the HD Spikers./PN Petron Blaze Spikers cruised to its third straight win in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. VOLLEYBALL PH MANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers continued its fine start in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix after a 25-19, 25-11, 25-12 win over Foton Tornadoes on Saturday night at Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor, Cavite.Reinforcements Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer led the way with 24 and 14 points, respectively, for the defending champions Blaze Spikers, which improved to 3-0 win-loss slate.The Blaze Spikers were never threatened in the game as they surged to an early advantage in each sets before preventing the Tornadoes from gaining momentum for an easy win.“Hindi ko inexpect na ganun kabilis Iang kalaban din kasi ang Foton,” said Blaze Spikers head coach Ceseal delos Santos. “Siguro maganda lang talaga ang naging takbo ng team namin. For sure lahat ng teams paghahandaan kami.”last_img read more

F1 cancels season-opening Australian GP amid virus concerns

first_img Written By “It’s been a very fluid situation,” F1 chairman Chase Carey said. “We’re all disappointed not to have it, but I think we’ve made the decision we had to make.”“It’s not like it came out of the blue,” Carey told a news conference beside the F1 paddock that ended in light rain. “A week ago, when teams started traveling here, we felt it was the right decision (to stage the race). Clearly the situation changed in the interim.” Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US As thousands of fans queued to get into the Australian Grand Prix, seemingly unperturbed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Formula One teams and drivers were packing up to leave.The rapid spread of the virus left organizers with little choice Friday but to cancel the season-opening race, particularly after McLaren withdrew because a team member tested positive for the COVID-19 illless and following heavy criticism from six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.The two practice sessions that usually showcase what the teams have been improving in the off-season were less than two hours from starting when the decision was publicly announced. Principals of nine F1 teams and organizers met overnight and “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead,” a joint statement by FIA, motorsport’s governing body, local organizers and F1 said. COMMENT First Published: 13th March, 2020 12:28 ISTcenter_img Practice, qualifying and Sunday’s race were all scrapped, casting doubt over the Bahrain Grand Prix which is scheduled to be held next week and the Vietnamese GP, scheduled for April 5. Authorities in Bahrain have already said no fans will be allowed into the circuit. Carey said a decision on whether or not to go ahead with the the race would be made in coming days. The Chinese GP has already been postponed from April. Hamilton used the first official news conference with F1 drivers in Melbourne to say he was shocked that organizers planned to proceed with the Australian Grand Prix, which regularly attracts more than 300,000 people over four days. McLaren’s decision to withdraw was ultimately the catalyst for the cancellation. That person and 14 other McLaren team members have been placed in quarantine in a Melbourne hotel for 14 days.Hamilton’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas team said it sent a letter to the FIA and F1 requesting the cancellation and had commenced preparations to leave before the decision was publicly announced.“The physical and mental health and well being of our team members and of the wider F1 community are our absolute priority,” the team said in a statement. “In light of the force majeure events we are experiencing with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic, we no longer feel the safety of our employees can be guaranteed if we continue to take part in the event.”Hamilton was critical of the decision for the F1 show to travel to Australia, given the circumstances of other major sports and large-scale public gatherings being canceled all over the world.“I am really very, very surprised we’re here … it’s shocking we’re all sitting in this room,” Hamilton said. “It seems that the rest of the world is already reacting a little bit late … yet Formula One continues.”Asked why he thought organizers were persisting with the race, Hamilton said “cash is king.”After the cancellation, he said in a social media post that “this is the right decision.”“No one wants this, we all want to get in our cars and get racing, but we have to be realistic and we must put health and safety first,” Hamilton said. “The reality is, this is really serious with people dying every day, lots of people ill … many people being affected financially and emotionally.”Carey on Friday dismissed the “cash is king” comment, saying if that was the case, the Australian GP wouldn’t have been canceled. More than 86,000 people attended the women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final last weekend in Melbourne, when many of the F1 teams were traveling to Australia and organizers weren’t expecting any major problems.Members of the U.S.-backed Haas team had also been in isolation but they were cleared after tests. Local health authorities confirmed only one positive case in eight F1-related tests conducted so far. Fans will be refunded for their tickets, although some were angered that they weren’t told of the cancellation when the decision was made. At some gates, circuit staff used speaker phones to tell spectators there’d be no racing at all. Negotiations are continuing with hundreds of suppliers for the race. Australian organizers haven’t ruled out staging the race on a later date.Later Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not go ahead from Monday, on the advice of health officials. That means other sports will also go into lockdown, following the likes of the NBA and the NHL in America.There have been more than 128,000 cases and 4,700 deaths globally since the virus outbreak started in China late last year.Most people quickly recover from the virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 13th March, 2020 12:28 IST F1 Cancels Season-opening Australian GP Amid Virus Concerns As thousands of fans queued to get into the Australian Grand Prix, seemingly unperturbed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Formula One teams and drivers were packing up to leave.The rapid spread of the virus left organizers with little choice Friday but to cancel the season-opening race FOLLOW US LIVE TVlast_img read more

Growing concerns over great white shark boom off Cape Cod

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An influx of great white shark sightings has residents and tourists worried about potential encounters in the water, especially during the heart of summer.Senior Fisheries Biologist Dr. Greg Skomal told ABC News the increase in the great white shark population off the Massachusetts coastline is correlated to the gray seal population and that numbers are expected to rise even further.“We’ve been studying sharks off the coast of Massachusetts for 30 years and our work with white sharks off Cape Cod is relatively recent,” Dr. Skomal said. “The numbers we’re seeing on a relative scale are increasing, in 2014 we counted 80 individuals over the course of the summer and just last summer that went up to about 147. So there is a general increasing trend as more and more sharks recruit to the area.”This season at least six great white shark sightings have already been reported, including a recent sighting off Wellfleet on May 9.The National Park Service for Cape Cod has issued alerts to heed advisories at beaches to help ensure safety “particularly regarding white sharks.”Skomal believes the influx of sharks is a direct result of the growing seal population.“We think it’s highly correlated with the growing presence of gray seals in the area. Big white sharks like to feed on gray seals,” he said. “Over the course of the last 45 years, the gray seal population is a conservation success story. It has rebounded after protection was put in place in 1972 and that rebounding population now has reached levels that could be an excess of 20 to 30,000 animals in the area and white sharks are drawn to those areas to feed on them.”Awareness and education are key tactics to protect the public as well as the animals. Research from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the National Parks Service about the biology and behavior of these sharks has helped inform seashore staff and beachgoers about best practices to stay safe.“When you’ve got large numbers of sharks, the prey they feed on [seals] and people in the water, the potential of an interaction is there,” Skomal said. “You want the people to be aware of it and that’s really what our goal is. Collect the kinds of data to inform the towns so they can enhance public safety.”The National Park Service has an entire page dedicated to shark safety and includes what to do if you see a shark whether a lifeguard is on duty or not. There is even an app to report sightings.And although encounters have become more common, Skomal explained that attacks are extremely rare.“A silhouetted seal at the surface might look like a swimmer or vice versa, and what happens is the shark will do a test bite or attack the swimmer thinking it’s a seal,” Skomal said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more