Problem members vs. members with problems

first_imgLike many of my past articles, the inspiration for this topic came from my friend and business partner, Alison Carr.Recently, Alison shared a conversation she was part of at a DE (CUDE) poverty simulation training. The takeaway from the conversation was that credit union members often viewed as “difficult” or “problems” are human, and shouldn’t be seen solely as the challenges they wear. They are people who’ve had struggles and are coming for assistance. As credit unions, we need to shift our perspective and offer empathy to those members, helping them overcome a challenging point in their lives.Clarity of Mission, and a culture to embrace itThe credit union movement in the United States is here today because of its mission to serve people of modest means, many of whom had financial struggles and were deemed unworthy by mainstream banks at the time. Without that mission, the Federal Credit Union or state charters would likely not have been approved. Serving people of modest means and individuals with real financial problems is in our DNA.Today, access to quality financial products to consumers with abundant means is easy. Consumers with excellent credit, good income, savings, home ownership, and other assets have countless opportunities wherever they please, each provider actively competing to serve them.What remains difficult to find (and increasingly so) are non-predatory financial institutions that have empathy for people of modest means with difficult financial problems, such as poor credit following a medical issue, no credit, divorce, very little savings, or a low income that makes managing money and paying for life’s necessities very difficult.What is the culture at your credit union? How do you and your team view members of modest means with financial problems? Are they brushed off (or fee’d out) as “problem members?” Or are they sincerely valued as “members with problems” that you want to help solve? Does your team have empathy for members regardless of their situation?I had the opportunity to spend time with the Sierra Pacific FCU team last week. It was a great day and the team was able to really get at the heart of why they exist as a credit union, what really matters, and what makes them different. Of the many great comments made throughout the day, I was most struck by two. First, by Megan Mathias, Director of Lending, who passionately shared that the first thing she does when working with a member who has a serious problem is to mentally put herself in that person’s shoes, and second focus on finding a solution. Empathy that leads to action belongs in credit unions and should be part of our serving-people-of-modest-means cultures! The second comment that really struck me was by CEO Jim Hunting, who said that his team exists to “attack (and solve) member problems.” Attack is a very strong word, and when he described what that looks like at Sierra Pacific FCU, I believe him.Why it mattersThis week our trade leaders made it clear (again) to congress that the credit union industry still exists to serve people of modest means. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said, “our research also shows that community charters excel in their mission to ensure low-income populations have access to the financial system.” I couldn’t agree more. Credit unions are doing amazing work in reaching out and serving people of modest means. Across the country, credit unions are moving into low-income communities, just as many of the local banks have moved out because that low-income community wasn’t profitable enough (at least that’s what the community that was left behind will tell you). These credit union stories are inspiring, and reflect a mission of serving people of modest means.We must use these opportunities (i.e. tax threats) for an internal reality check. While we are collectively doing great things and clearly have more than earned our collective tax status, there is still more work for credit unions to do. I believe it’s very important that more credit unions return to our roots of serving people of modest means. When too many of us look like a “duck,” it breeds taxation concerns.As a movement (or industry), if we were to redraw the Little Man cartoon to reflect the members we strive to serve today (supporting our tax-exempt status), what would we draw? Well-Off Man? Platinum Credit Woman? Retired RV Person? Wealthy Business Owner?The reoccurring tax debate creates important reminders for us to refocus our efforts on solving many of the large financial problems in our members’ (and potential members’) lives, such as affordable housing, regular savings, affordable transportation, and avoiding or getting out of predatory lending. My concern is those among us who see people of modest means with real-life financial challenges as “problem members.” This should matter to us, because the level of our relevancy to society (and our tax status) is determined by the degree of the problems we solve. 211SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Moore Stephens: Shipping Confidence Slips on Geopolitical Factors

first_imgShipping confidence dipped very slightly in the three months to end-August 2018, Moore Stephens’ latest Shipping Confidence Survey showed.The average confidence level expressed by respondents was down to 6.3 out of a maximum possible score of 10.0, this compared to the four-year-high of 6.4 recorded in May 2018. Confidence on the part of owners, however, was up from 6.6 to 6.8, equalling the highest level achieved by this category of respondent when the survey was launched in May 2008, with an overall rating for all respondents of 6.8 out of 10.0.Confidence on the part of charterers was also up, from 6.7 to 7.0, the highest level for nine months. The rating for managers, however, was down from 6.7 to 6.2, and for brokers from 6.3 to 4.9. Confidence in Asia was up from 6.1 to 6.3, equalling the highest rating achieved over the past 12 months.The number of respondents expecting higher rates over the next 12 months in the tanker trades was up by 3 percentage points to 53%. In the dry bulk sector, there was a 16 percentage-point fall, to 38%, in the numbers anticipating higher rates, while the numbers expecting higher container ship rates fell from 43% to 26%. Net sentiment in the tanker sector was +44, in the dry bulk trades +27, and for container ships +3.In a stand-alone question, 44% of respondents said they expected tariff wars to have “some” impact on the industry over the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 42% categorised such impact as “considerable,” and 11% felt that it would be “minimal”.“A small dip in confidence is not the news the industry wanted to hear, but confidence remains at its second-highest level for four-and-half years. Moreover, it is significant that the confidence of both owners and charterers actually increased,” Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“Concerns about geopolitical factors dominated the comments from respondents. These were led by President Trump’s efforts to transform US trade relations, but also included state support for shipping in China and South Korea. Shipping will always stand to reap the benefits of its global identity and presence, but will also court the risks that this must inevitably embrace.”last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Tennis Team Win Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated Greensburg in tennis by a score of 3-2.No. 1 singles: Danielle Schroeder (G) def. Sarah Hoseus (B) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1No. 2 singles: Lydia Olsen (B) def. Olivia Slusher (G) 6-2, 6-4No. 3 singles: Ally Ritter (B) def. Tiffany Springmeyer (G) 6-3, 6-3No 1 doubles: Caroline Pratt/Claire Welage (G) def. Brooke Bradford/Kelli Hartman (B) 7-5, 6-4No. 2 doubles: Karsen Worthington/Macy Simon (B) def. Courtney Nelson/Abigail Bailey (G) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1Batesville won the junior varsity match by a score of 4-1.Winning singles matches for the Lady Bulldogs were Erin Longstreth, Gabby Cooper and Alana Pinckley. Doubles teams winning were Anna Kick/Julia Hunter and Jenna Harmeyer/Grace Heppner.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.last_img

Innovative and imaginative ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project launched in Harvard

first_imgAfter 18 months of research including fieldwork in the Northwest of Ireland, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) formally launched their findings of the ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project at a special event in Harvard University, Massachusetts yesterday (Thursday).The event was attended by the visiting delegation from Ireland North West led by Mayors Cllr. Nicholas Crossan and Cllr. Michaela Boyle from Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council respectively and included Council Chief Executives Seamus Neely and John Kelpie.The project ‘Atlas for a City Region’ was jointly commissioned by both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and has been borne out of the unique cross-border collaborative approach adopted by both Councils who are firmly of the view that despite Brexit and indeed the border, their region including Letterkenny, Derry and Strabane has the potential to continue to grow and prosper. The final report is structured around three questions. Is there a cross-border region in the Irish Northwest? How to draw that region on a map? And how might the region develop over the next two hundred years?In answering these questions, twenty-seven students from Harvard University travelled to the Northwest for fieldwork in spring 2019. One group of students gathered evidence of a cross-border region.Working with Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Harvard GSD, another twelve students imagined the future of the region in light of Brexit and changing climates.“If we don’t imagine the future, we have no hand in shaping it,” said Professor Gareth Doherty who was the lead investigator for this project and a native of Carndonagh in Co. Donegal. Speaking at the launch, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Mayor of Donegal County Council commended the work done by Harvard GSD students under the guidance of Professor Gareth Doherty, Director of the Landscape Architecture program at Harvard GSD.“This has been an exciting project for us to embark upon and I must commend the quality of the work, the imaginative and innovative proposals that have been presented to us and the value of the ideas and propositions that the students, under the guidance of Professor Doherty, have conceived.“This project has been about getting a fresh outside perspective on what the opportunities are for our region. We have ambitious plans for our region and despite the challenges we face, we believe that we have the confidence and resilience to allow our communities and businesses to continue to thrive and prosper.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. Michaela Boyle believes that the concepts and ideas presented by this project will play a vital role in informing the direction of travel for the region and that the hands-on approach taken by Harvard GSD’s students during their visit to the region earlier this year has allowed them to develop a deeper insight into the lives that are lived in the region, the challenges that are faced and most importantly the opportunities that exist.“The students engaged with, not only the terrain and policy-makers, but with our communities and with people living in our communities. “This is very much reflected in many of the proposals presented and I think these experiences have added a greater depth and understanding to the student’s ideas and concepts.“This project has been about imagining our future, it has been about looking at the potential impact of major events such as Brexit, climate change, rising sea levels and higher temperatures and what we can do to mitigate the adverse impact of these events.“This has resulted in a suite of imaginative, innovative and unique proposals that can only enrich plans for the future development of the city region.”The findings from this research will be exhibited in the North West region in Spring 2020. Innovative and imaginative ‘Atlas for a City Region’ project launched in Harvard was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020

first_imgDonegal County Council is to increase its budget by 6% to more than €154,400,000 for 2020.The council will meet today to discuss the budget for the year ahead with an increase in spending of more than €8M on last year’s figure sought.The council’s CEO Seamus Neely will outline the council’s plan for the spend and where the money will come from. A draft budget plans shows that €118,576,123 of the budget needed will come from Local Property Tax, rents, fees, charges, loan repayments, grants and certain reserves.The council has also outlined where it plans to spend the budget in the coming year.A total of €20,649,032 will go on housing a building but more than double this, €48,199,128 will go on road transport and safety.The council does not propose to commercial rates on top of the rate revaluation which will not start until 2022. The wage bill for the council for 2020 is coming in at just over €72m.Council to spend almost €50M on road transport and safety in 2020 was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa’s Comrades Marathon

first_imgThe latest edition of the world’s greatest ultra-marathon takes place on Sunday. Catch up on the history of the Comrades Marathon – along with some fascinating facts and anecdotes – of a race that’s internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.The Comrades Marathon is a South African institution, and a sought-after event for runners from all over the world. (Image: Comrades Marathon)The world’s greatest ultra-marathon, 90 kilometres long, the Comrades is a South African institution, internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.Run between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban, the race alternates annually between the “up run” from Durban and the “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.Watch:Unique test of enduranceThe race was the idea of First World War veteran Vic Clapham, who wanted a living memorial to those South African soldiers killed in the war. Clapham, who had endured a 2 700-kilometre route march through sweltering German East Africa, wanted the memorial to be a unique test of the physical endurance of the entrants.The constitution of the race states that one of its primary aims is to “celebrate mankind’s spirit over adversity”.The Comrades Marathon first took place in 1921 and has been run every year since, except from 1941 to 1945 when it was stopped during the Second World War.Forty-eight runners entered the first race, but when the starting shot was fired, only 34 had the heart to tackle the daunting task – not surprising when one considers that the course was tarred only for the last few kilometres into Durban.A time limit of 12 hours was set and Bill Rowan became the inaugural winner, clocking 8:59 to win by 41 minutes from second-placed Harry Phillips. Of the 34 starters, only 16 completed the race.Why the second Comrades was specialThe second Comrades Marathon was special for three reasons. Firstly, it was the first time that the event was run on the more difficult “up” course from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.Secondly, Arthur Newton entered for the first time and won, going on to win the race a further five times to emerge as the dominant runner of the 1920s. When he completed the down run in 6:56 in 1923, there were only a handful of spectators on hand to witness the finish because so few thought it possible that the race could be run so quickly.Thirdly, Bill Payn, a Springbok rugby player, ran one of the most storied races in the history of the Comrades. Payn hosted Newton the evening before the race, and after a number of stiff drinks, was persuaded to enter. He arrived on time for the start, wearing his rugby boots.At Hillcrest he stopped for the first time to take in a breakfast of bacon and eggs. Not much further a fellow runner, “Zulu” Wade, invited Payn for a chicken curry. This they consumed and then continued on to Drummond, where they celebrated reaching the halfway mark by drinking a beer at the hotel.Wade didn’t continue, but Payn did. A woman spectator en route helped him keep his energy levels up by providing him with oranges, peach-brandy, water and tea. He finished eighth.The next day Payn took part in a club rugby match, but because his feet were blistered from the long run in rugby boots, he elected to play the match in his running shoes.Between the warsThe first woman to run the race was Frances Hayward in 1923, but her entry was refused, so she was an unofficial entrant. She completed the event in 11:35 and although she was not awarded a Comrades medal, the other runners and spectators presented her with a silver tea service and a rose bowl.In 1926 the number of Comrades starters dropped to just 24. Four years later, in 1928, the time limit for the race was reduced by an hour to 11 hours.Just as Arthur Newton proved the dominant Comrades runner of the 1920s, so Hardy Ballington became the dominant runner of the 1930s. Ballington recorded victories in 1933, 1934, 1936 and 1938 as the Comrades failed to attract more entrants, dwindling to an entry of only 19 runners in 1936.However, the winner of the 1930 race, Wally Hayward, was to become one of the greatest of the legends of the Comrades Marathon.The race of 1931 went down in history because of the efforts of runner-up Noel Buree. The taxi that he had ordered to pick him up at Scottsville failed to arrive and he borrowed a bicycle to get to the start. However, en route he suffered a puncture, eventually arriving just in time for the start of the race.After a huge tussle with Phil Masterson-Smith, that saw the lead change hands a number of times in the closing stages, Buree was finally beaten into second place by a mere two metres. Masterson-Smith, only 19 at the time, remains the youngest winner in the history of the Comrades Marathon.In 1932, Geraldine Watson, an unofficial entrant, became the first woman to complete both the up run and the down run.Ballington set an ‘up’ run record in 1936, winning by more than an hour in a race that featured the fewest entries in Comrades’ history.After Ballington’s domination of the 1930s The Comrades was stopped during the war years from 1941 to 1945. During that time two previous winners of the event, Phil Masterson-Smith and Frank Sutton, were killed.In 1948 another Comrades tradition was born when race official Max Trimborn, instead of firing the customary starter’s gun, gave a loud imitation of a cock’s crow. That tradition continues to the present day – with Trimborn’s voice, recorded on tape, played over loudspeakers.Wally Hayward, Jackie MeklerIn 1950, a full 20 years after he won the race for the first time, Wally Hayward recorded his second victory and followed that up with wins in 1951, 1953 and 1954. He might have won in 1952 as well, but chose to rather represent South Africa at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.Ironically, it was only in the year after Hayward retired from the Comrades, after establishing new records for both the up and down runs and equalling the five wins of Newton and Ballington, that the effect of his wins on the public imagination was felt, and the field more than doubled to 100 athletes.In 1958 another giant of the Comrades won the race for the first time as Jackie Mekler registered a comfortable victory by 45 minutes over second-placed Andy Greening. Mekler went on to win the Comrades Marathon five times, finishing second twice and third twice.The 1960s proved to be a significant time for the Comrades as the size of the field grew considerably, from 104 starters in 1960 to 703 starters in 1969. Due to the bigger fields, cut-off points were introduced for the first time at Drummond and Cato Ridge.Mekler provided a milestone in 1960 when he became the first man to break the six-hour barrier, finishing in 5:56.32.First foreign entriesIn 1962 the race attracted foreign entries for the first time as the Road Runners Club of England sent over four of the best long-distance runners in Britain. One of the four, John Smith, won the race, an up run, in under six hours, missing out on the record by just 33 seconds.Watching the stragglers come in hours later, Smith commented to former winner Bill Cochrane that the other people completing the race were getting as much applause as he had received. “You are now witnessing the spirit of the Comrades,” replied Cochrane.In 1965 the English again stole the headlines when Bernard Gomersall broke Mekler’s down run record with a time of 5:51.09.The closest finishTwo years later, Manie Kuhn and Tommy Malone were involved in the closest finish in the history of the race. Malone appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win and was handed the traditional message from the Mayor of Pietermaritzburg to the Mayor of Durban at Tollgate, with a lead of two minutes over Kuhn. He entered the stadium in the lead with only 80 metres left to go.Suddenly Kuhn appeared only 15 metres behind and closing in on his rival quickly. Malone put in a burst for the line, but with only 15 metres left he fell to the ground with cramps.He attempted to get up again, but with the line within reach Kuhn flew past to grab victory. The mayoral message was forgotten as both runners embraced.First official black, women runnersDuring the decade of the ’70s, the Comrades continued to grow. In 1971 there were over 1 000 starters for the first time, and by the end of the decade in 1979 the 3 000 mark was topped.For the first time the race was widely broadcast on radio, and television, only recently introduced to South Africa, became the most important communicator of the race, with television images of straining, sweating athletes adding much to the Comrades mystique.Maybe even more significant was that the race was opened to all athletes for the first time in 1975, thus allowing black athletes and women to take part officially for the first time.1975 was the Golden Jubilee of the Comrades, and Vincent Rakabele celebrated the opening of the event to black athletes by finishing 20th to become the first black runner to officially win a medal. Elizabeth Cavanaugh became the first women’s winner in a shade over 10 hours.Alan Robb; Bruce FordyceThe following year another era began when Alan Robb won the Comrades for the first time. Robb repeated his win the following year, then won again in 1978, breaking the tape in Durban in an unbelievable 5:29.14, finishing almost 20 minutes and four kilometres ahead of runner-up Dave Wright.During the 1980s the Comrades continued to grow at a rapid rate. The decade began with a field of 4 207 in 1980 and topped 5 000 for the first time in 1983. By 1986 the magical 10 000 mark was bettered and just two years later over 10 000 athletes completed the race.Wits University student Bruce Fordyce, runner-up to Robb in 1980, was to become the greatest Comrades runner of them all, winning the next year, 1981 – although he very nearly didn’t enter.An outspoken critic of apartheid, Fordyce and a number of other athletes decided to boycott the event when organisers announced that they would associate it with the 20th anniversary of the Republic of South Africa.Ultimately, though, Fordyce ran, wearing a black armband to signal his protest – and won.Fordyce won again in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 (a blistering 5:24.07 down run), 1987, 1988 (5:27.42 for the up run), and 1990, totally dominating the race to record a total of nine wins.He missed only 1989, when he sat the race out – but another significant milestone was achieved that year when Sam Tshabalala became the first black winner of the Comrades.Frith van der MerweWhen slightly built schoolteacher Frith Van der Merwe won the 1988 Comrades in a time of 6:32.56, it was considered a fine performance. It was, however, but a pale imitation of the fireworks to come in the down run in 1989.In that year Van der Merwe ran an incredible 5:54.43, completely obliterating the women’s record and finishing fifteenth overall. Only once since has an athlete come within four minutes of that time.In the same year Wally Hayward reappeared, entering the race at the age of 79 and finishing in 9:44.15. That effort put him ahead of almost half the field.During the 1990s the size of the starting fields was in the region of 12 000 to 14 000 runners. In 1995 prize money was introduced for the first time, attracting more foreign competitors, while the traditional race day of May 31, formerly Republic Day, was changed to June 16, the anniversary of the Soweto uprising.The year 1991 signalled the end of an era as Fordyce was beaten for the first time in over a decade, with Nick Bester taking the line honours.Controversy dogged the race in 1992 when Charl Mattheus crossed the finish line first but was later disqualified for using a banned substance. He claimed it was in medicine he had taken for a sore throat, but the rules were strictly adhered to and Jetman Msutu was elevated to the winner, thus becoming the second black winner of the Comrades.German runner Charley Doll claimed victory in 1993 and afterwards declared the Comrades the greatest ultra-marathon in the world. He also predicted that the event would draw more and more foreign runners.First Russian winnerA superb field was assembled in 1996, and for the first time the event had a Russian winner as Dmitri Grishin flew to an up run win in 5:29.33. Mattheus finally landed the elusive title in 1997, but Grishin took possession of the title again in 1998 when he once more tamed the up run, winning in a record time of 5:26.25.Poland’s Jaroslaw Janicki stunned the field in 1999 by claiming victory in the down run. His future success in the race, in which he became a regular top 10 finisher proved his win was no fluke.The 75th anniversary of the Comrades Marathon in 2000 was the largest ever staged, with a massive field of 23 961. An extra hour was allowed for bronze medal finishers to celebrate the milestone.Vladimir Kotov of Belarus won the men’s race and established a new record of five hours, 25 minutes and 33 seconds. Maria Bak took her second win in the women’s race in a time of six hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds.In 2001, when the event reverted to the 11 hour time limit, the race entry returned to more normal levels of just over 14 000. A policeman from the Cape, Andrew Kelehe, second in 1999, made it memorable as he surged to the title, beating off a powerful foreign challenge to land South Africa its first win in five years.In 2002, Belarussia’s Vladimir Kotov, the winner of the 2000 up run, fought off the challenge of veteran Willie Mtolo to win it again in 5:30.58 and claim the R150 000 prize money. Mtolo, who struggled badly towards the end, held off Jorge Aubeso Martinez to take second, just 15 metres ahead of the Spaniard. Martinez, however, took home R50 000 for finishing third and an additional R20 000 for being the first runner through the halfway mark at Drummond.Victory in the women’s race in 2002 went to Germany’s Maria Bak for the third time, despite the fact that she suffered a nasty fall in the final two kilometres. Russians Natalia Volgina and Marina Bychkova finished second and third respectively.Russian women dominate; Kotov settlesIn 2003 a South African emerged victorious on the down run again, as a humble Fusi Nhlapo took a popular victory only weeks after losing his job; the winner’s money was most welcome. His winning time was five hours, 28 minutes and 52 seconds.The women’s race was dominated by the Russian sisters Oelysa and Elena Nurgalieva. The 27-year-old twins ran together until about 15 kilometres from the end, when Elena pulled away to take the win by four-and-a-half minutes.In 2004, Vladimir Kotov became the oldest ever winner of the race, taking victory on the up run for the third time running at the age of 46. Shortly before the race, Kotov became a South African citizen, having settled in Cape Town.Elena Nurgalieva successfully defended her women’s title and she did it in style, breaking Ann Trason’s record with a time of six hours, 13 minutes and 23 seconds. Nurgalieva was in no doubt afterwards that the up run is a far tougher challenge than the down run.Surprise South African winnerIn 2005, Kotov and Nurgalieva returned to defend their titles, but neither was successful. Kotov came home in fourth spot as South Africa’s Sipho Ngomane shocked the field to record victory in 5:27.10. He had run the Comrades only once previously, finishing 389th in 2003.In the women’s race, former world 100 kilometres champion Tatiana Zhirkova won in the third-fastest time ever for a woman, 5:58.50, for a decisive victory over Oleysa Nurgalieva and her twin, Elena, who finished second.In 2006, Oleg Kharintonov broke the stranglehold of three-time up-run champion Vladimir Kotov to claim his first Comrades Marathon title in his sixth attempt at the race – he had previously placed twelfth, fourth, second, third and second.Elena Nurgalieva claimed the women’s title for the third time, recording an up-run record of 6:09.23 to better her own record by two minutes and 22 seconds.21-year-old record fallsIn 2007, Bruce Fordyce’s 21-year-old record for the down run finally fell – and it did so in spectacular fashion. Russia’s Leonid Shvetsov shattered the mark by more than three minutes with a stunning time of five hours, 20 minutes and 49 seconds.For the fourth time, a Nurgalieva took victory in the women’s race, but this time it was Olesya who won, clocking six hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds to finish 29 seconds ahead of her sister Elena. Farwa Mentoor, South Africa’s best woman performer for the sixth year running, finished fourth.Up run record beatenLeonid Shvetsov was at it again in 2008, destroying his opposition as he won by almost 14 minutes over second-placed Jaroslaw Janicki and set a new up run record of 5:24.48 to better the record set by Vladimir Kotov in 2000.In the women’s race, Elena Nurgalieva claimed victory once again, overcoming an early tumble and testing, hot conditions to win in 6:14.36, over five minutes slower than her record run of 2006.Riana van Niekerk, the first South African finisher in sixth, behind five Russians, ended Farwa Mentoor’s six-year run as the top South African performer.First Zimbabwean winnerStephen Muzhingi became the first Zimbabwean winner of the Comrades in 2009 in the second fastest time ever recorded: five hours, 23 minutes and 27 seconds. Shvetsov, going for his third win in succession, was struck by cramps nine kilometres from the finish and had to settle for second.Charles Tjiane secured third place and was the first South African to finish as local athletes filled the rest of the top 10 places.Olesya Nurgalieva successfully defended her ‘down’ run title, finishing a minute and two seconds ahead of her sister Elena, the previous year’s ‘up’ run champion. Her time was six hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds. 2005 winner Tatyna Zhirkova finished third to give Russia a cleen sweep of the podium positions.Farwa Mentoor, in fifth, was the leading South African.Huge field for 85th anniversaryA massive entry of 23 565 was received for the 85th edition of the race, which took place a little earlier than usual, to make allowance for the Fifa World Cup, on 30 May 2010. The race was once again a “down” run so that the big entry could be accommodated at the finish in Durban.Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi repeated as the men’s champion, winning in 5:29:01. South Africans Ludwick Mamabolo and Sergio Motsoeneng finished in second and third as local athletes finished in eight of the top 10 places.Elena Nurgalieva won her fifth Comrades title as she edged out her sister Olesya for the women’s title in a time of 6:13:03. Olesya finished only a second later. Marina Myshlyanova made it a Russian 1-2-3 again. Farwa Mentoor, in fifth, was the leading South African.Hat-trickMuzhingi proved to be a formidable competitor on the “up” run too in 2011. He paced himself well and pulled clear 14 kilometres from the end before going on to victory in 5:32.45.His win marked the first time since Bruce Fordyce in the 1980s that a male runner had won the Comrades three years in succession.South Africa’s Fanie Matshipa claimed second place in 5:32.29, with Claude Moshiywa taking third.Elena Nurgalieva overcame a fall after 27 kilometres, and a race she described as her toughest yet, to lift the women’s title for a sixth time. Her winning time of 6:24.11 was her slowest winning time so far.Olesya Nurgalieva claimed second, only 24 seconds behind her twin sister, with American Kemi Semick in third.Farwa Mentoor, the first South African finisher, in fifth place, became the first woman to win 10 gold medals.2012In 2012, Ludwick Mamabolo became the first South African men’s winner since 2005 when he won the “down” run in 5:31:03. Bongmusa Mthembu made it a South African one-two.“Up” and “down” run record holder Leonid Shvetsov placed fifth and three-time defending champion Stephen Muzhingi sixth.Elena Nurgalieva ran the women’s race without her twin sister Olesya at her side after Olesya recently gave birth, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Russian star from a seventh win.She crossed the finishing line in 6:07:12, with British athlete Eleanor Greenwood second in 6:08:24.Kerry Koen, in seventh place, was the leading South African runner.Four-time champion Alan Robb completed his 39th Comrades Marathon and nine- time winner Bruce Fordyce his 30th. Afterwards Fordyce said he planned to retire from the race.SA ‘up run’ champClaude Moshiywa ended a 21-year “up run” drought for South Africa when he convincingly captured the title in 2013 in a time of 5:32:08.Sweden’s Jonas Buud claimed second and Lesotho’s Mpesela Ntlosoeu third as South African athletes made up half of the top 10 finishers.Elena Nurgalieva extended her remarkable record in the Comrades Marathon with an eighth victory in 6:27:08, finishing 58 seconds clear of her sister Olesya. Irina Antropova finished third to make it a Russian 1-2-3.The first South African finisher was Charne Bosman, who came home in fifth place in her very first attempt at the race.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast August 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drier weather moves in today. We should be mostly dry today through Saturday morning. The only chance for a little hiccup will be early Friday morning over the northern third of the state. There may be a minor disturbance moving through the great lakes that triggers a shower or two, but coverage is very minor, and at this point we are not going to talk up rain chances much. we will reevaluate again in 24 hours.A stronger front arrives Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing rain  through Sunday, first to northern areas, and then statewide. Rain totals likely from .25″-.75″, coverage at 80%.Dry Monday through Wednesday with a mix of clouds and sun early, mostly sunny later in that period.Rain next Thursday brings .25″-.75″ to 70% of Ohio.Map below shows rain totals for the 10 day period.Extended period still has potential for rain later Saturday into Sunday, then dry through midweek the following week.Temps average 3-8 degrees below normal over the next 10 days, with some warmer potential later this week and weekend. Temps 5-10 degrees below normal for the extended period.last_img read more

Joshua Pacio vows to put on convincing performance in ONE strawweight title rematch

first_img“I have to dominate the fight so even if it goes to the judges it would be a clear win,” said Pacio. “But if I get the opportunity to end it early, then I’ll do it.”Pacio admitted that what he showed against Saruta wasn’t his best, and he’s determined to change that in their next fight.“For me, it’s hard because I know I didn’t fight at the best of my abilities,” said Pacio (13-3). “I wasn’t able to execute some parts of our game plan, so this time I have another chance of executing it perfectly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke SarutaONE’s top honcho boldly said just a few days after their ONE strawweight bout last January that Pacio should’ve won that fight and a rematch is definitely going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ll prove in this rematch that the judges won’t hesitate to give me the win,” said Pacio in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway during Team Lakay’s media lunch. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sean Anthony baffled by another PBA All-Star snub Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pacio admitted that there were areas in their game plan that he failed to execute against Saruta but the split decision verdict was too close of a call for him, and apparently for Sityodtong.But the controversial loss did not dampen Pacio’s spirits and it instead fueled his inner fire to prove that he deserves the title.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—In just three months since yielding his belt, Joshua Pacio is getting his chance to avenge that painful loss to Yosuke Sarurta.A rematch has been set between Pacio and Saruta for April 12 at Mall of Asia in the co-main of ONE: Roots of Honor headline by Martin Nguyen and Jadamba Narantungala, true to ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong promise.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

PSG expect Neymar to recover in four weeks

first_imgMOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chris Banchero, Alaska clip Meralco Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 5, 2019 Brazil’s Neymar leaves the pitch injured during a friendly football match against Qatar at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, ahead of Brazil 2019 Copa America. – Soccer star Neymar will not play in the Copa America officials said on June 6, after an ankle injury forced the Brazilian striker from the field as the Selecao beat Qatar 2-0 in a friendly. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)Neymar is expected to be sidelined for four weeks by the ankle injury that has ruled him out of the Copa America with Brazil, his club Paris Saint-Germain said Saturday.Two club doctors diagnosed his injury as a “sprain of the lateral ligament” in his right ankle, adding he would not require surgery and would instead receive “conservative treatment”.ADVERTISEMENT Neymar was ruled out of the Copa America after hurting himself during the 2-0 win over Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday, capping a nightmare year for the world’s most expensive player who faces accusations of rape which he strongly denies.A distraught-looking Neymar covered his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute.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, logisticsHis place in the Brazil squad will be taken by Chelsea’s Willian.The four-week timeline for Neymar’s recovery would see him return in time for the start of the new French season, which begins over the weekend of August 10-11. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more