DISAPPOINTMENT AS DONEGAL WALKER BOYCE DISQUALIFIED

first_imgMilford man Brendan Boyce’s World Championships have ended in disappointment after he was disqualified from the 50K walk in Beijing.Brendan BoyceThe Donegal man was going well right up until the 35 km mark when the incident happened.His team-mate, Rob Heffernan finished fifth overall in the walking race in a time of 3:44:17. DISAPPOINTMENT AS DONEGAL WALKER BOYCE DISQUALIFIED was last modified: August 29th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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A first generation farmer’s perspective: 25 years of chances given and lessons learned

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When thinking about a typical farmer in Ohio, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find out that they might run a couple thousand acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. One would also expect that there is a barn full of livestock right alongside a barn even fuller of machinery and implements. Brent Pence of Lynn Alan Farm is fitting of all of these ag-centered stereotypes, but the one characteristic of this New Carlisle, Ohio producer that may be a surprise is that he is a first generation farmer.“When I was young I knew that this was the path I wanted to take and I knew all about the obstacles that I would have to face by not having generations of farmers in my family behind me,” Pence said. “I started working for Bob Kaffenbarger in middle school and he had me bailing straw and hay and doing all the odds and ends chores that a young kid could do without messing things up to much. He took me under his wing and explained to me the management side of farming and tried to help me understand what agriculture was all about. It was a very humbling experience and gave me the opportunity to learn so much.”Time went on and Pence worked his way through high school and college, but the bulk of the education that he still uses on a daily basis was learned off campus. Pence began his farming career with a 123-acre field just down the road from his current homestead. He continued using equipment from the Kaffenbarger farm until he was able to purchase his first tractor – a John Deere 4440.“I never understood when I was younger hearing all of the older guys saying they wanted their first tractor back,” Pence said. “I had to trade in mine to upgrade to a newer one years ago and now I get it because I’d like to have that one back. I’m still trying to find it.”Brent Pence gets his John Deere planter ready for another seasonWith no farm background, no land passed down from generations before and little experience on his own, many thought Pence was crazy and destined to fail. The one thing that Pence had going for him were people willing to take a chance on him.“We were very lucky because when I first started out, a guy by the name of Jerry McMahan was the very first person that ever rented ground to me,” Pence said. “If he wouldn’t have bet on me when he had no reason to, I don’t know where we’d be today. We had a lot of people take a chance on us who knew we had no established background and didn’t know if we were going to pay the rent. There were just so many things that fell into place to make this life possible.”In the mid 1990s, as his farming operation grew to 200 and then 300 acres, Pence met his now wife, Christine. Her family was of the farming variety from Greene County. Brent and Christine had much different upbringings and, as it turns out, the way Brent learned how to farm and the way his wife’s family was doing things on their farm was just as different.“Her dad was no-tilling and I didn’t know any other way to plant corn besides working and working and working the land until it was beautiful,” Pence said.  “I would go up to her dad on his farm and I would say, ‘What are you doing? This is terrible. It looks like jungle planting.’ But he had been farming that way since the late 70s to early 80s and people made fun of him then. He had a lot of problems because the chemistry wasn’t there back then and the equipment certainly wasn’t the same as it is today.”After watching his future father-in-law through a couple of seasons, Pence realized that he could farm so much more without having extra manpower or equipment and be so much more efficient on the farm. There are still some farms in Greene County that Pence now manages that haven’t been tilled since 1979.“That really has helped to heal the ground and makes it better and we are all no-till today,” Pence said. “I’ve seen it firsthand when we’ve taken spots in fields that were pretty sad where water wants to stand from plowing year in and year out and what we’ve done, but not doing any of that over the past several years has helped those fields.”No matter how deep of an agriculture background a beginning farmer may or may not have, some experiences come at a cost of learning and every farmer has that “punch in the gut” moment. For Pence, that moment came in 1999.“I’ll never forget that year,” Pence said. “We still weren’t farming that many acres, maybe 700 to 800 acres. I had crop insurance that year, but I didn’t have it set up properly. Back then it wasn’t called an enterprise unit, it just kind of lumped all of the counties together. One of my fields made 60-bushel corn and 15-bushel beans and other fields that I farm in the area saw 140-bushel corn and 40-bushel beans. My crop insurance wouldn’t kick in because my averages we too high. That was about a $100,000 loss and when you’re that young, you want to talk about a setback. I learned very quickly how to get my crop insurance set up just right if we were going to farm across four counties. Of all of the struggles I have seen, I will never forget 1999. It was terrible.”Brent, Christine and Paige Pence from Lynn Alan Farm in New Carlisle, OhioSince then, agriculture has seen some of the best times ever and more recently, a steady decline in commodity prices and farm income, but Pence took his experiences of the late 90s and put them to work.“When we had $8 corn we paid equipment off and we paid the house off,” Pence said. “I was also able to buy a couple of farms during that era but locking in fixed interest rates for 25 years is a big deal, especially after the recent rise in those rates.“I obviously wasn’t around farming when things were at their worst, but I have plenty of friends and neighbors that tell me how things got back in the 80s and if those stories don’t scare you straight, nothing will.”As much of a name as Brent Pence is making for himself on the row crop side, there is a second generation farmer at Lynn Alan Farm that is becoming well known in livestock show barns all over the country. Brent’s daughter, Paige, has about every banner a 13-year-old can have for every species of animal and she’s just getting started.“I go back to the humbling years of me showing livestock and my wife showing livestock and I, honest to God, don’t know where Paige gets it from,” Pence said. “I was petrified in the show ring and my steers had no hair, but she’s got a talent. Her situation is no different than a kid that plays sports. If they have a certain skill you need to, as parents, to help them reach their full potential.”Paige Pence at the 2017 Ohio State Fair Sale of ChampionsAt The Ohio State Fair alone in 2016, Paige had the Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Reserve Champion Market Goat, Reserve Division 5 Market Steer, Champion Berkshire Barrow and numerous other accomplishments in the Ohio State Fair Open Show, NAILE, the Sioux Empire Livestock Show, Illinois State Fair Open Show, Pennsylvania’s Fayette County Premier, and the Cornhusker Classic.“We have surrounded our daughter with wonderful people in this industry,” Pence said. “The families that we show goats, sheep, hogs and steers with are helping Christine and I raise our kid and all of those wonderful people involved in what we do are helping us make her into the young lady that she is becoming.”And in those rare times when she’s not working livestock, she’s helping out dad on the farm.“Last year I started letting her drive the tractor some and she ended up doing some vertical tillage and this year she thinks she’s going to start driving the baler,” Pence said. “I truly believe that she will stay around the farm or be a part of agriculture in some way, but if Paige wants nothing to do with this farm someday or marries someone that doesn’t want to pursue this type of lifestyle I am okay with that too.”With 25 years of planting, growing and harvest seasons acres under his belt and over 3,000 acres to farm, most would say that Pence is well on his way. But for every one person that gave him a shot, there were a dozen that counted him out before the first round.“When somebody tells me that I can’t do something, then I am going to prove them dead wrong,” Pence said. “I just work harder, keep my head down and keep my mouth shut. That’s how my whole family lives our lives. I can’t tell you how many people told me I would never get this done. Thanks to those chances given to a young naïve kid and the great help around me every day since, I have plenty of reasons to smile when I think about what I have been able to accomplish.”last_img read more

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Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 City Jarencio, Globalport welcome long break before crucial battles ahead 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Yuzuru Hanyu was introduced as the Olympic gold medalist, skated over to the podium and jumped high onto it. With a perfect landing, naturally.He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic champion since Dick Button in 1952.ADVERTISEMENT Adam Rippon doesn’t do quads, but his presentation and dramatic flair earn him points. The 28-year-old dropped from seventh to 10th, but these were successful games for him, and his arm pumps to bolster the audience’s cheers when he was done lent a comical touch.“They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody’s life changes forever,” Rippon said. “A lot of times it’s the gold medalist, but I have a feeling that my life has changed forever.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Just happy. I can’t say anymore, just happy,” Hanyu said through his ever-present smile. “I just did my best today. I don’t know if this is the best of my skating life, but I can say from my heart that I skated my best today.”He held off countryman Shoma Uno and Spain’s Javier Fernandez in the free skate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Brian Orser met Hanyu as he left the ice after his strong but slightly flawed performance. Then Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist who also coaches Fernandez, rushed back to behind the sideboards to help encourage the Spaniard.Fernandez couldn’t match Hanyu. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img As always, Hanyu skated to raucous support from the crowd , with thousands of Japanese flags filling the stands. He was terrific, though not perfect, particularly messing up a combination jump.As always, he left the ice to a swarm of cascading Winnie The Pooh dolls flooding the ice.Uno might have won the gold if not for his magnificent countryman. His energy throughout, particularly in the back end of his routine to “Turandot,” permeated the arena, and he pumped his arms wildly when he finished.Fernandez, skating to “Man of La Mancha,” was a worthy medalist, finishing just 1.66 points behind Uno.“It means a lot for my country,” Fernandez said. “We’ve never had a figure skating Olympic medal. We have such few Winter Olympic medals in any sports, so I hope it means a lot to everyone back home.”The 18-year-old Chen had succumbed to the pressure and massive expectations in the short program, a day earlier . On Saturday, he nailed virtually every element. He even did the sixth quad, a loop, getting full credit for the four rotations though he put his hands down on the ice on it.“I think after having such a disastrous short program and being so, so low in the ranking — lower than I usually ever am — it allowed me to completely forget the results and focus on enjoying myself out on the ice,” Chen said, “and getting rid of expectations helped a lot.”He led all three U.S. skaters into the top 10 as his 127.64 points for technical virtuosity put him in another stratosphere, and his 215.08 points for the free skate were a personal high.Chen’s 17-year-old teammate Vincent Zhou, put down five quads — as if to say, “Hey buddy, I can do this, too” — in another spectacular jumping show. Zhou also soared in the standings, winding up sixth.“It’s been such a wild ride over my short 17 years,” Zhou said. “I’ve been through so much, it would take me hours to say it all. But to skate like that, to have a successful performance means so much to me.” Hanyu later congratulated Fernandez and told him he wished both of them could have won.“I told him, ‘Yes, Yuzu, but only one can be champion. Only one can have the gold medal,’” Fernandez said.Uno moved from third Friday to second, loading a high-scoring quad and three triples into the final minute of his routine.“I knew which level of performance I performed,” he said through a translator. “I did what I intended to do.”American Nathan Chen surged from a fiasco of a short program, when he was 17th, by winning the free skate to wind up fifth. He did it with an historic routine featuring six quads.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Froome on brink of fourth Tour de France crown

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s something special for me today. After the stage when I went alone I was thinking, ‘I have to do something nice again’.“Today I got more luck than the other stage, I’m really happy about this.”In what has been the closest Tour battle in years, the top three riders started the day separated by less than 30 seconds, building hope for a grandstand finale in the steamy southern port city ahead of Sunday’s procession into Paris.But any such romantic notions of Frenchman Bardet overturning his 23sec deficit to Froome had disappeared long before the end of Saturday’s 22.5km race against the clock, which began and ended in Marseille’s iconic Velodrome football stadium.Bardet started the day second overall but only narrowly escaped the double humiliation of being pushed off the podium by Landa and overtaken by a charging Froome, who started his time-trial two minutes after the Frenchman.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Froome reached the first time check after 10.2km in second place, two seconds behind team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski, with Bodnar third at 6sec.By then it was already clear there would be no grandstand finish as Uran was 23sec down on Froome having begun with a 29sec deficit, while Bardet had given up 44sec to the British leader.CrisisBy the second time check, Colombian Uran was starting to gain back a bit of time and looked certain to take second overall.But Bardet was in crisis, already 1min 17sec off Kwiatkowski, who still had the best time at the second check, although only fractions of a second ahead of Spanish veteran Alberto Contador, after 15.6km and the climb up to the Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, with Froome fourth at 3sec.Spaniard Landa, who had started the day 1:13 behind Bardet, was now starting to threaten the Frenchman’s podium hopes.At the finish, Uran almost came a cropper, hitting the side boardings on a tight bend in a technical run-in to the Velodrome.It cost him a few seconds but disaster was averted as he stayed upright to finish 31 seconds behind four-time Polish time-trial champion Bodnar, whose strong final section took him a second ahead of Kwiatkowski, the 2014 world road race champion.“Coming second in this race is the most important result in my career,” said Uran, 30, who has also twice finished runner-up at the Giro d’Italia.Landa had finished 51sec back and as Bardet came into the stadium, fans were counting down the seconds to see if he would hang on to third place, while the looming yellow-clad figure of Froome lurked in his rear-view mirrors. Bardet finished 2:02 behind Bodnar to hold onto third by a single second while Froome crossed the line moments later, to claim third place on the stage and secure a fourth Tour title.“I’m at my limit, I’m tired, I gave everything,” said the 26-year-old.“I’m delighted to have given it everything and there’s a little bit of success in having saved a podium place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “It’s incredible, the atmosphere here in Marseille, it’s massive being here in the stadium,” said Froome, 32, who will nonetheless finish without a stage win this year.“It’s the Tour de France, you can’t always win everything,” said the Sky team leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We had to put in the effort over three weeks and that’s what we did.”For Bodnar, it was sweet revenge have come within a few hundred metres of a solo victory on stage 11, before he was caught by a charging peloton and Marcel Kittel took the sprint finish. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Great Britain’s Christopher Froome wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey competes in a 22,5 km individual time-trial, the twentieth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22, 2017 in and around Marseille, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISChris Froome all but secured a fourth Tour de France title by finishing third in Saturday’s 20th stage time-trial in Marseille as Maciej Bodnar took the stage victory.Rigoberto Uran moved into second overall at 54 seconds, set to be the tightest winning margin of Froome’s four Tour successes, while Romain Bardet held on for third by just one second ahead of Mikel Landa.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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