With foreign tourists gone, Balinese rediscover seaweed farming

first_imgLike many locals on this speck of an island about 50 km (30 miles) off Bali, he and his wife Kadek Kristiani now wade through pristine waters to gather seaweed growing on lines.Bali normally attracts millions of visitors a year, many attracted by beaches in spots like Lembongan, but plans to reopen to foreign tourists have been postponed indefinitely due climbing COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.With many restaurants and bars shut on the island, drying seaweed fills the streets as tourism workers return to an industry that died down a decade ago, despite Indonesia’s status as the world’s second-biggest seaweed producer behind China. “Farmers are starting to plant seaweed again,” said Boedi Sarkana Julianto of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Network Topics : Before the coronavirus pandemic took its grip on Indonesia, the pristine beaches of Lembongan island lapped by the Indian Ocean were dotted with sunbathing tourists from across the globe.Now, with many visitors gone and the economy in tatters, locals are often seen carrying baskets laden with seaweed up the shore amid a shift back to former ways of making a living.”I feel sad because we lost our jobs and now we have to start from scratch,” said I Gede Darma Putra, 43, a native of Lembongan, who used to guide tourists as a dive master.last_img read more

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Frostbuster finale brings 187 cars to Boone Speedway

first_imgBrandon Schmitt made his trip from Wisconsin worthwhile, leading every lap of the Northern SportMod main.  Hometown driver Jake McBirnie ran second much of the race, but could only follow Schmitt across the finish line the distant runner-up. Third went to Hunter Longnecker.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Eric Stanton; 2. Adam Ayers; 3. Keeran Sampson; 4. Daniel Smith; 5. Tim Gonska; 6. Zach Ankrum; 7. Aaron Shearn; 8. John Watson; 9. Bryce Sommerfeld; 10. Greg Si­dles; 11. Dylan Nelson; 12. Shawn Wirtz; 13. Todd Bass; 14. Tyler Jackson; 15. Nathan Gegner; 16. Nick Foster; 17. Braden Richards; 18. Jeremiah Andrews; 19. Bobby Smith; 20. Zach Hovell; 21. Trevor Holm; 22. Eric Knutson; 23. Aaron Rudolph; 24. Solomon Bennett; 25. Matt Tiernan; 26. Ben Schneiders. Ricky Thornton Jr. topped the IMCA Modified feature, while Tyler Thompson paced the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars. Other winners were Jay Schmidt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Eric Stanton in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Brandon Schmitt in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  Stanton started on the pole and led the Hobby Stock feature from start to finish, pulling away for the easy win. Adam Ayers and Keeran Sampson went second and third, respectively.   Ricky Thornton Jr. had the field covered in winning the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Boone Speedway’s season opening Frostbuster. Thornton, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot, earned $1,000 for the victory. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Stock Cars – 1. Jay Schmidt; 2. Donavon Smith; 3. Devin Smith; 4. Elijah Zevenbergen; 5. Buck Schafroth; 6. Dan Mackenthun; 7. Reid Keller; 8. Mike Coel; 9. David Smith; 10. Rod Richards; 11. Colby Klaassen; 12. Mitch Dowhower; 13. Scott Davis; 14. Bryan Snell; 15. Kevin Opheim; 16. Tom Cannon; 17. Brian Blessington; 18. Robert Stofer; 19. Aaron Karcz; 20. A.J. Zimmerman; 21. Todd Van Eaton; 22. Trent Nolan; 23. Tyler Pickett; 24. Bob Ahrendsen. Forty-seven Stock Cars came to play for a chance at a Frostbuster win.  They also ran a 25-lap feature that was action packed as always in the popular division.  Feature Results He held off the rest of the stout field as Donavon Smith took the runner-up spot and brother Devin Smith came from 12th starting to capture third.  A stout field of 53 Modifieds vied for a Frostbuster crown. Their feature event had to be whittled down to a 24-car starting field for their “A” main. Jimmy Gustin leaped to the lead from his pole starting position, only to have it snatched away by Thornton on lap three. center_img Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Jeff Aikey; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Josh Gilman; 6. Ken Schrader; 7. Kelly Shryock; 8. Jeremy Mills; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Tyler Peterson; 11. Chad Porter; 12. Chris Palsrok; 13. Taylor Musselman; 14. Thor Anderson; 15. Aaron Johnson; 16. Randy Foote; 17. Sean Barragan; 18. Sam Wieben; 19. David Brown; 20. Kyle Borgman; 21. Karl Brewer; 22. Eric Elliott; 23. Dennis Pittman; 24. Trent Loverude.  Buck Schafroth led the opening laps before the fifth-starting Schmidt, also a defending track cham­pion, took command.  By Joyce Eisele From there on, Thornton motored to the win and another Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying $1,000 prize. Gustin held on to finish second, defending IMCA Speedway Motors Super Na­tionals fueled by Casey’s champion Jeff Aikey took third, Kyle Brown finished fourth and Josh Gilman was fifth.  The RaceSaver Sprints found Thompson, last year’s track champion, back in the winner’s circle after leading the 20-lap feature flag to flag. Second went to Mike Houseman and third was Trevor Grossenbacher.  Saturday night, April 13, will be the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing points season opener at Boone Speedway. Sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and IMCA North­ern SportMods will be in action. Hot laps are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:30 p.m. BOONE, Iowa (April 6) – Boone Speedway hosted night two of the 2019 IMCA Frostbuster spe­cials on Saturday night with a 187 race cars competing at Iowa’s Action Track.   Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Thompson; 2. Mike Houseman Jr.; 3. Trevor Grossenbacher; 4. Zach Gla­ser; 5. Nathan Weiler; 6. Chase Weiler; 7. Brandon Bosma; 8. D.J. Palmer; 9. Mark Vanderhei­den; 10. Joel Thorpe; 11. Brian Efkamp; 12. Kaleb Johnson; 13. Mike Moore. Northern SportMods – 1. Brandon Schmitt; 2. Jake McBirnie; 3. Hunter Longnecker; 4. Daniel Fellows; 5. Matthew Looft; 6. Nate Whitehurst; 7. Adam Birck; 8. Cory Rose; 9. Brayton Carter; 10. Cur­tis Veber; 11. Ben Champan; 12. Dusty Masolini; 13. Tom Stark; 14. Tyler Nerud; 15. Cole Magnin; 16. Ronnie Hults; 17. Tom Lathrop; 18. Brandon Tharp; 19. Mary Lenz; 20. Thomas Egen­berger; 21. Doug Smith; 22. Johnathon Logue; 23. Carter VanDenBerg; 24. Tyler Titus.last_img read more

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Evans Aryee ‘dethrone’ Dimpson Doodo of number one squash spot

first_imgEvans Aryee of the Tesano Squash Club in Accra disposed off his club mate Dimpson Doodo of his number one spot on the ranking table in Ghana after winning the Movie House Squash Masters Tournament hosted by the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club over the weekend.Playing from a strong field of over 40 seasoned squash players across the country, Evans played with so much confidence from the preliminary stage of the event beating all those who came his way by straight sets before finally settling scores with old foe Dimpson Doodo.Aryee and Dimpson displayed astounding skills and stamina in the final match which was decided after an hour and half of a best of five sets.Going into the final game on a set apiece, Aryee showed a lot of resilience and great skills, making sure he dealt with all the dangerous shots from his opponent to the admiration of the fans present at the event.Evans Aryee won the competition for the first time since its inception five years ago. The young enterprising player attributed his win to the hard work he put in the final month preceding the event.”I put in a lot of hard work, training extra hours all to get me in shape for this tournament”. It was evident that a hard a lot of stamina in the final moments of the final set which gave me the advantage over my club mate”. Evans Aryee further called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to turn attention to Squash and help in the development of the game in the country.“The ministry should also give the game of squash some attention like the other sports including football, boxing and athletics,” he said.”Now that the game has been included in the All Africa games and other international competitions the Ministry can help us to also participate and lift the flag of Ghana high”. “We have what it takes to take the continent by storm and we need just some push from the authorities,” he added.Meanwhile, captain of the 4 Garrison Squash Club Lawyer Francis Coffie, is amazed at level of competition from the participants and is encouraging the youth to embrace the game of squash.“The performance exhibited by the players has been of high quality and is a vast improvement from what we saw last year. I pray the players can keep up with the standard displayed and we promise to organize more tournaments next year to make the game of squash more attractive”.last_img read more

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Angels’ Andrelton Simmons eyes rapid return from latest ankle sprain

first_imgIt would be tempting, based on those results, to conclude Simmons rushed back prematurely. Yet the 29-year-old shortstop said he wouldn’t give his rehab more time if he could do it over again – even with the benefit of hindsight.Ausmus agreed that Simmons wasn’t rushed.“We felt like he was ready,” Ausmus said. “He felt like he was ready. Medical staff felt like he was ready. Whether they’re related or not, I can’t really say.”As for this injury, Simmons said, “it’s hard to go into details because I don’t understand it exactly. From what I understand the bone bruise I had is still a little aggravated. It kind of makes the bone a little weak. There’s a small pull, like on the tendon, something pulled a little bone off and that caused that pain. I don’t know if the pain is from the strain or the bruise. I’m not sure but it’s feeling better.”Ausmus said that Simmons’ latest ankle sprain is not necessarily related to his first. “It seems to be on the opposite side of the ankle,” Ausmus said. “If they are related, then I guess it’s on me for playing him but I really can’t speak as to whether they are. Maybe being cautious, being overly cautious, is the only thing you can do.”INJURY UPDATESJustin Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with an upper trap strain. The Angels recalled Jose Rodriguez from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Anderson’s place in the bullpen.Anderson was unavailable during the Angels’ final two games in Boston because of the injury, Ausmus said. The IL stint is retroactive to Saturday.“We thought it was a day-to-day thing, but it hasn’t gotten better the last two days so we decided to just put him on the IL,” Ausmus said.Related Articles ANAHEIM – Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his ninth consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle Monday. He missed 34 games in May and June with a similar injury, fulfilling his expectation of beating predictions that he would require much longer than a month to recover.Simmons spouted similar rhetoric Monday. Manager Brad Ausmus recently predicted that Simmons would miss “at least a couple of weeks” this time around. Simmons still hasn’t practiced any baseball activities since he sustained the injury Aug. 2. Yet he seemed to dismiss the notion that the latest ankle sprain would sideline him much longer.“I don’t have any timeline but I don’t think it’s going to be long,” he said. “Not even close to what it was before. Hopefully a couple more days.”Simmons was hitting .298 with three home runs when he sustained the first ankle sprain on May 20. After returning, he appeared in 28 of the Angels’ 30 games, starting all but five. He batted .230 with two home runs before injuring the ankle again. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, is 3-0 with a 5.01 earned-run average in 47 appearances. Rodriguez, a 23-year-old right-hander,  made his second appearance with the big league club Monday. He was 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. …Pitcher Felix Peña will have surgery on his right knee Friday, Ausmus said. Pena tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 3 covering first base in a game against the Cleveland Indians, ending his season. …Pitchers Noé Ramírez (viral infection) and Luke Bard (right triceps contusion) are scheduled to throw simulated games at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. Ramírez can be activated from the IL at any time, but Ausmus said that decision won’t be made before Wednesday. Bard is eligible to return Thursday. …Keynan Middleton will pitch Tuesday for Class-A Inland Empire, his second appearance since he re-started his minor league rehabilitation assignment. Ausmus said Middelton’s rehab will transfer to Triple-A Salt Lake following the game.2020 VISIONThe Angels will begin the 2020 season on the road, March 26 against the Astros and end at home, Sept. 27 against the A’s.The 162-game schedule features 20 interleague matchups – four against the Dodgers and 16 against National League East opponents. The Angels host the Nationals (May 11-13), Marlins (June 9-10) and Mets (Aug. 18-20). They will play road games in Miami (April 14-15), Atlanta (July 3-5) and Philadelphia (17-19).The Dodgers visit Angel Stadium on July 10-11. The Angels visit Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25-26.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning) vs. Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AM Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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