Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold

first_imgYun won in commanding fashion at the Pyeongchang Games on Friday, his four-run time of 3 minutes, 20.55 seconds easily coming in 1.63 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nikita Tregubov of Russia. Most skeleton races are decided by tenths or hundreths of a second, but Yun was dominant from start to finish — the fastest slider, in every way, in every heat.He stepped onto the award podium shortly after finishing, arms skyward as thousands of his fellow South Koreans roared. They showed up early on a bright morning in the Taebaek Mountains, fully expecting to see the sort of dominance he himself envisioned when taking thousands of training runs on the track that was built for these Olympics, the track he knows better than anyone else in sliding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Yun! Sung! Bin!” they chanted, over and over. “Yun! Sung! Bin!”Yun delivered. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Happy New Year, indeed. On a national holiday in Korea — the start of a lunar new year — Yun became a national hero. He is the reigning World Cup overall champion, is now the Olympic champion and his career is only just starting.“If you see the Korean guy, he has the best material,” Spain’s Ander Mirambell said. “He will win this easy.”It was the biggest victory margin in Olympic skeleton, topping 1948 when Italy’s Nino Bibbia topped Jack Heaton of the U.S. by 1.4 seconds in a six-heat race.The only drama in the final heat was who would finish second. Tregubov won that battle, edging Dom Parsons of Britain. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs, the winningest World Cup men’s skeleton racer in history, struggled in the final run and slipped to fourth.For the U.S., 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine was 11th and three-time Olympian John Daly was 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics View comments Yun Sungbin of South Korea celebrates in the finish area after his gold medal winning run during the men’s skeleton final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Yun Sungbin left no doubt. It’s his track. It’s his gold medal.The most decisive Olympic skeleton champion ever is a 23-year-old who had no idea what he was doing on a sled a few years ago and now stands taller than anyone else in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Lack of grads could hurt economy

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California’s economy could sputter over the next two decades because not enough college-educated workers are moving here, and the state can’t graduate current residents fast enough, according to a new report. The nation’s most populous state needs to nearly triple the number of highly skilled immigrants who come here every year from other states and countries. If it fails, California won’t meet the 20-year economic benchmarks set by the California Department of Transportation in 2005, the Public Policy Institute of California reported Wednesday. The state will need at least 8.3 million college-educated workers by 2025 if it wants to maintain its current growth rates. That’s a 75 percent increase from 2005 and 3.2 million short of what it will have in 18 years if the state’s immigration and graduation rates remain constant. “What we’re saying here is not a gloom-and-doom scenario,” said Hans Johnson, a demographer with San Francisco-based PPIC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. “But if the supply of workers is not there to meet that demand, the state’s economy will be less skilled than we expected. … It’s not as good an outcome as some have projected.” Other than a costly and daunting revamp of the state’s public education system, it’s tough to say what, if anything, California could do to attract enormous additional numbers of college graduates, researchers said. The state’s notoriously high cost of housing, particularly along the urban coast, has resulted in a net exodus of college graduates to lower-cost states in recent years. California also faces growing competition from India and China, which for decades have been major sources of foreign-born students and executives. Those countries are increasingly retaining homegrown talent as their economies surge and American companies hire executives, engineers and scientists at new office parks in Beijing, Dublin and Bangalore, India. The study comes as the Senate considers an immigration reform bill that would create a guest-worker program capped at 200,000 people a year and grant 12 million unlawful immigrants quick legal status. The bill also calls for a point system that places less emphasis on an applicant’s family connections and more on education and skills in demand by U.S. businesses. Despite the bill’s business-friendly veneer, PPIC researchers and business leaders said they were skeptical that it would help California reduce its skilled worker deficit and bring more graduates and students to the United States. “The bill would be unlikely to generate the kinds of changes needed to attract skilled laborers,” Johnson said Wednesday. Silicon Valley executives said the PPIC’s prediction of a worker shortfall echoes concerns they’ve had for nearly a decade. The state needs to attract more students to its flagship universities – and make it easier for foreign students to stay here after graduation, said Roland Van der Meer, partner of Palo Alto-based venture capital firm ComVentures. “I think everyone we give an education to – we should just slap a green card on them and let them stay here, whether they came here for undergrad, grad or Ph.D. work,” Van der Meer said. “Instead, we’re educating them and sending them home. That’s insane.” One of the few bright spots in the PPIC report was the conclusion that salaries for highly skilled workers would likely rise sharply as demand rises – particularly as baby boomers retire and companies recruit new managers and executives. But the gap between the state’s rich and poor would also widen – a disparity likely to manifest itself along racial lines and, possibly, stir ethnic tensions among California’s fastest-growing groups. Asians are gaining a disproportionate number of degrees and high-paying jobs relative to Latinos, who historically have less education, on average, said Deborah Reed, PPIC research director and economist. “California over the last two decades has seen a growing income gap primarily driven by rising value of education,” Reed said Wednesday. “This is just the beginning of the shortage.” Although researchers focused on California exclusively, Reed said economic deceleration and a widening income gap would become national themes. “The global competition is certainly a factor for all the states in the nation,” Reed said. “We’d expect these skill shortages for all the states.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’

first_img“It’s impossible to completely stifle Ronaldo, we can only stop him as a team,” Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said on Monday.“An attacker can not be more complete than him — left foot, right foot, head, he controls everything and in front of the goal, he’s a machine”.But while Ronaldo has enjoyed a fresh spurt in his new role of predatorial centre-forward, his two partners have found their responsiblities reduced ahead of the first leg at the Allianz Arena.Bale’s decline began first. After returning from injury earlier this year, he was on the bench for both legs against Paris Saint-Germain and the first leg against Juventus.In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time.Benzema’s fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane’s preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman’s lack of goals.But Benzema’s link-up play has slackened, thrusting that dry patch — one goal in 10 games and only four in 24 — more clearly into view.– ‘A little blip’ –“He does suffer a little bit, when he misses chances he suffers but the solution is easy,” Zidane said. “He has to keep working. It is just a little blip he is in at the moment.”Bale and Benzema’s dip has coincided with Ronaldo’s golden run, a parallel that may not be entirely coincidental.Ronaldo in a Real team centred on playing to his strengths is nothing new, but as the Portugese has grown narrower in his scope, perhaps his team-mates have had to sharpen their focus in providing service to him.Zidane has often deployed 4-4-2 in the biggest games this season, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio preferred on the flanks for their defensive discipline and willingness to send crosses into the box.Bale is not viewed as conscientious enough in the wide midfielder role while Benzema’s key selling point was his link-up play. When that broke down, his appeal diminished.“I don’t see anyone looking sad,” Zidane said. “I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well.“It is always going to happen in a side like ours, there are players in good form and in the team and playing well.”Even if Isco is selected, it means Real are likely to line up with one of their more modest-looking attacks for a crunch Champions League tie.“I’m not worried,” Zidane said last week. “It’s true that in the last two games we have had chances and we have not taken them but now we are going to have a game on Wednesday away from home.“We are going to try to score and what we have to do is to think positively and realise that this is football anything can happen, no matter who is playing on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goal glut: Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.last_img read more