May 18

5-year-old’s birthday wish of bedding for children in need extended for the holidays

first_imgCourtesy Jackie Sliz(LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois) — When their birthdays roll around, most children ask for a growing list of presents — or a pony — but that wasn’t the case for 5-year-old Tyler Sliz.Tyler asked family and friends to help him donate bedding to children in need through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization at his church in Libertyville, Illinois.Almost two months later, much to his delight, the bedding donations are still coming in.“At first, I was concerned he would feel disappointment at his birthday party when all he received was bedding, but he surprised me with his giving heart,” his mother, Jackie Sliz, told ABC News. “All he truly wanted for his birthday was bedding so that he could carry it to Sleep In Heavenly Peace.”Sleep in Heavenly Peace consists of a group of volunteers who focus on making sure children have a bed to sleep in every night. The volunteers build, assemble and deliver the beds to the families in need in Lake Country and McHenry County in Illinois.Tyler and his family belong to the group’s chapter at St. Joseph’s. Tyler also attends preschool at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.Because Tyler couldn’t help build the beds — he has to wait till he’s 12 — he wanted to contribute in another way. So, he had his mom record a video to send to his birthday party guests, requesting that they bring bedding, pillows and sheets instead of gifts to the festivities on Oct. 26. On Oct. 23, the day he turned 5, Tyler began collecting the donated items.“Even when two guests chose to give him money, he, in turn, decided to buy more bedding with it,” Sliz told ABC News.Four days later, with the help of his grandparents, Tyler had his first bed built. He donated all of his birthday gifts — 30 pieces of bedding that he’d received from party guests.“People tend to be surprised that he chooses collecting bedding instead of gifts for himself. Many are inspired to ask their friends and family for bedding,” Sliz said. “[They say,] ‘If a 5-year-old can do it, so can I.’”Tyler was a “special bed builder” with the group in October, Sleep in Heavenly Peace said in a statement to ABC News.“Four generations of his family were there on [Oct. 27] making sure No Kid Sleeps on The Floor in His Town,” the statement said. “This young man sure knows what’s important and has a great heart!”Tyler’s collection of bedding continues to grow as people donate. He hopes to continue collecting throughout the holiday season and receive at least 100 pieces of bedding.When he was asked how much bedding he wanted to collect, he said: “As many as my house can hold!”Sliz said the Libertyville chapter had celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 23. In that year, the chapter built and donated 300 beds, she said.“I want to get more bedding so kids don’t have to sleep on the floor,” he told ABC News. “I hope Santa brings all the kids bedding and presents.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 3


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] or call 812-774-9011.EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted by our reader’s in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE the the Vanderburgh County Republican caucus has voted 9-4 to appoint John Hayden to complete the term on the Evansville City Council vacated by the resignation of Anna Hargis, CPA?…Hayden is a local native attending Bosse High School and The University of Southern Indiana?…according to his public profile he holds degrees in accounting and finance, but no CPA?…Councilman Hayden’s day job is to serve at a tax manager at Shoe Carnival but has done stints at both Vectren and Old National Bank?…the time at Vectren and ONB should be sufficient for the new councilman to have  made contacts with the movers and shakers of Evansville?…we hope this young man of 34 will use his financial education to promote due diligence and rational thought on the Evansville City Council that has been obsessed with spending other peoples money on fun and games nonsense for the last two decades?IS IT TRUE we expect after this rejection by his own party elders that this was the last stand of the level headed gentleman Alan “Top Gun” Leibundguth, who has tried every way possible to break into politics since moving home nearly a decade ago?…perhaps MR. Leibundguth will find some other way to indulge his desire to serve the public?…there are other ways to serve with honor and impact that do not require winning an election?IS IT TRUE that the shooting spree continued in Evansville with an alleged drive-by shooting near the Arbors Apartments?…this violent crime did not result in a death, but it did result in a bullet hole in a 19 year old kid’s arm?…this supposedly occurred at 3:30 am in the wee hours of Friday morning?…we must observe that there are not many positive things that ever come from roaming the streets of that neighborhood at 3:30 am?…statistically speaking this is the sort of thing that leads pure data analysts to place Evansville below long time crime infested  Gary, IN on the safe cities list?IS IT TRUE that online job site has released the best places in America to find a job in 2017 and the list from top to bottom is as follows: Miami, Orlando, Raleigh, Austin, Sacramento, San Jose, Jacksonville, San Diego, Houston, and Memphis?…while three of these cities are in high cost and high tax California, six are in states with no personal income tax, seven are in the south, and not a single one is in the Midwest or Northeast?…we wonder is good climate and favorable tax policies are becoming the most impactful drivers in job creation?IS IT TRUE we appreciate Saint Vincent Hospital Public Relations Department for sending us news of interest concerning the happenings at their facilities system wide?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that newly appointed City Councilman John Hayden will practice sound conservative values?last_img read more

August 14

How Tim Anderson made small adjustments and won a batting title

first_imgMLB PLAYOFFS: Bracket, schedules, TV channelsBut so much about the way Anderson went about becoming the first White Sox player to be the batting champ since Frank Thomas did it in 1997 was unusual. “The thing that’s crazy about him is he’s not walking. He swings the bat,” White Sox catcher James McCann told Sporting News. “I don’t know the past batting title leaders, what their walk numbers looked like, but he’s up there swinging the bat.”Among qualified hitters, Anderson’s 2.9 percent walk rate was just a tenth of a point higher than the lowest in baseball. He drew his 14th and 15th walks in the second to last game of the season, marking his first multi-walk game since June 10, 2018. Very few hitters can walk as rarely as Anderson did and still maintain a high batting average.What worked for Anderson was making better contact and sending the ball the other way more often.“If the ball is around the plate, he’s putting the barrel on it. He’s not getting cheap hits, he’s hitting,” McCann said. “It’s incredible the way that he’s able to put the barrel on the ball.”Normally, a hitter who starts making better contact is one who might have become more selective, spending less time chasing out of the zone and maybe even swinging less. Not Anderson.His overall swing rate in 2019 was the highest it’s been in his career, at 58.5 percent, and he didn’t limit his extra swings to just the ones in the zone. Anderson technically chased more often this season than he has in the past, up to 45.3 percent from 40.3 percent in 2018, but somehow he made more and better contact with those extra swings.“Just being upright, and having coverage to all sides of the plate,” Anderson said when asked what’s made the difference. “Being aggressive in the zone and being able to hit every pitch that’s in the zone.”Anderson said he tried to stay more upright in the batter’s box because of a suggestion last year from White Sox assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks. He dabbled with it toward the end of last season, Anderson said, and then worked on it further during the winter. The results weren’t immediate; Anderson hit .200 last September, but the change this season was undeniable. His overall contact rate jumped over 3 percent, and the biggest change was where he was hitting the ball. Anderson had been a heavy pull hitter the first three seasons of his career, but in 2019 he drove the ball up the middle and to the opposite field much more often. He pulled the ball a career-high 44.4 percent of the time in 2018 and dropped that number all the way to 32.6 percent this year.“Just to see where I was a couple of years ago to where I am now — I put the work in, and it’s showing,” Anderson said.The change in his approach was good for a 95-point jump in his batting average from 2018 to 2019. Last year, Anderson hit just .240. McCann said he and Anderson’s teammates took to joking in the dugout that an opposing pitcher could throw the ball to the backstop and Anderson would still find a way to put the barrel on it. But overall, Anderson’s rate of barreled balls didn’t go up considerably this year — 5.1 percent in 2019 compared with 4.7 percent last year — but he did have the highest average exit velocity of his career. That and doing a better job of hitting to all fields led to a BABIP of close to .400 this season, 111 points higher than what it was in 2018. Anderson benefited from a skill set that has always been there but just needed the right tweaks to let it flourish.“I think about the great hitters throughout my career, and they have something you can’t teach. You can try to emulate it, but you can’t teach it,” McCann said. “You’re not going to teach a guy the things that Tim Anderson does because of the abilities he’s been blessed with. He’s allowing them to come out right now.”McCann spent five seasons in Detroit with Miguel Cabrera, who has four batting titles, and he likened some of what he saw this year from Anderson to his old teammate. McCann also said that when he was with the Tigers, gameplanning for Anderson was relatively easy because he and his pitchers knew to just keep the ball away from the zone. Anderson would chase, they knew, and they could probably get him out. But, again, that didn’t work this year.“Even the pitches that he may appear to chase, he’s putting the barrel on,” McCann said. “It’s impressive.”There’s a better gameplan on Anderson’s part too. He’s spent a few seasons in the majors learning how pitchers approach him and better paying attention to how they pitch to hitters like him. McCann said it’s common for Anderson to come back to the dugout after an at-bat talking about the kinds of pitches he was looking for, a quality not always found in young hitters.“He’s a young major league player who’s basically been cutting his chops here at the major league level,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.At 26, Anderson has already put in almost 2,200 plate appearances in the majors. He has clearly learned a lot about how to hit, and it’s getting the attention of the league. Even Indians manager Terry Francona, who was at first reluctant to offer analysis on an opposing player, couldn’t help but share general yet pointed praise. CHICAGO — It was a mid-April dustup with the Royals that spurred Tim Anderson to introduce a personal motto: “Stick talk” would come over the course of the season to speak not just for how he carried himself, but also for how he would perform.On the way to winning the American League batting title with a .335 mark, Anderson did plenty of stick talk. After batting .250 through the first two games of the season, Anderson’s average never dropped lower than .307 the rest of the way. Even an ankle sprain in late June that sidelined him for almost a month didn’t slow his pace. Anderson just kept hitting. “You’re starting to see when the kids grow up and they know they belong. You see them turn into men,” Francona said. “And it’s like, you’ve gotta throw away your old scouting report because they’re doing some things different than they used to.”Anderson may have chosen to let his stick talk early this season because of the Royals’ blowback to him flipping his bat in April, but the work he did late last season and during the winter led to him being able to better utilize his natural skills. Anderson will probably never draw a ton of walks and could struggle to repeat his 2019 success because of his high swing rate and high BABIP, but his mental approach to it all is as relaxed and smooth as his Alabama drawl.“You’re playing baseball, so you’re going to fail some and you’re going to succeed some,” Anderson said, “and I think if you have fun with it, you won’t have to worry about those things, and the game will come to you.”last_img read more

December 21

Latest: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s fantastic finish cancelled out Martin Skrtel’s opener as this Premier League heavyweight encounter delivered what it promised in the opening 20 minutes.Blues fell behind in the third minute and it was the long-awaited first tussle between Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez that inadvertantly created the goal.A Phillipe Coutinho free-kick aimed in at the pair bounced off the Chelsea defender’s arm and into the path of Skrtel to turn home.Blues were almost level immediately as Hazard’s shot was pushed on to Skrtel by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, but Glen Johnson cleared the danger.Gary Cahill headed wide and Lampard forced Mignolet into a tremendous save from distance as Jose Mourinho’s side set the pace during a frantic opening.They could also have had a penalty as Hazard appeared to be caught by Lucas, but referee Howard Webb was unmoved.However they were deservedly level when Willian and Oscar combined before the latter released Hazard, who curled a composed finish into the top corner.Blues captain John Terry, charged with dealing with the in-form Suarez, is playing in his 600th Chelsea game – only Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti and team-mate Frank Lampard have previously reached that landmark.Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Lampard; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Schurrle, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 20

Sharks’ Lean Bergmann, Mario Ferraro are the real deal

first_imgSAN JOSE — This was a night for reassurances.After the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday, there was reassurance that Erik Karlsson can look like his former self again, that Martin Jones is headed in the right direction, that rookies Lean Bergmann and Mario Ferraro belong in the NHL.Certainly the Flames, the defending Pacific Division champion, didn’t dress a lineup anything close to what they’ll go with in the regular season. Still, the Sharks needed to get all of their …last_img read more

December 19

Big Changes in Science Publishing Underway

first_imgPeople are so used to peer-reviewed scientific journals behind paywalls, it’s hard to think of any other way. Till now.Not many decades ago, students needing to write term papers on science went to the library, pored through booklets of the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, then walked through aisle after aisle of tall bookshelves, scanning Dewey Decimal labels on tomes of scientific journals. Seeking the papers jotted down on their notepads, they would run across thousands of pages of jargon in fine print interrupted with with graphs and equations. This experience undoubtedly colored students’ perceptions of science itself: austere, unapproachable, intimidating.Now, research can be found with a few mouse clicks and read on a home computer screen or even a smartphone. An industry of science reporters dumbs down the research in friendly press releases, embedding catchy photos and video clips. It may be much less intimidating, but leaves some traditions intact: it’s not official “science” without anonymous peer review done in advance. And you have to pay money to see it.The Revolution in Science MediaThe revolution in science publishing that is underway is changing those traditions, too, offering new ways to think about fundamental questions, like what are the hallmarks of science? Who owns it? Must publishing practices be set in stone? Why can’t research be criticized immediately by real people with identities, and corrected immediately? How can biases and conflicts of interest be disclosed more easily? What about science fraud? Why can’t ordinary citizens contribute to scientific knowledge? Here are some recent articles asking such questions.A proposal for the future of scientific publishing in the life sciences (Stern and O’Shea, PLoS Biology). This article hits the nail on the head, addressing many of the questions above. Stern and O’Shea advocate more freedom for people to contribute to the science discussion, and for ideas to be criticized openly after publication:Science advances through rich, scholarly discussion. More than ever before, digital tools allow us to take that dialogue online. To chart a new future for open publishing, we must consider alternatives to the core features of the legacy print publishing system, such as an access paywall and editorial selection before publication. Although journals have their strengths, the traditional approach of selecting articles before publication (“curate first, publish second”) forces a focus on “getting into the right journals,” which can delay dissemination of scientific work, create opportunity costs for pushing science forward, and promote undesirable behaviors among scientists and the institutions that evaluate them. We believe that a “publish first, curate second” approach with the following features would be a strong alternative: authors decide when and what to publish; peer review reports are published, either anonymously or with attribution; and curation occurs after publication, incorporating community feedback and expert judgment to select articles for target audiences and to evaluate whether scientific work has stood the test of time. These proposed changes could optimize publishing practices for the digital age, emphasizing transparency, peer-mediated improvement, and post-publication appraisal of scientific articles.The effect of publishing peer review reports on referee behavior in five scholarly journals (Nature Communications). What happens when peer review reports are published along with the science? The argument has been reviewers would shy away from submitting reviews, but a study of thousands of examples in an experiment showed that “publishing reports did not significantly compromise referees’ willingness to review, recommendations, or turn-around times.” Nature‘s editors found this study instructive. They plan to offer it to scientists, but not make it compulsory.The itching ears of peer review (World Magazine). Last November, Julie Borg reported on the hoax by social scientists who had submitted “absurd, bogus papers to well-known academic journals to show how easily studies can pass the supposedly rigorous peer review processif they spout trendy, liberal dogma. The scholars submitted 20 hoax papers to journals that focused on race, gender, sexuality, and other politically charged issues. Much to the scientific community’s shame, seven of the papers passed peer review and were published.”Use of liberal buzzwords and progressive ideas appeared to relax editors’ standards and let the papers through. One of the submitted papers even quoted from Hitler’s Mein Kampf in a feminist context. John Stonestreet remarked, “With mainstream academic journals going to the dogs, now’s not the time for Christians to lose our educational souls to fashionable nonsense.”Doubts and dialogue may alter public perceptions of science (University of Copenhagen). Is it OK to doubt what scientists say? These authors think so.Science projects within controversial fields such as synthetic biology could benefit from experimenting with communication settings in which experts share their thoughts and feelings with each other and the public. This allows for a more open and constructive dialogue with the public about research – and may even generate new research ideas, a new PhD thesis shows.What bioRxiv’s first 30,000 preprints reveal about biologists (Nature). Some biologists are following a pre-review publishing trend set by physicists. Cornell’s arXiv server allows physicists and mathematicians to put their ideas out on the internet for their colleagues to read and discuss. With over 1.5 million submissions over its 28-year history, “e-publishing” of “preprints” has a strong track record. Five years ago, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began a similar website for biologists called BioRxiv. The response has been tremendous, Nature says, showing a million downloads a month. One benefit for science itself is the publication of negative results, “which are rarely published in journals.” And yet they are important. If an experiment fails, other scientists need to know.European funders detail their open-access plan (Science). This in-depth article from Nov 2018 discusses “Plan S,” a European initiative to make all scientific research open-access (OA)—a fundamental change in the way science has traditionally been disseminated. Naturally, this has leading journals concerned, since paywall fees represent a large portion of their income. Some funding agencies may not even consider a paper if OA is not provided. One argument for OA is that science belongs to everyone, and stakeholders who fund it with their taxes should not have to pay additional fees to see the results. Journals argue that they provide added value with summaries and reviews, and a rigorous peer review system, but their complaints seem self-serving. OA proponents appear to have the stride in this race.Time to break academic publishing’s stranglehold on research (New Scientist). This article, also from November, explains some of the enthusiasm behind open access. They want to stop the evil, greedy publishers who are keeping your science from you.Here is a trivia question for you: what is the most profitable business in the world? You might think oil, or maybe banking. You would be wrong. The answer is academic publishing. Its profit margins are vast, reportedly in the region of 40 per cent.The reason it is so lucrative is because most of the costs of its content is picked up by taxpayers. Publicly funded researchers do the work, write it up and judge its merits. And yet the resulting intellectual property ends up in the hands of the publishers. To rub salt into the wound they then sell it via exorbitant subscriptions and paywalls, often paid for by taxpayers too.Now that they have you up in arms in class warfare, New Scientist’s editors feel obliged to explain the “whiff of hypocrisy” you may smell, since they also charge for their magazine. “But good journalism does not come free,” the capitalists explain sheepishly in parens. Nevertheless, “The academic publishing business model is indefensible,” they go on to say. “Practically everybody – even the companies that profit from it – acknowledges that it has to change.”Revolutions often go to radical extremes. In the midst of the publishing revolution, we must remember that intellectual property creators have rights. For instance, musicians and filmmakers have suffered miserably because of online access. Thieves will upload whole movies, books or musical works without a qualm, leaving creators at a huge loss of expected revenue. This is unethical; a free society depends on copyrights. Not everything belongs to everybody. When that becomes the rule, nobody has the incentive to create. Science publishing is more complicated, because there are multiple stakeholders. Governments have interest in funding research for reasons of prestige, national security, or prosperity. Labs and institutions are often the recipients of funds, delivering research results, but have bills to pay as well. Scientific journals and magazines have long been the primary distributors of research knowledge. Journals may make a lot of money, but we must not fall into the trap of jealousy. Socialists breed contempt for the rich; being rich is not evil, if wealth is earned with integrity. At CEH, we’re not so much concerned with how much money they make, but their bias.So who owns science? The government doesn’t; their money is taxpayer money. Do taxpayers own science? Much of it, yes, but they own it through electing representatives who are expected to use judgment and knowledge to make wise decisions about spending priorities. It’s simplistic for citizens to demand all research as their property just because part of their taxes pay for it. There are national security risks in that attitude; some research has dual use, legitimate for the military but dangerous in the public domain. It’s also unfair to publishing companies for citizens to force them out of business on that argument. What about their writers who organize, analyze, and editorialize on recent findings? What about their layout artists, and expenses such as office space and equipment? Destroy one business, and you often damage whole communities who service their needs.We don’t begrudge journals, magazines and institutions for being in business and making a profit; we just demand changes to their anti-conservative, anti-design, pro-Darwin bias. If they really reported fairly on intelligent design and used critical reasoning about evolutionary claims, that would be great. We also demand fiscal responsibility and accountability. Simultaneously, the public has the right to know about some of the research they paid for with their tax dollars. Here’s a compromise: offer both Open Access and dressed-up publishing of research, and present it fairly, with a variety of viewpoints. Many people are probably not going to read raw scientific papers. Journalists have a gift of writing for the public and for the scientific community as well. They can do this online and for print, supported by subscriptions, advertising and foundations. Get the government out of private business, but let the public have their due. And demand the government stop funding unethical research (like fetal tissue or human cloning), and reduce wasteful research (like the effect of Swedish massage on rabbits). If people really want to know how fast crawfish run on treadmills, they can experiment at home.As with so many human activities, a free market is best. That needs to include a free market of ideas (see 399 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 17

Winner Winner Geocache Dinner! — Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty/Terrain Rating:3.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Finding a geocache can be as simple as walking to a location and looking down. But after a while, it’s natural to want to change it up—even make it more difficult. With this geocache, you won’t have to solve a word puzzle to make the find, but you will have to spin the wheel. Around the edges of this spinning contraption, loosely based on the television game show “Wheel of Fortune”, are many containers—only one of which holds the logbook. Make the hike, give the wheel a spin and see if you’re lucky enough to find it on the first spin! What the geocache owner, dex4, has to say:“I found a large discarded wooden cable spool on the side of the road in Burlington Ontario. I brought it home and separated the 2 large round spools. I searched for small cans of paint the same colors as the Geocache symbols, drew out the Geocache symbol and painted it…I drilled about 25 holes and added film containers in the holes. One container contained the log sheets…It was a “hit” with geocachers. I had some comments that the wheel did not spin.In 2010 I painted the other spool and drilled holes for film containers and a hole in the center so it could spin. I had a location on Hyway 5 that had  abanded sign post. With the help of a ladder I managed to install the spool high on the sign post and make it SPIN. The caches require maintenance from time to time as the film container dry out and crack or fall out of their pre drilled holes.”What geocachers are saying:“this was the best cache I’ve found so far, quite the hike to the cache lol it was awesome!! TFTC!” – jessicaswr“Wow did we have fun with this one. This has been on the radar for a long time and today we did it. This one gets a favorite for sure” – three-amigoz“Dude, what a great, great cache! Very impressive. We had some fun with this one. A favourite for sure!” – thewhytesPhotos:Wheel! Of! Geocaching! Photo by geocacher Nonsuch30The wheel requires a little bit of a climb to get to. Photo by geocacher Mark0077Two brave geocachers making the find. Photo by geocacher SuperkatzeWhat is your geocaching lucky charm? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Give it a spin! Photo by geocacher Team GojuGeocache Name:Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Auburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Step inside my geocache. — Tschröuwe-Galari (GC3V52D) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 2, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

November 30

Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — A 46-year-old rider with “rockstar personality” thrilled the Southeast Asian Games equestrian show jump individual competition Monday after capturing the gold medal for Team Philippines in Rawang.John Colin Syquia, riding for the Philippines for the first time, won via jump-off and shocked the field when he upstaged his Malaysian foes, riding four seconds faster than the second placer to rule the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextcenter_img Colonia fifth in weightlifting “He is a rock star here. We call him our secret weapon,” said team manager Daniella Virata.Virata said Syquia has been competing in the Florida circuit where he is based. He grew up in New York City and began riding in Claremonth Academy.“He is a cool guy. Good personality. He gave us six clear rounds, three in individual and three in team event,” said Virata.Syquia was part of the team that won silver last Saturday along with Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo and Marie Antoinette Leviste.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The horse dealer and professional equestrian rode with his mount Adventure L.He finished tied with five other riders after two rounds and then in the jump-off clocked 37.63 seconds besting local riders Sharimini Cristina Ratnasingham  (41.30) and Dato Seri Mahamad Fathil Qabil Ambak (41.66).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRatnasingham on board Arcado, and Ambak on 3Q Qaliya, wound up second and third, respectively.After two rounds, Syquia finished in a bunch of five riders who went to the jump-off along with the Malaysians, Brunei’s Mohd Nasir and Singapore’s Catherine Chew. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READlast_img read more