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first_img4Number of laps you’d run on The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT) to complete The Wild Oak Trail 100, held each February in the George Washington National Forest in Augusta County.0Entry fee for this “race.”19Number of runners who entered  the Hot TWOT in 20100 Number of runners to finish the Hot TWOT in 20102007Last year anyone finished the Hot TWOTlast_img

Cricket News Australia prolong Pakistan’s misery with win in Abu Dhabi ODI

first_imgAustralia registered their sixth consecutive ODI win.Pakistan has not won a series against Australia since 2002.Australia won a series in India after 10 years. Finch reached his third consecutive fifty-plus score but Imad Wasim removed Marcus Stoinis (10) as Pakistan looked to fight back. Glenn Maxwell made a slow start but Finch’s quest of becoming the first Australian player to hit three consecutive fifties ended when Yasir Shah got his wicket for 90. However, Pakistan did not do themselves any favours when Wasim spilled a simple chance off Maxwell on 28 in the 44th over.Maxwell proceeded to smashed boundaries at will and his fifty, combined with Alex Carey’s cameo boosted Australia to 266/6. Finch’s side had scored 64 runs in the last six overs and Pakistan was under pressure. Imam-ul-Haq started briskly with three boundaries but Shan Masood fell to Pat Cummins for 2. Cummins, who had taken a break for the first two ODIs, continued to cause havoc by getting rid of Haris Sohail for 1. After a short rain delay, Cummins struck again by removing Mohammad Rizwan for 0.However, Imam looked in good touch and along with Shoaib Malik tried to rebuild the innings. The partnership went past fifty but Maxwell, who had earlier hurt Pakistan with the bat, trapped Imam LBW for 46. When Nathan Lyon sent back Shoaib Malik for 31, the game was up for Pakistan.Umar Akmal and Imad wasim scored briskly but they were only delaying the inevitable. Jason Behrendorff ended the sold stand by getting rid of Umar Akmal for 36 and Adam Zampa picked up four wickets in two overs to run through the lower order. His haul of 4/43 was the best by an Australian legspinner since Stuart MacGill in 2000.The win has boosted Australia’s morale heading into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 while for Pakistan, they have suffered a downturn in their fortunes at the wrong time. New Delhi: Aaron Finch missed out on a chance to create a new record for an Australian batsman but his 90, combined with Glenn Maxwell’s 71 and brilliant hauls from Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa helped Australia prolong Pakistan’s agony in ODIs as they won their sixth consecutive ODI and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The 80-run win in Abu Dhabi resulted in Pakistan’s jinx  against Australia in ODIs getting extended, having not won a bilateral ODI series against the five-time world champions since 2002. For Australia, their redemption has well and truly begun and they will be heading into the World Cup as firm favourites.Australia chose to bat but suffered an immediate jolt when Usman Shinwari snapped up Usman Khawaja for 0. Shaun Marsh struck some quick boundaries but when he fell for 14 off nine balls, Australia had stuttered to 20/2. However, Peter Handscomb joined Aaron Finch and the dup proceeded to restore the advantage for Australia. Handscomb was the aggressor as he smashed four boundaries in one over bowled by teenager Mohammad Hasnain. Finch and Handscomb regularly rotated the strike and shared a 84-run stand but the stand was broken when Haris Sohail breached Handscomb’s defences to fall for 47. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Davis Cup: BH Tennis Players defeated Lithuania with 5: 0

first_imgIn the “Siemens Arena” in Vilnius, yesterday were played remaining singles matches in the context of the final meeting of the Second Group of Euro-African Zone of Davis Cup between tennis teams of Lithuania and BiH.BH tennis players celebrated in both matches. The match ended with a total score of 5: 0 for BiH representation.Captains of both teams used the right to substitution, and the colors of BH team defended Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic instead announced Damir Dzumhur and Mirza Basic.Brkic won against Tadas Babelis 2: 1 (6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 2), while Nerman Fatic won against Tomas Vaise with the score 2: 0 (7: 5, 7: 5)Supervisor ITF decided for all matches to be played regardless of the fact that BiH already ensured the victory on the second day of the meeting when our doubles Mirza Basic / Tomislav Brkic won against the Lithuanian pair Grigelis / Mugevicius, but instead of the usual three, they played in two sets.After the success in this year’s season and promotion to the First Group of the Euro-African Zone of Davis Cup, our players will go to tournaments and the rest of BH delegation will return to Sarajevo on Monday at 9:30 pm.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

LIVE: Kiprotich, Mutai and Kiprop carry nation’s hopes

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PHOTO IAAFMen’s Marathon final 3.30pm – Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen KiprotichThe Ugandan team in Rio is in exactly the same position they were at the last Olympic Games – entering the final day with no medal.Like at London 2012, Kiprotich is the throw of the last dice only that this time he will not have the surprise element. The surprise element could actually come from his colleagues in that race Solomon Mutai and Jackson Kiprop.Kiprotich gets a chance to join Abebe Bikila and Waldemar Cierpinski as a two-time champion in the 42.1km event.There were fears hot weather conditions could play a big part in determining who will take the title. 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Kiprotich has since London 2012 added the 2013 world title to his accolades, while Mutai  snatched bronze at the last world championships in Beijing.Kiprop on the other hand has finished 10th in the last two world championships.World champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Kiprotich’s training partner Eliud Kipchoge will be the men to beat.Kenya’s Kipchoge has a 5000m silver medal from Beijing 2008 and a bronze in the same event at Athens 2004. He missed selection for London 2012 and then made the switch to marathon. He has been the outstanding road runner since then. 532641Suehiro ISHIKAWAJPN2:09:252:09:10 662584Paul POLLOCKIRL2:15:38 1552892Lusapho APRILRSA2:11:272:08:32 692824Raúl PACHECOPER2:11:01 1042223Guojian DONGCHN2:11:422:11:42 1082224DUOBUJIECHN2:13:162:13:16 1532091Florent CAELENBEL2:12:51 1292475Tsegai TEWELDEGBR2:12:232:12:23 582249Diego COLORADOCOL2:18:352:16:48 1462338Tewelde ESTIFANOSERI2:09:16last_img read more

Hawks sweep past Leafs to capture Murdoch Division

first_imgAlex Meeker scored on the power play in the final minute of the period to give the Leafs some life.However, in the second ex-Leaf Nolan Percival restored the two-goal advantage before Jaxen Gemmell gave the Hawks all the goals they would need.Netminder Tallon Kramer pitched a shutout for the remaining 40 minutes and the Hawks were on their way to the Kootenay Conference Championship.“It was good for us to finish this series tonight,” Swanson said.“At this time of the season every team plays with injuries, everybody is banged up but we’ve got to pay this (Leafs) team a lot of respect, they’re banged up and gave us a test but we were able to come out on top.”Kramer faced only 10 shots in the game as Beaver Valley held a 24-10 advantage.Billy Gorn, making his first start of the playoffs, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Despite the season-ending loss, Leafs management has to be happy with the way the year ended.Nelson was able to grind out three straight wins to close out the regular season to edge past Grand Forks for third place in the Murdoch Division Standings.The Leafs then pulled off the upset in the Murdoch Semi Final, knocking off Castlegar Rebels in six games before losing a series that may have ended differently had Nelson got a few breaks in Games two and three.“I told the players the team that was here in November definitely wasn’t the team I saw out on the ice tonight,” said Leaf Head Coach Mario DiBella.“The team in November certainly couldn’t have knocked off Castlegar in six games and 27 periods of hockey and pushed Beaver Valley in this playoff series.”“I’m very proud of the group of young men that in that dressing room,” DiBella added.“They were trouble-free and I have some very fond memories of coaching them this season.”GAME NOTES: Billy Gorn tasted his first action since January in goal against his former mates. Devin Allen had started the past nine games for Nelson. . . Kyle Hope led the Hawks with three points while Tyler Hartman and Jaxen Gemmell each had a two points. . . .There was another large crowd at the NDCC Arena for Game four, with 780 fans attending. . . .The Conference Finals are expected to start next weekend. Beaver Valley will host the first two games of the best-of-seven series. . . . Game five of the Kimberley-Creston series goes Monday in Creston. During the regular season Beaver Valley put together a few lengthy winning streaks en route to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Those same Nitehawks are at it again.The Hawks made it a clean sweep through the Murdoch Division Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Nelson Leafs 4-1 for the club’s eighth straight playoff victory.The loss eliminated the Leafs from the 2017 KIJHL Playoffs.Beaver Valley wins the Murdoch Division for the fourth straight season and now earns a date with the winner of the Kimberley-Creston series in the Kootenay Conference Final.The Dynamiters currently lead the best-of-seven affair 3-1 after edging the Thunder Cats 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Kimberley.“We’re just trying to stick to our game, play it game by game and not get to ahead of ourselves,” said Beaver Valley captain Sam Swanson following the post-series handshake with the Leafs.“We’re playing pretty good hockey right now but we still have more left in the tank.”“It was nice to get this series done early, have a good rest and look forward to the (Kootenay Conference Championship),” Swanson added.It didn’t take long for the Nitehawks to get it going in Game four. Leading 3-0 in the series thanks to an amazing comeback in overtime during Game two followed by a double-overtime victory Friday in Game three, the players had one thing on their minds and that was eliminating the Nelson Leafs.Hawks out shot the Leafs 10-3 in the first period, and were full value for a 2-0 lead on goals by Tyler Ghirardosi and Kyle Hope.last_img read more

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

first_imgThe Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.Michaela Read scored the other goal for Greater Vancouver while Nelson’s Kelsey Paterson replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver then clinched the series as Gardiner once again scored the winner Saturday.Rebecca Clarke and Stefanie Wallace also scored for the Coments.Reece Hunt of Nelson and Lisa du Toit replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final beginning Friday in Coquitlam. The Capitals defeated Fraser Valley Rush in the other semi final series played in Prince George. Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.last_img read more

Chelsea v Leicester line-ups: Terry decision, Blues trio injured, Foxes rotate

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte has resisted the temptation to recall John Terry following his injury for the game with defending champions Leicester.Conte has made only one change from the side which beat Hull before the international break, keeping three at the back.Willian is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother, and Pedro comes in.Minor muscular injuries to Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and John Mikel Obi have ruled them out, with Ola Aina and Dominic Solanke on the bench.Oscar is not involved as he has flown to Brazil due to family illness.Leicester have made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Southampton, with the midweek Champions League tie in the back of their mind.Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Danny Simpson all drop to the bench, with Jeffrey Schlupp, Ahmed Musa and Luis Hernadez coming in.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Solanke, Batshuayi.Leicester: Schmeichel; Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Schlupp; Musa, Vardy.Subs: Zieler, Simpson, King, Mahrez, Gray, Ulloa, Slimani. See also:Chelsea development side held by LeicesterChelsea v Leicester: five key battlesConte on Batshuayi, Hazard’s role, Leicester, Man Utd, Kante and three at the backFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Big Science Trying to Wipe Egg Off Its Face

first_img(Visited 578 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Science scandals and crises are reminding observers that scientific reliability is no more reliable than the people who make a living in science.Are palaeontologists naming too many species? (Science Daily). Human ego can get in the way of science. Paleontologists earn fame by having fossils named after them, so it’s tempting for them to “split” similar fossils into different species rather than to “lump” them together. Judy Massare (SUNY College at Brockport, New York) and Dean Lomax (U of Manchester) bring this problem to light in the case of naming extinct sea reptiles named ichthyosaurs (scientific jargon for “fish-lizards”). “After their latest research project,” this article says, “the pair urge caution in naming new fossil species on the basis of just a few fragmentary or isolated remains.” After studying the hind fins of one form of ichthyosaur, they realized that they could all be considered variations of a single species.Palaeontologists fall into one of two camps when it comes to naming species, ‘lumpers’ and ‘splitters’. The former ‘lump’ groups of similar specimens together, whereas the latter opt to split-up specimens and distinguish new species. However, in this new study, if the team opted to split-up the specimens based on the variation found, it would suggest a huge number of species.They remarked that splitters could have labeled these specimens as 19 different species! Splitting was a common practice before, misleading the public (and other scientists) about the amount of variation in nature. “This would be similar to what was done in the 19th Century when any new fossil find, from a new location or horizon, was named as a new species if it differed slightly from previously known specimens.” This implies that a moral failing 150 years old is still with today’s science. Will honest discussion of the problem be sufficient to stop fossil hunters from succumbing to the temptation for fame?The pre-registration revolution (PNAS). The scientific method was all worked out centuries ago, right? That’s what students are usually taught. Once again, though, any “method” is only going to be as reliable as the fallible human being who applies it. Part of the high school student’s understanding of “the scientific method” (actually, there is no one method) is to propose a hypothesis and then test it with experiments. But like a famous proverb not said by Yogi Berra, “In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.”This paper tries to wipe some egg off the faces of scientists who have violated the spirit of the scientific method by post-dicting their hypotheses instead of predicting them. It’s a bit like a false prophet watching something happen then proclaiming that he predicted it would happen. Some researchers are tempted to goof around with observations, watch what happens, and then propose a hypothesis after the fact. Lo and behold, the hypothesis was proved by testing! Only the scientist and the team may know.In this PNAS article, five commentators think that forcing scientists to publicly state a hypothesis before testing it (a policy called preregistration) might make science more credible.Progress in science relies in part on generating hypotheses with existing observations and testing hypotheses with new observations. This distinction between postdiction and prediction is appreciated conceptually but is not respected in practice. Mistaking generation of postdictions with testing of predictions reduces the credibility of research findings. However, ordinary biases in human reasoning, such as hindsight bias, make it hard to avoid this mistake. An effective solution is to define the research questions and analysis plan before observing the research outcomes—a process called preregistration. Preregistration distinguishes analyses and outcomes that result from predictions from those that result from postdictions. A variety of practical strategies are available to make the best possible use of preregistration in circumstances that fall short of the ideal application, such as when the data are preexisting. Services are now available for preregistration across all disciplines, facilitating a rapid increase in the practice. Widespread adoption of preregistration will increase distinctiveness between hypothesis generation and hypothesis testing and will improve the credibility of research findings.Cases where “data are preexisting” illustrate some of the challenges to making preregistration work. How can you test something that is already known? Many evolutionary explanations fall into this category. What can an evolutionist do with a fossil record that is fairly complete? Say that “my hypothesis is that a transitional form will be found in Texas in strata between the Carboniferous and Jurassic” or something like that? Even if Big Science comes up with “practical strategies” that work for all cases, those will only work if all scientists practice them. In practice, individual researchers have shown themselves to be creative at conniving to get around best practices, especially if fame or funding are at stake.Racist cover of National Geographic, August 2002, about the Dmanisi skull, portrayed to look primitive and dark-skinned.National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (Phys.org). Generations of adolescent boys can remember flipping through pages of National Geographic Magazine looking for photos of bare-bosomed “people of color,” but aside from whatever titillation they enjoyed, they were also getting a subliminal message: non-westerners were likely to be naked savages.National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.“We had to own our story to move beyond it,” editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine’s April issue, which is devoted to race.Former editors of the popular magazine tended to perpetuate clichés of white racial superiority through their photographs and descriptions of natives from non-western countries. They gave the impression that “people of color” tend to be “exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages”—common stereotypes from Darwin’s day, but highly politically incorrect these days. And yet to many readers, National Geographic Magazine was an authoritative source of science, popularizing science with vivid images and stories. Alongside the now-acknowledged racist content would be stories from the space program, the frontiers of physics, and biology. And who can forget the numerous cover stories on human evolution, with alleged pre-human ancestors commonly shown with dark skin?It is only proper for Goldberg to acknowledge past sins and strive to correct them. Yet the past sins were reflections of the culture of their time. What steps is Goldberg and the magazine taking to isolate their coverage from present sins and biases? Is that even possible? It’s easy to joke ‘National Gee—a Gaffe (ick!)’ now, but what will future moralizers say about current publications? NG still contains overwhelmingly biased coverage of Darwinian evolution. Not all that long ago, they did have to issue an apology (in fine print) for their cover story jumping to the conclusion that so-called Archaeoraptor was a transitional form between dinosaurs and birds. They continue to indulge in ‘historical racism’ by portraying ‘archaic humans’ as less evolved than themselves.Crisis or self-correction: Rethinking how the media cover science (Phys.org). This article tries to rehabilitate the image of science by the media. ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ gives the flavor. ‘It’s much ado about nothing.’ The media are inflating and over-generalizing a few cases, giving an impression that science is broken.The article, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and authored by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, examines three media storylines used to describe the nature of scientific discovery. Jamieson writes that one of the narratives – that science is “in crisis” or “broken” – is especially concerning and may have been inadvertently encouraged by scientists’ efforts to find and correct problems in scientific practice.“This is troubling in part because defective narratives can enhance the capacity of partisans to discredit areas of science – including genetic engineering, vaccination, and climate change – containing findings that are ideologically uncongenial to them,” Jamieson writes. “In contrast, accurate narratives can increase public understanding not only of the nature of the discovery process, but also of the inevitability of false starts and occasional fraud.”The issue is important, Jamieson says, because the news media affect the extent to which we think about a subject and how we think about it, and misleading accounts about science can affect the public’s trust in science. The “science is broken” story has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vox and Slate.Actually, the “narratives” that science is broken or in crisis are often stated bluntly in leading journals such as PNAS, Science, and Nature (ex., 24 April 2016). The “reproducibility crisis” in psychology and a similar crisis in medical reporting concern large numbers of flawed papers, not just a few “false starts and occasional fraud.” These Big Science institutions are suggesting major revisions in thinking and important large initiatives to combat the problems. It’s especially telling that this article, coming from the University of Pennsylvania, “cites genetic engineering, vaccination and climate change” as potential victims of flawed narratives, when controversy about those subjects tends to track political party lines (as does evolution). The authors also repeat the myth that science is a “self-correcting process’ (see 8 Feb 2016, 24 April 2016, and 6 Jan 2018). National Geographic had to own up to its racism to begin to address it. In the same way, Big Science has to own up to its crises, not excuse them as mere “narratives.”Postpublication peer review: A crucial tool (Science). Another example to prove that the science crisis is not a mere ‘dust-up’ or exaggeration is found in Science, where Gregory Isaac Peterson advocates post-publication peer review as a solution to many problems with the current peer review system.The current peer-review model used throughout science is not perfect. Whether it be the result of poor experimental design, accident, or academic misconduct, publication of irreproducible, incorrect, or fabricated results occurs more frequently than it should [check Retraction Watch for recent examples]. This leads not only to a waste of precious time and financial resources as scientists try to replicate or build on flawed research but also to damage to the reputation of science and to much larger societal impacts (such as the loss of public trust in science and loss of federal funding).One reason Peterson gives for the disparity between the ideal and the real concerns human nature. “This disparity likely stems from the reality that overworked scientists do not have time for activities that provide little to no recognition.” The comment shows that scientists are not robots cranking out knowledge for its own sake. A human being’s desire for recognition cannot be ignored.Scientific misconduct harms prior collaborators (Phys.org). Guilty scientists don’t just hurt their own reputations; they hurt everyone who worked with them. The case of Viswat Jit Gupta (see commentary below) illustrates the point. Prof. Katrin Hussinger of the University of Luxembourg warns scientists that they must choose their collaborators carefully lest their own reputations suffer if someone is accused of misconduct later through “guilt by association.”“The results of the study are worrisome,” explained Prof. Hussinger. “Our research shows that guilt by association stretches back to projects prior to the fraud case and thereby to unsuspecting and uninvolved co-workers.“Another related worry, Hussinger points out, is that the fear of guilt by association could lead to under-reporting of fraud. “Knowing that they might be penalised for mere association might make researchers think twice before speaking out,” she says. Who knows, therefore, how much fraud is really going on? The solution cannot come from method or phenomena; it is a matter of personal moral choices. “Trust is a crucial aspect of communicating science and conveying research results to the public,” she says. “The ripple effects of one misconduct case can put at risk the reputation of a much larger group of scientists and even institutions.”How, exactly, did “trust” evolve, Dr. Hussinger? Nowhere is the reality of crisis better seen than in articles about Darwinian evolution. In his book Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries, Dr. Jerry Bergman documents dozens of unbelievable frauds—some of them recent—that fooled all the leading scientists of their day, not just laypeople who received “defective narratives” from the press. For instance, he shows how Professor Viswat Jit Gupta so messed up the field of Himalayan stratigraphy using fake fossils in the 1990’s to 2000’s that the field may never be able to clean up the mess (pp 78-81). In his last 25 years, he published some 300 papers in major journals, “all of which are now in doubt, as also are some of the numerous papers based, in part, on Gupta’s research.” Science often proceeds by citing papers. This dishonest individual planted fossils from museums in strata, lied about where they were found, and committed other acts of fraud. Because of one man’s misconduct, all his collaborators are also tainted. Gupta’s papers are not the only ones in doubt. How many scientists relied on his ‘research’ and cited his papers as trustworthy?Some frauds or just errors have escaped detection for decades, even centuries. Remember that Piltdown Man fooled the world’s experts for 40 years. National Geographic posted numerous cover stories about human evolution, particularly those about the work of Louis and Mary Leakey, for decades that are no longer believed. What current frauds and forgeries, yet to be revealed, are misleading scientists and the public about evolution? Evolutionists had better get out of the hoax of Darwinian evolution now. It has the potential for a colossal meltdown that may tarnish the reputation of science forever.last_img read more

Novice surfer masters a pro move: Punching a shark to escape

first_imgA British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a YouTube video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.“So when it happened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry told Nine Network television. “So Mick, if you’re watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much.”Fry, 25 and a surfing beginner, was in the water with three doctor friends when he was attacked off AvocaBeach, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of SydneyFEATURED 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 shutout“I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me,” Frysaid.“I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at me friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in,” he added.Fry said he wasn’t conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.“I didn’t really notice it at the time because when you’re surfing, all I’m thinking was: ‘I’m about to die. I’m literally about to die,’” Fry said.“So I thought … ‘get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life,’” he added.Fry’s friends drove him to Gosford Hospital, where they all worked, to be treated. The beach was closed for 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lifeguards spotted the 3-meter (10-foot) shark that attacked Fry close to shore and would use drones on Tuesday to check that it had left the area, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but “after then, I’ll be racing to get back in.”Fanning was competing at the J-Bay Open in South Africa two years ago when he was knocked off his board by a shark yet escaped unscathed. The video of the attack and Fanning speaking about it has been viewed more than 24 million times on YouTube. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump hopes swift return of UCLA players detained in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES In this image made from video, surfer Charlie Fry is interviewed as he talks about being attacked by a shark at Avoca Beach, Australia, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Fry, a novice surfer, mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. (Channel 9 Australia via AP)CANBERRA, Australia — A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more