Joint partnering efforts in U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise reach record donations for the Dominican Republic humanitarian civic assistance

first_img From April through June 2014, thousands of patients received general and specialized care as part of the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Beyond the Horizon 2014 (BTH) exercise in Barahona, Dominican Republic. U.S. Southern Command’s Partnering Directorate coordinated with governmental and non-governmental agencies to provide humanitarian civic assistance in the form of medical and dental care and engineering expertise to the local community. As the executive agent, U.S. Army South in partnership with the Dominican Republic, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru militaries, conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETE) and an All Dental Readiness Training Exercise (DENTRETE), providing evaluations and health services including – pediatrics, dentistry, gynecology, geriatrics, ophthalmology, and nutritional counseling. CitiHope International’s (CHI) Caribbean Regional Director, Tim Tuccelli said, “This MEDRETE is one of the most amazing operations in terms of efficiency, in getting over 500 people per day channeled into individual departments where their needs are met at the primary care level.” Tuccelli added, “CitiHope International is also able to assist in ensuring that they’ll have the medicines in the future, as we stay on after the MEDRETE to ensure that the medical clinics that have been built will still have formulary, medical supplies, and fortified foods for the region for years to come.” CHI and the Dominican Institute for Integral Development (IDDI) provided sixty on-site translators for the medical and dental care professionals; and are working closely with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health through the Heal a Nation [Sanar una Nación] alliance to assist patients with supplementary needs. By Dialogo August 01, 2014 i would like talk with the Gen. Kenneth Tovo.I think that he is an Interesting man. Heal a Nation, is a growing public-private partnership developed by a coalition of leading Dominican businesses, CHI, the Ministry of Health, Dominican and U.S. military leaders, healthcare institutions, local and international NGOs, and community-based groups that support the logistics for procurement, delivery, and distribution of donated goods in the Dominican Republic. BTH Dominican Republic 2014 received over $4M in donations from non-governmental organizations and the private sector, over the course of the exercise. Heal a Nation partners – Fundacion Rica, IDDI, Children of the Nations, Grupo Rica, Banco Popular Domincano, and Grupo Ramos; and NGOs – Food for the Poor, Midwest Mission Distribution Center, and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach together provided translation services, school equipment, preventative medicine training, and fortified foods. “I would like to extend our deep appreciation for [Heal a Nation] Sanar una Nación’s continuing commitment of sustainable support of the health care needs in the region,” said Tuccelli. Since 2013, Heal a Nation has donated over $70M to credible health and educational institutions across the Dominican Republic including pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, and fortified foods, with about 25% going to assist citizen security throughout the Dominican Military, National Police and the Presidential Cabinet of Social Policy. BTH Dominican Republic is the largest NGO and private sector collaboration in a U.S. Southern Command hosted exercise. This year, contributions were so great, U.S. Southern Command was able to support activities beyond the original scope of the exercise – The U.S. military provided engineering expertise and assisted with the construction of four new classrooms at two schools in Barahona, new facilities at two existing medical clinics: Clinic Vicente Noble and Clinic Palo Alto, and an entirely new clinic, Clinic Invicea Villa, that will serve 1600 families in the region. U.S. Southern Command, NGO Relations Chief CDR Chris Cruz stated, “By working closely with NGOs and private sector partners, we’re able to achieve whole-of-society solutions to the challenges we face in the Caribbean and Latin America.” He added, “Whether it’s government or non-government, public or private, business or academic, our many partners are critical to success within a whole of society approach. It is through relationships established during important engagements like BTH that partnerships are made and cultivated. Separately, we all have limitations. But through partnering, we can accomplish great things.” At the closing ceremony on June 16, representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations reflected on the tremendous successes of the exercise. “This exercise clearly demonstrates how well joint, combined interagency partners can successfully come together to achieve common goals and objectives,” said U.S. Southern Command’s Military Deputy Commander Army Lieutenant General Kenneth Tovo. “Our goal was to improve the quality of life of the Dominican people,” said Tovo. “With your hard work, I believe we did just that.” last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds fill growing niche at Carter’s Mohave Valley Raceway

first_imgMOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. – Walt Carter was so sure the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds would find their niche at his new Mohave Valley Raceway in 1993 that he agreed to sanction the class knowing there weren’t even any local cars in the class at the time.More than two decades later, Mohave Valley is now the longest continuously sanctioned race track in Arizona. The 1/3-mile clay venue has averaged 23 Modified entries for its first seven every-other-Saturday night shows so far in 2015.“I met with (former IMCA president) Kathy Root, liked what she had to say, told her I was in it for the long haul and I’ve been sanctioned for 23 years,” said Carter, who prefers the title track owner and operator to that of promoter. “I jumped on early because I saw the value in what I call a spec car. I looked at the Modified as a division that wouldn’t be going away. I hitched my future to the IMCA Modified.”After managerial stints at Riverside International Raceway in California, which gave way to a housing development, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Carter built Mohave Valley from the ground up in 1992 and opened the following spring.Modified car counts were in the single digits during those early seasons but Carter stuck with the division, which developed into a local fan favorite.“The crowds like Modifieds. They’re a different kind of race car and more fun to watch from the fans’ standpoint,” he said. “IMCA Modifieds are pretty much my featured division. High-dollar traveling shows don’t pay the bills. Weekly shows have always been my bread and butter and always will be.”“I like the consistency of IMCA’s rules and that Modifieds are still affordable to so much of the racing public,” continued Carter. “We’ve got guys racing with 15-year-old cars and having just as much fun as the guys with the latest and greatest.”Mohave’s entry-level classes run on the Hoosier G60 tire and use IMCA’s 40-point system. Running every other week and closing during the scorching summer months – rather than lose money on the front gate – are ideas that have caught on with other tracks in the region.“Our schedule and our business are dictated by economics. I run what I think works and the fact that we’ve been here for 23 years proves that it does,” Carter stated. “It’s not rocket science. The hardest part of any business is that you’ve got to know your market, and you’ve got to have a good relationship with your customers.”Accomplishing both, he cautions, can’t be done overnight.“There is no instant success in this business. Running a race track is what I think of as a grind-out business. Some weeks you have good weeks, some weeks you don’t. You have to look at the big picture,” Carter said. “IMCA is built around the Saturday night track in a small market. The IMCA model works for me.”last_img read more

The Latest: SEC says COVID-19 situation needs to improve

first_imgThe team didn’t give any specific numbers but said the group that returned home included individuals who had tested positive for coronavirus after the team arrived in Florida last month. They have since tested negative in multiple follow-up tests. Those who recently tested positive remain isolated in their hotel rooms at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, where they will remain until cleared by medical officials to return to Texas. FC Dallas previously revealed that all players and staff tested negative for the coronavirus before leaving Texas for the tournament on June 27. Two players tested positive upon arrival and subsequent tests found eight more infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.The team plans to resume training at home later this week.___ Associated Press SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement afterward that it’s “clear that current circumstances related to COVID-19 must improve.”The Big Ten and Pac-12 have said they would only play conference schedules this fall in football and other sports. Sankey said SEC leaders “believe that late July will provide the best clarity for making the important decisions ahead of us.”The group met in the large Kramer-Moore Conference room to allow for social distancing. Other groups and individuals participated by videoconference.Among topics discussed were possible scheduling options for holding athletic competition this fall, along with game management at events.___ Army and Navy compete in the Patriot League in many sports, including basketball, but not in football. The Patriot League said Army and Navy are exempt from the fall sports cancellation, which also includes women’s soccer and volleyball.Athletes will be permitted to practice and train with coaches and in team facilities “provided health and safety conditions support such activities,” the conference said.___Swiss soccer club Zurich says it will field an under-21 team to try to save the season from being canceled because the first-team is isolating at home.Zurich’s game on Saturday was postponed because multiple players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. July 13, 2020 Men’s soccer players returned to campus last week and are undergoing initial screening before starting voluntary workouts.The release added that Kentucky has implemented proactive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic testing in response to evolving circumstances. Changing workouts have made social distancing and personal protective equipment more difficult to implement, the release said, forcing the change to also align with the campus plan released last month. Forty-one student athletes and 21 staffers from those three programs participated in PCR testing. One student-athlete provided documentation of self-testing.All 108 football players currently working out and 58 staff members participated in PCR testing last week with zero positives.___ Kansas State had two student-athletes from unspecified sports still in quarantine as the football program resumed its summer access program Monday following a series of positive tests for the new coronavirus.The Wildcats halted workouts on June 20 when 14 of 130 student-athletes tested positive. The football team’s return includes eight hours of weight training, conditioning and film work per week. The men’s and women’s basketball teams along with soccer and volleyball teams continue their voluntary summer workouts.___Some of the FC Dallas traveling party returned to Texas on Monday, a week after the team was withdrawn from the MLS is Back Tournament because 10 players tested positive for coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Southeastern Conference athletic directors met in person Monday at league headquarters in Alabama to discuss the prospects for a football season with COVID-19 cases spiking throughout much of the South. The team says five other Tier 1 individuals also missed the workout for the same reason. Tier 1, according to baseball’s 2020 operations manual, includes players and other on-field personnel.“Out of an abundance of caution, we think it makes sense for the six of us to wait for clarity,” Ross said in a release. “Situations like this have not been a worrisome indicator of a positive test result to date.”The Cubs say there should be “further clarity” later in the day.___The Atlantic Coast Conference has postponed its virtual Football Kickoff media event. More AP sports: and The Latest: SEC says COVID-19 situation needs to improve The National Junior College Athletic Association says it will not have a fall season and will instead attempt to play football and other sports in the spring. Men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball will also be moved to the spring. Winter sports, such as basketball, will be slated to start in January, with a majority of championship events moved from March to April.Major college football programs frequently recruit players from the top junior colleges, but without a fall season it will be more complicated for coaches at four-year colleges to evaluate those players.___North Carolina A&T says four student-athletes have tested positive for coronavirus since returning to campus on July 6. All four student-athletes are asymptomatic. The race was scheduled for Oct. 11. Organizers say registered participants are eligible for a refund or can defer their place and entry fee to the Chicago Marathon in 2021, 2022 or 2023.“Hope drives us as runners and as humans,” Carey Pinkowski, the executive race director of the Chicago Marathon, said in a release. “My hope was to see everyone on the start line on Sunday, October 11, but our highest priority has always been the safety of our participants and our volunteers.”Organizers say they are working on plans for a virtual experience “to recognize the dedication and commitment of everyone who would have taken part in the 43rd running” of the marathon.___The NHL says 43 players tested positive for the coronavirus from June 8 through the end of the league’s optional workouts. Sandoval disclosed his positive test Monday from the Angels’ summer camp, calling the virus “unlike anything I’d ever felt before.” He says he tested positive on June 22.Sandoval thinks he caught it while golfing with a friend,because he had been careful about being out in public for several weeks beforehand. He said he endured three days of body aches, chills and fever before his symptoms lessened. He rejoined the Angels last week.Sandoval went 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA last season as a rookie with the Angels, making three starts. He is among several candidates for a spot in the back end of the Halos’ rotation.___Chicago Cubs manager David Ross is skipping the team’s Monday morning workout because he is awaiting his completed result from his Saturday coronavirus test. The club says it will play Tuesday against third-place Basel by selecting young players from its backup roster.Zurich also has to play title contender Young Boys and St. Gallen and says it wanted to avoid the league being annulled.The 10 teams are already playing in midweek and on weekends to finish the season on Aug. 2 and meet a UEFA deadline for European competition entries. It is unclear when Zurich can play a re-scheduled game against Sion.Zurich is in sixth place but in contention to earn a Europa League entry by finishing fourth.___ The league says the event to preview each teams’ prospects heading into fall training camp is delayed until further notice. The three-day event was originally scheduled to be held beginning July 21.The ACC says future decisions and announcements will take place “at the appropriate time.”___The Patriot League has joined the Ivy League in canceling fall sports, including football, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division I conference says it has still not determined whether winter and spring sports competition will be held and that it will consider holding fall sports in the second semester. The Ivy League made a similar announcement last week. The Patriot League is the first conference in the Football Championship Subdivision that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision’s playoffs to suspend its season. If student-athletes have university housing and have tested positive, they are being isolated in a designated area on campus.N.C. A&T student-athletes who are living on campus live in groups of 8-10 people and also are conducting workouts in groups of that size.___Kentucky says three of 42 student-athletes initially screened from men’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer tested positive for past coronavirus infection through antibody testing. The school did not specify in a release which programs the positives came from. Those that tested positive were required to quarantine. That number announced Monday includes 30 who tested positive at team facilities and 13 the league is aware of who tested positive outside the league’s protocols for its Phase 2.The NHL opened Phase 3 Monday with the start of training camps for the 24-team playoffs, scheduled to open in two hub Canadian cities — Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta — on Aug. 1. Players had until Monday evening to elect to opt out of competition without penalty.All players who tested positive self-isolated. The NHL is not sharing names of the players who test positive or the teams involved.___Los Angeles Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval is back with the team after contracting coronavirus last month. One person has tested positive in the latest round of checks for COVID-19 on players and club staff in the English Premier League.The league says a total of 2,071 people were tested last week.The person has not been identified. ___The Chicago Marathon has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Statement on Arcelormittal South Africa

first_imgGovernment notes with disappointment the decision of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA) to retrench nearly 1 000 workers across the company and to close the Saldanha Works.This comes despite significant efforts by Government and public agencies to provide additional support to AMSA over the last few months, and to ensure a solution which would result in the elimination of job losses across the company and the continuation of the Saldanha Works.The recent efforts of Government are additional to extensive trade support which has been provided to the steel industry over the last few years to ensure protection from imports, including safeguards on imported hot rolled steel. In addition, Government has designated the steel industry to ensure that steel procured for infrastructure projects is locally produced.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel, met with the management of AMSA on several occasions during the last months to explore opportunities to save jobs and keep all of AMSA’s plants in operation. Most recently, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) together with the Department of Public Enterprises, Eskom and Transnet engaged with AMSA management on additional support which could be provided by Eskom and Transnet to reduce energy and logistics costs for the company and at Saldanha, in particular.In early October, the Ministry of Trade and Industry convened a meeting between AMSA and the leadership of both Solidarity and Numsa (together “organised labour) to expedite a dialogue towards reduced job losses. AMSA agreed to suspend the Section 189 consultation process to allow time for a facilitated engagement with Government and Organised Labour. To ensure appropriate engagement, Mr Patel appointed Mr Glen Cormack, an experienced part-time Commissioner with the CCMA, to meet with the engage the parties towards a viable solution.Minister Patel facilitated meetings with the management of Kumba, which supplies iron ore to AMSA, to obtain further concessional pricing for Arcelor Mittal from Kumba, which would provide additional cost relief.All parties met several times over October and early November, during which time commitment was sought so that AMSA could suspend its retrenchment process completely and keep the Saldanha Works in operation.The consequence of the expedited facilitation and dialogue initiated by National Government, secured commitments of half a billion in annualised savings, in addition to once off savings of more than R200 million and additional commitments from organised labour to fast-track discussions on enhanced productivity arrangements.Speaking on the side lines of the Brics Trade Ministers meeting in Brazil, Mr Patel noted:“The closure of Saldanha Works and retrenchment of workers at AMSA is a harsh blow to industrialisation in the country. This is particularly regrettable given the energy and efforts of National Government, SOEs, organised labour and others to provide support and savings to AMSA. These commitments follow significant tariff protection and localisation initiatives provided to protect the steel industry from the threat of imports.“We recognise the challenges presented to the steel industry globally from over-capacity. Our efforts are directed at maintaining a primary steel production capability in South Africa. We urge AMSA to continue to work with National Government and other social partners to reverse this decision and find solutions which can keep the Saldanha Works in operation, and workers in employment. If no solution is found with Arcelor Mittal, they should consider selling the plant to ensure the country does not lose industrial capacity and workers and communities are not displaced.”Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week #2 — Homan Farm, Auglaize County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Week two of Feeding Farmers, fall edition, took the Ohio Ag Net crew southeast of Grand Lake St. Mary’s to the Howard Homan Farm.The farm is a 200 cow dairy operation with around 700 acres of cropland, farmed and managed by Howard Homan and his three sons, Lee, Mark, and Darren.Along with the usual harvest activities this year, the farm is finishing construction on a new dry cow and heifer barn, plus a dry stack barn for manure storage.Watch the video below as Dale Minyo visits with Mark Homan on the operation that keeps he and his brothers quite busy.last_img

Glenn Harsh, Aug. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got rain over the weekend. Right here at the home farm where we really needed it the most we got three-quarters of an inch. It wasn’t a big cell that went through but it dropped quite a bit of water and the plants welcomed it. That perked things up quite a bit. Our home farm got the least out of the rain we had earlier in the week. It was about a half-inch and some of our other farms got .8-inch. We weren’t hurting but you don’t turn rain away in late July and early August.Things are coming along. The beans fields are at R5 or R6 and we found some frogeye. It was hot and the beans were showing some frogeye in the upper leaves. It was not at economic threshold by any means and with it being this late it is not that big of a concern. Spraying at this stage would not be an economic benefit. We found some leaves that had the most with 10% but there were other leaves at 1%, but it was definitely notable that it was out there. That field does not have a history of frogeye and it has good air flow so it must have blown in from somewhere. We are also looking for white mold and sudden death but really not seeing either of those.The corn is at milk to dough stage and the rain will definitely help set kernels and help the test weight and put those last kernels on the end of the ear. There is a pretty high chance for rains this week too and those could still help finish things out for the corn. There is a little gray leaf spot in the lower leaves and that certainly isn’t economic because it is below the ear leaf.We will be seeding cover crops in the next couple of weeks to get set up for next year.last_img read more

Hot weather hanging on this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAHot weather, possibly close to the hottest weather of the season is on tap yet this week. This should help make corn stalks brown up fast. However, with that heat, high dewpoints or moisture will also accompany the hot weather. This means soil drying will be slower than you would normally expect with high temperatures due to a limit on the evapotranspiration rate. The hot weather will be fueled in part by tropical activity in the Pacific Ocean driving storms into the Pacific Northwest into western Canada and a big high pressure over the eastern U.S. Rainfall will likely continue at or above normal into the start of September before some drying occurs. We do not see any early freeze conditions this year.September Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 2-4F above normalRainfall: Near normal (-0.5 to +0.5 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: NoneField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in soils so expect okay conditions for harvest except in lower areas that will likely remain wet.October Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 1-3 F above normalRainfall: Above (+0.5-+1.0 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: About normal timing from Oct. 10-20 rangeField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in the soils and with some rainy weather some challenges can be expected in harvest. Wettest conditions will be western half and northern areas driest east and southeast.The next two weeks of rainfall can be seen on attached image. Normal is about 0.75 inches per week. Normal for two weeks is about 1.5 inches and the weather models suggest the rainfall will average 1.25 to 3+ inches over Ohio for the next two weeks. The biggest rain threats the next two weeks will be over parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa where rainfall could top a half foot and create real wet soil conditions in those areas.last_img read more

Ear drop adding to harvest concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As corn harvest continues, albeit slowly, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling is getting some calls about ear drop situations after heavy corn borer pressures and moisture stress during the growing season. He talks with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about that issue and other problems that are coming with a delayed harvest in this week DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report

first_imgRobredo: 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 a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe original deal included the package of  Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Isaiah Thomas  (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard  due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatradeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik win gold at Commonwealth Wrestling

first_img(Eds: Adding more results)New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold as India won an impressive 59 medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.The freestyle wrestling team won 10 gold, seven silver and two mronze medals today as India returned with a total of 29 gold, 24 silver and 6 bronze medals from the championships.Besides Sushil, Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships today.Sakshi defeated New Zealands Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg womens freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullars via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.advertisementIn his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.Soon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.”Its a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind????,” an emotional Sushil tweeted after his win.Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India today were Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg). Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals, while the bronze medals went to Sonu (65kg) and Azrudeen (92kg). PTI SSC SSClast_img read more