With Sky Bet offering rewarding odds of 7-1, it was another successful day for punters.With another Pocketts pick, Samcro, successful in the opening race at 8-11, it meant our resident tipster had found seven winners on the opening two days.Here are his day three tips – Remember, betting through Sky Bet provides supporters the insurance of money back as a free bet if your horse loses in the first race.PHIL’S TOP TIPS1.30pm: Terrefort, Shattered Love ew2.10pm: Glenloe, Delta Work ew2.50pm: Un de Sceaux, Cue Card ew3.30pm: Supasundae, The New One ew4.10pm: Move With The Times, Tully East ew4.50pm: Laurina, Maria’s Benefit ew5.50pm: Mall Dini, Squouateur ew
RUGBY LEAGUE: AROMA Coast put off the Amazon Bay boys chances of advancing to the next stage of the Hardware Haus Agarobe cup in the Central province premier league qualifying finals. The Aroma Coast team defeated their opponents 22 points to 12 at the Murray Barracks oval last Friday in Port Moresby. Aroma Coast have proven that they are determined to go all way to the grand should they maintain discipline on the field in the preliminary finals this Friday. Their class of speed and skill gave them the advantage over their brothers from the Abau. The scoreboard was opened by Aroma Coast when they registered two points from a penalty kick by Kolo Justin. This was all they needed to boost their performance as they put up defensive tackles and good offensive runs to pave way for a try from Mitchell Ibo. The conversion was successful putting the Aroma Coast in the lead with 8 points to Amazon Bay’s nil. Backliners Andrew Solo, Carlton Tony and Benny Mita covered their territory making it easy for Ibo, Morea Otau, Seida Robert and Rigolo Ravu to dictate the game. Prop forward David Illaáve crossed the line for another try which was successfully converted by Ibo. Amazon Bay hit back with their only try of the match, which was unconverted. At halftime, the Aroma Coast boys were leading 14 points to Amazon Bay’s 4 points. In the second half, Aroma Coast came out with all guns blazing when winger Walo Navu crossed over for a try. Another try from Carlton Tony stressed Aroma Coast’s lead to 22 points. Aroma Coast led the game in most of the second half, giving no room for Amazon Bay to catch up. However, the Abau boys did not bow down but were still in contention with tries from centre and lock Kerepo Leo as they went down 22-12 at full time. Those stood up for Amazon Bay were Sheddrick Blem, Kaioko Bua and Leo. Aroma Coast will now play against Goilala in the preliminary final this Friday. In the first A grade qualifying final match, Rigo held off Hiri West in a tough match. Both teams showed alot aggression throughout the full 60 minutes with solid runs up front and good distribution in the back line. They went in to extra time when the score line saw them locked at 12 points apiece. Rigo triumphed over their Motuan brothers 18-12 to advance to face Koiari in the preliminary final. In the Under 20’s qualifying finals, Koiari defeated Rigo 22- 6 and Hiri West defeated Goilala 14-4. -By KILA NAO
WASHINGTON | A major new study shows treating high blood pressure more aggressively than usual cuts the risk of heart disease and death in people over age 50, the National Institutes of Health said Friday.How tightly to control hypertension is controversial, especially as people get older. But the study’s preliminary results showed strong enough benefits that NIH stopped the research about a year early.“More intensive management of high blood pressure in people 50 years and older can save lives and reduce cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks,” said Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which sponsored the study.An estimated 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, raising the risk of heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. Normal blood pressure is less than a measurement of 120 over 80. High blood pressure is diagnosed once that measurement reaches, or passes, 140 over 90. Only about half of the nation’s hypertension patients have their blood pressure under control.But how low should their blood pressure be? Guidelines are mixed but generally have recommended getting that top number — called the systolic pressure — to about 140 in otherwise healthy adults, and to 130 in patients who also have kidney disease or diabetes.The new study suggests lower may be better.Starting in 2010, the SPRINT study — the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial — enrolled more than 9,300 people 50 and older who were deemed at increased risk for heart or kidney disease.Half received an average of about two medications with the goal of lowering their systolic pressure below 140. The other half received an average of three medications with the goal of getting below 120.The patients who reached that lower level saw their risk of death drop by almost 25 percent compared to the less aggressively treated patients, the study investigators said. Their rates of cardiovascular problems dropped by almost 30 percent.It’s too early to know if this one study might change current guidelines. Hypertension patients who don’t have their blood pressure that low today should discuss their care with their doctors, researchers advised.“We need to avoid having patients jump on it and demand that their blood pressure be normalized. That would be premature,” cautioned Dr. Suzanne Oparil of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the study investigators.Researchers wouldn’t give precise numbers of deaths and other complications, information expected when the full study results are published by year’s end. Nor did they provide information on side effects except to say that the study’s safety monitors weighed that information in advising NIH that the benefits were strong enough to stop it early.Researchers will continue to track the SPRINT participants to see if kidney disease, cognitive function and dementia also were affected by more aggressive care.