“Both the national government andprovincial government directives did not exempt coal exports from therestrictions. SMPC needs to show their legal basis for the continuation ofthese exports to show they are not in violation of these restrictions,”she further said. Antique lone district representative Loren Legarda seeks an explanation from the Semirara Mining and Power Corporation about the alleged entry of Chinese vessels to Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique amid lockdown. According to her, there had already been seven vessels in the island since last month. ABS-CBN NEWS “The export of coal from Semirarato the Chinese at this time is not an essential industry. So, why is there a needfor Chinese vessels? This important question begs for an answer. The welfare ofmy people is paramount,” Legarda said. MANILA – The Semirara Mining and PowerCorporation (SMPC) should give an explanation about the alleged entry ofChinese vessels to Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique amid the declaration of alockdown in the area, according to the province’s lone district representativeLoren Legarda. Legarda said in a statement on April 22 that there had been already sevenvessels since last month inspected by the Bureau of Quarantine, Bureau ofCustoms and Bureau of Immigration in the island.In January, Legarda added that she already gave a recommendation to temporarilydisallow the entry of Chinese vessels in Antique.She also questioned the legal basis of the exportation of coal during thiscoronavirus disease 2019 crisis. “I cannot reassure my constituentsthat all measures taken are sufficient until I have all the information I needfrom the company. Even the local governments are not clear on the protocolsthey follow,” the former senator added. Legarda has been contacting theofficials of SMPC for an explanation. Earlier this week, Save Antique Movementreleased photos and video footage on social media showing ships it claimed tobe Chinese vessels docking in the port of Semirara Island./PN
ATCHISON, Kan. – The Tag Team Challenge special, newly-sanctioned Atchison County Raceway’s first event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, will be held Sunday, April 17.IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier while IMCA Stock Cars have a top check of $750.Extra money – $1,000 for the Modifieds and $500 for the Stock Cars – will be paid to the two-car teams with top point totals determined from qualifying and main event finishes.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points, but not local track points, will be awarded.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are 6:30 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $6 for kids ages 6-11 and free for ages five and under.More information about the Tag Team Challenge, postponed from this weekend because of cool temperatures, is available by calling 913 370-2520.First local track points will be given at Atchison on Friday, April 29.
The London Legacy Development Corporation took the decision to hand West Ham the long-term lease and its chair of the budget and performance committee John Biggs admitted a second deal with Spurs would be beneficial to the company. “The government has cut funding to the LLDC, so it’s pretty clear that it would welcome an approach from Tottenham, as the income generated would be a boost,” he said. “Retro-fitting a roof to the Olympic Stadium is an expensive exercise and Londoners will have to foot the cost of any overruns. The Olympic Stadium is a good option for Spurs fans and for taxpayers – although West Ham may have something to say about it – but I’m sure it would be possible to come to a ground-sharing agreement.” Press Association Sport understands that the Hammers would not just have a say on the matter, they would in fact need to approve any agreement that may be struck with London rivals Tottenham to utilise the Olympic Stadium – although it is believed the Hammers have yet to be approached with any such deal. The other serious options available to Tottenham appear to be stadium:mk, home of the MK Dons, and Wembley bu t even a move to the national stadium would be fraught with potential snags. With the venue restricted to 37 events per year due to their contract with Brent Council, the number of games Tottenham could host there would be lowered due to existing football commitments as well as concerts and other events. There have been over 30 events already at the stadium in 2014 so, if a similar scenario occurred in 2017, there would be severe limitations for Tottenham games. A possible scenario could see Spurs play the majority of their games at stadium:mk with their bigger, most appealing fixtures, played out at Wembley – similar to Saracens, who play their bigger European rugby ties at the stadium. Press Association West Ham have the power to prevent their Olympic Stadium home being shared with Tottenham for the 2017-18 season, Press Association Sport understands. The Hammers have been awarded a 99-year lease to become anchor tenants of the landmark London 2012 venue and are set to leave Upton Park for the 54,000-seater stadium in August 2016. But, with news that Tottenham’s own new stadium will not be ready for the 2017-18 season, they are now looking for an alternative temporary home – and the Olympic site is believed to be on a shortlist of possible solutions.
With an undefeated regular season behind them, the Liverpool boys bowling team fully expected the same kind of success when it traveled to Utica’s Pin-O-Rama for Sunday’s Section III championships.Yet the Warriors never could get on track, ultimately setting for third place in Division I (large schools) and Class A behind Baldwinsville and Oswego as Cicero-North Syracuse claimed fifth place.During the first two games, Liverpool posted solid totals of 1,036 and 1,050, but B’ville went 1,083 and 1,107 in those games to grab a lead it would never relinquish.The third game accentuated those differences, with the Warriors scoring 933 and the Bees 1,091 to go into the break at 3,281, Liverpool having to make up a 262-pin deficit in the afternoon session to win.Some of it did got away, the Warriors using the next two games of 1,049 and 978 to move into second place, but it fell back to 943 in the final game.B’ville won with a pinfall of 6,294. Liverpool, at 5,989, was 55 pins behind Oswego, who ended up second at 6,044 and posted the lone 300 game of the day from Eric Carson in the opener.Liverpool’s best individual series came from Devin Roberson, who peaked with a 243 in the fourth game and finished 24tth overall with a pinfall of 1,232.Zak Ormsby finished with games of 227 and 238 on his way to a 1,214 series, just ahead of Josh Winzens, whose 218 and 239 started a 1,202 series. Deacon Roberson had a 1,173 series with an opening game of 247 as Brandon Davis shot a 221 second game as part of a 1,168 set.C-NS started with games of 1,023 and 1,030, but never matched those totals the rest of the way. Instead, the Northstars were steady, finishing the morning session with 943 before afternoon games of 969, 952 and 960.The 5,877 pinfall left C-NS in fifth as Whitesboro took fourth place with 5,953, but Tyler Dottolo, helped by a 10-strike second game of 279, finished at 1,279 for seventh among individuals as B’ville’s Tanner Rozyczko (1,450) edged Central Square’s Dimiti Queior (1,423) for the top spot.J.J. O’Connell started with a 258 and, while not maintaining that pace, still finished 21st with a 1,245 series. Landon Spingler’s 222 highlighted a 1,163 series as Nick Wentworth got a 224 in his 1,142 series. Kyle Patterson shot 891 for five games.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingC-NSliverpool
Published on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com Comments Year in Sports: Part 1 of 9For Doug Marrone and the contingent of Syracuse players on the field at Rutgers, this scene was special. Following SU’s 13-10 win at Rutgers on Nov. 13, this group had ensured the Orange’s first bowl appearance since 2004.Seniors rejoiced. Four — maybe five — years of work finally paid off. Players bowled their helmets. After the game, SU’s head coach Marrone stood proudly at the podium to deliver his postgame press conference. His goal had been met.But for Athletic Director Daryl Gross, the work was just beginning before the program would eventually accept an invitation to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium.That’s because Syracuse’s return to a bowl game meant a return to a system in which financial deficits are commonly a consequence of participating in a bowl game. It’s a system Jake Crouthamel, SU’s athletic director from 1978 to 2005, knew well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘People don’t realize the huge amount of expense there is,’ Crouthamel said. ‘You’re taking the band, you’re taking cheerleaders, you’re taking some faculty members and administrators, you’re paying bonuses to coaches, you’re paying bonuses to some of the staff members, and your commitment to tickets can’t possibly all be sold.‘It’s really a major undertaking and it’s more red ink — as if we need more red ink.’Crouthamel said bowl games often ended up losing Syracuse University money. That was the case in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl. That bowl game, which ended in a 51-14 loss to Georgia Tech, was the last time the Orange had played in a bowl game prior to the Pinstripe Bowl.But in the Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl, which the Orange won 36-34 over Kansas State, the university came close to balancing its expenses and revenue after the Big East conference distributed payouts to the six Big East football teams that played in a bowl, Gross said.‘We are happy to have been in a bowl game. It is a reward for a great season. The expenses and payout for the bowl are almost equal. We do foresee a small profit, which will be reinvested in the program as we continue its resurgence,’ Gross said in a statement.During a Feb. 9 University Senate meeting, Gross said the football team received a little more than $1 million by attending the Pinstripe Bowl, but ticket allotment and team expenses lowered that amount.Crouthamel said bowl revenue is always put back into the program to aid in overcoming the deficit of the program. ‘Anything extra that an athletic program can generate goes back into the program to cover the red ink,’ he said.SU’s athletic department declined to provide financial information pertaining to the football team’s appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl. As a private institution, the university isn’t required to release financial data. Pinstripe Bowl officials also declined to provide financial figures for this article.For Crouthamel, the costs of playing in non-BCS bowls have been overwhelming in the past and remain overwhelming today. But it would be hard to justify changing the current bowl system.‘It’s difficult to say let’s get rid of the system because, from a financial standpoint, the coaches don’t suffer, the staff doesn’t suffer, but the program suffers,’ he said.Crouthamel said SU was lucky financially to be invited to the Pinstripe Bowl.‘That’s a bus ride down there for the team instead of getting on an airplane and flying cheerleaders and band members and everybody else down there,’ he said. ‘That was a godsend from an expense standpoint.’Kansas State ended up making $125,089 from the bowl game, according to KSU’s 2010-11 Institutional Bowl Expenses report. Kansas State had to absorb 219 tickets while the Big 12 conference failed to sell 82 of its allotted tickets, for a total expense of $35,155.Kansas State’s total bowl expenses were $1,348,511. The university received an expense allowance from the Big 12 of $1,473,600, made up of an appearance fee and travel allowance.The Big 12 and Kansas State received a lower ticket allotment than the Big East for the Pinstripe Bowl because of Syracuse’s proximity to New York City, said Kenny Lannou, Kansas State’s director of athletic communications.‘We broke even pretty much, and I think that’s the case for most of the bowls outside the BCS,’ Lannou said. ‘I think the exposure, the experience, and then from a football standpoint, to get back to the postseason for recruiting and then the extra practices, I think it outweighs the cost.’Big East payoutAlthough the Pinstripe Bowl had a payout of $2 million to each of the participating schools, the SU football team never saw the money.The Big East shares all of its postseason revenue, a common trait among many of the country’s conferences. The payouts from each of the bowls are pooled together before being allocated to the teams that play in bowls. In the 2010-11 bowl season, six teams from the Big East took part in bowl games. Regardless of a win or loss in the bowl, both teams receive the same payout.The athletic directors of the Big East’s member schools agree on a preset amount the school will be paid for appearing in its respective bowl to cover its expenses, said Nick Carparelli, senior associate commissioner of the Big East. By having preset amounts, the conference may end up giving certain schools more money than the payout of the school’s bowl game, which helps to alleviate the issue of schools losing money by participating in bowl games.‘One of the philosophies behind being in a conference is that the conference as a whole generates greater revenue than any one school could generate on its own,’ Carparelli said.Each bowl team gets an appearance fee and a travel allowance from the Big East included in the payout. SU received a total of $1.6 million from the Big East, which is less than the $2 million Pinstripe Bowl payout. That payout included a $1.5 million appearance fee and a $100,000 travel allowance, Carparelli said.The teams know in advance what their payout will be, so they know if their spending will go under or over budget, he said.‘If they want to stay within the budget and make a little extra or if they come in under budget, that’s their business. If they want to spend more than their appearance fee for a given reason, that’s their prerogative as well,’ he said.The $1.5 million appearance fee given to Syracuse was the second largest fee allocated by the Big East this bowl season, trailing only Connecticut’s fee of about $2 million.West Virginia, which played in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 28, received a $1.3 million appearance fee and an approximately $200,000 travel allowance from the Big East, said John Paquette, associate commissioner of the Big East. The Champs Sports Bowl had a payout of $2.13 million.Paquette said the conference’s travel allowance given out to its bowl teams ends up being between $100,000 to $300,000, depending on how far the school has to travel.Pittsburgh, which participated in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 8, received an appearance fee of $1.1 million and a travel allowance of around $150,000 from the conference, Paquette said. The Compass Bowl had a combined payout of $1.5 million.E.J. Borghetti, senior associate athletic director at Pittsburgh, said in an email the rewards of playing in a bowl game outweigh the financial considerations. Some of these rewards are increased national exposure, a chance to play teams from different conferences and additional practice time.‘Even lower-profile bowls are televised by national networks,’ Borghetti said. ‘That benefits recruiting, alumni relations and the overall visibility of your program.’Ticket allotmentAnother concern of the bowl process is the ticket requirement every bowl places on participating schools.‘One of the obligations that a school has in accepting an invitation to a bowl game is to bring its fans,’ Carparelli said. ‘In every bowl agreement, there’s a ticket commitment that’s involved, and if a school sells all their tickets, then that’s a positive for a lot of reasons. If they don’t, the school is on the hook for the tickets they have not sold.’Connecticut was on the hook for 14,729 unsold tickets of the 17,500 it was allotted by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, according to the university’s 2010-11 Institutional Bowl Expenses report, meaning it had to absorb $2,924,385 in ticket expenses. When added to the university’s other expenses — including travel, lodging and meal expenses for the team, staff, band and cheerleaders — Connecticut ended up with a total of $4,280,998 in expenses.‘I think our ticket sales would’ve been increased if we were in a bowl that was a little closer,’ said Mike Enright, associate director of athletics at Connecticut. ‘Obviously Phoenix is far away and is an expensive place to fly to.’Despite playing in the Fiesta Bowl, which has a payout of $17 million, Connecticut was given an expense allowance from the Big East of $2,523,200. By participating in the Fiesta Bowl, Connecticut ended up losing more than $1.7 million.‘It’s really not the BCS’ concern on whether individual schools make or lose money on their games,’ said Paquette, the associate commissioner of the Big East.Although Connecticut lost money in the Fiesta Bowl, Enright said it was worth playing in the game to gain exposure for the football program and the university.After paying all of its bowl teams, the Big East takes the remainder of its BCS money and funds from its television contract and splits it up into eight equal shares — one for each Big East football member, Paquette said. The equal revenue share for each conference team has been reported as between $2 million to $2.5 million per school, he said.From the 2010-11 bowl games, the Big East received a net BCS revenue of $21.2 million as a conference with an automatic bid to the BCS. The conference had approximately $30 million in funds before the 2010-11 bowl payouts were allocated among the bowl-participating teams. Then the remainder was split into equal revenue shares to each Big East school, Paquette said.Champion in the redThe scene in Glendale, Ariz., was similar to the Syracuse postgame field celebration at Rutgers — on a much larger scale. After Auburn won the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 10, the program collectively rejoiced after it was surrounded by a scandal during the season.But in the current bowl system, Auburn lost more than $600,000 in the game.Auburn was allotted 17,400 tickets, according to Auburn’s 2010-11 Institutional Bowl Expenses report. The school had to absorb 2,456 unsold tickets, an expense of $781,825. When added to the university’s other expenses, Auburn spent a total of $2,901,706.The BCS National Championship Game had a payout of $17 million. But Auburn’s conference, the Southeastern Conference, pools its bowl revenue together and then splits it into 13 shares, said Scott Carr, senior assistant athletic director at Auburn. One share is given to each of the conference’s 12 teams, and the other goes to the league office, he said.Auburn received an expense allowance of $2,287,600 from the SEC, which failed to cover its more than $2.9 million in expenses.Similarly, in the Western Athletic Conference, each school’s bowl payout goes to the conference, and then the WAC gives each bowl team an expense allowance, said Mike Waller, associate athletic director at Boise State.‘We want the conference to be as successful as possible,’ Waller said. ‘If there’s money made or saved by the expenses of a bowl, then everybody in the conference helps share in that luxury.’But Boise State lost money in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22, which had a payout of $1 million. Boise State had to absorb 3,059 tickets, an expense of $168,245, according to the university’s 2010-11 Institutional Bowl Expenses report.Boise State’s total expenses for the bowl game were $585,603. The university was given only a $375,000 expense allowance from the WAC. At Boise State, like so many schools under the system, it’s only about breaking even.‘I would say that at Boise State, we try our best to break even,’ Waller said. ‘We’re pretty good at breaking even on what the conference gives us. If we’re in a BCS game, like the Fiesta Bowl, then that’s a different story because the payout is so much larger. But in a non-BCS game, we attempt very strongly just to break even.’firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Kayla Alexander snatched a rebound, cleared space from undersized Cornell defenders and effortlessly laid the ball up and into the basket.Alexander’s putback with 17:00 remaining gave the Orange a 23-point lead. Syracuse (3-0) never looked back, dominating Cornell (2-2) on the boards Friday night en route to an 80-35 blowout win at Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY. After getting outrebounded 18-17 in the first half, SU turned that stat around after halftime. Syracuse snagged 30 rebounds compared to 12 for CU in the second half.The Orange ended up outrebounding Cornell 47-30, enabling SU to pile on 49 points in the second half and come away with the convincing 45-point win.“I thought we started the game off slow,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “At halftime, I challenged them. I said we have to care and make sure we’re physical and aggressive.”Syracuse heard that message loud and clear.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexander crashed the glass with authority in the second half, as Syracuse’s lead continued to skyrocket.After her shot rolled around the rim and out with 9:14 to go in the game, Alexander grabbed yet another rebound, her 11th of the game. She converted on a jumper moments later, giving Syracuse a 58-24 advantage.The Ontario native finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. After Alexander only scored four points in the first half, Hillsman said his team made a conscious effort to get her the ball in the low post.“I think early a few times she was open and they weren’t getting her the ball,” Hillsman said. “That was tough, so we made sure every time she was open she got a touch.”Along with Alexander, junior Shakeya Leary dominated on the glass, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass. Hillsman looked for Leary to be aggressive and assert herself inside the paint, and she did just that.She finished 7-for-9 from the field, providing Syracuse with rebounding prowess off the bench. Despite her intensity and productivity, Leary was a bit too aggressive at times. Her minutes were limited in the second half due to foul trouble, and she eventually fouled out with 15 seconds to go.“Shakeya was strong,” Hillsman said. “If she wasn’t in foul trouble she probably would have had a really big game.”Alexander and Leary’s mammoth effort on the boards was the difference Friday night. Cornell was outmatched size-wise and couldn’t contain the 6-foot-4 inch Alexander and 6-foot-3 inch Leary.Cornell forwards Clare Fitzpatrick and Kristina Danielak, both 6 foot 1, had difficulty matching the physicality and length of Alexander and Leary.After starting the game 0-for-5 and not scoring a field goal until the 14:22 mark, Syracuse was out of whack offensively. Then, everything started to click, as the Orange began to rebound the ball and get easy layups.Leary got the offense going by corralling an offensive rebound and getting fouled on a shot attempt. She went to the line and drilled two free throws.From that point on, rebounding became contagious for Syracuse, particularly in the second half.Syracuse travels to St. Joseph’s to face the Hawks Tuesday Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. The Orange will look to dominate on the boards yet again, this time against a bigger, more formidable team from a rebounding standpoint.“Night-in and night-out we just need to continue to just pound the ball inside and play in the paint,” Hillsman said. Comments Published on November 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo © Ladies Football Facebook Tipperary Ladies Minor Footballers suffered defeat at the hands of Cork in Bansha this afternoon.The Rebelettes clocked up a goal and 4 points within the opening six minutes and went on to lead 1-10 to 5 points at half time.Tipperary fought back and found the back of the opposition’s net early in the second half but failed to capitalise on a number of chances and it ended Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-06
The event is supported by; SPAR, Fine Gentlemenâ€™s Shoes and Efficacy Construction Company. He also thanked the EXCOs of VGC led by Segun Ladega and the management team led by Vaughan Edwards for their continued support for the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2nd edition of the VGC Basketball Championship has been slated to dunk off from July 15th through August 6th, 2017 at the Estateâ€™s court in Victoria Garden City, Lagos.Host of the event, Siji Sowonola, said at the weekend that this year’s tournament would surpass the successes recorded in the maiden edition in all ramification.This time five teams would be competing over four-week period to determine this year’s winner.A successful draft for team selection was held on Saturday,June 24 led by the captains of the teams involved in the championship. They include; Dipo Adediran, Peter Adebayo, Efa Owizo, Siji Sowonola and John Itsukwi.The Commissioner of the championship, Gerald Solomon, has asked players participating in the competition to make the event a fun-filled and interesting one in the spirit of respect, brotherly-love and friendship.
Tottenham had endured a hugely disappointing Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus in midweek and still seemed to be reeling as they struggled in the opening 10 minutes.Junior Stanislas had already hit the bar with a clear chance before he opened the scoring by firing low into the far corner just seven minutes in.Kane did have the ball in the net when he collided with Asmir Begovic just before the half-hour mark, but the offside flag had already been raised.And much worse was to come for the visitors when Kane failed to return as he limped away to protect the same right ankle that saw him spend two short spells on the sidelines last season.Spurs didn’t wallow for long, though, as just a minute after Erik Lamela replaced Kane, they levelled when Dele Alli steered home Serge Aurier’s excellent cross.The visitors always looked the likelier side to score after half-time and Son continued his scintillating form by acrobatically turning home Alli’s cross.And with Bournemouth pushing for an equaliser, the South Korean had acres of space to run through and slot home his 18th goal of the season three minutes from time.Indeed, only a super save from Begovic denied Son his hat-trick moments later.But the Bournemouth ‘keeper was at fault as he parried Kieran Trippier’s cross into Aurier’s path, and the Ivorian headed home Spurs’ fourth in stoppage time.Earlier, Arsenal eased the mounting pressure on Arsene Wenger by easing past Watford for a first Premier League win for five weeks.Former Borussia Dortmund duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan again showed their fine relationship for the Gunners by teeing each other up to score in the second half after Shkodran Mustafi had headed the hosts into the lead.Watford could have got back into the game at 2-0, but Troy Deeney saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech.That was a sweet moment for the home fans, as Deeney had questioned Arsenal’s heart when the Hornets won the corresponding fixture in October.“We have had a disappointing period and our supporters suffered like we suffered,” said Wenger.“But our job is to perform and stick together in important moments and get the fans back on side.”It was the first spot-kick the Czech ‘keeper had savedÂ in three yearsÂ with Arsenal and it ensured he also became the first man to register 200 clean sheets in the Premier League.“It is an unbelievable personal milestone, but the most important thing is to win and so it was defeats that were more frustrating,” said Cech.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Son Heung-Min ensured Tottenham Hotspur did not pay a heavy price for an ankle injury suffered by Harry Kane as he scored twice in a win 4-1 at Bournemouth yesterday.Spurs move above Liverpool into third in the Premier League, but it was a bittersweet victory with concerns over Kane’s fitness for both club and country.Elsewhere, Arsenal were also comfortable 3-0 winners over Watford at the Emirates Stadium to snap a run of three straight Premier League defeats.
PLANTATION, Florida – How do you enjoy your favorite reds without the self-consciousness associated with red wine teeth stains? Here’s the scoop on dental discoloration so you can take the right steps to maintain your pearly whites.Why Red Wine StainsStrong pigments in red wine are instant stain-makers for porous surfaces like your teeth. These pigments, called chromogens, give it that deep, intense hue, and leave their mark on your teeth after just a few sips. The nature of enamel plays a big part in this process.Enamel isn’t perfectly smooth. It has small cracks and irregularities, and pigmentation from red wine will settle in them.”The acid and tannins contained within red wine, however, are the main contributors to staining. Wine is an acidic beverage – much like coffee, tea and soda – so it promotes enamel erosion that makes it easier for chromogens to soak into your smile. Tannins, the astringent compounds that create the dry-mouth texture of wine, also bind to the teeth, encouraging pigment to latch on.This doesn’t mean you have to avoid red wine. Red wine has long been touted for its health benefits, some of which include reduced risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It also may lower your susceptibility to heart disease and offer protection against Alzheimer’s. So, before you switch to white, keep in mind there’s a lot you can do to lessen staining in the short term and ensure a white smile for life.Brush and Floss before Pouring a Glass –Stains cling to the film of plaque on your teeth, so a thorough brushing and flossing before drinking red wine is a good personal rule to uphold. By properly removing new plaque and food residue from your teeth before an indulgent meal you can minimize your chances of staining. Cleaning your teeth on this type of schedule also cuts down on your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.Rinse Your Mouth Out Afterward –To help prevent red wine from lingering on your teeth, take a swig of water, which is generally a good habit while consuming any type of alcohol to keep you hydrated. You may think it makes sense to brush the wine off your teeth, as well, but enamel is more sensitive right after a meal. You should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to prevent this damage and let your enamel recalcify.Eat as you Drink –Consider noshing on cheese and crackers as you drink; this food can act as a barrier to the acid in red wine. Go with particularly fibrous foods that are low in sugar, such as broccoli, celery or hard cheeses – all of which can stimulate saliva flow and naturally scrub away drink stains.Use a Whitening Toothpaste –Whitening toothpastes work to remove surface stains on your teeth that naturally occur over time and prevent new red wine teeth stains from forming. It’s a good idea to use one if you’re concerned about keeping your smile bright this time of year. When the teeth are thoroughly clean, they have a better chance of picking up whitening agents effectively – so be sure not to skip your regular dental cleanings.If you want a more extensive whitening effect, of course, you may want to consider an at-home or professional treatment. Talk to your dentist before you use any non-paste whitening product, especially if you have a history of sensitive teeth or gums.As with most dental concerns, keeping your commitment to regular dental cleanings and exams can go a long way in preventing a permanent stain from an acidic drink or food you’ll want to enjoy on occasion. Do so with these tips in mind, and you won’t have to cut back on your favorite reds at such a wonderful time of the year.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.com