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Phil & Terry battle for the Monthly Medals

first_imgIPGC golf from The HavenMonday, August 26, Mountain Shadow – StablefordCSS 721st Trevor Schirmer (13) 41pts2nd Al Rolnik (19) 39pts 3rd Hal Hart (19) 35pts4th Ben Jackson (15) 34pts5th Peter Koha (20) 31pts Under overcast but dry skies the week got off to a good start at the tricky Mountain Shadow layout that had originally been designed for players with 15 handicaps or less.  Although this is one of the shortest courses on the circuit it usually proves to be one of the most testing with its narrow fairways and extremely difficult greens.  It would appear however to hold little fear for at least some of the regulars as the scores turned out to be the best of the week, with even the fourth placed player outscoring the winners of the other two days.Ben Jackson.Trevor Schirmer took the top spot to dent Al Rolnik’s hopes for a long awaited win after they both returned their best scores for over two years, with Trevor proving the toughest over the front nine and ending the day two points better.Hal Hart continues to solidify his handicap level as he returned a one over handicap score to claim third spot just one ahead of Ben Jackson in fourth, with Peter Koha another three behind him for the last podium placement.As is fairly usual at Mountain Shadow, due to the severity of the par threes, there were no 2’s in the second division but very surprisingly there were three in the first division with Phil Groves, Ben Jackson and Trevor Schirmer all having one each.Before the presentations were made there was a welcome back for Alwyne Burley, whose score for the day had been badly affected by his strained shoulder occasioned after carrying back some 112 tins of Heinz baked beans and 8 kilos of Vegemite from Oz.  At least Hal Hart was glad to see his return, having lost six and half kilos in the two weeks that Alwyne had been absent having had to forego his lobster diet and subsist on mostly dry bread filled with the odd chip or two.There was also a welcome back for Mike Hill and a farewell for Toshihiko Aoki.Wednesday, August 28, Crystal Bay A & B – StablefordCSS 75 NC1st Ben Jackson (15) 33pts2nd Phil Groves (8) 33pts3rd Don Everett (19) 32pts4th Trevor Schirmer (13) 32pts5th Ian Tanner (20) 30ptsPhil Groves.After the successes of the previous outing there were many high hopes of an even better day at the always easier Crystal Bay where the A and B courses were the challenge.  But even with a ‘lift and place’ in the fairway ruling for the day, scoring was at a premium with the best being some eight shots more than Monday’s event.Some of the difference could be attributed to the wetness of the course, which affected the distance attained from the shots from the tee, but the pin placements were also a factor with hardly a one that could have been regarded as medium difficulty.Ben Jackson used all his available power to muscle the ball round and finished in first place after winning a count back over Phil Groves with a better 20 to 17 after a quiet opening nine, as Phil unfortunately put one in the water off tee on the par 5 seventeenth to finish with a scratch for the hole.Don Everett also had to win a count back, which he did with a better 17 to 16, to push Trevor Schirmer down to fourth and claim third place for himself.Ian Tanner took a little to long to warm up after an expansive supper the previous evening but a 21 point back nine saw him slip onto the last place on the day’s podium.Terry Hodgkiss.Once again there were no 2’s in either division as the green keeper had decided that the par threes were playing a little short and therefore sited the white tees on the blues positions for the day, which also contributed to the scores spiraling upwards.Back at The Haven there were farewells for Peter Koha, Ben Jackson and Ian Tanner who had all had some sort of success during their trip from Perth, with Ben taking the trophy for the best eclectic results, and all vowed to return a.s.a.p.Friday, August 30, Treasure Hill – Monthly MedalsCSS 74 NCDivision 11st Phil Groves (8) net 782nd Allen Raaen (8) net 783rd Mike Dabanovich (13) net 794th Jon Batty (8) net 80Division 21st Terry Hodgkiss (23) net 792nd Mike Hill (20) net 813rd Bruce Hilde (17) net 824th Don Everett (19) net 82Trevor Schirmer.With Phoenix still off the schedule due to contractual difficulties, the month’s medals had been scheduled for Treasure Hill which is never one of the easier courses, even when playing stableford.  The degree of difficulty rises dramatically when the format is stroke play with the added pressure of the Monthly Medal at stake and one of the few chances to qualify for the year end Gold and Silver Medal competitions.Phil Groves was once again involved in a count back for the top spot of the day and won it this time, carding a better 37 to 38 to win his first Medal of the year and become the seventh contender in the first division for the end of year playoffs.  This left Allen Raaen, for once, not at the top of the list and having to settle for second place.Mike Dabanovich could have, should have, would have won his first Medal if he had only managed a double bogey on the 18th, but an inelegant quadruple bogey consigned him down to third spot, with Jon Batty a close fourth another one back.Terry Hodgkiss also won his first Medal since June 2012 to become the ninth different winner in the second division this year after a difficult day made more trying by carrying the burden of a badly strained back.  So a very good result in the circumstances as he finished strongly to beat off the challenge of playing partners Mike Hill, who took second place two further back, and Don Everett in fourth another one more behind him.Sandwiched in between Mike and Don was Bruce Hilde who won a count back for third with a better 39 to 39 over the inward half.Once again there were no 2’s in either divisionPrior to the presentations there was a welcome for new member Robert Moose and a welcome back for Mark Ward.Note:  If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact mobile 082 219 0965 or call in to The Haven Hotel, at 185 Soi 13, between Beach Road and 2nd Road.  All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at read more

Ivan Rakitic: “I want to work harder than before!”

first_imgIvan Rakitic says he wants to work hard to become a Barcelona legend. Upd. on 26/11/2015 at 00:16 CET Sport EN Speaking to Yahoo, the Croatian said: “I want to work harder than before. It’s easy to say. ‘Okay, perfect, I’m at Barcelona, that’s it’. But no, I want to work harder so I can leave my name in the history of this club.” He added: “I like every day to be a perfect day and for tomorrow to be the same.  The star is proud of being at the club but doesn’t just want that to be the ceiling of his achievements. The star also mentioned that he’s enjoying life in Catalonia. 25/11/2015 “I’m enjoying the life, the time with my family, the time with my teammates, winning all the titles possible.”last_img read more


first_imgThe festival, founded by Kerry iconic footballer Páidi Ó Sé, has attracted over 15,000 club players over 30 years and has grown into a major international GAA event with senior, intermediate and junior competitions as well as teams attending cultural and social events at Comórtas HQ, Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry, Co. Kerry. The football festival will also host nightly free music and entertainment which is open to the general public and a Saturday Night Players Banquet at the Comórtas marquee at Páidi Ó Sé’s pub in Ard a’ Bhóthair, VentryComórtas Chairman Pádraig Óg. Ó Sé said, ‘We are delighted with the response to our 30th anniversary Comórtas with 17 counties represented, the largest amount in our history. We thank our UK GAA friends with five traveling teams and indeed Dubai Celts who are making the longest journey of all.  The support of local host clubs is crucial in ensuring we can maintain such a high number of teams and we thank them for their co-operation. Local partners Lee Strand Milk and Kerry County Council Tourism Unit are backing us also to continue with the Comórtas, which has become a big benefit in terms of local tourism. We are also delighted that of Sligo, who are related to the Ó Sé family as well as Lidl Ireland are back to help make this event happen.Michael Collins, Regional manager, Lidl Ireland said” “We are delighted to continue our partnership with this year’s Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé. Our store teams in Dingle and Tralee are proud to support the Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé and we are all looking forward to the festival of Gaelic Football ahead.”For a programme of events and a full list of teams visit www.Paidiose.comprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Daniel and Glen Ford from the Dunmore GAA Club in Co Galway with Siun and Padraig Og O’Se at the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé 2019 GAA Football Festival in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Tuesday January 15th. The Comórtas takes place in the Dingle Peninsula from 15th to 17th February and full details can be found on The Dunmore men compete in the intermediate men’s competition which has the biggest mix of county representation including Kerry;s Annascaul GAA, and Lispole GAA, Dublin’s St. Annes of Tallaght, Millstreet of Cork, Tipperary’s Golden/Kilfeacle, Offaly’s Tubber GAA and  from Ballyhegan Davitts GAC of Armagh.The football festival, which is supported by Lidl Ireland, EJ, Kerry County Council Tourism Unit and Lee Strand Milk, was officially launched in Dublin at an event last week by former Kerry great Kieran Donaghy and Dublin ladies star and holder of three senior All-Irelands Lyndsey Davey, and which was also attended by members of MacHales.center_img Dunmore MacHales will represent Galway GAA at the 30th anniversary of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé 2019, with 44 adult men’s and ladies club teams descending on the rugged Dingle Peninsula from 15th to 17th February.last_img read more

I offer the President my apologies if I was disrespectful

first_imgDear Editor,Jerome Khan has a valid point.My comments about the Coincidence of Correia being a dominant Operator and Shareholder at the ogle airport and the Renaming of the Airport to Correia could have interpretations and if one of those interpretations is deemed to be disrespectful to the President, I offer the President my apologies.This Ogle International Airport fiasco is unfortunate and could have and should have been resolved by the past and current governments.However, it is clear to me that the President will proceed with the renaming of the airport regardless of the pleas and objections from the majority of the stakeholders at Ogle Airport.That is the democracy of which I speak.I speak not of shareholders who make up a very small percentage of the stakeholders of a national public asset and public utility owned by the people of Guyana and managed by a private company.At this point I am yet unaware of any public or indeed any consultations conducted to derive a name for the airport.This might be a small issue to the President in the national scheme of things, but a major issue to the operators at the airport.Nevertheless, my disagreement with the President on this one issue should in no way be interpreted as disrespectful to the President and if it did I once again apologize to the President.Khan, learned as he is, has however failed to provide the evidence I have begged him to produce, instead unsuccessfully crouching behind a transparent veil of renewed baseless accusations of a political nature. Sadly he attempts to further drag the issue into the political gutter for reasons unknown to me at this time.At this juncture, I could only hang on to the hope that the government as promised will intervene and resolve the governance issues that severely affect the airport so that we all could continue with Nation building without the distraction of constant conflict which seems to be plaguing our country.Captain Gerry Gouveia,CEO RoraimaAirwayslast_img read more

Security officer played a “major role” in robbery – Crime Chief

first_imgMayhem at Ramada Princess Casino As Police continue their investigations into the robbery at Ramada Princess Hotel Casino, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the security guard whose gun and ammunition were taken away by the bandits, played a major role in the planning and execution of the robbery.Ramada Princess Hotel CasinoThe head of the Criminal Investigations Department noted that the security guard and several other persons are in custody for the fiasco that went down at the gambling facility. He noted that the suspect who was arrested is cooperating with the Police and from information received; the Police went to the homes of the other suspects but came up empty handed.Blanhum noted that at two of the houses, Police ranks unearthed wet clothing which indicated that the suspects returned home, changed their attire and left. He noted that Police are working closely with residents in the area with the hope of capturing the remaining robbers as soon as possible.The Crime Chief also confirmed that the suspect who was arrested moments after the robbery is known to the Police, while adding that one of the three currently on the lam was only a few days ago released on bail on a gun related charge. The others have also had brushes with the law.The gunman captured by Police is loaded into the back of a Police vehiclePandemonium broke out at the gambling facility at about 03:45h on Friday after four gunmen stormed the casino and discharged several rounds as they relieved patrons and staff of cash and other valuables.During the shooting, Eon Garraway was shot to his left hand, James Gregory was hit to the left foot, Orlando Knights received injuries to the left hand, and Udairan Sookraj was shot to his right hand. They were all admitted to a city hospital.In addition, Melissa Ferguson, Jermaine Mason and Roshel Fraser were also assaulted by the armed men during the ordeal. Based on reports received, after the men entered the facility, they held a security guard on duty at gunpoint and took away his shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.The men then ordered everyone to lie on the ground and escorted the security guard to the cashier’s cage where they relieved the cashier of an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency. By this time, the Police were alerted about the robbery in progress and responded promptly.As they arrived at the scene, they were confronted by the armed men, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. During the exchange, Police Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson attached to Impact Base, Brickdam Police Station was shot to his abdomen. He was admitted to a city hospital and reportedly underwent emergency surgery.Meanwhile, during the shootout, one of the bandits was captured and taken into Police custody. The firearm that was taken away from the security guard was recovered. The other three men managed to escape.It was reported that the car that was used in the robbery was hijacked at Brush Dam, Buxton, on the East Coast of Demerara.last_img read more

Ganta Market Building Inaugurated

first_imgThe Gododin Market in Ganta was recently inaugurated in Nimba County. With an estimated cost of US$ 65,000, the market forms part of the US$5 million allotted for Legislative Development Fund in the National Budget. The Gododin Market is the second market complex in Ganta. Situated at the outskirt of the city on the road to Saclepea, it was built to accommodate residents in nearby communities, including LPMC, Valley and the LPRC Communities.There were several government officials, including Central Bank Governor Mills Jones, Senator Prince Johnson, Rep. Jeremiah Koung, as well as other representatives and local officials in attendance.The city authority of Ganta is embarking on many other market projects in some of the communities in Ganta, particularly for those living far from the central market.The main market under the “Sirleaf Market Women Fund” is yet to be completed, over two years after the start of construction. Recently, the acting Mayor of Ganta, Mr. Dokpa, said the construction of the Ganta General Market under the Sirleaf Market Women Fund is at a standstill. Citizens have, however, expressed their concern about the delay. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mutual development of our people

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to issue a call to all my fellow Guyanese: to rethink, from a fresh perspective and on the national level, the situation in which we find ourselves, and make an effort to resolve, once and for all, the relationships we share, so that we can really join together and contribute to the mutual development of our people.This would entail each of us, of whatever political persuasion, community or grouping we identify with, putting aside our several interests and differences, and striving to find a way by which we could cooperatively make the greatest contribution to our national progress.We all know that our most unsurmountable obstacles relate to whatever political and ethnic group we belong to, and so this must lead us to realise that these are the areas in which we must make the greatest efforts to achieve national cohesion.It is clear that our politicians have been the greatest villains in both of these areas, as we carry on the policy of “Divide and Rule” that we have inherited from our colonial past; from the “Winner takes All” system that has been the code of our own political culture since our Independence; and the “We and Them” tradition that they have encouraged among our two main races, which has permeated all other areas of our lives.I have always decried the tradition of our political interaction in Parliament, which I feel has been directed by the term identifying the Members of Parliament on the losing side as the “Opposition”, which has been responsible for those members believing that they are doing their duty when they simply oppose. It would be such a boon to our progress if all our elected representatives should cooperate and work constructively on the various projects towards fulfilling the responsibilities that have been entrusted to them by our people.I would now appeal to the present Opposition to bite the bullet and make an unprecedented effort to change this parliamentary culture by doing their part in bringing into reality the co-operative nature of our Republic, which I am sure will earn them kudos from all Guyanese.I also issue an appeal to all Guyanese to always bear in mind that colour is skin-deep, and we should strive assiduously to remove this scourge of racial prejudice, which is the greatest hindrance to our national aspirations.If I should venture the solution to this problem, I would like us all to consider the only permanent answer is that we should earnestly strive to spread love among our people. All other attempts at unity are only perfunctory and temporary, and will fizzle out eventually.May God bless our nation, and help us to achieve this national peace and progress.Sincerely,Roy Paullast_img read more

Commish pleads for decency

first_img“We have to educate our players to the issues out there,” he said in his first Super Bowl news conference. “We are raised to a higher standard in the NFL. We must make sure the players are more accountable and our clubs are more accountable. “We recognize some players don’t do what we would hope they do and when that happens, we will be very aggressive in dealing with that.” Though the league’s black eye this season was the main topic Friday, he also talked about concussions, insisting a player’s health takes precedence over football issues. Responding to reports that former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson was forced to practice with a concussion, Goodell praised team trainers and league doctors who deal with concussions and said, “I certainly hope that our coaches always are looking out for the medical well-being of the players. I think they encourage that and they want that.” He said he needed more information on the Patriots’ situation before commenting directly about it. “I don’t see a conflict of interest with our trainers. I think they are out there for the welfare of the players,” Goodell said. He applauded the players for taking an active role in trying to eliminate use of illegal substances. Goodell also said not allowing players who are suspended under the drug policy to win postseason awards is “a huge priority for us.” San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman made the All-Pro team, will play in the Pro Bowl and was considered a front-runner for defensive player of the year despite sitting out four games for violating the substance policy. Several players, including Miami end Jason Taylor, who was voted the top defensive player, criticized Merriman receiving such honors. “Our players are the ones who stood up and said they don’t want this in our game and that somebody who violates this doesn’t deserve a Pro Bowl spot,” Goodell said. He cited the hiring of Mike Tomlin as coach of the Steelers and the presence of Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith as head coaches in the Super Bowl as further proof the “Rooney Rule” on minority hirings is working. Steelers owner Dan Rooney wrote the rule that requires teams to interview minority candidates for off-field jobs. “I hope someday it’s not going to be necessary,” Goodell said, referring to the policy. “The clubs are doing it voluntarily because they believe it’s paying dividends for them and they’re benefiting. And, most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.” On other issues, Goodell: expressed confidence that the league and union will continue to have labor peace; the collective bargaining agreement runs through 2010. Owners have an option of voiding the CBA in 2008 to possibly restructure the way they and the union do business in the salary-cap era. said the league is conducting its own investigation of urine or blood testing for human growth hormone. addressed complaints from retired players about their pensions, saying “we’re very concerned to see one of our former players who made this game great have medical issues. We have to sit down and be creative. We need to address that directly with them.” reiterated the league’s opposition to gambling and “keeping a strong line between the NFL and sports betting. I don’t think it is in the best interest of the NFL to have any association with sports betting.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Roger Goodell has a strong message for NFL players: Stay out of trouble. Plagued by tragedy and numerous arrests, the NFL’s image took a hit this season, though the commissioner doesn’t believe it’s out of control or irreversible. center_img “One incident is too many in my book. I think we need to re-evaluate all of our programs. We have a tremendous number of programs that I think have been quite successful to help our players. But I think we’ve got to do more.” That includes meeting with NFL players’ union chief Gene Upshaw and a group of players who can “give us their perspective on what’s really happening and what are the issues, so we can try to learn something first.” During the past few months, nine Cincinnati Bengals players have been arrested. Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot to death on New Year’s Day outside a nightclub. One player in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, still faces weapons-related charges and needed permission from an Illinois judge just to travel to the title game against the Indianapolis Colts. “I don’t see it happening in droves. I think it’s just a few, but that’s a few too many,” said Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in September. last_img read more

Southland’s Republicans to stick by Bush’s war plan

first_imgThe Senate fell four votes short Wednesday on a procedural vote that would have allowed passage of Iraq-withdrawal legislation. California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, each has called for a change of course in the war and voted to move ahead with the bill. Sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the House legislation would require U.S. troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq within 120 days of enactment of the annual defense authorization bill. It aims for a “reduction and transition to a limited presence” by April 1, 2008. Democratic leaders said they expect the measure to pass and noted that it is similar to a measure the House approved in March. That call for withdrawal was later diluted. “The American people want Congress to bring our troops home, refocus our efforts to fighting terrorism and hold the Bush administration accountable,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, agreed. “I think, unfortunately, this surge is not working, and I don’t see how our being in Iraq is doing any good for anybody,” Waxman said, adding that he plans to vote for the bill. “We need to redeploy our troops and start our withdrawal.” But Rohrabacher maintained that the surge has produced mixed results and said Congress should wait until year’s end to make major decisions about withdrawal. “What’s clear is, we’ve killed or eliminated thousands of radical Islamists who are enemies of the U.S. and enemies of democracy,” he said. By year’s end, he said, Iraqis should have enough control over the country to allow for U.S. withdrawal. Gallegly said Congress should at least wait until U.S. Gen. David Petraeus issues his final report in September. “It’s wrong to micromanage this thing based on daily polls,” he said. (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Southern California Republicans vowed Wednesday to continue backing President George W. Bush’s war policy despite a growing number of their Senate colleagues breaking with the White House on Iraq. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, and Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said the troop increase Bush ordered in January deserves more time to show results. Each said he plans to vote today against a House bill that would set a firm deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. “If we should capitulate at this point and cut and run, what kind of message would that send – not only to our enemies, but to our friends around the world?” Gallegly said. last_img read more

Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea: Batshuayi in inspired form as Blues ease to win in Beijing

first_img1 Chelsea players celebrate Michy Batshuayi was on target in each half, as Chelsea recorded a 3-0 friendly victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.Willian opened the scoring for Antonio Conte’s side five minutes before half-time before Batshuayi doubled their lead moments later and added his second four minutes after the break.The Blues may be counting the cost of their victory, though, after they lost Pedro to a suspected concussion in the first half, while the start of the second was delayed with officials reluctant to let substitute Olivier Giroud onto the pitch after his name was not included in the Arsenal team sheet.Conte lost Pedro to a suspected concussion midway through the first half after he suffered a blow to his face following a collision with Ospina, with blood appearing to come from the Spain international’s ear. He was replaced by Jeremie Boga.Chelsea began to press 10 minutes before the break and Willian made sure their efforts paid off after 40 minutes as he took the ball down on a solo run and beat three Arsenal defenders and the diving Ospina as he slotted into the bottom corner with precision.The Blues doubled their lead two minutes later as Batshuayi scored in almost mirror-image fashion to Willian’s opener. The second half got off to a controversial start, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted to bring on Giroud amongst his substitutions, but the referee found that the France international was not listed on the team sheet. After some discussion – and Chelsea manager Conte giving his nod for the switch – the officials let Giroud onto the pitch as the second 45 minutes got under way.The Premier League champions began to dominate from the whistle and Batshuayi completed his brace four minutes later.Marcos Alonso cut the ball back to his team-mate, who fired a thunderbolt into the back of the net from the edge of the 18-yard box to seal a 3-0 win.last_img read more