Morris wins Alliance National Amateur Golf title

first_imgSean Morris held his nerve to be crowned Alliance National Amateur Golf Champion for the first time at the Caymanas Golf Club last weekend. Morris and the leader for the first two days, William Knibbs, were tied on 227 at the end of the tournament. The subsequent play-off round at the October 14-16 championship was won by Morris. According to the new champion, “It feels special to win the Nationals for the first time. Nationals are physically challenging as we had to walk the course for the three days, and the course was rough due to the on-going rains. I held my nerve against a really good opponent, and I’m happy to come out the winner.” Morris who has been playing the sport for the past 20 years was introduced to golf at age 30. There was a tie for overall third (on 233) between Justin Burrowes and Owen Samuda. They were separated after it emerged that Burrowes had the better last day score. Young Jonathan Newnham, who won the championship in 2016 was relegated to fifth place. He tied with Morris and Knibbs on the first day (75) but had a disastrous second day (81) and seven over par (79) on the final day. The Hoerman Cup representatives who will represent Jamaica at the Caribbean Amateur Championship are Sean Morris, William Knibbs, Owen Samuda, and Jonathan Newnham. According to Jamaica Golf Association President Peter Chin, “The association was very happy with the tournament over the three days. We now look forward to the Caribbean Championship where we expect to do well.” Neville Carr took the Men’s and Men’s Senior 7-12 category with 259, while Richard White was second on 260. In the Men’s Super Seniors 0-12, Dorrel Allen won with an overall score of 255. There was a three-way tie for second among Bert Tomlinson, Michael Boyd and Dudley Wilson. The nod went to Tomlinson with a better last day score. Their overall score was 257 Gordon Hutchinson topped the Men’s Super Seniors 13-24 with an overall score of 278. George Wright was second with 287. Michele Gabay walked away with the Ladies 0-12 trophy with an overall 259.last_img read more

Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished

first_imgDear Editor,I have just started reading the book “Blowout” written by Ms Rachel Maddow, the Emmy Award-winning host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”. The book has topped the New York Times Best Seller list since its launch a few weeks ago.The book deals with the greed and corruption of the oil industry and includes Ms Maddow’s comments on the contracts signed with Governments around the globe which have, among other things, propped up authoritarian regimes.I checked the index and sure enough, Guyana is part of that story. On pages 353-354, Ms Maddow writes about the now-former head of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, refusing “to explain, exactly, how it was that [ExxonMobil] managed to secure twenty years’ worth of oil rights in Nigeria despite reportedly being outbid by a Chinese-led consortium by more than double – by more than $2.25 billion. Is it possible that there was a little sweetener there for someone in a decision-making capacity over that contract? Maybe? Anyone want to check the books? Did every Nigerian official who looked at that potential deal just independently – and for the good of his or her country – decide to give away $2.25 billion?How about the details of the production agreement ExxonMobil had negotiated with Guyana, which included an $18 million ‘signing bonus’ to the Guyanese Government? ExxonMobil would not be disclosing the amazing footwork that must have led to those improbable deals. “We are a commercial enterprise and we have competitors,” Exxon’s Man in Guyana explained. “And learning bits of information about how other negotiations have worked or how our negotiations work – the things we value – provide kind of intellectual property to competitors.”“KFC has its secret herbs and spices, fracking companies have their proprietary slickwater goo, and apparently Exxon has its secret special menu of exactly which Government officials or proxies an American oil company must pay off – and how well – in order to secure the right to profit from a country’s natural resources. Without hassle from said Government.”First oil is still to flow here but Guyana’s reputation is already tarnished and the corruption of the Granger Government is on the New York Times Best Seller list for everyone to see.I also agree with Mr Alexander Ramessar’s opinion that future gains from the oil industry here and elsewhere will be short-lived. (SN letters, October 24, 2019) Every progressive and forward-thinking political leader in the developed world – the major gas guzzler – supports energy policies that will lead to a much lesser dependence on fossil fuels in favour of green energy sources.The dizzying glee and greed here over the coming of oil might well have a brief shelf life and Mr Ramessar is right to advise and caution that our economic policies should take this into account.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Confirmed line-ups! Here’s who starts for Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley

first_imgTottenham Hotspur host defending champions Chelsea this afternoon, kick off 4pm, in the first Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.Spurs got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United last weekend, but the same cannot be said of their opponents.Chelsea ended their opening clash with nine men following the dismissal of Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, as they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Burnley on home soil.There’s been much said in the aftermath of that loss over how depleted the Blues’ team to face Tottenham could be, and the absence of Cahill and Fabregas sees Andreas Christensen and summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko start.Spurs, meanwhile, have made two changes to the side that beat Newcastle, with Kieran Trippier coming in for Kyle Walker-Peters, and Victor Wanyama for Moussa Sissoko. Take a look at the confirmed teams below.Tottenham XI: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Alli, Eriksen, KaneSubs: Son, Janssen, Vorm, Sissoko, Wimmer, Winks, Walker-PetersChelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Willian, Bakayoko, MorataSubs: Caballero, Pedro, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Tomori, Scott 1 It’s the first game at Wembley Stadium and kick off is 4pm last_img read more

Hearing set on cemetery

first_imgIn addition to allowing the cleanup, the resolution would be a step toward making the cemetery a pioneer park. Under such a designation, city government would conduct restoration work on the cemetery and then maintain it in that state. If the abandonment resolution is approved, the city could start the cemetery cleanup as early as September. The cemetery is a legacy from the early settlement known as Palmenthal, founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. City officials said a search of records indicates that the Jonas family, one of the pioneer families in Palmenthal, donated 20 acres to a local church for a cemetery. City government has acquired 14 acres adjacent to the cemetery to establish a historical park there. The community’s first school – a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s and now in McAdam Park – might be moved to the proposed historical park, where there also could be exhibits detailing the railroad’s impact on Palmdale’s development. Palmdale officials are in discussions with local historian Glen Settle about possibly relocating three of the city’s early buildings from Rosamond to the historical park site. The buildings are a railroad station and homes that belong to the Ritter and Munz families, early settlers of the community. City officials are trying to determine the cost of relocating and restoring the buildings, which had been moved to Rosamond as part of a ghost town tourist attraction that operated from the 1950s to the 1980s. The cemetery could complement the park, city officials said. Only 21/2 acres of the original cemetery are fenced and appear to have been used for burials, but there is a possibility a search might disclose burials outside the fenced area, city officials said. Records indicate there may have been as many as 203 burials, although during one examination, there appeared to be only 187 marked graves within the fenced area. Far fewer than 187 markers are still there. The last burial of record was Jan. 17, 2001, city officials said. The cemetery no longer accepts burials because of the possibility of disturbing unmarked graves. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 IF YOU GO The public hearing on the cemetery will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I think it’s a great opportunity for the community,” Ledford said. “It’s an opportunity for our residents to get into the historical aspects of the community.” Ledford said he believes there could be grave sites outside the cemetery, just east of the site. At some point, he said, a survey should be done to look for unmarked graves. But Councilman Steve Knight said city government should have limited involvement with the cemetery because of the potential cost to taxpayers. In addition to the initial cleanup, there would be ongoing maintenance costs estimated at $30,000 annually. “I think there’s a role for the city for having a dignified cemetery, but I don’t want this to turn into a huge money pit we can’t get out of,” Knight said. The resolution would make three findings: that the site is not an endowment-care cemetery, that it has not had more than 10 burials within the past five years, and that it presents a threat or danger to the public’s health, safety, comfort or welfare. PALMDALE – A public hearing will be held Wednesday, when the City Council will decide whether the city should step in and clean up the 120-year-old Palmdale Cemetery. The council will vote on a resolution declaring the abandonment of the cemetery at Avenue S and 20th Street East as a place for future burials. The move sets into motion a process allowing city government to begin the cleanup and to secure the cemetery at a cost estimated at $220,000. The cemetery, established by the city’s first settlers in the 1880s, has fallen on hard times in recent years. It has been vandalized frequently and is marred by trash and debris, despite efforts by volunteers to keep it clean. Council members want the site cleaned up, but there is debate on how deeply involved city government should be in the project. Mayor Jim Ledford favors major involvement, making the cemetery part of a historical park planned on an adjoining site. last_img read more

Plane crashes during aerobatics; pilot hurt

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – An aerobatic plane that was used as a chase plane in test pilot Burt Rutan’s historic 2004 space flights crashed and caught fire Wednesday outside the grounds of Mojave Airport, seriously injuring its pilot. The pilot, whose name was not immediately released, was pulled from the wreckage by firefighters, who also extinguished the small grass fire the crash started. “He crashed while he was performing aerobatics,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The injured pilot was flown by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Wood said. Officials at Scaled Composites, Rutan’s Mojave-based company, had no immediate comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The single-engine Extra 300 airplane belongs to Chuck Coleman, one of Scaled’s design engineers. Scaled said it was used to train Scaled’s pilot/astronauts before the SpaceShipOne rocket plane flights, and also flew with the SpaceShipOne rocket plane at the end of its flights to assist the rocket plane pilot in landing. Kern County officials said they did not know why the plane crashed. National Transportation Safety Board officials were called in to investigate. The crash occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday about 200 yards north of the airport’s northern fence, sheriff’s officials said.last_img read more

Arsenal striker Lacazette to miss second leg against BATE after shocking elbow

first_img The Frenchman caught the BATE player with his elbow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED Lacazette was sent off in Belarus Arsenal were frustrated in Belarus It came just moments after the 27-year-old thought he had found an equaliser, only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside.Aleksandar Filipovic pulled Lacazette back as the striker turned, and taking issue with the close attention, he flung his elbow towards the BATE player’s face.He becomes the first Arsenal player to be sent off in European competition since Laurent Koscielny against Bayern Munich in the Champions League two years ago.Lacazette will almost certainly miss the second leg at the Emirates on February 21 as the Gunners try to turn the tie on its head without the benefit of an away goal. revealed SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Alexandre Lacazette saw red during Arsenal’s shock 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov, ruling him out of the second leg of the Europa League last-32 clash.The Frenchman was punished for lashing out with his elbow as the Gunners grew frustrated in Belarus.center_img 3 3 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 gameday cracker huge blow REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Stanislaw Dragun was the hero for the Belarusian champions on the night, heading home on the stroke of half-time to seal a memorable victory for his side.The Gunners dominated possession for the entirety of the game, as you might expect, but failed to create much on the boggy BATE pitch.With his side currently sitting outside the Premier League top four, the Europa League could be Unai Emery’s best shot at Champions League qualification this season.last_img read more

Individual firearm collections growing in size in Chatham-Kent

first_imgChatham-Kent police routinely seize more than 100 weapons in a year, but firearms examiner Const. Robert Tobin has seen an increase in the number of firearms some people own these days.Tobin provided details regarding the combinations of 381 firearms, ammunition and other weapons seized in 2018 as part of an overall year-end report on the administrative support branch presented to the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board Tuesday.Tobin said this number typically ranges from 180 to 350 in a year. The number of firearms and weapons seized totalled 170 in 2017.However, one factor in the higher-than-normal number in 2018 was dealing with a backlog from 2017. Tobin was pulled from his regular duties to train officers on using the mobile data terminals now installed in police cruisers.The officer added that 50 firearms collected during a month-long provincewide firearms and weapons amnesty Chatham-Kent participated in last April also boosted the numbers.Tobin has been finding when firearm seizures are being made by police over the years for safekeeping, many collections are a lot larger than they used to be.“Once upon a time, an owner would have a shotgun and a .22 (calibre gun) and maybe a hunting rifle,” he said.Where there may have been a few guns seized and held by police in the past for safekeeping while a court process takes place, Tobin said, “we’re getting 20 or 30 from an individual now.”He added a lot of legal firearms owners have larger collections because families pass down firearms.Tobin believes this will inflate the number of firearms seized in the future.A breakdown of what was processed by police in 2018 included:105 pellet/BB rifles, pistols and replica firearms 78 non-restricted long guns (rifles/shotguns) 13 restricted firearms (handguns) 10 prohibited weapons 95 ammunition exhibits of varying amounts and calibres. 72 other exhibits, including prohibited devices – over-capacity mags, pepper spray/mace, switchblades, brass knuckles – along with firearm cases and licences, and miscellaneous times. Tobin said the majority of the 10 prohibited weapons were turned over for destruction.Many of these firearms are from the Second World War that were brought back to Canada several years ago, he said.They are often turned over when people came into possession of them as part of an estate, and they didn’t know what to do with them, he added.“The licensing is very strict and very difficult with that, so most people turn it over for destruction,” Tobin said.He noted he can help people navigate the process to have a gunsmith deactivate these weapons so they can’t fire, which eliminates the need to have a licence.Tobin said the majority of firearms seized are kept for safekeeping and later returned to the owner. He said a person may get in trouble for something unrelated to their weapons, but they will be seized for safekeeping by police until the court process is done.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

R13.2bn social spending boost

first_imgTwelve percent of public spending In addition, the extension of the state child support grant to children up to the age of 15 will also take effect this year, while the reduction in the qualifying age for old age grants for men, from 65 down to 60, is in progress. Manuel said that evidence pointed to the fact that the child support grant, which is available to parents who earn less than R2 300 a month, has contributed significantly to a reduction in child poverty in South Africa. Creating lasting employment was another critical factor as the country headed for economic turbulence, Manuel said. Spreading the net wider South Africa, proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants, will spend an extra R13.2-billion on social security in 2009/10 to help protect poor South Africans during the global economic slowdown. 11 February 2009 In 2008, the EPWP provided over one-million temporary jobs, and the 2009/10 Budget tables an amount of R4.1-billion for the roll-out of the second phase of the programme. The aim is to increase the number of full-year equivalent job opportunities to over 400 000 over the next five years, as well increase the duration of temporary jobs. South Africa’s spending on social grants is set to increase to R80-billion for 2009/10, and will amount to about 12 percent of total government spending, making South Africa proportionally one of the world’s biggest spenders on social grants. According to the National Treasury, consolidated expenditure on social protection has increased from R72.3-billion (or 4.6 percent of GDP) in 2005/06 to a projected R118.1 billion (or 4.8 percent of GDP) in 2009/10.center_img “The largest adjustments to spending plans go to poverty reduction: R25-billion is added to the budgets of provinces, mainly for education and health care, and R13-billion for social assistance grants and their administration,” Manuel said. Public works programmes Source: BuaNews Proposals for this include longer-term public sector employment – such as home-based care and community health services – which is directly funded by departments and supported by targeted training and skills development. The minister challenged participating departments, provinces and municipalities to exceed their targets for creating Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs in the year ahead, as the contingency reserve for 2009 had been increased to allow for additional funding of employment projects in the 2009 Adjustments Appropriation. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said that strengthening the social security net – which supports in the region of 13-million South Africans – was “critical during this period, when more poor families are vulnerable”. The government was therefore considering increasing the eligible age for the child support grant to 18 years of age, subject to affordability. “R4-billion is added to the school nutrition programme and R2.5-billion goes to municipalities for basic services.” As of April 2009, the maximum values of the old age, disability and care dependency grants will rise by R50 to R1 010 a month, while the foster care grant and child support grant will also increase, by R30 to R680 and R10 to R240 a month, respectively.last_img read more

McGregor shows class in Dragon Run

first_img19 November 2013 Marathon world champion Hank McGregor showed why he is regarded by many as one of the greatest all-round paddlers of all time when he overcame a world-class field to claim victory in the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run Surfski race in Hong Kong on the weekend. McGregor, the first of five South Africans to finish in the top eight, was both relieved and surprised as he crossed the finishing line in record time. He was particularly pleased with his victory given the depth and standard of this year’s field. After battling his way to a shock seventh position at the inaugural ICF Surf-ski World Championships in Portugal earlier this year, McGregor felt his victory on the weekend was a sweet comeback performance against an even stronger field than was present at the global showdown, given the likes of Australian Jeremy Cotter and fellow South African ace Dawid Mocke competing this time around.‘A fantastic race’ “It was a fantastic race to win because everyone was there, even the guys who boycotted the World Champs,” McGregor said afterwards. “Jeremy Cotter was there as defending champion and he was really gracious when he came up to congratulate me after the race. “The win also gets a bit of a monkey off my back, having got two thirds in the last two years,” he added. The triple world champion said an overhaul of his approach and a solid build-up campaign to the Asian clash played an important role in his success.‘Feeling really good’ “I’ve come off a really good base with wins at [the Marathon] Worlds in Copenhagen, the Hansa Fish and the Vaal, so I have been feeling really good about my form. “After last year, I took stock of where I was and made a number of changes. I changed boats, my training and my technique and I have been working hard at being more efficient and economical, and it seems to be working.” With the conditions not offering much assistance and facing a quality field, McGregor knew he was in for a tough battle if he was to claim the win, and despite eventually finishing only fourth, the dangerous Cotter was the man McGregor had to keep a close eye on for much of the tussle.‘A frantic pace’ “The race started off at a frantic pace, with testosterone flying everywhere! The front guys were in such a tight bunch at the turn around Nine Pin Island that you could have tossed a blanket over all of us,” McGregor reckoned. “Once we got into the open ocean, and with a tail wind over our shoulders, the field spread out a bit. “Jeremy [Cotter] was over my left shoulder after I got a lead at around the 12km mark, and I was continually checking to see where he was. “By the time we got to the last turn at Kissing Whales I had a lead of about 250m and that was when I knew that I had it in the bag, unless a typhoon got in the way. “The last five kilometres into the finish were basically flat. You can see the finish from some way out and if you are feeling tired there is absolutely nowhere to hide. Fortunately I was feeling pretty good and I was able to really enjoy the last kilometre and then it was a great feeling to finally cross the line,” he explained. McGregor’s record-setting feat was something even he was surprised by given the unhelpful conditions. However, he believes the strength of his opponents and the recent rise in talent in the sport around the globe played a role in his achievement.‘Surprised’ “I was pretty surprised to hear that I had broken the record [by two minutes] because conditions were not that favourable,” said McGregor. “Dawid Mocke told me that when he won here he had averaged around 13.5 kilometres per hour, and we were going at over 14 km/h. “I guess that’s a sign of the professionalism that has crept into surfski racing recently. The sport is evolving as more and more guys devote time to training specifically for major surfski events and everyone seems to be benefiting from this.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2022 can be expaned to 48 teams, says president Gianni Infantino

first_imgAdvertisementFIFA prez Gianni Infantino has stated that a majority of national football federations are in favour of expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams.Although questions have arisen regarding the feasibility of such an enlarged tournament, Infantino said a decision would be made by March.Qatar has been locked in a heated dispute with Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain that has complicated the prospect of sharing matches in an expanded tournament.Those countries, as well as Egypt, began a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar denies the claims.FIFA last year voted to increase the size of the tournament from 32 to 48 teams starting from 2026 but, since then, Infantino has been mulling the possibility of bringing the change forward to 2022.“We gathered the opinions as well of our members, the federations,” he said.“So far, of course, the majority are in favour because 16 more teams participating not only means that 16 more countries will have World Cup fever, but 50 or 60 countries will be able to dream of qualifying for the World Cup.”“Whether it is feasible or not is a different question.”“Is it feasible to do it only in Qatar? Difficult probably,” he said, adding he did not want to share details of discussions with Qatar with the media.“Is it feasible to have a few games played in neighbouring countries? Maybe this is an option.”“Of course, I’m not naive enough to not know and read the news, and what’s going on, but we are in football not in politics and in football sometimes dreams come true.”Advertisementlast_img read more