‘Old hands’ to the fore at Bangpra

first_imgThere was a stiff breeze blowing as we teed off which only added to the difficulty of what is always one of the harder courses we play.  No one managed to better their handicap on the day, and most agreed that once again the course came out the winner. PSC golf from the Bunker BoysMonday, January 2, Treasure Hill – StablefordA field of 16 golfers set off to Treasure Hill to blow away the cobwebs following the New Year celebrations.  The course has undergone extensive renovations over the past few months, most of which are now completed and only one temporary tee was still in operation. Jack Robertson made a return to the winner’s rostrum following a recent run of bad form.The best performance of the day came from newcomer Stephen Roche who showed the old hands how to do it.  William Macey scored a creditable 21 points on the back nine (but what happened on the front nine William?) to take 3rd place on a count back from the unlucky Reg Smart.1st Stephen Roche (12) 35pts2nd Mike Grasser (10) 34pts3rd William Macey (17) 31ptsNear Pins:  Daryl White, Mike Grasser and Colin Greig (2)Wednesday, January 4, The Emerald – StablefordTwenty-four golfers today for the visit to this ever popular Bang Chang course, which is excellent value for money following the recent introduction of the group discount.  The course was in fine condition and relatively quiet for the time of year, the first group finishing their round comfortably in 4 hours.There were no outstanding scores on the day with both flights being won on 36 points.  Ex-Bunker champion, John Hughes, had the best score of the day on his first game since arriving back in Pattaya – we wonder if he’ll be still on form for next month’s championship, to try and regain his crown from defending champion Tony Berry.A Flight1st John Hughes (16) 36pts2nd Rab McDonald (12) 34pts3rd Ken Ellmore (16) 34ptsB Flight1st Mike Corner (20) 35pts2nd Tom Jones (25) 34pts3rd Neil Griffin (28) 33ptsNear Pins:  Geoff Hart, Paul Smith, Tom Jones, and Ken EllmoreFriday, January 6, Bangpra – StablefordThe largest field of the week turned out to play at Bangphra, and the first group headed off 20 minutes earlier than our allotted tee-time.  The course was in excellent condition, but just beginning to show signs of drying up in places.Mashi and William shared the best score of the day on 38 points to win the A and B flights respectively.  A monitor lizard made an appearance on the 12th hole, but the star attraction of the day was William scoring 21 points on the front nine (with 2 “blobs”), and sinking two outrageously long putts on the treacherous greens.Mashi continued his run of good form (winning 4 of his last 5 games) to take the honours in the A flight.A Flight1st Mashi Kaneta (12) 38pts2nd Paul Smith (2) 37pts3rd Barry Murnin (12) 34ptsB Flight1st William Macey (17) 38pts2nd Mike Corner (20) 31pts3rd Jack Robertson (27) 31ptsNear Pins:  Neal Bramley, William Macey, Reg Smart, and Geoff ParkerFollowing the recent demise of the Bunker Bar, the Bunker Boys now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why come and join us.We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 1469978 or email dave.evelyn18@yahoo.co.uk.last_img read more

WGCA Premier Grand Final: Pakenham v Kooweerup

first_imgBy Russell Bennett For an incredible fourth year in a row, Pakenham and Kooweerup are going head-to-head for the WGCA…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Creggs face Louisburgh in Connacht Junior Club Final

first_imgNext Sunday is going to be a historic day for the Galway/Roscommon Border Village of Creggs as they take on Louisburgh in the Connacht Junior Club Final in Kiltoom. Creggs, who share a half parish with Glinsk who play in the Galway Junior A Football Championship, will bid to emulate their neighbours Fuerty who won the Connacht Junior Club title in 2013 when they beat Headford in the final by 0-18 to 0-13. Galway Bay FM Sport Creggs face Louisburgh in Connacht Junior Club Final Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Creggs+GAA+Piece.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Creggs face Louisburgh in Connacht Junior Club Final Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds 更多 Currently Playing Creggs face Louisburgh in Connacht Junior Club Final Joint Manager Ger Dowd Spoke to Ollie Turner on Over The Line Forward 60 seconds Forward 60 seconds Throw in on Sunday at Kiltoom is at 2.15pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Shell officially drops Prince Rupert LNG project

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to an article in the Globe and Mail, Royal Dutch Shell PLC has announced that they will no longer move forward with the Prince Rupert LNG project which was going to be located on Ridley Island.While Shell has decided to scrap the project, they will still move forward with another project they have involvement with – The LNG Canada plant.The Prince Rupert LNG project was in the assessment phase according to Shell and no development was taking place on Ridley Island. The company is specifically withdrawing from lease arrangements.- Advertisement -Shell says that while they can see the long term potential of the Prince Rupert site, they have decided to put their energy into the Canada LNG project which will be built in Kitimat.LNG Canada has involvement from four companies: Shell, PetroChina Co. Ltd., Korea Gas Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp.Original article by the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/shell-officially-shelves-plans-to-build-prince-rupert-lng-project/article34272575/.Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League Preview Show – Thursday, 12 October

first_imgTom Rennie and David Walker are joined by former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke and former Manchester United and Southampton midfielder Alan McLoughlin, to preview all the action ahead of Gameweek eight of the Premier League.Will Jose Mourinho revert to type at Anfield? Could this be the game that turns the tide for Jurgen Klopp? Are Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez heading for the door at Arsenal? Are we going to see Burnley scale the dizzy heights of third place in the league? All this and more discussed on the Premier League Preview Show.last_img

It could be a struggle holding on to Greg Stewart admits Dundee boss

first_imgDundee boss Paul Hartley admits he may face a struggle to hold on to Greg Stewart as the star striker approaches the end of his contract.The 26-year old has been a stand out for the Dens Park side this season and grabbed the headlines in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Ross County.Stewart helped set up two goals in between scoring a sublime double himself to bring his tally to 11 for the season so far.He only has a year remaining at Dundee though, and while his manager wants to tie him down on a longer deal he expects competition for his signature. “And rightly so because of the style of player that he is,” Hartley said. “There’s not many of those players in Scotland just now in terms of attacking people, close control, dribbling and an eye for a goal. “Sometimes you can’t coach that, it’s just natural ability that he’s got.“He’s a player that we want to keep but going into the last year of his contract we can’t stop the speculation. He’s somebody we would like to tie down but the lad’s got ambitions also. He’s a player that we love having here.”It was just two years ago Stewart was playing part-time football for Cowdenbeath, but after making the step up in summer 2014 Hartley now believes he’s entering the peak of his career. “He’s been an excellent signing for us,” he continued. “Somebody who’s not a number nine, somebody who plays off the front or off the side in a free role. His goal return is fantastic in terms of the games he’s played in. “I watched that second goal again and it was absolutely outstanding. When he’s playing well he’s such a joy to watch. He’s been excellent for us this year in terms of assists and goals, he’s great to watch at times.”last_img read more

Bates: Rangers dressing room cheer wasn’t overconfidence

first_imgRangers defender David Bates has said the players’ reaction to being paired with Celtic in the Scottish Cup was just a sign of how happy they are with recent progress and not overconfidence.Manager Graeme Murty revealed that there was cheering in the dressing room when the Glasgow sides were drawn together in the semi-finals on Sunday. Bates acknowledged the celebration but said that the exuberance was just down to facing another big game, regardless of the opponent.“We had won against Falkirk and were buzzing to be in the next round,” he said. With Russell Martin missing training on Thursday but being every chance to make the game, Bates could play alongside either of the experienced internationals but he said both are helping him “I feel more confident and feel like I am improving each week,” he said. “I feel I played well last time around in the away match.“I have played with many different partners at the back, they are all top players to play with and they make the game easier to play in.“Games like Sunday are a platform to prove yourself as a player and to make it into the international team.” “Whoever we got we’d have cheered anyway. “Yeah, there was a cheer, but we’re just happy to be in the next round with a big game coming up.”Bates is in the Rangers squad to face Celtic on league duty this weekend with the Ibrox side looking to cut the gap at the point to three points, though their opponents still have a game in hand.For the 21-year old, the last derby was a key moment in his career so far. He replaced injured Bruno Alves during the 0-0 draw at Celtic Park in December and has figured in every match since. last_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of tournaments as he considers surgery

first_imgAndy Murray is yet to make a final decision on whether to have hip surgery but has pulled out of his next three scheduled tournaments. The former world number one headed home from Melbourne earlier this week, following his emotional first-round defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open. He is now weighing up whether to have a resurfacing operation that could extend his career or end it completely. Even if Murray does not have the operation, he has stated he would spend the time getting ready for a farewell appearance at Wimbledon, so it was no surprise to see a statement from the Open 13 in Marseille announcing Murray’s withdrawal. He will also miss tournaments he had committed to in Dubai and Montpellier but Murray’s management insisted he has not made a final decision about surgery. The 31-year-old strongly hinted ahead of his departure from Melbourne that he would have the operation, and was encouraged to do so by American doubles great Bob Bryan, who is playing at the Australian Open five months after undergoing the same procedure.In a statement on the Marseille tournament website, Murray said: “It’s tough but I don’t have a choice, I was very keen on returning to Marseille where I won the tournament in 2008. “The title, one of the first of my career, remains a great memory.”last_img read more

Forward Financial Bank donates to Marshfield Youth Hockey Association

first_imgMARSHFIELD — With two recent donations to the Marshfield Youth Hockey Association (MYHA), Forward Financial Bank helped to expand the use of the concession seating area and keep the Zamboni on the ice at the Marshfield Youth Ice Center.The first donation of $30,000 was earmarked for the remodeling of the concession seating area, a balcony heated-seating area, and adding a heated entry way.“The addition and remodeling of these heated areas within the arena creates a more comfortable environment for parents and other family members of our young athletes,” said MYHA Board President Allan Neinast. “Youth hockey families make a large investment of time for practices and games. We’re seeing more attendance and use of the warm areas this season”Sponsorship of the Zamboni, a five-year commitment of $1,500 annually, was an opportunity that developed after the remodeling project began. This support helps fund annual maintenance on this key piece of equipment.“Youth hockey is extremely popular in our area and is fast becoming a core sport in many communities and schools,” said President and CEO of Forward Financial Bank Bill Sennholz. “The lessons learned through youth hockey programs not only help with future aspirations on the ice. It fosters drive and teamwork that carries forward to community service and long-term career goals. Programs like MYHA develop future employees and leaders.”last_img read more

Five Steps To Build Your Own Random Non-Sequitur Twitter Bot

first_imgThis is where the random number generator comes in. To keep the account from spamming Twitter, “heroku run worker” runs once an hour. But instead of tweeting every time, it’s actually rolling a die. Every 8th time or so, it hits gold. As a result, your randomizer accounts should update about three times a day.Enjoy your new Twitter bot, and be sure to share it with me in the comments! Navigate to the heroku_ebooks folder on your computer, and open up local_settings_example.py. In a text editor, copy and paste the entire contents into a new document, which you’ll then save as local_settings.py.Fill in your Consumer Key, Consumer Secret, Access Token Key, and Access Token Secret in the allotted spaces. If you’re unsure which those are, here’s a hint: they’re in exactly the same order as they appeared on dev.twitter.com.  Here are mine as they appear in order, though blurred out. Don’t ever share secret keys—that’s gotten Amazon Web Services customers in trouble! A friend of mine, who knows about my love of esoteric Internet phenomena, built @LaurenInEbooks as a gift. It’s inspired by @horse_ebooks, a Twitter account so famous for its poorly computer-generated tweets that it got profiled in the New Yorker, which revealed that it had gone from a weird spam effort to sell ebooks into a mysterious art project.Horse_ebooks is an old joke by now. But it’s not too late for you to get in on this bizarre genre of word art. A computer-generated account which serves as your own personal Twitter bot Frankenstein is always fresh and funny.Plus, for beginning coders like me, this project is a great way to dip your toe into Python and Ruby while sharpening your Git skills—and at the end, get a hilarious little bot for your troubles. See also: GitHub For Beginners: Don’t Get Scared, Get StartedSome of my coworkers wanted in join in on the fun, so I decided to buildthemsome Twitter bots, too. However, I found the starter script I chose to use, Heroku Ebooks, significantly difficult to follow. Building on top of it, I decided to create a tutorial anybody can use.A caveat: I built this tutorial on a Mac using its Terminal app, software which provides direct access to running software programs. I have not tested this tutorial for Windows machines, but if you need help, start with GitHub’s Windows instructions. It took me three tries to perfect the process. By the third time, building a bot took me only 20 minutes to complete! Here’s how to easily build your own random Twitter bot—and learn a little code at your friends’ expense.  Note: An astute reader has reported that this tutorial won’t work properly if the source’s Twitter account has fewer than 3,600 tweets. So be sure to build a bot that picks on somebody who tweets a lot! Set Up A Twitter Account If you follow my standard Twitter account, @LaurenInSpace, you’re missing out on the good stuff. @LaurenInEbooks is a computer-generated stream of garbled tweets that are often far more on point than what I actually have to say.  7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… You’re going to need a place for these tweets to go, so build a new Twitter account with a funny name. If you add “ebooks” to the end, @horse_ebooks fans will instantly get the reference, but you can choose any variation you like. In order to verify the account, you’ll need an email address that isn’t already being used by Twitter, so I’d suggest a secondary email you rarely use. I just generated a new email address I’ll probably never check again over at my hosting service, Bluehost, but you can also sign up for a new one on Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or Outlook.com.This new Twitter account also MUST have a mobile number connected to it. I used Google Voice, since they give you your first number for free. If I needed another I might have used Twilio, which also gives you your first number for free.If you need to create a lot of accounts, Twilio will cost $1/month, which can add up fast. And I should also note that while Twitter allows you to create parody accounts, “mass account creation” is against the rules. Twitter also has rules on automated accounts which you should follow. So don’t go crazy with your bots. This is also a good time to make a profile image. For @SelenaEbooks, I inverted the colors on her face to make a bizarro version of her Twitter image. I’m sure she just loves it.Set Up A Twitter Developer AccountWhile still logged into your new Twitter account, navigate over to dev.twitter.com. The first thing you want to do is create a new app. For convenience, use the same name as your new account. If you get an error that the program is unable to write to Twitter, make sure you gave it read and write permission back in dev.twitter.com. That’s an early mistake I made.This program works as a random number generator. As a result, it seems like it takes forever to get “heroku run worker” to deliver anything. Ugh. If you get REALLY frustrated, you can raise its chances from 1 in 8 to 1 in 4, etc. on the ODDS line in local_settings.py. Tags:#@horse_ebooks#automation#DIY#Friday Fun#Git#GitHub#Heroku#learn to code#tutorial#twitter#Twitter bots We’re going to create this app by installing a free app-developer program called Heroku. First, go to Heroku.com and sign up for an account. I know you may be reluctant to do this, but you’re going to need to have a “verified” account, and that means inputting your credit card information. I wish Heroku didn’t do it this way, but it’s necessary for later, and I’ve never been charged a cent. Now that we’re signed up, here’s the problem: Our heroku_ebooks program files are on our computer, not the Web. So we need to use Heroku on our computer. Download Heroku Toolbelt in order to do that. Once Heroku is installed, go to your command-line window—in Terminal on the Mac, in the Windows command line on Windows machines. We need to build a Heroku app, but we want to make sure it builds in the right place. cd heroku_ebooks Once inside, we need to start up Git. For me, this was the most complicated part of the project. I kept getting an error where Git was unable to find my app, unless I typed exactly the following:git initgit add .git commit -am “Add all files”heroku create –stack cedargit push heroku masterWith the first three lines, we’re setting up a fresh initialization of Git in this folder and told it to include and track the documents already located in this folder.Then, we’re using the “Heroku create” command to build a new app on the cedar stack. Celadon Cedar, or cedar for short, is a deployment environment for Heroku. It lets Heroku access libraries that allow it to understand Python, Ruby, and any other language you want to build apps with.Heroku has a nature-based naming convention, and it’ll randomly assign a name to your app based on that, in this case “damp-spire-9517.” You never have to change the name of the app since it won’t show publicly—it’ll just be how you identify it in your Heroku account.In this screenshot, I’ve moved on from making fun of my colleague Selena Larson and tackled my boss, Owen Thomas, with @OwenEbooks. With the final line, we’re pushing out all our heroku_ebooks files, including the local_settings.py file we built, to our Heroku app’s home on the Web. Heroku stores them in its servers and will run the app for us. Note: if you made a mistake in local_settings.py and need to update it, it’s just like doing any other update in Git. First, change the file, save, and exit. Then, back on the command line:cd heroku_ebooksgit add local_settings.pygit commit -am “Update local_settings.py”git push heroku masterYou shouldn’t get this error if you’ve done everything the way I said, but the most common error is going to be:  !     Push rejected, no Cedar-supported app detectedThis means it can’t find a Heroku app in the heroku_ebooks folder. Remove and reinitialize Git with:rm -rf .gitgit initgit add .Then try once more to create a new Heroku app in the folder. If it is working, you’ll get this notice instead:—–> Python app detected Once it’s done pushing changes to the master branch, you can test to see if it’s working:heroku run workerThis will give you one of two responses: 1 No, sorry, not this time. In this response, “1” could be any number 1 through 7, or, an actual tweet: Schedule Tweets For The Future Note that I set both T/F (true/false) variables to FALSE. If the first one isn’t set this way, it won’t be able to write to Twitter.  Sign Up For And Install Heroku Once you’ve got your first tweet—a step you really should take to verify everything’s working—you’ll want to schedule “heroku run worker” to run at regular intervals during the day, so you don’t have to manually tweet for it yourself.Type:heroku addons:add scheduler:standardIf you didn’t “verify” your Heroku account with a credit card, this command won’t work. Go get that credit card! Otherwise, type this once the scheduler installs:heroku addons:open schedulerIt’ll take you to a page on Heroku where you can configure the program. Name it “worker,” and set the frequency to “hourly.” Hit save. Whenever you are working on a coding project, you are always standing on the shoulders of giants. In this case, we’re borrowing an open source Ruby and Python script that GitHub user Tom Meagher has saved in a repository. You need a copy of Tom’s repository on your computer. The easiest way to do this is to hit “Clone In Desktop” or “Download Zip.” Either way, you want to take the resulting folder, which will be called heroku_ebooks, and store it in the very top directory of your computer.Update Your Settings When it says to list the account, don’t write out the full Twitter account URL (twitter.com/selenaebooks) or even put an @ in front of the Twitter username (@selenaebooks). Here’s how I did the @SelenaEbooks account: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Once you’ve named and created your app, you’re going to immediately want to adjust its permissions to “Read and Write.” In order to post to Twitter from a program, it needs to have a mobile number connected to the account—which is why we needed to create one earlier.  Next, go to the API Keys page and click “Generate my Access Token,” and keep the window open while it works. You’ll need those keys and tokens in just a few minutes. Clone The GitHub Repository lauren orsinilast_img read more