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A tale of two flights

first_imgRound over, after waiting for all the groups to come in, it was results recorded and into transport for the trip back to BJ’s where it was a late results show.  With so many groups and the distance to the course it was no surprise we were a bit late, still better late than never.There is no reason I can see but every week one of the flight’s plays a blinder and the other plays much less well.  The previous week the A Flight had been miles better than the B Flight, this week it was just the opposite.  In the A Flight the winner was Henry Wong with 33 points while in second was Bob Watson, who was surprised to be second with 32.  We then had a count back on 31 points that saw Colm Mullen in third, Richard Kubicki in fourth and Gerd Riedlar just missing out.The B Flight was won by Mick O’Brien with 37 points ahead of Tom McDowell in second with 35.  Dave Cooper was third with 34 points and in fourth came Barry Elphick with 33.Near Pins: Henry Wong (2), Mike O’Brien (2), Tom McDowell, Frank PilkingtonLong Putt: Gerd Riedlar, Dick Warberg, Don Carmody, Derek BrookFriday, Feb. 20, Pleasant Valley – StablefordOn Friday the Tropical Golf Group gathered at BJ’s Holiday Lodge in preparation for the trek out to Pleasant Valley.  It had been quite a while since we had played this course so some were trying to remember the course layout while others were wondering what the conditions would be like after the nearby PSC Monthly was rained out the day before.Landis Brooks (left) with Takeshi Hakozaki.Pleasant Valley is one of the shorter courses, but tight fairways and numerous water hazards, including many forced tee carries, make the course challenging.  Nerves of steel on the tee can make or break a round, and rumor has it the drink stops were doing a brisk business selling used golf balls, with many soon returning to the hazards from whence they came.  If that didn’t make the course challenging enough, the on and off again rain on the back nine bested all but the most determined golfers.  Still, the rain finally stopped for good and the scores trickled in.When the counting was done one golfer stood head, shoulders, and an extension ladder above the rest.  Landis Brooks (9) posted an incredible 43 points – a full eight strokes ahead of the nearest competition.  On a tough course, under tough conditions, Landis shot 74 off the stick.  Take a bow!Further down, the mere mortals had a three-way count back, all at 35 points.  When all the tie-breaking was done it was Takeshi Hakozaki (13) over Mike O’Brien (22), followed by Graham Buckingham (22).Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham, Paul WeatherleyLong Putts:  Landis Brooks, Graham Buckingham PSC Golf from Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, Feb. 17, Greenwood B & C – StablefordWe had a few extra players today, so with a bit of reorganization we headed off to Greenwood.  After a quick change we got to the first tee and were told we were playing the B & C Nines, not a bad nine but starting on C1 is always a bit tricky.  On this day the normal, strong wing was around so life was always going to be a bit difficult. The course was as is normal at Greenwood, a bit rural but better in some respects for it.  The fairways are a bit up and down condition wise, but well playable, and the rough is as one would expect here.  Now the greens are not bad and were fine to putt on, so on a windy day we had a great round.Mick O’Brien (left) and Henry Wong (right) with one of B.J. Holiday Lodge’s finest.last_img read more

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Police seek the golden hoon

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS POLICE are on the hunt for a hoon who caused havoc on Pakenham roads over the weekend….[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

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Real ‘doubts over Kane character’ see them switch attention to Lewandowski

first_imgREAL MADRID have shelved plans to sign Harry Kane because he lacks the character needed to succeed in Spain, it has been claimed.Tottenham striker Kane has been tracked by the European champions all season after emerging as one of the most prolific forwards in world football.3 Real Madrid are said to have colled their interest in Harry Kane over doubts over his characterCredit: PA:Empics SportThe Spanish giants had been considering making a world record £200million bid to sign the England star this summer as part of a major overhaul of their squad.But now reports in Spain say doubts over Kane’s ability to deal with the pressure of playing for Real, coupled with his huge asking price, have seen that interest cool.AS say there are concerns the 24-year-old’s “introverted” nature has been a cause for concern in the corridors of power at the Bernabeu.So now it is claimed manager Zinedine Zidane is ready to switch his focus to taking Robert Lewandowski to the club instead.3 Kane would cost in excess of £200m to sign – another reason why Real are reluctant to pursue himCredit: PA:Press AssociationHarry Kane faces some time off with his ankle injury, but just how important is he to Tottenham and EnglandLewandowksi, 29,  is heading for an exit from Bayern Munich this summer after deciding he wants a new challenge in his career.And though Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all shown interest, Real believe they can be successful in winning the race for his signature.GOAL IN ONE Gareth Bale’s stunning back garden golf course based on legendary holesThe Polish striker has been established as one of the best goalscorers in the game for years, having first made his mark with Borussia Dortmund.Since joining Bayern four years ago he has been even more prolific, regularly finishing Bundesliga top goalscorer and winning three consecutive league titles.Most read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeHe is likely to be available for a fraction of the cost of Kane, and that has helped convince Zidane he would be the better option as he plans an overhaul of his squad.Real’s struggles in La Liga this season have highlighted a lack of cutting edge, with Karim Benzema likely to be sold this summer.3 Robert Lewandowksi has now emerged as the top target for RealCredit: Getty – ContributorThere are also doubts over the long-term future of Gareth Bale at the club, with a series of injuries hampering his impact over the past two seasons.Lewandowski, who has admitted in the past he would love to play for Real, would be a big-enough name to keep frustrated supporters happy.And it would also leave plenty of money left in the budget to be able to strengthen across other areas of the squad.Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski showcases silky skills in traininglast_img read more

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Loan Program Helps Rural Women Improve their Farms

first_img“We have saved and loaned money among ourselves to enable us to invest more in our farms to improve our lives and increase food security,” said Mary Diayeah, manager of the Zoedoah Farmers Association in Nimba County.The ability to access loans for people in Liberia is a difficult circumstance especially for farmers as there are limited or no financial institutions in rural parts of Liberia to provide the opportunity to borrow money.To improve agricultural productivity, in 2013, members of the Zoedoah Farmers Association, which comprises 28 farmers, predominantly women, joined the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program supported by USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) program for Liberia.VSLA is a loan program where rural people who lack access to banking institutions for credit pool their savings to generate the ability to loan money to one another. The money is then loaned out to members on ten percent rate over a three month period. At the end of the cycle, usually 9-12 months, the savings from the interest is then redistributed to borrowers to reinvest in their farms.For the first cycle from October 2013 to June 2014, the women raised the sum of LD$1,350,000 or USD $16,071.The group distributed the money with interest to the members to further develop individual farms. The interest received, which was LD$250,000 or USD $2,976 from the loans, was used to hire laborers from February to March 2015 to prepare the group’s farm comprising 8.5 hectares of upland rice, 1 hectare cassava and a plot of vegetable garden. All of these projects are currently under cultivation.Alice Tweh, the record keeper of the Zoedoah farmers said, “Five years ago, women farmers struggled to make farms, but USAID FED and the VSLA program have now improved our farms.” Alice in 2014 bought tools and paid workers to develop her five hectare cassava farm with LD$18,000 or USD $215 which was part of her savings from the VSLA. She also used some of this amount to take care of some household problems and pay her children’s tuition. USAID FED is currently partnering with a few financial institutions in Liberia to create financial assistance groups in six counties of which most of the beneficiaries are women. From 2013 until May 2015, USAID FED’s VSLAs have raised a total of US $508,792 from loans accumulating US$50,879 interest that was returned to benefit its members.Over the coming year USAID FED will increase the VSLAs they work with from 373 to 723 to reach an expected total of 12,675 women with its program.The USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program targets organized farmers and provide resources and knowledge to improve production and profitability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police hunt suspect, reputed wife

first_imgMissing EBD womanCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed that Police are hunting a man and his reputed wife believed to be involved in the disappearance of Shonette Savory of Prospect, East Bank Demerara (EBD) who disappeared on August 26 last.The head of the Criminal Investigations Department told Guyana Times that members of the Major Crime Unit received information that the suspect did some construction work and the possibility existed that the woman’s remains were buried under the structure.It was on that basis that several ranks visited the home of the suspect at Belle West, West Bank Demerara on Friday, where they excavated the area but came up empty handed. He also noted that special sniffer dogs were also used to combMissing: Shonette Savorythe area, but again nothing was detected.Nevertheless, he noted that the Police will continue to work on leads provided to them in an attempt to locate the missing woman. The 37-year-old woman of Lot 222 Last Street Prospect, EBD, was last seen visiting the suspects on August 29.last_img read more

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Defoe hat-trick keeps Spurs on track

first_imgDefoe’s first came after just 22 minutes, knocking home a Gareth Bale cross at the near post, but Spurs appeared to have shot themselves in the foot with a dreadful defensive blunder five minutes bfore half-time.Kyle Naughton hit a sloppy back pass and French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris failed to react as Robert Beric slipped in and knocked the ball home.But Defoe was on on hand again four minutes after the break with a left foot effort after an incisive through ball from Thomas Carroll and cropped up again with a quarter-of-an-hour to go to slot home Bale’s low cross from the left. It could have been a good deal worse for Maribor if Emmanuel Adebayor had taken any of the string of chances presented to him on a plate.Lazio swept into the qualifying round with a comfortable win over the Greeks with goals from Libor Kozak, in the 23rd and 40th minutes, and Sergio Floccari after 59.Holders Atletico Madrid came a cropper in Portugal, beaten 2-0 by Academica Coimbra, but with three wins already under their belt, are safely through to the knockout stages.A goal in each half from Wilson Eduardo, the second from the penalty spot, gave Acaedmica a comfortable win but it was little more than consolation as they bowed out of the competition. The goalscoring performance of the night came in Naples where Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani hit all four of Napoli’s goals against Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to bring them back from the brink after they found themselves 2-1 down after 52 minutes in their Group F tie.It was revenge for the surprise 3-1 defeat in Ukraine a fortnight ago and the Italians’ cause was further helped by PSV Eindhoven slipping up in Sweden, going down 1-0 to AIK Solna, who had held them in the Netherlands two weeks ago.There is still everything to play for in Group A, where Anzhi Makhachkala moved to the top, leapfrogging Liverpool with a 1-0 win thanks to a lone Lacina Traore goal in freezing temperatures in Moscow.Having beaten Anzhi 1-0 at Anfield two weeks ago, Liverpool surrendered a two-point lead over their Russian rivals and are now a point adrift after four games.Liverpool’s under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers said afterwards: “I feel for the players, I thought they were outstanding.“The first half we were tactically terrific for 44 minutes and 50 seconds but then switched off and made a mistake right at the end.Speaking on ITV4, he added: “It was a terrific team performance against players of top quality on a difficult pitch, but at this level you get punished when you make mistakes.”His opposite number Guus Hiddink commented: “We didn’t finish it off in the second half, we had two big opportunities, but it was an interesting game on a very bad pitch. They tested us so we have to be happy with this result.”But Udinese failed to cash in when they went down 3-2 at home to Switzerland’s Young Boys, setting up a nail-biting final round of matches.In Group C, England’s bad boy Joey Barton seemed to have set Marseille on their way to victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach, cancelling out Mike Hanke’s 20th minute opener with a classic goal direct from a corner before Andre Ayew made it 2-1 after 67 minutes.But deep into injury time, the German side’s Juan Arango capitalised on a defensive mix-up to earn a draw which leaves the second qualifying spot up for grabs.Turkey’s Fenerbahce are already through, clinching their place with a 2-0 win over little AEL Limassol of Cyprus, Dirk Kuyt grabbing the first inside 11 minutes and Moussa Sow wrapping it up before half-time.Newcastle kept their hopes alive with a come-from-behind draw away to Brugge in Belgium.The home side were two goals to the good after 19 minutes through Ivan Trickovski and Jesper Jorgensen, only for two goals in as many minutes just before the interval from Vurnon Anita and Shola Ameobi to level things for Alan Pardew’s side.Newcastle are now just a point clear of Bordeaux, who had David Bellion’s 16th minute goal to thank for victory over Portuguese side Maritimo Funchal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France November 9 – England striker Jermaine Defoe helped himself to three clinically-struck goals and moved Tottenham Hotspur a step closer to the Europa League knockout stages with a 3-1 win over Maribor of Slovenia on Thursday.With Group J leaders Lazio beating Panathanaikos 3-0 in Rome, Spurs are now two points clear of Maribor in the race for the second qualifying spot.last_img read more

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Britney Spears’ attorney demands derogatory billboards taken down

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TAMPA, Fla. – Attorneys for troubled singer Britney Spears have demanded that billboards for a Tampa radio show featuring photos of a bald Spears and text including the word “certifiable” be removed. The billboards had been up for weeks and were part of a promotional ad campaign for “The MJ Morning Show” on radio station WFLZ, owned by Clear Channel Communications. Along with the photo of Spears, the billboards featured a photo of the show’s host, MJ. Other sayings on the ad included “Total Nut Jobs” and “Shock Therapy.” Spears’ lawyers sent a letter threatening legal action if the billboards did not come down. Clear Channel complied, but the decision did not sit well with the popular radio personality. “Do I feel betrayed? Yeah, I feel betrayed,” said host Todd Schnitt, who goes by “MJ Kelli” on the air. “I feel let down. I’m not happy with my company taking it down. I don’t think there’s any problem with this.” Schnitt says the station purchased the picture of Spears for the campaign from a Web site. Spears’ attorneys say that since the photo was not purchased from her representatives, the singer could be entitled to “very substantial damages.” In a letter dated June 14th, Spears’ legal team also called the billboards “offensive” and “outrageous in the extreme.” The billboards were up in the Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla. areas; the MJ Morning Show is also broadcast in Melbourne, Fla., and St. Louis.last_img read more

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Parks calls for a ban on epithet

first_imgCalling on Los Angeles residents to be more civil to one another – and inserting the City Council in a nationwide debate – Councilman Bernard Parks is calling for a moratorium on the use of the “n-word.” Parks noted that Nov. 17 is the one-year anniversary of the much-publicized eruption by comic Michael Richards with the use of the word that prompted a national discussion about the word and its impact on society. “There is a discussion throughout the community about the use of this word and how offensive it is,” Parks said, adding that he had been approached by an organization, Mothers in Action, to commemorate the event with a resolution of condemnation. The City Council has been involved in a debate over the use of the word for more than a year, prompted by its use by some people during the public hearing session of council meetings. 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre As a result, council members adopted a regulation allowing them to eject people who use offensive language.last_img read more

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Poll to address station funding

first_imgWHITTIER – Would you agree to a property tax hike to pay for a new police station? Whittier residents soon will be asked that question. The city will conduct a poll by mail to gauge residents’ feelings about a possible bond to pay for a new police station. After touring the aging and overcrowded Whittier Police Department headquarters and the cramped Whittier Public Library on Mar Vista Street on Tuesday, City Council members decided building a new police station is a more pressing need for the city. The only viable way to build a new police station is to use land between the library and the courthouse on Mar Vista, the council decided. The old police station would be demolished, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“The police station had the greater need, a glaring need,” Mayor Cathy Warner said. “The function has been impaired from so many perspectives, and it’s so obvious they’re using every square inch of space.” If money can be raised for it, officials hope a new library could be built in Uptown Whittier, on land owned by the city at Hadley Street and Comstock Avenue – known as the “Alpha Beta” site – but private donations would have to fund the construction. On Tuesday, Lt. Aviv Bar led council members through the police station. They were shown hallways lined with stacked boxes of old records, closets converted into recruiting offices and bicycles covered with biohazard materials because there is no room to store them. “We’re bursting at the seams,” Bar said. “This place was built in 1955, and if you look at pictures of it back then, it looks exactly the same now. We have outgrown the capacity of this building in many ways.” One of the complaints by officers is the station’s lack of an interview room for crime victims. Officers must interview victims in a high-traffic area that offers no privacy. The problem was illustrated as Bar led the tour past an officer interviewing a young woman, who was crying. Bar said because of the building’s design, family members visiting jailed suspects are brought into the secure area, where they must be escorted at all times by an officer. “It’s not a good way to serve the public,” he said. As for the library, City Manager Steve Helvey said the city would likely solicit design proposals from developers, who would be encouraged to include a library in a mixed-use development. The goal would be to get an idea of the cost for such a project, Helvey said. Meanwhile, members of the Whittier Public Library Foundation, which was created by residents to raise money for a new library, said the group was not disappointed that the council did not favor including a library in any future bond measure. “I think it’s the reality of what the community will support in a tax process,” said Raymond Schmidt, the foundation’s treasurer. “It’s more realistic this way. The police don’t have the avenues or resources to get a new station, where we at least have another option.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United midfielder set to sign new deal

first_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly rates Andreas Pereira shining IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REAL DEAL Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January no dice 1 REPLY Getty Images Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:42Loaded: 23.13%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen whoops And The Sun claim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed by Pereira’s displays and wants to tie him down to fresh terms.The Brazil international’s contract runs out next summer after United triggered a one-year extension in March.Pereira scored a stunning goal from 25 yards in a 3-2 win over Southampton before starting in the club’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.After extending Pereira’s contract by an extra year, Solskjaer said: “He has gone through the academy, he has loads of energy and drive. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to sign a new four-year deal, according to reports.The 23-year-old made 22 appearances during the 2018/19 campaign in a breakthrough season at Old Trafford. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “Maybe we found a better position for him. He is more of a No8 or 10 than a six.“Young kids when they get criticism, there is nothing better than seeing them grab their chance.” gameday cracker Man Utd new-boy Dan James melt hearts as he is given adorable puppy as 21st birthday present Pereira had loan spells with Granada and Valencia before being given a first-team chance under former boss Jose Mourinho last summer.last_img read more

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