England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge

first_img England won the Canadian International Junior Challenge for the seventh time with a dramatic charge over the last five holes of the championship at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario. The team of Jake Bolton, Jack Cope, Danny Daniels and Kristian Tannum Donaldson had trailed the hosts, Canada, over the first two rounds and, with five holes left of the final round, they were six shots behind. But in a storming finish they overtook their rivals and won the title by a shot. Daniels (Essendon) birdied two of the last five on his way to three-under 69, the low score of the day. Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) was two-under for the last five, including a crucial birdie on 18. Cope (Minchinhampton) birdied 14 and 16 to finish on level par. Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) beat his Canadian opponent by two shots over the closing holes. Manager Alan Covey said: “The job was done! We had played the last five holes in six-under par as a team, to win by a single shot. It was a fantastic fightback by Team England and we were champions. “Although we were six behind Canada after 13 holes all the team were playing well.  I just told each player to try and beat the Canadian in their group by two shots in the last five holes and they responded accordingly!” Covey also praised the boys from Team Canada for being great opponents. “Canada pushed us all the way, but thankfully we just came out on top,” he said. England played the last round in a team score of one-under and finished the 54-hole event on four-over par, one shot ahead of Canada. In addition Bolton was third individually on two-over, two behind the leaders, scoring 73 69 76. Tied fifth were Daniels 74 77 69 and Tannum Donaldson 74 72 74; while Cope was eighth 75 75 72. The championship is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. The event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada’s finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.  Caption: (from left) Jack Cope, Kristian Tannum Donaldson, Alan Covey (team manager), Jake Bolton, Danny Daniels. (Image courtesy Canadian Junior Golf Association). 18 Sep 2016 England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge last_img read more

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‘Playing with Smalling and Jones must be tempting for Stones!’ Reaction to Rio’s controversial comments

first_img1 Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has told John Stones to pick his old club instead of Chelsea.Chelsea have had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old and it is rumoured United and neighbours Manchester City have both joined the race for his signature.Ferdinand said the Everton defender would not play if he moved to Stamford Bridge and would spend the season on the bench – but that would not be the case if he chose Old Trafford.Naturally, Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United fans have put their opinions across on social media and you can see the best reactions below …last_img

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FLASH FLOODS: MET EIREANN ISSUES ORANGE WEATHER WARNING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET EIREANN has issued an Orange weather warning for Donegal until 10pm tonight.The forecaster says it is warning of possible flash floods and widespread heavy rain with up to 50mm expected.The warning – issued from 10pm last night – is below: National Weather WarningsSTATUS ORANGERainfall Warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and CavanWidespread heavy rain during Thursday:- accumulations of 30 to 50mm generally, with parts of Munster and Connacht receiving 50 to 70mm. On saturated ground, this may lead to flooding. Issued:Wednesday 31 July 2013 22:00Valid:Wednesday 31 July 2013 22:00 to Thursday 01 August 2013 22:00 STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be PreparedThis category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.FLASH FLOODS: MET EIREANN ISSUES ORANGE WEATHER WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RESIDENTS LAUNCH SECOND PHASE OF HOME-PROTECTION PLAN AGAINST CRIME GANG

first_imgSome of the huge crowd which turned out at the last night to discuss break-ins across Donegal.A second public meeting to formalise plans to protect pensioners in their homes in the Manorcunningham and surrounding areas is to be held this Wednesday.More than 1,500 gathered for the first meeting two weeks ago.Angry campaigners heard how the elderly were ‘sitting ducks’ in their homes because of a lack of Garda resources. Pledges amounting to €10,000 were made on the night for information leading to a gang who have been terrorising pensioners in their own homes in recent weeks.Detective Michael Galvin speaks to the crowd.Victims of crime told their touching stories of how their lives have been changed forever after they were burgled.Now a concrete plan to protect those pensioners will be unveiled on Wednesday night at the Manor Resource Centre at 9pm.Organiser Tony Morning told Donegal Daily that a huge amount of work has been done since the first meeting. “There was a lot of anger at that first meeting and I for one do not apologise for it,” he said.“People may have said that things were said that should not have been said but they had to be said.“I visited the victims of some of these crimes and it made my blood boil.“But from that anger we are formulating a plan to protect these people,” said Mr Morning.Among the plan is the purchase of alarm and sensor lights for the elderly as well as the introduction of a text-alert scheme. Everyone is invited to Wednesday night’s meeting.The text-alert scheme is already being rolled out in Glenties.RESIDENTS LAUNCH SECOND PHASE OF HOME-PROTECTION PLAN AGAINST CRIME GANG was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardaiManorpensionersprotectionTony Morninglast_img read more

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Back to the drawing board

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By the Bush administration’s calculation, it was merciful to pull the plug on Harriet Miers’ Supreme Court nomination before it suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Senate. It’s hard to disagree. When the president first nominated his longtime pal a few weeks back, the move seemed highly questionable. What did we know about Miers’ temperament, her judicial philosophy, her qualifications? To answer these questions, Miers would need to quickly prove herself worthy. But that didn’t happen. When she completed a questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee, members promptly sent it back, calling it insultingly incomplete. One-on-one meetings with senators reportedly didn’t go much better. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Once again, Bush seems to have made the mistake of rewarding loyal friends at the expense of making a sound appointment. Let’s hope he does better the next time around and picks someone with a distinguished record, high intellect and an independent mind.last_img read more

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Church under fire from IRS for pre-election preaching

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An IRS spokesman declined comment on the All Saints investigation, saying the law prohibits discussion of specific cases. PASADENA – The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon given on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials. Rector Ed Bacon of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena told Sunday worshippers that the IRS claims the church violated federal tax code barring tax-exempt organizations from intervening in political campaigns and elections. In a sermon two days before the 2004 election, the Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners to support President George W. Bush or Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., but was critical of the Iraq war and Bush’s tax cuts. “He explicitly said, ‘I am not telling you how to vote.’ That is the golden boundary we did not cross,” Bacon said in a telephone interview Monday. 160Want 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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Launchpad to a billion consumers

first_imgInside a branch of Jumbo Cash ‘n Carry, one of the many big box range of stores operated in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent by Massmart, the company Wal-Mart has offered to buy for $4.2-billion. (Image: Massmart) This article originally appeared on page one of South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. (Click to enlarge.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brunswick Group LLP, Strategic Communications Advisors: Massmart + 27 11 502 7300 massmart@brunswick.co.zaRELATED ARTICLES • Brewing up a global brand • SA possible new BRIC member • Fortune 500 head to Cape Town • SA-China trade ties strengthen • SA best for regulation of exchangesBy offering to acquire South African retailer Massmart for an estimated US$4.2-billion (R28.5-billion), Wal-Mart in late September 2010 joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.“What better evidence can there be of Africa’s burgeoning potential as a consumer market than Wal-Mart’s desire for a foothold on the continent?” the Financial Times‘ Beyondbrics blog asked.Wal-Mart’s move followed hard on the heels of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone‘s $3.2-billion (R21.5-billion) bid for Dimension Data, HSBC‘s expressed interest in acquiring 70% of Nedbank, and DuPont‘s decision to seek a majority stake in Pannar Seed.Andy Bond, chairman of Asda, Wal-Mart’s UK operation, said, “South Africa presents a compelling growth opportunity and offers a platform for growth and expansion in other African countries. South Africa possesses attractive market dynamics, favorable demographic trends and a growing economy.”Headquartered in Johannesburg, Massmart operates 232 stores in South Africa stores and 32 in other African countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, according to its website. The company is known for its big box chains, which include Makro, Game and Builders Warehouse. Other South African retailers with growing African footprints include Shoprite and Pick n Pay.The acquisition would be Bentonville, Arkansas, giant’s largest since 1999 when it purchased Asda. Wal-Mart has already been sourcing fruit from South Africa. It buys 500 000 cartons of citrus for its US stores each year, 2.4-million boxes of apples and pears for the UK and 50 000 boxes of grapefruit for Japan.“Africa’s economic pulse has quickened, infusing the continent with a new commercial vibrancy,” McKinsey and Co concluded in a widely read report released in June, titled Lions on the Move (PDF, 2.8 MB). The report singled out the three sectors represented in the latest series of acquisition moves as “flourishing” – retail, banking and telecoms.McKinsey reckons that by 2020 Africa’s consumer spending will reach $1.4-trillion (R9.5-trillion) up from $860-billion (R5.8-trillion) in 2008, and there will be 128-million Africans with discretionary income.  “Africa’s long-term growth will increasingly reflect into related social and demographic trends that are creating new engines of domestic growth. Chief among these are urbanisation and the rise of the middle class African consumer.”Wal-Mart’s initial offer of R148 ($23) a share for Massmart, a 10% premium on the previous close, reflected in part the solid track record South African companies have established in the rest of the continent. That record, the Financial Times commented last April, gave “weight to government aspirations to occupy a place at the table of the BRICs, the big emerging markets whose rise has begun to transform the shape of the world economy.”Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid Mandela There is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

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Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on justice and judgement

first_imgArchbishop Thabo Makgoba at mass in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, with Reverend Moreo on his right . (Image: Anglican Church)• Anglican Church of Southern Africa+27 11 375 2700publish@anglicanchurchsa.org.zaThis is an edited version of the editorial Archbishop Thabo Makgoba wrote for the Sunday Independent.The South African Council of Churches has just concluded a conference, the Church in Society raised issues of the role of the church in giving guidance on ethical and moral issues in society.It raised in me concerns about how often dilemmas of a moral nature pass by with the Church being silent about them. This week the country will be focusing on the high profile murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. Another moment to reflect on ourselves as a society.This trial has cast a global spotlight, not only on the Olympic and Paralympic star athlete, but also shines a light on South Africa’s constitution and its legal system. It will, hopefully, stimulate a conversation on our moral values as a nation with these two elements at the centre of this conversation.I am not pronouncing judgement, amid the noise of the trial let us not forget that a soul is lost and a family have lost a child in the prime of her life. We can’t in our pursuit of justice ignore their pain and the sorrow of a remembered moment when Reeva Steenkamp’s life was lost when fatally shot by Oscar Pistorius. My pierced heart of compassion goes out to all involved in this case and in particular to the Steenkamp family who lost their beautiful child.Returning , however to constitutional matters, and wearing my hat as a board member of the Open Society Foundation, our Constitution – as the highest law of the land – lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. Despite being one of the youngest nations in the global community of nations, our Constitution is hailed the world over for its progressive approach. We are a constitutional state and all laws made by Parliament must pass the test of constitutionality. Parliament has to ensure at all times that the laws it makes are in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Constitution.As we prepare to commemorate 20 years of democratic freedom, this high profile murder trial is a reminder that our strong and stable legal system is a fundamental building block of our constitutional democracy, as is the independence of our courts and our judiciary. Even as a cleric I am subject to and must respect these legal provisions whilst at the same time emphasising that the law must serve the people as its objective rather than being an end in itself.South Africa may be a young democracy, but we have made strides in building a substantial framework for a society anchored by democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.Our Bill of Rights is a further cornerstone of our democracy that enshrines the rights that protect our freedoms. Some of the rights enshrined therein are the right to life, equality, human dignity, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association, political rights and the right to peaceful assembly and demonstration. The Bill of Rights also makes it incumbent upon the state to respect, protect, promote and fulfil these rights.The Constitution also sets up several independent bodies to support and safeguard our rights as citizens and the Human Rights Commission, protects the human rights of every South African citizen, including the right to a fair trial, without fear, favour or prejudice.With all these institutions in South Africa that aim to create a lawful society, every South African citizen also has a role to play in respecting the constitutional state and its legal system.In the Oscar Pistorius trial, and in any other case of such a sensitive and highly emotive nature, the strength and integrity of the country’s legal system will ensure that no individual will escape the consequences of taking the law into their own hands without just cause. At the same time, our legal system ensures those who are the subject of such cases can be assured of fair trials without prejudice.There is a need for South Africans, and indeed the watching world, as the Oscar Pistorius trial starts to unfold, to exercise real compassion and magnanimity for everyone involved. There can be no winners in this legal process, no matter what the outcome, as morally and physically, the human damage has already been done. Compassion and magnanimity are human reactions when others are so obviously hurting and suffering but these point us to a future filled with hope in the midst of hopelessness. This is the real challenge of this particular trial, slowing the legal course of justice, having the courage to mourn, grieve and aspire for a safe and hope-filled country.As we commemorate the country’s two decades of democratic freedom and the legal system that underpins it, we should not be tempted to pass judgment ourselves in this trial. Instead let’s find within ourselves selfless, forgiving and compassionate acts towards all those involved. There is perhaps some truth to the “judge not, lest you be judged” principle. If there is one lesson we can learn from the past 20 years of freedom and democracy, it is to exercise greater understanding and compassion. As former President Nelson Mandela once said: “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”Makgoba is Anglican Archbishop of Cape Townlast_img read more

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Five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade)

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in all seasons: Tips for the all-weather cacherDecember 19, 2017In “Community”How to choose the best caches for kidsJuly 9, 2019In “Learn”The 10 coolest winter geocaching tipsJanuary 27, 2015In “Community” Super-cacher, HQ Lackey, and Pocket Query expert Jeff (gearguru) answers the what’s and why’s of Pocket Queries and shares five scenarios where Pocket Queries are the ultimate TOTT (tool of the trade).  So, let’s get into what Pocket Queries are and why would you want to use them. Pocket Queries*, also known as PQ’s, are custom geocache searches that you can schedule to be emailed on a daily or weekly basis. They are a quick and easy way to group up to 1000 geocaches. Best of all, they show up as a List on the Geocaching® app. (If you prefer to use a handheld dedicated GPS for your geocache outings then PQ’s are a great way to load caches to your unit in large quantities.)Use PQ’s to create a List of caches based on cache type, cache size, D/T ratings, location, and placed on dates. You can even get more specific by adding fields such as, “I haven’t found,” “Is enabled,” “Have Travel Bugs,” “Found in the last 7 days,” “Does/doesn’t have a certain attribute”, and many more options. You can also set up Pocket Queries to run on a certain day of the week so the information is fresh before heading out to geocache. I like to use “Found in the last 7 days” when traveling since I will be more confident that the cache is at the location and in good health. I’m a huge fan of PQ’s and have about 400 of them, with 10-12 that run weekly so I am ready for any situation. Here are five of these scenarios, that are perfect for using Pocket Queries: VacationPlanning a trip to a new area and want to find all of the Virtual and Webcam caches? Let a PQ do that for you by entering the zip code! It provides a list of caches in that area. Road tripIf you’re going on a road trip and want to find all the caches along a route within ½ a mile of the road, run a PQ to do just that! Handy when driving long distances. Jasmer ChallengeRun a PQ to show all the caches placed on any set of dates—such as between May 3, 2000 and December 31, 2001—based on a state or country to help complete your Jasmer Challenge. Challenge CachesIf you’re working on a different challenge to find a certain number of large caches, you can run a PQ that shows large caches that haven’t been found by you but have been found by others within the last seven days. Mega- and Giga-EventsTraveling to a Mega- or Giga-Event? Create a PQ based on the event GC code to view all the events happening around the Mega or Giga. Note: Pocket Queries and Lists are a Premium Member feature.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Duncan Fletcher: Who is Duncan Fletcher?

first_imgDuncan Fletcher, who has been named the India coach by the BCCI on Wednesday, is a retired Zimbabwean player who has been more in the news for helming the turnaround in English cricket since 1999.Fletcher was the captain of the Zimbabwean team in the Prudential World Cup 1983 which is known for the team’s upset victory over Australia in which he was player of the match scoring 69 runs and taking four wickets. The four wickets he took in the match were of the top five batsmen in the Australian batting line-up, the lone batsman in the top order who escaped his medium-fast bowling, Kepler Wessels (later South Africa captain), was run out.Fletcher was also the Zimbabwe captain in the Tunbridge Wells match against India in the same tournament where Kapil Dev scored 175 not out off 138 balls, one of ODI cricket’s greatest innings.In his coaching stint with England, he became the first foreigner and first non-Test player to coach England. During Fletcher’s playing years, Zimbabwe didn’t play Tests. Further, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire following England’s Ashes triumph in 2005.Fletcher has big shoes to fill after Gary Kirsten’s departure as India coach, which saw Team India win the 2011 World Cup.last_img read more

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