Wood takes victory at Pattana

first_imgIPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, June 8, Greenwood – StablefordAs the hopefuls gathered for a hearty breakfast the weather was rainy but as the skies brightened to the north east they set off, happy feet tripping their way to Greenwood where it turned out to be not as bright as Pattaya.  In spite of the ominous omens, a start was made but the first group had just made it through the second fairway, with the last group just teeing off when a huge deluge descended accompanied by flashes of lightning and heavy thunder, and as it appeared to be continuing for the foreseeable future a halt was called to the day’s golf.John Wood & Phil Cass. In spite of the signs advising that there were no rain checks to be had, the management was very accommodating, providing each player with a voucher for a green fee and cart fee to be used for their next visit to the course.Wednesday, June 10, Pattana B & C – Stableford(Yellow Tees)CSS 711st John Wood (24) 38pts2nd John Carlin (20) 37pts3rd Hal Hart (20) 36pts4th Walter Panichi (1) 35pts5th Vincent Gras (19) 35ptsFollowing Mondays’ cancellation, everyone was keen to get off for a full round of golf at the always immaculate Pattana where the B & C courses were the day’s test.  Following the area’s recent heavy rains the yellow tees were selected for play measuring just over 6,300 yards and with little run on the fairways.  The rain had also affected the green-keeper’s ability to cut the greens, leaving them slower than usual.John Wood had an exceptionally good day, which gleaned him yet another win to add to his total as he currently experiences a rare run of form.John Carlin also did very well to take second place just a single point behind after having made a strong run over the last four holes (scoring 10 points from them) but a weaker front nine had left him just a bit too much to do.Hal Hart took a very good third place with a level handicap round that promised much after the opening nine when he was four under handicap.  He started the back half with eight more points from the first three holes but unfortunately collapsed through the last six, scoring just a point from each.Walter Panichi had an outstanding back nine, shooting a one under gross 35 which helped him to win a count back for fourth by 20 to 17 to leave Vincent Gras in fifth place.Mike Hill had a quiet day until he reached the second hole on the C course where he slipped in a wonderful putt to clean out the rollover pot for the ‘2’s in the second division.Walter Panichi almost went even better but just missed out on winning an IPGC hole-in-one golf bag as he saw his 7-iron shot on the 156 yard seventh on the C course pull up just two inches from the hole.  It was so tantalizingly close to winning the bag but he had to settle for the solo 2 in the first division.Friday, June 12, Crystal Bay A & C – StablefordCSS 721st Phil Cass (16) 38pts2nd Markku Tynell (22) 33pts3rd Mike Hill (19) 32pts4th Hal Hart (21) 32pts5th Mick Lowe (16) 32ptsAfter a disappointing day the previous week at the sister course, it was a very pleasant surprise to find that the A & C courses at Crystal Bay were in much better condition, with the bunkers immaculate and the course in good shape considering the recent weather.  The caddies especially were several notches above their counterparts and seemed to be actually enjoying their day in the countryside.  All of which, added to the competitive pricing, made for an excellent day’s golfing.Phil Cass had a very nice outing, after he got over scratching the second hole, as he went on to take 18 points from the front and then 20 points from the back nine for a two under handicap round.  This was against a background of generally heavy going over a course made sodden by the recent rains in the area.Phil was the runaway winner by five clear from Markku Tynell in second, who never quite recovered from a poor starting nine but with a level handicap back nine had done enough to just keep ahead of a three-way count back for third place.  That was won by Mike Hill with 16 on the back nine as Hal Hart took fourth with 10 on the last six and Mick Lowe 7 after they had tied the nine on 14 each.There were no 2’s in the first division but Mick Lowe scored a wonderful ‘2’ on the 194-yard fifth on the A course, for the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot clean.Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 988 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated between Beach Road and 2nd Road. All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.last_img read more

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Mehdi Benatia signs for Juventus on one-year loan

first_img CEST The 29-year-old Benatia returns to Serie A, after two seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayern.  “Juventus announces that they have reached an agreement with Bayern Munich for the temporary acquisition, until June 30, 2017, of the footballer Mehdi Benatia for three million euros. In a statement released on their official website, the Turin club confirmed: The centre-back arrived in Turin on Thursday morning to undergo medical checks, and signed his new contract on Friday. 15/07/2016 at 20:05 Italian champions Juventus have signed Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia on a one-season loan from Bayern Munich. The contract also provides the opportunity for Juventus to exercise the option to buy the player permanently, before May 30, 2017, for 17 million euros.”  EFE/Sport EN He had previously represented Udinese and Roma in the Italian league. He becomes the third signing of the summer for ‘The Old Lady’, following the captures of Miralem Pjanic from Roma, and Dani Alves from Barcelona.last_img read more

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Overnight death due to natural causes

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS POLICE have said that the overnight death of a Pakenham man was not suspicious despite initial reports…[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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Olympic Games To Take Place From July 23rd to August 8th 2021

first_imgA Statement from Team Ireland in the last hour welcomed the announcement saying that The confirmation of a date provided clarity for the Olympic Federation of Ireland who can begin work on the addressing the operational adjustments that need to take place following this reschedule. Speaking today, Chef de Mission for Team Ireland in Tokyo, Tricia Heberle welcomed the clarification of a date,“Now the athletes have a start date for the Games, they can work with their Performance Directors and coaches to start mapping out preparations. Importantly for athletes and sport, the next information we need clarity on are any changes to qualification and the rescheduling of qualification events. This will take some time, so in the short term the focus remains the same, stay healthy and safe over the coming months.“The priority now is for everyone to following the government guidelines to protect Ireland and the rest of the world against further spread of this virus. A July 2021 start means that we have plenty of time to reactivate preparatory plans and for athletes currently in modified training or on a break of sorts, this period of time can still allow some positive impact on performance.“If we are smart, this enforced break can make Team Ireland even better.”For the full IOC statement CLICK HEREprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It has been announced in the last hour that the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games will be held from the 23rd July 2021 and will rununtil the 8th August 2021. This announcement was made following anIOC Executive Board meeting today. The Opening Ceremony of the XXXII OlympicGames had been scheduled for the 24 July this year and were forced to bepostponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The delay of one year wasagreed by the board following discussions with the Tokyo 2020 organisingcommittee and the International Federations.last_img read more

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Olympiakos win tense battle at Partizan

first_imgOlympiakos moved into the driving seat to reach the Champions League playoff round after a fine brace by striker El Fardou Ben Nabouhane helped them win 3-1 at Partizan Belgrade in a tense atmosphere on Tuesday.The Greek side’s ultra fans have close ties with Partizan’s bitter city foes Red Star and the match was played under tight security with no visiting supporters present after the clubs agreed to give up their respective away ticket allocations.The third qualifying round first-leg match was not entirely incident-free, however, as Partizan fans threw firecrackers at Olympiakos midfielder Marko Marin when he went to take a corner and a plastic bottle at a visiting player as the teams went off at half-time.Olympiakos went ahead after six minutes when Ben Nabouhane scored with a crisp finish after he was put through by Marin.Partizan levelled four minutes later as their towering Cameroonian striker Leandre Tawamba scrambled the ball home from close range from a sharp low cross by midfielder Marko Jankovic.Ben Nabouhane restored the visitors’ lead with a magnificent long-range strike in the 57th minute and Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike sealed the win in stoppage-time after rounding goalkeeper Filip Kljajic and slotting the ball into an empty net.Vardar Skopje, aiming to become the first Macedonian side to reach the group stage, followed up their shock elimination of Malmo in the last round by beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 at home with a second-half goal from Brazilian Jonathan Balotelli.Romanian side FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Czech side Viktoria Plzen while Milan Skoda’s first-half penalty gave Slavia Prague a 1-0 home win over BATE Borisov, champions of Belarus for the past 11 seasons.Alan Dzagoev and Pontus Wernbloom scored either side of halftime as CSKA Moscow won 2-0 at AEK Athens and Azeri champions Qarabag were held 0-0 by Moldovan counterparts Sheriff Tiraspol.last_img read more

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We bowled very, very poorly – Sangakkara

first_img KEY TO LOSS Jamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara believes better bowling will be required if his side is to defeat the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Wednesday at Sabina Park and advance to the play-offs of the Hero Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20. The Tallawahs, who are seeking to reclaim the title, were beaten in their second home fixture on Saturday, going down by 36 runs to the Dwayne Bravo-captained Trinbago Knight Riders. The defeat, which was the Tallawahs’ third from eight matches, saw the Knight Riders posting a mammoth 208 for six on the back of 91 from New Zealander Brendan McCallum, and 42 from countryman Colin Munro. Seamers Rovman Powell, two for 38, and Krishmar Santokie, two for 39, led the way for the Tallawahs in the field. In their response, despite 53 from Sangakkara, and 32 from Lendl Simmons, 30 from Powell, and 21 off 12 balls from AndrÈ McCarthy, Jamaica fell short at 172 for seven off 20 overs. Seamer Jason Searles, three for 27, claimed most wickets. “The key to the loss is that we bowled very, very poorly,” said Sangakkara, whose charges were chasing their second sub-200 total of the season. “We are not bowling to our plans and our strengths, as well as we are setting fields and bowling to our fields. “There were too many length balls, which can be hit, and not enough variations and bowling in line with the wicket.” Sangakkara, who also starred with the bat as the Tallawahs trounced St Lucia Stars by six wickets last Friday at the same venue, in highlighting the strength of St Kitts, expressed hope for an improvement. “We have a lot think about, a lot to talk about and apply into our next game,” he said. “We expect a very tough game against St Kitts, so we have to brush up our skills.” The Patriots, who benefitted in the off-season with the transfer of Gayle from the Tallawahs, are presently second in the six-team standings with six wins and two losses, and have already qualified for, at least, the play-off. They are, however, seeking to join Trinbago in the semi-finals by beating Jamaica. The top teams at the end of the preliminaries automatically advance to the semi-finals with the third- and fourth-place finishers contesting a play-off.last_img read more

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Free riders

first_imgSatiricus was grinning so widely, his pals feared he might just dislocate his jaw. His editor has wanted some human interest pieces from the protests against the parking meters in Georgetown, and Satiricus was regaling the fellas with his findings. As usual, the debriefing was being conducted at their usual spot at the back of the Back Street Bar, where in his expansive mood, Satiricus was “standing” for the beer. His report was punctuated regularly with exclamations of “HE was there too?”“I hope you fellas will stop giving me stick, now you see City Hall backing down on the parking fees!” Satiricus finally concluded.“Wha’ mek abee gat fug gi’e you credit fuh da?” inquired Bungi, as he signalled for another round.“Well, you all always criticising my leaders Nagga man and Rum Jhaat,” said Satiricus with a smirk. “And look how they solved the problem!”“Solved the problem?!” Hari almost shrieked. “What the arse did they do? They weren’t even at the protest!”“They didn’t HAVE to be at the protest,” said Satiricus. “They already did what they had to do!”“Look Sato! Na play abna-babna wid abee,” Bungi said firmly, even though he knew he was threatening his uninterrupted supply of free beer, “how Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat stap de protes’?”“Same thing I said: you never give them credit,” said Satiricus. “Didn’t you read the moment KFC said they don’t support the meters, the Government and City Hall buckled.”“What??!!” Hari, did shriek this time. “Yuh run mad, Sato,” said Bungi soberly.“Your KFC leaders only trying to make up with their youths who voted them out,” said Hari. “You think the Pee-an-See care what they say?”“Budday, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat just like dat man, Kamoudi who bring in de meter,” concluded Bungi. “Nobady na respec’ dem!”“How can you compare my leaders to that racist!?” demanded Satiricus indignantly.“The man can’t possibly be a racist,” declared Hari. “He cuss both slaves and indentureds!”last_img read more

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Honours even in Merseyside derby

first_img0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, England, May 05 – Everton’s winless run at Anfield continued as the Toffees played out a 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Sunday to edge closer to ensuring they will finish above their Merseyside rivals in the Premier League.Sylvain Distin’s disallowed goal was the closest to a breakthrough in the 220th meeting of these sides, but the point ensures Everton remain five points clear of Liverpool with two games remaining. However, it effectively ends Everton’s hopes of earning a Europa League spot as they sit five points behind fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game less.Liverpool may have gone into the game five points behind their rivals, but having not lost to their neighbours at home since 1999, they will have still remained confident of ceasing talk of a power shift in the city.After the Kop displayed a mosaic to thank Everton fans for their support in the bid for justice for the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, the pleasantries were put aside for a feisty start.Liverpool were the first to create an opening, but Daniel Sturridge failed to get his shot on target after opening space for himself.Everton responded, but Steven Pienaar also failed to hit the target as the ball sailed into the Kop with Pepe Reina untroubled in the hosts’ goal.Rumours had circulated before the game that Steven Gerrard might miss out through injury, but those fears proved to be unfounded.The Liverpool skipper played a delightful 50-yard pass to Sturridge, but he could not get his shot on target.The best chance of the half fell to Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini after Liverpool gave away a needless free-kick on the edge of the area.Leighton Baines swung in the dead ball and Fellaini stuck a boot out but could not direct it goalwards, much to the relief of Reina, who looked beaten.Phil Jagielka then made the first of two very good blocks to deny Liverpool.Jordan Henderson cut the ball back for the on-rushing Gerrard, who hit a fierce low effort, but Jagielka managed to get his body in the way, before the Reds captain curled a free-kick just over.Jagielka was alert again before the break to deny Philippe Coutinho, who was about to fire the ball home after it broke to him in the area, but the Everton defender scrambled to get across and stick his leg out.After the break it was goalkeeper Tim Howard who came to the Toffees’ rescue, blocking from Sturridge as the Liverpool striker tried to round him after a superb through ball from Coutinho sent him clear.As the action continued, Coutinho teed up Sturridge again, but this time the England forward fired into the side netting.The sun was causing problems for the Liverpool defence and Distin rose to head in a Baines corner, but the Everton celebrations were short-lived as referee Michael Oliver had already blown for a free-kick.The Everton defender had pushed Jamie Carragher in the back when climbing for the ball, while Victor Anichebe also appeared to block Reina.Distin showed his defensive skills with 17 minutes to go after Sturridge played in Gerrard.The England skipper rounded Howard, but his scuffed shot allowed Distin the time to get back and clear the ball away.Liverpool came close again when Gerrard swung in a dangerous free-kick, but Daniel Agger’s header whizzed by the post.Reina was almost caught out by a deflected Anichebe effort that spun high into the air, but the Liverpool goalkeeper managed to palm it onto a post in what was the last chance of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Acclaimed biographer of Sexton, Plath dies

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Diane Middlebrook, a leading feminist scholar who wrote acclaimed biographies of poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, died Saturday. She was 68. Middlebrook, who helped launch feminist studies at Stanford University, where she taught literature for 35 years, died of cancer in San Francisco, according to Stanford officials. She is best known for her 1991 best-seller “Anne Sexton: A Biography,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and “Her Husband: Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, a Marriage,” a 2003 best-seller about the tumultuous marriage of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Middlebrook also wrote “Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton,” a 1998 biography about a female jazz musician who lived as a man. A biography about the Roman poet Ovid is expected to be published next year to coincide with the 2,000th anniversary of his birth. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I think her legacy as a biographer is her incredible humanity,” said author Kate Moses, one of many writers and artists encouraged by Middlebrook. “She never sacrificed humanity in maintaining an acute critical recognition of her subject.” Born in Idaho in 1939, Middlebrook grew up in Spokane, Wash., graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1961 and earned her doctorate at Yale University in 1968. She was among the first women to teach in Stanford’s English department. During her career, she received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, Stanford Humanities Center, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Study Center of Bellagio. Survivors include her daughter, two sisters, stepson, stepgrandson and husband, Carl Djerassi, professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford.last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY BEATEN BY KILKENNY AS IRELAND’S TOP TOWN

first_imgIt was KilKENNY and not LetterKENNY which picked up Ireland’s top tourist town today.The announcement of the Tourism Towns Award winner which is organised by Failte Ireland was announced by Minister Michael Ring.Letterkenny made it to the final ten in today’s towns around Ireland which competed for the supreme honour. Letterkenny received a €1,000 donation towards it development.The judging panel said the visitor experience in Letterkenny is excellent in relation to food, accommodation and entertainment.The commitment of the town to present and maintain the streets in a tidy fashion is impressive. This along with the public area improvements has considerably enhanced the appearance of the town centre, they added.Congratulating Letterkenny on reaching the top ten, CEO of Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn said “I would like to commend the community of Letterkenny for making the top ten at this year’s Tourism Town Awards. You are a great example of what can be achieved in tourism when all the local elements are aligned with a common purpose.I hope that the towns and villages recognised today will inspire other communities across Ireland to take similar steps.”  Speaking about their involvement with the award, Anne McGowan, Chairperson of the Letterkenny Tidy Town Committee said being named among the Top Ten Tourism Towns in Ireland has raised the profile of Letterkenny.“It has increased confidence and ignited a new enthusiasm around the Town. The placement has encouraged stakeholders to identify new marketing opportunities and further promote Letterkenny as a destination of welcome – where the visitor can enjoy all the comforts of the city while experiencing a rich diverse heritage and the rugged bewitching beauty of Donegal.”  LETTERKENNY BEATEN BY KILKENNY AS IRELAND’S TOP TOWN was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:Failte IrelandKilkennyletterkennytop tourist townlast_img read more

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