Allidi shoots sub-par at the Valley

first_imgIt was hot with very little wind and the golf course was in fine shape although the greens were fairly slow but firm and true.  As mentioned earlier it was hot and the humidity was high which did slow us down a bit and we completed the full round in four hours & five minutes.Playing off the blue tees did toughen the course up and only 2 golfers played to their handicap or better with “gun” golfer Mike Allidi shooting a sub-par round of 71 to win Division A with 40 points.  John Davis came second with 36 points and Martin “Toddy” Todd finished third on 35 points.In B Division it was Patrick Poussier who was the victor with 34 points and with two on 32 points a count back was necessary resulting in Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (14 point back nine) finishing second from Bob Akapita (12 point back nine) in third spot.The Growling Swan NAGA Award, awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day, was won by visitor Gary Williams and he accepted the award like the good sport that he is.Division A (0-14)1st Mike Allidi (3) 40pts2nd John Davis (14) 36pts3rd Martin Todd (8) 35ptsDivision B (15+)1st Patrick Poussier (21) 34pts2nd Alain Taddei (16) 32pts3rd Bob Akapita (16) 32ptsNear Pins:  5th – Paul Jackson, 8th – Ebrahim, 13th – Bob Akapita, 17th – John AndersonLong Putts:  9th – Ken Hole, 18th – Mark WestThursday, August 21, Burapha A & B – StablefordIt was time to take advantage of the terrific Sport’s Day rate at the classy Burapha Golf Course and we had 31 golfers signed up to make the short journey.As we assembled at The Growling Swan prior to departure we handed out hearty welcomes to Dave Neal from Birmingham back with us for a few weeks along with his girlfriend Thientong Charoenrung taking a break from caddy duties at Laem Chabang, Bob Cross from Melbourne, Stephen Newton, here for some R & R from his work in Singapore and Niall Stuart returning for a break from his work in Laos.  Sadly it was time to say goodbye to Ernie Picken who will soon be off back to Melbourne and Aaron Shorten who will shortly be returning to Brisbane.Niall Stuart, Mike Gosden, Andrew Allen & Ken Graham.Everyone was on time which enabled our three mini vans to depart the GS a couple of minutes early at 8.28 am and we headed off up number 7 and were at the course just 30 minutes later.  It appeared to be not too busy and after checking in we presented ourselves to the Starter who surprisingly offered us the choice of A & B or C & D so having played C & D the last couple of times we opted for the other combination and were able to get our first four ball away off A1 twenty minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am.It was very overcast, in fact looked like threatening rain, but we were optimistic and proceeded to enjoy the golf course which was as usual in terrific shape with lush fairways and beautifully prepared greens.  We breezed round the first nine in just on two hours and the skies were starting to look menacing after a couple of holes on B nine and sure enough the heavens opened and for about 10 minutes we had the lot – thunder, lightning, strong wind and very heavy rain but after 10 minutes it was all over and we were able to carry on as if nothing had happened.  The course had not been at all affected by the mini storm and we pushed on and completed a very enjoyable round in four hours & five minutes.The winner in A Division was Mike “Hunter” Gosden who had 41 points and John Davis came second with 39 points.  In third place was Martin “Toddy” Todd who scored 37 points and “Buffalo” Bill Steinman was fourth with 35 points.Ken Graham won the B Division with 39 points, 2 points ahead of Bob Akapita in second place and Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei came third with 35 points with Dave Neal claiming fourth spot with 32 points.With 2 players on 34 points a count back was required to decide the winner in C Division and it was Andrew “Turtle” Allen (20 point back nine) who got the “chocolates” from Gary Monley (19 point back nine) in second place.  Tony Campbell came third with 32 points and Gary Williams was fourth with 31 points.The Growling Swan NAGA Award, was won by the returning Niall Stuart.Division A (0-15)1st Mike Gosden (13) 41pts2nd John Davis (14) 39pts3rd Martin Todd (8) 37pts4th Bill Steinman (10) 35ptsDivision B (16-25)1st Ken Graham (16) 39pts2nd Bob Akapita (16) 37pts3rd Alain Taddei (16) 35pts4th Dave Neal (24) 32ptsDivision C (26+)1st Andrew Allen (33) 34pts2nd Gary Monley (32) 34pts3rd Tony Campbell (28) 32pts4th Gary Williams (28) 31ptsNear Pins:  A3 – Bill Steinman, A6 – Gerd Riedler, B3 – Dave Neal, B8 – Andrew PurdieLong Putts:  A9 – Hugh O’Donnell, B9 – Gary MonleyNote:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn @gmail.com.We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday.  Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls.  For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005. PSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, August 18, Pleasant Valley – StablefordAfter a late withdrawal the previous evening we were left with a field of 22 golfers who were ready to take on the scenic Pleasant Valley Golf Course and we assembled at The Growling Swan prior to departure.   We welcomed Gary Williams from Brisbane, local golfer Paul Taylor and Ken Graham from Ireland before departing the GS right on time at 8.30 am.  When we arrived at the course it was not busy so our first group, a three-ball, got away 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.40 am.Patrick Poussier, Gary Williams & Mike Allidi.last_img read more

Island blockbuster opens the season

first_imgBy Russell Bennett WEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION REVIEW – ROUND 1 (SPLIT ROUND) The girls from Phillip Island have…[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

Teng drops 42 in AMA debut as Titans trip Batangas

first_imgGamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Given keys to the offense by coach Mark Herrera, Teng toyed with the Batangueños’ defense, finishing with the second highest output in league history, while shooting 12-of-27 from the field in leading the Titans to a resounding debut.“I didn’t expect it,” said Teng, a two-time UAAP Finals Most Valuable Player of his performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m just happy with this team. My mentality every game is to give my best and improve what I can improve on before I enter the Draft. It’s another basketball experience for me and I’m happy to improve here.”Teng, who once scored 104 points for Xavier in high school, felt Herrera’s trust and confidence in him to take over the game was just as crucial as his performance. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Huey, partner reach second round PBA IMAGESFor someone who’s used to scoring in bunches, Jeron Teng should be the least surprised of his latest achievement.But the former La Salle star chose to downplay his 42-point explosion as he opened his PBA D-League stint for the AMA Online Education Titans, who overcame Batangas, 101-95, yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ “That’s what I like about coach Mark,” said Teng. “He lets me be and he lets me play my game. He trusts my judgment and that’s the reason why my game also shows.”“He (Teng) really sparked the team and took on a leadership role which is what we really needed in a game like this,” said Herrera, who is looking to take his team beyond the elimination round with Teng leading the charge.Just when it looked like Batangas was making headway with a late burst in the third period, Teng took over with seven straight points to extend the lead to eight points.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Maiden CPL stint the beginning of my career – Simmons

first_imgBy Brandon CorletteKeegan Simmons takes a blinder during a GAW practice sessionOne of Trinidad and Tobago’s brightest young talents, Keagan Simmons will wear the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) kit in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The left-handed Simmons who was delighted with his maiden call-up CPL cricket, has dominated cricket at the junior level.He holds the record for the second highest score for West Indies U-19s at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also scored two centuries at the monumental U-19 showpiece which took place in New Zealand in 2018. The top-order left-hander sits with an elite group of West Indies batsmen as only the third player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat, after his cousin Lendl Simmons and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.Filled with elegance when batting, the left-handed stroke-maker made his debut at the senior ‘Regional’ level for West Indies ‘B’ in the 2018-19 season, wherein he scored 162 runs in five matches in the Super50 tournament in 2018.The compact top-order batsman who has played alongside veteran batsman Marlon Samuels in that tournament, scored two half-centuries, including a high score of 60 against his home team Trinidad and Tobago and currently has a batting average of 32.40 in List A cricket.  He has also added scores of 57 against the Windward Islands and 44 against Guyana to his credentials to cap an impressive debut Regional Super50 for the West Indies ‘B’ team.The motivated player who will also be aiming to make the most of his maiden CPL stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2019 recently inked a contract with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the upcoming 2019/2020 CWI Regional Super50 and 4-Day tournaments which is also another major boost to his young career.Pertaining to the future, this talented young player has said his aim is to perform to the best of his ability for the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW). “I am eager to show my ability at this level for the GAW team which has done well in previous CPL seasons,” Simmons disclosed.The Trinidadian with huge dreams also places much emphasis on preparation and training has been going through his paces in a smart and intense fashion. “My preparation has been smart and intense, and I will make sure I am ready to contribute significantly to the team,” Simmons stated. “This selection gives me that added confidence in my talent and performances. I feel this is just the start of my cricketing career, and I feel I have a lot of developing and growing to [do to] become as good as I can be,” Simmons declared.This year at the player draft in London, each CPL franchise were compelled to pick two West Indies emerging white ball players which resulted in Simmons and Jamaican speedster Odean Smith being snapped up by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. While Smith has CPL and international experience this is Simmons’ first showing at the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’ where he will experience Cricket Played Louder.last_img read more

Hypocritical Freddie Kissoon (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Although Gail Teixeira is a household name in Guyana, not much is known about this lady who has dedicated so much of her life to the land of her birth and its people. She is not one to blow her own trumpet.From the early age of 14, Gail migrated to Canada with her parents. Years later, she met Dr. Cheddi Jagan while he was visiting Toronto in 1976. Obviously impressed with the work she was doing in support of the People’s Progressive Party, Dr Jagan, after consultation with the PPP Secretariat, invited her to return to Guyana to be his Personal Secretary. The rest is history. Cheddi Jagan must have seen something in this young woman that made him make such a bold move. Throughout the years that followed, the astuteness of Dr Jagan and the PPP has not been let down by the choice they made, as they gained a woman who has been trustworthy, disciplined and loyal to the party, and dedicated to the people of Guyana, the country of her birth.The Gail Teixeira I know never flinched when the issues of principle were at stake, even when she was attacked both physically and publicly, as some people did not then understand the position of the People’s Progressive Party. Years later, the PPP has now been vindicated.Freddie Kissoon maliciously and falsely attacks Gail Teixeira as an “ideological Stalinist”. In fact, Stalinism died since 1953.  The newly formed PPP of 1950 never supported or defended Stalinism, and Gail Teixeira was a toddler when that era ended, thankfully. As an adult, she has always stood up for human rights and the respect and dignity of people. Her life has been dedicated to Parliamentary Democracy.But by now we should all recognise that Freddie Kissoon is deliberately dropping these loaded terms for a reason; he is the ‘Pied Piper’ playing to someone else’s tune, and sending signals to anti-PPP forces, both internal and external, that Gail Teixeira would not be acceptable. These forces know too well that it was the PPPC — despite the “communist bogey”  accusations of the 1960s — that moved this country forward as never before in the 23 years of its successive administrations, as it did when in Government in the early 60s. These same forces are now watching closely at the demise of Guyana again under an undemocratic, inept and corrupt APNU+AFC Coalition Government.In his column, Freddie Kissoon — as usual — praises the late PNC Leader Forbes Burnham, and demonises Janet Jagan. Kissoon seems to have a fetish about Mrs Jagan, as he repeatedly attacks her — a great woman leader of Guyana, who is recognised internationally as one of the revolutionary women of the 20th century. In this case, Kissoon uses this to opportunistically attack Gail Teixeira.Kissoon refuses to accept that, in 1997, Guyanese voted overwhelmingly for Janet Jagan when she was at the age of 77; giving her an even larger majority than her husband had received in 1992.He conveniently ignores the fact that Burnham robbed the people of this country of their dignity and the right to have their voices expressed freely and fairly at elections held in 1968, 1973 and 1980.This was repeated by Hoyte in 1985. When Burnham died, he left the country broken, fractured, and on its way to bankruptcy. The Historian David Granger and the former PNC Minister of Finance, Carl Greenidge, can both testify to this, but that would never happen.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Memberof Parliamentlast_img read more

Transfer report: Arsenal and Everton in battle to sign Hoffenheim playmaker

first_img1 Hoffenheim playmaker Kerem Demirbay Arsenal and Everton have been linked with Hoffenheim playmaker Kerem Demirbay, who is also a target for AC Milan.The 24-year-old has impressed in the number ten role since joining the German club from Hamburg in 2016.Demirbay scored six goals in 28 appearances last season and has two in 14 so far this term alongside some impressive all-round form.AC Milan are keen on luring the Germany international to Serie A but now, according to Newsmondo, they will face competition from both Arsenal and Everton.Everton are in the market for attacking reinforcements having scored just 25 goals in their 22 Premier League games so far.Meanwhile, Demirbay has been suggested as a like-for-like replacement for Arsenal man Mesut Ozil, who is still yet to extend his contract beyond the summer.last_img read more

Flying start for parade

first_imgPALMDALE – Hot air balloons floated over Palmdale on Saturday to kick off the seventh annual Antelope Valley Labor Day Sky Parade. Balloons will launch again today and Monday at dawn at Marie Kerr Park, on Rancho Vista Boulevard at 30th Street West. The balloons include a 166-foot-tall pink Energizer bunny balloon, and a balloon that looks like Smokey Bear. The park festival includes wine and food tasting with all four local wineries participating, as well as vendor booths, breakfast, treats and music. Wine tasting begins each day at noon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Proceeds benefit charities in the Antelope Valley. Admission is free.last_img read more

Courts to protect SA’s water

first_imgThe Department of Water Affairs will belaunching courts that will address watercrimes that threaten the securityof supply to lawful water users.(Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library) South African Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on 11 August 2010 that environmental courts will be set up to address crimes that threaten the quality and supply of water.Sonjica, speaking at the Agri SA water conference in Johannesburg, said her department was concerned about the impact of deteriorating water quality in South Africa, as it’s among the most water-scarce countries in the world.She said the new courts would help deal with all water-related crimes, but that role-players in the agricultural industry should also come up with ways to protect the country’s water supplies. She named agricultural practices, mining and urban development as the main contributors to water pollution.“It’s a serious matter for us and you will soon be invited to the launch of the first courts because we want to strengthen our regulatory bodies in this regard. I understand that water pollution is one of the areas of great concern for the agricultural sector today,” she said at the conference.The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) will be working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users, the minister said.She added that unauthorised or illegal water abstraction was also a problem, and the department was strengthening its enforcement capacity to deal with such offenders.She said 14 water-management inspectors had been recruited and trained, and that the capacity of the compliance, monitoring and enforcement directorate had grown significantly.“We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring all offenders to book.”Incentive schemesTurning to the issue of municipal waste-water, Sonjica spoke about the Green Drop Certification Programme, which encourages municipalities to comply with drinking-water and waste-water legislation put forward by the DWA.Being awarded Green Drop status implies excellent waste-water management and a respect for the environment and the health of the community.“Currently we have more than 50 qualified assessors conducting consultative audits on the management of the waste-water treatment works to guide local authorities in the direction of excellence,” the minister said.According to the Green Drop Report (PDF, 1.22 MB), released in 2009, 203 of the 449 waste-water systems assessed scored better than 50% when measured against the set criteria for quality and management, while about 7.4% of all waste-water systems were classified as excellently managed.Sonjica said the department was well on its way in meeting the 2010 target of assessing all the municipal waste-water treatment works in the country.She added that the design competency of some of the waste-water systems was stretched to capacity due to population and economic growth, which compromised the quality and management of the waste-water systems.“Shortcomings in the local government funding model as well as the skills deficit in the labour market exacerbate the problem even further.”In closing, Sonjica urged the farmers attending the conference to work with the department to fight illegal water abstraction.“Without effective regulation, your water may dry up or the quality may deteriorate significantly,” she said.last_img read more

$2 Billion Valuation Reported for Russian Blog and Email Portal

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Related Posts Fifteen percent ownership of Russian email, news and blog portal Mail.ru was purchased this summer for $300 million, according to new reports today from Russian journalists citing sources close to the deal. That puts the full value of the company at a whopping $2 billion, 30% more than Google paid for YouTube. The shares were bought by internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, which now controls 50.6% of Mail.ru. You can see a clumsily Google-translated version of the site’s “blogs” section here.According to the Quintura blog, the site is the most popular web property in Russia with 14.7 million monthly visitors. Search engine Quintura provides the most exhaustive English language coverage of the internet industry in Russia on its blog. [disclosure: Quintura is a RWW sponsor]ContextTraffic analysts Quantcast estimate the site sees almost one million visitors each month from the US. For context, Facebook says it sees 100 million unique visitors per month from around the world.Another 32% of Mail.ru is owned by South African conglomerate Naspers, the same company that we reported acquired African social media aggregator Afrigator earlier this month. Naspers says that Mail.ru generated $56 million in revenue last year, meaning presumably that it’s either growing revenues quickly and/or is now drastically over-valued. 40X annual revenue is the kind of valuation that people make fun of Silicon Valley for.The moral of the story here is that there is huge internet activity all around the world and not just in Silicon Valley. Many of our international readers are fully aware of that but even we need occasional comments or multi-billion dollar valuations in order to remember.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Cloud Adoption Uneven Across Countries in Europe

first_imgLast week Friday we looked at two surveys about the scope of cloud acceptance — a survey by CA Associates that found that 93 percent of companies are using the cloud, and another one by SWC Technology Partners that concluded that less than 4 percent of companies are using applications hosted in the cloud.  The conclusion was that there is currently a huge split between what different segments of  companies are doing. segments.  It’s not clear exactly what the parameters are that make up the profile of a cloud-adopter company versus the cloud-abstainer ones, but  both the location and size of company seem to play a significant factor.A number of other recent surveys continue to highlight the uneven acceptance of cloud computing.  Compare the following two cloud adoption reports, one surveying usage in the UK, and the other in Norway.Cisco’s 2011 CloudWatch report on cloud adoption in the UK found that only 7 percent of companies in the US are using the cloud.  That number is expected to expand to 23 percent in two years time.  But Ian Foddering, CTO and technical director at Cisco UK and Ireland, thinks that part of the reason why the adoption rate appears low is that people are just not aware that they’re using the cloud.  “People don’t even realize they’re consuming cloud-based services [even when they use software like Salesforce.com or Cisco WebEx].”The Cisco report also cited another possible reason why companies in the UK have been slow to move on cloud computing: lack of standards.  95 percent of companies said that the lack of common cloud standards is a major concern, and 65 percent said that cloud standards were critical.  But again, not all companies share the same perspective.  Foddering said that  “some vertical sectors are very concerned about the lack of standards, and some, like healthcare, see the lack of standards as a barrier to entry, while some service providers, don’t see it as a factor at all.”But then consider a report from Rammboll which surveyed cloud adoption in Norway.  The report found that over the last year the use of cloud computing has doubled.  Now more than  35% of public sector bodies and private sector companies are using cloud-based application, compared to just 14% from the previous year.  The Rammboll report found that in Norway the main concern about cloud computing is security.  Security was cited by 91 percent of public sector companies and 83 percent of private companies as their number one worry.Terje Mjøs, one of the authors of the report on Norway, said that “suppliers of cloud computing must be able to reassure their customers that the supplier has the expertise needed to use software and virtualisation to establish watertight walls between different businesses in the cloud, and that the supplier can implement user management and access control that is 100% reliable. Users want to be reassured that cloud computing is secure and reliable. Storms in the cloud will keep users indoors, where they are today.”last_img read more