Big names tumble but Gregory marches on

first_img Click here for full scores and the quarter final draw  4 Aug 2017 Big names tumble but Gregory marches on Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs, Wiltshire) was two up with five to play in his game when Andrew Wilson (Wynyard, Durham) pulled him back to all square after 16. They were still tied as they played 18 where Bolton holed a 15ft putt for a winning par.  “We seemed to pretty much birdie every hole,” said Gregory, from Corhampton, Hampshire, who found himself two down after 10 holes. Back-to-back birdies got him all square, before he parred 14 and holed a 4ft eagle putt on 15 to get two ahead – and stayed there.  Gaunt also had a long morning, going to the 21st to beat Alister Balcombe (Clevedon, Somerset) but was on top form this afternoon. He started with three consecutive birdies and was six-under when he closed out the match on the 16th, having never dropped behind. The two players put on a show on the 15th, where they halved the hole in eagles.  Todd Clements (Braintree, Essex) came through a tight game to win 2/1 against Joe Long (Lansdown, Gloucestershire). Meanwhile Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset) booked his place in the quarter finals with a 20th hole win over Tom Forster (Oundle, Northamptonshire). Both players birdied 19 and Sloman’s birdie putt was conceded on the 20th.  There was more spectacular golf in the game between Jack Clarkson (Lancaster, Lancashire) and Aaron Siddell (Castle Royle, Berkshire). Between them they had two eagles and 15 birdies before Clarkson won on the last hole.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography England player Gian Marco Petrozzi (Trentham, Staffordshire) pulled out the stops in his morning match against No 2 seed David Corben (Hindhead, Surrey). He birdied 18 to go into extra time and birdied 19 to win, before losing 4/2 this afternoon to his county colleague Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) (pictured left).  Young took the early advantage and was two up after an eagle on nine and a birdie on 10, but Fitzpatrick (pictured) clawed back the holes and then made his winning move with a par on 16 and a birdie concession on 17 where his pitch finished 2ft from the hole.center_img “I was pretty tidy on the back nine,” said Clarkson who was seven-under for the homeward half. The highlight was the par four 14th where his tee shot went into the trees and his recovery attempt with a seven-iron went straight in the hole for an eagle two. “It was a great game, a really great game.”  Poppleton knocked out the top seed yesterday, sped off to a big win this morning and succeeded again in a close match this afternoon which was spattered with birdies – but, most importantly, a remarkable par on 16.  There’s just one England international left, the 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory (pictured). This morning he knocked out his team-mate, the French open amateur champion, Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset), and then went on to beat Jay Beisser (Rayleigh, Essex) 2/1 in a dazzling game.  “I hit it left into Jurassic Park grass, found it, had a swipe but it stayed in there, had another swipe, got it on the green 15 or 20ft past the pin and holed it for par and a half.” It kept him ahead and a par on 17 saw him into the quarter finals.  Other internationals fell throughout the day, with Dan Brown (Masham, Yorkshire) losing to Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) in the morning. In the afternoon, though, it was Moore’s turn to drop out, losing 2/1 to another Yorkshire player, Nick Poppleton (Wath).  “It was a great game, I hit some good shots and Jay played great as well. I’m feeling good for tomorrow and hopefully I will try and get in the final again,” said Gregory, referring to 2014 when he was runner-up.  The remaining game of the afternoon pitted the youngest player left in the field, 18-year-old Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), against the oldest, Martin Young (Brokenhurst, Hampshire), a past winner of the mid-amateur Logan Trophy.  Big names tumbled today, including the defending champion Dan Brown, as the golf hotted up in the English amateur championship at The Berkshire.  Birdies and eagles were the talk of the day as the field was whittled down, first to 16 players and then to the eight who will contest the quarter finals tomorrow morning. last_img read more

KZN kicks off 20 Years of Freedom celebrations

first_img11 March 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, joined by leaders from various communities, released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Monday to mark the official start of the province’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom. Mchunu also unveiled the symbolic 20 Years of Freedom Flame, which will criss-cross the province’s 11 districts over the coming months, with a series of activities been lined up in each district to welcome the flame. “It is impossible to talk about Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections in his lifetime without referring to KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said at the unveiling: “The unpleasant fact is that at any mention of apartheid, the people of KwaZulu-Natal remember a period of great cruelty, the torture and killing of political activists, the break-up of families and the suffering of orphans and widows. “In sharp contrast, at any mention of Tata Nelson Mandela, the faces of the people of KwaZulu-Natal lighten up, as he represents the end of suffering and hope for a better future.” Mchunu said Mandela understood the suffering of the people of KwaZulu-Natal under apartheid, and would often travel to the then Natal province to meet with ordinary community members, political activists and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC). Mchunu urged the province to “hold each other’s hands and embrace this freedom, reconciliation, acceptance and respect for all communities. “Respect for human rights must be the new culture of our new South African nation. Let no one take away your right to be free and enjoy the fruit of this democracy. Let us work hard together to create this positive future for our children.” Source: read more

Paddle your way to a T5 geocache

first_img SharePrint RelatedT5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaSeptember 21, 2017In “Community”Are you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 months.November 13, 2017In “Community”And the February 2015 Geocacher of the Month Is…March 25, 2015In “Community” There was a lake not too far from home with both an EarthCache and a Traditional cache that each required paddling. Before long, I was on the water in my new kayak. It was so much fun. As I zipped around the lake gathering EarthCache information, I wondered why it had taken me so long to discover the joys of kayaking. I then set sail for the island with the Traditional cache and was just 500 feet from it when I heard a hissing sound. Part of me hoped a snake had hitched a ride on my vessel because the alternative was a leak in my brand new kayak. Alas, it was a leak.Grabbing a remote geocache in a kayakIt wasn’t the smartest decision I ever made, but I continued on course for the island. (C’mon, I was only 500 feet away!) I made it safely, found the cache, applied a crude patch to the tiny hole in the inflatable, and returned to the dock. All’s well that ends well. Despite the minor issues with my maiden voyage, I was hooked on paddle caching and bought a hardshell kayak a few weeks later. I’ve since found a few hundred caches on water.I’d like to share a few things I learned about paddling as it relates to geocaching. Perhaps my experiences will help you if you’re intrigued by water caching.This cache is soooo easy (with a kayak)1. Inflatable or hardshell?The internet is full of articles detailing the pros and cons. For me, it boils down to inflatables being far cheaper and more portable (when deflated, an inflatable kayak easily fits in your car), whereas hardshells are easier to maneuver and significantly more sturdy. I often suggest people start with an inflatable, see how they like paddling, and then perhaps upgrade to a hardshell.I’m mostly skipping past the question of whether to consider a motorized or non-motorized watercraft. For geocaching purposes, non-motorized is usually the way to go. With a kayak or something similar, it’s easier to navigate into tight places. Plus, you can portage through shallow water.Equipment: you need more than just a kayak and a paddle2. Other equipmentThere’s a lot more to it than just a kayak and a paddle. If you buy a hardshell, you’ll need to carry it on your vehicle. I’ve got two kayak cradles attached to a roof rack. The kayak rests in the cradles. I then secure it with two load straps, two locking cargo straps, as well as tie-down ropes on the bow and stern. (Of course, the required equipment will vary depending on your vehicle.) If you’re traveling a long distance, stop every so often to check the ropes and straps. Also, when you return home and pull into your garage, don’t forget there’s a kayak on top of the vehicle. I forgot once.You’ll need a personal flotation device (PFD). I hope that’s obvious. Bonus points if you can attach a writing device to your PFD. You’ll want a dry sack to carry your stuff. You may decide you need gloves. I like to wear gloves because my hands fatigue more quickly without them. I repurposed some old biking gloves, but there are fancier options. Lastly, I wear water shoes, which come in handy if I need to step out of the kayak or portage through a shallow area.Have fun but stay safe3. SafetyAgain, the internet is full of water safety tips. I can’t cover everything here, but please do your research. The biggest no-brainer is to wear a PFD. Besides the usual safety tips, there are additional factors to consider when geocaching on water. Target a lake for your first water cache. Don’t get me wrong, caching on a river can be a blast. But lakes are generally much calmer. You can take your time getting familiar with paddling and with finding/retrieving caches. Later, you can consider rivers and streams. But let’s save the ocean for a different blog.Make sure your GPS or phone is attached to something. You know how you freak out when you drop your device on the ground? You’re gonna freak out a lot harder when you drop it in a lake. Skip the freaking with an attachment. Don’t be a hero. I’ve come across caches that were very difficult to reach from my kayak. It could be the CO was taller than me, or they placed the cache while in a taller vessel, or the water level was higher at the time of placement. I’ve overreached and fallen out of the kayak. I’ve capsized on a river when I misjudged how fast I was approaching debris. Don’t be foolish like me. Know your limits and cache accordingly.Night caching is fun on land, but it’s dangerous on water. I’ve never set out to paddle cache in the dark, but I’ve misjudged time and found myself too far from shore when the sun set. That was dumb (and scary).Paddle cache with a buddy, or at least tell someone where you’re going and check in regularly. I’ve done it both ways and it’s just so much safer to have someone with you. You better believe I would’ve liked to have had a friend along on those times when I capsized!How does a geocacher find “water caches”?4. Where to find water caches?They don’t have their own cache type, so searching for water caches is an inexact science. I usually start with filtering for T5 caches, map the results, and look for what’s on water. Occasionally, a water cache is rated T4 or T 4.5, but that’s not common. You can also run a Pocket query for caches with the “Boat required” attribute. Once you’ve decided on a cache to find, it’s a good idea to locate an ideal boat launch. My favorite COs include this as an additional waypoint on the cache page. Otherwise, check to see if previous finders mention a boat launch in their logs. Many waterways are managed by a government entity, so you may find they have a website with boating information.If you have any favorite water caches, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!Where will you find your next geocache?Share with your Friends:More After attending the MOGA 2014 Mega-Event in Ohio, my wife and I were driving through Kentucky on our way home. I opened the Geocaching® app to search for caches along our route when I caught sight of a ton of T5 caches. I mean a boatload of them (pun intended because they were the kind that required a boat to find). They were on creeks, rivers, and lakes. So many of them! I’d never seen anything like it. Alas, I had no boat. No kayak. No canoe. No watercraft of any kind.I pondered the boat idea upon returning home. Impulsive as I may be when it comes to geocaching, I know enough not to immediately drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a watercraft. So, I dipped my toe into water caching by tagging along on a lake outing with a friend who owns an extra hardshell kayak. I loved it. Still, I wasn’t quite ready to make a huge investment. Instead, I purchased an inflatable kayak for around $75.Rock Chalk (Chris) and fellow Geocaching HQ staffer LukeK geocaching with kayakslast_img read more

Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Last December in Philadelphia, Sevyn Streeter performed the anthem wearing a “We Matter” jersey before the 76ers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The R&B artist had been scheduled to sing earlier before the 76ers’ home opener, but was scratched by the team two minutes before the performance because she was wearing a “We Matter” T-shirt. Following backlash from players and other members of the organization, the 76ers apologized to Streeter two days later and invited her to sing at a future game. FILE – Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, links arms with his teammates during the playing of the National Anthem before an NBA pre-season game between the Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 3. APNEW YORK — The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official Skye, who is black, is a recording artist from Brooklyn for Roc Nation. Rapper Jay-Z, the agency’s founder, was a part-owner of the Nets when they moved to Brooklyn five years agoPlayers from both teams stood along the foul lines during her performance, as NBA players have continued to do. Unlike the NFL, where some players have followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead and taken a knee during the anthem, the NBA has a rule requiring players to stand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” a Nets spokeswoman said.Skye isn’t the first anthem singer to make a statement during a performance. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

COSCO Shipping Energy Warns of Over 50 Pct Profit Fall

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation forecasts a drop in profit for the first six months of this year of up to 57 percent year-on-year.Specifically, the group’s net profit attributable to the equity holders is expected to range between RMB 800-900 million (equivalent to approximately USD 118.3-133.1 million), a decline of approximately 51% to 57% as compared to last year’s equivalent of RMB 1.85 billion.COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation disposed of its dry bulk cargo business at the end of June 2016. The revenue from the disposal of the dry bulk cargo business less the operating loss from the dry bulk cargo business constituted a net profit from discontinued operations worth RMB 743 million, the company said.However, the net profit from the continued operation of the group’s oil and gas transportation business fell by approximately 19%-28% on a year-on-year basis, mainly due to a decrease of approximately 40%-60% in the daily revenue level on the market of different types of vessels for foreign oil transportation in the first half of the year.last_img read more

Shopkeeper kills wife self

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): A shopkeeper shot himself dead after allegedly killing his wife over some dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Monday, police said. Manoj Kumar, 30, shot Seema, 28, using his licenced gun at Ladpur village in Khatauli block, following which he committed suicide, the police said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the gun has been recovered, the police said.last_img

Notley disappointed Alberta out of running for new Amazon HQ

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it’s disappointing the province won’t be home to Amazon’s second headquarters.Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the short-list for the e-commerce giant’s new North American office.Notley says her office spoke with the Seattle-based company and was told the Calgary bid was particularly exciting and reflected well on Alberta.She says the exercise underscored that the province needs to up its game when it comes to developing mass transit systems.Notley says Alberta is as big an economic centre as British Columbia and Ontario, but investment in transit lagged under previous governments.She says diversifying Alberta’s economy away from oil and gas won’t happen overnight and the Amazon bid was a good learning experience.“There’s no question, it’s unfortunate. It would have been great to have gotten that deal,” Notley said Thursday.“In the meantime, we are certainly going to continue our work that is focused on diversification. We have a province where there was a lot of talk of diversification for many years, but not a lot of work going on about it.”Notley said over the last 2 1/2 years the Alberta government has made a lot of investments to turn that corner.last_img read more

Edmunds highlights top car tech trends from CES

first_imgEvery year at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we get a glimpse of what vehicles may be — and what they could do. The event has also become an annual progress report on the latest electric vehicles and how close we are to “full driving automation,” as the Society of Automotive Engineers calls it. Here are a few vehicle trends from CES that you’ll see in the immediate future and some others that are much further away.BYTON’S INTERIOR DESIGNByton, a Chinese electric automaker, is revealing its plan for bringing the M-Byte SUV to the United States, along with a close approximation of its high-tech interior. The company says it intends to retain many of the unique ideas from its concept vehicle, such as a 48-inch curved dashboard display, a touchscreen on the steering wheel, and the first inward-rotating front seats in production.TOYOTA’S NEW AUTONOMOUS TEST VEHICLEThe Toyota Research Institute (TRI), Toyota’s division that studies and tests autonomous driving, announced the launch of a new test vehicle that’s equipped with the latest scanners, sensors and computing equipment.This equipment once took up all the trunk space and roof of a test car. On the TRI-P4, it’s slimmed down enough to make the cargo area usable. The roof sports what looks like a high-tech helmet rather than a collection of bolted-on electronics. Toyota will test the TRI-P4, based on the fifth-generation Lexus LS, in its Chauffeur and Guardian driving automation modes.The Chauffeur mode employs full driving automation, essentially taking over for a human driver, said Ryan Eustice, senior vice-president of automated driving at TRI. The Guardian mode is designed to “amplify” human performance behind the wheel, not replace it, he said.UNCONVENTIONAL CONCEPT VEHICLESCES is where automakers’ imaginations run wild. These concept vehicles have very specific uses.— Hyundai Elevate: What do you do after a disaster when heavy debris blocks emergency vehicles? Hyundai’s solution is the four-legged and four-wheeled Elevate vehicle, which will walk or climb over the most treacherous terrain.— BMW Vision iNext: This is a design concept that will influence the direction of the company’s next-generation electric vehicles. Inside, it features something BMW calls “Shy Tech.” These control interfaces are integrated into the interior materials and only appear when your hand touches a specific point. The goal is to create interiors that look cleaner and offer utility just when you need it.— Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: This concept is aimed at ride-hailing and delivery fleets. It features an electric drivetrain and switchable bodies that can accommodate people or goods for delivery. When equipped with the ride-hailing body, it can seat up to 12 passengers. In cargo configuration, it can accommodate items on 10 40-by-48-inch pallets. The Urbanetic is also designed to be part of an autonomous fleet that can be programmed with efficient routes based on a company’s needs.IN-CAR VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS ARRIVE IN 2019This is the year that cars equipped with virtual assistants pull into showrooms. These helpers differ from Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant by focusing on vehicle functions rather than doing your bidding via a smartphone or smart speaker.The Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX software interface made its first appearance last year at CES on the all-new A-Class sedan, which will be widely available early this year. Now MBUX is back in yet another new car: the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA. MBUX will get a few new features, such as gesture-controlled lighting, for its CLA debut.BMW’s answer to MBUX is the Intelligent Personal Assistant. It makes its first appearance on the redesigned 2020 3 Series and eventually will be featured in the rest of the BMW lineup.Both systems use natural voice commands to control different aspects of the vehicle. For example, if you say, “Hey BMW, I’m cold,” the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant adjusts the temperature inside the car. It can also serve as a paperless owner’s manual, telling you how a certain feature works or providing current vehicle status. You could check the oil by asking, “Is the oil level OK?” Or you could say “I want to relax,” and the assistant would change the settings on the radio station and adjust the climate control to ease your stress.A MOBILE MOVIE THEATER SYSTEMAudi is showing a new entertainment format, which it says will transform a vehicle into a “special movie theatre experience.” For now, the system is designed to work only when the vehicle is stationary, but Audi imagines a world in which the car is so good at driving itself that its passengers will need some amusement to pass the time. What better way to do that than to catch up on the latest movie?EDMUNDS SAYS: Futuristic concept vehicles and full driving automation are still years away, but cars with built-in personal assistants will be pulling into dealerships before you know it.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class:— 2020 BMW 3 Series: Montoya, The Associated Presslast_img read more