Pros in for bear of a time

first_imgNicklaus, 67, won’t be playing when the Honda Classic begins Thursday at PGA National Resort & Spa, but his presence will loom heavily over the back nine in Sunday’s finish. As a golf course architect, he still dictates outcomes, but now he does so with a fleet of bulldozers. PGA National’s Champion Course originally was designed by Tom Fazio and his uncle, George, in 1981 but redesigned by Nicklaus in 1990 and altered again by Nicklaus this past year to prepare it for the Honda Classic’s move here. PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – This generation of PGA Tour pros knows what it is like to be humbled by Tiger Woods. The drama this week focuses on whether they’re about to take a beating from Jack Nicklaus. When the PGA Tour announced last year it was moving the tournament over from The Country Club at Mirasol, there were questions whether the Champion Course would offer a strong enough test. It has, after all, been 20 years since PGA Tour pros played a tournament on it (1987 PGA Championship) and seven years since the PGA Seniors’ Championship was played here. “Actually, I found it quite a tough test,” said Honda Classic defending champion Luke Donald, who played it for the first time a month ago. PGA Tour pros might post some good scores on the Champion this week, but the Nicklaus design ensures few of them will escape the back nine without a spike in their blood pressure. The final nine starts with a hole that could be nicknamed “Nicklaus Revenge,” a 525-yard par 4 that tour officials believe might be the longest par 4 in tour history. The hole speaks volumes about Nicklaus’ disgust over golf’s failure to limit ball technology and the distance this generation of pros can hit the ball. The Golden Bear asks his most demanding questions starting at the 15th tee. center_img That’s the beginning of a trio of holes so quintessentially Nicklaus in nature, they’re dubbed “The Bear Trap.” If the March winds blow as expected, this trio of holes could offer the most thrills and spills this side of Augusta National’s Amen Corner. “We didn’t change much about The Bear Trap,” Nicklaus said. “It will stand the test. I don’t care if they make golf balls go a thousand yards, The Bear Trap will stand the test no matter what the equipment is.” If that doesn’t make a tour pro gulp, nothing will. Like Nicklaus in his prime, The Bear Trap won’t yield to anything less than a player’s best effort. “I think those holes will make or break whoever’s leading the tournament,” says Robert Allenby, a Jupiter resident who was among the first tour pros to play the renovated course. “You could add the 18th hole. They are four great holes to finish with. That whole back nine’s awesome with a lot of character.” The Champion Course’s overall length has been stretched almost 200 yards to 7,241 yards while par has been shrunk from 72 to 70. Two par 5s for members will play as par 4s. 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

Tunisia use ‘keeper ruse to break Ramadan fast

first_img0Shares0000Tunisia’s goalkeeper Mouez Hassen looks on prior to the football match between Tunisia and Turkey at the Stade de Geneve stadium in Geneva on June 1, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINITUNIS, Tunisia, Jun 5 – Players for World Cup-bound Tunisia broke their Ramadan fast during two warm-up matches after the goalkeeper feigned injury, coach Nabil Maaloul told AFP Tuesday.Maaloul told stopshotter Mouez Hassen to go down “injured” as the sun went down, FIFA rules specifying that any injury to a goalkeeper necesitates a stop to the game. As Hassen was being treated the rest of the players ran to the sidelines to break the sunrise-to-sundown fast with a few dates and some refreshing water.“I had it all planned,” Maaloul told AFP.“A great deal of my players are fasting for Ramadan.”The first time it happened was May 29 in a 2-2 draw with Portugal and then June 1 in a 2-2 draw with Turkey.“I told the ‘keeper to fall on the floor so they could break their fast,” Maaloul freely admitted.“It’s very difficult to go 16 hours without food or water.Maaloul went on to explain the impact of fasting on his squad’s fitness.“Now is not the problem really, it’s later, after Ramadan,” he said.“It can lead to muscle fatigue so I hope they can stand up to the rigours (of the World Cup).”Ramadan is slated to end on June 14 this year, the day the World Cup starts.Drawn in Group G, Tunisia take on England on June 18, Panama on June 24 and Belgium four days later.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Favorites Brazil held by Switzerland in Rostov

first_img0Shares0000Neymar had a long evening being a target as Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in RostovROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Jun 17- Neymar’s Brazil were held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opening World Cup game at Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil’s tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike to open the scoring. However, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner five minutes after the break.The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.Earlier, Serbia beat Los Ticos 1-0 to move to the top of Group F.Coutinho had been handed a central role behind Neymar, on his first competitive game for four months, Gabriel Jesus and Willian in a line-up filled with attacking intent from coach Tite.The five-time world champions went about their task of erasing the memories of a 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil four years ago purposefully early on.Paulinho passed up a glorious chance when his scuffed effort from close range was turned behind by Yann Sommer.-Coutinho masterpiece It seemed a matter of time before Brazil’s pressure paid dividends and the opener arrived in stunning style on 20 minutes.Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho (right) celebrates his goal against SwitzerlandBarcelona’s record signing picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and in trademark fashion bent the ball crashing in off Sommer’s far post.Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.However, Brazil failed to build on their lead as Thiago Silva and Jesus headed off target from dangerous corners and were made to pay early in the second-half.Switzerland had offered barely any attacking threat before levelling when Zuber took advantage of a gaping hole in the heart of the Brazilian defence to head home Shaqiri’s corner.Forced back onto the front foot, Brazil turned to Neymar for a moment of inspiration but he could only blast into the side-netting before Coutinho sliced wide with a much simpler opportunity than the one from which he opened the scoring.Brazil were unhappy that Zuber wasn’t penalised for a slight push on Miranda for the equaliser and felt hard done by again when Jesus tumbled under a challenge from Manuel Akanji inside the area with Mexican referee Cesar Ramos unmoved.Tite’s men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late winner as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.And deep into stoppage time Schar’s outstretched leg turned a goalbound effort from Silva wide as Switzerland held out for a vital point.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HARPS MAKE POOR START TO SECOND HALF OF SEASON

first_imgFinn Harps made the worst possible start to the second half of the season after losing 3-0 to Waterford Utd tonight.McHugh should have scored for HarpsThis is Harps fourth defeat on the bounce and a solid run of results is needed to save the Donegal team’s season.After a terrific early first third of the season, Peter Hutton’s side have found themselves falling apart. Harps can count themselves at least unlucky to get on the scoreboard tonight.Sean McCarron, Kevin McHugh and Jonny Bonnar all should have scored before Waterford broke the deadlock in the 31st minute.But goals from Vinnie Sullivan and Paul Quilty before half-time had Harps on the backfoot for the rest of the game.Kevin McHugh’s shot came off the Waterford post in the 62nd minute. But luck wasn’t on Harps side as Waterford went straight up the pitch with Quilty finding the net again.McHugh went close again with a header in the 71st minute but Waterford closed up shop.Hutton has boasted that he has a large squad to call on if needed.That need may well be justified right now.  HARPS MAKE POOR START TO SECOND HALF OF SEASON was last modified: June 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:finn harpsWaterford Utdlast_img read more

DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON

first_imgThe Donegal connection at Everton continues to grow following the signing of James McCarthy to the Premiership giants. McCarthy’s grandfather is from the Rosses and it’s this connection that makes Glasgow born McCarthy eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.He joins Killybegs native Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy whose father comes from Letterkenny at Everton after signing for 12 million pounds from Wigan Athletic. McCarthy has been an influential player for Wigan and helped them to the FA cup last year at Wembley.The move will also please Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni who has made no secret of the fact he wanted McCarthy to seek a move back to the Premiership following relegation with Wigan last term.   DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON was last modified: September 2nd, 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:12 millionDonegal ConnectionevertonJames McCarthyseamus colemanShane DuffyWiganlast_img read more

DONEGAL DANCE STAR GETS KNUCKLES RAPPED OVER HANDBRAKE TURNS

first_imgA Donegal dancer who is part of an up-and-coming group which appeared on SKY television has appeared in court on careless driving charges.Vinny is part of Static MovementVincent ‘Vinny’ McLaughlin, 22, is part of dance outfit Static Movement who are considered one of the best dance groups in Ireland and the UK. The group recently got rave reviews when they appeared on SKY television’s Got To Dance show.McLaughlin appeared at Letterkenny District Court on driving charges.The court heard the dancer was driving a car which was recorded on CCTV doing two handbrake turns at Pearse Road on August 28th last at 4.30am.McLaughlin’s solicitor Lisa Finnegan said he could not explain why he carried out such manoeuvres and that he was extremely nervous coming to court.He initially skidded on water and then went back and was pictured doing two handbrake turns.He was accompanied to court by his mother.Solicitor Finnegan said McLaughlin is part of the well-known dance group and they had recently performed a fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly said McLaughlin had engaged in a highly dangerous activity in what appeared to be a moment of madness.He fined McLauglin €150 and warned him to watch himself in future.DONEGAL DANCE STAR GETS KNUCKLES RAPPED OVER HANDBRAKE TURNS was last modified: March 22nd, 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:dance outfitJudge Paul KellyStatic MovementVinny McLaughlinlast_img read more

MLB notes: Trammell out for Tigers; Leyland in?

first_img A’s offer Macha a deal: The Oakland Athletics offered a new contract to manager Ken Macha, though it’s still unclear whether he will return for a fourth season in 2006. Dave Hudgens won’t return as the Athletics’ hitting coach next season, the club said Monday. No Spin zone in Pittsburgh: Pitching coach Spin Williams is out as Pittsburgh’s pitching coach after being told he would not be part of the Pirates’ major-league staff next season. The other coaches – bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Gerald Perry, first base coach Rusty Kuntz, third base coach John Russell, bullpen coach Bruce Tanner and infield instructor Alvaro Espinoza – were told the team’s new manager will be allowed to hire his own coaches. Surgical proceedings: Mets closer Braden Looper had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be recovered by spring training. … Minnesota reliever Juan Rincon had surgery to clean up a bone spur in his right elbow. Roster moves: Left-hander John Halama, right-hander Antonio Osuna and catcher Keith Osik were released by Washington, which added three minor-league prospects – infielder Kory Casto, outfielder Frank Diaz and right-hander Armando Galarraga – to their 40-man roster. were promoted. … Infielder Aaron Holbert refused an outright assignment to the minors, choosing instead to leave Cincinnati and become a free agent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland,” said Dombrowski, adding his search could end as soon as today. Trammell was fired after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993. Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday morning as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields – both from Trammell’s staff – before discussing the opening with Leyland about 24 hours after the regular season ended. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Tigers were 186-300 in three seasons under Trammell. Dombrowski wouldn’t give details when pressed by reporters for reasons he made the decision to fire Trammell. “I did to him, I don’t think I owe it to you,” he said. Leyland, a former Florida, Pittsburgh and Colorado manager, told the Associated Press that the Tigers called him Monday morning to set up an interview with him that evening. “It’s well known that I interviewed with Philadelphia last winter, and I’d like to manage again,” the 60-year-old Leyland said last month. Rangers push Rogers away: Kenny Rogers will not return to the Texas Rangers, who are cutting their ties with the pitcher best remembered this year for throwing a tantrum and shoving two television cameramen. The team said in a statement Monday that the 40-year-old lefty will not be offered a contract for 2006. He will become a free agent. last_img read more

Giants closer Will Smith is a ‘flawless’ All-Star

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — There are many ways the Giants have described Will Smith’s dominance this season, but the highest compliment he’s received is also the one that most accurately summarizes his performance.As the Giants’ closer this year, Smith has been flawless.“He’s been a joy,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “When we put him in that role last year, he did a really nice job. He’s even done a better job this year. He’s been flawless.”After earning his 23rd save in 23 chances in Sunday’s 1-0 victory …last_img read more

Township renewal project extended

first_img11 April 2008The time-frame for the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a programme to develop one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, has been extended to 2010.The project, launched by President Thabo Mbeki in February 2001, was to be implemented over a period of seven years. The estimated budget for the ARP at that time was R1.3-billion, an amount that was projected to be provided by the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng province and the private sector.However, because of “huge demand for adequate shelter and prolonged land acquisition processes”, the project has been extended for another two years, according to Nomvula Mokonyane, the province’s housing MEC who was speaking at the ARP’s political steering committee meeting attended by the City of Johannesburg executive mayor Amos Masondo in Alexandra on Wednesday, 9 April.The purpose of the steering committee is to exercise political oversight and decision-making in the implementation of the project.At the meeting, Mokonyane and Masondo said the mandate of the ARP involves dealing with historical urban decay and deprivation in terms of infrastructure as well as human development in the township.‘Black spot’Established in 1912, Alexandra covers an area of over 800 hectares, including Old Alexandra Proper, the East Bank, the Far East Bank, Marlboro industrial area, Wynberg, Kew and Marlboro Gardens.Since its inception, Alexandra has had a long and chequered history. In 1948, under apartheid, the township became a “black spot” and residents were threatened with complete removal. Freehold title was abolished and some families were removed, leaving the majority as tenants of the government.During the 1980s, Alexandra was characterised by both conflict and development. There were long school boycotts and clashes with the apartheid government, but the period also saw Alex roads being tarred for the first time, new houses built and nearly 50 new blocks of flats.Rapid urbanisationOriginally, the infrastructure in Alexandra was designed for a population of about 70 000 people but due to a population boom as people from within South Africa and neighbouring countries came to the area seeking employment opportunities, the township is now home to an estimated 350 000 to 400 000 people living in very crowded conditions.After Mbeki’s announcement in 2001, the first phase of the project involved moving 11 000 residents from the banks of the Juskei River, where they were in danger of flooding every year. The displaced residents were moved to Braamfischerville in Soweto and Diepsloot, north of Randburg.On 3 and 4 December 2004, a summit was held in the township to report back on and review the achievements of the ARP. The summit recorded that some progress had been made accommodating Alex’s homeless people. Approximately 1 200 houses had been built since 2001 in Extension 8 and the Reconstruction Area, with more housing construction in Marlboro Gardens, Westlake and Frankenwald projects yielding 5 300 rental housing units.The project also recorded success in the construction and upgrading of road infrastructure in Alex.‘One huge construction site’In 2006 with about 16 months before the seven-year period announced by Mbeki elapsed, the incumbent ARP director, Julian Baskin, noted that the project will need “a lifetime” to complete. He said the initial costs of the project were not feasible and the total costs of providing RDP houses to 22 000 families in need of accommodation in Alexandra amounted to well over R1.9-billion. And this did not include provision of roads, water, sanitation, schools, clinics, magistrates offices and police stations.Today, Alexandra is “one huge construction site”, as Baskin put it, with 27 active projects underway. Work to refurbish Alex’s old M1 and M2 hostels is almost complete and several schools have been built, including Ekukhanyisweni Primary School. A business centre to stimulate Alex’s economy has been established and new shopping malls are sprouting up including the R80-million Alex Plaza.The meeting acknowledged the progress that the ARP has registered on the ground and the many projects that are at an advanced stage. Mokonyane and Masondo hailed the ARP as a success story, given the inroads it has made in improving the local community’s quality of life.On the issue of safety and security in the township, the meeting came up with mechanisms to tackle crime. A resolution was made to build a police station in the Far East Bank. It was also agreed that ward councillors should play a critical role in running community awareness programmes to guard against vandalism of public facilities.In addition, the meeting agreed that a Local Economic Development Summit would be convened in the near future to develop strategies to “unearth the economic potential” of Alexandra.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Backsberg’s ‘green’ wine

first_imgThe first step in Backsberg’s green wineinitiative was a carbon audit, whichassessed the amount of CO2 producedfrom all winery activities, from vineyardto bottle. Michael Back, proprietor of BacksbergWine Cellars and environment nut. Vineyard planting systems have beenadapted to reduce the number of woodenpoles needed. A selection of carbon-neutral Backsbergwines.(Images: Backsberg)Susan de BruinRed or white wine? At South Africa’s Backsberg Wine Cellars there’s another choice: green. That’s because Backsberg has become one of only five wine producers in the world making carbon-neutral wines.Carbon neutrality means all the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in the wine-making process is balanced by planting trees to absorb the equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. The other four carbon-neutral estates are Grove Mill Winery in New Zealand, Parducci Winery in California, ConoSur in Chile and Elderton Wines in Australia.Backsberg, which lies between Paarl and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is owned by Michael Back. Known as something of an “environment nut” on the estate, Back began his green wine initiative in 2004.“Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations,” he says. “As custodians of the land, it is our duty to understand and recognise potential threats, and to mitigate against them for the benefit of the next generation.”The first step was a carbon audit, to assess the amount of CO2 produced from all winery activities, from vineyard to bottle – its “carbon footprint”.A carbon technician measured everything from electricity and fuel consumption to grape fermentation and transport of wine bottles to local and international destinations. Each activity was then calculated to produce a specific amount of CO2. The entire process followed the strict guidelines set out by the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emission.From the audit results, the carbon technician calculated the number of trees that should be planted every year to absorb the same amount of CO2 Backsberg produced in that year. This is known as “offsetting”.Backsberg then enlisted the help of South African non-profit organisation Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA). In 2006 FTFA was honoured with the Chevron Conservation Award in California for improving the quality of life for disadvantaged South Africans by planting 2.5-million trees.FTFA and the estate began a village greening programme in nearby Klapmust, an impoverished village that is home to the surrounding wine farms’ seasonal workers. The Klapmust community took the more than 900 trees on a voluntary basis, trees the estate continually monitors to ensure they remain alive and continue to keep Backsberg’s carbon offset in balance. On the estate itself, 3 442 additional trees have been planted over the last 10 years.All these trees finally won Backsberg classification as a Carbon Neutral Estate in 2006, with the right to display the “Carbon Neutral Approved” logo on its bottles. To keep its classification, Backsberg is required to submit a carbon audit every year.Package of green ideasBut Back wanted to do more than simply get a logo on his bottles. A committed environmentalist, he was determined to reduce the estate’s carbon footprint as much as possible. The estate now employs a fulltime environmental consultant to look at all aspects of the business and assess how they could be done in a more environment-friendly way.The estate now has a package of creative green ideas. All farm vehicles and tractors are run on biofuels made from recycled vegetable oil, and the large fuel-guzzling tractors have been traded for smaller ones. The estate now generates its own energy from solar power, and is looking at wind power. Energy demand has been reduced by implementing timers, low-energy bulbs and skylights.The old hot-water “donkey” system, last used over a half a century ago, has been reintroduced, using waste wood to heat the water for washing barrels. Vineyard planting systems have been adapted to reduce the number of wooden poles needed.Back has also reserved 10% of the estate for conservation of the natural habitat, some 40 hectares of Swartland alluvium fynbos. This delicate fynbos environment, one of only a few left in the area, will never be cultivated, even though it might hold soils suitable for more vines.Good economic senseBacksberg remains the only carbon-neutral wine producer in South Africa. But according to John Spiers, chief executive of the estate, other South African winemakers are increasingly interested in environment-friendly production. He said Backsberg’s green initiatives were fairly inexpensive, and will save money in the long term. “It makes good economic sense if you look at where the fuel and energy prices are going,” he says.More than this, Backsberg exports 35% to 40% of its wine to the US, UK and Europe. Recent market feedback from Wines of South Africa (Wosa), which markets South African wine internationally, indicated that the British, American and especially the German markets seek environmentally responsible products. “These three destinations want products that are not only linked to social issues, but also environmentally responsible,” says Andre Morgenthal, Wosa communications manager.Spiers believes it is still early days for the carbon neutral logo to play a deciding role in the minds of the international consumer. But he adds: “In future it will become very important, and then we will definitely benefit from it.”Useful linksBacksberg Wine CellarsFood and Trees for AfricaWines of South Africalast_img read more