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Lancashire snatch dramatic victory at Senior County Finals

first_img Tags: competitions, County Finals, Dorset, Lancashire, match play, Nottinghamshire, Senior golf, Sussex Lancashire pulled off the great escape today when they snatched victory from Sussex in the title showdown for the English Senior Men’s County Championship.Bryan Hughes drained a 30ft putt on the 18th at Stanton-on-the-Wolds to win his match by one hole and give Lancashire their third win in this championship.“It was the putt of my life,” said the 2017 British Senor Champion (pictured top). “And it was the first one I holed today!”Lancashire’s 5-4 win was a result which had seemed highly unlikely as little as 45 minutes earlier and underlined, once again, the team’s ability to dig deep when it counts. “You couldn’t write this script,” said team member Neil Self, who contributed a 5/4 win to the scoreline.Tony Flanagan, who won 3/2 in the singles, added: “I don’t know how we did that. We’ve been behind every day.”That’s been the theme of their championship. Each day they’ve trailed their opposition, each day they’ve frayed their captain’s nerves – but each day they’ve kept themselves in it and, finally, claimed the prize (pictured below).Their emotional captain Mike Gray said: “I have always believed in them but at times today I thought someone up there didn’t!“When they have to, they dig in, they deliver. They play for the team and they just don’t give up. And winning this is just a wonderful feeling,” added Gray, who was making his seventh visit to county finals, five as a player and twice as a winning captain.Today’s match was always going to be tight. Sussex, with two good wins behind them, were clearly in good and confident form. And the action unfolded as predicted. The foursomes were shared with two tense matches going to the 18th.As the singles got underway Sussex appeared to have a real grip on the match. They were ahead in four games as the players went through six holes and up in five at the half way stage.Lancashire got the first point, courtesy of Neil Self, but Martin King delivered a major boost for Sussex when he beat British Senior Champion Trevor Foster 3/2. “I just played great match play golf. I was in trouble a few times on the back nine and Trevor probably thought he would get one back but I escaped,” he said.The next point went Lancashire’s way, thanks to Tony Flanagan, but Sussex were up in the other three games on the course. It was the signal for the Lancashire rally to begin.Ian Crowther brought them within touching distance of an unlikely victory when he came from behind to win the last hole to halve his game. Then Bryan Hughes completed the comeback with his last hole birdie. It was the only time he was up in his match – but it was enough!In the final game on the course Tony Flanagan kept fighting and took the action to the 18th, but Martin Galway made sure the point went to Sussex, who are runners-up for the second year in succession.In the day’s other match Dorset defeated the host county, Nottinghamshire 6.5-2.5 to take third place.For full scores click hereImages copyright Leaderboard Photography 11 Oct 2018 Lancashire snatch dramatic victory at Senior County Finals last_img read more

Passengers frustrated as MV Kimbia remains docked

first_imgWith the frequency of the ferry service and freight capacity significantly reduced, passengers transporting cargo via ferry to and from Georgetown and Mabaruma are facing a number of difficulties.The MV Kimbia, a passenger and cargo vessel, has been docked at the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) shipyard for repairs and restoration since November last year.The MV Kimbia, a passenger and cargo vessel, was docked at the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) shipyard for repairs and restoration since NovemberThe MV Kimbia originally plied the Georgetown to Mabaruma route.Earlier this year, an announcement was made that 90 per cent of the repair works on the vessel were completed and the ferry would soon return to plying the route.However, the motor vessel remains docked in the shipyard for repairs to the defective engine. Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson explained to Guyana Times on Sunday that the authorities were considering replacing the ferry rather than rehabilitating the engine.The MV Kimbia is one of the oldest vessels in the maritime public transport system and has served the Transport & Harbour Department for more than 70 years.In the meantime, MV Lady Northcote, which originally plied only the Georgetown to Port Kaituma (Region One) route, has been filling in for MV Kimbia.MV Lady Northcote, a much smaller vessel than MV Kimbia, has been plying the Georgetown- Mabaruma route once a month. When the MV Kimbia was in operation, passengers had access to the ferry service every fortnight. With access to the ferry service now limited, it is sheer confusion among passengers to get their cargo onto the vessel.In some cases, passengers have complained of discriminatory practices and unfair treatment in transporting their goods.Several individuals told this newspaper that on a number of occasions, when they would arrive at the wharf with the intention of having their goods shipped, the supervisor on duty would inform them that there was no space available on the ferry.However, they contended that this was not true since they have witnessed persons who came after them would be facilitated.“By time I reach down there, they say the ferry done full already. Then I see they got certain people they calling and telling them to bring they goods but when I go, they say it done full. The lady, the supervisor, does tell me that they ain’t got space on the boat,” said an angered Mark Persaud, a businessman who plies his trade in Kumaka, Region One (Barima-Waini).June Payne, another disgruntled person, asserted that she was forced to take a private ferry since every time she went to the wharf to transport her goods, the supervisor would always declare the ferry was filled.She too contended that persons coming after her would get access to the ferry.“She have favouritism with the big shippers them. Only certain people thing can go on the boat,” Payne expressed. Guyana Times understands that the alternative means of transporting cargo – the private boats are far more expensive than the average man can afford.Meanwhile, across at Port Kaituma, the situation is a bit calmer. Though access to the ferry service has also been reduced, passengers have no trouble utilising alternative means of transport, since the cost to travel privately does not vary much from what is offered by the ferry service.It currently remains uncertain when or if the MV Kimbia will return to operation.last_img read more

No confirmed buyer for Skeldon Sugar Factory – Jordan

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanFinance Minister Winston Jordan has refuted claims that a buyer has beenidentified for the Skeldon Sugar Factory by stating that that information is simply not true.“There is no confirmed buyer as such,” he said. “This (sale) has to be done in a very transparent process, because this Government prides itself on accountability and transparency.”The Skeldon Sugar FactoryJordan told a media conference on Monday that he has heard about a lot of unsolicited interest in the sugar factory, but he reiterated that there are no confirmed buyers as yet.“Those people would be formally invited to submit bids after we would have put (in the public domain) our adverts for the (sale of the) Skeldon Factory. We would have to assess the things and put out a request for proposals,” the Finance Minister explained.He said the same approach would be used for the entertainment complex of the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) recently claimed that a purchaser may have already been identified for the Skeldon Sugar Factory. GAWU President Komal Chand told Guyana Times earlier this month that he has information that a buyer has already been identified, despite there being a procedure to be followed in respect to sale of this national asset.Finance Minister Winston JordanChand had reminded that a Special Purpose Unit was created within the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to handle the sale of the Skeldon factory.During consideration of the first Financial Paper for 2017 — in early July — Government had requested the supplementary sum of $130 million to subsidise creation of this Special Purpose Unit. The Financial Paper had detailed that the amount requested included provision for employment costs, utilities, professional and legal fees, advertisements, operating supplies, furniture and equipment.The GAWU head had said that although this (finding a buyer) was expected, the mere request for a financial sum to create this special unit had caused him to hope that a fairer system would have been employed in disposing of the Skeldon Estate — one that would see the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) getting the best deal possible.While admitting that the Skeldon Sugar Factory had not performed as anticipated in its initial stages of operation, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had expressed its belief that it is an unwise decision to put the factory up for sale, as it has shown some signs of improving performance.The Opposition has said that performance at the factory had significantly improved in 2015, and the factory had met all its targets. The decline in recent performance at the factory has been blamed on the lack of investment on the part of the coalition APNU/AFC Government.It was revealed in January that a close relative of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Guyana’s First Vice President, was reportedly working to bring in investors for the cash-strapped sugar industry.Tony Joseph, Managing Director of Sunrise Holdings and son-in-law of Nagamootoo, led a team of Indian investors to dialogue with Government on potential investments in GuySuCo.The Skeldon Sugar Factory alone, located on the Estate, is worth US$200 million, and the total value of the Estate would amount to billions of Guyana dollars.last_img read more

ERC investigating Govt Ministers’ inciting statements

first_imgComments by senior Government officials to initiate “street protests” and “war break” in a bid to lobby for house-to-house registration are currently under the microscope of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), after Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira penned concerns on the outcome of such statements.Chairman of the Commission, Reverend John Smith explained on Thursday that the body is in receipt of the letter and it was forwarded to the Investigation Unit. After the evaluation is completed, Commissioners will make their input to determine the final outcome.Asked whether the Commission has expressed concerns over the series of events, Smith noted that it is too early to determine since the letter was sent just a couple of days ago.“We have received them. There is a system that we do that we send them over to the Investigation Unit so it is gone and they will deal with it from there…At the end of the investigation, it comes to the Commissioners so it is early days. The speech was on Monday and today is Thursday. We’re here two days,” he stated.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had written both the Commissioner of Police and the ERC over the comments made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo just after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira in the letters to the Police Commissioner and ERC Head referenced media reports quoting the two officials while on a Government- sponsored outreach in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).In this letter, she called on Smith and Leslie James to intercede with the President and his Ministers, in keeping with the Commission’s constitutional mandate to promote peace and harmony.“Reports in the media emanating from the President and Ministers are cause for concern. These statements in response to the rulings of the highest court of Guyana, the Caribbean Court of Justice, have been unsettling and disturbing. These statements and declarations should no doubt also be cause for profound concern by Ethnic Relations Commission and the entire citizenry,” Teixeira noted in her letter.She added that these statements are inciting and a threat to public order and safety, and are in contempt of the Caribbean Court of Justice rulings of June 18, 2019. “I, therefore, call on the ERC to carry out its constitutional mandate vigorously to promote peace and harmony and to stand publicly in defence of the rule of law and the Constitution. I urge you to register with the President and his Ministers that the CCJ ruling must be complied with in spirit and intent,” Teixeira also wrote.She referenced Jordan’s calls for citizens to be ready to protest for house-to-house registration and uttering “war break” as he called for street protests.Another reference was made to Jordan saying that regardless of the CCJ ruling, house-to-house registration must be carried out. Meanwhile, she referenced quotes attributed to Nagamootoo in which he warned of “trouble” if house-to-house registration was not completed.In her letter to Police Commissioner Leslie James, she reminded him of his calls on March 21 for Guyanese to remain calm and keep the peace. She also reminded him that he had warned at the time that persons breaching the law would be held accountable. According to Teixeira, these statements are inciting and a threat to public order and safety.“Your statement of March 21, 2019, is more relevant now than then, as we have now the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the highest court, and we are all, therefore, expected to abide by the CCJ rulings that the No-Confidence Motion is valid and elections must be held within the shortest time. I, therefore, call on you as Commissioner and the custodian of public safety and order to carry out your mandate vigorously and to publicly defend, preserve, and protect the rule of law and the Guyana Constitution in our nation,” the letter read.Last Tuesday, the CCJ gave its final judgment that Government was defeated in the No-Confidence Motion case. The court also ruled that GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, was unconstitutionally appointed.last_img read more

Trackers sweep weekend set against Fort McMurray

first_imgIn Saturday’s tilt the teams were tied after 20 minutes, and the Trackers found themselves with a 3-2 lead after the second. The third period was the difference in the contest as the team put up four goals to round out the scoring.Goal scorers in the game were Tyler Krane, Mathew Apsassin, Jacob Lang (2), Dustin Bahm (2), and Nolan Lagace.Sunday’s game required the Trackers to play from behind as in the first period they surrendered three goals and trailed 3-1. The squad responded with a solid middle frame as they scored three goals to lead 4-3. They increased their lead to 6-3 in the third before the Barons got a late goal with 4:23 remaining.- Advertisement -Scoring in the contest was Mathew Apsassin, Nolan Lagace (2), Jacob Lang (2), and Levi Johnson.Next for the Trackers is a game on Saturday in Peace River.last_img read more

West Ham set to seal signing of Spanish starlet from La Liga club

first_img West Ham manager Slaven Bilic 1 West Ham are on the verge of completing a move for Valencia prodigy Antonio Martinez, claim reports in Spain.The Hammers are understood to be have been pestering the Spanish club about signing the 18-year-old since January and a deal now appears to be nearing completion.According to AS, West Ham will pay Valencia around £2.3m for the Spain youth international, who is expected to start his career in London with the club’s under-21s squad.With Valencia languishing in mid-table, Martinez is understood to be keen on joining up with the Hammers, who are on the cusp of securing European football next year.A striker and winger, Martinez has played 17 games for Valencia’s youth side this season, scoring two goals and registering three assists.last_img read more

‘Scott Brown is not in my league,’ Rangers new boy Joey Barton tells talkSPORT

first_imgJoey Barton has stoked the fires ahead of his move to Rangers by claiming Celtic captain Scott Brown is ‘nowhere near the level I am as a player’.The controversial midfielder will join Mark Warburton’s side on a two-year deal from July 1.Celtic fans have been quick to warn Barton that he will ‘put in his place’ by tough-tackling Brown in next season’s Old Firm derbies.But the 33-year-old insists the experienced Scotland star will not be able to touch him if he plays to his best.Speaking on a special edition of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Saturday, the one-cap England international said:  “People keep talking about Joey Barton and Scott Brown. He ain’t in my league. He is nowhere the level I am as a player. He can’t get to me.“If I play well, Scott Brown doesn’t stand a chance. That is not me being blasé.  That is me just stating what I believe.”Barton insists Brown won’t be the only player struggling to live with him next season.The former Manchester City, Marseille and Newcastle star is not under-estimating the challenge of Scottish football, but he has no doubts that he will be a success.He continued: “There are some good sides, some really good players there who are going to be ultra-competitive. I am expecting I have got to be at the best of my ability for Rangers to do what they need to do. I’m, trained, I am ready to go.“I have played against Scottish players south of the border. Every one of them gives you a game, every one of them is at it. I am expecting nothing less.“I have been a marked man for ten years – a lot of it by my own doing – and I am comfortable with it. I am comfortable with expectation, I’m comfortable with pressure, I’m comfortable with my mindset and focus I have in terms of turning in my own performances. If I get to that level, unfortunately for anybody up there they ain’t going to live with me.”last_img read more

DD Fitness: Should you be hungry on a diet?

first_imgThis week our fitness columnist Emmet Rushe, owner and operator of Rushe Fitness, tackles the question “should you be hungry while dieting?”I am currently on a ‘diet’. By ‘diet’, I mean that I am currently in a phase of my training where I am dropping body fat. The goal of this is to get down to a low enough level of body fat, before I start back into a phase of muscle gain.The reason I am getting as lean as possible first is so I can manage the amount of fat I may gain when I increase my calories in order to gain muscle. But enough about that. Emmet Rushe of Rushe FitnessOne thing that has happened to me over the last few weeks, is that my hunger levels have risen the further into the diet that I have gone.When I say hunger, I am never really ‘starving’, it’s more of an empty feeling an hour or two after I eat.This brings us back to the point at hand; Should you be hungry when on a diet?Ask 100 different people and you will get 100 different answers to this question. 1. There are a few ways to look at it. One is to look at where you are coming from when you are starting into a diet, and what your nutrition looks like before and during the diet. If you are coming from a diet that was heavily processed and involved a huge amount of calories, but the volume of food you were eating was low, and you change that to a wholefood diet that involves loads of fruit and vegetables with plenty of meat and fish and enough carbohydrates and fats to suit your goal, the chance of you being hungry are slim.The reason for this is that even though you are eating less calories, you are actually eating more food than you were before.You will also have an increase in fibre and protein in your diet and a decrease in processed sugars and fats.All this combined will keep you fuller for longer and you will be able to lose weight and not go hungry. This is the best possible scenario when dieting.2. If however you are coming from the same starting point as above, and you were to choose a diet that consisted of 1 meal per day and 2 weight loss shakes, as the majority of these quick fix diets propose, the chances of you being hungry increase 10 fold. You are coming from a diet of low volume, high calories foods to a diet of lower volume lo calorie food and shakes.You will feel lethargic and hungry most of the time as you are only really taking in 1 whole meal per day and when you drink the shake, you will be hungry again shortly after you consume it.This combination of factors is the main reason that people cannot sustain these type of diets for long periods of time and it is also the reason that they end up going on a binge and regaining all the lost weight after they finish. This is the worst possible scenario when dieting.3. The last way to look at this is if you are coming from a diet that is pretty good, has minimal processed foods, has plenty of fruit and vegetables with plenty of meat and fish and enough carbohydrates and fats to suit your goal, and then you start into a diet in order to lose body fat, as I am currently doing, the likelihood of you being hungry will increase. The reason for this is that in order to lose more weight and body fat, you will have to reduce the amount of calories you are consuming at different phases of the diet.Having come from a great starting point, the volume of food you are eating will reduce with each drop in calories, so the chances of being hungry will be high.That isn’t to say that you will be hungry, but from experience and from knowing people in the industry who have dieted down to low levels of body fat, hunger is part of the process.Allowing yourself to understand what some hunger feels like, is actually a great learning curve for when you start into a diet.Once you learn to control this, you will be better placed to deal with it if it happens to arise whenever you start your diet.#TrainSmartIf you have any other questions or concerns you would like me to cover, please message me on Facebook or if you prefer to find out a bit more about me and what I offer you can find out more at my websiteDD Fitness: Should you be hungry on a diet? was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Emmet RusheShare 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:dietemmet rushefitnesshungryshould you be hungry on a dietweight losslast_img read more

‘NO BLACKS, NO IRISH, NO DOGS, NO POLES?’ A LETTER TO DONEGAL FROM A POLISH WOMAN

first_imgA POLISH woman living in Co Donegal has hit out at online bigots and racists who have been trying to use the ‘Magda’ controversy to whip up racial tensions..Scum racists from Britain have also tried to stir up the controversy by attempting to post comments on various websites.Here in this short open letter to the people of Co Donegal, another Polish woman hits back at those using the issue to score political points. Dear everyone:“I am Polish and I am living here in Ireland for 9 years. I love Ireland (even though it is raining most of the days).“I came to Ireland not for economic reasons. I worked eight years in the office-paying taxes and buying Irish products, doing different courses from my own money.“I am on the dole now unfortunately for one year. “Because I cannot find a job I am thinking to start up my business as well. I do not understand what is the problem with that? Are we Polish people not welcome in Ireland anymore?“Don’t you Irish not travel to the UK, the USA, Australia and other places for work? Why can you not feel empathy for Polish coming here, trying to build a better life?“Don’t you remember those slogans: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. Do you want to create the same for Polish people or maybe we all be should working in Abracadabra under minimum wage?“I love Irish people and I am confident that you are very hospitable but it has upset me how racist some people are.“I think it is good when someone tries to set up his new career by taking up new courses and education to get off the dole. “Even going on a walk and surfing is more advisable than being depressed on the dole for 5 years and not doing anything about it.“Most of Polish people are working, hard workers. Those on social welfare is a minority.“For me it is embarrassing to be on a social welfare but by law I am allowed it because I paid my taxes just like everyone else and I do not have a choice.“Most Polish people came back to Poland. I have to stay as my partner is Irish and I feel Ireland is my second home. “I would ask people to think before they make comments. We are no different from you.”‘NO BLACKS, NO IRISH, NO DOGS, NO POLES?’ A LETTER TO DONEGAL FROM A POLISH WOMAN was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JASON BLACK’S CHALLENGE OF MT McKINLEY SUDDENLY GETS MORE DIFFICULT

first_imgAdventurer Jason Black’s latest challenge has just got a lot more difficult.The Letterkenny mountaineer has arrived safely in Alaska in his forthcoming attempt to climb Mt McKinley. Despite the late arrival of one of his bags sparking some extra nerves, everything else has worked out well.How Jason will attack Mt McKinleyJason was shocked to hear that because he is the first person to try and attempt to climb the west side of the mountain, his efforts will be even tougher.“Mt. Mc Kinley rangers have reported that my ascent of the brutal West Rib is to be the first ascent tried this year – making it more challenging.“I have now got to plot my own course avoiding crevasses in the North Fork Glacier. Temperatures on the mountain are bitter and with high winds are making life very difficult.” Donegal Daily will bring you regular updates as Jason takes on his latest challenge.Needless to say, there will be plenty of excitement along the way.Stay safe Jason. JASON BLACK’S CHALLENGE OF MT McKINLEY SUDDENLY GETS MORE DIFFICULT was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:challengedonegalJason BlackletterkennyMt McKinleylast_img read more

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