Caven alone runs hot

first_imgDivided into two flights at fifteen and under the top flight saw Al Griffiths post 32 points for third place, one behind runner up Paul Hubbard.  The winner was Jon Batty and his 34 points were worth so much more knowing he had returned to his favourite distraction, golf.In the second flight Murray Edwards found conditions suited him and he made third place with 34 points, edged out of second by John Chelo with 35.  The flight winner was newly returned Niall Caven and his 37 points was the round of the day and it was good to see someone was running hot on such a chilly day.Billy Shepley, Craig Thomas and Helene Lindberg all shared the ‘2’s pot whilst John O’Sullivan enjoyed a cold beer as the lucky non winner.  The Booby Bevy went to Greg McDonald for his low round of the day.And the caddies?  They were all there waiting for more than a hundred Thai golfers, who failed to show!  Boy, will they get a chilly reception next time their group shows up.Moriarty, all rhythm and bluesOn Wednesday 27th January the Pattaya Golf Society celebrated the first anniversary of its move to its new clubhouse at The Links with a visit to Burapha to play a stableford competition on the A and B nines, off the blue tees.  The day was clear enough but a chilly wind blew all day across the well presented course.The two flights were divided at sixteen and under and play got underway on time.  It was soon apparent that the day would be a challenging one as the long par fours seemed never ending in the wind and a ball landing on the soft fairways ran for less than expected.In the second flight scores were predictably low as three golfers shared first place, namely Niall Caven, Richard Dobson and Keith Melbourne with the latter making the podium for the second time in seven days, a rare event indeed!The top flight saw the advantage of long hitting with Russell Exley recording 36 points for third place, new member Andy Robinson taking second with 37 and solid New Jersey golfer Dave Moriarty lording things with an excellent 40 points.  His fairway shots were accurate and his putting was the secret, rarely missing a putt within twelve feet or so.  It was a prodigious effort off the blues.The ‘2’s pot was shared by Niall Caven, Gary Bolger, Jon Batty and Thai lady golfer Yarida Kabinpong and the Booby Bevy went to returning French golfer Olivier Tahoun after his customary returning low score.The day had indeed been a special one and despite one golfer’s rhythm off the blues next month will see the more generous white tees in play.A Smith special at EmeraldEmerald golf club was the venue for the Pattaya Golf Society’s first forty plus field this year, on Friday, 29th January.  The day was fine and (whisper it quietly) warm and breezy.  The format was stableford with the field divided into two flights at fifteen and under.In the second flight Larry Slattery shared second place with Phil “PJ” Mitchell on 36 points and the winner was Aussie Greg McDonald with 38 points, a PB with the PGS.The top flight saw John Holmes mark his return to Pattaya with 36 points, sharing second place with Wednesday’s winner Dave Moriarty.  The outstanding round of the day was that of new PGS Champion Chris Smith whose four birdies and only one bogey helped him to a gross 69, giving him 39 points, and all this off a handicap of 0.3.  Wow!  Chris is probably the nearest thing we have in Pattaya to a professional standard golfer.  The PGS would certainly like to meet his peer.The ‘2’s pot was shared by Craig Thomas, Niall Caven, Walter Orr and Chris Walsh and the non-winner’s beer draw was won by Keith Melbourne.  The Booby Bevy went to Terry Pipe for his low marking return round.Emerald has witnessed some fine golf over the years and today’s round by Chris Smith will certainly be up there with the best. Well done Chris. IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links BarThe Pattaya Golf Society visited Greenwood on Monday 25th January to play a stableford competition on the C and A nines.  Warned of a possible lack of caddies a few days before, the group were offered the choice of playing without a caddy and pulling one’s own trolley or taking a discounted buggy.  Whichever the golfers chose all were unanimous that they would willingly accept the same deal again.The unusual start to the day was compounded by teeing off in a biting wind with the temperature hovering around eighteen degrees Celsius… and it never got better!  The group made good progress – probably the thoughts of the hot shower afterwards drove them on.Chris Smith.last_img read more

Fendrich on Tennis: US showing in Australia just ‘a bad day’

first_imgUnited States’ Venus Williams leaves Rod Laver Arena following her first round loss to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) All it took was one bad day at the Australian Open to unravel all those good feelings about American tennis generated by so much success at the U.S. Open only a handful of months ago.Maybe, though, that should not be the takeaway from Day 1 in Melbourne.Maybe neither the shock over opening-round losses by more than half of the U.S. women in the field at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018, nor the euphoria over four women from the United States reaching the semifinals at the last Grand Slam tournament of 2017, is appropriate. Maybe neither should be viewed as a meaningful statement about the state of American tennis.It’s better to see each as an isolated occurrence and take the long view: Progress is being made, and it’s simply inevitable that there will be a mix of good days and, well, not-so-good ones.“It was a tough day, and this is a tough sport,” said 113th-ranked Nicole Gibbs, who won NCAA titles in singles and doubles at Stanford, and was the lone U.S. woman to win a match out of the 10 in action Monday at the Australian Open. “This isn’t an indication of anything, except we have a lot of depth (on the WTA tour) and we had a bad day.”Sure did.And it wasn’t just the women who fared poorly by going 1-9 — including exits by U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens , seven-time Grand Slam title winner Venus Williams , and 10th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe . Each member of that trio reached the final four at Flushing Meadows in September, the first all-American semifinals at that major tournament since 1981.The men hardly distinguished themselves Monday, either. Two of the three highest-seeded U.S. men lost, too: No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner .It’s been nearly 15 full years since any American man won any Grand Slam singles title, so let’s keep the focus on the women for the moment. That is where there have been some real positive signs recently.With Serena Williams out of competition since winning her 23rd major singles championship at last year’s Australian Open — she was pregnant at the time, then dealt with health complications after giving birth in September — there has been an opportunity for other players to step forward.Older sister Venus, for example, reached the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2009, and then the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2010. She had started last season by getting to the Australian Open final for the first time since also finishing as the runner-up to her sibling there in 2003.And yet, there she was on Monday, losing right away to 78th-ranked Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-5, joining not just 20-somethings Stephens and Vandeweghe on the way out, but also CiCi Bellis, Jennifer Brady, Irina Falconi, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske and Taylor Townsend.“Last year is last year. This is, like, a new year,” the 37-year-old Venus Williams said. “You can’t live in the previous year. It’s impossible.”Stephens knows that all too well.She made a real breakthrough at the U.S. Open by earning the trophy. Remarkably, she has not won a match anywhere since, extending her losing streak to eight with a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 setback against 34th-ranked Zhang Shuai of China on Monday.Taken on its own, that result is truthfully not all that surprising, given Stephens’ recent form, the fact that she hasn’t won an Australian Open match since 2014 (first-round defeats in 2015 and 2016; an injury absence in 2017) and her opponent’s ranking.“Tennis is definitely a roller coaster. But I have learned to just not panic. It will be OK. There’s always going to be times when it’s really tough, and there will be times when you’re on an extreme high,” Stephens said. “I think for me now, it’s not that great, but it’s nothing to panic about.”The same could be said about the entire American contingent Down Under.___AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa in Melbourne, Australia, contributed to this report.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at AP tennis coverage: read more

Alves sends a message to Guardiola… And another to Barça

first_img 12/07/2017 Alves envía un mensaje a Guardiola… Y otro al Barça Dani Alves did not openly confirm that he had the option of signing for Manchester City but his comments on his presentation at PSG implied that the Eastlands club was his most likely destination after leaving Juventus. CEST Frederic Martin IN SPORT.ES His actions in the past few weeks, in playing both sides against each other, did not seem to bother Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of PSG, who smiled throughout the press conference and declared himself happy with the signing. “If Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt by my decision, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion.” Why did he pick Paris over Manchester? “I have friends here and my wife loves the city. I was a bit selfish when I left Juventus. This time I tried to be less so and to please everyone, that’s why I decided to come here. If Pep feels hurt, I apologise.” Upd. at 19:04 last_img read more

Solskjaer has “no doubts that Pogba wants to play for Man United”

first_img “He isn’t injured, he’s just in some pain and I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend with only eight days to go before the first game. “I knew he wouldn’t be travelling to Cardiff because I spoke to him about it after training on Friday and he wasn’t right. “I have no doubts at all that Paul still wants to play for Manchester United,” the coach said after the game. IN SPORT.ES Solskjaer: “Pogba se queda” The Frenchman missed Saturday’s friendly against Milan, but Solskjaer says that had nothing to do with a potential move away from the club.  Meanwhile, Madrid looked to have moved on to Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek given their failure to get United to sell Pogba, who was coach Zinedine Zidane’s first choice.  Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has “no doubts” that Paul Pogba will stay at the club despite Real Madrid’s interest. center_img 04/08/2019 “He’ll probably be back in training early next week and I hope he should be OK for Chelsea.” CEST Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has said the midfielder wants to leave the club but he remains a United player one week ahead of the start of the Premier League season.  Upd. at 17:59 RELATED STORIES Pogba and Van de Beek deals depend on Bale and James saleslast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Myron Nichol Rink

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by naming the rink Team of the Week.The rink now represents the zone at the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 17-22 in Port Alberni. The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar took the longest way possible to capturing the Senior Men’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday in Kimberley.The team of Nichol, third Bill Van Yzerloo and second Gary Beaudry and lead Barry Marsh, both of Nelson, defeated the Ken McHargue rink twice — in the B final and A-B final — to claim the title.last_img read more

Kootenay Whitecaps steal show at Seattle Showcase

first_imgTo say female soccer in the Kootenays would be the understatement of the year.Three teams from the Kootenay Whitecaps program cooked with the big dogs during a showcase tournament over the weekend in Seattle, Wash. “The soccer and the style that these players played with was amazing the watch,” said Bret Adams, Associate Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Kootenay program.”The development that the whitecaps coaching has given the players in the last 3 years is starting to show.”The Kootenay U16 squad finished the weekend tourney with three draws and one loss.The U17 squad finished the event unbeaten with two wins and two draws.The U18 Girls won twice, losing once and scoring a draw.The teams consist of players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Invermere, Grand forks, Fernie and Kimberley.last_img read more

Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live streaming playing XI and

first_imgChennai Super Kings will welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the opening encounter of Indian Premier League 2019 on March 23.When and where to watch the match on TV, onlineThe IPL match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will start at 8 pm local time and 2:30 pm GMT.Star Sports 1 & HD1 (English) and Star Sports 3 & HD3 (Hindi) will provide live television coverage of the match. The worldwide live stream will be available on Hotstar.CSK vs RCB previewThe defending champions under the stewardship of the unflappable MS Dhoni will take on the current India skipper’s side RCB in what promises to be a mouth-watering opener to the 12th edition of India’s premier cricketing extravaganza. Both Dhoni and Kohli are magnetic figures in the cricketing circuit but while the former has won it all, the latter is desperate to add the IPL trophy to his cabinet. Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL title on Sunday, May 27.IANSCSK has the most experienced side in the tournament which bodes well for them as they have players who have been in tough situations and have won tournaments for their side. On the other hand, the whirlpool of experience also brings with it an ageing side which should not be a problem at the beginning of the tournament. Dhoni knows his team very well and treats the CSK team as his family. He was a rejuvenated cricketer last season when he donned the yellow after two long years.Kohli’s tale with RCB has been that of so close, yet so far. He has been runners up on three occasions and this time will be aiming to go all the way before heading to the World Cup, which will be firmly on his mind. The Bangalore brigade will be without all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile in this encounter as they are away on international duty for Australia against Pakistan.The RCB side is filled with all-rounders this time which will help them sort out their issues with a top-heavy batting line up but their death bowling still remains a cause of concern. Meanwhile, CSK will miss the services of young South African pacer Lungi Ngidi as he pulled out of the tournament with a side strain.Despite the injury, the CSK side definitely looks more balanced but in a T20 format, short bursts of excellence can completely change a game.Probable XIs CSK: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C) (WK), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the two key players for Royal Challengers BangaloreIANSRCB: Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers, Shimron Hetmeyer, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed SirajGlobal TV listingsSubcontinentSubcontinentStar SportsStar SportsSubcontinentUKStar SportsStar GoldSubcontinentAustraliaStar SportsFox SportsSubcontinentSouth AfricaStar SportsSuperSportSubcontinentCanadaStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentUSAStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentCaribbeanStar SportsSportsMaxSubcontinentBangladeshStar SportsChannel 9SubcontinentNew ZealandStar SportsSky SportsSubcontinentAfghanistanStar SportsLemar TV CaribbeanSportsMax SubcontinentStar Sports BangladeshChannel 9 Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finals IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:23Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … AustraliaFox Sports CanadaWillow TVcenter_img South AfricaSuperSport New ZealandSky Sports Close UKStar Gold USAWillow TV AfghanistanLemar TVlast_img read more

Gentrification Good for Some Black Owned Businesses

first_imgOwners at Lee’s Flower Shop say business has grown tremendously in recent years.WASHINGTON — It is a busy time for Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, just days before Valentine’s Day, when Americans spend $1.9 billion on flowers and 64 percent of men and 36 percent of women give flowes to a significant other. The staff in the shop, located on U Street and 11th Avenue in northwest Washington, is swamped as workers rush tor fill orders for weddings, Valentine’s Day, and other events.Two blocks away on the corner of U Street and Georgia Avenue, workers at Johnnie’s Florist, another black-owned floral shop in the Shaw neighborhood, are just as hurried.  Business is good. This year, business is better than it has been in a long time as the flood of new residents into the neighborhood, most of them White, have the cash registers at both establishments ringing like never before.“In the past five years, we have seen business grow tremendously,” said Stacy Lee Banks, a third generation owner of the store her grandparents started in 1945.  “People want fresh flowers for their home, for dinner parties, for dates.“Because the people of the neighborhood are changing, you have those with eclectic interests. There are more and more people into plants, herbs, and flowers. They have a passion for these things.  So they don’t mind spending.”Johnnie Harris echoed those sentiments. “We have clients all over the D.C. metro area,” Harris said, “but the new boom in the neighborhood has definitely been a plus.”In the past five years, U Street and Georgia Avenue have undergone tremendous change as new residents, most of them White, have moved in. Expensive condominiums, renovated homes and businesses, trendy bars, restaurants, and lounges have changed the landscape and demographics of the area.   Some long-time residents sold their homes at a profit and moved to the suburbs or to retirement communities.  Others, however, were forced out by climbing rents or newly constructed high-end housing.While gentrification has been bad for some, causing businesses to shrink and close, it has been good for Lee’s and Johnnie’s.  “Gentrification has had no effect on my business in a negative way,” said Harris, who has been in business for 20 years. “We have profited for there being changes around the area.”Lee’s has seen profits double in the past five years, said Lee-Banks, a business graduate of nearby Howard University who began working in the store at age 12.  “Business is booming,” she said.  “At one point, the majority of our customers were half and half, and now it’s mostly White. There is nothing wrong with it.  We accommodate our customers and business is better than ever before.”Though profits are soaring and business is doing well, Lee Banks said she does have some regrets. “Although I love the new business and customers we receive, it has been bittersweet,” she said, “sweet for us and the business, but bitter for the people of the community who have lost their homes.”last_img read more

Folktale diffusion traced using genomic data

first_img Study shows cultural flow may be slower than genetic divergence © 2017 Most people today in the Western world are familiar with a handful of folktales, including “Hansel and Gretel,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin”—such tales typically have a moral or lesson. Those that struck a chord tended to be widely told and were passed down through the generations, first orally, then through books. The researchers with this new effort wanted to know whether such tales were distributed through the grapevine, so to speak, or whether they were carried by people moving from one place to another. To find out, they used some of the growing amount of publicly available genome data.For their study, the researchers made a list of what they deemed the 596 most famous folktales in Europe and Asia—then, they compiled another list containing titles and information about published folktales. Next, they extracted information from global genome databases that provided data regarding the movement of people over different time periods. Connecting the two types of data allowed the researchers to create flow charts that described the movement of folktales over time.The researchers were able to see that both types of distribution were involved in the spread of folktales. Some of the tales moved through populations until they reached a border, either physical or social, such as a language barrier. Others were able to make giant leaps as people traveled great distances, taking the tales with them and relating them to those they encountered. The team notes that they were also able to isolate approximately 15 of the tales that had clearly spread due to migration. The researchers report that they were also able to narrow down the origination sites of some common fables to regions as broad as Northern Africa or Central Asia. More information: Inferring patterns of folktale diffusion using genomic data, Eugenio Bortolini, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1614395114AbstractObservable patterns of cultural variation are consistently intertwined with demic movements, cultural diffusion, and adaptation to different ecological contexts [Cavalli-Sforza and Feldman (1981) Cultural Transmission and Evolution: A Quantitative Approach; Boyd and Richerson (1985) Culture and the Evolutionary Process]. The quantitative study of gene–culture coevolution has focused in particular on the mechanisms responsible for change in frequency and attributes of cultural traits, the spread of cultural information through demic and cultural diffusion, and detecting relationships between genetic and cultural lineages. Here, we make use of worldwide whole-genome sequences [Pagani et al. (2016) Nature 538:238–242] to assess the impact of processes involving population movement and replacement on cultural diversity, focusing on the variability observed in folktale traditions (n = 596) [Uther (2004) The Types of International Folktales: A Classification and Bibliography. Based on the System of Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson] in Eurasia. We find that a model of cultural diffusion predicted by isolation-by-distance alone is not sufficient to explain the observed patterns, especially at small spatial scales (up to ∼∼4,000 km). We also provide an empirical approach to infer presence and impact of ethnolinguistic barriers preventing the unbiased transmission of both genetic and cultural information. After correcting for the effect of ethnolinguistic boundaries, we show that, of the alternative models that we propose, the one entailing cultural diffusion biased by linguistic differences is the most plausible. Additionally, we identify 15 tales that are more likely to be predominantly transmitted through population movement and replacement and locate putative focal areas for a set of tales that are spread worldwide. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain (—A team of researchers with members from several European countries has conducted a study involving tracing the spread of common folktales throughout history in Eurasia. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes using genome data to trace two common means of folktale distribution. Citation: Folktale diffusion traced using genomic data (2017, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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