‘Mum-Dog Millionaire’ – medal winner

first_imgBrad Sproxton and Chatel Patel.With a smaller field on this holiday the scores were still impressive.  Peter LeNoury, just arriving back from the UK, was firing on all cylinders and scored a fantastic 41 points.  We witnessed iron shots from all over the course land on the greens.  Well played!John Emmerson was steady, missing a few short putts otherwise there may have been a count-back.  Brad Sproxton folded like a cheap tent on the final 3 for third.Thanks to all who joined us today.Wednesday, Oct. 27, Emerald – Stableford1st Steve Snelgrove (4) 35pts2nd Jeff Cordeiro (7) 33pts3rd Bob Allen (16) 32ptsOur feature group of the day produced the eventual first and second place winners.  It was a USA v Canada (Mexicans with sweaters) grudge match.  Cordeiro and McHugh v Snelgrove and Sproxton.  Unfortunately for Snelgrove he had to carry Sproxton for 18 holes.  He proved to be the day’s best on 35 points but his partner could not contribute.Cordeiro was second with 33 points and had a great ham and egg partner in McHugh.  Bobby “Love” Allen was thirs on 32 points.The fast greens played havoc on the rest of the field and many struggled to mount much of a challenge.  Cheers to all for joining us.Friday, Oct. 29, Greenwood – Medal1st Chaten Patel (15) net 682nd Brad Sproxton (12) net 723rd John Dearden (19) net 734th Cpt Bob Finley (13) net 73Twenty-eight players convened at Greenwood today for our Monthly Medal.  One individual was clearly hotter than phall.  Chaten Patel broke his Bombay Duck and immediately called his naan to report the news of his victory, 4 shots clear of second place Brad Sproxton.Chaten made putts from everywhere, encouraging them in with a combination of body English and verbal threat.  Some think the ball was afraid of his attire and couldn’t wait to get in the hole to hide.JTB was third beating Cpt. Bob Finley on the dreaded Dearden count-back.  The rest of the best tried to hold form but were no match for Chaten. PSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Oct. 25 Green Valley – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (8) 41pts 2nd John Emmerson (10) 38pts3rd Brad Sproxton (12) 36ptslast_img read more

Steelers likely to focus on defense early in draft

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Colbert isn’t a fan of the word “need.”The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager believes it points too specifically to one area of weakness.“We have to be better and I do not think we were better in 2017 than we were in 2016 because we got eliminated a round earlier,” Colbert said of the AFC North champions, who were upset at home by Jacksonville in the divisional round of the playoffs. “And I think that’s a reflection on the job that all of us did or didn’t do. And how do we get better?”For the Steelers — who never met a salary cap they didn’t like to butt up against — that means using the draft as a way to address what Colbert prefers to call “challenges.”Even for a team that’s won three division titles in four years, there are plenty to go around.Pro Bowl inside linebacker Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for 2018 while recovering from spine stabilization surgery that has put his career in jeopardy.All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell could be playing his final season in Pittsburgh in 2018 if the two sides can’t find enough common ground to lock him up to a long-term deal.The secondary is in the process of yet another overhaul after Mike Mitchell, William Gay and Robert Golden were cut loose in March.While Pittsburgh added defensive back Morgan Burnett and linebacker Jon Bostic as relatively low-cost free agents, the Steelers prefer to add difference makers in the draft, as they did last year when they took linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second.Pittsburgh has the 28th overall pick and multiple picks in the fifth and seven rounds, with none in the fourth or sixth. A linebacker along the lines of Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch or Alabama’s Rashaan Evans could help immediately address Shazier’s absence.A cornerback might also be in play considering 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns appeared to take a step back in his second season.Regardless, the Steelers are almost certain to use their top pick on the defensive side of the ball for the seventh time in eight years, as tends to happen when you give up 45 points to Jacksonville .“I think that the group we have coming back, most of those players, are either in their prime or they are on the rise,” Colbert said.“I do believe that group has a chance to get better. Does that mean we won’t add to it? If we don’t change the roster we had in 2017, what reason would we think there would be any difference in the results? So, we have to be ready to be better than we were last year.”Some things to look for as Pittsburgh tries to maintain its Super Bowl window a little longer.BELL’S FUTUREDepending on when you ask him, Bell might hold out a week or two during the regular season.Or he might not.He might stay in Pittsburgh the rest of his career.Or he might not.Either way the All-Pro is almost certainly going to wait until late August at the earliest to sign his franchise tender if he and the Steelers can’t work things out.Pittsburgh could tip its hand about its plans at the position by taking a back in the early rounds. The Steelers used a third-round pick on James Conner last spring, but his rookie year was cut short by injury.AIR APPARENT?Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went from waffling about his future to telling teammates he can go three more years. The two-time Super Bowl winner turned 36 in March and now gets to see what he can do with Randy Fichtner as the offensive coordinator following Todd Haley’s departure.Still, Roethlisberger isn’t going to play forever. The Steelers met with high-level quarterbacks in the run-up to the draft. They haven’t taken a quarterback before the fourth round since tabbing Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick in 2004.If they do it this time — Lamar Jackson anybody? — it would provide them time to groom the pick as Roethlisberger’s eventual successor, though it’s more likely they wait at least one more season.HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINSThe Steelers are as adept as any team in the league in turning late-round picks into success stories (see Brown, Antonio). Their record in the early rounds, however, is spotty. For every Vince Williams — taken in the sixth round in 2013 who is now a starter at inside linebacker — there is a Senquez Golson.Pittsburgh selected the cornerback in the second round in 2015. He missed all of 2015 and 2016 because of injury and then was among the final cuts in 2017.___More AP NFL: https://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Colbert isn’t a fan of the word “need.” (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)last_img read more

Rosberg all set to keep Germany celebrating

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinMercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll on Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his home grand prix with a German car.It has been 60 years since a Mercedes works team last won at home – and it was the late Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio they had to thank for that in 1954.The historians would have to delve back to 1939, before the outbreak of World War Two, to find the last all-German home triumph – Rudolf Caracciola for Mercedes-Benz at the Nurburgring.Now, after Fangio’s compatriots failed to deny Germany victory in last Sunday’s World Cup final, Rosberg arrives at Hockenheim with the party well underway and fans keen to keep the beer flowing in the forest campsites as F1 reaches the halfway point in the season.He has plenty to celebrate himself, having signed a new multi-year contract after getting married last week and, even if his team are British based, a win for the ‘Silver Arrows’ in Germany will be something special.Rosberg knows he has a real chance, even if he may have lost some of the momentum after suffering his first retirement of the season in the previous race at Silverstone won by team-mate Lewis Hamilton.The German is still four points clear of the Briton and hungry for his first home win – if Monaco, where he grew up and lives, is excluded from the reckoning.“I lost a lot of points and the championship battle is very close but I’m feeling good,” he said this week.“Hockenheim is a crucial race for all of us, it’s the home grand prix for Mercedes-Benz and a second home race for me after Monaco, so I’m really focused on getting a top result this weekend.“It’s actually the circuit I’ve won the most races at during my career through all the junior categories so I know it suits my driving style,” he added.It also suits Hamilton, with the Briton winning there in his 2008 title season, and a repeat will see him regain the overall lead – with Hungary, where he won last year, next up.“It is always good to beat others on their home turf. It will be great to win in Germany,” he told reporters after Silverstone. “This is a fresh start, the second half of the season and this is really when it is going to be tough.”Red Bull’s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel was a home winner last year at the Nurburgring while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has won the last two races held at Hockenheim under the current alternation agreement.“The last 2 times we had the race in Hockenheim, 2 victories,” the Spaniard tweeted this week, before posting a mock-up of himself as Superman. “This weekend should be a bit more difficult but still, I have a good feeling.”How much competition Red Bull and Ferrari provide for Mercedes remains to be seen, with a rule change since Silverstone leaving question marks hanging over Hockenheim.Race director Charlie Whiting wrote to teams warning that the governing FIA considered their front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) systems to be illegal.Such systems, which stabilise the car through corners, have been in use for some years but the FIA believes they have now developed to the point where they are aerodynamic devices.While the FIA offered teams the chance to keep using them until the end of the year, the necessary unanimous agreement appears to be lacking with some smaller teams eager for any opportunity to close gaps.The question now is, if teams strip out the FRIC systems for fear of possible exclusion, who could suffer most and whether the pecking order might undergo a subtle shift.Mercedes have the dominant car, and significant resources to improve it, but rivals will be watching closely for any signs of their considerable advantage narrowing.“There are maybe a couple of teams who have been extreme and obviously who could be potentially in trouble to switch back to a non-connecting system,” McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier told reporters last week.“But for most of the teams, I think it won’t be a game-changer.”Williams have had Valtteri Bottas on the podium in the last two races and can expect to be competitive again while Alonso’s record – he has won three times at Hockenheim – means the Spaniard is always in the reckoning.Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg will be aiming to continue his record as one of only two drivers to score in every race this season while fellow-German Adrian Sutil is still seeking his first points of 2014 with Sauber.last_img read more

Inside ‘De’ Parliament

first_imgGuyana’s National Assembly has become one of the many institutions in which the citizenry is losing confidence as the years go by. It is no longer being viewed as a forum that is defined by serious, sober, intellectual, rational and respectful debate. Over the past five years, the Parliament journeyed to a dark place where there is clearly no respect for traditions, practices, norms, rules, and conventions which seek to maintain the high standards of parliamentary conduct and the institution itself. The Eleventh Parliament by it’s own action is justify the very strong public view that the interest of the citizens is not being advanced or given first place despite the rhetoric of their elected representatives. This has resulted in a lack of confidence and trust in the ability of the entity to deliver on core Democratic principles such as good governance, transparency, accountability, political integrity, social justice and good ethics. In short, Parliament is slowly though not deliberately descending into the gutter as it prepares to take on a new role and parliamentary culture that promotes secrecy, public indecency, corruption, unconstitutionality, subtle though damaging forms of racial and ethnic disrespect, and party politics over the wellbeing of the citizens. It is now the place where the mighty and majority are not just satisfied with being in control of every aspect of the Parliament including the Speakership, but they must demonstrate their strength by strangling and dehumanizing the minority opposition parliamentary before muzzling and crippling its ability to rightly and adequately represent its constituents.And what is firstly most worrying about Parliament’s fall from grace is the level of biasness and partisan behaviour of the Speaker of the immediate past and current Parliaments. But Dr Barton Scotland’s tenure is worse than that of Raphael Trotman’s. This Speaker is unfitting for the important job which involves not only maintaining law and order but safeguarding the reputation of the august assembly by demonstrating independence and the ability to compromise where the public’s interest wins over the narrow-minded shenanigans of some politics. His conduct is characterized by arrogance and apparent resentment for the opposition Peoples Progressive Party as well as its politics. He does not create or promote an atmosphere of compromise where both sides of the House are encouraged to resolve their differences amicably and with civility. Instead he appears intrigued by conflict and drama if the Opposition seeks to hold the Government side accountable on matters of public interest involving its misuse of the treasury and public resources. Despite his inexperience in both parliament and politics, he is unwilling to be schooled by the more senior and knowledgeable clerk and Parliamentarians. It’s his way or no way. He is no Speaker, but a pawn of the Government placed in Parliament to shield its representatives from the political missiles and bullets being sent by the Opposition whose armoury is not running out of stock. Unless Dr Scotland strip himself bare of his PNC/APNU/AFC alliances and multi coloured coat, Parliament and its functionality will not improve.Secondly, a new precedence has been set where the Guyana Police Force can be called into the Parliament to wrestle and assault Parliamentarians who refuse to comply with the dictates of the Speaker. After the junior ranks had their fun assaulting PPP MP Priya Manickchand , manhandling other female MPs and scuffling with some male opposition MPs, the Speaker and Clerk conveniently resurfaces with statements distancing themselves from the dastard acts of the Police. Both denied calling the Police. But someone with authority did and its no prankster or anonymous character. But parliamentary figures and the Police should be sanctioned as there was no breach of peace. We can all agree though despite the narrative of the Government that all of this could have been avoided if they had allowed MP Juan Edghill more time to scrutinize the Ministry of the Presidency and its estimates in behalf of the people of this country. Speaker Scotland could have also adjourned or discontinued the day’s business completely to teach Edghill a lesson, but he liked the defiance and wanted more political juice out of it for the Govt. In the end, the public was the biggest loosed followed by Govt that is rejecting scrutiny because it is corrupt. The PPP and Edghill won handsomely dispute his suspension.Thirdly, Santa and the Singing Church Lady should be questioned and charged. They made a mockery out of Parliament after breaching its tiers of security. The incident was funny to the Govt and parliamentary executive but no one else was laughing. What if they were terrorists? What if the Opposition Leader or Speaker was attacked. Criminals are looking, and they now know how easy it is to get access to Parliament. The Clerk should be disciplined, and internal security changes made. Santa belongs in the North Pole and not Parliament.Fourthly, the Budget presented by Minister Winston Jordan is underwhelming to say the least. The Opposition’s scrutiny exposed its weaknesses and shortcomings especially the corruption taking place inside the Govt. What is even more shocking is the fact that its estimates might be under stated or illegal because the US$18M is missing. How could the Speaker disallow a motion to correct an illegality? The opposition should withdraw from the process and move to the Court in order to uphold the law. The denial of this motion is vulgar and President David Granger’s continued defence of corruption is even more vulgar. No reasonable Parliament operates like ours.Guyanese must demand better from their elected representatives. They must pressure them to not only conduct themselves better during sittings but demonstrate more seriousness in their approach to Parliament. It is not a ghetto or a fish market but its a place where the law is upheld, religious tolerance and respect is show and the personal safety if womenfolk is guaranteed even if a member refuses to take his seat. There is a need for a new political culture that is consistent with the respect shown in mature democracies and assemblies across the world. If no fundamental changes are made the Speaker’s tenure will remain disappointing and disastrous just like the Executive’s term in office so far.last_img read more

Is the British Government now in collusion with the coalition?

first_imgDear Editor,Dr Sittlington, an agent, an employee of the British Government, whatever he does in Guyana, is either the policy of the British Government or embarrassment of the British Government.It would be sad if the British Government is now in collusion with the coalition in the political persecution of members of the previous Government.It has been a basic principle of Western democratic society that members of Government are never persecuted for Government policy. All Governments of Guyana have pursued policies of providing land for housing, and housing at subsidised cost. Eg Lamaha Gardens, Meadow brook Gardens, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Bel Air Gardens (where Carl Greenridge got a gift) have all been provided to Ministers and senior Government functionaries.Dr Sittlington needs to understand the history; he is where he is because of the sweat of slaves and indentured. You can’t pick one area, without looking at the entire country, for example Eccles. When the PPP started their housing drive in 1993, the persons occupying “BB”, “CC” paid one third the price of the people in “AA”, so all those people need to be investigated.But this is not about housing fraud, this is about political harassment, political embarrassment, feeding mob frenzy, and race.The office of the President under whose budget falls SOCU has emasculated the Police Force, to back it up the SARU will and the Special Prosecutor Bill is designed to take prosecution out of the hands of the DPP. Having the DPP march into SOCU headquarters as a common criminal is a signal that the Granger Administration lacks confidence in the person who is the DPP and already coalition zealots are calling for her to be sent on leave.This comes just a few weeks after Basil Williams inferring in his comments ‘look how the court is divided’ — referring to the decision of the appeal court re “Jagdeo’s third term”.What we are seeing in Guyana today is ethnic cleansing and persecution of Indians not even experienced during the Burnham era. Not only have they been removed, but all are now facing trumped up charges – look how Chancellor Kennard and Justice Persaud were booted out of constitutional office. Anytime a regime has to bring out or infer that the army must come out against civilians unrest, know that regime is either unpopular, or undemocratic, or both unpopular and undemocratic.As part Chinese from the Chungh dynasty, we say I wish you live in interesting times, those times are here as never before witnessed in our country.Thank you for the opportunity to share my views.Sincerely,Maria Nadirlast_img read more

Bayern, Shakhtar hit 7, City blow lead

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, October 22- Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history.A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win in the competition, thumping Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. There were also wins for Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke and Porto while Manchester City drew 2-2 away to CSKA Moscow, but it was Bayern who stole the show.Pep Guardiola’s side underlined their status as one of the contenders to win the Champions League as they took apart a Roma outfit who had enjoyed a fine start to the campaign.An Arjen Robben brace, Mario Goetze, Robert Lewandowski and a Thomas Mueller penalty made it 5-0 at the break in the Group E game.Gervinho got one back for Roma in the second half before substitutes Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri added further goals in a performance reminiscent of Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-final in July, a game in which five of Bayern’s line-up against Roma featured.“This is a one-off result, it doesn’t reflect the true difference between the sides,” a modest Guardiola later said.However, Bayern’s performance was outdone by Shakhtar, as the Ukrainians romped to a remarkable victory away to BATE in Group H.Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano became only the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game after Lionel Messi, with his tally including four goals in the space of 16 first-half minutes.His compatriots Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa were also on target as Shakhtar ended BATE’s unbeaten home record stretching back over a year in emphatic fashion.Bayern and Shakhtar’s feat in each scoring seven goals away from home on the same night is all the more remarkable given that only two teams had ever previously done so in the Champions League — Marseille in 2010 and Lyon in 2011.Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea fell just short of that mark against Slovenian champions Maribor in Group G, with Loic Remy, a Didier Drogba penalty and John Terry putting them three up at the break.Eden Hazard took centre stage in the second half, forcing Mitja Viler into scoring an own goal before netting a penalty and getting his second of the night at the death, while Agim Ibraimi missed a penalty for the visitors.“We played seriously,” said Mourinho. “We faced the game in the right way and even at half-time at 3-0 the boys kept playing at a good speed and with good quality.”Yet that match was not the most prolific in the group, as Schalke stayed within two points of Chelsea by beating Sporting — who played for almost an hour with just 10 men — 4-3 in Gelsenkirchen.Chinedu Obasi, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Benedikt Hoewedes scored to have Schalke in control after Nani had put Sporting ahead, but an Adrien Silva brace made it 3-3 and it looked as if the Portuguese side would return home with a draw.However, substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a stoppage-time penalty to hand new Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo a second win from as many games in charge.– City blow two-goal lead – Manchester City’s stumbling start in Group E continued as they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw with CSKA in a game played behind closed doors in sub-zero temperatures.Sergio Aguero and James Milner netted in the first half for the English champions only for Seydou Doumbia to pull one back before a late Bebras Natcho penalty earned the Russians a point, and left City third in their section.“We’ve lost two very important points but we have nine points more to play for and I believe we still have enough chances to reach the knockout stage,” said bullish City manager Manuel Pellegrini. PSG remain top of Group F after a 1-0 win at APOEL, secured thanks to a late Edinson Cavani goal, while Barcelona dismissed Ajax 3-1 to stay a point behind in second.Neymar and Sandro Ramirez netted for the Catalans either side of a strike from Lionel Messi, who is now level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 69 Champions League goals, two behind Raul’s all-time record of 71. Anwar El Ghazi scored for the visitors.Shakhtar are second in Group H behind Porto, who beat struggling Athletic Bilbao 2-1 with Ricardo Quaresma netting the winner after Guillermo Fernandez had cancelled out Hector Herrera’s opener for the Portuguese hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP arrest three in stolen property investigation

first_imgBEAVERLODGE, A.B. – On January 8th, 2019 Beaverlodge RCMP received a call of three individuals in a stolen vehicle in the area of Demmitt. RCMP attended the location and located the individuals on a lease site in the area. The trio were arrested without incident and police discovered two additional trucks, a camper, cargo trailer, and an ATV that were all confirmed to be stolen.Tyler Calliou, 31, of Dawson Creek, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 6Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000Breach of Recognizance x 3Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle x 2Mischief under $5000 x 2Leaving the Scene of an AccidentDevin Calliou, 23, of Dawson Creek, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 2Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000Dangerous Operation of a Motor VehicleFlight from PoliceRandy Larson, 52, of Valhalla Centre, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 3Possession of Property Obtained Under $5000Larson was released with a court date shortly after while Devin and Tyler Calliou were held for Judicial Interim Release hearings and were later released on bail.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be made available.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Udinese deal for striker denied to leave door open for West Brom

first_imgWest Brom could make a late move to sign Parma forward Amauri after his agent revealed they have not had an offer from Udinese to sign the experienced striker.The Italian international has been strongly linked with a move away from the Serie A club this summer with reports suggesting that Udinese were in pole position to clinch his signature.Amauri has a wealth of experience during his career and was linked with a move to Tottenham back in 2011.West Brom manager Alan Irvine is looking to strengthen his squad before the window closes at the end of August and could make his move to sign the 34-year-old.Amauri’s agent Giampiero Pocetta says the player would have no hesitation in staying at Parma but also states they are keeping their options open this summer.Pocetta, speaking on Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb, said: “Udinese? I only talk about concrete proposals and I can assure you that we have not had anything from any club.“Amauri has a two year contract with Parma. But obviously, this is the transfer market and nothing is set in stone.” Amauri in action for Parma 1last_img read more