Durham teenagers are PING champions

first_img Durham teenagers Briony Bayles and Shannon O’Dwyer birdied their way to victory in the 10th anniversary PING Fourball Betterball Grand Final.The pair, from the Wynyard Club, birdied the first two holes and the last two holes on the Karsten Lakes course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club and notched up 43 points – to win by one.They completed a clean sweep when Shannon won the putting prize, with an iPING handicap of +2.8; and Briony won the longest drive competition with a shot of 208 yards.Shannon spoke for them both when she said: “It’s just great to say you’ve played in something like this and done well.”They came through an initial entry of over 16,000 players from almost 850 clubs in the tournament, which is run by England Golf. The top 50 pairs in the country qualified for the Grand Final while the next 50 pairs went through to yesterday’s Plate Final.“We played well apart from three holes where we had a bit of a struggle to get one point,” said Shannon, 18. Briony, 15, added: “We were all over the place on the 16th but we managed to scrape a point – and then we thought we needed to birdie the last two.”Shannon obliged. She hit her tee shot on the par three 17th to about 4ft before holing out for a birdie. Then she rolled in a 20-footer on the 18th to clinch it.At the start of the round it was Briony who set the pair on the road to victory with her birdies on the first two holes.The pair both play for Durham, are regular foursomes partners, and are improving fast. Shannon has cut her handicap from six to four this season while Briony has come down from six to five.The runners-up were another pair of youngsters. Sisters Carys and Kimberley Parker, from The Kendleshire, Gloucestershire, had 42 points and took the runners-up spot on countback.“It’s been amazing,” said 12-year-old Kimberley, who plays off 23. Carys, aged 14 and a seven handicapper, said: “We’ve heard so much about this and I’ve loved it.”One of their highlights was receiving the goodie bag which went to all Grand Finalists: a PING golf bag, a pair of ECCO shoes and a voucher for PING Collection clothing. “We were buzzing to see the bags!” said Carys.Third place went to Devon’s Jackie Evans and Kim Burgess (Woodbury Park), who went out in the first group and set the target with their score of 42 points. They are friends who took up golf and achieved their first handicaps a couple of years ago – Jackie now plays off 31 and Kim off 34. “We’ve enjoyed the course, our partners were lovely and the goodie bag was fantastic, it was worth coming just for that!” said Jackie.Last year, Angela Allington was refereeing for England Golf at the PING tournament. This time she was playing, and in partnership with Helen Perry, claimed fourth place for Market Harborough Golf Club, Leicestershire, with 42 points.Fifth place, on countback, went to Tracey Rogers and Carol Annetts of Stock Brook Manor, Essex, who had 41 points. Mother and daughter, Helen and Rachel Boulton of Springwater, Nottinghamshire, were sixth, also with 41.The PING tournament started in 2006 and was an instant success, with the Plate Final added to the Grand Final after three years.Dave Fanning, PING’s European marketing manager, commented: “Each year we have seen how many people enjoy this, how many people take part and how much support we get from clubs. What’s so special about this is that it is open to lady golfers of all handicaps.”Click here for full scores 8 Sep 2015 Durham teenagers are PING champions last_img read more

What?! Cowboys’ Randle stole underwear, now is a pitchman for them?

first_imgThanks to reality TV and NFL backup Joseph Randle, young kids are learning everyday that crime, debauchery and wretched behavior does pay.It pays big time.Obey the laws for what? Carrying yourself in a respectable manner? Well, how much does that pay? These are the questions that many exasperated, dumbfounded readers are probably asking themselves after an NFL benchwarmer is getting rewarded after being caught stealing in a Texas mall.Randle, the Dallas Cowboys backup running back who stole high-end underwear and cologne from a suburban Dallas mall, is now going to pitch underwear for a Los Angeles-based underwear company, ESPN is reporting.According to the report, MeUndies will pay Randle enough to pay down the $29,500 fine the Cowboys imposed on him — then supply Randle all the underwear he needs for a long time.Randle who was charged while trying to commit his “heist” at a Dillard’s in Frisco, Texas, will reportedly donate $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need and making multiple appearances at Dallas-area schools and charities to speak to students about learning from their mistakes.Models promoting MeUndies underwear line.“Joseph felt the need to turn a negative situation into a positive and teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need,” MeUndies marketing and development chief Dan King. “As a young company, MeUndies is faced with difficult challenges all the time. It’s up to us to turn a negative situation into a positive one, almost on a daily basis. How you learn from your mistakes fast is how you find success in our business and those lessons are applicable in all walks of life.”Randle, who immediately offered the standard mea culpa after getting caught, said he and his agent were searching for ways he could show his contrition and redeem himself. MeUndies apparently offers him the opportunity to do both at the same time.“There is no excuse for my mistake last week, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Randle said. “I let down my coaches, teammates, and family. My agent and I have spent a lot of time looking for ways I can turn my situation into a learning experience for young people.“Partnering with MeUndies allows me the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate than myself, and spread a positive message of not making the same mistake twice.”Added King: “We told Joseph that if he was willing to take responsibility for his actions, apologize, and take action, we would donate $15K worth of product that he could give back to his community — so that’s what we plan to do.“Everybody deserves a second chance because people make mistakes. We want to help him put his best foot forward, so he can get back to setting a good example for the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, and the kids who look up to him.”last_img read more

FH Resident Writes Book About ‘Greatest Hockey Series Ever’

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – As a kid in North Jersey, Tim Sullivan became a Devils fan.Tim Sullivan of Fair Haven, author of “Battle on the Hudson: The Devils, the Rangers and the NHL’s Greatest Series,” at Madison Square Garden.“Growing up about 10 miles from where they originally played. I think a lot of North Jersey people my age were Devils fans because it was an opportunity to see the game without having to go all the way to ‘the city,’” said the Montvale native, who has lived in Fair Haven with his family for the past eight years.“I think the Devils represented a new world of hockey in New Jersey … As close as the Rangers were, it was still a hassle to get there,” he said. “I think there are generations of Devils fans in New Jersey … that became fans because of the convenience, because of the location and because it was a team they could call their own.”Sullivan, now the east sports editor for The Associ­ated Press, has written a book about what he sees as the real start of this region’s serious interest in hockey. Battle for the Hud­son: The Devils, the Rangers and the Greatest NHL Series Ever is about the 1994 Eastern Conference Champ­ion­­ship series between the Devils, who had been in New Jersey 12 years and was one of the league’s “laughing stocks” with only one good season before 1993-94, and the venerable New York Rangers, one of the league’s six original teams, which was more than five decades removed from its last championship.The book chronicles what Sullivan calls hockey’s coming-of-age in the area, a time when the opportunity came for the sport to gain “more notoriety on both sides of the (Hudson) river.”“I wanted to write a hockey book about our area and a sort of a turning point in New York and New Jersey to where (hockey) became a little bit more ‘out there,’ there was a little more buzz about the sport,” he said. “1994 seemed to be the best starting point. You had both teams playing each other. One would go on to the Stanley Cup finals and there was a pretty good chance that one of them would win the Stanley Cup. It gripped (New York) City and all the suburbs in and around New Jersey.”The book also details a number of firsts for hockey. It was the first year that Gary Bettman, now the commissioner of the National Hockey League, worked in the league. It was the first year hockey could be seen nationwide and in Canada when games were shown on ESPN. It was the year after the Devils changed their uniforms from red and green to red and black and it was the first year for coach Jacques Lemaire.“1994 is really one of the years that hockey can look back on and say it really turned a corner. I wanted to show that year for its importance to the game,” he said.“The reason we called it the Greatest Series Ever is because the players, the people who covered it, broadcasters and the coaches …  all refer to it as that,” Sullivan said. “Both teams went on to win the Stanley Cup within 12 months and also because it was a huge ratings grabber. It gained attention all over the world and a lot of people look back on that series, and that year in particular, as the year hockey truly changed.”The dramatic series was won by the Rangers, which went on to win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in 54 years. The following year it was the Devils turn to hoist the cup.Sullivan had just graduated from Duquesne University about two weeks before the series took place. He was covering the Pittsburgh Pen­guins for a Pittsburgh radio station and, when the Pen­guins were eliminated in the conference semifinals, he got the opportunity to cover the Devils-Rangers series for his station. Though he didn’t know he would be writing about the series years later, he “remembered it and held it in regard ever since.“It was a good experience,” he said. “It was something that I look back on, as does everyone who covered that series, as something they put on their resume. It was pretty amazing to be in those buildings for those games … I feel very fortunate … to have been part of those games.”Sullivan interviewed more than 250 players for the book, including Martin Brodeur, who was then a 21-year-old rookie and is now the only player on either the Devils or Rangers 1993-94 teams still an active National Hockey League player.Author Tim Sullivan is a Fair Haven resident.The book hit stores Oct. 1 and is selling well, Sullivan said. The publisher had made its sale available on a pre-sale basis after the Devils and the Rangers played for the Eastern Conference finals this spring, the same series they had contested 18 years earlier. That helped “generate a little more buzz” for the book, Sullivan said.The author will talk about and sign the book during an event, coordinated by River Road Books in Fair Haven, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Nauvoo Grill, 121 Fair Haven Road. Devils and Ranger fans also will be on hand to speak along with Sullivan about their memories of the series. The Sullivan family will make a donation, based on the number of people who attend, to the Hockey Fights Cancer, a NHL-sponsored charity.Sullivan, 40, and his family – he and his wife have a son and daughter – moved to Fair Haven in 2004 and love living in the community. “It’s everything everyone told us about it and more,” he said. He had been working at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and came back to New Jersey to become sports editor at the New York Post.Sullivan’s passion for hockey is evident.“Once people start to acquire a taste for the game, I think a couple things happen,” he said. “Most fall in love with it and they wrap themselves up in it. For me, I wanted to make it a career even though I knew I wouldn’t be playing much past my high school years.“I think the biggest part is, it’s not easy to play. To develop the skills for it, you are almost developing two sports in one. You’re learning how to play hockey and skate all in one. It’s not an easy commitment for families to make because it’s not like a baseball field that’s right around the corner. So you really have to fall in love with the culture of the game because it ends up being deeply rooted in you. Once you’ve been through that and played at whatever level you’ve played, I think it sticks.”The love of hockey has clearly stuck with Tim Sullivan.last_img read more

Leaf profile: Patrick Martens reaches back to his Atom roots to find pot of goal at end of hockey stick

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on the red-hot Patrick Martens. The Maple Ridge Minor Hockey grad has been on one of the most amazing streaks in Nelson Leafs hockey history and now leads the KIJHL in scoring.Filling the net, like a Sidney Crosby or Wayne Gretzky, is the dream of every Canadian minor hockey player.However, seldom does the dream come true. Which is why there are so many checkers and grinders in hockey.Patrick Martens was one of those grinder-like players. That was until his sophomore season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Martens, or “Marty” to his teammates, has been on quite a roll for the Nelson Leafs. A streak that has seen the native of Moncton, N.B. score in the last ten games – including a seven-goal explosion during a recent road swing through the South Okanagan.Martens added a pair Wednesday night at the Murdoch Division-leading Leafs knocked off rival Beaver Valley 5-3.
 It was the seventh multiple point game during the streak for the 18-year-old sniper.”I think the last time I scored like this was in Atom. . .. I maybe had one four-goal game in Midget but nothing like this,” Martens, researching the career memory bank, admitted prior to practice at the NCDD Arena.”It definitely makes me more confident now,” added the 6-foot, 180-pound forward who has more points in 14 games this season than he did in the entire 2010-11 KIJHL season.”Our line is getting lots of chances now and it’s giving us lots of confidence knowing that I can put the puck in the net.”Martens is one of the few finds last season of coach and GM Chris Shaw.The Maple Ridge product had just experienced a successful conclusion to his minor hockey career playing for Ridge Meadows Midget AAA, where the squad lost in the B.C. Minor Hockey Midget AAA Championship to Kelowna.Martens registered ten points in six games to lead Ridge Meadows in scoring.Shaw liked what he saw, convincing the speedster to join the Green and White after a long courtship.”He (Shaw) has been watching me since Bantam,” Martens explained. “We  began a personal relationship and I decided to come to Nelson after talking to him.”However, the season under Shaw probably wasn’t the most enjoyable the 13-year career for Martens.Still, once hearing about the coaching change, Martens was confident with the core that was returning, this season would be different.”I heard Frank (Maida) was going in to coach and he coached with Simon Wheeldon and had good teams so I felt this was a good decision,” Martens said. “Plus I like the group of guys we have here so I was excited to come back.”And boy has there ever been a change both on and off the ice.Nelson has taken advantage of an abundance of home games to jump out to a 11-3-0-1 mark — tops in the entire KIJHL. Much of the reason for the early season success — Nelson is 8-2 in the last 10 games — is due part to the line of Martens, Matthew Naka and Colton Schell.The trio filled the net during the weekend series in the South Okanagan before combining for seven points in Wednesday’s win over Beaver Valley.”We’re doing everything the same,” Martens said when asked about the secret of the Naka, Martens, Schell unit.”We’re playing really well as a line, not worrying about who get points. Right now it’s kind of my turn and I’ve been fortunate to be able to put the puck in the net.””But it doesn’t really matter which one of us on our line or on the team scores,” Martens added. “Just as long as one of us scores and the team are winning.”The early season success has allowed Nelson to lead the Murdoch Division almost from the start of the season. Which has played a big part to the camaraderie on the Leaf roster.”It definitely wasn’t much fun playing last year,” said Martens, who spend time in Chile with family before moving to Maple Ridge with parents, mother Cindy and father Terry — the latter a big influence on his hockey career.”But being competitive this year has made the game a lot more funner the it was last year.”And then there’s the filling of the net for Martens who has climbed into top spot in KIJHL scoring.A similar spot those guys Crosby and Gretzky occupied on a yearly basis.Nice to see good things come to those who wait.Patrick Martens Fast Facts:Position: right wingAge: 18Born: Moncton, NBHometown: Maple RidgeHeight: 6-feetWeight: 180 poundsFavourite music: A bit of everythingFavourite hockey player: Pavel DatsyukFavourite NHL team: Colorado AvalancheHobbies other than hockey: Golf . . . sorry, hockeyBlackberry or iPhone: BlackberryFuture goals: Attend college to pursue an engineering degreelast_img read more

Darwinism Evolves to Elude Falsification

first_imgThe flexibility of Darwinian stories can be seen in two recent escape mechanisms.The king is dead; long live the king (Science Daily). Darwinians admire other storytellers like themselves. One popular storyteller was Lewis Carroll. In his fanciful novel Through the Looking Glass, he envisioned a Red Queen who had to keep running just to stay in place. Her counterpart was a Red King that had to move slowly to not overtake his partner. Evolutionists adopted both these fictional plots into Darwinian theory: the Red Queen arms race, and the Red King parasitism-mutualism contest. The article has bad news: The Red King is dead. Headline: “Ant genomics declare ‘checkmate’ to red king theory: Long-standing scientific theory challenged.” Who will be the successor? A number of questions remain, but Scientific Materialism is sure to find answers within a Darwinian framework.Yet, there are still many questions about the evolution of DNA and genomes. What are all the factors that contribute to this increased rate of evolution among mutualists? What does genetic adaptation look like in other symbiotic relationships? Although we don’t have all the answers yet, this study provides an important framework to begin a new line of questioning.What is clear, however, is that this research has moved its piece on the chessboard of science, stared down the Red King Theory, and confidently declared, “Checkmate.”Bucket of warm spit (Science Daily): Saliva contains many complex molecules, some of them bearing tandem repeats that give it its stickiness. Some evolutionists decided to compare a saliva gene from monkeys, apes and humans.The study found that within the MUC7 gene, instructions for building important components of the bottlebrush were repeated multiple times in each of the five primate species studied. Gorillas had the fewest copies of this information (4-5), while African green monkeys had the most (11-12). Humans fell somewhere in between, with 5-6.Taken at face value, this shows African green monkeys are farther along than humans and gorillas in their evolution. But the evolutionists found a way to save Darwin from the data. “The new study shows that as primates evolved, the DNA in their MUC7 tandem repeats sometimes changed in places (a normal part of evolution).”It’s a plot, we keep telling you. Darwinism is a storytelling plot.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brothers of slain jawan Aurangzeb join Army in Jammu

first_imgTwo brothers of slain jawan Aurangzeb who was abducted and killed by militants in south Kashmir on June 14 last year joined the Army on Monday in Rajouri district. Mohammad Tariq and Muhammad Shabir, sons of Mohammad Hanif, residents of Saloni village of Mendhar, attended the recruitment rally at Rajouri’s Surankote area, according to the Army. “Both brothers of Aurangzeb attended the enrolment parade held in Rajouri’ Territorial Army headquarters on Monday. Both were recruited,” an Army official said. Aurangzeb, who belonged to the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, was kidnapped in Pulwama when he was on the way home to celebrate Id on June 14 last year. His body was found in an orchard later. He was shot dead by militants and the execution was videographed. He was later accorded the Shourya Chakra. Aurangzeb’s father joined the BJP during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir in February this year.last_img read more

Dilip Walse Patil of NCP appointed pro tem Speaker of Maharashtra assembly

first_imgSenior NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil was appointed pro tem Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly on Friday ahead of the floor test of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.NCP sources confirmed that Mr. Patil representing Ambegaon has been appointed as pro-tem Speaker.The floor test is likely to be conducted on Saturday, they said.Mr. Patil, serving his seventh term as legislator, replaced the BJP’s Kalidas Kolambkar, who was appointed as pro-tem Speaker earlier when the MLAs were administered oath.Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as chief minister on Thursday.last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris says farewell to Canada after filming Netflix series in

first_imgVANCOUVER—Neil Patrick Harris is bidding farewell to Canada in song.The U.S. stage and screen star can be seen atop a British Columbia mountain singing a portion of “O Canada” in a video posted to Instagram.Harris employs an emoji of the Canadian flag to say in the caption that he’s anxious to return to New York but “will miss the nature and majestic beauty of Canada.” Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Neil Patrick Harris in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. (ERIC MILNER / NETFLIX) In the video, he tells viewers: “On this, my last weekend in Canada I take an amazing hike.” He then launches into song: “O Canada, our home and native land for the last two years.”Harris has been in Vancouver to film his Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the Lemony Snicket children’s books. Advertisement Advertisement The Instagram post appeared Monday on his verified Instagram account, nph, where he also declares in the caption: “Vancouver is extraordinary.”He also announced on Twitter that his last day of filming would be Tuesday, May 8.This is not the first time Harris has expressed his affection for the Great White North.“I have always been a fan of Canada and Canadians in general,” Harris said in a January 2017 conference call with reporters to promote the series.“In the ’80s and ’90s, there was a long period of made-for-television movies based on true-life events and I did my share of them: I hacked up my parents with a wood maul, I was a serial arsonist, I got lost in a blizzard with my baby. And we filmed most of those in Canada.”Harris added that he’s spent time in several Canadian cities and finds “the people uniformly kind, respectful.”And Harris certainly appeared to embrace life in Vancouver while shooting the series.He attended Vancouver’s pride parade, visited Grouse Mountain with his twins and husband David Burtka, and the couple celebrated their wedding anniversary in Tofino. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Marijuana shop on Tyendinaga territory continues to grow

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsIt may not be a sacred plant like tobacco, but marijuana may become just as profitable for many First Nations.With the federal government set to legalize pot in the spring of 2018, the race is on to regulate the industry in one Ontario Mohawk [email protected]last_img

A life cut short dreams shattered by stray dogs in Mathura village

first_imgMathura: Seven-year-old Devki wanted to be an either doctor or engineer. She was eagerly waiting for her school to open after the summer vacations.But her life was cut short in an attack by a pack of dogs, who mauled her to death at Pisawa village in Mathura on Monday. The incident has frightened other villagers. Devki was on her way to deliver food to her father Bhoop Singh at their farm when she was mauled to death. Her inconsolable father told PTI, “I was not ready to send her to school. But she used to insist on going to school like her elder sisters. She always longed for the school dress and schoolbag. She was fond of studying. She was a sharp child.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Now, she won’t be able to go to school. She hadn’t received the books and the dress from her school. All her dreams have gone with her,” said her father. A pal of gloom has descended on her village after the tragedy. Experts say such incidents take place when dogs feed on dead animals and start behaving like wolves or jackals. Animal Husbandary Department official H K Malik, said, “Earlier, forest areas had a great number of vultures, who used to feed on carcasses. Now, they are on the brink of extinction due to which stray dogs have started feeding on carcasses, behaving like wild animals. Veterinary officer of Chhata tehsil Dr Manoj Agarwal, who inspected the area on the complaint of village headman Kali Charan, said,”Our team searched for the dogs in the village but they could not be found. Possibly, they have gone deep in the forest area.” ” Till now, stray dogs used to attack blue bulls (nilgai), rabbits or peacocks. It is first such instance when they attacked a human being,” he added.last_img read more