New champion Stow heads strong line-up for Euro Championships

first_img30 Jun 2014 New champion Stow heads strong line-up for Euro Championships Newly-crowned English Stroke Play champion Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire), and joint runners-up Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been named in the six-man England team that will defend the European Men’s Team Championship at Linna Golf Club in Finland on 8th – 12th July. The rest of the squad is Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire) and Toby Tree (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex). Stow (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won the Brabazon Trophy in impressive style at Seaton Carew last Saturday, finishing a shot clear of Chesters and Evans. The 22 year old from Wiltshire held off his England team-mates with a closing round of seven-under-par 66, matched by Chesters, while Evans closed with 67. Stow, studying at the University of Kentucky, tasted victory on the US college circuit earlier in the year while he has been a member of the England squad for the past four years. Chesters, 24, became European champion at El Prat in Spain last August. This year, he won all four of his games in the international with France at Fontainebleau and represented Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India. He also finished joint second in the Selborne Salver, tied third in the Hampshire Salver, fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and joint seventh in the South East of England Links Championship. Evans, 27, who made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals, won two titles in Australia earlier this year. He also represented Europe in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy, England in the European Nations Championship in Spain, and was in the winning England team against France. In individual events, he tied second in the Selborne Salver and fifth in the Scottish Open Stroke Play. Howard, who also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and played against France recently. He won the South American Amateur in Colombia last year and scored five points from six in helping Lancashire to the County Championship. This year, the 23 year old has finished second in the Hampshire Salver, joint third in the St Andrews Links Trophy, equal fourth in the Hampshire Hog and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Smith, 21, a Walker Cup player last year and an England international for the past two years, won the Brabazon Trophy last year and was also a quarter finalist in the Spanish Amateur. He was a member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship teams in 2011 and 2012, and reached the semi-finals of the English Amateur in the latter. This year, he has won the Selborne Salver and the Hampshire Salver, was unbeaten in his games against the French and reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship. Tree, 20, a former English under 14 champion, under 16 and boy cap, has been a full international since 2012. He helped England win the European Nations Championship in 2013 and is the only member of the squad who was in last year’s victorious European team in Denmark. This year, he has won the IGT Series in South Africa and the Welsh Stroke Play Championship and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship. England has won the European title on 11 occasions. Last year in Denmark, after qualifying, they beat the Danes 5-2, the Netherlands 6-1 then overcame Scotland 4.5-2.5 in the final. The first two days of the European Championships is devoted to stroke play qualifying before the match play knockout over the final three days.last_img read more

PNG grabs three silver medals in Karate

first_imgBianca Rupa won the first silver medal in the female individual Kumite +68kg after going down to gold medallist Vaitiare Tehaameamea of Tahiti.The second silver medal was taken out by Jacklyn Barney in the -50kg category. Jacklyn fought hard but was defeated 7-1 by Vanuatu’s Vamule Lango who put up a good challenge to win gold. Vincent Bougen was outstanding with his kicks to win silver for PNG in the male individual Kumite -84kg category.He was defeated 4-1 by New Caledonia’s Annonier Mathieu who won gold. Bronze for this category went to Selwyn Kuru of Solomon Islands and Paino Mulikihaamea of Walis and Futuna.last_img

The Wright View | Not too late to save WI cricket

first_img Maybe when Afghanistan and Ireland are ranked above us fans will realise what their prime ministers and cricket legends were saying for years, that the present West Indies Cricket Board and their surrogates are only interested in selecting yes-men to represent us and have consistently suppressed individualism, the very trait that made us unbeatable world champions for years! When the history of West Indies cricket and its demise comes to be written, these men will never be forgotten. The passage of Category 4 hurricane Matthew through the Caribbean en route to the islands of the Greater Antilles has caused several local sporting competitions to be postponed. That meant that sport fans could spend more time watching live television of different sports from around the world. Cricket was being played in South Africa, India and in Sharja. To watch the approach of world-class cricketers in ODI’s and Tests made us, quickly realise that cricket greats not only have natural talent, but they are able to think while playing, making critical adjustments during matches in an effort to win. The captaincy on display in these matches reveal that experience is the only attribute that can make a captain assess a pitch before deciding to bat or field when the toss is won, and experience is the only attribute when deciding what bowling change to make when pitches or bowler technique is unhelpful when facing prolonged batting partnerships. The West Indian Way of placing young, inexperienced captains (who have trouble commanding a place on the team based on merit) cannot work, will not work, and will instead embarrass the youngster and the group of nations that he represents. When will the West Indian cricket fan get a chance to celebrate a good cricket again? It doesn’t look like that will happen in the lifetime of this generation, unless we the fans insist on change in the structure of the group managing West Indian cricket. It is not too late! The Courtney Brown-selected group of West Indians now playing against Pakistan in the middle East, have so far lost the T20 series a 3-0 margin and are in the process of losing the One Day Internationals (ODI) by a similar scoreline. That loss will effectively rule us out of automatic qualification for the Champions League next year where the eight top teams in the world vie for supremacy. This is a tough call for West Indian fans who were quite recently celebrating the (temporary) resurgence of West Indian cricket after the teams from this region were crowned world champions in three different competitions. To move seamlessly from first to last, in any world sport is not an easy achievement. The uncertainty around the Champions League has been achieved by a series of events that were easily predicted to result in disaster. And yet we the West Indian cricket fans made only muted token protests and did not support the Caricom Committee on cricket while a group of “administrators” systematically removed from the team, any player of note who dared to question tactics, remuneration or selection criteria. Teams in the lower half of the world ranking in Tests, ODIs and T20s cannot wait to compete against us as it is obvious that they have a very good chance of moving up the rankings by defeating us. Where will it end? Selecting yes-menlast_img read more

Andre Ayew poised to snub Tottenham, Swansea AND West Ham

first_img Andre Ayew 1 Ghana star Andre Ayew has received offers from Tottenham, Swansea and West Ham – but still has his heart set on a move to Roma.The 25-year-old is out of contract this summer and available on a free after he rejected the chance to stay at Marseille.The forward has attracted particular interest from the Premier League, with Tottenham, Swansea and West Ham all offering him a deal.However, according to L’Equipe, Ayew is still holding out for an offer from Italian club Roma.The Serie A side secured Champions League football after finishing second in the league last season and that is believed to be a big factor for the Ghanaian.Before any move takes place though, Roma are hoping to clear up the future of Radja Nainggolan – who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.The Belgian’s departure would free up the necessary wages to seal a swoop for Ayew.last_img read more

Tottenham find new prodigal Son as £22m man downs Crystal Palace

first_imgHeung-Min Son’s first Premier League goal proved the difference as Tottenham earned a hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.Harry Kane wasted an early header for Spurs in a stale first half, which nearly came to life when Yohan Cabaye struck a post on the cusp of half time.Hugo Lloris made a stupendous save to tip Bakary Sako’s powerful effort against the woodowork halfway through the half, which Spurs used as a platform to take all three points.Son would score soon after Lloris’s intervention, racing free and firing past Alex McCarthy at his near post to hand Mauricio Pochettino’s side their first home win of the season.In a combative first half which saw Palace frustrate their hosts by Alan Pardew’s decision not to field a recognised striker, Kane had an opening in the early stages but couldn’t keep his free header on target.Spurs were in the ascendancy with Dele Alli and Son striking up a promising understanding, and the former had a shot parried by McCarthy before Kane lashed the rebound across the face of goal from a tight angle.Despite Spurs’ dominance in possession, it was the visitors who went closest in the opening period as Cabaye saw his stinging drive come back off the base of the post just before half time.Pardew introduced Frazier Campbell for Wilfried Zaha to give Palace a focal point in attack, but it was Sako who nearly broke the deadlock but for Lloris’s fingertips as the Frenchman tipped his drive onto the post.And that save proved vital as Spurs took the lead just three minutes later after a swift counter attack. Erik Lamela and substitute Christian Eriksen broke quickly from their own penalty area before the latter found Son, who fired through McCarthy’s legs for his first domestic goal after a double in Europe in midweek.Palace never really recovered after Son’s sucker punch, and Ali came the closest to getting on the scoresheet late on as the England youngster curled an effort just wide of the far post. 1 Heung-Min Son last_img read more

Man charged with breaking into Donegal Garda station

first_imgA man has been charged with carrying out a burglary at a Co Donegal Garda station.Michael Brennan was arrested today and appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court. Brennan, aged 21, is charged with two offences at Lifford Garda station on September 5th, 2015.He is charged with entering the building as a trespasser and also causing criminal damage to a wooden counter at the station.The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to summary disposal on both charges.Judge Alan Mitchell was told that the station is an unmanned station at times and that no Gardai were present in the building at the time of the alleged burglary.Garda Robin Doyle said he was not objecting to bail but asked that the accused, of 322 Coneyburrow, Lifford, sign on at a Garda station.The court was told that Brennan’s local Garda station was Lifford but he could not sign on there as it was not a 24-hour station.He was ordered to sign on once a week at Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donough Cleary, said his client was unemployed and was granted legal aid.The case was adjourned until April 9th.Man charged with breaking into Donegal Garda station was last modified: March 5th, 2018 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:break-inGarda stationLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Gaels make the lotto presentation to St Vincent de PaulWhen the winning numbers in the Letterkenny Gaels G.A.A. Club Lotto were checked last weekend, the winner turned out to be the local Society of St Vincent de Paul!Some generous punter had decided, when filling out their entry, to donate the winnings to the local charitable organisation by simply signing their name to the lotto slip.The winning envelope contained no other information to assist the club in identifying the mystery donor! The winning numbers 3, 12, 16 & 23 were drawn by the Club Committee on Monday night last and now the local Charity stands to receive a cheque for €1,450 which was presented to them last night.The club said it is delighted to be associated with this timely boost for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Thérèse.Dan Harnett, Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club Chairman said: “As a voluntary organisation we rely on the generosity of people in order to be in a position to help the youth of Letterkenny.“We’re very happy on this occasion to also assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who also do such great work in our community. It says much for the person who bought the ticket that they would put the less fortunate in our society before themselves. It’s a real Christmas story!”  ST VINCENT DE PAUL RECEIVE CHEQUE FROM MYSTERY LOTTO WINNER was last modified: December 7th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Gaelslotto winnerST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny parade is always great craic.So the final touches are being put to floats and costumes are being prepared for the Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade.With fingers crossed for good weather it is all gearing up for a day of family fun.Come along this year to see your friends, family and work colleagues in the parade. The parade will have the traditional mix of sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies as well as businesses getting involved, making it a fun and lively parade for the thousands of spectators. There will be vintage cars, animals and much more besides. The Parade starts at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.Before the parade that is also the inaugural St.Patrick’s Day 5k walk/run/jog. Starting at 1.15pm from The Quiet Moment why not get your running shoes on and join in the family fun. The finishing line is at market Square and winners will be announced before the parade.Letterkenny Chamber that organises the parade would like people to know the following arrangements:* 5k registration takes place at An Grianan Theatre from 11.30am * Road closure from Station Roundabout to old Town is in place from 1pm* 5k starts from The Quiet Moment, Main Street at 1.15pm* Music and entertainment at Market Square from 2.15pm* Parking is available in town centre car parks and also at LYIT.* Parking designated for disabled is available in front of An Grainan Theatre. The Gardai will assist with directions fro accessing this. Motorised entries will queue up along Pearse Road with walking entries gathering at Station Roundabout for a parade start at 3pm sharp.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce says “We are looking forward to a busy parade and we would ask all those entering the parade and spectators to follow the advice of stewards and Gardai with respect to the parade. Safety and family fun is our priority on the day”For more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email PARADE ALMOST READY TO ‘FLOAT’ OFF! was last modified: March 15th, 2015 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:letterkennySt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more

SA’s BRIC membership to boost country

first_imgPresndent Jacob Zuma addresses business leaders during his state visit to China in August 2010 (Image: GCIS) South Africa’s invitation by BRIC (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China) to join the bloc as a full member will propel the country to new heights. “It can expect to boost investment and trade opportunities for the country, as it has done for the other four states comprising the informal grouping,” said the International Marketing Council of South Africa’s CEO, Miller Matola.South Africa, which received an invitation to join the powerful group of emerging economies, had a combined GDP of R18-trillion (US$2.6-trillion) late in December.BRIC will account for 61% of global growth in three years’ time, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“The fact that South Africa has the opportunity to be affiliated to this group of powerful emerging economies underlines two main points. The country is recognised as a developing economy of significance in its own right, but also that it is the gateway to the continent of Africa – the next growth superstar,” said Matola.Matola expressed his belief that this is a good step for South Africa, not only economically but also politically. He said a new world order is unfolding where economic clout – and therefore political power – is shifting from West to East, with the BRIC countries as the visible face of this movement.South Africa, along with other emerging economies, has long been punting for a greater role in international organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.Enhancing South Africa’s influenceMatola added that the invitation to join BRIC, combined with South Africa’s renewed membership of the UN Security Council, will enhance the country’s influence in this regard too.He predicted important opportunities opening up on the investment and trade front, with private companies possibly finding it easier to gain a foothold into BRIC markets. Partnerships with BRIC-based companies may also bloom.“This might become particularly important as South Africa is already the biggest emerging economy investor in the continent and its companies are active in at least half of all African countries,” Matola said.Joining BRIC – soon to be BRICS – will also mean that South Africa must use these new opportunities to increase its competitive edge.Last year, the country’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum dropped, but its performance has in fact remained stable. Rather, the decline reflects improvements from other countries and their ability to spur growth.“South Africa will play in a different league and as such, will have to improve its delivery and performance,” said Matola.“To draw South Africa into this powerful club underlines the country’s growing international role and its future significance for those who want to make use of the expanding African opportunities.“It is, in fact, an association that does not only benefit the group, but the emerging world as a whole and Africa, in particular,” he said.It is expected that South Africa will be accepted formally as a new BRIC member at these emerging powers’ next summit in April.last_img read more

Poultry documentary filmed at the Ohio Expo Center debuts this week on CMT

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Look at you. You are a warrior,” is not typically a phrase one would utter to a chicken, unless, that is, you are considered Chicken People.There are few places where more of these birds of a feather flock together than the Ohio National Poultry Show held at the Ohio Expo Center each November — the PERFECT place to film portions of the new Chicken People movie that will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 23 on Country Music Television (CMT) at 8 p.m.The film is described as a “charming, critically acclaimed CMT documentary about the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders…A real life ‘Best in Show,’ but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their feathered muses on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some.”Indeed. The New York Times said Chicken People is “a fun and at times astonishing film,” and the Los Angeles Times called the movie “poignant and illuminating.”Chicken People made its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was featured at SIFF, Nashville Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, AFI Docs, Laemmle Monica Film Center and Village East Cinema. Any Ohio State Fair visitor will recognize scenes in the movie trailer and anyone closely associated with Ohio’s poultry show culture will surely recognize some faces in what looks to be an entertaining look into the unique world of Chicken People.last_img read more