Gough’s last hole birdie wins McGregor Trophy

first_img Tags: Conor Gough, Kedleston Park, McGregor Trophy Boy international Conor Gough claimed his second England crown when he holed out from 25ft on the last to win the McGregor Trophy at Kedleston Park, Derbyshire.The 15-year-old signed off with a 68 and a 72-hole total of seven-under par, snatching a one shot victory in the English U16 boys’ open championship from Yorkshire boy champion Ben Schmidt.The McGregor Trophy is one of golf’s most sought-after U16 titles and Gough follows in the footsteps of such previous winners as Justin Rose and Eduardo Molinari.Gough, who has previously won the U14 Reid Trophy, is now eyeing the U18 Carris Trophy and commented: “I’m really pleased with this and it gives me a chance to win the triple, so it means a lot.”Gough (Stoke Park) was three shots off the lead, held by Schmidt, at the start of the final round. But, after 12 holes he’d slipped back further and trailed by five. “I knew I had to do something special,” he said – and that’s what he did.He played the remaining six holes in four under par, with birdies on 13; 15, where he chipped in; 17, where he had a tap in; and 18 where he rolled in that winning 25-footer.“I hit good shots and the right shots at the right time and I played really well under the pressure,” said Gough.This is his second win of the year, after claiming the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. His next target is the European Young Masters, which takes place later this month.Third place in the McGregor Trophy was shared by Ireland’s Joshua McCabe and Lucas Fallotico of Italy who were three-under parThe 15-year-old signed off with a 68 and a 72-hole total of seven-under par, snatching a one shot victory in the English U16 boys’ open championship from Yorkshire boy champion Ben Schmidt.The McGregor Trophy is one of golf’s most sought-after U16 titles and Gough follows in the footsteps of such previous winners as Justin Rose and Eduardo Molinari.Gough, who has previously won the U14 Reid Trophy, is now eyeing the U18 Carris Trophy and commented: “I’m really pleased with this and it gives me a chance to win the triple, so it means a lot.”Gough (Stoke Park) was three shots off the lead, held by Schmidt, at the start of the final round. But, after 12 holes he’d slipped back further and trailed by five. “I knew I had to do something special,” he said – and that’s what he did.He played the remaining six holes in four under par, with birdies on 13; 15, where he chipped in; 17, where he had a tap in; and 18 where he rolled in that winning 25-footer.“I hit good shots and the right shots at the right time and I played really well under the pressure,” said Gough.This is his second win of the year, after claiming the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. His next target is the European Young Masters, which takes place later this month.Third place in the McGregor Trophy was shared by Ireland’s Joshua McCabe and Lucas Fallotico of Italy who were three-under parThe 15-year-old signed off with a 68 and a 72-hole total of seven-under par, snatching a one shot victory in the English U16 boys’ open championship from Yorkshire boy champion Ben Schmidt.The McGregor Trophy is one of golf’s most sought-after U16 titles and Gough follows in the footsteps of such previous winners as Justin Rose and Eduardo Molinari.Gough, who has previously won the U14 Reid Trophy, is now eyeing the U18 Carris Trophy and commented: “I’m really pleased with this and it gives me a chance to win the triple, so it means a lot.”Gough (Stoke Park) was three shots off the lead, held by Schmidt, at the start of the final round. But, after 12 holes he’d slipped back further and trailed by five. “I knew I had to do something special,” he said – and that’s what he did.He played the remaining six holes in four under par, with birdies on 13; 15, where he chipped in; 17, where he had a tap in; and 18 where he rolled in that winning 25-footer.“I hit good shots and the right shots at the right time and I played really well under the pressure,” said Gough.This is his second win of the year, after claiming the boys’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies. His next target is the European Young Masters, which takes place later this month.Third place in the McGregor Trophy was shared by Ireland’s Joshua McCabe and Lucas Fallotico of Italy who were three-under parClick here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography. 19 Jul 2018 Gough’s last hole birdie wins McGregor Trophy last_img read more

Team Grads 2004-05 captures Third Annual Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgTeam Grads 2004-05 dumped the LVR Senior Bombers 83-70 to clinch the title with a 3-0 record.Again the Joseph Brothers, David and Florian, and Braden Klein and Jake Phelan led the three-time champs.Team 2003, consisting of players from the 2000 BC Juvenile and 2001 BC Junior Boy’s Basketball Champions, finished tied for second with Team Rickaby. Both teams ended with 2-1 records.Team 2011 took fourth spot ahead of the LVR Bombers in the five-team tournament.Team Grads 2004-05consists of David Joseph, Florian Joseph, Braden Klein, Jake Phelan, Ryan Golik, Brendan Melanson, Ben Irving and Jordan Melanson. Team Grads 2004-05 made it a three-peat at the Third Annual Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.The tournament was in memory of longtime LVR Bomber coach Blair D’Andrea with proceeds of the event going to the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. last_img read more

GECOM’s current employment approach must be remedied

first_imgDear Editor,The recently published Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) advertisements of vacancies for temporary and field staff, in the local media, makes for very interesting reading. These advertisements signal that GECOM will be employing: Presiding Officers; Assistant Presiding Officers; Poll Clerks; Ballot Clerks and Information Clerks. Significantly, the closing date for applications is stated as August 23, 2018.Not so long ago, very serious and significant questions were raised by public commentators and citizens at large in relation to the need to address a balancing of the GECOM staff composition in the interest of transparency. The many allegations against the GECOM Secretariat were neither insignificant nor shallow, and there is an urgent need to advance mechanisms that would realise much-needed public confidence.Coupled with the almost laughable and extremely short timelines of GECOM’s public notices, answers to legitimate queries have been complex, deficient, and very slow in coming.Under this imposed Chairman, the situation seems to be further denigrating into the abyss of lowness, as it continuously draws too many negative and impassioned comments from observers regarding the way they are handling and processing applications for employment at the Elections Commission.It would be recalled that, only recently, the Chairman, Justice (Rt’d) James Patterson, expressed satisfaction with the work of the secretariat’s staff, although nothing much was said about how he plans to deal with the many known problems created by the same composition in the past. He also publicly admitted the need for a more transparent and objective approach by providing employment statistics of the Commission, which confirmed a glaring ethnic imbalance. This was done when he brazenly rejected a request from another GECOM Commissioner for the issue to be examined.I am in receipt of genuine documents which confirm the blatantly discriminatory, vindictive, and biased measures already applied under the responsibility of this Chairman in processing of the applications for the recruitment of trainers.More than 100 applicants were denied opportunity to get selected in the process, although the other GECOM Commissioners were assured that all the applicants would be called for training and then be given an opportunity to write an examination for possible recruitment/employment. This, by itself, has tarnished the opportunity for the Chairman to indicate an objective measure of balance.Notably, Section 17 (2) of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, No. 15 of 2000, provides that: ‘The Commission shall be responsible for appointing, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Commission, such permanent and temporary staff to the offices of the Commission as are considered by the Commission to be necessary for the discharge of its functions under the Constitution and any written law.’From the foregoing, it is rational that:1. The Commission (and not the Secretariat) is thus directly responsible for the appointment of all staff, rather than being responsible for the appointment of senior officials who then ’usurp’ the responsibility for the appointment process of staff falling under their responsibility. In clear words, the responsibility for all appointments, both by law and the practical interpretation thereof by officials, rests with the Commissioners themselves.2. The Commission’s actions when appointing staff are governed by their general constitutional obligation under Section 162 (1) of the Constitution to: “act with impartiality and fairness in the execution of its duties”.It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the Commission is directly responsible for the recruitment and appointment of all staff, and needs to pursue this responsibility fairly and with maximum transparency and accountability.It cannot be denied that the absence of a public recruitment policy and the failure of GECOM to develop a set of objective staff selection criteria contribute towards a negative and biased view of the organisation. When made public, as it should be, these criteria will make the process less ambiguous, and provide an employment opportunity for all interested stakeholders.It will also realise an expanded pool of persons with the necessary experience to ensure the balance necessary and availability of the skill sets required. The current approach must be remedied, as it leads to a lack of consistency in the entire selection process.The measures employed under this GECOM must seek to make positive its current image by demonstrating transparency and fairness!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

LNG plan receives setback

first_imgThat has been disputed by environmentalists who say there is no guarantee the project would do either because the gas could also be sold to other states. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has veto power over the project, but cannot overturn the commission’s decision about the pipeline lease. He has not made a decision on what he’d do should the project move forward. “It would be inappropriate for me to take a position on any application before the review process is complete, but I do believe that liquefied natural gas should be a part of California’s energy portfolio,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. Opponents have argued the terminal would not meet clean air requirements and could be a terrorist target. A host of celebrities who live in Malibu, including Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, have protested the proposal. Commission Chairman John Garamendi, who is also the lieutenant governor, said he voted against awarding the lease permit because “serious questions remain about the project’s safety and its potential impact on the environment.” “In today’s world there are many compelling reasons to support the acquisition of numerous and plentiful energy sources for California. … However, no project should be built at the expense of our environment and our quality of life, and no project that is vague on critical safety issues should be approved,” Garamendi said in a statement. The 30-year lease considered by the three-member State Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build, operate, use and maintain the pipelines. The plan called for subsea lines, which would be laid about 100 feet apart, to be about 23 miles long but only cross about 4 miles of California land before reaching Ormond Beach in Ventura County. Without the subsea pipelines, the terminal would essentially be inoperable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re ecstatic,” said Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network, which provided the shirts and helped organize the opponents. “This effectively kills it.” Patrick Cassidy, a BHP spokesman said the company was disappointed, “but we remain committed to the process.” He said he didn’t know BHP’s next move, including whether the company would file any legal action. “We’ll have to consider what the options would be.” Under the project, chilled gas brought overseas by tanker would be heated, then piped ashore through two 24-inch diameter lines. From there, Southern California Gas Co. would pump it out to consumers. In all, the facility would process about 800 million cubic feet of natural gas every day. BHP officials have said the terminal would supply an amount equal to 10 percent to 15 percent of California’s daily consumption, bringing more reliability to the state’s energy sources and could ultimately lower prices. OXNARD – The State Lands Commission decided late Monday not to award a lease essential to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal off the Southern California coast, citing environmental concerns. In the 2-1 vote, commissioners complicated efforts by Australia’s BHP Billiton LNG International Inc. to build an $800 million terminal in the ocean northwest of Los Angeles, about 14 miles off Malibu and about 20 miles off Oxnard. BHP officials have said the facility would provide a reliable source of low-polluting energy. “I … don’t believe this project is going to be in the best interests of the state or its residents,” said Commissioner John Chiang, who is also the state controller. The decision was met with loud cheers by the estimated 900 people who packed the auditorium for Monday’s commission hearing. Many were opponents who wore blue shirts emblazoned with the words “Terminate the Terminal.” last_img read more

Giants make surprise roster move, designate Parra to promote Gerber

first_imgCINCINNATI — The Giants signed Gerardo Parra to a minor league deal this spring to improve their outfield defense and provide quality at-bats from the left side against right-handed pitchers.After just one month with the Giants, a weak offensive output has left Parra without a roster spot.The Giants designated the National League leader in outfield assists Friday to clear space for outfielder Mike Gerber, who hit .357 with a 1.057 OPS in 21 games with Triple-A Sacramento.“(Gerber) came into …last_img

Admit It: Mars Is Lifeless

first_imgHow much longer does the public have to be told that Mars “might” have life or space aliens “could” be found soon?A writer for New Scientist is concerned about the cost of protecting Mars from contamination. But the argument bears on the probability of life existing on the red planet.WHEN can we declare the Red Planet a dead planet? Although most efforts so far have gone toward showing that other planets could support life, now is the time to think about the other side of the coin.Spacecraft going to other worlds must follow costly planetary protection protocols, such as sterilisation, to avoid contaminating their destination with Earth microbes, putting any native life at risk, or bringing potentially dangerous alien ones back.But if there’s nothing there, why bother? We haven’t found life on Mars yet, and if further missions also turn up nothing, at some point commercial space enterprises such as mining operations or tourism will want to avoid the costs of sterilisation.“It’s time to decide when to declare a planet lifeless,” the headline reads.A more obvious tease is in this article on PhysOrg: “We could find aliens any day now—SETI scientists discuss extraterrestrial life hunting.” Despite 50 years of coming up empty, leading SETI researchers get great press, and only softball questions from the interviewer. One says it is a “multi-generational” search. That may be, but so was alchemy. It also gives the three SETI advocates job security with little chance of falsification.We’ve stated many times that astrobiology is a fantasy of the imagination, not science. The operative word is “could” – Mars “could support life” is the thinking (see perhapsimaybecouldness index in the Darwin Dictionary). Without data, though, it’s no better than saying unicorns “could” exist in the deep dark forest. New Scientist still believes in the possibility, but they are right in pointing out that there has to be an expiration date on the “could”-ness. They are concerned about cost; we are concerned about scientific integrity. Teasing the public with things that “could” be true is leading them on the primrose path. Show us the evidence. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New OARDC greenhouses boost research possibilities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture, and the research discussions and presentations at the Farm Science Review.The original Williams Hall greenhouse complex was leveled by a September 2010 tornado that destroyed or damaged many other buildings and more than 1,000 trees at OARDC. The new greenhouses became operational in November 2014.“It has been a long time coming, but our new facility will enhance the research and educational capabilities of our programs,” said Michelle Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science’s Greenhouse Committee. “It is a huge improvement from the greenhouses that previously occupied this site.”The new complex includes 14,400 square feet of space for conducting greenhouse research and growing plants for laboratory-based research projects — with more than 20,000 square feet of total space including the hallways. The facility is divided into 14 bays that are 24 feet by 40 feet each and two smaller bays, 24 feet by 20 feet each.The greenhouses are controlled by an Argus Titan 2 environmental control system, which allows each researcher to independently control the environmental parameters for his or her experiments and plants.The Williams greenhouses serve programs in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Programs assigned to this facility will be changing according to research needs, Jones said. Breeding programs and phenotyping projects that were previously housed in the Gourley Hall greenhouse complex may move to Williams because the individual greenhouse bays are larger.“We didn’t want to exactly duplicate the capabilities of the other research greenhouses on the OARDC campus, but wanted to provide a versatile greenhouse with excellent environmental control that would meet the changing needs of our current and future research programs,” said Jones, the D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Endowed Chair. “Some improved features, like the motorized ridge vents controlled by Argus, will allow for better temperature control in the summer months.”Some of those needs include Jones’s own research. An expert on ornamental plants, Jones studies ways to improve flower crops and extend their life by making interventions at the molecular level.“There are many features of the new greenhouse that have had a positive impact on our research,” Jones said. “Soil moisture probes connected to the Argus computer precisely control the amount and frequency of irrigation based on the water needs of the plants. This provides consistent, uniform soil moisture and results in more even plant growth. It is very important for us to avoid water stress when we are studying developmental senescence, or the age-related death of plant tissues.”To successfully conduct nationally and internationally recognized plant research, scientists need to be able to grow a crop consistently month after month and year after year. Having the right kind of greenhouse is critical to achieving such a goal, Jones said.The facility also features individual fertilizer injectors in each greenhouse bay instead of a centralized system that would provide only a few fertilizer options to the entire complex.“Since we grow such a diverse array of plants — from rubber dandelions and petunias to soybeans and wheat — it was almost impossible to identify a few fertilizers that could be used for all these crops,” Jones said. “Having fertilizer injectors in each room allows each researcher to optimize the fertility program for their crop and their experiments.”OARDC Director Steve Slack said modern and functional infrastructure is crucial for conducting agbiosciences research that benefits industry, consumers and society at large.“The new greenhouses are state-of-the-art facilities that will enable our world-class faculty to enhance the scope and depth of their scientific contributions on plant genetics, growth and nutrition and to bring these discoveries forward to application,” he said.last_img read more

MICO Care Centre Invites Registration for Education Conference

first_img The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference.The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs.She pointed out that the theme of the conference, ‘Diversity in education – Raising the bar. Innovate. Motivate. Differentiate’, was strategically chosen because “we recognise that during our work at the centre, there are gaps that need to be filled in terms of what students are getting, and one way to fill that gap is to develop our teachers further”.Miss Matthews said the main focus of the conference will be on personal development, which is always important in the field of education and clinical study.She noted that in terms of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which embodies critical thinking and reasoning skills, the participants at the conference will be exposed to differentiated learning and reasoning strategies needed to begin to prepare students for the PEP curriculum.“All the presentations will be based on empirical data. However, we want to avoid a conference that is heavily theoretical. The participants should not feel that they cannot apply what they have learnt, because the content and format is too abstract,” she said.Facilitators at the conference will include international presenters such as the Chief Psychologist from the York Region District School Board in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Sue Ball; and Associate Professor of Education at Penn State College of Education in the USA, Dr. Paul Riccomini.Meanwhile, local facilitators include Head of the Clinical Department at The Mico CARE Centre, Yanique Matthews; and Lecturer in the Special Education Department at The Mico University College, Kishi Anderson Leachman,The conference is one of the main platforms used to engage with in-service teachers, in-training teachers, school administrators, parents, policymakers and even the general public, to address issues affecting learning in the classroom.It is open to anyone who works directly or indirectly in the education sector. For further information about registration, persons may call 876-929-7720-2 or send an email to [email protected] Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Associate Clinical Psychologist at The Mico CARE Centre and Co-chairperson of the Conference, Shelleka Matthews, said the conference comes under the institution’s mandate to promote public education and drive awareness around the acceptance of children with special education needs. The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) Centre, is encouraging in-service teachers, teachers in training, clinicians and school administrators to register for its seventh biennial education conference. The conference is scheduled to be held October 11 and 12 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.last_img read more