Starc takes match haul of 9-92 as Aussies thunder to crushing victory

first_imgBy Tristan LavalettePERTH (Reuters) – Australia cleaned up a hapless New Zealand under lights on the fourth day to secure a commanding 296-run victory in the first Test on Sunday.Chasing a record 468 runs, New Zealand crumbled against sustained bowling from Australia’s undermanned attack and were bowled out for 171 in a lopsided contest.A rejuvenated Australia have won their third straight Test of the home season since retaining the Ashes in England and stretched their unbeaten run in day-night matches to seven.“It was a pretty solid performance considering we were a bowler down for two innings and not having an all-rounder in our side,” Australia captain Tim Paine told reporters. “Really rapt with that performance particularly from our bowlers.”BJ Watling (40) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) stonewalled in a bid to stretch the Test into a final day, but their dismissals triggered a swift end. Quick Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets apiece.The tourists’ chase on a deteriorating Perth Stadium pitch got off to a disastrous start when opener Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson (14) fell before the tea break.Lyon picked up the prized wicket of Williamson with his first ball as the New Zealand skipper meekly poked to short leg.Raval made just one for the second time in the match, falling to a sharp Starc delivery.Ross Taylor, who top-scored with 80 in New Zealand’s first innings, stonewalled alongside Tom Latham before losing patience and edging an attempted pull shot off Starc for 22.Latham soon departed for 18 when he was trapped lbw by Lyon in a decision overturned on review.Watling had luck on 27 when he was given not out after a loud appeal for caught behind off Lyon. Replays showed he had edged the ball but Australia declined to review. He then was dropped on 30 by Steve Smith at slip.Smith, however, made no mistake when De Grandhomme edged a fierce short ball from Cummins.Watling’s charmed life ended when he gloved a short delivery from Starc in a decision overturned on review to effectively signal the end of New Zealand’s resistance.Australia dominated throughout with their formidable first innings total setup by a majestic 143 from Marnus Labuschagne in his third straight ton. Starc, who was sidelined for most of the Ashes series, overwhelmed New Zealand with a nine-wicket haul.Both teams were without a paceman after debutant Lockie Ferguson, himself a replacement for injured New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult, and Josh Hazlewood suffered leg injuries on the opening two days.Williamson said Australia deserved the series-opener but lamented his team’s lack of preparation for the vagaries of day-night cricket. Australia, in contrast, had thrashed Pakistan with the pink ball in Adelaide earlier this month.“There are some parts to the pink ball test that are unique, especially the night time part,” he said. “Australia were outstanding throughout this game. Their pink ball tactics were right on point.”Williamson said Boult was “looking likely” to take his place in the second Test.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 416New Zealand 1st innings 166Australia 2nd innings o/n 167-7David Warner c (Sub) b Tim Southee 19Joe Burns c Henry Nicholls b Tim Southee 53Marnus Labuschagne c Mitchell Santner b Neil Wagner 50Steven Smith c Jeet Raval b Neil Wagner 16Matthew Wade c Jeet Raval b Colin de Grandhomme 17Travis Head c Colin de Grandhomme b Tim Southee 5Tim Paine b Tim Southee 0Pat Cummins c BJ Watling b Neil Wagner 13Mitchell Starc c Ross Taylor b Tim Southee 23Nathan Lyon Not Out 0Extras 0b 7lb 6nb 0pen 8w 21Total (69.1 overs) 217 for 9 declFall of Wickets : 1-44 Warner, 2-131 Labuschagne, 3-148 Burns, 4-154 Smith, 5-160 Head, 6-160 Paine, 7-180 Cummins, 8-189 Wade, 9-217 StarcDid Not Bat : HazlewoodBowling: Tim Southee 21.1 – 6 – 69 – 5 (3w),Colin de Grandhomme 17 – 2- 47 – 1 (1w 3nb),Neil Wagner 23 – 4 – 59 – 3 (4w 3nb), Mitchell Santner 8 – 0 – 35 – 0.NEW ZEALAND 2nd inningsJeet Raval c Nathan Lyon b Mitchell Starc 1Tom Latham lbw Nathan Lyon 18Kane Williamson c Matthew Wade b Nathan Lyon 14Ross Taylor c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc 22Henry Nicholls c Travis Head b Nathan Lyon 21BJ Watling c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc 40Colin de Grandhomme c Steven Smith b Pat Cummins 33Mitchell Santner c Travis Head b Pat Cummins 0Tim Southee c Steven Smith b Nathan Lyon 4Neil Wagner c Tim Paine b Mitchell Starc 8Lockie Ferguson Not Out 1Extras 0b 6lb 1nb 0pen 2w 9Total (65.3 overs) 171 all outFall of Wickets : 1-6 Raval, 2-21 Williamson, 3-57 Taylor, 4-57 Latham, 5-98 Nicholls, 6-154 de Grandhomme, 7-154 Watling, 8-154 Santner, 9-163 Wagner, 10-171 SoutheeBowling: Mitchell Starc 14 – 5 – 45 – 4, Pat Cummins 19 – 6 – 31 – 2 (2w 1nb),Nathan Lyon 22.3 – 3 – 63 – 4,. Travis Head 5 – 1 – 13 – 0.last_img read more

Port Harcourt Named West Africa Golf Tour Host

first_imgPort Harcourt Club Golf Section has been declared the host of the third edition of the West Africa Golf Tour from May 12 to May 15. The Port Harcourt Classic is a 72-hole professional tournament with a cut of 40 players and ties made after 36 holes. The winner will take $8,000 and win 500 points. The total prize purse is $50,000.The President of the West Africa Tour, Emeka Okatta, said the city was selected because it met all the requirements to host an international tournament of such scope.Okatta was hopeful that the event will be bigger than the previous editions held in Abuja and Ilara-Mokin in February and March this year.The Captain of Port Harcourt Club Golf Section, Emmanuel Okene, applauded the decision to stage the tournament in the Garden City. He noted that the club in collaboration with other partners would work to deliver a world-class tournament that the state government and all stakeholders would be proud of.“Rivers State is excited by this news as this is an opportunity to showcase our golf course to the world. It will also impact on the efforts to develop the game on different platforms as a product that will attract corporate interest and more players,” Okene declared.Port Harcourt Club which was founded in 1928 plays as a par 70 golf course and is 5,457 meters in length.The professional field is expected to comprise mainly of golfers from West and Central Africa region. Nigerian players, Oche Odoh and Kingsley Oparaku won the first two editions.Amateur golfers will similarly be part of the excitement as they will be playing on May 14- 15. All players are expected to pay the registration fee of N20,000 to be eligible while registration will close two weeks before the event.The Port Harcourt Classic will be followed by the B & E Match Play from June 22 -26 June 2016 in Abuja. The event also on the West Africa Golf Tour will grant 600 points for the Order of Merit. The Professionals will play from June 23-26, while the amateur hold their event on June 25-26.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abujalast_img read more

To Be Blunt: I just think that women

first_imgWhile girl smokers were deemed overtly giggly and foolish — if not completely deviant for engaging in consumption — boy smokers were perceived as laid back and cool. Further, men performed traditional masculinity by supplying cannabis, rolling joints and engaging in competitive drug taking with their male peers in an attempt to show dominance in outsmoking others. (Lauren Schatzman | Daily Trojan) We’ve seen this manifestation in the overplayed media trope of the middle-class white stoner bro. It’s self-evident in the direct relationship between the increasing numbers of Black and brown people who have been incarcerated for weed-related offenses and the unabated growth of decriminalization legislation passed across the country. I could list countless other concerns specific to the cannabis space, but now I want to spotlight one key issue that directly ties into all of them: gender. OK, so do Milli’s lyrics actually point to any of this analysis? Probably not. But this is also the same singer who, in response to an interviewer asking her if men seem to irritate her easily, said “Yes, they do. It’s their pure existence. Sometimes they just don’t know things and don’t understand — that’s annoying. It’s a whole bunch of things. I could write a book on it, to be honest.” While cannabis can often further solidify binary definitions of gender, especially when it comes to men in predominantly male spaces, it can also oppositely cultivate a safe environment. Masculinity coded within cannabis use, while prone to toxicity as I mentioned earlier, can also assume an ideology of gender equity, whereby men feel like they can discuss their emotions openly with other men. Natalie Oganesyan is a senior writing about weed culture and politics. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “To Be Blunt,” runs every other Thursday. In a study quoted in the review, one male user identifies how cannabis and kickback scenarios can facilitate private moments where one can “steal” a woman away to have an intimate conversation.  However, as constructions of gender continue to evolve in society, and thereby in cannabis spaces, we must remain wary of the way cultural and class barriers will continue to act as gatekeepers for marginalized women.  As with all behaviors, cannabis consumption and acquisition are heavily gendered. In a 2020 review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, qualitative research showed that adolescents perform gender through cannabis use, often playing into gender stereotypes and the myth of the gender binary.   Forgive me, but I’m going to reach a little, taking these lyrics and running with them. For women, cannabis can serve as a reclamation of their bodies, whereby consuming cannabis is no longer stigmatized as nonfeminine or stemming from trauma, but signifies a pleasurable, independent act.  Of course, as with most things, these spaces are mere microcosms of the industry itself, aggravations of the market’s decadeslong campaign of hypersexualizing women to sell products. In the 1990s and 2000s, cannabis was a boys’ club, evident by a “Boobs and Bongs” marketing tactic that plastered naked women paired with cannabis paraphernalia on the front covers of popular magazines such as High Times.  Stereotypical portrayals of women as healers based on supposed biological differences severely undercut the types of companies, products and images women cannabis entrepreneurs can project. Additionally, as cannabis companies continue their attempts to legitimize themselves, we must oppose the roles whitewashing and heteronormative feminity play in this sanitization, staying vigilant against the industry’s efforts to pride itself on the sanctification of white womanhood as the standard of purity and noncriminality. center_img In her viral hit song, “In the Party,” 20-year-old Alabama rapper Flo Milli wisely quips “I smoked all his weed and I told him to leave (goodbye).” Beyond the hysterical giggling this line always elicits from me and my friends, lies the sheer ingenuity of her mind in writing it: the subversion of male hegemony in cannabis circles. When cannabis first emerged out of its sociopolitically constructed criminality, women weren’t seen as consumers but the sentient equivalent of pipes, grinders and blunts — accessories to the weed men were smoking.  The industry has tried — at times not so enthusiastically — to rid itself of its frat boy image and the hegemonic male culture it has propagated. Undoubtedly, it will continue grappling with its systemic inequities, but it can’t do much to combat the unsafe environment it has willfully created for women, especially women of color, queer women, low-income women and women with disabilities.  A simple first-hand example is college dorm room parties, where sexual assault rates are already sky high. And when you factor in cannabis’ natural effects — including fixation, short term memory loss, increased confusion and lack of coordination and oftentimes heightened joy and paranoia — you see a pattern emerge, where men having control of that space and the supply is a recipe for disaster. In the same vein, women were observed as performing traditional femininity by not being the suppliers of cannabis, instead relying on their relationships with men for access. Within the traditional framework of masculinity embedded in cannabis use, this is alarming — if not dangerous — at best.  Even now, sexism remains a prevalent issue within cannabis spaces, with women dealing with issues ranging from lacking access to investment capital to resorting to having trusted men accompany them to cannabis events as a means of safeguarding themselves from harassment. Oh, and it’s not like those objectifying ads completely disappeared, either. But despite these barriers, the industry has the potential to be a great equalizer, with women occupying more than a third of senior-level positions in 2019, according to a Marijuana Business Daily survey. Additionally, cannabis itself can break traditional, restrictive conceptions of gender. “To be the Martha Stewart of weed is to be the charming woman in an apron, baking homemade goods with cannabis butter for her family,” writes Jacqueline Kittel in her article on women in weed published in The Arbutus Review in 2018. “To be the Martha Stewart of weed is to invoke the power of normative white femininity in order to bring cannabis into Canadian homes as a non-threatening leafy green vegetable just like spinach or broccoli.” The backbone of this column is an axiom I’ve repeated countless times: The cannabis industry, just like every other industry, is (say it with me now) inherently flawed, an unjust product of its racialized, classed and gendered history.  Known for her coy lyrics and easy-to-meme songs, 20-year-old rapper Flo Milli quips “I smoked all his weed and I told him to leave (goodbye)” in her viral hit “In the Party.” (Photo from Instagram @flomillishit) Within the gendered contexts of cannabis use, situations where men unashamedly lord the fact that they willfully provided free cannabis to women over their heads, pressuring them into unsafe sexual environments, become not only common, but are far too often the norm. Not to mention, their direct access to the supply to potentially lace or meddle with the substance (as if the drug’s intoxicating effects aren’t enough) are equally as probable, just as they are horrifying. last_img read more

Vale emerges as playmaker for Syracuse in rookie season

first_imgJordan Vale has had little trouble keeping up with a new pace.The game is a lot faster in America than it is in New Zealand, and Vale said the players are more athletic.The freshman midfielder has notched three goals in his first four games at Syracuse (3-1) and is tied with Tony Asante for the team lead. Vale scored the game-winner against Binghamton and tallied two more goals inSyracuse’s 6-0 romp of Colgate on Monday night.“He’s a soccer junkie,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s a talented young player. I think he’s a player that’s going to continue to develop being in this training environment, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”While Vale’s future is promising, his play thus far has been exciting for Syracuse soccer fans. He’s adjusted to the college game successfully after honing his skills on the international stage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVale played against top competition as a member of the New Zealand U-17 national team. He scored a goal against Uzbekistan in World Cup play, a goal he considers his most memorable of all time.“It was a great feeling to score in the World Cup,” Vale said. “I was hysteric when I scored. I didn’t know what to do with the celebration. I just ran off screaming.”Vale headed in a goal against Binghamton for his first collegiate score. Two games later, he converted off a free kick against Colgate. Later in the same game, he delivered a bullet from more than 30 yards out that whizzed past the goalkeeper.Teammate Lars Muller said he’s impressed by Vale’s composure and knack for scoring to start the season.“I think he does really well on the field and off the field,” Muller said. “He’s feisty, he’s aggressive and he knows how to play soccer, so I really enjoy playing with him.”Vale said there aren’t many opportunities in New Zealand to play soccer internationally at a young age, but he was excited about the chance to take his game to the next level and play in college.“When I was about 13, a few lads older than me had gone to America on scholarships,” Vale said. “So that’s always been an option I’d thought of and wanted to do.”After receiving interest from North Carolina, Northwestern andSyracuse, Vale said he was enticed by the coaching staff at SU.He made up his mind and committed to the Orange in late January. Then all he needed to do was get from New Zealand to New York.He traveled more than 13 hours from New Zealand to San Francisco. After spending three days in San Francisco, Vale flew another five hours to New York City. Three days later, Vale finished up the trip with a four-hour bus ride to Syracuse.It was a weeklong journey — 22 hours of traveling — but Vale insists it was worth the commute.“I’ve loved it here since preseason,” he said. “Maybe not the first two days of fitness, but it’s been great. The lads here are really good to be with.”Vale said he hopes to keep starting, but his ultimate goal is to help the team win as many games as possible.While his career at SU is just beginning, Vale aspires to play professional soccer following his four years in college. He said he has Major League Soccer and European leagues in his future plans.If he keeps up his offensive output, pro teams will take notice. Vale has already logged 281 minutes in four regular-season games, attempting eight shots on goal and connecting on three.“I think he’s got goals in him,” McIntyre said. “He makes good runs from midfield and links well with the front guys.“He’s a player that has an eye for the goal and, if he can continue to make those late runs in the box, I think there’s more goals there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2012 at 12:33 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 86-79 comeback win over Georgetown in overtime

first_img Published on December 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer WASHINGTON — Syracuse’s matchup with Georgetown started off slowly, with both teams struggling to score. It ended a fast-paced game that went to overtime. The Orange (9-1) was able to overcome the early sloppy play and escape with an 86-79 victory over the Hoyas (8-1) on Saturday afternoon in Capital One Arena.Here are superlatives from the game.Big Moment: Tyus Battle quiets the crowdTyus Battle struggled to get much going from in close, frequently getting his shot altered by GU’s big men. But his shot was working from deep, and he showed it in the final minutes of the game.He hit a big 3-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to two late in the game. Then in overtime, he knocked down two 3-pointers from the right wing off the dribble. After the second one, he turned to the Georgetown fans and put one finger to his mouth, shushing the Hoyas.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStud: Oshae BrissettThe freshman from Canada has been a mixed bag to start the season. On one hand, he’s recorded five double-doubles on the year. On the other, he’s shot just 35 percent against, racking up low percentages against several of the more mediocre opponents SU has faced.Brissett entered halftime with just one point. He showed out in the second half, though, keeping Syracuse afloat even as the Hoyas kept scoring. Brissett finished with 25 points and knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers. He also nabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.Battle finished with 29 points and was Syracuse’s scorer late, but he wouldn’t have had the chance if not for Brissett’s career night.Dud: The centersBoth Bourama Sidibe and Paschal Chukwu struggled to make an impact against Georgetown’s strong front line featuring the 6-foot-10, 270-pound center Jessie Govan.On offense, the two were nearly nonexistent. Chukwu missed a few easy layups — one off a pass, another on a rebound. Sidibe missed his shot attempt but struggled to even get those attempts off. On one play, Frank Howard dropped a nifty pocket pass off a pick and roll that Sidibe just dropped. Shortly later, Sidibe traveled trying to get up a shot in the paint.Neither one contributed on the boards, either, as they combined for just four rebounds.Highlight: Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu alley-oopAs much as the centers, and Syracuse as a team, struggled on offense, things changed in overtime. The Orange attacked at a much more efficient pace in overtime and Tyus Battle hit multiple 3-pointers, following up the one he hit late in the fourth quarter.The Georgetown defense, which was in a zone for much of the second half, was stretched out in overtime having to worry about the deep threat. That allowed Howard to drive down the middle of the lane without much resistance. As Govan stepped up, Howard lobbed a ball toward the rim and Paschal Chukwu came down with it for a loud alley-oop.Lowlight: Frank Howard ducking away from Jessie GovanSyracuse turned to the press early on in the second half to spur a comeback. It sometimes forced timeouts from the Hoyas in the backcourt. But, when the Hoyas broke the press, there was often very little protection by the rim.Midway through the second half, that resulted in Govan running toward the rim with Howard, at 6-foot-5, as the last line of defense. Govan rose up for a running slam. Howard looked like he was going to go up and try and contest it. At the last minute, he thought better of it and ducked away to avoid getting put on the Govan poster. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Irish in action at Nedbank Challenge

first_imgDanny Willett’s trying to stay in touch with Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson Stenson could seal top spot on the money list at the tournament.The Swede will clinch the title of being European Tour number one with victory in South Africa – as long as Willett doesn’t make the top ten.Victory for the Swede in Sun City this weekend would see him win the Race to Dubai. The Nedbank challenge is underway in South Africa.Padraig Harrington tee’s off later this morning.Victoru Dubuisson leads by one shot on 2 under after 2.last_img

364-day health plans approved for sale in Iowa

first_imgDES MOINES — State regulators have approved two short-term health insurance plans for sale in Iowa.These are 364-day plans and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says they are an option for healthy Iowans who cannot afford the premiums for individual policies being sold in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.“It’s a policy that will fit a niche in the market for people that have been priced out under the ACA plans,” Ommen says.The approved plans are sold by Golden Rule Insurance Company and United States Fire Insurance Company.“These two companies were the first two companies to submit those plans for our approval and we’ve reviewed them,” Ommen says, “and they do comply with Iowa law.”In-hospital services will be covered, including surgeries and emergency room visits, as well as out-of-hospital care like going to the doctor — even if its via a video “telemedicine” link. Customers will be able to renew policies for three years. The plans do have higher deductibles, however.“But for people that were priced out of the (Affordable Care Act) that have incomes over 400 percent of the federal poverty level, this coverage is affordable in terms of premium, where some of those ACA plans have simply skyrocketed out of reach for a lot of middle class Iowans,” Ommen says.A family of four with an annual income of more than $99,000 does not qualify for the federal subsidies to buy health insurance.These short-term plans will be attractive to younger, healthy Iowans, but Ommen says Iowans with pre-existing conditions will not be able to buy these policies. Ommen says until congress makes significant changes, the health insurance market will not function properly as younger, healthy adults will continue to balk at buying a health insurance policy at a price that’s equal to one offered to a 60-year-old.last_img read more

Messi scores twice as Argentina routs Nicaragua 5-1.

first_imgEarly on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina.Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range.Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters.River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight.Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried.Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well taken efforts on 63 and 72 minutes. Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty.Argentina play Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.Share on: WhatsApp Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored twice during the friendly against Nicaragua in San Juan, Argentina.Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan.The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battle it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially.But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later.Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15.Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago.An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks.Messi has lost three Copa finals —- 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993, when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina are one of the favourites.last_img read more

Lyn leads South West region qualifiers to Grand Medal Final

first_img16 May 2016 Lyn leads South West region qualifiers to Grand Medal Final Somerset golfer Lyn Withey has led 10 qualifiers into the England Golf Grand Medal Final to find the country’s champion woman medal player. Lyn, of Mendip Spring Golf Club, won the South West Region final at Kingsdown Golf Club, Wiltshire, with a net score of 72, one-under par. The other players who won places in the Grand Medal Final, are: Sue Stanbury of Okehampton Golf Club, Devon; Fiona Carpenter of Teign Valley Golf Club, Devon; Shirley Percy of Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club; Jackie Smeeth of The Point at Polzeath, Cornwall; Tracey Crow of Chippenham Golf Club, Wiltshire; Fiona Hudman of Tewkesbury Park Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Gill Brown of Mendip Golf Club, Somerset; Penny Long of Downes Crediton Golf Club, Devon; Pauline Henson of Dorset Golf & Country Club. The regional final was contested by players from across England Golf’s South West region which covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2015. The successful 10 players will meet qualifiers from five other regional finals at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. The Grand Final will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

BC Avalanche Update

first_imgWarmer weather and new snow have heightened the avalanche danger again, in several parts of the Northern BC back country. The town of Stewart in the Northwest is legally in accessable by road, as Highway 37-A has been closed because of the high avalanche danger in that region north of Prince Rupert. Closer to home, ten centimeters of snow this week along the the Mackenzie Junction trail has also lifted the avalanche risk to extreme.  Sledders are advised to avoid the Pine Pass area including Silver Sands, until further notice. – Advertisement -Up to date information can be found on line at Latest information indicates the trails around Fort St. John, Charlie Lake and Taylor are in good condition.last_img