Ghana to make changes for Mali clash

first_imgGhana look set to make three changes for their Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash with Mali.Isaac Vorsah could replace Jerry Akiminko, while Derek Boateng may make way for Mohamed Rabiu, with Harrison Afful preparing to come in for Christian Atsu, who had a poor opener.Ghana have two injury worries – Richmond Boakye and Anthony Annan.Mali coach Patrice Carteron has no injury concerns, but admits he will change his team’s tactics.Former Barcelona star Seydou Keita – who inspired the Eagles against Niger and scored their winning goal – will once again be key to how well Mali play, as they look to build on their early advantage in Group B.Black Stars defender Afful can offer the Black Stars more strength on the left, after DR Congo playmaker Tresor Mputu Mabi exposed some weaknesses on that flank in their opening game, a 2-2 draw last Sunday. The two sides are no strangers – they met twice at the Africa Cup of Nations last year, with Ghana winning the Group D game 2-0 and Mali claiming third spot in the play-off with a victory by the same margin.last_img read more

Rookery Park Golf Club hits the mark and scores a Suffolk ‘first’

first_img Rookery Park Golf Club, near Lowestoft, has become the first club in Suffolk to achieve the new-style, national GolfMark award in recognition of its work to grow the game.GolfMark, which was recently re-launched, is England Golf’s official seal of approval for clubs successfully working to develop their business in such ways as:• Attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more• Using practical business planning to develop the club• Offering appropriate coaching and playing opportunities for all standards of golfer• Ensuring all necessary safeguarding policies are in place for the junior sectionRookery Park, which has an 18-hole parkland course and a nine-hole par three course, offers a range of playing opportunities and initiatives to appeal to players of all abilities.It is part of England Golf’s Get into golf scheme, offering affordable coaching opportunities to beginners in group sessions from £20 for four weeks. It has also introduced Academy Membership, from as little as £149 a year, to form a structured introduction to golf. This provides beginners and improvers with coaching and playing opportunities on the par 3 course and a clear pathway to club membership.The club offers junior group sessions to under-18s every Saturday morning, led by Assistant Professional Ed Garrard, and is working hard to link further with local schools.There has also been the introduction of staggered membership fees to encourage recruitment and retention of younger members and full payment is now not applicable until the age of 36.Robert Pettett, Rookery Park Secretary, who was instrumental in leading the club’s push to achieve GolfMark, said: “Here at Rookery Park we pride ourselves on being a friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking golf club and we have worked extremely hard to achieve this over the last few years.“This award recognises the huge strides we have made as a club but we won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to keep working hard to develop golf in our area. As part of our business plan, we now have a clear focus on attracting more women, girls and junior boys to the club and engaging more with our local community.“We want to encourage as many people as possible to try golf and experience what a fun, enjoyable, sociable and beneficial game it can be. The GolfMark award will help us to spread that message further and show we are serious about our vision for Rookery Park.”The award was presented to Rookery Park by Steven Peet, England Golf Regional Manager, who commented:“I’m delighted that Rookery Park has achieved the GolfMark award and that the club’s efforts to grow the game can now be nationally recognised. Rookery Park has a wonderful team of people all working together to move the club in one, very exciting direction.“The club has a clear vision of where it wants to be and a sound business plan setting out how it intends to get there, linked to the England Golf Strategic Plan, which is brilliant to see. The club are very keen to engage with and understand their local community and offer opportunities for anyone to experience golf with a clear pathway to membership or further participation.”The GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers.Almost 40 per cent of GolfMark clubs have increased membership since receiving the award. To find out more about GolfMark visit www.golfmark.org. To find out more about Rookery Park please visit www.rookeryparkgolfclub.co.uk.Caption: Steven Peet (second right) presents the GolfMark award to club President John Pawsey, watched by junior members Tegan Arlow and Conal Downing. 30 Nov 2015 Rookery Park Golf Club hits the mark and scores a Suffolk ‘first’ last_img read more

McIvor/Poole team declared winner at Tournament of Roses

first_imgThe dynamic duo of Sherry McIvor and Bev Poole edged out the Dorothy Garland/Sue Moisey tandem to capture the top prize at the Tournament of Roses Ladies Golf event Saturday at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course.Tournament organizers had a difficult time determining the winner as three teams finished in a tie with scores of 85.However, when the dust settled the McIvor/Poole was deemed the winners on retrogression.The Garland/Moisey squad was second with Kim Phillips and Carol Reay  third. Ruth O’Bryan and Kathy Tencza were fourth at 89.Low net winners were Linda Tamblyn and Ann Gouk by two shots better than Rose Beauchamp and Jeri Santarossa.Nelson’s Bev Stevens and Lynne Foster finished third.Low gross flight winners included the Garland/Moisey placing first in the Shiraz Flight; O’Bryan/Tencza in the Merlot Flight; and Charlene Tees and Jackie Chapin in the Cabernet Flight.Low net winners included Beauchamp and Santarossa in Shiraz, Becky Allen and Fran Crawford in the Melot and Gwen Acres and Karen McGinnis in the Cabernet.Individual prizes were won by Chapin for Centre Line Drive; Marie Berg and Tees longest putts and KP honours to Tees and Cathie McLaren.last_img read more

Unforgettable SA hiking trails

first_imgThe endangered Cape mountain zebra isfound in the area of the Tierkloof trail.(Image: Cites) The rare Mimetes chrysanthus, or GoldenPagoda, a member of the protea family,on the slopes of the Gamkaberg reserve.(Image: Plants of Africa) A seldom-seen resident of the area – theAfrican black oystercatcher.(Image: African national parks) A lone hiker on the vast sand dunesof the Oystercatcher trail.(Image: Oystercatcher trail website)Janine ErasmusThe Oystercatcher trail near Mossel Bay on South Africa’s southern coast, and the Tierkloof trail in the Gamkaberg reserve are among the world’s thirty most spectacular walking trails. This is according to a new BBC publication titled Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die.The fifth book in the BBC’s Unforgettable series focuses on a breathtaking selection of global rambles ranging from leisurely to arduous in a wide variety of settings and on all the major continents. There are two other walks located on the African continent. These are the hiking trail through the sandstone-dotted territory of the Dogon tribe in Mali, West Africa, and the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Each walk takes no longer than two weeks to complete, although some are more taxing then others. A stroll through the intricate network of canals in Amsterdam or around the temples of Kyoto, Japan, contrasts sharply with a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro or a trek through China’s 22-km long Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.The selection of adventures caters to many interests, from ancient legends and history to religion and nature. Other walks featured in the book are the Yellowstone National Park in the US and Peru’s 45-km Inca Trail which winds through the mountains to the sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu. The Freedom Trail in Boston, a red path leading to sixteen significant historic sites, and a walk along the 32 km of paths on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate in Pennsylvania are of interest to history buffs.The Tour du Mont Blanc is an 11-day trek through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps on a circular route around Mont Blanc. The amazing monasteries of Meteora in central Greece, most of which are perched upon towering sandstone cliffs, are a sight to behold. There are many other fascinating walking trails mentioned in the book, which is illustrated with glorious images throughout its 256 pages.Homegrown adventureThe Oystercatcher trail wends its way along the southern-most coastline west of Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Gourits river. Not only has the trail featured in Getaway magazine’s top 10 South African hikes but as part of the Ker & Downey Splendours of the Cape safari it has snatched a place on National Geographic’s 2007 list of the world’s best tours.The trail can be negotiated over three or five days. Luggage is carried by porters. Along the way hikers are sure to spot Southern Right whales, dolphins and sea birds. The trail is named after the African black oystercatcher, an endangered bird. It is said that hikers are more likely to catch a glimpse of a whale than of one of these solitary birds, which find their food among rocks and on the beach. Estimates put the number of African black oystercatchers left in the world at no more than 5 000.The Tierkloof trail lies in the Gamkas, an isolated mountain range in the south-eastern part of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province. It lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains near the town of Outdshoorn. The name originates in the word gami, meaning lion, which is taken from the language of the Khoekhoen people, the aboriginal herders of the Cape.The Gamkaberg (Afrikaans, meaning Gamka mountains) reserve, a natural habitat of the endangered Cape mountain zebra, was established in 1974 to help conserve the rare animal. A relatively flat mountain plateau covered with mountain fynbos towers over dry bush below. Deep gorges cut through these extremes of terrain. Lying between South Africa’s winter and summer rainfall regions, the reserve experiences gentle soaking rain in winter and thundershowers in summer.Gamkaberg is renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life. Here observers can see Cape mountain zebra, leopard, and honey badger, as well as eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, duiker, baboon, caracal and many others. The recently discovered and rare Mimetes chrysanthus, a member of the protea family, is found here.The six-hour Tierkloof trail, which is actually the first stage of the two-day Oukraal trail, is picturesque and moderately strenuous. Hikers trek up the deep forested Tierkloof ravine up to the fynbos-covered plateau, gaining almost 700 m in altitude. Here they can put their feet up at the Oukraal camp and admire the views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains on either side.Essential travel destinationsThe BBC’s Unforgettable series tracks down essential sights and experiences around the world. Seasoned travellers, photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones tour the world in a quest to find the most inspiring and exciting travel destinations. The other books in the series are Unforgettable Journeys To Take Before You Die; Unforgettable Islands to Escape to Before You Die; Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die; and Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die.For their latest book Watkins and Jones travelled for nine months to 24 countries and took over 60 000 images for the 30 walks featured in the book.Useful linksThe Oystercatcher trailGamkaberg nature reserveHiking trails in South AfricaNature reserves in the CapeBBC shopNational Geographic best toursGetaway magazineKer & DowneyPlants of AfricaCites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 98th annual meeting Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Columbus. Nearly 340 delegates from all Ohio counties will establish the organization’s policy goals for the coming year, elect leaders, recognize county Farm Bureau and individual achievements and conduct leadership training.   The theme of the meeting is Growing For Our Future. Among the top policy issues will be protections for members’ rights as parties to oil and gas leases, addressing needed funding for Ohio’s roads and bridges and voluntary tracking of best farm management practices that improve the quality of Ohio’s waters. Delegates are also expected to discuss the huge property tax increases farmers are experiencing and efforts to obtain legislative relief.  Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and the organization’s new Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. Attendees also will hear from Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen. County Farm Bureaus will be recognized for outstanding local programming, and individuals will be honored for their work to build membership and their contributions to the farm and food community. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals group will name their new chairpersons.  The fourth annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place Nov. 30 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Speakers will address communicating through social media, developing leadership skills, healthcare options for small employers, and agribusiness insurance. A Community Showcase will feature exhibits from nearly 60 Farm Bureau benefit providers and other associated businesses.last_img read more

Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set

first_imgSol Mercado of Ginebra (right) boxes out Moala Tautuaa of TNT for the rebound during Game 4 of their Final Four series on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra hardly capitalized on the early ejection of Glen Rice Jr.Luckily for the Gin Kings, Justin Brownlee was there to bail them out.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments The KaTropa tried to make do with the handicap as they worked hard to protect a double-digit advantage that even went as high as 18 at one point.But Rice’s shoes were too big to fill and his absence was eventually felt by TNT.The Bolts are practically the same team as last year except for one significant piece in the puzzle: former national team standout Ranidel De Ocampo.“Getting a player of his caliber was a big lift for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of the 13-year veteran De Ocampo, who was traded by TNT in a multiplayer, three-team deal in early September.GINEBRA 115 – TNT 105GINEBRA 115—Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105—Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brownlee fired on all cylinders and scored a career-high 46 points as the Kings ended their semifinal showdown with the TNT KaTropa, 115-105, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champion Gin Kings forged a championship rematch with the Meralco Bolts, who booked a finals spot on Friday with a sweep of the Star Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFinishing off the KaTropa in four games of their best-of-five series (3-1) wasn’t an easy task though after they had to spring back from an 18-point hole to carve out the win.But something happened at the halftime dugout that motivated the Gin Kings. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “It was (Robert) Jaworski,” said Brownlee. “He gave us a lot of motivation and reminded us of that never-say-die attitude.”With Ginebra’s “Living Legend” cheering at ringside, Brownlee banged in 28 of his points in the second half and LA Tenorio bombed TNT with threes and finished with 25 points.“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Brownlee in anticipation of his duel with Meralco’s Allen Durham, the reigning best import. “They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready and I can’t wait to play them.”Rice was sent to the dugout late in the first quarter with the KaTropa ahead by 10, to the delight of the Ginebra faithful.Kevin Ferrer’s physicality apparently got into Rice, who pushed Ferrer and threw the ball at the Ginebra wingman’s face in a dead-ball situation, 1:41 left in the opening quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lionel Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe’s top scorer

first_imgLATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PSL Finals: F2 Logistics deals Petron its first loss, forces do-or-die Game 3 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ FC Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi during their La Liga soccer match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Jose Miguel Fernandez de Velasco)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi received his record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for leading all of Europe’s soccer leagues in scoring last season.Messi’s fifth win breaks the tie he had with Cristiano Ronaldo.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The 31-year-old Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. The club credits him with 572 goals in 655 games.The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspapers and magazines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi scored 34 goals in the Spanish league last season to lead Barcelona to the title. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the second leading scorer of Europe’s domestic leagues with 32 goals in England.Messi also won the award in 2009-10 (34 goals), 2011-12 (50), 2012-13 (46) and 2016-17 (37).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Argentina forward currently leads Europe’s top leagues with 14 goals this season.“I love football, but when I started I didn’t expect all this. My dream was to be a professional player,” Messi said. “This is thanks to the hard work and effort I have put in, and above all to my teammates. I have the best players in the world at their positions playing beside me.” View commentslast_img read more

Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus with all-metal body, improved cameras launched in India starting at Rs 13,999

first_imgLenovo owned Motorola has launched the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in India at an event in New Delhi. Dubbed as ‘Special Editions’, both smartphones are updated versions of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus which were announced at MWC 2017 back in February.The Moto G5S and G5S Plus come with bigger displays, an all metal design and improved cameras and carry the tagline – “More Metal. More Battery. Made for More.”The Moto G5S Plus is available in only one variant – with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM for Rs 15,999. The phone will be going on sale tonight at 11:59 PM exclusively via Amazon India. It will also be available via Motorola’s offline retail store Moto Hub.The Moto G5S on the other hand has been priced at Rs 13,999 and comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Moto G5S goes on sale tonight at 11:59PM. It will be available across all leading retail outlets as well as from Motorola’s offline store Moto Hub. It will also be available from Amazon India.The Moto G5S Plus and G5S come with bigger displays as compared to their 6-month old predecessors. The G5S Plus features a 5.5-inch fullHD display as compared to the 5.2-inch display on the G5 Plus while the G5S comes with a 5.2-inch fullHD display as compared to the 5-inch display on the G5.When it comes to design, both Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are made entirely out of metal. This is a big step up from their predecessors which featured a plastic-metal hybrid chassis with a metal back plate and plastic on the sides, top and bottom. Both smartphones come with rounded edges, a curved back, a fingerprint sensor, a round camera unit and antenna bands on the top and bottom of the rear panel.The Moto G5S Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor paired with the Adreno 506 GPU, 3/4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with 32/64GB of internal storage expandable via a micro SD card (of up to 128GB).advertisementThe Moto G5S in has comparatively moderate specs on board – it comes with the Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with Turbo Charge support and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot (of up to 128GB).Both the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus have received substantial upgrades when it comes to optics. The Moto G5S comes with an all new 16MP camera at the rear with phase detection auto focus, an aperture of f/2.0 and an LED flash. On the front, there is an 5MP wide-angle sensor with an LED flash which will make the smartphone an attractive proposition for selfie lovers.Also Read: Moto G5 review: Pure Android Nougat saves the day for itThe Moto G5S Plus comes with a dual camera setup at the rear making it the first Moto branded device in India with two cameras at the back. The two 13MP sensors have an aperture of f/2.0 and work together to offer features such as selective focus, background replacement and selective black and white colouring. The rear camera setup can also record video in 4K resolution. On the front, the G5S Plus comes with an 8MP wide-angle front camera with an LED flash.Motorola is also offering some launch offers with the Moto G5S Plus to entice early buyers. Customers will get an extra Rs 1,000 on exchanging their old Moto phone, the opportunity to buy Moto Sports headphones that originally retail for Rs 1599 for just Rs 599, 80 per cent off on e-books (up to Rs 300) on the Amazon Kindle app and No Cost EMI on all credit cards. Jio users will also get 50GB of additional 4G data.last_img read more

10 months agoMolde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde management admit they were blindsided by Manchester United’s move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, who signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde earlier this month, was appointed interim boss until the end of the season on Wednesday.Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said they were called by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday and both he and Solskjaer “didn’t see it coming.””I think it is double sided,” Neerland told BBC Sport.”On one hand, Molde lose their manager for the next months who had just agreed a new three-year contract. On the other hand, Molde will not get in the way of such an opportunity.”When the biggest club in the world call and ask to borrow your manager from a club the size of Molde, you have to say yes.”Solskjaer has been dreaming about this. It is no longer a dream.” last_img read more

Video: Georgia Basketball Ran A Football Play For Quarterback Recruit Jacob Eason, It Didn’t Go Well

first_imgAn aerial view of Kentucky players on Georgia's basketball court.ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.last_img read more