PSC Golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, Oct. 27, The Emerald – StablefordIt was a long time ago that we last played the Emerald, so we were curious as to the condition we would find the course. Despite heavy overnight rain the layout was in fine condition and we enjoyed our day and had a good game. Paddy Devereux (H/cap 22) confirmed his recent good form again today with 39 stableford points to take top spot. Second was Sam Gettinby (24) with 38 points and in third was Willem Lasonder (19) with 37.The near pins went to Sam Gettinby, Willy Hogg and Jonathan Pratt.Thursday, Oct. 29, Mt. Shadow – Stableford On the Thursday we went to Mountain Shadow where the weather was nice and hot. The course was in very good condition although the greens were a little bit unpredictable because of the sanding – sometimes slow and the next time very fast. Anyway we had a nice golfing day again.Neil Harvey, Jonathan Pratt and Paddy Devereux.We had a close finish between Neil Harvey (16), Jonathan Pratt (10) and again Paddy Devereux, each with 33 stableford points. Neil was declared the winner on the count back and Jonathan Pratt took second.The near pins were claimed by Neil Harvey and Martin Hayes.Note: Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd. After going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along. Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days. As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option. Call 089 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries.
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– Granger’s Cabinet now stands at 27By Devina SamarooGovernment is willing to consider the appointment of a junior Agriculture Minister to provide assistance to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder in the management of the critical sector, once a request is made to Cabinet.Minister Holder’s performance came under public scrutiny and was up for much public discourse after an online news entity reported that the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government is displeased with the direction agriculture is heading.Holder was put forward by the AFC since the agriculture portfolio was one which came under the AFC in accordance with theAgriculture Minister Noel HolderCummingsburg Accord.While admitting their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was handled, the party has since clarified that its senior members never made such general pronouncements on the overall performance of the Agriculture Minister, neither did they put forward a recommendation for junior Minister.Nonetheless, sections of the public strongly believe that the Minister is not vibrant enough to take charge of the agriculture sector of the country.Minister Holder is still to meet with the sugar workers more than four months after the announcement was made and he has been heavily criticised for taking a “laid back” approach to the issue.In fact, the Action Committee of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) – an A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) aligned group – had already expressed that Holder is incapable of handling the tasks under his portfolio, and as such, declared that it has no confidence in his abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the agriculture sector.During an interview on his weekly television show ‘The Public Interest’, President David Granger indicated that he is aware of letters to the editors expressing concerns over the Minister’s performance; however, he made it clear Government’s policy is not determined by the contents of those publications.He clarified that this does not mean that his Administration does not take heed of public opinion.On the demands for an additional Minister, President Granger posited also that no formal request was ever made to him for there to be another Minister under the Agriculture Ministry.“If Minister Holder wanted assistance, he is free to approach me… Neither Mr Ramjattan, the Leader of the (AFC) party or Mr Holder has approached me on the matter. But you know, if there was a need, I would certainly give consideration to it,” he stated.“There might be a possibility of having a Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture but that need has not been articulated but it’s something that I might consider,” he further noted.Moreover, in light of the growing insecurities in the sugar industry which resulted following the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate and the shutdown of the remaining operations at the La Bonne Intention Estate, President Granger expressed willingness to meet with the disgruntled sugar workers to listen to their concerns.However, he did not indicate if there is a planned engagement in the making.Additionally, he noted that the Minister should have already devised a plan to present to the workers who were attached to the Wales Estate.“I hoped it would be ready by now but certainly by the end of the month,” he assured.Meanwhile, this consideration comes 10 months after the Head of State had defended his large Cabinet saying that he wanted a “lean” Cabinet.Granger’s Cabinet now stands at 27.
Hamilton, struggling for the pace he exhibited as he flew to pole on Saturday, finished third behind Red Bull’s defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel, who climbed from sixth on the grid.Vettel’s recovery — aided by a timely safety car intervention — shows that he and his team are not to be taken lightly, and will be locked into what looks like a close championship battle with McLaren.“That was beautiful, just a perfect start and it shows how good a winter can be,” said Button. “A great start to the year for me and the team.”It was the 2009 world champion’s third win in four years at the Australian Grand Prix, and the 13th of his career.Local hero Australian Mark Webber came home fourth to deliver his best finish at his home race in the second Red Bull.Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was fifth after a forceful race from 12th on the grid, following a disappointing qualifying performance on Saturday, ahead of Japanese Kamui Kobayahsi of Sauber.The 2007 champion Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who started 18th on the grid, came home seventh for Lotus in his first race after a two-year absence in rallying, and Mexican Sergio Perez was eighth for Sauber.Australia’s second entrant Daniel Ricciardo finished in the points on his debut with the Toro Rosso team by taking ninth position in a dramatic finish ahead of Briton Paul Di Resta, 10th for the Force India team.Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher of Germany was an early retirement in his Mercedes.Button said his confidence was boosted as soon as he arrived in Melbourne to check into his hotel.“I found I was staying in the same room as the last two times I won here (in 2009 and 2010) so that was a good omen I think,” he said, as Hamilton quipped: “Maybe you’ll have a different one next year.”“Every win means a lot,” added Button. “As a team, the win shows how important the winter (testing) is.“We’ve had a strong winter and yesterday we showed that in qualifying. It’s nice to come away with victory in the first race of the new season.“The guys have done an amazing job this winter. This win will definitely help them push hard in the extra hours in the morning and I thank them for that, doing that work for the extra parts that are so vital.”Vettel said he believed he had a good chance to attack the McLarens in the race and would have pushed to pass Hamilton even without the help of a safety car, after 38 laps when Russian Vitaly Petrov pulled up and parked his Caterham on the straight.Vettel said: “I decided to stay out when Lewis went into the pits and I think we would have had a crack without the safety car. Maybe it helped us a little bit to get past Lewis.“We had a great stop. I thought I would be in a good position to have a go at Jenson but two corners and he was gone. It wasn’t very easy to get away from Lewis but Jenson was out of sight. He deserved to win today.”A dejected Hamilton said: “Firstly congratulations to Jenson — he did a great job. And to the team for doing great job. It was a bit of a tough day for me, but we’ve got a lot of races ahead of us.“I was in a very similar to position to what I was last year. It was a tough race, but still positive for the team, so hopefully we can take that on for the next race.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MELBOURNE, Australia, March 18 – McLaren’s Jenson Button won the Australian Grand Prix in a thrilling start to the season Sunday as he held off two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel in second place.The 32-year-old Englishman started second on the grid but took advantage of a slow getaway by his pole-sitting team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take the lead at the first corner, and then controlled the race all the way to the flag.
0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) contemplates his side’s 3-0 defeat in their Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in south London on April 10, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 16 – Mesut Ozil claims in his new autobiography that the physical nature of the English game makes it a sterner challenge than the ‘elegant’ Spanish league.The Arsenal playmaker, whose future with the embattled club is still uncertain, given his reluctance to continue with contract negotiations until he receives clarity on the future of Arsene Wenger, says that the aggressive nature of the Premier League has caused his body severe pain. “The Premier League is the toughest challenge I’ve experienced in football,” Ozil says in Gunning for Greatness: My Life.“If you can’t take it here, without whining, then you’re history. It’s something I had to get to grips with in the first few weeks and months after my switch from Real Madrid,” the 28-year old, who started his career in the Bundesliga, writes.“Whereas in Spain the entire game is based on elegant ball play — even teams from lower leagues try the same — in England you have scratching, biting and fighting. In England, football is one tackle after another. There’s barely any respite.“Generally this doesn’t happen in Spain because the ball is constantly on the move. Pass, pass, pass. The opponent rarely has the opportunity to intervene because the ball is already on the other side of the pitch.“In England you fail to notice how hard it is during the game itself and how many attacks the body sustains. You’re so full of adrenaline that you don’t feel the pain. But then, under the shower, you discover the ‘misery’. After some matches my shins have looked as if someone has gone at them with a hammer, covered in blue marks.“I’ve had scratches on the neck and bruises on my back, shoulders and chest from opponents’ elbows welcoming me into the Premier League when the referee wasn’t watching.“We complain so that the next time he’ll watch more carefully and spot if we’re kicked or elbowed. I do this just like Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben or Lionel Messi — all players who get kicked a lot because opponents are trying to disrupt their rhythm and because sometimes it’s the only way to stop them.“But, to my great surprise, I was forced to realise that even the English referees have their very own form of communication. In my early days at Arsenal they dismissed my appeals in a way that made me think I’d misheard them. They’d say things such as ‘Don’t whinge. You’ve got to deal with it. Welcome to the Premier League.’”“Sledging from the opposition. Cutting comments from refs. And football that’s harder than anywhere else — that’s the Premier League. That’s English football,” Ozil said. “And that’s the football I’ve got used to and love today.“At Arsenal I’ve grown tougher. I’ve learned to take so much more. I’ve toned a few more muscles than during my time at Real Madrid so I’m in a better position to meet the physical challenges.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“We still have these lots empty from the buildings that were torn down and weren’t replaced,” said Langan, who remains a co-owner of the building that housed his former store. He and others point to the empty lots, such as the one on Greenleaf next to the Havana House, the grassy area in front of the parking structure or the parking lot on Philadelphia Street and Bright Avenue. There remains hope for the Uptown area, some say. Rents are increasing and a new plan to renovate the area is now being reviewed by the Planning Commission. “In the last year and a half, with the specific plan and improved events, we’re turning it around,” said Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association. “We still need to clean it up and work on infrastructure so better businesses can come in,” he said. The last 20 years haven’t been easy for the Uptown area, which until the earthquake seemed to be progressing well after the losses of car dealers on Greenleaf Avenue as well as JC Penney and other major stores during the 1960s and 1970s. “It was definitely pretty vibrant,” Councilman Bob Henderson recalled. “There were a lot of little local businesses unique to Whittier and they were flourishing.” Then at 7:42 p.m. Oct. 1, 1987, the Whittier Narrows Earthquake hit, leaving bricks, broken glass and other debris at the core of the Uptown area on Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street. Eighteen buildings eventually would be demolished. Damage was estimated at $80 million. Initially, many of the small business owners would operate out of 25 trailers set up on the now-empty lots. Langan’s building survived, but he lost $50,000 in inventory. But many of the business owners wouldn’t come back. “People had the stigma of it and for years didn’t want to come back,” Langan said. “It reminded them of that horrible day.” Others were struggling before the earthquake and with this disaster didn’t have the resources to continue, he said. After the quake, the city came in with a plan for the rebuilding of the Uptown area. There were some successes – a new theater replaced the adult theater, and some new restaurants like Crepes and Grapes Cafe, Phlight and Starbucks opened. But unlike the rest of the city, retail struggled. Part of the difference was that a resident or even a developer outside of Uptown could come in a with a plan to demolish the existing building and expand. But that wasn’t true in Uptown, said Helvey, the city manger. “You can’t tear an old building and construct a new one like you can on a home remodel,” Helvey said. You also can’t convert a second floor to condos because there’s no parking, he said. There were other problems, said Kim Wicker, co-owner of Monte’s Camera Shop that has been in existence since 1948. Wicker has been involved with it since the late 1970s. “We needed hard-core specialty stores and a couple of anchors,” Wicker said. Part of the problem were the new big-box retail stores that began to emerge during the 1990s, Wicker said. And they weren’t interested in coming to the Uptown area. “I hear people say that Uptown Whittier isn’t close to the freeway,” he said. The former Bank of America building also has been a problem, with three nightclubs either failing or the last one – Ibiza – being kicked out by the city. “I would be very reluctant to see a nightclub there,” Henderson said. “We never wanted any nightclubs but were told it would be a dining establishment. That hasn’t worked out.” It was a difficult situation for the city, Trujillo said. “The choices weren’t easy,” he said. “Do you tear down and start a whole new Uptown area or do you work with what’s left? We’re finally starting to head in that direction.” Two decades later there is reason for optimism. “Uptown is definitely improving,” Langan said. “The rents and leases have really gone up in the last few years and encouraged builders to look at new buildings.” The specific plan also gives reason for hope, some say. It has a new code that is expected to make it easier to attract developers. The concept also focuses on new housing. “This whole concept of bringing homeowners into the Uptown area really makes a lot of sense,” Henderson said. And more residents will mean a larger market for the retail owners, officials say. Still, as bad as the earthquake was, there were some positives from it, Councilman Greg Nordbak said. “It really helped us progress in the quality of design standards,” Nordbak said. “We don’t throw in strip malls any more,” Nordbak said. “We’re not taking in houses that were destroyed and putting in apartments. In a sense we were hurt in the short run and helped in the long run.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You’ve got the Uptown area, which still is struggling, as shown by the empty lots never rebuilt on after the magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit on Oct. 1, 1987. Some buildings that crumbled that day were cleared away, but nothing has replaced them. Then, you’ve got residential areas where many are rebuilding or remodeling to make their homes larger and nicer. There is no sign of the 100 chimneys that tumbled or the 17 homes that were destroyed. And Whittier Boulevard has two remodeled shopping centers and a new one. “(Whittier) has actually continued to improve since the earthquake,” City Manager Steve Helvey said. “We’ve seen a landslide of significant home remodels and reinvestment in our residential areas,” Helvey said. “It’s hard not to drive down a street and not see a home being torn down and being rebuilt.” Commercial development has been slower – in part because of lack of available land. Still, two shopping centers – the Quad and Whittier Town Center, formerly Whittwood Mall – have been completely remodeled. A third – the Whittier Marketplace – opened after the earthquake. You can’t say that about the Uptown area, according to city and business leaders. “(The earthquake) just about destroyed Uptown,” said Jeff Langan, longtime owner of the former Whittier Paint, Wallpaper and Art Co. “There was so much damage that it virtually destroyed the character of the town.
Tottenham’s thrilling 2-6 victory at Everton coincidentally came on Mauricio Pochettino’s 26th wedding anniversary.The Spurs boss had two reasons to celebrate after his side blew the Toffees away with a breath-taking exhibition of attacking football, with the scoreline reflecting the number of years he has been with his wife.Harry Kane and Heung-min Son both hit doubles, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen chipped in to complete a special day for their manager. RANKED Pochettino was delighted with his team’s stunning display no dice 2 Kane completed the rout, scoring his fourth consecutive brace against the Toffees, and Pochettino could not hide his pride for his ‘fantastic’ team.“I think it was fantastic. It’s not only the score, the performance was amazing. I’m very proud of the effort and the performance from the team,” he added.“On Wednesday, we beat Arsenal and today Everton – it’s fantastic to see the team showing the energy that is so important during this period. The belief and the faith can only happen with a positive person and I think Sonny and the whole team were fantastic.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED He told talkSPORT: “It’s a double celebration because of the amazing result, 2-6, and another because today is my anniversary – I got married with my wife 26-years ago.“What a coincidence, no? 26 years ago I was getting married at my wedding and today 2-6 against Everton.“That is my present for my wife!” Everton took the lead through Theo Walcott, but Tottenham responded immediately as Son capitalised on a joint-mistake by Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma.Alli put Spurs in front with a smart low finish before Kane gave Pochettino’s side a 3-1 lead going into half-time.And there would be no relenting after the break as Christian Eriksen slammed home an exquisite volley from 20 yards and Son bagged his second either side of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s well-taken goal for the hosts. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow The Tottenham boss celebrates with his players Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2
RANKED Sarri will start Kepa in one of the next two games Kepa paid the price for his actions during the Carabao Cup final MONEY ADVICE REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “I think it was the right decision [to bench him], Kepa made a big mistake, he paid with the club, and then he had to pay with the team.“But now I have to think we have to stop, Kepa from tomorrow will be with us. He is back in the team for the weekend, I don’t know in the next match if he will be on the pitch or not, but one of the next two he will [start].“When you are young I think you can make mistakes, and the most important thing is that you need to understand very well after every mistake. For me, now the best thing is to close it.” BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa Arrizabalaga remains his number one goalkeeper despite dropping him to the bench for the 2-0 victory over Tottenham.The 24-year-old shot-stopper, who defied Sarri by refusing to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, will return to the starting XI for one of the next two games. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 While the Blues manager initially described the situation at Wembley as a misunderstanding, Arrizabalaga was fined a week’s wages and then replaced by Willy Caballero for the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.But Sarri claims he is ready to put the incident to bed, now that the Spaniard has paid a sufficient price to his team-mates.When asked if Arrizabalaga remains first choice between the sticks, Sarri said: “Of course. Caballero was untested as Chelsea put the bitter disappointment of the cup final behind them with victory over Spurs.A cagey affair of few clear-cut chances was decided by a moment of magic from Pedro and a shocking own-goal from Kieran Trippier.
Rockets have five pins in first Cloverbelt winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTANLEY — The Spencer/Columbus Catholic wrestling team had five pins and went on to defeat Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 46-24 in a Cloverbelt Conference dual meet Tuesday night at Stanley-Boyd High School.Dominick Wichlacz (120 pounds), Bryce Shaw (145), Carson Hildebrandt (170), Hunter Luepke (220), and Logan Zschernitz (285) won by pin for the Rockets.Ashton Ackman (106) added a major decision, and Caden Schillinger (152) won in overtime for Spencer/Columbus, which is now 1-1 in the conference.Spencer/Columbus will host a multidual meet, which includes Stratford, on Friday night.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Spencer/Columbus 46, Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 24120: Dominic Wichlacz (SC) pinned Ruben Sanchez in 4:54.126: Leo Rodriguez (SC) won by forfeit.132: Taylor Bach (SC) def. Tanner Henderson 13-11.138: Double forfeit.145: Bryce Shaw (SC) pinned Marcus Carmeans in 2:17.152: Caden Schillinger (SC) def. Dalton Smith 13-11 in OT.160: Sam Burzynski (SBOW) pinned Cody Derks in 1:56.170: Carson Hildebrandt (SC) pinned Matthew Moffit in 5:47.182: Nathan Schiedler (SBOW) pinned Tanner Kleinschmidt in 2:44.195: Ben Turner (SBOW) pinned Daniel Richmond in 0:25.220: Hunter Luepke (SC) pinned Jakota Todd in 2:49.285: Logan Zschernitz (SC) pinned Eric Bentler in 1:12.106: Ashton Ackman (SC) won by major decision over Dustin Bergman, 16-4.113: Joseph McDermond (SBOW) won by forfeit.