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first_imgJJ Reid Motors Open prizewinners: standing, l-r; Derek Whyte, Gerard Dunleavy and Eamonn Mc Glinchey pictured with JJ Reid representatives and club captain.Open Week continued on Monday 17th with the Hickey, Clarke & Langan Open and leading the field by two points was juvenile member Jack Patton [11] returning 41pts.Securing a good front nine score with birdies at 5th & 7th culminating in 22pts on front nine, Jack was cruising to an easy victory until a double bogey at 16th made him fight for points on last two holes.In runner-up spot by virtue of BOT was single figure handicapper Glenn Gallagher [9] who answered four bogeys on the trot on back nine with two finishing birdies and an overall score of 39pts, pipping third and fourth placed Odhran Mc Gowan [16] and Hugh Coll [14] on the countback. The cat 4. prize on the day was won by the ever improving Victor Byrne [23] returning 37pts with the help of a very steady 20pts on front nine. Best Gross was low handicapper Eamonn Mc Dermott [4] scoring 32 gross pts on the day, level par 72 gross shots. Wed. 19th had golfers playing in the Evolve Menswear Open,with arguably the biggest entry of Open Week with over 200 entries, and wearing the winner’s “shirt” at the presentation was John G. Doherty [10] whose card consisted of no less than four birdies, three of those on back nine which helped John return a score of 35 gross shots [24pts] and an overall winning score of 44pts. In second place was another of the club’s juveniles Sean O’Donnell [18], recording no less than six steady pars on back nine for a finish of 42pts. In third place was single handicapper Vincent Mc Glynn [9] who, with the help of an eagle at 18th, finished with 40pts to pip fourth placed Kieran Walsh [12] on the BOT.Best gross on the day went to Emlyn Bratton with 33 gross pts. and visitors’ prize went to the long hitting John Logue of Portsalon, also with 40pts Fri. 21st. was the much anticipated Brian Mc Cormick Sports Open and relegating the field to also-rans was cat. 2 player Paul Lynch [13] who, having spent the past two weeks on the range proved that “practice makes perfect” when he brought the long-playing Barnhill course to submission with an excellent score of 77 gross, a stableford score of 45pts.With birdies at 2nd and 12th and double bogey at the par five 7th, Paul showed his resilliance by returning 23pts on back nine to take first spot on the rostrum. In second place by virtue of a three-way BOT, was the ever present single figure handicapper Gerard Duffy [6] who, despite dropping shots at midway point, responded with an eagle at 11th and birdies at 17th & 18th for an overall 42pts.Relegated to third and fourth place were Kevin Mc Donald [13] and Joe Brown [15] respectively.Gross prize was again won by the formidable Eamonn Mc Dermott with 33 gross points. The 4Ball Betterball competition played on Saturday and sponsored by the 4 Lanterns Restaurants and Take-Away, was won by the formidable pairing of Joe Coyle & Keith Shields.Despite Joe driving out of bounds at the first and his playing partner having to “carry” him for most of the round, the pair managed a very credible score of 65nett. In runners-up spot was man-in-form John G. Doherty and playing partner Kevin Mills with 66 nett to relegate Nick Millier and Keith Spence to third by virtue of BOT.Gross prize on the day was won by two of the club’s golfing future,juveniles Jack Patton and Christopher Duffy with 75 gross, and visitors’ prize was collected by the Portsalon club duo of Tim Barrett & Pat Green with 68 nett, BOTDue to the inclement weather, Sunday’s competition was postponed but, unfortunately, not until a few hearty souls had ventured out to play. As in all golfing days, there is the inevitable “hard luck” story, and this time it would certainly go to the club’s hard-working volunteer Roy Mc Crory. The single figure handicapper had his first ever hole -in-one when he aced the 160 yd. par three 5th hole with his trusty nine iron, finished the front nine in 38 shots only to be called in at the 13th.Roy’s only comment was “to the bar” where he wanted to buy the customary round of drinks for all members, only to find that it was, inevitably, empty. Thanks anyway, Roy.Monday 24th Juvenile competition was won by Matthew Curley [16] with a great score of 42pts consisting of a birdie at the par three 8th and a great finish of 15pts over the last five holes. In second place was Philip Cassidy [20] on 38ptsThe Fred Daly team came away from Castlerock with a highly commendable 2 & 1/2 matches which leaves them only two matches down in the second leg to be played at Barnhill on Sunday. The calibre of golf was of a very high standard from both sides, as proven by one of the home team’s players when he had no less than six birdies in his match. This was a very creditable performance from the club’s youngsters and team captain Seamus Patton would like to thank all the players, senior players and parents for all their time and effort in transporting for the practice rounds and matches proper. Let us all turn out on Sunday to cheer on the club’s future ambassadors. This Saturday’s Open competition will be sponsored by Neary’s Pharmacy, Letterkenny.Rules of Golf:“On the Putting Green” [rule 8-2 b]When a player’s ball is on the putting green, the player, his partner or either of their caddies may point out a line of putt, but the putting green may not be touched and neither may a mark be made to indicate said line of putt. Gilroy Tiles and Bathroom Open prizewinners: standing, l-r; Michael Mc Hugh, Gerard Dunleavy and Gerard Duffy. seated: Sean Gilroy [sponsor] Henry Mc Cahey, captain and Derek Whyte.Mc Ginley Motors Open prizewinners: standing, John O’ Doherty and Tom Tom Mc Donagh; seated, l-r; Sean Gilroy, Henry Mc Cahey, captain and Christopher Duffy.GOLF NEWS: SUCCESSFUL OPEN WEEK AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GOLF NEWS: SUCCESSFUL OPEN WEEK AT LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUBlast_img read more


Latest: Hull City 1 QPR 0 – Early setback for Rangers in crucial game

first_imgNikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted QPR defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.Rangers failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Charlie Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem. QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate, Doughty. Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye. Subs: Davies, Hernández, Harper, Aluko, Ramírez, Robertson, Quinn. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Taxi ranks to get a facelift

first_img28 February 2003Taxi operators, commuters as well as formal and informal traders will benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR, in terms of which existing taxi and bus ranks will be transformed into retail and vehicle centre hubs at a cost of R2.8-billion.The 10-year agreement was announced this week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg by Limpopo province Transport MEC Tshenuwani Farisani and representatives from Santaco, Taxiprop and Basil Read (Taxiprop-BR).According to Santaco president Thomas Muofhe, Santaco Property will be formed, with the taxi industry holding 51% of the share of the properties and using the money to pay for loans the organisation accumulates on the project.Kevin Williams of Taxiprop-BR, whose company will be responsible for rolling out the programme, said the new centres will offer commuters the convenience of retail stores on hand, while the retailers will have access to a concentrated market.The empowerment aspects of the move include an improved environment and opportunities for informal retailers, who will be located within specifically designated areas.National retailers will occupy 70% of the floor space, while 30% will be set aside for local business participation.In terms of the agreement, work will start this year on some of the major taxi ranks, which include the Randfontein Station in the West Rand, Wynberg in north-east Johannesburg, and Bloed Street in Pretoria.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Steps for a successful lambing or kidding season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Goat and sheep lambing season is here and well underway for some producers. It is always important to review your last lambing/kidding season and its successes and failures as you prepare to raises lambs and kids during the current year. The following article offers some helpful tips for goat and sheep producers.Take some time to read the tips below. Some of them may be review, but you never know when you will learn something new that could help your herd or flock.6 steps for a successful lambing or kidding seasonBy Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., director of nutritional services for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Co.The health, growth and early performance of a lamb or kid crop directly impact’s future performance in the milking parlor, pasture or showring. As a result, long-term successes can be driven by success during the lambing and kidding season.Nutrition is essential in giving lambs and kids a solid start. High quality milk replacer can be a solution to success; however, success is not guaranteed on milk replacer alone. Here is a look at six steps to a successful total management program shared at the 2015 Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium.Step 1: Set obtainable goals.Before the first lamb hits the ground, analyze past performance of the flock, set tangible goals and determine a path for achieving these goals.Consider a 200 percent lamb or kid crop as an attainable goal. Mature and well-conditioned ewes and does should be able to lamb at least two lambs or kids. Strive for less than 5 percent pre-weaning mortality. The industry target is less than 5 percent, but it’s estimated that 20 percent of lambs are lost before weaning, with 80 percent of those losses in the first 10 days.[1]Step 2: Provide newborn care.Within the first few minutes after a lamb or kid is born, they are exposed to bacteria and pathogens. Two ways to protect against these pathogens are: navel disinfection and quality colostrum.Dip the newborn’s navel in 7 percent tincture iodine immediately after birth, ensure the disinfectant covers both the outside and inside of the navel.Colostrum or the first milk in lactation is the primary protection newborns receive against environmental pathogens and bacteria. Lambs and kids should receive 10 percent of their body weight in colostrum by 18 hours of age, fed at 105 degrees F. For example, a 10 pound lamb should be fed 1 pound or 16 ounces of colostrum in the first 18 hours of its life.Keep in mind that fluctuations in colostrum quality and quantity are probable; a colostrum replacement can be used to ensure all lambs and kids receive a high-quality, disease-free colostrum.Step 3: Select a species-specific milk replacer.After newborns are fed high-quality colostrum or colostrum replacer for the first feeding, they can be transitioned to a milk replacer.Look for a milk replacer made specifically for lambs or kids. Many options of milk replacer may be available to you, but calves, lambs, kids, pigs, alpacas, puppies and kittens all have different nutrient requirements. Milk replacers formulated for lambs are better able to provide the nutrients lambs require because they closely mimic the composition of ewe’s milk. The same is true with kid-specific milk replacers for kid goats.Step 4: Choose the right feeding system.Bottle feeding, free-choice feeding or an automated system are the three primary means of feeding lambs and kids on milk replacer.Select which system is the best fit by considering the facilities, size of operation, labor situation and performance objectives. Make sure the system provides enough nutrition so lambs and kids at least triple their birth weight by 28 days of age. Clean and disinfect the system as often as possible.Step 5: Stimulate rumen development.The rumen is the main site for nutrient breakdown and absorption in mature ruminants and in other species has been highly correlated to health and performance of the animal.When a lamb or kid is born, the rumen is not fully developed and neither are the papillae inside the rumen. Growth of the rumen papillae and rumen development can be correlated with what the lamb or kid eats pre-weaning.If the rumen is not developed appropriately, weaning can be delayed or unsuccessful. Water is a critical ingredient in the development of bacterial growth and the beginning of rumen fermentation. Always provide free choice water.Step 6: Promote a smooth weaning transition.Lambs and kids are ready for weaning when they consume an equivalent of 1.5 percent of their body weight in high-quality creep feed along with adequate water. Usually this will occur near 30 days of age or 35 pounds of weight. At weaning time, each lamb should have consumed at least 25 pounds of lamb milk replacer powder.Follow these steps to weaning:Plan weaning protocol, timing and facilities 14 to 21 days prior to weaning.Ensure animals are consuming creep feed and utilizing water.Gradually remove milk replacer or remove ewe.Feed a high protein ration (18 to 25 percent crude protein).Following these six steps provides a total management system for successfully raising lambs or kids, especially when on milk replacer. Setting goals, providing a high-quality colostrum and milk replacer, comfortable housing, and ready access to high quality feed and water will help lambs and kids thrive.For more information on lamb and kid nutrition, contact Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., at (800) 618-6455 or [email protected], visit www.lolmilkreplacer.com or like We Care for Lambs or We Care for Kids on Facebook.  [1]S. Schoenian, University of Maryland, Care of Newborn Lambs, July 24, 2014last_img read more

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Mapua battles Perpetual at home

first_imgMapua seeks back-to-back wins when it battles Perpetual Help on Wednesday as the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament goes to Mapua Gym in Intramuros as part of “NCAA on Tour.”ADVERTISEMENT The Altas, who are the only winless team in the field, will rely on the trio of Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze and Keith Pido.Lacking depth, the Cardinals will be hard-pressed to stop the 6-foot-9 Eze, whose length gave the Blazers problems last week.JR Raflores, Leo Gabo and JP Nieles lead the supporting cast for the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix bangs up Kia National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The Cardinals are coming off a morale-boosting 78-75 victory over the Letran Knights last week in a game where Andoy Estrella delivered the game-winning triple at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.But Mapua, which is fielding a shorthanded team this season following the decision of Allwell Oraeme and Darrell Menina to sit out the tournament, will be facing a tough test against the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPerpetual is desperate to finally get a first win of the season after losing to St. Benilde via forfeiture last week and Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday. The Altas have actually protested the NCAA Management Committee’s decision to forfeit their win over the Blazers after they wore the wrong uniform.As they wait for the decision, however, the Altas will need to deal with a Mapua squad that has embraced its role as an underdog this season. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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The Amazing Longevity Of Jaromir Jagr

It’s not often that a player is still a desired commodity days after his 43rd birthday, but that’s precisely what Jaromir Jagr, who was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, appears to be.Despite recent frustrations over his playing time with New Jersey, Jagr could prove to be a useful short-term rental for the Panthers. He retains the same soft hands and keen vision that made him a five-time scoring champion. And like so many of hockey’s greatest offensive talents before him, Jagr has a knack for skating where the action is headed before it arrives. His trademark strength seems scarcely to have waned with time; he still has moments when he’s nearly impossible to knock off the puck along the boards.Jagr is by no means the player he once was. But it’s improbable enough that he is still a player at all, still part of the league more than 24 years after his NHL debut. He had been 81 days older than the league’s second-oldest active player — St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur — but then Brodeur up and retired last month. Now, no current player was born within 25 months of Jagr.Of course, more than perhaps any major sports league, the NHL has had a place for ancient players. Three and a half decades ago, Gordie Howe — then the NHL’s all-time scoring leader — famously skated through a full 80-game schedule that concluded a week after his 52nd birthday. More recently, Chris Chelios was still manning an NHL blueline at age 48. And just last season, Teemu Selanne played at an age seven months older than Jagr is now. So it’s not quite unprecedented for Jagr to still be around at age 43 — and counting.But Jagr’s past few years have surpassed what just about any other NHL player has ever done in his dotage. Despite posting the leanest traditional numbers of his long career this year (more on that later), Jagr is1As of late last week. in the midst of the seventh-best adjusted point shares above replacement (PSAR)2A modification of the Hockey-Reference.com metric that assigns goaltending worth according to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement and re-allocates the remaining value such that forwards receive 60 percent of league PSAR in a given season, defensemen get 30 percent and goaltenders receive 10 percent. season by any skater aged 43 or older3As of March 1 of the season in question. since the NHL’s Original Six era began in 1942-43. What’s more, he was better last year: No non-goalie aged 42 or older has ever had more PSAR in a season than Jagr’s 6.9 in 2013-14.Plus, there’s a strong case to be made that the conventional stats — and the next-level metrics based off of them, such as PSAR — have undersold Jagr’s contributions to the Devils, particularly this season.As marvelous as they are for a player his age, Jagr’s basic numbers this year haven’t been eye-popping by the standards of other forwards logging as much ice time. In 53 games, he’s notched a modest 11 goals and 18 assists to go with a -10 plus-minus rating. (As a point of comparison, if Jagr had played to his career per-game averages, he’d already have 25 goals and 37 assists by now!) According to PSAR, which synthesizes box-score stats into a single-number representation of value, it’s been his worst season ever — and by no small margin. The 18-year-old rookie version of Jagr had 3.1 PSAR in 1990-91, after which he wouldn’t put up fewer than 4.9 PSAR in a single season again — until this year.Hockey’s recent statistical revolution, however, has brought with it more sophisticated ways to gauge a player’s contribution to his team. Its biggest lesson? That although goals and assists are great, there’s also a big advantage in simply helping your team keep possession of the puck.And as it so happens, Jagr is still one of the best players in the league at that.Over the past two seasons, Jagr’s Devils haven’t been an especially strong hockey club. They rank 24th in both point percentage4In the wacky world of the NHL’s standings, some measure of sanity can still be salvaged by dividing a team’s standings points by the total number of points handed out in its games. So, for instance, the winner of a regulation game would earn 2 out of 2 total points; meanwhile, the winner of a shootout would get 2 out of the 3 total points awarded, since the loser would also get 1 point. Among other things, this has the advantage of preserving a .500 record as the mark of an average team. and goal differential during that span, and while the team has undeniably been plagued by poor shooting and save percentage luck, they’ve also posted relatively unimpressive possession rates — except when Jagr is on the ice. With Jagr, New Jersey plays like one of the premier possession teams in hockey5The Devils’ zone start-adjusted 5-on-5 Fenwick percentage with Jagr on the ice would rank third in the NHL over the past two seasons.; without him, they play like one of the worst.Studying Jagr’s game, it’s not hard to see why this is the case. Although his stride — never the fastest even in his prime — is noticeably sluggish these days, he makes up for it with sheer hockey sense, constantly scanning the ice for passing opportunities or chances to extend possession by corralling loose pucks. Perhaps more importantly, he remains the master of shielding the puck with his 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound frame, creating scoring chances for himself and others by cycling possession deep within the offensive zone.“I know … my strength,” Jagr recently told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “I like to play [in the] offensive zone on the boards. I still feel like I’m strong enough to beat anybody, [or] at least hold that puck. … Maybe I’m not going to beat that guy one-on-one like I used to, but I can still make a play from that corner from the cycle. That’s my strength. And in the playoffs, that’s the way you play.”This is why, with the NHL’s trade deadline approaching, Jagr was mentioned as a legitimate option for contending teams looking to upgrade their offense — particularly with the man advantage — before the playoffs begin. Ironically, it seems that as the league increases its emphasis on possession, Jagr’s value has only been heightened even as his goals and assists have receded with age. And for Florida, barely clinging to the hope of a playoff berth but with clear upgrades to be had on the power play and in advanced metrics, Jagr might be a good fit.On the other hand, what does it say about the state of the NHL in 2015 that a plodding 43-year-old future Hall of Famer could change a team’s postseason chances?Like many things in hockey, it’s a question that leads back to Howe. In the foreword to Howe’s (excellent) new autobiography, the great defenseman Bobby Orr marveled at Howe’s longevity: “Today, if a player cracks the top five in scoring in the NHL, he’s considered a star. Do it a couple of years in a row and you’re a superstar. … Well, Gordie Howe did it twenty years in a row. That’s right — twenty. How do you begin to do justice to a legacy like that?”It was undoubtedly an impressive run for Howe, but — counterintuitively — the ability of a man in his 40s (and even 50s) to still dominate a professional sports league might speak as much about the quality of play around him as to his own athletic gifts.In 1968-69 — the final year of the streak to which Orr referred — a 40-year-old Howe was nearly the best player in hockey, finishing second only to 26-year-old Phil Esposito in PSAR. And in his final season more than a decade later, Howe was serviceable enough to be a regular contributor. But the NHL of that era also underwent an enormous amount of upheaval between expansion, the emergence of a rival league (the World Hockey Association), and the influx of new talent (and a fresh playing style) from Europe.In some ways, the chaos of the 1960s and ’70s provided the perfect cover for an aging megastar such as Howe to keep his career rolling. We can see this in the percentage of total NHL PSAR going to various cohorts of skaters, grouped by age, over time:The 1960s saw the NHL’s first expansion since the Great Depression — marking the end of the Original Six era — and they also coincided with a major uptick in the production of older players, one that would not fully abate until the early 1980s. In addition to Howe, players such as Alex Delvecchio, John Bucyk, Jean Beliveau, Frank Mahovlich and Jean Ratelle all produced great seasons in their late 30s (and beyond).The present day also appears to be a haven for the comparatively superannuated. Starting in the early to mid-1990s, the fraction of league value produced by the oldest batch of NHL players swelled to levels not seen since the 1970s. While that proportion has decreased a bit today relative to its peak in the immediate aftermath of the NHL’s lost 2004-05 season, it remains higher now than at any point between 1974 and 1996.So Jagr’s longevity, impressive as it is, might also be a symptom of ongoing weaknesses in the state of pro hockey itself. Is it mere coincidence that the uptick began right when the NHL’s aggressive expansion plans of the 1990s were fully realized? Or that it lasted through the so-called Dead Puck Era and well into the post-lockout “New NHL“? It’s not clear.But regardless of where Jagr sits in the intersection between the NHL’s health and the twilight of his once-immense (and still formidable) skills, he remains a player to which attention is owed. 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